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Thursday, October 31

    

Omak resident wins Angus award

BILLINGS, Mont. — An Omak resident recently earned one of the top awards at an Angus cattle show. Cory Predoehl’s heifer, McCoy Proven Queen 248-0151, won the owned reserve intermediate champion award at the 2013 Northern International Livestock Exposition Roll of Victory Angus Show on Oct. 18 in Billings, Mont.

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Wednesday, October 30

      

Smart teams shine

The Omak boys cross country team and Liberty Bell girls soccer team recently were named fall team academic state champions.

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White Swan muscles past Oroville

Oroville came out on the short end of a physical football game against White Swan on Oct. 25. The Cougars clawed out a 22-20 victory after the Hornets were unable to convert a two-point conversion late in the game.

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Liberty Bell boys speed to title

Liberty Bell High School’s boys cross country team nearly produced a perfect score in claiming the Central Washington B League Championships on Oct. 26.

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Hip-hop headlines Halloween

Several Halloween events are planned tomorrow and through the weekend. The Hip-hop Hallelujah Carnival, which annually draws about 2,500 people, will be Oct. 31 at the fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. Hours are 5-8 p.m.

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Hospital shows upgrades

North Valley Hospital hosted an open house Friday to unveil its revamped surgical center to the public. The second-floor surgery center has been under construction at North Valley Hospital, 203 S. Western Ave., since 2010.

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Vote no on the bus tax

Offering public transportation throughout Okanogan County is a worthwhile goal. But in considering our economic status, wide-spread population and large geographic coverage area, we don’t think Proposition 1 will be sufficient to attain the bus service suggested by the Okanogan County Transit Authority.

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Goats remain outlawed

Goats and other traditional farm animals remain outlawed in the city after months-long debate, forcing one family to find a new home for their two pygmy goats.

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Mill reopens

The Omak Wood Products mill is back up and running again after a mechanical failure shut down operations temporarily last week.

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Teens jailed after chase

Two teenagers were arrested Oct. 24 after allegedly leading officers from several agencies on a high-speed chase from Okanogan to Leahy Junction in Douglas County.

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Contract sparks feud between police agencies

In the wake of a federal government decision to have Grand Coulee police patrol dam facilities, Coulee Dam’s police chief has told neighboring Grand Coulee its police officers aren’t welcome in his city.

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Stampede shuffles board

Three Omak Stampede Board members have been elected to the organization’s honorary board. The board of directors agreed Oct. 28 to move Jim Hensarling, Millie Gann and Connie Thomas to the honorary, or emeritus, board. All three requested the change.

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Get out, cast your votes

Just one week remains until election day. Obviously, without the thrill of a presidential race or major state initiatives, this upcoming election seems lackluster compared to 2012.

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Don’t be confused by bus measure

The Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition is being confused with the Okanogan County Transit Authority bus line recently placed on the ballot for the general election.

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Board changes should be normal

In case you haven’t heard, three members of the Omak Stampede’s governing board have stepped down, trading their directorships spurs for the “honorary” board.

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Fans turn out for fundraiser

Nearly 100 fans turned out Friday night to do the “Time Warp” and celebrate Halloween with the inaugural local showing of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at the Community Cultural Center.

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Tiger teams earn victories

Republic slowly pulled away from Inchelium-Columbia, 80-34, for a homecoming victory Oct. 25. The Tigers led 30-20 at the half and 52-34 after three quarters before pounding out 26 unanswered points in the fourth period.

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Sunday, October 27



Ball players shine

Not everything stays in Las Vegas. Okanogan County senior softball players left with a bunch of medals from the World Championships in the past month.

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Brewster netters pull into third place

BREWSTER – Brewster stayed in the hunt for a postseason berth by knocking off Okanogan, 3-0, in a league match Oct. 22. The Bears, who held a half-game lead for third last week, topped Okanogan 25-9, 25-18 and 25-16.

