The Colville tribal general election went ahead as planned on Saturday, June 24, despite one of the candidates being expelled from the council just days before.
Okanogan County commissioners decided June 26 to impose a moratorium on new applications for cannabis operations.
An Okanogan County woman’s parental rights will remain terminated, the state Court of Appeals for Division 3 has decided. The woman, identified in the unpublished opinion as...
A qualifying event for the Omak Stampede wild horse race is planned this Saturday, June 17.
The state Department of Fish and Wildlife has imposed restrictions on summer steelhead fishing in the Columbia River Basin in response to projections of the lowest returns in 37 years.
The Okanogan Valley Back Country Horsemen will meet for a potluck at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 15, in History Park.
Most municipal swimming pools will open when school dismisses for the summer, but Tonasket’s new pool won’t be quite ready for splashdown.
Richter Pass Motorplex was packed to its boundaries with racers and fans the first weekend in June for the Wine Country Racing Association’s second event of the spring racing segment.
The Okanogan Valley Golf Club’s nine holes all are open again after a really soggy spring left three holes flooded.
ATV riders flocked to town over the weekend for the first-ever Conconully ATV/UTV Jamboree. The June 8-11 event drew more than 100 registered riders, said Mayor Sam Martin. Some riders were contacted by U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Fish and Wildlife officers doing enforcement patrols.
Okanogan multi-sport athlete Jill Townsend was named north central Washington female athlete of the year during the region’s annual sports awards program.
Colville Business Council member Ricky Gabriel has been removed from the council.
Several Omak High School students have been disciplined as officials responded June 13-14 to rumors of threats against the school.
The 43rd annual Art in the Park, set for June 16-17 in Civic League Park, features a variety of art, entertainment, food, hands-on activities and a fundraiser for co-organizer Omak Kiwanis Club.
Briefs - June 14, 2017
GRAND COULEE - The Cleatis Lacy Memorial Bull Ride is set for 7 p.m. June 16 at the Ridge Riders Rodeo Grounds, 22209 Alcan Road.
WINTHROP – A bicycle rodeo for youngsters ages 5-10 is planned from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 10, at Pearrygin Lake State Park.
OKANOGAN – More than three dozen teams pounded the downtown pavement for several hours Saturday, June 3, during the annual Hoops for Hope 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament.
CONCONULLY - Just about everything associated with ATVs and UTVs will be on display during the inaugural Conconully ATV/UTV Jamboree June 8-11.
OMAK – The Caribou Trail League has named all-league selections in track and field.
OKANOGAN – Two Chelan teams were named to the Caribou Trail League first team in boys’ doubles tennis, but Okanogan’s Max Cheeseman and Jay Nearents have the state championship on their mantle.
TONASKET – Singles player Caeleb Hardesty and the team of Johnna Terris/Mandi Wilson were named male and doubles players of the year in Central Washington B League tennis.
BREWSTER – Abby Urias was named player of the year and Yvette Sanchez pitcher of the year by the Central Washington B League during its all-league recognition process.
BREWSTER – Felix Nava was named most valuable player and Jenner Sanon coach of the year in Central Washington B League all-league soccer honors.
OKANOGAN – Ed Ashworth, coach of the Okanogan baseball team, was named coach of the year and Omak won the team sportsmanship award for the Caribou Trail League.
Roads damaged by flooding and slides are slowly being put back together, but others still are being damaged because of the soggy spring.
The man who hit a Brewster bicyclist from behind and left him to die has been sentenced to 41 months in prison.
TWISP – A fierce storm battered Okanogan County the evening of May 30, plunging the Methow Valley into darkness overnight, toppling trees county-wide and triggering reports of fires.
MAZAMA – The North Cascades Highway has been fully reopened to traffic following a rock slide earlier today.
MAZAMA – A rock slide has slowed traffic on the North Cascades Highway.
Briefs - May 31, 2017
A “milestone move” was made Tuesday, May 23, as Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners agreed to hire a design-build contractor to refurbish Enloe Dam.
OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Historical Society museums will open for the season this Saturday, May 27.
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.
A man who apparently jumped into the Okanogan River on Monday afternoon, May 22, is believed to have drowned.
Briefs for May 24, 2017.
Physician Bill Dienst has co-written and co-edited a book, “Leaving Syria,” about the exodus of Syrian refugees to Greece in 2016.
COULEE CITY – An oversized load will crawl through the Grand Coulee on Monday and Tuesday nights, May 22-23, as a transformer is hauled to Grand Coulee Dam.
Participants in the Okanogan County Drug Court program say they lost everything – from their homes to jobs to custody of their children – because of their drug use, but now are working hard to regain what they’ve lost.
Brief for May 17, 2017.
Packers will wrap up the annual 49er Days celebration today, May 14, with their annual packing competition.
The North Cascades Highway is scheduled to reopen Tuesday morning, May 16.
The man who hit and killed Brewster teacher and bicyclist Gary Knowlton last summer has pleaded guilty to second-degree vehicular manslaughter.
OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Administration Building will be closed from 3-5 p.m. Friday, May 12, for staff training.
TONASKET – The Tonasket Ranger District plans an under-burn of up to 1,800 acres north of Aeneas Valley today, May 10.
MAZAMA – Access to the North Cascades Highway for hikers, bicyclists and other recreationists this Friday and Saturday, May 12-13.
WINTHROP – A couple state road projects are under way this week in Okanogan County.
Rain and warming temperatures unleased a new wave of flooding and road washouts in Okanogan and Ferry counties during the past week.
Briefs - May 10, 2017
An Omak man will be sentenced May 11 after pleaded guilty to several domestic violence-related crimes, including first-degree rape, in Okanogan County Superior Court.