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Saul Seamus Durkee, 23, Omak, pleaded guilty April 1 to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and use of drug paraphernalia. The court dismissed a fourth-degree assault charge. Durkee was sentenced April 11 to 89 months in prison and fined $13,112.14, which includes $12,251.64 in restitution.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Not sure where our commissioners’ heads are

I’m not sure what they’re thinking. While the Heavy Haul corridor has been a boon to Oroville, our county commissioners, including the representative from north county, Jim Detro, seem to be trying to unravel all the good that has come of it.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Half million for two bathrooms, it’s no April Fool’s joke

When their facilities consultant told the school board that renovating two of the Oroville Elementary School bathrooms would be between $400-450,000 or more, you could have heard a pin drop. Even when you consider that’s actually four bathrooms (boys and girls on the north end of the building, and boys and girls on the south end) it still seemed like it was some sort of early April Fool’s joke.

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Trails part of the economic pie

Although some might not see their value, Okanogan County’s system of trails has become important to our communities in many ways. Perhaps most importantly the trails offer a good way to keep ourselves healthy through hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Even though some of us might not able to run in a marathon any more (or ever), having a variety of trails offers great exercise opportunities for the amateur and hardcore hikers alike and and a way to enjoy the outdoors in what my dad would call “God’s country.”

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Editorial Gary Mug

Everything old is new again

I get a lot out of reading Clayton Emry’s Items of the Past column every other week. It serves not only as a reminder of what I was writing about 25 years ago, but how much of what was happening then is happening again. It is kind of bittersweet to think that Clayton stopped using back issues of the G-T from the late 1970s, some 10 years ago….

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Editorial Gary Mug

Can’t afford to kick the can down the road

While schools continue to tighten their belts because they haven’t been given the constitutionally guaranteed basic education funding they need by the state – each year the have to to play a waiting game to see just what their funding will be.

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Half-Baked

Pay now, or pay later; don’t give Alternative/Outreach the short shrift

A few years ago, my buddy Phil (a youth pastor) and I led a group of high school students on a church mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. For nearly two weeks we split time working with various construction projects and interacting with younger kids in various areas around the city.

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Missed out on the ice fishing

Well, I missed out on the ice fishing for the first time since it started – mind you I never fish, just go from spot to spot seeing how everyone else is doing and taking photos. I especially like taking photos of the dog sledding demonstrations – however, it’s my understanding that the rides weren’t [...]

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Heroin making inroads into Okanogan County?

While the fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman both cut short a brilliant career and has dominated much of the national news lately, we are faced with the potential for many of our own tragedies right here in rural America.

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Now for some serious Gonzaga B’ball watching

Most years I could care less who wins the Super Bowl, except for the camaraderie and snacks at a Super Bowl Party. I make an exception when it is the Seahawks, being a fan, albeit fair weather, of professional teams from our fair state.

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