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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i>    </p>    <p>    Ardie Halvorsen and Dee Patterson laid a wreath at the headstone of Major Hodges. The Oroville American Legion Post is named in honor of Hodges who died in World War I. Aft

In honor of those who gave their lives in service of their country

OROVILLE – The flags of two countries joined together to honor those who gave their lives in service of their country at a Memorial Day Ceremony held at Oroville’s Riverview Cemetery Monday.

Members of the American Legion from Oroville and Royal Canadian Legion from Osoyoos served as Color Guard at the ceremony which began at 10 a.m. As the Color Guard marched the flags of their two countries, as well as the Union Jack and the United Nations Flag, amongst others, waved majestically as well as colorfully, in the breeze. Veterans and those that joined them in the ceremony then came to attention as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Oh, Canada” were played.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>Three members of the Comancheros put the finishing touches on the new beer garden building at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds. The building is made from the same lo

Founder’s Day weekend kicks off tonight at rodeo grounds

TONASKET – This weekend will be a wild one for this little town.

The Founder’s Day celebration is expanding from one night of rodeo to two and the Chamber of Commerce is getting into the act with a circus, street fair and many other activities in town.

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Submitted photo<br>Ernesto Cerillo of Allen’s Auto Parts earned a trip to the Mexico - China soccer match in Seattle and won a signed jersey with signatures of Mexican soccer greats.

Cerillo earns trip to soccer match, wins jersey

SEATTLE – Ernesto Cerrillo and his wife, Dinasar and daughter, Zyanya of Tonasket were among the nearly 57,000 soccer enthusiasts watching the Mexican National Football Team beat the Chinese Nationalist Team at Qwest Field in Seattle on April 16.

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Similkameen and Okanogan Rivers approaching flood stage

OKANOGAN – As river levels rose with temperatures last week Okanogan County Commissioners declared a countywide flood emergency on the Methow and Okanogan Rivers.

“Our concern for the Okanogan River is for the next 72 hours,” said Scott Miller, manager of the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department, last Monday. “Looking beyond that if we make it through the next month we are over the hurdle for the year.”

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TVBRC website up and running

TONASKET – The Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center website is almost ready to go.

The new site, www.tvbrc.org, is open to all Tonasket businesses, said Chamber of Commerce president Dave Kester. Trina and Layton Smith, of TwoRebels Design, have designed the site.

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Hospital board approves design plan

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board approved a design plan for the new hospital at a special board meeting May 14.

The final construction cost estimate is almost $7.5 million, hospital administrator Warner Bartleson said. It includes a 17,652 square foot finished main floor and an additional full basement that can be developed at some later point, as well as a remodel of the current building, he said.

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<p><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>    Jackson Gregg, gets a ride in a sidecar from Verna Madison, a member of the Columbia River Harley Owner's Group. The fourth-grader, who had an operation last year for a brain tumor, was helped by the group which ra

Over 350 motorcycles and riders roar into Oroville

OROVILLE – Some 308 riders and their machines left Wenatchee Saturday morning for the sixth annual Run for the Border, picking up more riders along the way, they arrived at their destination in Oroville over 350 strong.

The cyclists had a special police escort as they roared into town and lined up into neat rows along Main Street, Appleway and Golden in special coned-off areas set aside for the occasion. Many of the riders belonged to the Columbia River Harley Owners Group which organizes the annual event to raise money for North Central Washington Kids in Need.

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Assessor says property values will increase for most homeowners

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman announced last week that his office has completed the reevaluation process for all the taxable property located within the Oroville School District.

Portions of the county are re-evaluated on a four-year cycle and it was the Oroville area’s turn. Portions of the Omak School District that are located outside Omak’s city limits were also revalued, according to Furman. This included the Omak flats and the Conconully, Riverside and Tunk areas, as well as portions on the Colville Reservation.

“Notice of value change forms will be mailed out May 30, 2008,” said Furman.

Furman told those in attendance at the Thursday, May 8 meeting of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce that many taxpayers will see increases in their property valuation. He explained how the real estate appraisers used “comparables” from recent sales of similar properties to determine current value. He also showed several examples of homes and lots that had sold recently and how much they had increased with each successive sale over the past four years. Most had at least doubled in value, while some had gone up several times.

“The re-appraisal process involves real estate appraisers from the assessor’s office going out and physically inspecting all taxable property. The last revaluation was based upon sales that occurred prior to Jan. 1, 2004,” said Furman.

“The new assessed values are based upon comparable sales of similar property located in your area that have occurred over the past few years,” he said.

According to Furman the real estate market in the Oroville area has experienced unprecedented market appreciation in the past three years.

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Oroville will receive money to fence airport, build two helipads

OROVILLE – Oroville has been granted $616,567 from the FAA to completely fence the perimeter around the city’s Dorothy Scott International Airport.

The city has also applied for $16,225 from the state Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics division which it will receive to help pay the city’s share of the grant from the federal government. The federal agency, as well as the city, agrees that fencing the airport to keep deer off the runway is an important step. The fence is also intended to bring additional security to the airport.

At their Tuesday, May 5 meeting, the Oroville City Council passed a resolution saying that it had matching funds to the FAA grant. Councilman Tony Keopke made the motion to approve the resolution and it was seconded by Councilman Jason Blotsky.

“Fencing around the perimeter will include the buildings and the open hanger area and leave out the parking area,” said Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works.

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Everything set for Run for the Border Saturday

By Gary A. DeVon

Managing Editor

OROVILLE – A convoy of 300 or more riders on their motorcycles is expected to roar into town as the 6th Annual Run for the Border comes to Oroville this Saturday.

The Columbia River Harley Owners Group (HOG) sponsors the 150 mile run from Wenatchee to Oroville as a charitable event. This year they will again be raising funds for North Central Washington Kids in Need. Although the club is made up of Harley Davidson owners, all types of motorcycles are welcome to join in the ride, according to Ken Taylor of Oroville who is helping to coordinate the event.

“They start up in Wenatchee at 10 in the morning and usually stop in Pateros which is about half way,” said Taylor. “We expect the convoy to start rolling in to town around 1 p.m.”

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