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Stories for August 2015


Monday, August 31


Saturday, August 29


Goodell Fire burning along highway

With heavy rain still in the forecast, State Department of Transportation officials hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway tomorrow between Newhalem and Rainy Pass. As of 1 p.m. today, the road remains closed due to the Goodell Fire.

August 29, 2015 1:52 p.m. read more..

Friday, August 28


Ferry County prepares for storm

As winds are expected to rip through Ferry County this weekend, Sheriff Raymond Maycumber reminds residents to be prepared to leave at a moment's notice.

August 28, 2015 6:50 p.m. read more..

Causes of death: Smoke, burns

Andrew Zajac of Winthrop, Tom Zbyszewski of Walla Walla and Richard Wheeler of South Haven, Mich., died from smoke inhalation and burns to their bodies, coroner says.

August 28, 2015 5:19 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 27


High winds to fan Ferry County fires

Intense fire behavior is expected today throughout Ferry County as officials from the National Weather Service are predicting high winds with gusts upward to 25 mph.

August 27, 2015 12:15 p.m. read more..

Donation center open to all fire victims

The North Star Fire donation center at the former Okanogan Bingo Casino building, 41 Appleway, is open to all fire victims, the Colville Confederated Tribes Emergency Operations Center said.

August 27, 2015 10:32 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 26


Tuesday, August 25

Sunday, August 23


Saturday, August 22


North Star Fire meetings set

North Star Fire managers are planning two community meetings for the Republic area. The meetings are set for 7 tonight and 4 p.m. tomorrow.

August 22, 2015 10:41 a.m. read more..

Chelan Complex fire-growth slowed

In total, active fires in Chelan County have scorched 134,814 acres, officials said this morning. That includes the 86,412-acre Chelan Complex, the 2,293-acre Fire Creek Fire, the 45,929-acre Wolverine Fire and the 180-acre Blankenship Fire.

August 22, 2015 10:02 a.m. read more..

Friday, August 21


Thursday, August 20


Wednesday, August 19


Crews gain ground on Chelan Complex

While winds were whipping the Okanogan Complex Fire into a frenzy yesterday, calmer conditions gave firefighters a chance to build lines around blazes to the south.

August 19, 2015 9 a.m. read more..

820 (2015-432 Aug. 19) PUBLIC NOTICE

(2015-432 Aug. 19) PUBLIC NOTICE The Colville Tribes Land Use Review Board will be holding a public hearing to make a ruling on the following land use and development permits:

August 19, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, August 18


Monday, August 17


Sunday, August 16


Saturday, August 15


Taz takes first, again

Taz and jockey Loren Marchand have won the first two heats of the 80th running of the World-Famous Suicide Race. There are two more heats to go.

August 15, 2015 noon read more..

Friday, August 14


Thursday, August 13


Art show opens today

Artwork from local and out-of-town artists will be featured during the 35th annual Omak Western and Native Art Show, which opened today and continues through Sunday at the Courtyard Downtown, 28 N. Main St.

August 13, 2015 1:49 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 12


Wolverine Fire grows 25 percent

As of 9 a.m. today, the fire is estimated to be 36,030 acres. Fire crews expect it to grow over the next two days as temperatures soar into the 100s.

August 12, 2015 10:22 a.m. read more..

800 (2015-416 Aug. 12) Notice

(2015-416 Aug. 12) Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that Okanogan County is updating its list of potential vendors for the purchase of products and services valued between two-thousand five-hundred dollars ($2,500) and Twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000) in accordance with RCW 36.32.245.

August 12, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, August 11


Monday, August 10


Thursday, August 6


Baldy Fire expected to burn 2 months

Despite a light rainfall today, officials fighting the Baldy Fire in Colville National Forest said this morning that they expect it will take nearly two months before the blaze is contained.

August 6, 2015 10:33 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 5

Wolverine Fire burns with zero containment

Approximately 250 personnel continue to battle the Wolverine Creek Fire burning on the southwest shore of Lake Chelan. The blaze, which is now at 25,640 acres, continues to burn out-of-control with 0 percent containment.

August 5, 2015 3:02 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 4

Monday, August 3

New fire burning near Ione

The Baldy Fire has grown to about 300 acres in the last 48 hours in Pend Oreille County, Colville National Forest officials said.

August 3, 2015 9:13 p.m. read more..

Sunday, August 2


Saturday, August 1