Aristeo Maldonado and his wife, Evelia, are the originally owners of the Maldonado family orchards Los Hermanos Maldonado and M&A Orchard II, which are just outside of Tonasket on Highway 7. The orchards have been owned and run by the Maldonado family

Maldonado orchards a dream fulfilled

TONASKET – Fourteen years ago, Aristeo Maldonado fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning an orchard when he bought 40 acres off of Highway 7 just north of Tonasket.

“I grew up in the fields of Mexico and here I fulfilled my dreams,” he said. “We had two options: we could go back to Mexico or stay in the United States. My wife and children preferred to stay here and go to college. Evelia, my wife, saw an ad in the paper and we found out the government was giving credit to new farmers. I went to the bank and got the warrant from the USDA and we bought the orchard.”

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Part of the Tonasket High School drumline performing at the North Valley Hospital Grand Opening on Wednesday, Sept. 22 exhibited to the community what they’re supporting when they donate money to the Tonasket Music Boosters to send the drumline and the

THS band raising money for Disneyland trip

TONASKET – The Tonasket High School band and Tonasket Music Boosters have begun the fundraising process to raise $35,000 for the band to travel to Disneyland this spring.

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Oroville Booster Club raises nearly $10,000

OROVILLE – The Oroville Booster Club raised just under $10,000 at their annual auction held at the American Legion Post #84 last Saturday evening.

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The “General Excellence” plaque presented to the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune newspaper at the Awards Banquet for the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual convention.

Gazette-Tribune recognized for ‘General Excellence’

WENATCHEE – The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune was recognized by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association with a third place General Excellence Award at their annual convention, held this year in Wenatchee.

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April Mathis and Mike Sheldon, Jr. are the proud parents of Ethan Blake Sheldon, the first baby to be born in the new North Valley Hospital addition. Ethan was born on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8:36 a.m. weighing five pounds, seven ounces and measuring at 19

NVH below goal of warrant amount due

TONASKET – As of Friday, Oct. 1, the total amount due in warrants the North Valley Hospital District owes to Okanogan County was below the goal of $2.871 million.

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Methow Valley back on top for new construction

OKANOGAN – The Oroville area, which had the most new construction in Okanogan County last year, was overtaken by the Methow Valley which regained its crown after the assessor’s office recently completed their annual inspection.

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Visitors to museum and information center more than 3500

OROVILLE – Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society is celebrating a fantastic museum and visitor information season, according to Kay Sibley, president of the organization.

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Tonasket School Board anticipating more cuts

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is anticipating more cuts in their budget from the state after a six percent cut was already enacted.

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Rod Noel, Oroville’s Superintendent of Public Works, was awarded a plaque for his 25 years of service to the City of Oroville by Mayor Chuck Spieth. “We appreciate everything you do, your service is invaluable,” said Mayor Spieth in making the prese

Engineer speaks with council about Oroville water projects

OROVILLE – Mark Varela was on hand at the Tuesday, Sept. 21 Oroville City Council meeting to go over a list of water-related projects the city wants to address in the near future.

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Connor Thompson took the oath of office as student representative to the Oroville School Board. The oath was delivered by Steve Quick, the Superintendent of the Oroville School District. In his non-voting position Thompson will be expected to report on st

Oroville School Board discusses district goals, budget cuts

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board adopted seven goals for the 2010-2011 school year, as well as heard a report about the potential for additional state cuts to district funding.

The seven goals the board approved were:

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