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The spillway at Enloe Dam as viewed from the west side of the river. The dam, originally built in the 1920s, has not produced electric power since the late 1950's. The Dam was constructed on top of a natural 18-foot falls. Photo by Gary DeVon

Study casts doubts on profitability of Enloe Dam hydro project

OROVILLE – Several conservation groups are calling Okanogan County PUD’s attempts at re-starting hydroelectric power generation at Enloe Dam a money losing proposition – now and in the future.

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Jane and Bob Thompson, shown receiving an award at the Armed Forces Legacy Project in November, were named Citizens of the Year by the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 annual fundraising banquet. Photos by Brent Baker

Bob and Jane Thompson are Tonasket Chamber ‘Citizens of the Year’

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and bestowed its annual slate of honors Thursday, Jan. 19, at its yearly banquet at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center.

The most anticipated portion of the evening was the naming of the annual award-winners, presented as chamber members and guests feasted on Lola Orr’s buffet.

Selected by the chamber to serve as Grand Marshals of the Tonasket Founders Day Parade were George and Patti Hill.

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Tonasket chamber stays in black for 2011

TONASKET – The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce presented its 2011 profit and loss statement at its first 2012 meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10, as well as electing its new officers and board members and announcing dates for a number of annual events.

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Parking issue stays on Tonasket council radar

TONASKET – Night time parking within the Tonasket city limits continued to be an issue for the Tonasket City Council as it heard feedback on recent efforts to enforce a parking ordinance that in some parts of town is extremely difficult to abide by.

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Students from Oroville Elementary School sing in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. They are accompanied on the piano by music teacher Jeff Gee. Photo by Gary DeVon

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly celebrates more than the man

OROVILLE – The Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly at Oroville High School last Friday celebrated more than the man or even civil rights, it also delved into the history of women and the vote, as well as all voter’s rights.

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NVH Board approves equipment purchases

TONASKET – Proposed cuts to state Medicare and Medicaid funding have North Valley Hospital District officials concerned about the future of health care in the region, the future of the hospital and the potential economic impact if enacted.

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NVH, other Critical Access Hospitals face budget axe

TONASKET – Proposed cuts to state Medicare and Medicaid funding have North Valley Hospital District officials concerned about the future of health care in the region, the future of the hospital and the potential economic impact if enacted.

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Dan and Corrina Karrer present the flag sent by Mary Karrer from Afghanistan to Armed Forces Legacy Project representatives George Frank and Roger Castelda. Photo by Brent Baker

Legacy Project receives flag flown in Afghanistan

TONASKET – George Frank was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from Afghanistan.

The package that came shortly thereafter left tears in his eyes.

Thanks to Mary Karrer, a Tonasket resident overseeing a construction project with the Army Corps of Engineers at Bagram Air Base, the Armed Forces Legacy Project is the proud recipient of an American flag flown on the Afghanistan base on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.

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School board prepares for replacement levy election

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board prepared to distribute information on the upcoming replacement levy election even as they worked to cope with uncertainty regarding the level of district’s future Levy Equalization Act funding.

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Oroville mayor reappoints department heads

OROVILLE – Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth reappointed department heads and the city council approved them at their Tuesday, Jan. 3 meeting, their first meeting of 2012.

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