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East Wenatchee – Chelan-Douglas Health District (CDHD) is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases and local hospitalizations due to the emergent COVID-19 Delta variant. The Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected in the United States in March 2021. Due to its highly infectious nature, the...

The Okanogan County Road Department does not mess around when it tackles a chip seal project like this near four-mile stretch of Cameron Lake Road just east of the Monse/Highway 97 turnoff. Nearly a dozen trucks pictured here queued up last week with loads of gravel to keep the process moving at a brisk pace in the high heat. Mike Maltais/QCH

Council member George Brady Mike Maltais/QCH
PATEROS – Public hearings about firefighter compensation, a budget amendment, and fireworks shared the agenda with public comments, Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley, committee reports, an award ceremony, and more at last week’s regular city council meeting on July 19. Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody...

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley adds his name to a WSSA letter during a gathering of county sheriffs at Ellensburg July 15. Courtesy Okanogan County Sheriff's office
OKANOGAN – Sheriff Tony Hawley and Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris were among 37 county sheriffs statewide belonging to the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association (WSSA) who gathered at Ellensburg on July 15 to sign a letter reaffirming their sworn oaths to support, obey, and defend the U.S....
BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport City Council held its first regular meeting in person on Wednesday, July 21, since the state officially reopened for business June 30, and had a full plate of issues to address following more than a year of trying to conduct business virtually. A representative from...

Pateros resident Nathan Moller addressed the issue of fireworks in Pateros at the regular city council meeting July 19. Mike Maltais/QCH
PATEROS – The Pateros City Council held a public hearing July 19 regarding the presence and use of fireworks within the city limits following Apple Pie Jamboree the previous weekend and to discuss the results from a fireworks survey distributed to Pateros residents a year ago. Last July 2020 Mayor...

Mike Maltais/QCH Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, right, presents the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership to Pateros Mayor Carlene Anders at July’s regular monthly council meeting.
PATEROS – Mayor Carlene Anders was presented with an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) during the regular monthly meeting of the Pateros City Council on Monday, July 19. Anders was recognized for her achievement by AWC earlier this year and...
WENATCHEE -- NCW Libraries is partnering with Write on the River to host a new virtual NCW Writers Group — an online community created by local writers for local writers. Writers across North Central Washington are invited to connect with other artists, discuss the craft, ask for advice, and share...

This Department of Ecology drought map shows the area in yellow included in the statewide emergency declaration. Courtesy Department of Ecology
OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology (DOE) issued a statewide drought emergency last Wednesday, July 14, after record-breaking triple digit temperatures compounded by a historically dry spring and summer triggered concerns over water supplies across the state. The emergency declaration comes on the...

This is what a portion of the West Chewuch north of Winthrop looked like Saturday morning, July 17, after fire burned through the area the previous evening. Courtesy Okanogan County Fire District Facebook
NESPELEM – A lightning-caused wildfire that started Monday, July 12, consumed nearly 40,000 acres, more than a dozen structures and triggered evacuation alerts continues to burn with partial containment at this writing. The Colville Tribe declared a state of emergency Tuesday, July 13, as two...

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