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Man accused of punching three officers

OKANOGAN – A Brewster man was charged Aug. 4 in Okanogan County Superior Court after allegedly punching three police officers while they were trying to arrest him two days earlier in Brewster.

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UPDATE: Weather helps crews battle Kewa Fire; 15 percent contained

Continuing coverage of the Kewa Fire, located 10 miles south of Inchelium

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Residents file suit over Carlton fire

OKANOGAN – An Okanogan County couple is suing Safeco Insurance Co. of America over coverage of their losses in the Carlton Complex fire.

DNR issues statewide burn ban

The state Department of Natural Resources has expanded its eastern Washington burn ban to include the whole state.

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Lightning sparks several small fires

More thunderstorms expected to hit region today

Another round of thunderstorms is expected to hit the region this afternoon and early evening, prompting the Spokane office of the National Weather Service to issue a hazardous weather outlook.

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Search continues for driver

CHELAN – The search continues for a man suspected of hitting and killing a Brewster teacher more than a week ago south of town.

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Vehicle search thrown out

SPOKANE – Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Hank Rawson was correct in ordering suppression of a vehicle search in a case against a man charged with a fishing violation and unlawful possession of firearms.

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Storms batter the area

OKANOGAN – Lightning, thunder and showers blanketed Okanogan County on Monday evening and early Tuesday morning.

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Omak store holdup suspect charged

OMAK — A local man was charged late last week with robbery and several other crimes for allegedly holding up the Stampede Mini Market while wielding a knife and a barbecue fork.

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Thunderstorm rips through county

Trees topple, outages, some flooding reported

A localized windstorm, accompanied by rain and lightning, toppled trees including one that fell on an Okanogan home, and caused scattered power outages in the mid-valley area.

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DNR to add fire base in Omak

OMAK — The state Department of Natural Resources is taking additional steps to be ready during this fire season, and building a new base at the Omak Municipal Airport is part of that.

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Lynx could be added to state endangered list

LOOMIS – State wildlife managers are proposing to elevate the Canada lynx to endangered status on the state protection list.

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Hit-and-run crash kills Brewster teacher

BREWSTER – People all over Okanogan County – and in Brewster in particular – are mourning the death Saturday evening, July 16, of longtime educator Gary Knowlton.

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Officials speak out on Dallas shootings

OMAK – A scenario in which someone targets police officers could occur anywhere, but local law enforcement leaders say they’re thankful they live and work in close-knit communities where most people value them.

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Sunday blaze destroys Pateros home

PATEROS — A house on Eveline Street was destroyed by fire after an explosion rocked it and the neighborhood Sunday afternoon, July 3.

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Lawsuit filed over pollution at Grand Coulee

SPOKANE — Columbia Riverkeeper is suing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation over alleged “uncontrolled toxic oil pollution” from Grand Coulee Dam.

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Commissioners decide to keep juveniles in county

OKANOGAN - Okanogan County commissioners have scrapped the idea of contracting with an outside facility for juvenile detention services.

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Do-it-yourself fireworks show in limbo

See related story posted on July 22

OMAK — The city’s annual do-it-yourself fireworks show is in limbo thanks to a decision by the Colville Business Council to ban all fireworks on the reservation.

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Okanogan County ATV ordinance ruled invalid

SPOKANE — Okanogan County’s all-terrain vehicle ordinance has been ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals for Division III.

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Rising Eagle Fire prompts lawsuits over faulty trailer

OKANOGAN — Several insurance companies representing property owners who lost homes, vehicles and other property in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire are suing for damages caused by the fire.

Bridgeport Daze kicks off tomorrow

Bridgeport Daze will be tomorrow in the downtown area.

Saturday brings Okanogan Days

The Okanogan Days celebration will be Saturday, June 4, with a variety of activities, food, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, street fair and parade.

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Dahlquist retires

Omak graduate and former Okanogan County Public Utility District employee Duane S. Dahlquist is retiring from a Virginia utility at the end of June.

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SUV plunges into hole

A local man escaped injury Tuesday, May 17, when his SUV plunged into a construction hole in an alley off Central Avenue.

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Three dead in weekend accidents

NESPELEM – Three motorists, including a Tonasket School District student, were killed in unrelated vehicle accidents last weekend.

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Cantwell calls for ‘quicker initial response’

OKANOGAN — A fire truck’s color shouldn’t matter. Fire, police and other first responders need better communications networks.

