A public hearing next week will address a proposed zoning change that would allow residences to share building space with retail businesses. The planning commission’s hearing comes on the heels of another hearing at the May 22 City Council meeting.May 29, 2013 midnight read more..
I spend a lot of my time in my truck driving to remote locations in our county, racing in out-of-state locales and just traveling to travel. Because of that wanderlust, I tend to listen to radio probably more than most people. So, I have an XFM subscription.May 29, 2013 midnight read more..
Once again the Washington state Legislature is in a special session. The word “special” has lost its meaning when it comes to Olympia. This is the seventh special session in four years. Taxpayers are rightly frustrated and disappointed.May 29, 2013 midnight read more..
Ryder Lewis wrapped up his four-year golfing career at Omak High School by placing seventh in the state 1A tournament May 21-22. Lewis carded a 4-over-par 76 the first day (5 shots off the lead) and 6-over-par 78 the second day for a 154 total at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.May 26, 2013 midnight read more..
What would the sporting scene be like without women’s sports? You only need to go back four decades or more to know. The month of May marks the 41st anniversary of Title IX, which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972 initially to guarantee equal educational opportunities for women and girls.May 26, 2013 midnight read more..
An Omak man has been charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and third-degree theft after allegedly taking a purse, running out of the Omak Walmart store and stabbing a customer who ran after him.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
Two local museums — the Ansorge Hotel Museum and the Husky Car and Truck Museum — will open their doors for the season this weekend. Hours for the Ansorge are 1-4 p.m. Saturdays from May 25 to Aug. 24. It also will be open from 1-4 p.m. June 2 during the community’s Barrel Derby Day festival.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
Wyatt Covington and Oliver Williams of Omak and Chantz Popelier of Okanogan each qualified for the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo by finishing in the Top 4 at the Washington Wrangler Junior High School Rodeo finals May 18-19 in Kennewick.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
Omak, Okanogan, Brewster and Tonasket advanced at least one competitor to state following qualifying at the District 6/7 track meet May 18 at Riverside High School. The Top 3 in each event earned berths to state May 24-25 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
The Okanogan High School soccer team continues to be “Dream Killers,” handing University Prep only its second loss of the season, 4-3, in a state 1A quarterfinal game May 18. “It was ugly at times,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “I thought we had some breakdowns and they took advantage of them.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
The U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Memorial stands among the best veterans memorials in the country, a speaker told several hundred people assembled May 18 for the site’s dedication. Although rain sprinkled earlier in the day, the clouds parted and the sun came out for the event. Retired Coast Guard Capt. Alan Walker, who operates a tree farm in Curlew, said he spent several years in Washington, D.C., during his 28 years in the service and saw all the national veterans memorials.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
Ceremonies to honor fallen veterans are planned around the region on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Okanogan American Legion Post No. 56 will start at 8 a.m. at the Chiliwist Cemetery, at the intersection of Old Highway 97 and Chiliwist Road, with a flag and rifle ceremony, member Ed Thiele said.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
When it comes to non-daily newspapers in Eastern Washington, The Chronicle is the only one to receive awards recently in a regional Society of Professional Journalists contest. The weekly newspaper earned two first-place awards and seven others in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
A local couple is putting together a retirement project unique in Okanogan County. Bob and Jane Thompson are in the process of building an energy-efficient housing community on Havillah Road that will feature six individual units and a community building.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
A local hotel is working on expanding its services, and the Town Council helped the process along last week by green-lighting amendments to the zoning ordinance amendment and land use map. Twisp River Suites, 140 Twisp River Road, has installed two washers and two dryers, both industrial sized, in a small yellow house nearby that will serve as the staff’s laundry facility, owner Joe Marver said.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
A proposal to impose an entry fee at all U.S. border crossings appears to be headed nowhere. Although some are skeptical the fee would have ever been initiated, its demise is welcome news for travelers, as well as businesses along the border.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
As filing week wrapped up for Okanogan County elections on Friday, several incumbents’ names were missing from the list of candidates. Among those is Winthrop Mayor Dave Acheson, who said he is not going to seek re-election. In office since January 2006, his second term ends in December.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days of testimony last week following a four-day hearing in April, the state Pollution Control Hearings Board will consider the legality of a 401 certification issued in July 2012 by the state Department of Ecology.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
A decision on potential rate increases for Okanogan County Public Utility District customers likely won’t be coming this month.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
They were the doctors Dick, a husband-and-wife medical research team who, working for years, had developed an inoculation against scarlet fever. It was a dreaded disease which, if one lived through it, left a child with a damaged heart.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
Two superintendent searches in Okanogan County — one just completed and the other still under way — point out some gray areas in state law concerning the hiring process. Candidates for such influential and important public offices need to be selected in the open, so the public can take an active role in the new leader’s selection.May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
With a steady stream of bad news stories about maimed soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombing and the house of horrors in Cleveland, it would be natural to despair for the human condition. What defect in the human character allows us to do such things?May 22, 2013 midnight read more..
