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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.

October 2, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

September 25, 2013 midnight read more..

Roundtable covers range of topics

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.

September 25, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

September 18, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

September 11, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

September 4, 2013 4:49 p.m. read more..

Area woman witnesses ceremony

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.

September 4, 2013 9:45 a.m. read more..

Coulee Dam man electrocuted

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

September 4, 2013 6 a.m. read more..

Mill gets first logs

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.

August 28, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

August 21, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

August 14, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

August 7, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

July 24, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

July 17, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

July 10, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

July 3, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

June 26, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

June 19, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

June 12, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

June 5, 2013 midnight read more..

‘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.

May 29, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

May 29, 2013 midnight read more..

Relay hauls in $60,000

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

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

Crossing fee’s demise relieves businesses

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.

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

My phone got smarter

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

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

Local couple designs unique housing

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.

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

Laser light show opens May 25

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.

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

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.

May 22, 2013 midnight read more..

Taxes take center stage

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

May 15, 2013 midnight read more..

Service brings pride, anxiety

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.

May 12, 2013 midnight read more..

Mill needs upkeep

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.

May 8, 2013 midnight read more..