Vejraska elected to PUD leadership position

OKANOGAN – During the Jan. 9, 2017 regular Board of Okanogan County PUD Commissioners meeting, Scott Vejraska was elected as board president.

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Upcoming Provincial Advisory Committee meeting

WENATCHEE—The Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest headquarters office at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

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Joseph Darwin Cormier, 26, Omak, pleaded guilty Jan. 3 to second-degree burglary (lesser included to first-degree burglary), first-degree theft, second-degree malicious mischief and third-degree escape. The court dismissed a second-degree possession of stolen property charge. Cormier was sentenced to 16 months in prison and fined $1,260.50. The crimes occurred Sept. 24, 2016.

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Velma Rae (Brandfas) Utt

Velma Rae (Brandfas) Utt, age 75, left this earth and was reunited with her beloved grandmother and other family members. She was born June 13, 1941 in New Plymouth, Idaho to parents William Henry and Ida Merle (Hovey) Brandfas.

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Dana Dorris Dooley

Dana Dorris Dooley, who resided in Paris, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, January 12, 2017, in Paris. She was born December 4, 1926, in Midway, Arkansas to the late Vollie Mullings and Sallie (Griffith) Mullings.

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Okanogan County PUD breaks energy usage record

OKANOGAN – Due to bitterly cold temperatures, energy demand in Okanogan County hit a record breaking 178 megawatts at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 12. This surpassed a previous historic load record of 173 megawatts set in December 2008.

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Burn bans start in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties

UNION GAP – Worsening air quality conditions in North Central Washington are prompting Stage 1 burn bans to be added for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, and an existing ban to extend in Kittitas County over the weekend and through the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

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Pot producers and retailers in county generating millions in tax revenue

If the state legislators are trying to figure out how to fully fund education they might look at all the tax revenue being generated in the state since marijuana became legal.

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Burn bans active in Okanogan and Stevens counties

SPOKANE – A Stage 1 burn ban has been called for Okanogan County, beginning at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 6, and extended for Stevens County at least until noon, Monday, Jan. 9. Air quality conditions have worsened in these two Northeastern Washington counties, particularly for sensitive groups.

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Helen J. (Hale) Mahugh

Helen J. (Hale) Mahugh, age 92, a long-time resident of the Northport and Colville communities passed away on January 1, 2017, after a short illness. She was born March 20, 1924, in Canora, Saskatchewan, Canada to parents Peter Hale and Florence Wilhelmina Orns Hale.

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Judge denies county’s motion to dismiss suit

OKANOGAN — Superior Court Judge Veronica Galván issued a ruling last Thursday that said Okanogan County Commissioners Jim Detro, Sheilah Kennedy and Ray Campbell violated separation of powers when they interfered with the Okanogan County Superior Court’s obligation and prerogative to administer its own affairs and by withholding from Court Administrator Dennis Rabidou the pay increase contracted between himself and the Superior Court.

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