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Level 3 sex offender moves to Riverside

A level 3 sex offender has moved to the 00 block of Blue Moon Road, Riverside. The 43-year-old man notified the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office of his move, as required by law.

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Crews respond to wildfire near Loomis

Fire crews from the state Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Forest Service and the Loomis Fire Department are on the scene of a wildfire burning near town.

Artists meet July 3 in Okanogan

The Okanogan County Artists Association will host its monthly paint-in from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 3, at the Okanogan Presbyterian Church, 429 W. Oak St.

11 health insurers file for 2018 individual market

Eleven health insurers filed 71 health plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual and family health insurance market, with an average proposed rate increase of 22.3 percent.

AAA: 44.2 million people expected to travel Independence Day weekend

This Independence Day, a record-breaking 44.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home, taking to the nation’s roads, skies, rails and waterways to honor the red, white and blue.

Hospital foundation nears completion on set of projects

The North Valley Community Health Association-NVH Foundation is completing a set of projects that have been in the works for the past two years. The projects include a walk-in-tub and a wheelchair accessible van for North Valley Extended Care. 

Snohomish motorcyclists injured in wreck near Winthrop

A Snohomis motorcyclists was injured in a vehicle accident about seven miles west of town on Monday, June 19.

Gas prices fall 3.9 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 3.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78 per gallon on June 19, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

Cattle producers file suit to bring back COOL

Cattle Producers of Washington recently joined with the Ranchers-Cattlemen Legal Action Fund to file a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Department of Agriculture in order to bring back country of origin labeling for beef products.

Swimmer presumed drowned In Lake Chelan

Search and recovery efforts continue today for Donghoon Lee, a 23-year-old student from South Korea, who is presumed drowned in Lake Chelan.

Fire danger increases in Eastern Washington

The state Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday that the risk for fire danger has increased in several counties including Okanogan.

Wauconda woman injured in vehicle crash

A local woman was injured Tuesday morning in a single vehicle crash about eight miles east of town.

CENTER STAGE: Idol star comes to casino

Sammy Kershaw to perform Chelan Fair

Can you believe today is the first day of summer? Wow! Where has the year gone! Last Friday I attended the annual Art in the Park in Omak.

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Tonasket pool nears completion

A smile slipped across Norm Weddle’s face Thursday morning as crews began pouring a concrete slab next to the newly constructed bathhouse at the site of the new community swimming pool in History Park.

Wolf captured, collared in Skagit County

State and federal wildlife biologists captured and collared the first gray wolf in western Washington in modern times in Skagit County east of Burlington.

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State confirms calf killed by Sherman pack wolf

At least one calf was confirmed to be killed by a member of the Sherman Wolf Pack last week near Lambert Creek in Ferry County.

Health officials warn of swimmer's itch

School's out, and it’s time to hit the beaches or even the old swimmin' hole. But officials from Okanogan County Public Health are reminding local residents of the dangers of swimmer’s itch.

Tonasket Police Department raises funds for K9 unit

The Tonasket Police Department is raising funds for a K9 unit.

Gasoline prices drop 1.3 cents per gallon in past week

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 1.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.82 per gallon on June 12, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets across the state.

Curlew High School scholarships, awards announced

Members of the Curlew High School class of 2017 earned a variety of honors, awards and college scholarships.

Oroville High School scholarships, awards announced

Members of the Oroville High School class of 2017 earned a variety of honors, awards and college scholarships.

Tonasket High School scholarships, awards announced

Members of the Tonasket High School class of 2017 earned a variety of honors, awards and college scholarships.

CENTER STAGE: Time to dust off the vinyl

Cassette tapes begin to make comeback

Every now and then I enjoy going on an online shopping spree. I usually am looking for one specific item, and before you know it, I’ve wasted several hours and filling my shopping cart with all kinds of things I don’t really need.

Briefs - June 14, 2017

Briefs - June 14, 2017

Republic High School scholarships, awards announced

Members of the Republic High School class of 2017 earned a variety of honors, awards and college scholarships.

