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Oroville sets Critical Areas Workshop

OROVILLE – There was still no public comment on the updates to the Oroville’s Critical Areas/Comprehensive Plan Amendments so the council decided to set up a one-hour workshop prior to their June 18 meeting to answer questions and take testimony.

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Mid-month packed with Midsummer Fest, Car Show and Fly-in

NORTH COUNTY – You might call it ‘Planes, (no) trains and automobiles,’ because June 15 and 16 have at least two of the three in their events, although the third takes place in one of the first towns to have train service in Okanogan County.

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Shop Tavern changes hands

OROVILLE – Bernice “Bunny” and Ike Williams are the new owners of the Shop Tavern located at 2002 Main Street in Oroville. The business will be managed by their son, Richard Williams.

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Tonasket Ave. and yard sale ordinances pass

TONASKET – Ordinances to regulate the proliferation of yard sales in Tonasket, and to manage traffic in the Tonasket Avenue area, were passed at the Tuesday, May 28, Tonasket City Council meeting.

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Hospital faces boiler issue

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District’s efforts to bring down its warrant levels may be slowed by urgent infrastructure needs that have cropped up recently and may cost significant money to address. Chief Information Officer Kelly Cariker, who is also in charge of facility issues, reported on two issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.

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Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman

New assessment of Oroville finished

OKANOGAN – The new assessment of property within the Oroville School District is complete and while most won’t notice much of an increase, those with lakefront property will see taxes rise, according to Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman.

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Founders Day Weekend is here

TONASKET – Tonasket’s 78th 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 30, and highlighted by a full day Saturday that includes the annual parade, rodeo and more.

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Approval of Critical Areas Ordinance delayed two weeks

OROVILLE – Approval of a new Oroville Critical Areas Ordinance was put of for at least two weeks as council reviews the ordinance in it’s current form.

The Tuesday, May 21 Oroville City Council meeting was advertised as a public hearing to take relevant testimony about the ordinance which was drafted by the Oroville Planning Commission, with the help of Chris Branch, director of Community Development.

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OHS Social Studies teacher George Thornton retires from Oroville

OROVILLE – Oroville teacher George Thornton received a plaque acknowledging his 33 years of service from the school board at their Monday, May 20 meeting.

“One of the first administrators from when George started teaching said in his evaluation that he was going to make an impact on his community… that’s just what he’s done,” said Superintendent Steve Quick.

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‘Marshal Middleton’ finally gets to ride the parade

TONASKET – Patti Middleton is no stranger to parades.

But she’s never gotten to ride in one. As the longtime music teacher in the Tonasket School District, she’s marched in countless parades, including many editions of the Founders Day variety, always as part of the Tonasket Marching Band.

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