Stories for February 2016


Monday, February 29

Sunday, February 28

Foundation donates defibrillators

The Tonasket Senior Citizens Center and Boy Scout Camp at Bonaparte Lake were recipients of automated external defibrillators last week, thanks to a special donation from the North Valley Hospital Foundation.

February 28, 2016 midnight read more..

LEAN Six Sigma implemented

North Valley Hospital District is serious about trimming back expenses and creating a “culture change,” as CEO Mike Wicker puts it.

February 28, 2016 midnight read more..

Saturday, February 27

Friday, February 26

Salvage timber sale appealed

Conservation Northwest has filed an appeal of a salvage timber sale planned northwest of Okanogan in an area that burned last summer in the Okanogan Complex fire.

February 26, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 25

Wednesday, February 24


PUD awards transmission line contract

A Tumwater company has been awarded a contract for more than $5 million to construct the Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line for the Okanogan County Public Utility District.

February 24, 2016 midnight read more..

Schools celebrate FFA Week

High school students in FFA groups across Okanogan Country are marking National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27, with a variety of activities.

February 24, 2016 midnight read more..

Search begins for school leader

More than a dozen community members and school leaders met Feb. 17 to share comments on what they seek in a new Oroville School District leader, and to learn the time line and procedures for finding one.

February 24, 2016 midnight read more..

Tuesday, February 23

Monday, February 22


Sunday, February 21

Kretz fire bill OK’d

The state House of Representatives has passed a bill calling for the Department of Natural Resources to issue permits for forest resiliency burning in an attempt to avoid more catastrophic wildfires.

February 21, 2016 midnight read more..

Disaster bill gets Senate hearing

A bill inspired by the Pateros School District’s post-Carlton Complex fire problems received a hearing before the Senate Early Learning and K-12 Education Committee Thursday morning.

February 21, 2016 midnight read more..

Saturday, February 20

Friday, February 19

Thursday, February 18

Wednesday, February 17

District basketball schedule revised

To help schools to get their players home earlier on Thursday from the District 5/6 basketball tournament at Eastmont High School, organizers changed games to one and one-half hour slots with a 15-minute warm-up in between games.

February 17, 2016 11:45 a.m. read more..

Bear captured in Tunk Valley

An orphaned cub that was looking for a place to sleep and a warm meal gave college students at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak an opportunity to see a bear up close.

February 17, 2016 midnight read more..

Friday, February 12

Teen talent hits the stage

Aspiring teen country music singers across the state will have one last opportunity to qualify for a shot at winning $1,500.

February 12, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Voters approve school levies

Voters countywide are giving the nod to school maintenance and operations levies and a bond issue for construction in Brewster, initial election returns show.

February 12, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Thursday, February 11

Wednesday, February 10


Tuesday, February 9


Monday, February 8

Friday, February 5

Bail set for Piturachsatit

Bail was set yesterday afternoon, Feb. 4, for the Lake Roosevelt Elementary School assistant principal suspected of several counts of possessing sexual depictions of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

February 5, 2016 8:51 a.m. read more..

Thursday, February 4

Wednesday, February 3

Lake Roosevelt Elementary assistant principal arrested

COULEE DAM - Lake Roosevelt Elementary School vice principal Nate Piturachsatit was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on Wednesday for possession of pornography depicting a minor, sexual exploitation of a minor and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.

February 3, 2016 10:06 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, February 2

Want to own a powerhouse?

Proposals are being sought for someone to take over the Enloe Dam powerhouse and adapt it for an alternative use, but there’s no hurry to submit proposals.

February 2, 2016 5 p.m. read more..

Oroville: Finding ways to revitalize city

It’s a situation playing out in many communities across north central Washington. As employers pack up and leave town, how to fill empty businesses and attract tourism could become a regional crisis.

February 2, 2016 5 p.m. read more..