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PORTLAND, Ore. – The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteers interested in serving on the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Advisory Council.

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COLVILLE - Colville National Forest lands and trails remain open, although many recreation sites are closed temporarily.

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OMAK - If you were sitting in Omak a 100 years ago, you knew that baseball was the king of sports, that people wintered in town because they were unable to get to their snowbound homesteads and apples grew abundantly, 50 to a limb.

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OKANOGAN - One player each from Okanogan and Omak were named to the Caribou Trail League girls’ basketball all-league team.

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SPOKANE - Okanogan High School graduate Jill Townsend has been named player of the year in the West Coast Conference for women’s basketball.

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OMAK - Two Omak players and an Okanogan player were honored by the Caribou Trail League as first-team, all-league selections.

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OKANOGAN – Finlay Weston covered the 5K Irish I Could Run Faster course on March 14 in 25:45.4 to claim first place overall.

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YAKIMA – In Omak’s first state appearance in 19 years, the Pioneer boys dropped out after one game, losing to LaSalle, 63-56, at the Yakima SunDome.

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SPOKANE – Lake Roosevelt locked down fourth place in the boys’ 2B Hardwood Classic on Saturday, March 7 against the Toutle Lake Fighting Ducks, 49-46.

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SPOKANE – The Inchelium girls’ basketball team took the 1B state title on Saturday, March 7, in the Spokane Arena, defeating Oakesdale 46-34.

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SPOKANE – Girls’ basketball teams from Curlew and Wellpinit met for fourth and sixth places in the 1B Hardwood Classic on March 7, with Wellpinit prevailing, 56-40.

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SPOKANE –Brewster boys won the 2B basketball championship with a nail-biting, one-point win over Life Christian Academy, 58-57, on March 7 in the Spokane Arena.

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OLYMPIA - A bill to reclassify most minor fish and wildlife crimes as civil infractions, simplifying prosecution and reducing court costs, has passed both houses of the Legislature.

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SPOKANE – The Almira-Coulee Hartline Warriors took home sixth place in the 1B Hardwood Classic on Saturday, March 7, with a 46-41 boys’ basketball loss to Oakesdale.

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RENTON – Academic state champions for the 2019-20 winter sports season were announced last week, with two area teams among the winners.

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SPOKANE – Almira/Coulee-Hartline started the 1B state boys’ basketball tournament with a 62-30 win over Rainier Christian on Wednesday morning, March 4.

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OKANOGAN — The Okanogan High School FFA Chapter put on a rousing game of donkey basketball Thursday, Feb. 27, in Dawson Gym and the community came in full force to support them.

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LOUP LOUP – The sun was shining and the crowd was loud at the annual SlopeStyle competition Saturday, Feb. 29, at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl.

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WENATCHEE – Okanogan dropped out of contention for state tournament play with a 37-35 girls’ basketball loss to Meridian Saturday, Feb. 29, at Wenatchee High School.

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OLYMPIA –Anglers on 77 lakes, as well as rivers, streams, and beaver ponds across Washington are allowed to keep more bass, walleye and channel catfish as part of their daily limit under new permanent rules approved by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission late last year.

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WENATCHEE – Brewster’s boys’ basketball team will meet Kettle Falls in the first round of play at the state 2B basketball tournament this weekend at the Spokane Arena.

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NESPELEM - Low numbers of wild kokanee in Lake Roosevelt have fisheries biologists about what’s happening in certain parts of the lake, so the Colville Confederated Tribes plan to study the fish.

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BREWSTER – Lake Woods Golf Course, on state and federal land adjacent to Bridgeport State Park, will not open this spring.

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QUINCY — The Brewster girls’ basketball team traveled to Quincy Jackrabbit Gymnasium on Feb. 22 and topped Mabton, 48-37.

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WINTHROP — In a meeting of college teams from all over the state, the Winthrop Ice and Sports Arena was packed with high-caliber athletes, cheering fans and rivalries Feb. 22 for the fourth annual Apple Puck hockey tournament.

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TACOMA — Tonasket took its fourth consecutive 2B wrestling state title Feb. 20-22 with 14 wrestlers competing at Mat Classic XXXII at the Tacoma Dome.

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DEER PARK — Both Omak and Okanogan high schools’ wrestling teams had a day at Deer Park for the 1A regional wrestling tournament on Feb. 15, with both teams sending several athletes to state.

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BRIDGEPORT — As the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association wraps up its school reclassifications for the next four years, it gave the Bridgeport School District a unique solution to fit its unique situation.

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EAST WENATCHEE — In the final game of the Caribou Trail League girls’ basketball tournament, the Okanogan Bulldogs secured a solid 38-29 win over Chelan on Saturday, Feb. 15, at Eastmont High School.

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EAST WENATCHEE — The Omak boys’ basketball team traveled to meet Chelan on Feb. 15 at Eastmont High School in the Caribou Trail League tournament, where they competed for third and fourth place.

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RENTON – Two north central Washington high school basketball players have been named athletes of the week by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association.

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LOUP LOUP – Skiers from Mission Ridge and Stevens Pass won overall titles at the annual Wolf Chase Ski Race on Feb. 8-9 at Loup Loup Ski Bowl.

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WINTHROP — Liberty Bell buried the Manson Trojans in a Central Washington 2B League girls’ basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, by 56 points, 67-11.

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OKANOGAN — Wrestling teams from all over north central Washington gathered on Feb. 1 for the 16th annual Okanogan Invitational Tournament in Dawson Gym.

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WINTHROP - A group of Methow Valley Elementary School third-graders recently tried out the groomed ski trails on the school campus.

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TONASKET – Wrestlers came by the busload to show their stuff at Tonasket High School’s annual Apple Pie Tournament on Jan. 18, with the host team winning the title.

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CONCONULLY - Toilet paper and bad wigs billowed in the breeze as contestants lined up in hopes of being crowned the winners of their respective Jan. 18 at the 39th annual Conconully Outhouse Races.

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OKANOGAN – It all came down to numbers as the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association released the new classification guidelines for Washington state high school sports last week.

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OMAK – On Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, the Caribou Trail Junior Rodeo Association put on an AAU basketball tournament that brought in more than 50 teams from all over the state.

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OKANOGAN – Omak freshman Aaliyah Marchand sank record-breaking seven three-pointers in the Pioneers’ girls’ basketball game against Okanogan on Tuesday, Jan. 14.