Stories for April 2017


Wednesday, April 26

49 state patrol troopers sworn in

At a ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda this afternoon, 49 Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn in by the Associate Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court Mary E. Fairhurst.

April 26, 2017 2 p.m. read more..

Dansel: President Trump is a ‘blue-collar billionaire’

REPUBLIC – While he avoided commenting on current happenings in Washington D.C., Special Assistant to the Agriculture Secretary and former state senator Brian Dansel talked about his experience on the presidential campaign trail and his first conversations with President Donald Trump during a short speech at the Ferry County Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday.

April 26, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 25


Gas prices fall across the state

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.88 as of Sunday, April 23, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

April 25, 2017 noon read more..

Monday, April 24


Class wins conservation contest

The Okanogan High School ecology class won the regional and reserve championship awards at the Okanogan Conservation District competition April 19.

April 24, 2017 3:33 p.m. read more..

History research help offered

The Okanogan County Genealogical Society and the Okanogan County Historical Museum are offering free assistance to people working on family history information.

April 24, 2017 3:30 p.m. read more..

Researchers go to Plans B, C

The washout that closed Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is interfering with Okanogan High School students’ ongoing study of the Oden Road Fire area, but they have a Plan B and even a Plan C.

April 24, 2017 3:30 p.m. read more..

Three charged in stabbing case

Three people – two men and a 14-year-old girl – have been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with first-degree assault in the stabbing of another man.

April 24, 2017 3:23 p.m. read more..

Schools plan spring concerts

Spring concerts and programs get under way this week as Lake Roosevelt Elementary School students stage a musical, “Awesome Animals,” at 2 p.m. today, April 26, in the new elementary gym, 503 Crest Drive.

April 24, 2017 3:13 p.m. read more..

Arbor observances planned

Arbor Day observances are planned April 28 in Okanogan, Omak and Pateros, with other communities joining in the next day.

April 24, 2017 12:05 p.m. read more..

Friday, April 21


Tribe offers bounty on pike

The Colville Confederated Tribes is offering $10 a head for northern pike caught in the Columbia River above Grand Coulee Dam, the Spokane River upstream to Little Falls or the Kettle River.

April 21, 2017 2:52 p.m. read more..

Highway clearing continues

Work to reopen the North Cascades Highway continues, but state officials say the state’s northernmost Cascades crossing won’t be open until sometime after Memorial Day.

April 21, 2017 2:51 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, April 19

Tonasket ponders annexation

There’s no room for expansion. That’s the message city planner Kurt Danison brought before the city council and a handful of local residents regarding a potential annexation of about 78.06 acres south of town.

April 19, 2017 10:57 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 18


Repair work underway on Loup Loup Pass

Work is under way to repair washed-away portions of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass, but motorists will have to take the long way between the Okanogan and Methow valleys for several more weeks.

April 18, 2017 1:45 p.m. read more..

GUEST COLUMN: Please vote ‘Yes’ for Omak students

My letter to our community is to serve two purposes, first and foremost to encourage our voters to support the current bond effort of the Omak Schools and second, correct misinformation published recently in a letter from Mr. Jim Miller of Omak.

April 18, 2017 1:24 p.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: School bond is long overdue

Omak School District is hoping for a miracle. Recent school bond measures in the area have been hit or miss, Brewster and Bridgeport were recently successful in bond attempts, but other schools like Okanogan have not been.

April 18, 2017 10:46 a.m. read more..

Residents seek high court ruling

The Coalition of Chiliwist Residents and Friends and four individuals are asking the state Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision concerning vacation of Three Devils Road.

April 18, 2017 10:31 a.m. read more..

Sunday, April 16


Saturday, April 15


Friday, April 14


Highway clearing begins

Work to reopen the North Cascades Highway began Monday morning, April 10, despite flooding and slides on both other highway routes into the Methow Valley and a slide east of Newhalam on the west side.

April 14, 2017 5 p.m. read more..

Bill: State should buy local

Bipartisan legislation introduced by state Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic, seeks to help local manufacturers and producers by holding the state accountable for both its environmental regulations and for its out-of-state purchases of construction materials.

April 14, 2017 5 p.m. read more..

More rain expected in forecast

Low pressure is expected to move through the region tonight and promote cool, showery, and breezy conditions, according to the Spokane office of the National Weather Service.

April 14, 2017 3:11 p.m. read more..

