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Wednesday, May 29

 

Founders Day hits Tonasket

The 78th annual Founders Day celebration will kick off with a barbecue at the rodeo grounds on Thursday, May 30, and run through Sunday, June 2.

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Bridgeport offers entertainment

This year’s Bridgeport Daze will feature a wide variety of things to see and do, from a parade to live music, arts and crafts, and a basketball tournament.

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Bridgeport mulls dual-use zoning

A public hearing next week will address a proposed zoning change that would allow residences to share building space with retail businesses. The planning commission’s hearing comes on the heels of another hearing at the May 22 City Council meeting.

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Science teams win top awards

Lake Roosevelt High School had three science teams place in the Imagine Tomorrow event at Washington State University in Pullman the weekend of May 18.

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Incomplete symphonies given new life

When Franz Schubert began writing his 10th Symphony, he was a mortally sick man. I have wondered many times if he knew how sick he was. He had to know he had an illness, but did he know how bad it was?

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Time for FCC censorship to end

I spend a lot of my time in my truck driving to remote locations in our county, racing in out-of-state locales and just traveling to travel. Because of that wanderlust, I tend to listen to radio probably more than most people. So, I have an XFM subscription.

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‘Unfair’ is a poor excuse

There’s a lot of debate, not just in Washington, but across the country, about how to classify private high schools when it comes to athletic competition.

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Oroville athlete shines

Catie Arrigoni’s performance in cross country and track recently landed her the Everett Community College’s Female Athlete of the Year honor.

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Local school has no seniors

While students around North-Central Washington are preparing to don their caps and gowns, one school will sit out this year’s graduation festivities.

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Pateros seeks to fill council vacancy

The City Council is still looking for one good man – or woman – to fill an open seat. The position was vacated in early April by former council member John LaBree, who resigned when he moved out of town.

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Girls garner tennis medals

Shaylyn Goodall of Omak finished third and Megan Beyers of Tonasket fifth in girls 1A singles at the state 1B/2B/1A tournament May 24-25 at the Yakima Tennis Center.

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More time, more money not needed

Once again the Washington state Legislature is in a special session. The word “special” has lost its meaning when it comes to Olympia. This is the seventh special session in four years. Taxpayers are rightly frustrated and disappointed.

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Flying at state

The region’s high school athletes brought home lots of medals, including gold, while setting several state or school records at the state 1B/2B/1A track meet May 24-25 at Eastern Washington University.

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Impasse caused by taxes, spending

By now, most residents in the 7th District are aware the Legislature has been called back for a special, 30-day session due to disagreement on the state operating budget and the House Democrats’ insistence on a massive tax package.

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Don’t forget meaning of holiday

Many families across Central Washington spent Memorial Day weekend − the unofficial start of the summer vacation season − enjoying the weather outdoors at barbecues, county fairs and on hiking trails.

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Barrel Derby Day set

Barrel Derby Day will be Sunday, June 2, with meals, athletic contests, a parade and the annual barrel float.

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Sunday, May 26



Legion groups honor veterans

Ceremonies to honor fallen veterans are planned in town as groups and individuals around the region mark Memorial Day on Monday, May 27.

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Wilson wins MVP

Katarina Wilson of Pateros recently was voted the Most Valuable Player for softball teams in the northern division of the North Central Washington League. Lee Pilkinton with Liberty Bell was named Coach of the Year.

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Lewis finishes seventh at state

Ryder Lewis wrapped up his four-year golfing career at Omak High School by placing seventh in the state 1A tournament May 21-22. Lewis carded a 4-over-par 76 the first day (5 shots off the lead) and 6-over-par 78 the second day for a 154 total at Lake Spanaway Golf Course.

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Ryan named 2B’s best

Andrew Ryan of Liberty Bell, whose pitching included a perfect game, recently was named Most Valuable Player in the northern division of the Central Washington League.

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Many graves are for children

OMAK — Many of those buried in the Riverview Cemetery died young. People buried in the cemetery, according to the Okanogan County Genealogical Society’s listing, curator Shauna Beeman’s research and Leda Harlan, are:

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Law helps girls

What would the sporting scene be like without women’s sports? You only need to go back four decades or more to know. The month of May marks the 41st anniversary of Title IX, which was enacted by Congress and signed by President Richard Nixon in 1972 initially to guarantee equal educational opportunities for women and girls.

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Clubs devote time to flags

A group of five Okanogan High School students spent Thursday afternoon placing flags on the headstones of people who had served in the military.

