Those on the field trip last Sunday, Sept. 18 stop to take in the view of the Similkameen River on the refurbished steel girder bridge that is now part of the Similkameen Connector Trail. In addition to the river, those crossing the bridge can take in vie

Following in footsteps of the Fur Brigade

NORTH COUNTY – Several people took advantage of the chance to follow in the footsteps of the fur brigades that trailed through the American and Canadian Okanogan/Okanogan Valley some 200 years ago, listening to lectures and participating in field trips to McLaughlin Canyon and the Similkameen River Trail.

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Fire precaution level for woods workers is raised in Okanogan and Ferry cou

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is increasing in northeast Washington.

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Director redistricting at Tonasket School District

TONASKET – Director redistricting, which occurs every 10 years following the results of the U.S. Census has brought little change to the Tonasket School District.

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Tumbleweed ‘Best of Fest’ Film Festival starts Thursday in Osoyoos

OSOYOOS, B.C. – The Tumbleweed Film Festival is bringing the best-rated films from its Oroville film fest to Osoyoos, BC, Sept 22-24.

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Tonasket approves CDBG contract for sewer project

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a CDBG grant to cover the city’s match for the $1.256 million project extending the sewer to Mill Drive area near Bonaparte Creek.

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A helicopter, one of four dropping water on the fire on the hillside near the Nighthawk-Chopaka border crossing last Monday afternoon. Photo by Gary DeVon

Firefighters fighting wildlandfire spanning both sides of border

NIGHTHAWK – A small fire spanning the U.S.-Canadian Border was still burning in scattered pine and brush in the hills near the Nighthawk/Chopaka Port of Entry.

The fire, which is believed to have started on Sunday, Sept. 18 had grown to 593 acres on the American side of the border and 50 to 100 acres on the Canadian side, according to Guy Gifford, a fire information spokesman with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Tumbleweed Film Festival rolls north across the border

OSOYOOS, B.C. – The Tumbleweed Film Festival is bringing the best rated films (and other new films) from its Oroville film fest to Osoyoos, BC, Sept 22-24.

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Economic Alliance plans NCW Economic Summit Sept. 23

OMAK – “Leading the Way Towards Economic Recovery” is the theme of the NCW Economic Summit planned for Friday, Sept. 23 at the Omak Performing Arts Center.

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Nicolas Perez-Patistan, a suspect in the murder of a fellow Brewster man, the day of his arrest in Fresno, Calif. by U.S Marshals and members of the Fresno Police Department on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Suspect in Brewster man’s murder captured in California

FRESNO, Calif. – U.S. Marshals and Fresno Police arrested Nicolas Perez-Patistan, a suspect in the beating death and robbery of a Brewster man back in July.

Perez-Patistan, 25, Brewster, was arrested on a warrant for murder in the second degree. Perez was a fugitive who had fled Okanogan County and was wanted on an outstanding nationwide felony arrest warrant for second degree murder, according to Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers.

“Perez is believed to be involved in the beating and subsequent death of Carlos Porras-Trujillo which occurred on July 17, 2011 near Brewster. Carlos Porras-Trujillo was beaten over the head numerous times with a club and his body was dumped in an orchard. It also appeared that Porras-Trujillo had been robbed,” said Sheriff Rogers.

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City has public hearing on Oroville Reman and Reload expansion

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council held a public hearing to discuss a conditional use permit regarding the expansion of Oroville Reman and Reload’s lumber mill operations at the council’s Tuesday, Sept. 6 meeting.

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