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GUEST COLUMN: Please vote ‘Yes’ for Omak students

My letter to our community is to serve two purposes, first and foremost to encourage our voters to support the current bond effort of the Omak Schools and second, correct misinformation published recently in a letter from Mr. Jim Miller of Omak.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Smile, live longer

Grinning makes you feel better

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.

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EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN: Weather can sometimes be an interesting topic

What would your guess to be the most unfailing topic of conversation? It’s something we are all subject to and have to live with: The weather.

EXPLORING THE OKANOGAN - Experiencing life through the eyes of a dog

(The following was “written” by Katie, my friend Marsha’s dog.)

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Rules could change

Several proposals that could add a few games for baseball, softball and basketball teams are being considered by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Patrick to play for CCS

Okanogan High School senior Megan Patrick signed a letter of intent to compete in tennis starting in the fall at Spokane Community College.

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CENTER STAGE: Hardy claims Nashville Country Star title

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.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Loss, plus a big gain

Last week’s column dealt mainly with loss — the loss of one of our families longtime pets, a cat named Sweetie.

POINT OF THEW: Let’s put an end to this witch hunt

The level of witch hunt we are encountering these days is getting out of hand.

Spring means time to plant gardens

I think the first reliable sign of spring arrives in the mail sometime in January. These are the flamboyant seed catalogs.

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Martial arts winners

Okanogan Valley Martial Arts with Master Dan Keith brought home three firsts from the 40th annual Central Washington Karate Championships on March 18 in Yakima.

CENTER STAGE: Nashville Stars deserve support

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.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Blame absence on winter funk

I’ve not offered a column for a couple months, partly because of tight space in the paper and partly because, well, I’ve been in a winter funk.