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Roger Harnack

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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.

Chelan utility steps up beaver-erradication effort

Utility officials say beavers are damaging trees and vegetation, and have to be destroyed due to dam licensing

Driver dies after falling asleep at wheel

Giselle Naughton killed in New Year's Eve crash west of Ritzville

Minimum wage jumps 15 cents

Washington state to remain the highest in the nation with a minimum wage of $9.47 per hour

Vaping law goes into effect in Grant County

Grant County will begin restricting the sale of e-cigarettes and e-liquids at midnight tonight.

Rock'n'roll may have a place here

With all the cowboy and country persona emphasized here, it sometimes feels like I’m the only one in the area who listens to hard-rock music. But there are several local hard-rock musicians making a name for themselves elsewhere

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Morrison takes oath as Grant County Coroner

Dave Rodriguez will be sworn into Okanogan County Coroner position in coming days

Dear Santa, will you please leave...

It’s usually easy for me to ask for a few well-deserved gifts. But given the destruction caused by this year’s Carlton Complex wildfire, there are so many things that area residents deserve — and need — that I can’t possibly ask for enough. But I’ll start with a few common-sense requests.

Sex with hypnotized woman allegation leads to pharmacy assistant suspension

Pharmacy Assistant Kevin Geyer has had his license suspended after being charged with one count of indecent liberties

Potential flu outbreak being monitored in Grant County

More than 200 cases of confirmed influenza have been reported in the last two weeks

Boys basketball scores reported

Okanogan boys hold off Chelan, win 58-36

Burn ban extended in Okanogan County

State Department of Ecology prohibiting the use of wood-burning stoves and fireplaces in homes as winter storms are forecast to hit area

Newport man sentenced in child porn case

Casey Edward Murdock sentenced to five years in federal prison in connection with a Sept. 4 guilty plea

Reopen 36-mile stretch of river

Residents of our state did not cede the right to access and enjoyment of public waterways to utilities operating dams on the Columbia or other rivers. But Grant County Public Utility District officials would have you believe they are the sole arbiters of who gets to fish, boat and access a 36-mile stretch of the Columbia River from Wanapum Dam to Rock Island Dam. They are not.

Official in charge of wildfire response demoted

Albert Kassel remains employed by the state agency even as more than 100 Carlton Complex wildfire victims seek compensation for wildfire damages

Man sentenced in Wellpinit sexual assault

Christopher James Carson to serve 70 months in federal prison for abusive sexual contact and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person

Road block to established access

Forest Service Road No. 30 is an example of access issues facing those of us who enjoy recreating on publicly owned lands managed by a government agency. It makes you wonder how many public roads with prescriptive rights are now off limits, locked behind a government gate.

Creston firm wins state environmental award

Site was formerly considered a hazard by state Department of Ecology officials

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Okanogan wins state 2B football title

Bulldogs hold off late-charging Napavine Tigers

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Ball bounces Okanogan's way

At the half, Okanogan leads Napavine 17-0

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Okanogan, Napavine ready to rumble

There are options for keeping up with the game if you couldn't get to Tacoma

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Reptile Man visits Omak

Children learn about reptiles after hearing anti-drug, anti-alcohol message in Performing Arts Center

Local gas prices dip below $3 per gallon

Gas prices in Okanogan, Omak and Riverside are among lowest in the region

Sustainable means maintainable

Having a sustainable plan means striking a proper balance, rather than tipping the scales further toward environmentalism.

Slash piles being burned near Omak Mountain

Smoke visible from Omak is from controlled burn, Mount Tolman fire officials say

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'White Christmas' to be presented

Snowy Owl Theater to present movie Dec. 18