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Sales tax increase would fund juvenile detention upgrades

Voters in Okanogan County will be asked Nov. 7 to decide whether to raise the sales tax to pay for juvenile detention facility improvements and operations.

Liberty Bell, Pateros wrap up homecoming season

Two area high schools – Liberty Bell and Pateros - are celebrating homecoming this week, Oct. 16-21.

Halloween Harvest Festival is Oct. 28

The city’s annual Halloween Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 28.

Injured dog dropped off at hospital

An injured dog that was dropped off at Mid-Valley Hospital on Saturday, Oct. 14, was reunited with its owner and taken to the vet for treatment.

Confluence offers quilting workshop in March

“Doodle Piecing – Complex Curves,” a two-day quilting workshop, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17, 2018, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 18 at the Methow Valley Inn, 234 E. Second Ave.

Brewster council lifts burn ban

Council also discusses budget, sales tax measure

The city-wide burn ban has been lifted.

More affected by data breaches

Between July 2016 and July 2017, data breaches affected nearly 3 million Washington residents, more than six times the number impacted in the previous 12-month period.

Okanogan fall cleanup day is Nov. 4

The city’s fall cleanup day is set for Saturday, Nov. 4.

'Washington Grown' features apple industry

An episode of “Washington Grown” featuring the Washington apple industry will air this weekend on two TV stations and will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

Omak board buys two parcels off Highway 97

The Omak School Board is buying two parcels of land between Engh and Copple roads east of Highway 97 and south of the Okanogan County shop.

Bridge work continues on Highway 155

Work continues this week on a project to retrofit four bridges over the Methow River.

Omak students stage 'Beauty and the Beast'

A student production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is set for a two-weekend run in mid-November.

Historical society plans fall membership meeting

The Okanogan County Historical Society annual membership meeting will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Hazel Burnett building at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak, 116 W. Apple Ave.

Orchestra-chorus opener is Sept. 21

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will kick off its 2017-18 concert season Saturday, Oct. 21, with “Landscapes.”

Women in Agriculture conference comes to Nespelem, Republic

The Women in Agriculture conference is set for Nov. 18, with 40 remote locations around the Northwest including Nespelem and Republic.

Do-over required in Grubich firing

Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners thought they fired General Manager John Grubich on Sept. 25, but later learned they’ll have to conduct a do-over.

Health clinics benefit from rodeo's pink promotion

Three health care clinics will get more than $1,900 apiece to help provide underinsured people pay for mammograms.

Work progresses on new Pateros sign

Work is progressing on the new welcome to Pateros sign to replace the one destroyed in the2014 Carlton Complex fire.

Omak buys generator to operate sewer system during power outages

The city council has decided to buy a used portable generator from Washington Tractor, Okanogan, to allow the city to operate sewer lift stations during a power failure.

Community weighs in on superintendent qualities

Residents, employees and community members want a school superintendent who is involved in the schools and community, accessible to staff, caring, and skilled in school finance and laws.

Houston leaves PUD position, plans to seek manager's job

Steve Houston has left his position as an Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioner and is tossing his hat into the ring to become the utility’s next general manager.

Three schools plan homecoming celebrations

Three local schools – Bridgeport, Inchelium and Tonasket - will host homecoming activities this week.

Apple crop expected to be smaller than last year's

Washington’s 2017 apple crop is expected to be slightly smaller than last year’s crop.

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Flood repair work starts on forest roads

Flood repair work should start this month on six Forest Service roads within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Firewoord gathering allowed again in national forest

Firewood gathering is allowed again and the U.S. Forest Service has added some opportunities for gathering, including remains left behind after thinning and from fire suppression efforts.

Fire officials: Plan escape routes during Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week is this week in Washington, with officials touting the theme “Every Second Counts: Plan Two Ways Out!”

Governors urge Congress to fix wildfire budget approach

DENVER, Colo. – The Western Governors Association is urging congressional leadership to fix the present approach to budgeting for wildfire costs at the departments of the interior and agriculture.

Workshop focuses on doctrine of discovery

A workshop, “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery: Standing with First Nation Peoples,” is planned Oct. 28 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 639 W. Ridge Drive.

Comments sought on Methow Headwaters withdrawal

Comments are being taken by the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest on the proposed withdrawal of 340,000 acres from mineral mining.

Attributes of new superintendent outlined

Residents, employees and community members want a school superintendent who is involved in the schools and community, accessible to staff, caring, and skilled in school finance and laws.

Flood repair begins in Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Flood repair work should start this month on six Forest Service roads within the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Workshop examines the doctrine of discovery

A workshop, “Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery: Standing with First Nation Peoples,” is planned Oct. 28 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, 639 W. Ridge Drive.

Two injured in accident near Davenport

Two Omak residents were injured Oct. 4 when their car went off Highway 2 west of Rocklyn Road and overturned.

Diamond Creek Fire dying down

The Diamond Creek Fire isn’t yet out, but it’s dying down.

Annual Civic League Festival of Trees is Dec. 2

The ninth annual Omak-Okanogan Civic League Festival of Trees/Wine and Trees Gala will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at RockWall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road.

Taste of Three Valleys is Oct. 21

The annual Taste of Three Valleys fundraiser for the Loup Loup Ski Education Foundation will be at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Agriplex at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail.

Douglas County PUD moves forward on hatchery management

AZWELL – Douglas County Public Utility District officials are moving forward with plans to take over management of its Wells Dam Hatchery and associated properties.

Prescribed burns planned in forest

Prescribed burns are planned in several areas of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest this fall.

Orchestra-chorus concerts move to Saturdays

Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus concerts are moving to Saturdays this season, a change from the traditional Sunday presentations.

Roundup: Okanogan buys parcel, house

The Okanogan School District is buying a parcel and house at 508 S. Fifth Ave. Board members approved the $100,000 purchase, plus closing costs, during its Sept. 27 meeting. The seller is Robert Hobart.

Schools plan homecoming festivities

Several high schools are celebrating homecoming this week, culminating in football games and dances.

Work under way on Harts Pass, Chewuch roads

Work is under way on repairs to Harts Pass Road at Cache Creek and on the Chewuch Road.

Grand Coulee driver injured in crash

A Grand Coulee driver was injured Sept. 29 when his pickup truck hit a light pole and plunged over an embankment on Highway 155.

Coulee City fire contained

A fire that blackened more than 3,200 acres of land southwest of town was contained Oct. 1.

Private lending network outlined for Economic Alliance

A county-wide lending network for businesses looking for private financing could be started if there’s interest and someone willing to coordinate the project.

Reasons for firing Grubich outlined

Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners cited four main points in firing General Manager John Grubich for cause.

State Department of Fish and Wildlife brings meeting to Pateros

Public asks questions from Fish and Wildlife staff

Hawkins visits Pateros, Winthrop on Friday

Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee, will bring his legislative listening tour to Okanogan County on Friday, Oct. 6.

Cantwell reacts to conservation plan announcement

The U.S. secretary of the interior is poised to scrap a multi-year, multi-state effort to protect the greater sage grouse.

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Forest Service eases campfire restrictions

Effective today, Sept. 29, campfire restrictions will be reduced on national forest lands in Okanogan County.

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