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A black bear out for an early morning stroll among the purple lupine checks his six o’clock to see who is trailing him. Mike Maltais/QCH
TUMWATER — The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the state Department of Health (DOH) filed updated emergency rules on May 7 to protect farmworkers living in temporary worker housing from COVID-19.   The updated rules, which took effect Sunday, May 9, detail...
OKANOGAN – Citizens feeling the urge to scratch that itch called selfless public service or who think they “could do a better job than that” running things, now have their chance with the opening of Candidate Filing Week, May 17-21. “There are more than 3,200 county offices up for election...

Brewster Chamber of Commerce President Mike Mauk Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – The Independence Day parade, salmon derby, and visitor sign were among topics discussed at the regular monthly meeting of the Chamber of Commerce last Thursday, May 6, held at the American Legion and via Zoom. Chamber President Mike Mauk told meeting participants that the Independence...

Okanogan County Prosecutor Melanie R. Bailey Courtesy BluElephant Photography
OKANOGAN – Melanie R. Bailey, appointed by the Okanogan County Commissioners last January to fill the vacancy left by Arian Noma as Okanogan County Prosecutor, has released a letter to the public that “gives a brief update on how things are going in the Prosecutor’s office, talks a little bit...

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley Courtesy Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office
OKANOGAN – Patrol and corrections deputies with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) are now equipped with a piece of technology that has been getting a large share of media attention lately, Body Worn Cameras (BWC). In a May 5 media release the OCSO announced that the new BWC technology...
OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health is confirming that the B.1.1.7 (UK) and B.1.429 (California) variants were detected in two different Okanogan County residents. The variants were identified through genomic sequencing at the WA Department of Health Public Health Laboratory. Samples were...
FOX Nation will debut a new docuseries In the Valley of Sin on Sunday, May 9th, with a new episode dropping each day until the season finale on Friday, May 14th. Over the course of six episodes, the haunting program will explore the harrowing claims of child abuse in the sleepy town of Wenatchee,...
Gov. Jay Inslee today, May 4, announced a two-week pause on movement in the Healthy Washington: Roadmap to Recovery reopening plan. Under the pause, every county will remain in its current phase. At the end of two weeks, each county will be re-evaluated. The decision was made in consultation with...

Scott Blaesing, CPA, CFP Principal Cascade Wealth Advisors Inc.
If you are age 70½ or older, IRS rules require you to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) each year from your tax-deferred retirement accounts. This additional taxable income may push you into a higher tax bracket and may also reduce your eligibility for certain tax credits and deductions...

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