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Navy Vets Gather At Farragut

Dozens of U.S. Navy World War II veterans help unfurl and stretch a large U.S. flag as “Anchor's Aweigh” is played over loud speakers Saturday at Farragut State Park. Most of the veterans who attended the annual reunion completed basic training at the Farragut Naval Training Station between 1942 and 1946 before fighting in the Pacific theater 70 years ago. Although formal reunions were curtailed several years ago, veterans and their supporters organize informal gatherings, including a coffee hour and barbecue after the flag ceremony. Story here. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

Question: Has any member of your family served in the U.S. Navy?

Clear-Cut Triggers Farragut Furor

“This was very heavy handed,” said former Kootenai Environmental Alliance executive director Barry Rosenberg as he toured a logged area of Farragut State Park on Tuesday. (Kathy Plonka SR photo)

At Farragut State Park, Jokulhlaup Viewpoint offers visitors sweeping views of Lake Pend Oreille. Logging last winter “opened up one of the few vistas that the public has at the park,” said Randall Butt, the park’s manager. Without an obstructing curtain of trees, visitors can look out over a panorama that includes Pack Saddle Mountain on the lake’s eastern shoreline and Bernard Peak, a favorite haunt of mountain goats. But where others see mountains and water, the Kootenai Environmental Alliance sees a three-acre clearcut. To improve the viewpoint, the hillside below was stripped of trees. Members of the Coeur d’Alene-based environmental group were dismayed to find stumps of 100-year-old Douglas firs in the logged area/Becky Kramer, SR. More here.

Question: Would you rather have the sweeping view of Lake Pend Oreille and the clear-cut — the obstructing curtain of trees that include 100-year-old Douglas firs?

Snow and Farragut Memories

Marianne Love gives us a taste of snow here:
http://slightdetour.blogspot.com/2009/11/for-snow-lovers.html

And spokelooneh offered a link to her fascinating article about Farragut: http://www.mariannelove.com/Farragut….

Keithincda says on Saturday PBS aired a documentary about Farragut “Americas Landlocked Navy.” You can purchase the video online at the KSPS televesion website or at Amazon. Not too early to start thinking about Christmas presents.

Just saying.

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