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Mount Lassen by moonlight is something not to be missed

I have been a lot of places, I’ve been around the world, but I was not prepared for the awesomeness of my last adventure. During the most recent full moon, I climbed an active volcano in Lassen National Park in California, Mount Lassen. The Nationa...

 

Quincy's Poking Lions' full of unexpected twists

Tucked in neatly on the Cheney-Spokane Road next to a pond that seasonally hosts otters is the home of Dr. Keith Quincy. Nationally recognized for his university teaching, he is also a prolific author. His latest book, “Poking Lions,” published...

 

CNN's Wolf Blitzer needs fact-checking intern

We rely on the media to keep our leaders honest and accountable. Sadly the last debate showed that the moderators are either stupid or lazy. Here are a few examples of the lack of knowledge by the candidates and the hosts. Jeb Bush says we can’t...

 
 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 5, 2015

Veterans' need for mental health services transcends modern era

(Editor’s note: Capitalization, phrasing and line breaks from Walt Whitman’s poem “An Artilleryman’s Vision” used in this column have been retained in keeping with the original meaning of the work.) When I did not receive my weekly email...

 

Rewards worth every dollar spent

We all have credit cards that rack up points or miles. The other week my wife cashed in my Alaska airlines miles for a roundtrip ticket for me from Spokane to Tahoe, via the Sacramento airport for a family vacation. Twelve dollars for the ticket, min...

 

Take the time, take a train

Last week I did something I had never done in America other than as a commuter in the DC area. I took the train. San Luis Obisbo, Calif. to Spokane. Thirty-two hours on a train, the price was very affordable, with a hint of adventure. The process in...

 
 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 6, 2014

On a recent visit to the veteran's hall

The ranks of our nation's veterans ebb and flow like the tides. World War II vets die at an unstoppable rate. The current war on terror adds daily to the number of our nation's heroes. West Africa,...

 
 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 7, 2013

Strength of our veterans is everywhere around us

“It was 4:30 a.m. January 30th 1968. We began taking fire, from all directions in Lai Khe, Vietnam. I was in my underwear and made it into a bunker just behind another soldier.  As another rocket came in my friend Harvey was diving into the...

 
 By Phil Kiver    Opinion    March 28, 2013

Life turned upside down in burglary

Last week my wife’s van had the door window smashed out at Fish Lake trailhead. To the persons responsible here’s the damage you caused: My five-year-old daughter is now concerned about bad guys, so you stole her innocence. This is what is most u...

 

Steves emphasizes the value of travel

Last Saturday, Feb. 2, Gonzaga University hosted Washington resident and travel expert Rick Steves. He and his 80 employees work out of their office in Edmonds just north of Seattle running tours to...