Stories for December 2013

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Tuesday, December 31

   

Monday, December 30

  

Okanogan wins Powerhouse tournament

The Okanogan High School wrestling team won the Lake Roosevelt Powerhouse wrestling tournament Dec. 28. Bulldog champions included Anthony Peyton (106), Tony Klepec (126) and Jalen Moses (138). Other regional champions included Raf Varelas (145) of Brewster and Jessie Louie (145B) and Kodie Horn (152) of Lake Roosevelt.

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Sunday, December 29

 

Events include prayers, parties

Humuh Buddhist Life Science/Meditation Center, 1314 Main St., plans spiritual study today, Sunday, and a meditation session on New Year’s Eve.

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Btfsplk rains on state

A thick bad-luck cloud thundered across the state, raining down inexplicable sports losses last weekend.

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Golf course could revitalize town

Gamble Sands Golf Club architect David McLay Kidd believes his latest project — located south of state Highway 17 on the Colville Indian Reservation and set to open in August 2014 — will have the ability to transform the town of Brewster and its surrounding areas into tourist destinations.

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Poetry winners named

Liam Daily won the second annual Poetry Out Loud competition for Liberty Bell High School students.

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Board set to meet following doctors’ request

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will meet at noon, Monday for the first time since the contentious Dec. 16 board meeting, when the hospital’s physicians presented a letter calling for Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel’s immediate resignation.

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Friday, December 27



Pateros funnels grant into energy-saving projects

The city is nearing completion on several projects paid for with a $500,000 state Department of Commerce energy grant. One of the projects was a new vestibule built onto the front of City Hall, 113 Lakeshore Drive.

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Methow Valley Nordic team hosts two-day holiday camp

Young skiers, age 6 to 12 of any level, are invited to attend a holiday camp Sunday and Monday at the Mazama Community Center, 512 Goat Creek Road, at the junction of Lost River Road. The camp, sponsored by the Methow Valley Nordic Ski Education Foundation, will run 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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Wednesday, December 25

  

Event builds connections

Okanogan County SThe sight of 13 police vehicles storming into the Walmart parking lot causes quite a commotion. heriff’s Office plans fun-filled day

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Tribe plants fish

Great winter fishing awaits on several Colville tribal lakes following stocking this past year.

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State declares cup leaders

Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced fall points totals for the Washington Army National Guard Scholastic Cup. The cup recognizes performance in the classroom as well as on the playing surface.

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Cashmere knocks off Omak

Cashmere used a strong first quarter lead to dispatch Omak, 59-41, in a Caribou Trail League matchup Saturday.

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Color doesn’t matter — holiday is more than snow

Will we have a white Christmas in the Okanogan Valley? Well, that’s up to Mother Nature and, frankly, I don’t really care. As of Friday, when I wrote this, we had a little bit of snow and it was still falling, but the jury was still out for Christmas Day.

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Timber harvest set near Tonasket

Boise Cascade Wood Products, of Kettle Falls, was the apparent high bidder for timber that was harvested from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

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Chamber hands out awards

The Omak Chamber of Commerce handed out a pair of awards and celebrated a successful 2013 at its end-of-the-year banquet Wednesday at Koala Street Grill.

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Bestsellers bring back memories

I came across a list of the most popular Christmas gifts for the past three decades and found it very interesting. In some regards, it was a walk down memory lane.

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Wishing everyone Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. There, I said it. I didn’t wish you happy holidays or a joyful Kwanzaa. I wished you a Merry Christmas. After all, the holiday predominately celebrated in North America and Europe this time of year is just that, Christmas.

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Dam expected at full speed by March

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation continues to investigate a fire last month at Grand Coulee Dam and is working to get the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant back up and operating.

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Tribes look to rebuild longhouse

The Colville Confederated Tribes is seeking proposals from architectural/engineering firms for design work in rebuilding the Nez Perce Longhouse.

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Firefighters support ex-chief

Over the objections of firefighters, the City Council cut the fire chief position to half time and, in doing so, balanced the 2014 budget.

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Omak shoots down Cashmere

Omak came back from being down by nine points at the half to turn back Cashmere, 57-53, in a Caribou Trail League game Saturday.

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Tuesday, December 24



Track Santa through NORAD site

Santa Claus is coming town, but where exactly is the jolly old elf at this precise moment? The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) tracks Santa’s flight path as he travels the world delivering presents Christmas Eve, so parents can get those naughty and nice children off to bed before St. Nick comes sliding down their chimneys.

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Icy roads trigger collisions

Sudden snow showers and below-freezing temperatures in south Okanogan County resulted in multiple collisions Monday afternoon on the same stretch of U.S. Highway 97.

