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Updated: House fire in Nine Mile area spreads to 30 plus acres

OROVILLE – A wildland fire is spreading that started from a house fire on Blue Grouse Road in the 9 mile area northwest of Oroville, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management.

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Edith Marie Thornton

Edith Marie Thornton, 95 of Tonasket, passed away peacefully Saturday morning, September 9, 2017 at the Tonasket Nursing Home. Edith was born August 17, 1922 in Wenatchee, Washington to Roy and Theo (Patterson) Thornton.

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Wildfire smoke reaching unhealthy to hazardous levels

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health is urging county schools, parents and guardians to make sure their kids are being protected from air quality levels ranging from “Unhealthy to Hazardous.”

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Donna Lee Forney

Donna Lee Forney died on August 20, 2017 at her residence in Yakima, Washington at the age of 85. She was born November 4, 1931 in a farmhouse near Brocket, North Dakota to parents Opal and Cecil.

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Allen Utecht

The gates of Heaven swung wide open and a young man rolled through the gates in a 1952 customized Chevy pickup. The Lord met him with open arms and Allen walked into the unimaginable glory of Heaven and into his next life.…

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John E. Tranmer

John Tranmer was born in Brewster, Washington on December 8, 1940, the third child of Walter Tranmer and Olivette (Hollinger) Tranmer. He passed away August 29, 2017.

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Be smart with fire and stay safe this Labor Day Weekend

PORTLAND, ORE. – As people head out to enjoy their national forests this holiday weekend, the US Forest Service is asking for help in preventing any additional human-caused fires.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

District Court
Beaudeen Kendrick Adolph, 25, Omak, guilty on three counts of third-degree malicious mischief and one count of second-degree criminal trespassing. Adolph was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 360 days suspended, and fined $823.

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Neoma Jewel Vandiver

Neoma Jewel Vandiver, age 89, passed away peacefully at her home in Ellensburg, Washington on August 23, 2017. She was born on March 6, 1928 in Amarillo, Texas and was the oldest of three girls.

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Theo Wayne ‘Bud’ Gerkin

Theo Wayne “Bud” Gerken passed peacefully surrounded by family at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket on August 24, 2017 after an extended illness with Leukemia and complications from a prior stroke. Bud was one of seven children (four boys and three girls) to move to Oroville in 1942 after his birth in Thompson Falls, Montana on June 1, 1938.

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