Generator repair at hospital set to begin

TONASKET – Repair of the broken down generator at North Valley Hospital should begin in about two weeks, Chief Information Officer Kelly Cariker reported at the Thursday, Feb. 27, meeting of the NVH Board of Commissioners.

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Tonasket approves loan/grant combo for police car

TONASKET – Three motions, two votes, one hard-won agreement by the Tonasket City Council means that the Tonasket Police Department will be in the market for a new police vehicle.

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On the Avenue coffee shop opens in Okanogan

OKANOGAN – Douglas and Janet Burts and Kodi Erickson-Greene opened a coffee house called “On the Avenue” on Feb. 8 in Okanogan. On the Avenue offers coffee, espressos, smoothies, Italian sodas, hand baked muffins, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs and an assortment of coffee accompaniments.

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New water quality permit issued for Buckhorn gold mine

YAKIMA – An updated wastewater discharge permit issued to the Buckhorn Mine near Chesaw will better protect water quality and help correct environmental problems that have challenged the mine since operations began in 2007, according to the state Department of Ecology.

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School District to hold off on bond re-run

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board has every intention of making another attempt at passing a capital improvement bond to fund expansion and upgrades of the school facilities.

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Group asks for use of park for blues festival

OROVILLE – A new group is planning on holding a blues festival in conjunction with the annual Run for the Border charity motorcycle ride and asked the city council for exclusive use of Deep Bay Park over Armed Forces Day weekend.

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iPads helping non-verbal students communicate

OROVILLE – Along with approving changes to the future school calendars, the Oroville School Board heard how iPads had replaced picture cutouts as one way non-verbal students could communicate.

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Outpouring of support

Young couple overwhelmed by donations after Bonaparte Lake Resort fire BONAPARTE LAKE – Most lessons on what is truly important in life come in the form of trials and tribulations that test the spirit. Joey Dunkin and Halla Fuhrman have been living that experience these past few days after the Bonaparte Lake Resort cabin that [...]

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Emergency Weight Restrictions on several county roads

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Department of Public Works will be adding Emergency Weight Restrictions on the following County roads as of Feb. 25 at 9:30 a.m. Roads will be added or deleted from this list as weather and road conditions change.

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What’s next? Tonasket School Board tries to chart course after bond failure

Public Hearing scheduled before board meeting TONASKET – The need to expand and upgrade facilities is still there; the money, however, is not. The Tonasket School Board called a special meeting Monday, Feb. 17, to try to figure out its next move in the wake of the failure of its $6 million bond measure for [...]

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