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Roger Harnack

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Beardslee hears arguments on Three Devils Road

More than 65 people turned out Thursday to give testimony before Okanogan County Hearing Examiner Dan Beardslee on the proposed vacation of Three Devils Road.

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Lowland lake fishing opens April 25

Hundreds of lakes statewide are set to open for a six-month trout fishing season

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Root rot prompts officials to keep Wish Poosh Campground closed

Boat launch and day-use areas of Wish Poosh, located in the Cle Elum Ranger District, will remain open.

Program focuses on westernization of Winthrop

John Lester and Larry Higbee will lead a presentation tonight on how the town of Winthrop became western-themed.

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North Cascades Highway opens

Treats offered to first motorists to traverse Washington and Rainy passes this year.

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Early risers can see total lunar eclipse Saturday

Weather permitting, stargazers will be able to view a total lunar eclipse from start to finish early Saturday.

Vantage-area boat launches reopen on Columbia River

Grant County Public Utility District raises water level in the reservoir above Wanapum Dam, allowing for the reopening of the Sunland Estates and Yo Yo Rock boat launches.

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Don't give teachers, pupils a pass

We should not give teachers and students a “pass” for failing to meet minimum academic standards. And the state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction shouldn’t be asking for a waiver, either.

Sex offender sentenced, again, for failure to register

McCrea, was sentenced Wednesday, a week after being found guilty to register as a sex offender — it was his third felony conviction for the crime.

Rates set for I-405 express lanes

Be prepared to pay if you want to drive in the Interstate 405 express lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood

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Opening government takes effort

This past weekend, I was honored, and humbled, to be one of the speakers at the state Open Government Conference in Tacoma. And while we do our part here at The Chronicle to ensure government meetings and records are open to the general public, I was thoroughly impressed by the efforts of others around our state.

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Basketball Frenzy contest kicks off

Enter our contest for a chance to win $50.

Chiliwist residents to oppose county road vacation

A public hearing on the proposed vacation of a portion of Three Devils Road is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday in the commissioners' hearing room of the Grainger Administrative Building, 123 5th Avenue N.

Nine arrested in heroin ring

Five children turned over to Child Protective Services as law enforcement officials raid two homes in conclusion of two-month investigation into Omak-area heroin ring.

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Boy crashes BMW into home

Uninjured teenager transported to Confluence Hospital for evaluation of emotional issues

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State's first Karelian bear dog retiring

Karelian bear dogs — black and white dogs weighing 40-65 pounds — are trained to track, capture and deter predators.

Bridge toll rates key topics at State Transportation Commission meeting

Tolls expected to increase 50 cents for Tacoma Narrows Bridge and 2.5 percent on the State Highway 520 bridge.

Traffic delays expected in Airway Heights

Construction crews working on sidewalks along U.S. Highway 2 in Airway Heights both Thursday and Friday

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Minimum wage bill will hurt area

If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, it’ll drive inflation and shatter many rural residents’ ability to grow economically and socially.

Shady Pass Road opens to snowmobiles near Duncan fire area

Snowmobiles can access the route from Entiat River Road to Forest Service Road 112.

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Colton outpaces Pateros, 72-60

Pateros Nannies to face Mary M. Knight in a loser-out game at 10:30 a.m. Friday in Spokane Memorial Arena

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Timberwolves dominate Okanogan, 80-50

The No. 1-ranked Morton-White Pass Timberwolves were much more than the Okanogan Bulldogs were prepared for in the boys teams' state 2B basketball tournament opener.

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Republic girls down Evergreen Lutheran

Tigers advance to state 1B basketball semifinals tomorrow afternoon

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Grizzly bear meeting set for 5 p.m. today

Hundreds expected to oppose plan to introduce predator to North Cascades

Open government training workshops slated for Eastern Washington

The Open Government Trainings Act requires elected and other public employees to attend related workshops; four are planned in Eastern Washington this month

Some forest roads open early

Cle Elum Ranger District officials have determined some roads are dry and stable enough to support motor vehicles

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We don't need Homeland Security

We need to rethink the Department of Homeland Security's creation, divest much of the power it has usurped and give autonomy back to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Emergency Management Agency and others. While we’re at it, disband the TSA.

Cle Elum Ranger District motorized trails to remain closed until June 15

Due to early snowmelt and muddy conditions, the Cle Elum Ranger District of Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest has closed four-wheel drive routes.

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Several area wrestlers make it to title matches

Omak's Alex Aguilar is the only local 1A wrestler to make the finals

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Oroville girls swarm Kittitas, 42-37

Hornets victory earns Oroville a state berth; the girls will face White Swan on Saturday for third place in the district

ACH girls to face Wellpinit for third place

Warrior girls eliminate Valley Christian from postseason basketball play, 52-26

Plan would affect more than just grizzlies

Discussion on proposal to actively introduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades will have ramifications on forest access, recreation and use.

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Regional B tournament underway

Area wrestlers win some, lose some as B regional tournament gets underway at Northwest Christian School-Colbert

Wolf relocated to Yelm sanctuary

Officials capture, relocate wolf before it could mate with a domestic dog

Interstate 90 lane closure planned at Vantage

One eastbound lane will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. next Monday through Friday

WSU wins water rights case

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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Okanogan boys dunk Waterville, 80-43

Bulldogs advance to face Brewster in the 2B district semifinal Saturday

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White Swan downs Oroville, 60-32

The Cougars dominated the second half of the 2B girls district basketball game to send Oroville to the consolation round Saturday against Waterville

Let counties handle fire response

Given the stories that came out of the Carlton Complex wildfire, having local authority for initial wildfire response isn’t such a bad idea.

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Omak wrestlers off to good start in opening of District 6 tournament

Two grapplers pin Cashmere opponents in opening round

Flood watch issued for North-Central Washington

Flooding, mudslides affecting rural roads throughout North-Central Washington

Electronic voting bill would improve elections

Virtual nobody in the state is happy with the state’s all-mail-in election system. An e-voting bill would remedy that.

School district conducts survey on student preparation for life after high school

The Omak School District is seeking input on how to prepare students for life after high school.

Land transfer a winning formula

Last week, three bills — two in the House and a companion in the Senate — were filed calling for the study and possible transfer of publicly owned lands managed by the federal government. In short, a handful of senators and a number of Republicans and Democrats in the House want the state to manage the more than 12.17 million acres of land currently under the control of federal bureaucrats.

Republic girls dunk Almira/Coulee-Hartline, 63-47

Tigers remain unbeaten in 1B high school girls basketball

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Bills target federal land ownership in state

Legislative measures call for study, possible return of federal land holdings to state of Washington

State parks board to consider allowing farm equipment on trail rights-of-way

Commissioners will also discuss the agency's land management practices

Committee looking into land buys

In the wake of the Carlton Complex wildfires this summer, the Legislature is taking a hard look at state agency land ownership and management practices.

Fire victim arrested for possessing, selling stolen batteries

Rose Susan Pauline Vallee, 32, was booked into the Okanogan County Jail on Sunday for first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree possession of stolen property.

McMorris Rodgers, Newhouse vote in favor of undoing executive immigration actions

Washington state's congressional delegations split along party lines in two votes today to undo Presidents Obama's attempt to bypass laws on deportation

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