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Editorial Gary Mug

County Fair went long way to bringing some normalcy

The county commissioners and the fair advisory board did a great job of overcoming the obstacles created by the fires to present an excellent fair this year.

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Be especially watchful for wildlife

Bear cubs in the vineyard, cougars strolling by, dead dear up and down the highway. While we’re bound to see more wildlife as we get into fall and winter, there’s obviously been an increase in encounters since this summer’s fires destroyed much of their habitat.

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Editorial Gary Mug

We will miss our volunteer ambulance crew

Oroville and the county have decided to keep a private sector ambulance service and not go back to an all volunteer service like the one that served us so well for nearly three decades.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Some new beginnings and some untimely ends

First off let me say “no” I didn’t feel the earthquake Tuesday. Although it was pretty close, I usually miss them. Charlene felt it and came to work asking if we had. Our question was, what earthquake? The last real earthquake I felt was in the 1960s in Seattle. Most of the ones around here go unnoticed by me. I do appreciate the calls from friends on the “Coast” who asked me how I was doing afterwards.

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Give yourselves a well deserved pat on the back

The outpouring of help being provided by the people in the north county is amazing. Even when the national aid agencies got involved in confusing the issue, the people in the Tonasket and Oroville area soldiered on. We had a shelter set up in Oroville after the Nine Mile Fire and again when things started [...]

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Editorial Gary Mug

A great place to live

Have you stopped, looked around and thought to yourself, “wow, we live in a great area” lately? Sure, when it’s steaming hot outside and the air is full of smoke from another wildfire, it makes one wonder. But at least we’re not ravaged by semi-annual floods, hurricanes or God-forbid earthquakes and tsunamis.

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Ride like you’re invisible

Nothing compares to riding a motorcycle – for many of us it is the only way to get from Point A to Point B when the weather allows. However, even if you’re doing all you’re supposed to be doing – staying aware of everything that’s going on around you, wearing proper gear and keeping your motorcycle and equipment in perfect riding shape – it can still be a dangerous way to travel.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Not sure I’m ready for guns in the classroom

I hope those in the Oroville School District, especially those with kids attending school, come to the public input meeting planned on Gap training for staff and the possibility that certain trained staff will be allowed to carry concealed weapons.

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Donate to the Community Fireworks Display

Oroville’s Community Fourth of July Fireworks display has been a big hit for several years now and become an Independance Day tradition. The show is a big attraction to town, drawing people from across the border in Osoyoos to the north and Tonasket to the south. It’s a fun way to share an evening with your family whether your taking in the view from the park, in a boat on the lake, in your car along the highway or from one of the nearby lakeside homes and resorts.

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Changes for the worse at the post office

Anyone who has been to the Oroville Post Office lately should have seen the pieces of paper stuck on the entry doors that talks about new hours for mail collection. The notice’s intention wasn’t very clear so I asked the Postmaster what was meant by the sign. He said the counter would remain open until 4:15 p.m. but mail would no longer go out on the truck at the usual time. In order to send a letter it has to be in the collection box outside or in the mail slot inside by 1:30 p.m., that’s because the truck is leaving hours earlier.

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