Stories for May 2014


Friday, May 30

Thursday, May 29


Two hurt in Twisp crash

A Tonasket woman and an Arizona man were injured when three vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon near Twisp.

May 29, 2014 2:35 p.m. read more..


Okanogan freshman incorrectly identified in May 28 story

May 29, 2014 12:46 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, May 28


Reject call from the 'ivory tower'

Until new CEO J. Scott Graham and hospital district Chairwoman Vicki Orford learn that they cannot summon the public from their ivory tower, Three Rivers Hospital will continue to fail when it comes to public trust.

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Tuesday, May 27


Monday, May 26

Thursday, May 22


Wednesday, May 21


Learn from cooperation

Billy Frank Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as the Forests and Fish agreement. Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

May 21, 2014 midnight read more..

Memorial Day services set

Several Memorial Day services are planned in and near Okanogan County this weekend, starting with Poppy Days under way now in the Brewster area.

May 21, 2014 midnight read more..

Tribe breaks ground on casino

Speeches, refreshments and energetic music greeted those who attended Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony of the future casino and resort site just off U.S. Highway 97.

May 21, 2014 midnight read more..

Museum-opener set

The Okanogan County Historical Museum, 1410 N. Second Ave., will open for the season Saturday and will offer visitors an opportunity to own a piece of history.

May 21, 2014 midnight read more..

Sunday, May 18


Food stamps on the rise

Nearly a quarter of all Okanogan County residents were on food stamps at the height of the recent recession in 2011.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

Graham signs for $180,000

New Three Rivers Hospital CEO J. Scott Graham has signed a three-year contract at a salary of $180,000 per year plus benefits.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

No one can score on Taylor

The Brewster baseball team, carried by the arm of Timbo Taylor, advanced to the next round of bi-district play following a 3-0 victory over Medical Lake (10-8) on Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

Field cards an 81

Tonasket’s Cayden Field came within a stroke of tying for medalist honors during the Caribou Trail League golf champion-ship Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

Omak slugs Brewster

Omak High School’s softball team shook off a 3-run home run to eliminate Brewster, 7-3, in a loser-out district game Tuesday.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

Region loves track

Our region produces some great tracksters, especially this year, with school and university records toppling all over the place.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

China Wall gets a facelift

A volunteer crew of community members – from historians and retired individuals to business owners and students – cleaned years of graffiti and grime off the abandoned concentrating mill known as the China Wall.

May 18, 2014 midnight read more..

Friday, May 16


Thursday, May 15

Wednesday, May 14


Key Award presented

A state organization has given an award to Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle Publisher Roger Harnack for calling out Three Rivers Hospital’s violation of the Open Public Meetings Act.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Businesses have new owner

The fitness center and medical equipment shop on Main Avenue have changed hands, but customers will continue to see familiar faces there.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Three Rivers hires embattled Graham

Three Rivers Hospital officially has a new administrator. Hospital commissioners unanimously approved a resolution, 3-0, to hire embattled J. Scott Graham as the new CEO during Monday’s board meeting at a salary of $180,000 per year, plus benefits.

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Two more pot businesses OK’d

Two more North-Central Washington companies have been granted business licenses by the state to operate recreational marijuana producing and processing facilities.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Brewster fuels up on Tinoco goals

Edwin Tinoco scored three goals in five minutes to lift Brewster to a 6-0 win over Medical Lake in a loser-out game Saturday in the opening round of the Tri-District Tournament.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Bear baseball advances

Bi-district 1A baseball playoffs started yesterday at Larson Field, 2501 W. Broadway Ave. Cashmere (16-4) was slated to play at Lakeside (11-9) in game 1 and Medical Lake (12-8) was at Brewster (17-3) in game 2.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Mule deer banquet planned

The newly formed Okanogan Trails Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation will put on its first banquet benefiting the foundation Saturday at the Okanogan Eagles Club, 1820 N. Second Ave.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Friendly show returns to Omak

A huge turnout provided the region with a ton of cars and vendors at the 21st annual Swap Meet and Car Show presented by the Friendly OK Car Club on May 9-11 at East Side Park.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Technology changing everything

­­Twenty-five years ago, I stood in a newsroom in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., with a razor blade and a waxing machine putting a newspaper together in my first job.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Why is earthly phenomena different?

The other day, a friend asked, in all earnestness, why it is that some parts of the nation have one kind of weather or earthly phenomena and other parts have different ones. Why, for instance, does one section of the country get earthquakes and another have to contend with tornados? Each can be shattering.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Ranchers, county oppose fish project

Virtually every land owner and local water rights holder along Johnson Creek turned out Monday afternoon to call on Okanogan County Commissioners to halt a project to create salmon and steelhead habitat.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Comments sought on copper drilling

Area residents will have an opportunity Monday to hear more information about a Canadian company’s proposal to drill for copper in the Flagg Mountain area north of town. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop Barn, 51 state Highway 20. A public comment period is open until Saturday.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Tribal leader ousted

Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley was ousted from his Inchelium District seat in the tribal primary election.

