Monday, January 31, 2011
The closest Do-it-Best stores are on the South Hill at south Regal and another one on 29th.
We'll update this post with more information as it becomes available.
Among the winners this weekend are the Cheney High School Percussion Ensemble, going to state for their fourth year in a row; Chris Knox, trumpet; Lauren McKinley, mallets; David Denenny, oboe; Lucas Barry, alto sax; and Jessica Ho, clarinet.
WA@2.4K' would also like to congratulate the first alternates to state: Danielle Gilmour, alto sax; Wesley Nanny, trumpet; and Caitlin Foster, bass.
The state competition will be in Ellensburg on April 29 and 30.
"Twisted Proverbs" by Lynn Glassock, performed by the Cheney High School Percussion 1 and was judged by Ron Crenshaw.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Eastern Washington University’s recent triumph over the Blue Hens has been a great thing for Cheney resident Kenny Kemper. He starred in a Campus Crusade for Christ (“Cru”) video featuring “Welcome to Cheney,” a two-year-old song by his previous band named Jehovah’s Whiteness in parody.
The five-year resident played the song for friends until Cru music leader Joe Vidot heard it. He needed a project for his sound production class and produced Kemper’s music on campus.
This year Cru selected Spokane for the location of its winter conference and Jason Randles, Cru staff member at EWU, as the master of ceremonies. Randles decided to use Kemper’s song in a video to introduce himself and where he was from.
If you missed "Welcome to Cheney," scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
WA@2.4K’ welcomes journalism major and guest blogger Desiree Clark!
Don't Feed the Animals!
By Desiree Clark
Raccoon sightings are common in my Cheney, Wash. neighborhood. I have seen a raccoon at least a half a dozen times and others have seen paw prints and small raccoons. My neighbors nearby seem to shrug off any warning I give that they have moved in.
My neighbor, who lives below me, and I have started to refer to our friendly neighborhood raccoon as “Al.” According to Pelotes Island Nature Preserve, the name “raccoon” may have come from the Algonquin Indian word “arukun” meaning “he who scratches with his hands.” We figured Al was easier to pronounce. I am a night owl and apparently Al is the same.
My apartment has a laundry area in the basement of the house. Unfortunately, I am the attic apartment and have to go outside around the back of the house and down a cement stairwell to access it. While coming up from the laundry around 8 p.m. a few nights ago, I rounded the corner of the house and came face-to-face with Al.
Apparently I startled him, as he sure as heck startled me. He reared up on his hind legs and stood as tall as my chest. This is not saying much as I am only five feet tall. However, for someone my size to be reared on by a wild animal that is about the same size, I was freaked out with no escape nonetheless.
Turning around meant getting trapped in the cement stairwell and he was blocking my path around the house. Doing the only thing I could, I ran for the stairwell and pounded on my neighbors’ window. Al followed of course, and doing this catlike stalking move, he crept towards to stairs. I pounded harder.
By this point I was shaking uncontrollably and my neighbor was not answering. Al slowly moved forward and the front door of my neighbor’s house finally opened up. Man to the rescue. When the door opened up and my neighbor who is twice my size came out, Al ran over our fence and off to torment someone else.
I shook for about 30 minutes before shooting off an email to my landlord about Al. Knowing I needed more information about the animal, I looked further. I found out some interesting information about the wild animal population around Cheney.
A few days after the “incident” with Al, I approached the Eastern Washington University campus police for information. Officer Tom Barber, a 6-year veteran of the EWU police said there are many different wild animals around town including “owls, raccoons, cats (larger than a house pet), coyotes, deer and fox.”
Up until this point I was unaware how humorous my terrifying experience was for those that heard the story. Kudos to Barber for his almost poker face. All I was looking for was a way to get Al to move on. “We invaded their territory,” Barber said and he added that the best way to keep them away is to clean up your yard and keep garbage cans secure.
Still not folding to everyone’s chuckles, I googled it. You would be amazed (or maybe not) at the amount of information that came up. The best site was http://www.wikihow.com/Get-Rid-of-Raccoons. They have a cartoon video to basically tell “us dummies” how to get rid of raccoons.
There are many ways to keep animals out of your neighborhood. The obvious one has been mentioned, cleaning up your yard of garbage and keeping it secure. Taking in pet food at night and cleaning up debris will also help. Purchasing metal garbage cans with secure lids, placing weights on your garbage can lid, and washing your garbage can out are also ways of keeping the animals away.
My landlord was great about looking into the situation as well. She also said many people laughed while giving her information but was told to call Fish and Wildlife if the “problem” continued.
