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Jennifer Marshall

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Communities plan ‘spooktacular’ events

Festivities include Zombie Fun Run in Omak on Saturday

The city’s Festival Committee has a full slate of events lined up for Halloween, starting with the Harvest or Halloween Home and Business Decorating Contest.

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Survivors take ‘Journey to Wellness’

Workshops in yoga, whole foods, stress planned

Cancer survivors participate in Oct. 11-12 event

Douglas County Public Utility District projects net income loss

Lower interest to blame for estimated $618,000 shortfall

Court may review ruling

The state’s highest court may reconsider a May ruling that upheld the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s ability to condemn state school trust lands to build a transmission line.

Pateros School District seeks bond

The Pateros School District is asking voters to approve a $7.25 million bond in the Nov. 5 election that would help the district make building and safety improvements.

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Fire destroys Omak home

A local couple was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering burns from a house fire late Monday afternoon.

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Group raises funds to purchase Whistler Canyon land

With the help of donors, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has raised about $44,000 with the hopes of purchasing 70.9 acres of cliffs and scab land near the Whistler Canyon trailhead.

Program eyes improved reading

Meanwhile, Omak opts for online Lexia reading help

The Brewster Elementary School kicked off another year Oct. 1 with the volunteer-based Help One Student to Succeed reading program.

Group raises funds to purchase Whistler Canyon land

County plans to sell property as surplus

With the help of donors, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has raised about $44,000 with the hopes of purchasing 70.9 acres of cliffs and scab land near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead.

Survivors take ‘Journey to Wellness’

Workshops in yoga, whole foods, stress planned

For the seventh year, cancer survivors are invited to participate in a workshop this weekend at Sun Mountain Lodge, 604 Patterson Lake Road. The Cashmere-based EASE Cancer Foundation organizes the “Journey to Wellness” event, which this year will take place Oct. 11-12.

Chamber gains new officers

Leaders plan to bring new ideas to the community

New leaders have taken the helm of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, after six members – including all four officers – announced their resignations in August. The new officers and another new member were appointed Oct. 1.

Agency approves permanent wolf rule

An emergency rule for taking lethal action against attacking wolves is now part of permanent state rules. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to its wildlife interaction rules Oct. 4.

Four vie for fair spots

Four candidates are vying for two open positions on the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, also known as the fair board.

Health care site suffers overload

Hospitals offer computers, staff to help folks sign up

When online enrollment began Tuesday for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, people locally and across the country reported overloaded websites and failed attempts to sign up. The state’s health exchange site,, was overhelmed and went down for a time.

After-school programs enrich education

Brewster also offers a place for before-school help

For hundreds of students across North-Central Washington, their school day doesn’t end when the final bell rings. After-school programs, typically funded by 21st Century and GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grants, offer homework help and enrichment activities.

Two races now uncontested

Job change, death take candidates out of contention

Two races in Okanogan County are now uncontested, and the auditor’s office said the Twisp Town Council and Nespelem School Board will have to decide how to proceed if the candidate who can no longer serve still wins.

Markets still going strong

Most places will be open until the end of October

Some farmers markets around Okanogan County have closed for the season, but there’s still a few weeks left to stock up on locally grown produce in several towns. The Methow Valley Farmers Market, 201 state Highway 20 S., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 26, organizer Richard Murray said.

Dam remains focal point

As the Okanogan County Public Utility District prepares for several public hearings on the proposed $61.7 million 2014 budget, development of Enloe Dam is still a sticking point. One local resident appeared Sept. 24 at the utility’s first budget hearing to question the utility’s continued funding of the project.

Wildlife rules face possible changes

‘Caught in the Act’ could become permanent law

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday to consider changing its wildlife interaction rules, which could mean a permanent rule allowing local ranchers to take lethal action in wolf attacks.

Homelessness goes beyond the numbers

Community Action event helps connect those in need with services

Services are available year-round for Okanogan County’s homeless population, but local organizations are ramping up their efforts with the start of school and the arrival of cooler weather.

Senior honored for homecoming

Class honors special needs student with crown, title of queen

Even before Brewster High School senior Ana Bohorquez was crowned homecoming queen, she knew she had it in the bag. “Everybody would tell her, ‘You’re the queen, you’re the queen,’” fellow senior and homecoming king Adrian Urias said.

Local man recognized as ‘lifesaver’

ATV crash required CPR at work site

A local man has earned the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for helping an injured co-worker who overturned his all-terrain vehicle this summer. Jose Diaz, who works for Pateros-based AgriMACS in Richland, was one of 40 men and women around the state to receive the honor this week from the state Department of Labor and Industries.

Unemployment rate drops to 6.5

Economist predicts jobless claims to rise gradually as season changes

Unemployment in Okanogan County dipped to 6.5 percent in July, but state and local officials expect that number to go back up as harvest season draws to a close. “It’s always hard to predict, because Okanogan County is so heavily agricultural-based,” regional Labor Economist Don Meseck said of the winter shift in unemployment, which hit 12.5 percent in early 2013. “Unfortunately, I don’t see any change in that.”

Area prepares for health care changes

Many questions remain for state

Health insurance enrollment through the Affordable Care Act begins next week, and although the state has answers, there are still some major question marks. “Will it work? I don’t think any of us know,” said Carolyn Smith with the state Office of the Insurance Commissioner.