May 14, 2014 midnight read more..

Monday, May 12

Water closes section of Twisp River Road

The Methow Valley Ranger District has closed Twisp River Road, about one mile east of Poplar Flat Campground, until further notice. Water cutting across the roadway has created unsafe conditions and repairs are needed, according to the National Forest.

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Sunday, May 11


Coroner post on ballot

A new position – Okanogan County coroner — will be on the fall ballot. The position’s creation was triggered when the county’s population topped 40,000 in the last federal census, Okanogan County Elections Administrator Mila Jury said.

May 11, 2014 midnight read more..

CEO pact approval expected

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners plan to ratify a contract and appoint new CEO J. Scott Graham on Monday, granting Graham a salary of $180,000 per year.

May 11, 2014 midnight read more..

Omak considers ATVs

The city is contemplating whether to allow ATVs on city streets. During a hearing at Monday’s meeting, several ATV proponents asked the city to allow the vehicles so they could hook up with county roads where they’re allowed and to get around town.

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Giant trees inspire

The giant old growth redwood forests of northern California were under siege. Rain pelted the giant trees, which let little precipitation hit the ground hundreds of feet below, where waves of runners competed in The Avenue of the Giants Marathon last Sunday.

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Friday, May 9

Matt Sandefur memorial service

OKANOGAN – A memorial service for Okanogan High School senior Matt Sandefur, who died Tuesday evening at age 18, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Dawson Gym at the school, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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Wednesday, May 7


May Festival features full lineup

This weekend’s 80th annual May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from royalty coronation to a parade, basketball tournament, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Kokes still here

Kokanee were caught in the two bodies of water next to Conconully opening day. The Chronicle posted online statistics from the state, which included a note about no kokanee checked at the Conconullies.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

The allure of fishing

I haven’t been fishing in years, but I still enjoy hearing about fishing successes. Most of my fishing successes were of the small variety – the kind that will fit in a 10-inch skillet with not much tail hanging over the edge. In short, I never caught any lunkers.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Marijuana retail lottery narrows list

There weren’t enough qualified marijuana retail applicants in the city or in Okanogan County at large to merit a lottery to determine who might get a business license, but four companies could receive theirs.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

May 7, 2014- Business Briefs

The Okanogan County Transit Authority has received a $390,402 grant from the state Department of Transportation to purchase its first three buses for the new voter-approved public transportation system.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Gonzaga to host river program

Tribal, First Nation, and religious leaders will gather next Tuesday at Gonzaga University to discuss stewardship and the need to correct the historic wrongs of the Columbia River Treaty.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Groups face off anew over ATVs

As Okanogan County commissioners mull a potential new ordinance to open about 597 miles of roads for all-terrain vehicle use, comments have poured in for a draft environmental review.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Bull on the Loose

A bull with a penchant for smelling flowers on a sunny day escaped from the Stampede Rodeo Arena and ended up on nearby soccer fields Saturday.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Finley facing elimination

Colville Business Council Chairman Michael O. Finley is sitting in third place in the Inchelium District primary election after the initial vote tally Monday.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Do more than just send flowers

Regardless of what you decide to do this weekend, you’re sure to be able to find something to share with your mom right here in The Okanogan. Share an experience with her this weekend, instead of just sending flowers.

May 7, 2014 midnight read more..

Tuesday, May 6

Sunday, May 4


Highway clearing continues

Three weeks into the process of clearing the North Cascades Highway, state crews continue to clear avalanche chutes along the state’s northernmost route through the Cascade Mountains.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

Sheriff investigates Bridgeport stabbing

A traffic stop for speeding late Monday night on state Highway 173 has turned into an investigation into a stabbing after a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy found a bleeding male passenger in the car.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

Track records set

Macen McLean of Mansfield set two meet records while winning the high jump (6-0, record), long jump (21-6.5, record) and triple jump (41-01) at the Iceberg Invitational track meet Tuesday.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

Bears step toward postseason ball

No. 8 state-ranked Brewster won another 1-run baseball game, this time 4-3 over Okanogan on Tuesday in a showdown for third place in the Caribou Trail League.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

Tigers post upset

Trevor Terris and Brian Hendrick of Tonasket, playing for the first time this year, beat previously undefeated Gabe Holz and Morgan O’Dell of Omak 4-6, 6-2 and 6-2.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

County’s health officials share concerns

Dozens of area health care professionals gathered Wednesday for the first hospital committee meeting, but not much was decided except to keep the committee going and focus on preserving services.

May 4, 2014 midnight read more..

Friday, May 2


Thursday, May 1