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Monday, December 23

 

Omak boys shock Cashmere, 57-53

The Omak High School boys basketball team won a pair of close games last week and moved into a tie for fourth place in the Caribou Trail League. The Pioneers came from nine points down at the half against Cashmere on Saturday before pulling out a 57-53 league victory.

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Tonasket wrestlers enjoy successful week

Tonasket put together strong showings in high school wrestling last week. The Chronicle covered in Wednesday’s edition Tonasket winning the Okanogan Invitational on Saturday with some of its wrestlers and sent other wrestlers to Tri-State in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Tonasket also blew away Kettle Falls, 58-19, in a dual meet Dec. 18.

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Sunday, December 22

  

Students, staff take icy plunge

Twenty-seven local students and staff members braved the cold — and potential hypothermia — Friday for the Okanogan School District’s annual Polar Plunge.

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Local food bank gains donations

As it continues to help residents in need every week, the Omak Food Bank has received its own Christmas gift in the form of donations – around $28,000.

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Students collect toys

More than 300 new and gently used toys were collected by Okanogan High School National Honor Society members and donated to Okanogan County Community Action.

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Bulldogs hold off Tigers

Okanogan slipped past Tonasket, 68-58, in a showdown between unbeaten, physical boys basketball teams Tuesday.

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Church food ministry relies on donations

Operating under the belief that God will provide, the Manna Ministry of Cornerstone Christian Fellowship offers free food most Wednesdays in the church parking lot, 328 Riverside Drive.

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Friday, December 20



Snow finally lands in Omak

A scattering of snow began to fall in town Friday, creating a thin layer of slick accumulation on the streets by noon. The National Weather Service said total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch could be possible.

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Wednesday, December 18

          

Three Rivers makes cuts

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners selected a course of action Monday to cut costs, but not before the physicians called for the head administrator’s resignation. Dr. James Lamberton read a letter, signed by all the physicians that work with the hospital, which cited a lack of trust in the board and in Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel.

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Groups push for donations

Food, winter hats and toys will be distributed Saturday morning in the Omak-Okanogan Community Christmas Basket Program.

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City ousts fire chief

The city is in the market for a new fire chief in the wake of Gordon Hennigs’ termination last week. Hennigs, who has been chief for 17 years, said he was terminated Dec. 10 by Mayor Michael Blake.

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Underground wonders astonish visitors

In several places in the United States there are caves that attract people to come and see these natural wonders. I have been to the Gardner Cave on the east edge of the state twice.

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Seven charged in drug bust

Seven people have been charged in Ferry County Superior Court with dealing drugs in town. As of Monday, most had been released from jail. One defendant, Dakota T. Devalkeneer, 18, remained in jail.

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Kinross purchases canyon property

About 63 acres of cliffs and scabland near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead will remain accessible to the public, after Kinross Gold Corp. purchased it Friday during an Okanogan County auction.

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Classes resume following leak

Students and staff in the Oroville School District have returned to class after a chemistry lab gas leak shut down the school on Friday. Classes were dismissed at 10:30 a.m. Friday the 13th.

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Spying program needs to be halted

The first steps have been taken toward preventing the National Security Agency from collecting information in bulk through phone records and other metadata.

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Bringing Santa to town closes gap

Last week, I had the opportunity to help Santa Claus navigate the streets of Omak and Okanogan as he brought Christmas cheer to area children and collected donations for area food banks.

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Collision ban makes sense

Major League Baseball is in the process of installing a rule that would ban collisions at home plate. Although the new rule could be implemented as soon as the upcoming baseball season, the more plausible time frame is for a 2015 launch. The move parallels what the National Football League has been pushing for several years with regards to reducing concussions.

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Office values ‘service excellence’

As we count down to the holidays and a new year and a new legislative session, we have been busier than ever, finding innovative and cost-effective ways to better serve the people of Washington.

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Utility district increases budget

The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s final 2014 budget is nearly $3 million more than the preliminary budget released this fall, but the budget for Enloe Dam was cut nearly in half.

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Tonasket gathers leaders

A meeting of the minds took place Monday night as various leaders and elected officials gathered to discuss issues affecting their community. The Tonasket School District, which is in the process of putting a bond and levy to the voters in February, organized the meeting, which featured representatives from the school board, Hospital District No. 4, local fire districts, the city, county commissioners and 7th District Rep. Joel Kretz and Sen. Brian Dansel.

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Area health district plans survey

Okanogan County Public Health wants to know how community members perceive health-related issues in the community. The health district is conducting a community health assessment and is seeking opinions from as many people as possible. The 11-question survey can be accessed through the district’s website.

