A Tonasket woman and an Arizona man were injured when three vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon near Twisp.
Okanogan irrigation board to meet at 11 a.m. Thursday to discuss personnel issues
The Methow Valley Ranger District plans to finish burning 50 acres today in the Little Bridge Creek drainage.
May 18, 2014- News Briefs
Mount Rainier National Park's Westside Road damaged by large boulders
A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas of the Okanogan River remains in effect until further notice
May 14, 2014- News Briefs
May 11, 2014- News Briefs
The state Liquor Control Board has tentatively approved an Okanogan, Omak and two Winthrop businesses to receive retail marijuana licenses.
May 7, 2014- News Briefs
Police investigate unattended death OMAK — An unattended death at Shove House is being investigated by the Omak Police Department. The Omak Police Department is investigating the April 19 death of Tanya Hayner, 25, at the residential drug treatment facility. She “most likely” died of a drug overdose, Detective Rusty Tallant said. Clients of the facility, 1007 Koala Drive, apparently are free to come and go, he said, adding that the facility is not under investigation. Hayner apparently had left the facility within the 24 hours before her death, Tallant said. Skip Rosenthal, CEO of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare, which oversees Shove House, could not be reached for comment. Hayner, the daughter of John and Laura Hayner of Okanogan, was a 2007 graduate of Okanogan High School. She was an orthopedic coordinator at Caribou Trail Orthopedics and a barista. A memorial service was Saturday at Dawson Gym in Okanogan. ----- Highway clearing remains on track MAZAMA – The state Department of Transportation is on track to re-open North Cascades Highway in mid-May, but spokesman Jeff Adamson said an exact date has yet to be pinpointed. About three to four inches of snow fell last Thursday, triggering some slides from avalanche chutes from Cutthroat to Washington Pass, Adamson said. More snow was forecast for Friday afternoon and throughout the night. By the end of last week, the highway on the east side of the pass was cleared through Liberty Bell avalanche chute No. 3, around milepost 163. The crew made some headway from there up through the Blue Lake Trailhead, 161.5. On the west side, the highway has been cleared up to milepost 156 near Rainy Pass, where snow is still about five feet deep, Adamson said. ----- Woman sentenced in dog rescue case OKANOGAN – A Carlton woman was sentenced to community service and must pay a fine for obstructing a law enforcement officer when she took a dog she believed to be mistreated in December. Judy Brezina Camp was ordered in Okanogan County Superior Court on April 11 to perform 100 hours of community service and pay a $768 fine. Camp was found not guilty in a jury trial last month of stealing a pet and making false or misleading statements to a public servant. Camp admitted to taking the dog, a 7-year-old blue heeler named Tank, on a cold December night from a junkyard near Twisp. She said his water bowl was frozen and didn’t think he had adequate shelter. The dog was owned by the Magruder family of Carlton, and the family pressed charges upon finding the dog was missing. She bought Tank from the family the day she was arrested. ----- Overturned crane snarls traffic BREWSTER – Traffic was restricted for about three hours last Thursday morning when a crane overturned on U.S. Highway 97 two miles north of town. The driver of the crane, owned by Gebbers Farms, was not injured, Washington State Patrol Trooper Darren Wright said. According to an incident report, the driver was over on the shoulder slightly at milepost 262 when the crane dipped into a soft spot. The driver overcorrected and the crane overturned, Wright said. The crash, reported shortly after 8:30 a.m., blocked the southbound lane. The highway was cleared by 11:25 a.m. ----- Hospital committee to meet today OKANOGAN – The first hospital committee meeting is scheduled for 3-5 p.m. today at the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave. The committee is comprised of officials from Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster and North Valley Hospital in Tonasket; as well as other area health care professionals and Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy. Agenda items include identifying objectives, setting meeting dates and gathering members’ contact information. Members have been asked to bring any studies that might exist concerning hospital consolidation.
Farmers market to open OKANOGAN — The Okanogan Valley Farmers Market opens for the season Saturday morning. Market hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Legion Park on North Second Avenue. Opening day will feature live music, an espresso stand and a variety of plant starts, baked goods and crafts, spokesman Rick DeLap said. Some early greens also might be offered. Parking is available at the north end next to the Okanogan Fire Hall Museum, 1410 N. Second Ave., at the south next to the Okanogan Legion Hall, 860 N. Second Ave., and across the street at the Okanogan County Public Utility District headquarters, 1331 N. Second Ave. The Okanogan Valley Farmers Market site in Omak’s Civic League Park will open in June. The Methow Valley Farmers Market is open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 Methow St., Twisp. ----- Alliance surveys businesses OMAK — The Economic Alliance is surveying small businesses in Okanogan County. Along with basic information about business size, type and ownership, the survey asks questions about employee retention, access to financing, government permitting and regulations, shoplifting and theft, worker skills, wage and benefit costs, market change, business planning, advertising, interest in business seminars and other topics. During last Wednesday’s meeting, the group heard about business financing from Umpqua Bank’s Brewster Manager Coleen Couch and North Cascades Bank Okanogan Vice President and Loan Officer Jeff Brender. The alliance will give a June presentation to the county about the .09 infrastructure fund. The board’s next meeting, set for May 28, will include a presentation about Kinross Gold. ----- Chamber elects officers BRIDGEPORT – Officers have been elected to serve on the newly revived Bridgeport Area Chamber of Commerce. Mario Martinez is president, Hugo Martinez is vice-president, Marilynn Lynn is treasurer and Amparito Martinez is secretary. Scott Wright and Ron Lewis are at-large board members. As of last week, the chamber had about a dozen members, Lynn said. Glacier reports record income KALISPELL, Mont. – Glacier Bancorp, parent company of North Cascades Bank, has announced an all-time record net income of $26.7 million for the current quarter. That’s an increase of 29 percent from the prior year’s first quarter. North Cascades Bank has branches in Brewster, Grand Coulee, Okanogan, Omak and Twisp.
McMorris Rodgers named Legislator of the Year by National Hydropower Assocation
Three Rivers board discusses CEO pact BREWSTER – Three Rivers Hospital commissioners plan to discuss a draft contract with their top choice for CEO, J. Scott Graham, during their regular monthly meeting Monday. Citing “retaliatory conduct” from Coulee Medical Center board members and physicians, Graham resigned as CEO of that facility on April 10 and indicated he plans to sue the facility. Other agenda items include a transition contract for Graham; a public hearing on the amended 2014 final budget; review of the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and obstetrics departments, and the sale of Advantage Durable Medical Equipment. The meeting will be at 4 p.m. at the Hillcrest Administration Building, 415 Hospital Way. ----- Brewster begins spring cleanup week BREWSTER – The city has announced a spring cleanup week, starting tomorrow. Crews will pick up yard debris left in the alleys – meaning only grass clippings, limbs, leaves, dead plants and short boards without nails. Debris should not be bagged; piles will be inspected for unwanted materials. The city will use a front-end loader to pick up the debris, so piles should be placed away from walls, fences and wires. ----- Pateros board meets in Methow PATEROS – The Pateros School Board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday at the Methow Community Center, located in the old schoolhouse off state Highway 153. The board plans second readings and possible adoption of several policies, and will consider a language arts curriculum for the elementary school and renewing Superintendent Lois Davies’ contract, among other topics. ----- Brewster board considers board vacancy BREWSTER – The Brewster School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the high school library, 503 S. Seventh St. Agenda items include appointing a new board member and proposed action on a sixth-grade trip to Conconully camp.
Fiber-optic outage planned for early Friday morning