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Shirley Mae Thompson

Shirley Mae (Jones) Thompson, loving Mom and Grandma, after a long struggle with illness following a broken back, went home to the Lord on October 18, 2014, peacefully at her home on Elmway, where she received loving care from Rick and his wife Linda for her last few years.

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Kinross offering free Business Development classes

REPUBLIC – As part of a program to assist the local communities with upcoming change as closure of the Buckhorn Mine approaches, Kinross-Kettle River – Buckhorn is hosting a free series of trainings and workshops designed specifically for Ferry and Okanogan county residents and businesses starting Wednesday, Nov. 5 in Republic.

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Kinross Forum and Workshop Wednesday, Oct. 29

OROVILLE – On Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. there will be an Open Forum and Workshop at the Oroville High School Commons discussing the closure of the Buckhorn Gold Mine in 2015.

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Yukie Mericle

Yukie Mericle, 80, of Oroville, Washington, died October 13, 2014 in Oroville. She was born February 22, 1934 in Sasebo, Japan.

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Patricia Mae Krell

Patricia Mae Krell, age 84, of Manson, Washington passed away in Kenmore, Washington on September 26, 2014. Pat was born in St. Helens, Oregon on October 18, 1929

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Public meeting on US Navy Electronic Exercise Special Use Permit

WENATCHEE – There will be an open house on Nov. 4 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Okanogan County PUD to discuss the proposed actions U.S. Navy Electronics Exercise Special Use Permit. U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Navy personnel will be present to answer questions from interested parties.

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Alice Fay Green

Surrounded by children and grandchildren, on October 1, 2014, Alice Fay Green departed this life for her heavenly home during her last stay at Valley General Hospital. Alice succumbed after a long and courageous battle with multiple medical issues.

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Death of Riverside man thought to be homicide

RIVERSIDE – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a Riverside man and questioning two teenage suspects arrested in Oregon driving the dead man’s stolen pickup.

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Public power at work

The Carlton Complex Fire, burning more than 256,000 acres (400 square miles) of land and destroying approximately 300 homes, was the worst firestorm in Washington State history. For Okanogan PUD, the fire destroyed 341 miles of distribution infrastructure, 60 miles of fiber and 22 miles of transmission infrastructure. Power outages in the south end of Okanogan included the towns of Pateros, Twisp, Winthrop and surrounding areas. Approximately 3,600 Okanogan PUD customers and 3,500 Okanogan Electric Cooperative customers were without power. Clearly, this was one of the worst disasters to ever hit Okanogan County.

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Thompson teaching kick boxing to those wanting to get fit

OROVILLE – Nathan Thompson, a professional kick boxer and MMA fighter, is putting his knowledge to use training those who want to get in shape at the Oroville Fitness Center, located at at 811 Appleway St.

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