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OKANOGAN – Temperatures plummeted Monday, Jan. 15, in the aftermath of snow late last week and high winds over the weekend.

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OKANOGAN – Two people were charged Dec. 31 in Okanogan County Superior Court in connection with break-ins at the Omak Stampede ticket office and three other buildings in East Side Park.

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OKANOGAN – A portion of Salmon Creek Road will remain closed through Feb. 28 while a bridge replacement project is wrapped up.

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OKANOGAN – Washington State Patrol troopers issued 88 tickets in Okanogan County for driving under the influence in 2019, down from 129 in the previous year.

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OMAK – The city is entering an agreement with the state Transportation Improvement Board for a grant to pay a new sidewalk on Fifth Avenue and Benton Street.

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OMAK – Mid-Valley Hospital and Family Health Centers are working together to develop a “center of excellence for maternity services” program.

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OLYMPIA - Addressing wildfires “is as important to the state as education, mental health, health care” and transportation, says 12th District Sen. Brad Hawkins, R-East Wenatchee. “It should get the first dollar, not the last dime.”

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TACOMA – The U.S. Army is making another stab at establishing off-base helicopter training areas, including one mountain training area, but is staying away from Okanogan County this time.

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LOOMIS – State Department of Fish and Wildlife authorities caught a pants-less hunter who allegedly violated multiple laws and rules in the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area, according to a social media post Tuesday, Jan. 1.

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OKANOGAN – A status conference is planned Jan. 13 for a Redmond man charged with multiple crimes after allegedly breaking into an Omak home last March, assaulting the occupants and stealing their truck.

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CONCONULLY – An Omak man was killed and his wife injured when their vehicle went off Mineral Hill Road west of town on New Year’s Eve.

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OMAK – A smoky fire that was mostly confined to a chair ended up being deadly Jan. 3.

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EAST WENATCHEE – No rate increase is included in the Douglas County Public Utility District’s 2020 budget, which was passed Dec. 23.

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OKANOGAN – Two members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office recently graduated from the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission’s basic law enforcement academy in Spokane.

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OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to several calls during the week leading up to Christmas that had potential to be serious.

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(This story has been corrected to indicate the Knapps moved in with his mother.)

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Funding for several programs important to Washington state are included in spending bills to fund the government for fiscal year 2020.

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NESPELEM – The Colville Confederated Tribes has issued a missing person alert for Leonard Simpson Jr., who was last seen Dec. 24 near Elmer City.

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NORTH POLE - Santa is officially on his way delivering presents to good boys and girls - and coal to all the others - and the US government is again tracking his whereabouts.

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OROVILLE – A 9-year-old girl died Dec. 23 when the vehicle in which she was riding went off Highway 97 just south of town and overturned.

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OKANOGAN – Customers of the Okanogan County Public Utility District can expect a 2 percent overall rate increase during 2020.

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OMAK – Two newly elected board members and one re-elected member were sworn in during the Omak School Board’s Dec. 17 meeting.

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NESPELEM – The Colville Confederated Tribes’ funding application for a new Omak clinic has reached the fiscal year 2020 joint venture final application list.

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OKANOGAN – An Oroville man charged in the death of his girlfriend has a readiness hearing set for Jan. 6 in Okanogan County Superior Court.

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OLYMPIA - A phone number associated with the Washington State Patrol was used last week in a “spoofing” scam associated with fraudulent bomb threats.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Farm Workforce Modernization Act, a bill dealing with farm labor and the H-2A guest worker program, has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

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SEATTLE - Colville Indian Housing Authority is getting a $5 million block grant through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.