Outgoing Okanogan Mayor to head new public transportation system
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
When it comes to sales tax revenues from marijuana, cities, towns and counties will benefit.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Three Rivers Hospital could cut staff, make major program changes
Three Rivers Hospital commissioners may decide the fate of some of the hospital’s staff and services Monday.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.