Community Development Director talks about the four T’s and two M’s

OROVILLE – When Chris Branch, Oroville’s director of Community Development addressed the chamber of commerce, he said the questions he gets most recently involve transportation, tourism, trails and trees, as well as mosquitos and marijuana.

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Help on the way: TPD to get new patrol car

TONASKET – Tonasket Police Chief Rob Burks is willing to sacrifice a bit of the future in order to satisfy a dire need in the here and now. With the Tonasket Police in danger of being paralyzed by the failure of its aging fleet of vehicles, Burks gave his blessing to the Tonasket City Council’s [...]

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Okanogan County Fair 2013 Results

Grand Champions, Reserve Champions, Special Award winners from the county fair.

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Rice reflects on his career after (mostly) retiring

TONASKET – Jim Rice figures he didn’t draw his gun with an intent to shoot more than half a dozen times in his 24 years as a Tonasket police officer. But those moments, while rare, certainly left a lasting impression.

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PNT hikers sought – and found – adventure

OROVILLE – Taking on a marathon backcountry trip like the Pacific Northwest Trail is not necessarily recommended for novices. But that hasn’t slowed down Brian Magelssen, Matt Marquardt and Austin Wagoner, who decided to tackle the 1,200-mile trail this summer.

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Community Action puts up challenge

“Could you live on $29 a week …?” OKANOGAN COUNTY – Okanogan County Community Action Council is challenging the entire county to live on a SNAP( formerly known as food stamp ) budget for one week! Could you live on $29 a week per person? “It’s pretty obvious that hunger is a growing problem when [...]

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2013 Demo Derby results | Slideshow

2013 Tonasket Comancheros Demolition Derby results 1st Heat – Trophy sponsor: The Junction 1. #303 Robert Hallam 2. #71 Jake Taylor 3. #64 David Brown 4. #36c Darryl Ortuno 2nd Heat – Trophy sponsor: George Frank 1. #303 Jimmy Caveness 2. #64 David Brown 3. #4400 Brandon Weller 4. #71 Jake Taylor 3rd Heat – [...]

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Table Mountain Star Party camps out in Okanogan Highlands

Eden Valley Guest Ranch hosts group displaced by 2012 fire OROVILLE – Amateur astronomers tend to be a hardy bunch, rolling their telescopes into the night when more sane folk are tucked away in their beds. So when the site of the annual Table Mountain Star Party burned during last fall’s wildfire in the mountains [...]

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Tonasket FFA to host annual barbecue, dessert auction

  TONASKET – The Tonasket FFA Alumni and friends will be hosting its annual barbecue on Thursday, Aug. 15, at 6:00 p.m. at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds, followed by a dessert auction. All are welcome to the annual fundraiser for FFA activities – not just FFA alumni. Desirae Coe, president of the Tonasket FFA Alumni, [...]

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Tonasket commits funds to next phase of pool project

TONASKET – The long and arduous process of making a new swimming pool in Tonasket officially moved into its next phase as the City Council voted to commit $17,980 to a study that will yield concrete options and cost estimates that can be put before the community for discussion. The motion, initiated by new council [...]

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