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Okanogan pitches shutouts

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan High School soccer team finished off back-to-back shutout matches by topping Chelan, 4-0, on Oct. 23. “We put a lot of offensive pressure on their goal most of the game, but had a tough time scoring,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “Defensively, we did a great job of keeping the ball on their half of the field.”

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Police agencies seek levies

Law enforcement in Brewster, Tonasket and Omak each have different uses in mind for the new funds that could come from a sales tax levy if voters approve it next week.

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Schools face funding strain

The state Legislature has mandated every school district develop a Highly Capable Program for accelerated students for the 2014-15 school year, and districts have encountered some bumps.

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Ceremony makes a splash

An arduous fundraising challenge is nearing its ultimate goal for a group of local volunteers. Linda Black, who spearheaded the fundraising effort, and other members of the community hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Tonasket Water Ranch on Friday afternoon at Chief Tonasket Park.

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Area voters will decide on transportation tax

Okanogan County voters are being asked to decide on a sales tax increase that would help establish a county-wide public transportation system. The amount requested in Proposition 1, four-tenths of 1 percent, is equivalent to 4 cents per $10 spent on taxable goods.

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Friday, October 25



Two teens arrested after high-speed chase

Two teenagers were arrested Oct. 24 after allegedly leading officers from several agencies on a high-speed chase from Okanogan to Leahy Junction in Douglas County. The 15-year-old girl and 16-year-old boy, both of Brewster, were arrested and taken to the Okanogan County Juvenile Center.

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Thursday, October 24

  

Okanogan hosts fall clean-up day

The city’s fall clean-up day will be Saturday, Nov. 2. Residents can put bagged or bundled yard debris in their normal garbage can pickup spot the night before. Sunrise Disposal will pick up debris early the next morning.

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Wednesday, October 23

           

Habitat dedicates house

It took more than two years and hundreds of volunteer hours, but the latest Okanogan Habitat for Humanity project is oh, so close to being ready for the Lopez family to move in.

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Dealership opens doors

Choice Auto Group is opening its pre-owned dealership this week, returning to business after more than four years.

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Woodrow, coffee shop to be honored

The business and citizen of the year will be honored during the Chamber of Commerce’s annual banquet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 30, at the Old Flour Mill, 96 Pine St.

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Schoonover hired by Chronicle

Rachella Schoonover has joined The Chronicle staff as the new office manager and bookkeeper. Schoonover, 21, previously worked as a teller for Wells Fargo Bank branches in Idaho.

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Faire draws thousands

Although crowds were down somewhat at this year’s Okanogan Family Faire, the small plot of land east of town still grew into the largest city in Okanogan County over the weekend.

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Radon can be mitigated

Health agencies throughout the country warn that radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers.

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Playground gets sculpture

A student-made “rock-paper-scissors” sculpture was installed last week at Virginia Grainger Elementary School.

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Groups off to promising start

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus opened its 2013-14 season with a concert at the Omak Performing Arts Center on Oct. 20, and the season is off to a promising start.

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Sheriff’s K-9 Boss dies after surgery

Sheriff’s K-9 deputy Boss died Oct. 17 after undergoing emergency surgery last week. Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Joe Somday said the 3-year-old German shepherd

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County plans fair board interviews

The Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, better known as the fair board, will interview the final of four candidates during a special meeting tonight, Oct. 23.

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State helps landowners tackle forest health

The state Department of Natural Resources has a new method of helping landowners address forest health problems in the areas around Republic, Curlew, Chesaw, Orient, Kettle Falls and Wauconda.

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Sen. Smith raises over $90,000

More than two-thirds of incumbent Sen. John S. Smith’s more than $90,000 in campaign contributions have come from donors outside the 7th Legislative District.

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Bridgeport wins shootout

Bridgeport took a 1-0 win over Manson following a shootout in a Central Washington 2B League soccer match Oct. 19.

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Records fall at Oroville

Course records were set in both boys and girls varsity races during the Oroville Invitational on Oct. 19 at Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial Park.

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Repeal taxes in advisory measures

Year after year, the voters in our state approve an initiative requiring tax increases to either require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature or a majority of voters to raise taxes.

