Tonasket concerned about vandalism of park grounds

TONASKET – Concern about possibly expensive vandalism being done in Chief Tonasket Park was brought to the Tonasket City Council during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

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Enrollment numbers still strong at Oroville Schools

OROVILLE – Student enrollment within the Oroville School District remains higher than predicted with 580 students, according to Shay Shaw, the district’s business manager.

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Kretz, Conservation Northwest agree on cougar pilot program extension

OLYMPIA – While often at odds on issues, Rep. Joel Kretz and Mitch Friedman, executive director for Conservation Northwest, announced they are working together to find a compromise on policies surrounding cougar management.

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Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald remain county’s Newspapers of Record

OKANOGAN – With the county commissioners’ decision to accept NCW Media, Inc.’s bid for their legal advertising the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald remain Okanogan County’s official newspaper of public record.

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Oroville asks county to encourage eastside sewer hook-ups

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a letter to the county commissioners asking them to encourage connection to the Eastside Sewer Project.

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Tonasket’s Jim Morgan speaks to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday, April 5. “We hire you to look out for us and I don’t feel you’re doing that,” Morgan said. Photo by Emily Hanson

Objections over electric rates continue

OMAK – The boardroom of the Okanogan County Public Utility District was packed with customers angry over the higher energy rates and how these rates are affecting their lives during the PUD commissioners’ board meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

Since the energy rate discussion was not on the commissioners’ agenda, the attendees spoke during the public comment period and the commissioners listened to them for over an hour before ending the period to continue with their meeting.

Starting off the comment period was William Bordua, who stated he was representing his neighbors.

“They simply can not absorb this price increase,” Bordua said. “They can hardly live in this county as is. We can’t take this kind of lump increase. You guys can pass your costs on to us, but as the consumer, we have no one else to pass our costs on to.”

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The Canadian couple crossed into Washington at the U.S. Port of Entry at Oroville in this 2000 Chevy Astro van. The van’s BC license plate number is 212-CAV.

RCMP and U.S. authorities investigating disappearance of Penticton couple

PENTICTON – The Penticton RCMP, Okanogan County and Washington State officials are investigating the disappearance of a Penticton couple, after their family reported their parents missing on Thursday March 31.

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Tonasket sets Arbor Day celebration date

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council set the date for their Arbor Day celebration as Wednesday, April 13 during their meeting on Tuesday, March 22.

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Chamber reminding members to pay dues

TONASKET – With the membership goal for this year still being at 100, the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce is sending out reminder notices to last year’s members to pay their dues.

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Jim Bartleson of the Okanogan Irrigation District disapproved of the Okanogan County PUD’s decision to raise irrigation rates at a March 24 special meeting. Photo by Jennifer Marshall

PUD hears objections to rate hikes

OKANOGAN – It was a full house last week at the Okanogan County Public Utility District auditorium, where commissioners got an earful from farmers worried and angered over the higher irrigation rates they’ll pay starting April 1.

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