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Changes will revamp site

The Chronicle launched its revamped website last week to a wide-ranging combination of rave reviews and downright complaints.

Failing the budget test

For the past week I’ve been writing this column in my head. I originally plotted out — paragraph by paragraph — my tale of conquer over the SNAP Challenge.

Taking the challenge

Last week, by a vote of 217-210, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $40 billion from the federal food stamps program over the next 10 years.

Flight draws superstitions

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction. While law enforcement personnel probably see this more than any other career field, working in a newsroom might not be too far behind.

Rate jump hit last week

Well, after months of anticipation, it’s finally happened: The first electricity bill with the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s revised rate structure hit my mailbox last week.

Season will be a thriller

The first week of college football is in the books, and the first week of the National Football League season is finally upon us after four weeks of tough-to-watch preseason action.

Rates match in two states

All the recent talk about electricity rates has gotten me thinking about my own power bill. I’ve begun to wonder both how it will be affected by changes in the fee structure from the Okanogan County Public Utility District and how much different the rates are from what I was paying while living in Salem, Ore., as a customer of Portland General Electric.

Race makes rodeo special

Six months ago, the only thing I knew about Omak was that it hosted one of the largest annual rodeos in the state. But to me — and I know this could be considered a blasphemous statement around here — rodeos are mostly the same from one city to the next.

Open doors create trust

It seems to me distrust in government, from both sides of the political aisle, has reached — or is very near — an all-time high.

It’s time for year-round education

If they haven’t done so already, school districts across the state will be finalizing their 2013-14 budgets this week.

Chess story fascinates

I’m sure all journalists and writers have events in history that stand out in their minds. Those are the stories that made us want to become writers in the first place.

Online sales beat the mall

My extreme distaste for shopping malls, combined with a love of treasure hunting, has turned me into a fanatic of online shopping.

Free college is a dream

While Washington has gone through its own crisis with a last-minute budget, Oregon has been going through the same issue.

Award shines hope for U.S.

In a somewhat surprising turn of events, the title of “most American-made vehicle” has returned to the hands of an American auto company. After winning the honor four straight years, the Toyota Camry was finally supplanted by the Ford F-150 in this year’s annual Cars.com rankings.

What must I see in The Okanogan?

Although I’ve spent most of my life in Washington, I also lived in Arizona for a time and spent about five years in Oregon, just prior to moving to Omak.