RAINY PASS — Nick Welch of Seattle finished first overall at the Cutthroat Classic 11.1-mile trail run Aug. 24 that follows portions of the Pacific Crest Trail. Welch covered the trail, which also includes going over Cutthroat Pass, in 1 hour, 14 minutes, 52 seconds.August 30, 2013 12:56 p.m. read more..
OMAK - A flash flood watch has been issued for Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan counties through 6 p.m. today, Aug. 29.August 29, 2013 noon read more..
An Olympia man was rescued from a mountainside near state Highway 20 on Saturday, Aug. 24, after he fell while climbing.August 28, 2013 1:44 p.m. read more..
More than 30 vintage cars, trucks and tractors assembled Saturday under cloudy skies and an occasional sprinkling of rain for the fourth annual Hot Summer Nights show. Turnout was “very disappointing,” with about half the number of entrants and spectators as in past years, organizer Pauline Waits said.August 28, 2013 1:42 p.m. read more..
TWISP — The Washington Surveying and Rating Bureau is evaluating the towns of Winthrop and Twisp and Okanogan County Fire District 6 as part of its Protection Class program. The program assigns a numerical grade that represents the fire suppression capabilities of each community and the fire district.August 28, 2013 11:54 a.m. read more..
Washington residents have differing opinions on whether reintroducing wolves to our state is a good idea. But farmers and ranchers being directly affected by wolves chasing and killing livestock are looking for a remedy. If the wolves are going to remain, then real and effective management tools must be made available to landowners allowing them to protect their animals.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
KELLER FERRY LANDING – Gong, gong, crack. The third time was a charm for Jeanne Jerred of Keller as she christened the new ferry M/V Sanpoil with a non-alcoholic “champagne” Aug. 14, marking the vessel’s maiden voyage across the Columbia River.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
The city is seeking more than $400,000 in grants for a trio of street and sidewalk projects, including extending sidewalks on North Second Avenue to Legion Park. The City Council agreed Aug. 20 to submit the funding applications to the state Transportation Improvement Board.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
Okanogan County commissioners are waiting to hear more on a possible land purchase by the Bonneville Power Administration in the Salmon Creek area. The federal agency gave the news last week to the county, which has been working on a study to analyze the impacts of governments’ land acquisitions on the local economy.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
Tribal members who have signed a petition seeking distribution of the remaining half of a $193 million federal court settlement will have to wait a while to find out their next step.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
Area residents will show their animals and show off their gardening, cooking, sewing and crafts skills during the annual Ferry County Fair on Aug. 30 to Sept. 1. The event will be at the fairgrounds, 14 Lawson Way. Admission will be charged, with daily and three-day passes available.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
Sometimes I just shake my head at some of the stuff that people report to the police. This stuff is so wacky it can’t be made up. It has to be true. Often, the odd ones are funny on the surface, but I have to keep reminding myself that they must have been serious to someone, since the cops got a call.August 28, 2013 midnight read more..
COULEE DAM — Dozens of trees were blown down in Coulee Dam and Grand Coulee during a Sunday night wind storm that also damaged several buildings, including the Coulee Dam Casino, 515 Birch St.August 26, 2013 noon read more..
SPOKANE — Whitworth University has named its members of the school’s Laureate Society for the spring semester of 2013.August 23, 2013 noon read more..
REPUBLIC - The Ferry County Sheriff's Office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Richard William Green, a person of interest in an Aug. 20 shooting.August 23, 2013 noon read more..
LEAVENWORTH - Okanogan County travelers heading to Seattle might need to avoid U.S. Highway 2 this week because of fire activity near town.August 22, 2013 noon read more..
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.August 21, 2013 midnight read more..
OMAK – Eatonville artist David Craig was a double winner in the Omak Western and Native Art Show.August 20, 2013 noon read more..
OSOYOOS, B.C. – A contained 50-acre blaze burning along Canada Highway 3 may mean smoke for residents of Oroville and Nighthawk on the U.S. side of the international border.August 20, 2013 noon read more..
