While recent events have proven you can’t force democracy on people just because we find it the best system, you can only offer them the chance to taste democracy and hope it is to their liking. While at home we must vigorously defend the thing that makes our republic great, representative government – a government [...]
Together we remember the life of an Eastern Washington giant, Tom Foley, who represented our Fifth Congressional District with distinction for thirty years.
Even today, wheat farmers and all the citizens of our district benefit from the tremendous work he did to ensure that farmers had a voice in the nation’s capital, to protect Fairchild, and improve infrastructure.
The Okanogan County Family Faire celebrated it’s 40th Anniversary last weekend and although I’ll probably always think of it as the “Barter Faire” it continues to be something that every one should see, at least once.
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
Poll of the Week
Should the Oroville School Board have renewed OHS Social Studies Teacher Ryan Frazier's Contract
- Yes, he has made a change in students' lives and got them excited about school (46%, 64 Votes)
- Yes, the board should have gone with Principal Kristin Sarmiento's evaluation and recommendation (25%, 35 Votes)
- I don't have enough information to say one way or another (16%, 22 Votes)
- Yes, with the understanding he address Supt. Steve Quick's concerns (14%, 19 Votes)
- No, the issue went through the superintendent and board and should be dropped there (9%, 13 Votes)
- No, we elect local school boards to make these sorts of decisions for us (8%, 11 Votes)
- No, Supt. Steve Quick recommended the first-year probationary teacher's contract not be renewed (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 140