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Vote for TSD bond, vote for the future

I still remember the days when the hallways at Tonasket High School were lined with plastic garbage cans as water cascaded down through the ceiling when it rained or the snow melted. On a tour back then, similar to the “town hall” the district recently had to discuss information regarding a capital improvement bond, the counselor’s office was a closet. Back then Tonasket had outgrown its school buildings and they were coming apart.

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Pot producers and retailers in county generating millions in tax revenue

If the state legislators are trying to figure out how to fully fund education they might look at all the tax revenue being generated in the state since marijuana became legal.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Kind of miss those ‘I voted’ stickers

What a difference by-mail only voting has made. When I first started voting, way back when Carter was running for re-election, you could still go down to your polling place and cast your ballot. Having just embarked on my college studies, however, like many Oroville students studying away from home our votes were cast absentee [...]

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Always time to count our blessings

So maybe your candidate didn’t win this election, but no matter what goes on around us, Thanksgiving gives us a chance to count our blessings.

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What will we reap?

We earned this. Whether you voted for President-Elect Trump or not, you are a resident of the country that did. Our country. And our next president.

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Letter unfairly painted County Commissioner candidate Branch

One of the first things to suffer in contested elections, are the facts. A letter writer recently implied criminal behavior, taking aim at a County Commissioner candidate regarding a federal grant.

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Gold Digger and Prince’s, things might be looking up

Oroville has been nervous ever since two of it’s largest private employers went through an economic crisis, threatening to shut their doors. I’m talking of course about Gold Digger Apples Inc. and Hughes’ Department Store.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the candidates

Not sure how many of you were able to watch the Presidential Debate on Monday evening. While it may not have change your mind or solidified your opinion – it was an opportunity to educate ourselves on who is running for our nation’s highest office.

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Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda)

Wolf management hinges on respect for values of others

Wolf conflict in America is a century old tradition with the recent ground zero centered in Northeast Washington. We represent the 7th Legislative District, currently home to 15 of the 19 confirmed wolf packs in Washington. In other words, one legislative district, out of 49 statewide, houses over 75% of the confirmed packs in Washington.

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A rebuttal to Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Bolz

Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Ernie Bolz, a fervent proponent of repowering Enloe Dam, wrote a curious letter to editor the other day. He started by falsely accusing this paper of not checking with the PUD before going to press. He also called my analysis bogus for suggesting that open market power is a viable alternative to Enloe Dam.

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