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Roger Harnack

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Four Okanogan County businesses clear first hurdle to sell retail marijuana

The state Liquor Control Board has tentatively approved an Okanogan, Omak and two Winthrop businesses to receive retail marijuana licenses.

Three Rivers can’t afford Graham

J. Scott Graham isn’t yet a resident of Brewster and already he’s one of the highest paid public employees there.

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Woman taken to hospital after vehicle overturns

Washington State Patrol says a blown tire caused a crash that led to Sandra J. Cohen being taken to Mid Valley Hospital

Social promotion caught up to us

For years, teacher competency has been a topic of contention in our state’s public schools. And for years, rather than focusing on the basics of education, our school curricula has slowly transitioned into a feel-good system where few failing students are held back.

State loses No Child Left Behind waiver for public schools

Federal officials pull will not renew waiver in wake of teacher union's objection to competency evaluations that include student academic achievement

Election about to get interesting

The election season is about to get very interesting. On Saturday night, I attended the Lincoln Day Dinner, where political newcomers and seasoned campaigners unveiled their plans to run for office this year.

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History buffs locate infamous "Dead Horse Cliff"

Okanogan County Historical Society expedition puts location on the map

It’s the stuff folklore is made of: Homesteaders fed up with wild horses eating all the foliage make a secret pact to round them up, run them off a cliff and then disappear back into their country life.

Human remains may be those of missing Twisp man

Sheriff Frank Rogers says authorities believe they have found the remains of Nicholas A. Totora, who was reported missing June 3, 2012

Agency should reopen gated road

Public lands are supposed to be just that — open for public recreation and activities. So I’m sometimes left incredulous when state or federal officials move to restrict public activities on the land — and roads — owned by taxpayers.

Fire prompts road closure

Flames weaken trees along North Pine Creek Road

PINE CREEK — A wildlife raced through an aspen grove Monday afternoon, weakening trees and prompting officials to close North Pine Creek Road.

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Wildfire prompts closure of North Pine Creek Road

Okanogan County officials close North Pine Creek Road as wildlife sweeps through area, toppling trees

In search of ‘Dead Horse Cliff’

Researchers trying to locate actual horse-kill site

X marks the spot. Armed with a small topographical map and global-positioning devices, three history buffs and a journalist headed into the hills above Riverside on Thursday in search of the kill site from which Dead Horse Canyon gets its name.

Enjoy spring break with your kids

With all the things going on in the world — wars, politics, business, etc. — spring break offers me a much-needed respite.

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Stolen vehicle recovered from river

A vehicle stolen 12 years ago in Wenatchee was pulled from the Columbia River Monday afternoon downstream from Rock Island Dam

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Pateros sinks Wilbur-Creston, 51-47

Pateros Nannies knock off Wilbur-Creston in state 1B girls tournament opener

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Nannies trail Wilbur-Creston at halftime

Wilbur-Creston Wildcats lead Pateros Nannies by 3 points at halftime in Spokane

Human remains 'archeological,' coroner says

Human remains found Tuesday are being turned over to the state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation

Thief wears tracking monitor to another burglary

Previously arrested for burglarizing the Eagles Aerie, Kyle Snyder is back in jail after wearing a court-ordered tracking device while he burglarized the club again.

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Spokane man arrested following high-speed chase

Nicholas C. Flatt arrested after leading law enforcement officers on high-speed chase through Douglas County

Cities should give up pot-law fight

My libertarian side says it’s OK if someone wants to smoke marijuana in the sanctity of their own home, without bothering others.

Pateros takes 22-21 lead over Republic to half-time

Republic girls start strong, but Pateros Nannies take 22-21 lead at the half

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Okanogan Bulldogs sink Pirates, 70-60

Okanogan boys earn state berth with commanding win over Vashon Island

Okanogan leads Vashon at half

Bulldogs command first half action in the regional 1A boys basketball playoff against Vashon Island

Hill puts drone use in crosshairs

You might know him as a former Twisp City Councilman. You might also know him as a former Okanogan County deputy prosecuting attorney.

Okanogan woman killed in crash, man hospitalized

Washington State Patrol says the crash was caused when the driver fell asleep at the wheel

Liberty Bell wrestlers lead state B tournament

Wrestling action to resume in 1B/2B competitions at state tournament with Liberty Bell at the top

Several 1A area wrestlers remain in title hunt

Okanogan County wrestlers still alive in medal and title hunts at state tournament in Tacoma.

Don’t erode constitutional rights

The Second Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizens the right to keep and bear arms.

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Seahawks fans rally in Omak

More than 60 people turn out to Hometown Pizza to rally for the Seahawks as they prepare for Super Bowl XLVIII

Victim swings and hits burglars

Resident foils crime using a baseball bat

Finding two people in his home, a local resident introduced the would-be burglars to the business end of a baseball bat Saturday afternoon.

Puns flying high over ‘Bud Bowl’

Every year, I look forward to watching the Super Bowl.

McMorris Rodgers to rebut Obama

Republicans select Congresswoman to discuss national issues Tuesday

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Spokane has been selected to provide the Republican rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

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Mazama's Bjornsen siblings heading to Olympics

Brother and sister to represent U.S. in Sochi, Russia, in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games

Catching the Seahawk bandwagon

As you can tell by the front page today, The Chronicle has joined the bandwagon following the Seattle Seahawks to the SuperBowl. I’m sure many of you have, too.

Waterville man killed in crash with Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputy

One Waterville man dead, a second hospitalized after T-bone crash near rural Mansfield

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State seeks comment on land acquisitions

Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to control more land in Tunk Valley, the Kettle River are and Grand Coulee

State making move for more land

As a resident of Tunk Valley, I believe I have very good neighbors.

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Record warm temperatures set

City hits high of 61 today; Winthrop reaches 53

High winds expected Friday and Saturday

Next winter storm to bring wind, rain to North-Central Washington this weekend

National Weather Service issues winter storm advisory

Ferry County and Methow Valley should prepare for heavy snowfall

Minor tremor shakes rural Ferry County

Quake occurred about nine miles south of Republic, east of state Highway 21

Man claims fraud in pot application

Businesses apply for ability to sell marijuana to adults

A local man says property he owns in Okanogan County is being fraudulently used in a marijuana retail license application.

Utility should dump Nine Canyon

In the five years I’ve lived in Okanogan County, my power bill has continued to climb. My rate increases, which amount to more than 45 percent since 2009, are due in part to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s inability to rein in spending.

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New Year's revelers ring in 2014

Okanogan County residents, visitors turn out for inaugural Masquerade Ball

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Businesses seek licenses to sell marijuana

Liquor Control Board receives applications from local retailers wanting to sell recreational marijuana to adults

Wishing everyone Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. There, I said it. I didn’t wish you happy holidays or a joyful Kwanzaa. I wished you a Merry Christmas. After all, the holiday predominately celebrated in North America and Europe this time of year is just that, Christmas.

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Okanogan Valley has slim chance for a white Christmas

The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of snow Friday, just in time for Christmas. But warmer temperatures may melt any accumulation before the holiday.

Bringing Santa to town closes gap

Last week, I had the opportunity to help Santa Claus navigate the streets of Omak and Okanogan as he brought Christmas cheer to area children and collected donations for area food banks.

You can make Christmas merrier

It’s that time of year again, when we shop for presents, load up the refrigerator and put up Christmas trees. We go to church, proclaim our good will toward each other and wish everybody we meet a Merry Christmas.

Wind chill could drop to minus 20 overnight

National Weather Service issues hazardous weather outlook for North-Central Washington