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DOT shelves proposed SR97 roundabout, has new plan

OKANOGAN – An unpopular plan to put a roundabout on Highway 97 at the intersection with Cameron Lake and Armory Junction roads has been stopped for now as the state Department of Transportation yielded to public pressure opposing it.

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EMT training offered in Tonasket

Tonasket EMS director will be teaching an Emergency Medical Technician course from November through February in Tonasket.

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WSDOT announces changes to US-97 / Cameron Rd. plan

Date:  Friday, October 12, 2012 Contact: Jeff Adamson WSDOT Communications 509-667-2815 (Wenatchee) Kevin Waligorski WSDOT Project engineer 509-667-2860 (Wenatchee) Turn lanes, warning beacons may be lower-cost way to reduce collisions OKANOGAN – Engineers have revised their plans for the US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection thanks to feedback from the public at September’s open house. Instead of a roundabout, the [...]

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Major 6-day lane closure over Snoqualmie Pass starts Oct. 14

Date:  Friday, October 05, 2012 Contact: Meagan McFadden, WSDOT communications, 509-577-1618 (Yakima) Mike Westbay, WSDOT communications, 509-728-4712 (Yakima) Drivers need to plan for added travel time to avoid major delays HYAK – Drivers could face major delays when crews reduce Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to one lane in each direction. Crews will close one lane in [...]

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An ancient river of gold

OROVILLE – Bob Larson believes he’s located gold in what he calls a paleo-channel, an ancient river bed that parallels and crosses the Similkameen River.
He and his partners in Similkameen LLP feel this could be a major find, but they don’t have the financing to continue their exploration.

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Tonasket Swimming Pool

Swimming pool talk continues in Tonasket council

TONASKET – Just about everyone wants a swimming pool in the city of Tonasket. How to go about funding the construction — and, more problematically, the maintenance — of a pool has been the topic of discussion at several Tonasket City Council meetings in recent months. Joyce Fancher, who organized the first “friends of the [...]

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Osoyoos’ Richter Pass Motorplex hosts valley-wide challenge

OSOYOOS – The final drag race of the Wine Country Racing Association’s (WCRA) 2012 season is closing in on us. Sunday, Oct. 7, the day before Thanksgiving in Canada, is the Okanagan Car Club Challenge. An adrenaline rush on Sunday may help digest that turkey on Monday. Racers from three Okanagan Valley car clubs will [...]

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August shows mixed results for NVH

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital district showed a loss of about $100,000 for the month of August, but showed volumes beginning to trend in the right direction and a reduction in warrant levels, according to acting Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt’s report at the Thursday, Sept. 27, Board of Commissioners meeting.

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Oroville School Board goes ‘paperless’

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board went “paperless” at their Monday, Sept. 24 meeting, trading the large stacks of paper they once had to wade through, for iPads with the documents preloaded prior to the meeting.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune wins General Excellence Award from WNPA

YAKIMA – The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune took top honors at last weekend’s Washington Newspaper Publishers Association convention with a first place in the prestigious General Excellence category for circulation group 1.

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