Home Country — Happiness can multiply like rabbits

October 15, 2015

NEW — 5:25 p.m. Oct. 15, 2015

When Dewey Decker bought that acre on the edge of town from Gil Masterson, it astonished some people, but others, like Doc, just smiled and nodded.

Slim Randles

Slim Randles

It’s a natural progression. Gil raises vegetables on a large scale, and the rumor is that it was at least partially paid for in “product,” because Dewey is the undisputed Pharaoh of Phertilizer in these parts.

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Valley View — Mount Si is close by; no sherpa required

October 7, 2015

NEW — 1:46 p.m. Oct. 7, 2015

In economics, you always look for the comparative advantage. In order to succeed in the most efficient way possible, you have to find what you do better than anyone else and specialize in that area.

Snoqualmie and North Bend are two cities with distinct comparative advantages: their natural setting. Most cities do not get to enjoy the rugged beauty the Valley has just beyond residents’ backyards.

Sam Kenyon SnoValley Star reporter

Sam Kenyon
SnoValley Star reporter

That’s why I highly encourage Snoqualmie and North Bend to embrace the geographical gift of the nearby mountains and endeavor to become the rock climbing destination for the greater Seattle area. Read more

Valley View — Valley Center Stage celebrates 12 years

September 30, 2015

NEW — 1:41 p.m. Sept. 30, 2015

I’m a little biased when it comes to community theater.

My best friend, who I’ve known for almost all of my life, spent the majority of her high school career, as well as collegiate career, onstage.

Dylan Chaffin SnoValley Star reporter

Dylan Chaffin
SnoValley Star reporter

I watched her change in and out of different personas as quickly as she did outfits, helped her memorize lines and attended every show I could.

I learned to appreciate actors for who they are: artists, who take static stories and breathe life into them, making characters theirs.

It’s impossible not to feel connected or immersed when those talents are showcased in an intimate setting for storytelling. Read more

Home Country — No matter the game, cheaters never win

May 21, 2015

I was studying my card when the guys walked in for coffee.

“What did you get?” Doc asked.

Slim Randles Columnist

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Home Country — Not everyone appreciates a sharp idea

May 13, 2015

Delbert’s at it again. You know Delbert McLain, our local chamber of commerce? He’s the guy who wants to bring lots of people here so the place isn’t quite as nice as it is now.

Slim Randles Columnist

Slim Randles

Well, ol’ Delbert zipped into the Mule Barn truck stop the other day, plopped down at the empty Round Table, and motioned for those of us at the philosophy counter to join him. We did. Read more

Editor offers farewell to readers

May 7, 2015

This is my last edition as editor of this newspaper.

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Fertilizer pharaoh keeps his hand in the business

May 7, 2015

Doc saw Dewey the other day, supervising as Windy Wilson unloaded a dump truck of manure into a huge bin on a vacant lot.

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Fishing is important even if there isn’t water

April 30, 2015

It was just one of those things. It didn’t really mean Marvin Pincus had lost his mind.

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Teaching a horse to calm down is slow business

April 23, 2015

Steve, the tall cowboy of us philosophy types, was riding a young horse through town the other day to get him used to “boogers.”

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Anita’s love inspires Dud’s great American novel

April 16, 2015

Dud looked at his Anita across the kitchen table and smiled at the wonderment of her. She didn’t take him for granted, and he didn’t take her for granted, either. Seemed like a nice way for a man and his wife to be in love.

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