Sports and Outdoors

Half-baked: A gambol with the Geezers

When I grow up, I hope I can knock down a rugged wilderness backpacking trip like these guys. It’s been a long time since I was the “baby” of any particular group, but when I hooked up with the Geezers – a group of longtime friends who take annual wilderness expeditions – I found that [...]

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Half-baked: The heavens from the Highlands

Performing surgery is not for the faint-hearted. Performing it on an emergency basis in the dark, with a dim red light providing the only illumination … that’s another matter entirely. Putting a telescope “under the knife” turned out to be an impromptu service provided by one of the directors of the Table Mountain Star Party [...]

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Half-baked: The social media ‘firestorm’

What a great week for Managing Editor Gary DeVon to be down for the count, recovering (nicely, I’ll report) from surgery. And ad manager Charlene Helm, on vacation to the coast. And my wife Kim, visiting family in Michigan. Up until Thursday evening, I spent a lot of time whining about all sorts of things. [...]

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Half-baked: Remembering my grandfather’s World War II legacy

Starting at 4:00 a.m., the mine sweeper YMS-481, along with others of its class, began its second day of clearing the waters near Tarakan City, on the east side of Borneo. Heavily fortified by the Japanese, the oil produced there was of such a high grade that it didn’t need to be refined before being [...]

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North County gets ready for Independence Day

NORTH COUNTY – Independence Day will be celebrated with fireworks and a rodeo again this year in the North County with the 72nd Annual Chesaw Rodeo and an expanded community fireworks display in Oroville.

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Jet ski races on Lake Osoyoos this weekend

OROVILLE – Oroville is preparing for the first ever Lake Osoyoos Cup jet ski races this Saturday and Sunday, June 28 and 29, off the shores of Deep Bay Park.

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Oroville, Tonasket bring home state track medals

Hornets bring home multiple medals CHENEY- Oroville’s track and field squad brought home a total of six medals last weekend from the WIAA State 2B Track and Field Championships, with the girls squad garnering a ninth place finish. “Our athletes followed up at state with stellar performances,” said Oroville coach Harold Jensen. “Experience, dedication, and [...]

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Terris and Hendrick reach state title tennis match

TONASKET – Brian Hendrick and Trevor Terris may on the surface seem not to have a lot in common. But one thing they shared was the desire and willingness to do what it took to get their tennis games to a level that had thus far evaded the two Tonasket seniors. And that meant setting [...]

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Speiker’s record-setting weekend

CHENEY – Sierra Speiker runs with such precision, you could calibrate a metronome to her pace. And despite a ruthless drive to achieve sometimes unattainable goals, she has carried herself with such grace that often her vanquished competitors are as excited as Speiker after the Oroville senior leaves them quickly receding in the rear view [...]

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Slideshow | Founders Day Weekend

Founders Day Parade, Shane Proctor Invitational Rodeo, Tonasket Street Dance … we may not have seen it all, but we saw a lot!

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