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Making the change from PC to mobile

Lately, the staff at The Chronicle has been talking a lot about technology. The roll out of our revamped website is just the beginning of what will eventually be major changes, not just for the immediate future, but for the long-term success of our company — and, not just for our paper, but for the entire print news industry.

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Voters to decide on tax increase

Voters living in the city of Omak will notice Proposition No. 1 on their general election ballots. The measure asks voters about imposing an additional 1/10th of 1 percent on taxable sales in the city. During the 2013 budget process, we came to the harsh realization that we need to reduce our general fund expenditures significantly.

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Beer headlines Oktoberfest

“Prost!” The German equivalent of “cheers,” accompanied by folks clinking beer steins together, rang out over and over again during the third and final weekend of Leavenworth’s Oktoberfest celebration.

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Rehab delayed for lake

Spectacle Lake, which appeared to be in line for rehabilitation this fall, will not be rehabilitated and its future is cloudy.

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Curlew, Republic sweep on road trip

Curlew swept Cusick, 3-2, and Selkirk, 3-1, on a volleyball road trip Oct. 19. Olivia Volluz pounded out nine kills in Curlew’s edging Selkirk 25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 25-15. Haleigh Gibson finished with 9 assists and 4 digs, Kailee Keenan with 4 digs and Lindsey Gibson with 2 aces.

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Bears bulk up in fall

With the arrival of autumn, Northwest residents are urged to take a few extra precautions if they live in or visit bear country.

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Sunday, October 20



Event celebrates its past, present

An event that started as a harvest festival for people to trade items needed for the winter and their household larders has evolved over the past 40 years into a regional event that draws thousands of people.

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Wednesday, October 16

     

Ol’ Crimson flies above Huskies

I’ve been following, with some amusement, the controversy over Ol’ Crimson’s appearance on last Saturday’s “College GameDay” show on ESPN.

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Tattoo ads are coming

The other night, I got sucked into a vortex of eBay shopping. Again. It happens from time to time. Although I rarely buy anything, I love to window shop. I’m always one bored moment away from starting a new and useless collection of something.

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Foundation gives to college

The Wenatchee Valley College Foundation is giving more than $400,000 to the college during the 2013-14 school year to benefit students, programs, faculty and staff on the Wenatchee and Omak campuses.

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Barbecue marks 100th Pateros class

To celebrate Bridgeport High School’s 100th graduating class this year, the FFA and music department will host a barbecue with live music from 6-7 p.m. today, Oct. 16 at the school, 1220 Kryger Ave.

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Community success stories focus on Okanogan

The Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship will showcase a variety of success stories when it convenes the fifth annual North-Central Washington Community Success Summit on Nov. 20 at Okanogan Middle School, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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Pateros School District seeks bond

The Pateros School District is asking voters to approve a $7.25 million bond in the Nov. 5 election that would help the district make building and safety improvements.

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Commando clan files complaint

A World-Famous Suicide Race owner and a jockey filed a complaint Oct. 10 in Colville Tribal court against the Owners and Jockeys Association.

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Hunters check big bucks at station

You might call it a case of beginner’s luck. Colby Peterson, 22, had never been hunting before until heading out into the Methow Valley woods for the opening weekend of modern firearms deer hunting season.

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Omak knocks off Quincy

Omak knocked off Quincy, 1-0, in a league match cut short Oct. 12 by an official due to harassment from a Jackrabbit fan.

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Rivers open to steelheading

The Methow and Okanogan rivers are among those opening Wednesday, Oct. 16, for hatchery steelhead. The opener also includes the upper Columbia, Wenatchee and Icicle rivers.

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Klemmeck leans into win

Liberty Bell’s Ben Klemmeck used a lean at the wire to take first place at the Quincy Invitational on Oct. 12. Klemmeck, a sophomore, finished in 16 minutes, 15.27 seconds. His time was second best in the state for three miles this year amongst 1B/2B runners.

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Initiative upholds right to decide

I support Initiative 517 because I am a strong believer in our initiative rights, which our state has had for over a century. Our right to initiative and petition our government is the most important tool we have to push back when government does things we don’t like.

