Tonasket adopts burn ban and advises against fireworks

TONASKET – In a special meeting of the Tonasket City Council held Tuesday, June 30 at noon, council members made a motion to adopt the burn ban currently in place by Fire District 4, the agency contracted to provide services to the city of Tonasket.

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Filing for Tonasket Parks and Rec District

OKANOGAN – There will be a special three-day filing period for all candidates who want to file for commissioner of the proposed Tonasket Park and Recreation District, according to Chief Deputy Auditor Mila M Jury, an election official for Okanogan County

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NVH board appoints new hospital adminstrator

North Valley Hospital (NVH) Board of Commissioners moved to appoint Mike Zwicker of Harlowton, Montana, as CEO-Administrator/Superintendent. The motion was made by Clarice Nelson and seconded by Herb Wandler. The appointment will be acted upon at the next meeting, May 28, with the position commencing May 29. Compensation offered Zwicker includes a salary of $150,500 per year.

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Oroville Community Fireworks display delayed until Sunday

OROVILLE – A misfire around 5:30 p.m. of a test shell sent licensed pyro-technician Bryan Sawyer to the hospital. The annual fireworks display has been moved to Sunday night, July 5th at dark at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park.

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Appreciate the work done behind the scenes

So many people work so hard behind the scenes to make May Day a fun day for everyone. I think it is time to say thank you to these guys.

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Use caution before following the masses

Reading multiple online posts, comments, emails, various newspaper editorials/articles and letters-to-the editor while also having conversations to people from all walks of life within our communities over the last several months regarding Commissioners Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy’s job performance during their first term in office, I urge my fellow Okanogan County citizens to be cautious when forming their own personal opinions.

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Lucky Duck Mining to open store on the Similkameen

OROVILLE – Alan Fisk has been chasing gold on the Similkameen River for nearly two decades, now he wants to help people learn to find gold themselves – not necessarily to get rich, but as an adventure.

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End-of-year enrollment holds steady at Oroville Schools

Kindergarten Round-up numbers down slightly OROVILLE – End of year enrollment at the Oroville School District appears to be about the same as the previous school year. “There’s one more count to go… currently we are at 544 to 546 FTEs, which is about the same as we had at the end of last year,” [...]

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court


Manuel Cabrera Jr., no middle name listed, 26, Omak, pleaded guilty June 16 to second-degree theft. The court dismissed additional charges of second-degree theft and first-degree trafficking in stolen property. The crime occurred March 25. In a second case, Cabrera pleaded guilty June 16 to theft of mail. That crime occurred during the month of February. Cabrera was sentenced to a total of six months in jail and fined $1,971.

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Donate to the Community Fireworks Display

Oroville’s Community Fourth of July Fireworks display has been a big hit for several years now and become an Independance Day tradition. The show is a big attraction to town, drawing people from across the border in Osoyoos to the north and Tonasket to the south. It’s a fun way to share an evening with your family whether your taking in the view from the park, in a boat on the lake, in your car along the highway or from one of the nearby lakeside homes and resorts.

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Hauenstein Memorial

A Celebration of Life for Glenn and Roger Hauenstein will be held at 11 a.m., June 20th at the Oroville United Methodist Church, followed by a lunch at 2 p.m. There will be an American Legion service at Riverview Cemetery for Roger.

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Squatters accused of killing woman with pickup

TONASKET – A man and woman suspected of squatting in an Aeneas Valley home are accused of killing a woman and severely injuring a man by driving over the couple with their pickup on Thursday, June 18

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