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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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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse

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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State Board of Health passes emergency ban on flavored vapor products

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Board of Health passed an emergency rule banning the sale of flavored vapor products or any products that will be used to create a flavored vapor product. The rule took effect on Oct. 10, 2019 and lasts for 120 days. The Board of Health and Department of Health will work closely with the Liquor and Cannabis Board on plans for implementation and enforcement now that the emergency rule is final.

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Christian Johnson

Christian Johnson succumbs to injuries sustained in Spring Coulee Fire

OKANOGAN – Assistant Chief Christian Dean Johnson, 55, with Okanogan County Fire District #3 Okanogan, succumbed to his injuries sustained while engaged on the Spring Coulee Fire south of Okanogan.

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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse

Rep. Newhouse Calls on USTR to elevate Washington apple access in India

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, calling on him to elevate Washington apple access in India by reducing tariff rates for U.S. apple growers.

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Body of homicide victim found in trunk of burning car identified

OKANOGAN – The dead body of a woman found in the trunk of a burning car in Aeneas Valley last June has been identified as Angela M. Bowers, the wife of a jailed suspect who was shot by Okanogan County deputies investigating the suspicious fire.

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DOE/submitted photo Zosel Dam is used by the Washington State Department of Ecology to regulate the water level in Osoyoos Lake. When spring runoff swells the  Similkameen River it can back up the Okanogan River from the point where the two rivers join at the confluence just south of Oroville. This causes the Okanogan to rise to the point  the dam can not control the flow as it reverses northward.

Fall water level drawdown at Lake Osoyoos begins

OROVILLE – Autumn is upon us and the Washington Department of Ecology is drawing down water levels at Lake Osoyoos to winter operational levels. Releases from Zosel Dam to the Okanogan River will increase in volume to bring the lake down about two-and-a-half feet from now until December.

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Okanogan County PUD looking at shared community solar project

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County PUD is pursuing a community solar project for its customers that would allow multiple participants to share the costs and benefits of a solar project, including receiving a yearly incentive check from the state.

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