Stories for March 2017


Friday, March 31


Seniors outline their plans

Seniors presented their high school and beyond plans and reflected on their high school careers during Brewster High School student-led conferences last week.

March 31, 2017 12:22 p.m. read more..

Drill, alert go off as planned

A March 27, multi-agency drill to evaluate the readiness and reactions of first responders to emergency situations was well-attended and successful.

March 31, 2017 8:22 a.m. read more..

Cantwell seeks fire funds release

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., has asked the Department of the Interior to prioritize funding to support the post-fire recovery of lands owned by Pacific Northwest Indian tribes.

March 31, 2017 7:29 a.m. read more..

Hatchery agreement amended

An amendment to the Methow Fish Hatchery Chelan-Douglas interlocal cooperative agreement was approved March 27 by Douglas County Public Utility District commissioners.

March 31, 2017 7:28 a.m. read more..

Sioux vow to keep fighting

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has expressed disappointment about completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which runs next to the tribe’s reservation.

March 31, 2017 7:27 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 30


Wednesday, March 29


Tuesday, March 28


Murray, Cantwell opposed to proposed EPA cuts

U.S. Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, both D-Wash., have joined a group of 37 senators in opposing President Donald Trump’s proposal to cut more than 30 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency budget.

March 28, 2017 11:10 a.m. read more..

Prosecutor asked to recuse in quiet title lawsuit

The attorney representing the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition and three individuals has asked the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office to recuse itself from a quiet title lawsuit filed by Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group.

March 28, 2017 11:09 a.m. read more..

CENTER STAGE: Nashville Stars deserve support

I know some of you may be tired of me writing about the 13th annual Nashville Country Star competition, but I feel the event, as large as it is — a statewide – high school competition in our back yard deserves recognition.

March 28, 2017 10:09 a.m. read more..

OVOC hosts spring concert Sunday

“Swing into Spring,” the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus spring concert, will be at 3 p.m. April 2 at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

March 28, 2017 10:07 a.m. read more..

‘Make ART Work’ planned Saturday

Make ART Work, a day-long professional development conference for Okanogan County artists, will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at Confluence Gallery, 104 S. Glover St., and TwispWorks, 502 S. Glover St.

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Book-It events planned in April

Children’s programs from Book-It Repertory Theatre of Seattle are planned during the first week of April at North Central Regional Library System branches.

March 28, 2017 10:04 a.m. read more..

Auditions planned in Twisp

Auditions are planned Sunday, April 2, for the Merc Playhouse’s summer production of “The Real Inspector Hound.”

March 28, 2017 10:04 a.m. read more..

Open house set Friday

An open house is set for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Northwest Native Development Fund’s new office, 504 Fir St.

March 28, 2017 9:14 a.m. read more..

Omak graduate honored

Omak graduate Braden Draggoo recently received eight awards from New York Life’s eastern Washington general office.

March 28, 2017 9:13 a.m. read more..

Vendors open for shoppers

Vendors will be set up at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center until Friday for Colville tribal members’ convenience.

March 28, 2017 9:12 a.m. read more..

Stores compliant in check

Alcohol and marijuana business compliance checks were conducted March 17 by the Omak and Brewster police departments in cooperation with the Okanogan County Community Coalition.

March 28, 2017 9:11 a.m. read more..

Bill targets gas pumps

Gas stations would be required to post federal and state tax rates on all pumps under a bill sponsored by Rep. Cary Condotta, R-Wenatchee.

March 28, 2017 9:11 a.m. read more..

Travel Plaza has soft opener

The Colville Confederated Tribes’ Half Sun Travel Plaza had a soft opening recently at 420 Wanapum Drive and a grand opening is planned in May.

March 28, 2017 9:10 a.m. read more..

Tribe closes unimproved roads

Some Colville Indian Reservation road are being closed on a short-term basis to protect natural resources, road infrastructure, water quality and public safety.

