Focus on Community
Scates era is brief
DeVos canoes to town
A new building
Twice a week
Once a week again
Technology brings changes
News coverage expands
New owner brings changes
Plenty has changed
In the beginning
Technology moves on
Difference in appearance
|Chronicle continues its focus on community
Chronicle continues its focus on community
By John E. Andrist|
and Dee Camp
The youngest of Okanogan Countys weekly newspapers
turned 90 years old Saturday, May 20, 2000.
The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle began publishing May 20,
1910, as The Omak Chronicle, a newspaper which then devoted its attentions solely to Omak.
It, like many newspapers, has broadened its attentions in
order to survive. The Chronicle added Okanogan County to its nameplate in
early 1973 to reflect its expanding role.
In 1999, the words Omak-Okanogan County were
dropped during an extensive redesign of the newspaper.
Chronicle founder Clarence P. Scates wrote in his first
editorial: We expect to continue in the esteem and consideration of our readers by a
fair and impartial rendition of facts and by continually striving to better conditions to
feel that each day we have taken a step toward a bring future and accomplished something
for Omak and the Okanogan Valley.
Ninety years and nearly 5,400 editions later (The Chronicle
published twice-weekly for a time), The Chronicle continues to work on the role its
But surviving for 90 years to be Omaks oldest
continuously operating business has not been an easy task.