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Department of Ecology Stage 1 burn ban expires this Sunday

SPOKANE – A Stage 1 burn ban in Ferry, Okanogan, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties will expire at 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10….

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Voters support Emergency Communication System upgrades

OKANOGAN – Voters are showing overwhelming support for an increase in the county sales tax to update the communication system used by police, fire and ambulance in the first count of the Nov. 5 general election ballots by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office.

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BPA plans power outages north of Riverside on Nov. 5 and 6

OKANOGAN – Two 15-minute power outages are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Wednesday, Nov. 6, both starting at 11:55 p.m. and lasting until approximately 12:10 a.m.

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Stage 1 Burn ban for Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties

UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

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Oroville man booked for manslaughter in fatal shooting

OROVILLE – An Oroville man who called the sheriff’s office Thursday to report a hunting accident was arrested for manslaughter in the second degree when Ashley Nelson, Oroville, was found dead at the scene.

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PUD Commissioners hear updates, discuss proposed 2020 budget

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD commissioners heard several updates from departments regarding 2019 activities and proposed 2020 budget items at an Oct. 21 board meeting and workshop.

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Special meeting to discuss Tonasket Downtown Corridor Redevelopment Project

TONASKET – On Tuesday, Oct. 29, there will be a special meeting to discuss the “Perfect Passage” US97/Whitcomb Avenue Downtown Corridor Redevelopment Project from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Tonasket City Hall.

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Loomis on list of fire districts to get wildfire engine from DNR

OLYMPIA – As part of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) ongoing efforts to strengthen rural fire districts in wildfire-prone areas, Okanogan County Fire District 10, which covers the Loomis area, will be one of several rural fire departments to receive a surplus wildfire engine

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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. Photo taken during a tour of the mine before it was closed and went into the reclamation phase.

Appeals Court upholds Buckhorn Gold Mine Discharge Permit, Crown expresses disappointment in ruling

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III, has rejected Crown Resources’ appeal of the NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit that the Washington State Department of Ecology issued for the Buckhorn Mine.

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Rep. Newhouse leads letter to support Colville request for Indian Health Center Clinic in Omak

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) led a bipartisan, bicameral letter to the Indian Health Center (IHS) in support of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Indian Reservation’s application for a new IHS clinic in Omak through the Joint Venture Construction Program.

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