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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 9, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Lawsuit alleges Okanogan County held woman illegally based on her immigration status

The lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday alleges officials deprived Maria Del Rayo Mendoza Garcia of her civil rights when they held her in custody for nearly two days after …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Injured Okanogan firefighter remains in critical condition

Christian Johnson, assistant chief with Okanogan County Fire District No. 3, was injured while fighting the Spring Coulee Fire that grew quickly to 142 acres on Sunday afternoon southwest of …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Okanogan County firefighter seriously injured, burned while battling wildfire on Sunday

Christian Johnson was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday evening after receiving extensive second- and third-degree burns while battling a 142-acre wildfire southwest of Okanogan.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019, 10:26 p.m.

Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies make arrest Monday in alleged Malott matricide

A man accused of killing his mother with a knife was arrested Monday afternoon by Okanogan County sheriff’s deputies.


Navy pilot tried to ‘scribble out’ contrails depicting phallus in sky

If you ever wanted to know what two Navy aviators were thinking when they drew a giant penis in the sky over northeast Washington, well, the answer is probably what …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

Three more Eastern Washington sheriffs say they won’t enforce gun control initiative

The sheriffs in Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan counties joined at least seven other county sheriffs who previously pledged to ignore Initiative 1639, which adds requirements on gun storage and background …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 8:16 p.m.

Driver killed in single vehicle Okanogan County crash

A man was killed Wednesday night after losing control of his truck after passing another car on state Highway 155 in Okanogan County.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 10:20 p.m.

Fire destroys multiple mobile homes in Okanogan County’s Elmer City

A fire tore through a mobile home park in Okanogan County’s Elmer City on Tuesday, destroying several homes and displacing multiple families.


Familiar skies: New season of American Vandal nods to Okanogan sky-phallus

American Vandal, the mock true crime series that investigated cars tagged with phalluses in a high school parking lot, returned to Netflix for season 2 on September 14, and featured …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 3:04 p.m.

Nespelem man injured in Okanogan County car crash while fleeing police, investigators say

Jeremiah Wippel was airlifted to Spokane following the crash, according to the Washington State Patrol.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 7:48 a.m.

Crescent Mountain fire continues to grow, spewing smoke across the state

One of Washington’s largest and longest-burning wildfires continues to grow in central Washington, forcing evacuations and spewing spires of smoke into the atmosphere.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers announces retirement

After three decades in law enforcement and 16 years as Okanogan County’s top dog, Sheriff Frank Rogers is retiring.


UPDATED: Mon., March 19, 2018, 2:21 p.m.

Son injures mother in Okanogan County attempted murder-suicide

Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies say a shooting that left a woman injured and a man dead appeared to be an attempted murder-suicide.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017, 8:57 p.m.

Navy apologies to Okanogan County School District for skydrawing phallus

The U.S. Navy issued an letter to the Okanogan School District Tuesday, apologizing for the actions of two pilots who drew a giant phallus in the sky last month.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 3:17 p.m.

Offensive Okanogan County creek name changed

Washington officials changed an offensive creek name in Okanogan County, Tuesday.


Washington wildfires ‘creeping’ in improved weather

The cooler weather with occasional rain showers this week has slowed the advance of numerous wildfires in the region, allowing crews to devote more efforts to create fire lines to …


Earthquake measuring 4.3 rocks Washington’s Okanogan area

A moderate earthquake Tuesday morning shook the ground in southeast Okanogan County and could be felt up to 25 miles away. The quake at 9:42 a.m. was measured at a …


Ranchers face loss of livestock, livelihoods in Washington fires

DANVILLE, Wash. – The burned carcasses blend into the scorched landscape, just more black and ash among the haunting outline of trees. “There she is,” rancher Doug Grumbach says, pointing …


Fire crews make progress

Fire crews Monday night reported a frustrating yet productive day battling the blazes in Washington that now consume an area about the size of Rhode Island. Heavy smoke covered much …


Fire growth slows, smoke heads west

After a week of deadly fires forcing evacuations of whole towns and pushing fire officials to scramble for more help, Saturday was calm. Or as calm as it could be …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 22, 2015, 5:05 p.m.

Smoke moves into Central Washington

The brown skies Spokane experienced Friday have moved on.


Okanogan towns get respite from fires

Many communities across Okanogan County had a brief let-up from fires scorching the region Friday evening. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said the threat to people and homes was lower. …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 19, 2015, 6:35 p.m.

Wildfire forces evacuation of Twisp, Winthrop

Okanogan County officials are evacuating the city of Twisp because of a fast-moving wildfire.


Squatters accused of running over and killing property owner outside Tonasket

TONASKET, Wash. (AP) — Two people are in custody in rural northeast Washington on charges that they ran over two people after being confronted for squatting on someone else’s property.


Central Washington residents say Natural Resources failed them in battling Carlton Complex fires

OLYMPIA – Government agencies failed to react fast enough to smaller fires that grew last July into the largest wildfire in state history, Central Washington residents told legislators Thursday. While …


Wildfire region reaches out to visitors after tourism hit

Shortly after a wildfire blew up in north-central Washington in July, cancellations started pouring in to Sun Mountain Lodge. In short order, the resort near Winthrop had 800 cancellations – …


Riverside homicide victim shot multiple times

Police have said that homicide victim Patrick M. Alltus, 39, was shot multiple times in his home at 151 Hosheit Road in Riverside. His body was found by a friend …


Mud slides close roads, trap motorists in Okanogan County

TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Officials in a north-central Washington county hard-hit by wildfire this summer say heavy rain has triggered flash floods and mud slides, damaging some homes, blocking portions …


Arson arrests made in connection with Carlton Complex fire

Two men were arrested in Okanogan County and charged with arson for setting a backburn that failed and helped spread the devastating fire that scorched much of the Methow Valley …


Feds deny disaster aid to individual Washington wildfire victims

President Barack Obama denied a request Tuesday for disaster aid to individuals who lost homes and property in the Central Washington wildfires less than a day after approving a disaster …