Mill Drive will soon be getting new sewer lines tying the area into the Tonasket Wastewater Treatment facility. The area off Seventh Street will also be annexed into the city at a future date. Photo by Gary DeVon

Decision on joining Conservation District postponed until September

TONASKET – After a short public comment period about whether or not to join the Okanogan County Conservation District, the Tonasket Council decided to postpone their decision until their Sept. 13 meeting.

The city had scheduled a discussion period on the issue of joining the conservation district before the regular council meeting. Some of the more vocal comments were against joining because membership would mean a fee to property owners of $2.40 for each parcel owned. Bob Clark with the conservation district was also on hand to answer questions.

“There’s no big push for this,” said Councilwoman Jean E. Ramsey at the council’s regular Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

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Primary ballot will narrow list of candidates for school board

OROVILLE – Voters living in the Oroville School District will be asked to select from among three candidates running for the District 4 and 5 School Director’s Positions in the primary election which will be held Tuesday, Aug. 16.

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Oroville extends Interim Critical Areas Ordinance

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved another extension of the interim Critical Areas Ordinance at a public hearing on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

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Day Park renamed Founder’s Day Park

TONASKET – For their first piece of business at their Tuesday, July 26 meeting, the Tonasket Council officially renamed the Day Park to Founder’s Day Park.

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Cherry harvest wrapping up this week

OROVILLE – Cherry harvest should be wrapping up this week, with the overall quality of the crop excellent, according to Greg Moser, who manages the Gold Digger grower cooperative.

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Okanogan County picks up $37.4 million in new assessed value

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County picked up new construction valued at $37,412,700 in assessed valuation in the past 12 months, according to County Assessor Scott Furman.

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The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located south of the U.S.-Canada Port of Entry on the west side of Highway 97 took place on Tuesday, July 12. Among those participating in the shovel ceremony were the Dir

Breaking Ground for new Border Patrol Station

OROVILLE – The Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Oroville Station of the U.S. Border Patrol located south of the U.S.-Canada Port of Entry on the west side of Highway 97 took place on Tuesday, July 12.

The new state-of-the-art secure facility meets eco-friendly LEED component certification and will be strategically located near the Oroville Port of Entry. The $15 million project supports operationally required expansion in staffing, technology and infrastructure. During the station’s year-long construction, the agents will be deployed full time on horse patrols, boat patrols, ATVs and snowmobiles and will be operating out of the current Oroville Station location.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune has new publisher

Sound Publishing, Washington’s largest publisher of community newspapers and NCW Media Inc. of Leavenworth, the largest publisher of community newspapers and specialty publications in North Central Washington have agreed to a strategic realignment of their individual newspaper holdings. Under the deal, which is effective Aug. 1, 2011, Sound will assume ownership of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and NCW will take ownership of the Wenatchee Business Journal in Wenatchee.

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Herbicides not approved for Lake Osoyoos milfoil control

OLYMPIA – Concerns have been raised recently over the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board’s application to use herbicides in Lake Osoyoos for Eurasian watermilfoil control.

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A young fan gets a lift to get a better view as the familiar green and yellow colors of a big John Deere gets ready to enter the competition to pull the sled last Saturday. Photo by Ashley Fox

Truck and Tractor Pull rocks Tonasket Rodeo Grounds

TONASKET – The Tonasket Comancheros and Superior Auto Parts is held a truck and tractor pull on Saturday, July 23 at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds.

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