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Tonasket Council agrees on COLA/bonus combination

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council agreed on a plan to settle the salaries of city employees for 2015, voting unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to adopt Council Member Scott Olson’s compromise plan that adopted features of a pair of proposals sitting before the council.

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North County communities to kick off holiday season

NORTH COUNTY – The weatherman is predicting warmer temperatures by this week’s end which promises better weather for the annual kick offs to the holiday season by the communities of Tonasket and Oroville. For Tonasket that means Winterfest, which starts on Friday, Dec. 5 and carries over to Saturday and for Oroville it is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and lighted tractor parade on Saturday, Dec. 6.

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Tonasket Schools approve $6.98 million bond

TONASKET – A year ago, Tonasket School District voters rejected a $6 million, 10-year bond that would have helped alleviate overcrowding, built a new Alternative/Outreach school and upgrade athletic facilities that in some cases pose safety hazards to participants.

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Ecology issues Stage 1 burn ban

YAKIMA – A Stage 1 burn ban for Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Klickitat, Kittitas and Chelan, Okanogan counties was issued for on Monday, Dec. 1 by the Washington Department of Ecology. The ban will remain in place until further notice. Air is expected to remain cold and stagnant over the next few days.

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Oroville Council hears from Community Development Director

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard several items from Chris Branch, the city’s director of Community Development, at their Tuesday, Nov. 18 council meeting.

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New office hours at Tonasket Ranger District

TONASKET – Beginning Monday, Dec. 1, the business hours for Tonasket Ranger District will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with a 30-minute closure for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. each day.

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Invitation to Thanksgiving dinner

OROVILLE – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered in Oroville and Chesaw this Thursday and everyone is invited to come in and share the holiday with family, friends and neighbors.

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Mayor Patrick Plumb

Tonasket Criminal Justice measure wins by single vote

OKANOGAN – If Tonasket’s Criminal Justice measure were a horserace, it would be a photo finish and it looks as though the self-imposed tax of 0.1 percent has won not by a nose, but by a whisker.

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Hospital Administrator presents two-pronged nursing home strategy

TONASKET – Citing the need to discuss “the elephant in the room,” North Valley Hospital District Administrator Linda Michel outlined a dual plan to cope with continuing financial losses at the North Valley Extended Care nursing home facility at the Thursday, Nov. 13, board of commissioners meeting.

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Oroville approves 1% increase in Ad Valorem tax

Railroad collector makes donations, including ‘speeder’ to Depot Museum OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council sprinted through their Tuesday, Oct. 4 meeting with the main accomplishment of the night passing a one percent increase in the ad valorem taxes for the 2015 property tax revenues for the city and the EMS Levy. One percent is [...]

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