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OKANOGAN — Okanogan County Fair Queen Whitney Wilson gave a presentation for her fair improvement project before the Okanogan County Fair Advisory Committee last month.

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AENEAS VALLEY - Take a drive east of Tonasket and you may see wild horses grazing amongst the rolling hills of Aeneas Valley. Some call them a nuisance, while other say the equine are part of the wildlife experience.

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TONASKET — Council members adopted a modification to procedures governing the appointment and operation of council committees at their Feb. 11 regular meeting., stating it’s the responsibility of the mayor to appoint council members to committees at the second regular meeting of the year, or…

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OLYMPIA - Five Methow Valley students traveled to Olympia on Feb. 10 to lobby conservative elected officials on climate legislation.

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OKANOGAN - An Omak man faces three criminal charges for allegedly calling the Omak School District administration office on Feb. 11 and threatening an employee.

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OKANOGAN – An Omak man was charged Feb. 11 with first-degree assault with a firearm or deadly weapon after a shooting Feb. 10 on North Juniper Street in Omak.

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OKANOGAN - Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners continue to discuss setting rates to meet the 2020 budget, which was approved with a 2 percent revenue increase.

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DAVENPORT – Two people have been arrested in connection with thefts of mail, credit and debit cards, passports and other documents in Lincoln County and beyond.

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GRAND COULEE – A truck driver was injured Feb. 13 when his tractor-trailer overturned and skidded into a pizza restaurant on Highway 174.

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OLYMPIA – Okanogan Assistant Fire Chief Christian Johnson was not wearing his protective turnout coat when he was overtaken by flames from the Sept. 1, 2019, Spring Coulee Fire southwest of Okanogan, according to a report produced by the state Department of Natural Resources and Fire Distric…

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BRIDGEPORT – Persistent potholes on Highway 17between Bridgeport and Leahy Junction have led the state Department of Transportation to reduce the speed limit temporarily.

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SEATTLE - Washington has seen its rate of natural disasters increase by 165 percent over the last four decades - a rate that’s higher than the national average of 62 percent.

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OKANOGAN - The Okanogan City Council approve a budget amendment Feb. 4 to account for public works projects and a new union contract.

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OLYMPIA - Rep. Keith Goehner, R-Dryden, has been appointed to serve on the House Environment and Energy Committee for the 2020 legislative session.

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OKANOGAN - An Okanogan County Superior Court jury found Ira Leo Frank, Omak, guilty Feb. 4 of second-degree burglary and second-degree malicious mischief.

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EAST WENATCHEE - An amendment to a 2018 agreement for operation of the Carlton Acclimation Facility was approved Feb. 3 by Douglas County Public Utility District commissioners.

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OLYMPIA - Washington STEM has named state Rep. Mike Steele, R-Chelan, as one of two legislator of the year award winners for 2019.

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OKANOGAN – Three Okanogan County Public Utility District employees were recognized last week for a combined 55 years of service to the utility.

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OMAK – School will start Aug. 26 for the 2020-21 school year, the Omak School Board decided during its Jan. 28 meeting.

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OMAK – A 4.5-acre parcel, destined to become the site of a 44- to 46-unit housing complex, will be annexed to the city.

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EAST WENATCHEE - Discussion of electric rates continued before rate adjustments were made during the Jan. 27 Douglas County Public Utility District meeting.

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OMAK – A local woman injured in a New Year’s Eve vehicle crash near Conconully is recovering at home after being treated at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

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OMAK — Voters in several Okanogan Country school districts will be asked Feb. 11 to decide on educational programs and operations levy requests and, in two districts, technology-related capital levies.

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OROVILLE — The city is down to one police officer with the resignation of Chief Todd Hill, effective Feb. 4. Hill notified the city at the Jan. 21 regular city council meeting.

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SHERMAN PASS — A mysterious creature that appeared in front of a state Department of Transportation mountain pass camera has left residents scratching their heads wondering if a strange, dark object in a photo may be the legendary Bigfoot.

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OLYMPIA – Nine organizations across the state have been awarded $1.6 million in grant funding to help make forests in their communities healthier and more resilient, including resiliency to wildfires.