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Pioneer graves need restoration

The Riverview Cemetery, final resting place for Civil War veteran James Aliason “Grandpa” Stoddard, is covered with sagebrush, cactus and garbage.

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Wednesday, May 22

        

Relay hauls in $60,000

Despite the rainy weather that chased away some attendees, this year’s Relay for Life surpassed its fundraising goal.

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New leader signs Omak contract

The Omak School Board unanimously approved a three-year contract for Erik Swanson to become the district’s next superintendent on Wednesday, May 15.

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Ferry County museums open

Two local museums — the Ansorge Hotel Museum and the Husky Car and Truck Museum — will open their doors for the season this weekend. Hours for the Ansorge are 1-4 p.m. Saturdays from May 25 to Aug. 24. It also will be open from 1-4 p.m. June 2 during the community’s Barrel Derby Day festival.

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Journaling is workshop topic

“Nature in Art and Science: A Field Journaling Naturalist Workshop” is planned May 24-27 at North Cascades Basecamp, 255 Lost River Road.

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Junior high trio heading to national rodeo

Wyatt Covington and Oliver Williams of Omak and Chantz Popelier of Okanogan each qualified for the National Junior High School Finals Rodeo by finishing in the Top 4 at the Washington Wrangler Junior High School Rodeo finals May 18-19 in Kennewick.

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State beckons county’s 1A tracksters

Omak, Okanogan, Brewster and Tonasket advanced at least one competitor to state following qualifying at the District 6/7 track meet May 18 at Riverside High School. The Top 3 in each event earned berths to state May 24-25 at Eastern Washington University in Cheney.

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Okanogan returns to state

The Okanogan High School girls softball team finished second in District 6/7 play and advanced to the state 1A tournament. Brewster came within one game of playing for a berth to state.

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Dream Killers

The Okanogan High School soccer team continues to be “Dream Killers,” handing University Prep only its second loss of the season, 4-3, in a state 1A quarterfinal game May 18. “It was ugly at times,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “I thought we had some breakdowns and they took advantage of them.

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Four posts up for grabs

Four positions on the North Central Educational Service District are up for election this year, including position No. 1, filled by local resident Harlan Warner.

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Fair animals must weigh in

Youngsters planning to sell hogs, sheep and beef cattle at the Okanogan County Fair must have their animals tagged and weighed at least 70 days before the fair.

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Legacy dedicated

The U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Memorial stands among the best veterans memorials in the country, a speaker told several hundred people assembled May 18 for the site’s dedication. Although rain sprinkled earlier in the day, the clouds parted and the sun came out for the event. Retired Coast Guard Capt. Alan Walker, who operates a tree farm in Curlew, said he spent several years in Washington, D.C., during his 28 years in the service and saw all the national veterans memorials.

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Ceremonies honor fallen veterans

Ceremonies to honor fallen veterans are planned around the region on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day. Okanogan American Legion Post No. 56 will start at 8 a.m. at the Chiliwist Cemetery, at the intersection of Old Highway 97 and Chiliwist Road, with a flag and rifle ceremony, member Ed Thiele said.

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Chronicle nets two top awards

When it comes to non-daily newspapers in Eastern Washington, The Chronicle is the only one to receive awards recently in a regional Society of Professional Journalists contest. The weekly newspaper earned two first-place awards and seven others in the 2012 Society of Professional Journalists’ Northwest Excellence in Journalism Contest.

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Local couple designs unique housing

A local couple is putting together a retirement project unique in Okanogan County. Bob and Jane Thompson are in the process of building an energy-efficient housing community on Havillah Road that will feature six individual units and a community building.

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Twisp allows hotel work

A local hotel is working on expanding its services, and the Town Council helped the process along last week by green-lighting amendments to the zoning ordinance amendment and land use map. Twisp River Suites, 140 Twisp River Road, has installed two washers and two dryers, both industrial sized, in a small yellow house nearby that will serve as the staff’s laundry facility, owner Joe Marver said.

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Crossing fee’s demise relieves businesses

A proposal to impose an entry fee at all U.S. border crossings appears to be headed nowhere. Although some are skeptical the fee would have ever been initiated, its demise is welcome news for travelers, as well as businesses along the border.

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Winthrop mayor sits out next election

As filing week wrapped up for Okanogan County elections on Friday, several incumbents’ names were missing from the list of candidates. Among those is Winthrop Mayor Dave Acheson, who said he is not going to seek re-election. In office since January 2006, his second term ends in December.

