Some smokeless tobacco products recalled

The U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company is voluntarily recalling several varieties of Copenhagen, Husky, and Skoal chewing tobacco, according to officials.

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Republic gets dog-friendly patrol vehicle

Republic Police Chief Loren Culp and his K-9 sidekick, Isko, are now patrolling the city in a new vehicle.

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Multi-generation family forest stewardship

When dust storms and giant fires stress a community, people are unwilling to put down roots.

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Texas Family Diner re-opens

It's not always easy to find a delicious cheeseburger - bursting with flavor and dripping with juice - in town.

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Yakama tribe sues Okanogan County

Okanogan County is being sued over its response to a water use lawsuit decided late last year by the state Supreme Court.

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Short succeeds Dansel in state Senate post

Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, was selected unanimously by 15 county commissioners on Monday afternoon to fill the 7th District Senate seat vacated last week by Brian Dansel.

Snow covers Elbow Coulee Road

Elbow Coulee Road was closed temporarily Jan. 23 by two snow slides that covered the road. The Twisp Police Department and Washington State Patrol responded initially, with Okanogan County Public Works called later, said county Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall.

Health officials confirm two mumps cases in Ferry County

State health officials have confirmed two mumps cases in Ferry County.

Lentz named deputy state librarian

Crystal Lentz, a longtime employee at the Washington State Library, has been named deputy state librarian by State Librarian Cindy Aden.

Gas prices slip to $2.73 average

Average retail gasoline prices across the state have fallen 0.6 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.73 per gallon on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,666 gas outlets in Washington.

Permits needed for fireworks discharge

Lunar New Year is Saturday

State Fire Marshal Charles Duffy is reminding resident that fireworks are not legal for sale or discharge during the Lunar New Year without first obtaining a permit.

Dynamite, blasting caps found in orchard shop

Owners of an orchard were cleaning a shop area when they located 30 sticks of dynamite, detonation cord and a box of electric blasting caps, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Burn ban issued for Methow Valley

Due to poor air quality, the state Department of Ecology is issuing a stage 1 burn ban for communities along the Methow Rive including Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

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Chamber honors business, people

Organizers of the annual chamber of commerce banquet are calling the Jan. 19 event a success.

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Report of possible gun at school forces lockdown

Okanogan Middle/High School was locked down for about 15 minutes on Jan. 20 after administrators received a report that a student might have brought a gun to school.


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