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, [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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?
Normally I have lunch with our two state Representatives from the 7th District a couple times a year to talk about what’s going on in that other Washington – Western Washington that is, at the state capital. Such a meeting was planned for last week, but it was just Rep. Shelly Short and myself as Rep. Joel Kretz was feeling under the weather.
I’m not sure what they’re thinking. While the Heavy Haul corridor has been a boon to Oroville, our county commissioners, including the representative from north county, Jim Detro, seem to be trying to unravel all the good that has come of it.
When their facilities consultant told the school board that renovating two of the Oroville Elementary School bathrooms would be between $400-450,000 or more, you could have heard a pin drop. Even when you consider that’s actually four bathrooms (boys and girls on the north end of the building, and boys and girls on the south end) it still seemed like it was some sort of early April Fool’s joke.