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Gas tax increase not justified rurally

Lawmakers should consider regional or tiered gas tax increases, where city motorists pay more

Flag flap could've been avoided

The governor should’ve paid more attention to the significance of the Good Friday holiday. Had he done so, Olympia’s flag flap could’ve been avoided.

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Conconully Lake Resort needs to remain open

The bottom line, like it or not, is that Conconully needs every business it still has, regardless of who the proprietor is. That includes Conconully Lake Resort.

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Reject road vacation request

Okanogan County officials now have to decide whether or not to give the road to Gamble or keep it public. We support the route remaining public.

Wildfire response bill is apropos

House Bill 2093 is a good start in addressing wildfire concerns in Washington state

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Ruralites deserve say on grizzlies

Grizzly bear introduction advocates offered nothing more than a kindergarten-style “show-and-tell" on their plans to move relocate the predators to the North Cascades

Support bill on wildfire funding

House Resolution 1009 could provide some help with the upcoming fire season. And with the lack of snowfall in the mountains, we’ll likely need it.

Return unused water to farmers

Senate Bill 5016 would help rural economies to grow

Return I-1351 to voters

Taxpayers should be the ones to decide on nixing the initiative or finding a way to pay for it.

Enloe decision needs to be made

Ratepayers should demand Bureau of Land Management produce key paperwork so a decision on breaching or re-energizing Enloe Dam can be made

Supreme Court rules in favor of Pater-to-Twisp powerline

There’s no doubt that the Methow Valley needs a redundant power transmission line to keep energy flowing during times of crisis. Now that the state Supreme Court has weighed in on the related condemnation issue, the door is finally open for the Pateros-to-Twisp power transmission line to be built.

Football fever brings us together

Seattle Seahawks fans have thrown open the so-called "Cascade Curtain" — the imaginary yet-ever-so-real curtain separating politics and lifestyles of those living east and west of the Cascade Mountains.

Harvest timber while its possible

We urge Natural Resources to continue with its plan to sell the burnt trees, plant new ones and not bend to the demands of those who would clog up the sale process for so long that the trees’ remaining value is destroyed.

Policies leading to forest closure

Current forest rules allow off-road vehicles everywhere, unless a need arises for a specific closure. But if the rules change, motorized vehicles would no longer be allowed in millions of square miles of forest in North-Central Washington.

Names of state fish and wildlife director finalists should be released, now

A decision by officials to hide the finalists' names for the Department of Fish and Wildlife's top job only damages an already tarnished reputation. Fish and Wildlife Commission members should release the names of the finalists before secretly interviewing them Thursday.

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