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'It's not about water'

State Senator Shelly Short (R-Addy) and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber (R-Republic) talked about the facts behind the Hirst decision and how it will impact rural Washington during the Okanogan County Farm Bureau’s annual meeting on Monday.

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EPA: Wildfire smoke poses a health threat

Smoke from wildfires poses a health threat for people who breathe it because fine particles can lodge in the lungs, making it difficult for the lungs to expel them naturally over time.

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Sherman Pack wolf killed in vehicle accident

A collared breeding female wolf was killed late last month on Highway 20 on Sherman Pass between Republic and Colville.

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Enloe Dam on hold as state agency readvertises meeting

The Okanogan County Public Utility District’s effort to refurbish and re-energize Enloe Dam has been put on hold again while a state agency readvertises a project-related meeting.

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Report: State wolf population up 28 percent

The state’s wolf population grew by 28 percent in 2016 and added at least two new packs.

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Kinross’ appeal of state board decision denied

Ferry County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the state Pollution Control Hearings Board’s July 30, 2015, decision, upholding the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the state Department of Ecology.

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Prevent conflicts with hungry bears this spring

State lists way to prevent problems with black bears coming out of winter dens

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Fire victims share stories

Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight

People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

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‘Bearytale’ unfolds at Esther Bricques

Numerous bear encounters reported last week

It’s not everyday a modern time fairy tale plays out before your eyes.

Officials warn of smoke in Okanogan County

Some people may find breathing difficult due to airborne particulates from fires burning throughout the region

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Two fires ignite in Okanogan County

Crews kept busy with two new fires in the last 24 hours.

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Twenty-One Grade fire between 300-600 acres

Wildfire threatening three structures between Keller and Republic

Fire in Canada spreads to U.S.

A wildfire that started in British Columbia has reached the north face of Arnold Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness Area.

Towell Falls Road closed to vehicles during fire season

Rock Creek management area south of Sprague continues to remain open to foot, horseback and bicycle access.

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Temperatures break records

Heat records fall in Omak, Mazama, Republic, Winthrop and Grand Coulee