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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.

Allow ATVs on more roads

Okanogan County commissioners Ray Campbell, Sheila Kennedy and Jim DeTro heard from the public, tribal officials and so-called environmentalist groups Monday on plans to open more roads for ATV use.

Remember, honor Dad on Sunday

It seems that our American society has relegated fathers to second-class parental status.

Fingerprinting is not the answer

Several years ago, banks started implementing policies requiring a fingerprint to cash a check. I balked. Rather than cash a check at the bank it was written on, I started depositing all checks into my account at the bank I chose to do business with.

Technology changing everything

­­Twenty-five years ago, I stood in a newsroom in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., with a razor blade and a waxing machine putting a newspaper together in my first job.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.