Stories for August 2017

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Thursday, August 31

        

CENTER STAGE: Area brims with entertaining events

As the mornings are getting colder and area youngsters are heading back to school, I hate to say it but summer must be coming to an end. Around the house, the lawn is needing less watering and mowing, and our garden is nearing the end of its season.

August 31, 2017 9:01 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 30

      

820 (2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF

(2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER L. GOODWIN, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; SHELLY A. GOODWIN, n/k/a SHELLY A. JAMISON, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; TROUT-BLUE CHELAN-MAGI, Inc., d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COMPANY, d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COOPERATIVE; BERNARDO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; LORENZO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION d/b/a US BANK; and PIEDAD DUARTE, Defendants. No.: 2:16-cv-044-RMP

August 30, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
  

Tuesday, August 29

          

Newhouse honored by U.S. chamber

U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, was honored at the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce’s August membership luncheon in Pasco on Aug.t 23 with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise Award.”

August 29, 2017 9:06 a.m. read more..
   

Algae bloom leads to lake warning

An unsafe level of a naturally occurring toxin has been detected in algae blooms at Lake Rufus Woods, the Columbia River pool backed up by Chief Joseph Dam.

August 29, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..
 

State seeks review of ‘culverts case’

The state Attorney General’s Office is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of the “culverts case,” in which the state and federal governments are arguing about replacing old fish culverts to improve fish passage.

August 29, 2017 8:15 a.m. read more..


Cate wants judge removed from case

Ryan Larry Cate, who is charged in the death of Duran T. Marchand, has filed an affidavit of prejudice against Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson.

August 29, 2017 8:14 a.m. read more..
 

Brewster residents escape injury

Two Brewster residents escaped injury Thursday morning, Aug. 24, when their pickup truck was involved in a four-vehicle accident on Interstate 90 about 10 miles east of town.

August 29, 2017 8:04 a.m. read more..
  

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Friday, August 25

    

Thursday, August 24

   

Wednesday, August 23

 

MacLean seeks auditor position

MONTESANO – Joesph MacLean, a former certified election administrator with the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office, has thrown his hat into the ring in the race for Grays Harbor County auditor.

August 23, 2017 4:34 p.m. read more..
  

Merc calls for children to audition

Auditions for children’s roles in the holiday production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will be Sept. 19-20 at the Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St.

August 23, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..
        

820 (2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF

(2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER L. GOODWIN, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; SHELLY A. GOODWIN, n/k/a SHELLY A. JAMISON, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; TROUT-BLUE CHELAN-MAGI, Inc., d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COMPANY, d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COOPERATIVE; BERNARDO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; LORENZO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION d/b/a US BANK; and PIEDAD DUARTE, Defendants. No.: 2:16-cv-044-RMP

August 23, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 22

  

Vejraskas elected as Angus convention delegates

FORT WORTH, Texas - Omak father and son ranchers Craig and Todd Vejraska have been elected as delegates to the 134th annual American Angus Association Convention of Delegates Nov. 6 at the Fort Worth Convention Center.

August 22, 2017 9:14 a.m. read more..
      

Wenatchee hospital picked to oversee health exchange assistance

Wenatchee Valley Hospital - serving Chelan, Douglas, Grant and Okanogan counties – is one of nine lead organizations designated by the Washington Health Benefit Exchange to oversee in-person assistance provided to state residents during the upcoming open enrollment period.

August 22, 2017 9:03 a.m. read more..


Fired hatchery employees can appeal

Four state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who were fired earlier this month from their jobs at the Wells Hatchery have the right to contest their terminations.

August 22, 2017 9:01 a.m. read more..
  

Attorney general seeks review of 'culverts case'

The state Attorney General’s Office is seeking a U.S. Supreme Court review of the “culverts case,” in which the state and federal governments are arguing about replacing old fish culverts to improve fish passage.

August 22, 2017 8:56 a.m. read more..
    

Sexual comments leads to termination

Four state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who were fired earlier this month from their jobs at the Wells Hatchery have the right to contest their terminations.

August 22, 2017 8:45 a.m. read more..
  

1992: North Cascades Highway celebrates 20 years

The 20th anniversary of the North Cascades Highway will be celebrated at a rededication ceremony Wednesday, Sept. 2. Among dignitaries invited is former Gov. Dan Evans, who dedicated the scenic route through the mountains in 1972.

August 22, 2017 7:43 a.m. read more..
    

Monday, August 21

  

Friday, August 18



Two injured in Wilbur crash

Two people were injured Aug. 17 when their car went off Highway 174 about four miles north of town and went into the ditch

August 18, 2017 12:26 p.m. read more..


Thursday, August 17

           

Portrait drawing class offered

A class in experimental portrait drawing, taught by artist in residence Tess Jenkins, will be from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 6 at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 N. Glover St.

August 17, 2017 2:36 p.m. read more..