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Powerline spark fire near Chelan

Strong, gusty winds Monday night knocked powerlines together and sparked a small brush fire at the intersection of Apple Acres Road and Highway 97A near town.

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Omak man dies in fatal crash

A 57-year-old local man died Monday morning following a two-vehicle collision on Highway 97.

Companies pull out of insurance exchange

Eleven health insurers have filed 71 plans for Washington state’s 2018 individual health insurance market.

Gas prices drop in national survey

The national average price for a gallon of gasoline has dropped under its level from a year earlier, standing at $2.35 per gallon Thursday, June 9, according to GasBuddy.

Prospectors’ Days set this weekend

The town’s 60th annual celebration, Prospectors’ Days, begins Friday and will continue through the weekend with a bevy of activities from bingo to music and from a fun run to a softball tournament.

CENTER STAGE: So many activities to take in

Summertime must be on its way. The lawn is needing to be mowed ever few days, the strawberries are almost ripe in our yard and the mosquitoes are out.

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Molson Midsummer Festival planned June 17

The 22nd annual Molson Midsummer Festival will kickoff Saturday, June 17 and feature a day filled with family fun.

Kerner claims overall bareback title

TONASKET – Cash Kerner of Savona, B.C., claimed the overall bareback rider title during the annual Tonasket Founders’ Day Rodeo June 2-3.

Lake management sought

The city council agreed to have Mayor Jon Neal sign a letter of support to Okanogan County commissioners for the creation of a lake management district.

CENTER STAGE: Lots of events, festivals set this weekend

Brewster singer, songwriter featured on RFD-TV program

It seems as though this year is just flying by. Can you believe tomorrow is the first of June already?

Rodeo, parade on tap this weekend

A parade, street vendors, rodeo and other activities are planned June 1-3 during the town’s 82nd annual Founders’ Day celebration.

Curlew rolls out the barrel

The 2017 Curlew Barrel Derby celebrations will kick off the morning of Sunday, June 4, and continue through the day in town.

Briefs - May 31, 2017

Briefs - May 31, 2017

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Curlew Motel destroyed by fire

An investigation continues into the cause of a blaze that razed the Curlew Motel Thursday, May 25, at 23 Boulder Creek Road.

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Lake, rivers continue to rise

Communities along the Okanogan River from Oroville to Brewster are likely to experience high water along the shoreline through the summer and into September, due to greater-than-normal snowmelt from watersheds in Canada.

Salmon Creek closed between Spring Coulee and Danker Cut-off Road

Due to water over the road just west of Danker Cut-off Road, Salmon Creek is closed between Spring Coulee and Danker Cut-off Road.

Keller Ferry out of service

The Keller Ferry that crosses the Columbia River on Highway 21 is out of service until further notice due to issues with the north shore loading ramp.

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PUD honors employees

The Okanogan County PUD honoring five dedicated employees for their cumulative 75 years of service during a regular Board meeting May 15.

Memorial Day events planned

Crosses and flags will be placed on veterans’ graves around 9 a.m. Saturday, May 27, by members of Brewster American Legion Post 97 and volunteers from Brewster High School.

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CENTER STAGE: ‘Little Sister’ guitar brings warm tone

This past week sure brought a lot of entertainment to the region. Tuesday evening I attended a guitar open case show at Good Studios in Okanogan.

Music at the View returns this weekend

The sixth annual Music at The View returns to the Okanogan Highlands at Howell Canyon Estate, 185 Howell Canyon Road - east of Tonasket, on May 26-28.

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Conconully Lake camp remains closed

The Conconully Lake RV Campground will not be open until further notice because of poor improved water volume, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said last week.

Briefs - May 24, 2017

Briefs for May 24, 2017.

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Progress continues on Tonasket public swimming pool

Progress is being made with the construction of a new public swimming pool, and volunteers are being sought to help with the project.

Tonasket Parks and Recreation District plans special meeting

The Tonasket Parks and Recreation District will host a special meeting Tuesday, May 23.