Liu graduates

Twisp resident Kimberly Liu recently graduated with Corban University’s class of 2013 in Salem, Ore. Liu received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education with a 3.9 grade point average. She was on the dean’s list every semester, student taught at a Salem elementary school, and participated in six of Corban’s theater productions. She has accepted a two-year teaching position in Jakarta, Indonesia, through the Pelita Harapan Foundation and will begin work in July.


Hospital foundation meets

A meeting to help “resurrect” the Okanogan Douglas District Hospital Foundation is scheduled for 7 p.m. on June 18 at the Douglas Okanogan County Fire District 15 station in Pateros. The nonprofit foundation was formed to receive, hold, invest and administer funds to provide hospital services to the residents of the district, but has been inactive for several years.

Three Rivers Hospital Board Chair Dan Webster said that “anyone interested in the well being of Three Rivers Hospital is welcome to attend this meeting …. We are looking forward to a one-hour meeting to develop a core group of dedicated individuals to direct support and fundraising for the foundation.” For more information, call Webster at (509) 689-2131.


Cookin’ for kids

Okanogan County 4-H has opened registration for “Chef Camp,” for kids ages 10-14 at the Malott Grange Hall. The camp will be Monday through Thursday, June 24-27, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. each day. Cost is $6 for currently enrolled 4-H members and $36 for non-4-H members. For more information contact the 4-H office at (509) 422-7245.


Fly kites in Bridgeport

The Washington Kitefliers Association will celebrate the new Chief Joseph Fish Hatchery with two days of kite flying on June 21 and 22 at the dam’s information center in Bridgeport. The free event will be from noon- 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, contact Bonnie Ecker at (206) 764-6183.


Powidzki event successful

A benefit spaghetti dinner, auction and raffle at the Eagles Hall in Twisp raised more than $6,400 for Kelly (Hammer) Powidzki, who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer.

Proceeds from the June 1 event will help the family with medical bills and other expenses. Powidzki is six months pregnant with her second child. She is the daughter of Roger and Anna Hammer of Twisp.

Those who were unable to attend the dinner may also donate by sending a check to FOE Auxiliary 2584, P.O. Box 113, Twisp, WA 98856. Write “Kelly Powidzki” at the bottom of your check.


WVC commencement

Wenatchee Valley College commencement exercises are scheduled for Friday (June 14) for the Wenatchee campus and Saturday (June 15) for the Omak campus.

The Wenatchee commencement ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. in the Town Toyota Center. The Omak campus commencement will begin at 1 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center.

The Wenatchee campus nurses pinning for completion of the registered nursing certificate and associate degrees of nursing program will take place at 1 p.m. at the Town Toyota Center. The Omak campus capping and pinning ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center.


Forestry field day

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington State University Extension will host a forestry field day on June 22 in Tonasket. The event is intended to help small forest landowners learn about western spruce budworm and pine bark beetle damage and how to reduce risk. It will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fire Springs Ranch, 64 Fire Springs Road. Participants can choose from a wide variety of classes and activities taught by specialists in forest health, wildlife habitat, rangeland management, weed control, wildfire protection, timber and non-timber forest products, using global positioning systems, chainsaw safety and maintenance, and forestland security and safety.

The fee for those who register by Friday (June 14) is $20 per person or $30 for a family of two or more. After that the fee is $30 per person or $40 per family. An optional barbecue lunch will be available for $10 per person. Lunch reservations must be received by June 17. For more information, contact Andy Perleberg, WSU Extension forester, at (509) 667-6540 or email


Winthrop Chamber social

The Winthrop Chamber of Commerce will host a social at Bear Creek Golf Course near Winthrop from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday (June 13). The chamber will provide hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Arrowleaf Bistro and beverages from Lost River Winery and the Old Schoolhouse Brewery.  For those interested in playing a round of golf before the social, there is a 25 percent reduction in greens fees on Thursday to any Winthrop chamber member. Call 996-2284 to reserve a tee time.

The chamber has also unveiled its new website, The website receives more than 150,000 visits per year. For more information, email


Amateur radio testing

The Okanogan County Amateur Radio Club W7ORC is sponsoring an FCC Amateur Radio License testing session June 20 at 5:30 p.m. in the Omak Library, 30 S. Ash St. For more information contact Mike Mauk W7MCM at (509) 449-0605 or email, or check the website Walk-ins are welcome.