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Brewster Police Chief Marcos Ruiz address a special session of the city council convened last Friday to approve the purchase of a police vehicle. / Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – The city council met in special session last Friday, Jan. 17, to approve a real deal and purchase a new vehicle for the Brewster police department. Well, almost new. The new vehicle is a 2018 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor all-wheel-drive (AWD) four-door SUV that meets the department’s...
PATEROS – Last May 2019 Washington State Parks planners began holding a series of meetings with the public and stakeholders in the Quad City area to formulate long-term recreation and land-use plans for Bridgeport and Alta Lake state parks. Fast forward five months to October 2019 when parks staff...
OKANOGAN - Family Health Centers was awarded $100,000 by Molina Healthcare to support the development of a Center of Excellence for Maternity Services. Collaboration is key to the securing a more secure and sustainable future for maternity services in Okanogan County. Included in this vision is a...
Hot off the press - Hot off the press is the new Community Cookbook sponsored by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce with all proceeds earmarked to benefit the Brewster Food Bank. The new publication with recipes assembled from local contributors is now available for purchase from some chamber...

Re-elected council member Sergio Orozco, left, and incumbent mayor Janet Conklin take the office of office from city clerk/treasurer Judy Brown. Mike Maltais/QCH
BRIDGEPORT – City council members met in special session on Dec. 30 to address a Bridgeport Municipal Code (BMC) ban on pit bull dogs that is now disallowed after the state Legislature passed and Gov. Inslee signed House Bill 1026 last year that ends breed-specific dog bans as of Jan. 1, 2020. At...

Three Rivers Hospital staffers pose with the new year’s first baby at the facility. From left, Stormy Fisher, RN; Dr. James Wallace, TRH Medical Director; Kayla, Wren, and Jesse White, Rose Holder, RN; and Karen Hurley RN and OB Team Lead. Not pictured is the White family’s birth team, Erin Cooley, M.D., and Jennifer West, RN. Courtesy Three Rivers Hospital
BREWSTER – Three Rivers Hospital helped the White family of Carlton welcome a newborn girl just three days into the new year. Wren Katherine White was born at 4:02 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3. She weighed 7 pounds, 8.5. ounces, and measured 19.75 inches long. The parents are Kayla and Jesse White. Wren...

Sen. Brad Hawkins and apple industry officials recently met in Wenatchee to discuss Hawkins’ proposal (Senate Bill 6032) to create a Washington apple license plate. From left: Tony Lynn Adams, Communications Outreach Coordinator of the Washington Apple Commission; Sen. Hawkins; Jennifer Witherbee, Executive Director of the Washington Apple Education Association; and Todd Fryhover, President of the Washington Apple Commission. / Courtesy photo
  OLYMPIA...Sen. Brad Hawkins hopes to honor our iconic Washington apples in 2020 by introducing legislation to create a Washington apple license plate. Hawkins is teaming up with the Washington Apple Commission and the Washington Apple Education Foundation on the bill, which now has 20 bipartisan...

Glenn Graves of NCW Pet Cremation with the specialized equipment for pet cremation. / Courtesy North Central WA Pet Cremation
  OKANOGAN - Back in 2006 the Okanogan County Crematory became the first facility to offer cremation services for people at a crematory north of Wenatchee. North Central WA Pet Cremation is now the first facility in the area to offer pet cremation. Up till now people had to take or have their pets...

Mike Mauk is the 2020 president of the Brewster Chamber of Commerce.
BREWSTER – Brewster Chamber of Commerce members elected new officers for year 2020 during their regular monthly meeting on Dec. 11. Former Chamber vice-president Mike Mauk was elected president and out-going two-term president Anna Marie Dalbey was voted into the vice-president’s office. Heather...
  WENATCHEE – Douglas County Commissioner Kyle Steinburg issued an open letter earlier this month expressing his opposition to a proposed utility rate increases proposed by the Douglas County PUD for a subgroup of customers who use in excess of 50,000 kilowatt hours a month. That high-use group...

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