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Laser light show opens May 25

Tourism season kicks off this weekend at Grand Coulee Dam with its first showing of the laser light show at 10 p.m. May 25, although it will not be the much-anticipated new laser light show. That show won’t be unveiled until Aug. 8.

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Fallen officers honored

Various law enforcement agencies from around the county gathered at the Colville Correctional Facility on Friday, May 17, to show their respect as part of Fallen Officers Memorial Week.

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No decision yet as Enloe Dam hearing concludes

The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days of testimony last week following a four-day hearing in April, the state Pollution Control Hearings Board will consider the legality of a 401 certification issued in July 2012 by the state Department of Ecology.

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Leg bone found near river

A leg bone that caused a social media commotion when it was discovered Tuesday, May 14, turned out to be the partial remains of a canine.

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Early vaccinations meant much travel

They were the doctors Dick, a husband-and-wife medical research team who, working for years, had developed an inoculation against scarlet fever. It was a dreaded disease which, if one lived through it, left a child with a damaged heart.

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Disclose school hopefuls’ names

Two superintendent searches in Okanogan County — one just completed and the other still under way — point out some gray areas in state law concerning the hiring process. Candidates for such influential and important public offices need to be selected in the open, so the public can take an active role in the new leader’s selection.

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Memorial Day more than time off

This coming week, flags will be flying as Americans remember their war dead. But all too often, Memorial Day devolves into a weekend celebration of camping and fishing, boating and drinking.

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The human spirit inspires courage

With a steady stream of bad news stories about maimed soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombing and the house of horrors in Cleveland, it would be natural to despair for the human condition. What defect in the human character allows us to do such things?

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My phone got smarter

I finally succumbed to the pressures of modern-age technology over the weekend and bought a smartphone.

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Shelves stay full

It’s yard sale season and even if we don’t manage to get it together enough to have a sale of our own, there should be no excuse for not contributing to someone else’s sale.

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Sunday, May 19

 

Oakes to fly in race

For Monica Oakes of Omak, a day without a challenge is an incomplete day. Oakes also keeps a bucket list.

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Revised law gets tough on prowlers

The penalty for committing multiple vehicle prowls is about to get tougher. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday declaring that second-degree vehicle prowls will be considered a Class C felony after the third time a suspect commits the crime, and every time after that.

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Crash victim described as fun

If Ryan Porter had a motto, one could say it was, “Let the good times roll.” “He was just happiest having fun and making sure everybody else was having fun,” his mother, Dana DeLima, said.

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Area rivers subsiding, but flood warning remains

The Okanogan River crested at 17.15 feet the morning of May 15 and then dropped by more than two feet at the Janis bridge gauging station, but the water level is expected to rise a bit with the prediction of rain for the coming days.

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Wednesday, May 15



Pub 60-plus nabs fourth

The North Country Pub 60-plus senior softball team finished fourth in the recreation division during a tournament May 11-12.

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Shows require an entire army backstage

This is not a concert review, but it is going to talk about the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus productions. I am thinking of the small army of people involved every time a show is given.

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Federal agencies abusing authority

When you turn on your television news or open your newspaper, you expect to find an impartial account of the events unfolding in your neighborhood, state and nation.

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‘Spamalot’ production sparkles

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus opened its current musical, “Spamalot,” on May 10 at the Omak Performing Arts Center with a sparkling presentation.

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Court allows utility seizure

A Washington State Court of Appeals ruling last week may pave the way for the Okanogan County Public Utility District to start a new transmission line project in the Methow Valley that has been on hold since 1996.

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Taxes take center stage

Without a budget in place after 105 days of negotiations, the Washington state Legislature moves into a special session this week.

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Longtime community leader dies

Longtime City Council member, Omak Stampede board member and community volunteer Donna Short was remembered as a strong-willed woman with a heart of gold. Short, 86, died May 12.

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Pateros centennial marks vast changes

Businesses are moving in, parks are growing and tradition carries on in Pateros as the community celebrates its 100th birthday this month. The town has been recovering from being relocated for decades after the building of Wells Dam in the 1960s. After losing nearly half of its population, it has crept back up to about 667, according to the 2010 U.S. census.

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Woman healing from burns

A week after being admitted to a Seattle hospital with severe burns on her face and hands when her home burned down, a local woman hopes to be home soon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 Chief Bill Vallance said.

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Colvilles oust Zacherle, Nissen

Two of five incumbents seeking re-election were knocked out of the Colville Business Council in the primary election. Results of the May 4 primary were certified May 9 after absentee ballots were counted.

