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CENTER STAGE: Enjoying the sights and sounds of balloons, Stars

Mother Nature has sure been playing tricks on Okanogan Valley.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Aguilar takes seventh

Alex Aguilar, an Omak High School graduate, finished seventh for North Idaho College at the NJCAA national wrestling tournament Feb. 24-25 in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

POINT OF THEW: Tonasket board discussing athletics

Despite the number of people from Tonasket calling or visiting our office to tell us to stop reporting on the classroom confrontation between Tonasket High School basketball coach Kevin Landdeck and Tonasket Middle School teacher Jim Caddy in a classroom, the issue just isn’t going away.

EDITORIAL: Workers welcome, but need to pay fair share

Immigration is not as clear cut a topic in Okanogan Country as it must be in other areas of the country.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: Many languages make up our country

We have said before that change is constant and certainly in our lifetimes we have seen prime examples of this.

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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Consider valid Iranian deal issues

There are valid concerns that need to be considered before approving any deal with Iran

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Canadian ports eating our lunch

The volume of cargo handled at British Columbia’s ports has jumped 46 percent since 2006, while our West Coast traffic grew only 3.8 percent, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. That should be a wake-up call for us and prod our elected officials to act before it is too late and there is no lunch to eat.

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Appreciate your Okanogan County commissioners

Jim DeTro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell provide a great example of responsive local government.

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Chinese wine on the table?

Washington vintners better be prepared to compete

As the quality of Chinese wine improves, Washington vintners now need to pay attention to new foreign market.

County hospitals should merge health care

Okanogan County commissioners should continue to demand local hospitals work together to find a way to remain viable while keeping health care services local.