The penalty for committing multiple vehicle prowls is about to get tougher. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday declaring that second-degree vehicle prowls will be considered a Class C felony after the third time a suspect commits the crime, and every time after that.May 19, 2013 midnight read more..
The Okanogan River crested at 17.15 feet the morning of May 15 and then dropped by more than two feet at the Janis bridge gauging station, but the water level is expected to rise a bit with the prediction of rain for the coming days.May 19, 2013 midnight read more..
Businesses are moving in, parks are growing and tradition carries on in Pateros as the community celebrates its 100th birthday this month. The town has been recovering from being relocated for decades after the building of Wells Dam in the 1960s. After losing nearly half of its population, it has crept back up to about 667, according to the 2010 U.S. census.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
A week after being admitted to a Seattle hospital with severe burns on her face and hands when her home burned down, a local woman hopes to be home soon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 Chief Bill Vallance said.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Eight years worth of hard work and fundraising will be celebrated this weekend with a dedication ceremony of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy memorial. “We’ve had some setbacks along the way, but the ideas have come through and the money has come through,” said Roger Castelda, president of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy. “We’re proud of it and I’m glad it’s completed.”May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Benjamin Robert Bridges will lose his right to possess a firearm and to vote after entering a guilty plea to first-degree murder in the October 2011 death of his girlfriend. He has yet to be sentenced for killing Vickey Lee Renner-Harvey, 59. Both lived in Omak.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Public school officials are holding their collective breath, waiting for the Legislature to tell them how much money they’ll have next school year. While the school budgeting deadline isn’t until the end of July, districts have a state-required May 15 deadline to let teachers know if their contracts won’t be renewed.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
When the city public works crew flushed fire hydrants last week, it took about twice as long as usual for the gushing water to run clear. The problem is a build-up of manganese, Public Works Director J.D. Smith said during the May 8 City Council meeting.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
The News-Miner, owned by Dick Graham since 1968, will cease publication May 16. The weekly newspaper’s closure was announced in the May 9 issue. “The May 16 edition will be the last edition of the Republic News-Miner,” said a one-paragraph, front page announcement under the headline “To cease operation.”May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
A local couple will open the doors to Bring up a Child, a children’s retail store, on May 21. The business, located at 101 E. Dewberry St., will specialize in used children’s clothing, toys, books, learning aids and more, as well as some new handmade items on consignment, owners Trinity and Zane Hylton said.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Close to 100 entries found sunny skies and receptive crowds during the May Fest grand parade Saturday, May 11. “I’m always amazed by the amount of entries we get for our little parade,” spokeswoman Shay Shaw said. “I think everyone has a good time and we really appreciate them.” Winners were:May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Several teachers and non-teaching staff — and one superintendent — were honored May 9 during the 28th annual Okanogan County Excellence Banquet. Each year, school districts honor certified and classified staff members for their contributions to education and their respective districts.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Nearly two dozen teams will take to the Okanogan High School track May 17 for the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. The overnight event starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 244 S. Fifth Ave.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
A few good cars and drivers are needed for the 2013 Omak Stampede Demolition Derby slated for June 22 in the Stampede Arena. “That’s going to suck if we don’t have enough cars for a derby,” last year’s champ Scott Kuntz of Frosty Creek said. “The more cars the better the purse.”May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
A Variety Recital by students of Okanogan County Music Teachers Association members will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Tonasket High School commons, 35 state Highway 20. Performances will include solos, duets and the Second Strings ensemble. Admission is by donation.May 15, 2013 midnight read more..
Brewster survived a loser-out bi-district baseball game, eliminating Freeman, 6-2, on May 7. “Timbo Taylor was the story,” Brewster coach Jerrod Riggan said. “He threw 7 innings, striking out 13, walking none and giving up only 3 hits. Total domination after 2 first-inning errors.”May 12, 2013 midnight read more..
