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Okanogan school levy falling short of 60 percent

OKANOGAN – A majority of Okanogan School District voters is saying yes to a proposed bond issue, but the numbers are falling short of the 60 percent majority needed for the measure to pass.

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Tonasket council gets earful on pot

TONASKET — The city council got an earful from area residents April 12 over a proposed retail cannabis store, and a discussion on reducing the buffer zone for where a shop could be located.

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Growers Association files lawsuit

WENATCHEE - The Central Washington Growers Association filed a lawsuit in Chelan County Superior Court on April 15 in response to a county-wide resolution in Chelan County that prohibits marijuana or cannabis production and processing.

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Omak chief plans retirement

OMAK — After 33 years in law enforcement, Omak Police Chief Larry Schreckengast plans to retire at the end of June.

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Omak woman injured in Highway 97 crash

Helicopter airlifts woman from crash site

"Firestorm" book signing planned today

A book signing is planned for “Firestorm 2014: The Story of the Carlton Complex Wildfire” from 3:30-5:30 p.m. today, at The Chronicle office, 618 Okoma Drive.

Council talks annexation south of town tonight

A special city council workshop is planned tonight to discuss the possible annexation of property southwest and southeast of town.

Dog likely killed by vehicle

A dead dog, which created a social media storm and was found along the Riverside Cutoff Road, was likely accidentally killed by a motorist, according to Okanogan County Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Yarnell, who does animal investigations.

Warm weather brings hydrologic outlook

With temperatures set to top off in the low 80s this week, officials from the National Weather Service have issued a hydrologic outlook calling for minor river flooding.

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Wyss seeks open state Senate seat

WENATCHEE – Just hours after longtime legislator Linda Evans Parlette announced Monday that she will not seek re-election to the state Senate, Brewster resident Jon Wyss threw his hat into the ring.

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Great horned owl set free

OKANOGAN — The phrase “free as a bird” came to a 1-year old great horned owl that was released Friday evening south of town.

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Family pickets for justice in Hudson’s death

OKANOGAN – Peacefully pacing the sidewalk in front of the Okanogan County Courthouse Monday morning, Albert Hudson said the effort “doesn’t bring him back.”

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Tonasket ponders pot shop request

TONASKET – The city council was set to discuss a proposed ordinance about creating a municipal code titled “Marijuana Regulation” during a regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

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Up in Smoke? County hears from community on proposed zoning changes

OKANOGAN — What started as a flip-flop of the April 11 Okanogan County Regional Planning Commission public hearing quickly turned into a show of force from the local marijuana industry.

Wyss runs for Senate

Jon Wyss has announced a bid for the state Senate from the 12th District.

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