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Tribe celebrates Earth Day event

Cities plan Arbor Day activities

NESPELEM — An Earth Day celebration will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday at the celebration grounds next to the Community Center, 4000 Lower Columbia River Road. The Colville tribal event includes food, performances by children and drummers, informational booths and drawings for a variety of prizes. A color guard will present flags at 10 a.m., followed by a prayer from a tribal elder. At 10:45 a.m., performances are planned by local school children and drummers. Winners of school and tribal programs competitions will be announced at 11 a.m. A barbecue featuring hot dogs, beverages and dessert is planned. Door prizes will be announced at 1 p.m. Winners must be present. A closing ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. Participants can visit more than 50 booths for information and free items. Information will be available on recycling, cleaning up, energy conservation, reducing air pollution, and education and sharing. The celebration is provided by the tribal recycling and environmental trust programs. Tribal recycling accepts, newspapers, white or colored paper, paper sacks, magazines, inserts and junk mail, bagged shredded paper, telephone and paperback books, flattened cardboard boxes, chipboard (food, detergent and facial tissue boxes, and paper towel and toilet paper tubes), clean plastic bottles (No. 1 and No. 2, no lids), aluminum cans and pie pans, clean steel/tin cans, empty aerosol cans, and clean glass food and beverage jars and bottles (sorted by color). ----------------------------------------- Cities plan Arbor Day activities OKANOGAN — Several Okanogan County communities are planning Arbor Day celebrations in the next couple weeks. Okanogan and Omak, which share a Tree Board, will have their Arbor Day events Friday. In Okanogan, a tree-planting ceremony begins at 11 a.m. in Jaycee Park. A linden tree will be planted. At 1 p.m., a dogwood tree will be planted in the dog park being developed in East Side Park. The dog park is adjacent to Carl Precht Memorial RV Park. Other Arbor Day celebrations include: Oroville — 1:30 p.m. April 24 at Oroville Elementary School, 808 Main St. Two trees are scheduled to be planted. Pateros — 10 a.m. April 26 on the pedestrian mall. A tree will be planted. Twisp — Noon to 1 p.m. April 26 on Glover Street. Park trees will be pruned and a tree will be planted. Coulee Dam had a tree planting April 9 in Mason Park. The state’s official Arbor Day was April 9. The Department of Natural Resources recognized 84 cities in the Tree City USA program. Local honorees included Okanogan, 17; Omak, 17; Oroville, 6; Pateros, 1; Tonasket, 8; and Twisp, 14.

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Wildfire prompts closure of North Pine Creek Road

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Officials seek border guard authority to deny entry into B.C.

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More residents object to land buys

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Weigh-in dates set for fair livestock

Weigh-in dates have been set for animals that will be entered in September’s Okanogan County Fair.

Dam removal is topic

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BPA biologist gets earful on land buys

Commissioners want more details on federal projects

A Bonneville Power Administration biologist got an earful Tuesday from Okanogan County commissioners and several residents about the agency’s land purchases for fish habitat restoration.

Review of purchases gets going

A public review will open in the next few months on Round 1 of the Colville Confederated Tribes’ land management plans and site-specific projects for the following list of properties purchased by Bonneville Power Administration:

City gets new fishing access

Boat launch will

The city will soon have another fishing access area with a nearby campsite and walking trails along the banks of the Columbia River.

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Hastings receives Water Statesman Award

Water group recognizes Congressman Doc Hastings for his work on hydropower issues

Winthrop may hear marijuana applicant’s appeal

The Town Council is slated to set a public hearing date tonight for a hopeful marijuana retailer who would like to set up shop in the town’s industrial zone.

Firewood permits now available for Colville National Forest

Residents can obtain permits to cut firewood in Colville National Forest

Nature Conservancy expands land holdings near Osoyoos

Nature Conservance of Canada purchases 1,836 acres for $4.4 million for wildlife corridor

State Department of Fish and Wildlife restricting access to beach and water near Wanapum Dam

State closes access to Columbia River from Wanapum Dam upstream to about Crescent Bar

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Bill would allow for smaller parcels to receive open space tax reduction

County officials worry extending agricultural tax break will diminish revenue