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Crews to raise new casino sign

Construction crews soon will raise a marquee sign for the new 12 Tribes Resort and Casino south of Omak off U.S. Highway 97.

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Beardslee hears arguments on Three Devils Road

More than 65 people turned out Thursday to give testimony before Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee on the proposed vacation of Three Devils Road.

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Fire destroys another Malott HUD home

The structure fire was the second in three months in a Malott HUD home owned by the Colville tribe

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North Cascades Highway opens

Treats offered to first motorists to traverse Washington and Rainy passes this year.

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Early risers can see total lunar eclipse Saturday

Weather permitting, stargazers will be able to view a total lunar eclipse from start to finish early Saturday.

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Steelhead and whitefish fisheries to close

Fisheries close Tuesday on the upper Columbia River, tributaries





    Flag flap could've been avoided

    The governor should’ve paid more attention to the significance of the Good Friday holiday. Had he done so, Olympia’s flag flap could’ve been avoided.

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    Halting oil trains is not an option

    Stopping rail shipments of crude oil and hazardous cargo is not a viable option. It is better to strengthen railroad beds, replace aging track and bridges, enact better safety standards, increase inspections, continue to train emergency responders and invest in new technology and modern equipment.

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    April 8, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

    Here are the letters to the editor published in the April 8, 2015, print edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.

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    Don't give teachers, pupils a pass

    We should not give teachers and students a “pass” for failing to meet minimum academic standards. And the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction shouldn’t be asking for a waiver, either.

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    Franchises are small businesses

    Like the coffee vendor in the lobby of Trump Tower, they’re not global business magnates, they’re small business owners trying to make a living. Seattle politicians should treat them as such.

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    Conconully Lake Resort needs to remain open

    The bottom line, like it or not, is that Conconully needs every business it still has, regardless of who the proprietor is. That includes Conconully Lake Resort.


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    Conconully resort

    “Anything that’s ever shut down, burned down or closed down never reopens. It’s all about getting more money.” — Conconully Lake Resort concessionaire Kevin Messer, reacting to the federal Bureau of Reclamation's decision not to renew his lease and close the resort.

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    Unbearable plan

    “We need to show up and tell them we oppose any actions that have the potential to close trails to pack and saddle stock use in the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth and Pasayten wildernesses and the national forest and national park lands adjacent to the wildernesses or that might further reduce the ...

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    Responsible spending

    “Supplemental budgets are intended to cover extraordinary expenses or unexpected costs. Particularly with last year’s wildfires and needed investments in mental health, these are responsible budget adjustments.” — Gov. Jay Inslee, speaking about a state biennial budget adjustment to help areas effected by the Carlton Complex wildfire.

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    Crowning achievement

    “I’m amazed. I can’t believe I’m queen.” — Ellamae Burnell, responding to being crowned queen of the annual May Festival in Oroville.

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    Grizzly plan

    “The Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan calls on us to fully consider the restoration of the grizzly bear in the North Cascades, and this process will ensure we solicit the public for their input before putting any plan into action.” — U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Pacific Regional Director Robyn Thorson, ...

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    Flying the coop

    “The council did a straw poll and most of the council was not supportive of having chickens in the city.” — Tonasket City Clerk Alice Attwood, talking about the city council's rejection of an ordinance allowing residents to raise chickens inside city limits