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.
High school students in FFA groups across Okanogan Country are marking National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27, with a variety of activities.
New group questions actions by current board
A group aimed at encouraging qualified individuals to run as candidates for Okanogan County commissioner is up and running.
Construction set for later this year, 20 years after proposal
A Tumwater company has been awarded a contract for more than $5 million to construct the Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line for the Okanogan County Public Utility District.
Commissioners ponder sending offenders to Medical Lake
A meeting between Okanogan County commissioners and Superior Court judges is planned for tomorrow morning to discuss the juvenile detention facility.
To help schools to get their players home earlier on Thursday from the District 5/6 basketball tournament at Eastmont High School, organizers changed games to one and one-half hour slots with a 15-minute warm-up in between games.
Longtime wood products executive takes the reins
A newly formed company has taken over the Omak Wood Products lumber mill.
Voters countywide are giving the nod to school maintenance and operations levies and a bond issue for construction in Brewster, initial election returns show.
Sushi dish takes top honors in ‘Top Chef’ competition
Students from three area schools faced off in the kitchen Wednesday for the title of “Top Chef.”
Omak Wood Products announced has sold its business to Omak Forest Products.
Warm air and a shallow layer of fog in mountain valleys is trapping smoke and impairing air quality, prompting the state to issue burn bans in Kittitas and Okanogan counties.
Bail was set yesterday afternoon, Feb. 4, for the Lake Roosevelt Elementary School assistant principal suspected of several counts of possessing sexual depictions of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.
Proposals are being sought for someone to take over the Enloe Dam powerhouse and adapt it for an alternative use, but there’s no hurry to submit proposals.
Sewing has changed a lot over the 30 years, with computerized machines requiring Needlelyn Time owner Lyn Hruska to keep on top of advances.
OMAK — City Clerk Kathy Lobdell, who’s worked for the city for 34 years, is retiring at the end of the month.
Omak resident and physician Bill Dienst is scheduled to return home Wednesday after spending nearly two weeks teaching medical practices in the Gaza Strip.
Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass is closed from Ellensburg to North Bend because of avalanche danger.
Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon because of heavy precipitation and high avalanche danger.
A one-hour power outage is planned early Thursday morning, Jan. 21, in Twisp and south of town along Highway 153 to the Libby Creek area.
Man accused of killing stepson, 22 months old
A March 1 trial date has been set for a Tonasket man who was granted a new trial after winning an appeal of his 2006 conviction of homicide by abuse in the death of his stepson.
Officials in Grant County are asking people to be on the lookout for a pit bull that ran from the scene of a fatal accident Thursday afternoon southeast of town.