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Architect on board for Tonasket Schools project

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board voted Monday, Sept. 8, to accept Superintendent Paul Turner’s recommendation to hire Design West Architects to guide the district through the facilities expansion construction project that still has yet to be funded.

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Fall Prescribed Burning planned on the Tonasket Ranger District

TONASKET – Depending on conditions, Fuels Specialists on the Tonasket Ranger District could begin their fall prescribed burning program as early as next week; with underburns planned northwest of Conconully as well as east and southeast of Tonasket.

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Hot Lake topic of Oroville Chamber meeting

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce’s first meeting of the fall on Thursday, Sept. 18 will feature a presentation by researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Labs. The PNNL has for several years been conducting research on Hot Lake, a very small pond less than 2 miles NE of Oroville that does not freeze over in the winter.

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Tonasket seeks more info from emergency management

TONASKET – The devastating wildfires that scorched much of the southern half of Okanogan County this summer highlighted the need for managing emergencies that are larger than what local resources can handle.

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Tonasket fall clean-up Sept. 20

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket will be hosting its annual Fall Clean-Up on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Tonasket City Shop next to Chief Tonasket Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Forest Service welcomes new Tonasket District Ranger

TONASKET – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Michael Balboni announced the selection of Matthew Reidy as the new Tonasket District Ranger.

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Canadian company shelves Similkameen dam plan

PRINCETON, B.C. – Fortis Inc. will not move forward with their proposed Similkameen River water management and hydroelectric project at this time, according to an announcement made by the company on Sept. 4. Fortis said it made the decision based on the results of its most recent project feasibility studies.

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Oroville woodcutter killed by tree

OROVILLE – An Oroville man died of injuries suffered when a tree being cut by a fellow woodcutter fell on him Friday, Sept. 12.

“At around 2:50 p.m. Okanogan County Sheriff Deputy Josh Petker and emergency personnel responded to 506 Forest Service 3525 Road in reference to a subject had a tree fall on him,” said Sheriff Frank Rogers.

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PUD warns of scam calls

OKANOGAN COUNTY - Okanogan County PUD customers have notified the PUD of a few new telephone scams that they have received. In the Oroville area, customers reported being called by a computerized auto-attendant. A female voice announced itself as “Okanogan County PUD Collections” and attempted to collect payment. Another north county customer received a voicemail message [...]

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Pastime Bar & Grill closes while reinventing itself

OROVILLE – The Deep Water Blues Band played the last note for the Pastime Bar & Grill last Thursday as the business closed for a month promising to reopen in October under a new name and vision.

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