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OKANOGAN – An autopsy performed on a body found in the trunk of a burning vehicle east of Tonasket June 3 was not able to determine the identity of the victim due to the condition of the body.

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CURLEW — Two separate investigations are ongoing following the death of a man who was served search warrants by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife June 7.

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TONASKET - The city council heard an update on the Okanogan County Juvenile Detention Center from administrator Dennis Rabidou during a regular meeting Tuesday, June 11.

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TONASKET – The Kuhler was chosen as Tonasket Chamber of Commerce's business of the month for July.

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TONASKET — Tonasket School District’s fourth and fifth grade students enjoyed three days of water safety instruction and swim lessons at the Tonasket Community Pool on June 3-5.

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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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OKANOGAN – The Pioneer Project may or may not happen this year at the Okanogan County Fair.

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OSOYOOS, B.C. – Authorities continue to investigate a boat collision that left a 35-year-old Kamloops man and a 36-year-old Maple Ridge man dead and three others injured.

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TONASKET — USDA-inspected meat processing will be available to local livestock producers in Tonasket in the near future, thanks to collaboration between the Methow Conservancy and Double S Meats. 

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REPUBLIC — Police Chief Loren Culp said he does not intend to follow Gov. Jay Inslee’s new law, making Washington a sanctuary state and prohibiting local law enforcement officials from helping federal agents enforce immigration laws.

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CURLEW — A Ferry County resident is dead after a search warrant for wildlife tracking and alleged illegal hunting was served at his residence on Kompan Road, southwest of Curlew June 7.

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OKANOGAN — A preliminary hearing before Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Chris Culp found Lance R. Bowers, 37, held on $75,000 bail for a charge of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm Thursday, June 6.

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NESPELEM – The Colville Confederated Tribes and several other agencies have joined forces to remove as many northern pike as possible from Lake Roosevelt.

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REPUBLIC – Rainy weather over Memorial Day weekend provided moisture needed by volunteers reconditioning nine miles of the Ferry County Rail Trail.

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OLYMPIA – The Washington State Committee on Geographic Names approved four proposals, including one to rename a popular hiking destination near Wenatchee, during its meeting May 30 at the Natural Resources Building.

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CONCONULLY – A man was arrested early May 25 on suspicion of reckless endangerment after allegedly brandishing a rifle and fighting with people on a downtown street.

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OKANOGAN – A man charged with beating an Omak couple in their home and stealing their truck has been ordered to undergo a competency evaluation.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners plan to support keeping lower Snake River dams.

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OKANOGAN – A new middle school principal has been hired to succeed Brett Baum, who is leaving to become superintendent in the Liberty School District near Spokane.

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KETTLE FALLS - A Washington State Patrol trooper and a Kettle Falls teenager were injured May 31 when their vehicles collided on Highway 25 at Old Kettle Road.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, and Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-5th District, are opposing a proposal to transfer Job Corps centers to the Department of Labor.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Drug Court joined more than 3,000 similar programs across Washington and the nation in marking National Drug Court Month in May.

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RIVERSIDE – An Okanogan County sheriff’s deputy was injured May 25 when his vehicle went off Highway 97 and overturned into the ditch.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Relief for cherry growers hurt by Chinese tariffs is included in a bipartisan disaster supplemental budget bill.

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CUSICK – An Inchelium man was injured May 28 when his pickup truck collided with another vehicle a mile south of town on Highway 20.

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BRIDGEPORT – Officers from several agencies are looking for a missing Grand Coulee man whose boat was found drifting on the Columbia River above Chief Joseph Dam on May 29.

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OMAK – Legislators from the 7th District are largely unhappy with the way state budgeting turned out during the recently completed session.

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OKANOGAN - A pair of community art projects was proposed to the city council during its May 21 meeting.

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OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered the state Department of Transportation to begin the immediate ramp-up of culvert repairs around the state.

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OLYMPIA – Part of Ferry County is included in a drought emergency area declared last week by Gov. Jay Inslee.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two U.S. representatives’ plea to Gov. Jay Inslee to nix a state-funded study on breaching federally owned Snake River dams was all for nought.

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WENATCHEE – The United States, Canada and Mexico have reached an agreement resulting in the removal of steel and aluminum tariffs by the U.S. administration and removal of retaliatory tariffs on imported U.S. goods.

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OKANOGAN - The clinic operated by Okanogan Regional Spay and Neuter Project is expected to reopen this fall, thanks to grant funding from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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OMAK – A city council committee will study the cat ordinance after animal advocates complained that a person hosting two feeding stations was being threatened with a citation for having too many felines.

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OLYMPIA – A new bill will allow the state Employment Security Department to ensure foreign workers under the federal H-2A program have the support they need on the job and growers have the assistance they need to use the H-2A program properly.

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NESPELEM — Jill Smail, lead U.S. negotiator for the next Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada, toured the Colville Indian Reservation last week.

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