Mayor Patrick Plumb

Tonasket Criminal Justice measure pulls ahead by single vote

OKANOGAN – If Tonasket’s Criminal Justice measure were a horserace, it would be a photo finish and it looks as though the self-imposed tax of 0.1 percent has won not by a nose, but by a whisker.

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Water level lowered at Osoyoos Lake for the winter

YAKIMA – Operators are lowering the water on Lake Osoyoos to its winter level to provide more storage for rain and melting snow, and to prevent shoreline damage from freezing and flooding.

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Friday election count: Tonasket Criminal Justice measure failing

OKANOGAN – It looks like a measure increasing the sales tax by 0.1 percent to raise revenue for the criminal justice and fire protection costs is failing again, according to the early ballot counts.

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Hospital Administrator presents two-pronged nursing home strategy

TONASKET – Citing the need to discuss “the elephant in the room,” North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel outlined a dual plan to cope with continuing financial losses at the North Valley Extended Care nursing home facility at the Thursday, Nov. 13, board of commissioners meeting.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
The court dismissed Nov. 10 two charges against Joseph Michael Foreman, 23, Okanogan: possession of a stolen motor vehicle and third-degree possession of stolen property. The charges were dismissed with prejudice.

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It’s not easy getting old

Just as we’re getting over the shock of the Assisted Living being closed, we now have to contend with the knowledge that the Nursing Home in Tonasket may be hurtling towards the same fate. Again, there are legitimate reasons given for the potential closure of the facility, but that wouldn’t make it any easier.

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John Webster Myrick

John Webster Myrick, 94 passed away peacefully at home with his devoted wife, Juanita, of 73 years and their number five son Kevin, on November 15th, 2014.

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Oroville approves 1% increase in Ad Valorem tax

Railroad collector makes donations, including ‘speeder’ to Depot Museum OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council sprinted through their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with the main accomplishment of the night passing a one percent increase in the ad valorem taxes for the 2015 property tax revenues for the city and the EMS Levy. One percent is [...]

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Dara Sylvester’s Allure Hair Designs will be holding its Grand Re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 22. Charlene Helm/staff photo

Allure Hair Designs to ‘re-open’ on Nov. 22

OROVILLE – Allure Hair Designs isn’t exactly new in town. However, the hair salon formerly known as Sonia’s Beauty Spot now boasts a new in name and with a familiar friend in Dara Sylvester now running the show, will be hosting its Grand Re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

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The Cornerstone to be ‘a thrift store like no other’

OROVILLE – Joni Mercer moved from the west side of the state about a year ago. Now, she says, she is fulfilling a lifelong dream to open what she calls “a thrift store unlike any other,” which she did on Oct. 30.

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North Valley Hospital prepares for Ebola

TONASKET – With the arrival of Ebola Viral Disease to the United States, North Valley Hospital District is responding quickly with a mandatory education and training session for our nearly 230 member staff. Although the chance of Ebola reaching Okanogan County is unlikely, we feel that it’s very important to circumvent the problems that the Texas hospital incurred with staff being unprepared to handle patients with Ebola and want to mitigate any risk there may be to our staff and community.

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Silver Linings

LOUISVILLE, KY – When the expectation is to win a national title, the best you can do is meet them.
The Tonasket FFA Rituals team found out that sometimes, that isn’t going to work out. Adjusting those expectations helped the group of seven Tonasket High School sophomores gain more from their trip to the FFA national convention than they had expected.

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