Opinion

Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Need the best people we can afford

A few weeks back we discussed claims by the groups fighting the closure of the NVH Assisted Living that since 2010 the top nine administrative staff at North Valley Hospital had been given pay increases by the hospital board totaling nearly $280,000. We published a chart they based on public records provided by the district that seemed to bare out the group’s claims. In the light of closing the assisted living and the clinics in Tonasket and Oroville that sounded outrageous and we said so. That amount alone would more than cover the A/L’s annual losses and maybe even the Oroville clinic’s.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

Senior Projects one way students can give back to the community

Look around your communities and you’re bound to see a program, that although somewhat controversial at first, has grown into a real positive for our towns. We’re talking about the senior project programs at Tonasket and Oroville. Through the efforts of our school districts there have been many improvements led by our senior high school students.

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Managing Editor Gary DeVon

More questions than answers

The community meeting on the closure of the Assisted Living in Tonasket probably resulted in more questions than answers. It certainly gave those in attendance in the Oroville High School Commons something to think about.

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Sequestration will hurt our state too

We’ve been hearing a lot about how sequestration is going to hurt states with big military facilities. Washington State will also suffer under the axe if congress and the president don’t come up with some kind of deal – something more permanent this time we hope – to put an end to these automatic cuts…

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Snowmobile Ice Drags a lot of fun

It was my first time at the Snowmobile Ice Drags sponsored by the Bonaparte Snowmobile/ATV Club and I have to admit it was a good time. Not only was the action fast-paced, but there were lots of people to talk to out on the lake while the competitors hurled forward in an effort to best [...]

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Closing assisted living shows cuts can have consequences

While our national debt continues to be a rallying cry for some on the right, we must remember that we can’t always cut our way to prosperity. While past stimuluses have shown some small positive effects for our overall economy, there’s definitely no guarantee that drastic cuts, austerity programs if you will, would have grown [...]

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Don’t be shy, we really do want to know what you’re thinking

Our readers aren’t usually shy about letting us know how they feel. It’s not unusual for people to approach G-T staff members as they go about their daily lives. And although sometimes we have to beg off to get to a story or work on a deadline, we’re usually happy to hear what our readers think – even if it’s criticism. Sometimes it’s just a chance to vent and as the messenger we occasionally get caught in the crossfire.

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Loss of Assisted Living a bad deal for everyone

I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more comments on this page in the coming weeks, but the closing of the NVH Assisted Living facility in Tonasket is going to be hard on all of us.

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Looking back at 2012, the year that was

With the start of each year we like to take a moment to look back at some of the news stories that made the front page of the Gazette-Tribune. While not every story is earth-shattering there were some that stick in our minds and some that we say oh ya, that happened back then

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It’s Dec. 27 and the world has not ended

Well, we really don’t know that for sure, we can only assume if you’re reading this as I write it on Friday, Dec. 21, that the Mayans were wrong. It we didn’t have an early deadline for this week’s issue because of the Christmas holiday then we’d know for sure. For those that didn’t know [...]

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