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Oroville school staff to get Gap training

OROVILLE – While it was advertised as a public input meeting on Gap training and the potential arming of trained school staff, most people who attended seemed to be content to listen to Jon Ladines founder of Force Dynamics explain his training programs.

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Oroville to open city’s streets to ATV use

OROVILLE-The Oroville City Council adopted an ordinance allowing people to drive their ATVs on its city streets at their Tuesday, July 7 meeting.

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Fate of PUD’s Enloe Dam still on hold

At the PUD regular commission meeting Monday, July 13, Commissioner Scott Vejraska reported on a June 30 meeting he had with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to discuss the possibility of NOAA playing the role of lead agency in the potential decommissioning and removal of Enloe Dam.

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Should Oroville School teachers be armed?

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board is considering training school staff in ways to respond to threats in the school, as well as allowing a select number of staff to receive training to be able to carry concealed weapons on school grounds – but before they would approve either or both, they will be seeking public comment next Monday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons.

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Tonasket School Board accepts resignations, hears reports

Tonasket School District board members accepted the resignations of High School Resource Room Teacher Kassie Pruitt, Second Grade Teacher Brittany Lawrence and Elementary School Title 1 Paraeducator Kari Alexander at the June 29 meeting.

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Firefighters

Update: Newby Lake Fire

The Incident Base for the Newby Lake Fire is being moved from Tonasket Middle School to the Loomis Base Camp. “Everyone is here except for Incident Command, who will be here in a day or two,” said Dan Omdal, Public Information Officer with DNR. Omdal said it would be another day or two before phone lines were brought in to the Loomis camp.

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Fireworks blamed for Tonasket house fire

TONASKET – The Tonasket Police Department is investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a home at 204 Third Street on the Fourth of July.

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Voters to decide on Parks & Rec District this fall

TONASKET – Okanogan County Commissioners gave their support to the formation of a Parks and Recreation District in Tonasket on Monday, June 29. It will go on the ballot in the fall for voters to decide on. The proposed Parks and Recreation District covers an area with an approximate radius of 15 miles from Tonasket.

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Update: Newby Lake Fire

As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, July 9, the Newby Lake fire had grown to 2501 acres with zero containment. It continues to burn northwest of Loomis, Washington; mostly in timber up against rocks.

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Newby Lake fire burning in Canada, the Pasayten Wilderness

TONASKET – The Newby Lake wildfire, in Canada and the Pasayten Wilderness, was pushed by wind to the east and south past the international border again, making its way to the headwaters of Long Draw Creek west of Goodenough Peak.

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