State cuts mean lean times at the food banks

It has come to my attention that the State of Washington is going to cut back on the budget to our local food banks unless “they prove the need” of the needy. Also local donations have been low these past several months. With the holidays coming up, what’s going to happen then?

When I first moved up here four years ago and times were difficult, I was thankful I had somewhere to go to help stretch my dollar to feed my children. When things got better the next year and many years after that, I made sure to donate food during the holidays. I’ve given back to the community who so generously gave to my children and me.

Read full story

A call to arms

3:00 in the morning. Woke up and couldn’t get back to sleep. Don’t know what that has to do with anything except that I turned on the TV and there was a documentary on the war, World War II that is. It was on because we are fast approaching what once was referred to as Armistice Day and now is known as Veterans Day. Or at least it should be known as either one or the other and yet I feel that many within our nation don’t even know that such a day exists.

Read full story

Should back up statements with evidence

I enjoy a respected friend who sometimes seems just another hysterical doom-crier making politically expedient, overwrought statements like:

“…freedom in the U.S. has already been so severely compromised that most of us would notice little change in our lives if Martial Law were imposed tomorrow and presidential elections discontinued.”

Read full story

Community Bulletin Board 7

Local food banks

OROVILLE – The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Jessica Lakey at 476-3817.

TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 300 S. Whitcomb Ave. Drop-offs can be made at Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

Annual Meeting

OROVILLE – The Annual Meeting of the “new and improved” Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society will be held on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Old Oroville Depot. Society members as well as others in the Borderlands’ community are encouraged to attend. For more information call 509-486-1590.

Read full story
A view of the spillway of Enloe dam from the west bank of the Similkameen River. Okanogan County PUD recently released their Draft License Application to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for relicensing the hydroelectric dam.

Enloe Dam restoration efforts renewed

OROVILLE – Okanogan County Public Utility District has decided to renew its efforts to obtain a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to restore Enloe Dam on the Similkameen River above Oroville in order to once again generate hydroelectric power.

The dam, which has not been used to make electricity since it was decommissioned in 1958, has the potential to generate an average five megawatts of power and up to nine megawatts at peak generation, according to Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Ernie Bolz.

Read full story
Tonasket High School students honored local veterans in a special assembly held last Friday, Nov. 9. Roger Castelda (far left) was one of several veterans gathered on the stage to speak with the students during the assembly.

Tonasket students honor veterans with special assembly

TONASKET – Local veterans turned out for the Tonasket High School Veteran’s Day Assembly Nov. 9. About a dozen veterans attended the morning event, with a packed house of middle and high school students, community members and other visitors.

Several local veterans were honored during the assembly for their service, and some chose to speak. They were later presented with roses by students.

Read full story

Orma Irene Hagy

Orma Irene Hagy, 86, Okanogan, passed away at the Harmony House Assisted Living Facility in Brewster on Oct. 27, 2007.

She was born July 7, 1921 to Ralph W. and Lela M. (Collier) Hubbard in Tonasket.

Read full story

Community Bulletin Board 6

Local food banks

OROVILLE – The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Jessica Lakey at 476-3817.

TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 300 S. Whitcomb Ave. Drop-offs can be made at the Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

Read full story

Getting lost can be rewarding in itself

I am not a member of the National Organization for Women, but in my 80 years have observed men professionally as well as non. I enjoyed publisher Bill Forhan’s article and wish to respond with my “tidbits.”

We have a bicameral brain (two-chambered). The right brain sees in pictures in contrast to thinking in words. It is also capable of photographic memory. It is able to see events and grasp the whole overall picture at once in an instant.

Read full story

Pray you don’t have to go through this

I’m writing this letter in response to Mr. Dixon’s letter. Mr. Dixon, can you truthfully say you’ve never had a drink then got in your car and driven? I don’t know too many of us who haven’t.

Read full story

Mine the ocean not the mountain

I listened to an interview recently on Canadian radio (CBC) with a man who described the Nautilus Project for Undersea Mining. He said massive deposits of gold, copper and zinc have been located in the oceans and that mining these deposits will be fully functioning by 2010. In two years!

Read full story