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Short term air quality improvements predicted this weekend

A weather system brushing the state this weekend will cause a welcome improvement in air quality and visibility. However, despite the breezes and air mass exchange, the long term smoke/haze situation will not be fully resolved until the western North American wildfires are extinguished and the smoke source is eliminated.

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Judge dismisses former teacher’s lawsuit against Oroville School District, ex superintendent

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Henry Rawson dismissed former teacher Ryan Frazier’s wrongful dismissal lawsuit against the Oroville School District and its former superintendent, Steve Quick.

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Hiking for the Warrior Expeditions

OROVILLE – Four hikers who traveled the Pacific Northwest Trail were doing so as part of the Warrior Expeditions program, which helps veterans through hiking, rather than reaching for a bottle or pills.

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Be smart with fire and stay safe this Labor Day Weekend

PORTLAND, ORE. – As people head out to enjoy their national forests this holiday weekend, the US Forest Service is asking for help in preventing any additional human-caused fires.

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Guns stolen in late night burglary

OROVILLE – On the night of Thursday, Aug. 24, there was a break-in at NAPA Auto Parts and five handguns were reported stolen.

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Newhouse discusses veterans’ issues at Tonasket event

TONASKET — Congressional Representative Dan Newhouse appeared at a VA Health and Benefits Resource Fair held at Tonasket High School from noon to 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28. Newhouse was accompanied by Army Veteran Ryan McDonald, District Representative assigned to assisting veterans.

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Nineteen-year-old fills in for missing mayor

TONASKET – Mayor Pro Tem-Tem Jensen Sackman officiated over the Aug. 22 City Council meeting, as Mayor Patrick Plumb has moved to Tacoma and Mayor Pro-Tem Jill Ritter was unable to attend the meeting. Sackman, a 19-year-old council member, was elected Mayor Pro Tem-Tem at the previous city council meeting Aug. 8.

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Fire officials estimate fire containment by mid-October

MAZAMA – The Diamond Creek Fire, now over a month old, is burning within the Pasayten Wilderness and Eightmile Drainage and has grown to 32,728 acres and continues to burn in timber stands consisting of a mix of fir, spruce and pine. Officials predict the fire won’t be contained until mid-October.

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Washington Farm Forestry Association to meet in Wauconda

WAUCONDA – The North Central Chapter of the Washington Farm Forestry Association holds it’s summer educational and business meeting, Wolves, Wildfire and Weeds , on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Wauconda Hall.

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Regional fish and wildlife issues to be discussed Sept. 19 in Pateros

EPHRATA – Residents of North Central Washington interested in fish and wildlife issues can talk with local Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) staff at a public meeting Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Pateros.

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