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september 30, 2015

Snakes: A vital piece of the ecosystem puzzle

While some of us might say that the thought of snakes makes our hair on the back of our necks stand up, there are reasons to have happy thoughts when thinking of these legless creatures. Snakes play a very important role in our ecosystem. They help to keep insect, mouse and other rodent populations down. Snakes are capable of entering into tiny burrows and tight spaces to catch their prey while most other predators cannot. Keeping some of these prey populations down can also mean reducing diseases. Many rodents are hosts to ticks and other vectors that spread disease. Snakes help to curb the spread of these diseases by limiting prey numbers.

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MULLET OVER BY JAMES K. WHITE  |  september 30 , 2015

Super-glued your fingers together?

james k white Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) gets its common name from a willow tree whose Latin genus is spirea. Lagniappes: Modern aspirin was invented when a Dusseldorf physician named Bayer refined an old folk remedy in 1893 hoping to develop a pain reliever for his arthritis-stricken father.

BOOK NOOK   |  JULY 8, 2015

chattoCave Creek area featured in new Apache Wars novel

The new novel, “Chatto’s Promise” traces the deadly raid by the Apache warrior, Chatto, and his band of 21 raiders through the area near Cave Creek in 1883.