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Governor declares drought emergency for Okanogan and Methow basins

OLYMPIA – Despite significant snow in parts of Washington, water supply shortages are projected in the Okanogan, Methow and Upper Yakima basins, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency in those watersheds.

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Okanogan Highlands Alliance presents ‘Butterflies of the Okanogan’ with Caitlin LaBar

TONASKET – Okanogan County is host to 124 of the 155 butterfly species recorded in Washington. Caitlin will speak about some of the eco-geographical aspects that contribute to this incredible diversity, what species you can expect to commonly find, and some of the more reclusive species to watch for.

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Gary DeVon/staff photo U.S. Border Patrol Agents assist the Oroville Police during a lockdown at the Oroville School District on Tuesday,k March 26.

Update: Oroville teen lied about being kidnapped at knifepoint

OROVILLE – A 13-year-old Oroville High School student has been charged with false reporting after texting friends that she was being held against her will.

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Oroville schools locked down for second time this month

OROVILLE – The Oroville School District sent out a text alert to parents notifying them of the second lockdown this month. The text stated the reason as being a student “was in danger.”

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Juvenile accused of fatally shooting his father

OROVILLE – A 14-year-old Oroville boy allegedly shot and killed his father outside the family home on Emry Road on Tuesday, March 12.

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Son accused of fatally shooting his father

OROVILLE – An Oroville teenager has been booked into Okanogan County Jail for allegedly shooting and killing his father on Tuesday afternoon, according to Oroville Police Chief Todd Hill.

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U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse

Newhouse praises U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal to delist gray wolf

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement after U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that FWS will soon propose a rule to delist the gray wolf in the lower 48 states and return management of the species back to the states and tribes.

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Five Oroville juniors vie for May Festival Queen; Selection Night is March 7

OROVILLE – This year there are five juniors from Oroville High School vying for the title of Oroville May Festival Queen — Mariya Mathis, Taralynn Fox, Julissa Alverez, Gwen Hankins and Christina Herrick. The queen and her princesses will be chosen at Selection Night on Thursday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville High [...]

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Wes Wehr and the Okanogan Highlands a Highlands Wonders event with Jack Nisbet

TONASKET – After his 2013 presentation on David Douglas, Jack Nisbet returns to the Highland Wonders series to share of an unusual character who shaped both our understanding and our experience of geology in the Okanogan Highlands.

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Law would support full recovery of gray wolves, protect livestock

OLYMPIA — A proposed bill would support the full recovery of gray wolves in Washington state, as well as protect the livestock industry and their coexistence with wolves.

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