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OKANOGAN — The first-ever Washington State Nashville Country Star Christmas show is planned for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Virginia Grainger Elementary School, 1118 S. Fifth Ave.

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OROVILLE — Santa Claus will make several appearances in the northern portion of Okanogan County this holiday season.

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OROVILLE - Dennis and Nancy Peterson know just about every musical group in Okanogan Valley, and are helping to nurture the next generation of aspiring musicians.

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TONASKET - Students from 10 school districts put their knowledge to the test in real-world applications in the FFA Apple Judging and Shop Contest Wednesday, Nov. 6.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Tonasket High School’s Parliamentary Procedure team took fourth place in the nation at the National FFA Parliamentary Procedure Leadership Development Event. The event was held in conjunction with the 92nd National FFA Convention and Expo in Indianapolis Oct. 30 – Nov. 2.

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STILLWATER, Okla. - Omak native Riata Marchant, an agribusiness major at Oklahoma State University, has received a scholarship from the school.

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OMAK – The Omak-Okanogan Community Christmas Basket project gets underway after Thanksgiving, with distribution of food baskets planned for Dec. 20.

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LACEY – A book by Lacey author Richard Alumbaugh explores the 1986-87 trial of two men who killed a Colville tribal police officer.

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WENATCHEE - Starting Nov. 1, it will be easier to obtain a permit to cut Christmas trees from the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest with the addition of online purchasing.

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OKANOGAN - A screening of “Paper Tigers” is planned Nov. 6 in the Okanogan Middle-High School cafetorium, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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OKANOGAN – The Okanogan Kiwanis Club has named its October honorees in the Terrific Kids program at Virginia Grainger Elementary School.

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OMAK – Participants in the Oct. 26 Zombie Fun Run donated 200 pounds of non-perishable food to the Omak Food Bank.

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OLYMPIA - Washington State’s GET program is open for a new enrollment period, providing families an opportunity to start saving for future college costs while their children are young.

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OLYMPIA – A student enrolled in the Omak School District’s online education program has been selected for a statewide delegation traveling to India to meet with the Dalai Lama.

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OKANOGAN – Youngsters will entertain Saturday, Oct. 26, during the last Okanogan Valley Farmers Market of the year.

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OMAK – Members of Cadette/Senior Girl Scout Troop 4812 from Omak met Sunday, Oct. 20, with Okanogan Conservation District representatives to work on their eco trekker and eco explorer badges.

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RIVERSIDE – Local singer-songwriter Nicole Unser is recording her second album, which is scheduled for release next spring.

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OKANOGAN – Video games figure into the real games Okanogan High School students are playing this week during homecoming festivities.

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WINTHROP – Liberty Bell High School is celebrating homecoming this week, culminating with a football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, against Soap Lake.

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TONASKET — Michellee Fox is the Community Cultural Center’s new executive director, and she hopes to see the building become a place used by all community members.

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CAYUSE MOUNTAIN — An empty field nestled in the Okanogan Highlands will soon become the most populated community in Okanogan County.

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OMAK — Patients lined up outside the doors hours before opening, in order to receive services at a free dental clinic Sept. 13 and 15 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church

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PATEROS – The Pateros School Board plans to ask the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to change its new rules concerning reporting graduation rates.

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OLYMPIA - Last week Gov. Jay Inslee announced an executive order addressing the public health risk caused by vaping, leaving some local residents in question about the future of vape products.

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OKANOGAN - Okanogan Harvest Festival, a goodbye to summer and welcome to fall event, runs all day Oct. 12 on Second Avenue and side streets.

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OKANOGAN – An open house is planned Saturday, Oct. 12, at The Cat House, a shelter for long-term residents of Animal Foster Care Cat Shelter.

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WENATCHEE - National Book Award-winning author Robin Benway will spend a week in north central Washington this month visiting eight schools and headlining two community speaking events.

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OMAK – Three medical facilities will receive several thousand dollars each to help patients with cancer screenings and other costs, thanks to Omak Stampede rodeo fans.

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OKANOGAN – Bouncin’ for Boobies’ annual Save Second Base Softball Tournament is planned for this weekend, Oct. 5-6, at The Plex on Rodeo Trail.

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OMAK – Shelby White, Twisp, will be crowned as Miss Omak Stampede during the organizations annual banquet Nov. 16.

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WENATCHEE – Galactic Farmers, a student group from Almira/Coulee-Hartline Middle School, won the future technology leader of the year award during the 19th annual innovator awards luncheon.