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New NVH commissioners sworn in

Newly elected North Valley Hospital commissioners Jean Pfeifer and Jerry Bradley, and incumbent Adam Tibbs were sworn into office Thursday night during a regular board meeting.

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Local fans wait for 'The Last Jedi'

Not even cold weather could keep local “Star Wars” fans from lining up at the Omak Theater Thursday morning in anticipation of an advanced screening of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” The film will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight at 108 N. Main St.

Healthplanfinder sign up deadline looms

The state Health Benefit Exchange is alerting customers who have not yet signed up for 2018 coverage that tomorrow, Dec. 15 is the deadline to select health and dental plans through Washington Healthplanfinder that begin on Jan 1, 2018.

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U.S. Navy sends apology letter to school

The U.S. Navy sent an apology letter to the superintendent of the Okanogan School District following the drawing of a giant phallus in the sky Nov. 16.

Eye & Ear Clinic enters affiliation with Confluence Health

The Eye & Ear Clinic of Wenatchee will soon become part of Confluence Health, which is buying its assets, according to a statement.

Chamber talks Winterfest successes, banquet date

Tonasket Chamber of Commerce President Marylou Kriner applaud the volunteers and chamber members for what she called a successful Winterfest celebration.

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CENTER STAGE: OVOC brings great performance

Saturday brought a stellar show to the Omak Performing Arts Center as the Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus hosted its annual holiday concert. Never before have I been more impressed with this fine group of musicians as I was with their latest performance.

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Wolf, livestock conflicts continue

Continued wolf-livestock conflict has been reported in Ferry County in the past month, according to a monthly report by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Officials: Two wolves poached

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating two suspected wolf poaching incidents in northeast Washington, and a conservation group is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to convictions.

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Cannabis moratorium extended

Okanogan County commissioners decided yesterday, Dec. 11, to extend a moratorium on new applications for cannabis operations until Monday, March 5, 2018.

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‘God definitely has a plan for me’

A little more than a month ago Ron Champagne was lying in a bed at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, unconscious with tubes and IVs running though his body, while a ventilator was breathing for him.

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Oroville church celebrates 60 years

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church celebrated 60 years at its current location and Parish Day with bilingual Mass and thanks giving feast Friday night.

Pateros woman injured in wreck

A local woman was injured Dec. 5 in a single vehicle accident about two miles north of town.

Burn ban extended until further notice

Stagnant weather conditions are expected to continue in throughout the region, prompting the state Department of Ecology to expand and extend a Stage 1 burn ban.

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UPS franchise store opens today in Omak

A UPS franchise store and business center will open its doors at 8 a.m. today, Dec. 6, in the Omache Shopping Center.

CENTER STAGE: Holiday events on tap Saturday

Christmas is right around the corner. Earlier this week, while driving to the office, I noticed only a few houses along my way with beautiful colored lights on them. Which begs the question, why are so few people decorating this year?

Schools plan holiday concerts, activities

East Omak Elementary School students will present their annual holiday concert tomorrow, Dec. 7 at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

‘Winter Magic’ comes to PAC

The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will ring in the sounds of the holiday season with “Winter Magic” at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

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Hospital CFO resigns

North Valley Hospital’s Chief Financial Office Julie Leonard announced her resignation Friday, Dec. 1.

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North Valley Hospital board silences community

People who attended the Nov. 30 North Valley Hospital board of commissioners meeting wanting to address the board with comments or questions were in for a big surprise.

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Justice sought in homicide case

While the suspected killer of Clarence “Shag” Hauf was in an Okanogan County courtroom Monday afternoon, nearly a dozen local residents took picket signs to the street in front of the courthouse calling for justice.

Convicted murderer asks to withdraw Alford pleas

A former Tonasket man convicted of killing three people in 2015 continues to maintain his innocence.

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Board names interim CEO

Former North Valley Hospital Chief Operations Officer John McReynolds was named interim chief executive officer during a regular board meeting Thursday, Nov. 30.

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North Valley board shuts down public comment

Blank faces of confusion and distraught stared at North Valley Hospital commissioners following the announcement that no public comment would be taken during the regular board meeting Thursday, Nov. 30.

Stagnant air prompts burn ban

A forecast of cooling temperatures and stagnant air is prompting a Stage 1 burn ban for Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas and Okanogan counties at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4.

