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Chris Thew

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ELECTION: Short, Maycumber cruise to early wins

Incumbents fared well in initial general election returns Monday night with most looking to retain their seats. We'll continue to update this story as we compile votes from the races, including several multi-county ones.

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Water bill saves two

It isn’t every day that a water bill saves a life, let alone two.

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'It's not about water'

State Senator Shelly Short (R-Addy) and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic) talked about the facts behind the Hirst decision and how it will impact rural Washington during the Okanogan County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on Monday.

EDITORIAL: Tonasket hospital needs to answer questions

North Valley Hospital’s board has plenty of people showing up to meetings and asking questions about how well the hospital is being managed.

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70th annual Okanogan County Fair kicks off Thursday

The annual Okanogan County Fair gets under way at 9 a.m. Thursday, with a four-day run planned at the fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail.

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Tonasket mayor accepts job offer, will leave office

Patrick Plumb, who has served as the city’s mayor since being elected in 2009, will be stepping down later this year.

POINT OF THEW: Every life should matter, it’s time to get over it!

Remember, when the term BLM used to strike fear in the hearts of ranchers, because it meant Bureau of Land Management (the government) was unjustly doing something or another?

POINT OF THEW: Let’s get real about property rights

What do you have if you can’t have your property?

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Despite well issues, Fair should be ‘green’

Despite various stories about water well issues at the county fairgrounds, water pressure is not the most pressing.

POINT OF THEW: Fed up with off-the-record slamming

I probably don’t have to tell you that we live in a day and age when people who voted for the loser in 2016 (Hillary) think that they have the right to call the people who didn’t every name in the book.

Former Tonasket coach found not guilty

A former Tonasket High School basketball coach was found not guilty of disorderly conduct and harassment yesterday in Okanogan County District Court.

POINT OF THEW: Ticket prices sure don’t make sense

Last weekend had my head spinning.

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Review: Grunge legend was treat to see

It isn’t often that you see a musical act in a small-town bar and go away thinking that you’ve seen something remarkable.

POINT OF THEW: Oh, 30 percent of readers won’t agree

The headline above isn’t referring to election numbers. I’m talking about poll numbers.

NO LEFTOVERS: A really smoky weekend

After a couple attempts to try smoker-style cooking in my indirect propane grill and a barrel drum camp cooker, I bit the bullet and picked up a real deal smoker.

Sloan stepping down as county prosecutor

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County prosecutor Karl Sloan, who has served in the position since 2002, will be leaving his office later this month and has accepted a job with the state Attorney General’s office.

POINT OF THEW: Another test for the state Supremes

I seriously don’t understand how Washington can be a blue state. Even with the huge population of sheep in King and Pierce counties, you would think that moderates and conservatives would be able to get together to put a stop to the stupidity in Olympia and Seattle.

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Hospital adds AutoPulse with donations

A new piece of equipment paid for in a large part with donations will give patients at Mid-Valley Hospital a better shot at recovery.

Search continues for body of missing Methow man

METHOW - Authorities and family members are still searching for a man who fell and was washed away by the Methow River on Saturday.

POINT OF THEW: Politicians should be judged the same

We received an e-mail last week about a series of town hall events that Sen. Maria Cantwell would be hosting on health care, net neutrality and other issues important to Washington state.

POINT OF THEW: Free pay system is 'communism lite'

Unconditional basic income is making its way into the news yet again being touted by “the most successful people in the world” (according to futurism.com, which seems to be pushing the idea).

POINT OF THEW: Are groups boycotting local stores?

Several people have told me recently about efforts to target local businesses in Okanogan and Ferry counties for owners expressing their support for conservative values or, God forbid, President Donald J. Trump.

EDITORIAL: Have a great summer

Summer is officially here – June 21. Now is the time of year that kids complain about nothing to do and adults look out the windows at work longing to get out and do something – anything.

NO LEFTOVERS: Smoked brisket took time, but was worth the effort

Last week, while working on a feature story, I was lucky enough to be in Brewster when the Gebbers Cattle outlet store was open. I’d heard about the store, but never seemed to be in town during business hours (they are only open Wednesday and Fridays from 2-6 p.m.)

POINT OF THEW: Am I the only one who hates cyclists?

Ah, warmer weather. The time of the year when middle aged morons take to the highways with their bicycles and block traffic.