'Unity in Diversity' event offered

Mandala Community Weaving will present “Unity in Diversity” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at Confluence Gallery and Art Center, 104 N. Glover St.

August 17, 2017 2:35 p.m. read more..


Pressure canner gauge checks offered

Pressure canner gauge checks will be offered for free from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays at the Washington State University Extension office in the Okanogan County Courthouse, 149 N. Third Ave.

August 17, 2017 2:34 p.m. read more..
 

Winds push Diamond Creek Fire

Winds from the west and northwest pushed the Diamond Creek Fire into an area of unburned fuel Wednesday afternoon, sending up a smoke column visible for miles.

August 17, 2017 10:58 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, August 16

    

2017 Stampede dubbed success

Temperatures soared above 100 degrees to start Stampede and cooled off as the weekend progressed, but rodeo action stayed hot throughout.

August 16, 2017 8:19 a.m. read more..


1967: Strongest field in Omak Stampede history

The strongest field in Omak Stampede history brought a record gate to the 35th annual Stampede and a record payoff to the winning cowboys. A total of $32,079 was collected at the gate during the two-day Stampede and winning cowboys collected a record payout of $11,950.

August 16, 2017 8:18 a.m. read more..
 

Gate torn down on Three Devils

A gate installed by Gebbers Land and Timber after the state Supreme Court denied review of the vacation of a portion of Three Devils Road was torn down two days later by vandals.

August 16, 2017 8:15 a.m. read more..
  

820 (2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF

(2017-206 Aug. 16, 23, 30, Sept. 6) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER L. GOODWIN, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; SHELLY A. GOODWIN, n/k/a SHELLY A. JAMISON, d/b/a SUNDOWN ORCHARDS; TROUT-BLUE CHELAN-MAGI, Inc., d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COMPANY, d/b/a CHELAN FRUIT COOPERATIVE; BERNARDO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; LORENZO ANGEL-MARTINEZ; U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION d/b/a US BANK; and PIEDAD DUARTE, Defendants. No.: 2:16-cv-044-RMP

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
   

820 (2017-205 Aug. 16, 30) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF

(2017-205 Aug. 16, 30) NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON CHAPTER 61.24, ET. SEQ. Grantor: KRISTIN F. VIGOREN Grantee: EDWIN P. LADWIG and ELIZABETH G. BOULTON, husband and wife Trustee: SMITH & DERTING, PLLC Legal Description: (abbreviated):TAX 3 PT NW NW Assessor’s Tax Parcel ID #3627330003 Reference # of related documents: 3158035 TO: Kristin Vigoren

August 16, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


Tuesday, August 15

   

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Sunday, August 13

  

Saturday, August 12

 

Friday, August 11

 

Thursday, August 10

    

Warrior Stampede canceled over air quality

OMAK – Organizers of the annual Warrior Stampede, which was scheduled for Aug. 19, have decided to cancel this year’s race due to concerns over air quality. We’ll update when we have more information.

August 10, 2017 8:30 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 9

 

Fair leaders talk electrical, water problems

There may be a few un-happy campers at the Okanogan County Fair this year, Sept. 7-10., according to fair advisory committee members. A problem with water pressure and electrical issues with electric-only camping at the sound end are two if the biggest issues committee members are facing this year.

August 9, 2017 9:26 a.m. read more..


50 years ago: 35th Omak Stampede planned

Two former world champion saddle bronc riders will head a field of about 160 cowboys expected to compete in the 35th annual Omak Stampede Saturday and Sunday. The Stampede also will feature the 60th and 61st runnings of its world-famous Suicide Race. With the arena seating capacity enlarged by 500, a record attendance is expected.

August 9, 2017 9:24 a.m. read more..
  

EDITORIAL: Support your local Stampede

It’s that time of the year again – Stampede Week – when some of us embrace the chance to show off our towns and enjoy some good ol’ rodeo action, a thrilling horse race with some incredibly brave riders, impressive dancers in colorful regalia at the powwow, carnival rides that push us to our limits and entertainment galore … and then some of us grumble at the mass influx of thousands of people into our small community and hole up until the event blows over.

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
      

820 (2017-182 July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR

(2017-182 July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY BILLY E. BLUNK, as his separate property, Plaintiff, vs., GOLDIE MOORE, and the unknown successors and/or heirs of GOLDIE MOORE, if deceased, and also all other persons or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real estate described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. Case No.: 17-2-00-306-1 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

August 9, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 8

         

Free emergency kits offered

Free emergency preparedness kits will be given away from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Confluence Health, 916 Koala Ave.

