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The Bridgeport Foursquare Church has served the community as the home for the Bridgeport Food Bank for more than 25 years. Photos by Mike Maltais
  BRIDGEPORT – Short of a savior with a new place to relocate, the Bridgeport Food Bank, that has been supplying food to needy families for more than 25 years, will close its doors following its final food distribution day on Thursday, Sept. 28. The closure will leave some 150 to 200 people, who...

Site manager John Taminjin poses before the backdrop of the cherry and apple orchard being developed at Veterans Victory Village north of Pateros. Photo by Mike Maltais
  PATEROS – Three miles north of Pateros on Watson Road, a new opportunity for military veterans is rising from the ashes of the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire. Called appropriately, Project Phoenix, the project is a 1,600-acre agricultural site on Tatley Farms where vets are invited to learn a...

Construx Software founder and CEO, Steve McConnell poses with the photo, signed by all 19 company employees, of the favorite son sign they made and mounted on a City of Pateros sign post. Photo by Mike Maltais
  PATEROS -- It has been some years since Steve McConnell has been a resident here, but the CEO of Construx Software in Bellevue still considers the city at the junction of the Columbia and Methow rivers one of his two nostalgic hometowns. McConnell is also the author of several books, including “...

While a full-time student at Pateros High School, Cameron Quinn (left) has also found time to pursue his extracurricular activity of choice, training in the student cadet corps of the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary Civil Air Patrol (CAP) at the Northern Desert Composite Squadron in Omak.
ATEROS – High school senior Cameron Quinn is not only a young man in a hurry, but also one who knows where he wants to go how and how to get there. The 16-year-old will graduate with both his high school diploma and an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from Wenatchee Valley College. But that’s not all...
PATEROS – The city council has scheduled public hearings in council chambers at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18 for public input on proposals to vacate portions of three roads, avenues or alleys within the city limits. • Resolution 2017-36 calls for the vacation of portions of Beach Street and Cemetery Road...
BREWSTER – Drivers who use State Route 97 through Brewster have probably encountered regular use of the two principal pedestrian crossing areas near Seventh Street N. and Triangle Exxon. Employees and others make frequent use of these crossings to go back and forth from the fruit processing...

Leslie McNamara, right, pictured here with Three River Hospital Board Chairwoman, Vicki Orford, is the newest member of the TRH Board of Commissioners.
BREWSTER – Three Rivers Hospital (TRH) has announced the appointment of Brewster resident, Leslie McNamara as the newest member of the TRH Board of Commissioners. In a media release issued August 31, TRH Business Development Coordinator Christopher Majors disclosed that McNamara was selected to...
PATEROS - Residents of northcentral Washington interested in fish and wildlife issues can talk with local Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at a public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Pateros. The meeting is scheduled from 6 – 8 p.m., at the Howard*s on the River Central...
OMAK - Every year the participants in the orchestra and chorus for Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus (OVOC) wait eagerly for Labor Day to arrive because the rehearsals for the upcoming concert season begin that first week of September.   OVOC is composed of all volunteer musicians drawing...

The Douglas County PUD plans to construct 10 new RV spaces along Columbia Avenue at the Conklin Boat Launch at the west end of Bridgeport. The city wants to join the project and pay for the installation of seven additional sites.
BRIDGEPORT –  The city council voted to allocate money from its general fund to go forward with plans to construct seven additional RV sites at the Conklin Boat Launch in conjunction with a PUD construction project. In its regular monthly meeting, August 16, Council committed $225,000 to the...

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