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820- (2013-519 Oct. 16) NOTICE

(2013-519 Oct. 16) NOTICE The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) intends to chemically rehabilitate Spectacle Lake in Okanogan County with the aquatic pesticide rotenone during the week of October 28th through November 1st, 2013. Typically, lake rehabilitations only take one to three days to complete; however, treatments may take more time depending upon weather, equipment breakdowns, logistical constraints, and/or water quality conditions.

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Fire destroys Omak home

A local couple was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering burns from a house fire late Monday afternoon.

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Malo killer pleads guilty

A Malo man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Oct. 11 in Ferry County Superior Court, nearly a year after killing his stepfather.

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Omak Police seek Elks Lodge burglar

The Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a burglar who broke into the Elks Club and took an undisclosed amount of cash during the wee hours of Oct. 4.

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Trails remain open, camps close

Trails in the Okanogan and Colville national forests remain open during the federal government’s partial shutdown, but campgrounds and trailhead facilities are closed.

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Court dismisses suit

The lawsuit filed by Colville tribal members seeking distribution of the remaining half of a $193 million federal court settlement was dismissed last week.

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Dansel gets nod from us

Former 7th Legislative District Sen. Bob Morton was a fiercely independent leader. He brought his own ideas to the state Senate, even when it meant bucking the system, standing up to Western Washington and defying the Republican Party, of which he was a member.

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Bears prompt concerns

The Colville Confederated Tribes has posted “The Bear Facts” brochure on its website on the heels of a rash of bear complaints in town.

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Court may review ruling

The state’s highest court may reconsider a May ruling that upheld the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s ability to condemn state school trust lands to build a transmission line.

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Organizers delay park

Organizers of a proposed off-leash dog park have had to put groundbreaking ceremonies on hold for a while.

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City considers ambulance base

The City Council will discuss NorthWest Medstar’s interest in naming Anderson Field Airport as a designated air ambulance base during its next meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16.

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Brewster amends its road plan

The City Council amended Brewster’s six-year street plan in a special meeting last week to make room for projects with state grant funding.

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Dealership nears opening

Call it a comeback: A pre-owned car dealership moving in will have a new name, but the owner has been in business here before.

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Utah lawmaker headlines event

Utah state Rep. Ken Ivory will talk about regaining control of public lands during the Okanogan County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting Oct. 18.

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Mannikko will reign

Tiffany Mannikko will step into the Miss Omak Stampede boots during the organization’s annual banquet Nov. 16.

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Symposium honors author

A two-day symposium honoring the life and work of writer Christine Quintasket, known as Mourning Dove, will be Nov. 7-8.

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Sunday, October 13



Tigers play Dogs’ tough

CASHMERE – Tonasket played league-leading Cashmere tough, but the Bulldogs pulled out a 4-1 victory Oct. 8. “Overall, it was a decent played game against the No. 1 team, who has blown out most everyone else in league,” Tonasket coach Darren Collins said. “We played a tough defensive game.”

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Kodiaks trap Brewster at net

BREWSTER – Cascade remains undefeated this season after stopping Brewster 25-11, 25-11 and 25-15 on Oct. 8. “Cascade came out fired up and ready to play from the start of the match,” Brewster coach Marcy Boesel said.

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Speiker speeds to record

Sierra Speiker of Oroville was the talk of the Omak Invitational cross country meet Oct. 8 after producing the fastest three-mile time in the state. She holds the state’s best by a wide margin, roaring around the course in 17 minutes, 10 seconds. That’s 37 seconds faster than the next best state 3-mile time by any girl at any school.

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Grandpa keeps promise to skydive

Most people when they turn 18 think of high school graduation, attending college, getting a job or at least a celebratory dinner. Not so for the granddaughter of Okanogan’s Larry and Joanne Talmadge.

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Funding drops for area schools

Two-thirds of the school districts in Okanogan and Ferry counties are expecting a decline in per-student state funding this school year from years ago, despite the Legislature’s effort to begin complying with the McCleary decision.

