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Non-profit organization seeks local families to host high school exchange students

KELSO, WA – ASSE International Student Exchange Programs (ASSE), in cooperation with local community high schools, is looking for local families to host boys and girls between the ages of 15 to 18 from a variety of countries: Norway, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Japan, to name a few.

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Lands Commissioner applauds DNR helicopter crew on yesterday’s wolves mission

OLYMPIA – Yesterday, at the request of the Tonasket U.S. Forest Service Ranger District, a DNR Wildfire pilot and three crew members conducted a mission to retrieve a U.S. Forest Service-affiliated individual in the national forest who reported that she felt threatened by wolves and had taken refuge in a tree.

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Wolf encounter leads to helicopter rescue

WINTHROP – A research student called Okanogan County dispatch to report that she was 30 feet up a tree surrounded by wolves near the Tiffany Spring Campground, 20 mile Meadows in the Pasayten Wilderness of the North Cascades. The call came in around 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12 and the sheriff’s department dispatched deputies and [...]

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Laura Knowlton hired as reporter, photographer

TONASKET — Laura Knowlton has joined the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune news team and will be covering the Tonasket area for the newspaper as a reporter and photographer.

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Red Flag warning issued for Okanogan and Methow valleys

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service in Spokane has issued a red flag warning for most of the Okanogan and Methow valleys as thunderstorms, wind and low humidity moves through Eastern Washington.

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NVH and Three Rivers discuss collaboration between hospital districts

TONASKET — Representatives of North Valley Hospital and Three Rivers Hospital districts held a special meeting to discuss the possible collaboration of the two facilities, including sharing one CEO.

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National Forest update for Okanogan County

OMAK – Depending on location, chainsaws, equipment and helicopters may supplement the usual sounds of the forest this summer as crews actively work to restore forests and improve campgrounds on National Forest Lands in Okanogan County. Some popular locations that will be a hive of activity over the next few weeks include Irongate Trailhead, Chewuch River above Falls Creek, Salmon Meadows Campground and Beaver Lake Campground.

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Department of Licensing to mark driver licenses and IDs to comply with REAL ID Act

OLYMPIA – Next week, the Department of Licensing (DOL) will begin marking all standard driver licenses and ID cards with the language, “federal limits apply,” to help bring Washington into compliance with the federal REAL ID Act. DOL expects Washington to be in full compliance by fall 2018.

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Homeowner Safety Tips for protecting your home from wildfire

PORTLAND, ORE – With fire season arriving, 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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Transportation district recruiting for vanpools

OKANOGAN – TranGo, Okanogan County’s transportation district, has received three six-passenger mini-vans and is now recruiting riders for vanpools throughout Okanogan County. Vanpools consist of a group of four to nine people who commute together on a regular basis in a van provided by TranGO. Commuters like vanpools because they save money and reduce the [...]

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