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Members of the Columbia Post 97 Honor Guard firing detail perform services at a local cemetery during Memorial Day.
BREWSTER – A new federal bill signed into law last July 30 expanded eligibility for millions of U.S. military veterans to join the American Legion at a time when many Legion posts are struggling to recruit new members. The measure, Senate bill 504, The LEGION Act (Let Everyone Get Involved in...
  BREWSTER - The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in Brewster on October 24 between 12 and 5 p.m. It will be held at the Brewster Boys and Girls Club, 601 W Avenue in Brewster. Please call 800-733-2767 or go to redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.
  OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz this morning (Thurs., Oct. 3) issued the following statement regarding the death of Assistant Chief Christian Johnson, an Okanogan Fire District 3 firefighter injured in the line of duty last month:   "Everyone at DNR is holding the...

Christian Dean Johnson A celebration of Johnson’s life is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, at a time to be determined, in the Agriplex at the Okanogan County fairgrounds.
UPDATED WITH SERVICE INFORMATION SEATTLE – Christian Johnson, 55, of Okanogan, Assistant Chief with Okanogan County Fire District #3, who was severely injured while fighting a wildfire last month, succumbed to his injuries at Harborview Medical Center on Wednesday, Oct. 2, surrounded by his wife,...
BREWSTER - The Friends of the Brewster Library will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m. at the Brewster Library. Join them as they rebuild their volunteer group. Meet with fellow library  enthusiasts and work alongside library staff to support library improvements, programs,  and events. Are you...
OMAK - During the last school year, Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association awarded $2700 in mini-grants to fund projects or materials in area schools. Winners and their projects include:    Tonasket Schools: Michele Fancher, string art projects; Scott Olson, 4th grade chess club   Omak...

The folks living on the Waterville Plateau like their privacy, so to discourage the casual out-of-town curiosity seeker the local highway crews install various tourist traps here and there on their thoroughfares. Obstacles like detours that dead-end in the middle of million-acre wheatfields, the end-of-the-world plunge into a bottomless abyss, and this – The Minimizer- that compresses a regular sized automobile into a very narrow single-seater as it passes through the portal. As the road sign indicates, the less adventurous are encouraged to head for either Spokane or Wenatchee.
 
MANSON - The 5th annual veterans and their families barbecue, put on by the VFW and Auxiliary Post 6853, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21, 3-? p.m. at Champion Orchards, 2470 Totem Pole Road in Manson. On the menu:  ribs, chicken and all the fixings. Meal starts around 4 p.m. and is BYOB. From...

Work is progressing steadily on the new Kingdom Hall structure on State Way overlooking Brewster and the Columbia River. Heavy equipment was busy last week preparing the lot for paving.

The emergency communications end-of-production, end-of maintenance map illustrates site status of repeaters throughout the county.
OKANOGAN – A new informational website that provides facts to the public about upcoming Proposition 2, Okanogan County Sales Tax for Emergency Communications Systems and Facilities on the November general election ballot has been published by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office and Okanogan County...

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