Since this terrifying experience, Al has thankfully disappeared. I have not placed rocks on my garbage or double bagged, but I carry a Maglite to do the laundry now. One of those big four- or five- battery Maglites. I really hope that Al lives a long life in someone else’s garage or wood pile or whatever. But I promise this, he will not be missed.
Have pictures of wildlife in your yard? Send them to WashingtonAt2400Feet@gmail.com, and we'll post them!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
In a rehearsal on a piece that called for crowd noise, Tara’s section leader directed his screaming point-blank at her ear, causing terrible pain. She went home to bed immediately after school and woke up hurting the next day. When the ear pain was still present a week later, she finally went to her doctor, who said that some of the muscles in the ear had been shocked into protection mode and, as a result, pressure had built up behind the drum.
When Tara confronted the offending student, he laughed, saying he didn’t know such a thing was possible. Surely, he didn’t mean to hurt her, did he? Tara assumed he didn’t. But soon after this incident, a poor interaction between the pair ended with him calling her a rather colorful gender-based epithet.
After another incident involving property, Tara confided in an instructor, who pointed out where she went wrong and spoke with the section leader. For Tara, this criticism hit a sour note. “I felt invalidated when (the instructor) corrected me.”
Since then, the student has retaliated with more harassment, this time with more personal discriminating statements based on Tara’s overheard conversation with a friend. When the instructor asked for specifics, Tara was too embarrassed to share. Bullying has left Tara feeling powerless and angry.
According to the EWU policy on bullying (901-04,) bullying is “intentional, targeted at an individual or group, repeated, hostile or offensive, and creates an intimidating and/or threatening environment which produces a risk of psychological and/or physical harm.” The policy includes a spectrum of behaviors that are physical, verbal or written. To sum it up, the civility learned before life at EWU should be retained and practiced.
Behaviors that are harmful to an individual or property are referred to the campus police. Detective Quincy Burns says the university takes this issue very seriously, but that harassment issues don’t make it to them unless it becomes criminal or the victim has been threatened with violence.
Criminal repercussions are straightforward, but the disciplinary actions as outlined in the bullying policy are ambiguous. The policy says, “The supervisor or other appropriate official will take action to prevent future violations and to administer appropriate sanctions.” Karen Wanjico, Violence Prevention Victim Advocate (VPVA) says that discipline is handled on a case-by-case basis. After a hearing, the sanctions could be a dismissal from the university, in extreme cases, or student education, like an interview with police or a personal reflection paper based on research.
Catching the bully before the behavior becomes criminal is doing the student a favor, says Detective Burns. Certainly, education is a priority at the university; in real-world scenarios, students could face natural consequences ranging anywhere from a human-resource referral to job loss to a civil harassment suit or worse.
Bullies can get away with their behavior if their victims are undereducated about their rights. At EWU, the weakest point of the bullying policy is student training. According to the policy, the Vice President for Student Affairs is responsible for annual training on standards and procedures pertaining to bullying. During New Student and Orientation Week, students had the option to attend a 40-minute session on discrimination, sexual harassment and reporting criteria. Other than that, where do victims learn that the behaviors they’ve been tolerating are actually red flags? Sexual harassment and assault help referrals are highly visible on campus, but for students like Tara, comparing your own experiences with that extreme is enough to dismiss the inappropriate behavior and pretend it’s no big deal.
Gary Gasseling, “the head cheese of the big red barn,” stated that students often downplay red flags, but campus police want students to come in. “When you don’t report, you are a part of the problem.” Toughing it out doesn’t make the victim stronger, it enables the bully.
So what should bullied students do? When recipients of unwanted behavior are dissatisfied with or unable to approach their instructor for help, they can visit with first responders, who are staff and faculty trained to assist in these situations. They can help students through the complaint processes. Another resource is Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in Martin Hall.
The direct, more formal approach would be to visit the Office of the Dean of Students and file a complaint. According to Michelle Helmerick, Assistant to the Dean of Students, after a complaint, the Dean will listen and sort through the matter confidentially. She also said that students who are employees should report to their immediate supervisors, Human Resources or another official.
The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities houses more student resources, including conflict resolution services. VPVA Wanjico’s job as advocate is to help students afraid for their safety. She helps with practical needs such as switching classes or dorm rooms to navigating the legal system with the appropriate court order.
While Tara’s case hasn’t become violent yet, she has visited Heather Robinson, a communications professor and first responder. “She listened, validated my feelings, gave me advice and a phone number.” Tara went on to say that Robinson was there to point her to resources, but wouldn’t hear about the situation again unless Tara came to her personally with the details. Confidentiality is a priority at the university.
Since then, Tara has been talking to other students and says that people are watching out for her. “The music building is a tight community.”
