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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.

Consider taking a trip to the Faire

Okanogan Family Faire, known as the "Barter Faire," is not as wild and woolly as you may have been told.

State moving to close Columbia

During the last two months, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife has been flying a fishing proposal for the Columbia River under the radar. That proposal would reverse the way fisheries are managed on the Columbia River, its tributaries and their beaver ponds.

Inslee steps up and gets fire aid

Gov. Jay Inslee, though not always the most popular politician in Okanogan County, gets kudos for his persistence in pursuing help for residents affected by the Carlton Complex fires.

GPS data may resolve wolf issues

Just when you thought the intense discussion over the re-introduction of wolves in Washington state was quieting down, livestock deaths in Stevens County has added fuel to the fire. And the Stevens County Commission has stepped to the forefront of the debate.

Initiative 591, the better measure

Given our rural lifestyles here in North-Central Washington, we believe Initiative 591 is the right choice.

Attend Oct. 1 fish, wildlife session

It’s that time again when you have an opportunity to make sure the “top brass” at the state Department of Fish and Wildlife hear you. The annual Brewster Roundtable is coming up Oct. 1. It’ll run from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Columbia Cove recreation building, 508 W. Cliff Ave., Brewster.