Even before Brewster High School senior Ana Bohorquez was crowned homecoming queen, she knew she had it in the bag. “Everybody would tell her, ‘You’re the queen, you’re the queen,’” fellow senior and homecoming king Adrian Urias said.September 29, 2013 midnight read more..
OMAK – The Omak High School volleyball team blanked Tonasket, 3-0, in a Caribou Trail League match Sept. 24. “We were able to work on running a quicker offense,” Omak coach Brittney Richter said after winning 25-8, 25-12 and 25-10. “The girls kept their momentum going and played pretty consistent throughout each set.”September 29, 2013 midnight read more..
A local man has earned the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for helping an injured co-worker who overturned his all-terrain vehicle this summer. Jose Diaz, who works for Pateros-based AgriMACS in Richland, was one of 40 men and women around the state to receive the honor this week from the state Department of Labor and Industries.September 29, 2013 midnight read more..
OMAK – Tonasket shut out Omak, 5-0, in a Caribou Trail League soccer match Sept. 24. “Tonasket outplayed us,” Omak coach Chris Werner said. “We went out and played a very sloppy first half and it put us in a hole. Mental mistakes mainly. These are things we can fix.”September 29, 2013 midnight read more..
Ferry County has been scolded by the Washington State Auditor’s Office for making purchases that didn’t comply with federal rules for school and road program funds. The auditor questioned $23,692 in expenditures of U.S. Forest Service funds passed to the county through the state treasurer during 2012. The report and finding were released last week.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Citing safety concerns for its firefighters, Okanogan County Fire District No. 6 plans to ask voters next year for a levy lid lift to build a new station in town. Chief Don Waller said the district just hired an architect last month, so design work hasn’t begun yet. A lid lift amount is still to be determined, as well.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
The City Council has approved the annexation of several parcels to the south end of town. During its Sept. 17 meeting, the council accepted the proposal of Caribou Trail LLC, represented by Bonnie Rawson, to annex six parcels, totaling 7.35 acres, plus a portion of state Highway 20 running alongside the parcels.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
A search and rescue case originally reported as a woman with a broken ankle who managed to hobble to safety with the help of other hikers turned out to be a full-fledged rescue with the injured woman getting a piggy-back ride from a deputy.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
In this age of highly divisive political debates, intimidation is becoming more prevalent. And in recent years’ state elections, more and more voters are complaining about intimidation. Initiative 517, on the ballot in the Nov. 5 general election, would take some small steps to help curtail intimidation, and at the same time protect the voters’ right to initiative guaranteed in the state constitution.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
A local home was damaged Tuesday morning in a chimney fire, according to the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office. County emergency management officer Scott Miller said the tenant, Carrie Luther, was able to safely get out of the house at 2586 state Highway 20.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
A local teenager was arrested Sept. 17 on suspicion of stealing a gun, identification and credit card from an off-duty police officer. Cheyenne R. Lezard, 18, was charged Sept. 20 in Okanogan County Superior Court with theft of a firearm, second-degree theft-access device and second-degree vehicle prowling. As of Sept. 20, she remained in jail.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Authorities are investigating a theft of more than 30 weapons from a Bridgeport home. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is requesting the public’s help in solving a burglary that happened Aug. 22 that resulted in 32 guns being stolen. Most of the guns were rare, custom or unique.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Wildlife officials and area residents will meet Thursday to discuss a wide range of topics affecting North-Central Washington. The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is hosting the roundtable meeting from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Columbia Cove Recreation building, 508 W. Cliff Ave.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act begins next week, and although the state has answers, there are still some major question marks. “Will it work? I don’t think any of us know,” said Carolyn Smith with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Clayton Hill has resigned from the Town Council and will soon leave his job as Okanogan County deputy prosecuting attorney for a new job in Olympia. Hill, 37, has been hired as staff counsel for the state Republican House Caucus. He has worked for Okanogan County for more than three years, he said.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
Unemployment in Okanogan County dipped to 6.5 percent in July, but state and local officials expect that number to go back up as harvest season draws to a close. “It’s always hard to predict, because Okanogan County is so heavily agricultural-based,” regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said of the winter shift in unemployment, which hit 12.5 percent in early 2013. “Unfortunately, I don’t see any change in that.”September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
The city has elected not to be part of the mosquito control district being formed in the Omak-Okanogan area. “Basically, the city of Brewster doesn’t have a mosquito problem,” Clerk/Treasurer Misty Ruiz said. The council made its decision during the Sept. 11 meeting.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
All businesses must change with the times. And The Chronicle is no exception. Don’t panic. You’re still going to get the award-winning local news coverage, photographs and local advertising that you’re accustomed to. And no, our print edition is not going away anytime soon.September 25, 2013 midnight read more..
