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Crews gaining ground on Colville Complex

Only Grave Mountain Fire's northern flank is burning out of control

The Marble Valley and Gold Hill fires are both 96 percent contained, but Graves Mountain Fire is 21 percent contained.

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Goodell Fire burning along highway

Officials hope for rain so they can reopening state Highway 20

With heavy rain still in the forecast, State Department of Transportation officials hope to reopen the North Cascades Highway tomorrow between Newhalem and Rainy Pass. As of 1 p.m. today, the road remains closed due to the Goodell Fire.

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Causes of death: Smoke, burns

Andrew Zajac of Winthrop, Tom Zbyszewski of Walla Walla and Richard Wheeler of South Haven, Mich., died from smoke inhalation and burns to their bodies, coroner says.

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Okanogan Complex now 17 percent contained

Fire officials said the fire has charred 261,650 acres is 17 percent contained. It is the largest in state history.

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Veteran finds a new home at Home Depot

The store not only built beds for Korean War veteran Martin Silverhall and his dog, it is also feeding fire evacuees.

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Crews douse Columbia River Road flames

Nespelem Valley Electric Co-op trying to keep power on

Local fire fighters are fighting back flames tonight trying to keep them from jumping Columbia River Road.





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    Send message on gas tax increase

    The cost to live in rural Eastern Washington is about to go up. But there is a way to mitigate the costs of recreating and working here.

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    Consider valid Iranian deal issues

    There are valid concerns that need to be considered before approving any deal with Iran

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    July 29, 2015 — Letter to the Editor

    This is the only letter from a reader published in the July 29, 2015, edition of The Omak-Okanogan County Chronicle

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    Canadian ports eating our lunch

    The volume of cargo handled at British Columbia’s ports has jumped 46 percent since 2006, while our West Coast traffic grew only 3.8 percent, according to the American Association of Port Authorities. That should be a wake-up call for us and prod our elected officials to act before it is too late and there is no lunch to eat.

    Teach vandals a lesson on vessel

    We hope the community will step up and help the Colville Tribal Police catch the vandal who did more than express hatred. In doing so, the community may help curtail racism while giving the tribal community a thumbs up for its effort to create jobs, preserve salmon and improve our communities.

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    Appreciate your Okanogan County commissioners

    Jim DeTro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell provide a great example of responsive local government.


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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.

    Quotes from The Okanogan

    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.

    Quotes from The Okanogan

    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