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Economy, police among issues in Omak mayor election

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OMAK -- Four years ago, city councilman Dale Sparber challenged 12-year incumbent mayor Walt Smith over local economic issues, and became mayor.

Now, it's Sparber's turn to be challenged, this time by former Omak police reserve officer Brett Klimek, who says the current mayor hasn't done enough to help the local economy.

Omak's school district is losing students, and officials are still trying to attract a new industry -- or lots of little ones -- to fill the void left…

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