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PATEROS – Members of the public are invited to bring their stories and a dish to share to a group discussion and potluck about historical Pateros at the Pateros Museum from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. Representatives from IRIS, the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship, will be on...

American Legion Area Three Commander Denny Pittman commits a wreath to the waters of the Columbia River in honor of Navy and Coast Guard veterans on Memorial Day.
BREWSTER – Members of American Legion Columbia Post 97 will honor Memorial Day, with observances at six locations from Pateros to Packwood from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, May 28. Area Three Commander Denny Pittman said services are scheduled at the following locations and times: 9 a.m., Pateros...

Jeffrey James Hammer
BREWSTER – the Brewster Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate an Omak man reported missing by his family on Thursday, May 10. Jeffrey James Hammer, 23, was last heard from at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. In the Columbia Cove Park on South Seventy Street in Brewster, a...

Bridges over troubled waters The Methow River seen here flowing under the railroad and vehicle bridges at Pateros at its confluence with the Columbia River, reached a level of 10.65 feet on May 10. Flood level is 10 feet. The Methow is predicted to reach 11.02 feet by mid-morning, Friday, May 18, according to National Weather Service figures.
“How’ high’s the water, Papa? He said its three feet high and risin’ “Well, the hives are gone, I’ve lost the bees, The chickens are sleepin’ in the willow trees, cows in water up past her knees; three feet high and risin’.” - Five Feet High and Rising-   Johnny Cash OKANOGAN COUNTY – An...

This city logo design may soon grace the city shirts worn by Brewster city employees.
BREWSTER – City council members made relatively quick work of a short agenda of items at their regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 9. Members approved Salmon Derby event application and vendor application for the13th annual Brewster King Salmon Derby scheduled for August 3-4-5. Mayor Art...
BREWSTER – Floodwaters moving south on the Okanogan and Methow rivers won’t stop the Legion Riders of American Legion Columbia Post 97 from holding their first Poker Run Fundraiser of the year this Saturday, May 19. They are heading east. “The doors open at 8 a.m. with kickstands up at 10 a.m.,”...

Ralph Fries, left, 1955 Brewster High School graduate and South Okanogan County historian, accepts the Brewster Hgh School Wall of Fame certificate from school superintendent Eric Driessen during last year’s graduation ceremonies. Fries will host the 2018 Pie Social Exhibition in the BHS small gym on Friday and Saturday, June 8-9.
BREWSTER – An extensive display of historical southern Okanogan County pioneer and homestead stories and photos will be available for public viewing at the 2018 Pie Social Exhibition at Brewster High School’s small gym, Friday and Saturday, June 8-9. Ralph Fries, 1955 Brewster High School graduate...

Frank Rogers, Okanogan County Sheriff
OKANOGAN COUNTY –  After a 35-year career in law enforcement and four terms (16 years) as Okanogan County Sheriff, Frank Rogers announced Wednesday, May 9, that he will not seek a fifth term in office. ‘I have chosen not to run for a fifth term as Sheriff,” Rogers said in a written statement...

Frank Rogers, Okanogan County Sheriff
  OKANOGAN COUNTY – After a 35-year career in law enforcement and four terms (16 years) as Okanogan County Sheriff, Frank Rogers announced Wednesday, May 9, that he will not seek a fifth term in office. ‘I have chosen not to run for a fifth term as Sheriff,” Rogers said in a written statement...

Jeffrey James Hammer, Photo courtesy of Brewster Police Department
BREWSTER – the Brewster Police Department is asking for the public’s help to locate an Omak man reported missing by his family on Thursday, May 10. Jeffrey James Hammer, 23, was last heard from at about 9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9. In the Columbia Cove Park on South Seventy Street in Brewster, a...

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