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Dee Camp

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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.

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.

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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.

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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Want to own a powerhouse?

Proposals are being sought for someone to take over the Enloe Dam powerhouse and adapt it for an alternative use, but there’s no hurry to submit proposals.

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Needlelyn Time celebrates 30 years

Sewing has changed a lot over the 30 years, with computerized machines requiring Needlelyn Time owner Lyn Hruska to keep on top of advances.

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City Clerk Lobdell plans retirement

OMAK — City Clerk Kathy Lobdell, who’s worked for the city for 34 years, is retiring at the end of the month.

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Gaza trip ends this week

Omak resident and physician Bill Dienst is scheduled to return home Wednesday after spending nearly two weeks teaching medical practices in the Gaza Strip.

Snoqualmie closed because of avalanche danger

Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass is closed from Ellensburg to North Bend because of avalanche danger.

Highway 2 closed through Tumwater Canyon

Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon because of heavy precipitation and high avalanche danger.

Emergency power outage will allow substation repairs

A one-hour power outage is planned early Thursday morning, Jan. 21, in Twisp and south of town along Highway 153 to the Libby Creek area.

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New trial set in Tonasket death case

Man accused of killing stepson, 22 months old

A March 1 trial date has been set for a Tonasket man who was granted a new trial after winning an appeal of his 2006 conviction of homicide by abuse in the death of his stepson.

Officials seek help in fatal accident case

Officials in Grant County are asking people to be on the lookout for a pit bull that ran from the scene of a fatal accident Thursday afternoon southeast of town.

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Ski day draws droves to trail

More than 150 hit the trail for cross country adventures

More than 150 people hit the Ferry County Rail Trail on Saturday during the sixth annual Ski Day.

State 1 burn bans lifted

State 1 burn bans lifted in place since late December were lifted this morning, Jan. 11, in Klickitat, Kittitas, Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan counties.

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Rock slide closes Pine Canyon

Highway 2 through Pine Canyon is closed because of a rock slide Sunday afternoon.

Burn ban extended for Okanogan, Douglas counties

Kittitas, Chelan, Klickitat counties also under ban

Air quality conditions have not improved across much of central Washington, prompting the state Department of Ecology to extend and expand burn bans for five counties.

Jones to speak at Bridgeport High School

Erin Jones, candidate for state superintendent of public instruction, will speak to Bridgeport High School students at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 7.

Snow prompts school closures, delays

School delays and closures for Jan. 4.

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Feds cannot kill problem wolves

A federal District Court judge has ruled the U.S. Wildlife Services agency cannot participate in state-directed actions to kill problem wolves.

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State auditor asks for ideas on Caribou Trail issues

OMAK – Caribou Trail Professional Medical Services Group, a consortium of five area hospitals, is bleeding money and the Washington State Auditor’s Office is asking what can be done to stop the hemorrhaging.

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Pooch rescued by school, reunited with owners

Smokey is back home for the holidays after becoming lost and seeking refuge at Omak Middle School.

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Firefighting, prevention included in federal omnibus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A government funding bill signed Friday by President Barack Obama includes billions of dollars for wild land firefighting and fire prevention.

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Omak Wood Products may close

The Omak Wood Products mill likely will close early next year.

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PUD workers win state award

Crews worked to save infrastructure, others' property

Employees of the Okanogan County Public Utility District have received the "Good Samaritan Award" from the Washington Public Utility Districts Association for their efforts during the summerís wildfires.

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Omak offers Christmas on Main

Saturday event features parade, visit from Santa

Downtown will turn into a festive holiday village Saturday during Christmas on Main, which features the annual twilight parade and other activities.

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Habitat dedicates home

Family of four breaks ground on future house

Groundbreaking for the newest Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity house was Tuesday on South Ash Street.