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Ferry County hires Paulsen

Former Okanogan County defense attorney Emma J. Paulsen has been hired as Ferry County’s new deputy prosecuting attorney.

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Free dinners offered

Several free Christmas dinners are planned next week, with American Legion and Eagles organizations opening their doors to those needing a meal.

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Hams talk up Grand Coulee

Ham radio operations from Okanogan County spent two days on the air celebrating the 78th anniversary of the first concrete pour at Grand Coulee Dam.

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Churches set Christmas services

Special services for Christmas are planned all over Okanogan, Ferry and Douglas counties, starting tonight, Wednesday, with a carol sing and bonfire at the Hope Lutheran Church. The third annual event will be from 7-9 p.m. at the church, 1520 Sunset Drive.

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Math team places 10th

A four-person team of eighth-graders finished 10th in the master level Math is Cool competition in Moses Lake.

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Too busy to update?

Help is on the way for folks who feel obligated to comment on, “like” or repost every little scrap of minutiae that lands on their Facebook page. The folks at Google are seeking a patent for a program described as “automated generation of suggestions for personalized reactions in a social network,” the International Science Times website reports.

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Musicians sign on to help trail

Members of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers have autographed a skateboard that will be sold on eBay to benefit the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners.

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Young hoopsters compete in Omak

Basketball teams composed of boys and girls from Omak, Okanogan, Nespelem, Inchelium and Keller competed Dec. 14 at RJ’s fourth annual Christmas Tournament at the Omak Community Center.

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Defense propels Omak to victories

The Okanogan High School girls basketball team jumped out to a 13-point lead in the first quarter and never looked back in beating Colville, 63-40, in a non-league game Saturday.

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Proctor finishes fourth

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School graduate now living in North Carolina, finished third in the bullriding average at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo from Dec. 5-14 in Las Vegas.

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Defense paves way for Okanogan

The Okanogan High School boys basketball team wound the defensive pressure tighter and tighter the first three quarters against Colville before winning 71-36 on Saturday.

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Tuesday, December 17

     

Sunday, December 15

  

County addresses fund agreements

Okanogan County commissioners may sign funding agreements this week with The Support Center, the Housing Authority of Okanogan County and the Okanogan County Community Action Council.

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Local veteran remains enlisted

A local World War II veteran hasn’t seen military action since 1945, but without official discharge papers from the U.S. Navy he’s still considered an enlisted man.

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Safe ice fishing a must

When you are out ice fishing this winter, and it’s been cold enough to freeze some of the lakes for sure, I hope you are smart enough to do it safely.

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Three Rivers tackles budget

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will consider two new options to cut costs in 2014 during a meeting Monday that may assuage fears of closing down the labor and delivery department. The meeting will begin at noon at the Hillcrest Administration Building, 415 Hospital Way.

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Omak plans city budget

The city is expected to approve its 2014 budget at Monday’s City Council meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 2 N. Ash St.

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Friday, December 13

 

Sports Star of the Year voting starts

If you like voting for athletes, consider the nominees for the 79th annual MTR Western Sports Star of the Year. The possible stars, announced Thursday by the Seattle Sports Commission, is a collection of the Northwest’s premier athletes.

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Thursday, December 12

 

Ruby Rust performs Dylan classics

Ruby Rust will perform “Knockin’ on Dylan’s Door,” an evening of music by Bob Dylan on Friday at the Community Cultural Center, 411 Western Ave.

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Seven arrested in Republic drug investigation

Seven people were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of dealing drugs in town and additional arrests are pending. The arrests are the culmination of a two-month investigation by the North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force, Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Thursday.

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Wednesday, December 11

                  

Short wins Farm Bureau award

During a ceremony in November, Rep. Shelly Short received the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award by the Washington State Farm Bureau.

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Riverside plans centennial celebration

The town will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of its incorporation Saturday with a variety of activities at the Mount Olive Grange Hall. The centennial event will be from 1-6 p.m., with dinner being served at 4 p.m.

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Commissioners question state land purchases

Discussing land acquisitions and easements with federal, state and local agencies last week, Okanogan County commissioners kept circling back to the same question: When is enough enough?

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Agencies explain online list

State officials say original online data that resulted in the creation of a hotly debated list of “interested landowners” for selling property or granting easements is there only to provide transparency.

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Fire destroys local home

No one was hurt when a fire of unknown cause destroyed a family’s mobile home Saturday evening. “It was totaled, everything was gone,” Fire Chief Carlos Lopez said of the mobile home at 525 10th St.