Temporary bridge slated to arrive this weekend

After flood waters closed a portion of Highway 21 along the West Fork of the Sanpoil River, state Department of Transportation crews will begin installing a temporary Bailey bridge that will reopen the highway to traffic about 15 miles south of town.

April 14, 2017 6:04 a.m. read more..

Thursday, April 13


Wednesday, April 12


Sunrise RVs opens in Omak

Folks searching for the perfect recreational vehicle now have a local option, located in a convenient location along Highway 97.

April 12, 2017 9:26 a.m. read more..

Without a paddle

A state of emergency has been declared by the Okanogan County commissioners in response to severe flooding that has washed out roads, caused flooding and triggered debris flows.

April 12, 2017 9:03 a.m. read more..

810 (2017-084 April 12) Notice of Application

(2017-084 April 12) Notice of Application The City of Brewster has received an application from Mr. Emmanuel Hurtado Brewster, Washington for approval of a conditional use permit to operate a quick lube and minor auto repair shop at 600 W. Main Street.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

820 (2017-074 April 5, 12) The Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board, 149 3rd N., Room 102,

(2017-074 April 5, 12) The Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board, 149 3rd N., Room 102, P.O. Box 791, Okanogan WA 98840, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology Aquatic Plant and Algae Management NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project applies to the following geographical areas: treatments will continue on Osoyoos, Palmer and Spectacle Lakes and we are adding Alta, Patterson and Leader Lakes to our permit.

April 12, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, April 11


Commissioners declare state of emergency

A state of emergency has been declared by the Okanogan County commissioners in response to severe flooding that has washed out roads, caused flooding and triggered debris flows.

April 11, 2017 10:06 a.m. read more..

Saturday, April 8

Friday, April 7

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Rules could change

Several proposals that could add a few games for baseball, softball and basketball teams are being considered by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly.

April 7, 2017 1:35 p.m. read more..

County fair theme selected

Although the Okanogan County Fair is more than five months away, fair advisory committee members met Thursday, April 6, to lay out the groundwork for the 70th annual celebration Sept. 7-10.

April 7, 2017 1:18 p.m. read more..

Motorcycle event expands

Jim Heskett, owner of the Hideaway Bar and Grill and Big Red’s, talked about the annual Run for the Border motorcycle event during a regular city council meeting March 21.

April 7, 2017 1:05 p.m. read more..

Governor seeks federal disaster declaration

Gov. Jay Inslee has asked the White House for a major disaster declaration and financial assistance to help 15 counties recover from the impacts of severe winter storms that hit the state Jan. 30 through Feb. 22.

April 7, 2017 1:04 p.m. read more..

Thursday, April 6


Wednesday, April 5


Tuesday, April 4


Liberty Bell takes two from Raiders

The Liberty Bell baseball team swept Lake Roosevelt, 5-2 and 14-3, and moved into a tie for first place with Brewster in the Central Washington 2B League on Saturday.

April 4, 2017 3:27 p.m. read more..

West Family Homestead opens

West Family Homestead – a new business specializing in goat milk soaps lotions and refinished furniture - hosted a grand opening celebration last weekend at their 317 S. Whitcomb Avenue business.

April 4, 2017 11:14 a.m. read more..

Defendant files requests

The man accused of shooting a gun at Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers in September 2016 has filed a document seeking possible change of venue and making various requests for the discovery process.

April 4, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..

Okanogan will seek new bids

Okanogan School District will seek new bids for the elementary classroom addition project because the lone bid it received was higher than the funds available.

April 4, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: It’s about time!

We’ve had more than a few people tell us that we’re giving the Tonasket School District a hard time and not writing anything positive after the altercation that took place in a middle school classroom in January.

April 4, 2017 11:04 a.m. read more..

Firewood permits offered

Permits to gather firewood from piles near the South Summit of Loup Loup will go on sale at the Methow Valley Ranger District Friday, April 7.

April 4, 2017 11:03 a.m. read more..

Piturachsatit changes attorneys

A former educator facing seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography has changed attorneys in the state case against him.

April 4, 2017 11:01 a.m. read more..

Lawmakers introduce bill to give property tax relief

A bill that would expedite tax reassessments of properties adversely affected by court rulings that restrict water usage was introduced in the state House last week by Rep. John Koster, R-Arlington, and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic.

April 4, 2017 7:53 a.m. read more..

Sunday, April 2

Final concert is today

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus’ last concert of the 2016-17 season, “Swing into Spring,” will be at 3 p.m. today, April 2, at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

April 2, 2017 midnight read more..