Stories for August 2018


Friday, August 31


Thursday, August 30

Wednesday, August 29


Grainger gains two first grade classrooms

Construction on a two-classroom addition to Virginia Grainger Elementary School is pretty much done and youngsters are in the new rooms today, Aug. 29, for the start of the new school year.

August 29, 2018 9:41 a.m. read more..

Fire restrictions added

The Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has implemented additional fire restrictions because of extreme fire danger forest-wide.

August 29, 2018 9:29 a.m. read more..

Rain calms fires

Rain and higher relative humidity over the weekend allowed firefighters to make a direct attack on the Crescent Mountain Fire, which has been burning for a month in the Twisp River drainage.

August 29, 2018 9:25 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 27

Wise plans book signings

A trio of book signings are planned for local author Theresa Wise following the release of her first book, “The Captive.”

August 27, 2018 1:47 p.m. read more..

Fair exhibit remembers pioneers

At this year’s Okanogan County Fair, Thursday, Sept. 6, one of its attractions will feature a practice that is eons older than the fair itself.

August 27, 2018 9:56 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 26

Friday, August 24


Wednesday, August 22

Gas prices fall across the state

Gasoline prices across the state have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.33, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 stations in Washington.

August 22, 2018 3:06 p.m. read more..

Detour keeps downtown corridor bustling

Construction on the Highway 97 bridge over the Okanogan River is causing traffic delays and parking issues in downtown Omak, but local business owners say it’s not detouring customers.

August 22, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, August 21


Inchelium girl returns from Spain

OLYMPIA - An Inchelium girl, part of the inaugural class of Washington World Fellows, has returned home after a six-week study abroad experience in Leon, Spain.

August 21, 2018 9:59 a.m. read more..

OPINION: Telephone scammers are getting clever

Last week I was at home and at the opposite end of the house from my wife.The telephone rang, and I quickly hollered across the house to her, asking who was calling. The caller ID showed “Twisp.”

August 21, 2018 7:35 a.m. read more..

OPINION: Jack Black: Fun among fame

As the north Okanogan pulsated with rumors of Jack Black sightings last week, I received an email from my editor saying, “Keep your eyes out. Jack Black's in town.”

August 21, 2018 7:21 a.m. read more..

Monday, August 20


Sunday, August 19

Saturday, August 18

Friday, August 17

DNR institutes campfire ban

OLYMPIA – The state Department of Natural Resources has banned campfires on all lands east of the Cascades protected by the agency.

August 17, 2018 3:55 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 16


Chamber learns of improvements to park

Alyssa Weddle with the Tonasket Parks Improvement Committee said the group has raised $18,200 towards purchasing new equipment for Little Learners' Park when she met with the chamber of commerce Tuesday, Aug. 14.

August 16, 2018 9:41 a.m. read more..

North Valley cash on hand increases to 115 days

Staff members of Three Rivers Hospital joined North Valley Hospital staff for the Aug. 9 regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners, where Three Rivers Hospital CEO Scott Graham was voted in to split his responsibilities between the two hospitals.

August 16, 2018 9:16 a.m. read more..

North Valley Hospital hires Graham

North Valley Hospital board of commissioners voted to appoint Scott Graham as the district’s new chief executive officer during their Thursday, Aug. 9 meeting, with the appointment to begin immediately.

August 16, 2018 9:12 a.m. read more..

Officials continue border talks

Local elected officials are still discussing concerns with U.S. Customs and Border Protection about the proposed reduction of hours at the Danville and Metaline ports of entry.

August 16, 2018 9:04 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 15

Tuesday, August 14


State appeals Faire case dismissal

OKANOGAN – The state is appealing an Okanogan County Superior Court decision to dismiss vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges against James Faire.

August 14, 2018 8:16 a.m. read more..

Sunday, August 12

Level 3 evacuations issued for parts of Grand Coulee, Coulee Dam

UPDATE: Highway 174 has reopened. UPDATE: Areas in Grand Coulee and Coulee Dam previously at Level 3 have been downgraded to Level 2 and those at Level 2 now are at Level 1. GRAND COULEE – Grant County has issued Level 3 (get out now) evacuation alerts for portions of Grand Coulee and the portion of Coulee Dam within Grant County because of the Grass Valley Fire.

August 12, 2018 3:49 p.m. read more..

Thursday, August 9


Christians offer music, message

Christians in Action celebrates its 46th year with music, free ice water, Bibles, Western church service and refreshments at the Omak Stampede Aug. 9-12.

August 9, 2018 10:53 a.m. read more..

Show features Western art

Okanogan County Artists' 38th annual Western and Native Art Show features 16 returning artists from as far away as Montana and Idaho, across Washington state and many local artists.

August 9, 2018 10:37 a.m. read more..

Hundreds expected for encampment

The annual Omak Stampede Indian Encampment opens Thursday, Aug. 9, and continues through Sunday Aug. 12, with dancing, drumming and stick game competitions.

August 9, 2018 10:34 a.m. read more..

Stampede draws top cowboys

Many of the top hands in the western United States will stop at Omak for the 85th Omak Stampede rodeo Thursday to Sunday in the Omak Stampede Arena.

August 9, 2018 10:25 a.m. read more..

Family Health Centers welcomes Long

Sarah Long is stoked to be Family Health Centers' newest medical provider. A certified nurse midwife and women's health nurse practitioner, Long will begin seeing patients in the Tonasket area in mid-September.

August 9, 2018 9:37 a.m. read more..

3D printing business comes to Oroville

Lauretta Morey is ready to take care of all your 3D printing needs with her new business in Oroville. “I've been doing 3D printing over a year, just as a hobby,” said Morey, “and opened the business a month ago.”

August 9, 2018 9:25 a.m. read more..

OPINION: Support Omak Stampede this weekend

Earlier this week I was driving through downtown Omak around 1:30 p.m. Usually at that time of day one can make it from south Omak up to Riverside Drive in just a couple of minutes. But Monday was an exception. As the car thermometer read 98 degrees and the sweat beaded from my forehead, I realized the cause of the delay. It is Stampede week.

August 9, 2018 9:21 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, August 8


Eastern Washington under heat, red flag warnings

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heath watch and red flag warning calling for low relative humidity at above normal temperate. “Triple digit heat is expected Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

August 8, 2018 midnight read more..

Tuesday, August 7


Fires continue to burn in Twisp River drainage

TWISP – The combined Crescent Mountain and Gilbert fires continue to grow, and some Twisp River area residents remain under a Level 2 evacuation notice because of the blazes, which are burning at the upper end of the drainage.

August 7, 2018 9:03 a.m. read more..

State asked to name creek for Widel

OMAK - A petition to name a creek in the North Cascades after the late Elizabeth Widel is up for initial consideration by the state Committee on Geographic Names.

August 7, 2018 8:57 a.m. read more..

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Thursday, August 2


Wednesday, August 1