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Wayne Sommerfeld

Wayne Sommerfeld passed away in Tonasket, Washington on Aug. 5, 2016, at age 84. He was born in Seattle, Washington on Nov. 20, 1931 to Al and Lu Sommerfeld.

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Pat Hanson

Pat Hanson, 76 of Oroville, Washington died on Friday, August 19 at a Tonasket hospital. Pat was born January 12th, 1940 in Elk Point, South Dakota.

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Ruth Edwins Conley

Ruth Edwins Conley, age 96 of Tonasket, died on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. She was born January 26, 1920 in Seattle to parents Irvin and Gertrude Edwins.

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The state Department of Ecology regulates lake levels at Zosel Dam in Oroville. Lake levels can fluctuate into early July depending on snowpack. Ecology seeks to maintain the water level between 911.5 and 912 feet from May 1 to Sept. 15, but occasionally there’s a chance for flooding when snowmelt and runoff are high. Gary DeVon/staff photo

Canada releases pulse flows to the Okanagan River

OROVILLE – Dam operators in Penticton, BC are raising flows in the Okanagan River to assist migrating salmon on their trip down the Columbia River system to the ocean.

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Tigers head back to the den

TONASKET – Tonasket School District students head back to school Tuesday, August 30, with a Back to School Assembly in the Gym at 8:30 a.m.

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Statewide burn ban expanded

OLYMPIA – Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark expanded the statewide burn ban to include all recreational fires and barbecues on state-protected lands, including state parks. The burn ban runs through Sept. 30.

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DeeLoris Anna Sylvester

DeeLoris Anna (Semprimoznik) Sylvester, 82, passed away August 21st, 2016 at her home in Oroville, surrounded by her loving family. DeeLoris was born December 7, 1933 to Albert and Rose Semprimoznik at the family ranch in Aeneas Valley.

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Cynthia T. Durante

One of the bright lights in the world went out at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday the 9th of August, as Dr. Cynthia T. Durante M.D. died peacefully at her home in Okanogan, Washington, as family and friends surrounded her with the love and tenderness she so deserved.

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Karl Martin

Memorial: Karl Martin

After the family spreads his ashes in the Similkameen River, there will be a memorial get together to remember Karl Martin on Friday, August 19 at the Pastime Bar & Grill from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dave, Tod, and Polly Martin and their families will be there to see friends, and share some stories for a few hours and hope to see anyone who would like to gather together.

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Mary Lou Thayer

Mary Lou Thayer, age 78 of Oroville, passed away peacefully the morning of Wednesday August 10, 2016 in Wenatchee, Washington. She was born in Bonita, Texas to parents LD and Florence Godwin.

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