Gebbers Farms and Chelan Fruit step in to help Gold Digger growers, workers

OROVILLE – While Gold Digger Apples was basically shut down due to a $18.6 million bank loan being called and the company filing for bankruptcy, workers and growers were pleased to get back to work just in time for cherry harvest after others in the industry stepped in to lend a hand.

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Gold Digger Apples files for bankruptcy

OROVILLE – One of Oroville’s largest employers, Gold Digger Apples Inc., filed for bankruptcy protection in federal district court in Spokane last Thursday, May 27, while U.S. Bank seeks more than $18 million loan repayment.

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Esther Caton named Grand Lady of Founders Day

Esther Caton has been selected as the 2016 Founders Day Grand Marshal. A Tonasket native, Caton still lives on the family homestead up Pine Creek where she was raised.

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Mayor Chuck Spieth

Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth loses battle with health issues

OROVILLE – The sad news that Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth had succumbed to pneumonia after battling cancer was shared at the Tuesday, May 16 city council meeting

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Tonasket opposes moving juvenile facility

TONASKET – Mayor Patrick Plumb and all five Tonasket City Council members signed a resolution for maintaining and operating a juvenile detention facility in Okanogan County. The resolution was adopted at the May 10 city council meeting.

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Pet shelter in the works for Okanogan County

TONASKET – Mayor Patrick Plumb declared May 27-28 and June 3-4 to be this year’s Poppy Days in Tonasket.

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Oroville asked to annex into Rural EMS District

OROVILLE – Chris Branch, director of community development, gave an update on EMS services, discussing the county commissioners’ request that the city annex their portion of the ambulance service into that of the Rural EMS District.

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82nd May Festival theme is ‘Candyland Enchantment’

OROVILLE – Queen Narya Naillon and Princesses Zoe Wittaker Jameson and Lena Fuchs are extending a royal invitation to attend this year’s 82nd Oroville May Festival with events on Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14.

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Four ‘ladies of education’ are this year’s Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – Four ladies of education are this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals – Joyce Forthun, Jo Mathews, Judy DeVon and Esther Sorenson.

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Annexation plans near Tonasket put on hold

TONASKET – A public workshop held April 19 with residents living in areas being considered for annexation found several residents not in favor of the idea.

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