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County gets first West Nile virus case

OMAK -Okanogan County’s first known case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in a horse living outside the city limits and just north of the Wildwood subdivision.

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Death threats follow wolf removal

REPUBLIC – Half of the Profanity Peak Pack of gray wolves has been killed under state protocols because of livestock depredations.

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Community groups focus on homelessness

OMAK — Numbers of people suffering from homelessness seem to be growing in Okanogan County, according to Dave Hellyer, the director of Manfisher Ministries.

Alltus found guilty

OKANOGAN — A jury has found Shalin Alltus guilty of seven charges in the 2014 shooting death of her uncle, Patrick Alltus.

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State to kill rest of wolf pack

REPUBLIC — The state plans to kill remaining members of the Profanity Peak Pack of wolves and, in a separate action, the Ferry County commissioners have declared a state of emergency and authorized the county sheriff to deal with the animals if the state doesn’t.

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Shell answers questions on hydro project

BRIDGEPORT – A proposed “hydro battery” project on the Columbia River upstream from Chief Joseph Dam would cycle water back and forth between an in-river holding pond and a storage tank on the hillside above the river, generating electricity in the process.

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Public Health copy fee not the state norm

OKANOGAN — Calculations used by Okanogan County Public Health do not appear to follow the letter of the law in concern to RCW 42.56.120, which sets the rules for how much government agencies can charge the public – whether individuals or businesses – for copies of documents, according to Washington Coalition for Open Government president Toby Nixon.

Donations sought for Wellpinit fire victims

NESPELEM – Donations are being collected by the Colville Confederated Tribes to help those living in the Wellpinit area of the Spokane Indian Reservation affected by the Cayuse Mountain Fire.

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Pickens North wildfire reaches 600 acres

HAVILLAH - The Pickens North fire has burned an estimated 600 acres, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Crews work to line Pickens North fire

HAVILLAH - The Pickens North fire has burned an estimated 600 acres, according to the state Department of Natural Resources.

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Opening arguments start in Alltus murder case

OKANOGAN – Opening arguments and prosecution testimony began this morning in Okanogan County Superior Court for the October 2014 death of Tunk Valley resident Patrick Alltus. According to court documents, Shalin E. Alltus, 18, is charged with first-degree aggravated murder in the death of her uncle, Patrick M. Alltus, first-degree robbery, theft of a motor vehicle, two counts of theft of a firearm and two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm-juvenile in possession of a firearm.

Meteorologists issue red flag warning

Officials from the Spokane office of the National Weather Service have issued a red flag warning calling for low humidities, high winds and the potential for rapid spread of wildfires.

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Nearly $6,000 raised for motorcyclist’s family

TONASKET – Nearly $6,000 has been raised in a three-day period for a local family following a motorcycle accident last week that claimed the life of a woman and injured her husband.

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Hospital board does interview without search

TONASKET — North Valley Hospital District Commissioners met Saturday morning with a candidate to fill the soon-to-be vacant CEO position.

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Tonasket strip club just a rumor

TONASKET – People wanting lap dances in town will have to find them somewhere else.