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Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee Members had first and second readings on several policy updates that, if approved, will be effective for this year’s fair, Sept. 5-8.

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The Spokane office of the National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch, calling for significant snow and blowing winds this weekend.

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OKANOGAN – An Oroville man was found not guilty of second-degree assault-strangulation or suffocation with a domestic violence enhancement Jan. 29 in Okanogan County Superior Court.

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OLYMPIA - Lawmakers from the 7th Legislative District will host a telephone town hall from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13.

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NESPELEM - Leroy “Chaz” Williams, a Colville tribal elder and salmon chief for the Wenatchi Tribe, died on Jan. 28.

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OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office made 1,777 custodial arrests during 2018, up more than 300 from the previous year.

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OKANOGAN – Pertussis cases have leveled off in Okanogan County after a sharp increase just before the Christmas-New Year’s holidays.

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SPOKANE - Three men who appealed the amount of restitution ordered by Okanogan County Superior Court have won a new restitution hearing from the state Court of Appeals for Division 3.

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OMAK – North Omak Elementary School second-graders are recycling cardboard. Omak School Board members learned about the effort during their Jan. 22 meeting.

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Dennis Brown threw his ink pen down and appeared to be close to stepping down from his post as mayor, but ultimately

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OMAK - The police department will get a new vehicle this year, but not the SUV Chief Jeff Koplin hoped to buy.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, has been nominated by the House Republican Steering Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee in the 116th Congress.

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OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in all counties in response to more than two dozen confirmed cases of measles in the state.

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NESPELEM - Colville Business Council Chairman Rodney Cawston has written a letter to the principal of a school whose students were involved in an apparent confrontation with an Omaha elder at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 18.

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CHEWELAH – An Inchelium man was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure after being involved in a three-vehicle accident on Highway 395 two miles north of town Jan. 16.

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OKANOGAN - Animal Foster Care Cat Shelter took in more than 1,000 abandoned, owner-surrendered, stray and rescued cats and kittens during 2018.

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Due to inclement weather, several area schools are planning closures and delays for classes on Wednesday, Jan. 23. This list will be updated as information becomes available.

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OKANOGAN – The city is in line to receive more than $200,000 in grant and loan funding for its wastewater treatment and collection system comprehensive plan.

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OLYMPIA – A new report on salmon indicates Washington’s salmon are still in trouble, despite recent recovery efforts.

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OKANOGAN – Jerry Asmussen will continue to lead the Okanogan County Public Utility District commission in 2019.

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OMAK – Members of Omak High School FFA and others volunteered last fall with the Okanogan Conservation District to mark four miles of fence line on a ranch in the Tunk Valley to conserve sharp-tailed grouse.

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OMAK – Five Omak High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America qualified for state competition after a regional event.

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OKANOGAN – Five people were arrested last week on suspicion of being involved in a drug trafficking organization and on outstanding warrants.

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The U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Association elected John Sanchez to serve as president this year. Sanchez served as vice president in 2018.

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The Ferry County Sheriff’s Office is struggling with deputy retention and is considering a proposed voter-approved public safety property tax levy that would be in in place for six years, and/or a voter-approved public safety sales tax increase of 0.3 percent.

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How can I not be the biological mother to my children I gave birth to? That was the question former Twisp resident Amelia Minuoza kept asking herself after a two-year struggle with a DNA conundrum.

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OLYMPIA – A Centralia legislator is asking the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials to reconsider its recommendation that lawmakers receive a nearly 18 percent raise during the next biennium.

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