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Brock Hires

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NVH candidates share views, opinions

North Valley Hospital commissioner candidates met Thursday, Oct. 12, to share their opinions and views for the future of the district during a forum at the Tonasket High School.

CENTER STAGE: Barter Faire returns to the Okanogan

People of all walks of life and from all corners of the northwest will gather this weekend in a remote field atop of Cayuse Mountain east of Tonasket for the 44th annual Okanogan Family (Barter) Faire.

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'Howl-O-Ween' dog walk set

The Tonasket/Okanogan Valley Lions Club will host their annual "Howl-O-Ween" dog walk Saturday, Oct. 28.

2018 Tonasket royalty coronation set Saturday

The Tonasket 2018 royalty coronation and awards ceremony is planned Saturday, Oct. 14 at the Kuhler Bar and Grill, 302 N Whitcomb Ave.

North Valley seeks CNA applicants

North Valley Hospital is accepting applications for the district's free certified nursing assistant class series. The next class beings Nov. 6.

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La Niña may return this winter

Will we have another La Niña winter?  That’s the question local residents and meteorologists are seeking to find answers to.

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Extended Care will get wireless Internet

Residents can video chat with family

North Valley Extended Care nursing home residents will soon take a leap into the 21st century, as North Valley Hospital commissioners approved to spend $6,378 to install wireless Internet for residents and employees of the facility.

Health officials investigate local West Nile Virus case

Okanogan County Public Health is investigating a suspected case of West Nile Virus in an Okanogan County resident.

Sexually transmitted disease rates continue to rise

The state Department of Health has released its 2016 STD data, and rising rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis have prompted health officials to encourage sexually active individuals to get tested and treated.

Retail gasoline prices fall 5.2 cents

Average retail gasoline prices in Washington have fallen 5.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.90 per gallon Oct. 9, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

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Fall weather means snow

Fall has arrived, and snow has already arrived on some of our mountain passes.

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Clean chimney can protect house from fire

A chimney–and the flue that lines it–adds architectural interest to your home, but its’ real function is to carry dangerous flue gases from your fireplace, wood stove or furnace safely out of your home, according to the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA).

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Taiko Project comes to Omak PAC

Takio Project – featuring Masato Baba, Keiko Harada, Jenny Mimura, Yumi Saito, Doug Sakamoto and Audrey Tu - will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 N. Cedar St.

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‘Neither Wolf Nor Dog’ opens Friday

“Neither Wolf Nor Dog,” a movie adaptation of the acclaimed Indian novel of the same title, will open Friday at the Mirage Theater, 101 S. Main St.

CENTER STAGE: Holiday season is just around the corner

I can’t believe were only 43 days away from Thanksgiving. Where has this year gone? On the topic of Thanksgiving, it was announced last week that the first Black Friday advertisement was released by Harbor Freight, a tool and equipment retailer.

Gasoline prices fall 4.9 cents in past week

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.95 per gallon Sunday, Oct. 1, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

Locals react to Las Vegas massacre

Tonasket woman almost attends fatal concert

What was to be the finale of a three-day country music festival in Las Vegas, soon became a nightmare as gun shots and screams of terror rang throughout the city, and bullets rained from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

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Public records answer some hospital questions

North Valley Hospital leaders may have canceled their regular board meeting Thursday, Sept. 28, but that didn’t stop more than a dozen residents from having their own meeting to address concerns regarding the hospital district.

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WDFW ends wolf killings after two months without attacks

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has ended efforts to remove members of a wolf pack that has apparently shown no sign of preying on livestock in Stevens County since late July.

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Stew and Brew dubbed success

Organizers of the annual Stew and Brew are calling last weekend’s event a success.

Burgett seeks votes in national anthem contest

2013 Brewster High School graduate Allie Burgett has advanced to the Top 8 in the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo national anthem contest.

CENTER STAGE: Fall brings great music to region

Each morning I have a routine. I get up, let Gypsy (my 70-pound German Shepherd) outside, get a cup of coffee and sit down at my computer to read the daily headlines. It was sure a surprise to see an email from Garth Brooks’ promoter with information about his upcoming show Nov. 11 at the Spokane Arena.

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Family Faire stage entertainment announced

Organizers of the 43rd annual Okanogan Family Faire have announced their line up of stage entertainment for the Oct. 20-22 event, east of Tonasket.

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NVH meeting canceled, but residents gather anyway

North Valley Hospital leaders canceled their regular board meeting originally scheduled for last night, Sept. 28. But that didn’t stop more than a dozen residents from having their own meeting to address concerns regarding the hospital district. At least half of them were current or former hospital employees.

