OKANOGAN — Ten candidates for Okanogan County, Okanogan County Public Utility District and several legislative positions fielded questions Wednesday, Oct. 12, during a candidate forum.
OKANOGAN — Okanogan County was billed more than $87,000 for one month’s worth of legal fees related to a lawsuit filed against the commissioners by Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou and the county’s Superior Court.
OKANOGAN – The nationwide phenomenon of clown sightings apparently has hit the Okanogan.
OMAK — A groundbreaking ceremony last Tuesday, Oct. 4, launched construction of the new Stampede Museum, which organizers said should be open in time for next summer’s rodeo.
OKANOGAN — Harvest is well under way, with growers wrapping up some varieties of apples and moving on to later ones. Pear harvest also is nearing its end. And harvest of both types of fruit is earlier than normal.
OMAK — Two local men have been charged in the burglary of K Hardware, 661 Riverside Drive, on the night of Sept. 24-25.
OKANOGAN – The Okanogan School Board took an initial step last week toward doing something it hasn’t had to do in almost 30 years: Hire a new superintendent.
OKANOGAN — A Pierce County couple and a Thurston County woman are suing the Okanogan County Public Utility District over construction of the Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line.
CHELAN — The man suspected of driving a pickup truck that fatally injured Brewster bicyclist and teacher Gary Knowlton has been charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run resulting in a death.
ELMER CITY – A pair of fires, one on each side of the Columbia River, have blackened more than 2,500 acres of land and forced a temporary closure of the Grand Coulee Dam School District.
OMAK -Okanogan County’s first known case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a horse living outside the city limits and just north of the Wildwood subdivision.
OKANOGAN – A Brewster man was charged Aug. 4 in Okanogan County Superior Court after allegedly punching three police officers while they were trying to arrest him two days earlier in Brewster.
Continuing coverage of the Kewa Fire, located 10 miles south of Inchelium
OKANOGAN – An Okanogan County couple is suing Safeco Insurance Co. of America over coverage of their losses in the Carlton Complex fire.
The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded its eastern Washington burn ban to include the whole state.
More thunderstorms expected to hit region today
Another round of thunderstorms is expected to hit the region this afternoon and early evening, prompting the Spokane office of the National Weather Service to issue a hazardous weather outlook.
CHELAN – The search continues for a man suspected of hitting and killing a Brewster teacher more than a week ago south of town.
OMAK — A local man was charged late last week with robbery and several other crimes for allegedly holding up the Stampede Mini Market while wielding a knife and a barbecue fork.
SPOKANE – Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Hank Rawson was correct in ordering suppression of a vehicle search in a case against a man charged with a fishing violation and unlawful possession of firearms.
OKANOGAN – Lightning, thunder and showers blanketed Okanogan County on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.
Trees topple, outages, some flooding reported
A localized windstorm, accompanied by rain and lightning, toppled trees including one that fell on an Okanogan home, and caused scattered power outages in the mid-valley area.
OMAK — The state Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to be ready during this fire season, and building a new base at the Omak Municipal Airport is part of that.
LOOMIS – State wildlife managers are proposing to elevate the Canada lynx to endangered status on the state protection list.
BREWSTER – People all over Okanogan County – and in Brewster in particular – are mourning the death Saturday evening, July 16, of longtime educator Gary Knowlton.
OMAK – A scenario in which someone targets police officers could occur anywhere, but local law enforcement leaders say they’re thankful they live and work in close-knit communities where most people value them.
PATEROS — A house on Eveline Street was destroyed by fire after an explosion rocked it and the neighborhood Sunday afternoon, July 3.
SPOKANE — Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over alleged “uncontrolled toxic oil pollution” from Grand Coulee Dam.
OKANOGAN - Okanogan County commissioners have scrapped the idea of contracting with an outside facility for juvenile detention services.
See related story posted on July 22
OMAK — The city’s annual do-it-yourself fireworks show is in limbo thanks to a decision by the Colville Business Council to ban all fireworks on the reservation.
SPOKANE — Okanogan County’s all-terrain vehicle ordinance has been ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals for Division III.
OKANOGAN — Several insurance companies representing property owners who lost homes, vehicles and other property in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire are suing for damages caused by the fire.
Bridgeport Daze will be tomorrow in the downtown area.
The Okanogan Days celebration will be Saturday, June 4, with a variety of activities, food, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, street fair and parade.
Omak graduate and former Okanogan County Public Utility District employee Duane S. Dahlquist is retiring from a Virginia utility at the end of June.
A local man escaped injury Tuesday, May 17, when his SUV plunged into a construction hole in an alley off Central Avenue.
NESPELEM – Three motorists, including a Tonasket School District student, were killed in unrelated vehicle accidents last weekend.
OKANOGAN — A fire truck’s color shouldn’t matter. Fire, police and other first responders need better communications networks.
OKANOGAN – Okanogan County department heads have been advised to watch their spending until June because the county is experiencing a cash flow problem.
WENATCHEE – Just hours after longtime legislator Linda Evans Parlette announced Monday that she will not seek re-election to the state Senate, Brewster resident Jon Wyss threw his hat into the ring.
OKANOGAN – Peacefully pacing the sidewalk in front of the Okanogan County Courthouse Monday morning, Albert Hudson said the effort “doesn’t bring him back.”
OKANOGAN — An analysis of per-day incarceration costs for the Okanogan County Juvenile Detention facility and two other, out-of-county facilities shows the in-county option likely would be the cheapest.
OMAK – Three of 10 new state Department of Natural Resources wildland firefighting engines and crews will be deployed in Okanogan County.
OKANOGAN — Dozens of Okanogan County residents packed into the Agriplex Annex on March 31 to voice their dissatisfaction over state and federal agencies’ response to the past two years’ wildfires.
Repairs are planned Friday for a section of Highway 153 damaged by a mudslide and flooding early Sunday morning during heavy rain.
Donations sought to help local family
A fire of undetermined cause destroyed a Dayton Street house Sunday afternoon, forcing one of the home’s residents to flee through a window.
Voters in the Okanogan School District will be asked in April to approve the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to pay for improvements to athletic facilities, construction of three classrooms and addition of a variety of security upgrades.
Crews from seven stations battle early morning blaze
Fire swept through part of the Twisp River Pub building early Monday morning, with the rest of the business suffering extensive smoke damage.
Conservation Northwest has filed an appeal of a salvage timber sale planned northwest of Okanogan in an area that burned last summer in the Okanogan Complex fire.
The first listening session by the Governor’s Wildland Fire Council will be tomorrow morning, Feb. 26, at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans a meeting March 1 on salmon forecasts.