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Burn ban issued for Okanogan County

A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in Okanogan County because to poor air quality in the region.

November 9, 2018 3:43 p.m. read more..

Outlook favors warmer temperatures for much of U.S.

A mild winter could be in store for much of the U.S. this winter according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. In the U.S. Winter Outlook for December through February, above-average temperatures are predicted across the northern and western U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

November 7, 2018 12:07 p.m. read more..

Windstorm destroys barn

Marvin and Karin Schertenleib shook their heads in disbelief as they walked around what use to be their nearly 70-year-old barn – now a pile of twisted metal and snapped rough-cut beams.

June 12, 2018 9:58 a.m. read more..


Porch pirates are out there again

OKANOGAN – Porch pirates – thieves who take packages off people’s porches or out of their mailboxes – are at work again this holiday season, but so far not as much as last year.

December 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Snow means crews are poised to plow

Falling snow means public works crews are poised to start plowing the white stuff off area roads. Various mid-valley jurisdictions have different policies about when and where they plow.

December 17, 2018 5:12 p.m. read more..

Tonasket officer fired

Tonasket Police officer John Cruz apparently was terminated Monday, Dec. 17, following a Civil Service Commission meeting.

December 17, 2018 4:25 p.m. read more..

Pot seized from rented box truck

TONASKET – Processed marijuana was seized earlier this month by state and local officials after being discovered in a rented box truck outside licensed grow facilities on North Pine Creek Road.

December 17, 2018 11:23 a.m. read more..

Omak teacher wins national award

OMAK – Elaine Lewis, agriculture teacher at Omak High School, recently received a national teaching award for being a mentor to others in the ag education profession.

December 17, 2018 11:05 a.m. read more..




The Coats at the Omak PAC



OPINION: Christmas is a politically correct holiday

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” my wife exclaimed from the living room. I sprang from the other end of the house, running to her aid. I assumed a cat vomited on the carpet, or the dog had an accident on the kitchen floor.

December 17, 2018 5:26 p.m. read more..