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Progress continues on Community Cultural Center

Progress continues on the street front project at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Whole-person care expands to Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties

Beginning Jan. 1, Washington Apple Health (Medicaid) clients in the state’s north central region (Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties) will transition to a whole-person approach to care delivery.

'The Price Is Right Live' returns to Town Toyota Center

"The Price Is Right Live" will return to the Town Toyota Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30.

51 million americans to travel Thanksgiving weekend

AAA projects 50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase compared to last year.

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North Valley’s new CEO resigns

Former Walgreens manager steps in as interim admin

Newly hired North Valley Hospital Chief Executive Officer Ken Archer announced his resignation during a regular board meeting Thursday, Nov. 9.

Gas prices rise 4.2 cents

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have risen 4.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96 per gallon earlier this week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

Open casting calls planned for 'Outside Mullingar'

Open casting calls are planned for the South Okanagan Players' spring theater production of "Outside Mullingar"

Thorp, Riley to accompany Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

Oliver is a small town with plenty of talent. Filled to the brim with artists, it’s no wonder that two young musicians are getting set to represent the community this Christmas.

Health Benefit Exchange plans expanded in-person help

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced expanded in-person help will be available this Saturday, Nov. 18 for “Get Covered WA” – a statewide effort to get Washingtonians signed up for 2018 health and dental plans before it’s too late.

Olson Bros headline Jammin' Against Hunger

The 12th annual Jammin’ Against Hunger returns Saturday, Nov. 18 to the Okanogan Grange Hall, 305 Tyee St.

49° North Artists brings 'Treasures d’Oro' to Oroville

49° North Artists is bringing the arts to Main Street with “Treasures d’Oro,” a series of three one-day shop sprees Nov. 25, Dec. 9, and Dec. 16.

YEARS AGO: 1917- Apple evaporator launched

John F. Perry is launching an apple evaporator business at his ranch north of Omak. C.R. Plumb will be in charge of the drying and the plant.

CENTER STAGE: Streaming music can be really convenient

I love listening to music, be it one of today’s “hot new” songs, or a classic from yesteryear. While I’ll admit the bulk of my music collection (both physical and digital) is country, bluegrass and classic rock, I’ve got nothing against classical, folk, blues, and even the occasional pop song. Last week my brother purchased a subscription for me to the popular streaming music service Spotify.

YEARS AGO: Orchardists upset with Great Northern Railway

Hardly half the apple crop has been moved from this station, every warehouse on the tracks is piled high, every basement or storage place in town is loaded to the guards, and each orchard has taxed its storage capacity to house the fruit that has been taken from the trees and place it, so a protracted cold spell will not work injury to it.

Wine, cheese gala planned Saturday

The annual “Taste the Experience” wine and cheese tasting event will be at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail.

Cast announced for ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Cast members of Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus’ spring musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone,” have been announced.

CENTER STAGE: Too early to decorate for Christmas?

Brrr! Where did this wintry weather come from? It seems we went from a nice autumn breeze to cold north winds all of a sudden.

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Residents board new bus for afternoon drive

Smiles slipped across the faces of some North Valley Extended Care nursing home residents as they prepared to board the facilities new bus Wednesday, Nov. 1.

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'Neither Wolf Nor Dog' returns to Mirage Theater

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” a movie adaptation of the acclaimed Indian novel of the same title, will return this week to the Mirage Theater, 101 S. Main St.

Curlew man injured in Kettle Falls wreck

A Curlew man was injured Wednesday following a two-vehicle accident about one-mile west of town on Highway 25.

Weather Service issues winter storm warning

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning , calling for snow throughout much of the region.

Drinking sugar-sweetened beverages among teens declines

The 2016 state Healthy Youth Survey shows that teens are drinking fewer sugar-sweetened beverages in schools; a contributing factor is the Smart Snacks in school program.

Gas prices rise across nation

The party at the pumps is over, as the national average broke its six week streak of falling, rising 0.6 cents per gallon versus last Monday to $2.455 per gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Healthplanfinder readies more resources for open enrollment

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange announced it will have more customer resources and assistance available than ever before to help people find and enroll in health coverage for 2018.

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North Valley Hospital announces marketing plan

North Valley Hospital spokeswoman Mikaela Marion unveiled a new marketing plan for the hospital and nursing home during a regular board meeting, Thursday, Oct. 26.