Stories for December 2015


Thursday, December 31

Bird count set for Saturday

The annual Christmas Bird Count by the Audubon Society will be Saturday, starting in Okanogan. Volunteers will meet at 6:45 a.m. at 2050 James Ave. and will leave at 7 a.m. Full- and partial-day participants are welcome, organizer Heather Findlay said.

December 31, 2015 1:59 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, December 30


800 (2015-665 Dec. 16, 23, 30)

(2015-665 Dec. 16, 23, 30) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN - JUVENILE IN RE THE DEPENDENCY OF Melissa Vasquez, DOB: 05-24-2013 Court No. 15-7-00135-3; Myra Vasquez-Littlegeorge, DOB: 04-27-2012, Court No. 15-7-00136-1. A Minor child

December 30, 2015 midnight read more..

Tuesday, December 29

Warriors sign up Bulldog

Okanogan High School’s Mason Guerrette signed a scholarship to compete in track next fall at Lewis-Clark State College, Lewiston, Idaho.

December 29, 2015 1:32 p.m. read more..

Feds cannot kill problem wolves

A federal District Court judge has ruled the U.S. Wildlife Services agency cannot participate in state-directed actions to kill problem wolves.

December 29, 2015 1:30 p.m. read more..

2015 Year in Review: Sports

The Okanogan High School football team produced some history in winning its second straight state 2B football championship earlier this month in the Tacoma Dome.

December 29, 2015 1:24 p.m. read more..

2015 Year in Review: News

Anyone in Okanogan and Ferry counties can tell you that wildfires were the big story in 2015. Nearly every community felt the singe of wildfire — whether the flames, dense smoke that caused numerous health issues or loss of tourism revenues — the 2015 fire season was the worst in recorded history. More than a million acres burned statewide – half of them in Okanogan County alone.

December 29, 2015 1:22 p.m. read more..

Burn ban issued for region

The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday morning that a stage one burn ban is in effect for Okanogan, Ferry, Douglas and surrounding counties beginning at 4 p.m. today.

December 29, 2015 9:41 a.m. read more..

Thursday, December 24

Wednesday, December 23


CENTER STAGE: Week brings time for holiday music

What do you think of all this white stuff outside? It looks like we may have a white Christmas after all. Since I began working for the newspaper almost two years ago, it seems as though my free time has become nearly obsolete.

December 23, 2015 11:20 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, December 22


Thursday, December 17

Wednesday, December 16


Tuesday, December 15


Burglar trapped by pipes at store

A local man has been jailed on suspicion of second-degree burglary after becoming stuck in a cooking exhaust pipe while allegedly trying to break into an east side gas station/mini market.

December 15, 2015 12:07 p.m. read more..

Sunday, December 13

CENTER STAGE: Musical history remembered

Can you believe Tuesday marked the 35th anniversary of the death of John Lennon? For those not familiar with Lennon, he was most notably known for being the co-founder of the popular ’60s rock band, The Beatles.

December 13, 2015 11:19 a.m. read more..

Friday, December 11

Thursday, December 10

Wednesday, December 9


PUD workers win state award

Employees of the Okanogan County Public Utility District have received the "Good Samaritan Award" from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association for their efforts during the summerís wildfires.

December 9, 2015 midnight read more..

Omak offers Christmas on Main

Downtown will turn into a festive holiday village Saturday during Christmas on Main, which features the annual twilight parade and other activities.

December 9, 2015 midnight read more..

Monday, December 7

Sunday, December 6

Snow, wet weather hits

Mother Nature dumped the first significant amount of snow of the season throughout Okanogan Valley and the surrounding mountains Wednesday evening, with the possibility for more white stuff this week.

December 6, 2015 midnight read more..

Oroville School District seeks levy

Oroville School District residents will be asked whether or not they support replacing an outgoing two-year maintenance and operations levy on the February 2016 ballot.

December 6, 2015 midnight read more..

Friday, December 4

Thursday, December 3


Wednesday, December 2


National Weather Service: More snow on the way

While a layer of snow blanketed much of Okanogan and Ferry County in the early morning hours today, the National Weather Service is calling for an additional round of snowfall tonight and tomorrow.

December 2, 2015 7:06 p.m. read more..

Small Business Saturday growing

With more and more holiday shopping moving online — recent figures say more than half of holiday shopping will be online — local merchants are getting a foothold at least on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

December 2, 2015 midnight read more..

Community play benefits center

A live production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is planned Dec. 10-13 at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

December 2, 2015 midnight read more..