I’ve never had to write one of these columns. At my last newspaper, I was released unceremoniously, the victim of a bad newspaper economy and — in my humble opinion — even worse decision-making.
Mill hopes to hire about 30 more workers by summer
Omak Wood Products has hired a general manager to oversee operations of the plywood and veneer mill as it continues to progress toward adding more shifts.
The first week of the legislative session flew by quickly — and offered a few surprises.
Proponents say higher minimum would be beneficial to the economy
A proposal by the governor to significantly raise the state’s minimum wage has been given a cold reception this week by 7th and 12th District lawmakers.
All-time highs set throughout region
Record-setting temperatures swept through North-Central Washington over the weekend and Monday.
Land purchases, wolves also remain central
Transportation issues and state land acquisitions are expected to be major topics during the upcoming legislative session.
Thursday ruling brings mandatory school funding to the forefront
Thursday’s state Supreme Court order demanding further action on implementing the McCleary school funding ruling could throw a monkey wrench into legislators’ anticipated slow session.
Going through back issues of The Chronicle, it’s been fun to reminisce a little about some of the stories that made headlines and the memorable photos that have captured moments.
Opening set for August 2014
Gamble Sands Golf Club architect David McLay Kidd believes his latest project — located south of state Highway 17 on the Colville Indian Reservation and set to open in August 2014 — will have the ability to transform the town of Brewster and its surrounding areas into tourist destinations.
World-renowned course designer calls location a ‘perfect 10’
Twelve years in the making, a concept to bring a world-class golf course to Brewster is nearing completion.
Several parades, festivals headlined group’s events
The Omak Chamber of Commerce handed out a pair of awards and celebrated a successful 2013 at its end-of-the-year banquet Wednesday at Koala Street Grill.
I came across a list of the most popular Christmas gifts for the past three decades and found it very interesting. In some regards, it was a walk down memory lane.
Okanogan County SThe sight of 13 police vehicles storming into the Walmart parking lot causes quite a commotion. heriff’s Office plans fun-filled day
Event marked successful holiday donations drive
Twenty-seven local students and staff members braved the cold — and potential hypothermia — Friday for the Okanogan School District’s annual Polar Plunge.
Major League Baseball is in the process of installing a rule that would ban collisions at home plate. Although the new rule could be implemented as soon as the upcoming baseball season, the more plausible time frame is for a 2015 launch. The move parallels what the National Football League has been pushing for several years with regards to reducing concussions.
25 tags remain for people to donate to local children in need this Christmas
Four electric car charging stations have been installed in Okanogan County, with a possibility of two more being added in the near future.
In some — OK, many — areas, Omak and the surrounding area lacks the amenities of big cities.
Omak organization looks to rebuild after Nov. 20 fire
The local Elks Lodge is in the process of getting bids for cleaning and repair work. It had smoke, water and electrical damage to its 110 S. Ash St. building during a Nov. 20 fire.
A conversation about the Hunger Games series triggered me to do some online searching for political satire or symbolism used in other popular movies.
Many retailers have specials on Black Friday
Major retailers throughout the area brace themselves for the busiest shopping day of the year this week. Some stores feature extended hours and many have special deals and giveaways for Black Friday.
Methow Valley farm takes a sustainable approach to traditional Thanksgiving dinner
It was the combination of a husband-and-wife engineering team and an “obsessive young mother” factor that made Crown S Ranch evolve from a small family farm to a small farm with big ideas on sustainable, organic living.
This is the time of year where Americans count their blessings and acknowledge all the people, places and things they’re thankful for. It would seem a daunting task to most, but every year there’s some guy who tries to list all the things he’s truly thankful for.
Holiday parties will be rescheduled
A fire Wednesday morning at the Elks Lodge destroyed an electrical room and has forced the non-profit organization to shut down operations until repairs can be made. “This could not be happening at a worse time of the year,” Exalted Ruler Sandy Smith said. The Elks Lodge, 110 S. Ash St., is typically one of the more popular holiday banquet and party locations in the area. Several events will be forced to relocate this year.
Tiffany Mannikko takes over role with Omak Stampede
The Omak Stampede celebrated the end of one reign and the beginning of another Saturday at its annual coronation and banquet. A whirlwind year as Stampede queen ended for Tonasket High School graduate Breanna Howell, who passed on the crown to Tiffany Mannikko after a ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of the rodeo and its volunteers through 2013.
