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News Briefs- April 2, 2014

Health issue causes two-vehicle crash

BREWSTER — A local woman was injured Friday when her car collided with a pickup truck a mile south of town on state Highway 173.

Betty J. Browning, 56, was taken by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital, the Washington State Patrol said.

She was southbound at 12:35 p.m. when her vehicle crossed into the northbound lane and hit the truck, driven by Bridgeport resident Esteban C. Camacho, 71. He was not injured.

After impact, Browning’s vehicle hit a guardrail and came to rest facing south in the northbound lane. Camacho’s truck came to rest on the northbound shoulder, the State Patrol reported.

The patrol attributed the crash to a medical cause and said the crash is under investigation. No drugs or alcohol were involved. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

State plans burns

LOOMIS – The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is conducting a controlled burn of 956 acres in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area.

The agency is also planning a burn starting today in the Sherman Creek Wildlife Area in Ferry County.

“It’s not a question of whether we’ll have fires on these lands in the future, but rather the degree to which we can reduce the damage they cause,” agency fuels manager Tom Leuschen said.

The Sherman Creek burn involves at least five areas, ranging from 13 to 170 acres between Highway 20 and Lake Roosevelt.

Resident circulates recall petition

BRIDGEPORT – Resident Michael Knox had gathered 15 signatures as of Monday afternoon on his petition regarding the potential recall of Mayor Marilynn Lynn.

From March 27 he had 180 days to collect signatures from at least 85 people who voted in the 2011 mayoral election.

Knox said he hopes to have all the signatures within two or three weeks.

The petition is only to place a measure on a special election ballot asking if Lynn should be recalled – it’s not a petition to recall Lynn, he has said.

Omak may hire temporary officer

OMAK — The Omak Civil Service Commission has authorized the police department to hire a temporary officer to fill a vacancy.

In its meeting March 20, the board agreed to let Chief Larry Schreckengast hire someone to fill the position vacated by Michael Morrison, who left earlier in the month to take a job with the Chelan County Sheriff’s Office.

The temporary officer would work for up to six months until a permanent officer can be hired.

Twisp to host free job fair this week

TWISP — The Methow Valley Job and Resource Fair will be Thursday at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow Valley Highway.

The free event will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Along with the fair, organizers plan a resume-building workshop from 3-5 p.m. today at Liberty Bell High School, 24 Twin Lakes Road, Winthrop, and a workshop on applying for federal jobs from 6-8:30 p.m. at the school. Space is limited; pre-registration is requested by calling Alison Gillette at TwispWorks, 509-997-3300.

Chronicle names Hires ad consultant

OMAK – Tonasket area resident Brock Hires has been named classified advertising consultant at The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

Hires, 23, has been assisting newspaper readers with placing classified advertising in The Chronicle’s print and Web products since Jan. 29.

“So far, it’s a lot of fun,” Hires said, noting he particularly enjoys working with advertisers to get their message out to area residents.

“Hires is a solid addition to our newspaper family,” Publisher Roger Harnack said.

Hires and his wife, Adeena Hires, are lifelong residents of the Tonasket area.

– The Chronicle

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