Business

Marylou Kriner

Marylou’s, a variety store on Central in Oroville

OROVILLE – Mary Lou Kriner, a self-described “transplanted coastie,” has been living here for five years and recently opened Marylou’s Gifts and More at 722 Central Ave. in Oroville, Marylou’s is a “competitively priced variety store, our first day of business was Oct. 15 and our hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. [...]

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The Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant and Lounge open on Main in Oroville

OROVILLE – Trinidad Medina, probably best known locally for his Trino’s Mexican Restaurant, has opened The Plaza Restaurant and Lounge at 1412 Main Street in Oroville in the former Yo Yo’s location. Medina is originally from Mexico, but has been an Okanogan County resident for over 37 years. The Plaza Restaurant has been open for [...]

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Vicki's Unique Boutique

Vicki’s Unique Boutique brings building back to life

OROVILLE – Vicki’s Unique Boutique has opened at 1423 Main in the former Pub Tavern, which was at one time a bowling alley, so there’s lots of space for their goods, Vicki Hart is from Corvallis, Ore. and she moved here with her husband Walt, an Oroville native, in 1999. “We opened a thrift store [...]

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August shows mixed results for NVH

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital district showed a loss of about $100,000 for the month of August, but showed volumes beginning to trend in the right direction and a reduction in warrant levels, according to acting Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt’s report at the Thursday, Sept. 27, Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Prince's Foods

Prince’s Foods sells to independent grocer John Akins

OROVILLE – Prince’s Foods has been purchased by John Akins, an independent grocer with a family history in the grocery business.

The sale was announced on Wednesday, Sept 15 by Prince’s Foods owners Jim and Ben Prince, and the ownership and management transition will take effect next month on Oct. 15.

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Chris Celli loads scrap metal into a container that will be trucked to the coast and loaded on ships for reuse elsewhere. Celli buys several types of scrap metal at his CNC BuyBack Center, just south of Oroville on SR97. Photo by Gary DeVon

CNC BuyBack Center opens near Oroville

OROVILLE – Chris Celli has opened CNC BuyBack Center, a scrap metal and salvaging business, just south of Oroville at 32888 A Hwy. 97.

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NVH makes cuts to control warrants

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital District’s warrant level has stubbornly remained at over $2.5 million for several months, putting the hospital in danger of not getting its debt to Okanogan County paid off by its target date of Dec. 2013.

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A graph showing new construction values over the past two decades. Source: Okanogan County Assessor's Office

Methow Valley continues to lead in new construction, Oroville next

OKANOGAN – The Methow Valley School District represented nearly one-third of the value of all new construction in Okanogan County, according to Assessor Scott Furman’s office.

The assessor’s office uses the various school districts to determine the boundaries of each area included in their reports. While the Methow Valley was still on top of the list with $13,157,700 in new construction, or nearly 32 percent of the total, the Oroville School District was next with $6,006,600 in new construction, or 15 percent of the total.

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Leroy Smith, CCC Production Manager, stands next to a 1940/50's vintage French-brand seed crusher that was refurbished from two similar machines owned by the Carbon Cycle Crush. The machine, built in Piqua, Ohio, still needs to be hooked up to a 200HP ele

Refurbished seed mill added to line at Oroville canola plant

OROVILLE – Carbon Cycle Crush was showing off their new seed mill for crushing canola seeds at their plant in Oroville.

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This win over full bunk bed, with storage drawers beneath, is just one of many models the Ensz family builds as part of their newly-opened 1-800-Bunkbed business. Photo by Brent Baker

Local family starts bunkbed biz

TONASKET – Bryan and LaJune Ensz were looking for some additional income and some after-school and summer work for their boys.

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