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Public upset over Tonasket Police Department issues

TONASKET — The Tonasket City Council meeting last Tuesday, Jan. 8, quickly turned into a heated debate, continuing an ongoing discussion regarding the police department. Some council members even suggested the mayor resign over the issue.

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‘No confidence’ in Tonasket mayor voiced by two councilmembers

TONASKET — Tonasket Councilwomen Christa Levine and Jill Ritter said they have no confidence in Mayor Dennis Brown following the actions he took which resulted in the firing of the police chief and disbanding of the police department.

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Former police chief alleged to have falsified documents, lied

TONASKET- Tonasket City Council held a special meeting on Jan. 2, to hear from members of the community before voting to begin negotiations with the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office for police coverage.

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Tonasket Police Chief fired, rehired and fired again

TONASKET — Tonasket Police Chief Darin Odegaard was fired for the second time in less than a week after a special meeting of the Tonasket City Council held on Thursday, Dec. 20 to evaluate his performance.

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Tonasket Police Chief and Reserve Officer fired by Tonasket Mayor

TONASKET- The Tonasket Civil Service Commission held a special meeting today, Dec. 17, to discuss the sudden termination of Chief Darin Odegaard and Reserve Officer John Cruz.

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Okanogan County Commissioners lift burn ban

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Board of Commissioners lifted the countywide burn ban on Monday, Oct. 8 with Resolution 104-2018.

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NVH and Three Rivers discuss collaboration between hospital districts

TONASKET — Representatives of North Valley Hospital and Three Rivers Hospital districts held a special meeting to discuss the possible collaboration of the two facilities, including sharing one CEO.

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