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Roger Harnack

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Chiliwist residents to oppose county road vacation

A public hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of Three Devils Road is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in the commissioners' hearing room of the Grainger Administrative Building, 123 5th Avenue N.

Nine arrested in heroin ring

Five children turned over to Child Protective Services as law enforcement officials raid two homes in conclusion of two-month investigation into Omak-area heroin ring.

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Boy crashes BMW into home

Uninjured teenager transported to Confluence Hospital for evaluation of emotional issues

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State's first Karelian bear dog retiring

Karelian bear dogs — black and white dogs weighing 40-65 pounds — are trained to track, capture and deter predators.

Bridge toll rates key topics at State Transportation Commission meeting

Tolls expected to increase 50 cents for Tacoma Narrows Bridge and 2.5 percent on the State Highway 520 bridge.

Traffic delays expected in Airway Heights

Construction crews working on sidewalks along U.S. Highway 2 in Airway Heights both Thursday and Friday

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Minimum wage bill will hurt area

If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, it’ll drive inflation and shatter many rural residents’ ability to grow economically and socially.

Shady Pass Road opens to snowmobiles near Duncan fire area

Snowmobiles can access the route from Entiat River Road to Forest Service Road 112.

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Colton outpaces Pateros, 72-60

Pateros Nannies to face Mary M. Knight in a loser-out game at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Spokane Memorial Arena

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Timberwolves dominate Okanogan, 80-50

The No. 1-ranked Morton-White Pass Timberwolves were much more than the Okanogan Bulldogs were prepared for in the boys teams' state 2B basketball tournament opener.

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Republic girls down Evergreen Lutheran

Tigers advance to state 1B basketball semifinals tomorrow afternoon

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Grizzly bear meeting set for 5 p.m. today

Hundreds expected to oppose plan to introduce predator to North Cascades

Open government training workshops slated for Eastern Washington

The Open Government Trainings Act requires elected and other public employees to attend related workshops; four are planned in Eastern Washington this month

Some forest roads open early

Cle Elum Ranger District officials have determined some roads are dry and stable enough to support motor vehicles

Cle Elum Ranger District motorized trails to remain closed until June 15

Due to early snowmelt and muddy conditions, the Cle Elum Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed four-wheel drive routes.

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We don't need Homeland Security

We need to rethink the Department of Homeland Security's creation, divest much of the power it has usurped and give autonomy back to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and others. While we’re at it, disband the TSA.

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Several area wrestlers make it to title matches

Omak's Alex Aguilar is the only local 1A wrestler to make the finals

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Oroville girls swarm Kittitas, 42-37

Hornets victory earns Oroville a state berth; the girls will face White Swan on Saturday for third place in the district

ACH girls to face Wellpinit for third place

Warrior girls eliminate Valley Christian from postseason basketball play, 52-26

Plan would affect more than just grizzlies

Discussion on proposal to actively introduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades will have ramifications on forest access, recreation and use.

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Regional B tournament underway

Area wrestlers win some, lose some as B regional tournament gets underway at Northwest Christian School-Colbert

Wolf relocated to Yelm sanctuary

Officials capture, relocate wolf before it could mate with a domestic dog

Interstate 90 lane closure planned at Vantage

One eastbound lane will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. next Monday through Friday

WSU wins water rights case

In a challenge to Washington State University's water rights, the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the university chose conservation and, therefore, retains its rights to water.

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Okanogan boys dunk Waterville, 80-43

Bulldogs advance to face Brewster in the 2B district semifinal Saturday

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White Swan downs Oroville, 60-32

The Cougars dominated the second half of the 2B girls district basketball game to send Oroville to the consolation round Saturday against Waterville

Let counties handle fire response

Given the stories that came out of the Carlton Complex wildfire, having local authority for initial wildfire response isn’t such a bad idea.

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Omak wrestlers off to good start in opening of District 6 tournament

Two grapplers pin Cashmere opponents in opening round

Flood watch issued for North-Central Washington

Flooding, mudslides affecting rural roads throughout North-Central Washington

Electronic voting bill would improve elections

Virtual nobody in the state is happy with the state’s all-mail-in election system. An e-voting bill would remedy that.

School district conducts survey on student preparation for life after high school

The Omak School District is seeking input on how to prepare students for life after high school.

Land transfer a winning formula

Last week, three bills — two in the House and a companion in the Senate — were filed calling for the study and possible transfer of publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. In short, a handful of senators and a number of Republicans and Democrats in the House want the state to manage the more than 12.17 million acres of land currently under the control of federal bureaucrats.

Republic girls dunk Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 63-47

Tigers remain unbeaten in 1B high school girls basketball

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Bills target federal land ownership in state

Legislative measures call for study, possible return of federal land holdings to state of Washington

State parks board to consider allowing farm equipment on trail rights-of-way

Commissioners will also discuss the agency's land management practices

Committee looking into land buys

In the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfires this summer, the Legislature is taking a hard look at state agency land ownership and management practices.

Fire victim arrested for possessing, selling stolen batteries

Rose Susan Pauline Vallee, 32, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on Sunday for first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree possession of stolen property.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse vote in favor of undoing executive immigration actions

Washington state's congressional delegations split along party lines in two votes today to undo Presidents Obama's attempt to bypass laws on deportation

Yakama tribal member sentenced for possession of stolen firearm

Aaron Winnier, 33, of Wapato, to serve 10 years in federal prison.

Naches Ranger Station to host open house

Forest-goers are invited to an open house from 3-6 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Naches Ranger Station.

Build it, and they will come back

Elks members are taking steps toward rebuilding the downtown lodge, which has been a hub of community activity

Senate: New taxes require two-thirds vote

The state Senate voted 26-23 Monday to require any bills creating new revenue sources to be supported by two-thirds of members for passage.

Okanogan County under burn ban

The state Department of Ecology issued the ban Monday based on forecasts of stagnant air conditions in the region, putting the county at risk for air pollution to reach unhealthy levels.

Snohomish County massage therapist indefinitely suspended for sex charge

State health officials have suspended the license of Snohomish County massage therapist Steven Lee Cook indefinitely for sexual misconduct.

Newhouse, McMorris Rodgers vote for Keystone

State's Congressional delegation splits along party lines as U.S. House of Representatives passes Keystone XL Pipeline Act

Osteopath suspended after charges of sexual contact with a child

Charging documents allege Craig Morgenstern, who practices in Stevens County, allegedly drugged a 13-year-old boy and had sexual contact with him in October 2014, the state Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery said Thursday.

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Columbia River reopens above Wanapum

Most of the 36-mile stretch of the Columbia River is again accessible to the public

Rule change would affect rite of passage

This coming weekend, the state Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to change the sportfishing rules. In short, the new rules will close all of the Columbia River, its tributaries and beaver ponds to fishing “unless otherwise open.” That’s a reversal of tradition.

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Newhouse takes oath of office

Sunnyside farmer now represents Okanogan, Douglas, Grant, Yakima, Franklin, Adams and Benton counties

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Fire destroys home; three hospitalized

Fire crews responding to a structure fire at 8:53 a.m. arrived to find a home fully engulfed in flames. A mother and her two children were hospitalized.