Distracted driving bill approved

Cody Meyer loved hiking at Wallace Falls in Gold Bar, and lighting off fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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Tonasket ponders annexation

There’s no room for expansion. That’s the message city planner Kurt Danison brought before the city council and a handful of local residents regarding a potential annexation of about 78.06 acres south of town.

Newhouse bows out of meeting; staff will relay messages

BREWSTER – A listening session planned Thursday, April 20, at Brewster High School by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, has been turned into a message session with Newhouse’s staff.

State House honors Mel Tonasket

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring longtime Colville tribal leader Mel Tonasket.

Ballots for Omak School District bond issue due back April 25

Voters in the Omak School District have until Tuesday, April 25, to return ballots in the district’s request for a bond issue to finance construction of a new middle school.

Repair work underway on Loup Loup Pass

Work is under way to repair washed-away portions of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass, but motorists will have to take the long way between the Okanogan and Methow valleys for several more weeks.

Permit granted for Oroville canine shelter

After nearly a year of hurdles and setbacks, a local dog shelter has received a conditional use permit and is back in business.

State Justice Gonzalez leads firearms law class

Attendees of the county's annual “Self Defense and the Law” firearms class will get to hear from a special guest this year.

100th birthday party planned for Ruby Field

Family and friends of Ruby Field will be holding a special celebration on Sunday, April 23 to mark her 100th birthday.

Kindergarten, preschool registrations set

Kindergarten registration runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. April 17-21 at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.

Communities mark Earth Day with events

Several Earth Day and Arbor Day observances are planned during the next couple weeks around Okanogan County.

Rules adopted for industrial hemp research

The state Department of Agriculture has adopted rules establishing the Industrial Hemp Research Project.

Gebbers keeps agriculture viable in north county

With help from Gebbers Farms, agriculture will remain a viable industry in northern Okanogan County.

Residents seek high court ruling

The Coalition of Chiliwist Residents and Friends and four individuals are asking the state Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision concerning vacation of Three Devils Road.

Some victims, witnesses reluctant to show for court

Increased pressure on immigrants by the Trump administration apparently is making some crime victims and witnesses reluctant to report crimes and show up in court.