Stories for July 2018


Tuesday, July 31


CENTER STAGE: ZZ Top rocks Town Toyota Center

“That Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” known as ZZ Top, is bad and nationwide. But Sunday, the band was far from bad at the Town Toyota Center in Wenatchee. The group — comprised of Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard – brought its unique blend of Texas blues and rock music before a full stadium that kept fans on their feet throughout the 65-minute concert.

July 31, 2018 1:03 p.m. read more..

Clothing store changes hands

Sweet Lemon, a local clothing store in the Omache Shopping Center, is under new ownership. Earlier this month Skyler and Cortney Goodrich purchased the boutique from Becky Barnes.

July 31, 2018 12:58 p.m. read more..

Three named heroes

Steve McCullough, Roger Castelda and Jack Denison were honored as “local heroes” in a community event Saturday in History Park, the first of three planned for this summer by Family Health Care Centers.

July 31, 2018 12:56 p.m. read more..

Danville port hours modified

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has decided to amend its previously released reduction of hours at the local port of entry.

July 31, 2018 12:48 p.m. read more..

EDITORIAL: Let’s spruce up Okanogan County

In a little more than a week from now Okanogan County will be bustling with business, tourists and increased traffic as people from around the Northwest will flock to Omak for the Stampede and World-Famous Suicide Race, Aug. 9-12.

July 31, 2018 12:31 p.m. read more..

Tonasket officer granted pay increase, insurance

City council members have granted a police officer a raise and insurance benefits. During their July 24 meeting, council members approved a resolution granting health insurance benefits to Officer John Cruz and raised his wage from $13 per hour to $20.40 per hour.

July 31, 2018 12:04 p.m. read more..

Fire burns in Cutthroat area

MAZAMA – U.S. Forest Service firefighters are battling a fire burning in heavy timber in the Cutthroat area about 13 miles west of town.

July 31, 2018 11:22 a.m. read more..

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Thursday, July 19


WDFW reopens wildlife area roads, campgrounds

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has reopened several roads and campgrounds at three wildlife areas and numerous water access sites in Okanogan County that were closed in mid-May because of flooding.

July 19, 2018 2:11 p.m. read more..

Annual sock hop set Saturday in Wauconda

The Wauconda Community Hall Association is gearing up for its signature event, the 13th annual “Fabulous 50’s Sock Hop and Car Show,” Saturday, July 21, at 129 Toroda Creek Road.

July 19, 2018 11:43 a.m. read more..

Wednesday, July 18


Sheriff candidates square off in debate

A half-dozen candidates seeking the Okanogan County Sheriff position, gathered Monday, July 16, in the Omak Performing Arts Center for a debate hosted by the Okanogan County Farm Bureau.

July 18, 2018 7:37 a.m. read more..

Riding along with Cheech and Chong

Tommy Chong and Richard “Cheech” Marin were presented with a sweet surprise and a flashback to the 1970s when the comedy duo performed at Mill Bay Casino July 7.

July 18, 2018 7:11 a.m. read more..

Hospitals expected to share Graham

North Valley Hospital commissioners met in closed-door executive session after their July 12 regular meeting to review an interlocal agreement defining conditions for hiring Three Rivers Hospital CEO Scott Graham.

July 18, 2018 7:07 a.m. read more..

Tonasket residents grill city council

The parking at city hall was overflowing as a drove of residents attended the Tuesday, July 10, city council meeting to speak up for the city’s police department. Tonasket resident Lisa McCoy said she put in a public records request for all city employee wages and benefits.

July 18, 2018 7:06 a.m. read more..

Nespelem students hear about coyote

Summer school is under way in the Nespelem School District, with Dan Nanamkin telling first through fourth grade students the legend of coyote to kick off the session July 9.

July 18, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Tuesday, July 17


WSU med school runs survey

Washington State University’s Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is running an online survey and is seeking participation from Okanogan County residents.

July 17, 2018 11:36 a.m. read more..

Vehicular homicide case dismissed

Vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges against James Faire have been dismissed by Okanogan County Superior Court because of problems associated with information seized from a cellphone.

July 17, 2018 11:05 a.m. read more..

Monday, July 16


Friday, July 13

Tribe battles fire in Hellgate preserve

Firefighters have completed initial fire lines around most of the fire perimeter of the Rattlesnake Fire, which is burning southeast of Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation.

July 13, 2018 3:08 p.m. read more..

New artists emerge ‘Outta North 40’

The Community Cultural Center reverberated with laughter, music and beauty when artists converged for the opening reception of a show called “Twenty-five Outta North 40” Friday, July 6.

July 13, 2018 2:47 p.m. read more..

Paddlers cross border

Canoes and kayaks guided by 22 paddlers arrived at Veterans Memorial Park in the early afternoon after launching from Osoyoos, B.C., at 9:30 a.m. for the annual Border Crossing Paddle on July 4.

July 13, 2018 2:41 p.m. read more..

Fourth of July keeps police busy

The Oroville Police Department responded quickly to a report of a possible assault during Fourth of July celebrations at Deep Bay Park Wednesday, July 4.

July 13, 2018 2:33 p.m. read more..

Thursday, July 12

Apple Pie Jamboree set for July 20-22

The annual Apple Pie Jamboree runs Friday through Sunday, July 20-22, in and near Memorial Park, with activities ranging from a parade to watercross racing and from a quilt show to 3-on-3 basketball.

July 12, 2018 12:55 p.m. read more..

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Sunday, July 8

Omak ag educators win awards

The Omak School District’s agriculture program has been named the state’s outstanding middle/secondary agriculture education program by the Washington Agriculture Association of Educators.

July 8, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

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Monday, July 2


Tonasket hospital plans social

North Valley Hospital commissioners have arranged a social time for people to meet and speak with Scott Graham from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 5, in the hospital board room, 203 S .Western Ave.

July 2, 2018 11:16 a.m. read more..

Plenty on tap for Fourth of July

Chesaw, home of the Fourth of July Rodeo, begins their Independence Day celebrations with a Community Dance Tuesday, July 3, with music from the Road Dawgz from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. The dance will be in the community hall off Oroville-Chesaw Road.

July 2, 2018 11:01 a.m. read more..

Community wishes Johnson a happy retirement

Dozens of community members, present and former Okanogan School District staff members, and current and former school board members filled the high school cafetorium June 29 to wish Superintendent Richard Johnson a happy retirement.

July 2, 2018 10:43 a.m. read more..

Incumbents fall in tribal election

Both incumbent Omak District councilmen – Edwin L. Marchand and Michael E. Marchand - were defeated in their bids for re-election to the Colville Business Council.

July 2, 2018 9:25 a.m. read more..

Sunday, July 1