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Sustainable means maintainable

Having a sustainable plan means striking a proper balance, rather than tipping the scales further toward environmentalism.

Gebbers deserves funds for fire fight

Gebbers Farms should be commended for its fire fighting efforts. The reimbursement cost taxpayers far, far less than had the company stood by and watched the Brewster area burn.

Focus funding on our agriculture

In the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfires, you’d think the only industry here in Okanogan County is tourism. It’s a narrative a self-serving group of state agencies want you and the world to believe.

Express thanks all year

As Americans, we take things for granted that many around the would consider luxuries

Philae gave me reason to believe

I’m usually not much of a movie-goer. And I certainly don’t plan to sit around and watch TV when there is life to live and work to be done. But then there are times I can be such a geek. I can sit motionless in front of the big screen or the TV. And on occasion, I can even tune out my favorite hard-rock songs and tune into “Coast to Coast.” Last week was one of those weeks.

Local athletes set good example

Brewster, Republic, Okanogan and Almira/Coulee-Hartline girls show class at state

Large ‘habitat’ buy raises concern

I’ve often voiced my concern over state agencies continuing to buy land in the name of habitat protection. But rural residents should also be aware of the economic pitfalls that will follow large acquisitions by environmental groups.

Look carefully at forest permits

A proposed directive concerning commercial filming in wilderness spilled over to the National Forest System, causing a “considerable response” among journalists.

Student election results intriguing

Last Friday, students statewide had an opportunity to participate in a mock election that included the same measures and congressional candidates as on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

You had a chance to speak, by voting

For those who chose not to vote, we say: You had your chance to speak up. Since you chose not to exercise it by voting, we’re not interested in hearing your armchair post-election commentary.

Ratepayers deserve a break

In the short six year’s I’ve been living here in Okanogan County, I’ve seen power rates increase, and then increase again. Now, it looks as though the Okanogan County Utility District wants me to dip into my wallet further.

Editorial board endorses levies, political hopefuls

Editorial board selects candidates and levies to support this election

Chronicle endorses political hopefuls

Each year, The Chronicle convenes an editorial board to endorse or oppose candidates during the election season. Here are some of the endorsements offered by this year’s board:

Agency spin not helping economy

Last week, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife hosted a local meeting on its “tourism” effort. Interestingly, the effort looked more like an effort to sell a political agenda than it did a concerted tourism plan.

Initiative 1351 will not improve schools

If approved, I-1351 would require the state to allocate more money and resources to reducing classroom size. But simply put, we cannot afford the measure.