PUD Commissioners vote to electrify Enloe Dam

OKANOGAN – During the May 9, 2016, Regular Board of Commissioners Meeting, the Okanogan County PUD Commissioners unanimously approved Resolution #1620 authorizing the District to generate electricity from Enloe Dam.

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North Valley Hospital to set up Sleep Clinic

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital CEO Mike Zwicker announced at the April 22 Board of Commissioners meeting the plans to implement an outpatient sleep lab are “moving forward at a strong pace” and awaiting approval from the Department of Health.

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Annexation plans near Tonasket put on hold

TONASKET – A public workshop held April 19 with residents living in areas being considered for annexation found several residents not in favor of the idea.

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Comment sought on Forest Restoration Project east of Tonasket

TONASKET – Forest restoration work, including thinning, prescribed burning and transportation system changes are proposed east of Tonasket Washington on National Forest System lands near Bonaparte Lake. A team made up of nearly a dozen specialists in forest ecosystems, engineering and recreation has compared the current forest condition with what would have occurred historically, come [...]

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Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb

Tonasket reduces marijuana buffer zones around town

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council voted to adopt an ordinance reducing recreational marijuana buffers zones for marijuana producers, processors and retailers within the city from 1,000 feet to 100 feet from public parks, recreation/community centers, libraries, child care centers, game arcades and public transit centers.

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Tribal leader to share ‘The Indian Side of the Story’ at Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center

WENATCHEE – Wendell George does not want to disappear. During his years growing up on the Colville Confederate Tribes Reservation and 40 years of tribal leadership, he has felt the slow fade of Columbia Plateau Native American culture and his place in it. Realizing the richness of what could be lost, George decided to share the stories of his people through published books, newspaper columns and community presentations.

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Facilities tour reveals shortcomings at Tonasket Schools

TONASKET – A facilities/bond open house input session held Thursday, April 28, featured a facilities tour highlighting needs to be addressed in an upcoming bond.
The tour was led by Design West Architect Ned Warnick, who went over proposed improvements and associated costs with community members in attendance before walking them through the elementary school, high school shop area and the Alternative Learning (ALE) building housing the Tonasket Choice High School and Outreach programs before bringing the group back to the elementary school commons to brainstorm what to include in the bond package.

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OK Chevrolet fulfills lifelong dream for new owner

TONASKET – OK Chevrolet has been purchased by Lance Knopp of Oregon. Knopp spent the past two years running a large Chevrolet Dealership in San Antonio before moving to the area in March with his wife Kortney.

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County marijuana growers propose advisory committees

A group of Okanogan County cannabis farmers presented two different proposals to the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners Tuesday, April 19, to address current concerns with the cannabis industry.

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THS students heading to FBLA Nationals

SPOKANE – Yigit Karaermis, a Tonasket High School senior, and THS sophomore Nicole Juarez placed at the Washington State FBLA Conference last week in Spokane, earning the right to compete at the National FBLA Conference in Atlanta in June.

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