Department of Natural Resources to hire 550 seasonal firefighters

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has begun recruiting for 550 temporary firefighters to serve during the 2019 wildfire season with the state’s largest wildland firefighting department. In 2018, DNR crews responded to a record 1,826 wildfires.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

911 Calls & Jail Bookings Monday, Nov. 12, 2018 Assault on Engh Rd. near Omak. One-vehicle crash on Salmon Creek Rd. near Okanogan. Drugs on Elmway in Okanogan. Wildland fire on Panorama Point near Omak. Drugs on S. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Assault on Dun Horse Rd. [...]

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Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Grunst

Elizabeth “Liz” Anne Grunst (Miller) was born in Colville, Washington on May 14, 1934 to Clara and Robert Miller. Liz was the second of four siblings: Bob (deceased), Margaret and Jim. They were raised in Boyds, Washington.

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Okanogan County PUD pulls plug on Enloe Dam re-electrification

OKANOGAN — At their Monday, Nov. 19 meeting Okanogan County PUD Commissioners pulled the plug on re-electrification at Enloe Dam near Oroville after being told costs would be twice as much as originally estimated.

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Lloyd Curtis reminisces about Roy’s Pharmacy

Curtis brothers ran drug store for more than 40 years. Editor’s Note: Roy’s Pharmacy in Tonasket, in business under that name since 1955, shut its doors without warning last Tuesday, selling their customer list to RiteAid in Omak. While the owners had little to say on the record, Mary Lou Kriner, president of the Tonasket [...]

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National Take Back Day gathers more than 50 pounds of unused medications

OROVILLE – National Take Back Day, Oct. 27, offered a chance to gather any unused medicines in nationwide, as well as the Oroville community.

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Keith Felton

Keith Felton, age 66, passed peacefully at his home in Marysville, Washington on October 13, 2018. He fought a long battle with many health issue and passed from Liver Cancer. Keith was born Sept. 26, 1952 in Yakima, Washington to Kenneth and Dorothy Felton.

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Tonasket School District infrastructure levy appears to have passed

OKANOGAN – The third ballot count of the Nov. 6 General Election, while results are still unofficial until certified, shows the Tonasket School levy will most likely pass.

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Donald E. Wasson

Donald “Don” Elmer Wasson, 87, of Oroville, Washington, also a long-time Skagit County resident, passed away on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket, Washington.

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Stage 1 burn ban begins Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan counties

UNION GAP – A ban on outdoor burning and the use of uncertified stoves and fireplaces begins 10 a.m. Saturday in Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat and Okanogan Counties due to poor air quality in the region. Restrictions on burning will continue until further notice.

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Arloha Brattain Scriver

Arloha Brattain Scriver was born on April 29, 1941, to John and Dorothy Brattain. The eldest of three, she spent most of her growing up in a little house just north of Tonasket, Washington.

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