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Bills target federal land ownership in state

Legislative measures call for study, possible return of federal land holdings to state of Washington

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Pateros schools chief injured in crash

Lois Davies hospitalized at Harborview Medical Center after suffering head and rib injuries in snowy crash on U.S. Highway 2.

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Conconully Outhouse Races results

Here are the results of the finals of the 32nd running of the Conconully Outhouse Races on Saturday.

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Snow expected to fall today, more overnight

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for most of North-Central Washington, including Okanogan and Ferry Counties.

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Nordic Festival coming Jan. 23-25

Methow Trails offers free day of cross country skiing

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Dansel sworn in to four-year Senate term

Brian Dansel, R-Republic, was sworn in to serve a full, four-year term as Senator for the 7th Legislative District, yesterday in Olympia.

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    Quotes from The Okanogan

    Road grime

    "It's road grime. A car wash isn't going to take that off." — The answer from an attendant in Omak when asked why a Pontiac still looked extremely dirty after it went through his company's car wash in Omache Plaza.

    Quotes from The Okanogan

    Caught in the act

    “The homeowner advised dispatch that they had located the suspect hiding in a pantry in the kitchen and were currently holding her until law enforcement arrived.” — Sheriff Frank Rodgers talking about the apprehension of 42-year-old Sarah Ohmer, who was caught in the act of burglarizing a Crumbacher home and ...

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    Quality health care

    “It was the high quality of heath care provided by North Valley Hospital and the practitioners in this area that attracted me here 34-years ago.” — Tonasket Dr. David Stangland talking about his decision to retire.

    Quotes from The Okanogan

    County budget

    “We’ve tightened everybody’s belts. It’s up to each one to figure out how to meet our bottomline.” — Okanogan County Commissioner Sheilah Kennedy talking about asking county department heads' plans to reduce spending.

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    Better every day

    “Every day gets a little bit better.” — Pateros resident and former mayor Libby Harrison, talking about how she is doing in the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfire last summer. Harrison's home burned July 17, along with dozens of others in town.

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    ATV lawsuit

    “The subject roadways were and are currently being used for motorized or mechanized equipment/vehicles. While the plaintiffs set forth some evidence of unlawful use of ATVs, due to those that scoff at the law, those alone are insufficient to warrant an environmental impact statement and ignores the legislative declaration of ...