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‘Bear Aware’ talk planned

People can learn how to be “bear aware” during an informational session today in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area between Loomis and Conconully.

Kinross to modify existing water agreement

Plan to include exploratory activity

Kinross has announced its plan to modify its existing water right agreement to support exploratory activity in the highlands

Despite nearby lawsuit, Omak stands by pot law

Marijuana retail ban challenged by Wenatchee store

One hopeful marijuana retailer has pre-emptively sued the city of Wenatchee over its business license laws, but Omak plans to remain steadfast in defending a similar ordinance should anyone take legal action.

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Curlew Lake receives 80,000-trout plant

Three trucks haul in hatchery fish

The Curlew Lake Association planted 80,000 rainbow trout in the lake last Tuesday.

Brown: Similkameen land battle not over

Land Trust not happy with losing conservation funds

When the state recently pulled $3.1 million from a planned conservation project, the Okanogan Land Trust said it was disappointed.

Kinross pulls drilling project

Local officials concerned about jobs, economy

Legislators and other area officials are up in arms over the federal government’s lengthy environ-mental review process that has prompted Kinross Gold Corp. to pull the plug on a project proposal.

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Kinross pulls proposed drilling project

Kinross Gold Corp. has decided to stop spending money on an environmental review of a project proposed in 2009.

Salmon fishing opens Friday on Icicle River

Rule change allows for salmon fishing on Icicle River through July 31

Forest officials to burn 50 acres today

The Methow Valley Ranger District plans to finish burning 50 acres today in the Little Bridge Creek drainage.

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River reaches flood level

Warning remains

A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas along the Okanogan River remains in effect.

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Boulders damage Mount Rainier's Westside Road

Mount Rainier National Park's Westside Road damaged by large boulders

Flood warning issued for Tonasket area

A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas of the Okanogan River remains in effect until further notice

Prescribed burning continues in Methow Valley

With more sunshine this week, the Methow Valley Ranger District is making progress on spring prescribed burning treatments.

Comments sought on copper drilling

U.S. Forest Service reviews proposal by Canadian firm

Area residents will have an opportunity Monday to hear more information about a Canadian company’s proposal to drill for copper in the Flagg Mountain area north of town. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Winthrop Barn, 51 state Highway 20. A public comment period is open until Saturday.

Ranchers, county oppose fish project

Some fearful move is part of larger western land grab

Virtually every land owner and local water rights holder along Johnson Creek turned out Monday afternoon to call on Okanogan County Commissioners to halt a project to create salmon and steelhead habitat.

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