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Residents were removing furniture from their damaged apartments last week.
BREWSTER – A multi-alarm fire damaged at least six apartments in the 13-building, 25-unit Vista Park Homes housing complex at 509 S. Fourth Street in Brewster on Wednesday evening, July 12. Before the blaze was contained, units from Bridgeport, Pateros, Malott, Okanogan, Methow and Omak joined...

Two hoses from a DNR pumper target flames close to the highway.
  PATEROS – A wildfire, now called the Canyon Creek Fire, that began Saturday morning, July 15, along Highway 153 - the Methow Valley Highway - about a mile north of Carlton continues to spread at this writing, prompting evacuation alerts for residents in the surrounding area. According to the...
  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...

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