Farmers market to open
OKANOGAN — The Okanogan Valley Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday morning.
Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Legion Park on North Second Avenue.
Opening day will feature live music, an espresso stand and a variety of plant starts, baked goods and crafts, spokesman Rick DeLap said. Some early greens also might be offered.
Parking is available at the north end next to the Okanogan Fire Hall Museum, 1410 N. Second Ave., at the south next to the Okanogan Legion Hall, 860 N. Second Ave., and across the street at the Okanogan County Public Utility District headquarters, 1331 N. Second Ave.
The Okanogan Valley Farmers Market site in Omak’s Civic League Park will open in June. The Methow Valley Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow St., Twisp.
Alliance surveys businesses
OMAK — The Economic Alliance is surveying small businesses in Okanogan County.
Along with basic information about business size, type and ownership, the survey asks questions about employee retention, access to financing, government permitting and regulations, shoplifting and theft, worker skills, wage and benefit costs, market change, business planning, advertising, interest in business seminars and other topics.
During last Wednesday’s meeting, the group heard about business financing from Umpqua Bank’s Brewster Manager Coleen Couch and North Cascades Bank Okanogan Vice President and Loan Officer Jeff Brender.
The alliance will give a June presentation to the county about the .09 infrastructure fund.
The board’s next meeting, set for May 28, will include a presentation about Kinross Gold.
Chamber elects officers
BRIDGEPORT – Officers have been elected to serve on the newly revived Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce.
Mario Martinez is president, Hugo Martinez is vice-president, Marilynn Lynn is treasurer and Amparito Martinez is secretary. Scott Wright and Ron Lewis are at-large board members.
As of last week, the chamber had about a dozen members, Lynn said.
Glacier reports record income
KALISPELL, Mont. – Glacier Bancorp, parent company of North Cascades Bank, has announced an all-time record net income of $26.7 million for the current quarter.
That’s an increase of 29 percent from the prior year’s first quarter.
North Cascades Bank has branches in Brewster, Grand Coulee, Okanogan, Omak and Twisp.