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Candidates square off on wolves, budget

The 7th Legislative District Senate candidates traded barbs over wolves, the economy and politics Thursday at an Oroville Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Although Chamber President Clyde Andrews said it wasn’t a debate, both Sen. John Smith, R-Colville, and challenger Brian Dansel, R-Republic, were given 25 minutes to speak, along with opportunities for rebuttal.

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Hornets sting Lions

A 40-yard field goal by Dustin Nigg with 7 seconds to go lifted Oroville to a 30-27 victory over Liberty Bell.

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Program eyes improved reading

The Brewster Elementary School kicked off another year Oct. 1 with the volunteer-based Help One Student to Succeed reading program.

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Wednesday, October 9

 

Woman pleads guilty for saw blade at jail

A local woman has admitted trying to sneak a six-inch saw blade into the Okanogan County Jail. Emily Stokes, 26, pleaded guilty Oct. 3 in Okanogan County Superior Court to second-degree introducing contraband. She was sentenced to two months in jail.

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Changes will revamp site

The Chronicle launched its revamped website last week to a wide-ranging combination of rave reviews and downright complaints.

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Fighter flies to Russia

Lee Morrison of Okanogan leaves next week for a Mixed Martial Arts fight in Russia. Flying is nothing new for Morrison, but a professional fight in Russia certainly is.

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Fall means (cough) smoke

Fall is upon us. That means, on certain days, smelly smoke is upon us. I’m not talking about smoke from prescribed burns. It’s the smoke from fireplaces and wood-burning stoves that really gets me going.

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Locals fall into winter preparation ritual

Every year there are certain things that householders do as fall develops. Given the tendency of our climate to do things suddenly, sometimes it is hard to see a seasonal change appear.

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Area celebrates reopened mill

More than 100 community leaders and mill employees celebrated the much-anticipated reopening of the Omak Wood Products plywood mill Monday. Among the attendees was Gov. Jay Inslee, who touted the mill’s reopening as not just an important event for Okanogan County, but for the entire state.

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Police catch alleged robber

Residents of Okanogan County deserve a lot of the credit for helping police track down a man suspected of robbing Riverside Grocery last week.

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Partial shutdown expels hikers from trail

Pacific Crest Trail hikers will be streaming through the Okanogan Valley this week after being chased out of the Cascade Mountains by government officials and snow. Kellie Bolger of Oceanside, Calif., and Noleen Read of Cape Town, South Africa, met last spring on the Mojave portion of the trail in California.

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Agency approves permanent wolf rule

An emergency rule for taking lethal action against attacking wolves is now part of permanent state rules. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to its wildlife interaction rules Oct. 4.

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Mill’s opening boosts economy

The official reopening of the Omak Wood Products mill comes as welcome news for Okanogan County. This business will help revitalize the area’s economy, not just by providing a significant number of jobs at the plywood and veneer plant, but also in logging, shipping and dozens of other avenues that the manufacturing industry will lead into. The increased cash flow into the area will also benefit local shops, restaurants and the housing market.

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Federal lands blocked

North-Central Washington residents and visitors are running into barricades when trying to access publicly owned land managed by federal employees.

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Businesses ask city to set up tourism board

The Chamber of Commerce has asked the city to form a tourist advisory board. During the City Council’s Oct. 1 meeting, chamber President Clyde Andrews asked for the board and to have it develop application forms, evaluate criteria for weighing the tourism development benefit of proposed tourist tax expenditures and make annual recommendation for how the money should be spent.

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County releases budget forecast

Okanogan County is working on a proposed $52.6 million operating budget for 2014, and the commissioners have asked for across-the-board cuts. “As of today the commissioners asked Lanie (Johns, the board clerk) to send an email to all departments and sharpen their pencils because their ‘wish list’ is larger than the revenue,” Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy said on Monday.

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Family disputes cause of death

The aunt of a man who died Sept. 24 in the Colville Tribal Corrections Center said the family doesn’t believe he killed himself, as tribal police have said. Aaron J. Swan, 34, was found dead in a cleaning closet, tribal police Chief Cory J. Orr said. The Inchelium resident apparently hanged himself with a bed sheet.

