Opinion

Editorial Gary Mug

Can’t afford to kick the can down the road

While schools continue to tighten their belts because they haven’t been given the constitutionally guaranteed basic education funding they need by the state – each year the have to to play a waiting game to see just what their funding will be.

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Half-Baked

Pay now, or pay later; don’t give Alternative/Outreach the short shrift

A few years ago, my buddy Phil (a youth pastor) and I led a group of high school students on a church mission trip to Monterrey, Mexico. For nearly two weeks we split time working with various construction projects and interacting with younger kids in various areas around the city.

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Missed out on the ice fishing

Well, I missed out on the ice fishing for the first time since it started – mind you I never fish, just go from spot to spot seeing how everyone else is doing and taking photos. I especially like taking photos of the dog sledding demonstrations – however, it’s my understanding that the rides weren’t [...]

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Heroin making inroads into Okanogan County?

While the fatal heroin overdose of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman both cut short a brilliant career and has dominated much of the national news lately, we are faced with the potential for many of our own tragedies right here in rural America.

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Now for some serious Gonzaga B’ball watching

Most years I could care less who wins the Super Bowl, except for the camaraderie and snacks at a Super Bowl Party. I make an exception when it is the Seahawks, being a fan, albeit fair weather, of professional teams from our fair state.

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Editorial Gary Mug

State needs to stop stealing our schools money

Washington State is the only state in the nation that takes federal timber dollars out of the hands of those that they were intended for, like our rural school children’s education.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Legal marijuana – implementation should be interesting

While television news teams were flocking to Colorado to video long lines of people waiting to buy legal marijuana in that state, it remains to be seen how the roll out of a similar law in Washington will fair

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Depending on whether you live in town or on a rural route, you’re either reading this newspaper as the Christmas issue or the New Year’s edition or both. We’ve had to move the deadline up a day so we could get this in the mail early enough for some of our subscribers to get it [...]

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Editorial Gary Mug

Still need to address housing for elderly

While the ill feeling about closing the Assisted Living at North Valley Hospital persists, the fact that the hospital is now closer to being untethered from $3 million in warrants is a positive thing. The hospital district is leaner….

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Birds of a feather flock to Winterfest

So, this picture popped up on Facebook after the Tonasket Winterfest last weekend. It showed me and another white-bearded, jacketed dude with a newspaper, and someone asked if we were brothers.

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