March 28, 2017 9:08 a.m. read more..

Tribal member wins Canadian hunting case

The Provincial Court of British Columbia on Monday, March 27, ruled that Richard Desautel, a Sinixt descendant resident in the United States, has an aboriginal right to hunt in his traditional territory in Canada.

March 28, 2017 9:05 a.m. read more..

Training session planned

A free training session on investigating child sexual abuse will be offered at 8:30 a.m. April 25 at city hall, 2 N. Ash St.

March 28, 2017 8:53 a.m. read more..

Okanogan OKs street pact

The city council has approved an agreement with the state Department of Transportation for street striping during 2017.

March 28, 2017 8:53 a.m. read more..

Tonasket hires engineers

The Tonasket City Council unanimously agreed to offer a contract to T-O Engineers to provide engineering and related services for reconstruction of the primary runway at the airport.

March 28, 2017 8:51 a.m. read more..

Sunday, March 26

Merc welcomes author Armstrong

“March at the Merc,” a Methow Valley Interpretive Center event, is set for 7 tonight, March 26, at the Merc Playhouse, 101 N. Glover St., and features native author, educator, artist and activist Jeannette Armstrong.

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Saturday, March 25


Friday, March 24


UW students spend break working with youngsters

Several University of Washington students spent their spring break working on writing projects with students at Paschal Sherman Indian School, 169 North End Omak Lake Road UW’s alternative spring break is celebrating its 16th year working with students from the Omak-area school run by the Colville Confederated Tribes.

March 24, 2017 6 p.m. read more..

Growers meet with lawmakers

Tree fruit growers met recently with state legislators to talk about a bill that would address a state Supreme Court ruling on rest breaks for agricultural workers.

March 24, 2017 11:59 a.m. read more..

Thursday, March 23


Wednesday, March 22


Withdrawal could hurt growers

President Donald Trump’s order withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership was issued with the promise of saving American jobs, but it may also mean fewer opportunities for Washington farmers.

March 22, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Couple killed in collision

Autopsies have been ordered for an Okanogan couple died Thursday, March 16, when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 97 just outside town.

March 22, 2017 midnight read more..

Tuesday, March 21

Board turns down storage proposal

OMAK – A proposal for the Okanogan Valley Farmers Market to put a shipping container in Civic League Park was turned down March 14 by the Omak Park Board.

March 21, 2017 3:12 p.m. read more..

VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES: Girls named all-state

Shania Graham of Republic and Jill Townsend of Okanogan were announced as Players of the Year at the annual Washington State Girls Basketball Coaches Association’s all-state basketball games Saturday.

March 21, 2017 8:57 a.m. read more..

Monday, March 20


Teams fare well in Knowlege Bowl

Teams from Liberty Bell, Tonasket and Okanogan all placed in the Top 3 in state Knowledge Bowl competition last weekend, with the Mountain Lions claiming the state title among 2B schools.

March 20, 2017 3:56 p.m. read more..

Governor declares flood emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee signed an emergency proclamation March 17 to free up state resources in the event of flooding or other weather-related damage in anticipation of extremely wet weather in eastern Washington.

March 20, 2017 3:41 p.m. read more..

Slip, sliding into spring

The Omak High School softball team shrugged off not being on dirt, except for two days, and knocked off Tonasket, 22-3, in a non-league game Thursday.

March 20, 2017 3:35 p.m. read more..

Sunday, March 19


Companies file for quiet title to road

Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a complaint against Okanogan County seeking quiet title to land in the French Creek-Texas Creek area near Pateros.

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Saturday, March 18


Friday, March 17


Repairs planned for Keller Ferry

Drivers planning to use the Keller Ferry to cross the Columbia River via State Route 21 during the upcoming spring break will need to use alternate routes for their travels.

March 17, 2017 2:59 p.m. read more..

