OKANOGAN – The Omak School District’s bond issue request is going down to defeat, according to election night returns.
INCHELIUM – The Colville Business Council has convinced the U.S. Army Corps to keep the Inchelium-Gifford Ferry running for the season.
The washout that closed Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is interfering with Okanogan High School students’ ongoing study of the Oden Road Fire area, but they have a Plan B and even a Plan C.
About 10 people showed up April 20 for a scaled-back meeting called by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse to hear constituent concerns.
Three people – two men and a 14-year-old girl – have been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with first-degree assault in the stabbing of another man.
Spring concerts and programs get under way this week as Lake Roosevelt Elementary School students stage a musical, “Awesome Animals,” at 2 p.m. today, April 26, in the new elementary gym, 503 Crest Drive.
Briefs for April 26, 2017
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.
OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring longtime Colville tribal leader Mel Tonasket.
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.
The state Department of Agriculture has adopted rules establishing the Industrial Hemp Research Project.
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.
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.
Briefs for April 18, 2017
Briefs for Sunday, April 16, 2017
Churches around Okanogan County plan Easter services today.
In 2016, more than half of Washington high school students completed at least one dual credit course or program, meaning their earned college credit while in high school.
Youngsters can hunt for Easter eggs and win prizes starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Conconully State Park.
TranGO – Transit for Greater Okanogan – has added an express connection between Pateros and the Omak-Okanogan area in response to the prolonged closure of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass. A portion of the highway was washed out April 7 by a slide.
Briefs for April 12, 2017
A state of emergency has been declared by the Okanogan County commissioners in response to severe flooding that has washed out roads, caused flooding and triggered debris flows.
A body found March 16 in the Okanogan River has been identified as that of Marco Antonio Aguilar-Cendejas, who had been missing since December 2016.
No one was injured when a small plane crashed at the Twisp Airport just before 3 p.m. Monday, April 3.
Last week’s column dealt mainly with loss — the loss of one of our families longtime pets, a cat named Sweetie.
Community briefs: April 4, 2017
The man accused of shooting a gun at Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers in September 2016 has filed a document seeking possible change of venue and making various requests for the discovery process.
Warmer weather means some Okanogan County roads are squishy and muddy, with emergency weight restrictions in place.
A former educator facing seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography has changed attorneys in the state case against him.
The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s effort to refurbish and re-energize Enloe Dam has been put on hold again while a state agency readvertises a project-related meeting.
A bill that would expedite tax reassessments of properties adversely affected by court rulings that restrict water usage was introduced in the state House last week by Rep. John Koster, R-Arlington, and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic.
The Okanogan County Public Utility District is advising customers of a phone scam targeting residential and business customers.
Bridgeport School District’s spending procedure for a federal school improvement grant was lacking, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said in a finding.
A March 27, multi-agency drill to evaluate the readiness and reactions of first responders to emergency situations was well-attended and successful.
The attorney representing the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition and three individuals has asked the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office to recuse itself from a quiet title lawsuit filed by Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group.
The chief justice of the state Supreme Court has expressed concern to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly about reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been lurking around county courthouses in search of people illegally in the country.
Autopsies have been ordered for an Okanogan couple died Thursday, March 16, when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 97 just outside town.
The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.
The Sage Shop has asked the state Liquor and Cannabis Board for permission to move to 309 N. Main St.
Teams from Liberty Bell, Tonasket and Okanogan all placed in the Top 3 in state Knowledge Bowl competition last weekend, with the Mountain Lions claiming the state title among 2B schools.
An autopsy will be conducted this week on the remains of a man found floating in the Okanogan River on March 16 at Rattlesnake Point south of town.
Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a complaint against Okanogan County seeking quiet title to land in the French Creek-Texas Creek area near Pateros.
A bill to protect the Methow headwaters area near Mazama has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to conduct controlled burns this spring on parts of three wildlife areas to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat.
The state Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the draft Washington Aviation System Plan.
A former Grand Coulee educator has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.
Convicted rapist and murderer Kelly Eugene Small has been granted partial resentencing for a conviction of first-degree burglary.
A state “Hope Cafe” event, designed to address recidivism among those convicted of crimes, drew several dozen people to the Okanogan County Public Utility District office March 14.
Better weather forecasting means first responders can protect human life and property better, says U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.
Ginger “Mama” Passarelli, founder of The Soup Ladies, has been given the FBI Seattle Field Office’s director’s community leadership award for 2016, for her efforts to provide home-cooked meals to first responders in emergency and disaster situations.
Juniors from Okanogan and Omak high schools will get a taste of the business world next week during the annual Business Week program.