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Public Hearing scheduled on Emergency Communications

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 9 at 3:30 p.m. with the intent of authorizing the Emergency Communications Sales Tax (.2 percent) on the November 2019 ballot for voter approval.

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O’Neil Road fire burns more than 200 acres

OROVILLE – The O’Neal Road Fire, has grown to over 200 acres, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management and continues to burn in sagebrush, scrub and sparse areas of timber on Mt. Hull on Wednesday, July 3.

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Deputies cleared in officer involved shooting of suspect in homicide

Investigation into homicide continues OKANOGAN – The North Central Washington Special Investigations Unit has determined that two Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputies were justified when they fired on Lance R. Bowers, a 37-year-old armed suspect, after he did not comply with orders and displayed his firearm. “In connection with the Deputy Involved Shooting from June 3, [...]

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Flash Flood Watch for Okanogan and Chelan counties

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service in Spokane has announced a Flash Flood Watch for Okanogan and Chelan counties for the morning of Tuesday June 2 through the evening.

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Bridgeport man arrested for shooting incident

BRIDGEPORT – A Bridgeport man was arrested by Douglas County Sheriff Deputies after he allegedly fired shots outside a restaurant and bar in Bridgeport. Adam Torres-Gomez, 24, was arrested and booked into the Okanogan County Jail after being identified as having fired gunshots in front of the El Pariso Restaurant and Bar in the early [...]

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Tribes elect Colville Business Council Members

NESPELEM – Seven Colville Business Council members whose terms will run from 2019-2021 were elected Thursday, five incumbents were reelected and two new members of the CBC. Those elected will be sworn in July 11, after which the council will elect officers and appoint committee chairs.

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BLM Issues Fire Restrictions Order in Eastern Washington

SPOKANE –The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District has issued a fire restrictions order on public lands administered by the BLM and the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) in eastern Washington.

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Okanogan County Sheriff’s K9 Unit finds 186 pounds of meth on National Forest

MAZAMA – An Okanogan County Sheriff’s K9 Unit located two suitcases full of methamphetamine on the Okanogan National Forest last Monday, June 17, worth about $1 million on the street, according to Sheriff Tony Hawley.

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WDFW Director holds digital Q&A for Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas and Grant county residents

WENATCHEE –Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind and his North Central Regional Director Jim Brown will take questions from the public in an online broadcast from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.

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Expanded burn restrictions, increased fire danger in parts of Eastern Washington

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in cooperation with partnering agencies, will implement the following changes in burn restrictions on DNR-protected lands.

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