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OKANOGAN - February came on strong with cold and snowy conditions statewide, adding some to the snow pack in the state’s mountains.

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OLYMPIA — The state Senate has passed a bill aimed at reducing pollution by prohibiting retailers in Washington from handing out single-use plastic bags.

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OKANOGAN – Damaged areas of the sewage treatment plant flood control levee will be repaired under an agreement between the city and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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OKANOGAN – One man was hospitalized after an alleged altercation between inmates March 7 in the Okanogan County Jail.

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CLE ELUM – A Coulee City driver escaped injury in a three-vehicle accident March 5 about five miles west of town.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan County commissioners have begun offering a call-in period so people can telephone in their concerns during a meeting.

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OROVILLE — Julissa Alvarez will be crowned as 2019 May Festival queen by 2018 Queen Jenny Cisneros at a coronation ceremony Friday, May 10.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Washington’s congressional delegation is asking U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to work with Japan to resolve technical issues and remove barriers to allow the state’s apples access to Japanese markets.

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NESPELEM – The Colville Confederated Tribes are joining with Horse Nations Indian Relay Council for a series of races during the 2019 season.

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OLYMPIA — Firearms dealers in Washington are being warned about the consequences of ignoring state law under Initiative 1639.

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SPOKANE — An Omak man’s conviction for second-degree theft has been reduced by the state Court of Appeals to third-degree theft and the case has been sent back to Okanogan County Superior Court for resentencing.

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BREWSTER— Although inpatient and outpatient revenues were below budget last month, Three Rivers Hospital finances continue to improve.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced he is seeking the presidency of the United States in a video focused on climate change posted on his Facebook page early Friday.

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TONASKET — A grand opening is planned for Country Girls Emporium, a new and unique shop in town, March 15.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill protecting the Methow Headwaters area from mining has been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and now goes to the president for his signature.

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OROVILLE - Chamber of Commerce President Karen Frisbie announced the deadline for nominations for 2018 Best of Oroville has been extended to Monday, March 18. Nominations can be made online at https://form.jotform.com/90398770141157.

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TONASKET — Three Rivers Hospital (TRH) board chairman Mike Pruitt attended Thursday’s meeting of North Valley Hospital (NVH) Board of Commissioners, describing the collaboration between the two hospitals as an “innovative idea.”

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OMAK — Firefighters responded to a house fire at 25 Robinson Canyon Road shortly after 7:30 a.m. March 1.

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OROVILLE — A 13-year-old boy died Feb. 23 while hiking on the Similkameen Trail just outside town off Loomis-Oroville Road.

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OKANOGAN — A 1.5 percent overall increase in the base charge for electricity is under consideration by Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners.

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