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Emmanuel Hurtado
BREWSTER – Emmanuel “Manny” Hurtado is the newest member of the Brewster City Council by a narrow margin after trailing incumbent Ramiro Villagrana in the early returns. At the time of election certification by the Okanogan County Auditor on Tuesday, Nov. 28, Hurtado held a three-vote, 66-63 lead...

Madelyn, Aubrey, and Keira Thorn stand next to a table of completed Christmas boxes at Calvary Baptist Church in Brewster.
BREWSTER – Countless needy children throughout the Pacific Rim countries will have something to smile about this season as millions of gift boxes arrive with treats, gifts and surprises from others who took the time to care. And many who care are right here in Okanogan County where more than 1,000...
PATEROS/BRIDGEPORT – Santa Claus will begin making his rounds in the area early next month. The Jolly Old Elf will turn up at Pateros on Dec. 3 and in Bridgeport on Dec. 8. Santa’s visit to Pateros will be the centerpiece of a Small-Town Christmas celebration at the Central Building from 1-4 p.m....
WENATCHEE - Wenatchee Valley Erratics Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Wenatchee Valley Museum, 127 South Mission, Wenatchee. The Wenatchee Valley Erratics presents a holiday extra. Marli Miller, Dept. of Earth Sciences, University of Oregon,...
PATEROS – The Pateros Ski Program is selling Christmas trees this year to raise funds to upgrade its ski equipment. The Noble fir trees are six-to seven-feet tall and sell for $55. Comparable trees sell at the commercial tree lots for $70. The Noble fir is noted for its popularity as a holiday...

Is it a figure 8? A bow tie? No, it’s… ... part of an erotic air art piece fashioned from a combination of jet exhaust contrail and several G forces.
OKANOGAN COUNTY – The sky above the Okanogan Military Operating Area (MOA) was a cloudless blue canvas last Thursday, Nov. 16. And wherever one finds a blank backdrop, be it sidewalk, building wall, rail car or patch of sky, an inspired artist is often not far away. This particular painter was...
BRIDGEPORT – A request by city employees for a 50-cent an hour across-the-board raise in salaries was a topic of primary discussion by council members at their regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 15. The city Budget Committee comprised of council members Phil Lee and Jackie Hentges had...

As the two previous School of Distinction signs clearly show, this is not the first award of its kind conferred upon Brewster High School.
BREWSTER – Brewster High School and Brewster Middle School are among seven schools within the North Central Educational Service District (NCESD) area that have been awarded 2017 School of Distinction honors by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. Brewster High School is a three-time repeat...

This section of Foster Creek Avenue stretching from the Bridgeport city sign to the Bridgeport Bridge will be the site of a new sidewalk construction project next spring.
BRIDGEPORT – Work to complete the sidewalk along the far east end of Foster Creek Avenue can begin with the spring thaw after the city council awarded the project contract to POW Contracting at its regular monthly meeting last Wednesday, Nov. 16. POW, of Pasco, was the lowest bidder for the...
BREWSTER – The Christmas lights of Main Street will illuminate the city and spirit of the coming holiday on Saturday, Nov. 25. The Brewster community and Chamber of Commerce invites all businesses to decorate their premises with red and white lights – “red for our Lady Bears” – in support of the...

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