Reward offered for information leading to arrest and conviction of Tonasket

TONASKET – A $1,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the vandal or vandals who damaged property at the Tonasket American Legion and the Smith and Nelson Warehouse.

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Methow Valley regains crown from Oroville for new construction

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Assessor’s Office recently completed inspecting and valuing new construction in the county and the Methow Valley has regained its title as new construction leader over Oroville.

“The Methow Valley has been the standard bearer in new construction for the last 25 years, with the exception last year when the Oroville area which had the highest new construction, said Scott Furman, Okanogan County Assessor.

The Assessor’s Office physically inspected all new construction that occurred throughout the County in the past 12-month period for property tax purposes, said Furman.

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Sheriff’s standoff with suicidal man ends safely for all

TONASKET – No one was injured during a standoff with a suicidal subject south of Tonasket on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Sheriff Frank Rogers said a call came in at around 2:15 p.m. advising the Sheriff’s Office of a suicidal subject near Ellisforde sitting in his vehicle with a handgun.

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Okanogan orchardist Bob Blank said DOL inspectors were "out of line."

Growers upset over U.S. Dept. of Labor inspections

OKANOGAN – Orchardists met in a special meeting of the Okanogan County Farm Bureau to listen to fellow growers who recently underwent federal inspections only to face hefty fines.

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Oroville Council approves rezone of Alder Street Home Sites

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a rezone request from the developers of the Aldler Street Home Sites, redesignating the property from Heavy Industrial to Residential 1.

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Officer Chris Patterson

Over 300 show support for Oroville Police Officer Chris Patterson

OROVILLE – Over 300 dinners were served during a benefit dinner for Oroville Police Officer Chris Patterson, who hit a cow with his patrol car on Wednesday, June 24.

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A fire on Whiskey Mountain being fought on Thursday, July 23. The fire, along with 97 others in Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens and Ponderay counties, as well as the north half of Lincoln County, were caused by lighting strikes from July 23 through Sunday, July

Ninety-eight fires caused by lightening in NC Washington

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Ninety-eight fires were caused by lightning from Thursday, July 23 through Sunday, July 26.

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Oroville City Clerk/Treasurer Kathy Jones being honored by Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth for 35 years of dedicated service to the city. Photo by Emily Hanson

Oroville will assume ownership of state park

OROVILLE – The City Council signed a resolution stating their intent to assume ownership and operation of the Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial State Park facility during their regular meeting on Tuesday, July 21.

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Oroville School Board approves extracurriculars for next year

OROVILLE – The School Board approved the extracurricular program for the 2009-2010 school year during their regular meeting on Monday, July 27.

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Scammers target community newspaper advertisers

NCW Media Inc., publishers of Leavenworth Echo, Cashmere Valley Record, Lake Chelan Mirror, Quad City Herald and Okanogan-Valley Gazette-Tribune, has received reports of individuals fraudulently posing as newspaper company representatives asking for payment from advertisers.

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