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TSD levy, bond packages approved

TONASKET – The Tonasket School board approved resolutions to move forward with a $6 million bond for new construction and a $1.64 million maintenance and operations (M&O) levy that will be set before district voters in February, 2014, at their Monday, Nov. 25 board meeting.

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John Jennings and Adam Jennings face murder chargers in the September shooting of a grouse hunter near Pontiac Ridge. OCSO photo

Trial date set for murder suspects

OKANOGAN – Two Chesaw men accused of shooting and killing a hunter earlier this year now know when their trials begin. John W. Jennings and his son Adam S. Jennings were arraigned Monday, Dec. 2, in Okanogan County Superior Court. Judge Chris Culp scheduled both trials to begin Jan. 7, 2014. Both men pleaded not [...]

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Oroville offers winter weather reminder

OROVILLE – The City of Oroville has issued a reminder to all property owners/renters with sidewalks abutting their property in the Oroville City Limits.
According to Ordinance #570 all property owners with sidewalks abutting their property are responsible for keeping the sidewalks free of snow and ice.

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Men accused in killing make first court appearance

OKANOGAN – Two Chesaw men remain behind bars this week after at least one of them allegedly shot and killed a Hoquiam man who was hunting grouse near their property in September.

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Controversy over Enloe Dam power generation continues

OROVILLE – While the Okanogan County PUD would like to generate power at Enloe Dam a group of opponents is pushing breaching the historic dam – the question is who would bear cost of a breach which could top $100 million.

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Preliminary NVH budget approved

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners, with a healthy crowd in attendance, approved its 2014 preliminary budget at its Thursday, Nov. 14, meeting. As discussed at the Oct. 31 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt presented a budget designed to stem consistent financial losses in the districts Long Term Care division. NVH [...]

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Akin’s Harvest Foods to sponsor tractor parade

OROVILLE – This year the annual Oroville Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Centennial Park. It will be be preceded by a Christmas Tractor Parade down Main Street.

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Sterling Bank to merge with Umpqua Holdings

PORTLAND, Ore. & SPOKANE, Wash.- Umpqua Holdings Corporation and Sterling Financial Corporation have entered into a definitive agreement in which Sterling will merge with and into Umpqua. The transaction will have a total value of approximately $2.0 billion.

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Pool, infrastructure, dominate Tonasket Council talk

TONASKET – Discussion about the future of the Tonasket Municipal Swimming pool continued at the Tuesday, Nov. 12, city council meeting after the council had had a chance to review a book-length report completed by Pool World of Spokane at its behest.

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Arrests made in fatal shooting of hunter

OKANOGAN – Two men were arrested in connection with the Sept. 2, 2013 fatal shooting of a grouse hunter on Cow Camp Road not far from Chesaw.

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