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Whooping cough case confirmed at Oroville School District

A student at Oroville School District has been diagnosed with Pertussis- commonly known as whooping cough. In a letter sent to parents earlier this week, school officials said school administration and the school nurse are working closely with the Okanogan County Public Health District to control the spread.

December 5, 2018 12:04 p.m. read more..

‘Alexa, what’s the news?’

The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle has launched the first voice-activated news content from the region available from the Amazon Echo’s “Alexa.”

December 5, 2018 10:41 a.m. read more..

Bringing Christmas to Paradise

When it comes to coping with wildfire devastation and long-term recovery, the residents of Okanogan County know all too well the struggles and challenges.

December 3, 2018 2:36 p.m. read more..

Ringing the bells of heaven

On a brisk fall day in 1949, the beautiful Heisler 102 narrow gauge locomotive engine lay tilted on its side atop a scrap heap in Omak, awaiting her final stop in a lifetime of service.

November 28, 2018 12:56 p.m. read more..

Roy’s Pharmacy closes

Roy’s Pharmacy closed its doors today, Nov. 15. “While we have greatly appreciated the opportunity to serve you throughout the years, we have made the decision to close Roy’s Pharmacy after November 14, 2018,” a statement from the store said.

November 15, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Hospital plans special meeting

North Valley Hospital leaders will host a specail meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

November 14, 2018 9:17 a.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: Shop local this holiday season

As we all start to comb through Black Friday shopping ads trying to figure out what gaming system or TV we’ll pick up for a steal or how many sets of 8 million thread count sheets we’ll fight complete strangers for, let’s not forget the stores on our main streets.

November 13, 2018 12:31 p.m. read more..

ATF, NSSF offer up to $5,000 reward in gun store burglary

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is offering a $2,500 reward and the National Shooting Sports Foundation will match it for a total of $5,000 for information leading to an arrest of the individuals involved in an alleged theft at Dave’s Gun and Pawn Shop.

November 9, 2018 3:53 p.m. read more..

Burn ban issued for Okanogan County

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County because to poor air quality in the region.

November 9, 2018 3:43 p.m. read more..

Fair leaders pick theme

Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee members unanimously approved the theme for next year’s fair during a regular meeting Thursday, Nov. 8.

November 9, 2018 11:51 a.m. read more..

Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S.

A mild winter could be in store for much of the U.S. this winter according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are predicted across the northern and western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

November 7, 2018 12:07 p.m. read more..

Gasoline prices to drop across state, nation

For the fourth straight week, gas prices have continued to fall: the national average price for a gallon of gasoline is down 7.0 cents per gallon over the last week to $2.73 per gallon, the lowest level in over 200 days, according to GasBuddy.

November 7, 2018 10:31 a.m. read more..

Burros head to Riverside rescue

Burros from Death Valley National Park are headed towards sanctuaries and adoptive homes. The project began last month through the Riverside-based Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue.

November 5, 2018 2:38 p.m. read more..

School board hears suggestions, concerns

Soft lockdowns in the Tonasket School District and a flurry of rumors surrounding them is likely what made nearly 20 local residents attend the Wednesday, Oct. 31, school board meeting.

November 2, 2018 4:50 p.m. read more..

Halloween events set tonight

A haunted house is planned tonight, Oct. 31, in the former Carquest building, 619 Okoma Drive. Hours are 7-10 p.m. Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus is joining with the Omak Chamber of Commerce for the event. Admission will be charged.

October 31, 2018 1:09 p.m. read more..

African Adventures makes stop in Tonasket

A group tourists from Europe rolled through the region Wednesday, Oct. 24. The group of about 20 people – with African Adventures - made a rest stop near Janis Bridge after coming down from Canada en route to Seattle.

October 26, 2018 10:57 a.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: Chronicle endorses candidates

There are a number of worthy candidates for office this election cycle.Having sat through debates and political forums, asked questions of candidates and read election materials, our editorial board has decided on the following endorsements.

October 24, 2018 midnight read more..

Free clinic serves 119 patients

More than one hundred patients attended a free dental clinic hosted by Caring Hands Worldwide and the Omak Seventh-day Adventist Church October 5 and 7.

October 23, 2018 11:57 a.m. read more..

Communities celebrate Halloween

The annual Zombie Fun Run and Halloween Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 27, in East Side and Civic League parks. The events help kick off Halloween week. A variety of events will be offered around the region.

October 23, 2018 11:51 a.m. read more..

Clinics aims to reduce opioid abuse

Opioid-related addiction and death tolls continue to climb across the nation as health care professions seeks immediate, effective solutions to combat the epidemic.

October 15, 2018 1:14 p.m. read more..

Comancheros crown Dejong, DeVon

Tonasket Comancheros crowned Trinity Dejong queen and Alizae DeVon princess during its year end banquet and coronation Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Tonasket Eagles.

October 14, 2018 1:38 p.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: Initiative 1634 is worth a ‘yes’ vote

The price of everything continues to rise. A couple of quarter and dimes here and there eventually add up to several dollars.That’s why The Chronicle’s editorial board recommends a “yes” vote on state Initiative 1634 to prevent a hike on prices at the grocery store. The initiative would prohibit local government entities from imposing any new tax, fee or other assessment on grocery items.

October 10, 2018 midnight read more..

Hospital ordered to pay former CEO

An Okanogan County Superior Court judge ordered Okanogan County Hospital District No. 4, doing business as North Valley Hospital, to pay former hospital CEO Mike Zwicker more than $60,000 over its failure to release records under the state Open Public Records Act.

October 9, 2018 12:31 p.m. read more..

Obama endorses Lisa Brown

Former U.S. President Barack Obama released a new round of endorsements for political candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections.

October 8, 2018 4:47 p.m. read more..