Oroville to move police station to old Border Patrol office

OROVILLE – After thinking that the opportunity had slipped away, Oroville is now the proud owner of the old U.S. Border Patrol Station on Main Street.

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Tonasket won’t participate in Fire Economic Recovery Strategic Plan

TONASKET – Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb was sorely disappointed when a motion he put before City Council members failed for a lack of votes. The motion called for paying the NCW Economic Development District $2500 to be part of a data collection survey called the Okanogan County Fire Economic Recovery Strategic Plan.

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NVH partners with Oroville and Tonasket schools for career exploration

TONASKET – Tonasket and Oroville High Schools have partnered with North Valley Hospital (NVH) to provide career exploration opportunities to students.

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Oroville to loan building inspector to Omak

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council agreed to share Building Inspector Christian Johnson’s services with Omak while their building inspector recovers from a fall from the room of a business.

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NVH moves forward with geothermal plans

TONASKET – Representatives Jason Schmidt and Casey McGourin from McKinstry, an energy services company hired by North Valley Hospital, presented updates on Phase 2 of the project at the hospital’s board meeting Thursday, Feb. 11. Also in attendance was Kirsten G. Wilson, PE (Professional Engineer) from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services’s Energy Program.

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City Planner Danison briefs Tonasket council on projects

TONASKET – City Planner Kurt Danison shared positive news with Tonasket City Council members after meeting with the Utilities and Transportation Commission and Railroad representatives Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Narya Naillon selected as 2016 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – “I am so grateful to get the chance to get the chance to represent the town as queen. It is a truly and amazing place to grow up and I am proud to have this opportunity. I’m so excited,” said Narya Naillon, about being selected this year’s 2016 May Festival Queen.

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This year’s 2016 May Festival Royalty are l-r Princess Zoe Whittaker-Jameson, Queen Narya Naillon and Princess Lena Fuchs. The girls were chosen from a field of five would-be royalty at the  May Festival Selection Night held last Monday evening at the Oroville High School Commons. The selection was made both by  a panel of judges from Oroville, Tonasket and  Osoyoos as well as from voting by the audience. The girls were interviewed by the judges in private, as well as being judged on modeling and poise, an impromptu question and their speeches.

Slideshow: May Fest Royalty Selection Night 2016

This year’s 2016 May Festival Royalty Selection Night was held on Monday, Feb. 22 at the Oroville High School Commons. Candidates for May Festival Queen and Princesses were Narya Naillon, Zoe Whittaker-Jameson, Lena Fuchs, Bonnie Roley and Pie Todd. This slideshow includes photos from the event.

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NVH sums up medical services provided in 2015

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital staff presented year-end reports at their board meeting Jan. 28.

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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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