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Btfsplk rains on state

Bad luck cloud hovers over teams

A thick bad-luck cloud thundered across the state, raining down inexplicable sports losses last weekend.

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. There, I said it. I didn’t wish you happy holidays or a joyful Kwanzaa. I wished you a Merry Christmas. After all, the holiday predominately celebrated in North America and Europe this time of year is just that, Christmas.

Bestsellers bring back memories

I came across a list of the most popular Christmas gifts for the past three decades and found it very interesting. In some regards, it was a walk down memory lane.

Color doesn’t matter — holiday is more than snow

The packages from Pennsylvania were most anticipated

Will we have a white Christmas in the Okanogan Valley? Well, that’s up to Mother Nature and, frankly, I don’t really care. As of Friday, when I wrote this, we had a little bit of snow and it was still falling, but the jury was still out for Christmas Day.

Tribe plants fish

Tribe tracking white sturgeon

Great winter fishing awaits on several Colville tribal lakes following stocking this past year.

More salmon coming

Okanogan County to get $1.1 million

There’s something getting ready to swim in our rivers – more salmon.

Underground wonders astonish visitors

In several places in the United States there are caves that attract people to come and see these natural wonders. I have been to the Gardner Cave on the east edge of the state twice.

Bringing Santa to town closes gap

Last week, I had the opportunity to help Santa Claus navigate the streets of Omak and Okanogan as he brought Christmas cheer to area children and collected donations for area food banks.

Collision ban makes sense

Major League Baseball is in the process of installing a rule that would ban collisions at home plate. Although the new rule could be implemented as soon as the upcoming baseball season, the more plausible time frame is for a 2015 launch. The move parallels what the National Football League has been pushing for several years with regards to reducing concussions.

Too busy to update?

Help is on the way for folks who feel obligated to comment on, “like” or repost every little scrap of minutiae that lands on their Facebook page. The folks at Google are seeking a patent for a program described as “automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network,” the International Science Times website reports.

Proctor finishes fourth

All-state football winners named

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School graduate now living in North Carolina, finished third in the bullriding average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas.

Safe ice fishing a must

Lloyd Little always found trout to bite

When you are out ice fishing this winter, and it’s been cold enough to freeze some of the lakes for sure, I hope you are smart enough to do it safely.

Tease photo

Writers acknowledge the work of others

Books inform in laymen’s terms

I have been through my copy of Alt and Hyndman’s “Northwest Exposures” in an attempt to find a certain bit of knowledge but have run out of time.

You can make Christmas merrier

It’s that time of year again, when we shop for presents, load up the refrigerator and put up Christmas trees. We go to church, proclaim our good will toward each other and wish everybody we meet a Merry Christmas.

Arts center offers great experience

In some — OK, many — areas, Omak and the surrounding area lacks the amenities of big cities.

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