Oroville approves small rezone

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a rezone of property from commercial to residential at their Tuesday, Feb. 12 council meeting.

The request for a rezone was submitted by Greg and Charlene Helm on property they own on the south end of town near Gold Digger’s bin storage lot. The issue was discussed by the council and Chris Branch, director of community development, in a closed record hearing presided over by the mayor.

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Omak School Superintendent dies in accident

PATEROS – Omak School Superintendent Dr. Arthur H. Himmler, 68, died when his car left the road, rolled and he was ejected from this pickup truck. Dr. Himmler was on his way to a conference for school administrators from throughout the region. According to the Washington State Patrol Dr. Himmler was driving his 2008 Ford [...]

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Special Meeting of Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – There is a Special Meeting of the Tonasket City Council planned for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 in the Tonasket City Council room from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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NVH commissioners hear community outcry at board meeting

  TONASKET – Emotions ran high at the North Valley Hospital’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31, as more than 75 people packed the board room and adjoining offices to express their opinions about the impending closing of the Assisted Living facility. Since the board approved a recommendation to close the facility, effective [...]

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NVH Board of Commissioners issues response

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners issued a response Tuesday to a statement read by Don Atchison on behalf of the Concerned Citizens for the Tonasket Assisted Living at the NVH Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31. That response can be read in its entirety here (links to PDF of original file).

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More cougar sightings in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Oroville Police Department is reporting residents have sighted a cougar and possibly a cub in the Highland Drive/Summit Drive/Deerpath area.

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Ecology ends burn bans in Okanogan County

OLYMPIA – Effective 10 a.m. Feb. 5, 2013, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will end the Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan County.

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Stage 1 burn ban called in Okanogan County

YAKIMA– A Stage 1 burn ban will go into effect at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, in Okanogan County, according to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), and will continue at least until 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2013, when it could be called off or extended. Air quality is expected to deteriorate through much of the weekend.

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Tonasket Kiwanis Groundhog Dinner this Saturday

TONASKET – The 29th Annual Tonasket Kiwanis Club Groundhog Dinner will be this Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Tonasket High School Commons.

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Oroville (Wash.) School District Superintendent Steve Quick

Oroville School Board renews Supt. Quick’s contract

OROVILLE – After returning from executive session to evaluate Superintendent Steve Quick, the Oroville School Board announced they would be renewing his contract for a three-year term.

“I move to approve Mr. Quick’s three-year contract as written,” said School Director Amy Wise at the board’s meeting Tuesday, Jan. 29.

The renewal includes an increase in pay of $2,000 each of the next three years.

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