Stories for June 2014


Monday, June 30

Sunday, June 29

Saturday, June 28

Wednesday, June 25


Have a fun, safe Fourth of July

The city of Omak and the Colville Confederated Tribes have a smart, and safe, answer: East Side Park in Omak. The park lies on the reservation, and is subject to reservation law.

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Tuesday, June 24

Wednesday, June 18


County goes ahead with ATV proposal

Most county roads on the Colville Indian Reservation are being removed from the list of roads on which ATVs will be allowed, but otherwise the commissioners are going ahead with plans to open up all roads with speed limits of 35 mph or less.

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Allow ATVs on more roads

Okanogan County commissioners Ray Campbell, Sheila Kennedy and Jim DeTro heard from the public, tribal officials and so-called environmentalist groups Monday on plans to open more roads for ATV use.

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Business district needs you now

With downtown Omak seemingly under endless construction the last couple months, business operators are beginning to worry about their finances.

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Tuesday, June 17


Monday, June 16


Sunday, June 15


‘Bear Aware’ talk planned

People can learn how to be “bear aware” during an informational session today in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area between Loomis and Conconully.

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Avengers take first

The Avengers edged the Febreeze Brothers, 20-19, in the finals of the boys high school 3-on-3 game June 6 during Bridgeport Daze.

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Sailing through summer

Children looking for something to help them sail through the summer doldrums will find a variety of camps at which they can hone their music, drama, cooking and general camping skills.

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Kinross pursues water use change

A subsidiary of Kinross recently announced plans to modify its existing water right agreement to support exploratory activity in the Okanogan Highlands.

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Friday, June 13


Thursday, June 12

Wednesday, June 11


Fisherman still missing on Columbia

Colleen L. Gillogly knows her common-law husband of 10 years likely is dead, but she’s hoping his body is found soon so she can bring closure to the boating mishap that overturned her world.

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Despite nearby lawsuit, Omak stands by pot law

One hopeful marijuana retailer has pre-emptively sued the city of Wenatchee over its business license laws, but Omak plans to remain steadfast in defending a similar ordinance should anyone take legal action.

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Flag should be protected

June 14th commemorates “Flag Day,” a day when millions of Americans, schools, government buildings, businesses, and grave sites will display the symbol that captures the spirit of American ideals and freedoms – the American flag.

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Fire District may hike tax

Okanogan County Fire District 6 may ask voters in November to approve a $2.4 million, 20-year levy lid lift to build a new fire station to replace one the district says is rife with safety issues.

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Officers leave Coulee hospital

Following the change in Coulee Medical Center’s top manager last month, three more high-level executives will be leaving the hospital, Interim Chief Executive Officer Debbie Bigelow announced.

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Pateros may expand business district

The city may turn an unused landfill into a commercial and recreational area on Starr Road, about two miles south of town, and it has already generated some interest from business owners.

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Republic digs in for Prospectors

The town’s annual celebration, Prospectors’ Days, begins Friday and will continue through the weekend with a bevy of activities from bingo to music and from a fun run to a softball tournament.

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Flag Day centennial set

The community is gearing up to celebrate the 100th year of Flag Day celebrations at the Wauconda Community Hall on Saturday.

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Play Days set

The Chamber of Commerce is upping the ante for activities this year at the annual Play Days festival.

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Pridefest returns Sunday

With signature rainbow-colored flags and outfits, games and even a drag queen competition, the Methow Valley Pridefest makes its return Sunday.

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Oroville offers camp

State Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Thacker will be part of the staff coaching at an Oroville Summer Basketball Camp on June 16-20.

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County Ruthers play in Ephrata

A bevy of Okanogan County baseball players dot the rosters of three teams competing under the auspices of the Columbia Basin River Dogs this summer.

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Star fundraiser set

A fundraiser for the Washington State Nashville Country Star program will be at 5 p.m. June 21 at the Okanogan Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.

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Art abounds in downtown Omak

Art will abound downtown during the annual Omak Kiwanis Art in the Park event, which is being joined by Paint the Town and a “Chair-ity” auction.

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Show reunites ’70s boogie band

A band that was a hot West Coast draw during the 1970s and ‘80s will offer a reunion concert Saturday in the former Fletcher’s Key building, 120 Pine St.

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Tuesday, June 10

Monday, June 9

Hang with Jack Black? Yes, you can

One lunch charity raffle winner will be able hang out with famous Hollywood actor and musician Jack Black this month, and at the same time help support the proposed Tonasket Water Ranch and Pool Project.

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Sunday, June 8

Years of practice produce top marks

Area athletes spend years of sweating through practices to reach state competitions. But there is a lot of unseen effort by athletes, coaches and parents to get them onto the awards podium.

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Friday, June 6


Thursday, June 5


Wednesday, June 4


Terris, Hendrick nab second place

The doubles tennis team of Trevor Terris and Brian Hendrick of Tonasket, both seniors, finished second at the state 1B/2B/1A tournament Friday and Saturday at West Valley High School.

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Local man sues Stampede, security firm

An Omak man is seeking unspecified damages from Phoenix Protective Corp. and the Omak Stampede while alleging he was roughed up and his civil rights were violated after last year’s Saturday night rodeo.

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Free fishing arrives

This weekend will be a Free Fishing Weekend, thanks to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife. Licenses will not be required for those two days to fish or gather shellfish in any waters open for fishing in the state.

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Flying high

Francis Marchand of Omak finished second in saddle bronc riding at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on Friday and Saturday.

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Tonasket celebrates

Hundreds of spectators ventured to town last weekend for a variety of events during the annual Founders Day celebration.

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Look to private sector to cut emissions

President Obama is expected to announce a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants – the nation’s single largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won’t hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

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Grads: Seize opportunity

The month of June brings a stream of graduation ceremonies and festivities. It is truly a rewarding and exciting time for graduates and their families as personal struggles are overcome and goals are reached.

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Fingerprinting is not the answer

Several years ago, banks started implementing policies requiring a fingerprint to cash a check. I balked. Rather than cash a check at the bank it was written on, I started depositing all checks into my account at the bank I chose to do business with.

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Tuesday, June 3


Monday, June 2

Sunday, June 1

A century of achievement

Today, Bridgeport High School celebrates a century of graduations. Since September, the school has reached out to alumni to include in various events, from homecoming to a barbecue and today’s commencement ceremony, scheduled for 1 p.m. at the high school, 1220 Kryger Ave.

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Kinross pulls drilling project

Legislators and other area officials are up in arms over the federal government’s lengthy environ-mental review process that has prompted Kinross Gold Corp. to pull the plug on a project proposal.

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