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NCW  - Due to rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19 in Washington state driven by the Delta variant, Region 7 (Okanogan, Chelan-Douglas Health Districts, Grant and Kittitas) public health officers are recommending a change to masking practices: All residents are advised to wear a mask in indoor...
OLYMPIA – A startling statistic released by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) on July 29 reveals that of the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths between February and June this year, more than 94 percent occurred in those age 12 and older who were not fully...

Suspect Andrew Louden is photographed at the wheel of a yellow school bus reportedly stolen in Leavenworth. Courtesy Chelan County Sheriffs Dept.
BRIDGEPORT – The four sheriffs comprising the North Central Washington Law Enforcement Leadership Group have issued a public letter addressing the group’s continued commitment to community safety under new state laws that, in the words of their statement, “will profoundly impact policing across...

Michael Knox addresses the Bridgeport City Council in 2019. Mike Maltais/QCH
WATERVILLE – A petition filed in Douglas County Superior Court last June by a Bridgeport resident seeking the recall of all five Bridgeport city council members has been dismissed by the judge who heard the case. The recall action sought by Bridgeport plaintiff Michael Knox on June 10 claimed that...

Among the many who helped make Brewster’s waterline replacement and well house construction project a reality, a dozen gathered last week to witness and participate in the official ribbon cutting ceremony. Pictured from left, public works director Lee Webster, 12th Legislative District Representative Keith Goehner, council member Glenn Farrington, Mayor Art Smyth (with scissors), council member John Housden, USDA Rural Development Community Program Director Koni Reynolds (with scissors), 12th Legislative District Representative Mike Steele (with scissors), council member Emmanuel Hurtado, city clerk/treasurer Misty Ruiz, J-U-B Engineers representative Michelle Johnson, and Apollo Construction project manager Dan Sjule. Mike Maltais/QCH
BREWSTER – City officials, state legislators, funding partners, designers, and agency representatives gathered at the end of Reservoir Hill Road last Wednesday, July 28, for a special ribbon cutting ceremony. The occasion marks another milestone in the multi-year march the city has been on as apart...
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...

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