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.”
Voters countywide are giving the nod to school maintenance and operations levies and a bond issue for construction in Brewster, initial election returns show.
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.
More than 150 hit the trail for cross country adventures
More than 150 people hit the Ferry County Rail Trail on Saturday during the sixth annual Ski Day.
State 1 burn bans lifted in place since late December were lifted this morning, Jan. 11, in Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.
Highway 2 through Pine Canyon is closed because of a rock slide Sunday afternoon.
Kittitas, Chelan, Klickitat counties also under ban
Air quality conditions have not improved across much of central Washington, prompting the state Department of Ecology to extend and expand burn bans for five counties.
Erin Jones, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will speak to Bridgeport High School students at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.
School delays and closures for Jan. 4.
A federal District Court judge has ruled the U.S. Wildlife Services agency cannot participate in state-directed actions to kill problem wolves.
OMAK – Caribou Trail Professional Medical Services Group, a consortium of five area hospitals, is bleeding money and the Washington State Auditor’s Office is asking what can be done to stop the hemorrhaging.
Smokey is back home for the holidays after becoming lost and seeking refuge at Omak Middle School.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A government funding bill signed Friday by President Barack Obama includes billions of dollars for wild land firefighting and fire prevention.
The Omak Wood Products mill likely will close early next year.
Crews worked to save infrastructure, others' property
Employees of the Okanogan County Public Utility District have received the "Good Samaritan Award" from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association for their efforts during the summerís wildfires.
Saturday event features parade, visit from Santa
Downtown will turn into a festive holiday village Saturday during Christmas on Main, which features the annual twilight parade and other activities.
Family of four breaks ground on future house
Groundbreaking for the newest Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity house was Tuesday on South Ash Street.
Local cast of 25 auditioned amidst wildfire smoke
A live production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is planned Dec. 10-13 at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.
A father and son were both sentenced to 33.75 years in prison for the murder of a western Washington man.
Retail store not damaged, reopens for business Friday
A fire of unknown origin destroyed a lumber storage building and its contents Tuesday evening just south of town.
Father and son accused of killing grouse hunter
The murder trial of a father and son is expected to wrap up early this week, with an Okanogan County Superior Court jury then deciding their fate.
Flooding closes Black Canyon Road; high winds do minimal damage
Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency in the wake of Tuesday’s windstorm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday.
The storm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday, ravaging the Puget Sound and Spokane areas, caused little reported damage in Okanogan County. Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall said he’s aware of a few lean-to type buildings falling over and damage to a couple irrigation wheel lines, but nothing major. A small mud flow was reported in Black Canyon in the Methow Valley.
The first day of testimony in the John and Adam Jennings murder trial saw several law enforcement officers testify about getting called more than two years ago for the fatal shooting of a hunter. John Wayne Jennings, 59, and Adam Shaun Jennings, 29, are accused of first-degree murder in the Sept. 2, 2013, death of grouse hunter Michael Ray Carrigan, 52, Humptulips, on Cow Camp Road near the Jennings home.
A “Lawn Chair History Lecture” is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at the new Matsura Rock River Overlook at the foot of Pine Street next to the Okanogan River.
A Kettle Falls man was treated and released from Mid-Valley Hospital after his log truck overturned on Conconully Highway about two miles south of town last Tuesday.
More money sought to fight blazes, avoid taking from other resources
The Obama administration and fire chiefs from around the country have announced plans to combat climate change impacts in the wildland urban interface, the area where uninhabited and populated lands meet.
An electrical outage under way to repair damage from the recent Okanogan Complex fire will take longer than expected.
A rock fall last weekend closed Hart’s Pass Road northwest of Mazama for the winter.
The Omak High School Pioneer Players drama club will stage a musical production of “Cinderella” Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21.
Columbia River Quilt Guild honored World War II veteran Howard Picard with a special quilt.
An effort to revamp Okanogan and Ferry counties’ emergency dispatch centers and link them together is progressing at a slow pace.
A mid-month trial is set for a father and son charged with first-degree murder in the Labor Day 2013 shooting death of a western Washington grouse hunter.
Goldmark asks $137 million for 2015 firefighting
In the wake of another record year of wildfire damage, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is again asking legislators for monetary help in controlling wildfires.
Opponents are appealing decision
A judge has put into writing the decision he made orally in the Three Devils Road vacation case: The road will be vacated and the property turned over to Gamble Land and Timber.
Assistance for individuals denied
Okanogan County residents got good news and bad news this week on federal fire assistance requests.
Wildlife board directed to open process to public
A state Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to raise cougar hunting limits in parts of Okanogan County and other areas has been overturned by Gov. Jay Inslee.
Longtime cafe returns following hiatus since 2014
The restaurant in a longtime downtown building is up and running again after a hiatus of more than a year.
Chiliwist residents vow to appeal road closure decision
Litigants in the Three Devils Road closure case are awaiting a final judge’s order, but Chiliwist residents say they’re prepared to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.