Highland Voices
25 Years of the Okanogan Highlands Alliance

Harvey Swanson…photo by Brock Hires.

A small group of people can really make a difference. Twenty-five years ago, a group of neighbors formed the Okanogan Highlands Alliance (OHA) when a large scale, open pit, cyanide leach gold mine was proposed on Buckhorn Mountain. OHA has grown into an organization that focuses on mine monitoring, education, ecological restoration, and natural resource conservation issues affecting the affecting the Okanogan Highlands and beyond. The Highland Wonders educational series provides free indoor and outdoor events featuring the natural history of the area, while the restoration program helps heal damaged streams in the highlands and provides opportunities for community members to get involved on the ground.

Reed Engel and Sandy Vaughn.

Songs were part of what inspired OHA in years past, and music — both old and new — continues to bring our community together, instill hope, and galvanize action. Musicians from around the region have contributed songs for a new compilation album that speaks to OHA’s continued efforts to protect, restore, and preserve local land, water, and wildlife.

On Friday, March 24th 2017, OHA celebrates 25 years of action with a fundraising CD release concert and dinner at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. Highland Voices is a compilation album of local musicians that expresses our sense of place, concern for conservation and clean water, and the beauty of our natural world. Join us for an evening of delicious food, original music, drawings for special items, auctions, and appreciation for the people who have been a part of OHA over the years.

 The audience can expect to hear music performed by the following artists, and perhaps a few others:

Angela Cross
Cheatgrass (Judy Elven, Ron and Quill Hyde)
Harvey Swanson
Hippies on Vacation (Reed Engel, Quill Hyde, Tim Alley)
Julie Du Bois
Ken Bevis
Lance Haslund
Lonnie Good
Miguel Guizar
Reed Engel
Rick Braman
Sandy Vaughn
Sherry Potter
Stephen “Sundog” Lanigan
Steve Kinzie
Teresa Good
Tim Alley
Tomas Caton

Left to right. Harvey Swanson, Sunny Lanigan, Julie Du Bois, Sandy Vaughn, Steve Kinzie, and Reed Engel.

Other musicians on the recorded album include Dana Lyons, Laura Love, Tyler Graves, :Digital:Deb, and many more. OHA thanks all of the musicians for their contributions; also much appreciated are Chuck Egner and Rick Braman for donating recording studio time and effort, and Grant Jones for sharing poetry to be put to music.

The meal will consist of locally-sourced ingredients, artfully combined into a variety of salads to whet our appetites for spring. Meal service begins at 5:30 pm ($10; foods available for a variety of dietary needs).

Laura Love.

Entertainment begins at 7:00 pm ($10). The album of original music will be available for purchase, along with new 25 year commemorative OHA t-shirts!

For more info about the event and the album, visit:

okanoganhighlands.org/music/highland-voices, or contact julie@okanoganhighlands.org / Julie: 509-476-2432.
Online ordering options for the album will be available at the above website in the near future.

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