Today is Friday, May. 22, 2015

My Turn
An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

An unfortunate solution to protect our sovereignty

By Ron Perrow The Jan. 12 Okanogan County Fire District 6 board of commissioners meeting confirmed my conclusion that commissioners Roy Reiber and Darold Brandenburg don’t care what we say. Reiber said they were ignoring the last levy failure, that they “did not consider the levy failure as an advisory vote.” Well folks, advisory or not,...
Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

Dealing with cops: common sense and respect for authority

By Rikki Schwab With all the current situations being covered in the news media involving law enforcement, it is understandable that people are overly cautious when dealing with the police. Many people have come to me lately asking, why do these things happen? I can’t speak for every law enforcement officer in the world, I...
Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

Goldilocks, Galileo, and the end of war

By Dana Visalli The scientific community in recent years has uncovered an avalanche of insights into the functioning of the natural world that bring science and spirit uncomfortably close together. For example, physicists tell us that if the force of gravity had been a millionth of a percent stronger or weaker, the universe would long...
Why District 6 needs a new fire hall in Winthrop

Why District 6 needs a new fire hall in Winthrop

By Roy Reiber Recent events have been very disappointing and I am deeply bothered by the apparent abuse the Okanogan County Fire District 5 commissioners have received. During my years as a firefighter, commissioner or both, I’ve seen many changes in District 6. Even 20 years ago the four stations operated with military surplus vehicles...

Legislature, governor should support wildlife and rec funding

By Gary Schalla As we approach the holiday season, there is no better time than now to start thinking about the state budget. Don’t believe me? We have a fast-approaching opportunity to secure abundant gifts for our children and grandchildren if our elected officials commit robust funding for the outdoors. The counties of North Central...
Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

Why no mention of wildfire in county’s comp plan?

By Isabelle Spohn Following the events of this summer, why would our county now adopt a comprehensive plan that doesn’t even mention the words “wildfire” or “landslide” and withdraws the previous incorporation of Okanogan County’s 2013 Community Wildfire Protection Plan, agreed upon since 2006 by over 50 agencies, county departments and citizens?   Considering that...
Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

Dead trees are part of forest’s life cycle

By Ken Bevis When forests burn, trees die. It’s a fact. Particularly in hot fires in dense fuels — cambium cooks and needles fry. Conifers are particularly flammable and can go up in a spectacular crown fire. The resulting sea of black dead stems causes some people to think we must do something immediately. Not so fast....
Thoughts on telling our stories, and listening to others

Thoughts on telling our stories, and listening to others

By David Asia “The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.” Muriel Rukeyser, The Speed of Darkness, 1968 We love to tell stories. When we can’t tell them aloud, we tell them to ourselves, quietly, in our heads, stories welded together by repetition until the map we have created in our heads begins to breathe...
Considerations for fire district levy proposal

Considerations for fire district levy proposal

By Ross Darling For about 11 months, I served on the Okanogan County Fire District 6 advisory board, learning about the district and waiting for them to give us a task or asking what we thought about regarding various district concerns. That was not to be. Finally, the commissioners said they had mis-named the board...
Is levy proposal blowing smoke?

Is levy proposal blowing smoke?

By Fred Wert The Okanogan County Fire District 6 commissioners have proposed a new fire hall in Winthrop for a number of years. They put it to a vote earlier, and it was rejected by the voters. What did they do? They went out and purchased a piece of land for a total cost of...