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‘Willy Wonka Jr.’ is in May

The Merc Playhouse Children’s Musical Theater will present “Willy Wonka Jr.” on May 9-18 at the theater, 101 S. Glover St. The show is based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” by Roald Dahl. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission will be charged. A “pay what you can” performance will be at 7 p.m. May 15. The cast features 33 Methow Valley children, costumes, lights and sound by Liberty Bell High students, and set pieces by the Liberty Bell High School construction, welding and art classes.

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Omak dancers perform at Disneyland

Lorrie Fraley-Wilson Dance Studios takes dancers to California to perform on Disneyland stage

In search of ‘Dead Horse Cliff’

Researchers trying to locate actual horse-kill site

X marks the spot. Armed with a small topographical map and global-positioning devices, three history buffs and a journalist headed into the hills above Riverside on Thursday in search of the kill site from which Dead Horse Canyon gets its name.

Day of Silence quiets school

Some parents keep their children home on Friday

Omak High School’s first-ever Day of Silence in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students went off Friday without any problems.

Gay-straight club observing Day of Silence in local school

Omak High School's gay-straight club participating in Day of Silence; some parents keeping straight students home

Rumbolz remembered for love of life, passion

Woman died doing what she enjoyed, family says

Charity Ranee Rumbolz was an Okanogan County native who loved the outdoors, riding ATVs and being with friends.

County moving forward to create board

Okanogan County commissioners are planning a work session on the future Fair Advisory Board at 2:30 p.m. today.

County K-9s receive ballistic vest protection

Nonprofit group raises money to protect police dogs

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 corps has received three ballistic vests to protect the dogs.

Omak Fire Department turns 100

Open house planned April 19; people can meet volunteer fire crew

The Fire Department will celebrate its centennial with an open house April 19. The event runs from noon to 4 p.m. at the fire hall, 16 N. Ash St. Visitors will be able to meet firefighters and see equipment, Chief Kevin Bowling said.

Pre-show dinner benefits seniors

A spaghetti feed is planned for 4-6:30 p.m. Saturday prior to the Omak Drama Club presentation of Neil Simon’s “Fools.”

Transgender document readopted

Word was omitted from procedure approved earlier

The Omak School District’s new anti-discrimination procedures dealing with transgender students has been readopted.

Youngsters explore art

Apple Hill draws students on break

Children from Oroville, Tonasket, Riverside and Okanogan spent part of last week’s vacation exploring art during the Apple Hill Art Camps spring break workshop.

Transgender policies on docket

Schools ponder logistics of making accommodations

The Omak School Board will consider an anti-discrimination policy and procedures dealing with transgender students when it meets at 10 a.m. today in the district office, 619 W. Bartlett Ave.

Winthrop may hear marijuana applicant’s appeal

The Town Council is slated to set a public hearing date tonight for a hopeful marijuana retailer who would like to set up shop in the town’s industrial zone.

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Teens knock out top country hits

Drew Jaeger relied on songs made popular by The Platters and Vince Gill en route to claiming his second straight Washington State Nashville Country Star title Saturday.