Becky Desjardins of Oroville’s Hometown Pizza writes:

When we cut out the seating at night at the restaurant, what I did not realize was how much I would miss the customers. Without working days I missed seeing a lot of people. So Hometown will start having dine in again at night. We will still close at 8 so no dine in customers after 7:30. The cooks go home at 8 so unless you want me to cook your dinner (this is scary) you need to be seated by 7:30. It will be just like lunch, order at the counter. No reservations please and no parties over 14. Please be sure to check out our new web page at It has the menu on it. Thank you so much to all of our great customers!!!!!

The awesome menu and hospitality we all loved is back and we couldn’t be happier. The best little town in the Okanogan just got better.

Hometown Pizza ~ Oroville

Hometown Pizza ~ Oroville

07. March 2016 · Comments Off on The Texas Family Diner opens in Tonasket · Categories: Businesses, Dining, Music, Tonasket

After a lot of planning, hard work and a burst of energy in February The Texas Family Diner in Tonasket has opened their doors to rave reviews.

Texas Family Diner ~ Tonasket

Texas Family Diner ~ Tonasket

Here’s what people are saying:

The food and service were excellent, and the atmosphere great… I will be back.
~ Annie Wilkison

Best Pattie melt I’ve had. Fantastic good and service, I’ll be here often.
~ Melisa Waite

Great food at a great price! Friendly people and local! Thank you for coming to our little town!
~ Laurie Craig Baker

There is a stage and dance floor for live entertainment, and they are currently booking bands for live shows and weekly music jams. Contact Steven Cole for more information.

The Menu – Yum!

Texas Diner Breakfast Menu

Texas Diner Breakfast Menu

Texas Diner Lunch

Texas Diner Lunch

Texas Diner Dinner

Texas Diner Dinner

In the short term be aware they’re not accepting credit cards at this time, but that will be corrected very soon. Meantime, bring cash and have a great meal. I did!

The Texas Family Diner
220 Whitcomb Avenue (Hwy. 97)
Tonasket, Washington
509 486-4791
Hours: 7:00 am ~ 10:00 pm
Wednesday through Monday (closed Tuesdays)

Early Spring

by Dennis Peterson

20. February 2016 · Comments Off on Early Spring · Categories: Businesses, Nature, Okanagon, Oroville, Photography

Our lawn is doing funny things. It has not been that many days since it lay buried under snow and ice, yellow and limp. It is greening and the limp is gone.

Our little avian visitors, so cheerful and friendly all summer and fall look upon us with malice for our lapse in keeping the feeders brimming. Our quail, instead of shouting “where are you” now seem to jeer “we’re here – where are YOU??”

Shooting Stars in Bloom

Shooting Stars in Bloom ~ A Linda Colvin photo

Spiders that winter over indoors and pop out of nowhere to scare the bejeezus out of you have abandoned our hospitality and warmth for the challenges of “the hunt”. We wish the creepy little buggers well and good riddance!

The deer that have tramped through our snow-planked yard in search of greener anything have returned to the hills, to old friends, and to rearing the next generation of tramps. We’re looking forward to their return – what is better for the heart than seeing nature share and enjoy our comfort.

The grapes are showing signs of needing a good prune, the vegetable garden needs a good infusion of last year’s compost, and we need to stock up on our Tylenol once more. Tomatoes for the deer and potatoes for us. Sunflowers for the community and hours of ripping up Shasta Daisies, peppers for the pot, basil for the stew, Thai basil for the soup. And peanuts, this year, to sweeten the soil. Don’t forget the Tylenol!

Serviceberry Shrubs Abloom

Serviceberry Shrubs Abloom ~ A Linda Colvin photo

Chores, fence mending, scraping and painting, reset the gutters – they took quite an ice burden this winter, a new roof for the garage, and maybe a nice gazebo for the upper lawn. Enough life is behind us that BIG plans are supplanted with “doables” – projects that won’t go unfinished. Funny how age defines how sturdy a shot of chain must be to last a lifetime.

We hope the prospect for an early spring is filling your thoughts with pleasant visions of the season of renewal.



Esther Bricques Winery has begun the 2016 Wine and Music series with live performances each Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and featuring your favorite Okanogan Valley performers.

Esther Bricques Music Garden

Esther Bricques Music Garden

Oh – and in case you’ve lost count, it is 73 Days,13 Hours, 6 Minutes, 23 Seconds until Taber’s fruit barn opens for wine night Wednesdays! But who’s counting? Well, we are!

Taber's Taste of Summer

Taber’s Taste of Summer on the Deck

Photos provided by Esther Bricques Winery, and Copper Mountain Vineyards.