Events center, hotel will expand some services
Some changes are on the horizon for The Pateros Trading Co., which has recently come under new management.
Several local agencies are working to address a radio communications system they say is no longer meeting the needs of Okanogan and Ferry counties.
Conservation group names ‘interested landowners’
One local family says it has been added without permission to a list of property owners interested in granting easements to the state.
One vote separates mayoral hopefuls
Mayoral candidate Libby Harrison is edging Mayor Gail Howe by one vote in the general election, according to the most recent results released Friday. After reviewing and counting ballots that had been flagged for questionable signatures, Harrison’s tally was bumped to 72 votes to Howe’s 71.
Deadly Nov. 8 storm mostly spares sister city
The town’s new sister city in Pateros, Philippines, was relatively unscathed by Super Typhoon Haiyan, but fundraising efforts have started to help those who have been affected.
The Pateros High School volleyball team received a send-off today to the state tournament that featured high-fives, hugs and goofy gifts from preschool children.
The mayoral race remains deadlocked after county elections officials counted the final 300 ballots Wednesday.
Friend reports dimentia-patient never returned from shopping trip to Chelan
Officials say that option could cost over $1 billion
The Okanogan County Public Utility District officials say it could cost more than $1 billion to remove Enloe Dam. The utility hosted a public hearing last Tuesday on the proposal to earmark $5.4 million for the dam in the proposed 2014 budget. But ratepayers in attendance were more interested in the future costs of the project and removing the dam.
Transmission line needs easement
The state’s highest court will review a case against the Okanogan County Public Utility District, which has been attempting to condemn state land to build a transmission line.
PATEROS – Three mayoral races in Okanogan County are still too close to call with about 300 votes left to count. In Pateros, write-in candidate Libby Harrison has garnered enough support to tie incumbent Gail Howe. They have each received 71 votes as of the latest count Nov. 8.
New members fill vacancies opened during the summer
After overcoming a mid-summer controversy that resulted in the resignation of one board member and the removal of another, the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board is once again complete.
Brewster facility still owes $2.6 million in warrants
Three Rivers Hospital is reworking its 2014 budget and might lay off 20 percent of its staff. Commissioners heard a grim report from Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel last Tuesday.
Tens of thousands of households in North-Central Washington are getting less in food stamps, while other local resources are already stretched thin, A temporary increase for food stamps, renamed the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, expired on Oct. 31. It was originally approved in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In 2014, the federal government estimates the reduction will be $5 billion.
Preliminary budget came out last week
Three Rivers Hospital expects to come out about $30,000 ahead in 2014, according to a preliminary budget released last week.
Brewster resident claims Three Rivers misinterpreted state Constitution
When Three Rivers Hospital notified a local doctor’s wife that she could not organize a gathering on campus to pray, it opened the door to debate over state law and religious freedom.
A local association says marijuana could be a $240 million industry for Okanogan County – if city governments don’t stand in the way.
Okanogan County voters give a thumbs up to public transportation
Revenues would have been used for emergency services, officials said
Two votes separate incumbent and challenger
Public Utility District discusses financial requirements for 2014
The next evening budget hearing hosted by the Okanogan County Public Utility District will address the estimated $5.18 million set aside for the Enloe Dam project near Oroville.
Several Halloween events are planned tomorrow and through the weekend. The Hip-hop Hallelujah Carnival, which annually draws about 2,500 people, will be Oct. 31 at the fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road. Hours are 5-8 p.m.
Goats and other traditional farm animals remain outlawed in the city after months-long debate, forcing one family to find a new home for their two pygmy goats.
Transportation and Nutrition services will continue
Okanogan County voters are being asked to decide on a sales tax increase that would help establish a county-wide public transportation system. The amount requested in Proposition 1, four-tenths of 1 percent, is equivalent to 4 cents per $10 spent on taxable goods.
Law enforcement in Brewster, Tonasket and Omak each have different uses in mind for the new funds that could come from a sales tax levy if voters approve it next week.
Second budget session slated for Nov. 20
Owner returns to area, buys back lot
Choice Auto Group is opening its pre-owned dealership this week, returning to business after more than four years.
