SPOKANE – Officer Christopher Patterson, seriously injured when his patrol car collided with a cow on U.S. Highway 97, is showing marked improvements, according to Oroville Police Chief Clay Warnstaff.
TONASKET – Local skaters in the Tonasket area said they like the new skate park, but see areas for improvement.
The park, dedicated to the memory of Jerry Allstot (1982-2002), was finished by June 30. A pillar at the park states that Allstot was a member, contributor and friend of the B3 Skate Park Project.
OROVILLE – It was too early to tell whether the rain Sunday night and Monday morning was going to cause their cherries to split, but growers were doing their best to dry off the fruit – employing everything from wind machines to helicopters.
TONASKET – A time capsule from the original cornerstone of St. Martin’s Hospital was opened during the North Valley Hospital board meeting on Thursday, June 25.
NORTH COUNTY – Like every year the North Okanogan comes alive for Independence Day and this is no exception with the Fourth of July Rodeo in Chesaw and fireworks displays in Oroville.
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.
OKANOGAN – All four defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder case will appear in court for another hearing today.
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.
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.
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.