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Sen. Murray writes head of VA with concerns over closure of Veterans Clinic in Tonasket

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Patty Murray from Washington State has written a letter to Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulin expressing her concerns over the proposed closure of the Veterans Clinic at North Valley Hospital slated for July of this year.

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National Weather Service warns of small stream flooding

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for snowmelt in several areas of Eastern Washington, including Okanogan and Ferry counties.

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Landscaping in fire country: How to design a firewise yard

OMAK – Okanogan Conservation District and Shady Creek Nursery in Omak are presenting a free class on Firewise landscaping on Saturday May 20 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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North Fork Salmon Creek Road closed due to debris slide

CONCONULLY – Several campers were temporarily stranded when a mud and debris slump caused by rains from Thursday night’s thunder storm blocked vehicle access on Road #38, North Fork Salmon Creek Road two miles northwest of Conconully, Wash.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

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Criminal
Derrick James Charley, 23, Omak, pleaded guilty April 11 to POCS (methamphetamine). Charley was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $800 for the Feb. 1 crime.

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Ten homeowner safety tips for protecting your home from wildfire

With fire season approaching, homeowners and communities can make their homes safer from wildfire by reducing flammable materials and creating more defensible space around their property.

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Veterans Administration to close VA Clinic in Tonasket

SPOKANE – The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane has decided to close their rural healthcare clinic in Tonasket on July 31, 2017, leaving nearly 900 area veterans scrambling to find other options for treatment.

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Loop Loop remains closed, repairs continue

METHOW -It is still too early to make a firm prediction for reopening the highway over Loup Loup summit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, predicting, “It will be weeks, not days.”

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Candidate Filing Week Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19

OKANOGAN – Candidates for local and statewide office will be able to file their candidacy starting May 15. The deadlines and other information is below as provided by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office.

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Forest crews responding to substantial road washouts

WENATCHEE – Across the Forest, crews are reporting substantial road damages and washouts caused largely by flooding from heavy snowpack melt and continued spring rains. Popular roads such as the South Fork Tieton Road near Naches, Cow Creek Road near Twisp and Bailey Creek Road near Tonasket are completely impassable and could require extensive, long-term repairs.

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