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Filing opens for candidates

Several candidates threw their hats into the ring during the first day of filing week, May 13-17. Dozens of local government offices are up for grabs in Okanogan, Douglas, Ferry and surrounding counties.

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Tonasket dedicates memorial

Eight years worth of hard work and fundraising will be celebrated this weekend with a dedication ceremony of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy memorial. “We’ve had some setbacks along the way, but the ideas have come through and the money has come through,” said Roger Castelda, president of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy. “We’re proud of it and I’m glad it’s completed.”

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No guns, voting rights for killer

Benjamin Robert Bridges will lose his right to possess a firearm and to vote after entering a guilty plea to first-degree murder in the October 2011 death of his girlfriend. He has yet to be sentenced for killing Vickey Lee Renner-Harvey, 59. Both lived in Omak.

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Schools in budget limbo

Public school officials are holding their collective breath, waiting for the Legislature to tell them how much money they’ll have next school year. While the school budgeting deadline isn’t until the end of July, districts have a state-required May 15 deadline to let teachers know if their contracts won’t be renewed.

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Bridgeport hikes rates

The city’s sewer rates are going up, but not as much as anticipated. The City Council has adjusted next month’s increase so it will be 6 cents less than previously announced.

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Brewster addresses manganese issue

When the city public works crew flushed fire hydrants last week, it took about twice as long as usual for the gushing water to run clear. The problem is a build-up of manganese, Public Works Director J.D. Smith said during the May 8 City Council meeting.

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Okanogan council may nix mosquito spraying

The city probably won’t spray for mosquitoes this year. During its May 7 meeting, the City Council heard a recommendation from its Personnel, Public Safety and Contracting Committee that spraying be suspended.

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Republic newspaper folds

The News-Miner, owned by Dick Graham since 1968, will cease publication May 16. The weekly newspaper’s closure was announced in the May 9 issue. “The May 16 edition will be the last edition of the Republic News-Miner,” said a one-paragraph, front page announcement under the headline “To cease operation.”

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Children’s store set to open

A local couple will open the doors to Bring up a Child, a children’s retail store, on May 21. The business, located at 101 E. Dewberry St., will specialize in used children’s clothing, toys, books, learning aids and more, as well as some new handmade items on consignment, owners Trinity and Zane Hylton said.

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Parade entries find sunny skies

Close to 100 entries found sunny skies and receptive crowds during the May Fest grand parade Saturday, May 11. “I’m always amazed by the amount of entries we get for our little parade,” spokeswoman Shay Shaw said. “I think everyone has a good time and we really appreciate them.” Winners were:

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Educators lauded

Several teachers and non-teaching staff — and one superintendent — were honored May 9 during the 28th annual Okanogan County Excellence Banquet. Each year, school districts honor certified and classified staff members for their contributions to education and their respective districts.

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Teams queue up for Relay for Life

Nearly two dozen teams will take to the Okanogan High School track May 17 for the Relay for Life to benefit the American Cancer Society. The overnight event starts at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, at 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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Drawing contest set

A wolf drawing contest, open to students in third- through sixth-grades, is under way by the Colville Confederated Tribes.

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Reservation wolves are topic

A presentation titled “Wolves on the Reservation: Reuniting with our past to plan for our future” will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Nespelem Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road.

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Lack of entries could end demo derby

A few good cars and drivers are needed for the 2013 Omak Stampede Demolition Derby slated for June 22 in the Stampede Arena. “That’s going to suck if we don’t have enough cars for a derby,” last year’s champ Scott Kuntz of Frosty Creek said. “The more cars the better the purse.”

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Avena plays on winner

Josef Avena of Omak and the Wenatchee Fire boys under 11 soccer team recently won the state title and are headed to regional competition.

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Omak rider takes first

Austin Covington of Omak took top honors in bull riding at the ProWest Rodeo, which ran May 11-13 along with the 56th annual Colorama Festival. Covington recorded a 70 score that earned him $931.

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’Dogs nab state berth

The Okanogan High School soccer team wrapped up state 1A/2B qualifying matches with a No. 4 seed after falling to Manson, 4-3, on May 11.

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Bensing leaps to No. 4

Tonasket’s Ethan Bensing leaped up the state rankings by winning the triple jump at the District 6 track championships May 10. Bensing went 41-11 to easily win the event, moving him to No. 4 in the state 1A rankings.

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Piano, string recital planned

A Variety Recital by students of Okanogan County Music Teachers Association members will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in the Tonasket High School commons, 35 state Highway 20. Performances will include solos, duets and the Second Strings ensemble. Admission is by donation.

