Cougar makes an early morning appearance in town

TONASKET – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDF&W) Police received a call about a cougar treed by a dog on Seventh Street in Tonasket Thursday, May 20.

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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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What kind of park do you want? (Vote in the Poll)

OROVILLE – While there has been a big push to make a soccer field out of the new Princes’ Heritage Park, no decision on what kind of park the former bin storage lot will become has been made.

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A Tombstone for Charley – Parts I, II & III

LOOMIS – The tombstone arrived at the gravesite in Loomis 110 years after the occupant made the trip. There may have been a time when the small society of the old mining camp knew well just who and what Charles E. Long was in 1894. In 2004, the chiseled name was only a mystery. His eternal resting place in the Mountain View Cemetery had been long-ago forgotten, the original marker destroyed in an earlier wildfire. No record of this internment existed. Maybe there had been some kind of mistake.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Out of My Mind: Everyone loves the circus

I have fond memories of watching the Wenatchee Youth Circus when it used to come to town. As a kid it was one of the special events that remains in my memories today and I was disappointed that they did not come to town more often. While Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce president, I had the [...]

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Clifton Robert Scroggins, 42, Okanogan, pleaded guilty May 15 to distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The crime occurred June 23, 2014. In a separate case, Scroggins pleaded guilty May 15 to POCS (methamphetamine), first-degree DWLS, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a deadly weapon. Those crimes occurred March 7, 2014. In a separate case, Scroggins pleaded guilty May 15 to two additional counts of distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Those crimes occurred Feb. 26 and March 3. Scroggins was sentenced to 20 months in prison and fined a total of $3,550.50.

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FFA faces disappointment and distinction at State Convention

PULLMAN – Several Tonasket FFA teams competed at State Convention May 14-16, with both individuals and teams rising to the top in multiple divisions. This was the 85th Washington FFA Convention, held at the WSU campus.

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Tonasket Council sets public hearing on Six Year Transportation Plan

TONASKET – Tonasket City Council’s second meeting in June will include a public hearing for the Six Year Transportation Plan. The community is invited to come and express any needs they see at the meeting about roads in the city of Tonasket. The needs are prioritized every year, and filed with county agencies for future funding. The public hearing is set for the June 23 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

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May Festival a tremendous effort

Dear Editor,
Having moved back to Oroville at the end of last year, I felt a great need to jump in and give back to the community in which I grew up. In 1988 I had the honor of representing Oroville as a May Festival Princess, so of course, May Day seemed like the perfect place to use my extra energy towards helping my home town.

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Raymond James Blystone

Raymond James “Jim” Blystone was born in Penticton, B.C., Canada on November 24, 1946, he passed away on May 1, 2015.

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Next fall’s elections should be interesting

OKANOGAN COUNTY – It looks like next fall’s election is shaping up to be an interesting one as several local offices have incumbents facing challengers.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Brandon William Cate, 28, Tonasket, pleaded guilty May 8 to second-degree burglary, attempted second-degree theft, first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal trespassing. Cate was sentenced to 10 months in jail and fined $600 for the Jan. 24 crimes.

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Editorial Gary Mug

Remembering Mount St. Helens

Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Mount St. Helens blew her top. May 18, 1980 had many different impacts on those living in the Pacific Northwest depending on where you were, but many of us still remember what they were doing when they heard the news.

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