Gary Rillera of Tonasket has been missing since Saturday afternoon. Rillera was fishing one mile from Bridgeport on the Columbia River when he fell overboard from the boat he was fishing from during high winds and heavy surf. Douglas and Okanogan County S

Tonasket man, believed drowned, still missing

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are no longer actively searching for the body of 63-year-old Gary Rillera of Tonasket, in the Columbia River near Bridgeport.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing fisherman near Bridgeport. According to Paul Cheng of Renton who was with Rillera when they were fishing approximately one mile west of Bridgeport in the Columbia in a 10 foot motorized inflatable boat. Due to high winds and rough waters, they decided to return to Marina Park in Bridgeport. Cheng felt the boat shift and turned to see that Rillera, who was not wearing a life jacket, had fallen into the water. Cheng tried to throw a life jacket to Rillera but was unable to get it close to him. Unfamiliar with boat operations, Cheng then tried to turn the boat around to retrieve Rillera…

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Diabetes education workshops starting Monday

TONASKET – A series of three weekly diabetes education workshops is beginning on Monday, Sept. 13 in the North Valley Hospital Board Room.

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Around 138 adults and students enjoyed a barbecue dinner prepared by Tonasket School Board members Jerry Asmussen, Lloyd Caton and Tonasket School District Superintendent Paul Turner on Tuesday, Aug. 31 during the Welcome Back to School Barbecue. Photo by

THS students work to ‘make life a song to remember’

TONASKET – Tonasket High School students are working this year to follow the school year theme of “Make your life a song to remember.”

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Fire precaution level for woods workers lowered

OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is decreasing in parts of Okanogan County.

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Tonasket-area woman fined for burn barrel fire that caused 2009 wildfire

YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a fine of $6,500 to Tonasket-area resident Ardith Law for a burn barrel fire that escaped, causing a larger wildfire requiring response from area firefighters.

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Marijuana grows with 20,000 plants harvested by Drug Task Force

OKANOGAN – The Drug Task Force harvested approximately 20,000 marijuana plants in Okanogan County during the month of August.

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The group of students and advisors who participated in the Washington Aerospace Program in Seattle gathered together in the Museum of Flight. Tonasket senior Peter Williams in the in the middle row, third from the left. Submitted photos

Tonasket senior only Eastern Washington student at Aerospace program

SEATTLE – Tonasket High School senior Peter Williams attended the Washington Aerospace Program (WAS) during the week of July 18 to July 24, where he was the only student representing Eastern Washington.

“I’d say the trip was really, really neat,” Williams said of the week-long program. “I liked the field trips best and I got to meet a lot of interesting people. I was the only one from Eastern Washington and most people were from around the Seattle Area.”

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Oroville School Board members serve ice cream to elementary school students and their parents following an open house last Monday evening, Aug. 30, the first day of school for the Oroville School District. Photo by Gary DeVon

School policies and more on Oroville School District Web site

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick announced that school policies are now on the Oroville School District’s Web site and more information is being added to the site frequently.

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KSPS working to convert analog to digital in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN COUNTY – KSPS Channel 7 from Spokane is working to convert analog television signals in Okanogan County to digital signals.

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‘Gunless’ was filmed in Osoyoos in the summer of 2009. The western film showcased Osoyoos and the film production helped to boost the local economy, providing revenue for hotels, building material suppliers, restaurants and many other businesses It al

Release of ‘Gunless’ DVD promotes tourism for Osoyoos

OSOYOOS – Stunning images of Osoyoos’ hills and desert, captured last summer for the comedy western movie “Gunless,” are no longer just being seen by feature filmgoers in big-screen theaters, they are now available to view at home on DVD.

Destination Osoyoos Executive Director Jo Knight says last week’s release of “Gunless” on widescreen DVD takes the movie’s promotion of Osoyoos, Oroville’s neighbor to the north, to a new level.

“The filming of ‘Gunless’ in Osoyoos in the summer of 2009 was a fantastic experience,” Knight said in a recent press release. “The entire community embraced this opportunity to showcase Osoyoos and the film production helped to boost the local economy, providing revenue for hotels, building material suppliers, restaurants and many other businesses – even local florists. It also raised our profile as a highly desirable movie location – with gorgeous scenery, skilled film crews and great local partnerships that can really help film productions when they’re here.”

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