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These meetings will address the Community Wildfire Protection Plan being updated for Okanogan County. The last revision was done in 2013, prior to the wildfire disasters of 2014 and 2015. Your insight, recommendations and input will be invaluable. It is our intention to These meetings are...

Mike Maltais/QCH The rising sun peeks over the horizon to watch the wind-driven flames and smoke advance southward. The Cold Springs Canyon Pearl Hill Fire started late Sunday, Sept. 6 in the Cold Springs area put residents on Level 2. Early on Monday, Sept. 7, multiple areas were put on Level 2 and 3 evacuation notices, including the Cameron Lake Road area, City of Bridgeport and City of Mansfield. The Red Cross started a Virtual Temporary Evacuation Point (VTEP)   and persons needing shelter should contact the Red Cross 509-670-5331. Persons needing to evacuate livestock can use the Okanogan County Fair Grounds. Their number is 509-322-1621.
Sept. 9 Update - Omak, WA - Firefighting efforts overnight focused on structure protection and working on containment lines. Additional personnel arrived overnight and will be on the fire line today. Structure protection is a primary focus and will continue throughout the day. Air resources...

Courtesy WashingtonFarmBureau/Facebook Highline Growers in conjunction with the Washington Farm Bureau is distributing COVID-19 supplies like these five-gallon buckets of hand sanitizer to school districts throughout its coverage area.
BRIDGEPORT – The Bridgeport and Brewster school districts received some welcome support last Thursday, Sept. 3, when Paul Katovich, CEO of Highline Grain Growers delivered a load of hand sanitizer in five-gallon buckets, sanitizer dispensers, and face masks to help curtail the spread of coronavirus...
BREWSTER – A Brewster man sustained serious injuries when the tractor he was driving was struck by a passenger van at the intersection of State Route 97 and Grange Road south of the Brewster city limits on the early afternoon of August 25. Roberto Rodriguez Duran, 50, suffered broken bones and a...

Mike Maltais/QCH An excavator digs a channel across Bridge Street to allow water line that will connect the east side main line to west side residences.
BREWSTER – Portions of Bridge Street from the Bridge Street Bridge on the south to Lakeview Way on the north will be closed or restricted for the next couple of months while construction crews work on the latest phase of the city’s ambitious water upgrade program. At this writing workmen are busy...

Zariyat Hossain is high school Sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School located in Colorado
Last week a young man sent me a study he had conducted on the impact of remote learning on high school students. This young man is a sophomore at Highlands Ranch High School in Colorado. He was previously in the Puyallup School District here in Washington. Zariyat Hossain, used the power of the...
OKANOGAN COUNTY – The American Red Cross has launched a Virtual Temporary Evacuation Point in response to a fast-moving wildfire in Okanogan and Douglas Counties. The Cold Springs Road Fire triggered level 3 evacuations of approximately 60 homes around 2:00 a.m., Monday, Sept. 7, and that number...

An Incident Management Team set up tents in Bridgeport’s Fireman Park for three days last week to offer free COVID-19 tests to Bridgeport residents who wanted to take advantage of the free service. 303 self-administered tests were completed, with three individuals testing positive for COVID-19. Community health workers are working to provide resources and wrap around services for those three individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Mike Maltais/QCH
NCW - NCW Libraries is excited to announce the return of several services throughout the five-county library district.    Starting Sept. 14, residents across Okanogan, Ferry, Grant, Chelan and Douglas counties will be able to checkout any item from our physical library collections and...

Scott Graham, CEO of Three Rivers Hospital
TONASKET - Two years after becoming the shared Chief Executive Officer of Three Rivers Hospital and North Valley Hospital, Scott Graham has resigned from his position at North Valley, a Three Rivers Hospital media release disclosed on August 28. Graham announced his resignation Aug. 27 at the North...

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