Our Views


Inslee steps up and gets fire aid

Gov. Jay Inslee, though not always the most popular politician in Okanogan County, gets kudos for his persistence in pursuing help for residents affected by the Carlton Complex fires.

Initiative 591, the better measure

Given our rural lifestyles here in North-Central Washington, we believe Initiative 591 is the right choice.

Speak up now on mosquito control

Area residents who want to cut down on bug bites should attend budget meetings

County fair to provide safe fun

With so much going on, we’re sure you won’t want to miss this year’s Okanogan County Fair.

Allow off-road vehicles in Omak

City officials are smart to consider allowing ATV use

Consider beer sale at the fair carefully

Concession could help raise much-needed revenue. It could also impact family atmosphere

Have fun, but steer clear of fire areas

We bring this to the attention of visitors here to celebrate rodeo, horse racing, Jet Ski racing, concerts and fireworks. We’re glad you’re here and glad you choose to celebrate our local customs and cultures with us. And we’re happy to share them with you. That said, we encourage you to stay clear of fire areas.

Rodeo must go on as planned

The community needs a reason to celebrate, if only for a few short days. So let’s kick up our heels and enjoy the greatest show on dirt next week.

Heroes rise amid wildfire

Amid the ashes and debris of the Carlton Complex wildfires, heroes rise.

Manage forests before fire hits

Let’s hope the plans are approved for increased timber harvest and thinning, reduction of slash piles and more public access before a catastrophic fire hits in our neck of the woods.

Keep cool

As temperatures soar, be sure children and pets aren’t left in sweltering, hot vehicles

Ecology's drone use cause for concern

Emails show agency was disingenuous on issue

Have a fun, safe Fourth of July

The city of Omak and the Colville Confederated Tribes have a smart, and safe, answer: East Side Park in Omak. The park lies on the reservation, and is subject to reservation law.

Business district needs you now

With downtown Omak seemingly under endless construction the last couple months, business operators are beginning to worry about their finances.

Spraying funding remains in limbo

Mosquito abatement will likely be presented to Okanogan Valley voters in a future taxing district ballot measure

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