Stories for September 2017

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Saturday, September 30



Friday, September 29



NVH meeting canceled, but residents gather anyway

North Valley Hospital leaders canceled their regular board meeting originally scheduled for last night, Sept. 28. But that didn’t stop more than a dozen residents from having their own meeting to address concerns regarding the hospital district. At least half of them were current or former hospital employees.

September 29, 2017 2:34 p.m. read more..
    

Thursday, September 28



States may opt out of federal emergency broadband system

Washington and Oregon will issue a joint request for proposals to operate a data network dedicated to public safety, but Okanogan County’s 911 dispatch coordinator has concerns about whether such a network will cover the county adequately.

September 28, 2017 2:07 p.m. read more..
   

AG Ferguson sues one of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic in Washington state, embarking on a massive deceptive marketing campaign and convincing doctors and the public that their drugs are effective for treating chronic pain and have a low risk of addiction, contrary to overwhelming evidence.

September 28, 2017 11:18 a.m. read more..


PUD plans outages tonight

Electrical customers of the Okanogan County Electric Cooperative and some areas served by the Okanogan County Public Utility District will experience power outages tonight.

September 28, 2017 9:03 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 27

        

810 (2017-252 Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18) IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE

(2017-252 Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18) IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION Colville Tribal Credit Corporation, a lending institution wholly-owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation Plaintiff(s), vs. Zelda M. Andrew-Pergola A single individual, Jason Boyce, A single individual Defendant(s) Case No.: CV-CD-2016-39291 CHIEF OF POLICE PUBLIC NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..


820 (2017-252 Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18) IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE

(2017-252 Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18) IN THE TRIBAL COURT OF THE CONFEDERATED TRIBES OF THE COLVILLE RESERVATION Colville Tribal Credit Corporation, a lending institution wholly-owned by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation Plaintiff(s), vs. Zelda M. Andrew-Pergola A single individual, Jason Boyce, A single individual Defendant(s) Case No.: CV-CD-2016-39291 CHIEF OF POLICE PUBLIC NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY

September 27, 2017 6 a.m. read more..
     

Tuesday, September 26

      

NVH leaders cancel Thursday's board meeting

North Valley Hospital leaders have canceled their regular board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28. During the last North Valley Hospital meeting, Sept. 14, residents pressed the board of commissioners over what they termed potential illegal procedures and policies.

September 26, 2017 3:45 p.m. read more..
               

Monday, September 25

     

State Health Benefit Exchange board certifies 2018 health, dental plans

The state Health Benefit Exchange board today passed a resolution certifying Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Qualified Dental Plans (QDPs) to provide 2018 coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Plans certified today will be available for purchase during the upcoming open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1.

September 25, 2017 4:25 p.m. read more..
 

Crews finish up several road projects

Crews are finishing up a variety of project on state highways this month and into October, including repairs to bridges on Highway 20 in the lower Methow Valley and Highway 155 in Coulee Dam.

September 25, 2017 4:17 p.m. read more..


Fuel prices continue to fall

“For the second straight week, almost every state saw average gasoline prices fall notably as refineries continue to heal after Harvey and work on restoring production of motor fuels," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

September 25, 2017 4:15 p.m. read more..
    

Okanogan grad wins top journalism award

CENTRALIA - Natalie Johnson, a 2006 graduate of Okanogan High School, recently won first place the investigative reporting award in the C.B. Blethen Memorial Awards for Distinguished Reporting. Johnson is a reporter at the Centralia Chronicle.

September 25, 2017 4:10 p.m. read more..
 

Friday, September 22

       

Thursday, September 21

 

Concert features Turkish music duo

A concert featuring Dum Duet - A Turkish Rhythm Celebration, with Raquy Danziger and Michael Burdi, will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Confluence Gallery, 104 N. Glover St.

September 21, 2017 4:31 p.m. read more..
    

Program focuses on air quality

A Methow Conservancy first Tuesday lecture, “Smoke in the Air: A community conversation about air quality and health,” will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 E. Methow Valley Highway.

September 21, 2017 12:39 p.m. read more..


Cider squeeze planned Oct. 1

Methow Conservancy will host its annual cider squeeze from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1, at the Dave and Marilyn Sabold residence south of town.

September 21, 2017 12:37 p.m. read more..
 

'The Last Salmon' returns to Twisp stage

“The Last Salmon,” a chamber musical billed as being “for kids and the people who love them,” will return to the Merc Playhouse, 101 S. Glover St., in early October.

September 21, 2017 12:34 p.m. read more..
     

Snow falls on Sherman Pass

Although we are still one day away from the first day of fall, a light blanket of snow fell yesterday over Sherman Pass on Highway 20 west of town.

September 21, 2017 9:08 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, September 20

    

Locals celebrate Lions Club's anniversary

The Tonasket/Okanogan Valley Lions Club joined clubs across the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. “For 100 years, Lions have served communities around the world and improved the lives of millions of people,” said Lions Club member Janet Montanye. “That’s something to celebrate.

