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Rocky updated 10 days ago

Behind the Byline: How the World connected with students 20 years after the events of 9/11

20 years ago, students in Eastmont Junior High teacher Tammy Grubb's class processed the events of Sept. 11 by creating "found poetry," pulling words and phrases from the front pages of newspapers like the New York Times and rearranging them. Mrs. Grubb sent the poems to the NYT, where Sept. 11 reporter Serge Schmemann received them and thanked her. 

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Sept. 11, Serge teamed up with Wenatchee World reporter Mitchell Roland to reconnect with those students. 

Here, Mitchell describes his partnership with the NYT, and how he wrote the story. 

This Q&A is lightly edited for style and clarity. View the comments to see Mitchell's responses! 

Rocky updated 10 days ago

Mental health resources for Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and I wanted to share some resources that might help you or a loved one through difficult times. 

Some people's mental health was strongly and negatively impacted by the pandemic. Last year, we spoke to local health professionals about this, and they gave advice on how to cope during isolation. While we thankfully have the vaccine and aren't in lockdown anymore, it's still a great conversation full of tips. 

Last year, we also compiled a mental health resource list, which includes local support groups, crisis lines and emergency housing locations. 

Simply checking in with someone you care about could save their life. The warning signs of a mental health emergency can include: 

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, trouble sleeping or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes

Finally, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) is a confidential, 24/7 service that you can call if you need someone to talk to.


Fires showcase Red Cross services

When you hear The Red Cross, what's the first thing you think of? 

A lot of people say blood drives, fire and hurricane responses, and lifeguard and CPR training, according to Ryan Rodin, Red Cross Greater Inland Northwest executive director.

But the recent fires have shown that they do a lot more. In July they opened eight emergency shelters in July to help people displaced by fires and created a heat wave shelter in the Town Toyota Center. They also assist people in the aftermath of housing fires.

They're a volunteer network, and they can always use more assistance. If you'd like to help out, visit

What has your experience with the Red Cross been like?