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Seattle retiree bounces back from a kite-tastrophe
Part 2 of a multi-part series

By Mike Maltais

Staff writer

METHOW -Wayne Binkley of French Creek had every rural landowner's dream for a country home: a stately old converted barn.

In Binkley's case the barn, built in the 1930's was a two-story, 40-by-70-foot structure designed to handle a large number of cattle

Thursday, February 4, 2016 More...
No hospital vote until August
By Sebastian Moraga


BREWSTER - During its Jan. 25 regular meeting, the Three Rivers Hospital Board of Commissioners agreed to pursue a levy and a levy lid-lift again in the August primary election.

Both measures failed by narrow margins last November.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 More...
Home sweet home, one more time
PATEROS - The Okanogan County Long-Term Recovery Group joined members of several volunteer service organizations to participate in home dedications for four Carlton Complex wildfire survivors last Saturday.
Friday, January 29, 2016 More...
After fiery setback, artist returns to his home and his future
Part 1 of a multi-part series

By Mike Maltais

Staff writer

PATEROS - Shane Horton had a dream. An artist-sculptor who had spent much of his past 20 years on the road pursuing and refining his craft, Horton wanted to settle down to a life as a farmer and artist, maybe start a family and put down roots.

Friday, January 29, 2016 More...
New reporter joins Herald
News media veteran Mike Maltais (at right) has joined the Quad City Herald newsroom as its staff reporter. Maltais has held positions as a newspaper, television, and outdoor writer-photographer-editor. Past working affiliations have included the weekly Lynnwood Enterprise in Lynnwood, outdoor weekly Fishing & Hunting News in Seattle, CBS affiliate KIRO-TV in Seattle and most recently sportswriter for the weekly Methow Valley News in Twisp. He's an award-winning journalist with a distinguished career in news and years of experience living in North Central Washington. "We are thrilled to have Michael Maltais in our newsroom. Not only is he a gentleman, his experience and talent make him an asset to our newspapers," Herald editor Sebastian Moraga said. Maltais is married with one grown child, and resides in Brewster.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 More...
First baby of 2016 at Three Rivers Hospital
Delfina Cortés and Paulo Jacinto of Bridgeport, center, hold their new son, Brandon Jacinto, surrounded by the Three Rivers Hospital labor and delivery team. Brandon was the first baby born in 2016 at Three Rivers. From left are Freida Duvich, Dr. James Wallace, Kathy Goss, Paulo Jacinto, Delfina Cortés, Dr. Eric Haeger and Rose Holder. Photo submitted by Jennifer Marshall
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 More...
Expressing support for passing the Brewster School Bond
Dear Editor,

This is a letter to express my support for passing the Brewster School Bond. Like Brewster, I hail from a community south of here that also prides itself in their system of education, athletics, and extra-curricular activities; of producing outstanding citizens and supporting their development as well as serving in times of distress and celebration.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 More...
New year comes with long list of projects for Pateros
By Kaitlin Hetterscheidt

Staff writer

PATEROS-In the final city council meeting of the year, Pateros council members accepted a sidewalk grant from the Transportation Improvement Board (TIB) and updates on the solar project, as well as the fire department.

The Dec. 21 meeting was Carlene Anders' first one as mayor, with George Brady taking a councilman position and Ryan Greene and Megan Sherrard taking an oath of office to resume their previous council positions.

The city was awarded $244,440 for sidewalks from the TIB. The city plans to install sidewalks along parts of Warren, Chris and North streets and the grant requires the city match $7,560 for the project.

"This [amount], I understand, has increased quite a bit from the original bid," Anders said.

Brady said the amount of money increased 2.5 times the original amount, and added that the city will try to use some of the crushed concrete they have on the south side of town as part of the match.

Thursday, December 24, 2015 More...
Mansfield residents to benefit from lower rates
MANSFIELD-The Douglas County Fire Protection District #5 received good news regarding its rating from the Washington State Rating Bureau (WSRB), potentially lowering insurance rates for residents in and within five miles of Mansfield.

In a letter to chief Tyler Caille on Nov. 17, public protection and field representative Mike Holder with WSRB wrote that the city's Protection Classification (PC) improved from a PC seven to a PC six.

"[WSRB] evaluates fire departments in their entirety as far as response capabilities, department members, training standards, equipment and more," Caille said. "Everything that would influence a fire department response and the ability to provide a response."

