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Snow levels to drop as storm pummels Northwest this weekend

Following a drier stretch in the Northwest, another storm is poised to bring rain and snow to the region before the end of the month.After spotty wet weather started off the weekend, a more potent storm tracked into the region Saturday night.After midnight, the storm spread wet weather into the western parts of Washington, before expanding south and east through Sunday morning.Areas west of the Cascades in both Washington and Oregon will remain mostly rain, including cities such as Portland, Ore...
Tags: Science, Montana, Washington, Oregon, US, Idaho, Portland Oregon, Seattle, Accuweather, Cascades, Northwest, Rockies, Pendleton, Spokane, Santiam Pass, Omak


A New Start For the Methow Valley in its Quest for a Signature Race

Ready, set, go: racers at the start of the skate portion of the 2018 Methow Pursuit. (Photo: Methow Trails) Washington’s Methow Valley is the literal end of the road in winter. There’s one way in from the south.  There’s route 20, a sinuous side spur plunging down from Omak in the Okanogan Highlands to the Methow’s eastern edge. Otherwise, travel by car terminates just beyond Mazama — the small town nestled in the valley’s north.    The Methow’s charm remains its solitude and mellowed pace. ...
Tags: Travel, General, News, Washington, Sport, Racing, Skiing, Masters, Seattle, Murdoch, Valley, Sun Valley, Winthrop, Schaefer, Methow Valley, Twisp


Pangborn Airport Wenatchee WA

Art drove me down to Omak to catch a 6am bus to Wenatchee. I spent the day with one of my high school buddies Mary Joy who drove me to the airport. I love this place. They took my suitcase and said it would go all the way to Naples. AmazingHistory o
Tags: Travel, Naples, Wenatchee, Omak, Pangborn Airport Wenatchee WA, Mary Joy


Sawmill part of Colville Tribes’ strategy for warming climate

The plan is to reopen a sawmill in Omak next year that can process ponderosa pine, which represents about 35 percent of the tribe’s commercial timber and is drought- and fire-resistant.
Tags: News, Environment, Local News, Northwest, Puget Sound, Omak


Fire crews battle smoky conditions, flames in northern Washington

A sign warns of "Heavy Smoke" on Washington state Highway 155 near Omak on Wednesday . Wildfires in the area have generated heavy smoke that has slowed traffic and in some instances hindered efforts to fight the fires from the air.
Tags: Washington, Washington state Highway 155, Omak


Legislature takes heat for squeezed fire budgets

A makeshift firetruck sprays water on a wildfire Saturday near Omak, part of the giant Okanogan complex fire in North Central Washington. University of Alaska, Fairbanks, firefighting students Casey Lasota, left, and Harold Stein work to cool hotspots left from a wildfire in Chelan on Sunday, Aug. 23. Firefighters across the West saw little relief over the weekend as wildfires raged in the drought-stricken region, but for those in Washington, other states will soon provide additional resources.
Tags: Washington, Legislature, Okanogan, Chelan, Omak, Casey Lasota, Harold Stein


Brush fire near Omak chars up 380 acres

OMAK, Wash. - The Mount Tolman Fire Center confirmed a brush fire is burning near State Route 155 on Saturday morning.
Tags: Omak, Mount Tolman Fire Center, State Route 155