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Flash Flood watch issued for Carlton Complex areas

The National Weather Service office in Spokane has announced a flash flood watch for Carlton Complex fire burn scar areas.

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Vehicle crashes into post office

Vehicle crashes through Waterville Post Office wall

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Drought area expanded

Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded his earlier drought declarations to include the whole state.

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Fishermen rescued after boat overturns

One fishermen was transported to the hospital, a second is on shore after being rescued today.

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Oroville May Fest parade results announced

The Rally at the Border Blues Festival parade entry was awarded the coveted queen’s choice award Saturday during the town’s premiere grand parade.

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North Valley Hospital to discuss hiring of a new CEO

Hospital commissioners will meet at 7 tonight at 203 S. Western Ave.




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    Oroville May Fest parade results announced

    The Rally at the Border Blues Festival parade entry was awarded the coveted queen’s choice award Saturday during the town’s premiere grand parade.

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    May Festival starts Friday

    Oroville event boats ‘Red Carpet Magic’ theme

    This weekend’s 81st annual May Festival will feature a weekend-long lineup of events from royalty coronation to a parade, basketball tournament, bass tournament and the traditional May Pole Dance.

    Carnival kicks off Colorama

    Event includes parade, helicopter rides and more

    The Colorama Festival returns this week for its 58th year with popular activities, from a carnival to a parade, helicopter rides, races and more.

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    '49er Days starts Friday

    Wagon train rolls into town to kick off Old West celebration

    The 70th annual ‘49er Days celebration, with the theme “Ashes to Sunflowers,” will be Friday through Sunday in town.


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    Dont' sequester Wolf Advisory Group

    The state Department of Fish and Wildlife's new human-wildlife conflict collaboration executive director, Francine Madden, plans to begin her new management position by sequestering the public board established specifically to be a liaison on wolf-related issues. Since she's unilaterally throwing out the rules established for the board, the state should rescind any job offer and find someone willing to truly collaborate with rural residents facing wolf-related issues.

    Officials correctly play out process

    Okanogan County commissioners are correctly following the established process on the request to vacate Three Devils Road, even in the delay in a decision isn't popular

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    Thumbs up for bicycle crackdown

    As more and more Okanogan County communities welcome ATVs into town, the potential for frustration between those riders and cyclists and drivers will grow. Cyclists have to learn to share the road with other ATV riders, and vice versa.

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    Area neighbors helping neighbors

    While the government can make it easier for our food bank system to flourish, the real success is due to the hard work of the individuals who donate and volunteer. We all have the ability to donate our time and resources and be part of neighbors helping neighbors.

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    Renew funding for imports

    The Ex-Im Bank supports itself through interest payments and fees; no tax money is used.

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    May 13, 2015 — Letters to the Editor

    Here are the letters from readers published in the May 13, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle.


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    Quotes from The Okanogan

    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