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Local Paper Tarnishes Small Town

Front-page story attacks city Central Washington — The Columbia Basin Herald continues to describe Quincy as “stampeded by gang members, teeming with teenage pregnancies, constant shootings, stabbings, drugs and excessive consumption of booze.” They printed the story — believe it or not — on the front page. “Quincy is also known as ‘Q-town,’” the Columbia Basin Herald, a regional newspaper, claims. “It is overpopulated by gang members and individuals of hispanic decent who often believe they are of african background. Smoking marijuana is very popular and is often practiced by all age groups in the area.” Read more »

Imported Graffiti Art in the Desert Oasis

Aside from an occasional gang squirt, Moses Lake, Washington has no graffiti art scene of which to speak. Yes, there are many vast, open walls available for inspired artists to develop into colorful statements of creative expression. However, city officials and general public opinion frown on graffiti art as worthless, wicked vandalism. Granted, the city does offer several commissioned murals, mainly scenic visions of the ordinary rural variety. Unfortunately, those of us craving authentic expressions of genuine creativity must travel elsewhere to enjoy such diverse cultural fruit. Imported graffiti art, picked fresh daily Or so we thought. Recently we discovered […] Read more »

Evening Drives

After moving back to Moses Lake in October of 2004, I quickly resumed where I had left off. After visiting a few friends and locating some strong medicine, I began going out at night, grabbing coffee, and driving around the deepest folds of Mae Valley. The music was always hand-mixed for optimal chillz, and the medicine more than accommodated for the eventual paranoia that crept along for the ride.. Read more »

June 2002

And yes, you know as I know — the secret of the Lake: early morning freshly fallen dew filling your nostrils, big sky days, and the chillest of sunsets and evening ambiance air still warm from the afternoon heat as the sun goes down — so quiet, so calm, only the sounds of crickets and creatures clicking and chirping and croaking their way into those glorious, panoramic galaxy star-filled glow-moon nights. Read more »

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