Fair board suggests two to fill openings

— The Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, better known as the fair board, has announced two recommendations to fill its vacancies – Monica Rawson and Justin Wilson.

County commissioners plan to consider the recommendation next week before appointing the new members, board Clerk Lanie Johns said.

Board member Bill White said the fair board “would have liked to recommend all four candidates.”

“They are all outstanding people and basically we just threw up coins so to speak and those two got the toss,” he said.

“I’m really excited that we actually had several people submit their names for fair board. That tells me people are interested and excited about the county fair.”

The other two residents to throw their hats in were Dave Yarnell and Shonta Wood.

“I’m sure the other candidates will still be there helping out as they already do and we appreciate every ounce of help they give us,” White said.

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State Department of Fish and Wildlife Sgt. Dan Christensen recorded this video of the release of a mama bear and her three cubs Friday, Sept. 11, 2015. The bears were captured in a tree at Esther Bricques Winery near Ellisforde. The original video was much longer. We've edited out several minutes of footage between the cubs leaving the first trap and the mama and cub leaving the second trap. Enlarge

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