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Sharon A. Allard

Murder suspect dies in hospital

OMAK – The woman accused of fatally shooting her husband Dec. 20 died at Mid-Valley Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 3, confirms Okanogan County Coroner David Rodriguez.

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‘Governed’ documentary portrays fight for freedom

TONASKET – A preview showing of “Governed vs Governing: the Bundy Standoff,” held at Tonasket High School Dec. 16 and hosted by Mark Herr, gave audience members lots to think about over the holidays and beyond.

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Update: Burn bans lifted in Eastern Washington

UNION GAP – The New Year has rolled in with more fog and winds than predicted, allowing the Department of Ecology to lift a Stage 1 burn ban in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties today.

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Tonasket man arrested for fleeing police on New Year’s eve

OKANOGAN – A Tonasket man who was fleeing from police at a high rate of speed about two miles east of Omak on New Year’s eve, lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a road sign, according to the Washington State Patrol. At 4:53 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31, WSP Trooper Kelvin Fox attempted [...]

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Input needed to craft Forest Restoration Proposal on Mt. Hull; Open House Jan. 9

TONASKET– Mt. Hull is known locally for Bighorn Sheep, Whistler Canyon Trail and the distinct cliffs that make up the western slope. While some restoration work has occurred on the National Forest System lands in that area in recent history, maintenance and further work are needed

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Burn ban begins Jan. 1 in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE – Cold, stagnant weather forecasted for early next week is expected to create poor air quality conditions in Eastern Washington. In an effort to prevent unhealthy air quality, the Washington Department of Ecology is limiting indoor and outdoor burning in Asotin, Ferry, Pend Oreille, Okanogan and Stevens counties.

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OHA presents: Living with Wildlife in the Okanogan with Jeff Heinlen

TONASKET – Living out in nature can be beautiful and serene, but it can also bring some surprises and challenges when people’s daily lives interface with wildlife. There are specific things you can do to help make your life work well with wildlife around, even before any encounters occur.

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Sharon A. Allard

Update: Okanogan man dies of gunshot wounds; wife now murder suspect

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s says a man shot in the early morning hours in Okanogan Wednesday, Dec. 20, has died of his wounds and his wife, Sharon A. Allard, 54, is now under investigation for murder.

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

Ecology warns Buckhorn mine of water permit violation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Ecology recently issued a Notice of Violation to Kinross Gold Corporation and its subsidiary Crown Resources for violating the requirements of its wastewater discharge permit.

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New Year brings with it higher minimum wage and paid sick leave for Washington workers

TUMWATER — Many more workers around Washington will have paid sick leave soon. The state’s new mandatory paid sick leave law takes effect in less than two weeks, on Jan. 1, 2018. Voters approved the change as part of Initiative 1433, which passed in November 2016.

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