Oroville asks county to encourage eastside sewer hook-ups

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a letter to the county commissioners asking them to encourage connection to the Eastside Sewer Project.

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Tonasket’s Jim Morgan speaks to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday, April 5. “We hire you to look out for us and I don’t feel you’re doing that,” Morgan said. Photo by Emily Hanson

Objections over electric rates continue

OMAK – The boardroom of the Okanogan County Public Utility District was packed with customers angry over the higher energy rates and how these rates are affecting their lives during the PUD commissioners’ board meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

Since the energy rate discussion was not on the commissioners’ agenda, the attendees spoke during the public comment period and the commissioners listened to them for over an hour before ending the period to continue with their meeting.

Starting off the comment period was William Bordua, who stated he was representing his neighbors.

“They simply can not absorb this price increase,” Bordua said. “They can hardly live in this county as is. We can’t take this kind of lump increase. You guys can pass your costs on to us, but as the consumer, we have no one else to pass our costs on to.”

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The Canadian couple crossed into Washington at the U.S. Port of Entry at Oroville in this 2000 Chevy Astro van. The van’s BC license plate number is 212-CAV.

RCMP and U.S. authorities investigating disappearance of Penticton couple

PENTICTON – The Penticton RCMP, Okanogan County and Washington State officials are investigating the disappearance of a Penticton couple, after their family reported their parents missing on Thursday March 31.

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Tonasket sets Arbor Day celebration date

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council set the date for their Arbor Day celebration as Wednesday, April 13 during their meeting on Tuesday, March 22.

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Chamber reminding members to pay dues

TONASKET – With the membership goal for this year still being at 100, the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce is sending out reminder notices to last year’s members to pay their dues.

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Jim Bartleson of the Okanogan Irrigation District disapproved of the Okanogan County PUD’s decision to raise irrigation rates at a March 24 special meeting. Photo by Jennifer Marshall

PUD hears objections to rate hikes

OKANOGAN – It was a full house last week at the Okanogan County Public Utility District auditorium, where commissioners got an earful from farmers worried and angered over the higher irrigation rates they’ll pay starting April 1.

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Garrett chosen to fill empty school board seat

OROVILLE – Patti Garrett was chosen to fill the school director seat left empty when director Jerry Nelson retired from the board last month.

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NVH applying for New Market Tax Credit

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District is applying for $10 million from the New Market Tax Credit through Wells Fargo Bank, the business development coordinator announced during the district’s board meeting on Thursday, March 24.

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Tonasket police pursuit ends in apparent suicide

TONASKET – A Tonasket Police pursuit on Tuesday, March 15 ended in what police believe was a suicide south of Tonasket in front of Midway Building Supplies.

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Tonasket doctor cited for possession

TONASKET – Doctor William Lewis Dienst, Jr. was cited for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being discovered with marijuana at North Valley Hospital on Wednesday, Feb. 23.

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