"I think Mom could hear him. It was poignant; the end of a wonderful love story."
Dewey Mitchell, describing the scene at HPH Hospice when his father, longtime rancher Jim Mitchell, said farewell to his wife of 63 years, Dorothy, shown at left. Mrs. Mitchell, who served 20 years on the Pasco School Board, died at age 82 after a lengthy illness.
"I can't help but think about Dorothy Mitchell right now, and her passing. This was her seat many years ago. … It makes me sad that she's not here. I send my best thoughts and prayers to (her family) right now."
Alison Crumbley, during a subdued Election Night victory gathering. Crumbley, Steve Luikart and Cynthia Armstrong captured the three open seats.
"In two weeks, I'll be private citizen Cox. And I just want to remind you, I pay all your salaries."
County Commissioner Michael Cox, having a fun moment with his fellow board members the morning after he lost his bid for re-election to Republican Henry Wilson.
"I won't back down. No disrespect intended. I am fighting for something I believe in."
Fred Ferrer, father of a 9-year-old boy who carried a backpack (at left) to Richey Elementary School that featured a sketch of a scantily clad woman and a snake. Ferrer objected to the principal banning the backpack after complaints from other parents. The day after Ferrer's comments to the School Board, he bought his son a new backpack.
"I call upon the commission to keep this matter in the sunshine where it belongs."
Sheriff Bob White, objecting to county commissioners' closed-door sessions as they prepare their defense to White's appeal to the Cabinet of his budget.
"It's just an awful, awful tragedy. They were just stupid kids. … My boy is devastated about it."
Denice Moon, after her son James Hopkins, 19, was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his friend, Michael "Mikey'' Dunkley, 20. Deputies said the young men were playing with a shotgun inside their Land O'Lakes house when Hopkins placed the barrel in Dunkley's mouth and pulled the trigger. He said he thought the gun was empty, deputies reported.