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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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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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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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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.

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Community play benefits center

Local cast of 25 auditioned amidst wildfire smoke

A live production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” is planned Dec. 10-13 at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave.

Father, son get 33-plus years for 2013 murder

A father and son were both sentenced to 33.75 years in prison for the murder of a western Washington man.

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Fire damages building supply

Retail store not damaged, reopens for business Friday

A fire of unknown origin destroyed a lumber storage building and its contents Tuesday evening just south of town.

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Murder trial enters second week in court

Father and son accused of killing grouse hunter

The murder trial of a father and son is expected to wrap up early this week, with an Okanogan County Superior Court jury then deciding their fate.

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Emergency declared

Flooding closes Black Canyon Road; high winds do minimal damage

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a statewide emergency in the wake of Tuesday’s windstorm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday.

Statewide wind storms leave little damage in Okanogan County

The storm that cut a swath across the state Tuesday, ravaging the Puget Sound and Spokane areas, caused little reported damage in Okanogan County. Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall said he’s aware of a few lean-to type buildings falling over and damage to a couple irrigation wheel lines, but nothing major. A small mud flow was reported in Black Canyon in the Methow Valley.

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Prosecutor gives opening argument in Jennings murder trial

The first day of testimony in the John and Adam Jennings murder trial saw several law enforcement officers testify about getting called more than two years ago for the fatal shooting of a hunter. John Wayne Jennings, 59, and Adam Shaun Jennings, 29, are accused of first-degree murder in the Sept. 2, 2013, death of grouse hunter Michael Ray Carrigan, 52, Humptulips, on Cow Camp Road near the Jennings home.

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Matsura is focus of lawn chair lecture

A “Lawn Chair History Lecture” is planned at 2 p.m. Sunday at the new Matsura Rock River Overlook at the foot of Pine Street next to the Okanogan River.

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Logging truck overturns

A Kettle Falls man was treated and released from Mid-Valley Hospital after his log truck overturned on Conconully Highway about two miles south of town last Tuesday.

Obama, fire officials plan to combat climate fires

More money sought to fight blazes, avoid taking from other resources

The Obama administration and fire chiefs from around the country have announced plans to combat climate change impacts in the wildland urban interface, the area where uninhabited and populated lands meet.

PUD extends power outage

An electrical outage under way to repair damage from the recent Okanogan Complex fire will take longer than expected.

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Falling rocks prompt closure of Hart’s Pass

A rock fall last weekend closed Hart’s Pass Road northwest of Mazama for the winter.

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Students stage ‘Cinderella’

The Omak High School Pioneer Players drama club will stage a musical production of “Cinderella” Nov. 13-14 and Nov. 20-21.

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Guild honors World War II veteran Picard

Columbia River Quilt Guild honored World War II veteran Howard Picard with a special quilt.

Progress continues on 911

An effort to revamp Okanogan and Ferry counties’ emergency dispatch centers and link them together is progressing at a slow pace.

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Father, son murder case set for trial

A mid-month trial is set for a father and son charged with first-degree murder in the Labor Day 2013 shooting death of a western Washington grouse hunter.

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DNR seeks $24 million for wildfires

Goldmark asks $137 million for 2015 firefighting

In the wake of another record year of wildfire damage, Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is again asking legislators for monetary help in controlling wildfires.

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Judge finalizes Three Devils Road vacation

Opponents are appealing decision

A judge has put into writing the decision he made orally in the Three Devils Road vacation case: The road will be vacated and the property turned over to Gamble Land and Timber.

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Obama OK’s request for some post-fire help

Assistance for individuals denied

Okanogan County residents got good news and bad news this week on federal fire assistance requests.

Inslee overturns increased cougar hunting proposal

Wildlife board directed to open process to public

A state Fish and Wildlife Commission decision to raise cougar hunting limits in parts of Okanogan County and other areas has been overturned by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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Cariboo Inn restaurant opens

Longtime cafe returns following hiatus since 2014

The restaurant in a longtime downtown building is up and running again after a hiatus of more than a year.

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Parties await judge’s order on Three Devils

Chiliwist residents vow to appeal road closure decision

Litigants in the Three Devils Road closure case are awaiting a final judge’s order, but Chiliwist residents say they’re prepared to appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.

County may pull plug on over-the-air TV

Commissioners plan November hearing on matter

Okanogan County commissioners are considering pulling the plug on Television District No. 1, which has brought TV signals to the Okanogan Valley for 60 years.

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Renew Spa opens

Renew Spa, the last portion of the 12 Tribes Resort Casino to open, had its soft opening last week.

Federal help sought for fire recovery

If approved, aid could include business, individual and agency help

Federal assistance is being sought to help families, business owners, local governments and the Colville Confederated Tribes with recovery from the summer’s wildfires which.

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Fire victims share stories

Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight

People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

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