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Card players trump

Buck Workman and Valorie Murray had 1,500 trump in diamonds during pinochle Feb. 21 at the Eagles Club in Okanogan.

It’s about time for the adults to talk

Our world seems to be falling apart – and, no, I’m not blaming Trump.

Eating your way out of the house

One of my late husband Glen’s favorite places to roam around by car was an area known as the South Half, a large area across the Okanogan River on the Colville Indian Reservation occupied largely by ranches.

Life decision means moving on

Rumors, rumors, rumors. For several months now, I’ve heard rumors of my own departure. Well, today’s the day I validate at least some of what you may have heard on the street

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Send message on gas tax increase

The cost to live in rural Eastern Washington is about to go up. But there is a way to mitigate the costs of recreating and working here.

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State grants funding a shell game

Given Olympia’s three-session budgeting fiasco this year, lawmakers should reconsider handing the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board millions of dollars to give away. Most of that money would be better left in the pockets of taxpayers, rather than unwittingly gambling on another shell game with little or no real public benefit.

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Phoenix symbolism fits Pateros

Take time Saturday to head to Pateros to help the community celebrate its rebirth. Take time to learn what it means to be “Pateros Strong.”

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Extreme groups try bully tactics

Recognize environmental lawsuits for what they are — bully tactics to coerce public employees to conform to their extreme political agendas.

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Fireworks carry a responsibility

It’s your right as an American to buy and shoot off fireworks. With that, fireworks freedom also comes responsibility.

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Sometimes, maps are preferable

New GPS systems in cars, tablets and smartphones are not as user-friendly as I had hoped. So, sometimes, its better to just use an old-fashioned map.

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Money talks in grizzly bear plan

Decisions about introducing predators into our area should be made locally, not by federal bureaucrats looking to pad their pockets and create legacies.

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Reconsider Three Devils decision

Okanogan County commissioners would be remiss if they don’t take another look at the procedural errors and reconsider their decision to vacate Three Devils Road.

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Open gates to Dead Horse Cliff

A local history buff wants to make yet another trip to Dead Horse Cliff, but is literally running into a roadblock, again. The information that can be found at Dead Horse Cliff is a significant part of local heritage and history. And an employee who is paid by tax dollars shouldn’t be standing in the way of learning more about our history.

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Plan to attend forest session

Plan to be present to voice your concerns and offer your insights June 11 when federal employees come to listen to ideas on managing Pacific Northwest forests

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Dont' sequester Wolf Advisory Group

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife's new human-wildlife conflict collaboration executive director, Francine Madden, plans to begin her new management position by sequestering the public board established specifically to be a liaison on wolf-related issues. Since she's unilaterally throwing out the rules established for the board, the state should rescind any job offer and find someone willing to truly collaborate with rural residents facing wolf-related issues.

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