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New office hours at Tonasket Ranger District

TONASKET – Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, the business hours for Tonasket Ranger District will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute closure for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

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Open House on proposed Bonaparte project

TONASKET – Tonasket Ranger District will host an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 to discuss a proposal in the Bonaparte Mountain area and meet the new District Ranger.

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Sun Mountain Fire burning near Winthrop

WINTHROP – Hotshot crews from La Grande, Ore. and Entiat, Wash. arrived in the Methow Valley Saturday to catch helicopter flights in to work on the Sun Mountain Fire. The fire is still estimated at about 35 acres and is burning in the steep terrain of the Lake Chelan Sawtooth Wilderness; in the south fork of War Creek drainage, southwest of Winthrop.

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Seasonal road closures extended on ranger district

TONASKET – In a typical year, many of the winter closures on U.S. Forest Service roads in Okanogan County are lifted at the beginning of April. With this year’s snowpack, some higher elevation closures will need to remain in place for a while longer.

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Funding helps Okanogan Valley students study Tripod Fire effects

TONASKET – The U.S. Forest Service recently announced that it had awarded more than $122,300 to four Pacific Northwest national forests to support conservation education programs, including almost $11,000 for high school students in low-income areas of the Okanogan Valley studying the effects of the 2006 Tripod Fire.

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Mark Morris, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Ranger for the Tonasket District since 2000, retires this week after a career spanning four decades with the U.S. Forest Service.Forest Ranger Mark Morris retires from 40-year career. USFS photo

Forest Ranger Mark Morris retires from 40-year career

TONASKET – Mark Morris, wraps-up a career of more than 40 years with the U.S. Forest Service this week, including the last decade as Tonasket’s District Ranger. He said his new to-do list is pretty long and includes spending more time on horseback in the Pasayten Wilderness.

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