Opinion

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

May Fest Selection Night: They’re all winners

While not everyone goes home with the crown, well none of the girls who seek the title of Oroville May Festival Queen do on Selection Night, only three are selected as May Day Royalty – the queen and her court of two princesses.

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Out of My Mind

Time to go ice fishing

So, who says there’s nothing to do in our area during the winter – with the opening of the Highland’s Sno Park and now Sitzmark Ski Area, those that like to shush through the snow on skis or boards have a perfect opportunity close by.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Times are getting tough all over

It looks like hard times in the valley, at least for a couple businesses – Hughes Department Store (front page) and Omak Wood Products (see our story online). While we are used to seeing OWP mill come and go, in a variety of guises, Hughes’ if it can’t hang on, will definitely be a blow [...]

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Editorial Gary Mug

Saving a historic building – big plans for Oroville’s Public Library

While Donald Trump seems to have finally jumped the shark with his plan to lockout all Muslims from the United States, back at home there are big plans to renovate the Oroville Public Library, which welcomes people of all backgrounds to its shelves of reading material

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Editorial Gary Mug

History reminds us what we should be thankful for

Thanksgiving often conjures up images of Pilgrim men in their mostly black get ups with big buckles on their shoes and even bigger ones on their tall hats and maybe a musket of the blunderbuss type in their arms.

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Editorial Gary Mug

County Fair went long way to bringing some normalcy

The county commissioners and the fair advisory board did a great job of overcoming the obstacles created by the fires to present an excellent fair this year.

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Be especially watchful for wildlife

Bear cubs in the vineyard, cougars strolling by, dead dear up and down the highway. While we’re bound to see more wildlife as we get into fall and winter, there’s obviously been an increase in encounters since this summer’s fires destroyed much of their habitat.

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Editorial Gary Mug

We will miss our volunteer ambulance crew

Oroville and the county have decided to keep a private sector ambulance service and not go back to an all volunteer service like the one that served us so well for nearly three decades.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Some new beginnings and some untimely ends

First off let me say “no” I didn’t feel the earthquake Tuesday. Although it was pretty close, I usually miss them. Charlene felt it and came to work asking if we had. Our question was, what earthquake? The last real earthquake I felt was in the 1960s in Seattle. Most of the ones around here go unnoticed by me. I do appreciate the calls from friends on the “Coast” who asked me how I was doing afterwards.

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Give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back

The outpouring of help being provided by the people in the north county is amazing. Even when the national aid agencies got involved in confusing the issue, the people in the Tonasket and Oroville area soldiered on. We had a shelter set up in Oroville after the Nine Mile Fire and again when things started [...]

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