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Santa visits Omak and Okanogan

Santa Claus will be visiting many Omak and Okanogan neighborhoods this week. Business leaders, deputies and firefighters will be escorting the jolly ol’ elf.

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County forgoes permit process for marijuana

Okanogan County commissioners were met with applause Monday night when they decided marijuana-related businesses should be able to operate without conditional use permits from the county.

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Online tax issue needs resolved

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge from Internet retailer Amazon.com over its being forced by a state to collect sales tax, even though it didn’t have a physical presence in that state.

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You can make Christmas merrier

It’s that time of year again, when we shop for presents, load up the refrigerator and put up Christmas trees. We go to church, proclaim our good will toward each other and wish everybody we meet a Merry Christmas.

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Tree symbolizes healthy forests

For nearly 50 years, the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree has been a holiday tradition in Washington, D.C. I’m proud to say this is the second time a tree from Washington state has been selected as the Capitol Christmas Tree.

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Dansel takes oath of office

When given the option of being sworn in at his hometown courthouse or going down to Olympia, it wasn’t a tough decision for Brian Dansel to choose Republic.

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Area welcomes chargers

Four electric car charging stations have been installed in Okanogan County, with a possibility of two more being added in the near future.

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Coffee shop plans to close its doors

The city’s 2012 business of the year is closing up shop at year’s end. Owner Melanie Carroll said she plans to close Salmon Creek Coffee Co., 134 S. Second Ave., but is amenable to leasing the business.

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Omak lines up parade

A Christmas festival, with a parade, caroling, food and reading of the biblical Christmas story, is planned Saturday afternoon and evening on Main Street.

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Two tapped by seniors

Two stalwart volunteers have been tapped as the Omak Senior Center’s royalty for the Twilight Christmas Parade. Karen Corrier Spencer and Ivadelle Sullivan will ride in the Saturday procession, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and runs along Main Street.

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Holiday gifts sought for inmates

People who want to make Christmas a little brighter for Okanogan County Jail inmates are invited to donate to the jail ministry’s annual gift program.

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Basket program donations sought

Components of the annual Omak-Okanogan Community Christmas Basket Program are coming together as volunteers plan for the annual giveaway for people in need. As in past years, the program will include food for Christmas dinner, staples for the week, toys, warm hats and clothing.

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Proctor moves to third

Shane Proctor, a Lake Roosevelt High School grad now living in Troutman, N.C, won the first two nights of bullriding at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

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Steelhead fishing continues

Steelhead fisheries closed Sunday on the upper Columbia River from Rock Island Dam to Wells Dam and on the Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

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Omak, Pateros split

Omak and Pateros split their non-league games Monday night. The Pateros girls won the opener, 61-40, behind the 19 points of Kat Wilson.

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Oroville finds way past Curlew boys

Oroville found a way past Curlew, 52-48, in a non-league game Saturday. “It was a good first win for the young Hornets against a tough Curlew team,” Oroville coach Jay Thacker said. The teams were tied at 24 at halftime before the Cougars led, 35-30 after three periods.

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Omak invite boasts top wrestlers

Warden, led by Ramses Rodelo at 132 pounds, took first place at the Pioneer Invitational Tournament on Saturday. Rodelo was named the Outstanding Wrestler for the tournament.

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Tuesday, December 10

 

Postal pistol match starts Thursday

A 10-week Postal Pistol Match starts Thursday at the Omak Fish and Game Club, 26 old Riverside Highway. Shooters can shoot at either 5 p.m. Thursday or 9 a.m. Sunday starting each week, spokesman Ralph Malone said.

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Omak continues to lead bowling standings

Wenatchee cut into Omak’s lead in the Central Washington Travel League bowling Sunday. Wenatchee won 33 points to 29 points for Omak, which still leads in the standings, 116 to 106.

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Monday, December 9



Sunday, December 8



Australians play here

Okanogan High School’s girls and boys basketball teams got some international competition and new friends Wednesday night. The Bulldogs took on the Kempsey Australia Spirit, which is touring Washington and Oregon before flying home Dec. 20.

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Omak girls earn victory

The Omak High School girls basketball team knocked off Lake Roosevelt, 62-47, on the road Wednesday in the first game of the season for both schools. “We pulled out in the first quarter and just stayed ahead the entire game,” Omak coach Rolland Hansen said.

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Many know Aussies

When the Australian Kempsey Spirit team played Okanogan, it reminded me that we have several athletes from this region who have competed in Australia or against Australians.

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Yarn artists create warm hats

Yarn artists, garage sale scavengers and others are pooling their resources again to support projects that supply hats and other warm clothing to area children.

