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April 16, 2014- News Briefs

Hospital committee plans first meeting

OKANOGAN – The first joint hospital committee meeting is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. April 30 in the Okanogan County commissioners’ hearing room at the Grainger administration building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

A list of confirmed committee members hasn’t been established yet, but an agenda sent out to local health care officials suggests CEOs and board chairmen and vice-chairs from Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, North Valley Hospital in Tonasket and Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster, along with community members and doctors.

Others who signed up include Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy, LifeLine Ambulance General Manager Wayne Walker, Douglas-Okanogan County Fire District 15 EMS Director Tonya Vallance, Okanogan County Public Health Community Health Director Lauri Jones and mental health professional Tenzin Denison of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare.

Agenda items include identifying objectives, setting meeting dates, collecting contact information for committee members and reviewing information that could lead to consolidation.

Spring burning to start in Fawn Creek

WINTHROP – The Methow Valley Ranger District may be about one week away from starting spring burning, Assistant Fire Management Officer Meg Trebon said last week.

“It appears that the units in the Fawn Creek area will be the first to be snow-free and accessible,” she said.

Spring prescribed burning treatments are planned northwest of town near Eightmile Creek and Fawn Creek; West of Twisp near Little Bridge Creek; and west of Methow in the McFarland Creek and Squaw Creek drainages.

Tonasket Ranger District has also planned prescribed burning treatments in the Mt. Annie and the Lyman Lake areas; both southeast of Tonasket, as well as the Mutton area north of Conconully and the North Flank project area near Havillah.

Area residents are warned they may see smoke during the treatments, which are intended to cut down on the risk of wildfire during the summer months.

Mom pulls students after gun incident

NESPELEM — A local woman has moved her children to schools in the Grand Coulee Dam School District after an alleged pellet gun incident in the local school.

Charity Carson last week moved her children after claiming her 9-year-old and 13-year-old children were threatened by another student while riding home on the school bus.

Nespelem School District Superintendent John Adkins has not released any information on the incident, citing rules requiring confidentiality until an investigation is completed.

The alleged assailant was not expelled as required by school district policy, Carson said.

Bridgeport skips animal cruelty rules

BRIDGEPORT – After considering a proposed animal cruelty ordinance or an amendment to its current city code, the City Council opted last week not to take action.

“It was brought to light that the city already has an animal cruelty ordinance, BMC 9.32, so no action was needed/taken,” City Clerk Karen Brown said.

The recommendation was made last month by animal control officer Bill Zweigle, who reported seeing a number of dogs being kept outside in the winter with inadequate shelter or water bowls frozen over.

The next council meeting is slated for 7 p.m. April 23 at City Hall, 1206 Columbia Ave.

Crime victims meeting set for April 22

OKANOGAN — A meeting about services for victims of crime will be at 2 p.m. April 22 in the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

Support Center Executive Director Margo Amelong will host the meeting.

Topics include crime victim services, a review of the past sixth months, areas where services are lacking and steps being taken to expand services, ongoing provision of services, advocacy services and so on.

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