Stories for January 2018


Wednesday, January 31


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Friday, January 26


Omak senior wrestlers recognized

The Omak High School wrestling team might be short on numbers, but it’s nowhere near short on enthusiasm, as displayed Tuesday night on senior night.

January 26, 2018 4:08 p.m. read more..

Thursday, January 25

Tonasket chamber honors business, people

Longtime auctioneers and business partners Daryl Asmussen and Dal Dagnon were awarded the business of the year award at the annual Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday, Jan. 25.

January 25, 2018 9:50 p.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 24


OPINION: Kudos for Hirst fix, approval of budget

A monumental step was taken last week with bipartisan support as Gov. Jay Inslee inked his signature on Senate Bill 6091, which brings clarity and certainty to those in eastern Washing-ton wanting to build on rural property.

January 24, 2018 3:09 p.m. read more..

Tuesday, January 23


DNR seeks money for landslide research

Money is being sought by the state Department of Natural Resources to produced detailed maps of counties - including Okanogan and Ferry - that are at risk for landslides.

January 23, 2018 10:03 a.m. read more..

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Tuesday, January 16


CENTER STAGE: Locals appear on small screen

Last week’s snow storm was sure nice. Aside from the constant shoveling, slower traffic and increased burden, when the day’s work is done, it is nice to sit down with a hot cup of tea and watch the snowflakes fall.

January 16, 2018 11:34 a.m. read more..

Tonasket mayor sworn into office

Newly elected Mayor Dennis Brown and council members Christa Levine and Jill Ritter were sworn into office during a regular meeting Tuesday, Jan. 9.

January 16, 2018 11:31 a.m. read more..

High court to hear state culverts case

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to hear the “culverts case,” in which the Washington state and federal governments are arguing about replacing old fish culverts to improve fish passage.

January 16, 2018 9:55 a.m. read more..

Bill addresses state forest management

Legislation that would allow the state Department of Fish and Wildlife to use best available science practices when managing state forests received a public hearing in the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee on Jan. 9.

January 16, 2018 9:50 a.m. read more..

Foundation awards $441,000-plus

The Community Foundation of North Central Washington has awarded more than $441,000 to non-profit groups thanks donations from people across the region.

January 16, 2018 9:46 a.m. read more..

New church coming to Brewster

A non-denominational Christian church “for people who don’t like church” aims to open its doors between February and April in Brewster as the second campus of RealLife Lake Chelan.

January 16, 2018 3:24 a.m. read more..

Community rallies around Bridgeport family after fire

It was a little over a week ago that Bridgeport High School boys’ basketball coach Pat McFadden bustled through a burning home to save his fiancé’s 8-year-old son, Tommy. Both remained in Harborview Medical Center for treatment of burns Tuesday – McFadden in serious condition and Tommy, satisfactory.

January 16, 2018 1 a.m. read more..

Friday, January 12

Snow blankets the Okanogan

Thursday's snow storm – albeit short-lived – impacted car insurance premiums, power lines and school start and end times across the region.

January 12, 2018 3:33 p.m. read more..

Pfeifer elected to lead NVH board

North Valley Hospital commissioners named Jean Pfeifer as board chairwoman during their regular meeting Jan. 11. Pfeifer was elected during the November 2017 election to her first term on the board. The board named Jerry Bradley as vice chairman and Dick Larson as secretary.

January 12, 2018 3:30 p.m. read more..

Holistic healing business opens, offers Reiki in Omak

You stub your toe on the bedpost again, and instinctively reach for the wound. Omak resident Teresa Mae Tindoll likens the impulse to Reiki, a Japanese therapy technique that’s said to promote stress and pain relief through laying hands lightly on or over a patient’s body.

January 12, 2018 10:49 a.m. read more..

Thursday, January 11


Snow, ice befalls region Thursday

Icy mountain passes and school closures have befallen the region, along with expected accumulations ranging from four inches to several feet of snow today.

January 11, 2018 11:08 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, January 10


Tuesday, January 9


Two injured in Bridgeport blaze

Bridgeport High School basketball coach Pat McFadden remains in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center today after rescuing an 8-year-old boy from a house fire Jan. 5.

January 9, 2018 2:55 p.m. read more..

Legislative session begins

The state Supreme Court’s Hirst and McCleary decisions will continue to occupy lawmakers’ time this legislative session as they work on ways to address the rulings’ fallout.

January 9, 2018 12:38 p.m. read more..

Capital gains tax not likely this session

While Democrats in the state Legislature have supported enacting a capital gains tax to fund public education in the past, they aren’t itching to pass one this legislative session now that they control both the Legislature and the governorship.

January 9, 2018 11:31 a.m. read more..

Inslee slams Sessions over pot decision

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed a defiant attitude toward U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who announced on Thursday the rescinding of Obama-era guidelines that assisted the legalization of non-medical marijuana in Washington, seven other states and the District of Columbia.

January 9, 2018 11:29 a.m. read more..

Democrats target firearms regulation

With a new majority in the state Senate, Democrats have found an early target in firearm regulation as the 2018 legislative session gets began Monday, Jan. 8.

January 9, 2018 11:28 a.m. read more..

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