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Construction delays traffic

Motorists can expect one-lane traffic and delays of up to 20 minutes this week on U.S. Highway 97 at the Cameron Lake/Armory Junction Road and Oak Street intersections.

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Chamber gains new officers

New leaders have taken the helm of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, after six members – including all four officers – announced their resignations in August. The new officers and another new member were appointed Oct. 1.

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Chronicle wins 16 awards

Chronicle staff members brought home five first-place awards from the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Better Newspaper Contest last Friday night. The Chronicle also earned third place for general excellence in its circulation size, which ranges from 5,001 subscribers to 12,750.

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Lions shine for grads

Liberty Bell’s defense kept the ball in the Mountain Lions’ hands en route to a 61-13 homecoming victory over Bridgeport on Oct. 4.

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Teams ‘Save 2nd Base’ in fundraiser

Company Creek Pizza from Chelan beat Mid-Valley Hospital in the championship game of the Save 2nd Base tournament Oct. 5-6 at The Plex. The inaugural 12-team tournament was produced by Bouncin’ for Boobies to benefit those fighting breast cancer.

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Pateros volleyball improves to 8-0

OROVILLE – Pateros, missing its setter and a middle hitter, slipped past Oroville 25-10, 12-25, 25-19 and 25-7 in a non-league match Oct. 5. “This match was a great test of our ability to adapt and overcome,” Pateros coach Gene Dowers said after his team improved to 8-0.

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Speiker runs state’s sixth best 5K

Oroville’s Sierra Speiker won the girls title at the Can Am Invitational on Oct. 5. Speiker, who is undefeated this year in search of her third state title, covered the 5K course in a personal best of 18 minutes, 11 seconds.

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Omak FFA guns down title at Odessa

The Omak Future Farmers of America No. 1 team put up the Top 3 scores and took first place against Odessa on Oct. 5. Omak hit 140 out of 150 birds, coach Gale Wilson said.

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Brewster shuts out Chelan

BREWSTER – Brewster’s soccer team’s defense pitched a shutout, 2-0, over Chelan on Oct. 5. Karina Guzman and Veronica Arrez each got goals for the Bears. Brewster only allowed 2 shots on goal by Chelan.

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Survivors take ‘Journey to Wellness’

For the seventh year, cancer survivors are invited to participate in a workshop this weekend at Sun Mountain Lodge, 604 Patterson Lake Road. The Cashmere-based EASE Cancer Foundation organizes the “Journey to Wellness” event, which this year will take place Oct. 11-12.

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All ethnicities sought for study

Volunteers of all ethnic backgrounds are sought for a multi-year cancer prevention study being done by the American Cancer Society. Sign-ups are Oct. 22 in Omak and Oct. 26 in Twisp.

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Sports teams show support

The Brewster Bears volleyball team will show support for breast cancer awareness tomorrow, Oct. 10, in their game against Cashmere, Athletic Director Greg Austin said. The girls will wear pink jerseys, and the officials and the Cashmere team may participate as well, he said.

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Borders honored by 4-H

Hazel Borders has been named Leader of the Year by the Ferry County 4-H Leaders’ Council. She was chosen for her dedication to the 4-H program. She has been a 4-H leader in the North Ferry 4-H Club for 33 years.

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Omak lines up Halloween events

The city’s Festival Committee has a full slate of events lined up for Halloween, starting with the Harvest or Halloween Home and Business Decorating Contest.

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Auditions set for ‘Wizard’

Auditions for the May production of “The Wizard of Oz” will be Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St. Performances of the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus show will be May 2-4 and May 9-11.

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Needing a helping hand

With winter fast approaching, a local non-profit horse rescue shelter is getting desperate to stockpile enough hay for the season. The Nourishing Hand will need approximately 50 tons of hay to feed nearly two dozen rescued horses and cattle for the winter, owner Janice Andrew said.

