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Roger Harnack

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Omak man killed while crossing I-90

Dennis M. Stensgar was pronounced dead after he was struck by a Dodge Ram pick-up driven by William G. Van Gordon of Port Angeles

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Power still out for 1,423 customers

Okanogan County Public Utility District restored power to 2,179 homes and businesses Friday

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Pateros, Twisp may have power restored by weekend

Approximately 7,000 homes and businesses are without power in Okanogan County today

Thunderstorms, flash flooding could occur today

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather out

Community meeting set for Malott

Fire management team to meet with community residents on related issues at 7 p.m. today

Fairgrounds housing rescued animals

Volunteers on hand to feed and help care for livestock, pets

Red Cross announces hot meal locations

Food will be served in Pateros, Brewster, Twisp and Winthrop.

Meal deliveries scaled back

Red Cross, Southern Baptists announce changes in plan to provide meals to wildfire victims

Road closures announced

Roads closed in fire activity areas.

Community meetings planned for wildfire victims

Sessions planned for 7 p.m. tonight in Omak and Brewster; 6 p.m. tomorrow in Pateros

DSHS plans mobile office for low-income wildfire victims

Mobile Community Service Office is expected to be deployed in fire-damaged areas starting Tuesday

Fire danger levels drop

Only Alta Lake and Antoine Creek remain at fire evacuation Level 3

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Wildfire confirmed at 215,000 acres, and growing

Infrared data puts the fire's actual size overnight at about 237,890 acres. The fire has yet to be confirmed.

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Fire slows along B&O Road West

Fire continues northerly advance, albeit slower than expected given the hot, dry and windy conditions

Red Cross, Baptists to serve meals in fire areas

Meals will be available in Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp and Mazama beginning Sunday

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Red Flag Warning issued

Hot, dry and windy conditions are ripe for wildfire growth, National Weather Service says

Osoyoos man missing in Kinbasket Lake

Allen Healy and a co-worker disappeared while fishing July 7 above Mica Dam

Lightning starts several small fires Monday

Several blazes were reported in the Methow Valley following an afternoon storm

25 Mile fire containment looms

Fire crews are expected to have the Lake Chelan-area fire contained today and under control by 6 p.m. Sunday

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Crews holding the line on Lake Chelan blaze

Hot shot, other crews digging fire breaks as helitack teams drop water on the perimeter of the 25 Mile Creek Fire

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Boyd elected Colville tribal chairman

After only one tern on the Colville Business Council, Jim Boyd of Inchelium takes over leadership of the Colville Confederated Tribes governing board.

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Fire prompts closure of U.S. 97A

Emergency officials said traffic is being detoured onto U.S. Highway 97, across the Columbia River from the fire area

Fire reported near Bridgeport

Sheriff says blaze has grown to more than 200 acres in last three hours

Hymer stepping down from Pateros council

SweetRiver Bakery owner Alex Hymer is stepping down from the city council, but plans to remain active in the community.

Rifle match set for Saturday

Shooting event set for high-power rifles, CR-40s

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Omak tops Okanogan in alumni basketball game

Okanogan's Matt Shifflett leads all scorers on the boards, but Omak still outscores Bulldog alumni

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Complete June 14 results from Eagle Track Raceway

Eagle Track Raceway results for June 14

Remember, honor Dad on Sunday

It seems that our American society has relegated fathers to second-class parental status.

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Riverside looks into new sewer

Project estimated at $6.2 million

City, county and state officials discussed the feasibility of a sewer treatment plant during an afternoon session Thursday in Town Hall.

Fingerprinting is not the answer

Several years ago, banks started implementing policies requiring a fingerprint to cash a check. I balked. Rather than cash a check at the bank it was written on, I started depositing all checks into my account at the bank I chose to do business with.

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Three arrested for allegedly dealing drugs in Omak

Justine C. Belgarde, Lucas D. Cook and Alyssa A. Descoteaux were arrested Friday after North Central Washington Narcotics Task Force agents searched a home at 430 Dayton St.

Sedro Woolley man injured in motorcycle crash

Darrell L. Katarzy was taken to Mid Valley Hospital in Omak after his motorcycle struck a guardrail east of Twisp

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Area track and field athletes bring home gold

Four gold medals earned Friday at state 1-2B/1A track meet

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Boulders damage Mount Rainier's Westside Road

Mount Rainier National Park's Westside Road damaged by large boulders

Flood warning issued for Tonasket area

A National Weather Service flood warning for low-lying areas of the Okanogan River remains in effect until further notice

Technology changing everything

­­Twenty-five years ago, I stood in a newsroom in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., with a razor blade and a waxing machine putting a newspaper together in my first job.

Ranchers, county oppose fish project

Some fearful move is part of larger western land grab

Virtually every land owner and local water rights holder along Johnson Creek turned out Monday afternoon to call on Okanogan County Commissioners to halt a project to create salmon and steelhead habitat.

Four Okanogan County businesses clear first hurdle to sell retail marijuana

The state Liquor Control Board has tentatively approved an Okanogan, Omak and two Winthrop businesses to receive retail marijuana licenses.

Three Rivers can’t afford Graham

J. Scott Graham isn’t yet a resident of Brewster and already he’s one of the highest paid public employees there.

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Woman taken to hospital after vehicle overturns

Washington State Patrol says a blown tire caused a crash that led to Sandra J. Cohen being taken to Mid Valley Hospital

Social promotion caught up to us

For years, teacher competency has been a topic of contention in our state’s public schools. And for years, rather than focusing on the basics of education, our school curricula has slowly transitioned into a feel-good system where few failing students are held back.

State loses No Child Left Behind waiver for public schools

Federal officials pull will not renew waiver in wake of teacher union's objection to competency evaluations that include student academic achievement

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History buffs locate infamous "Dead Horse Cliff"

Okanogan County Historical Society expedition puts location on the map

It’s the stuff folklore is made of: Homesteaders fed up with wild horses eating all the foliage make a secret pact to round them up, run them off a cliff and then disappear back into their country life.

Election about to get interesting

The election season is about to get very interesting. On Saturday night, I attended the Lincoln Day Dinner, where political newcomers and seasoned campaigners unveiled their plans to run for office this year.

Human remains may be those of missing Twisp man

Sheriff Frank Rogers says authorities believe they have found the remains of Nicholas A. Totora, who was reported missing June 3, 2012

Agency should reopen gated road

Public lands are supposed to be just that — open for public recreation and activities. So I’m sometimes left incredulous when state or federal officials move to restrict public activities on the land — and roads — owned by taxpayers.

Fire prompts road closure

Flames weaken trees along North Pine Creek Road

PINE CREEK — A wildlife raced through an aspen grove Monday afternoon, weakening trees and prompting officials to close North Pine Creek Road.

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Wildfire prompts closure of North Pine Creek Road

Okanogan County officials close North Pine Creek Road as wildlife sweeps through area, toppling trees

In search of ‘Dead Horse Cliff’

Researchers trying to locate actual horse-kill site

X marks the spot. Armed with a small topographical map and global-positioning devices, three history buffs and a journalist headed into the hills above Riverside on Thursday in search of the kill site from which Dead Horse Canyon gets its name.

Enjoy spring break with your kids

With all the things going on in the world — wars, politics, business, etc. — spring break offers me a much-needed respite.

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