Opinion

Time to fire up the chamber of commerce

While summer is an important time for our local businesses, especially those that cater to the tourist trade – some rely on summer earnings to help tide them over the winter, our chambers of commerce kind of go into hibernation. That’s probably because many of the chamber’s officers and board members are also business people trying to earn their daily bread.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Booster Club Auctions a good cause

While this is a particularly newsy issue, sometimes we just run out of time/space to put in all the items we’d like to. When 5 p.m. rolled around I still didn’t have all the new staff at Oroville School, their photos and bios, worked into a nice school page. That’s going to have to wait until next week and unless some quit in the meantime I think the introductions will prove to still be valid for the vast majority of our readers.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Still a lot to keep us busy

First of all, we hope you had a good Fair – it was perfect weather wasn’t it? The numbers may have been down some, but there was still lots to see and do.
While summer’s ended that doesn’t mean that things are going to slow down any time soon – back to school and the fair is just the beginning. Now it’s school sports season and as you can tell by our Fall Sports Preview, Brent Baker has already been busy getting the information you need to know about our Tonasket and Oroville teams.

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Fred we’ll miss your smile

Normally a class reunion is a happy time, a time to catch up with classmates you haven’t seen in a long time, or at least since the last reunion. Last weekend’s OHS Class of 1979 reunion was a happy time, although as many of you may know by now, we lost a great friend and classmate, Fred Cook, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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Editorial Gary Mug

What if you held an election and nobody ran?

I’m sorry, I just couldn’t get very excited about the recent primary election – what’s that you say there was an election? Yep, and in Okanogan County it’s business as usual as most of our county offices that were up for election didn’t even get contested. And those that did, well the incumbent usually came out on top.

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The Tumbleweed Film Festival experience

The Tumbleweed Film Festival continues to expand in Oroville and this year appeared for the first time at four venues over four days. It takes a lot of work for the event’s co-founders, Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, to put on each year, but to them it’s a “labor of love.”

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Heaven in the Highlands

That’s what we’re calling our coverage of the Molson Schoolhouse’s 100th Anniversary Party and the Star Party held for the second year at Pat and Robin Stice’s Eden Valley Guest Ranch. It was great to see all the people who went attended the 100th Anniversary Celebration in Molson Saturday. While some graduated from the school, [...]

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Editorial Gary Mug

We try to avoid ‘tabloid journalism’

While if it bleeds it leads is still a maxim for many in the journalism world, that isn’t always the best policy for a community newspaper.
I’d hope that most of the news we print is based on established facts, not rumor and innuendo.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Sandalia dock expansion part of Oroville’s ‘growing pains’

While it makes sense for a resort to have a dock for their residence and rather than a little dock for every home on the lake to have a “community” dock, Sandalia Resort’s request to expand their dock is just another example of the growing pains Oroville is going through as more people want to [...]

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Half-baked: Remembering my grandfather’s World War II legacy

Starting at 4:00 a.m., the mine sweeper YMS-481, along with others of its class, began its second day of clearing the waters near Tarakan City, on the east side of Borneo. Heavily fortified by the Japanese, the oil produced there was of such a high grade that it didn’t need to be refined before being [...]

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