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Special visitors at last Saturday’s Legion crab feed included, from left, Chris Brock, Ninth District Commander, Jim Pisa, second from right, National Vice Commander, and Ken Lee, right, National Executive Commander. Also pictured is Area Three Commander Denny Pittman, second from left, and Pateros senior Amanda Baird, holding her appreciation award for six years of working the annual feed.
BREWSTER – Even though it was held some weeks later than its normal January date, the annual crab feed put on by the Columbia 97 Post of the Brewster American Legion last Saturday, March 2, was another sellout as the limited number of tickets went fast to many already familiar with the palate-...

Graph courtesy of Okanogan County PUD
OKANOGAN – County power customers will see their electric base rates rise by 1.5 percent effective April 1, 2019, according to a recent announcement from the Okanogan County PUD. The PUD Board of Commissioners approved the increase during the utility’s December 2018 budget approval for the...

The Pateros-Brewster-Bridgeport Senior Center honored Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition Site Director Dorothy (Dot) Jess who retired last month after 24 years of service at the Senior Center. The Center served a custom-made cake with ice cream for the occasion and presented Jess with cards and gifts. She also received a dozen yellow roses from her daughter. Rose Guzman, left, cuts the retirement cake for Jess, center, as Senior Center President Kathy Lowry observes.
PATEROS – The contract for construction of Well House No. 4 in the downtown parking area that the city council hoped to award during a special morning meeting last Friday, Feb. 8, will be resubmitted for a second round of bids, said city administrator Jord Wilson. Even though council members were...
BREWSTER – A special city council meeting was held at noon Friday, Feb. 8, to authorize Mayor Art Smyth to sign the contract for drilling of five test wells at locations around the city. O’Connell Drilling of Brewster was the selected from three bidders to drill the test sites at locations...

Nattalie Cariker, Brewster Police Chief
BREWSTER – There was a time when burglars had to put in a little surveillance time casing a residence before pulling a job. Things like watching for newspapers piled up in front of the door, or mail spilling out of an overloaded mailbox were part of scouting residences for one where nobody was home...

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley
BRIDGEPORT – The sheriffs of Douglas and Okanogan counties have weighed in on the current controversy surrounding the enforcement of Initiative 1639, passed by Washington voters last November. I-1639, related to semiautomatic assault rifles, requires enhanced background checks, waiting periods,...
OMAK – The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Eastern Washington Area Health Education Center (EWAHEC) will host a Scrubs Camp from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wenatchee Valley College Omak campus. Scrubs Camp is a health career exploration opportunity for area high school students...

Brewster City Councilman Tim Rieb knew where the action was during Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3; at the cookers full of chili ready to sample at the Brewster American Legion Columbia Post 97.
BREWSTER – The only real excitement during Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 3, at the Brewster American Legion Columbia Post 97, turned out to be the Legion Riders Chili Cookoff that the organization’s motorcycle contingent sponsored. While the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots struggled through the...

Crosetto Lake is a four-acre water resource at Spiva Butte.
MANSFIELD – A nearly 1,400-acre tract of land north of Mansfield and described as some of the most pristine shrub-steppe habitats left in Washington was recently purchased by the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT). CDLT acquired the 1,396-acre Spiva Butte Nature Preserve that is considered critical...

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