Okanogan County Public Utility District officials appeared confident in a workshop last week with how the proposed $61.7 million 2014 budget is looking.
Festivities include Zombie Fun Run in Omak on Saturday
The city’s Festival Committee has a full slate of events lined up for Halloween, starting with the Harvest or Halloween Home and Business Decorating Contest.
Workshops in yoga, whole foods, stress planned
Cancer survivors participate in Oct. 11-12 event
Lower interest to blame for estimated $618,000 shortfall
A local couple was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after suffering burns from a house fire late Monday afternoon.
The state’s highest court may reconsider a May ruling that upheld the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s ability to condemn state school trust lands to build a transmission line.
The Pateros School District is asking voters to approve a $7.25 million bond in the Nov. 5 election that would help the district make building and safety improvements.
With the help of donors, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has raised about $44,000 with the hopes of purchasing 70.9 acres of cliffs and scab land near the Whistler Canyon trailhead.
Meanwhile, Omak opts for online Lexia reading help
The Brewster Elementary School kicked off another year Oct. 1 with the volunteer-based Help One Student to Succeed reading program.
County plans to sell property as surplus
With the help of donors, the Pacific Northwest Trail Association has raised about $44,000 with the hopes of purchasing 70.9 acres of cliffs and scab land near the Whistler Canyon Trailhead.
An emergency rule for taking lethal action against attacking wolves is now part of permanent state rules. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission approved changes to its wildlife interaction rules Oct. 4.
Workshops in yoga, whole foods, stress planned
For the seventh year, cancer survivors are invited to participate in a workshop this weekend at Sun Mountain Lodge, 604 Patterson Lake Road. The Cashmere-based EASE Cancer Foundation organizes the “Journey to Wellness” event, which this year will take place Oct. 11-12.
Leaders plan to bring new ideas to the community
New leaders have taken the helm of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce, after six members – including all four officers – announced their resignations in August. The new officers and another new member were appointed Oct. 1.
Four candidates are vying for two open positions on the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, also known as the fair board.
Job change, death take candidates out of contention
Two races in Okanogan County are now uncontested, and the auditor’s office said the Twisp Town Council and Nespelem School Board will have to decide how to proceed if the candidate who can no longer serve still wins.
Hospitals offer computers, staff to help folks sign up
When online enrollment began Tuesday for health insurance through the federal Affordable Care Act, people locally and across the country reported overloaded websites and failed attempts to sign up. The state’s health exchange site, wahealthplanfinder.org, was overhelmed and went down for a time.
Brewster also offers a place for before-school help
For hundreds of students across North-Central Washington, their school day doesn’t end when the final bell rings. After-school programs, typically funded by 21st Century and GEAR-UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) grants, offer homework help and enrichment activities.
Most places will be open until the end of October
Some farmers markets around Okanogan County have closed for the season, but there’s still a few weeks left to stock up on locally grown produce in several towns. The Methow Valley Farmers Market, 201 state Highway 20 S., will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through Oct. 26, organizer Richard Murray said.
As the Okanogan County Public Utility District prepares for several public hearings on the proposed $61.7 million 2014 budget, development of Enloe Dam is still a sticking point. One local resident appeared Sept. 24 at the utility’s first budget hearing to question the utility’s continued funding of the project.
‘Caught in the Act’ could become permanent law
The state Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday to consider changing its wildlife interaction rules, which could mean a permanent rule allowing local ranchers to take lethal action in wolf attacks.
Class honors special needs student with crown, title of queen
Even before Brewster High School senior Ana Bohorquez was crowned homecoming queen, she knew she had it in the bag. “Everybody would tell her, ‘You’re the queen, you’re the queen,’” fellow senior and homecoming king Adrian Urias said.
Community Action event helps connect those in need with services
Services are available year-round for Okanogan County’s homeless population, but local organizations are ramping up their efforts with the start of school and the arrival of cooler weather.
ATV crash required CPR at work site
A local man has earned the Governor’s Lifesaving Award for helping an injured co-worker who overturned his all-terrain vehicle this summer. Jose Diaz, who works for Pateros-based AgriMACS in Richland, was one of 40 men and women around the state to receive the honor this week from the state Department of Labor and Industries.