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OKANOGAN – One person was killed and two were injured in a two-vehicle collision Friday morning, July 3, on Highway 20 south of town.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than two dozen members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to include American apple growers in the agency’s economic relief efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SEATTLE — A statewide inquiry has been launched into all investigations of the use of deadly force by law enforcement in 2020, including a March shooting death in Riverside.

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SPOKANE – An Omak man will be sentenced for the third time for a series of burglaries, thefts and acts of malicious mischief, the state Court of Appeals for Division 3 has decided.

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OLYMPIA -- The state Department of Agriculture has added certain soils and growing media to the list of regulated materials related to apple maggot quarantine areas.

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OLYMPIA – As of Friday, June 26, everyone in Washington is required to wear a face covering, but many police agencies say they won’t enforce the order.

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OMAK – Most Fourth of July celebrations in the area have been canceled because of coronavirus considerations, but people can still participate in a do-it-yourself fireworks show in East Side Park.

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NESPELEM – Voters in the Omak District elected two new members to the Colville Business Council in the June 20 election, which was certified June 25.

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OLYMPIA – Initial unemployment insurance claims filed in Okanogan County during the week of June 14-20 totaled 109, the same number as during the previous week.

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OMAK – Michael Porter was sworn in as new Omak School District superintendent and board secretary June 23 during the regular school board meeting.

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EAST WENATCHEE – Development of the Douglas County Public Utility District’s hydrogen electrolyzer project is continuing with approval of an agreement for engineering services.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nespelem Valley Electric Cooperative is getting $200,000 from the federal government to improve its lines and mitigate negative impacts of COVID-19.

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OLYMPIA – Burn restrictions have been imposed in several areas of eastern Washington for lands protected by the state Department of Natural Resources.

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BREWSTER — Cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to climb across the nation, with Okanogan County picking up 11 in the past week.

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OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Fair likely won’t happen this year, but alternate events are in the works for youngsters with market animals and those with still life projects.

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SPOKANE – An Omak woman will be resentenced for part of her convictions for residential burglary, malicious mischief, theft and violation of a no-contact order, the state Court of Appeals for Division 3 has decided.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan School District Superintendent Ashley Goetz will work in the office full time, the school board decided during its June 24 meeting.

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OMAK — The Omak JCPenney store, a fixture in town since 1928, is among those being closed as the company downsizes amid a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

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OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee announced yesterday that residents statewide will be required to wear a face mask effective Friday in an attempt to slow the coronavirus spread.

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NESPELEM – It’s bear season, so people should be watchful of how they store their garbage cans, pet foods and other things that could attract the animals.

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OMAK – Two motorhomes, a couple vehicles and a lot of debris burned June 18 in a raging blaze that sent a pillar of black smoke into the afternoon sky.

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OKANOGAN – Transportation improvement projects for 2021-26 are outlined in the city’s new six-year transportation improvement plan, which was approved June 16 by the city council.

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OMAK – The city’s 2021-26 six-year transportation improvement plan is headed by a roundabout on Riverside Drive at Quince Street.

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WENATCHEE – An online summer reading program is planned this year by the North Central Regional Library System.

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OLYMPIA — Several local schools and other locations are offering meals to children in the U.S. Department of Agriculture summer food service program.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the Pacific Northwest prepares for a severe wildfire season this summer, U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell pressed witnesses at a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing today about preparations.

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REPUBLIC - Friends of Stonerose Fossils has set July 1 as a target date for reopening Stonerose Interpretive Center and Eocene Fossil Site.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – A bill increasing rural health access during the COVID-19 public health emergency has been introduced by U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse, R-4th District, and Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M.

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SPOKANE – The state Court of Appeals for Division 3 has decided to publish an earlier opinion concerning advertising of the 2017 Okanogan County tax foreclosure sale.

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OKANOGAN – A new law, with roots in Okanogan County, allows state benefits to be paid to a parent of a minor child who was the victim of a crime.