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Feb. 18, 2015 — Letters to the editor

Letters from readers published in the Feb. 18 edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

Let counties handle fire response

Given the stories that came out of the Carlton Complex wildfire, having local authority for initial wildfire response isn’t such a bad idea.

Enloe decision needs to be made

Ratepayers should demand Bureau of Land Management produce key paperwork so a decision on breaching or re-energizing Enloe Dam can be made

Feb. 11, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

Readers send in letter for Feb. 11, 2015 edition

Supreme Court rules in favor of Pater-to-Twisp powerline

There’s no doubt that the Methow Valley needs a redundant power transmission line to keep energy flowing during times of crisis. Now that the state Supreme Court has weighed in on the related condemnation issue, the door is finally open for the Pateros-to-Twisp power transmission line to be built.

Electronic voting bill would improve elections

Virtual nobody in the state is happy with the state’s all-mail-in election system. An e-voting bill would remedy that.

Land transfer a winning formula

Last week, three bills — two in the House and a companion in the Senate — were filed calling for the study and possible transfer of publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. In short, a handful of senators and a number of Republicans and Democrats in the House want the state to manage the more than 12.17 million acres of land currently under the control of federal bureaucrats.

Football fever brings us together

Seattle Seahawks fans have thrown open the so-called "Cascade Curtain" — the imaginary yet-ever-so-real curtain separating politics and lifestyles of those living east and west of the Cascade Mountains.

Committee looking into land buys

In the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfires this summer, the Legislature is taking a hard look at state agency land ownership and management practices.

Harvest timber while its possible

We urge Natural Resources to continue with its plan to sell the burnt trees, plant new ones and not bend to the demands of those who would clog up the sale process for so long that the trees’ remaining value is destroyed.

Policies leading to forest closure

Current forest rules allow off-road vehicles everywhere, unless a need arises for a specific closure. But if the rules change, motorized vehicles would no longer be allowed in millions of square miles of forest in North-Central Washington.

Build it, and they will come back

Elks members are taking steps toward rebuilding the downtown lodge, which has been a hub of community activity

Names of state fish and wildlife director finalists should be released, now

A decision by officials to hide the finalists' names for the Department of Fish and Wildlife's top job only damages an already tarnished reputation. Fish and Wildlife Commission members should release the names of the finalists before secretly interviewing them Thursday.

Rule change would affect rite of passage

This coming weekend, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to change the sportfishing rules. In short, the new rules will close all of the Columbia River, its tributaries and beaver ponds to fishing “unless otherwise open.” That’s a reversal of tradition.

Rock'n'roll may have a place here

With all the cowboy and country persona emphasized here, it sometimes feels like I’m the only one in the area who listens to hard-rock music. But there are several local hard-rock musicians making a name for themselves elsewhere

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