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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In 2011 Gorman Brothers Inc. spent $5.5 million three new dry kilns and bio-energy steam plant at their Oroville Reman & Reload facility. The company told the Oroville City Council it plans an additional $10 million in upgrades, including a state-of-t

Oroville Reman and Reload plans $10 million in upgrades

OROVILLE – A representative of Oroville Reload and Reman told the Oroville City Council that the parent company plans $10 million in upgrades to their facilities.

Doug Tracey, from B.C.-based Gorman Brothers Inc., Oroville Reman & Reload’s parent company, updated the city council on the wood products manufacturer’s plans at their Tuesday, April 10 meeting. Tracy said Reman & Reload had $4.2 million worth of revenue last year, an increase in $1.4 million due to several plant upgrades. These included the addition of three dry kilns, as well as an increase in molder volume, the edge glue line and lumber loading. He credits the heavy haul corridor…

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Steve and Linda Colvin, owners of Esther Bricques Winery in Oroville, were on hand at the Taste of Washington last weekend in Seattle promoting their wines as well as the Oroville area. Fellow Oroville Chamber members Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, with the Tum

New website to be introduced at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will introduce its totally redesigned website at the Thursday, April 12 meeting being held at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Oroville Public Library.

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Cecilia Ray and Wes Westphal have opened World of Gaia in Oroville and sell a wide variety of rocks and minerals from around the world, both online and in their new store. The couple also sells jewelry making and rock hounding supplies. Photo by Gary DeVo

World of Gaia moves from online to Main Street

OROVILLE – World of Gaia, an online business selling a large assortment of tumbled and specimen rocks, carved stone gifts in animal and heart shapes, rock hounding books, tumblers and related items, has opened for business at 1321 Main St. in Oroville.

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Exercise has benefits for all ages and Studio Fit and Fab offers many opportunities to get in shape at 2002 Main Street in Oroville. submitted photo

Studio Fit and Fab now offering fitness classes

OROVILLE – Studio Fit and Fab opened in January of this year and has a grand opening scheduled for Feb. 20 through Feb. 26.

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Briety Tufte, a professional dance instructor, will be teaching ballet to people of all ages in classes to be held at the Oroville Fitness Center. Registration is this Thursday. Photo by Gary DeVon

Ballerina offers classes at Oroville Fitness

OROVILLE – Breity Tufte will be teaching ballet for all ages at the Oroville Fitness Center beginning this spring.

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The Burnells - Noah, Heather, Ellamae, Elija and Jasper. The couple recently opened the Phoenix Café and Gallery in the old Inn at Molson location. Submitted photo.

Burnells open the Phoenix Cafe and Gallery at Molson

MOLSON – Noah and Heather Burnell have recently taken over the Inn at Molson and transformed it into the Phoenix Café and Gallery.

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Tonasket Pizza Company: New owner, same pizza

TONASKET – There won’t be much changing at the Tonasket Pizza Company, despite a recent change in ownership.

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Vo-Ag teachers Walt Arnold from Oroville and Matt Debach from Tonasket get a look at Carbon Cycle Crush's Oroville canola crush plant last Monday. Debach also brought several FFA students to tour the operation. Photos by Gary DeVon

Canola crushing plant turns 10 tons of locally grown seeds to oil and meal

OROVILLE – Carbon Cycle Crush proved it can be done as 10 tons of locally grown canola seed from the Havillah area was pressed into oil and meal before invited guests last Monday.

The crushing took place following a luncheon put on by the company which has built its plant in the old Oro Fruit warehouse on Appleway Ave. The CCC’s goal is to crush 50 tons of seed a day in three shifts, 24/7. To start the company will be mostly crushing imported Canadian-grown seed from the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan, but to crush more locally-grown seed like Jim Bunch’s that was being crushed that day is also a goal.

Prior to the start up of the seed press, an emotional Carbon Cycle Crush vice-president Ryan Skinner thanked several people for their help in getting the plant to this point. Then company president Tim King, a former employee of the USDA made a presentation of the company’s goals, including replicating similar plants in several locations throughout the state and perhaps Canada.

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