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Tumbleweed Film Festival rolls back bigger than ever

OROVILLE – Washington’s most unique film festival takes place right in Oroville, Wash. The 5th annual Tumbleweed Film Festival (TwFF) is back in town with its biggest fest ever, covering four nights of different short films from this Wednesday, July 30 through Saturday, Aug. 2. Over the four nights, which take place at four different venues around Oroville, over 40 American and international short films will be presented.

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Tonasket makes contingency plans for fire

TONASKET – Tonasket first response agencies and Mayor Patrick Plumb met Friday evening to make contingency plans should the Carleton Complex fire become a threat to the greater Tonasket area. The fire, which was ignited by lightning Monday evening, exploded from about 18,000 acres in four separate conflagrations Thursday into a 170,000 acre nightmare by [...]

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Celebration for Molson School House planned

MOLSON – The Molson School House Celebration will be held on July 26 starting at 10 a.m. in honor of the building’s 100th year. To celebrate there are activities planned at the old brick schoolhouse, which now serves as a museum, and at the Molson Grange Hall, according to the organizers.

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Carlton Complex Fire Update, as of Sunday 7/20, 10 am

Carlton Complex Fire Update July 20, 2014 – 10:00 AM   Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Team Nathan Rabe, Deputy Incident Commander, Washington Interagency Incident Management Team   FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES:  Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com  On Facebook, search for: carlton complex wildfires  Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/   FIRE INFO PHONES (7 AM – 8 PM): [...]

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Conservation groups sue county over ATV ordinance, again

TWISP – For the second time in a year, conservation groups have been forced to file a lawsuit challenging a decision by the Okanogan County Commissioners to open hundreds of miles to use by All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) as being in violation of state law.

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Out of warrants, for a day

TONASKET – It was, for now, only for a day, but North Valley Hospital edge its way out of warrants for the first time in years, as reported at the Thursday, July 10, Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Public hearings for mosquito district, transportation upcoming

TONASKET – Plans for the formation of a mosquito control district that would include Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan have moved forward, though there is still no guarantee that a ballot measure will be approved by the Okanogan County Commissioners.

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Don’t sweep it under the rug

Dear Editor,
Dusty Gircux’s letter to the editor in the July 3, 2014 edition of the Gazette-Tribune articulates well the feelings of many in our community regarding the Oroville School Superintendent and School Board’s decision not to renew Ryan Frazier’s contract and also their abhorrent behavior in not letting Mr. Frazier or members of the community speak at a scheduled meeting when told previously they could.

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Theater production to benefit fire victims

OROVILLE – Dramatic Escape presents a readers theatre Production of “The Heidi Chronicles” by Wendy Wasserstein. Performances will be held at Esther Bricques Winery and Vineyard on July 25, 26, and 27 at 7:00pm with Hors d’ oeuvres served at 6:30. Tickets are $20 and include a glass of wine Hors d’ oeuvres, dessert and a [...]

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One last push?

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a plan that all involved hope will be the final step in getting the Tonasket Water Ranch constructed in Chief Tonasket Park sooner rather than later.

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Another bad tow experience

Dear Editor,
Ms. Hart’s letter (July 10th) describing her sad experiences with the procedure used by the sheriff and local tow companies when a vehicle requires towing and impoundment prompts me to share an a similar, although less tragic, incident.

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PUD’s ‘basic charge’ hurts

Dear Gary,
While paying our power bill recently an elderly lady was ahead of us trying to make heads or tails of her power bill. She was on the average plan and wondered why her bill was so high, $96 I believe. The lady behind the counter explained the averages had been adjusted, reflecting her increase.

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