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NESPELEM – The competition has just ramped up for the Horse Nations Indian Relay Council (HNIRC) races with the news that the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) will help sponsor HNIRC for the 2019 racing season. A CCT March 4 media release said that among HNIRC races, tribal racing teams will...
OKANOGAN – City officials in Pateros and Brewster, along with Omak, have indicated they may look at zoning related to nightly rentals of homes within their city limits with an eye on requiring permits for owners engaged in the practice. A three-page report compiled by the Okanogan County Planning...

Bridgeport Mayor Janet Conklin
BRIDGEPORT – Past issues of The Quad have mentioned the problem of nuisance cat populations in both the cities of Bridgeport and Brewster. While most animal control measures have focused on loose or unlicensed dogs, feral and roaming cats have moved largely under the radar. Two volunteer...

These and other potholes on Industrial Way between Park Street and the junction of U.S. 97 in Pateros will get a makeover thanks to a $460,000-plus Transportation Improvement Board grant awarded to the city.
PATEROS – Pateros School District personnel James Broome (certified), Shane Kelly, and Darlina Fernandez (classified) were selected by their peers as the 2018-19 Excellence Award Winners and will participate in the North Central Educational Services District Excellence Banquet at 5:30 p.m. at...

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 Wednesday, March 20.
CHELAN – Last week the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group in partnership with the American Red Cross, launched an ambitious and comprehensive series of six day-long free Fire Strong Workshops aimed at educating and preparing citizens for the increasing incidence of wildfire. Beginning at...
PATEROS – Following a revision of some wording in the annual agreement, Pateros City Council members, at their regular monthly meeting March 18, approved the 2019 Interlocal Agreement with Okanogan County for law enforcement services for the year ahead. A member of the North Central Washington...

City engineer Ben Varela
PATEROS – City council members voted to award the contract for construction of Downtown Well House No. 4 during their regular monthly meeting last Monday, March 18. The winning bidder was Pipe of Washington, Inc. (POW) of Pasco. This was the second round of contractor bids after the first round of...

Lael Duncan, Executive Director of the Okanogan County Community Action Council, addressed members of the Brewster City Council on Wednesday, March 13.
BREWSTER – Lael Duncan, Executive Director of the Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC) appeared as a guest speaker at the regular meeting of the Brewster City Council on Wednesday, March 13, as part of OCCAC outreach to acquaint local communities with the work the organization does....

In a semi-sweet presentation, Joni Parks (holding award) accepted the Citizen of the Year award on behalf of co-winner Dot Jess, who passed away one month earlier on Feb. 14. Jess, nominated for the award by Parks, served as the Brewster Senior Center site director for Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition for 24 years before her retirement last January.
BREWSTER – The Chamber of Commerce honored the 2018 Brewster Citizen and Businesses of the Year at its second annual awards banquet held at Camperos Restaurant last Thursday, March 14. A call was put out to the community in January for nominees for Citizen of the Year, Large Business of the Year (...

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