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Roger Harnack

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Fire-related weather warnings issued

A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect from 2-11 p.m. for the Wenatchee Valley, Waterville Plateau and Grand Coulee area. And a Hazardous Weather Outlook has been issued for Ferry County and the Okanogan Highlands through next Wednesday.

Yakama tribal members sentenced in eagle killings

Court records show Willard Phillip Maldonado, 41, of Union Gap, and Austin Henry Phillips, 39, of Granger, had killed eagles, and that Maldonado was selling their parts through social media

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Motorcyclist killed in head-on collision

Eastmont Extension is closed while authorities investigate the crash that claimed the life of Brett B. Hendrick, 23 of East Wenatchee

Goode Fire burning in mountains northwest of Stehekin

A new fire is burning about 1,000 feet above Five Mile Camp near Goode Mountain in the Lake Chelan National Recreation Area.

New fire burning near Loon Lake

State officials close state Highway 395 between Clayton and Loon Lake due to brush fire.

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SeaDoo hits, lands atop boat

Osoyoos Lake crash sends teenager and her aunt to hospital.

Cyclist found dead on U.S. 2

Motorists find Columbia Falls, Mont., man's body about 22 miles west of Leavenworth.

Contract approved for work on Cle Elum Dam

A Bellingham-based company has won the $4.5 million contract to complete necessary earthwork for a new fish passage to Cle Elum Dam.

Stork stepping down from TwispWorks

TwispWorks to begin search for new executive director

Four killed in crash west of Davenport

Okanogan County residents Jake Walter, Georgina Walter, Logan Walter and George Friedlander were killed at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday in a head-on crash west of Davenport.

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Apple Pie Jamboree watercross results

Here are the results from watercross racing Saturday and Sunday on the Columbia River in Pateros, Wash.

Interstate 90 reopens through fire area

The state Department of Transportation has reopened Interstate 90 between Vantage and George as wildfire activity moves way from the highway and smoke dissipates.

Helicopter crash lands while assigned to fire fight

Pilot auto-rotates aircraft to the ground and safely walks away from crash landing after engine failure.

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Wildhorse Fire grows to 120 acres

Mount Hull area fire is one of 12 to start today in Okanogan County

Whistler Canyon Trail closed due to wildfire burning northwest of Summit Lake

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Wildfire prompts closure of Interstate 90

Grant County crews are battling a wildfire affecting traffic on Interstate 90 between Vantage and George.

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New Red Flag Warning issued as Pateros prepares for fire anniversary

As the city of Pateros prepares for the observance of the one-year anniversary of the Carlton Complex Fire, meteorologists have issued a new Red Flag Warning for potential fires

School bus, truck collide west of Osoyoos

The location of the crash is north of the Nighthawk border crossing

British Columbia officials have closed Canadian Highway 3 about 12 miles west of Osoyoos.

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Phoenix symbolism fits Pateros

Take time Saturday to head to Pateros to help the community celebrate its rebirth. Take time to learn what it means to be “Pateros Strong.”

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Helicopters still searching for downed plane

Helicopter crews using electronic, visual means to search for aircraft that crashed Saturday.

Phones out in Coulee City

A fiber-optic line problem has knocked out all telephone service to Coulee City.

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Plane crash survivor walks out of North Cascades

Girl claiming to be crash victim walks out of the mountains on Easy Pass trailhead.

Search under way for swimmer missing in Banks Lake

The Grant County Sheriff's Office resumed searching today for the body of a man who went missing in Banks Lake last night.

Douglas County officials battling several new fires

The state has mobilized fire crews for several new blazes in Douglas County. The fires were started by lightning Friday evening, Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said Saturday morning.

Lightning starts five more fires in Okanogan County

Five new fires were started by lightning Friday night in Okanogan County.

Holden Village trails closed due to fire

Wolverine Fire burning three miles north of Lucerne continues to grow; officials close trails leading into nearby Holden Village

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Extreme groups try bully tactics

Recognize environmental lawsuits for what they are — bully tactics to coerce public employees to conform to their extreme political agendas.

Williams Fire reportedly 40 percent contained

Officials have reopened the Douglas Falls Campground and lifted all fire evacuation levels as crews keep blaze to 332 acres.

Newby Lake fire moving southeast

According to Canadian wildfire officials, the fire is burning in the Long Draw Creek area west of Goodenough Peak.

Wolverine Fire now visible in Lucerne

Officials continue Level 2 fire evacuation notices in Lucerne and Holden Village areas near Lake Chelan.

Asotin County fire grows to 2,500 acres in four hours

The state has authorized mobilization for a fire that started about 12:15 p.m. today and has already grown to 2,500 acres.

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Keller-area fire grows to 2,200 acres

Red Flag Warning has fire crews wary of possible fire expansion today

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Newby Lake Fire still active north of Arnold Peak

Fire burning brush and timber in remote area west of Keremeos, B.C., both north and south of the U.S.-Canada border.

Williams Fire held to 350 acres

Fire crews have protected all structures near the 350-acre fire north of the city of Colville.

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Fire contained; one house destroyed

A late Friday fire destroyed one house before firefighters could halt its march across sageland south of Omak

Level 2 evacuation notices issued for Holden Village, Lucerne

Wolverine Fire expected to grow in remote south shore area of Lake Chelan

Aircraft assigned to Colville-area fire

About 140 firefighters are assigned to the 280-acre Williams Fire.

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Two fires ignite in Okanogan County

Crews kept busy with two new fires in the last 24 hours.

Wolverine Fire still burning

Forest officials turning fire management over to specialized team today

Keller-area blaze grows to 1,000 acres

Aircraft assisting with fire burning on the Colville Indian Reservation north of Keller

Towell Falls Road closed to vehicles during fire season

Rock Creek management area south of Sprague continues to remain open to foot, horseback and bicycle access.

Road 6 Fire surpasses 3,500 acres

An incident command center has been established at Mansfield School.

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Fireworks carry a responsibility

It’s your right as an American to buy and shoot off fireworks. With that, fireworks freedom also comes responsibility.

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South Pine Creek fire extinguished

Local fire crews contain South Pine Creek fire to a half-acre.

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Sometimes, maps are preferable

New GPS systems in cars, tablets and smartphones are not as user-friendly as I had hoped. So, sometimes, its better to just use an old-fashioned map.

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Money talks in grizzly bear plan

Decisions about introducing predators into our area should be made locally, not by federal bureaucrats looking to pad their pockets and create legacies.

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Lumber yard burning in the Chiliwist

A Gebbers Farms-affiliated lumber yard is burning tonight less than a mile from the intersection of North Star and Three Devils roads.

Bear captured near Havillah

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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Reconsider Three Devils decision

Okanogan County commissioners would be remiss if they don’t take another look at the procedural errors and reconsider their decision to vacate Three Devils Road.

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Omak crews contain brush fire

Firefighters contain small blaze along state Highway 155 to about four acres.

Park officials: Fire crews making progress at Thunder Creek

Fire crews face hot temperatures today and tomorrow as they attempt to contain blaze in North Cascades National Park

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