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Tonasket approves street vacation

TONASKET – A public meeting was held requesting vacation of a portion of the First Street right-of-way between the alley and Tonasket Ave. South, blocks 13 and 14 at the July 26 Tonasket City Council meeting. The council approved the ordinance following a review by Permit Administrator Christian Johnson, with the city retaining a general municipal easement for the existing utilities. The request was presented by attorney Dale Crandall for owners Bob and Margaret Hirst, which will make the property more handicap accessible.

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Tonasket School Board approves 2016-17 budget

TONASKET – Tonasket School District board members adopted the budget for 2016/17 following a presentation by External Business Manager Trisha Schock and Assistant Business Manager Bobbi Catone, and the recommendation by Superintendent Steve McCullough for the board to approve the budget as presented.

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Tonasket City council hears presentation on Enloe Dam

TONASKET – Dan Isaac of Tonasket and Oroville’s Joseph Enzensperger presented a report on the economic risks of Enloe Dam to the Tonasket City Council Tuesday, July 26. Mayor Patrick Plumb gave them the floor for a long and fact-filled presentation before telling them he was offended by their request for support, due to possible contamination of Tonasket’s water should the dam be removed.

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Colville Tribes continue legal fight for Columbia River cleanup

NESPELEM – The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation this week renewed its call for Teck Metals (the operator of a large smelter in Trail, British Columbia) to stop polluting and start cleaning up decades of its waste. A recent federal court ruling in the ongoing legal battle against Teck has reinforced the Colville’s resolve to hold the polluter accountable.

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Naillon takes oath of office for Oroville Council

OROVILLE – After taking the oath of office, Ed Naillon returned to the Oroville Council at their Tuesday, July 19 meeting. Naillon volunteered to fill the position left by Jon Neal when he was selected as mayor after Chuck Spieth passed away.

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2016 Washington apple harvest predicted to be 132.9 million boxes

YAKIMA –The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2016 Washington state fresh apple crop today.

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Tumbleweed Film Fest continues tradition with a special night of films, Aug. 6

OROVILLE – The Tumbleweed Film Festival rolls back to Oroville Saturday, Aug. 6 for a special evening of audience favorite short films at Esther Bricques winery.

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Zwicker suddenly terminated from hospital, almost

TONASKET North Valley Hospital CEO Mike Zwicker was terminated Thursday, July 28 at the Board of Commissioners regular board meeting – however, a mistake in the process means he is instead on administrative leave until a new resolution can be passed.

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Trail Days 2016 In Oroville Saturday, Aug. 6 & 7

OROVILLE – Pacific Northwest Trail Days will take place in Oroville this Saturday, Aug. 6th at the Oroville City Park on 17th and Main St. This annual celebration of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail will begin at 9 a.m. and continue all day ending at about 9 p.m.

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Asmussen and Kester lead in race for PUD Commissioner #3

OKANOGAN – Jerry D. Asmussen and Aaron Kester were the two top vote getters for the office of Okanogan County PUD Commissioner, District 3, in last Tuesday’s primary.

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