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National Guard members set up a free drive-through coronavirus test site in the Brewster High School parking lot last Saturday, August 15. Photo courtesy of Mike Mauk
BREWSTER – The city council approved three agenda items and set a public hearing during its regular monthly meeting held virtually on Zoom last Wednesday, August 12. The city also encouraged residents to take advantage of free coronavirus testing sites set up by Okanogan County Public Health....
OMAK – Okanogan County small businesses that meet the application requirements have until August 28 to file for funding relief administered through the Economic Alliance in partnership with the county. Small Business Stabilization Grants for up to $10,000 each and made possible through the...

Gov. Jay Inslee Courtesy WaStateGovphotos/Facebook
BREWSTER – The surge in coronavirus cases that made this hub of fruit production in Okanogan County the state’s latest COVID-19 hot zone was dramatic enough to prompt a visit by Governor Jay Inslee last Thursday, August 13. While in Brewster Inslee met with community, tribal and county leaders and...
Gov. Jay Inslee today issued guidance as part of Washington's Safe Start phased reopening plan.  Agricultural events: These guidelines apply to livestock and horse exhibitions/shows/sales/auctions, companion animal (dog, cats, rabbits, etc.) shows, or any substantially similar event.  Guidance...

“Perc 30” pills that have been seized by local law enforcement.
WENATCHEE - Over the last 3 months the Columbia River Drug Task Force has seen an increase in Fentanyl in the Wenatchee Valley. Specifically, Fentanyl disguised as prescription medication in pill form. The pills are small, round, blueish in color, and imprinted with an “M” on one side and a “30” on...

Katie Haven
PATEROS – Preliminary results from the first two vote counts from the August 4 primary election show that the Pateros Emergency Services Levy that went down to defeat when first presented to voters last April, is passing this time around with 63 percent of eligible voters approving and 36 percent...
It’s no surprise that the incumbent governor and District Congressional Representative captured the most votes in the primary election. The question is, how strong is their performance against a single Republican challenger in the General election? Gov. Inslee won the statewide election with a...
PATEROS – Preliminary results from the first two vote counts from the August 4 primary election show that the Pateros Emergency Services Levy that went down to defeat when first presented to voters last April, is passing this time around with 63 percent of eligible voters approving and 36 percent...

Okanogan County Community Health Director Lauri Jones joined a Today Show discussion concerning the harassment of heath care officials across the nation. Courtesy today.com
OKANOGAN – County Community Health Director Lauri Jones took the story of the coronavirus pandemic’s repercussions on a rural population and the backlash directed at the health officials trying to protect them to a nationwide audience on Wednesday, August 5, when she appeared on NBC television’s...

PBCRC Commercial Kitchen Project
BREWSTER – The Pateros-Brewster Community Resource Center’s (PBCRC) Commercial Kitchen Project has been selected as one of four finalists in the Supernova Business Launch Competition. PBCRC will now compete for the $10,000 grand prize awarded to the winner on August 20. The North Central Washington...

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