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Three-way race for Tonasket Mayor’s seat

OKANOGAN – With Patrick Walter calling it quits, three candidates have filed for a four-year term as Tonasket Mayor – two with council experience and the third a newcomer to Tonasket government.

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Jeremy Cook of Oroville and Odessa, Wash. jumped from the trail bridge over the Similkameen River last Friday. His body was found two miles down river on Monday, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. Photo by Gary DeVon

Jump from old train bridge proves fatal for Oroville man

OROVILLE – The dead body of a man who jumped from the old Great Northern Railway bridge over the Similkameen River northwest of Oroville last Friday, was found early Monday morning.

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Tonasket Mayor Patrick Walter shakes hands with Cathy Moore after giving her a certificate of appreciation for her work as the city utilities clerk for the past 30 years. Photo by Emily Hanson

Tonasket City Council still discussing business registration

TONASKET – The City Council continued their discussion of a possible business registration requirement with supportive and opposing business owners during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26.

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CBP commits to flexible, practical implementation of new border requirement

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Customs and BorderProtection (CBP) assured U.S. and Canadian citizens last week that, ifotherwise admissible, they will be able to re-enter the United States when theWestern Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) is implemented for land and seatravel on Monday.

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State not seeking death penalty against Kittemran murder suspects

OKANOGAN – Prosecuting attorney Karl Sloan announced the State would not be seeking the death penalty against three of the defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder investigation during appearances from the defendants in the Okanogan County Jail In-Custody Courtroom on Thursday, May 28.

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Oroville Chamber bringing circus back to town

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is once again hosting the Culpepper and Merriweather Circus at City Park on Friday June 5 with shows at 5:00 and 7:30 p.m.

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New plan could allow local state park to remain open through 2011

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission approved a budget implementation plan last week that keeps all state parks, including Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial in Oroville, open in 2009-11, provided a new donation program tied to vehicle license tabs brings in enough revenue to operate state parks.

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Planning Commission makes preliminary decision on Eagle Canyon Long Plat

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan Planning Commission okayed a preliminary recommendation for approval of the development agreement for phase one of a proposed development near Tonasket during their meeting on Monday, May 18 in the Commissioners Hearing Room.

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New TSA rules mean Oroville’s airport could get a lot busier

OROVILLE – New federal rules requiring all airplanes leaving the United States clear U.S. Customs could mean Oroville’s Dorothy Scott International Airport is in for a lot more traffic.

The Oroville City Council learned of the airport’s potential for increased use from Airport Service Manager Steven Johnston at the council’s Tuesday, May 19 meeting.

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Tonasket School Board passes 2009-2010 budget reductions

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board passed the budget reductions for the 2009-2010 school year during their regular board meeting on Monday, May 4.

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