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RANDOM THOUGHTS: Jury duty provides a writing topic

Newspaper people, when they get called for jury duty, end up with something to write about even if they aren’t picked to sit on the jury.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Pirate ship may be sinking

Sometimes I fear the pirate ship may be sinking.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Turkey day, then tree decisions

The holiday season is in full swing, still with more emphasis on Christmas than Thanksgiving, even though turkey day is tomorrow.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Era of 747 comes to an end

The Boeing 747, with its iconic cockpit “hump,” soon will be just a memory as far as passenger service goes.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Let's not gloss over Thanksgiving

Does Thanksgiving even matter anymore?

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Remembering Elizabeth Widel

My friend and longtime co-worker Elizabeth Widel died last Tuesday at age 100.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Watching, reading as wildfires burn

Wildfires have been tearing across California’s Wine Country for more than a week.

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.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Loss, plus a big gain

Last week’s column dealt mainly with loss — the loss of one of our families longtime pets, a cat named Sweetie.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Blame absence on winter funk

I’ve not offered a column for a couple months, partly because of tight space in the paper and partly because, well, I’ve been in a winter funk.

The allure of fishing

Anglers’ successes in Curlew Lake are intriguing

I haven’t been fishing in years, but I still enjoy hearing about fishing successes. Most of my fishing successes were of the small variety – the kind that will fit in a 10-inch skillet with not much tail hanging over the edge. In short, I never caught any lunkers.

Road projects continue to make driving challenging

We’re about to

If you think driving the main drag between Omak and Okanogan has been challenging during the past year or so, just wait. We’re about to be surrounded. Road construction season is here, and the highway through Okanogan and Omak will be repaved. The project involves rebuilding sidewalk ramps to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards, installing “bulb-outs” at several corners, grinding off the old pavement and putting down new asphalt. The utility projects we’ve endured for the past year – Omak’s sewer project and a telephone fiber installation – paved the way, so to speak, for the paving project. Pressure was on to get the utilities done before the paving project began. But wait, that’s not all. State highways all over the county will be under construction soon, with flaggers and delays expected. Paving work is planned on U.S. Highway 97 between Brewster and Okanogan and north of Tonasket, state Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass and east of Tonasket, and on highways in the Bridgeport, Leahy Junction and Grand Coulee areas. In short, we’ll be driving over torn up roads all summer. I’m sure the windshield chip repair places and front-end alignment shops are salivating over the prospects for the coming construction season. In the end, after the state pours more than $18 million into the projects, we should have nice, smooth roads to drive on. At least until next year’s construction season begins. Dee Camp is a reporter at The Chronicle. She can be reached via email at dcamp@omakchronicle.com.

Create some healthy meals — and good memories

A few weeks ago, I wrote about nutrition and the incidence of corporations that make food of questionable nutritional quality sponsoring everything from reading programs to school sports scoreboards.

In a bind? Try a clip

Last week, I stumbled upon a new-to-me use for binder clips as I was faced with trying to use loose tea to make a cup of hot tea at work.

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