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Yakima woman dies in Omak crash

A Yakima woman was killed Aug. 17 when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highway 97 and Engh Road.

1967: Strongest field in Omak Stampede history

The strongest field in Omak Stampede history brought a record gate to the 35th annual Stampede and a record payoff to the winning cowboys. A total of $32,079 was collected at the gate during the two-day Stampede and winning cowboys collected a record payout of $11,950.

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Tonasket hospital district puts brakes on admin hire

North Valley Hospital commissioners have tabled a resolution that would appoint Kenneth Archer as the district’s administrator during a regular board meeting Thursday, Aug. 10.

CENTER STAGE: Rodriguez headlines Manson casino

Although the month of August is almost over, there’s still plenty of entertaining events to take in. Saturday night brings country music icon Johnny Rodriguez to Deep Water Amphitheater in Manson.

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Fair leaders talk electrical, water problems

There may be a few un-happy campers at the Okanogan County Fair this year, Sept. 7-10., according to fair advisory committee members. A problem with water pressure and electrical issues with electric-only camping at the sound end are two if the biggest issues committee members are facing this year.

50 years ago: 35th Omak Stampede planned

Two former world champion saddle bronc riders will head a field of about 160 cowboys expected to compete in the 35th annual Omak Stampede Saturday and Sunday. The Stampede also will feature the 60th and 61st runnings of its world-famous Suicide Race. With the arena seating capacity enlarged by 500, a record attendance is expected.

CENTER STAGE: Kenny Rogers brings great performance

It’s often said that things only get better with age. Nothing could be truer than when it comes to Kenny Rogers.

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Red flag warning issued

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a red flag warning calling for low humidity and gusty winds.

Nevada motorcyclist killed in wreck

A Mesquite, Nev., motorcyclist died in a two-vehicle crash yesterday afternoon about 10 miles east of town on Highway 20.

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Jack Black returns to Tonasket

It’s not everyday you see a Hollywood celebrity in Okanogan County. But some local residents were treated with a visit from Jack Black earlier this week.

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Making a splash in Tonasket

It was an afternoon of hugs, smiles and plenty of swimming, Wednesday afternoon during the grand opening of the Tonasket community swimming pool in History Park.

Collision prompts travel delays near Sherman Pass

A collision blocking in motorists both directions on Highway 20 at milepost 312, west of Sherman Pass.

Health officials distribute N-95 masks

Okanogan County Public Health in conjunction with Okanogan Emergency Management are setting up county-wide distribution points for N-95 masks due to the wildfire smoke situation in Okanogan County.

Tonasket considers girls’ wrestling team

Tonasket School District leaders are considering adding a girls’ wrestling team to the winter sports lineup.

CENTER STAGE: Month brings plenty of music

How can it be August already? It seems like it was not that long ago that we were shoveling snow, trying to keep the pipes from freezing and keeping the woodstove blazing.

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Fire damages Okanogan home

Jodi Crofton and her four-year-old son, Nolan, were fast asleep Wednesday, July 26, when she was awoken to the sound of a sheriff deputy pounding on her front door and a thick haze of smoke.

50 years ago: Apple crops looking good this year

1917: W.E. Dickinson, an old-time newspaperman from the Yakima County, has taken up a homestead on the south half of the Colville Indian Reservation. He has 10 acres in beans and if they escape frost in the fall, he should do well.

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Hospital plans to hire CEO

North Valley Hospital introduced a resolution to appoint Kenneth Archer as the district’s new administrator during their Thursday, July 27 board meeting.

Diamond blaze explodes

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, ballooned from 350 acres late last week to 5,005 acres over the weekend.

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Temporary mobile VA services planned

A VA mobile unity will provide temporary primary services in town following the closure of the Tonasket VA clinic.

Tonasket School budget adopted

changed as portions of the state budget remain in debate.

Briefs for Aug. 2, 2017

Briefs for Aug. 2, 2017.

Former Tonasket coach found not guilty

A former Tonasket High School basketball coach was found not guilty of disorderly conduct and harassment yesterday in Okanogan County District Court.

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Grand opening planned for Tonasket swimming pool

A grand opening for the Tonasket community swimming pool is planned from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, in History Park.

Tonasket man hurt in crash

A Tonasket man was injured Saturday in a single-vehicle crash about six miles north of Tonasket.

