A Stage 1 burn ban has been extended through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the Methow Valley from Pateros to Mazama.
Additional donors are asked to step up and select tags from the Giving Tree, which benefits clients of the Support Center.
Additional donations of food and cash are sought to help Omak-Okanogan Christmas Basket Project organizers reach their goal of 200 baskets.
Collections to help local residents in need are wrapping up this week.
Several Tunk Valley residents are suing Okanogan County and others over actions they say imperils their water supply.
Several teachers from school districts serving Okanogan County and the surrounding area have received classroom grants from the North Central Education Foundation.
The annual Shop with a Cop program is set for this Saturday, Dec. 16.
The Senate Republican Caucus has announced appointments to 2018 Senate committees.
‘Tis the season for mistletoe, eggnog, twinkling lights and porch pirates.
Libby Harrison has been elected president of the Pateros Chamber of Commerce for 2018.
Voters will be asked Feb. 13 to consider a four-year educational programs and operation levy request.
The city council had a public hearing Dec. 5 on the proposed 2018 budget.
The Omak Chamber of Commerce has named its business and citizen of the year. Business of the year is the Omak Pharmacy.
City residents have until Friday, Dec. 15, to enter the annual Christmas decorating contest.
The city is a step closer to getting a new budget.
One driver was injured in a two-vehicle collision Dec. 10 on Highway 97 near the intersection with Highway 20.
Ashley Goetz, principal at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, was named Monday evening, Dec. 11, as the Okanogan School District’s next superintendent.
A Christmas potluck dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee St.
Nearly three dozen House Republicans, including U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, have sent a letter urging Speaker Paul Ryan to put a permanent solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on the floor of before the end of the year.
Gary George has been appointed to the Omak School Board.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $574,000 to the state Department of Agriculture to support its pesticide regulatory programs across the state.
The Department of State has announced its intentions to move into renegotiations of the Columbia River Treaty beginning in early 2018.
Two people were arrested Dec. 10 after a chase through town in which a Douglas County sheriff’s car allegedly was rammed.
A snow safety poster contest is under way as part of the Cops and Kids and Winter Celebration event Dec. 16.
Audubon Society Christmas Bird Counts begin this week in north central Washington.
The Omak High School FFA chapter sold a record 564 apple pies during its annual pre-Thanksgiving sale.
An Omak woman has lost her attempt to vacate a drug court agreement, convictions, judgment and sentence.
Inchelium Hay Pitchers and Kewa Hillbillies hosted their annual 4-H achievement night on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Ashley Goetz, principal at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, has been named superintendent of the Okanogan School District.
Driver tells officer sun was in his eyes
Traffic was tied up on Dayton Street for several hours Tuesday, Dec. 5, after a truck hit a power pole, which then fell across the road.
Okanogan School Board members interviewed the third of three candidates for the superintendent’s job on Friday evening, Dec. 8.
School superintendent candidate Ashley Goetz said she wants to make things better for the Okanogan district, if possible, so she threw her hat into the ring for the position.
Okanogan School Board members grilled superintendent candidate Joey Castilleja for more than an hour last evening, Dec. 6, at the close of his day-long interview for the job.
Donations are sought for the annual Omak-Okanogan Christmas Basket Program, which provides holiday meals to hundreds of mid-valley residents.
Joyce Fancher was elected chairwoman of the Tonasket School Board during the Nov. 29 meeting.
Three men were arrested Dec. 1 on suspicion of committing several burglaries and thefts.
The Pateros-Brewster Community Resource Center has been awarded a $9,000 grant from Community Foundation of North Central Washington.
The state Recreation and Conservation Office is looking for volunteers to help evaluate grant proposals.
A full day of Christmas-related activities is planned Saturday, Dec. 9, starting with the annual Jingle Bell Jog.
Second measure seeks levy approval
School directors are putting a request for a new middle school before voters again.
The Omak Stampede made a profit of $4,600 during 2017.
Voters in the Okanogan School District will be asked Feb. 13, 2018, to decide on a technology levy to replace the current one that expires in 2018.
The annual Mount Olive Grange Christmas dinner and party will be Dec. 10 at the Grange Hall, 317 N. Main St.
A display of artwork by Wenatchee Valley College at Omak will open with a reception this Friday, Dec. 8, at Main Street Market’s gallery, 1 N. Main St.
A Level 3 sex offender has moved to the 100 block of North Main Street.
Nov. 7 election results certified
North Valley Hospital Commissioner Adam Tibbs barely hung on to his position, while two fellow commissioners lost their bids for re-election in the Nov. 7 election.
Two Omak High School students were arrested the morning of Nov. 29 after an Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team allegedly found drugs in a locker room.
Longtime Okanogan School Board member Jane Cline was lauded during the Nov. 29 meeting - her last on the board.
The Okanogan Grange was filled to capacity on Nov. 19 for the annual Okanogan County 4-H Achievement Recognition Awards Banquet.
Three educators are seeking the superintendent’s job in Okanogan.