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Jennifer Marshall

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Protesters march against Roe v. Wade

Marchers stop at Okanogan Family Planning to pray

About 60 pro-life activists walked quietly through the downtown area Wednesday afternoon, sporting signs with phrases like, “Abortion attacks God who is life,” and “Your mother was pro-life.”

Bridgeport man calls for mayor’s recall

Michael Knox files 14 complaints against Mayor Marilynn Lynn in recall effort

Cities retain control of pot

Attorney general rules on marijuana business regulation

The state attorney general released an opinion last week confirming the authority of municipalities to regulate marijuana businesses within their jurisdictions.

Cougar attacks increasing

Hunter killed one legally last week

Cougar sightings and attacks are up this winter in the Methow Valley, prompting state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees to take lethal action following attacks.

State considers future of Bridgeport park

The future of Bridgeport State Park is in limbo with the state’s lease expiring next year and added interest from the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Leadership group honors King

Schools, libraries pay tribute to the fallen leader

It’s more than just a day away from work or school – for many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a chance to reflect on how far the U.S. has come in offering equal rights to citizens and what the future might bring.

Parents learn computer skills in free Pateros class

Flexible curriculum allows exploration of various areas

While students practice sports downstairs on Wednesday nights, several local parents can be found upstairs in the computer lab, learning how to send email or translate text from English to Spanish.

Hospital releases resignation letter

Three Rivers Hospital has provided the resignation letter for outgoing Chief Executive Officer O.E. “Bud” Hufnagel Jr.

Enloe Dam appeal deadline nears for conservation group

American Whitewater has less than a week left to decide if it will appeal a federal 50-year license for Enloe Dam.

Pot creates more issues

As the state reviews business license applications to produce, process and sell recreational marijuana, law enforcement agencies are deciding how to handle issues associated with possession.

Pateros revives chamber after two-year hiatus

New officers take over to support organization

More than two years after the Pateros Chamber of Commerce went dormant, a new group of people is bringing it back to support the local business community.

‘Afternoon of services’ provides for homeless

Organizations give out haircuts, flu shots, hot lunch

Despite the snow, Okanogan County Community Action Council saw dozens of people turn out for its “afternoon of services” event Thursday to help the homeless and others in need.

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Agencies offer help at homeless services event

Churches plan services for homeless residents

Hospital withholds resignation letter

CEO announced plan to resign at Dec. 30 meeting

Three Rivers Hospital officials are refusing to release the resignation letter of Chief Executive Officer O.E. “Bud” Hufnagel.

Bakers get busy with rosca

Three Kings Day brings out the breadmakers

Hundreds of families took part Monday in Three Kings Day with a sweet tradition derived from the Bible, and two local bakeries provided the goods.

Bridgeport schools seek bond

A temporary fix in the 1970s to add more space to Bridgeport Elementary School has been getting worn down, prompting the school district to ask voters next month to approve a $3.9 million bond issue.

Three Rivers Hospital CEO resigns

Hufnagel will remain in position through April

Three Rivers Hospital’s chief executive officer has resigned, effective at the end of April.

Commissioner pushes delisting

Government keeps discussing issue of wolves

As the federal government continues to consider whether to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48, an Okanogan County official is hopeful.

Jobless rates on the rise again

Federal emergency benefits end for thousands

With the end of harvest season, unemployment in North-Central Washington has started to tick back up.

Choice buys Grand Coulee dealership

Fuller and Sons staff will stay on at longtime business

A 26-year-old dealership will soon be under the ownership of a man who recently brought his pre-owned vehicle business back to Omak.

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Brewster hospital administrator submits letter of resignation

Three Rivers CEO 'Bud' Hufnagel plans to step down in April

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Sign marks new scenic byway project

Scenic byway designation marks route through Okanogan County

Board set to meet following doctors’ request

Three Rivers’ new budget plan would net $422,349

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will meet at noon, Monday for the first time since the contentious Dec. 16 board meeting, when the hospital’s physicians presented a letter calling for Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel’s immediate resignation.

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Pateros funnels grant into energy-saving projects

The city is nearing completion on several projects paid for with a $500,000 state Department of Commerce energy grant. One of the projects was a new vestibule built onto the front of City Hall, 113 Lakeshore Drive.

Legion Auxiliary makes sure veterans have gifts

Residents of care facilities get special thanks

Last week marked the American Legion Auxiliary’s fourth year of a new tradition, delivering Christmas presents to veterans living in local facilities.

Pateros OKs ATV use on city streets

City swears in new mayor at last week’s meeting

With little fanfare and no objections, the City Council voted last week to allow all-terrain vehicles on all city streets.

Health care provider plans Bridgeport clinic

A new Family Health Centers clinic will soon serve local residents.

