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Tonasket seeks more info from emergency management

TONASKET – The devastating wildfires that scorched much of the southern half of Okanogan County this summer highlighted the need for managing emergencies that are larger than what local resources can handle.

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Tonasket fall clean-up Sept. 20

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket will be hosting its annual Fall Clean-Up on Saturday, Sept. 20, at the Tonasket City Shop next to Chief Tonasket Park, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Forest Service welcomes new Tonasket District Ranger

TONASKET – Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor Michael Balboni announced the selection of Matthew Reidy as the new Tonasket District Ranger.

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Canadian company shelves Similkameen dam plan

PRINCETON, B.C. – Fortis Inc. will not move forward with their proposed Similkameen River water management and hydroelectric project at this time, according to an announcement made by the company on Sept. 4. Fortis said it made the decision based on the results of its most recent project feasibility studies.

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Oroville woodcutter killed by tree

OROVILLE – An Oroville man died of injuries suffered when a tree being cut by a fellow woodcutter fell on him Friday, Sept. 12.

“At around 2:50 p.m. Okanogan County Sheriff Deputy Josh Petker and emergency personnel responded to 506 Forest Service 3525 Road in reference to a subject had a tree fall on him,” said Sheriff Frank Rogers.

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PUD warns of scam calls

OKANOGAN COUNTY - Okanogan County PUD customers have notified the PUD of a few new telephone scams that they have received. In the Oroville area, customers reported being called by a computerized auto-attendant. A female voice announced itself as “Okanogan County PUD Collections” and attempted to collect payment. Another north county customer received a voicemail message [...]

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Pastime Bar & Grill closes while reinventing itself

OROVILLE – The Deep Water Blues Band played the last note for the Pastime Bar & Grill last Thursday as the business closed for a month promising to reopen in October under a new name and vision.

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Kathy Jones honored for 40 years with city

OROVILLE – The first order of business at the Oroville City Council meeting was for Mayor Chuck Spieth to recognize Kathy Jones’ many accomplishments over the past 40 years with a Certificate of Appreciation.

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Buckhorn Mine funds environmental projects in Okanogan County

YAKIMA – Operators of the Buckhorn Gold Mine near Chesaw will soon spend $180,000 on projects benefiting the environment across Okanogan County. The work is a result of a penalty settlement between the company and the Washington Department of Ecology.

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Golf tourney to benefit Explorer Post 0023

OROVILLE – The 2014 Explorer Post 0023 Golf Tournament is planned for the Oroville Golf Club on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. The tournament, which raises money for the Explorers group, is limited to 11 teams and features hundreds of dollars in prizes to be auctioned and raffled.

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