The Oroville CARES Coalition recently put up a billboard featuring the winning student entry in a contest illustrating the theme "Drugs Destroy Families." First place was awarded to Reese Noel, a second grader at Oroville Elementary. His artwork incorporates a broken heart and tears, clearly portraying how drug abuse affects both families and individuals. Natalie Rodriguez, grade six, claimed second place with her rendition of a loving family hiking in the woods. Third place winner, Yudany Padilla, grade three, portrays a family posing happily in their yard near a fruit laden apple tree. The City of Oroville donated $750 to the coalition toward the billboard.

Oroville prepares to rehab Well #1

OROVILLE – Oroville’s superintendent of Public Works, Rod Noel, discussed the future rehabilitation of the city’s Well #1, which has been in need of upgrades for the past five years, at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Five seek queen’s crown for May Fest 2016, Selection Night Monday, Feb. 15

OROVILLE – This year sees five candidates who would like to be crowned the Oroville May Festival Queen for 2016. They are Zoe Whittaker Jameson, Narya Naillon, Bonnie Roley, Lena Fuchs and Pie Todd, all juniors at Oroville High School.

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Claire Jeffko elected as Mayor Pro Tem

TONASKET – City Council Member Claire Jeffko has been named Mayor Pro Tem for the next two years, replacing Jill Vugteveen who has served in that role since January 2014. A mayor pro tempore assumes mayoral duties in the event of a mayor’s absence.

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NVH board approves investment of revenue in new equipment

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital registered two patients over 103 years old in 2015, according to Jana Symonds in her year-end report at North Valley Hospital’s January 28 board meeting.

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North Valley Hospital looks closely at strengths, weaknesses

Mike Zwicker, CEO of North Valley Hospital, presented conclusions drawn from a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis to the Board of Commissioner’s meeting January 14. The SWOT analysis was performed by members of NVH senior leadership, managers and one board member as part of NVH’s Strategic Planning and development of one-year, three-year and five-year goals.

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Oroville considering request for road change

OROVILLE – Councilman Jon Neal was selected to serve as Oroville’s Mayor Pro Tempore, should Mayor Chuck Spieth be unable to attend a city council meeting.

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Economic Roundtable to be held at Oroville Grange

OROVILLE – The economic downturn in the U.S. economy is hitting hard here in Oroville. Our Main Street is struggling from the lack of spendable Income in the hands of our people. Jobs are hard to find and often wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living. We need local solutions from local people. To facilitate this process the Oroville Grange is hosting and Economic Round Table at the Grange 622 Fir St. Oroville on Saturday, Jan. 30.

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Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Banquet

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet and Auction is this Thursday, Jan. 21 at the Community Cultural Center at 411 Western Ave.

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Strapped for cash, Tonasket declines Stormwater plan

TONASKET – Tonasket City Council members hit a deadline for approving or declining a standard loan of $27,500 along with a forgivable loan for the same amount from the Washington State Department of Ecology for a Storm-water Facility Plan.

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Hughes’ Department Store not closing

OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest retailers, Hughes’ Department Store, will remain open despite nearly closing due to falling sales says owner Jack Hughes.

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