BRIDGEPORT — Colville Tribal Police are warning residents not to purchase salmon from unlicensed sellers.August 20, 2013 noon read more..
PULLMAN - Washington State University has announced its spring semester graduates.August 15, 2013 noon read more..
The other day during lunch, I commented to my table mates about a couple sitting nearby. The two had their heads bowed, their eyes concentrating on their phone screens and their thumbs madly tapping out text messages. They were having lunch together, separately.August 14, 2013 6 a.m. read more..
In addition to receiving thousands of emails, phone calls, letters, and messages from social media on a variety of topics, I recently conducted a round of telephone town halls to all eight counties that make up the 4th Congressional District. I wanted to share a few questions that your neighbors recently asked me:August 14, 2013 midnight read more..
The Conconully lakes and even nearby Sugarloaf Lake continue to boot out sizeable fish. Charlie Wines of Kelso along with John and Brenna Decker of Arlington caught a bunch of rainbows at the upper lake and Sugarloaf last week, Gene Bussell of Liar’s Resort said.August 14, 2013 midnight read more..
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.August 14, 2013 midnight read more..
BREWSTER – All-terrain vehicles have made it back on to the City Council’s agenda.August 13, 2013 noon read more..
MARBLEMOUNT - Heavy rainfall over the weekend triggered several mudslides and washed out a section of Cascade River Road, closing a section of state Highway 20 and stranding dozens of people.August 13, 2013 noon read more..
WENATCHEE - The Community Foundation of North-Central Washington has awarded $408,348 to 137 high school and college students from Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties. It is the largest distribution of scholarship awards from the foundation to date.August 8, 2013 noon read more..
There are more than 9 million acres of federal forests in our state alone. Many of our communities are in close proximity to federal forests, and we are all too aware of the wildfire risks. Ensuring proper management of forests is critical to preventing wildfires and important to the long-term health of our forests and communities. The federal government made a commitment more than 100 years ago to actively manage forests and provide a percentage of revenue from management to counties containing national forest land. However, as we are seeing in Wenatchee and Goldendale, the failed attempts by bureaucratic Washington, D.C. agencies to actively manage our forests have real and dire consequences. Rural communities no longer have stable funding to pay for vital services. Thirteen years ago, the Secure Rural Schools Act was intended to be a short-term solution to continue to provide funding as timber sales declined. With a national debt measuring in the tens of trillions of dollars, the program is becoming increasingly difficult to finance, especially when it fails to address declining forest management. These communities cannot afford the status quo. Police units don’t have the resources to respond to emergency calls, school districts are laying teachers off and communities are being left to crumble. A new approach is needed. The government’s lack of forest management has cost tens of thousands of American jobs. In the last 10 to 15 years, it has not been uncommon to pick up a newspaper in the Pacific Northwest and read of yet another timber mill shutting its doors. Instead of people going to work managing our forests, they are heading to unemployment lines. The lack of active forest management has caused significant forest overgrowth and degradation and made them increasingly susceptible to bug infestations and wildfires. Our national forests can and must be managed more effectively. We can’t continue to sit idly by. This week, the House Natural Resources Committee, of which I am chairman, approved House Resolution 1526, Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, a bill I introduced to address these problems. My bill, which has bipartisan support, renews the federal government’s commitment to manage forest resources. This is a long-term solution to put hard-working Americans back to work and to restore the economies of rural communities. This common sense approach will help our forests remain healthy, turn forest timber into economic opportunity, produce revenue, reduce the risk of fires and increase local and state management of our forests. I’m hopeful the full House will soon consider this vital legislation to restore active forest management. Our communities, our families, and our businesses deserve better than the status quo and the current failure of federal forest management. Rep. Doc Hastings represents Washington’s 4th Congressional District, including part of Okanogan County.August 7, 2013 midnight read more..
STEHEKIN — Strong winds have spread the Moore Point Fire to 1,500 acres in the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness, as of Thursday, Aug. 1.August 1, 2013 3:52 p.m. read more..