Opinion

Editorial Gary Mug

Don’t threaten the levy; failure fails the kids

Don’t threaten the levy – When I say that some might think that I’m referring to the Oroville School Board meeting held last Monday and that the board’s actions threaten the levy. I’m not. What I’m saying is no matter how unpopular the board’s actions, or the superintendent’s for that matter, threatening not to vote for the levy is not a threat against the board, but against the students.

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Sinlahekin Wildlife Area’s 75th Anniversary Celebration full of information

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend all of the goings on up in Sinlahekin Wildlife Area these past few weekends. There was a celebration that included lots of opportunity to learn about the history of the area and the wildlife that is so abundant, and in some cases unique, the Sinlahekin.

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Half-Baked

Hope amidst tragedy

A headline in Saturday’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Celebrities section reads “Harrison Ford, Jon Meis, Mekayla Diehl and more!”
Such has been life for the family of one of my son’s best friends for the past week and half, sharing headlines with Han Solo and a Miss America contender.

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Editorial Gary Mug

A battle of the special interests

Okanogan County has been without a current Comprehensive Plan for a long time, the latest plan dates back to 1964. Although there’s a large faction that would like to see things return to what were surely simpler times, we need a new Comprehensive Plan to see us into the future. While resources – timber, agriculture, [...]

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Editorial Gary Mug

May soon have to share the road

The county has won their fight, at least for now, to allow All Terrain Vehicles, or ATVs, on nearly 600 miles of county roads. This opens up our small towns to the additional tourists that need to run to town for supplies, visit restaurants and to see the sights. It could definitely bring in more tourist dollars for those that don’t want to hop in the car to make the journey – especially for places like Loomis, Chesaw and Molson. It seems to be good business for Conconully already, so perhaps some of those benefits should be spread around.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Lots of support for Sarmiento

A librarian at Tonasket High School being accused of sexual misconduct with a student certainly deserved our attention, another school special board meeting was taking place in executive session in Oroville. The board was meeting to reconsider transferring Oroville High School Principal Kristen Sarmiento from her principal job back to a teaching position. This on the recommendation of Superintendent Steve Quick.

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Editorial Gary Mug

U.S. Border Patrol’s mission, and station, has expanded

The new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol is impressive, to say the least – a huge new building with offices for supervisors, computer work stations for the agents, holding cells, a massive garage for vehicles and equipment, cafeteria, weight room, armory with weapons and night vision, sally port, corrals for horses and mules, kennels for K-9s, a helipad and even a 200′ by 80′ arena for training wild mustangs and other horses for service. I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but we got quite a tour during last Saturday’s Open House.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Come join us for the blues fest

Well, May Festival is in the rear view and the Rally at the Border Blues Fest is this weekend. Like May Festival, this is an ambitious project and we can only hope that it goes off as smoothly as Oroville’s event last weekend. It sure seemed to go smoothly, but if one were to peek [...]

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Many influences on our students

While there’s been a lot of back and forth lately in the Town Crier about the value of teachers and teacher’s unions, I’d just like to say that my teachers, whether at Oroville or at Gonzaga, were some of the my best influences. Although it doesn’t always seems so at the time what we learn from our teachers goes on to influence us throughout our lives.

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Editorial Gary Mug

May Festival nearly upon us

I just got through interviewing Clayton and Boots Emry, this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals. Like many people of a certain age group, and it’s a big group – it will always be May Day, not May Festival. But that’s OK, no matter what you call it with May Festival at our doorstep can the rest of the spring and summertime activities be far behind?

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