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  • Katie Haven for a stronger Okanogan County

    Pat Leigh|Sep 30, 2020

    The fire season has reminded us once again of how vulnerable our county is. In the Pearl Hill and Cold Springs fires, approximately 414,000 acres and over 180 structures were burned. Wildfires are a natural part of our ecosystem, but with better planning and management we can expect better outcomes than we had this year or in the other bad years of this decade. Okanogan County has a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) which is a requirement for government funding of wildfire disasters. It is on the county’s website: ww...

  • Watch Newhouse actions, not words on DACA

    Pat Leigh|Mar 7, 2018

    Trump’s most recent challenge to DACA failed when on Feb. 26, 2018, the Supreme Court refused to review lower court decisions that keep DACA in place indefinitely. This administration will undoubtedly continue to challenge the path to citizenship for people brought into our country at a young age. Newhouse could change that but apparently he won’t. There are 19,500 potential citizens in Congressional District 4 alone who meet the criteria to walk the path to citizenship under the Dream Act of 2017. According to the Center for the Study of Imm...

  • In her case, "I" is for Issues

    Pat Leigh|Nov 22, 2017

    Dr. Ann Diamond has retired from her career as our small-town doctor and entered the race for state representative of Legislative District 12. Her campaign kickoff was great fun, with beautiful pies, hot cider and wonderful bluegrass music by The Apostles. The place was packed with people interested to hear Ann’s message. The message I heard was one of deep concern and caring for the people of the 12th Legislative District. With her 24 years of experience in serving the medical needs of our community, Ann has gained a wealth of knowledge a...

  • Wanted! New Okanogan County commissioners

    Pat Leigh|May 18, 2016

    Sheila Kennedy and Ray Campbell have both announced their interest in being re-elected as Okanogan County commissioner.s Given their track record, we can’t let that happen. So far, Campbell is running unopposed. The deadline to declare your candidacy is this Friday! We need qualified candidates for District 2 with a sincere interest in addressing the concerns of constituents and the integrity and business savvy needed to put our county back on track. Candidates must register and pay the filing fee with the Okanogan Auditor by 4:30 p.m., F...