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WENATCHEE - After piloting the backpack program at the Wenatchee and Winthrop public libraries during the summer, North Central Regional Library is now expanding it to include all of Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Okanogan and Ferry counties. The backpacks contain a nature book, binoculars, compass,...
OKANOGAN - If you have not received your ballot by Friday, Oct. 26, please contact the Auditors Office at (509) 422-7240. Remember your ballots must be signed. The Auditors Office, 149 3rd Ave N, Okanogan, is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Election Day only from 8:00 a.m. to 8:...
BREWSTER – Citizens can give blood, watch dodge ball and observe Fire Prevention Week all on the same day on Thursday, Oct. 18. The Brewster Boys and Girls Club will host a Red Cross Blood Drive from noon until 5 p.m. at the BBGC headquarters at 601 E. Cliff Ave. Hero’s Dodge Ball will start at 6:...

4th grade children engaged in different activities in the national forest.
Central Washington - With the start of the new school year, it’s time for all fourth graders and their families to claim their free Every Kid in a Park pass which allows free entry into all federal parks, forests, and recreation areas for a full year. Fourth graders can log onto the Every Kid...
Brewster  – Several residents of Brewster are embracing a healthier lifestyle after launching a new nonprofit weight-loss support group meeting. Weekly TOPS® meetings will be held at Boys and Girls Club, 601 Cliff Avenue W. Brewster on Mondays at 10 a.m. beginning Oct. 15. TOPS Club, Inc.® (Take...
WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today urged taxpayers who requested the six-month filing extension to double check their tax returns and file on or before the mid-October deadline. IRS e-file and Free File are excellent filing options and are still available. More than 14 million...
Being a cancer survivor is both a relief and a challenge in its own way. While you might feel incredibly grateful to be alive, you might face a set of circumstances you never imagined — ones that perhaps never occurred to you as you supported someone you loved through cancer. Here are just five...

Arnold Cleveland plays his flute.
FORT OKANOGAN – About two dozen guests sat in front of Chief Long Jim’s dugout canoe in the main gallery at the Fort Okanogan Interpretive Center last Saturday, Sept. 29, and listened to stories and music from Colville Tribal member Arnold Cleveland. Cleveland was introduced by friend Randy Lewis...

Seen on a distant horizon, whirlwinds or dust devils like this one moving across a cultivated grain field can resemble smoke from a wildfire and are sometimes reported to local fire departments by fire-wary observers.

A mama black bear sends her two cubs up the trunk of an elm tree when the trio was caught foraging for wild rose hips in a shelter belt on the Colville Indian Reservation last week.

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