Local knife maker Salem Straub featured on History Channel

TONASKET – Salem Straub of Tonasket has been making knives for about twelve years, and will be featured on the History Channel’s ‘Forged in Fire’ Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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Tonasket man opens Edward Jones office

OKANOGAN – Sam Buchert offers clients a wide variety of investment services through Edward Jones Investments, a full service financial firm in Okanogan. Services offered include Individual Retirement Accounts, stocks, bonds, CD’s, life insurance, annuities, education, Long Term Care Insurance, disability insurance and business retirement plans such as 401K’s

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NVH moves forward with geothermal plans

TONASKET – Representatives Jason Schmidt and Casey McGourin from McKinstry, an energy services company hired by North Valley Hospital, presented updates on Phase 2 of the project at the hospital’s board meeting Thursday, Feb. 11. Also in attendance was Kirsten G. Wilson, PE (Professional Engineer) from the Washington State Department of Enterprise Services’s Energy Program.

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City Planner Danison briefs Tonasket council on projects

TONASKET – City Planner Kurt Danison shared positive news with Tonasket City Council members after meeting with the Utilities and Transportation Commission and Railroad representatives Wednesday, Feb. 3.

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Cops, Courts & 911 Calls

Superior Court
The court found probable cause to charge Nathan Piturachsatit, 37, Coulee Dam, with three counts sexual exploitation of a minor, two counts possession of depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The crimes allegedly occurred between Nov. 1, 2015 and Jan. 8, 2016.

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Narya Naillon selected as 2016 May Festival Queen

OROVILLE – “I am so grateful to get the chance to get the chance to represent the town as queen. It is a truly and amazing place to grow up and I am proud to have this opportunity. I’m so excited,” said Narya Naillon, about being selected this year’s 2016 May Festival Queen.

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NVH sums up medical services provided in 2015

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital staff presented year-end reports at their board meeting Jan. 28.

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The Oroville CARES Coalition recently put up a billboard featuring the winning student entry in a contest illustrating the theme "Drugs Destroy Families." First place was awarded to Reese Noel, a second grader at Oroville Elementary. His artwork incorporates a broken heart and tears, clearly portraying how drug abuse affects both families and individuals. Natalie Rodriguez, grade six, claimed second place with her rendition of a loving family hiking in the woods. Third place winner, Yudany Padilla, grade three, portrays a family posing happily in their yard near a fruit laden apple tree. The City of Oroville donated $750 to the coalition toward the billboard.

Oroville prepares to rehab Well #1

OROVILLE – Oroville’s superintendent of Public Works, Rod Noel, discussed the future rehabilitation of the city’s Well #1, which has been in need of upgrades for the past five years, at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

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Five seek queen’s crown for May Fest 2016, Selection Night Monday, Feb. 15

OROVILLE – This year sees five candidates who would like to be crowned the Oroville May Festival Queen for 2016. They are Zoe Whittaker Jameson, Narya Naillon, Bonnie Roley, Lena Fuchs and Pie Todd, all juniors at Oroville High School.

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Oroville and Tonasket pass school M&O Levies

NORTH COUNTY – Oroville and Tonasket School Districts can breath a bit easier if early election results hold fast with both districts passing replacement two-year Maintenance and Operations levies.

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