I’m sure many people in Okanogan and Ferry counties are keeping an eye on statewide election results as the remaining close races are determined.
Omak man lived through Normandy invasion, Battle of the Bulge
Local veteran Doug Hull’s memory has faded somewhat through the years, but there are some moments and details about World War II that have stuck in his mind for nearly seven decades.
I saw something recently about the economy and how employers are complaining about a lack of qualified candidates — namely in written and verbal communication skills.
Speakers honor area’s fallen officers last week
Even many years later, emotions still run high when friends, family and loved ones talk about three Omak-area officers who died in the line of duty.
Event organizer for Omak school also served in military
Nancy Bishop has been organizing Veterans Day assemblies in Omak for years. But this year was a little different for the North Omak Elementary School life skills teacher.
Washington state is nearing the one-year mark for its vote to legalize marijuana and the two-year anniversary of privatizing liquor sales. I wonder, looking back on those two votes, if things have turned out the way people expected.
Okanogan gains 350 yards running
The Okanogan football team racked up more than 350 yards rushing to earn a 43-7 win at home against rival Omak on Friday night in the Backyard Brawl. Senior Justin Rivas and freshman Morgan Poulin paved the way for the Bulldogs with 2 touchdowns apiece, as Okanogan won its fourth consecutive Brawl.
Doug Woodrow, coffee shop receive top honors
The Okanogan Chamber of Commerce raised more than $400 through a dessert auction and honored award recipients at its annual banquet last week at the Old Flour Mill, 96 Pine St.
Mayor credits lead to "pleased" voters
Dansel thanks supporters, noting they wanted 'something new'
Donations needed to bring relatives to Omak for funeral
A local family is seeking donations of airline miles to help bring relatives to town for the funeral of a former Omak resident and Army veteran. Monty Smith, 63, died of cancer in Germany last Tuesday.
Electricity jumps from power line to water outflow
Just one week remains until election day. Obviously, without the thrill of a presidential race or major state initiatives, this upcoming election seems lackluster compared to 2012.
Construction planned to start this spring
An arduous fundraising challenge is nearing its ultimate goal for a group of local volunteers. Linda Black, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, and other members of the community hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Tonasket Water Ranch on Friday afternoon at Chief Tonasket Park.
Omak Wood Products expects operations restart 'first thing Monday'
New business may be moving into vacant space
Lately, the staff at The Chronicle has been talking a lot about technology. The roll out of our revamped website is just the beginning of what will eventually be major changes, not just for the immediate future, but for the long-term success of our company — and, not just for our paper, but for the entire print news industry.
Okanogan County voters already receiving ballots
The lawsuit filed by Colville tribal members seeking distribution of the remaining half of a $193 million federal court settlement was dismissed last week.
The other night, I got sucked into a vortex of eBay shopping. Again. It happens from time to time. Although I rarely buy anything, I love to window shop. I’m always one bored moment away from starting a new and useless collection of something.
Smith, Dansel vying for Senate
The 7th Legislative District Senate candidates traded barbs over wolves, the economy and politics Thursday at an Oroville Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Although Chamber President Clyde Andrews said it wasn’t a debate, both Sen. John Smith, R-Colville, and challenger Brian Dansel, R-Republic, were given 25 minutes to speak, along with opportunities for rebuttal.
Omak Wood Products currently employs 87 people
More than 100 community leaders and mill employees celebrated the much-anticipated reopening of the Omak Wood Products plywood mill Monday. Among the attendees was Gov. Jay Inslee, who touted the mill’s reopening as not just an important event for Okanogan County, but for the entire state.
The Chronicle launched its revamped website last week to a wide-ranging combination of rave reviews and downright complaints.
Rescue shelter struggles for winter supply of hay
With winter fast approaching, a local non-profit horse rescue shelter is getting desperate to stockpile enough hay for the season. The Nourishing Hand will need approximately 50 tons of hay to feed nearly two dozen rescued horses and cattle for the winter, owner Janice Andrew said.
Hunter reported dead animal in the Pasayten
A federal investigation has been launched after a hunter self-reported shooting and killing a gray wolf Sept. 20 in the Pasayten Wilderness. Because the killing occurred in the portion of Okanogan County where wolves are federally protected as endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is acting as the principal investigating agency.