Thursday, March 16

UPDATE: Two dead in semi-pickup accident

Washington State Patrol troopers and the Okanogan Fire Department investigate a crash on Highway 97 around 2 p.m. March 16 in which a pickup truck and tractor-trailer collided at the intersection with Cameron Lake Road.

March 16, 2017 3 p.m. read more..

Flood watch issued for Ferry County

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for portions of Okanogan County, and a flood warning for portions of eastern Washington, including Ferry County.

March 16, 2017 1:53 p.m. read more..

Fuel prices continue to rise

Average retail gasoline prices in across the state have risen 4.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.83 Sunday, according to

March 16, 2017 midnight read more..

Wednesday, March 15



(2017-063 March 15) DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE Description of proposal: The new construction of an approximately 8,000 Square Feet building to be used as rental self-storage spaces (up to 60 units are planned). The Facility will be situated on 0.54 acres (23,440 sq. ft.) of property zoned Highway Business along Okoma Drive in the South Omak Area.

March 15, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Cattle judging draws FFA clubs

The annual Sunny Okanogan Angus Ranch/Cattle Producers of Washington FFA judging competition drew 186 students from across Washington to the Okanogan Livestock Market on March 9.

March 15, 2017 midnight read more..

Event looks at ways to reduce recidivism

A state “Hope Cafe” event, designed to address recidivism among those convicted of crimes, drew several dozen people to the Okanogan County Public Utility District office March 14.

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Tuesday, March 14

Local students awarded at regional art show

Students from several Okanogan County high schools won awards in the 38th annual Regional High School Art Show, with Okanogan High School students claiming six of 11 best of show awards.

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Sunday, March 12

Event today marks Woods’ passing

A memorial service for retired Wenatchee World publisher Wilfred R. “Wilf” Woods will be at 3 p.m. today, March 12, at the Numerica Performing Arts Center, 123 N. Wenatchee Ave.

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Bill would give farmers more time

Legislation that would provide farmers more time to prepare for termination of their leases with the state Department of Natural Resources has passed the Senate.

March 12, 2017 midnight read more..

Spring ahead, check smoke alarms

With the beginning of daylight saving time today, March 12, the American Red Cross is reminding people to test their smoke alarm batteries and replace them if needed.

March 12, 2017 midnight read more..

Friday, March 10


Locals singers advance to Star semifinals

Four local aspiring teenage country music singers will advance to the 13th annual Washington State Nashville Country Star semifinals at 6 p.m. March 18 at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave., Okanogan.

March 10, 2017 2:51 p.m. read more..

POINT OF THEW: Tonasket board discussing athletics

Despite the number of people from Tonasket calling or visiting our office to tell us to stop reporting on the classroom confrontation between Tonasket High School basketball coach Kevin Landdeck and Tonasket Middle School teacher Jim Caddy in a classroom, the issue just isn’t going away.

March 10, 2017 2:38 p.m. read more..

Educator facing federal charges arrested again

Former Grand Coulee Dam school administrator Nathan Piturachsatit, who faces state and federal charges that he improperly contacted an out-of-state teenage girl via social media, was arrested Feb. 27 in his hometown of Coulee Dam.

March 10, 2017 2:31 p.m. read more..

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Thursday, March 2


Wednesday, March 1


Editorial: Schools shouldn’t excuse bullies

A couple of weeks ago, we included a clip in our newscast that shows Tonasket basketball coach Kevin Landdeck confronting middle school teacher Jim Caddy in class about something said about the coach’s son.

March 1, 2017 midnight read more..

FBI honors Soup Ladies

Ginger “Mama” Passarelli, founder of The Soup Ladies, has been given the FBI Seattle Field Office’s director’s community leadership award for 2016, for her efforts to provide home-cooked meals to first responders in emergency and disaster situations.

March 1, 2017 midnight read more..

Kinross’ appeal of state board decision denied

Ferry County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the state Pollution Control Hearings Board’s July 30, 2015, decision, upholding the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the state Department of Ecology.

March 1, 2017 midnight read more..