I’ve decided to use my column this week to clarify some information in two of last week’s articles that turned out to be mostly correct, but not entirely so
Whether it was the threat of more legal action or that they truly believed they finally had the information that they needed, the Okanogan County Commissioners’ decision to not send our juvenile detainees out of the county was a wise one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Money doesn’t grow on trees. But sometimes, it comes pretty close.