Opinion

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Watch out for the local wildlife

Imagine my surprise when I headed out toward Wenatchee a week ago today and nearly ran into the moose, or one that looked a lot like him, above. It was still nearly pitch dark out before 6 a.m. when I encountered said animal in the northbound lane as I passed by in the southbound lane. A few seconds sooner and we might have both been moose meat.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Some riders still give ‘bikers’ a good name

I know motorcycle riders who hate to be called “bikers” and from what we’ve seen on the news in New York recently they may have a point. Many of those who ride motorcycles have experienced times when they’d like to kick the car that cut them off — especially if you can see the driver was busy chatting away on their cell phone. There’s an old saying, ride like you’re invisible and that all the four wheeled vehicle drivers, “cagers,” are out to kill you. Sometimes it feels like it’s true.

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Oroville School Board should not turn over energy savings incentives

While we understand no one likes to lose money on a deal, it takes a lot of gall to ask someone to pony up the difference between the price you “guaranteed” and the actual cost of a project… even if the money has been found to pay for that difference.

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Mosquitoes: Time to bite them before they bite you?

Each year it seems our city councils get bitten by the same bug – mosquitoes, or make that complaints from the constituents about mosquitoes. The little biters just don’t seem to be a problem until they’re a problem and by that time there isn’t a lot that can be done other than bombing them with [...]

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Checking out my office time machine

Open public meetings and open public records are very important to the newspaper business, as they should be to all our citizens. Towards that end the state Attorney General reminds our public boards, like the city council, school and hospital boards, that if they are going to change a meeting time or place or call [...]

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New fiber optic system stimulating

No matter what they say the Obama’s Stimulus Plan was working for our economy. Just like the New Deal was working for Roosevelt during the Great Depression. When people got worried we were spending too much and shut off the tap, that’s when the things started to slump. Fortunately for us in Okanogan County, our [...]

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There’s a feeling of recovery in the air

While Congress continues to do little or nothing to improve our lives, locally at least, there’s a feeling of recovery. Maybe it’s the bustling main streets of our north county towns. People seem to be out and about shopping, eating, doing business. Old businesses are improving their shops and others are willing to take a chance and starting up new ones.

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PUD rates going up no matter what we do

It looks like our power bills will continue to increase, that is unless we as individual ratepayers can find ways to cut back on consumption. After a while that just seems like a case of diminishing returns – without the power we aren’t as productive. What’s the alternative, living in a cave, alternative sources of [...]

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Support a truly unique event

Like its namesake, the Tumbleweed Film Festival has rolled back into town. And with two free and two paid events, there’s really no excuse not to venture out and give the promoters your support by attending one of the venues.

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Heads in beds approach to tourism

It’s always nice to get out of town for a while, but it’s also nice to get home. Most people probably didn’t even notice I was gone for most of last week – that is unless you were at the city council meeting and saw I was missing or wondered why Brent was taking photos during Heritage Days instead of me.

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