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Today's News

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: Spring in the Refuge

    Some days back, I was off to the Refuge to note how things have changed over the past several weeks. It is not yet dawn. I take loop road. Fields and uplands come awake. Little birds are in an impromptu chorus led by tiny wrens with uplifted tail feathers and loud crisp songs, notes grouped in two, three, four, and more, "Cedar, Cedar, Cedar Key," "Veeger, veeger, veeger, veeger, veeger."

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: On the road again...

    Remember how simple it used to be to go on a vacation or any other trip? All you had to do was throw some clothes and toilet articles into a suitcase, throw the suitcase into the car and off you go. Now we have so many other necessities to take along, it is such a major undertaking that you have to start packing days ahead of time.

  • Reflections: Island time

    When I was a child I was curious about the mysteries of our planet. I still am to this day.

    Soon I will be going to the Hawaiian Islands and have been doing a little research in preparation. This will be especially helpful when I fly above, but low over them in a small airplane. I have reserved a Cessna like mine for when I arrive.

    The beginnings of the Hawaiian island chain are intriguing. They started in one of the most remote places on earth from the movement of tectonic plates deep below the Pacific Ocean over 70 million years ago.

  • Getting back to the Garden: Cedar Key herbalist Nysie Watson

    Nysie Watson was born to be an herbalist, it seems.

    "All my life I've been aware of an alternate way of healing," she says. "We used to pick mushrooms - shiitake, chantarelles - my mother could name the names of almost all the plants we'd find in the Pacific Northwest."

    She got her degree in Ag. Horticulture from the University of Oregon, but that's not what made her an herbalist.

    No, it took two devastating back injuries and a bout with lymphoma to make Watson an herbalist. The lessons she learned fighting back injuries and cancer made a lifelong impression on her.

  • Shark News

    Picture perfect!

    By Claire Brown and Jessi Robinson

    The fourth nine week's photography wheel class has been getting their final pictures ready for the exhibit, on May 15th.

  • Lessons learned from square-foot gardening

    Mr. Dennis Voyles' agriculture wheel class has been busy tending to their gardens located behind the CKS lunchroom. This ag class, while learning about water and land conservation, decided to try a new method called square-foot gardening. Square foot gardening is a new concept. Instead of growing crops in rows, students think in terms of square feet sections within a small plot. Each student is assigned a 4' by 4' plot enclosed by 8-inch walls of plywood. This gives each just 16 square feet of area to work with.

  • True Faith: Bad words hurt children and grownups!

    "Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord." (Ephesians 6:4 NIV)

    "Mommy, please don't come at me with bad words - because they will get in me!" The tender young child who uttered these words of wisdom could just as easily have said the same thing to a Daddy. One local school teacher has the indescribable joy of working as a teacher of our young children in the community. One of the parents told how her child had shamed her when she was using some bad language to make a strong point about the child's misbehavior.

  • Abort-Retry-Fail: Keeping personal data personal

    The time has finally come. That great computer that you bought five years ago is starting to show its age. It seems sluggish and slow, won't run some of the newer programs because it doesn't have enough memory (RAM) and you have already added all you can. So you finally bite the bullet and buy a new replacement. You get your new computer home and transfer all of your data files from the old computer to the new one.

    So, what do you do with the old computer now?

  • Trouble in Cedar Key: The blues are running...

    This Friday past, Peyote Pete confirmed that the blues are running. I've lived most of my life by saltwater. I can't tell you how many times I've heard that call, "...the blues are running." It's as exciting now as it has always been from the Northeast down through Florida and across the Miracle Strip. I have a wooden plaque endorsed by the Governor of Virginia for a citation blue, seventeen and a half pounds, hooked off the Eastern Shore.

  • Fishing Lines: Better visibility means big hittin' on the water

    I remember as a kid we used to say, "Wind from the west, fish bite the best; wind from the east, fish bite the least." I don't remember any sayings about the north or south winds. But, when the wind blows in that pristine clear water from down around Crystal River our inshore fishing gets much better.

    Now I will grant that the fish will allow you fewer mistakes in clear water, especially redfish, but the clear water more than makes up for the disadvantages it brings.