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Tonasket Council weighs taxes vs. services

Approves ad valorem hike, debates utility tax TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council, which is still attempting to finalize its 2014 budget, worked at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting to strike the balance between maintaining services that are costing more to provide with the community’s desire not to have taxes raised. Even with a tax [...]

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Oroville offers winter weather reminder

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville has issued a reminder to all property owners/renters with sidewalks abutting their property in the Oroville City Limits.
According to Ordinance #570 all property owners with sidewalks abutting their property are responsible for keeping the sidewalks free of snow and ice.

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Preliminary NVH budget approved

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners, with a healthy crowd in attendance, approved its 2014 preliminary budget at its Thursday, Nov. 14, meeting. As discussed at the Oct. 31 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt presented a budget designed to stem consistent financial losses in the districts Long Term Care division. NVH [...]

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Akin’s Harvest Foods to sponsor tractor parade

OROVILLE – This year the annual Oroville Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Centennial Park. It will be be preceded by a Christmas Tractor Parade down Main Street.

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Pool, infrastructure, dominate Tonasket Council talk

TONASKET – Discussion about the future of the Tonasket Municipal Swimming pool continued at the Tuesday, Nov. 12, city council meeting after the council had had a chance to review a book-length report completed by Pool World of Spokane at its behest.

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Capital Christmas Tree rolls through Tonasket

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree passed through Tonasket on Wednesday, Nov. 6, to the delight of much of the Tonasket School District students, who lined the hill along SR-20 to catch a glimpse of the caravan on its way to Washington, D.C. This year’s tree grew on the Newport District of the U.S. National Forest [...]

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Advance care training for EMTs

NORTH COUNTY – Area residents will receive advanced emergency medical care after current EMTs graduate from a specialized from a course that is being taught for the first time in the state of Washington.

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Updated: Incumbents still ruling the day for local office

UPDATE: Even after the second vote count all incumbents for office, except Lael Duncan for North Valley Hospital Commissioner, have been returned to their previous posts. In fact, as of last Friday’s vote count, Teresa Hughes has gained in her run for the NVH Commissioner Position 5 seat. Dick Larson, in Position 4 for the Hospital Board maintained his lead against challenger Rosa Snyder.

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Thornton relative seeks Five-Star Service Flag for Oroville family

OROVILLE – A worn clipping from the Oroville Weekly Gazette from the mid-forties has started Thomas Wilburn, son of Verna Thornton Wilburn, on a quest to get the five star service flag promised to his family during World War II. The flag was to be given to the late Mr. and Mrs. Earl Thornton for [...]

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Viet Nam vet carves out a new life

Ken Fulford faces PTSD, life issues with humor, ingenuity TONASKET – The outcast military veteran living alone in the mountains is almost as much a part of Pacific Northwest folklore as the Sasquatch. But in Okanogan County, the off-the-grid veteran is quite real. Some live in isolation by choice. Others find withdrawal from society the [...]

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