Friday, January 21, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Raccoon Print Detail
Sunlight in the Tree
Trees Capture the Sunrise
Happy January Morning
Light through the Snow
Soaking in Sunshine
Tree Shadows on Hargreaves
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
Behind me in line, John Bigley, parent of senior Jessica Bigley, waits in line with his eagles cap. Apparently, I've missed the announcement that EWU will give customers 20 percent off for wearing their eagle gear today. We get to talking about the game and the publicity. "National champions and no one in the state recognizes them," he says. He emailed Joe Biden's office after the game. "'Thanks for the chicken dinner!' I never did hear back from them, of course," he says.
"We're going to play something boring," he says.
I know, ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.
11:55 "We Are the Champions" wafts through the crowd, played on an electric guitar. A woman walks through the crowd, handing out the words, but no one is singing. We're hooting and hollering and excited, but this isn't karaoke.
They weren't. I grab a couple sweatshirts in the right size and push into the crowd. The mass of humanity next to the shirts is several people deep and they're grabbing stacks of shirts. I cling to my sweatshirts and make a complete circle around the cash registers.
Will I ever get to the t-shirts? What if I don't like the styles?
Some girls near me hold up their black shirts.
The sweatshirts in my arms are looking better in every moment.
There's no way I'll win against this crowd.
In line, a checker waves me over. "Considering it's you," says my friend behind the counter, "I'm going to slow down and rest a minute." If she was resting, I'd hate to see her at full speed.
I bump into alumni Michelle Best. This is her second trip to the bookstore today. She first came to the store at 7:30, unaware that there was a delayed opening. We walk out of the mayhem and into the warm January air. Prizes in hand, we talk of kids and plans for the weekend.
We don't compare purchases, but when I get my prize home, I know I've made the right choice.
Bake time: 30 minutes @ 350*-375*
What you’ll need: Chicken, bacon, macaroni, Velveeta, butter and (optional) breadcrumbs.
Start by prepping your chicken. The chicken should be pan fried, boiled, broiled or heated to 170 degrees. Pick the method that works best for you. For the sake of my demonstration, I’ll broil the chicken.
While the chicken is cooking away, dice bacon into large bits and fry.
Cube Velveeta while you’re waiting for the chicken and bacon to cook. I like a third of a two-pound loaf, but you can always taste it and decide if it needs more. If you don’t like cheese and want to use less, consider making something other than macaroni and cheese, like Top Ramen®.
(That's a pretty awful thumbnail, if ever I've seen one.)
When the bacon is done, drain the fat and put the bits into a bowl.
When the chicken is at temperature, transfer it to a cutting board and chop into bite-sized pieces at the largest. Mix this into the bowl of bacon.
Boil water for the noodles. If you’re cooking for a big family, make 4 cups of macaroni. If not, half it.
While your water is heating, melt some butter in a separate pan and preheat the oven to 375 degrees. If you have more noodles (4 cups), you’ll want more butter or margarine—like half a cube. This is a horseshoes/hand grenades measurement. For those of you who prefer absolute measurements, keep in mind that the more you practice this recipe, the more you’ll understand the right measurements for the way you like your macaroni.
After your butter has melted, add enough flour to soak in all the butter. This means adding a little flour at a time. Make sure the heat is on medium. When the butter has absorbed all the flour add a little milk at a time and stir constantly, breaking up as much flour as possible. Keep adding milk a little at a time until your saucepan is halfway full or better.
Your macaroni should cook for about 7 minutes with the lid off. Drain the noodles and set aside when they’re cooked “to the tooth.” You should like the doneness when you bite into one.
Add the Velveeta a little at a time, stirring on low heat. When there are no more clumps, you’re done. Remove from heat.
Pick a casserole dish that is deep but slender. If it’s too wide, the dish seems to dry out. Yuck.
Place the noodles on the bottom of the dish and stir the chicken-bacon mixture into it. Lastly, pour the cheese sauce over the top of the noodles, stir it in a little and place the casserole into the oven for 30 minutes
Variations: fry onions in the butter used for the sauce
Top with tomato slices
Top with bread crumbs for a nice crust
(The video says we took two hours to film, but this recipe doesn't take that long to make unless you have to play with a camera while you make it.)
Think you can do better? Show me! I welcome your comments and demonstrations. Share your knowledge with this audience.
Or comment below
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Intersection of North Sixth and Elm
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
The Cows are Watching: Building The Pygmy Kayak - Part 1: "10x20 Storage Unit Last winter, out of a need to keep myself occupied, I decided to build a Kayak. I had built a boat before, a 16 f..."
Monday, January 10, 2011
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