August 8, 2017 10:17 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 7



Sunday, August 6



Friday, August 4



Updated: Highway 17 closed because of fire; shelter being set up

UPDATE: At 4:24 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the American Red Cross is setting up a shelter at Bridgeport High School for people evacuated from the fire on Highway 17. UPDATE: As of 2:59 p.m., Level 3 evacuation notices are being issued for homes east of Road K Northeast and south of Highway 17, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. The fire is still being pushed by strong wind. UPDATE: A level 1 evacuation notice has been issued for a three-mile radius around the fire, which is burning on both sides of Highway 17 between Hays Road and Road K Northeast. LEAHY JUNCTION – Highway 17 is closed 19 miles west of Coulee Dam at milepost 120, Leahy Junction, to milepost 133 at the Mansfield turnoff because of a fire.

August 4, 2017 2:08 p.m. read more..
 

Red flag warning issued

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning calling for low humidity and gusty winds.

August 4, 2017 10:51 a.m. read more..

Thursday, August 3



Diamond Creek Fire tops 7,100 acres

The Diamond Creek fire has topped 7,100 acres and continues to burn on the steep slopes of the Diamond Creek, Dollar Creek and Lost River drainages in the Pasayten Wilderness.

August 3, 2017 11:48 a.m. read more..
 

BLM adds more fire restrictions

Fire restrictions on U.S. Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in eastern Washington have been modified to prohibit the building, maintaining, attending or using a fire of any type, including charcoal briquette fires.

August 3, 2017 11:28 a.m. read more..
 

Jack Black returns to Tonasket

It’s not everyday you see a Hollywood celebrity in Okanogan County. But some local residents were treated with a visit from Jack Black earlier this week.

August 3, 2017 10:05 a.m. read more..


Wednesday, August 2



Making a splash in Tonasket

It was an afternoon of hugs, smiles and plenty of swimming, Wednesday afternoon during the grand opening of the Tonasket community swimming pool in History Park.

August 2, 2017 6 p.m. read more..
  

Health officials distribute N-95 masks

Okanogan County Public Health in conjunction with Okanogan Emergency Management are setting up county-wide distribution points for N-95 masks due to the wildfire smoke situation in Okanogan County.

August 2, 2017 2:26 p.m. read more..
      

820 (2017-182 July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR

(2017-182 July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2, 9) IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY BILLY E. BLUNK, as his separate property, Plaintiff, vs., GOLDIE MOORE, and the unknown successors and/or heirs of GOLDIE MOORE, if deceased, and also all other persons or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real estate described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. Case No.: 17-2-00-306-1 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

820 (2017-170 June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2) SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON

(2017-170 June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2) SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN BOEING EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION, its successors in interest and/or assigns, Plaintiff, V. , UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF TONY L. CLARK; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF JACQUELYNN J. CLARK; ADONAIS F. CLARK; STATE OF WASHINGTON; OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISE, Defendants. No. 16-2-00455-7 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


820 (2017-166 June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2) SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON

(2017-166 June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2) SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., its successors in interest and/or assigns, Plaintiff, Vs. THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND DEVISEES OF CAROL E. THORNDIKE; MICHAEL J. BENZING; RONALD NORTON; TERESA BENZING; UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA), N.A.; STATE OF WASHINGTON; OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES, Defendants. No. 17-2-00025-8 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION

August 2, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
 

Tuesday, August 1



Primary election results

OKANOGAN - Primary election results will be tallied and reported shortly after 8 p.m. tonight. We'll have results at <a href="http://www.omakchronicle.com/2017primary">http://www.omakchronicle.com/2017primary</a>.

August 1, 2017 7:57 p.m. read more..
               

Charges against Cate amended

Charges against an Omak man in the July 16 death of a pedestrian have been amended to include second-degree murder-felony murder.

August 1, 2017 11:41 a.m. read more..
 

Fire damages Okanogan home

Jodi Crofton and her four-year-old son, Nolan, were fast asleep Wednesday, July 26, when she was awoken to the sound of a sheriff deputy pounding on her front door and a thick haze of smoke.

August 1, 2017 11:34 a.m. read more..
  

Yallup trial set Aug. 29

A Toppenish man, who had been living in Nespelem, is scheduled for trial Aug. 29 in the drowning death of Joseph Shawl.

August 1, 2017 11:30 a.m. read more..
 

Locals weigh in on marijuana moratorium

A portion of the moratorium on expansion of marijuana operations in rural Okanogan County is being lifted, but commissioners still want to take a closer look at county regulations on cannabis.

August 1, 2017 11:28 a.m. read more..


50 years ago: Apple crops looking good this year

1917: W.E. Dickinson, an old-time newspaperman from the Yakima County, has taken up a homestead on the south half of the Colville Indian Reservation. He has 10 acres in beans and if they escape frost in the fall, he should do well.

August 1, 2017 11:25 a.m. read more..
 

Hospital plans to hire CEO

North Valley Hospital introduced a resolution to appoint Kenneth Archer as the district’s new administrator during their Thursday, July 27 board meeting.

August 1, 2017 11:19 a.m. read more..


Diamond blaze explodes

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, ballooned from 350 acres late last week to 5,005 acres over the weekend.

August 1, 2017 11:17 a.m. read more..