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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune has new publisher

Sound Publishing, Washington’s largest publisher of community newspapers and NCW Media Inc. of Leavenworth, the largest publisher of community newspapers and specialty publications in North Central Washington have agreed to a strategic realignment of their individual newspaper holdings. Under the deal, which is effective Aug. 1, 2011, Sound will assume ownership of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and NCW will take ownership of the Wenatchee Business Journal in Wenatchee.

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Rumors of our death are greatly exaggerated

A fellow publisher shared a book revue with me this last week. The review appeared in the Wall Street Journal and was written by Daniel Akst about Judy Muller’s book, “Emus Loose in Egner.” The book is about the joys and challenges of publishing a small newspaper.

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Bertha Utt Ayers

Bertha Utt Ayers

Bertha was born on April 24, 1927 to Ade and Iona Utt in Riverside, Wash. She was raised in the Lime Belt on South Pine Creek and has been there all of her 84 years.

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The Oroville Elementary School has received a fresh coat of paint over the summer.  Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville School Board passes $7.2 million budget

OROVILLE – At their Monday, July 25 meeting the Oroville School Board passed a $7,181,000 operating budget for the 2011-12 school year based on a projected enrollment of 600 students.

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Obama claims 80 percent of Republicans support his plan

As we get closer to the dreaded deadline for increasing the Federal debt ceiling the facts are getting harder to find. And last week our fact challenged President claimed in a press conference that those recalcitrant Republicans just didn’t understand what the American people want.

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Gertrude P. Sawtells

Gertrude P. Sawtells, age 94, of Oroville died July 13 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. She was born July 18, 1916 in Allen, Neb., to Alfred and Maude Borg.

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The economy is terrible – but it’s not Obama’s fault

Unemployment jumped again last month as the anemic economy refused to follow the direction of our President. According to the denier in chief, our economy is encountering “strong headwinds.” He is now blaming our sick economy on natural disasters, Greece, high gas prices and cost cutting by state governments for the situation.

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Margaret Martin Jennings

Margaret Martin Jennings

Margaret Jennings died Oct. 9, 2010, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Margaret, the daughter of Thomas W. Martin and Valborg C. Martin, was born March 5, 1918, in Mansfield, Wash.

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Who really pays taxes

In this week’s progressive opinion our leftist columnists try to make the point that it is patriotic to pay your taxes. I couldn’t agree more.

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Fatality accident, robbery over July 4th weekend

OKANOGAN COUNTY – While many people were enjoying a sunny, long Fourth of July weekend, there were some less happy incidents, including a fatality accident and robbery.

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