Tonasket prepares for new school year

The new school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 2 for the Tonasket School District, with back to school assemblies held at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasiums. The high school, middle school and elementary schools will open their offices back up Wednesday, Aug. 19 for new student enrollment and for updating student information. A school district open [...]

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Air quality alert issued for Central and Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – Elevated concentrations of wildfire smoke is causing unhealthy air quality in Central and Eastern Washington.

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Fire Mobilization authorized for Okanogan Complex Fires

OLYMPIA – State fire assistance has been mobilized under the Washington State Fire Services Resource Mobilization Plan in support of local firefighters working to contain the Okanogan Complex Fire near the towns of Omak and Conconully. Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste authorized the mobilization of state firefighting resources on Monday, Aug. 17, 2015, at 2:30 pm at the request of Okanogan County Fire Districts #7 and 9 and Conconully Fire Department.

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Local entrepreneur schools the pests and educates the customers

A pesky situation was the inspiration for Jason Verbeck to go into the weed and pest control business. Verbeck said he’s always been an entrepreneur, so when he tried to schedule an appointment and was told there would be a six-week wait and he would be charged several hundred dollars for a simple spray job, “it became very obvious to me that many area residents were being taken advantage of. We strive to get to all our our customers within 24 to 48 hours,” said Verbeck. “We use top of the line chemicals and have excellent equipment, and we still are almost always 50 to 75 percent less than what any other providers who will come to this area charge.”

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Daily Update: Nine Mile Fire

OROVILLE – The Nine Mile fire started on Thursday, Aug. 13, and is located three miles northeast of Oroville. The fire has burned 4,673 acres, is 50 percent contained and has 194 personnel working on the fire.

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Tonasket School Board members working on three issues

TONASKET – Tonasket School District Board members and Superintendent Steve McCullough held a work session during their board meeting August 10, 2015; exploring Team Operating Principles and Protocols, discussing the Levy and Bond Timeline, and examining a Superintendent Evaluation Process.

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Nine Mile Fire Update: Fire not started by plane crash

OROVILLE – The Nine Mile fire started on Thursday, Aug. 13, and is located three miles northeast of Oroville. The fire has burned 4,673 acres and is 30 percent contained. The fire moved beyond the United States border and into British Columbia burning 120 acres (48.5 hectares). Approximately 130 fire personnel are on the fire with additional resources ordered. No injuries are reported on this fire.

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Update: Authorities release names of victims involved in fatal plane crash

OKANOGAN – On Friday, Aug. 14 members of the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office, FAA and Okanogan County Coroner returned to the scene of the plane crash off of Rise Road out of Oroville and have now released the names of the two victims.

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FEMA provides federal funds to help fight Nine Mile Fire

SEATTLE – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has authorized the use of federal funds to help with firefighting costs for the Nine Mile Fire burning in Okanogan County, Washington.

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Fatal plane crash leaves one dead, sparks fires

Several fires burning off Oroville-Chesaw Road, Nine Mile Ranch area OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office, along with fire personnel responded to a small plane crash as well as several fires in the highlands above Oroville. Deputies confirmed there was plane wreckage at the scene near where one of the fires and at least [...]

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