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POINT OF THEW: Free pay system is 'communism lite'

Unconditional basic income is making its way into the news yet again being touted by “the most successful people in the world” (according to futurism.com, which seems to be pushing the idea).

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VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Omak boys win summer hoop league

Fishing biting in Conconully

CENTER STAGE: Idol star comes to casino

Sammy Kershaw to perform Chelan Fair

Can you believe today is the first day of summer? Wow! Where has the year gone! Last Friday I attended the annual Art in the Park in Omak.

POINT OF THEW: Are groups boycotting local stores?

Several people have told me recently about efforts to target local businesses in Okanogan and Ferry counties for owners expressing their support for conservative values or, God forbid, President Donald J. Trump.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: Animals can teach many important lessons

I don’t know who was responsible for the dictum we followed in my family along about the time I was in high school, but it read: You do not eat anything you have named.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Sports abound

Shane Proctor, a graduate of Lake Roosevelt High School, placed sixth in bull riding during the Sisters (Ore.) Rodeo on June 9-11.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Golfers get full course

The Okanogan Valley Golf Club’s nine holes all are open again after a really soggy spring left three holes flooded.

CENTER STAGE: Time to dust off the vinyl

Cassette tapes begin to make comeback

Every now and then I enjoy going on an online shopping spree. I usually am looking for one specific item, and before you know it, I’ve wasted several hours and filling my shopping cart with all kinds of things I don’t really need.

NO LEFTOVERS: Smoked brisket took time, but was worth the effort

Last week, while working on a feature story, I was lucky enough to be in Brewster when the Gebbers Cattle outlet store was open. I’d heard about the store, but never seemed to be in town during business hours (they are only open Wednesday and Fridays from 2-6 p.m.)

GUEST COLUMN: Personal message from Rep. Newhouse

The last eight weeks have been extremely difficult for my family and for me, personally. My time with my beautiful wife, Carol, is a blessing that I will always cherish.

POINT OF THEW: Am I the only one who hates cyclists?

Ah, warmer weather. The time of the year when middle aged morons take to the highways with their bicycles and block traffic.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: A simple strand of hair can be a beautiful thing

There is no telling how something that has always seemed commonplace can suddenly assume importance.

View from the sidelines: Free fishing planned

Some of Washington’s most popular fishing opportunities are open to anglers this month, including Chinook salmon in the Columbia River and trout in rivers throughout the state.

View from the sidelines: Life's special times

There are lots of special moments in life that occur over and over like clockwork.

POINT OF THEW: Send the ‘Grammar Nazis’ to Covfefe

Who really gives a covfefe about covfefe? I’ll admit, I’ve laughed at the written word (or a store sign) and questioned how little education the person who wrote it might have.