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Tonasket mayor accepts job offer, will leave office

Patrick Plumb, who has served as the city’s mayor since being elected in 2009, will be stepping down later this year.

PUD manager’s administrative leave extended

Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners extended the administrative leave of General Manager John Grubich during their Aug. 21 meeting.

Sexual comments leads to termination

Four state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who were fired earlier this month from their jobs at the Wells Hatchery have the right to contest their terminations.

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Pasayten wildfire reaches 30,000 acres

Crumbacher blaze contained at 9.4 acres Monday afternoon

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness, has grown to more than 30,000 acres, has claimed two structures and damaged another.

Coulee City motorcyclist killed

A Coulee City man was killed Aug. 21 when his motorcycle hit a rock wall on Highway 17 between Soap Lake and Coulee City.

Tribe plans hemp blessing Tuesday morning

The Colville Confederated Tribes plan a hemp blessing ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center.

Fire tops 30,000 acres, destroys two structures

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness, has grown to more than 30,000 acres, has claimed two structures and damaged another.

Two injured in Wilbur crash

Two people were injured Aug. 17 when their car went off Highway 174 about four miles north of town and went into the ditch

Fired hatchery employees can contest terminations

Four state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who were fired earlier this month from their jobs at the Wells Hatchery have the right to contest their terminations.

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Yakima woman dies in Omak crash

A Yakima woman was killed Aug. 17 when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highway 97 and Engh Road.

September hearing anticipated for Sinixt hunting caste

An early September hearing is expected for the Desautel hunting case, which addresses rights of Arrow Lakes band of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Communications tower proposed for Little Buck Mountain

A 195-foot-tall communications tower is proposed for Little Buck Mountain near the Loup Loup summit.

Ag department finds female gypsy moths

The state Department of Agriculture has discovered, for the first time ever, actively reproducing female gypsy moths during annual summer trapping.

Okanogan County Fair registration under way

Exhibit registration for the Sept. 7-10 Okanogan County Fair runs until Sept. 4.

Winds push Diamond Creek Fire

Winds from the west and northwest pushed the Diamond Creek Fire into an area of unburned fuel Wednesday afternoon, sending up a smoke column visible for miles.