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Law enforcement makes several arrests in local thefts

OKANOGAN – After a lengthy investigation by the sheriff’s office and local police departments, several arrests have been made in connection with a spate of burglaries and thefts taking place in the county.

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Special filing period for vacant seats

OROVILLE – There will be a special three-day filing period for offices for which no candidate filed during the regular filing period.

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‘Okanogan’ Smith’s burial plot located

SEATTLE – Two years after his death and burial, Hiram “Okanogan” Smith’s mortal remains were disinterred, moved, and lost, until recently.
Oroville researcher Dorothy Petry, working with Seattle’s Lake View Cemetery’s Julie Lundquist, believes Smith’s burial plot has been found.

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Gray wolf management could shift to state

OLYMPIA – The management of gray wolves in Washington could soon be exclusively under state control thanks to a proposal announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to end federal protection for the species.

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Breadline Cafe opens new summer diner

OROVILLE – The Breadline Cafe has packed up its swimming suit, beach umbrella and sunscreen for the summer. Omak’s premier dining establishment is pleased to announce the opening of its second location: Breadline at the Beach at Oroville’s Veranda Beach Resort.

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Oroville sets Critical Areas Workshop

OROVILLE – There was still no public comment on the updates to the Oroville’s Critical Areas/Comprehensive Plan Amendments so the council decided to set up a one-hour workshop prior to their June 18 meeting to answer questions and take testimony.

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Mid-month packed with Midsummer Fest, Car Show and Fly-in

NORTH COUNTY – You might call it ‘Planes, (no) trains and automobiles,’ because June 15 and 16 have at least two of the three in their events, although the third takes place in one of the first towns to have train service in Okanogan County.

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Shop Tavern changes hands

OROVILLE – Bernice “Bunny” and Ike Williams are the new owners of the Shop Tavern located at 2002 Main Street in Oroville. The business will be managed by their son, Richard Williams.

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Tonasket Ave. and yard sale ordinances pass

TONASKET – Ordinances to regulate the proliferation of yard sales in Tonasket, and to manage traffic in the Tonasket Avenue area, were passed at the Tuesday, May 28, Tonasket City Council meeting.

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Hospital faces boiler issue

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District’s efforts to bring down its warrant levels may be slowed by urgent infrastructure needs that have cropped up recently and may cost significant money to address. Chief Information Officer Kelly Cariker, who is also in charge of facility issues, reported on two issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

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