Ten homeowner safety tips for protecting your home from wildfire

With fire season approaching, homeowners and communities can make their homes safer from wildfire by reducing flammable materials and creating more defensible space around their property.

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Veterans Administration to close VA Clinic in Tonasket

SPOKANE – The Mann-Grandstaff Veterans Administration Medical Center in Spokane has decided to close their rural healthcare clinic in Tonasket on July 31, 2017, leaving nearly 900 area veterans scrambling to find other options for treatment.

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Loop Loop remains closed, repairs continue

METHOW -It is still too early to make a firm prediction for reopening the highway over Loup Loup summit, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation, predicting, “It will be weeks, not days.”

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Drag racers put the horsepower to the pavement

OSOYOOS, BC – Spring gently and slowly rolls through our valley this year. Mother Nature doesn’t seem to be in a big rush, as she coaxes the buds to swell and the blossoms to (finally) pop open on the trees. The birds have started flowing in and their songs are a welcome treat for our ears.

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Letters to the Editor, April 27, 2017

Styrofoam is hazardous

Dear Editor,
Our Senior Center switched to Styrofoam soup bowls. The following articles warn that this may be a health hazard, and is most assuredly an environmental hazard:

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Candidate Filing Week Monday, May 15 – Friday, May 19

OKANOGAN – Candidates for local and statewide office will be able to file their candidacy starting May 15. The deadlines and other information is below as provided by the Okanogan County Auditor’s office.

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Forest crews responding to substantial road washouts

WENATCHEE – Across the Forest, crews are reporting substantial road damages and washouts caused largely by flooding from heavy snowpack melt and continued spring rains. Popular roads such as the South Fork Tieton Road near Naches, Cow Creek Road near Twisp and Bailey Creek Road near Tonasket are completely impassable and could require extensive, long-term repairs.

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Distracted driving: The human cost of using a phone while driving

OLYMPIA — Twenty-three-year-old Cody Meyer loved hiking at Wallace Falls in Gold Bar, Washington, and lighting off fireworks on the Fourth of July. He spent time playing video games with his father and brother and hanging out with his girlfriend, Nicole.

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Seventh District Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda)

Rep. Kretz bill for early wildfire suppression agreements signed into law

OLYMPIA – Under legislation sponsored by Rep. Joel Kretz and signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee, much of the groundwork for the state’s next wildfire suppression response will be laid months in advance as the state seeks to enter into preemptive agreements with local contractors.

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Gebbers Farms has a lot of hope and belief in Oroville

OROVILLE — Members of Gebbers Farms assured business owners and community members gathered at Oroville’s April 13 Chamber of Commerce meeting they planned to be in Oroville for the long run

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