Story and images provided by
James Gutschmidt

Today, Saturday the 28th, I now understand why Mary Lou and I live where we do. From up here at 4000 feet, we see the distant clouds that lay like a lake 2000 feet above the Oroville valley below. The white capped Cascades, in a neat row, float above westward to northward, to where the arctic winds blow. The foreground valley is blanketed in a quilt of various shades of brown and white snow. The sun languishes, then sets in the west, sooo slow. The sky hangs, a clear sky blue, with a yellowish golden horizontal hew. All is still … the air is sooo cool. We may not be rich, but my God, what a view! Whew!

The vista described above can be viewed, minus the snow and cloud cover, in the archives of water color artist Jim Weaver at the following website: Jim Weaver – Paintings Sold and in Collections under the title “A Thousand Hills.”

“A Thousand Hills” – Watercolor by Jim Weaver

James and Mary Lou

James and Mary Lou

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.