Sarah Quinlan crowned Tonasket Rodeo Queen

TONASKET – For the third straight year, there was just one candidate for the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Queen title.
That didn’t lessen the smile on Sarah Quinlan’s face as she was crowned 2015 Miss Tonasket Rodeo by 2014 Queen Brisa Leep at Saturday’s Tonasket Comancheros Rodeo Club dinner and coronation ceremony.

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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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Tonasket Council agrees on COLA/bonus combination

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council agreed on a plan to settle the salaries of city employees for 2015, voting unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to adopt Council Member Scott Olson’s compromise plan that adopted features of a pair of proposals sitting before the council.

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North County communities to kick off holiday season

NORTH COUNTY – The weatherman is predicting warmer temperatures by this week’s end which promises better weather for the annual kick offs to the holiday season by the communities of Tonasket and Oroville. For Tonasket that means Winterfest, which starts on Friday, Dec. 5 and carries over to Saturday and for Oroville it is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and lighted tractor parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Tonasket Schools approve $6.98 million bond

TONASKET – A year ago, Tonasket School District voters rejected a $6 million, 10-year bond that would have helped alleviate overcrowding, built a new Alternative/Outreach school and upgrade athletic facilities that in some cases pose safety hazards to participants.

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Oroville Council hears from Community Development Director

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard several items from Chris Branch, the city’s director of Community Development, at their Tuesday, Nov. 18 council meeting.

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Invitation to Thanksgiving dinner

OROVILLE – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered in Oroville and Chesaw this Thursday and everyone is invited to come in and share the holiday with family, friends and neighbors.

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Mayor Patrick Plumb

Tonasket Criminal Justice measure wins by single vote

OKANOGAN – If Tonasket’s Criminal Justice measure were a horserace, it would be a photo finish and it looks as though the self-imposed tax of 0.1 percent has won not by a nose, but by a whisker.

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Hospital Administrator presents two-pronged nursing home strategy

TONASKET – Citing the need to discuss “the elephant in the room,” North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel outlined a dual plan to cope with continuing financial losses at the North Valley Extended Care nursing home facility at the Thursday, Nov. 13, board of commissioners meeting.

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Oroville approves 1% increase in Ad Valorem tax

Railroad collector makes donations, including ‘speeder’ to Depot Museum OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council sprinted through their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with the main accomplishment of the night passing a one percent increase in the ad valorem taxes for the 2015 property tax revenues for the city and the EMS Levy. One percent is [...]

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