Students put together benches that were installed at various points along the Similkameen River Trail.

County holds meeting on Recreation Plan update in Oroville

OROVILLE – Ted Murray and Sharon McKinzie with the Okanogan County Planning office came to Oroville last week to discuss the county’s efforts to update the Comprehensive Recreation Plan and the results of an online public survey.

“The state and federal governments require an update every six years for the county to maintain grant eligibility,” said Ted Murray, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Okanogan County. “This doesn’t just help the county… the city can draw off it as well.”

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Richard Tapper of Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket received Ace Hardware Corporation's "Moment of Truth Award" in recognition for outstanding customer service. Photo by Brent Baker

Lee Frank employee receives Ace customer service awards

TONASKET – Richard Tapper is not a man to seek recognition.

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Oroville School District looking at two-year replacement M&O Levy

OROVILLE – Although there was some discussion of running the Oroville School District Maintenance and Operations Levies in each of the next two years, the superintendent and public comment at the Dec. 19 board meeting was leaning toward retaining the two-year replacement levy option.

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The Okanogan County Sheriff's office is seeking information on the whereabouts of Kyle A. Snyder, 20, Oroville. He is sought in connection with a burglary at the Okanogan Eagles on Friday, Dec. 30. OCSO photo

Deputies solve burglaries in Twisp and Okanogan within hours of being repor

OKANOGAN – At the same time suspects were getting themselves “caught on camera” stealing the same-said camera, other burglars were burglarizing cash from the Okanogan Eagles — within hours of the crimes being reported several suspects were under arrest and authorities are seeking an Oroville man suspected in the crimes.

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North county juveniles arrested for burglarizing Tonasket business, vehicle

TONASKET – Three juveniles were arrested in connection with a burglary at the Blue Bird Orchards warehouse, as well as the theft of an ATV and a pickup.

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Midway Mayor Randy Kappes stands beside the border port that he says links Midway to future prosperity.

Canadian official denies Midway and Chopaka border crossings may be closed

According to reports, Canada and the United States are negotiating to close several small border crossings and merge others due to a new perimeter security deal.

A leaked report revealed details of 20 “small ports of entry” located at rural or small-town crossings from St. Stephen, N.B. to Chopaka, B.C., and includes one at Midway (between Osoyoos and Grand Forks).

“We’re not all that thrilled about it,” said Jim Madder, Chief Administrative Officer for the Village of Midway.

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CCC to host Highland Wonders weather presentation

TONASKET – The Community Cultural Center of Tonasket will be hosting John Livingston of the Spokane National Weather Service (NOAA) on Friday, Jan. 6, to provide insight into the weather of the Okanogan Highlands and the surrounding areas.

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Oroville Planning Agency to present Critical Area Updates

OROVILLE – The Oroville Planning Agency will hold two informational meetings in January to share updated information on Critical Area Updates prior to holding a public hearing on the issue.

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Recreation Plan meetings scheduled around the county

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County will hold community meetings across the county to hear from residents about recreation and gather comments to update the 2012 Recreation Plan.

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Newly reelected Oroville Council Members (standing, L-R) Ed Naillon, Walt Hart III and Neysa Roley are sworn in at the Tuesday, Dec. 19 council meeting. City Clerk-Treasurer Kathy Jones led the three council members in the oath while Councilmen Tony Koepk

Oroville adopts 2012 budget of $6.5 million

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville adopted a $6,519,580 budget on Tuesday, Dec. 19, the last council meeting of 2011.

The budget provides $1,482,000 in total current expense, with some of the larger budget items in current expense being $540,450 for Law Enforcement, $163,500 in General Governmental Services/Finance/Administration, $145,100 in Ambulance Services, $142,000 in Planning and Community Development, $83,500 for the Airport and $68,000 for Fire Control.

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