EDITORIAL: It’s open season on ranchers

On Monday night, Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda) reported on Facebook that two calves were killed on the Kettle Range by wolves.

POINT OF THEW: Send the ‘Grammar Nazis’ to Covfefe

Who really gives a covfefe about covfefe? I’ll admit, I’ve laughed at the written word (or a store sign) and questioned how little education the person who wrote it might have.

POINT OF THEW: Motorized or not, just tell the truth

It’s amazing the things you learn on Facebook.

EDITORIAL: Plenty of festivals ahead

Residents in Okanogan and Ferry counties often find themselves saying, “There’s nothing to do around here.”

Museum opening Memorial Day weekend

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Historical Museum will celebrate its season opening on Saturday.

Horse racing will be at fair

OKANOGAN – Despite rumors of the contrary, horse racing will be taking place at the 2017 Okanogan County Fair, according to Okanogan County Commissioner Andy Hover.

EDITORIAL: Honor our fallen heroes, others

This Memorial Day - as always - we honor our fallen soldiers, who have sacrificed all for the good of our great country in the field of battle.

POINT OF THEW: Liberals taught me not to hate – with hate

I have to give liberals credit for helping me change my deep-set misunderstanding of Russians.

Davis, commissioners not considering motorized use

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners recently made a compelling case on Facebook and even garnered the attention of a Spokesman-Review columnist to write a scathing story on Ferry County Commissioners dissolving the county’s Rail Corridor Committee that has brought together the stretch of non-motorized trail from Republic to Danville.

Locals seek spot on ballot

With the opening of filing week on Monday came a flury of filings from candidates for state legislature, city, school and hospital boards.

Literacy Council plans event June 6

The Okanogan County Literacy Council will be hosting an informational evening on Tuesday, June 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Omak Public Library’s Pioneer Room for those interested in volunteering to help increase literacy levels in the area.

POINT OF THEW: Videos of people playing games now

My son loves to play video games, but he’s started doing something that just baffles me – watching YouTube videos of other people playing video games.

EDITORIAL: Keep our counties Republican

This week, county election officials across the state are accepting election filings for candidates wanting their names on the ballot.

POINT OF THEW: President Jay Inslee...I might get sick

A few days ago, I saw a post claiming that Washington Governor Jay Inslee was a possible candidate for the U.S. Circus Side Show, also known as the U.S. Presidential Election, in 2020. Don’t worry. There’s no chance in heck that that enviro-nut would make the cut.

Deputy resigns following alleged DUI

Longtime Okanogan County Deputy Shane Jones, 46, resigned his post earlier this month, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

Point of Thew: Please forgive my differing opinion

Wow! Last week’s column was one of those ones that actually makes me happy.

Dansel: President Trump is a ‘blue-collar billionaire’

REPUBLIC – While he avoided commenting on current happenings in Washington D.C., Special Assistant to the Agriculture Secretary and former state senator Brian Dansel talked about his experience on the presidential campaign trail and his first conversations with President Donald Trump during a short speech at the Ferry County Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday.

Editorial: Main St. should be given another chance

It’s hard to believe that former Omak mayor Dale Sparber passed away nearly 9 years ago.

State Justice Gonzalez leads firearms law class

Attendees of the county's annual “Self Defense and the Law” firearms class will get to hear from a special guest this year.

100th birthday party planned for Ruby Field

Family and friends of Ruby Field will be holding a special celebration on Sunday, April 23 to mark her 100th birthday.

POINT OF THEW: Who cares about Trump’s tax returns?

On Easter, while many people were hiding eggs, a small group in Omak marched in support of getting President Trump to release his tax returns.

EDITORIAL: School bond is long overdue

Omak School District is hoping for a miracle. Recent school bond measures in the area have been hit or miss, Brewster and Bridgeport were recently successful in bond attempts, but other schools like Okanogan have not been.

Easter egg hunts planned this weekend

Youngsters can hunt for Easter eggs and win prizes starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Conconully State Park.

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Sunrise RVs opens in Omak

Folks searching for the perfect recreational vehicle now have a local option, located in a convenient location along Highway 97.

Bridgeport Food Bank searching for new home

The Bridgeport Food Bank is struggling to find a new home after officials found out the bank’s current home would soon be closed.

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