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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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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

County considers health board’s future

Commissioners plan public hearing 1:30 p.m. tomorrow

A public hearing is planned at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on a proposal to change the Okanogan County Board of Health from six to five members and change representation on the board.

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Omak city councilman dies

Memorial service planned for 11:30 a.m. Saturday

A celebration of life service will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for Omak City Council member Dino DeCesari, who died Saturday at Mid-Valley Hospital.

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Tunk fire activity may increase

Fire managers expect the Tunk Block Fire to be more active today, with flames backing under the forest canopy.

Shooting prompts road closures in Chelan-Manson area

School districts go into lockdown while authorities search for shooter

Authorities have closed some roads near town because of a shooting.

Grant County deputy fired

The Grant County Sheriff's Office has fired a deputy who was suspected of fourth-degree assault-domestic violence.

Trudi Inslee visits fire areas today

Washington first lady Trudi Inslee is in Pateros today touring fire areas. She toured the Alta Lake spike camp to thank firefighters for their efforts.

Public meeting about fires is today in Nespelem

A public meeting about the North Star and Tunk Block fires will be at 5 p.m. today at Nespelem School, 229 School Loop Road.

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North Cascades could reopen Sunday

The North Cascades Highway, closed for a week and a half because of fire, could open as soon as Sunday.

Electricity may be restored tomorrow to Omak flats

Electricity should be restored by late Friday to areas of the Omak flats and Riverside Cutoff, Greenacres and Johnson Creek roads.

North Star Fire continues burning northward

The North Star Fire, burning mostly on the Colville Indian Reservation, has blackened 170,000 acres of forest, brush and grass.

Leads sought on homemade bomb in Grant County

A homemade explosive device found along a road Wednesday evening was neutralized by the Richland Police Bomb Squad and Grant County Sheriffís Office.

Donation center open to all fire victims

The North Star Fire donation center at the former Okanogan Bingo Casino building, 41 Appleway, is open to all fire victims, the Colville Confederated Tribes Emergency Operations Center said.

Fire relief center set up in downtown Okanogan

A fire relief center has been set up at the old Food Depot building, 300 S. Second Ave.

North Star Fire continues, more evacuation notices issued

The North Star Fire continues to burn along a broad swath extending from Ferry County to just east of Omak-Okanogan.

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Okanogan Complex now 17 percent contained

Fire officials said the fire has charred 261,650 acres is 17 percent contained. It is the largest in state history.

Lynden man killed in North Cascades crash

A Lynden man was killed Tuesday afternoon when his car went off state Highway 20 and over an embankment about a mile west of the Whistler area and 20 miles west of town.

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Border crossings open; Ross Lake evacuated

Border crossing stations remain open, but some Ross Lake evacuees are being shuttled through Canada because of fires

Transmission line down; Methow Valley without power

Fire has knocked out the Loup Loup transmission line, leaving most of the Methow Valley without electricity.

State of emergency declared

FEMA authorized to provide local and state assistance.

Fires continue to threaten Loup Loup transmission line

Fires continue to threaten the Loup Loup transmission line, but the Okanogan County Public Utility District said it is trying to keep the line energized.

DNR close Eastern Washington forests to industrial activities

The state Department of Natural Resources is shutting down all industrial forest activities in most of Eastern Washington for the first time in more than 20 years.

Confluence Health/Omak Clinic closed

Confluence Health/Omak Clinic is closed this afternoon and Friday, but Mid-Valley Hospital and Mid-Valley Medical Group are remaining open.

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Fire crews brace for next wave of fire

National-level Type 1 team arrives to take over management of fires burning across Okanogan County

Carlton recovery group offers assistance to Okanogan Complex

People who want to donate cash to help victims of the Okanogan Complex fires can donate to the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

Casino remains open, offers parking lot for evacuees

The 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 U.S. Highway 97, evacuated briefly Thursday morning after smoke lingering in the area set off its alarms.

North Star Fire heads east, more evacuation orders go out

More evacuations have been announced for the North Star Fire, burning on the Colville Indian Reservation. As of mid-morning Thursday, the fire had charred 75,867 acres.