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April 23, 2014- News Briefs

Bridgeport council meets

BRIDGEPORT – The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 1206 Columbia Ave.

According to a tentative agenda, the council will consider approving rates for the community swimming pool at Berryman Park as well as a contract with Armada Corp. for utility collections services.


Commissioners go to Pend Oreille

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County commissioners plan to attend a Quad County Commission meeting at 10 a.m. Friday at the Pend Oreille County Courthouse, 625 W. Fourth St., Newport.


Weed board to meet tomorrow

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Noxious Weed Board will meet at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.


Area drug ‘take back’ events planned

OMAK — Several area police agencies are participating in a prescription drug “take back” event Saturday.

The Omak, Oroville and Twisp police departments and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration are giving the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Since 2010, 339 pounds of unused or expired medications have been collected in Okanogan County at take-back events and sites.

Saturday’s take-back events are anonymous. Vitamins, prescription drugs, inhalers, patches, over-the-counter medications, and medicated ointments or lotions can be dropped at the Omak Police Department, 8 N. Ash St.; Oroville Police Department, 1304 Ironwood St., and Twisp Police Department, 118 S. Glover St.


Power outage planned for Tonasket

TONASKET – A six-hour power outage is scheduled for Friday morning so Okanogan County Public Utility District crews can perform maintenance on optical fiber infrastructure.

“During this time period, all traffic to Tonasket Nortons Knob, AP30035 (Double AP Wi-Fi site just north of Tonasket), and AP30036 (near Tonasket Airport), and fiber connectivity to Ellisforde Pickens Mountain will be interrupted,” the utility website said.

The work is planned to last about three hours, but the outage will be from 12:01 a.m. to about 6 a.m. to deal with any unexpected issues.

Another outage is planned for May 2 in Okanogan.


Tribe gets Reclamation security job

GRAND COULEE — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has awarded a $697,000 contract to the Colville Confederated Tribes for security and law enforcement services at Grand Coulee Dam.

The tribe will provide services on Reclamation lands and facilities on the east side of the Columbia River, including the Third Powerplant, Downriver Trail and dam tour building.

Services began April 1.

The contract allows the tribe to assist Reclamation’s Security Response Force in emergencies and complements an existing law enforcement contract Reclamation has with the city of Grand Coulee, the Bureau said.


Board seeks input on school buildings

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is seeking comments on how to proceed with a proposal to add space to all three of the district’s school buildings.

In February, voters defeated a $6 million bond issue request to pay for additions to the elementary, middle and high schools, replace the alternative/outreach school building and make improvements to the sports complex.

The measure needed a 60 percent yes vote, but garnered 54.4 percent. The board has not taken action to run another request in August, Superintendent Paul Turner said.


Trail ribbon-cutting ceremony on tap

CURLEW — A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at the east end of the Curlew Lake trestle on the Ferry County Rail Trail.

The ceremony marks completion of a trestle decking project.

Ferry County Rail Trail Partners and the Ferry County Rail Corridor Committee announced the opening.

“This project represents the culmination of several years of planning and effort by local, state and federal agencies and volunteers who are working together to improve the Ferry County Rail Trail,” the groups said.


Brewster police seek grant for new car

BREWSTER – The Brewster Police Department has applied for $35,000 in federal funding, a grant and loan combination, to purchase another patrol vehicle.

“This is nothing more than a plain state bid patrol vehicle without any ‘bells and whistles,’ Chief Ron Oules said. “Patrol vehicles cost that much or more to have them fully outfitted and operational. If we did not get a state bid price for the vehicle the cost would be substantially more.”

He said the city hasn’t heard yet if the funding has been awarded. If it is, the city will purchase a full-size, four-door vehicle. Oules said the cheapest option is a Dodge Charger.


Prescribed burn to begin at Fawn Creek

WINTHROP – The Methow Valley Ranger District planned to start spring prescribed burning Tuesday on 20 acres along West Fawn Creek Road.

The burning treatment would last one day, according to Assistant Fire Management Officer Meg Trebon.

The area had been slated for treatment last week, but plans were canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions.

Other areas earmarked for treatments this spring include northwest of town near Eightmile 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 Mount Annie and the Lyman Lake areas, both southeast of Tonasket, as well as the Mutton area north of Conconully and the North Flank area near Havillah.


Conservation easement party planned

RIVERSIDE – A celebration of the Scanlon Lake conservation easement is planned for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 4.

The property is in the Lime Belt area.

The Okanogan Land Trust event features tours of the property from 10 a.m. to noon, a lunch from noon to 1 p.m., a presentation from 12:30-1 p.m. and more tours from 1-3 p.m.

The property is owned by Phil Bennett.


Omak man arrested for sex with teen

NESPELEM – An Omak man was arrested by the Colville Tribal Police Department Thursday on suspicion of rape.

Franklin G Lambert, 42, is alleged to have been in a consensual sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl, tribal police Cmdr. Tom Holsworth said.

“The case is under further investigation and will be forwarded to the FBI for their review,” he said. “Lambert could face federal charges for statutory rape as well.”


Snow-clearing proceeds on highway

MAZAMA – At the end of last week, state Department of Transportation crews had cleared snow from North Cascades Highway past the first three avalanche chutes on Liberty Bell Mountain.

By Friday crews reached milepost 163, about a half-mile below Washington Pass, according to the Department of Transportation. On the westside, snow-clearing crews reached milepost 154 about three miles from Rainy Pass.

The highway is still slated for a mid-May opening.


Area man arrested in arson case

NESPELEM – A man from the Coulee Dam-Nespelem area has been arrested for arson and attempted homicide.

Mylan Williams, 35, was arrested by the Colville Tribal Police Department on April 11.

He is suspected of setting fire to a house at 1131 Tilmus St., Coulee Dam, on Aug. 1, 2013, while the house was occupied, Cmdr. Tom Holsworth said.

The occupant escaped unharmed.

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