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Health care site suffers overload

When online enrollment began Tuesday for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, people locally and across the country reported overloaded websites and failed attempts to sign up. The state’s health exchange site, wahealthplanfinder.org, was overhelmed and went down for a time.

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Two races now uncontested

Two races in Okanogan County are now uncontested, and the auditor’s office said the Twisp Town Council and Nespelem School Board will have to decide how to proceed if the candidate who can no longer serve still wins.

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Tonasket woman’s bequest helps animal shelter

The estate of Tonasket resident Marjorie Harper has given $125,000 to SpokAnimal CARE for its animal shelter services. Harper’s executor, Gerald Oakes, his wife Peg and daughter Michelle presented the donation to SpokAnimal Executive Director Gail Mackie last week at the Dawg House, which kennels adoptable dogs.

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Four vie for fair spots

Four candidates are vying for two open positions on the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, also known as the fair board.

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Okanogan gets past Pioneers

OMAK – Okanogan High School made two first-half goals stand up in a 2-0 win over Omak on Oct. 1. “We were able to put pressure on them and got many shots on goal, but had a tough time scoring,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “Defensively, we played well and didn’t allow them to get many shots on goal.”

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Omak sweeps ’Dogs

OMAK – Omak pounded Okanogan into submission, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-14, in a Caribou Trail League match Oct. 1. “I’m proud of the way the girls worked together,” Omak coach Brittney Richter said.

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Digital service liked

The way high school teams use video to prepare for opponents continues to change. The most change involves hudl.com, which takes digital video and makes it available online to other coaches, players and fans.

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After-school programs enrich education

For hundreds of students across North-Central Washington, their school day doesn’t end when the final bell rings. After-school programs, typically funded by 21st Century and GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grants, offer homework help and enrichment activities.

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Test planned for voting equipment

A logic and accuracy test will be conducted on the Okanogan County voting equipment at 10 a.m. Oct. 15 in the County Auditor’s Office, 149 N. Third Ave., No. 105.

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Finley seeks national post

Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley is running for the first vice president post with the National Conference of American Indians.

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County postpones trailhead decision

The Okanogan County commissioners have postponed further decisions on the details of selling nearly 100 acres of land near Whistler Canyon until their Oct. 7 meeting.

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Dam remains focal point

As the Okanogan County Public Utility District prepares for several public hearings on the proposed $61.7 million 2014 budget, development of Enloe Dam is still a sticking point. One local resident appeared Sept. 24 at the utility’s first budget hearing to question the utility’s continued funding of the project.

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Mill prepares for long-awaited reopening

After years of hope and anticipation, the Omak Wood Products mill is on the verge of peeling logs once again. The mill at 1100 E. Eighth Ave. will host a private grand opening ceremony at 11 a.m., Oct. 7.

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Wildlife rules face possible changes

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday to consider changing its wildlife interaction rules, which could mean a permanent rule allowing local ranchers to take lethal action in wolf attacks.

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Feds probe wolf killing

A federal investigation has been launched after a hunter self-reported shooting and killing a gray wolf Sept. 20 in the Pasayten Wilderness. Because the killing occurred in the portion of Okanogan County where wolves are federally protected as endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is acting as the principal investigating agency.

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Man robs Riverside Grocery

A “stocky, believed-to-be Hispanic” man is being sought by Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputies in connection with Monday’s strong-arm robbery of Riverside Grocery.

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Food contents should be known

Washington residents will make their voices heard next month on Initiative 522, which would require food producers to label food that contains genetically modified organisms.

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Failing the budget test

For the past week I’ve been writing this column in my head. I originally plotted out — paragraph by paragraph — my tale of conquer over the SNAP Challenge.

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Grow the economy through trade

With one in three jobs in our home state of Washington dependent on trade, there is no question that there is a strong demand across the globe for the top-quality products generated by our farmers, manufacturers and service providers. It also means that our economy is especially reliant on holding our trading partners accountable for fair policies that place U.S. businesses on a level playing field.

