Madden talks of wolves

Cattlemen meet with wolf-human

There wasn’t a Kumbaya moment Friday night as cattlemen walked away from a three-hour session with the state’s contract wolf-human conflict manager without any pretense of a resolution.

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Fire victims share stories

Commissioners hear about failings, successes of fight

People affected by the recent trio of wildfires praised and panned state and federal agencies’ responses and the Okanogan County Department of Emergency Management during a post-fire meeting hosted by county commissioners last Thursday.

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Family Faire is this weekend

Thousands are expected for 42nd annual barter event

An empty field nestled in the Okanogan Highlands will soon become the most populated community in Okanogan County.

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Dance hall era

‘You made your own entertainment’

In an era before computers and cellphones consumed the lives of Okanogan Valley residents, Saturday night dances at local halls were the thing to do for entertainment.

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Conconully Lake Resort closes

State Parks will continue to monitor boat launch, parking

The Conconully Lake Resort has permanently closed its doors.

County considers health board’s future

Commissioners plan public hearing 1:30 p.m. tomorrow

A public hearing is planned at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow on a proposal to change the Okanogan County Board of Health from six to five members and change representation on the board.

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High winds expected Friday, Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Okanogan Valley calling for gusts up to 45 mph.

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Horses removed, Nourishing Hand closes

The Nourishing Hand animal rescue has closed its doors following the removal of four horses by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week.

Several Kettle Crest area closures lifted

Due to decreased fire activity and traffic in the Kettle Complex fire areas, a portion of area closures have been lifted in the Three Rivers and Republic Ranger Districts.

Health officials warn of animal-spread illnesses

As locals gear up for the annual Okanogan County Fair, state health officials warn of the risks for illnesses after being exposed to livestock and other animals.

North Valley to host special meeting tonight

North Valley Hospital commissioners will host a special meeting at 7 tonight in the commissioners’ hearing room at 203 S. Western Ave.

Plumb calls for change with city fire siren

Mayor Patrick Plumb is calling for change with the city’s fire alarm.

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‘Bearytale’ unfolds at Esther Bricques

Numerous bear encounters reported last week

It’s not everyday a modern time fairy tale plays out before your eyes.

Mop up efforts continue on Tunk, North Star fires

Firefighters continue to improve a containment line around the Tunk Block fire and mop up a large unburned section within the perimeter.

Arsonist sentenced to 17 months in prison

An Omak woman has been sentenced to nearly a year and a half in prison and 18 months of community custody supervision for second-degree arson, domestic violence-harassment and domestic violence telephone harassment.