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WENATCHEE – The Washington State Tree Fruit Association is hosting the 115th annual meeting and Northwest Hort Expo through today, Dec. 11, at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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WENATCHEE - Layoffs are coming to Wenatchee Valley College, which expects a $1 million projected deficit because of low enrollment this fall.

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OKANOGAN - A Wauconda man was charged last week after allegedly driving around on Cougar Creek Road shooting a gun, and threatening a neighbor and a sheriff’s deputy.

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OKANOGAN - Budget talks, including the possibility of a 2 percent revenue increase through higher rates, continued to dominate discussion during the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s Dec. 2 board meeting.

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OMAK - The city has a new budget anticipating $16.04 million in revenue and $20.29 million in expenditures.

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WENATCHEE - Three Okanogan County-area schools are among dozens in north central Washington participating in the Hour of Code, which is designed to raise awareness in computer science education.

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WATERVILLE – A deputy will be added to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the office will dedicate a position to work specifically with the Columbia River Drug Task Force.

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TUMWATER - Officials at the state Department of Health advise the public to avoid eating romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, Calif., growing region.

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YAKIMA - Cosmic Crisp, the apple developed by Washington State University, started flying off the shelves when it hit the market last Sunday, Dec. 1.

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NESPELEM - The Colville Confederated Tribes hosted a Dec. 3 remembrance for longtime tribal employee Gloria Atkins, who died in a Nov. 29 vehicle accident.

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NESPELEM - A Tonasket man died Dec. 6 when his vehicle went off Highway 155 about seven miles north of Nespelem and overturned.

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NESPELEM – One person died Friday, Dec. 6, in a vehicle accident seven miles north of town on Highway 155.

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TONASKET – Winterfest comes to Tonasket this weekend, with events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7.

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WINTHROP — A man was arrested Nov. 20 after he apparently crossed the international border, landed his airplane at the Methow Valley State Airport and then took off to Canada again with U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopters in pursuit.

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DRYDEN - Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, is working on legislation that would require the state Liquor and Cannabis Board to let local governments decide where cannabis license locations will be.

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OLYMPIA – A proposal to provide dedicated funding to improve Washington’s wildfire response capability and restore wildfire resistance in forests was unveiled Monday, Dec. 2.

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AZWELL – A contract change for fish-related monitoring at Wells Dam will cost the Douglas County Public Utility District more than $300,000 Canadian.

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OLYMPIA – A report on the cause and origin of the Sept. 1 Spring Coulee Fire won’t be completed by the state Department of Natural Resources until after Jan. 1.

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OKANOGAN - A Granite Falls man was charged Nov. 20 in Okanogan County Superior Court with several drug and theft-related charges.

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COULEE DAM – A Nespelem woman was killed Friday evening, Nov. 29, when her SUV went off Highway 155 between Coulee Dam and Elmer City and overturned.

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BREWSTER - Voters in the Brewster School District will be asked Feb. 11, 2020, to decide on a four-year replacement levy.

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SPOKANE – A Coeur d’Alene man has been sentenced to 40 months in prison for assaulting his girlfriend, who is a Colville tribal member.

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OMAK — The Omak Chamber of Commerce is holding their third annual Festival of Trees for non-profits at 12 Resort Casino, with a cocktail gala and live auction Saturday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m.

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OROVILLE — City council approved to establish a four-way stop at Fir Street and 16th Avenue during a regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19.

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OKANOGAN - The man convicted of attempting to kill Brewster businessman Cass Gebbers has filed a notice of appeal in his case.

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OKANOGAN – Deputy Justin Weigel has been promoted to sergeant with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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OMAK – The first snow of the winter season fell Monday in the mid-valley area, but the National Weather Service is calling for mostly cloudy and blustery weather for the rest of the week.

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QUINCY – A Brewster High School graduate was honored recently by the Washington Apple Education Foundation at its volunteer appreciation breakfast.

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PASCO — The Colville Confederated Tribes and City of Pasco have signed an agreement in principle.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of temporary census takers in Okanogan County in advance of its non-response follow up operation for the 2020 Census.