MANSON – A young, shorthanded Brewster High School soccer team failed to advance past the opening round of the postseason, falling 3-1 to Manson on May 4 in the 1A/2B District 6/7 tournament. “We don’t have an excuse,” Brewster coach Ernie Santos said.September 24, 2013 12:08 p.m. read more..
NIGHTHAWK — The state Department of Ecology and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management tested water samples from the Similkameen River last week to determine if a coal spill in Canada will have any impact on local waters.September 24, 2013 9:52 a.m. read more..
OMAK - Okanogan County tax foreclosure notices for 2013 have been published by The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.September 19, 2013 noon read more..
Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife officials’ ears must be burning. Many area residents are talking about catching them in the act of trying to change wolf-kill rules in violation of an agreement made to pass a law giving the agency more money through license plate sales.September 18, 2013 midnight read more..
On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. This month marks the 226th anniversary of this landmark moment in American history when our founding fathers gathered together to form “a more perfect Union.”September 18, 2013 midnight read more..
LEAVENWORTH – Completion of a new bridge over Drury Canyon Creek in Tumwater Canyon Friday, Sept. 13, marked the end of a seven-day closure of 15 miles of state Highway 2 between Leavenworth and state route 207.September 17, 2013 1:46 p.m. read more..
OKANOGAN - A local middle school student recently used her birthday as an opportunity to raise money for the Okanogan County Animal Foster Care Association.September 12, 2013 noon read more..
The Brewster High School Class of 1973 recently celebrated its 40-year reunion with 19 graduates in attendance. A potluck and barbecue were hosted by David and Jinx Freels, where classmates enjoyed old photos, reminisced and read class wills and prophecies.September 4, 2013 5:02 p.m. read more..
To help newborns come into the world as painlessly as possible, Three Rivers Hospital staff has been practicing what to do when a baby’s shoulder is hurt during delivery. An emergency response simulation was conducted Aug. 19, training for a rare condition known as shoulder dystocia.September 4, 2013 5 p.m. read more..
Okanogan County’s first Firewise Community will be dedicated at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the intersection of Chiliwist and North Star roads. A potluck is planned, Okanogan Conservation District Education and Outreach Coordinator Kirsten Cook said.September 4, 2013 4:51 p.m. read more..
WINTHROP – All types of vintage wheels will be on display this Saturday during the 38th annual Winthrop Auto Show. The Sept. 7 show, previously the Winthrop Auto Rallye, will include vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, trailers, bicycles and pedal cars.September 4, 2013 9:52 a.m. read more..
The “Grand Coulee to Grunge” exhibit, featuring eight stories that changed the world including construction of Grand Coulee Dam, opens Sept. 4 at the State Capitol. The Office of Secretary of State exhibit celebrates Washington’s great triumphs, from the dam to the Boeing Co. to Starbucks.September 4, 2013 9:48 a.m. read more..
REPUBLIC – Twamley captured first in both heat races and the main at the Flip Hougland and Buck Strauch Memorial. The season wraps up with season championship Saturday, Sept. 14, with racing starting at an early 2 p.m. at the Republic raceway.September 4, 2013 9:47 a.m. read more..