LA couple goes ‘unplugged’ in Okanogan County for TV show

OROVILLE – Whether you call it living off the grid or going unplugged, a LA couple got a taste of it in three different locations in Okanogan County for the new television show, Unplugged Nation.

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Fun films and fun times – Tumbleweed Film Fest returns for sixth year

OROVILLE – The sixth annual Tumbleweed Film Festival returns to Oroville July 30 to Aug. 1, bringing plenty of great short films and good times, as it turns local venues in the area into film theaters for a night.

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$13.9 million Tonasket School budget

TONASKET – Trisha Schock, External Business Manager for Tonasket School District through North Central Educational Services District presented a first reading of the 2015-16 budget to the Tonasket School Board Monday, July 27.

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Eugene August Dammel

Eugene August Dammel passed away suddenly on June 20, 2015. He was 85-years-old. Eugene was born to parent John and Alice Dammel in Havillah, Wash

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Richard Leo Mayer

On Friday, July 17, 2015 Richard (Dick) Leo Mayer of Tonasket passed away peacefully at home at the age of 76 years. Dick was born in Buffalo, New York on July 6, 1939.

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School board says Gap ‘yes,’ guns ‘no’

OROVILLE – The majority of the Oroville School Board seemed less than ready to approve staff members carrying guns, but the district will forge ahead with Gap training for the 2015/16 school year and won’t arm staff.

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Oroville’s EMTs resign, form own non-profit ambulance service

OROVILLE – Oroville’s EMTs say they will resign from their positions Aug. 23, 215, claiming frustration with the city and especially Mayor Chuck Spieth.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court Criminal Dakota Joseph Shaul, 19, Omak, pleaded guilty July 21 to first-degree criminal trespassing (lesser included of second-degree burglary) and third-degree malicious mischief. Shaul was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 362 days suspended and credit for two days served, and fined $500 for the June 9 crimes. Mary Lou Barclay, 43, [...]

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Latest Fire Update (07-25-15): Wildhorse, Spur and Newby Lake Fires

TONASKET- Wildhorse and Spur Fires are all that remain from the 16 fires reported after last Sunday’s lightning storm. The remaining fires have been called out. Wildhorse Fire, west of Summit Lake on Mt. Hull, is 162 acres and the Spur Fire, near Bonaparte Lake, is three acres.

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Patricia M. Punteney

Patricia M. Punteney, 81, of Waterloo and formerly of Oelwein, Iowa died Monday morning, July 20, 2015 at NorthCrest Specialty Care in Waterloo, Iowa. Patricia Mae King was born September 28, 1933 at Spokane, Washington, the daughter of Patrick Kelly and Eva Mae (Riste) King.

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Take a trip around the world with the Tumbleweed Film Festival

OROVILLE – The sixth annual Tumbleweed Film Festival covers three nights of different short films from around the world starting Thursday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 1. Over the three nights, which take place at four different venues around Oroville, 40 American and international short films will be presented.

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