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Congress moves fast, if it wants to

Air travelers received a bit of good news recently: A bill to put air traffic controllers back to work whisked through the House and Senate and flew into the White House for President Obama’s signature.

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Sunday, May 12



Taylor mows down batters

Brewster survived a loser-out bi-district baseball game, eliminating Freeman, 6-2, on May 7. “Timbo Taylor was the story,” Brewster coach Jerrod Riggan said. “He threw 7 innings, striking out 13, walking none and giving up only 3 hits. Total domination after 2 first-inning errors.”

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Hatchery upgrades get go-ahead

The Douglas County Public Utility District has increased an engineering contract by about $2 million for the fourth phase of its Wells Hatchery modernization project.

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Service brings pride, anxiety

A common theme among women with children in the military is their overwhelming sense of pride. But that pride is tempered by the dangers of a world so often at war.

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Forest supervisor promoted

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Becki Lockett Heath has been promoted to a position with the U.S. Forest Service’s Portland regional office. She begins her new job as deputy regional forester July 1.

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Relicensing party set

The Douglas County Public Utility District will celebrate its 50-year relicensing for the Wells Hydroelectric Project on Tuesday, May 14. At 1:30 p.m., the utility will host a party with cake, speeches and tours of Wells Dam, 28905 U.S. Highway 97.

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Man arrested at border

A Quebec man was arrested May 8 at the U.S. Canadian border on several drug charges. He was one of several people arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at various land ports of entry along the border the week of May 5-10.

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Cancer survivor picks up fight for a cure

A local woman said the value of cancer screening hit home – after she was diagnosed with the disease. Tina Eiffert, chairwoman of the Wally Walkers Relay for Life team, said she was diagnosed in November 2011 with stage 3 cervical cancer that had spread to her lymph nodes.

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Brewster bears down

The Brewster High School softball team took an inning to warm up before burning Quincy, 22-2, in a loser-out, five-inning district game May 7. “We hit the ball well, we played pretty good defense,” Brewster coach Rick Miller said.

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Lewis claims CTL crown

Ryder Lewis of Omak showed why he was the Caribou Trail League’s Player of the Year by firing a 69 at the league championships May 7. “Ryder shot his best round of the year and won by eight strokes,” Omak coach Nick Popelier said of the senior’s 2-under-par round.

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Mom’s Day arrives

What do drag racing and barrel racing have in common? Yes, you got it, horse power. Horsepower works, too.

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Wednesday, May 8

 

Board selects school leader

OMAK — The Omak School Board announced its selection of Erik Swanson as the school district’s next superintendent on Sunday evening, May 5.

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Festival season begins

Royalty coronation at 7 p.m. Friday, May 10, will kick off the 79th annual May Festival. Queen Shelby Scott was selected in February. Her princess is Angela Nelson. The coronation will be in the high school gym, 1008 Ironwood St., with a mini-parade following. Scott is the daughter of Brad and Kim Scott. Nelson’s parents are Alan and Marcie Nelson. The festival’s theme is “Paradise in the Valley.”

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’Dogs, Bears enter playoffs on win streaks

Brewster wrapped up the regular season on a five-game winning streak after pounding Tonasket, 11-0 and 15-1, May 4. The third-place Bears (14-6 overall, 10-4 league) were to host sixth-place Chelan (8-12, 5-9) in a loser-out game Tuesday, May 7.

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Postseason speeding this way

Okanogan went 1-2-3 in the girls javelin at the Caribou Trail League Championships on May 3. Kara Staggs won with a toss of 110 feet, 6 inches. She has a best this year of 111-3, which is ranked seventh in the state 1A ranks.

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Bulldogs top Omak tennis

OMAK – Omak wrapped up its regular tennis season falling at Cashmere on May 4. Cashmere’s girls won 3-2 and boys won 4-1. The Pioneer girls team finished out 9-3 in league, tied for second place and 13-3 overall, coach Lance O’Dell said.

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Music Days features adults and students

TWISP – Student and adult musicians will perform during Pipestone School of Music’s annual Music Days Celebration on May 25-26. The event features a Pipestone Orchestra concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 S. Methow Valley Highway, and a student recital at 1 p.m. Sunday.

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Area woman hurt in blaze

PATEROS – A woman was in serious condition Monday at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after her family’s home burned down last week.

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Palin to address Republic grads

REPUBLIC — Former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will be the guest speaker at Republic High School’s commencement ceremony on June 1.

