Business

Local entrepreneur schools the pests and educates the customers

A pesky situation was the inspiration for Jason Verbeck to go into the weed and pest control business. Verbeck said he’s always been an entrepreneur, so when he tried to schedule an appointment and was told there would be a six-week wait and he would be charged several hundred dollars for a simple spray job, “it became very obvious to me that many area residents were being taken advantage of. We strive to get to all our our customers within 24 to 48 hours,” said Verbeck. “We use top of the line chemicals and have excellent equipment, and we still are almost always 50 to 75 percent less than what any other providers who will come to this area charge.”

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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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Tori Kindred elected State FBLA President

SPOKANE – Washington State FBLA state competition included over 2000 students this year and the competition was incredible. An exciting element again this year included the campaigning and preparation by Tori Kindred for state president as well as Ellamae Burnell for regional vice president representing the North Central Region.

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How do we keep our communities vital?

I just caught the tail end of the Pathways to Prosperity workshop held at the Pastime Bar & Grill recently. From what I saw it was interesting and seemed to focus, at least in the second half, on how Oroville can attract entrepreneurs to live here – especially that group of young people known as Millennials. You know, the ones that came after the Baby Boomers and Generation X, if we’re to put a label on it. The twenty to thirty somethings.

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Biochar presentation spurs conversation

More hands on demonstrations planned in future OROVILLE – Biochar – Capturing value from waste biomass by turning it into fine charcoal that can be used for other purposes, was the subject of a presentation made by Gloria Flora in Oroville last week, one of many she is making around the stat. Flora, who owns [...]

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Chris Branch

Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference

OROVILLE – The WSU Extension Office and the City of Oroville are asking people to join them on April 17 for the Rural Pathways to Prosperity Conference an joint effort to try and improve the local economies in rural areas.

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Hidden Treasures begins a new legacy

Norma Jean Hart and her daughter Jenny purchased the old Noots Drive-in” 26 years ago, remodeled the building and transformed it into Hidden Treasures and The Split End.

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Did you miss your Hometown?

John and Becky DesJardins are known to take time off in the winter, this year they didn’t head for warmer weather. Instead they closed Hometown Pizza and Pasta and reopened as a restaurant with a different spin on things. It’s something they’ve been wanting to do for quite a long time and John is a [...]

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North Valley Hospital District CEO resigns

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel tendered her resignation to the NVH Board of Commissioners Thursday, Dec. 11, following a lengthy executive session at the end of that evening’s board meeting.

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Dara Sylvester’s Allure Hair Designs will be holding its Grand Re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 22. Charlene Helm/staff photo

Allure Hair Designs to ‘re-open’ on Nov. 22

OROVILLE – Allure Hair Designs isn’t exactly new in town. However, the hair salon formerly known as Sonia’s Beauty Spot now boasts a new in name and with a familiar friend in Dara Sylvester now running the show, will be hosting its Grand Re-opening on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 10 a.m-2 p.m.

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