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Card players trump

Buck Workman and Valorie Murray had 1,500 trump in diamonds during pinochle Feb. 21 at the Eagles Club in Okanogan.

It’s about time for the adults to talk

Our world seems to be falling apart – and, no, I’m not blaming Trump.

Eating your way out of the house

One of my late husband Glen’s favorite places to roam around by car was an area known as the South Half, a large area across the Okanogan River on the Colville Indian Reservation occupied largely by ranches.

Life decision means moving on

Rumors, rumors, rumors. For several months now, I’ve heard rumors of my own departure. Well, today’s the day I validate at least some of what you may have heard on the street

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Send message on gas tax increase

The cost to live in rural Eastern Washington is about to go up. But there is a way to mitigate the costs of recreating and working here.

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Consider valid Iranian deal issues

There are valid concerns that need to be considered before approving any deal with Iran

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Canadian ports eating our lunch

The volume of cargo handled at British Columbia’s ports has jumped 46 percent since 2006, while our West Coast traffic grew only 3.8 percent, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. That should be a wake-up call for us and prod our elected officials to act before it is too late and there is no lunch to eat.

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Appreciate your Okanogan County commissioners

Jim DeTro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell provide a great example of responsive local government.

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Chinese wine on the table?

Washington vintners better be prepared to compete

As the quality of Chinese wine improves, Washington vintners now need to pay attention to new foreign market.

County hospitals should merge health care

Okanogan County commissioners should continue to demand local hospitals work together to find a way to remain viable while keeping health care services local.

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State grants funding a shell game

Given Olympia’s three-session budgeting fiasco this year, lawmakers should reconsider handing the Recreation and Conservation Funding Board millions of dollars to give away. Most of that money would be better left in the pockets of taxpayers, rather than unwittingly gambling on another shell game with little or no real public benefit.

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Phoenix symbolism fits Pateros

Take time Saturday to head to Pateros to help the community celebrate its rebirth. Take time to learn what it means to be “Pateros Strong.”

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We need to manage forests better

The Senate should approve the Resilient Federal Forests Act, requiring the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to dramatically improve the health and resiliency of federal forests and rangelands.

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Harvest dead trees in British Columbia

Clearing dead trees and debris from the forest floor reduces the risk of massive wildfires that pump millions of tons of carbon-dioxide into the air.

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Extreme groups try bully tactics

Recognize environmental lawsuits for what they are — bully tactics to coerce public employees to conform to their extreme political agendas.