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Stage 1 burn ban begins Sunday in Okanogan, Ferry, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties

YAKIMA – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins at 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Okanogan, Ferry, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Pend Oreille and Stevens counties due to poor air quality predicted for the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

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Public Safety meeting about Tonasket contracting with sheriff’s office

TONASKET – A special meeting of the Tonasket City Council sponsored by the Public Safety Committee will be held as a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Tonasket Elementary School Commons.

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Okanogan County Public Health

Public Health warns whooping cough cases up to 35

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Health District officials say 35 people in the county have whooping cough – up from 19 since Christmas.

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Former police chief alleged to have falsified documents, lied

TONASKET- Tonasket City Council held a special meeting on Jan. 2, to hear from members of the community before voting to begin negotiations with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office for police coverage.

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Tonasket Police Chief fired, rehired and fired again

TONASKET — Tonasket Police Chief Darin Odegaard was fired for the second time in less than a week after a special meeting of the Tonasket City Council held on Thursday, Dec. 20 to evaluate his performance.

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Okanogan County Emergency Management reports 911 and phone outage

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Emergency Management is reporting there is a 911 and telephone outage that is impacting Okanogan County, most of Washington State and several other states.

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OHA presents: Secrets and Strengths of the Moss World

TONASKET – Mosses are a fascinating part of our world. They operate much like their larger relatives, like trees and shrubs, just on a much smaller scale. Erica Heinlen will share her expertise to bring the moss world into focus for the community on Friday, Jan. 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.

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Two arrested on credit card fraud and theft charges

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Oregon residents on charges of credit card fraud and theft. On Friday, Dec. 21,2018 the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office arrested Kristin L. Burton, 47, of Cannon Beach, Ore. and Dion P. Gonzales, 51 of Portland, Ore. after a complaint had come in about suspicious activity, according [...]

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Tonasket Police Chief fired again

TONASKET – It appears that Tonasket Police Chief Darin Odegaard has been fire for the second time in one week and Reserve Officer John Cruz has submitted a Notice of Resignation, leaving just one police officer to patrol the city, according to a press release from the City of Tonasket.

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Update: 19 cases of whooping cough in Okanogan County public health officials warn

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Health Department officials say 19 people in the county have whooping cough – up from 9 last week. The health department urges families to make sure everyone in your home is up to date on whooping cough vaccine to help prevent this serious illness. Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent whooping cough. While some vaccinated people may still catch it, their illness is usually much milder than in an unvaccinated person.

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