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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Social media the bane of parenting

Many middle and high school students today consider it a rite of passage to have a Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Skype, MySpace, Twitter or other social media account. My own daughter believes all the “cool” kids have one.

Success comes from basic studies

How do you measure schools? Which ones produce students who excel? Which ones aren’t making the grade?

Setting an example, the hard way

There’s nothing like an injury to remind you of one of the first things you learn in kindergarten — follow directions.

Say 'thank you' through advertising

In the days since the height of the wildfires, we’ve had a few requests from readers to publish thank yous to friends, neighbors, volunteers, firefighters, etc.

Pateros shows strength, resiliency

The night was Thursday, July 17. A firestorm was coming, but Pateros residents didn’t know it until it was too late. Before the night was over, about 30 homes in the city and adjacent subdivisions would burn to the ground. Later that night and in the coming days, another 41 homes would burn at Alta Lake and other communities that consider themselves to be part of Pateros.

Inept state response propels fire

Okanogan County Commissioners Jim DeTro, Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy didn’t mince words when they laid the blame for the catastrophic fires squarely on state government.

Inslee’s effort smells fishy to me

I enjoy eating seafood as much as the next guy. But the assumptions Gov. Jay Inslee made last week about how much fish we eat is a bit ridiculous.

Be a part of the editorial process

In the past, our editorial board for endorsements has consisted mostly of Chronicle staff. This year, we’d like to try something a little different. I’d like to alter the composition to include more community members.

Dead Horse Cliff: Another chapter

Standing along Omak-Riverside Eastside Road and looking up, Dead Horse Canyon looks like a daunting hike and climb.