Thursday, December 17, 2015 More...
Boys and Girls Club says thanks to the community
BREWSTER-With the help of various businesses and communities, the Brewster Boys and Girls Club of Snohomish County continues to increase its membership and hopes to draw more children from Bridgeport and Pateros.

"This community, and when I say that I mean Brewster, Bridgeport and Pateros, has not experienced a program that is here for them," said unit director Brian Paine. "The community is used to programs coming and going, and they feel maybe a little frustrated and maybe there is some mistrust."

Paine said since the Brewster recreation center was built in 2000, several programs have come through and failed, leaving the community uneasy about the Boys and Girls Club opening last May.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 More...
Bridgeport schools rise to the challenge, earn national ranking
BRIDGEPORT-The city's school earned recognition as a high school that is "beating the odds" after ranking 494th out of 98,500 high schools nationwide, making it a top high school for low-income students.

The rank appeared on a special issue of Newsweek that lists the top high school and colleges in the nation each year, collecting statistics from schools to help decide who makes the cut, said Bridgeport High School principal Tamra Jackson.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 More...
Pateros High grad turns 100 in December
WENATCHEE - For some people, every day is a party. For Amy Snedaker, every day is a class reunion. All she has to do is wake up, and she's there.

Snedaker is 99 years old as of this writing. A member of the Pateros High School graduating class of 1935, she's the only one left.

For a change of pace, life will be a party for Snedaker, at least on Dec. 6, when her church of more than 50 years will celebrate her turning the big 1-0-0 with a gathering of friends, neighbors and relatives. The church is Wenatchee's King's Orchard Church of Christ, and the address is 1610 Orchard Ave. in Wenatchee. The party starts at noon.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 More...
Fishermen rescue Bridgeport woman from suicide attempt
BRIDGEPORT-A relaxing Veterans' Day fishing trip turned into a harrowing experience for two fishermen on the Columbia.

Around 10:30 a.m., two men who had just launched their boat onto the water saw a woman in the river. They raced their boat and lifted her out of the water, taking her to the boat launch, where they met with Douglas County Sheriff's deputies.

Thursday, November 19, 2015 More...
A tradition of love continues at Brewster's American Legion
BREWSTER-To the traditional Thanksgiving recipe of food, family and football, you can add a fourth F: Free.

At least you can if you spend Thanksgiving at the American Legion Post 97 in Brewster, which will host its eighth annual free feast for the community, starting at 1 p.m. that Thursday.

The work is already in motion, with people getting dishes ready to bring to the post, said meal coordinator Andi Frisk, who took over from her predecessor after seven years.

"We are going to be doing the normal dinner: Turkey, ham, mashed potatoes," Frisk said. "We have a lot of people making special dishes to bring in. We will be here until we run out of food or people stop coming in."

Thursday, November 19, 2015 More...
Carlene Anders leads Pateros' mayoral race
PATEROS - Carlene Anders, executive director of the Okanogan County Long-Term Recovery Group looks poised to become this city's mayor-elect after a vote count has her leading candidate Joni Parks 85 votes to 33.

The Okanogan County Elections' website stated it has counted more than 9,000 votes county wide, and about 300 remain uncounted. The next ballot count will occur Nov. 12 at 5 p.m.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 More...
Group to help fire victims cope
CHELAN-After FEMA rejected individual assistance for residents in the Okanogan and Chelan counties, representatives from Wenatchee's Grief Place, the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group and Chelan Valley Hope held a community meeting on Nov. 2 to propose a support group for fire victims and present resources that are available.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 More...
Bridgeport mayor publicly declines pay raise
At the regular Bridgeport city council meeting held Wednesday, Jan. 28, Bridgeport Mayor Janet Conklin made a public statement of declining a $450 raise offered by the council at the previous city council meeting held Jan. 14.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 More...
Pateros Fire Department: more volunteers needed
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 More...
Pateros-Brewster recovery group open house explains financial help
PATEROS - Randy Lowell, of Parkview Services, was on hand Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Pateros Schools library for an open house hosted by the Pateros-Brewster Long Term Recovery Organization (LTRO).
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 More...
Brewster Middle School Peer Leaders Program
The Brewster School District in October 2013, and has been part of the after school program aimed at middle school students ever since.
Thursday, January 29, 2015 More...

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