Environment

Awakenings

BY Brian Plonka

Every fall the Inland Northwest is treated to a cloud of fluttery little gray-blue insects. Known as smoky-winged ash aphids, Prociphilus americanus, they are a nuisance, but harmless to humans.

Culture

American Getaway

BY Brian Plonka

The strong cruise industry growth fuels continuing evolution of “ship hotel” vacation experiences. Over the years, lines and operators have expanded their itineraries and now include convenient embarkation ports and diverse ports of call.

Culture

Racing Strong

BY Brian Plonka

Overcoming his dad’s passing and racing on a shoe-string budget Terry Armstrong Jr., battles all odds to find the winner’s circle on the track and in life.

Culture

Old San Juan / A brief encounter

BY Brian Plonka

Puerto Ricans are by law natural born citizens of the United States and may move freely between the island and the mainland. However, as it is not a state Puerto Rico does not have a vote in the United States Congress which governs the territory with full jurisdiction.

Health and Wellness

Generations Under the Influence

BY Brian Plonka

Generations under the influence is an attempt to put faces on an issue that is so tightly woven into societyʼs tapestry that we often donʼt realize when it is causing our own lives to unravel. Alcoholʼs influence can be found be found in every ethnic and social economic corner of our world. That impact is not limited by age, and it persists from generation to generation.