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A snowpack near or above normal

SPOKANE – Washington went from one of the driest months in January to one of the wettest in February, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Daily mountain rainfall records were shattered at many SNOTEL sites in early February

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USDA seeks project proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands

SPOKANE – State Conservationist Roylene Rides at the Door with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced funding available in Washington State for technical and financial assistance to help protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on agricultural lands.

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NWS warns of flood risk in county

A Flood Warning for rain and snowmelt was issued by the National Weather Service at this morning, March 17 and remains in effect until 12:15 p.m. Sunday for Northeastern Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Spokane, Whitman…

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Oroville’s Leo Chen headed to D.C. for National Spelling Bee

EAST WENATCHEE – For the second year in a row, Oroville seventh grade student Leo Chen will represent North Central Washington in Washington D.C. this spring in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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Gary DeVon/G-T file photo 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.

Operations at Zosel Dam in Oroville switch to spring mode

OROVILLE – Operators at Zosel Dam are slowly increasing the water level of Lake Osoyoos from winter to spring operating elevations to manage snowmelt. The lake will gradually gain about two feet between now and early May.

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Jerry A. Fleming

Jerry A. Fleming died peacefully in his sleep on February 27, 2017 in Slidell, Louisiana. Jerry was born in Ellisforde, Washington on December 4, 1935 to Bernice Patterson Fleming and Francis W. “Bud” Fleming.

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Rep. Joel Kretz (7th District)

House passes Kretz bill to help make forests more resilient to wildfires

OLYMPIA – The Washington State House of Representatives today approved a proposal by Rep. Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda, to make forests more resilient to wildfires and help fight future disasters.

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Human trafficking workshop at WVC at Omak on March 9

OMAK – Anti-violence expert Jeri Moomaw will present “Human Trafficking in Indian Country” on Thursday, March 9, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in Hazel Allen Burnett Hall room 401/402 on the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak campus. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Mona Mae Davis

On February 9, Mona Mae Davis (Tachell) passed away while in the company of her husband and love of her life, Kelly Davis. Mona was born September 24, 1955 to Donna Tachell (Peasley) and Elmer Tachell. She was the namesake of her mother’s sister, Mona Williams (Peasley).

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Spencer Wilson Higby

Spencer Wilson Higby, age 73 of Oroville, passed away on Wednesday, February 15. He was vacationing in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico with his wife of 50 years. Spence was born in Chicago Illinois in 1943 to parents Fred and Virginia Higby.

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