Former hospital CEO sues for records

Former North Valley Hospital CEO Michael Zwicker is suing Okanogan County Hospital District No. 4, doing business as North Valley Hospital, over its alleged failure to release records under the state Open Public Records Act.

Winthrop council reviews draft 2018 budget

A final review of the draft 2018 town budget was held Nov. 1 by the town council.

WVCO seeks comments on new wildland fire program

An open forum to discuss the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak wildland fire program will be Dec. 2.

Navy apologizes for phallic skywriting

The U.S. Navy has apologized for a flight crew that drew a giant phallus in the sky Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16.

Omask council fine-tunes proposed budget

The city council fine-tuned the proposed 2018 budget a bit more during a special meeting Nov. 13.

Sales tax hike will allow juvenile facility upgrades

Passage of a 0.1 percent sales tax increase by Okanogan County residents will allow the county to set up a maintenance fund for the juvenile detention facility.

Former marshal sues Winthrop, former mayor

Former Winthrop Marshal Hal Henning is suing the town and former Mayor Anne Acheson.

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Grubich gets $148,000 in accrued leave time

Former General Manager John Grubich got a cash-out of more than $148,000 for accrued leave time when he left the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s employ last month.

North Cascades Bank parent company declares dividend

KALISPELL, Mont. – North Cascades Bank parent company Glacier Bancorp Inc. directors have declared a quarterly dividend of 21 cents per share.

Man charged with murder, arson in fatal fire

An Omak man is being held on $1 million bail with anticipated charges of first-degree aggravated murder and first-degree arson in the wake of a fatal house fire.

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Okanogan ag teacher submits resignation

The agriculture teacher at Okanogan Middle-High School submitted his resignation Monday morning, Nov. 20.

County planners continue hearing on water availability

A special meeting of the Okanogan County Regional Planning Commission is planned Dec. 4 to continue a public hearing on a proposed ordinance dealing with water availability study areas.

State auditor scolds county over fairgrounds recordkeeping

Okanogan County was scolded this week by the Washington State Auditor’s Office for lax financial recordkeeping at the fairgrounds.

Man charged with theft, forgery on landfill account

An Omak man has been charged with theft, forgery and other crimes in connection with checks missing from an Okanogan County Landfill account.

Brewster gets state award for water project

The city has received a state award for a project to rehabilitate its water reservoirs in the wake of damage done to the system during the 2014 Carlton Complex fire.