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No Valentine for area school bonds

OKANOGAN – Early returns on the Tuesday, Feb, 14 election, which included ballots for school facilities improvements in three school districts, Tonasket, Okanogan and Bridgeport, are not faring well and could go down to defeat for not getting the 60 percent needed for approval.

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Janet Carol Burton

Janet Carol Burton, 72, of Longview, Washington went home to her Heavenly Father on July 2, 2016. She was born December 8, 1943, in Spokane, Washington to Irving F. and Ruth Melita (Kilber) Bayley.

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Rep. Shelly Short  (R-Addy)

Senate leader congratulates Short on appointment to Senate

OLYMPIA – Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, issued the following statement after Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy, was selected today to become senator for Washington’s 7th Legislative District, which spans much of northeast Washington.

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Multi-generation family forest stewardship

When dust storms and giant fires stress a community, people are unwilling to put down roots. But when the streams run clear and the meadows are green as a result of responsible land management, neighbors invest more in each other and feel the community is stable.

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Last Stand: Mountain Caribou and the Inland Rainforest

TONASKET – On Friday, Feb. 3 David Moskowitz – expert wildlife tracker, photographer and author – returns to Highland Wonders, bringing an evening of photos and stories exploring the world endangered mountain caribou and the last great inland temperate rainforest left on the planet.

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Dansel resigns Senate seat to join Trump administration

Sen. Brian Dansel has accepted a position as a Special Assistant to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. Dansel has resigned his post as state senator for the 7th Legislative District, effective immediately.

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Vejraska elected to PUD leadership position

OKANOGAN – During the Jan. 9, 2017 regular Board of Okanogan County PUD Commissioners meeting, Scott Vejraska was elected as board president.

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Upcoming Provincial Advisory Committee meeting

WENATCHEE—The Eastern Washington Cascades Provincial Advisory Committee will meet from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest headquarters office at 215 Melody Lane in Wenatchee.

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Grizzly Bear restoration planned in North Cascades

SEDRO WOOLLEY – The National Park Service (NPS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) invite the public to participate in a series of informational open houses regarding the proposed alternatives for the restoration of grizzly bears to the North Cascades Ecosystem.

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Okanogan County PUD breaks energy usage record

OKANOGAN – Due to bitterly cold temperatures, energy demand in Okanogan County hit a record breaking 178 megawatts at 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Jan. 12. This surpassed a previous historic load record of 173 megawatts set in December 2008.

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