Opinion

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Oroville gets a ‘love letter’

While Sandy Lorentzen was talking to the Oroville Chamber of Commerce about using Oroville’s cultural assets to attract more tourists, Richmond, B.C. writer Patrick Robinson was writing a love letter to Oroville, Washington in the Huffington Post, Part of that publication’s “anthology of reflections on American places.”

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Jack Black: Oops, missed him again

Jack Black is kind of like my Bigfoot. I hear he’s spotted everywhere – Tonasket of course, but even at the Molson Midsummer Festival a few years back. Everyone asked me did I seem him, but I guess I just missed him.

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Should have been discussion before cutting down trees

If social media means anything, then Oroville’s school superintendent’s ears are probably burning. He’s getting the brunt of the criticism on facebook since the district decided to cut down a dozen 100-plus-year-old maple trees on the east side of the elementary school.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Get involved now or don’t complain later

We have a representative government, at least that’s what they tell us. But in order to be properly represented we can’t just sit back and let things take their course without any input at all.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Actually looking for input on Critical Areas Ordinance

How often do you find yourself saying ‘who came up with that stupid law or regulation?’ And how often do you really get the chance to give input before a government body or agency actually makes those “stupid” rules in the first place?

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Border crossing fee raises its ugly head again

At the last Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting Bill Robinson, a member from Osoyoos, said there was talk from the Homeland Security Department asking for a study about charging $10 to cross into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico.

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Half-baked: A change of seasons

It was one of those moments made for a sports movie.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

May Festival marks the start of busy event season

It’s that time of year, the kids aren’t even out of school and already the summertime activities are starting to roll around. May Festival, although in spring, is just next weekend and promises to bring back old memories and perhaps make some new ones. It is also a chance to catch up with old friends, [...]

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The ‘new’ Pastime: I think dad would have liked it

The iconic neon Pastime Tavern sign is gone, so is the balcony, card room, the hot dog machine and even the famous window into the gent’s bathroom. But enough of the old PT remains, especially the historic rosewood backbar, billiard tables and shuffleboard to make you feel at home. The feeling of the newly opened Pastime Bar & Grill still evokes special memories in many of us and will continue to make new memories for patrons well into the future. Vicki and Brent and all the contractors and staff have come together to create a new Pastime that hopefully will live on in Oroville for even longer than the PT of old.

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Harsh words may bring some satisfaction, but not results

There’s nothing quite like watching parents at Little League all-star tournaments.

I was chatting, some years ago, with the coach of such a Little League team that I covered at a district baseball tournament. Our conversation was interrupted by the unfolding drama of the tournament organizer (who also happened to be the county sheriff) compelling a dad to leave the premises after his objections to the decisions of his son’s coach became so belligerent that the kids on the field stopped playing to watch the ongoing discord.

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