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Carlos and Zuni Henriquez
BRIDGEPORT – The new pastors of the Foursquare Wellspring of Life Church held a community event at noon Saturday, May 4, to introduce themselves to Bridgeport residents. Carlos and Zuni Henriquez hosted a gathering at the Bridgeport City Park at 1300 Columbia Avenue featuring free hot dogs, music,...

The Omak Tribal Longhouse is located at 25 Mission Road.
OMAK – The sound of drums will come from the Omak Tribal Longhouse on Saturday, May 11, as the United Pow Wow makes its 31st annual appearance at 25 Mission Road. Native American dancers and drummers will gather for an afternoon of activities beginning in the early afternoon followed by a dinner at...

Mersaedy Atkins, left, and Colville Tribe Natural Resources Enforcement officer, Robbie Seyler, prepare fillets of Chinook salmon for the traditional barbecue pit during First Salmon ceremonies in 2016 at the Chief Joseph Salmon Hatchery in Bridgeport.
NESPELEM – The First Salmon Ceremony, an annual tradition of the Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) will be held at the Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery Administration Building in Bridgeport on Thursday, May 23. Activities will get started early under the direction of Randy Friedlander, Colville Tribes...
OKANOGAN – As you are reading this, the Washington State Department of Health (WSDOH) is coordinating a five-day statewide emergency drill to test health agency responses to a simulated plague outbreak. The exercise involves the distribution of more than a million doses of faux vaccine and other...
PATEROS – The annual Pateros School Father-Daughter and Mother-Son dances will be held back-to-back in the high school gym on Saturday and Sunday, May 11-12. Both events run from 6-9 p.m. The Father-Daughter Dance is on Saturday, May 11, and the Mother-Son Dance on Sunday, May 12. Pre-sale tickets...

Barbara Walters introduced herself to members of the Bridgeport City Council last September.
WENATCHEE – Barbara Walters, the new Executive Director of the North Central Regional Library (NCRL) will be among five honorees at the Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) Foundation Gala on May 18. Walters, who took over the reins of the NCRL in July 2018, will be awarded the WVC Foundation’s...
OKANOGAN – The Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPC) gathered for a meeting with the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management on April 11 to discuss elements critical to the preparedness agenda of the local groups. More than two dozen agencies and organizations were represented for...

Members of the eighth National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team assigned to Pateros and Twisp introduced themselves during the Pateros Arbor Day observance last Friday afternoon, April 26. Team members and home states are, from left, Shyann Davis (New Mexico), Martha Taylor (Missouri), Benjamin Lieberg (Minnesota), Haley Coates (Florida), Teresa Choromanski (New York), Laura Gallicchio (Connecticut), Greg Rowe (Massachusetts), Jason Ly (Virginia) and Amy Singer (Maryland).
PATEROS – A 10-member team from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps arrived in Pateros last week to begin a three-month assignment that will see the Pacific Region Blue 7 team divide its work between the Okanogan County Long Term Recovery Group (OCLTRG) and TwispWorks in Twisp. “To...

A maintenance worker maneuvers a tractor equipped with front forks to pick up metal posts recently unearthed at the Okanogan Fairgrounds racetrack. The old posts were unearthed to make way for installation of a new inside rail. New posts, railings and track bed will be part of the racetrack restoration that will host horse races during the annual Fair in September. The Horse Nations Indian Relay races will include the Okanogan County Fair as one of the stops on its circuit this year.

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