Community

Father’s Day Fly-in planned for this weekend

The 27th Annual Tonasket Fathers’ Day Fly-in is scheduled for June 18th and 19th. This Fly-In has become one of the events in the Tonasket area that the general public looks forward to every year. The main activities are a Saturday evening steak BBQ and a Sunday morning breakfast organized and staffed by members of the Tonasket Airport Improvement Club and other volunteers.

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County Commissioners to put Tonasket EMS services out to bid

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Commissioners issued a Request for Qualifications from potential vendors to take over Tonasket Emergency Medical Services (EMS), with plans to put it out to bid June 17.

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Oroville annexation hearing draws some complaints

OROVILLE – Oroville held a public hearing on the proposed annexation of more of the Oroville Reman and Reload company into the city at the council’s Tuesday, June 7 meeting.

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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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