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Consider taking a trip to the Faire

Okanogan Family Faire, known as the "Barter Faire," is not as wild and woolly as you may have been told.

State moving to close Columbia

During the last two months, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has been flying a fishing proposal for the Columbia River under the radar. That proposal would reverse the way fisheries are managed on the Columbia River, its tributaries and their beaver ponds.

Inslee steps up and gets fire aid

Gov. Jay Inslee, though not always the most popular politician in Okanogan County, gets kudos for his persistence in pursuing help for residents affected by the Carlton Complex fires.

GPS data may resolve wolf issues

Just when you thought the intense discussion over the re-introduction of wolves in Washington state was quieting down, livestock deaths in Stevens County has added fuel to the fire. And the Stevens County Commission has stepped to the forefront of the debate.

Initiative 591, the better measure

Given our rural lifestyles here in North-Central Washington, we believe Initiative 591 is the right choice.

Attend Oct. 1 fish, wildlife session

It’s that time again when you have an opportunity to make sure the “top brass” at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife hear you. The annual Brewster Roundtable is coming up Oct. 1. It’ll run from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Cove recreation building, 508 W. Cliff Ave., Brewster.

Speak up now on mosquito control

Area residents who want to cut down on bug bites should attend budget meetings

Social media the bane of parenting

Many middle and high school students today consider it a rite of passage to have a Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, MySpace, Twitter or other social media account. My own daughter believes all the “cool” kids have one.

Outlaws may help improve economy

This weekend’s event provides a new, much-needed opportunity for the community to build on. We hope it encourages other “promoters” to try to bring concerts, comedians, sports, religious and other programs and events to Omak.

Success comes from basic studies

How do you measure schools? Which ones produce students who excel? Which ones aren’t making the grade?

County fair to provide safe fun

With so much going on, we’re sure you won’t want to miss this year’s Okanogan County Fair.

Setting an example, the hard way

There’s nothing like an injury to remind you of one of the first things you learn in kindergarten — follow directions.

Allow off-road vehicles in Omak

City officials are smart to consider allowing ATV use

Say 'thank you' through advertising

In the days since the height of the wildfires, we’ve had a few requests from readers to publish thank yous to friends, neighbors, volunteers, firefighters, etc.

Consider beer sale at the fair carefully

Concession could help raise much-needed revenue. It could also impact family atmosphere

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