Opinion

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Checking out my office time machine

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 [...]

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

New fiber optic system stimulating

No matter what they say the Obama’s Stimulus Plan was working for our economy. Just like the New Deal was working for Roosevelt during the Great Depression. When people got worried we were spending too much and shut off the tap, that’s when the things started to slump. Fortunately for us in Okanogan County, our [...]

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

There’s a feeling of recovery in the air

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.

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PUD rates going up no matter what we do

It looks like our power bills will continue to increase, that is unless we as individual ratepayers can find ways to cut back on consumption. After a while that just seems like a case of diminishing returns – without the power we aren’t as productive. What’s the alternative, living in a cave, alternative sources of [...]

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Support a truly unique event

Like its namesake, the Tumbleweed Film Festival has rolled back into town. And with two free and two paid events, there’s really no excuse not to venture out and give the promoters your support by attending one of the venues.

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Heads in beds approach to tourism

It’s always nice to get out of town for a while, but it’s also nice to get home. Most people probably didn’t even notice I was gone for most of last week – that is unless you were at the city council meeting and saw I was missing or wondered why Brent was taking photos during Heritage Days instead of me.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Oroville gets a ‘love letter’

While Sandy Lorentzen was talking to the Oroville Chamber of Commerce about using Oroville’s cultural assets to attract more tourists, Richmond, B.C. writer Patrick Robinson was writing a love letter to Oroville, Washington in the Huffington Post, Part of that publication’s “anthology of reflections on American places.”

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Jack Black: Oops, missed him again

Jack Black is kind of like my Bigfoot. I hear he’s spotted everywhere – Tonasket of course, but even at the Molson Midsummer Festival a few years back. Everyone asked me did I seem him, but I guess I just missed him.

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Should have been discussion before cutting down trees

If social media means anything, then Oroville’s school superintendent’s ears are probably burning. He’s getting the brunt of the criticism on facebook since the district decided to cut down a dozen 100-plus-year-old maple trees on the east side of the elementary school.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Get involved now or don’t complain later

We have a representative government, at least that’s what they tell us. But in order to be properly represented we can’t just sit back and let things take their course without any input at all.

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