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Tribe plans hemp blessing Tuesday morning

The Colville Confederated Tribes plan a hemp blessing ceremony at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at the Lucy F. Covington Government Center.

Fire tops 30,000 acres, destroys two structures

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness, has grown to more than 30,000 acres, has claimed two structures and damaged another.

Two injured in Wilbur crash

Two people were injured Aug. 17 when their car went off Highway 174 about four miles north of town and went into the ditch

Fired hatchery employees can contest terminations

Four state Department of Fish and Wildlife employees who were fired earlier this month from their jobs at the Wells Hatchery have the right to contest their terminations.

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Yakima woman dies in Omak crash

A Yakima woman was killed Aug. 17 when her car collided with a tractor-trailer at the intersection of Highway 97 and Engh Road.

September hearing anticipated for Sinixt hunting caste

An early September hearing is expected for the Desautel hunting case, which addresses rights of Arrow Lakes band of the Colville Confederated Tribes.

Communications tower proposed for Little Buck Mountain

A 195-foot-tall communications tower is proposed for Little Buck Mountain near the Loup Loup summit.

Winds push Diamond Creek Fire

Winds from the west and northwest pushed the Diamond Creek Fire into an area of unburned fuel Wednesday afternoon, sending up a smoke column visible for miles.

Residents question 'big box' fire stragegy

The “big box” strategy of fighting the Bridge Creek Fire was called into question Aug. 16 during a community meeting at Inchelium School.

Diamond Creek Fire tops 28,000 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire has ballooned to 28,143 acres as of early Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Forest Service: Existing base best choice for smokejumpers

The North Cascades Smokejumper Base is the top choice for providing parachute-assisted firefighting services to the region.

Community meeting planned for Bridge Creek Fire information

A community meeting is planned at 6 tonight, Aug. 16, to update people on the Bridge Creek Fire, which is burning 13 miles north-northeast of Keller.

Colville reservation roads closed; fire danger is extreme

The Colville Confederated Tribes is closing reservation roads because of extreme fire conditions.

2017 Stampede dubbed success

Temperatures soared above 100 degrees to start Stampede and cooled off as the weekend progressed, but rodeo action stayed hot throughout.

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Election signs vandalized

A couple incidents of graffiti being scrawled on campaign signs have been reported to police.

Arizona man dies in Methow Valley crash

An Arizona man was killed Aug. 14 when his motorcycle crashed and he ended up in the Methow River.

Diamond Creek Fire tops 19,000 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, has grown to 19,687 acres.

Omak outlines fall sport turnout procedures

An all-sport fall parent meeting is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, in the Omak High School commons, 20 S. Cedar St.

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Diamond Creek Fire grows; state prohibits campfires

The Diamond Creek Fire has grown to 12,525 acres and moved closer to the U.S.-Canadian border.

Thunderstorms move through Diamond Creek Fire area

Thunderstorms moved through the Diamond Creek Fire area the night of Aug. 7-8.

Free emergency kits offered

Free emergency preparedness kits will be given away from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, at Confluence Health, 916 Koala Ave.

Updated: Highway 17 closed because of fire; shelter being set up

UPDATE: At 4:24 p.m., Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the American Red Cross is setting up a shelter at Bridgeport High School for people evacuated from the fire on Highway 17. UPDATE: As of 2:59 p.m., Level 3 evacuation notices are being issued for homes east of Road K Northeast and south of Highway 17, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. The fire is still being pushed by strong wind. UPDATE: A level 1 evacuation notice has been issued for a three-mile radius around the fire, which is burning on both sides of Highway 17 between Hays Road and Road K Northeast. LEAHY JUNCTION – Highway 17 is closed 19 miles west of Coulee Dam at milepost 120, Leahy Junction, to milepost 133 at the Mansfield turnoff because of a fire.

Diamond Creek Fire tops 8,600 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire continues to burn uncontrolled in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, with 8,678 acres blackened as of Friday, Aug. 4.

Diamond Creek Fire tops 7,100 acres

The Diamond Creek fire has topped 7,100 acres and continues to burn on the steep slopes of the Diamond Creek, Dollar Creek and Lost River drainages in the Pasayten Wilderness.

