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Garrett Rudolph

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Failing the budget test

For the past week I’ve been writing this column in my head. I originally plotted out — paragraph by paragraph — my tale of conquer over the SNAP Challenge.

Taking the challenge

Last week, by a vote of 217-210, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamps program over the next 10 years.

Roundtable covers range of topics

Brewster provides midway point for several counties

Wildlife officials and area residents will meet Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics affecting North-Central Washington. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting the roundtable meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Cove Recreation building, 508 W. Cliff Ave.

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Hospital plans changes to building

Former assisted living facility will house updated rehab department

North Valley Hospital has some major plans ahead for the Verbeck Building, which previously housed the assisted living facility.

Flight draws superstitions

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. While law enforcement personnel probably see this more than any other career field, working in a newsroom might not be too far behind.

Rate jump hit last week

Well, after months of anticipation, it’s finally happened: The first electricity bill with the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s revised rate structure hit my mailbox last week.

Season will be a thriller

The first week of college football is in the books, and the first week of the National Football League season is finally upon us after four weeks of tough-to-watch preseason action.

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Area woman witnesses ceremony

Soldier with local ties receives Medal of Honor

A local woman recently returned home from Washington, D.C. with a camera full of photos and a lifetime of memories as her nephew received the Medal of Honor.

Coulee Dam man electrocuted

Former resident dies while working for utility company

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. — A Lake Roosevelt High School graduate died Thursday while working to install poles for a utility company in south-central Kansas.

Tribal judge: ‘No decision will be issued quickly’

Tribal members who have signed a petition seeking distribution of the remaining half of a $193 million federal court settlement will have to wait a while to find out their next step.

Mill gets first logs

Company is on pace to employ 100 by year’s end

The Omak Wood Products mill received its first shipment of logs from Colville tribal forests last week and each day continues to accept more deliveries of timber.

Rates match in two states

All the recent talk about electricity rates has gotten me thinking about my own power bill. I’ve begun to wonder both how it will be affected by changes in the fee structure from the Okanogan County Public Utility District and how much different the rates are from what I was paying while living in Salem, Ore., as a customer of Portland General Electric.

Race makes rodeo special

Six months ago, the only thing I knew about Omak was that it hosted one of the largest annual rodeos in the state. But to me — and I know this could be considered a blasphemous statement around here — rodeos are mostly the same from one city to the next.

Open doors create trust

It seems to me distrust in government, from both sides of the political aisle, has reached — or is very near — an all-time high.

It’s time for year-round education

If they haven’t done so already, school districts across the state will be finalizing their 2013-14 budgets this week.

Chess story fascinates

I’m sure all journalists and writers have events in history that stand out in their minds. Those are the stories that made us want to become writers in the first place.

Online sales beat the mall

My extreme distaste for shopping malls, combined with a love of treasure hunting, has turned me into a fanatic of online shopping.

Free college is a dream

While Washington has gone through its own crisis with a last-minute budget, Oregon has been going through the same issue.

Award shines hope for U.S.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the title of “most American-made vehicle” has returned to the hands of an American auto company. After winning the honor four straight years, the Toyota Camry was finally supplanted by the Ford F-150 in this year’s annual rankings.

What must I see in The Okanogan?

Although I’ve spent most of my life in Washington, I also lived in Arizona for a time and spent about five years in Oregon, just prior to moving to Omak.

Google can’t solve it all

The beautiful thing about the Internet is the sheer volume of information it contains. At the same time, the worst part of the Internet … is also the sheer volume of information it contains.

To spray or not to spray

Recently, the weather has been absolutely gorgeous. And nobody has enjoyed it more than your friendly, local mosquito horde.

Graduations elicit advice

With the first wave of local high school graduations in the books — and one more surge still to come — I’m reminded that this year marks the 10-year anniversary of my own college graduation.

‘Unfair’ is a poor excuse

There’s a lot of debate, not just in Washington, but across the country, about how to classify private high schools when it comes to athletic competition.

Founders Day hits Tonasket

The 78th annual Founders Day celebration will kick off with a barbecue at the rodeo grounds on Thursday, May 30, and run through Sunday, June 2.

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Relay hauls in $60,000

Overnight event had between 450 and 500 attendees

Despite the rainy weather that chased away some attendees, this year’s Relay for Life surpassed its fundraising goal.

Crossing fee’s demise relieves businesses

Travel across the border has already been restricted

A proposal to impose an entry fee at all U.S. border crossings appears to be headed nowhere. Although some are skeptical the fee would have ever been initiated, its demise is welcome news for travelers, as well as businesses along the border.

My phone got smarter

I finally succumbed to the pressures of modern-age technology over the weekend and bought a smartphone.

Local couple designs unique housing

Development in Tonasket will house six families

A local couple is putting together a retirement project unique in Okanogan County. Bob and Jane Thompson are in the process of building an energy-efficient housing community on Havillah Road that will feature six individual units and a community building.

Laser light show opens May 25

Tour schedule will also be expanded

Tourism season kicks off this weekend at Grand Coulee Dam with its first showing of the laser light show at 10 p.m. May 25, although it will not be the much-anticipated new laser light show. That show won’t be unveiled until Aug. 8.

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Fallen officers honored

Various law enforcement agencies from around the county gathered at the Colville Correctional Facility on Friday, May 17, to show their respect as part of Fallen Officers Memorial Week.

Taxes take center stage

Politicians convene special session to finalize budget

Without a budget in place after 105 days of negotiations, the Washington state Legislature moves into a special session this week.

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Collectors and enthusiasts turned out for the 20th annual Friendly OK Car Show on Saturday, May 11, at East Side Park in Omak


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Service brings pride, anxiety

Blue Star Mothers offers support, help dealing with stress

A common theme among women with children in the military is their overwhelming sense of pride. But that pride is tempered by the dangers of a world so often at war.

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Mill needs upkeep

Plant shows signs of not being used

OMAK — With so much work needed to get the Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer back in operational condition, Wood Resources executives are in a hurry to finalize the details needed to begin hiring.

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Omak man assists in rollover crash rescue

Driver charged with driving under the influence of alcohol

PATEROS — An Omak man helped rescue the driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed into a marsh Thursday afternoon, May 2, 5 miles south of town.