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Good morning, Netizens!


A belated Happy New Year to you and yours!


I freely admit that, for my part and that of my wife, we avoided the crowds and mayhem of the New Years celebrations throughout Spokane. At the recently-arrived age of 66 years of age, I did not feel like putting up with the madness nor was I particularly enamored of watching New Years Eve fireworks. I briefly woke up from a sound slumber when the big sky bombs went off at midnight, then promptly went back to sleep. After all, my days nearly always begin at three or four AM each day, which means staying up past Midnight is out of the question.


In today's news although the Los Angeles Fire Department investigators suggest they have a person of interest in custody in a series of arson fires, it should be noted that even after they took this person of interest into custody yesterday, the arson fires continued. That suggests to me that they need to continue searching.


Sadly, we also have the shooting death of a Park Ranger at Mount Rainier National Forest. The Rangers, Pierce County, FBI and various other law enforcement officers have no clue where Benjamin Colton Barnes, the person responsible for killing Ranger Margaret Anderson, might be hiding. Ranger Anderson leaves two children and her husband, also a Ranger in the Mount Rainier, in her wake.


However, we saved the best for last. The sun is up, the sky momentarily clear and it is forecast to be near 40 today. Some winter!



Spokesman-Review readers blog about news and issues in Spokane written by Dave Laird.