General election ballots coming in

— OKANOGAN – Voters are starting to return completed general election ballots to auditor’s offices in Okanogan and Ferry counties.

Ballots were mailed Oct. 16 to Okanogan County voters and Oct. 18 to Ferry County voters.

As of Oct. 23, Okanogan County voters had returned 2,213 ballots and Ferry County voters had returned 414 ballots. In Okanogan County, 21,527 ballots were mailed. The Ferry County Auditor’s Office mailed 4,457.

Votes won’t be counted until 8 p.m. election day, Nov. 5.

Voters have until election day to complete and return ballots to their respective county auditor’s offices.

Voters who have not yet received their ballots can contact their county auditor’s office. And those who are not yet registered to vote can visit auditor’s offices in person until Oct. 28 and register.

Dozens of municipal, hospital, school board and other taxing district candidates are on the ballot, along with a handful of local tax measures, seven statewide ballot issues and, for voters in the 7th Legislative District, a Senate race between Republicans Brian Dansel of Republic and John Smith of Colville.

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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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