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Saturday: Weekend

Taking note: Kindness is key

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column originally ran in the March 14 edition of The Mining Journal. We all endure challenges and hardships that we don’t share with others. Sometimes because we feel ashamed of our struggles. Sometimes because we feel like others might not understand. Sometimes ...

Taking note: Curling up with a good book

EDITOR’S NOTE: This column was originally published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Mining Journal. Someone from a much warmer locale recently asked me what people here do to get through the winter. I told them about the wealth of winter recreation opportunities, such as fat tire biking, ...

Love of job keeps 80-year-old EMT at work

CHARLOTTE, Mich. — Most people don’t start a full-time career in their 60s. Lyle See isn’t most people. At 80 years old, he’s been an EMT for decades alongside a career in human resources and working as a firefighter. His first run was in 1962, shortly after he graduated from ...

Taking note: Sharing joy

It’s a strange sight: a collection of crisp autumn leaves covering a blanket of snow, with just a few spots of bright green grass exposed. Everything is quiet, except a few drops of water dripping gently from a steadily shrinking icicle. But then, a breeze picks up. Compared to the cutting, ...

A place to gather together: New park honors owner of integrated ‘Tea Room’

WINCHESTER, Va. — Like most Southern towns in the 1960s, Winchester was racially segregated. But there was one place in the city where skin color didn’t matter, where people from all races could hang out together without feeling society’s pressure to keep Blacks and whites apart. That ...

Taking note: Shifting seasons

A golden ray of the late afternoon sun was striking a tree with bright orange leaves at just the right angle. The leaves seemed to practically be ablaze. The illumination of the tree almost seemed to come from within. It was a dazzling, warmly lit sight, providing a glorious contrast to the ...

Opening his home: Man shelters 300 dogs from Hurricane Delta

LEONA VICARIO, Mexico — As the dangerous Hurricane Delta closed in on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Ricardo Pimentel opened his home — to about 300 dogs. There were plenty of other critters too: Dozens of cats were harbored in his son’s room; his daughter’s room served as a refuge ...

Taking note: Simple signs

Countless roadside signs seemed to float by in the darkness as I drove along the highway. Some were lit up by their own power, while others relied on the headlights illuminating their reflective surface. Signs telling you the price of gas. Signs directing you to another county road, highway ...

Fish rescue: Annual effort saves hundreds from Wyoming intake

JACKSON, Wyo. — Cutthroat trout tails and heads boiled with the surface of Spread Creek’s diverted water, involuntary spasms resulting from electricity shooting out of Jack Bryan’s handheld anode. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department fisheries technician was standing in Spread Creek’s ...

Taking note: The long wait

The late-afternoon mix of natural and artificial light was setting in, casting a glow upon the airport concourse and its endless stretch of gleaming tiles. I was just about to follow the long line of shining tiles to my gate when my phone lit up with a notification. My flight was delayed. ...

Taking note: Falling snow

The tiny, wet snowflakes were melting almost as soon as they hit the grass, which still green, but dotted with fallen leaves. But the flakes seemed to gain some traction as the ground chilled, forming a nearly transparent layer of lacy, slushy snow upon the grass. The sidewalks and streets ...

Ramps & rails: New skate park built in Navajo community

SHIPROCK, N.M. — The wheels on Neshaun John’s skateboard were among the first to roll on the ramps, rails and grind boxes at the new skate park at Nizhoni Park. For John, the layout and equipment provide space where he can practice his skills closer to his home in Sanostee. Many ...

Giving back: Retired Iowa teacher builds beds for children in need

FORT DODGE, Iowa — A retired Fort Dodge educator has been spending the final days of summer constructing bed frames from his wood shop. It will be those frames, combined with mattresses, pillows and blankets provided through Athletics for Education and Success, that will give Fort Dodge ...

Taking note: Paddling ahead

I didn’t even know it had been raining until I saw the damp pavement upon stepping outside. The air was humid and sweet, unusual for this time of year. It was much warmer than I would have imagined for a night in late September. But you never know these days. Astronomical fall has ...

From a skill to an art: Metal fabricator begins sculpting after move to Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. — A few years after Michael Sisson retired from a career as a metal fabricator that spanned more than two decades, he started getting bored. So in the spring of 2019, he bought a welder. About eight months and 540 logged hours later, he finished a roughly 125-pound carbon ...

Taking note: A forest found

The verdant canopy of the forest spanned as far as the eye could see. Sunlight glowed through the leaves, casting a calming light upon the scene. Shades of chartreuse and evergreen surrounded me. A few leaves in hues of red and orange were scattered on the forest floor, even though there ...

All abilities welcome: Unique new accessible park to open today

SPANISH FORK, Utah — The long-anticipated Spanish Fork all-abilities park that will feature a wheelchair swing, sensory garden, ground-level merry-go-round and other accessible amenities is set to open today. The Spanish Fork City Council announced during its Aug. 25 meeting that ...

Taking note: Finding the words

It was a crisp, sunny morning. Dew still lingered upon the grass. A light covering of fog could be seen on a few windows, evidence of the coming autumn. Birds called out in the distance. A chipmunk darted around the lawn, seemingly searching for something. It was tempting to linger outside, ...