Sawyer takes over as Director of Nursing Services at NVH

District planning to open sleep lab, Aug. 8 “From all the different options of reimbursement, the strongest option that was supported by all was the subsidizing of the emergency room from the communities.” Mike Zwicker, CEO North Valley Hospital District TONASKET – North Valley Hospital has chosen Lori Sawyer as an interim Director of Nursing [...]

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PUD commissioner candidates answer to the crowd

A large turnout of voters with lots of pertinent questions attended an Okanogan County PUD commissioner candidate forum held July 20 at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket, leaving candidates with the impression the public is ready for commissioners to hear their views.

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Fundraiser planned for Tonasket Library

TONASKET – Linda Robinet, the new secretary for Tonasket’s Friends of the Library approached the city council to ask permission to hold a rummage sale and car wash August 4-6. Robinet said area youth wanted to use the parking lot next to the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Resource Center for a car wash to raise money for the library. The car wash will take place from 1-4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and the rummage sale will be held the same days (Thursday, Aug. 4 through Saturday, Aug. 6) in city hall from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Independent analysis paints Enloe electrification as impractical

OROVILLE – An economic report on restoring hydropower at Enloe Dam outlines possible future costs of power produced by the dam ranging from $83 per milliwatt hour (MWH), more than double the price of power on the open market, to $149/MWH, nearly four times the cost of power on the open marke

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Former councilman Ed Naillon returns to Oroville Council

OROVILLE – At their Tuesday, July 5 Oroville City Council has agreed Ed Naillon’s request to fill an empty council seat until the next election.

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Oroville wearing its Art on its sleeve

OROVILLE – Oroville’s Main Street has been quietly transforming over the past few weeks. 49º North Artists ( is filling empty storefront windows with public art displays, creating a two-block long public art gallery.

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NO Paws Animal Rescue can begin accepting dogs again

OROVILLE – Carrol Richards, owner of North Okanogan Paws Animal Shelter and rescue announced Monday that the county has issued a Conditional Use Permit allowing her to again take in dogs available to be adopted.

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Okanogan County Commissioners Jim Detrol, Ray Campbell and Sheilah Kennedy, with Chief Civil Deputy Prosecutor Albert Lin. Kennedy is holding up a report on the county

Commissioners won’t move juvenile detainees out of county

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Commissioners won’t be moving juvenile detention services out of the county, thus ending a legal action brought against them and the county on behalf of the county’s Superior Court Judges and the Juvenile Administrator.

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Former Oroville School Board chairman urges caution

OROVILLE – Former Oroville School Board Chairman Phil Barker urged the board and new school Superintendent Jeff Hardesty to proceed in such a way as to avoid the “land mines” he implied were laid by past superintendents.

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Tonasket School Board approves facilities bond

TONASKET – Tonasket School Board members approved a facilities bond proposal of just under 10 million dollars ($9,998,554.00) at their June 29 regular board meeting.

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