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 By Scott Hunter    News 

Baby dies, parents badly burn in fire

A young family caught in the Cold Springs Fire apparently left their wrecked pickup in an attempt to get to safety Tuesday afternoon, but their 1-year-old son lost his life. The... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Update: Current smoke outlook

Update 9/16 11:55 a.m. The state Dept. of Ecology has extended the Air Quality Alert until noon Friday, although locally the air seems a lot less chewy (not a technical term) than... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Many fires burning in region; evacuations issued

Among the many fires burning in Eastern Washington tonight are five on the Colville Reservation, including three on its eastern edge that have consumed about 8,000 acres, where... — Updated 9/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire raging through Okanogan, Douglas counties

Update 4:11 p.m. Bridgeport and Bridgeport Bar area is under a Level 3 evacuation, and US 97 is closed from Pateros north.... — Updated 9/7/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Grant County commissioners make "desperate appeal" to public on Covid prevention

Grant County commissioners issued a "desperate appeal" Tuesday for the public's help in getting the COVID-19 epidemic in the county under control. With the county's rate of new... — Updated 8/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News
House burns in wheatfield fire.

Update: Fire destroyed wheat and unoccupied house

Update: The road was opened up about 6 p.m. Wednesday night. An unoccupied house on the west side of SR-174 at the top of the "Wilbur hill" burned down, and many acres of wheat were... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Huge fires getting under control

The Labor Day fires that consumed hundreds of thousands of acres around Washington over the last nine days were coming under control Tuesday, but not before killing one infant,... — Updated 9/16/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion 

So big you could see it from space

Over the last decade, the area has suffered through several fire seasons that brought not only fire, but lots of smoke, often from elsewhere. This month, we got both, in huge amounts. The fires that burned all around us consumed... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News 

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/16/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fires all around us still burning

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m. update: The Cold Springs Fire is now at 187,689 acres and is 25% contained, according to a Sept. 10 update from the Northeast Washington Interagency Incident... — Updated 9/14/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Arrest made four minutes after robbery reported

A 17-year-old barista in Okanogan tried to hide in the bathroom after a young man came into the Free Bird Coffee Stand on North Second Avenue, asked for water, then demanded everything they had. Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley... — Updated 9/9/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Fire destroys empty house and more

Fire razed several buildings in Electric City early Tuesday morning, including an unoccupied house. When the call went out about 12:30 a.m., the fire was already well underway,... — Updated 9/7/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

County commissioners appeal to public on Covid prevention

Grant County commissioners issued a "desperate appeal" Aug. 25 for the public's help in getting the COVID-19 epidemic in the county under control. With the county's rate of new... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

A first-hand account of the Taiwan's Covid defenses

A local doctor traveled this summer to Taiwan, a country noted as having had one of the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in the world, one with a strategy that differs... — Updated 9/2/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Clock now ticking on new major hydro project

Another step toward starting a major new hydropower project that would tunnel beneath the city of Grand Coulee happened Monday when the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation published its intent to take proposals for a lease for generating el... — Updated 9/2/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Two-thirds favor businesses requiring masks

An online survey that sought to outline preferences people have for businesses requiring masks or not drew 136 respondents over 13 days and elicited 52 opinions on the matter. The... — Updated 8/26/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Almira fire district has been busy

The second time was not a charm for that yellow house at the top of the hill on the highway to Wilbur last week after a combine somehow started a fire in a wheat field, the second... — Updated 8/25/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Third Powerhouse renamed "Nathaniel 'Nat' Washington Power Plant"

Grand Coulee Dam's Third Powerhouse was renamed last week, a press release from the office of Rep. Dan Newhouse, who represents the state's 4th District in Congress, announced.... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Free Covid-19 testing across county coming here

“If you give it away, they will come” might be one lesson Okanogan County Public Health takes away from its current push to provide Covid-19 testing for free all over the county. The county started its free testing last... — Updated 8/19/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

School will start a little later, board decides

Students at Lake Roosevelt Schools will start school Sept. 8, six days later than an earlier plan, after the school board Aug. 12 pressed the administration to delay, fearing not enough time to orient staff, students and parents... — Updated 8/19/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Updated: Free Covid testing to be offered across county this month

Okanogan County Public Health will be offering FREE COVID-19 testing throughout Okanogan County starting August 13, through the month for all residents of the county. Locally,... — Updated 8/17/2020 Full story

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Plan: GCD schools to start totally online

All students in the Grand Coulee Dam School District will start the year with online-only classes, according to a plan laid out Monday night to school board directors by Superintendent Paul Turner. In a Zoom board meeting with the... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

Update as of 8/13 on Lower Coyote Creek Fire

Update 8/13/20 Firefighters say the Lower Coyote Creek Fire is now about 65 % contained and they will begin mop-up operations today, following a successful night of eliminating... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    Opinion

County commissioners could show D.C. how it's done

If popular differences can show up any place in the United States, it’s very possible they could show up first in Okanogan County. Once considered a bellwether county in presidential politics, the county supports a variety of... — Updated 8/12/2020

 
 By Scott Hunter    News

County leaders call for grass roots effort on virus fight

Okanogan County commissioners issued a “desperate appeal” last week to the community to follow health measures recommended by county health authorities on the Covid-19 epidemic in the county, which has the highest incidence... — Updated 8/12/2020 Full story

 

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