The new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol is impressive, to say the least – a huge new building with offices for supervisors, computer work stations for the agents, holding cells, a massive garage for vehicles and equipment, cafeteria, weight room, armory with weapons and night vision, sally port, corrals for horses and mules, kennels for K-9s, a helipad and even a 200′ by 80′ arena for training wild mustangs and other horses for service. I’m sure I’m leaving something out, but we got quite a tour during last Saturday’s Open House.
Well, May Festival is in the rear view and the Rally at the Border Blues Fest is this weekend. Like May Festival, this is an ambitious project and we can only hope that it goes off as smoothly as Oroville’s event last weekend. It sure seemed to go smoothly, but if one were to peek [...]
While there’s been a lot of back and forth lately in the Town Crier about the value of teachers and teacher’s unions, I’d just like to say that my teachers, whether at Oroville or at Gonzaga, were some of the my best influences. Although it doesn’t always seems so at the time what we learn from our teachers goes on to influence us throughout our lives.
I just got through interviewing Clayton and Boots Emry, this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals. Like many people of a certain age group, and it’s a big group – it will always be May Day, not May Festival. But that’s OK, no matter what you call it with May Festival at our doorstep can the rest of the spring and summertime activities be far behind?
Normally I have lunch with our two state Representatives from the 7th District a couple times a year to talk about what’s going on in that other Washington – Western Washington that is, at the state capital. Such a meeting was planned for last week, but it was just Rep. Shelly Short and myself as Rep. Joel Kretz was feeling under the weather.
I’m not sure what they’re thinking. While the Heavy Haul corridor has been a boon to Oroville, our county commissioners, including the representative from north county, Jim Detro, seem to be trying to unravel all the good that has come of it.
When their facilities consultant told the school board that renovating two of the Oroville Elementary School bathrooms would be between $400-450,000 or more, you could have heard a pin drop. Even when you consider that’s actually four bathrooms (boys and girls on the north end of the building, and boys and girls on the south end) it still seemed like it was some sort of early April Fool’s joke.
Although some might not see their value, Okanogan County’s system of trails has become important to our communities in many ways. Perhaps most importantly the trails offer a good way to keep ourselves healthy through hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Even though some of us might not able to run in a marathon any more (or ever), having a variety of trails offers great exercise opportunities for the amateur and hardcore hikers alike and and a way to enjoy the outdoors in what my dad would call “God’s country.”
I get a lot out of reading Clayton Emry’s Items of the Past column every other week. It serves not only as a reminder of what I was writing about 25 years ago, but how much of what was happening then is happening again. It is kind of bittersweet to think that Clayton stopped using back issues of the G-T from the late 1970s, some 10 years ago….
While schools continue to tighten their belts because they haven’t been given the constitutionally guaranteed basic education funding they need by the state – each year the have to to play a waiting game to see just what their funding will be.