Hospitals aim to help babies at birth

Immediate steps can help alleviate shoulder injuries

To help newborns come into the world as painlessly as possible, Three Rivers Hospital staff has been practicing what to do when a baby’s shoulder is hurt during delivery. An emergency response simulation was conducted Aug. 19, training for a rare condition known as shoulder dystocia.

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Enloe debate continues

Aesthetic value of Similkameen Falls a central factor in powerhouse recertification

When it comes to resurrecting a means of generating power through Similkameen Falls, the most contentious debate has been about the impact on aesthetics.

Cities see bump in retail, hotel tax revenues

While unemployment decreased to 8 percent in June in Okanogan County, there may be another local indicator of economic improvement: retail sales and hotel/motel tax revenues.

Local man arrested in shooting

Victim recovering at Sacred Heart Medical Center

A local man will be arraigned at 10 a.m. Friday in Ferry County Superior Court on charges of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree arson.

Bridgeport man addresses fire issues

A local man is calling for a town hall meeting next month to talk about the city’s fire department, citing concerns about training.

Utility contests petition on Enloe permit

Water temperature, flow questioned

The Okanogan County Public Utility District has asked the state to deny conservationists’ petition to clarify the state’s decision upholding a water quality permit issued for Enloe Dam.

ATV lawsuit claims harm

Conservationists believe opening roads will damage environment

Some conservationists are suing Okanogan County in an attempt to prevent the majority of county roads from being opened to all-terrain vehicles.

Princess and Pirate Party

Party is an annual fundraiser for family grief camp

Little boys ran around on Saturday wielding swords and bearing names like, “Red Eddie Byrd,” while girls ate dainty finger food in their poofy princess gowns – and it was all for a good cause.

Bonneville Power plans to buy land from county

Okanogan County commissioners are waiting to hear more on a possible land purchase by the Bonneville Power Administration in the Salmon Creek area. The federal agency gave the news last week to the county, which has been working on a study to analyze the impacts of governments’ land acquisitions on the local economy.

Bridgeport mulls dual-use zoning

A public hearing next week will address a proposed zoning change that would allow residences to share building space with retail businesses. The planning commission’s hearing comes on the heels of another hearing at the May 22 City Council meeting.

Pateros seeks to fill council vacancy

City, fire district also seek more volunteers

The City Council is still looking for one good man – or woman – to fill an open seat. The position was vacated in early April by former council member John LaBree, who resigned when he moved out of town.

Pateros woman recuperating from injuries

Patricia Wood suffered burns from house fire

A local woman is home and on the mend after suffering burns to her face and hands on May 3 when her house burned down.

Local school has no seniors

Mansfield doesn’t have a graduating class this year

While students around North-Central Washington are preparing to don their caps and gowns, one school will sit out this year’s graduation festivities.

Inslee signs bill on wolves

Measure sets up fund to compenate livestock owners

Livestock owners whose animals are killed by wolves now have some recourse for compensation from the state.

Methow Valley schools name three finalists

Superintendent pick could be made this week

Three finalists for superintendent of the Methow Valley School District have been selected, and residents will get a chance to meet them next week.

Towns discuss police partnership

Budget concerns play a factor for Winthrop, Twisp

The matter of whether Winthrop and Twisp will join forces on law enforcement is still being considered by both towns.

Enthusiasts mark National Trails Day

Local trail enthusiasts will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday with hikes and a work party.

Bridgeport offers entertainment

Parade, music, crafts and hoops on tap for town’s weekend festival

This year’s Bridgeport Daze will feature a wide variety of things to see and do, from a parade to live music, arts and crafts, and a basketball tournament.

Area hospitals revive partnership

Occupational therapist’s hiring allows swing beds

With the recent hiring of an occupational therapist, Three Rivers Hospital is ready to revive its swing bed program.

No decision yet as Enloe Dam hearing concludes

TUMWATER – The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days

The Okanogan County Public Utility District, the state and several environmental groups are waiting for a decision on an appeal regarding a permit issued for Enloe Dam. After two more days of testimony last week following a four-day hearing in April, the state Pollution Control Hearings Board will consider the legality of a 401 certification issued in July 2012 by the state Department of Ecology.

Twisp allows hotel work

Town Council amends ordinance

A local hotel is working on expanding its services, and the Town Council helped the process along last week by green-lighting amendments to the zoning ordinance amendment and land use map. Twisp River Suites, 140 Twisp River Road, has installed two washers and two dryers, both industrial sized, in a small yellow house nearby that will serve as the staff’s laundry facility, owner Joe Marver said.

Winthrop mayor sits out next election

As filing week wrapped up for Okanogan County elections on Friday, several incumbents’ names were missing from the list of candidates. Among those is Winthrop Mayor Dave Acheson, who said he is not going to seek re-election. In office since January 2006, his second term ends in December.

City hosts birthday party

The mayor hopes to see at least a couple hundred citizens at the city’s 100th birthday party on Tuesday.

Pateros grad explores art, history in Europe

Study abroad trip included lessons about war, culture

History, music and performance arts – Europe has all three in abundance, and one Pateros graduate recently took full advantage of her school’s study abroad program to experience them.

Revised law gets tough on prowlers

Brewster has had problems with vehicle break-ins

The penalty for committing multiple vehicle prowls is about to get tougher. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Thursday declaring that second-degree vehicle prowls will be considered a Class C felony after the third time a suspect commits the crime, and every time after that.

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Woman healing from burns

Patricia Wood has left intensive care

A week after being admitted to a Seattle hospital with severe burns on her face and hands when her home burned down, a local woman hopes to be home soon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 Chief Bill Vallance said.