February 28, 2017
“That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” known as ZZ Top, is bad and nationwide. But Sunday, the band was far from bad at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. The group — comprised of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – brought its unique blend of Texas blues and rock music before a full stadium that kept fans on their feet throughout the 65-minute concert.July 31, 2018 1:03 p.m. read more..
In a darkened auditorium the words, “I hate theater,” ring out as chuckles of laughter break through the audience.May 8, 2018 3:34 p.m. read more..
If you’ve lived in Okanogan County for just about any length of time, chances are you’ve heard about the Washington State Nashville Country Star program.February 11, 2018 midnight read more..
The gifts have been cleared from under the Christmas tree and 2017 is quickly coming to a close.December 26, 2017 12:11 p.m. read more..
It seems there are two types of people you will encounter around Christmas time: Those who begin shopping throughout the year for Christmas gifts, and those who scramble to buy gifts to put under the tree a week or so before the big day.December 20, 2017 8:57 a.m. read more..
Saturday brought a stellar show to the Omak Performing Arts Center as the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus hosted its annual holiday concert. Never before have I been more impressed with this fine group of musicians as I was with their latest performance.December 12, 2017 8:44 a.m. read more..
Christmas is right around the corner. Earlier this week, while driving to the office, I noticed only a few houses along my way with beautiful colored lights on them. Which begs the question, why are so few people decorating this year?December 5, 2017 11:21 a.m. read more..
I love listening to music, be it one of today’s “hot new” songs, or a classic from yesteryear. While I’ll admit the bulk of my music collection (both physical and digital) is country, bluegrass and classic rock, I’ve got nothing against classical, folk, blues, and even the occasional pop song. Last week my brother purchased a subscription for me to the popular streaming music service Spotify.November 15, 2017 9:04 a.m. read more..
Brrr! Where did this wintry weather come from? It seems we went from a nice autumn breeze to cold north winds all of a sudden.November 7, 2017 10:33 a.m. read more..
People of all walks of life and from all corners of the northwest will gather this weekend in a remote field atop of Cayuse Mountain east of Tonasket for the 44th annual Okanogan Family (Barter) Faire.October 16, 2017 6:31 p.m. read more..
I can’t believe were only 43 days away from Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone? On the topic of Thanksgiving, it was announced last week that the first Black Friday advertisement was released by Harbor Freight, a tool and equipment retailer.October 9, 2017 6:22 p.m. read more..
Each morning I have a routine. I get up, let Gypsy (my 70-pound German Shepherd) outside, get a cup of coffee and sit down at my computer to read the daily headlines. It was sure a surprise to see an email from Garth Brooks’ promoter with information about his upcoming show Nov. 11 at the Spokane Arena.October 3, 2017 9:14 a.m. read more..
Do you remember going to town and walking through the video store to rent a movie? For me it was an occasional weekend treat to hop in the car with Dad and drive uptown to pick out a classic movie.September 18, 2017 3:43 p.m. read more..
It’s that time of year again. Tomorrow kicks off the first day of the 70th annual Okanogan County Fair. Perhaps one of the largest family reunions of sorts, the county fair brings something for everyone.September 5, 2017 9:29 a.m. read more..
As the mornings are getting colder and area youngsters are heading back to school, I hate to say it but summer must be coming to an end. Around the house, the lawn is needing less watering and mowing, and our garden is nearing the end of its season.August 31, 2017 9:01 a.m. read more..
While we are less than a month away from the first day of fall (Sept. 22), there’s still time to enjoy the sunny weather and take in a great show around the Northwest.August 22, 2017 8:33 a.m. read more..
Although the month of August is almost over, there’s still plenty of entertaining events to take in. Saturday night brings country music icon Johnny Rodriguez to Deep Water Amphitheater in Manson.August 14, 2017 8:24 p.m. read more..
It’s often said that things only get better with age. Nothing could be truer than when it comes to Kenny Rogers.August 9, 2017 9:18 a.m. read more..
Saturday I traveled to the 41st annual Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Snohomish County. Even though it’s a two-hour drive west of Winthrop, it was well worth the travel. Being a musician and supporter of the arts, I figured it was finally time to see the “Bluegrass Capital of the Northwest.”July 25, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..
Long before the Internet and modern technology ruled our daily lives, gathering with friends and neighbors was the thing to do for weekend entertainment. A small taste of the way it was is planned this weekend in Wauconda.July 11, 2017 12:02 p.m. read more..
Last week I came to the realization that I truly love summertime. Aside from the sometimes-scorching temperatures, the lawn constantly needing to be mowed and an abundance in what seems to be never ending yard work, there’s just something special about the season.July 5, 2017 10:52 a.m. read more..
Every now and then I enjoy going on an online shopping spree. I usually am looking for one specific item, and before you know it, I’ve wasted several hours and filling my shopping cart with all kinds of things I don’t really need.June 13, 2017 11:15 a.m. read more..
It seems as though this year is just flying by. Can you believe tomorrow is the first of June already?May 30, 2017 12:18 p.m. read more..
Last weekend I attended the annual May Festival in Oroville.May 16, 2017 8:47 a.m. read more..
I am loving this springtime weather. It seems Mother Nature has finally delivered a bit of sunshine and drier weather this past week.April 24, 2017 4:11 p.m. read more..
Leather boots, cowboy hats and elegant dresses graced the Omak Performing Arts Center stage Saturday, April 1 for the 13th annual Washington State Nashville Country Star competition.April 4, 2017 11:42 a.m. read more..
I know some of you may be tired of me writing about the 13th annual Nashville Country Star competition, but I feel the event, as large as it is — a statewide – high school competition in our back yard deserves recognition.March 28, 2017 10:09 a.m. read more..
Mother Nature has sure been playing tricks on Okanogan Valley.March 10, 2017 2:51 p.m. read more..
What do you think of all this white stuff outside? It looks like we may have a white Christmas after all. Since I began working for the newspaper almost two years ago, it seems as though my free time has become nearly obsolete.December 23, 2015 11:20 a.m. read more..
Due to the wet, rainy weather recently experienced in the Okanogan Valley, I’ve caught several favorite Christmas movies on television.December 16, 2015 11:17 a.m. read more..
There was sure a busy weekend of dancing last Friday and Saturday in the Okanogan. Friday night I attended the 10th annual Jammin’ Against Hunger at the Okanogan Grange.November 25, 2015 11:13 a.m. read more..
Brrr! It’s cold outside. Which begs the question, is it too early to start listing to Christmas music?November 18, 2015 11:11 a.m. read more..
Wasn’t the rain last week much appreciated? As I stood at my kitchen window Thursday morning, sipping on a cup of coffee, I watched the rain fall over the McLaughlin Canyon area and thought to myself things should green up just before the snow falls.November 2, 2015 11:07 a.m. read more..