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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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Seventh District Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda)

Rep. Kretz bill for early wildfire suppression agreements signed into law

OLYMPIA – Under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, much of the groundwork for the state’s next wildfire suppression response will be laid months in advance as the state seeks to enter into preemptive agreements with local contractors.

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Oroville Spring Clean Up

OROVILLE – Mayor Jon Neal has declared the week of April 24 through April 28 as the annual Oroville Spring Clean-up.

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Oroville plans Arbor Day tree planting

OROVILLE – There will be an Arbor Day Ceremony at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 27 at the new Oroville Police Station on Main Street.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
The court issued an arrest warrant for Donelle Stratas, 36, Omak, for second-degree escape. The crime allegedly occurred April 8.

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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse

Congressman Newhouse to host Listening Session in Okanogan County

BREWSTER – U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse will host a listening for 4th Congressional District constituents at the Brewster High School Gym, 503 South 7th Street, Brewster, on Thursday, April 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Tonasket will hold public workshop on proposed annexation

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Tonasket City Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to host a public workshop to review the cost/benefit analysis prepared for an area proposed for annexation.

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