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A helicopter from RJ Helicopters hovers over a cherry orchard off Sawtell Rd. in an effort to dry off one of the many rains that have hit the valley this summer. There is always a danger the fruit will split after a rain followed by a heat cycle so grower

Odd weather hasn’t totally dampened cherry harvest

OROVILLE – You don’t like the weather in the valley, just wait five minutes and it will change – from extreme heat to rain and hail, this year’s cherry harvest has seen it all.

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Tonasket EMS practices its response procedures on a pair of "victims" during Saturday's school shooting drill. Photo by Brent Baker

Area first responders prepare for worst

TONASKET – Smoke and the sounds of gunfire filled the air, as did the moans and screams of fallen students and the shouts of law enforcement wading into an unknown, tense situation.

Thankfully, the students (and some adults) were acting, the gory wounds had been carefully applied by a makeup artist, the ammunition was the equivalent of mini-paintballs and the situation was a scenario designed by Tonasket police officer Jim Rice to train first responders who could be called to a shooting in a crowded school building.

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No, not my internet! - A Sunday, July 8, night brush fire in Crumbacher damaged the fiber optic lines that provide much of the North Valley with internet service, leaving many - including North Valley Hospital and the Tonasket School District's dedicated

DNR firefighters gain control of 13 fires that started Monday

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to fires brought on by lighting and hot, dry weather conditions on July 8 and 9. Of the 13 fires that started Monday, all have been contained due to the work of firefighters across central Washington.

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Oroville Heritage Days and Fly-in July 20-21

OROVILLE – Mark your calendars for an activity packed weekend July 20 to July 21 as Oroville Heritage Days and Fly-in take place in Oroville.

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Oroville’s Six Year Transportation Program amended

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council amended the 2012-2017 Six Year Transportation Program at their Tuesday, July 3 meeting adding $51,568 Preliminary Engineering money for the STPR Central and Cherry Streets projects.

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Hospital CEO breaks down NVH performance

TONASKET – Is the glass half full, or half empty?

North Valley Hospital District CEO Linda Michel seems to see that right now, it’s both. While the hospital has improved its overall financial standing in the two years since she arrived, the need to get the warrant level (low-interest loans from the county for operating expenses) reduced led her to delve more deeply into each department’s financial performance than had been done previously. Though NVH was on track last winter to have its warrants paid off by its target date of 2014, a recent rise in the warrant level made the need for that analysis more pressing.

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Tonasket Police plan school shooting drill

TONASKET – It’s a scenario no one wants to think about: a gunman loose in the local school, shooting staff and students.

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Council discusses noise ordinance revamp

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be reviewing its noise ordinance after a number of reports that the current law is ineffective.

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Detective Mike Murray of the Okanogan County Sheriff's office checks out of service after 39 years in law enforcement. The detective, who began his career with the Oroville Police Department retired last Friday. OCSO photo

Detective Mike Murray retires from Okanogan County Sheriffs department

OKANOGAN – Detective Mike Murray, who served for two years as Okanogan County Sheriff and started his career with the Oroville Police Department, has retired.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell

Okanogan County recipient of federal dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Okanogan County will receive about $2.25 million in Secure Rural School funding through an amendment to the transportation bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

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