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Safety upgrades approved for six eastern Washington railroad crossings

OLYMPIA – State regulators today approved nearly $12,000 in grant funding for the Cascade and Columbia River Railroad to improve six rail crossings in Chelan and Okanogan Counties.

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Border crackdown on Iranian travelers was a local initiative, CBP whistleblower says

A Blaine-area Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer says the recent “extreme vetting” of travelers with Iranian backgrounds occurred under the direction of Blaine port managers. The allegation was revealed by local immigration attorney Len Saunders, a frequent commentator on border issues.

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Gov. Inslee appoints two Eastern Washington residents to state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board

OLYMPIA—Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed a Wenatchee resident and an Okanogan resident and member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation to serve on the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Funding Board.

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WVC faculty call for removal of college president following no confidence vote

WENATCHEE – The Wenatchee Valley College Association of Higher Education (WVCAHE) faculty union called for the removal of WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson at a public Board of Trustees meeting Weds., Jan. 15. The request was made by full-time, tenured faculty and their union president following a no confidence vote.

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Colville Tribes team with War Pony Pictures to tell Snʔayckstx (Sinixt) story ‘Older Than The Crown’

A new documentary, “Older Than The Crown,” follows the trial of Sinixt tribal member and retired Fish & Wildlife Officer, Rick Desautel, who in 2010 was charged with hunting as a non-resident and without a license in Canada.

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Dale Marvin Bilby

Dale Marvin Bilby, age 98, of Molson, Washington, died January 7, 2020. He was born October 10, 1921 in Elkader, Kansas to parents Murray and Lela (Phillips) Bilby and was raised in Claremore, Oklahoma.

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Donna L. Orth

A celebration of life for Donna L. Orth, 83, was held Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Colfax Church of the Nazarene at 2 p.m. with Pastors Don Moore and Lynn Nelson officiating.

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Okanogan County PUD’s new logo for the new Community Solar Project.

Community Solar project could be built this spring

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD commissioners set the bill credit rate for the Sunny Okanogan Community Solar project at five cents per kilowatt-hour of production, applied to the bills of those who participate in the project, which could be built this spring.

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Larry Johnson

Larry Johnson, formally of Bellingham, Washington, lost his battle with cancer on December 25, 2019 in Omak, Washington at the age of 79. He was born on February 23, 1940 to Russell and Margaret Johnson who lived on the Smith Road.

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WSU conference brings women in agriculture together to network and learn

WINTHROP – On Saturday, Jan. 25, the 2020 Women in Agriculture Conference will offer women in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, Alaska and Hawaii an unique opportunity to gather in 34 different locations for a one-day event featuring knowledgeable speakers, inspiring stories, networking with other producers and practical advice for learning new skills.

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