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Transportation district recruiting for vanpools

OKANOGAN – TranGo, Okanogan County’s transportation district, has received three six-passenger mini-vans and is now recruiting riders for vanpools throughout Okanogan County. Vanpools consist of a group of four to nine people who commute together on a regular basis in a van provided by TranGO. Commuters like vanpools because they save money and reduce the [...]

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Gary DeVon/staff photos Groundwater and snowmelt in settling pond where water was collected prior to treatment at the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw.

Sides differ on how much to set aside for mine cleanup

CHESAW — Owners of the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine will post an additional $12 million in securities with the state of Washington to assure adequate funds are available for environmental cleanup and restoration at the Okanogan County mine that stopped extracting ore in July, according to the state Department of Ecology.

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Forest Service waives Recreation Fees this Saturday for National Get Outdoors Day

PORTLAND The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at day-use recreation sites in Washington and Oregon this Saturday, June 9, in recognition of National Get Outdoors Day.

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Gary DeVon/G-T file photo Geologists take core samples to determine the richness of the ore in one of the  tunnels at the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw last November.

Cleanup funds identified for Buckhorn Mountain mine

CHESAW – Owners of the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine will post an additional $12 million in securities with the state of Washington to assure adequate funds are available for environmental cleanup and restoration at the Okanogan County mine that stopped extracting ore in July.

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Celebrate the ‘Wild, Wild, West’ this weekend

TONASKET — Tonasket’s 83rd annual Founders Day weekend promises to be a great one with all the rodeo and parade action the people have come to expect from the town’s premier summer-time event.

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Sheriff reopens Okanogan River to recreation

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan River has been reopened to recreation and other activities, lifting the Sheriff’s order that closed the river on May 15, 2018 due to flooding issues. “Thank you to all the citizens that complied with the river closure,” said Maurice Goodall, director of Okanogan County Emergency Management. The sheriff’s office advises people [...]

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Army Corps’ Okanogan River basin flood team begins levee work in Riverside

SEATTLE—The Okanogan River basin flood team from the Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, began work May 25 to assist Okanogan County in closing a section on the left bank of the breached Riverside levee.

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Courts, Cops & 911 Calls

911 Calls & Jail Bookings
Monday, May 7, 2018
Assault on Rehmke Rd. near Tonasket.

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UPDATE: Saturday, May 19 – Efforts focused on monitoring flood control measures

OKANOGAN COUNTGY – Incident managers are beginning to demobilize crews brought in to protect communities along the flooding Okanogan River, as efforts to hold back the surging river continue to hold.

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UPDATE: Friday, May 18 – Flood mitigation efforts go into ‘Defense Mode’

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Flood mitigation efforts along the Okanogan River are moving into defense mode as crews finish shoring up protection efforts. Crews working with community volunteers have filled and laid approximately 200,000 sandbags along the river throughout Okanogan County to protect critical infrastructure and homes.

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