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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.

Proctor moves to third

Neely helps lead Freeman to title

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School grad now living in Troutman, N.C, won the first two nights of bullriding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

Many know Aussies

Lots go against international foes

When the Australian Kempsey Spirit team played Okanogan, it reminded me that we have several athletes from this region who have competed in Australia or against Australians.

Staggs scores for NIC

Behymer also plays for Cardinals

Kara Staggs of Okanogan is tearing up the basketball ranks while playing for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

Tease photo

Neely departs coaching ranks

Highlight includes 1999 state crown

Longtime Okanogan coach Denny Neely announced last week he is retiring from coaching as of today.

Lion writes for The Times

Seattle publishes sophomore’s story

I was roaming the web when I noticed that Sam Thomsen, a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School, wrote a guest column for The Seattle Times. Thomsen’s column was titled “Crazy? Why the Mariners should sign Robinson Cano now.”

Book remembers movers and shakers

Rich Fewkes writes about his friends

Anyone who’s been around rodeo or listened to Tonasket car commercials on the radio the last few decades knows the homey and distinct voice of Rich Fewkes.

Smith to be a Husker

Macen McLean to play at Pateros

Chandler Smith of Brewster signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team.

A View from the Sidelines - Doubt these stories

Fish tales flap at monthly meeting

It seems fish stories get more and more unbelievable as the years pass. Take Russian President Vladimir Putin, who this summer caught a record-setting pike in a remote Siberian region.

Oroville stung by road game

Howard sets world deadlift record

When was the last time you heard of a lower-seeded football team hosting a first-round state game over a higher seeded team? Out of 44 state playoff games this week, Oroville High School is the only higher-seeded team without a home game.

My life in the service

Military duty leads to newspaper job

Monday brings Veterans Day here and Remembrance Day in Canada, our close neighbor. The holiday also gives us a chance to remember military duty to our countries.

Norwill heads south

Pitcher signs to play in Oregon

Makenzie Norwill, a senior at Okanogan High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play fastpitch softball at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Texans bully teams

Father draws line after 91-0 loss

Bullying comes in many forms. Ask Miami Dolphin tackle Jonathan Martin and he’ll tell you your coworkers could be bullying you.

Smart teams shine

Tom Sherry could visit Friday’s brawl

The Omak boys cross country team and Liberty Bell girls soccer team recently were named fall team academic state champions.

Ball players shine

Seniors bring home the medals

Not everything stays in Las Vegas. Okanogan County senior softball players left with a bunch of medals from the World Championships in the past month.