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When approaching the new Nighthawk U.S. Port of Entry from Canada travelers first must pass through a Radiation Portal Monitor and then proceed to the primary booth. Photo by Gary DeVon

New high-tech U.S. Port of Entry facility opens at Nighthawk

NIGHTHAWK – The new $6 million U.S. Port of Entry at Nighthawk opened with little fanfare last week, but the high-tech port has many features that will help enhance border security while better serving travelers, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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Non-stop activity this Founders Day

TONASKET – Tonasket’s 77th annual Founders Day weekend will feature non-stop, end-to-end activity for those who wish to partake in the full plethora of festivities beginning Thursday, May 31, and highlighted by a full day Saturday that includes the annual parade, rodeo and more.

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Patti and George Hill were selected as Founders Day Parade Grand Marshals at the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet in January. Brent Baker/Staff Photo

George and Patti Hill are Founders Day Grand Marshals

TONASKET – When Patti and George Hill heard their names called out by Mayor Patrick Plumb at the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in January as the 2012 Grand Marshals of the Tonasket Founders Day parade, Patti thought the mayor was trying to pull a fast one.

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Tonasket band earns Lilac Parade Gold Standard

SPOKANE – The Tonasket High School Marching Tiger Band and Flag Corps not only performed at Spokane’s Armed Forces Lilac Parade on Saturday, May 19, they came home having earned the parade’s Gold Standard, awarded to schools that meet a broad range of criteria.

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Camaray pool open to swimming

OROVILLE – The Camaray Motel will be allowing its pool to be used by the general public six days a week for a small fee.

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Cravy looks back as he moves on

TONASKET – As Jeff Cravy works his final weeks as the Tonasket Elementary School principal, he finds himself living in two different worlds at the same time.

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Rep. Shelly Short

Lunch with our local legislators

OROVILLE – Local legislators Joel Kretz and Shelly Short said this year’s legislative sessions were “too long,” yet not enough was accomplished in the way of budget cuts.

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Tonasket School board hears garden proposal

TONASKET – A diverse group of community members, including Tonasket School District teachers, approached the Tonasket School Board at its Monday, May 14, board meeting with a proposal to plant and maintain a school garden.

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PARK FIT FOR A QUEEN: Like an invasion from the north, Oroville's Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial was full to capacity last weekend as our Canadian neighbors celebrated the late Queen Victoria's birthday. Rod Noel, Oroville's head of the Parks Department,

Salmon Recovery at Oroville Council

OROVILLE – Don McIvor and Ken Bevis appeared before the Oroville City Council at their Tuesday, May 15 meeting to discuss salmon recovery efforts in the Upper Columbia.

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Cows graze on a bit of dry land surrounded by the flood waters of the Okanogan between Oroville and Tonasket last Thursday afternoon. Photo by Brent Baker

Flood warning in effect until Saturday night

SPOKANE – The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Okanogan River which continues until late Saturday night.

The Okanogan River near Tonasket reached the 15 foot flood stage and was 15.01 feet as of 7:15 a.m. Friday morning. Minor flooding is forecast and the river is expected to continue rising to near 15.3 feet by late Friday afternoon.

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