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Icy roads trigger collisions

Sudden snow showers and below-freezing temperatures in south Okanogan County resulted in multiple collisions Monday afternoon on the same stretch of U.S. Highway 97.

County set to decide budget

Sheriff’s Office cuts $160,000 from expenses

Okanogan County commissioners are expected to vote Monday on a proposed $57.8 million budget for 2014.

Local food bank gains donations

Money rolls in from online campaign

As it continues to help residents in need every week, the Omak Food Bank has received its own Christmas gift in the form of donations – around $28,000.

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Transit Authority selects interim manager

Outgoing Okanogan Mayor to head new public transportation system

Kinross purchases canyon property

About 63 acres of cliffs and scabland near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead will remain accessible to the public, after Kinross Gold Corp. purchased it Friday during an Okanogan County auction.

Lanterns take to the skies

Holiday festival makes its debut Friday in Brewster

A sky lantern festival to celebrate the holidays will make its debut in the city this Friday night.

Utility district increases budget

The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s final 2014 budget is nearly $3 million more than the preliminary budget released this fall, but the budget for Enloe Dam was cut nearly in half.

Three Rivers makes cuts

Doctors request chief executive officer resign

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners selected a course of action Monday to cut costs, but not before the physicians called for the head administrator’s resignation. Dr. James Lamberton read a letter, signed by all the physicians that work with the hospital, which cited a lack of trust in the board and in Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel.

Three Rivers tackles budget

Brewster hospital ponders staff cuts, major changes

Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will consider two new options to cut costs in 2014 during a meeting Monday that may assuage fears of closing down the labor and delivery department. The meeting will begin at noon at the Hillcrest Administration Building, 415 Hospital Way.

Local veteran remains enlisted

A local World War II veteran hasn’t seen military action since 1945, but without official discharge papers from the U.S. Navy he’s still considered an enlisted man.

Commissioners question state land purchases

Latest plan revolves around salmon habitat

Discussing land acquisitions and easements with federal, state and local agencies last week, Okanogan County commissioners kept circling back to the same question: When is enough enough?

County forgoes permit process for marijuana

Commissioners say they don’t want over-regulation

Okanogan County commissioners were met with applause Monday night when they decided marijuana-related businesses should be able to operate without conditional use permits from the county.

Applicants hope for pot growth, sales

Entrepeneurs await pending decision from liquor board

Marijuana business license applications continue to pour in to the state Liquor Control Board, and potential entrepreneurs in Okanogan County are cautiously optimistic.

Legal weed could bring in revenue

When it comes to sales tax revenues from marijuana, cities, towns and counties will benefit.

Letter reveals interest to sell

Family maintains criticism of state organization

In an ongoing debate over a list generated by Okanogan County that identifies “interested landowners” in state land acquisitions or conservation easements, the state has turned up some evidence.

Fifteen apply for marijuana licenses

Okanogan County ranks fifth in state for concentration

Fifteen applications have been filed for hopeful marijuana-producing businesses in Okanogan County since the state opened the filing period Nov. 18. Okanogan County has the fifth-highest concentration in terms of applications per resident, behind Kittitas, Lincoln, Pend Oreille and San Juan counties.

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Heavy snowfall prompts closure of North Cascades Highway for the winter

Three feet of new snowfall has prompted state officials to close North Cascades Highway for the winter

Caregivers are in short supply

State law now requires training and licenses

North-Central Washington is seeing a shortage of in-home caregivers for disabled and elderly residents, and one agency says part of the problem is a misconception about what caregivers do.

Entire team receives sportsmanship medals

Pateros first ever for special credit

The Pateros High School volleyball team received a first during a special assembly Tuesday. All the players received a sportsmanship medal from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

Christmas comes to the End of the Road

Old West town’s festival carries cowboy theme

The town will herald the holiday season this weekend at the annual Christmas at the End of the Road.

Pateros considers ATV use

The City Council will consider an ordinance during its meeting next month that could open city streets, alleys and parking areas to all-terrain vehicle use.

Local man remembered fondly by friends, family

Cousin located missing resident’s vehicle in river

While the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of a local man are somewhat mysterious, one thing is clear: Gordon Benjamin Beadell was loved. “There’s been lots of phone calls” from friends and family, said Donna Beadell of Bridgeport, who is married to Gordon Beadell’s cousin, LeRoy Beadell.

Hospital delays budget decision

Commissioners push to keep obstetrics services

When presented with six options to drastically cut costs in 2014, Three Rivers Hospital commissioners leaned toward the only one that would keep obstetrics. The Top 3 options discussed all involve layoffs, reducing surgery department hours to regular business hours Monday through Friday, and keeping the emergency room but reducing the trauma level from level 4 to 5 so an on-call surgeon wouldn’t be required.