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PUD approves rate hike

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD Commissioners approved a two percent rate hike in a special public meeting on Monday, July 24.

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Finding Dorothy

No stone angels, no blocks of marble with massive shoulders pointed the way to her grave. But the three small American flags fluttering in the breeze were hard to miss in the vast grassy expanse dotted with flat stones. A rectangular slab identified her: Dorothy Faeth Scott; Oroville, Washington, February 16, 1920 – December 3, 1943, plus the letters W.A.S.P., a winged star within a circle, and a pair of pilot’s wings. The bronze flag holder bears the inscription “Dorothy Scott WAFS Pilot – US.”

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Diamond Creek Fire burning in the Pasayten Wilderness

WINTHROP – Eight smokejumpers were deployed this morning from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base to suppress a small fire in the Pasayten Wilderness. The Diamond Creek fire has grown to 100 acres since then and is continuing to spread to the east/southeast.

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Excited as Tonasket Community Pool opens Saturday but know what job is No. 1

TONASKET — The Tonasket Community Pool could be open for business as early as Saturday, July 22, with an inspection by the Department of Health scheduled for Tuesday, July 18.

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Canyon Creek Fire update

WINTHROP, WA – Yesterday, management of the Canyon Creek Fire, near Carlton transferred to a Type 4 Incident Management Team led by Incident Commander Kathleen Russell. The 1,200 acre fire has been contained since Tuesday evening.

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Evacuation ordered for Carlton area fire

CARLTON – Okanogan County Emergency Management has issued a Level 3 Evacuation Order for people living in the area of the Canyon Creek Fire near Carlton in the Methow Valley.

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Central Washington water, dam provisions included in House Appropriations legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after the House Appropriations Committee’s full committee markup on the fiscal year 2018 Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

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PUD special meeting to discuss rate hike

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County PUD Commissioners will have a Special Meeting on Monday, July 24 to discuss a possible two percent electricity rate increase.

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Fire continues to grow near Princeton, BC, smoke spreads into U.S.

PRINCETON, BC – A major forest fire raged out of control just north of Princeton last Tuesday, as The Spotlight went to press.

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Next steps in forming Lake Management District

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Commissioners have announced its intent to consider whether the property owners around Osoyoos Lake should form and fiance a Lake Management District.

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