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Business Council Chairman Boyd has died

NESPELEM – The Colville Business Council announced that the chairman of the council James Boyd, 60, passed away.

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Do-it-yourself fireworks show in limbo

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OMAK — The city’s annual do-it-yourself fireworks show is in limbo thanks to a decision by the Colville Business Council to ban all fireworks on the reservation.

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Small fires, smoke checks reported

TONASKET – Fire crews responded to a couple small wildfires and smoke checks last week.

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Colville Tribal election returns too close to call

NESPELEM - General election returns for the Colville Confederated Tribes’ Tribal Council appear too close to call after voting on Saturday.

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Okanogan County ATV ordinance ruled invalid

SPOKANE — Okanogan County’s all-terrain vehicle ordinance has been ruled invalid by the state Court of Appeals for Division III.

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New wolf pack confirmed in Ferry County

SHERMAN PASS — A new wolf pack has been identified in eastern Washington in the Sherman Pass area of Ferry County.

Safe 'n' Sane fireworks allowed in part of Omak

OMAK – Amateur pyrotechnics experts wanting to put on a Fourth of July bash will have to do it within the city limits, but not within the Colville Indian Reservation portion of the city.

County, commissioners facing lawsuit over juvenile detention

OKANOGAN - The Washington State Attorney General’s office has appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General to bring legal action against Okanogan County and commissioners Sheilah Kennedy, Jim DeTro and Ray Campbell on behalf of the Okanogan County Superior Court.

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Child run over

MALO— Ferry County officials are calling the death of a small child, who was apparently run over by a family member’s vehicle, a “tragic accident.”

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Specialty act pulls out of Stampede

OMAK — A specialty act that caused controversy for the Omak Stampede has pulled out of the event over fear for the performers’ safety.

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Koplin named chief

OMAK — Jeff Koplin will move from sergeant to chief July 1 when current Omak police chief Larry Schreckengast retires.

Leg bone in shoe not human, official says

REPUBLIC - A leg bone found in a remote area of Ferry County has left officials shaking their heads.

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Rising Eagle Fire prompts lawsuits over faulty trailer

OKANOGAN — Several insurance companies representing property owners who lost homes, vehicles and other property in the 2014 Rising Eagle Road Fire are suing for damages caused by the fire.

Mill Pond Days set for Saturday

NESPELEM – The annual Mill Pond Days celebration will be Saturday, June 18, in town.

Appeals court rules against county on ATV ordinance

SPOKANE – The state Court of Appeals for Division III has sided with two environmental groups and ruled Okanogan County’s ATV ordinance invalid.