<p class=PhotoByline><span style='font-size:9.0pt;font-family:Arial;font-weight:normal'>Photo by Emily Hanson</span></p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;'>The pasturelands on the east side of the Ellisforde Bridge filled with water on Monda

Okanogan River above flood 15 foot flood stage

OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Okanogan River breached the 15-foot flood stage south of Tonasket on Monday, May 23 and began spilling over into the surrounding lands, raising flood concerns between Tonasket and Oroville.

“The extent to which the lowlands flood between Oroville and Tonasket is expected,” Scott Miller, director of the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department said Monday. “We’re at 15.3 feet right now and we’re expecting the water to reach 16- feet by Memorial Day. The peak is expected to be at 17 feet before June 7.”

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Memorial Day ceremonies in Tonasket and Oroville this Monday

NORTH COUNTY – Memorial Day Ceremonies are planned by the Tonasket and Oroville American Legion Posts this coming Monday morning.

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NVH District financial situation improving

TONASKET – Since the financial situation at the North Valley Hospital District is improving, it was announced during the NVH board meeting on Thursday, May 12 that meetings between the board and the Okanogan County Commissioners and Treasurer are no longer required on a monthly basis.

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Tonasket School District staffing levels to remain steady next year

TONASKET – During the regular Tonasket School District board meeting on Monday, May 9, Superintendent Paul Turner announced the staffing levels in the district would remain steady next year.

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Tonasket gets $24,000 planning grant for water-sewer project

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council announced during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10 they had received a $24,000 Community Development Block Grant planning-only grant from the Department of Commerce for their water/sewer project.

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Property values drop 10 percent in Oroville area

OROVILLE – The recent reassessment of the Oroville area showed a 10 percent overall drop in property values, according to Okanogan County Auditor Scott Furman.

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National Weather services warns of potential flooding

NC WASH. – The National Weather Service has put out near daily warnings of the potential for flooding of small streams and main stem rivers in North Central Washington.

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<p class=MsoNormal align=right style='text-align:right'><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial'>Photo by Gary DeVon</span></p><span style='font-size:11.0pt;font-family:Arial;'>One tradition as oldas May Festival is the May Pole Dancers who weave

Oroville’s 77th Annual May Festival

OROVILLE – The 77th Annual May Festival featured many traditional events as well as some new activities that are quickly becoming part of the tradition.

The Gold Digger Apple Float was judged Best Float this year and another crowd favorite, the City of Kelowna float featuring an iridescent green Ogopogo was Queen Madison Hatch’s Choice. The City of Kelowna Royalty also earned a first place in the judge’s awards.

By the number of ties this year it was apparent the judges were having a hard time choosing among the many fine entries. The other first prize winners were:

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Slope failure into Gold Bowl Creek

Slope Failure at Buckhorn Mine

A large slope failure below the Buckhorn Mine sent a wall of mud cascading thousands of feet down Gold Bowl Creek, uprooting large trees and scouring the creek drainage.

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Oroville Council prepares for potential flooding

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville took steps to prepare for flooding by approving a plan to bring in sand to fill sandbags in case the Okanogan and Similkameen Rivers overflow their banks this spring.

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