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Agencies prepare income survey

A wage and income survey has been distributed to more than 3,600 residents within the boundaries of Okanogan Douglas Hospital District No. 1 (Three Rivers Hospital), Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 and the city of Pateros.

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State groups host farming discussions

The state Conservation Commission and the Office of Farmland Preservation will be hosting a discussion on the future of farming in the state Oct. 3 at City Hall, 120 Third Ave. N.

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Markets still going strong

Some farmers markets around Okanogan County have closed for the season, but there’s still a few weeks left to stock up on locally grown produce in several towns. The Methow Valley Farmers Market, 201 state Highway 20 S., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 26, organizer Richard Murray said.

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Restoration shop settles into Omak

Nearly a year after purchasing the building at 602 Omak Ave., a local family has finally gotten its restoration and upholstery business up and running.

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Minimum wage goes up 13 cents

Washington’s minimum wage will increase to $9.32 per hour starting Jan. 1, 2014. The state Department of Labor and Industries calculates the minimum wage each year as required by Initiative 688, approved by Washington voters in 1998.

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Tribe pushes ‘buy local’ campaign

The Northwest Native Development fund has been awarded the 2013 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Business and Opportunity Grant for a “buy local” campaign and the establishment of a “virtual mall.”

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Contract awarded to Texas company

The Bureau of Reclamation awarded a $2.5 million contract to conduct asbestos abatement work at the Grand Coulee Power Office and as the Hungry Horse Power Office in Montana. The contract was awarded to Modecor Corp. of Dallas, Texas, on Sept. 16.

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Teachers named for state group

Three area teachers were recently selected to be a part of the State Educators Network, which will assist in the transition to the new Common Core standards and accom-panying tests.

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4-H program plans events

Ferry County 4-H plans to celebrate National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12, with participating in the organization’s National You Science Day on Oct. 9.

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Air Force sergeant finishes training

Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric J. Pulkinen has graduated from the Air Force Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. His wife, Rebecca, is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Roullier of Tonasket.

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Omak knocks down Cashmere

CASHMERE – Omak improved to 3-2 in Caribou Trail League play by knocking off Cashmere, 3-0, on Sept. 28. The Pioneers prevailed 25-20, 25-14 and 25-14.

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Injury bug strikes Liberty Bell booters

WINTHROP – Warden eked out a win against Liberty Bell, 2-1, in a non-league soccer match Sept. 28. “It was a well-played match by both teams,” Liberty Bell coach Mike Wilson said. “End-to-end action. All three goals were made off set pieces and those decided the match.”

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Barrel racers nab four titles, saddles

Okanogan-Ferry County barrel racers snared half of the saddles awarded at the National Barrel Horse Association Finals on Sept. 20-22. “This year we had the largest group competing from our district,” NBHA WA02 District Director Rhonda Colbert said. “It was amazing to see how many of our group were able to place and receive checks and prizes.”

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Omak teams place well

The Omak FFA trapshoot No. 1 team topped Sequim, 127-122, for first place Sept. 28. The weather for the match was “only good for ducks,” coach Gale Wilson said, who said Omak weathered the rain and cold to take first, third and sixth at the eight-team meet.

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Okanogan tames Tigers, 35-14

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan High School football team improved to 3-0 by knocking off stubborn Tonasket, 35-14, in a Sept. 27 Caribou Trail League game. “Penalties hurt us — drive-stalling penalties. We just have to clean up our penalties,” Okanogan coach Erick Judd said of the game that was close until the fourth quarter.

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Scientists gather for Fossil Day in Republic

Scientists from all over the country and into Canada will join to help Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site celebrate National Fossil Day. The event, set for Oct. 9-14, will include painting a geologic timeline on part of Kean Street, scientific presentations and hands-on activities designed by the scientists.

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African music featured

Ghanaian-American pianist William Chapman Nyaho will perform a recital, “Music by Composers of African Descent,” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at the music studio of Roz Nau, 42 E. Winesap St.

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Not ready for the cold

“Are you at your computer? Go to the Department of Transportation webcams and look at Mount Rainier,” said the voice on the phone.

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