OHA presents: Living with Wildlife in the Okanogan with Jeff Heinlen

TONASKET – Living out in nature can be beautiful and serene, but it can also bring some surprises and challenges when people’s daily lives interface with wildlife. There are specific things you can do to help make your life work well with wildlife around, even before any encounters occur.

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Sharon A. Allard

Update: Okanogan man dies of gunshot wounds; wife now murder suspect

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s says a man shot in the early morning hours in Okanogan Wednesday, Dec. 20, has died of his wounds and his wife, Sharon A. Allard, 54, is now under investigation for murder.

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 Gary DeVon/staff photos Groundwater and snowmelt in settling pond where water is collected prior to treatment at the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw.

Ecology warns Buckhorn mine of water permit violation

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Ecology recently issued a Notice of Violation to Kinross Gold Corporation and its subsidiary Crown Resources for violating the requirements of its wastewater discharge permit.

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New Year brings with it higher minimum wage and paid sick leave for Washington workers

TUMWATER — Many more workers around Washington will have paid sick leave soon. The state’s new mandatory paid sick leave law takes effect in less than two weeks, on Jan. 1, 2018. Voters approved the change as part of Initiative 1433, which passed in November 2016.

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Okanogan woman arrested for attempting to kill husband

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office has arrested Sharon A. Allard, 54, Okanogan, for shooting her husband just after midnight, Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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Oroville Police investigating suspicious apartment fire

OROVILLE – The Oroville Police Department are looking into the cause of a fire that has left the tenants of a fourplex homeless while the landlord makes repairs.

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Update: Ecology lifts burn ban for Methow Valley

Citing improved weather conditions, the Washington State Department of Ecology has lifted the burn ban for the Methow Valley.

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DOE Photo An illegal hard rock bulkhead on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County can cause harm to natural shoreline functions, according to the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Ecology levies $21,600 fine for unpermitted development on Palmer Lake shoreline

OROVILLE – The Washington State Department of Ecology has issued an administrative order and $21,600 civil penalty to Greg Newmarch of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, for unauthorized shoreline construction on Palmer Lake in Okanogan County.

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Burn ban continues in Methow Valley; expires elsewhere in Okanogan County

SPOKANE – The Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County has been extended through 9 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19, for the communities of Pateros, Methow, Carlton, Twisp, Winthrop and Mazama.

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Local kids enjoy Shop with a Cop event

OROVILLE – Local kids from Oroville and Tonasket got a chance to mix with law enforcement last Saturday as part of the Shop with a Cop program.

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