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SAINT JOSEPH, Mo. – Kelsey Vejraska, Omak, has earned the National Junior Angus Association’s bronze and silver awards.

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SPOKANE – The state Court of Appeals for Division III has rejected part of convicted murderer Kelly Eugene Small’s appeal of a modified sentence for burglary.

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OKANOGAN - Retail sales of electricity were down in 2018 from budget projections, Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners learned March 11.

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OKANOGAN – Customers’ electricity bills will rise in April thanks to an increase in the base charge for electricity approved March 11 by Okanogan County Public Utility District commissioners.

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OKANOGAN - Extremely cold weather in Okanogan County and elsewhere in the state during February led to a spike in wholesale electricity prices, with the county’s public utility district spending an unanticipated $945,000 on electricity during the month.

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SPOKANE – The state Court of Appeals for Division III has rejected a former Omak woman’s request to return her parental rights to her two children.

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OKANOGAN – -Membership renewals are coming in and several new members have joined the Okanogan Chamber of Commerce.

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MAZAMA – People who have snowmobiles parked at Early Winters by the Highway 20 closure barricades are asked to remove them because the state wants to start clearing the highway.

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OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee has signed the Native American Voting Rights Act, which allows non-traditional addresses for Native American voters.

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OMAK - Leaders of Okanogan County’s three hospitals are talking about the possibilities of additional cooperation and possibly designating specializations at each facility.

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OKANOGAN – Longtime Okanogan School District administrator Brett D. Baum is leaving after this school year to become superintendent in the Liberty School District in Spangle.

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NESPELEM – A motion filed by former Colville Business Council member Andrea George seeking to prevent Darnell Sam from being seated to the council has been denied by Colville Tribal Court.

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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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