What kind of park do you want? (Vote in the Poll)

OROVILLE – While there has been a big push to make a soccer field out of the new Princes’ Heritage Park, no decision on what kind of park the former bin storage lot will become has been made.

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TONASKET – Crazy Mary entered the waters of the Okanogan River for her christening voyage Sunday, March 22, at Chief Tonasket Park. Steering her was her creator, William Clark’s great great great great grandson Churchill.

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A Tombstone for Charley – Parts I, II & III

LOOMIS – The tombstone arrived at the gravesite in Loomis 110 years after the occupant made the trip. There may have been a time when the small society of the old mining camp knew well just who and what Charles E. Long was in 1894. In 2004, the chiseled name was only a mystery. His eternal resting place in the Mountain View Cemetery had been long-ago forgotten, the original marker destroyed in an earlier wildfire. No record of this internment existed. Maybe there had been some kind of mistake.

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Property owners worry about future flooding

OROVILLE – After last month’s flooding of Tonasket Creek, several area property owners are trying to find out just what they can do to prevent future damage to their orchards and businesses.

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Tonasket City Council clarifies sewer responsibilities

The Tonasket City Council amended Ordinance No.755 regarding side sewer ownership, operation and maintenance to clearly read that property owners are responsible for all costs of hooking up to the sewer, from their home all the way to the sewer main. Property owners have always been responsible for costs of operation and maintenance out to the sewer main, but the wording in the ordinance needed further clarification.

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Interim hospital administrator introduced

TONASKET – Interim Administrator/Superintendent Ron O’Halloran was introduced at the March 12 North Valley Hospital District board meeting, along with his wife Ann, both of Curlew. O’Halloran will be filling the position vacated by Linda Michel, beginning April 1.

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Who will provide ambulance service?

OROVILLE – The Oroville EMS Association approached the city with a proposal they believe will address the issues with the ambulance service – namely a shortage of staff and the lack of a director.

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Linda Michel

NV Hospital has $1 million in the bank

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital Administrator Linda Michel has been put on paid administrative leave through April 3, 2015. Her last day with the hospital was Thursday, Feb. 26.

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Ray and Victoria Attwood are 2015 Founders Day Grand Marshals

TONASKET – Ray and Victoria Attwood of Ellisforde are this year’s Founders Day Grand Marshals. The nomination, announced at the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Banquet, came as a surprise to both of them.

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Oroville gives $1000 toward new county K-9

OROVILLE – Seeing value in having a police dog available in the North County, the City of Oroville presented a check for $1000 to purchase a trained K-9 for the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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