Update: Pine Creek Rd. closed by wildland fire reopens

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Emergency Management reports that North Pine Creek Rd. is temporarily closed approximately two miles north of Fish Lake due to a wildland fire with trees across the road.

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‘The Salmon People’ focus of museum exhibit

“The Salmon People: Stories Tell the Past” is the focus of the 2014 exhibit at the Oroville Depot Museum. The peoples who spoke dialects of the Okanogan language lived from Wenatchee to Endby, B.C. They have a story of their own prior to the coming of European settlement.

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Central-Cherry street and water project starts today

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville wants to notify nearby residents living on Central Avenue, Main Street to Cherry Street and on Cherry Street from Central Ave. to the Cherry Street Bridge the a street and water project will start on Monday, April 14.

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Mayor, county spar over highway

OKANOGAN – Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb wanted a chance to meet with the Okanogan County Commissioners.
He got that opportunity Monday, March 24, entering the commissioners’ chambers along with Tonasket City Council Member Scott Olson and Kurt Danison of Highlands Associates, who serves as Tonasket’s (and other cities) city planner.
Plumb had submitted a 10-point agenda of discussion points to commissioners Jim DeTro, Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy that included:

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The Rally at the Border poster up on the festival

Kinross Gold donates to Rally Blues Festival

OROVILLE – Clyde Andrews, president of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce announced this week that the Chamber has received a $5,000 grant from Kinross Gold Corporation in support of the inaugural Rally at the Border Blues Festival. The event will take place Saturday, May 17 at Deep Bay Park.

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NCWEDD talks economic development with city

OROVILLE – Jennifer Korfiatis of the North Central Washington Economic Development District was on hand to discuss the NCWEDD with the Oroville Council at their Tuesday, April 1 meeting.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court

Kevin Joseph Lacourse, 39, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 8, 2013 to assault in violation of a no-contact order (DV). Lacourse was sentenced March 31 to six months in jail and fined $1,210.50 for the July 5, 2013 crime.

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Howard Phillip Cook

Howard Cook, 95, of Okanogan, Wash. passed away peacefully at home the evening of April 1, 2014. He was born January 26, 1919 in Bailey Colorado to Ollie Arthur (Babe) Cook and Leona May Colbert.

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Oroville plans spring clean-up

OROVILLE – Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth has declared the week of April 21 through 25 as the annual Oroville Spring Clean-up.

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Cornelius Daniel ‘Neil’ Friesen

Cornelius Daniel Friesen, winter resident of Oroville, was born September 30, 1929 to Daniel and Aganetha Friesen in Rush Lake, Saskatchewan. He tragically lost his life in Oroville, in a fire that consumed his motor home on January 25, 2014.

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Joel Zane Gazaway

Joel Zane Gazaway, 91, of Oroville, died April 1, 2014 in Oroville. No services will be held.

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WSDOT Chip sealing begins in Okanogan County

TONASKET – The Washington State Department of Transportation has begun several chip sealing projects in Okanogan County, including work on US97 and SR20

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