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OKANOGAN — A group of bicyclists on a mission from New Hampshire en route to Bellingham passed though Okanogan and Ferry counties last week.

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BREWSTER — Go for a run, shoot some hoops, or spit cherry pits at second-ever Cherries Jubilee Saturday, June 15.

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PATEROS — Dwindling volunteers and a downtown construction project will not put a damper on this year’s Apple Pie Jamboree, July 19-21.

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im and Julie Alley were named this year’s grand marshals for Founders Day 2019, announced at the annual Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet Saturday, Jan. 26.

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Legislative Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, joined senior citizens for lunch last week at the Tonasket Senior Center, where he spoke to a large audience after they sang “Happy Birthday” to Kretz.

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On Dec. 15, Usofono “Fono” Muasau went to a scheduled dialysis appointment, when he received a call about a kidney donated in Seattle that was a match. A kidney was donated to Virginia Mason Seattle, and was ready for Usofono Muasau the night of December 15, if he could get to Seattle within six hours.

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OMAK – Student skiers and snowboarders are making and selling pumpkin rolls to help fund a trip to Schweitzer Mountain Resort in January.

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OKANOGAN – Donations are being sought for the annual Omak-Okanogan Community Christmas Basket Project, which provides food during the holidays for mid-valley residents in need.

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On a brisk fall day in 1949, the beautiful Heisler 102 narrow gauge locomotive engine lay tilted on its side atop a scrap heap in Omak, awaiting her final stop in a lifetime of service.

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Tonasket Police Department's former drug dog, the late Zeus, searches for marijuana hidden in the Tonasket Commancheros Rodeo arena for an illustration of his abilities during a fundraiser for the K-9 unit.

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CASHMERE - A GoFundMe account has been set up for a former Brewster student with cancer who was displaced by the Carlton Complex fire and now lives in Cashmere.

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Master Sgt. Keith Caraway kept students of all ages entertained as he spoke about his nearly 20 years in the service at the Tonasket Elementary School Veterans Day assembly Wednesday, Nov. 7.

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WENATCHEE - Several local groups will receive grants from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

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A group tourists from Europe rolled through the region Wednesday, Oct. 24. The group of about 20 people – with African Adventures - made a rest stop near Janis Bridge after coming down from Canada en route to Seattle.

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The annual Zombie Fun Run and Halloween Harvest Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 27, in East Side and Civic League parks. The events help kick off Halloween week. A variety of events will be offered around the region.

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COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt High School is celebrating homecoming this week, with a football game and dance capping the event on Friday.

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Tonasket Comancheros crowned Trinity Dejong queen and Alizae DeVon princess during its year end banquet and coronation Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Tonasket Eagles.

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The 17th annual Autumn Leaf Run drew 71 participants for a cold, cloudy run around town the morning of Sept. 29. One-mile and 5K distances were offered to runners and walkers who were encouraged to donate canned or boxed foods for the food bank. Children under 12 received a free T-shirt, while adults could purchase shirts.

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The Brewster Bears will celebrate homecoming this week, culminating to the Friday night football game against Liberty Bell.

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The Tonasket Tigers are celebrating homecoming this week, with the theme “Tigers – We are Stronger Together!”

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The 2018 Okanogan County Career Connections EXPO at the Okanogan County Fairground Agriplex is shaping up to be a big event, with more than 75 vendors confirmed and some new representatives scheduled to appear.

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A Night Out with Tonasket Police event held Friday in Founders’ Park was well-attended by community members, kids and emergency personnel.

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Katie Keane will be crowned 2019 Okanogan County Fair Queen Sunday, Sept. 9 at the fairgrounds. She will take over the title from 2018 Queen Shelby White from Twisp.

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The Community Cultural Center was packed full with friends for a celebration of life for Claire Jeffko Thursday, Aug. 30.

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Construction on a two-classroom addition to Virginia Grainger Elementary School is pretty much done and youngsters are in the new rooms today, Aug. 29, for the start of the new school year.

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A trio of book signings are planned for local author Theresa Wise following the release of her first book, “The Captive.”

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Boots and cowboy hats filled the North Central Washington Fair grandstands Friday, Aug. 24, as the iconic 1990s country music group BlackHawk performed as this year’s headline act.

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At this year’s Okanogan County Fair, Thursday, Sept. 6, one of its attractions will feature a practice that is eons older than the fair itself.

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OLYMPIA - An Inchelium girl, part of the inaugural class of Washington World Fellows, has returned home after a six-week study abroad experience in Leon, Spain.

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