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  Pateros Mayor Carlene Anders, left, Executive Director of the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group and a former Smokejumper, chats with a pair of jumpers from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base in Winthrop during the second of six, day-long Fire Strong Workshops, this one held at Chelan last...

Photo by Mike Maltais
  Mike Mauk, second from left, owner of Mauk Fishing Stuff accepts the award for Small Business of the Year from Brewster Chamber of Commerce president Anna Marie Dalbey, left, vice-president Jose Said Velasco, and director Manny Hurtado, right, during at the Chamber’s annual awards banquet held at...
DOUGLAS COUNTY - Are you an agricultural operator in Douglas County? If so, then the Voluntary Stewardship Program involves you!  Like many other counties in Washington, Douglas County opted to take this voluntary, watershed scale approach as an alternative to the regulations of the Growth...

Commissioner Andy Hover represents District 2 in West Okanogan County.
OKANOGAN – A new call-in feature debuted on a trial basis at the regular Tuesday, March 12 meeting of the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) to allow citizens who cannot attend the proceedings in person to deliver their comments and questions by phone. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12,...

Commissioner Chris Branch represents District 1 in South Okanogan County.
  OKANOGAN – A new call-in feature will debut on a trial basis at the regular Tuesday, March 12 meeting of the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) to allow citizens who cannot attend the proceedings in person to deliver their comments and questions by phone. At 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 12,...

Members of Okanogan County Watch holding the 2018 Key Award stand before the Okanogan County Commissioners in the Commissioners’ board room.
OKANOGAN – Tacoma-based public television station KTBC-TV will profile local watchdog group, Okanogan County Watch on its weekly program, Northwest Now, during Washington State’s Sunshine Week between March 10-16. Okanogan County Watch was the 2018 recipient of the Key Award presented annually by...

Kurt Danison, Bridgeport city planner.
BRIDGEPORT – City contract planner Kurt Danison addressed the Bridgeport City Council at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20, to discuss results of recent Planning Commission meetings. “Once each year we open up the comprehensive plan and zoning code for input from the community,...

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley, right, made his first appearance at the Pateros City Council since his election to office. Undersheriff Aaron Culp, left, joined Hawley at Feb. 19 meeting.
PATEROS – Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley paid a visit to the regular monthly meeting of the Pateros City Council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, his first since his election as the county’s chief law enforcement officer last November. Accompanying Hawley was new undersheriff Aaron Culp who replaces the...

Kurt Danison is the contract city planner for the City of Pateros.
PATEROS – City contract planner Kurt Danison appeared before the regular monthly meeting of the city council on Tuesday, Feb. 19, to explain proposed zoning code changes recommended by the city’s Planning Committee. Danison said that during a January public hearing the Planning Committee received...

Council member Anthony Perkins favors vacation.
BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport City Council took a step backward so it could move forward with a property vacation application for Atomic Way at its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 20. Following an extended discussion over an application by Bridgeport resident Scott Wright, who owns...

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