Tonasket area property owners being notified of value changes

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Assessor’s Office mailed out approximately 16,000 notice of value change forms May 30 to property owners primarily located within the Tonasket School District, as well as landowners county wide that have property in the Open Space commercial farm and agricultural property tax classification.

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Sarmiento to remain OHS Principal

OROVILLE – Although the decision wasn’t announced during the Monday, May 26 Oroville School Board meeting, it appears OHS Principal Kristin Sarmiento will not be transferred back to a teaching position for the 2014-15 school year.

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Echo Bay to end Buckhorn gold exploration project

REPUBLIC – Echo Bay Exploration, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Kinross Gold has decided to call it quits and withdraw their Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project. The exploration had been proposed on nearly 10,000 acres of federal, state and private lands surrounding the Buckhorn Mine which has a closing date in 2015.

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THS librarian indicted on five counts sexual misconduct

OKANOGAN – A former Tonasket School District librarian accused of having sex with a high school senior was arraigned in Okanogan County Superior Court on Monday.
Elizabeth Ann KinKade, 37, pleaded not guilty June 2 after Judge Henry A. Rawson indicted her on five counts of first-degree sexual misconduct with a minor.

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Candidates file for local and state offices

OKANOGAN – It looks like there will be at least one local race that will require a primary this August. Four people have filled for the Okanogan County PUD District 1 Commissioner position.

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Oroville Council learns more about upcoming jet ski races

OROVILLE – Raleigh Chinn and Roger Harnack, representing the Lake Osoyoos Cup Jet Ski Races planned for this summer, appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, May 20 meeting.

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Lake Osoyoos rises as runoff increases

YAKIMA – Due to rising temperatures and spring runoff, water levels in Osoyoos Lake are rising. In some years, this can result in temporary flooding on properties around the lake.

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Claire Jeffko finds closure through miracle find

TONASKET – Gaining a sense of closure hasn’t come easily for Claire Jeffko. She wasn’t sure it would be possible to find it, not since her husband of about 30 years, Ed Jeffko, vanished without a trace in his small, homebuilt fiberglass airplane.

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Founders Day PBR, dance and art

TONASKET – Tonasket’s 79th annual Founders Day weekend will see some significant changes this year, beginning Thursday, May 29, and highlighted the arrival of the Professional Bull Riders circuit Friday and Saturday, as well as Saturday night’s street dance in town.

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Kari Alexander to be front and center for a day as Grand Marshal

TONASKET – It seems to be a recurring theme that some of Tonasket’s most honored citizens are also the people that least like to be at the center of attention.
Kari Alexander, the 2014 Tonasket Founders Day Grand Marshal, fits that mold perfectly.

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