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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Assistance for individuals denied
Okanogan County residents got good news and bad news this week on federal fire assistance requests.
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.
Renew Spa, the last portion of the 12 Tribes Resort Casino to open, had its soft opening last week.
Commissioners plan November hearing on matter
Okanogan County commissioners are considering pulling the plug on Television District No. 1, which has brought TV signals to the Okanogan Valley for 60 years.
If approved, aid could include business, individual and agency help
Federal assistance is being sought to help families, business owners, local governments and the Colville Confederated Tribes with recovery from the summer’s wildfires which.
Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight
People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.
Commissioners plan public hearing 1:30 p.m. tomorrow
A public hearing is planned at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on a proposal to change the Okanogan County Board of Health from six to five members and change representation on the board.
Memorial service planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday
A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for Omak City Council member Dino DeCesari, who died Saturday at Mid-Valley Hospital.
Fire managers expect the Tunk Block Fire to be more active today, with flames backing under the forest canopy.
School districts go into lockdown while authorities search for shooter
Authorities have closed some roads near town because of a shooting.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was suspected of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence.
Washington first lady Trudi Inslee is in Pateros today touring fire areas. She toured the Alta Lake spike camp to thank firefighters for their efforts.
A public meeting about the North Star and Tunk Block fires will be at 5 p.m. today at Nespelem School, 229 School Loop Road.
The North Cascades Highway, closed for a week and a half because of fire, could open as soon as Sunday.
Electricity should be restored by late Friday to areas of the Omak flats and Riverside Cutoff, Greenacres and Johnson Creek roads.
The North Star Fire, burning mostly on the Colville Indian Reservation, has blackened 170,000 acres of forest, brush and grass.
A homemade explosive device found along a road Wednesday evening was neutralized by the Richland Police Bomb Squad and Grant County Sheriffís Office.
The North Star Fire donation center at the former Okanogan Bingo Casino building, 41 Appleway, is open to all fire victims, the Colville Confederated Tribes Emergency Operations Center said.
A fire relief center has been set up at the old Food Depot building, 300 S. Second Ave.
The North Star Fire continues to burn along a broad swath extending from Ferry County to just east of Omak-Okanogan.
Fire officials said the fire has charred 261,650 acres is 17 percent contained. It is the largest in state history.
A Lynden man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his car went off state Highway 20 and over an embankment about a mile west of the Whistler area and 20 miles west of town.
Border crossing stations remain open, but some Ross Lake evacuees are being shuttled through Canada because of fires
Fire has knocked out the Loup Loup transmission line, leaving most of the Methow Valley without electricity.
FEMA authorized to provide local and state assistance.
Fires continue to threaten the Loup Loup transmission line, but the Okanogan County Public Utility District said it is trying to keep the line energized.
The state Department of Natural Resources is shutting down all industrial forest activities in most of Eastern Washington for the first time in more than 20 years.
Confluence Health/Omak Clinic is closed this afternoon and Friday, but Mid-Valley Hospital and Mid-Valley Medical Group are remaining open.
National-level Type 1 team arrives to take over management of fires burning across Okanogan County
People who want to donate cash to help victims of the Okanogan Complex fires can donate to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
The 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 U.S. Highway 97, evacuated briefly Thursday morning after smoke lingering in the area set off its alarms.
More evacuations have been announced for the North Star Fire, burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. As of mid-morning Thursday, the fire had charred 75,867 acres.