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  This is a notification has been received from the Okanogan County Alert System:   CARLTON AREA - Persons should be aware of a Wild Land Fire in the area of Vinten Road and Texas Creek. Persons should be prepared evacuate. Be aware of your surroundings. Do not wait to be told to evacuate. Take...

Jim Novelli, new Chief Executive Officer of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare
  OKANOGAN – Jim Novelli has been named the new Chief Executive Officer of Okanogan Behavioral HealthCare. He is a native of New York City. He received his BA from the State University New York College at Fredonia and master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.  Novelli has...
BREWSTER – The city’s Independence Day celebration, Tuesday, July 4, featured an attraction for every age and taste from a pancake breakfast in the morning, to free public swimming and parade in the afternoon and fireworks after dark. In between, vendors in Columbia Cove Park sold food and...

Photo By Mike Maltais Last Friday afternoon, July 7, Brewster police, Douglas-Okanogan Fire District 15 crews and Emergency Medical Service personnel were called to rescue a man trapped in mud and quicksand along Monse River Road on the north bank of the Okanogan River, about one-half mile above the Okanogan River Bridge.

Members of the Pateros Chamber of Commerce gather for their regular monthly meeting.
PATEROS – The Pateros Chamber of Commerce had a laundry list of both recent and pending events to discuss at its regular monthly meeting last Thursday, July 6, including the recent golf tournament, citywide garage sales, fishing derby and ongoing sign work. The Pateros Chamber Golf Tournament was...

Photo By Mike Maltais A collision between a southbound dump truck and trailer, left, and a northbound straight truck just before noon, Thursday, July 6, on State Route 153, milepost 8, north of Pateros, claimed the lives of both drivers. An injured passenger in the straight truck was transported to Three Rivers Hospital.
PATEROS – A head-on collision between two trucks last Thursday, July 6, claimed the lives of both drivers and sent an injured passenger to three Rivers Hospital for treatment. According to a Washington State Patrol report of the accident, Kenneth Fennix, 25, of Zillah, was driving a 2000...

Photo By Mike Maltais Alvin Hymer opened the Sweet River Bakery in 2002.
PATEROS – Family and friends are mourning the loss of Methow resident and Pateros businessman, Alvin E. Hymer, 74, who drowned in the Methow River, Saturday afternoon, July 1, while attempting to rescue his two dogs from the current. Hymer and his wife were at the river near the confluence...

Flames were visible to the front and right of the water cannon operator.
  BREWSTER – A multi-alarm fire damaged at least six apartments in the 25-unit Vista Park Homes affordable housing complex at 509 S. Fourth Street in Brewster on Wednesday evening, July 12. Before the blaze was contained, fire units from Bridgeport, Pateros, Malott, Okanogan, and the Methow Valley...

Photo By Mike Maltais Frank Koultelieris was sworn in as the newest member of the Brewster Police Department last month.
BREWSTER – It was more of a homecoming than a new hire as Frank Koultelieris became the newest member of the Brewster Police Department with his official swearing in by chief Nattalie Cariker at the Brewster city council meeting on June 14. Koultelieris first served on the Brewster force about...

Photo By Mike Maltais
  Team roping was just one of many activities that filled the July 4 holiday weekend. Malott resident, Mike Jones, right, catches or “heads” a Corriente steer in his home arena as heeler, Ron Stevens, from Omak, closes in to try and catch both hind feet to complete the round and qualify for a score...

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