While businesses and clubs plan their group Christmas parties, Tonasket and Oroville got the party started with two great events – Winterfest and Tree Lighting, last Friday and Saturday.
Apparently over the past couple of months there has been an increase in burglaries of businesses up and down the valley, and this includes north county businesses. After talking with Oroville’s new police chief, Todd Hill, we were able to learn that there are some things that can help to make your business, or home for that matter, less of a target of opportunity to thieves.
Just as we’re getting over the shock of the Assisted Living being closed, we now have to contend with the knowledge that the Nursing Home in Tonasket may be hurtling towards the same fate. Again, there are legitimate reasons given for the potential closure of the facility, but that wouldn’t make it any easier.
In an old Seinfeld episode, Goerge Costanza’s dad Frank is advised to say “Serenity Now” aloud every time his blood pressure is in danger of going up, but he yells it instead. We can relate with the mid-term elections having come and gone and the Republicans securing control of the Senate and now controlling both Houses of Congress.
I am the father of six-year-old twins. My wife, Colleen, and I want to raise a son who respects women and a daughter who lives in a world where she is respected and free from violence.
The events of last Friday, the school shooting in Marysville, just add to the confusion regarding what’s happening in our country. Why did this young boy have access to a legal firearm and what sent him over the edge? It’s just conjecture on my part, but passing a measure like I-594, closing the “Gun Show Loophole” in this state, probably wouldn’t have made a difference. That’s not to say that the polls don’t show most gun owners in the state favor the measure, it just wouldn’t have kept the gun out of the kid’s hand.
Like many of you out there we are struggling with the question of who to vote for in the upcoming General Election, especially for local offices.
Republic and Oroville will feel the effect of mine shut down differently. The ‘boom and bust’ cycle mining can bring to an area has been readily apparent in Republic for years – one could tell just by looking at the number of full or empty businesses on Main Street. That cycle has been a missing component in Oroville’s history at least since the time when gold….
While most were enjoying, well watching, the Oroville Homecoming game last Friday, I was trekking down to Chelan to attend the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association awards banquet. From the final score of the game, I might have got the better assignment. We were fortunate to win a second place General Excellence award in our division and that says a lot for a newspaper that basically has a staff of three – myself, Charlene and Brent.
It’s surprising how quiet it has been in Oroville and Tonasket the last few years – no major controversies between the police department, the council or the public. In Oroville, much of the credit for that goes to Clay Warnstaff who has been chief of police since being appointed by the mayor in 2008, and in Tonasket to Chief Rob Burks.