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Applicants hope for pot growth, sales

Marijuana business license applications continue to pour in to the state Liquor Control Board, and potential entrepreneurs in Okanogan County are cautiously optimistic.

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Elks Lodge seeks bids

The local Elks Lodge is in the process of getting bids for cleaning and repair work. It had smoke, water and electrical damage to its 110 S. Ash St. building during a Nov. 20 fire.

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Thursday, December 5

      

Wednesday, December 4

 

Holiday brings memories of critters

It has been a long time since I have heard the cry of the pika, a small member of the hare family. While the North Cascades Highway was being built, the roadbed was in, but not yet surfaced, as far as Lone Fir Campground. If you wanted to go farther up, you walked.

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Letter reveals interest to sell

In an ongoing debate over a list generated by Okanogan County that identifies “interested landowners” in state land acquisitions or conservation easements, the state has turned up some evidence.

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Fifteen apply for marijuana licenses

Fifteen applications have been filed for hopeful marijuana-producing businesses in Okanogan County since the state opened the filing period Nov. 18. Okanogan County has the fifth-highest concentration in terms of applications per resident, behind Kittitas, Lincoln, Pend Oreille and San Juan counties.

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‘American Bulldog’ downs Russian

Lee Morrison paused barely a moment over the Thanksgiving holiday to contemplate what he’s accomplished in the last few weeks. The always on-the-go fighter, coach and most recently husband, was moving into a new home over the weekend.

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Brewster girls seek second straight title

The defending state 1A champion Brewster High School girls basketball team graduated two players, but should be a contender again this year. “We’ve got some holes to fill, there’s no doubt about that,” Brewster coach Roger Boesel said. “I do have a pretty good nucleus. We are not going to have as much depth this year. We didn’t have that much last year.”

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Neely to call offensive plays at state 1A

Okanogan High School graduate Kelly Neely will be coaching in the Tacoma Dome this Saturday. The 1984 graduate, who is the brother of former Okanogan High School football coach Denny Neely, is the offensive coordinator at No. 3 state-ranked Freeman (13-0).

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Lion grapplers aim for state repeat

Liberty Bell High School, the defending state 2B wrestling champions, should again be the team to beat this year. The Mountain Lions graduated only two – champion Justin McMillan and second-place Taylor Woodruff – from a group of six that reached the finals last year.

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Staggs scores for NIC

Kara Staggs of Okanogan is tearing up the basketball ranks while playing for North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

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Tree takes center stage

A tree donated by the late Louie Wood will take center stage during the Get Lit Tree Lighting and Santa’s arrival at 5 p.m. Saturday on Second Avenue.

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Communities plan holiday celebrations

Several events in town this weekend will kick off the holiday season. The Animate Objects Circus Cabaret comes to town Friday night. The cabaret will start at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

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Unemployment rises in counties

Nearly 11,000 jobless residents in Washington could become eligible once again for emergency benefits, another after-effect of the federal government shutdown.

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Web offers symbolism in movies

A conversation about the Hunger Games series triggered me to do some online searching for political satire or symbolism used in other popular movies.

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Office provides variety of services

As your representative to the United States Congress, one of my highest priorities is providing service and assistance to those who call Central Washington home.

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Letter illustrates deceitful tactics

My how time flies, at least within the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. In the last few weeks, we’ve reported on the Haeberle family’s dismay at the agency’s attempt to use their ranch to boost Fish and Wildlife’s land acquisition efforts.

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Several options for trees

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror, many people in the area are turning their attention toward Christmas.

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Tree lighting draws a crowd

More than 75 people turned out Friday night to drink hot cocoa, sing Christmas carols and mark the beginning of the Christmas season during the town’s second Christmas Tree Lighting celebration.

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Tuesday, December 3

  

Monday, December 2



Sunday, December 1



Students help peers make it through long weekend

Honor students at Okanogan High School collected snacks and easy-to-make foods to help their fellow students through the long Thanksgiving weekend. The food was given to the district’s Family Empowerment Project, which distributed it to students “who live in food-insecure homes,” National Honor Society adviser Trisha Bradley said.

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Entire team receives sportsmanship medals

The Pateros High School volleyball team received a first during a special assembly Tuesday. All the players received a sportsmanship medal from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

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Caregivers are in short supply

North-Central Washington is seeing a shortage of in-home caregivers for disabled and elderly residents, and one agency says part of the problem is a misconception about what caregivers do.

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Utility passes rate increase to customers

A rate increase for Okanogan County Public Utility District customers was approved by utility commissioners during their Nov. 21 meeting. The district is passing on an increase of nearly $1 million from the Bonneville Power Administration.

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