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OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health is announcing that the B.1.617.2 Delta variant was detected in an Okanogan County resident who tested positive for COVID-19 in late June. The variant was identified through genomic sequencing at the WA Department of Health Public Health Laboratory. The...
NESPELEM – A lightning-caused wildfire that started Monday, July 12, has consumed 11,000 acres, more than a dozen structures and triggered evacuation alerts continues to burn uncontained at this writing. The Colville Tribe declared a state of emergency Tuesday evening as at least two lightning...
BREWSTER – Voter pamphlets for the August 3 primary election began arriving in mailboxes this week and ballots will be in the mail no later than 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...

Julie Mott
Two years ago, 32-year-old Amber Crocker was a new mom with a dream. She wanted to become a nurse but knew she would need some financial help to get her through nursing school. She applied for several scholarships at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and her application rose to...
OKANOGAN - Ballots for the August 3, Primary Election will be mailed July 15. If you have not received your ballot by Friday, July 23rd, please contact the Auditors Office at 509-422-7240. Remember your ballots must be signed. The Auditors Office, 149 3rd Ave. N., Okanogan, is open Monday –...
With the state returning to a full opening, Link Transit is removing all capacity limitations from their vehicles. These have been in place since the early spring of 2020, under the orders of the State of Washington. Capacity has been limited to as low as 25% of the stated vehicle capacity, and...
EAST WENATCHEE - A rabid bat was found near Waterville on July 7. Chelan-Douglas Health District sent the bat to the Washington State Lab for testing and the result came back positive. The bat was brought into a house by a cat and the homeowner handled the bat bare handed.  CDHD is working closely...

Hot wheels and happy spectators make Bridgeport Daze an annual favorite. Mike Maltais/QCH
BRIDGEPORT -- The city’s most popular - and lately, most controversial - celebration squeezed in another last-minute festival that began on its traditional first weekend of June, skipped the remainder of the month and concluded on Sunday, July 4. Along the way it claimed the unique distinction...

Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris
LACEY - Douglas County Sheriff Kevin Morris has been named to the executive board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC).  He was appointed by WASPC President Sheriff Rick Scott of Grays Harbor County to fill a vacant position.  “Sheriff Morris has stepped up to...

Courtesy paterosapj.org Apple Pie Jamboree shirts can be ordered online for $20 at paterosapj.org.
PATEROS – Events are coming together quickly for the 72nd annual Apple Pie Jamboree that is resuming its tradition following the 2020 pandemic hiatus. An annual Pateros event since 1947 the Jamboree missed its 2014 run following the Carlton Complex wildfire. This year’s celebration runs from Friday...

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