Stories for August 2016


Wednesday, August 31


Friday, August 26

Donations sought for Wellpinit fire victims

NESPELEM – Donations are being collected by the Colville Confederated Tribes to help those living in the Wellpinit area of the Spokane Indian Reservation affected by the Cayuse Mountain Fire.

August 26, 2016 1:29 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 25


Wednesday, August 24

Opening arguments start in Alltus murder case

OKANOGAN – Opening arguments and prosecution testimony began this morning in Okanogan County Superior Court for the October 2014 death of Tunk Valley resident Patrick Alltus. According to court documents, Shalin E. Alltus, 18, is charged with first-degree aggravated murder in the death of her uncle, Patrick M. Alltus, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm-juvenile in possession of a firearm.

August 24, 2016 12:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 18

Meteorologists issue red flag warning

Officials from the Spokane office of the National Weather Service have issued a red flag warning calling for low humidities, high winds and the potential for rapid spread of wildfires.

August 18, 2016 9:21 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 17


District delayed in CEO firing

TONASKET — Mike Zwicker is technically still employed as CEO of North Valley Hospital – albeit on paid administrative leave – but that’s not stopping hospital commissioners from considering a candidate for his position.

August 17, 2016 12:48 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 16

Bachtold pleads guilty

Parker M. Bachtold, 18, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after pleaded guilty to the premeditated first-degree murder of 39-year-old Tunk Valley resident Patrick M. Alltus.

August 16, 2016 7:51 p.m. read more..

Monday, August 15

Sunday, August 14

Lightning sparks wildfires

Whitestone, Cayuse and Palmer Mountain were among areas where fires were located following lightning storm Saturday evening.

August 14, 2016 4:47 a.m. read more..

Stampede events on Sunday

OMAK -Top cowboys and cowgirls – more than 340 of them - are signed up to compete at the 83rd annual Omak Stampede, wraps up today.

August 14, 2016 midnight read more..

Saturday, August 13


Stampede events on Saturday

OMAK -Top cowboys and cowgirls – more than 340 of them - are signed up to compete at the 83rd annual Omak Stampede, which continues tonight.

August 13, 2016 midnight read more..

Friday, August 12


Stampede events for Friday

OMAK -Top cowboys and cowgirls – more than 340 of them - are signed up to compete at the 83rd annual Omak Stampede, which continues tonight.

August 12, 2016 midnight read more..

Thursday, August 11


Stampede events for Thursday

OMAK -Top cowboys and cowgirls – more than 340 of them - are signed up to compete at the 83rd annual Omak Stampede, which kicks off tonight.

August 11, 2016 2:52 p.m. read more..

Tonasket woman killed in motorcycle accident

MOLSON – A Tonasket woman died last night, Aug. 10, following a motorcycle accident on Chesaw Road, just east of Molson Road. According to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers, Tammy M. Clark, 45, was pronounced dead at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket following the accident.

August 11, 2016 1:01 p.m. read more..

Health board proposes $6 copy fee

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Board of Health will hold a public hearing Tuesday on amending the agency’s fee schedule to add a $6 fee for “public information requests,” which officials say are authorized by the state Public Records Act.

August 11, 2016 12:29 p.m. read more..

Man accused of punching three officers

OKANOGAN – A Brewster man was charged Aug. 4 in Okanogan County Superior Court after allegedly punching three police officers while they were trying to arrest him two days earlier in Brewster.

August 11, 2016 12:05 p.m. read more..

Decision eases pot growers’ fears

OKANOGAN – After months of uncertainty over the future of marijuana production and possible hemp production after a moratorium, Okanogan County commissioners unanimously approved a final comprehensive plan on July 26 and passed a resolution the same day lifting the moratorium on marijuana operations in unincorporated areas of the county.

August 11, 2016 12:03 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 10


Tuesday, August 9

Monday, August 8

Thursday, August 4


Wednesday, August 3

2016 Western Rendezvous available now

The Chronicle's guide to the Omak Stampede and World-Famous Suicide Race is available now in copies of the Aug. 3 issue of The Chronicle, from select retailers or <a href="">online</a>.

August 3, 2016 3:35 p.m. read more..

Spirit of the Old West

TONASKET — The spirit of the Old West is still alive. That’s the message local couple Bob and Tikka Walsh are hoping to spread with a miniature Western townscape he built in their Tonasket-area front yard.

August 3, 2016 3:23 p.m. read more..

IRS warning of phone scams

SEATTLE – The IRS is warning people to watch out for an increase in IRS impersonation scams in the form of automated calls and new scams demanding payments via iTunes and other gift cards.

August 3, 2016 2:47 p.m. read more..

Road 10 fire destroys several buildings

MOSES LAKE – The Road 10 fire, which started Tuesday, Aug. 2, north of town, has destroyed several homes and outbuildings, but the Grand County Sheriff’s Office says it has no count yet.

August 3, 2016 2:45 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 2