Because I gave more detail in the presentation than is contained in the PowerPoint slides, I have attached a PDF of my notes: Feral Cat Fact Sheet.
And you can see the letter I wrote to the County Commissioners which resulted in my being granted an audience here: May 18-Cats
Since submitting the SNAP application on May 15, 2017 I have managed to capture 3 kittens. It’s been a month and SNAP has yet to contact me regarding my application, so their statement that it may take up to a month to receive a decision is false. It clearly takes OVER a month. And in case you’re curious, that mama cat, who had the first litter last year, and another litter this year, is pregnant again. Obviously, taking prompt action to reduce the number of stray and feral animals isn’t much of a concern for them.
It’s been a busy quarter at the Spokane Falls Community College Pullman Center. I’m the advisor of the Creative Writing Club, which undertook a joint venture with Film Club this year. The Creative Writing Club produced a screenplay, which the Film Club then produced. The final product was released at an end-of-quarter showing on June 8th.
When the script was complete, the club decided that they wanted to try their hand at comic strips and came up with a couple of fun ones. Those were displayed on the big screen in the foyer, enabling them to share their creativity with the rest of the student body. I received permission from some of the students to display their work here.
It’s always nice to see your name in print, even if it’s not on the cover of a book! This morning one of the writing groups I belong to made the paper again. The story, “Locals find their writing zone at the coffee shop” was featured on the front page of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy a copy of the paper to read the whole story. In addition to quotes from yours truly, the story also features quotes from fellow writers, Sonya Bramwell, Leona Ahles, and Jay Dearien.
Education officials unveiled updated climate science curriculum standards on Friday, May 19th, after collecting more than 1,000 public comments. The new revisions to Idaho’s K-12 science standards downplay the impacts of human activity on climate change in order to appease Idaho’s Republican-controlled Legislature.
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So far, May has been full of good news. After hosting a successful workshop for the Palouse Writers’ Guild, the Guild received a favorable write-up in the Inland 360, which ran in both the Moscow-Pullman Daily News and the Lewiston Tribune. Then I received an Honorable Mention Award for a short-story I entered in the 2017 Idaho Writers’ Guild Writing Contest.
Wishing upon a Star is a work of short fiction that explores the far reaching effects of child abuse and examines how it can be a catalyst for events that occur well into adulthood. You can read the story here: Wishing upon a Star. Other award-winning short stories can be found under the Short Fiction tab.
Sasquatch is on the move in Latah and Whitman Counties . . . In the days following the SFCC Pullman Center’s move to the Washington State University campus, Bigfoot was sighted in nearby Latah County where a motorist swears she saw Bigfoot chasing deer along the highway just north of Potlatch. Perhaps Skitch invited a few friends over to check out his new digs and they tried grabbing some food on the way.
Skitch’s new stomping grounds will be the Math Annex located on the WSU campus. Approximately 200 students will start classes in the new building on April 3, 2017. Being on the WSU campus will expose SFCC students to university life and enhance their college experience. There isn’t enough classroom space in the Math Annex, so some students will have classes across campus in Krugal Hall. Continue reading →
The bridge on Rock Creek Road was damaged during ice flows in February 2017, compromising it's structural integrity. The county to close the road,out of safety concerns. Because of high water levels and excessive stream flows, they have been unable to repair the bridge. Motorist were encouraged to use the Flannigan Creek Road detour. 3/18/17
This shows a picture of horse pastures along Highway 95 near Potlatch, ID. At shortly after 8 AM this morning the water was less than a foot from covering the railroad tracks and only 2 feet from crossing Highway 8 near the county shop. 3/16/17
Thanks to a blown gasket I had to stop in at Bagott Motors, Inc. in downtown Palouse, WA this morning. The mechanics were kind enough to take me in back so that I could get a look at the water in the alley. The stick on the light pole shows that the water is just over 3 feet deep in the alley. www.bagottmotors.com 3/16/17
Exciting news! A publisher has offered me a contract for the trilogy. I wanted to wait to share the news until after it was signed and I had a publication date, but the person I’m working with had a family emergency. His mother has been hospitalized, so he’s taking time off to care for her. Also, many of the authors I’ve contacted say it can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months to work through negotiations. I don’t think I could keep quiet that long.
I’ll be sure to post an update as soon as the details are worked out and all responsible parties have signed. Here’s to hoping everything works out.
Well, I’ve been published again. The Spokesman Review Huckleberries Online Blog ran the cartoon below on Thursday, January 26th. The editor of the Moscow-Pullman Daily News said it was confusing and he didn’t get it, so it did not appear in the local paper.