The closing banner across  the bottom of the Prince’s Center reader board on both sides had read Hughes’ Department Store Closing, 30% off at the end of 2015. The store however did not close until the day after the announcement was made to employees on Tuesday, March 22, 2019.

Hughes Department Store closing for good

OROVILLE – After nearly closing at the end of 2015, then trying to “right the ship” for the past few months, Hughes’ Department Store closed it’s doors for good Wednesday, March 23.

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Jack Hughes ‘Citizen of the Year’

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce gave out several awards, announced this year’s May Festival Grand Marshals and installed their officers at the annual banquet held last Thursday, March 17 at the Pastime Bar & Grill.

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Tonasket renews agreement with hospital for MRI Trailer

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council agreed to renew the franchise agreement with North Valley Hospital allowing them the public right of way to locate and operate their Mobile MRI Trailer.

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Tonasket ballfields may see upgrades

TONASKET – Representatives of the Tonasket Youth Baseball Association appeared before the Tonasket City Council Tuesday, March 8, to present plans for upgrading the baseball fields at Chief Tonasket Park.

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Oroville School District sets timeline for superintendent search

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board met with Lloyd Olson of Northwest Leadership Associates to discuss how to proceed with the search for a new district superintendent and to set a timeline for interviews with prospective candidates.

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Tonasket woman dies in Hwy. 97 crash south of Oroville

OROVILLE – A 47-year-old Tonasket woman died when the car she was riding in attempted to turn off Highway 97 onto a driveway and was struck by an oncoming truck in the other lane.

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Cascade & Columbia train derails near Riverside

RIVERSIDE – A Cascade & Columbia River Railroad (C&CRRR) train with 52-cars and two locomotives derailed about two and a half miles north of Riverside Monday, March 14 around 3:30 p.m. The train was only traveling about nine mph when it derailed, according to Okanogan County Emergency Management (OCEM).

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North Valley Hospital buys into Lean Six Sigma program

TONASKET – “Lean Six is a crucial part in the success of any hospital; reimbursement is getting less and less. We need to look at ways to minimize waste,” said NVH CEO Mike Zwicker, as he asked the board to “move forward with a commitment in change in culture

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Rocky DeVon named ‘Realtor of the Quarter’

OROVILLE – Local realtor Rocky DeVon, was named ‘Realtor of the Quarter” for the third quarter of 2015 by the North Central Washington Association of Realtors.

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Tonasket won’t participate in Fire Economic Recovery Strategic Plan

TONASKET – Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb was sorely disappointed when a motion he put before City Council members failed for a lack of votes. The motion called for paying the NCW Economic Development District $2500 to be part of a data collection survey called the Okanogan County Fire Economic Recovery Strategic Plan.

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