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Deputy on leave after alleged DUI

An Okanogan County sheriff’s deputy is on administrative leave after being arrested in early December on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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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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Man with gun arrested after students threatened

BRIDGEPORT – A 24-year-old man has been charged in Douglas County Superior Court with allegedly having a loaded gun in his vehicle in the Bridgeport High School parking lot Dec. 13.

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Bogus $100 bills passed

OKANOGAN – Law enforcement agencies are investigating at least three reports of imitation $100 bills being passed in the mid-valley area, including one that was used at a student-run Christmas tree lot.

Omak man charged with rape, molestation

An Omak man has been charged with nine counts of first-degree rape of a child and 11 counts of first-degree child molestation.

Child dies in tractor accident

A toddler was killed Friday, Nov. 18 after he was struck by a tractor at his grandparents’ home on Cherokee Road north of town.

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Rosegarden Care Center to close

Rosegarden Care Center, a 23-bed assisted living facility, will close by month's end.

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Okanogan school leaders seek $3.97 million bond issue

Residents of the Okanogan School District will be asked in February 2017 to decide on a slimmed-down bond issue request.

No rate increase expected in PUD budget

A proposed $54.6 million 2017 budget is under consideration by Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners; it contains no rate increases.

Highway 2 through Pine Canyon reopens

Highway 2 through Pine Canyon between Orondo and Waterville has been reopened with flagger-controlled, single lane, alternating traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Nanamkin arrested in North Dakota protest

A Colville tribal member from Nespelem was among more than 140 people arrested late last week while protesting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, adjacent to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

Plenty of tricks and treats planned tonight

Several Halloween and harvest events are still on tap around the Okanogan.

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Toddler bitten by black widow

Symptoms of a bite vary based on person’s age, health

A 2-year-old boy apparently is OK after being bitten by a female black widow spider Wednesday, Oct. 26.

Communities scare up tricks, treats

Several Halloween-related events are on tap this weekend and into Monday as people around Okanogan Country celebrate the ghoulish holiday

Lester sentenced for child rape, molestation

A Tonasket man has been sentenced to 200 months to life for first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation.

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Work slated to begin soon on Omak DNR fire base

Work is scheduled to start soon on a new state Department of Natural Resources fire base at the Omak Municipal Airport.

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Candidates share opinions in Okanogan

OKANOGAN — Ten candidates for Okanogan County, Okanogan County Public Utility District and several legislative positions fielded questions Wednesday, Oct. 12, during a candidate forum.

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County faces $87,000 bill for Rabidou lawsuit

OKANOGAN — Okanogan County was billed more than $87,000 for one month’s worth of legal fees related to a lawsuit filed against the commissioners by Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou and the county’s Superior Court.

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Clowns invade the Okanogan

OKANOGAN – The nationwide phenomenon of clown sightings apparently has hit the Okanogan.

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Ground broken for stampede museum

OMAK — A groundbreaking ceremony last Tuesday, Oct. 4, launched construction of the new Stampede Museum, which organizers said should be open in time for next summer’s rodeo.

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Fruit picked off trees earlier this year

OKANOGAN — Harvest is well under way, with growers wrapping up some varieties of apples and moving on to later ones. Pear harvest also is nearing its end. And harvest of both types of fruit is earlier than normal.

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Okanogan begins superintendent search

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan School Board took an initial step last week toward doing something it hasn’t had to do in almost 30 years: Hire a new superintendent.

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Two charged in store break-in

OMAK — Two local men have been charged in the burglary of K Hardware, 661 Riverside Drive, on the night of Sept. 24-25.

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PUD sued over new power line

OKANOGAN — A Pierce County couple and a Thurston County woman are suing the Okanogan County Public Utility District over construction of the Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line.

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Suspect charged in Knowlton’s death

CHELAN — The man suspected of driving a pickup truck that fatally injured Brewster bicyclist and teacher Gary Knowlton has been charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit and run resulting in a death.

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Pair of fires ignites near Coulee Dam

ELMER CITY – A pair of fires, one on each side of the Columbia River, have blackened more than 2,500 acres of land and forced a temporary closure of the Grand Coulee Dam School District.

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County gets first West Nile virus case

OMAK -Okanogan County’s first known case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a horse living outside the city limits and just north of the Wildwood subdivision.

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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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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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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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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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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.