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Tonasket City Council hears from city engineer

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council heard from a representative of Varela and Associates regarding storm drainage and TIB funding for street improvements.

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Tonasket School Board approves changes in staffing

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved several personnel changes, including a move by Music Director Patti Middleton from full-time to half time in the district.

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Okanogan River Garlic Festival in Tonasket Aug. 26 and 27

OROVILLE – The 12th Annual Okanogan River Garlic Festival will be held Friday, Aug. 26 and Saturday, Aug. 27 at Tonasket’s History Park and Hot August Nights will be Saturday, Aug. 27 in Chesaw.

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Buoys mark the channel where the No Wake Zone begins between Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial Park and Zosel Dam downstream. The slower speed helps to protect wildlife which are abundant in the area, as well as preventing shoreline erosion. Photos by Gary D

Oroville still working on new ‘no wake’ ordinance

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council heard an update on the effort to draft a new No Wake Ordinance governing watercraft traveling the channel between Osoyoos Lake Veterans Park and Zosel Dam.

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Over 50 concerned citizens gathered at an informational meeting at the Oroville Senior Center to learn about a potential special assessment area that could be formed to pay back a loan the county took to construct the Eastlake Sewer Project. The meeting w

People worry they’ll have to pay for Eastlake Sewer even if not connected

OROVILLE – Concerned they’ll be taxed for a sewer line they say they don’t benefit from, several Eastlake area residents gathered to take precautions against inclusion in a possible Special Assessment Area.

Okanogan County constructed the Eastside Sewer Project five years ago using a state Public Works Trust Fund Loan of over $5 million. The sewer project serves residents and developments in the eastlake area north of the Cherry Street Bridge both inside and outside the Oroville City Limits (since annexation of parts of the

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Tonasket plans fall clean-up for residents and businesses

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket has named Saturday, Sept. 17 as Fall Clean-up for city residents and businesses

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Primary election narrows field of school board candidates

OKANOGAN – Last Tuesday’s primary election narrowed the field of Oroville School Board candidates for Positions 4 and 5 from three to two.

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Osoyoos Lake Water Forum Sept. 18-20

OSOYOOS, BC – Not since the signing of the original Operating Orders on Osoyoos Lake 25 years ago, regulating water levels on the lake between the U.S. and Canada, has there likely been so much interest in a meeting on water.

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The fire danger is very high as indicated by this sign going up state Highway 20 east of Tonasket. The Maryls Road Fire about 16 miles east of Tonasket burned 408 acres and one outbuilding last week, according to the DNR. Photo by Gary DeVon

Marlys Road Fire near Tonasket contained Friday

TONASKET – A wildland fire that started Tuesday, Aug. 9 blackening 408 acres and destroying an out-building is 100 contained, according to a DNR spokesman.

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Mill Drive will soon be getting new sewer lines tying the area into the Tonasket Wastewater Treatment facility. The area off Seventh Street will also be annexed into the city at a future date. Photo by Gary DeVon

Decision on joining Conservation District postponed until September

TONASKET – After a short public comment period about whether or not to join the Okanogan County Conservation District, the Tonasket Council decided to postpone their decision until their Sept. 13 meeting.

The city had scheduled a discussion period on the issue of joining the conservation district before the regular council meeting. Some of the more vocal comments were against joining because membership would mean a fee to property owners of $2.40 for each parcel owned. Bob Clark with the conservation district was also on hand to answer questions.

“There’s no big push for this,” said Councilwoman Jean E. Ramsey at the council’s regular Tuesday, Aug. 9 meeting.

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