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Oroville gives go ahead to Verizon’s 80 foot cell tower

OROVILLE – The Oroville Council approved Verizon Wireless’ request for a new cell phone tower located at 2019 1/2 Highland Drive despite objections by some who live nearby.

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Hearings for Kitterman murder defendants Thursday, June 25

OKANOGAN – All four defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder case will appear in court for another hearing today.

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Still in Business - Despite a detour, Tonasket is still open for business. The Washington State Department of Transportation has put up a sign informing travelers on the County Highway 7 detour that the Tonasket businesses are still open. Photo by Emily H

Tonasket businesses still open during Janis Bridge closure June 15 to July

TONASKET – The Chamber of Commerce heard a presentation about the reasons for the Janis Bridge closure and construction during their meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

The presentation, given by Washington State Department of Transportation Engineer Dustin Vaughn, also included the efforts the agency has taken to ensure that travelers know Tonasket businesses are still open despite the detour from Highway 97 to Highway 7.

“I was asked why the DOT was doing this project now and the answer is a financial one,” Vaughn said. “The project has a hard start date of June 15 which means they’ll start posting the closure signs at Ellisforde, but people don’t have to get onto Highway 7 until Fourth Street. There are 30 working days for this project and July 27 is the last day. We’ve added a few signs, black writing on bright orange, to say “Tonasket businesses open’.”

After hearing this, Alice Attwood, city clerk, suggested placing these signs not just on Highway 7 for travelers on the detour, but also at Ellisforde, to let travelers know before they get onto Highway 7 that Tonasket businesses are still open.

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Tonasket City Council approves hospital’s CDBG Recovery Grant application

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved North Valley Hospital’s Community Development Block Grant Recovery Grant Application during their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

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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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