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No money awarded for homeless shelter

OKANOGAN COUNTY – With temperatures dropping and no money for a shelter, Okanogan County is becoming a bad place to be homeless this winter.

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Winter weather has struck Okanogan County in both the valleys and the highlands. The National Weather Service is predicting more snow through Sunday and the County Public Works Department has announced cutbacks in snowplowing. Photo by Gary DeVon

Winter storm warning canceled; downgraded to advisory

OKANOGAN COUNTY – A winter storm warning from the National Weather Service in Spokane for the Okanogan Highlands and the Okanogan Valley was canceled late Monday, however, a winter storm advisory was to be in effect until mid-week.

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Outgoing Tonasket Mayor Patrick Walter received a plaque at the last regular city council meeting honoring his years of service.

Special meeting set for Dec. 22 to discuss 2010 Tonasket employee salaries

TONASKET – The city council set a special meeting for Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. to discuss the 2010 salaries of city employees during their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

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Oroville schools considering $1.45 million M & O Levy

OROVILLE – Although they do not yet have a quorum on the board to make the decision that would set the amount for the next two-year Oroville M & O Levy, Superintendent Ernie Bartelson will be recommending an amount of nearly $1.5 million.

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A crowd of about 50 people met at the Virginia Grainger Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 3 to continue discussions on the Okanogan County Comprehensive Plan. Jon Wyss of the coalition was the main speaker. Photos by Emily Hanson

Coalition for Property Rights still working on Comp Plan

OKANOGAN – About fifty people were in attendance for the latest meeting of the Okanogan Coalition for Property Rights at the Virginia Grainger Elementary School on Thursday, Dec. 3.

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Sidewalk project going into hibernation until spring

OROVILLE – Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works, told the Oroville City Council that the sidewalk pavers were doing the last of the clean-up before putting the pedestrian project to bed until spring.

“There’s a lot of area that is between 9th Avenue and Expressions that needs to be done, and we prefer that they wait until spring,” Noel said.

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Whiteaker certified as election winner

It was a case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time as Tim Whiteaker, a former Oroville School Director, was reelected to a school board position he can’t legally hold.

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Osoyoos Lake State Veterans Memorial Park, closed for the winter, will still be available to those wanting to book reservations in the spring and summer. A decision regarding who will get the park in a transfer from state hands will be made on June 24. Bo

Commission won’t make decision on state park transfer until summer 2010

OROVILLE – While it’s back to square one on the decision as to who will get Osoyoos Lake State Veterans’ Memorial Park, the state has agreed to open up its registration system to park users again in 2010.

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<p class=PhotoByline>Photo by Emily Hanson</p><p class=PhotoCutline>The Tonasket High School drumline performing for theschool board on Monday, Nov. 23 before their meeting. The drumline consists ofShane Long, Damon Halvorsen, Stephen Hulse, Collier Brere

Tonasket School Board still deciding on levy amount

TONASKET – The school board was still deciding on the amount they will be trying to pass with the 2010 levy after their meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

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Tonasket City Council set ad valorem rate at 1.63 percent increase

TONASKET – The city council voted to increase the ad valorem rate by 1.63 percent during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The increase of 1.63 percent will bring an additional $1,863 to the city over 2009′s collection of $113,939. This increase was supported by all council members except Jean Ramsey, who voted against the increase.

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