The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle turned 100 years old May 20 and the staff held a birthday party open house from 4-7 p.m. that evening, which included refreshments, doorprizes, a photo slideshow, facility tours and more.
Nearly 100 people came by to congratulate the paper, which is the oldest business in Omak. Former publisher, Judy Smith and current Eagle Newspapers Inc. President, Tom Lanctot, were among the well-wishers. Elizabeth Widel, 92 years of age and a 56-year employee, did the honors of cutting the congratulatory cake!
As part of the celebration, The Chronicle also released its first edition, reprinted in the May19 paper, along with the first of a 10-part series covering the top news of the 1910’s. Each month, The Chronicle will print the next part, covering the next decade in time as seen through the eyes of the newspaper staff.