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Hover, Branch and Asmussen lead in first count of General Election votes

OKANOGAN – While it’s too soon to call any races, there are some interesting results in local contests in the first ballot count in Tuesday’s General Election.

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Tyson McAllister, veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

OROVILLE — Tyson McAllister served tours in Iraq in 2005/06 and Afghanistan in 2010/11 after enlisting with the SeaBees, the Navy civil engineering division. McAllister joined the Navy at the age of 19, a year after graduating Oroville High School in 2004.

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Lion’s Club Howl-O-Ween Dog Walk a success

TONASKET – Dogs and their owners weaved their way through the Spooky Pooch Patch, Haunted Hound Swamp, Zombie Creek and Ruh-Roh River on Saturday, Oct. 29 at the Tonasket Okanogan Valley Lion’s Club Howl-O-Ween dog walk in Chief Tonasket Park. There were 32 entrants requiring two waves of walkers which resulted in over $500 raised for the Leader Dog program and food for local rescues.

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OHA presents: Inland Mollusks of the Okanogan Highlands with Tom Burke

TONASKET – The Highland Wonders educational series is moving indoors again with a new line-up of presentations featuring the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas. On Friday, Nov. 4, Tom Burke brings to the Highland Wonders series his 45 years of experience as a wildlife biologist in Washington State, with a unique presentation on mollusks.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
Criminal
Philip Nolen Lester Jr., 35, Oroville, was found guilty Sept. 8 (jury trial) of first-degree rape of a child and first-degree child molestation. Lester was sentenced to 200 months (16.67 years) in prison and fined $600. The crimes occurred between Dec. 1 and 31, 2015.

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Country Store to open at Prince’s Center

OROVILLE — After months of rumors, representatives of both Prince’s Center and the Country Store verify that the Country Store will be the center’s newest tenant, taking over the space that once held Prince’s and Hughes’ Department Stores.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court

Criminal

David George Vanvekoven, 45, Oroville, pleaded guilty Oct 11 to POCS (methamphetamine), first-degree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Vanvekoven was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 274 days suspended, and fined $600 for the Nov. 30, 2015 crimes.

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Remodeling begins at Oroville Public Library

OROVILLE — Salley Bull, with the committee heading up remodeling at the Oroville Public Library, reported to the city council at their Tuesday, Oct. 18 meeting that work had begun on the project, years in the making.

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Part II: Local candidates plead their case at Candidates Forum

This week we have the local candidates for Okanogan County Commissioner Positions 1 and 2, as well as the two candidates for Okanogan County PUD, Position 3. G.A.D.

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Ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election in the mail

Still time to register to vote at Auditor’s Office OKANOGAN – The ballots for the Nov. 8 General Election were mailed last Wednesday, according to election official Mila Jury, with the Okanogan County Auditor’s office. “If you have not received your ballot by Friday, Oct. 28, please contact the Auditors Office at 509-422-7240,” said Jury [...]

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