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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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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Update: Newby Lake Fire

As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, July 9, the Newby Lake fire had grown to 2501 acres with zero containment. It continues to burn northwest of Loomis, Washington; mostly in timber up against rocks.

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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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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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Lightning sparks Wildhorse fire on Mt. Hull

OROVILLE – Tonasket Ranger District’s firefighters continue to respond to fires caused by last Sunday night’s lightning, including the Wildhorse Fire on Mt. Hull which grew to 185 acres by Monday evening.

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Oroville school staff to get Gap training

OROVILLE – While it was advertised as a public input meeting on Gap training and the potential arming of trained school staff, most people who attended seemed to be content to listen to Jon Ladines founder of Force Dynamics explain his training programs.

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Words from the umpire

Dear Editor,
Being politically correct is not one of the burning desires in my life. Rather, I’d like to think that I’m an umpire who calls it as he sees it. Granted some calls an umpire makes are incorrect and some are only questionable but most of them are ‘right on.’

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Oroville to open city’s streets to ATV use

OROVILLE-The Oroville City Council adopted an ordinance allowing people to drive their ATVs on its city streets at their Tuesday, July 7 meeting.

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Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still on hold

At the PUD regular commission meeting Monday, July 13, Commissioner Scott Vejraska reported on a June 30 meeting he had with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to discuss the possibility of NOAA playing the role of lead agency in the potential decommissioning and removal of Enloe Dam.

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Should Oroville School teachers be armed?

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board is considering training school staff in ways to respond to threats in the school, as well as allowing a select number of staff to receive training to be able to carry concealed weapons on school grounds – but before they would approve either or both, they will be seeking public comment next Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons.

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Enough already

Dear Editor,

In response to two items in your July 6, edition, first, the guest editorial was headlined “Activist Court Bails out Obamacare.” It is an easily observed fact that the ONLY time that the right wing refers to the court as activist is when it displeases their narrow interests.

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Lillian Mae Tibbs

Lillian Mae Tibbs

Lillian Mae Tibbs, 86, of Oroville, WA, passed away July 9, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Lillian was born to Raymond and Dora (Duncan) Hudson on May 17, 1929, in Greenville, SC. Lillian was raised and educated Salt Lake City, UT.

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