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Dee Camp

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Omak bond measure failing in initial returns

OKANOGAN – The Omak School District’s bond issue request is going down to defeat, according to election night returns.

Inchelium-Gifford ferry will remain operational

INCHELIUM – The Colville Business Council has convinced the U.S. Army Corps to keep the Inchelium-Gifford Ferry running for the season.

Researchers go to Plans B, C

The washout that closed Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass is interfering with Okanogan High School students’ ongoing study of the Oden Road Fire area, but they have a Plan B and even a Plan C.

Scaled-back meeting draws 10 people

About 10 people showed up April 20 for a scaled-back meeting called by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse to hear constituent concerns.

Three charged in stabbing case

Three people – two men and a 14-year-old girl – have been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with first-degree assault in the stabbing of another man.

Schools plan spring concerts

Spring concerts and programs get under way this week as Lake Roosevelt Elementary School students stage a musical, “Awesome Animals,” at 2 p.m. today, April 26, in the new elementary gym, 503 Crest Drive.

Briefs - April 26, 2017

Briefs for April 26, 2017

Newhouse bows out of meeting; staff will relay messages

BREWSTER – A listening session planned Thursday, April 20, at Brewster High School by U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, has been turned into a message session with Newhouse’s staff.

State House honors Mel Tonasket

OLYMPIA - The state House of Representatives has passed a resolution honoring longtime Colville tribal leader Mel Tonasket.

Repair work underway on Loup Loup Pass

Work is under way to repair washed-away portions of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass, but motorists will have to take the long way between the Okanogan and Methow valleys for several more weeks.

Rules adopted for industrial hemp research

The state Department of Agriculture has adopted rules establishing the Industrial Hemp Research Project.

Residents seek high court ruling

The Coalition of Chiliwist Residents and Friends and four individuals are asking the state Supreme Court to review an appeals court decision concerning vacation of Three Devils Road.

Some victims, witnesses reluctant to show for court

Increased pressure on immigrants by the Trump administration apparently is making some crime victims and witnesses reluctant to report crimes and show up in court.

Briefs - April 19, 2017

Briefs for April 18, 2017

Briefs for Sunday, April 16, 2017

Briefs for Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter services set for today

Churches around Okanogan County plan Easter services today.

Students take advantage of dual credits

In 2016, more than half of Washington high school students completed at least one dual credit course or program, meaning their earned college credit while in high school.

Easter egg hunts planned this weekend

Youngsters can hunt for Easter eggs and win prizes starting at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Conconully State Park.

Bus service adds express route to help with highway closure

TranGO – Transit for Greater Okanogan – has added an express connection between Pateros and the Omak-Okanogan area in response to the prolonged closure of Highway 20 over Loup Loup Pass. A portion of the highway was washed out April 7 by a slide.

Briefs for April 12, 2017

Briefs for April 12, 2017

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Without a paddle

A state of emergency has been declared by the Okanogan County commissioners in response to severe flooding that has washed out roads, caused flooding and triggered debris flows.

Body identified as missing Malott man

A body found March 16 in the Okanogan River has been identified as that of Marco Antonio Aguilar-Cendejas, who had been missing since December 2016.

No one injured in small plane crash

No one was injured when a small plane crashed at the Twisp Airport just before 3 p.m. Monday, April 3.

RANDOM THOUGHTS: Loss, plus a big gain

Last week’s column dealt mainly with loss — the loss of one of our families longtime pets, a cat named Sweetie.

Community briefs: April 4, 2017

Community briefs: April 4, 2017

Defendant files requests

The man accused of shooting a gun at Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers in September 2016 has filed a document seeking possible change of venue and making various requests for the discovery process.

Many roads remain soft with thaw, rains

Warmer weather means some Okanogan County roads are squishy and muddy, with emergency weight restrictions in place.

Piturachsatit changes attorneys

A former educator facing seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography has changed attorneys in the state case against him.

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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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Lawmakers introduce bill to give property tax relief

A bill that would expedite tax reassessments of properties adversely affected by court rulings that restrict water usage was introduced in the state House last week by Rep. John Koster, R-Arlington, and Rep. Jacquelin Maycumber, R-Republic.

Okanogan County PUD warns of phone scam

The Okanogan County Public Utility District is advising customers of a phone scam targeting residential and business customers.

State nicks district over federal grant

Bridgeport School District’s spending procedure for a federal school improvement grant was lacking, the Washington State Auditor’s Office said in a finding.

Drill, alert go off as planned

A March 27, multi-agency drill to evaluate the readiness and reactions of first responders to emergency situations was well-attended and successful.

Prosecutor asked to recuse in quiet title lawsuit

The attorney representing the Okanogan Open Roads Coalition and three individuals has asked the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s Office to recuse itself from a quiet title lawsuit filed by Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group.

Chief Justice expresses concern over ICE agents in courthouses

The chief justice of the state Supreme Court has expressed concern to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly about reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been lurking around county courthouses in search of people illegally in the country.

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Couple killed in collision

Autopsies have been ordered for an Okanogan couple died Thursday, March 16, when their pickup truck collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 97 just outside town.

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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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Marijuana store plans move to Main Street

The Sage Shop has asked the state Liquor and Cannabis Board for permission to move to 309 N. Main St.

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Teams fare well in Knowlege Bowl

Teams from Liberty Bell, Tonasket and Okanogan all placed in the Top 3 in state Knowledge Bowl competition last weekend, with the Mountain Lions claiming the state title among 2B schools.

Body found in river near Rattlesnake Point

An autopsy will be conducted this week on the remains of a man found floating in the Okanogan River on March 16 at Rattlesnake Point south of town.

Companies file for quiet title to road

Gamble Land and Timber Ltd. and Cascade Holdings Group have filed a complaint against Okanogan County seeking quiet title to land in the French Creek-Texas Creek area near Pateros.

Headwaters protection bill proposed

A bill to protect the Methow headwaters area near Mazama has been introduced in the U.S. Senate.

Fish and Wildlife plans controlled burns

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife plans to conduct controlled burns this spring on parts of three wildlife areas to reduce wildfire risks and enhance wildlife habitat.

Comment sought for draft Washington Aviation System Plan

The state Department of Transportation is seeking comments on the draft Washington Aviation System Plan.

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Piturachsatit sentenced to seven years in federal prison

A former Grand Coulee educator has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receipt of child pornography.

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Convicted murderer granted resentencing

Convicted rapist and murderer Kelly Eugene Small has been granted partial resentencing for a conviction of first-degree burglary.

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Event looks at ways to reduce recidivism

A state “Hope Cafe” event, designed to address recidivism among those convicted of crimes, drew several dozen people to the Okanogan County Public Utility District office March 14.

Cantwell reintroduces bill to expand Doppler coverage

Better weather forecasting means first responders can protect human life and property better, says U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

FBI honors Soup Ladies

Ginger “Mama” Passarelli, founder of The Soup Ladies, has been given the FBI Seattle Field Office’s director’s community leadership award for 2016, for her efforts to provide home-cooked meals to first responders in emergency and disaster situations.

Students get back to business March 6

Juniors from Okanogan and Omak high schools will get a taste of the business world next week during the annual Business Week program.