Coalition partners with Support Center against rural domestic violence

OMAK – The Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence is partnering with the Support Center and three other Eastern Washington agencies to help address domestic violence in rural areas, especially among migrant workers.

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Tim King (standing) talks to local farmers and ranchers about adding canola as a cash crop to their current crop rotation. King plans on setting up a temporary, portable canola crusher in Oroville within the next two months and have a permanent crusher op

Second ‘Canola in Okanogan County’ meeting held at Riverside

RIVERSIDE – The second “Canola in Okanogan County” meeting was held in Riverside at the Mt. Olive Grange Hall in Riverside with 13 people in attendance, attendants coming from as far as Spokane and Lewiston, Idaho.

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Don Brogan, chairman of Destination Osoyoos and manager of Walnut Beach Resort, talks about tourism in Osoyoos and recent construction of more high-end accommodations at local resort hotels. Photo by Gary DeVon

Tourism Council holds quarterly meeting at Oroville

OROVILLE – The Okanogan County Tourism Council held their quarterly meeting last Friday, Sept. 16 at the Old Oroville Depot Museum.

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Tonasket receives transportation enhancement grant

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council learned the city was recently chosen to receive $126,500 for the Whitcomb Avenue Pedestrian Upgrade project during their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

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Seventh Annual Peace Festival at CCC Saturday

TONASKET – The Seventh Annual Peace Festival will be at the Community Cultural Center on Saturday, Sept. 18 with Dana Lyons performing at 8 p.m.

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Oroville council updated on several ongoing projects

OROVILLE – It was an evening of updates for the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting.

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Oroville Chamber member recommends more self-promotion in Canada

OROVILLE – Bill Robertson, guest speaker at last Friday’s Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting, recommended more self-promotion of Oroville to take advantage of the growing number of Canadian tourists and ‘Snowbirds’ just across the border.

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Hospital district working to improve customer service

TONASKET – During the regular North Valley Hospital District board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, the warrants were announced as being at $2,765,000 as of that morning.

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Oroville Library still looking for funding of new building

OROVILLE – Julie Ashmore appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, Sept. 7 meeting to discuss various funding schemes for a new library building.

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Gary Rillera of Tonasket has been missing since Saturday afternoon. Rillera was fishing one mile from Bridgeport on the Columbia River when he fell overboard from the boat he was fishing from during high winds and heavy surf. Douglas and Okanogan County S

Tonasket man, believed drowned, still missing

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are no longer actively searching for the body of 63-year-old Gary Rillera of Tonasket, in the Columbia River near Bridgeport.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing fisherman near Bridgeport. According to Paul Cheng of Renton who was with Rillera when they were fishing approximately one mile west of Bridgeport in the Columbia in a 10 foot motorized inflatable boat. Due to high winds and rough waters, they decided to return to Marina Park in Bridgeport. Cheng felt the boat shift and turned to see that Rillera, who was not wearing a life jacket, had fallen into the water. Cheng tried to throw a life jacket to Rillera but was unable to get it close to him. Unfamiliar with boat operations, Cheng then tried to turn the boat around to retrieve Rillera…

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