2023-01-05 E-Edition

Ape Haven

The non-profit Center for Great Apes, now in its 29th year, is the only accredited orangutan sanctuary and one of only a handful of accredited chimpanzee sanctuaries in North America.

  It all began with Pongo. He was just 4 weeks old when a Miami breeder handed the baby orangutan to Patti Ragan and asked her to foster him for a while. The orangutan was ill, and the breeder couldn’t devote the time needed to care for him. “I’d love to,” she told him, not knowing what she was in […]

3 SWFL airports set records for passengers with guns

Three airports in Southwest Florida — Punta Gorda, Fort Myers and Sarasota-Bradenton — reported a record number of guns confiscated from passengers in 2022. The year-to-date number on Dec. 19 of 793 guns brought to the Transportation Security Administration’s checkpoints at Florida airports is already 19% higher than in any previous year and includes records set at 14 individual airports. […]


In traditional fashion, an Old Year has slid again into the sea of time, leaving behind a sibling New Year seemingly indistinguishable. There is peace and plenty, or there is war and poverty — same as it always was. Can we change that? Can we make the world better and more peaceful when we have to get up and go […]

State tax collections top projection

Hurricane recovery efforts helped November tax collections in Florida, as housing sales waned and people continued to dip into savings amid high inflation. A report estimated that general-revenue collections were 14.1% higher than projected for November. The report by the Legislature’s Office of Economic & Demographic Research estimated the state collected $3.625 billion in general revenue in November, $447.2 million […]

Experiencing nature up close by paddling the Peace

Note: Capt. Kirk is on leave for a while. In the meantime, enjoy a version of this classic from 2011. The early morning is a great time to get out on the water, whether it’s by powerboat, sailboat or by kayak. I had my fishing rod with me as we paddled quietly along Deep Creek Preserve. My wife, Nancy, and […]

Helping newly adopted dogs adapt to their new lives

When we lost our dog Harper in October, after losing Keeper in March, we were petless for the first time in decades. Our plan was to continue fostering kittens but wait a year or so before getting another dog so that we could travel more frequently and for longer periods. That lasted all of two months. Four days before Christmas, […]

Pets of the WEEK

EARS is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday at 500 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood. Visit www.earsanimalrescue.com, or call 941-681-3877 for the shelter or 941-460-6757 for the thrift store. All donations go to help the EARS animals. Volunteers and donations are always needed. These pets are available for adoption at the Suncoast Humane Society, 6781 San Casa Drive, Englewood. All adoptable […]

Tips to help you detect skin cancer early

As we enter 2023, you may be thinking of ways to take better care of yourself in the new year. The Skin Cancer Foundation suggests making a commitment to get to know your skin better — learning about the warning signs of skin cancer and what to do if you see something suspicious could save your life. “Skin cancer is […]

Focus on your heart health in 2023

The start of the new year has many people looking at their lives, health and habits and aiming to make changes. Whether you set specific resolutions or not, I would encourage you to understand your heart health and, if necessary, take steps to make a healthier heart a priority. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United […]