State auditor identifies NVH finding

TONASKET – State auditors found in December that the North Valley Hospital District complied with state laws and regulations and its own policies and procedures in “most areas.” However, auditors did report an issue (known as a “finding”) regarding the use of internal labor on the hospital’s second floor construction project. Auditors determined that the [...]

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AJ’s Barber Shop opens in Oroville

Special prices on haircuts all January OROVILLE – Andrea Cockle has opened AJ’s Barber Shop at 1202A Main Street, next to Frontier Foods in Oroville and is celebrating her Grand Opening all this month with special deals on haircuts. “I opened the barber shop on Dec. 17 on a ‘hit and miss’ schedule, but beginning Jan. [...]

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Appeals Court upholds Mathis murder conviction

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Court of Appeals has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Tansy Fae-Arwen Mathis in the 2009 murder-for hire death of Michelle Kitterman.

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Zosels lose small log machine, building in fire

OROVILLE – A spark from an unknown source is suspected to be the cause of an early morning fire at Zosel Lumber Company’s chip mill on Jennings Loop Road last Thursday.
The fire destroyed a small log milling machine and the building it was in, but won’t affect production or the mill’s revenue stream,” said Howard Zosel, sales manager with the family-owned sawmill.

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Looking Back at 2013

This week we look back at some of the headlines and photos that place in the pages of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune during the first six months of 2013.


Sitzmark opens for skiers and snowboarders – The Sitzmark Ski Area is featured prominately on the front page in photographs as the ski hill had plenty of snow and was open in time for the Christmas holidays. No such luck in 2013.

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Wilbur Hallauer

Former legislator Web Hallauer dies

OROVILLE – Wilbur “Web” Hallauer, former Oroville City Councilman, state representative and state senator, passed away at age 99 in his Oroville home Thursday, Dec. 19.
Although he was born in New York state, Oroville’s elder statesman moved to Washington when he was 12-years-old, settling in Yakima. From there he went to the University of Washington in Seattle and after graduating moved to Oroville to run the family’s fruit processing plant Valley Evaporating Company, making dried apples and other products.

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Oroville Chamber to host ‘A Fine and Pleasant Misery’

OROVILLE – As part of the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival weekend the Oroville Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a performance by Tim Behrens as Pat McMannus in “A Fine and Pleasant Misery.” The show will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb, 15 at the Oroville High School Commons.

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Officials gather for informal discussions

TONASKET – A panoply of elected officials and representatives of a number of other government agencies gathered for an informal “round table” discussion in Tonasket School District board room on Monday, Dec. 16. Called together at the behest of Tonasket School Board member Catherine Stangland, the officials to discuss the concerns that their various entities deal with and ways to communicate with representatives in Olympia and Washington, D.C.

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Oroville approves $8.28 million budget

OROVILLE – Oroville approved a 2014 budget of $8,279,700 at their Tuesday, Dec. 17 council meeting. The budget includes carryover from water and street projects, as well as the city’s share of a new ambulance that is on order.

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Oroville School Board appoints chairman, vice chairman

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board called for nominations and Rocky DeVon was re-elected to serve as chairman for 2014 at the boards Monday, Dec. 16 meeting. Travis Loudon was nominated and elected as the vice-chairman of the school board.

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