Crews continue mopping up Bissell fire

Crews will continue the process of mopping up around the Bissell fire to ensure that the fire line is secure, according to officials Wednesday morning.

Highway 21 reopens

Highway 21 has reopened in both directions following a closure last night.

50 years ago: $1million in county road work planned

Most of the settlers who took up land on the south half of the Colville Indian Reservation, which was opened up last year, are reported to be getting along well. Within a short while, prosperous-looking farms will be scattered throughout the area.

Homicide suspects arrested in Ferry County

A Pullman police commander’s adopted son and other teenager were apprehended last week in Ferry County in connection with a homicide in Latah County in Idaho.

Patrol urges safety for Watershed festival goers

The Washington State Patrol is reminding Watershed concert goers to be safe while having fun this weekend.

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CENTER STAGE: Vincent talks about success of new album

‘There is a definite need for traditional country music’

Saturday I traveled to the 41st annual Darrington Bluegrass Festival in Snohomish County. Even though it’s a two-hour drive west of Winthrop, it was well worth the travel. Being a musician and supporter of the arts, I figured it was finally time to see the “Bluegrass Capital of the Northwest.”

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Truck, tractor pull set for Saturday

Points to be awarded in pacific Pro Pulling Series

Cultural tradition topic of meeting Saturday in Okanogan

Okanogan and Omak-area residents are invited to learn about and discuss cultural traditions in the city and statewide at a community meeting at the Okanogan PUD meeting room at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 20.

Diverse music styles on tap for International Concert Series

The State Parks and Recreation Commission’s Folk and Traditional Arts in the Parks Program invites the public to the annual Peace Arch International Concert Series at Peace Arch Historical State Park on the U.S.-Canadian border in Whatcom county.

Oregon motorcyclists injured in wreck on Sherman Pass

An Oregon motorcyclists was injured yesterday, July 18, in a single vehicle-accidents about 17 miles east of town on Sherman Pass, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Firewood permits available through vendors

Personal use firewood permits for the Colville National Forest are now available to purchase at North 40 locations in Colville, Mead and Spokane Valley; Porter’s Plaza in Ione; Selkirk Ace Hardware in Old Town, ID and Harding’s Hardware in Republic.

Gas prices fall 1.3 cents last week

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have fallen 1.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78 per gallon Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

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Bright future for nursing home

Nearly three years ago North Valley Hospital board of commissioners sat at a table and listened to their-then CEO discussed the possibility of closing the district’s extended care facility.

CENTER STAGE: Famous musicians come to region

Queen of bluegrass comes to Darrington

Not very often will you find a “big-named” act coming to the region. And it’s especially not that often that you will have an opportunity to see a celebrity literally up-close and personal.

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Wauconda Hall hops into next century

Organizers of the Wauconda Community Hall Association’s 12th annual Sock Hop are calling the event a success.

Fire danger and industrial fire precaution level increases statewide

The state Department of Natural Resources announced yesterday the following changes in fire danger rating and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels on DNR-protected lands around the state.

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CENTER STAGE: Wauconda Hall plans celebration

Long before the Internet and modern technology ruled our daily lives, gathering with friends and neighbors was the thing to do for weekend entertainment. A small taste of the way it was is planned this weekend in Wauconda.

Tonasket School District candidates share opinions

Nine candidates vying for three Tonasket School District board positions gathered Thursday to share their opinions and views on the district’s strengths, areas of improvement and what each candidate would like to contribute to the district if elected.

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Wauconda Hall turns 100 years old

The Wauconda Community Hall Association, established in 1917, is planning to kick off a two-day centennial celebration commemorating 100 years since the original dedication of the hall.

Tremors shake up locals

A 3.0 magnitude earthquake could be felt early Sunday morning throughout the northern portion of Okanogan County..

Bakery owner drowns in Columbia River

The body of local bakery owner, 74-year-old Alvin E. Hymer, was recovered from the Columbia River Sunday, July 8.

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BC wildfires bring smoke to the region

Local officials are advising the thick layer of smoke in Okanogan and Ferry counties is likely coming from fires burning in British Columbia, Canada.

Man arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder

A 52-year-old man was arrested today on suspicion of second-degree murder. Patrick Antoine...

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Two die in Highway 153 collision

A bee that had gotten into the cab of a box truck likely led to the cause of a two-vehicle collision that killed two drivers July 6.

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Fire weather watch issued for Okanogan Valley

The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch for the Okanogan Valley.