Businesses cited for alcohol sales
OMAK – Two local businesses have been cited for furnishing liquor to a minor during an Omak Police Department and Brewster Police Department compliance check of Omak-Okanogan businesses.
Employees of Stampede Mini Market and Omache Texaco were cited by Omak Police Department for furnishing liquor to the departments’ underage youth operative during Friday’s check.
The ticket, a gross misdemeanor, carries a penalty of up to a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, said the Okanogan County Community Coalition, which assisted with the compliance checks.
The violations will be reported to the state Liquor Control Board for possible administrative action.
A total of 10 businesses were checked for alcohol sales laws compliance. Of those, eight refused to sell to the youth operative. They include Rite Aid, China Star restaurant, El Portal restaurant, Walmart, Exxon Food Mart, Mickey’s Chuckwagon, Flying B and Okanogan Chevron.
“We are pleased with the eight locations that did not sell to Omak PD’s undercover youth,” said Stacey Okland, underage drinking prevention coordinator.
Unemployment rate declines
OKANOGAN – Unemployment in Okanogan County declined in March by 1.7 percent from the same time last year.
In a report released last week by the state Employment Security Department, unemployment was 9.7 percent in March, compared to 11.4 percent in March 2013. The figure was also down from February, when the state reported 10.6 percent of local workers were without jobs. About 440 jobs have been created over the past year, according to state figures.
Ferry County reflected 12.8 percent unemployment in March, down 1.2 percent from the year before and 0.5 percent from February.
However, the civilian labor force has decreased from about 2,780 people in March 2013 to 2,710 people this year, a 2.5 percent decline in the number of people in the work force.
Quick titles are now available
OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Auditor’s Office License Department is issuing quick titles for eligible vehicles and vessels as of Tuesday.
Quick titles are printed and released at the time of transaction, according to the Auditor’s Office. For security and internal audit purposes, for now the titles will be issued only between 8:30 a.m. and noon on weekdays at the office, 149 N. Third Ave., Room 103.
New home listings improve
OKANOGAN – Real estate brokers are reporting skittishness and bidding fatigue among both buyers and sellers, but Northwest Multiple Listing Service statistics indicate the market is recovering.
In Okanogan County, new listings for houses and condominiums rose by 25, from 82 to 107, over the past year. Year-to-date at the end of April, there have been 222 new listings, up from 202 reported from January to April in 2013.
Active listings in April totaled 405 in Okanogan County, at an average price of $285,529. That price is down more than $100 from last year.
Pateros market seeking vendors
PATEROS – Organizers are seeking vendors now for the new Pateros Farmers Market, set to begin May 30.
It will be hosted from 3-7 p.m. every Friday on the west end of the pedestrian mall.
Acupuncturist joins practice
OMAK – Acupuncturist Montana J. Dutton has joined the Ash Street Therapy practice of John Eskelson.
She is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist.
Eskelson “has been serving the community here for nearly 25 years and I am so excited to be a part of this practice and community,” Dutton said. “I absolutely love what I do. The benefits that I have received from this medicine are countless and to see patients gaining relief and comfort is so rewarding.”
She has a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Bastyr University.
“I was exposed to many healing modalities and found acupuncture to be profoundly healing on many levels, addressing my mind and spirit, as well as body,” she said.
She became a certified yoga instructor, “which paid the bills and kept me sane through graduate school.”
She studied the lineage of five elements acupuncture at Wu Hsing Tao School in Seattle.