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Pateros resident Nathan Moller addressed the issue of fireworks in Pateros at the regular city council meeting July 19. Mike Maltais/QCH
PATEROS – The Pateros City Council held a public hearing July 19 regarding the presence and use of fireworks within the city limits following Apple Pie Jamboree the previous weekend and to discuss the results from a fireworks survey distributed to Pateros residents a year ago. Last July 2020 Mayor...

Mike Maltais/QCH Twisp Mayor Soo Ing-Moody, right, presents the AWC Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership to Pateros Mayor Carlene Anders at July’s regular monthly council meeting.
PATEROS – Mayor Carlene Anders was presented with an Advanced Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) during the regular monthly meeting of the Pateros City Council on Monday, July 19. Anders was recognized for her achievement by AWC earlier this year and...
WENATCHEE -- NCW Libraries is partnering with Write on the River to host a new virtual NCW Writers Group — an online community created by local writers for local writers. Writers across North Central Washington are invited to connect with other artists, discuss the craft, ask for advice, and share...

This Department of Ecology drought map shows the area in yellow included in the statewide emergency declaration. Courtesy Department of Ecology
OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology (DOE) issued a statewide drought emergency last Wednesday, July 14, after record-breaking triple digit temperatures compounded by a historically dry spring and summer triggered concerns over water supplies across the state. The emergency declaration comes on the...

This is what a portion of the West Chewuch north of Winthrop looked like Saturday morning, July 17, after fire burned through the area the previous evening. Courtesy Okanogan County Fire District Facebook
NESPELEM – A lightning-caused wildfire that started Monday, July 12, consumed nearly 40,000 acres, more than a dozen structures and triggered evacuation alerts continues to burn with partial containment at this writing. The Colville Tribe declared a state of emergency Tuesday, July 13, as two...

Scott Graham, CEO Three Rivers Hospital
BREWSTER -- Three Rivers Hospital is seeking a renewal of the one-year levy approved by voters last year. The current levy, which passed with a combined 71 percent in Okanogan and Douglas counties, has been used to help offset the cost of maintaining emergency services 24 hours a day, all year...

Jet ski racers round course buoys in one of the afternoon races.

Brewster Police Chief Marcos Ruiz Courtesy Brewster Police Department
BREWSTER – The regular monthly meetings of the city council include updates from various departments like finance, fire, public works, and police. However, last Thursday, July 15, law enforcement was front and center as the city prepares to adapt to a dozen new bills signed into law last May by...
BREWSTER – Voter pamphlets for the August 3 primary election began arriving in mailboxes last week and ballots were in the mail by July 16 according to an advisory from the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. Voters who have not received a ballot by July 23 should contact the Auditor’s Office at 509-...
BREWSTER – Voter pamphlets for the August 3 primary election began arriving in mailboxes last week and ballots were in the mail by July 16 according to an advisory from the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office. Voters who have not received a ballot by July 23 should contact the Auditor’s Office at 509-...

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