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A list of damage and losses relating to flooding will be compiled, but with a second, higher crest of the Okanogan River predicted for Saturday, the list hasn’t yet been started.

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Okanogan Valley residents breathed a collective sigh of relief as Okanogan River water began receding Sunday, but they also began girding themselves for an even higher crest at the end of this week.

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Water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising as the over-abundance of late- season snows begin to run off in Canada, causing flood warnings along the Okanogan and Similkameen rivers in the United States.

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Smoke from wildfires poses a health threat for people who breathe it because fine particles can lodge in the lungs, making it difficult for the lungs to expel them naturally over time.

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Ferry County Superior Court Judge Pat Monasmith denied Crown Resources/Kinross’ appeal of the state Pollution Control Hearings Board’s July 30, 2015, decision, upholding the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System permit issued by the state Department of Ecology.

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People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

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A wildfire that started in British Columbia has reached the north face of Arnold Peak in the Pasayten Wilderness Area.

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Meteorologists at the National Weather Service have announced a heat advisory covering much of the state, including Chelan, Douglas, Ferry and Okanogan counties, and Idaho.

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State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen will be transporting the bear to Omak for a short health check before releasing the bear.

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A gasoline tanker-truck heading north on state Highway 21 north of town overturned this morning and spilled 70 gallons of diesel and 2,800 gallons of gasoline into a ditch across from the San Poil River.

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Gov. Jay Inslee has expanded his earlier drought declarations to include the whole state.

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The 21st annual Ferry County Conservation Fair is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ferry County Fairgrounds.

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Drought conditions — above-average temperatures and low snowpack—are expected to create dry fields and forests in Eastern Washington this spring and summer.

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In a challenge to Washington State University's water rights, the state Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that the university chose conservation and, therefore, retains its rights to water.

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The cougar that is believed to have killed several small pets north of town was killed last week.

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State, federal agencies allow small campfires in some campgrounds with developed fire rings

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