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This explosive device was found between two rocks at Fancher Dam Reservoir and reported to the Okanogan County Sheriff's office. A bomb disposal unit from Spokane was called in and destroyed it the afternoon of Wednesday, May 3. OCSO photo

Pipe Bomb found at Fancher Lake

TONASKET – A Spokane County Sheriff’s Office bomb disposal unit destroyed a pipe bomb found at the edge of Fancher Dam Reservoir, eight miles northeast of Tonasket last Thursday.

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Oroville Celebrating 78th Annual May Festival this weekend

OROVILLE – ‘Simple Enchantment’ is the theme of this weekend’s May Festival, Oroville’s premiere community event, celebrating its 78th year.

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Linda Black, volunteer coordinator for the Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center (TVBRC) gives a season-opening pep talk to her team of nearly 30 volunteers on Wednesday, April 25. Black also arranged for presentations by three area business owne

Tourism conference upcoming this month

TONASKET – The Okanogan Tourism Council will be hosting a tourism and training workshop in Pateros on May 17 that will focus on helping local businesses to build on their strengths.

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Mayor floats idea to fund sewer expansion

TONASKET – Sewage tends to be a stinky subject, even when it’s being discussed in the City Council chambers.

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Jim Prince and Jack Hughes shaking hands on Hughes and his wife Mary taking over the Prince's Department Store and Ace Hardware and Prince's Warehouse business.

Prince’s Department Store Grand Reopening Saturday, May 5

OROVILLE – After 78 years the Prince family sold Prince’s Department Store, Ace Hardware and the warehouse business to Jack and Mary Hughes. On Saturday, May 5 the couple plan a Grand Reopening with special prices, giveaways and activities for the whole family.

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Barker says he’ll resign from school board

OROVILLE – Phil Barker said he will resign from the Oroville School Board at their next meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 29.

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Two days after donating one of his kidneys to his daughter, Hayden, Adam Brazil stands by her side.

Twice a hero: Tonasket vet donates kidney to save daughter

KILLEEN, TEXAS – It would take three days for the U.S. Army to get him home to Texas from Fort Polk, a U.S. Army training post in Louisiana.
A war was on, and Sgt. Adam Brazil could only sit, wait, wonder, pray, worry.

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Doris Reynolds and Dee Patterson are this year's Oroville May Festival Grand Marshals. The identical twins say they are proud and excited to be the Grand Marshals and look forward to the May Festival festivities. Photo by Gary DeVon

Dee and Doris chosen as 2012 May Festival Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – The Meyers twins, better known locally as Dee Paterson and Doris Reynolds, have been selected to be this year’s grand marshals for May Festival.

“We were shocked when the girls told us… we are really proud that they asked us,” said Doris and Dee about the news they were chosen.

A common sight around Oroville, the twins belong to several volunteer organizations, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Oroville Grange, Royal Neighbors and Rebeccas, as well as being very involved in the United Methodist Church.

“We feel when you volunteer it makes for a better place,” said Dee.

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Bob Thompson's model shows his intent for the dual housing units being constructed at Pleasant Glade, just west of downtown Tonasket. Photo by Brent Baker

Tour gives glimpse of permaculture-oriented intentional community

TONASKET – As part of its weekend-long Earth Day celebration, the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket arranged a tour of Bob and Jane Thompson’s home.

Of course, this isn’t your grandfather’s log cabin we’re talking about.

The Thompsons built Okanogan County’s first underground home from 1980-84 while simultaneously working their wood stove business, Wizard Works.

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OCTC Quarterly meeting May, 10

TONASKET – The Okanogan County Tourism Council will hold its next quarterly membership meeting on Thursday, May 10 at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket starting at 6 p.m. for a short social time.

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