Natioal forest issues fire restrictions

Worsening fire conditions and continued hot, dry weather have led the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest to expand campfire restrictions, effective Aug. 4.

BLM adds more fire restrictions

Fire restrictions on U.S. Bureau of Land Management-administered lands in eastern Washington have been modified to prohibit the building, maintaining, attending or using a fire of any type, including charcoal briquette fires.

Community meeting planned about Diamond Creek Fire

A community meeting concerning the Diamond Creek Fire is planned for 6 p.m. today, Aug. 3, at the Methow Valley Community Center, 201 E. Methow Valley Highway.

Diamond Creek Fire nears 7,000 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, is nearing 7,000 acres in size.

Equipment problem knocks out electricity to thousands

Equipment problems caused electrical outages Aug. 1 affecting the Okanogan, Malott and Methow Valley areas.

Hillside fire burns across five acres

A fire that burned across the hillside southeast of town yesterday afternoon, Aug. 1, blackened about five acres of grass and sagebrush.

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Crews respond to brush fire east of Omak

Firefighters from several mid-valley fire departments are responding today, Aug. 1, to a brush fire burning in the hills east of town.

Charges against Cate amended

Charges against an Omak man in the July 16 death of a pedestrian have been amended to include second-degree murder-felony murder.

Yallup trial set Aug. 29

A Toppenish man, who had been living in Nespelem, is scheduled for trial Aug. 29 in the drowning death of Joseph Shawl.

Newman charged with second-degree murder

An Omak man was charged July 24 with second-degree murder in the June 21 death of Joseph Shawl, whose body was found several days later in the Okanogan River.

Diamond blaze explodes

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, ballooned from 350 acres late last week to 5,005 acres over the weekend.

Diamond Creek fire tops 6,700 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, has grown to 6,725 acres and is 11 percent contained as of mid-morning today, Aug. 1.

Briefs for Aug. 2, 2017

Briefs for Aug. 2, 2017.

Diamond Creek Fire grows to 5,000-plus acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning in the Pasayten Wilderness Area, ballooned from 350 acres late last week to 5,005 acres over the weekend.

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Douglas County PUD to build paddlers’ campground

Site is near the confluence of Okanogan, Columbia rivers

Helispot will be set up for Diamond Creek Fire

Firefighters plan to establish a helispot today, July 28, and move their camp to the Hidden Lakes area in the fight against the Diamond Creek Fire.

Landowners file suit over Carlton Complex fire

Nearly 200 landowners have filed suit against the state Department of Natural Resources over the 2014 Carlton Complex fire.

Pasayten fire confinement boundaries scoped

Firefighters are improving exit routes from Diamond Creek Fire area and will continue reconnaissance work to identify opportunities to confine the fire.

Fire danger rating rises in northeast Washington

The state Department of Natural Resources has increased the fire danger rating for its protected lands in Okanogan, Ferry, Lincoln, Spokane and Stevens counties.

Diamond fire grows to 350 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning north of town in the Pasayten Wilderness, has grown to an estimated 350 acres as of Wednesday morning, July 26.

Commissioners modify pot moratorium

The Okanogan County commissioners are lifting a moratorium on expansion of existing retail marijuana stores.

Pasayten fire grows to 250 acres

The Diamond Creek Fire, burning since July 22 in the Pasayten Wilderness north of town, has grown to about 250 acres.

PUD rates will increase Sept. 1

Electrical rates for most Okanogan County Public Utility District customers are going up Sept. 1 to pay for several projects to update infrastructure that has well outlived its life expectancy.

Newman charged in Shawl case

A second man has been charged in the drowning death of Joseph Shawl, 46, Omak. Andrew Iverson Newman, 18, Omak, was arrested Thursday, July 20, and charged July 24 in Okanogan County Superior Court with second-degree murder.

Diamond Fire burns in Pasayten Wilderness

Eight smokejumpers were deployed Sunday morning, July 23, from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress a small fire in the Pasayten Wilderness.

Bridgeport shooting under investigation

The shooting of a man Friday night in town is being investigated by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.