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.”
Michael Knox files 14 complaints against Mayor Marilynn Lynn in recall effort
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Rivers Hospital has provided the resignation letter for outgoing Chief Executive Officer O.E. “Bud” Hufnagel Jr.
American Whitewater has less than a week left to decide if it will appeal a federal 50-year license for Enloe Dam.
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.
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.
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.
Churches plan services for homeless residents
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.
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.
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.
Hufnagel will remain in position through April
Three Rivers Hospital’s chief executive officer has resigned, effective at the end of April.
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.
Federal emergency benefits end for thousands
With the end of harvest season, unemployment in North-Central Washington has started to tick back up.
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.
Three Rivers CEO 'Bud' Hufnagel plans to step down in April
Scenic byway designation marks route through Okanogan County
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.
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.
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.
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.
A new Family Health Centers clinic will soon serve local residents.
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.
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.
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.
Outgoing Okanogan Mayor to head new public transportation system
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
When it comes to sales tax revenues from marijuana, cities, towns and counties will benefit.
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.
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.
Three feet of new snowfall has prompted state officials to close North Cascades Highway for the winter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.