Asmussen and Kester lead in race for PUD Commissioner #3

OKANOGAN – Jerry D. Asmussen and Aaron Kester were the two top vote getters for the office of Okanogan County PUD Commissioner, District 3, in last Tuesday’s primary.

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Sawyer takes over as Director of Nursing Services at NVH

District planning to open sleep lab, Aug. 8 “From all the different options of reimbursement, the strongest option that was supported by all was the subsidizing of the emergency room from the communities.” Mike Zwicker, CEO North Valley Hospital District TONASKET – North Valley Hospital has chosen Lori Sawyer as an interim Director of Nursing [...]

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PUD commissioner candidates answer to the crowd

A large turnout of voters with lots of pertinent questions attended an Okanogan County PUD commissioner candidate forum held July 20 at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket, leaving candidates with the impression the public is ready for commissioners to hear their views.

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Former councilman Ed Naillon returns to Oroville Council

OROVILLE – At their Tuesday, July 5 Oroville City Council has agreed Ed Naillon’s request to fill an empty council seat until the next election.

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Oroville wearing its Art on its sleeve

OROVILLE – Oroville’s Main Street has been quietly transforming over the past few weeks. 49º North Artists ( is filling empty storefront windows with public art displays, creating a two-block long public art gallery.

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Tonasket Water Ranch splash park up and running

TONASKET – Tonasket’s Water Ranch and Splash Park opened at high noon Friday, July 1. The park, located in Chief Tonasket Park, is free to the public and open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Emotions run high at NO Paws Animal Shelter hearing

OKANOGAN – It was standing room only in the Okanogan County Commissioners’ board room last Thursday as proponents and opponents met to give testimony on whether an Oroville area animal shelter should be granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP).

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Get ready for rodeo and fireworks on the Fourth of July

NORTH COUNTY – Independence Day will be celebrated with a rodeo and fireworks again this year in the North County with the 74th Annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo, as well as the community fireworks display in Oroville.

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County gives Tonasket Medical Services bid to Lifeline

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Commissioners Jim DeTro, Sheila Kennedy and Ray Campbell awarded the bid for ambulance services in Tonasket to Lifeline last Friday (June 17).

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Geo-thermal Forums not well attended

NORTH COUNTY – North Valley Hospital held two community forums in Oroville and two in Tonasket last week to answer any questions the public might have about the geo-thermal project the hospital district is in the process of implementing for their heating and cooling needs. Three of the forums had zero attendance and two people attended the fourth one, held Wednesday, June 8 at the Tonasket Senior Center.

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