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Duvall Boy Scout earns rare, distinguished outdoor award

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

Chase Kemper, a Duvall Boy Scout and upcoming senior at Cedarcrest High School, recently attained the Boy Scouts of America National Medal for Outdoor Achievement.

The award is rare and prestigious. According to the Boy Scouts of America website, it is “the highest recognition that a Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, Sea Scout, or Venturer can earn for exemplary achievement, experience, and skill in multiple areas of outdoor endeavor.”

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Backpacking into Stehekin: wildflowers, mountain views, and freshly baked pastries

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

“Cold beer and a cinnamon roll. Cold beer and a cinnamon roll,” was the motivational mantra I chanted to myself during the last few hiking miles into Stehekin, a tiny village on the upper northwestern edge of Lake Chelan, unreachable except by foot, float plane, or boat. 

The land routes into Stehekin are varied. You can travel through a number  of different  North Cascades passes (Cascade, McAlester, War Creek, Purple, to name a few), but all paths lead to the same delicious destination: the Stehekin Pastry Company.

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Marinated Persian Cucumber & Fava Bean Salad with Fresh Herbs

  • Written by By Amanda Bullat, MS RDN CN Culinary Education Program at 21 Acres

What’s one of the simplest ways to add farm-fresh flavor to your meals? Add a few leaves or sprigs of your favorite seasonal herb! Herbs can be one of the easiest crops to grow, especially for those of us with limited growing space. If you have a window and you have a box that will hold dirt and a little water, you can have a thriving herb garden year round in your windowsill.

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Editor's Expeditions - Pirate Journey

  • Written by Kristen Hamilton, Editor

For my husband Bob’s recent birthday celebration, he wanted to take a boat cruise on Lake Union.  Of course, we couldn’t just take any boat trip. We had to check out the pirate ship cruise that we had noticed on the water one afternoon earlier while hanging out at Gas Works Park.  

As it turns out, Emerald City Pirates offers trips on their “pirate” ship, and it’s the first year they are in business.  Don’t let that deter you though as the owner, Captain Pete, is a very experienced boat captain and licensed by the US Coast Guard.

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Three local environmental advocates on climate change: what it is and what you can do to help

  • Written by Kirsten Abel, Features Writer

“When your temperature rises even just a half a degree, you’re not feeling well,” said George Thomas, a Redmond-based business sustainability consultant. “Same thing goes for the earth.”

We all know that the planet is getting warmer. About .7 degrees Celsius warmer in the last century, according to NASA. What many of us don’t know, however, is just how devastating that seemingly tiny rise in temperature could be, and what it will mean for the future. 

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