First case of bird flu found in county — Hotline set up

RIVERSIDE – Forty pheasants and a dozen turkeys from a game flock of about about 5000 birds in the Riverside area, have been found to have contracted avian influenza, or bird flu, according to Hector Castro wi with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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Princes lease land for park

OROVILLE – The sometimes controversial bin lot at the south entrance to town should resound with shouts of joy as it will become a city park, thanks to generous offer made by the Prince family.

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Tonasket voters asked to approve $6.98 million bond

TONASKET – The ballots are in the mail and Tonasket voters are being asked to approve a 12-year $6.98 million school facilities bond to alleviate overcrowding, build a new Alternative/Outreach school and upgrade athletic facilities to improve safety for participants.

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OHS Wrestling: Hartvig, Arrigoni win at Ephrata

EPHRATA – Scott Hartvig and Charles Arrigoni led the way for Oroville on Saturday, winning their weight classes at the Ephrata Invitational.

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Vote for the school bond

Dear Editor,

I’ve never had children in the local schools, but have always voted for the school bonds and levies. WHY? Because an educated public is one of the strongest aids to a truly democratic society.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Serena Rae Smith, 22, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2014 to second-degree rape of a child. Smith was sentenced Jan. 22 to 12 months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the crime that occurred between Aug. 1, 2012 and May 7, 2013. She was also fined $1,110.50

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Cheer for the Seahawks, but don’t forget to vote ‘yes’ on the bond first

Good schools are so important and that’s why we urge those living within the Tonasket School District to vote yes on the 12-year bond. Yes, nearly $7 million in facilities improvements is expensive and while the economy seems to be improving everywhere else, we aren’t seeing it as quickly in our neck of the woods. [...]

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Janis Allison

Janis Allison age 71 of Oroville passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. She was born May 24, 1943 in Selma, California to parents Stanley Jay and Dorothy Leatta (Bibb) Allison. Janis grew up in Selma and Fresno, California.

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Phyllis Aldean Billups

Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups, 90, of Omak, Wash., passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015. Phyllis was born on September 12, 1924, to Orvil and Muriel Metz in Hardesty, Alberta, Canada and was the oldest of five siblings, including Raymond Metz, Duane Metz, Virginia (Metz) Montague and Sharon (Metz) Powell-Phyllis.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Michelle Lynn Carden, 26, Omak, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and third-degree DWLS. Carden was sentenced to five months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the Sept. 16, 2014 crimes.

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Groups suing county over Comp Plan

TWISP – The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) and Futurewise have filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Okanogan County, challenging its recent adoption of a Comprehensive Plan, the associated Interim Zoning, and Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the Plan and Zoning.

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