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River flood warning issued

OROVILLE – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Okanogan River and is monitoring conditions on the Similkameen River.

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Mill needs upkeep

OMAK — With so much work needed to get the Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer back in operational condition, Wood Resources executives are in a hurry to finalize the details needed to begin hiring.

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Animal control needs justify pilot program

OKANOGAN – In the wake of a rash of animal neglect seizures last winter and an attack on goats last week by a pack of dogs, a pilot animal control program is being started by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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Go enjoy festival season

Ah, summer. This week’s hot weather is giving just a hint of what’s around the corner, weather-wise, and this weekend’s events mark the opening of community festival season.

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Suspect sent to Airway Heights

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – Ronald E. Moore, charged with first-degree murder in the March 21 shooting death of his father, has been transferred to the Airway Heights Corrections Center.

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Incumbents lead early poll results

NESPELEM – If poll vote results hold through the ballot-counting process, all six Colville Business Council members seeking re-election will advance to the June 15 general election.

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Republic earns third award

REPUBLIC — For the third time in four years, Republic High School has received achievement awards from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Republic received three awards, including the overall excellence award, which is given to the Top 5 percent of schools in the state. It also received awards for science and its graduation rate.

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SeaDoo licenses dealer

OKANOGAN – Watercraft enthusiasts won’t have to drive nearly 100 miles or more to purchase a new machine anymore. That’s because Xtreme PowerSports, 1930 Second Ave. N., received notification Friday that it has been selected for a SeaDoo dealership.

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Elks benefit set for May 18

OMAK – A fundraiser for the Elks Lodge building maintenance fund is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the lodge, 110 S. Main St.

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Omak graduate pens mystery

ASHBURN, Va. – An Omak High School graduate has written and published his first e-book, a mystery set in rural New Jersey.

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Horse breeder addresses ‘Communist Take Over’

TONASKET – Stevens County horse breeder and author Rene Holiday will speak about “Sustainable Development — The Communist Take Over of the USA” at 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Whistler’s Restaurant, 616 S. Whitcomb Ave.

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Riverside man’s art showcased

OMAK — Artwork by Bruce Townsend Cook will be shown through mid-August at 7 S. Main St. in the former Main Street Bar and Grill building. His working exhibit is part of the ARTscapes series, the Main Street Building Project.

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Are parents shirking their duties?

Where are parents in the equation these days? At the federal level, a judge and the Food and Drug Adminstration have ordered that the “morning after pill” be made available to girls as young as 15 years old without parental consent or a prescription.

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Club takes powerlifting to the Xtreme

SHELTON – Omak High School’s Xtreme Powerlifting Club returned with five state champions and set a ton of state records at the Washington State High School Powerlifting State Meet on May 4. State champions include Beckah Thomason, Shawnee Covington, Jacob Cutrell, Brandon Zaragoza and Matt Thornton.

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view from the sidelines: Lake fishing better

Fishing continues to sizzle right along with temperatures rising. Kevin Messer from Conconully Lake Resort called to say fishing has been great. He’s seen rainbows up to 20 inches, but most are averaging 16 to 18 inches. The kokanee are averaging 14- to 16-inches.

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Hughes medals for Oroville

ELECTRIC CITY – Oroville’s Connor Hughes was medalist with an 88 in a class 2B golf match with Lake Roosevelt and Riverside Christian on May 2 at Banks Lake Golf Course. “The greens had just been punched, so putting was difficult,” Oroville coach DeHaven Hill said. Tanecia Stanczak of Lake Roosevelt was the girls medalist at 95.

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‘Spamalot’ gallops into Omak

“Spamalot,” an irreverent look at the King Arthur legend, will gallop onto the Performing Arts Center stage – coconut hoofbeats blazing – Friday, May 10, for a two-weekend run.

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Oroville car season begins

The city’s car show season gets its official start with a show on Saturday, May 11, at Prince’s Warehouse, 1412 Ironwood St.

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Old West comes ­to life in Winthrop

Prepare to see Old West history come to life this weekend at the 68th annual ‘49er Days celebration. The Ride to Rendezvous wagon train will kick off the weekend’s festivities at noon Friday, arriving in town after its weeklong sojourn through Methow Valley country.

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Colorama offers rodeo, activities

There’s a whole lot more going on this year at the annual Colorama Festival and Pro-West Rodeo celebration. “We have beer gardens and carnivals and helicopter rides and lots of stuff,” Grand Coulee Dam Chamber of Commerce Manager Peggy Nevsimal said Monday. “It’s twice as big as last year.”

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