Three finalists selected for Three Rivers Hospital's CEO position; board continues to keep most identities secret
The Pateros High School girls basketball team received a warm send off this morning for the state 1B tournament this weekend in Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
Three Rivers Hospital officials narrow CEO applicant list to four semi-finalists
Van, logging truck collide; one dead south of Pateros
Newpaper challenges process as a likely violation of state law
Three Rivers Hospital officials to review culling of applicants in CEO search process
Timmi J. Schweigert killed in U.S. Highway 97 crash south of Pateros
Students treated to Crush sodas by secret admirers
Traffic is being detoured onto Conklin Hill and Columbia Avenue
Okanogan County Sheriff's Office hands off case after completing investigation of incident in Chelan County
Resident Michael Knox awaits a decision on whether his complaints about Mayor Marilynn Lynn have sufficient grounds for a recall election.
Three people are facing drug-related charges, a fourth is being held for allegedly for illegally entering the U.S.
Voters to decide on tax levies and bonds in Feb. 11 special election
Michael Knox files 14 complaints against Mayor Marilynn Lynn in recall effort
Churches plan services for homeless residents
Hufnagel will remain in position through April
Three Rivers Hospital’s chief executive officer has resigned, effective at the end of April.
Fuller and Sons staff will stay on at longtime business
A 26-year-old dealership will soon be under the ownership of a man who recently brought his pre-owned vehicle business back to Omak.
Federal emergency benefits end for thousands
With the end of harvest season, unemployment in North-Central Washington has started to tick back up.
Government keeps discussing issue of wolves
As the federal government continues to consider whether to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48, an Okanogan County official is hopeful.
Three Rivers CEO 'Bud' Hufnagel plans to step down in April
Scenic byway designation marks route through Okanogan County
Three Rivers’ new budget plan would net $422,349
Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will meet at noon, Monday for the first time since the contentious Dec. 16 board meeting, when the hospital’s physicians presented a letter calling for Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel’s immediate resignation.
The city is nearing completion on several projects paid for with a $500,000 state Department of Commerce energy grant. One of the projects was a new vestibule built onto the front of City Hall, 113 Lakeshore Drive.
Residents of care facilities get special thanks
Last week marked the American Legion Auxiliary’s fourth year of a new tradition, delivering Christmas presents to veterans living in local facilities.
A new Family Health Centers clinic will soon serve local residents.
City swears in new mayor at last week’s meeting
With little fanfare and no objections, the City Council voted last week to allow all-terrain vehicles on all city streets.
Sudden snow showers and below-freezing temperatures in south Okanogan County resulted in multiple collisions Monday afternoon on the same stretch of U.S. Highway 97.
Money rolls in from online campaign
As it continues to help residents in need every week, the Omak Food Bank has received its own Christmas gift in the form of donations – around $28,000.
Sheriff’s Office cuts $160,000 from expenses
Okanogan County commissioners are expected to vote Monday on a proposed $57.8 million budget for 2014.
Outgoing Okanogan Mayor to head new public transportation system
About 63 acres of cliffs and scabland near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead will remain accessible to the public, after Kinross Gold Corp. purchased it Friday during an Okanogan County auction.
Doctors request chief executive officer resign
Three Rivers Hospital commissioners selected a course of action Monday to cut costs, but not before the physicians called for the head administrator’s resignation. Dr. James Lamberton read a letter, signed by all the physicians that work with the hospital, which cited a lack of trust in the board and in Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel.
Holiday festival makes its debut Friday in Brewster
A sky lantern festival to celebrate the holidays will make its debut in the city this Friday night.
The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s final 2014 budget is nearly $3 million more than the preliminary budget released this fall, but the budget for Enloe Dam was cut nearly in half.
Brewster hospital ponders staff cuts, major changes
Three Rivers Hospital commissioners will consider two new options to cut costs in 2014 during a meeting Monday that may assuage fears of closing down the labor and delivery department. The meeting will begin at noon at the Hillcrest Administration Building, 415 Hospital Way.
A local World War II veteran hasn’t seen military action since 1945, but without official discharge papers from the U.S. Navy he’s still considered an enlisted man.
Commissioners say they don’t want over-regulation
Okanogan County commissioners were met with applause Monday night when they decided marijuana-related businesses should be able to operate without conditional use permits from the county.
Latest plan revolves around salmon habitat
Discussing land acquisitions and easements with federal, state and local agencies last week, Okanogan County commissioners kept circling back to the same question: When is enough enough?
Entrepeneurs await pending decision from liquor board
Marijuana business license applications continue to pour in to the state Liquor Control Board, and potential entrepreneurs in Okanogan County are cautiously optimistic.
When it comes to sales tax revenues from marijuana, cities, towns and counties will benefit.
Okanogan County ranks fifth in state for concentration
Fifteen applications have been filed for hopeful marijuana-producing businesses in Okanogan County since the state opened the filing period Nov. 18. Okanogan County has the fifth-highest concentration in terms of applications per resident, behind Kittitas, Lincoln, Pend Oreille and San Juan counties.
Family maintains criticism of state organization
In an ongoing debate over a list generated by Okanogan County that identifies “interested landowners” in state land acquisitions or conservation easements, the state has turned up some evidence.
Three feet of new snowfall has prompted state officials to close North Cascades Highway for the winter
State law now requires training and licenses
North-Central Washington is seeing a shortage of in-home caregivers for disabled and elderly residents, and one agency says part of the problem is a misconception about what caregivers do.
Pateros first ever for special credit
The Pateros High School volleyball team received a first during a special assembly Tuesday. All the players received a sportsmanship medal from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.
Commissioners push to keep obstetrics services
When presented with six options to drastically cut costs in 2014, Three Rivers Hospital commissioners leaned toward the only one that would keep obstetrics. The Top 3 options discussed all involve layoffs, reducing surgery department hours to regular business hours Monday through Friday, and keeping the emergency room but reducing the trauma level from level 4 to 5 so an on-call surgeon wouldn’t be required.
Cousin located missing resident’s vehicle in river
While the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of a local man are somewhat mysterious, one thing is clear: Gordon Benjamin Beadell was loved. “There’s been lots of phone calls” from friends and family, said Donna Beadell of Bridgeport, who is married to Gordon Beadell’s cousin, LeRoy Beadell.
The City Council will consider an ordinance during its meeting next month that could open city streets, alleys and parking areas to all-terrain vehicle use.
Old West town’s festival carries cowboy theme
The town will herald the holiday season this weekend at the annual Christmas at the End of the Road.
Washington Interscholastic Activities Association officials visited Pateros High School early Tuesday to present the Sportsmanship Award to the Nannies volleyball team, which took fifth in the 1B state tournament.