I’m just going to start off by saying I know they had to put Tonasket Creek back where it belongs, but for a few days I was able to enjoy the view of a miniature falls cascading into the Okanogan River from my riverside cabin. The noisy rush of the water as it flowed out of its channel and through the ditches along Chesaw, Sawtell and East Oroville roads and made it’s way across the river from me was better than having my phone set to white noise this weekend.
While it wasn’t that long ago it was people for the re-electrification of Enloe Dam versus those against it, mainly environmental groups who wanted to pull the dam out and free the Similkameen River. It took years of spending millions of dollars, but Okanogan County PUD seems to have accomplished something no one thought could happen – uniting the environmentalists with the farmers, ranchers, Republicans, you name it – all in an effort to stop the Enloe Dam re-electrification project. Strange bedfellows indeed.
Good schools are so important and that’s why we urge those living within the Tonasket School District to vote yes on the 12-year bond. Yes, nearly $7 million in facilities improvements is expensive and while the economy seems to be improving everywhere else, we aren’t seeing it as quickly in our neck of the woods. [...]
You might have noticed, either through his absence at last Thursday’s hospital board meeting or by reading his Half Baked column last week, that our fearless Tonasket reporter, Brent Baker, is no longer on the job. At least not for the Gazette-Tribune, he’s off in pursuit of a new adventure with his church as assistant administrator and an old one, firing up his sports website again.
What was the top story for 2014 – some might say our North Valley Hospital District – the closing of the Assisted Living was certainly the top story of 2013. However, with $3 million in warrants paid down to nearly zero, the hospital district – administrators and commissioners, aren’t the targets they once were. Don’t get us wrong, things are heating up again with the nursing home looking like it’s going the way of the AL if someone doesn’t come up with a way to get it operating in the black again.
Each year our Christmas wish is for peace throughout the world. We also long for the ability to view Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As one reads through the Letters to Santa in last week’s issue (before they were forwarded to the North Pole), you could just about recapture what a magical time it truly is.
Seriously, the next “Pendleton?” No, not the rodeo, but the manufacture of fine wool clothing, like shirts, pants and coats. If the local chapter of the North American Wool Co-op has their way it will – at least the area would become known for their signature products, made from locally produced fibers and woven at a locally owned and operated mill.
While businesses and clubs plan their group Christmas parties, Tonasket and Oroville got the party started with two great events – Winterfest and Tree Lighting, last Friday and Saturday.
Apparently over the past couple of months there has been an increase in burglaries of businesses up and down the valley, and this includes north county businesses. After talking with Oroville’s new police chief, Todd Hill, we were able to learn that there are some things that can help to make your business, or home for that matter, less of a target of opportunity to thieves.
Just as we’re getting over the shock of the Assisted Living being closed, we now have to contend with the knowledge that the Nursing Home in Tonasket may be hurtling towards the same fate. Again, there are legitimate reasons given for the potential closure of the facility, but that wouldn’t make it any easier.