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NCW — As people turn their clocks forward for daylight saving time this Sunday, March 14 the Northwest Region of the American Red Cross encourages everyone to also make their homes safer from the threat of a home fire...

Mike Maltais/QCH A utility pole left hanging in pieces was among hundreds destroyed in Okanogan and Douglas counties by the Cole Springs wildfire last September.
SACRAMENTO – The deadline for state private nonprofit organizations to apply for a Small Business Association (SBA) federal disaster loan for property damage caused by wildfire like last September’s Cole Spring wildfire and straight-line winds that occurred Sept. 1-19, 2020, is approaching on...

Mike Maltais/QCH Abigail Harrild, left, navigates a Darley Spartan pumper truck through Pateros streets during a training session last Friday afternoon. Fellow volunteer Josh Smith, left, a PHS senior, observes from the jump seat.
PATEROS – Volunteer fire recruits Abigail Harrild and Josh Smith are among about a dozen new volunteers who have signed up to serve with stations in Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 this year. Harrild and Smith have been meeting daily with Pateros Fire Chief Kerry Heen to learn the ropes...

Mike Maltais/QCH Firefighters feed water hose through the front door of the training fire at 130 Independence Street last Saturday morning.
PATEROS – Firefighters from Douglas-Okanogan County Fire District 15 (DOCFD) gathered at 130 Independence Street in Pateros last Saturday morning, March 6 to gain practice in battling a structure fire at a controlled training burn of a doublewide manufactured home. The structure, located just...

Mike Maltais/QCH Frank Herbert takes the oath of office as the newly appointed Pateros city councilman just prior to casting his first vote at the special session held Monday, March 1. City clerk/treasurer Kerri Wilson administers the oath in front of a mural of the explorer David Thompson in the Pateros Museum.
PATEROS – The city council met in special virtual session on March 1 to approve a contract to study Central Washington’s plastics industry. The city received $30,000 in Rural Development Block Grant (RDBG) funds for a feasibility analysis to further research the opportunity to bring a plastics...

Rep. Kim Schrier
WENATCHEE – On Wednesday, February 17, Representative Kim Schrier (D-Issaquah) held a town hall meeting for Central Washington constituents co-hosted by Wenatchee Mayor Frank Kuntz. Kuntz sorted out questions submitted by email prior to the meeting and also added occasional commentary. Kuntz...

Denise Sorom, Director of Philanthropy at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington
It was a long shot, a gamble—a Hail Mary even—but ultimately, a huge success.  Last year’s Give NCW campaign was unlike any of its predecessors. Typically, this crowd-funding campaign promotes 25 nonprofit organizations that have received grants from the Community Foundation and asks the public...
Editor’s note: The following joint media release issued on Feb. 19 by Three Rivers Hospital, Mid-Valley Hospital, Okanogan County Public Health, North Valley Hospital, and Family Health Centers is printed to help inform the public concerning available COVID-19 vaccines. Please note that as of...
WASHINGTON – Representative Dan Newhouse (R-WA), in a news release issued Friday, February 26, stated why he was opposed to the “massive federal land grab” and how it will impact counties already dominated by federally controlled property. The release, “A Voice for Rural Communities:...

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