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County has cash flow problem

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County department heads have been advised to watch their spending until June because the county is experiencing a cash flow problem.

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Wyss seeks open state Senate seat

WENATCHEE – Just hours after longtime legislator Linda Evans Parlette announced Monday that she will not seek re-election to the state Senate, Brewster resident Jon Wyss threw his hat into the ring.

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Family pickets for justice in Hudson’s death

OKANOGAN – Peacefully pacing the sidewalk in front of the Okanogan County Courthouse Monday morning, Albert Hudson said the effort “doesn’t bring him back.”

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Local detention likely cheapest for juveniles

OKANOGAN — An analysis of per-day incarceration costs for the Okanogan County Juvenile Detention facility and two other, out-of-county facilities shows the in-county option likely would be the cheapest.

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Goldmark discusses fire issues

OMAK – Three of 10 new state Department of Natural Resources wildland firefighting engines and crews will be deployed in Okanogan County.

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Agencies get earful about fires

OKANOGAN — Dozens of Okanogan County residents packed into the Agriplex Annex on March 31 to voice their dissatisfaction over state and federal agencies’ response to the past two years’ wildfires.

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Rain causes flash flooding

Repairs are planned Friday for a section of Highway 153 damaged by a mudslide and flooding early Sunday morning during heavy rain.

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Afternoon fire razes Omak home

Donations sought to help local family

A fire of undetermined cause destroyed a Dayton Street house Sunday afternoon, forcing one of the home’s residents to flee through a window.

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Okanogan seeks safety upgrades

Voters in the Okanogan School District will be asked in April to approve the sale of $6.5 million in bonds to pay for improvements to athletic facilities, construction of three classrooms and addition of a variety of security upgrades.

Fire damages Twisp River Pub

Crews from seven stations battle early morning blaze

Fire swept through part of the Twisp River Pub building early Monday morning, with the rest of the business suffering extensive smoke damage.

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Salvage timber sale appealed

Conservation Northwest has filed an appeal of a salvage timber sale planned northwest of Okanogan in an area that burned last summer in the Okanogan Complex fire.

Listening session by Governor’s Wildland Fire Council set tomorrow

The first listening session by the Governor’s Wildland Fire Council will be tomorrow morning, Feb. 26, at the Confluence Technology Center, 285 Technology Center Way.

State plans public meeting on salmon forecasts

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans a meeting March 1 on salmon forecasts.

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Schools celebrate FFA Week

High school students in FFA groups across Okanogan Country are marking National FFA Week, Feb. 20-27, with a variety of activities.

PUD awards transmission line contract

Construction set for later this year, 20 years after proposal

A Tumwater company has been awarded a contract for more than $5 million to construct the Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line for the Okanogan County Public Utility District.

‘Qualified’ county commissioner candidates sought

New group questions actions by current board

A group aimed at encouraging qualified individuals to run as candidates for Okanogan County commissioner is up and running.

Juvenile detention is topic tomorrow

Commissioners ponder sending offenders to Medical Lake

A meeting between Okanogan County commissioners and Superior Court judges is planned for tomorrow morning to discuss the juvenile detention facility.

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District basketball schedule revised

To help schools to get their players home earlier on Thursday from the District 5/6 basketball tournament at Eastmont High School, organizers changed games to one and one-half hour slots with a 15-minute warm-up in between games.

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Omak mill gets a new owner

Longtime wood products executive takes the reins

A newly formed company has taken over the Omak Wood Products lumber mill.

Voters approve school levies

Voters countywide are giving the nod to school maintenance and operations levies and a bond issue for construction in Brewster, initial election returns show.

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Cascade prevails in kitchen showdown

Sushi dish takes top honors in ‘Top Chef’ competition

Students from three area schools faced off in the kitchen Wednesday for the title of “Top Chef.”

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Omak mill operation gets a new owner

Omak Wood Products announced has sold its business to Omak Forest Products.

Burn bans issued for Okanogan, Kittitas counties

Warm air and a shallow layer of fog in mountain valleys is trapping smoke and impairing air quality, prompting the state to issue burn bans in Kittitas and Okanogan counties.

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Bail set for Piturachsatit

Bail was set yesterday afternoon, Feb. 4, for the Lake Roosevelt Elementary School assistant principal suspected of several counts of possessing sexual depictions of a minor and sexual exploitation of a minor.

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