The Douglas County Public Utility District will celebrate its 50-year relicensing for the Wells Hydroelectric Project on Tuesday, May 14. At 1:30 p.m., the utility will host a party with cake, speeches and tours of Wells Dam, 28905 U.S. Highway 97.May 12, 2013 midnight read more..
A local woman said the value of cancer screening hit home – after she was diagnosed with the disease. Tina Eiffert, chairwoman of the Wally Walkers Relay for Life team, said she was diagnosed in November 2011 with stage 3 cervical cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.May 12, 2013 midnight read more..
Ryder Lewis of Omak showed why he was the Caribou Trail League’s Player of the Year by firing a 69 at the league championships May 7. “Ryder shot his best round of the year and won by eight strokes,” Omak coach Nick Popelier said of the senior’s 2-under-par round.May 12, 2013 midnight read more..
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Royalty coronation at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, will kick off the 79th annual May Festival. Queen Shelby Scott was selected in February. Her princess is Angela Nelson. The coronation will be in the high school gym, 1008 Ironwood St., with a mini-parade following. Scott is the daughter of Brad and Kim Scott. Nelson’s parents are Alan and Marcie Nelson. The festival’s theme is “Paradise in the Valley.”May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
Brewster wrapped up the regular season on a five-game winning streak after pounding Tonasket, 11-0 and 15-1, May 4. The third-place Bears (14-6 overall, 10-4 league) were to host sixth-place Chelan (8-12, 5-9) in a loser-out game Tuesday, May 7.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
TWISP – Student and adult musicians will perform during Pipestone School of Music’s annual Music Days Celebration on May 25-26. The event features a Pipestone Orchestra concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 S. Methow Valley Highway, and a student recital at 1 p.m. Sunday.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
The other day I learned of something I should have picked up years ago: The world of used books. My first contact came through a book store in Seattle, which someone had recommended in my hunt for Oscar Ogg’s “The 26 Letters,” a history of the alphabet. It sounds deadly and proved to be fascinating.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
REPUBLIC — For the third time in four years, Republic High School has received achievement awards from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republic received three awards, including the overall excellence award, which is given to the Top 5 percent of schools in the state. It also received awards for science and its graduation rate.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
OKANOGAN – Watercraft enthusiasts won’t have to drive nearly 100 miles or more to purchase a new machine anymore. That’s because Xtreme PowerSports, 1930 Second Ave. N., received notification Friday that it has been selected for a SeaDoo dealership.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
College graduates have elevated mortarboard decorating to a fine art. Last Saturday’s commencement ceremonies at Washington State University gave a glimpse of just how intricately embellished those square caps can become.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
Where are parents in the equation these days? At the federal level, a judge and the Food and Drug Adminstration have ordered that the “morning after pill” be made available to girls as young as 15 years old without parental consent or a prescription.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
SHELTON – Omak High School’s Xtreme Powerlifting Club returned with five state champions and set a ton of state records at the Washington State High School Powerlifting State Meet on May 4. State champions include Beckah Thomason, Shawnee Covington, Jacob Cutrell, Brandon Zaragoza and Matt Thornton.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
Fishing continues to sizzle right along with temperatures rising. Kevin Messer from Conconully Lake Resort called to say fishing has been great. He’s seen rainbows up to 20 inches, but most are averaging 16 to 18 inches. The kokanee are averaging 14- to 16-inches.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
ELECTRIC CITY – Oroville’s Connor Hughes was medalist with an 88 in a class 2B golf match with Lake Roosevelt and Riverside Christian on May 2 at Banks Lake Golf Course. “The greens had just been punched, so putting was difficult,” Oroville coach DeHaven Hill said. Tanecia Stanczak of Lake Roosevelt was the girls medalist at 95.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
Prepare to see Old West history come to life this weekend at the 68th annual ‘49er Days celebration. The Ride to Rendezvous wagon train will kick off the weekend’s festivities at noon Friday, arriving in town after its weeklong sojourn through Methow Valley country.May 8, 2013 midnight read more..
There’s a whole lot more going on this year at the annual Colorama Festival and Pro-West Rodeo celebration. “We have beer gardens and carnivals and helicopter rides and lots of stuff,” Grand Coulee Dam Chamber of Commerce Manager Peggy Nevsimal said Monday. “It’s twice as big as last year.”May 8, 2013 midnight read more..