Stories for November 2017


Thursday, November 30


Wednesday, November 29


Tuesday, November 28


Sharing Tree ready for tag pickup

The Sharing Tree, a project of the Okanogan Valley Soroptimist Club, is up and ready for people to pick up a tag and fulfill a child’s holiday wish.

November 28, 2017 10:10 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 27

Sunday, November 26

Friday, November 24


Science teacher wins conservation award

Okanogan High School science teacher Kathleen Ferguson has been awarded the Washington Association of Conservation Districts’ conservation educator of the year award.

November 24, 2017 3:35 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 22


Tuesday, November 21


Former hospital CEO sues for records

Former North Valley Hospital CEO Michael Zwicker is suing Okanogan County Hospital District No. 4, doing business as North Valley Hospital, over its alleged failure to release records under the state Open Public Records Act.

November 21, 2017 9:47 a.m. read more..

Sharing Tree goes up Wednesday in Omak

The Sharing Tree, a project of the Okanogan Valley Soroptimist Club, will be ready tomorrow, Nov. 22, for people to pick up a tag and fulfill a child’s holiday wish.

November 21, 2017 9:35 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 20

Friday, November 17


Thursday, November 16


Gas prices rise 4.2 cents

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have risen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96 per gallon earlier this week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

November 16, 2017 10:12 a.m. read more..

Health Benefit Exchange plans expanded in-person help

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced expanded in-person help will be available this Saturday, Nov. 18 for “Get Covered WA” – a statewide effort to get Washingtonians signed up for 2018 health and dental plans before it’s too late.

November 16, 2017 9:35 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, November 15


CENTER STAGE: Streaming music can be really convenient

I love listening to music, be it one of today’s “hot new” songs, or a classic from yesteryear. While I’ll admit the bulk of my music collection (both physical and digital) is country, bluegrass and classic rock, I’ve got nothing against classical, folk, blues, and even the occasional pop song. Last week my brother purchased a subscription for me to the popular streaming music service Spotify.

November 15, 2017 9:04 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, November 14


Inslee appoints two to state boards

Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Tonasket resident to the state Commission on Hispanic Affairs and reappointed a Bridgeport educator to the Wenatchee Valley College Board of Trustees.

November 14, 2017 11:39 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 13


Sunday, November 12

Saturday, November 11


Friday, November 10


Thursday, November 9


Wednesday, November 8


Tuesday, November 7

ELECTION: Short, Maycumber cruise to early wins

Incumbents fared well in initial general election returns Monday night with most looking to retain their seats. We'll continue to update this story as we compile votes from the races, including several multi-county ones.

November 7, 2017 5:44 p.m. read more..

Wells-Moses honored for extension work

Kayla Wells-Moses, family and consumer sciences educator with Colville Indian Reservation Washington State University Extension office, was honored at the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences 2017 annual session.

November 7, 2017 3:09 p.m. read more..

Court upholds Small convictons, remands case for sentence

A state appeals court has upheld the murder, rape and burglary convictions of Kelly Eugene Small, but remanded his case to Okanogan County Superior Court to amend his burglary sentence and potentially reconsider his legal financial obligations.

November 7, 2017 2:53 p.m. read more..

PUD Santa gets a major facelift

The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s waving Santa is getting a major facelift - one that involves more than just a new coat of paint.

November 7, 2017 2:49 p.m. read more..

Winds contribute to Omak, Okanogan outages

High winds Thursday night and Friday morning, Nov. 2-3, contributed to a pair of outages that knocked out power to more than 1,100 Okanogan County Public Utility District customers.

November 7, 2017 2:45 p.m. read more..

High court dismisses appeal

The state Supreme Court has ruled against the state in a case involving the illegal search of a fisherman’s vehicle near Oroville.

November 7, 2017 2:34 p.m. read more..

Eleven escape injury in truck rollover

Eleven Brewster residents escaped injury Nov. 5 when the pickup truck in which they were riding hit a guardrail on the Beebe bridge and overturned, blocking Highway 97 for more than four hours.

November 7, 2017 2:11 p.m. read more..

YEARS AGO: Orchardists upset with Great Northern Railway

Hardly half the apple crop has been moved from this station, every warehouse on the tracks is piled high, every basement or storage place in town is loaded to the guards, and each orchard has taxed its storage capacity to house the fruit that has been taken from the trees and place it, so a protracted cold spell will not work injury to it.

November 7, 2017 10:39 a.m. read more..

Wine, cheese gala planned Saturday

The annual “Taste the Experience” wine and cheese tasting event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail.

November 7, 2017 10:37 a.m. read more..

Monday, November 6

Sunday, November 5


Friday, November 3


Thursday, November 2


Wednesday, November 1


Tonasket forms levy committee

A levy committee is being formed to discuss possible strategies for proposed 2018 enrichment and capital levy requests by the Tonasket School District.

November 1, 2017 10:06 a.m. read more..

Climate discussion looks at economic impact

Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Audubon Washington will present “Saving our Farms, Forests, and Fish While Strengthening the Economy” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 Highway 97.

November 1, 2017 10:04 a.m. read more..

Cleveland named leader of the year

Chad Cleveland, Okanogan, was named outstanding 4-H leader of the year by the Okanogan County 4-H Leaders’ Council and also honored with the state award.

November 1, 2017 9:48 a.m. read more..

New video features Aero Methow EMT

The first of a series of videos extolling the spirit and value of volunteering as an emergency medical technician or a firefighter – especially in rural areas of Washington state – has been released and is available for public viewing.

November 1, 2017 9:44 a.m. read more..

Maps show intensity of wildfire burns

The Central Washington Burned Area Emergency Response team has completed gathering data and field verifications on national forest lands within the Diamond Creek, Uno Peak, Jack Creek and Jolly Mountain fires.

November 1, 2017 9:42 a.m. read more..

Cannabis advisory group meets today

The Okanogan County Cannabis Advisory Committee will meet at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 1, in the commissioners’ hearing room in the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

November 1, 2017 9:38 a.m. read more..

Widel remembered fondly

Elizabeth B. Widel - longtime Chronicle employee, award-winning journalist, philanthropist and Omak resident - died Oct. 24 at age 100.

November 1, 2017 9:09 a.m. read more..

Gas prices rise across nation

The party at the pumps is over, as the national average broke its six week streak of falling, rising 0.6 cents per gallon versus last Monday to $2.455 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

November 1, 2017 8:42 a.m. read more..