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OKANOGAN – The May 1 electric rate increase planned by the Okanogan County Public Utility District has been suspended.

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OLYMPIA - New claims for unemployment benefits statewide soared to a record 181,975 for the week of March 22-28, according to the state Employment Security Department.

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OKANOGAN - Longtime Okanogan County Public Utility District employee Don Coppock is retiring April 17.

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OMAK – Mid-Valley Hospital has taken several measures to help with the coronavirus pandemic, but the state prohibition on elective surgeries is hitting the facility’s bottom line.

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OLYMPIA - A new law gives law enforcement officers and firefighters around the state more access to programs designed to help them cope with on-the-job trauma.

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OKANOGAN – A retired Okanogan County sheriff’s deputy has been charged in Okanogan County Superior Court with communication with a minor for immoral purposes through the sending of electronic communication.

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OMAK - TranGO is implementing reservation-based, fixed-route service to improve safety for passengers and employees during the COVID-19 outbreak in Washington state.

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OLYMPIA - North central Washington’s six legislators were present for nearly all votes that came before the Legislature during the 2020 session, according to WashingtonVotes.org.

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NESPELEM – The Colville Indian Reservation is closed to visitors until further notice as part of the tribe’s ongoing effort to stall the spread of COVID-19.

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OMAK – A contract for Omak School District’s new superintendent was approved March 24 by the Omak School Board during a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform.

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OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee announced guidance today for state and local enforcement of his recent “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. The state has created a one-stop online form for reporting businesses potentially violating orders and is providing guidance to local law enforcement on enforcing…

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OLYMPIA – Okanogan County is getting more than $100,000 to assist people and businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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TONASKET - Tonasket Ranger District is delaying its fuel wood cutting permit season to be in alignment with state and federal guidance on coronavirus.

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NESPELEM – A drive-through coronavirus assessment and screening event was held March 26 by the Colville Tribal Incident Management Team and Indian Health Service Colville Service Unit.

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EAST WENATCHEE – The transmission line from Rocky Reach to Chelan Falls will be rebuilt, Douglas County Public Utility District commissioners decided March 23.

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ENTIAT – The state Department of Transportation is delaying a planned rock slope scaling project on Highway 97A between Entiat and Chelan.

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OMAK — A grand opening for Harbor Freight Tools, 661 Riverside Drive, is set for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 4.

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OKANOGAN - Out of an abundance of caution and concern over the spread of COVID-19, the Okanogan County Solid Waste Department has announced the closure of the landfill and transfer stations.

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SEATTLE — The King County judge who initially blocked the $30 car-tab cap denied most of the challenges to the taxpayer-approved measure.

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OLYMPIA – The arrival of spring typically means drivers in Washington have until March 31 to remove studded tires, but coronavirus concerns led the state to push back the deadline to April 30.

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OKANOGAN — A Running Start information session planned March 31 at Okanogan High School has been canceled, but an information session can be accessed online.

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OLYMPIA — Washington health care insurance providers have been ordered to cover coronavirus testing and related visits without co-pays or deductibles.