Opinion

Editorial Gary Mug

We’ll miss our mayor, Chuck Spieth

Chuck Spieth served his community in many ways. I first got to know him as our friendly neighborhood police chief – literally – living just down the block from the home in which I grew up. It wasn’t unusual to see his police cruiser parked at his house, I’d like to think he helped to keep my brothers and I, and all the neighborhood kids on the straight and narrow. While some police seemed to take the more aggressive – “scared straight” method of dealing with kids, I never saw Chuck as that type of officer.

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Editorial Gary Mug

May Fest, other summertime events fast approaching

May Festival, although in spring, is just around the corner, Saturday, May 14 and comes with the promise of bringing back old memories and is sure to make some new ones.It is also a chance to catch up with old friends, some of whom don’t make it home to Oroville except during this annual event.While “May Day” as many still refer to it started out as a school event led by Bob Drummond more than 80 years ago. It now is community wide and embraced by not only those in Oroville, but by our neighbors to the north in Osoyoos and to the south in Tonasket. May Festival celebrates spring, but marks the start of a busy event season for those living in the north county.

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And now some positive news

It’s no surprise that we have a drug problem in the U.S., with people of all ages getting hooked on everything from legal substances like tobacco, marijuana and alcohol, to hard drugs like meth and cocaine. Even in rural America people are abusing heroin, many because they had became reliant on doctor prescribed opiates and can no longer get them. Our front page this week screams out that even places like Oroville and Tonasket are not immune to the problem.

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N.O. Paws animal shelter/rescue is greatly needed

N.O. Paws Left Behind, the animal rescue shelter just outside of Oroville has obtained a temporary permit to continue to house, care and adopt out the dozens of dogs that they have taken in after a disgruntled neighbor’s complaint shut them down recently. They can’t however, take in any more dogs and this is a sad turn of events for the many communities that the shelter serves.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Getting big reaction on pot farms and juveniles

Juveniles and marijuana, this time it’s not about underage use of a newly legalized substance, well maybe it is in some cases – but no, this is about our county commissioners and what they plan to do about the Juvenile Detention Center and the moratorium on marijuana farms.

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Daniel Klayton

Oroville area marijuana farm has local impact on the economy

Just outside of Oroville, a local economic boon is taking root – and whether or not we realize it, our town is already enjoying its first fruits.
Howling Dog Farms is a licensed marijuana production and processing business, one of the dozens of producers currently located in Okanogan County.

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Editorial Gary Mug

The news rarely sleeps, nor do I

Editorial Gary MugWow, what a busy past week or so. After putting the newspaper to bed on Tuesday last week, I caught a break because it was Katie’s “meeting week.” That’s the week where I don’t have city council or school board meetings to attend, but she does, and usually the hospital board meeting as well. That’s why it often seems like all Tonasket news one week and all Oroville the next. Although, to be fair, the hospital is really shared by the two communities.

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Daniel Klayton

To Grow or Not To Grow: Choosing the future of marijuana farms in Okanogan County

Money doesn’t grow on trees. But sometimes, it comes pretty close.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Getting the old USBP station is the right move

The General Services Administration giving the old Border Patrol Station to Oroville for law enforcement is the right move for both the federal government and Oroville. First of all it will make a great police station for the city and free up the old police station for other uses. It also means the vacant property [...]

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Learning from a book (store)

If you think it’s a challenge for Oroville to thrive economically these days, imagine trying to be an independent book store in the digital age of Amazon and e-books.

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