Environmental groups appeal Ecology permit for Enloe Dam project

OROVILLE – This week several national, state and local environmental groups appealed a decision by the state Department of Ecology that would allow the licensing of the proposed Enloe Dam hydropower project on the Similkameen River to move forward.
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Tonasket city council member Scott Olson (right) envisions a future with a small park, possibly some basketball hoops, murals on the warehouse walls and an improved trail for safe access from town to Chief Tonasket Park, which is beyond the trees at left.

Olson envisions improvements to Bonaparte Creek area in town

TONASKET – It’s not a plan, or a proposal, or anything solid at this point.

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Travis Loudon is given the oath of office as the Oroville School Board's newest director at the Monday, July 30 meeting. Photo by Gary DeVon

Travis Loudon newest member of Oroville School Board

OROVILLE – Travis Loudon, a 2001 graduate of Oroville High School, was chosen to fill the remaining empty position on the Oroville School Board at the board’s Monday, July 30 meeting.

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Agent in Charge Richard Graham retires from U.S. Border Patrol

OROVILLE – Richard “Dick” Graham, Agent in Charge at the Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol for the past 15 years is hanging up his spurs and riding off into the sunset.

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Parking ordinance rears its ugly head again

TONASKET – It’s the issue that just won’t go away for the Tonasket City Council.

After a period of peace after several months of wrangling over the city’s parking ordinance, the issue was again front and center during the public comment portion of the Tuesday, July 24, city council meeting.

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Council asked for public transport input

TONASKET – Officials from throughout the county were scheduled to gather Tuesday, July 31, in Omak to determine whether or not to put a sales tax increase on the Nov. 6 ballot to fund a more robust public transportation system throughout Okanogan County.

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Funding issues could delay street project

TONASKET – State budget woes could force the cancellation or delay of a much-needed road project that the Washington DOT had scheduled to repair Whitcomb Ave. through Tonasket in the spring or summer of 2013.

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John Artorbum, senior fish biologist with the Colville Confederated Tribes, was the first to testify at the International Joint Commission's public meeting held in Oroville. The IJC Commissioners in attendance were (L-R) Lana Pollack, U.S. Section Chair;

Public asks for more predictability in Lake Osoyoos water levels

OROVILLE – With the current orders regulating Lake Osoyoos water levels about to expire next February, the International Joint Commission (IJC) held the first of two public comment meetings in Oroville last Tuesday, Aug. 4.

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Buckhorn mine fined $395,000 for water quality violations

YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology issued a penalty of $395,000 to Crown Resources Corp. for water quality violations at the Buckhorn Mountain gold mine near Chesaw, but Crown says it will appeal, especially those fines related to a landslide.

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Ed and Claire Jeffko

No sign of Tonasket pilot since July 23

TONASKET – Search agencies suspended their search for Tonasket’s Ed Jeffko on Sunday, July 29, after six days of looking for the pilot and his small plane that hasn’t been seen or heard from since July 23.

“They did suspend the (official) search on Sunday,” said Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb, who is a close friend of the family. “But just because he hasn’t been found yet doesn’t mean a miracle couldn’t happen.

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