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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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Enloe Dam evokes a lot of emotions

For such a little dam, especially in light of a county that boasts at least part of the Grand Coulee Dam, Enloe seems to bring out all sorts of emotions.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Happy to help local family get their Five Star Service Flag

It all started with an old, dog-eared Oroville Weekly Gazette clipping found with his late mother’s things. An e-mail from California to the Gazette-Tribune and a Veteran’s Day article and soon Thomas Wilburn was going to have his wish fulfilled — a promise the U.S. military made to his grandparents nearly 70 years ago — a Five Star Service Flag representing the five children all involved in the war effort during World War II.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Honor our veterans by continuing to honor voting rights

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 [...]

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Tom Foley: Remembering an Eastern Washington giant

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.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

It will always be the ‘Barter Faire’ to me

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.

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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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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

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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