Voters to decide on Parks & Rec District this fall

TONASKET – Okanogan County Commissioners gave their support to the formation of a Parks and Recreation District in Tonasket on Monday, June 29. It will go on the ballot in the fall for voters to decide on. The proposed Parks and Recreation District covers an area with an approximate radius of 15 miles from Tonasket.

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Update: Newby Lake Fire

As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, July 9, the Newby Lake fire had grown to 2501 acres with zero containment. It continues to burn northwest of Loomis, Washington; mostly in timber up against rocks.

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Newby Lake fire burning in Canada, the Pasayten Wilderness

TONASKET – The Newby Lake wildfire, in Canada and the Pasayten Wilderness, was pushed by wind to the east and south past the international border again, making its way to the headwaters of Long Draw Creek west of Goodenough Peak.

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OSD Supt. Steve Quick

Contract not extended for OSD Supt. Quick

OROVILLE – While Oroville’s two school principals’ contracts were renewed by “default,” Superintendent Steve Quick’s contract was not extended for a third year after a motion to approve failed for lack of a second.

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Oroville Community Fireworks display delayed until Sunday

OROVILLE – A misfire around 5:30 p.m. of a test shell sent licensed pyro-technician Bryan Sawyer to the hospital. The annual fireworks display has been moved to Sunday night, July 5th at dark at Oroville’s Deep Bay Park.

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Tonasket adopts burn ban and advises against fireworks

TONASKET – In a special meeting of the Tonasket City Council held Tuesday, June 30 at noon, council members made a motion to adopt the burn ban currently in place by Fire District 4, the agency contracted to provide services to the city of Tonasket.

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Filing for Tonasket Parks and Rec District

OKANOGAN – There will be a special three-day filing period for all candidates who want to file for commissioner of the proposed Tonasket Park and Recreation District, according to Chief Deputy Auditor Mila M Jury, an election official for Okanogan County

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Lucky Duck Mining to open store on the Similkameen

OROVILLE – Alan Fisk has been chasing gold on the Similkameen River for nearly two decades, now he wants to help people learn to find gold themselves – not necessarily to get rich, but as an adventure.

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End-of-year enrollment holds steady at Oroville Schools

Kindergarten Round-up numbers down slightly OROVILLE – End of year enrollment at the Oroville School District appears to be about the same as the previous school year. “There’s one more count to go… currently we are at 544 to 546 FTEs, which is about the same as we had at the end of last year,” [...]

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Squatters accused of killing woman with pickup

TONASKET – A man and woman suspected of squatting in an Aeneas Valley home are accused of killing a woman and severely injuring a man by driving over the couple with their pickup on Thursday, June 18

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