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Dee Camp

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Engine No. 1 hits the road for centennial

The Omak Fire Department’s engine No. 1 hit the road Thursday morning for a drive from the Okanogan Fire Hall Museum to Omak for the department’s centennial celebration on Saturday.

State Patrol seeks help locating sexual misconduct suspect

Authorities trying to find Minnesota sexual misconduct suspect last known to be in Washington state

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Fire races up Pogue Mountain

Firefighters from several agencies spent part of Tuesday battling a wildfire on Pogue Mountain southwest of town.

Scholarships offered for study at Omak college

Okanogan Grange No. 1103 and the Wenatchee Valley College-Omak Foundation offer educational scholarships

Tonasket auxiliary offers Easter egg hunt

A Tonasket-area Easter egg hunt is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the school complex, 35 state Highway 20.

Republic man struck by car

BRandon J. Smith hit by car on state Highway 20

CenturyLink problem takes down 911 emergency lines

911 service statewide goes down, but most of the system is back up and running

Tribal leaders won’t seek re-election

Several candidates vie for five seats

Neither Omak District incumbent is seeking re-election to the Colville Business Council.

Create some healthy meals — and good memories

A few weeks ago, I wrote about nutrition and the incidence of corporations that make food of questionable nutritional quality sponsoring everything from reading programs to school sports scoreboards.

Transgender policies on docket

Schools ponder logistics of making accommodations

The Omak School Board will consider an anti-discrimination policy and procedures dealing with transgender students when it meets at 10 a.m. today in the district office, 619 W. Bartlett Ave.

Tribe readies for Omak casino construction

Dirt at site scheduled to move within two weeks

Construction is scheduled to start in less than two weeks on the Colville Confederated Tribes’ new casino just south of town.

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Gavin named Okanogan fire chief

Omak firefighter named as new Okanogan fire chief

Sheriff's Office to provide animal control in Okanogan

The Okanogan City Council has approved an agreement with the Okanogan County Sheriff's Office for limited animal control services.

Marchand removed from Colville Business Council

The Colville Business Council has expelled an Omak District councilman from the tribe’s governing body.

School retires offer scholarship to education students

Okanogan County School Retirees Association is seeking applicants for its $1,000 scholarship.

Tonasket will be sworn in Thursday morning

Richard Tonasket to replace Ernest "Sneena" Brooks III as Omak representative on Colville Business Council

Local Soroptimists offer three scholarships

Local chapter of Soroptimist International is offering three scholarships to college-bound girls and women

Omak City Council approves new sign ordinance

New signs rules allow city to monitor brightness and intensity of electronic signs, but not messages

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Tribal councilman resigns following arrest for rape

Ernest "Sneena" Brooks III steps down from elected office after being arrested in Couer d'Alene rape case

Tractor-trailer hits cow on U.S. Highway 97

British Columbia truck driver strikes cow on U.S. Highway 97

Body found in icy Okanogan River

Body of Tonasket woman who jumped from Fourth Street Bridge found downstream from town

School levies passing in seven districts

While voters are approving those measures, at least two bond issues are failing

Speed, snow and ice factors in Coulee City crash

Arlene Lsansky taken to Coulee Medical Center following crash

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Two remain jailed on drug-related charges

Jared Morris, Jesse Abrahamson face charges following alleged drug deal, search of house near Omak school campus

Frigid temperatures break century-old record Wednesday

National Weather Service records lowest temperatures for Republic, Grand Coulee

Man hurt when gun falls off his lap

Police investigating incident in which a local man apparently shot himself

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Court upholds Richards murder conviction in Kitterman case

David Richards was convicted in the 2009 slaying of 25-year-old Michelle L. Kitterman of Tonasket

Two arrested in window-shooting spree

Patrick Bilby and Jacob Atkinson were arrested Tuesday in connection with a shooting spree that left vehicle windows shattered throughout town.

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Wet snow blankets Okanogan Valley

First snowfall hits Okanogan Valley since before Christmas

Post-harvest labor market struggles

December labor statistics not yet available

Legislators schedule telephone "town hall"

7th Legislative District lawmakers will take calls at 7 p.m. Monday

Bills would allow small counties to opt of out GMA

Ferry County among those that want out of growth-management act regulations

Fatal crash details sought

Washington State Patrol looking for witnesses to deputy’s wreck

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a Jan. 16 fatal crash involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Buchanan gets council seat

Fire captain takes spot vacated by city’s new mayor

The city’s newest councilman says he wants to be more than a spectator.

Patrol seeks help with fatal crash investigation

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to events leading to a Jan. 16 fatal crash involving a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office deputy.

Two men charged in parts thefts

Two men have been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with theft and trafficking in stolen property for allegedly stealing more than $23,000 worth of metal railroad part

Fire board clarifies chief positions

Fire District No. 3 has clarified its relationship with the cities of Okanogan and Omak concerning hiring of chiefs and composition of fire crews.

In a bind? Try a clip

Last week, I stumbled upon a new-to-me use for binder clips as I was faced with trying to use loose tea to make a cup of hot tea at work.

Omak man pleads guilty to dealing drugs

Corrales sentenced to 10 years

An Omak man pleaded guilty Jan. 18 to 11 counts of delivery of a controlled substance, two counts of identity theft, attempted alien in possession of a firearm and money laundering.

Five homicides kept Sheriff’s Office busy in 2013

Okanogan County deputies continue to investigate one unsolved killing

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office investigated five homicides, five stabbings, six robberies and 14 rapes during 2013.

Surprises headline session’s first week

The first week of the legislative session flew by quickly — and offered a few surprises.

Court upholds murder finding

Jury originally convicted Mathis, others in 2009 killing

The state Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Tansy Fay-Arwen Mathis in the 2009 death of Michelle Kitterman.

Tonasket workshop set to consider pool options

Input sought from local residents

Community members will play a large part in whether the City Council decides to try replacing the swimming pool.

Local firefighters make demands, threaten to quit

Volunteer firefighters are threatening to walk out if the city doesn’t reinstate a full-time chief’s position and rehire Gordon Hennigs for that post.

Relay moves indoors

Organizers are gearing up for the area’s first indoor Relay for Life event, set for mid-May in the Okanogan County Fairgrounds Agriplex.

CEO announces bid for Congress

Pakootas will challenge McMorris Rodgers this fall

Colville Tribal Federal Corp. leader Joe Pakootas has announced his bid to challenge U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers in the fall election.

Arrests up during holiday DUI emphasis

Arrests were up in the region during the holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over anti-drunken driving campaign.

Fire district commissioners address Okanogan chief’s position

Fire district commissioners to discuss chief position

Gas tax, McCleary take stage

Thursday ruling brings mandatory school funding to the forefront

Thursday’s state Supreme Court order demanding further action on implementing the McCleary school funding ruling could throw a monkey wrench into legislators’ anticipated slow session.

Transportation topics could get heated

Land purchases, wolves also remain central

Transportation issues and state land acquisitions are expected to be major topics during the upcoming legislative session.