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Sully’s, a Loomis landmark, destroyed by fire

LOOMIS – Sully’s Café burned down on Thursday, Jan. 22.

“The café caught fire in the early morning and the emergency calls were made about five minutes before 6 a.m.,” Chris Elder, café owner, said. She added that Jerry Ogle, who owns the Loomis Kwik Stop, called in the fire.

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Three young ladies, all juniors at Oroville High School, participated in May Festival Royalty Selection Night at the Oroville High School Commons. The 2009 May Festival Royalty are (L-R) Princess Rachel Peters, Princess Serena Carper and Queen Kayla McKin

Kayla McKinney selected 2009 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Kayla McKinney has been chosen to represent Oroville as this year’s May Festival Queen. She will be accompanied by Princesses Rachel Peterson and Serena Carper.

“Being chosen as queen is definitely a great honor. I am very happy and excited for the upcoming May Festival,” said Queen Kayla.

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Hilary Blackler was named "Citizen of the Year' at the Chamber of Commerce Banquet. She received the award not only for co-chairing the Oroville Centennial Park Project, but for the many things she does to beautify the community.

Hilary Blackler named ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – Recognizing her talents and long history of working to make Oroville beautiful, Hilary Blackler was named as this year’s “Citizen of the Year” at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce Officer Installation and Awards Banquet Saturday evening, Jan. 24.

In presenting the award, Blackler was described as possibly the greatest secret weapon this community has ever had. She was applauded for her talent in design and for continuing to add to the beauty the community every day.

Blackler has been an enthusiastic member of the Oroville Streetscape Committee since its beginning in 1996, a natural for her because she was one of the founders of PIRO, People Interested in Revitalizing Oroville, a beautification group active in the 1970s.

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Tonasket City Council extends school zone to East Fourth Street

TONASKET – To increase safety on the streets surrounding the Tonasket School District, the city council approved Ordinance No. 662 at their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

The ordinance adds an additional subsection to Chapter 10.08 of the Tonasket Municipal Code entitled “Speed Limits” stating that:

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Kari Alexander, the 2009 Tonasket Chamber of Commerce President, presented David Kester, outgoing Chamber President, with the 2008 Chamber President’s Award. Kester was also awarded Citizen of the Year by the organization at the chamber banquet held Thu

Kester named Tonasket ‘Citizen of the Year’

TONASKET – The awards for business, organization and citizen of the year were presented at the annual Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Wild Rose Floral Design, owned by Kelli Podkranic and Jay Johann, was honored with the 2008 Business of the Year award, presented by Helen Casey.

“You’ll note as you go down main street that this Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year has truly made a difference, creating a bright spot with sign board and balloons waving in the air, a great main street presence this year,” Casey said in her presentation of the award.

Casey listed several of the ways Wild Rose Floral Design has made a difference to the Tonasket community, including helping with the school Gear Up program and the Washington, D.C. kids, enriching them with a work study program on the art of floral arrangements, which were then sold as a fund raiser for the trip. The business also provides flower arrangements for the assisted living and nursing home and has helped behind the scenes with the fair and 4H projects.

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Uncommon winter producing ‘average; mountain snowpack, water expert says

SPOKANE – Despite record snowfall accumulations across Washington during the past month, the statewide mountain snowpack is average for this time of the year, according to USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

That’s right, just average.

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School Board hosting public forums to aid in superintendent search

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board announced at their work session on Monday, Jan. 12 that they are hosting public forums this week and next week to help them in their search for a new superintendent.

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Oroville Chamber to install new officers, present awards

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual banquet to install new officers for 2009 and to present several awards on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in Yo Yo’s Restaurant.

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State may close Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial Park

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council learned at their Tuesday, Jan. 5 meeting that the state may have plans to close Osoyoos Lake Veteran’s Memorial State Park due to the “dire economic picture.”

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2009 Oroville May Festival Royalty candidates Kayla McKinney, Serena Carper and Rachel Peters. Photos by Gary DeVon

Three seek title as 2009 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – Three young ladies, Serena Carper, Rachel Peters and Kayla McKinney, are asking the Oroville community’s consideration to serve as this year’s May Festival Queen and Princesses.

The three girls, all juniors at Oroville High School, will represent the community not only during May Festival, the second weekend in May, but at other events throughout the region. Selection night this year will be held on Monday, Jan. 19 at the Oroville High School Commons beginning at 7 p.m. All ballots for the royal court will be cast by community members and students at the selection night, so those wishing to vote must be in attendance.

The royalty candidates have written short biographies to help introduce themselves to the community and to share their thoughts on why they want to represent Oroville at May Festival and at other events. Their introductions follow:

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