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Steelhead and whitefish fisheries to close

Fisheries close Tuesday on the upper Columbia River, tributaries

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Tribal members in new Alcatraz swim video

PATHSTAR Alcatraz Swim Week Program : Swimming for Life, One Stroke at a Time

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Omak karate dojo competes

Okanogan Valley Martial Arts places well

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North Cascades Highway clearing under way

State Department of Transportation Work crews have already cleared more than 2 miles of the highway near Mazama

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Basketball Frenzy contest kicks off

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Ecology: Expect dust storms, wildfires

Drought conditions — above-average temperatures and low snowpack—are expected to create dry fields and forests in Eastern Washington this spring and summer.

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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