Evening of improv planned in Tonasket

An evening of improv with the Seattle TheaterSports is planned from 7-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Wauconda pie auction, chili feed set Oct. 7

The Wauconda Community Hall Association’s annual pie auction and chili feed is planned Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Hall, 129 Toroda Creek Road.

AG Ferguson sues one of the nation’s largest opioid manufacturers

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma of fueling the opioid epidemic in Washington state, embarking on a massive deceptive marketing campaign and convincing doctors and the public that their drugs are effective for treating chronic pain and have a low risk of addiction, contrary to overwhelming evidence.

Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood to perform in Spokane

The electrifying return of America’s most powerful concert force and No. 1 selling solo artist in U.S. history will perform at the Spokane Arena Nov. 11.

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Keenan to headline pair of concerts

2016 Curlew High School graduate Jaimee Keenan will host a pair of concerts next weekend in celebration of Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday.

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NVH leaders cancel Thursday's board meeting

North Valley Hospital leaders have canceled their regular board meeting originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 28. During the last North Valley Hospital meeting, Sept. 14, residents pressed the board of commissioners over what they termed potential illegal procedures and policies.

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Border Patrol agents assist with shooting victim and prevent suicide

Members of the U.S. Border Patrol assisted with a shooting victim and another person who was attempting to commit suicide on Monday, Sept. 25.

State Health Benefit Exchange board certifies 2018 health, dental plans

The state Health Benefit Exchange board today passed a resolution certifying Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) and Qualified Dental Plans (QDPs) to provide 2018 coverage through Washington Healthplanfinder. Plans certified today will be available for purchase during the upcoming open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1.

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Fuel prices continue to fall

“For the second straight week, almost every state saw average gasoline prices fall notably as refineries continue to heal after Harvey and work on restoring production of motor fuels," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

CENTER STAGE: Plenty to do this weekend

Although the days are getting colder and darker earlier, there’s still plenty of activities to take in around Okanogan County.

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Hurricane fundraiser dubbed success

A total of $762 was raised Friday Sept. 22 during a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert and dinner at the Community Cultural Center.

AAA: Truck safety technology can prevent crashes

Equipping large trucks with advanced safety technologies has the potential to prevent up to 63,000 truck related crashes each year, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Donations accepted for CCC rummage sale

The Community Cultural Center is accepting donations for their annual rummage sale, Oct. 12-14 at 411 S. Western Ave.

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Snow falls on Sherman Pass

Although we are still one day away from the first day of fall, a light blanket of snow fell yesterday over Sherman Pass on Highway 20 west of town.

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Ferry County Fair results announced

Awards have been announced for participants of the annual Ferry County Fair, Sept. 1-3.

Ferry County Fair bulls and barrels results announced

Results have been announced for the bulls and barrels events at the Ferry County Fair, Sept. 1-3.

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Locals celebrate Lions Club's anniversary

The Tonasket/Okanogan Valley Lions Club joined clubs across the world in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Club International. “For 100 years, Lions have served communities around the world and improved the lives of millions of people,” said Lions Club member Janet Montanye. “That’s something to celebrate.

Unconscious woman found in ditch

Police: No signs of criminal activity

A woman found unconscious in the ditch along Highway 97 near town has been taken to Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak.

Level 3 sex offender moves to Pontiac Ridge Road

A level 3 sex offender has moved to the 300 block of Pontiac Ridge Road, Oroville. Harvey LeRoy Talbert, 57, notified the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office of his move, as required by law.

Republic School bond information meeting planned tonight

The Republic School District will be hosting a community bond information meeting and tour tonight, Sept. 20 at 30306 E. Highway 20.

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Stew and Brew returns Sept. 30

The annual Stew and Brew returns to the Conconully Community Hall Saturday, Sept. 30.

O'Keary headlines Cultural Center

Blues musician Polly O'Keary will headline a concert Sept. 30, at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Tonasket, Twisp receive grants for improvements

The state Department of Commerce announced earlier this week that Tonasket and Twisp are among 23 cities and counties will receive a total of more than $10 million in Community Development Block Grants for 2017.

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Residents question hospital board

North Valley Hospital commissioners were grilled during the public comment portion of their Thursday, Sept. 14 regular board meeting. Allegations of outdated bylaws, commissioners not receiving adequate training and a lack of transparency in public meeting minutes were just a few of the issues commissioners were pressed to answer.

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Hurricane Harvey benefit concert planned Saturday

A benefit concert is planned to raise funds for hurricane Harvey victims from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22 at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

YEARS AGO: 110-pound cougar killed in 1967

Like a figure stepping from a history book, Boyd Hilderbrand emerged from the Chiliwist Monday evening with a 110-pound cougar he had tracked and shot. Hilderrand, now 76, is an almost legendary figure in Okanogan County. He hunted cougars for some 35 years.