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7th District state lawmakers to host telephone town hall, Feb. 3

OLYMPIA - State Sen. Brian Dansel and Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short invite residents of the 7th Legislative District to discuss state legislative issues during an hour-long telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Monday. To take part in the toll-free Feb. 3 call, residents should dial 1-877-229-8493 and enter PIN# 112381. The phone line will open shortly before the call begins. To ask questions of [...]

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Correction: Use of library Reading Room not approved for Winter Market

In this week’s issue (Jan. 31, 2014) of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune we erroneously reported that the Oroville City Council had approved a motion allowing the Oroville Public Library Reading Room to be used for a Winter Market. Although the Reading Room was discussed, no such motion was made, or approved. However, the Library Board [...]

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Oroville learns cities may ban pot stores, grows

OROVILLE – Oroville has been leaning toward not allowing marijuana retail stores, grows or processing within the city limits and learned at the Jan. 21 council meeting that the city would be within its rights to do so.

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Canadian wintering in Oroville dies in RV fire

OROVILLE – A Saskatchewan man who winters each year in Oroville died in a fatal motorhome fire in Prince’s RV Park in the early morning hours last Saturday.

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Two Oroville School District issues on February Ballot

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board of directors, as well as other schools in the state and region, is once again requesting voters to vote on a replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy at the Feb. 11 election.

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Niessner named general manager of Omak Wood Products

OMAK -New Wood Resources announced that David Niessner has joined the company as general manager of Omak Wood Products in Omak.

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Tonasket School Board treated to recent highlights

TONASKET – School board meetings usually involve hours of talk about finances, assessments, legislation and educational theory.
The Tonasket School Board meeting of Monday, Jan. 13, provided a change of pace as a number of district staff, primarily from the middle and high schools, presented highlights of recent teaching that showed that student’s experiences of late have been anything but dry.

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Tonasket to pursue sewer system repairs

TONASKET – Sewage collection and pumping systems in the Parry’s Acres and Johns Landing areas, which are operated by the City of Tonasket, are in need of repair. The Tonasket City Council, at its Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting, authorized Mayor Patrick Plumb and city engineering firm to seek a planning-only grant from the Community Development Block Program to begin the process of repairing the system.

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OHA wants mine to address water pollution

CHESAW – A watchdog group is calling on Crown Resources to address water pollution problems at the Buckhorn Gold Mine near Chesaw by initiating a comprehensive appraisal and taking corrective action.

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Mayor Spieth makes city appointments

Pot and the city still under debate OROVILLE – While there were no surprises in Mayor Chuck Spieth’s 2014 appointment of department heads, the city council’s first meeting of the new year, Tuesday, Jan. 7, was surprisingly short. Spieth’s appointed, or rather reappointed: Mick Howe, city attorney, Rod Noel, city superintendent; Kathy Jones, city clerk-treasurer; [...]

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