AWESOME! The Okanogan Bulldogs are the 2B champs after a thrilling 36 – 34 defeat over a strong Napavine team. The Bulldogs declawed the Tigers with a a 20-7 come from behind fourth quarter to claim the 2015 2B crown. Well done Bulldogs!

If You Love Your Small Town…

by Dennis Peterson

05. December 2015 · Comments Off on If You Love Your Small Town… · Categories: Businesses, Loomis, Nighthawk, Okanagon, Omak, Oroville, Osoyoos, Riverside, Tonasket

Fun at the Market

by Dennis Peterson

It’s a beautiful morning, the Okanogan Farmer’s Market is a patch of fresh green grass under a smoke-free sky, all the vendors have their wares on display and the only thing missing is music. That didn’t last long.

An invitation went out for musicians to show up and play what they brought so we did. The impromptu and hastily assembled band consisted of Jack Burchard on the drum, Norm and Bud on 6-string guitars, Rod blew a smooth saxophone, Steve Kelley brought a keyboard, Randy Battle had his ubiquitous Taylor 12-string, Linda Pruitt brought her magic percussion kit of guiros, bells, shakers, and a train whistle, Dennis had his acoustic ukulele and a stack of harmonicas, and Nancy provided vocals.

There followed a fun 2-hour acoustic jam of what ever songs popped into the players’ heads and while probably nobody knew all of them, nobody didn’t know some of them and that is why busking is so much fun. Everyone reading this is urged to support and encourage buskers everywhere!

Here’s some photos that Nancy took and which explains why she’s not in any of them.

Norm and Bud

Norm and Bud

The "Band"

The “Band”

Jack, Steve, Norm, Bud

Jack, Steve, Norm, Bud

Dennis, Linda, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Linda, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Rod, and Randy

Dennis, Rod, and Randy

And there was a little bit of appreciation coin of the realm in the hat at the end of the day.

Motorcycle Rider Advisory

by Dennis Peterson

My Favorite Harley Road King

My Favorite Harley Road King


Motorcyclists are advised to be particularly cautious when riding the backroads of the Okanogan. The recent heavy rains have washed a great deal of gravel, pebbles, and sand onto the roads. These are often hidden by our twisty curves and tree shade. This is also true for many neighborhoods in the low hills. Road crews have been running street sweepers but they are imperfect at removing the danger.

Be further advised that some potholes that are many years old have had the loose filler pounded out of them by rain, hail, and traffic.

Nine Mile Fire Photos

by Dennis Peterson

We took some photos on the Nine Mile Road just north of Circle City (which was not affected by the fire). It is amazing to see how effective the fire retardant and dozer clearings are at stopping these fires. We spoke with one of the fire response team who showed us maps of the containment line. Smouldering stumps and roots are still hot but this area is now considered contained.

The outcropping shadowed this retardant drop and allowed the fire to squeeze through. This level of precision is amazing.

Fire Retardant

Fire Retardant

Dozer clearings and dirt roads make fine fire stops. This is the view towards Oroville from Nine Mile Road. West Corral Road can be seen on Mt. Hull. Pink tape is seen while driving along the Oroville-Chesaw Road indicating “areas undergoing closer scrutiny” by fire investigators.

Looking west at the north slope of Mt. Hull

Looking west at the north slope of Mt. Hull

This photo is looking north. Homes spared by the wildfire appears untouched. Point Drive can be seen in the distance. This section of fire was seen burning from our Oroville home as shown in an earlier post here.

Looking north from Nine Mile Road

Looking north at Point Road from Nine Mile Road

This photo shows the effectiveness of dozer clearings for stopping the fire in its tracks. Circle City is just out of view to the right in this upslope view of Nine Mile Road

Very effective dozer clearing

Very effective dozer clearing