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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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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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