September 20, 2017 10:06 a.m. read more..
     

Tonasket, Twisp receive grants for improvements

The state Department of Commerce announced earlier this week that Tonasket and Twisp are among 23 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants for 2017.

September 20, 2017 7:50 a.m. read more..
         

Tuesday, September 19

                        

Residents question hospital board

North Valley Hospital commissioners were grilled during the public comment portion of their Thursday, Sept. 14 regular board meeting. Allegations of outdated bylaws, commissioners not receiving adequate training and a lack of transparency in public meeting minutes were just a few of the issues commissioners were pressed to answer.

September 19, 2017 9:09 a.m. read more..
   

YEARS AGO: 110-pound cougar killed in 1967

Like a figure stepping from a history book, Boyd Hilderbrand emerged from the Chiliwist Monday evening with a 110-pound cougar he had tracked and shot. Hilderrand, now 76, is an almost legendary figure in Okanogan County. He hunted cougars for some 35 years.

September 19, 2017 8:10 a.m. read more..

Monday, September 18

      

DACA solution sought; students are safe at school

Both U.S. representatives for Okanogan Country are calling for a congressional solution for children and young adults illegally in the country and currently protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Meanwhile, public school officials say it’s illegal for U.S. immigration workers to come onto campuses to try ferreting out or arresting young people illegally in the country.

September 18, 2017 5:09 p.m. read more..
    

Community presses hospital leaders for answers

A string of questions remains unanswered regarding operation procedures and hiring at North Valley Hospital. During a regular board meeting, Sept. 14, residents questioned the board over what they termed potential illegal procedures and policies.

September 18, 2017 3:36 p.m. read more..
   

Yakama tribe sues Okanogan County

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation are suing Okanogan County over water availability in Wolf Creek, citing the Whatcom County v. Hirst court case.

September 18, 2017 12:57 p.m. read more..


Saturday, September 16



Friday, September 15

  

Thursday, September 14

                 

Wednesday, September 13

               

Tuesday, September 12

  

Omak man arrested in Toppenish

TOPPENISH - An Omak man was arrested last week in Toppenish on suspicion of two counts of violating a protection order in the disappearance of an Omak woman.

September 12, 2017 2:32 p.m. read more..
  

Omak OKs lighting, pavement funding

The city council appropriated money for two projects – LED street lighting and emergency pavement repair – with the expectation that state grants will refund the money

September 12, 2017 2:28 p.m. read more..
             

Fair results: Market stock sale

The number of animals sold at Saturday’s market stock sale was up from 2016 numbers, but the sale generated almost $83,000 less than last year’s auction.

September 12, 2017 1:57 p.m. read more..
   

Fair results: Smoke clears for fair

Smoky skies, a bit of sunshine, wind and even a sprinkling of rain kept fair goers guessing about Mother Nature during the 70th Okanogan County Fair Sept. 7-10.

September 12, 2017 1:52 p.m. read more..
    

Monday, September 11

 

Sunday, September 10

 

Friday, September 8

     

Harvest Festival planned in Grand Coulee

The sixth annual Grand Coulee Dam Area Harvest Festival, set for Sept. 15-17, will include several cooking competitions, a run over the dam and a human foosball competition.

September 8, 2017 12:03 p.m. read more..

Thursday, September 7



New Pateros sign nears completion

Work is continuing on the Pateros sign south of town along Highway 97, and the Pateros Chamber of Commerce is working on plans for s dessert social and celebration when the sign is done.

September 7, 2017 4:20 p.m. read more..
      

Wednesday, September 6

    

Genealogy workshop is this Saturday

A free seminar by genealogist Donna Potter Phillips will be given at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Okanogan County Public Utility District auditorium, 1331 N. Second Ave.

September 6, 2017 11:29 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

September 6, 2017 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, September 5

              

Cougar sightings reported

In the past two weeks there have been at least 10 reported sightings of cougars in Okanogan and Douglas counties, with at least half of them being in the northern portion of the county.

September 5, 2017 9:27 a.m. read more..


Hospital management questioned

Local residents questioned North Valley Hospital commissioners about everything from rumors of the hospital being sold to a private entity to firing and grievance procedures, and questions about hiring procedures.

September 5, 2017 9:26 a.m. read more..


Monday, September 4

   

Diehl reflects on queen reign

After nearly a year of proudly wearing a sash and a crown atop her hat, Cora Diehl, 16, said she’s had a fun reign and is saddened that it’s nearing an end.

September 4, 2017 midnight read more..

Friday, September 1

   

Tribe gets grant for reforestation

The Colville Confederated Tribes are getting nearly $3.9 million from the federal government for reforestation efforts in the wake of the 2015 fire season.

September 1, 2017 3:29 p.m. read more..