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Nothing New — Be careful with that loaded weapon: Grim hunting tales

The Grays Harbor country has long been an area rich in wild game. Their pelts have clothed and their meat has nourished innumerable generations for thousands of years. When the European white man arrived in the area around 1850, his trusty rifle got a lot of use bringing down animals clad in fur or feathers. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned and these news reports are grim reminders that hunting accidents happen - and to beseech the reader to be careful when carting loaded firearms around in the woods.

Friend’s food criticism is hard for couple to swallow

Dear Abby: My wife and I have a friend, “Jonah,” whom we love dearly, but he has no filter. He’s college-educated, has a white-collar job and is over 50. The problem is, anytime we invite him for dinner or take food items to his house, he makes horrible remarks about my wife’s cooking, particularly when it’s a holiday party based on my wife’s Slavic heritage.

Anesthesia and your pet

Many people are frightened about their beloved pet undergoing anesthesia. It is understandable; your pet is a part of the family and anesthesia can be dangerous. Here are a few questions that you can ask your vet about anesthesia so that you can feel comfortable that all precautions are being taken to ensure your pet’s safety and comfort.

“Urbie Revisited” April 18

As Hoquiam celebrates its quasqui-centennial (125th anniversary of the city’s founding) this year, we thought it timely to remember one of the community’s most dramatic landscape-altering actions. Fifty years ago Hoquiam civic leaders were in the midst of removing large swaths of downtown through the Urban Renewal program.

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Man stays on the sidelines when family talks sports

Dear Abby: My family is big on sports and discusses them at every gathering, big or small. I played sports growing up, but I don’t care to follow them in my adult life like the rest of my family does. Sometimes I’m left out of conversations because of my lack of knowledge on the current stats, etc. I have always refrained from speaking about the things I’m passionate about because of lack of interest from them.