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A steel framework is taking shape on the east side of the Honeybear Growers complex at 12 Fugachee Drive along U.S. 97 east of Brewster. A source at the fruit processing facility said the new space will be used to house additional packing lines. / Mike Maltais/QCH
METHOW – Okanogan County Public Health (OCPH) officials are asking citizens for help locating individuals who participated in a two-day campout north of the town of Methow on July 24-25. As many as 100 persons attended the event and OCPH believes the attendees may have been exposed to COVID-19...

Denise Sorom, Director of Community Philanthropy, Community Foundation of NCW
By April it became quite clear to the leadership at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington (CFNCW) that for the foreseeable future, it would not be business as usual, but rather “business unusual.” As the region’s largest manager of charitable assets--offering grant funding and...

Sheldon Malone pulls into the Brewster Highline Grain elevator with a load of wheat from the Wade Troutman farm on Pearl Hill. / Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – Wheat harvest at the HighLine Grain Growers (HLGG) elevator in Brewster officially got underway on July 20 when the first tractor trailer arrived with its load of golden cargo. Over the next several weeks the Brewster and Mansfield elevators and another 47 like them in the HLGG network...
BREWSTER – A second Gebbers Farms worker has become the latest victim of the novel coronavirus in Okanogan County after expiring Friday evening, July 31, while undergoing quarantine. Earl Edwards, 63, a long-time guest worker and valued employee had returned to Gebbers Farms annually for the past...

Cass Gebbers, Gebbers Farms CEO / Courtesy of Washington Tractor/YouTube
BREWSTER – An Order and Notice of Immediate Restraint effective July 22 has been issued to Gebbers Farms by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries applicable to all the company’s temporary worker housing locations following an L&I investigation in the wake of the July 8 death...
EAST WENATCHEE – El 30 de julio del 2020, El Departamento de Salud Pública de los Condados Chelan y Douglas (CDHD por sus siglas en inglés) confirmó cinco (5) casos de COVID-19 en Beneficial In-Home Care (servicios de atención domiciliaria) en East Wenatchee, Washington.  Como es requirido, los...
EAST WENATCHEE – On July 30, 2020, Chelan-Douglas Health Distrcit (CDHD) confirmed five (5) cases of COVID-19 at Beneficial In-home Care in East Wenatchee, Washington.  As required, all five (5) employees who tested positive are isolating at home.  CDHD staff is in communication with the facility...
TONASKET/RIVERSIDE - As of 8 a.m. July 30 all evacuation levels have been lifted on the Anglin fire east of Tonasket and the Green Fire East of Riverside.     Fire crews are still in the area.    Please use caution with outside activity it will be very Hot, Dry and Windy the next few...
TONASKET ... From Okanogan County Emergency Management on Wednesday, July 29   Level 3 evacuation orders have been removed for the Anglin Fire.   Level 2 evacuation order will remain in place for Rehmke Rd. south of Siwash Rd. and all roads off of Rehmke Rd.    Level 1 evacuation...

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