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Levy, bond packages finalized

TONASKET – Final revisions to the Tonasket School District’s bond and levy packages were approved at the Monday, Dec. 16, school board session.

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NVH bad debt, charity care jump in November

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital District reported strong financial results for October, but that news was tempered by a big jump in bad debt and charity care numbers for November.

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Tonasket talks mosquitos, infrastructure

TONASKET – Whether or not to give Tonasket voters the chance to decide to join or not join a mosquito district was the subject of much discussion at the Tuesday, Dec. 10, session of the Tonasket City Council.

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Burn bans expire in Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties

YAKIMA – Stage 1 burn bans in Okanogan, Chelan and Douglas counties expire at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, as scheduled, according to the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology).

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Staying safe on the road and ice

OKANOGAN – With temperatures dropping well below freezing, there is a lot of local advise out there to help people stay safe throughout the winter season.

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Gas leak closes Oroville Schools

Friday night basketball vs. Tonasket still on OROVILLE – A gas leak in the Oroville High School chemistry lab resulted in the early release of all students and staff Friday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Superintendent Steve Quick said initial examination indicated that the leak was small but noted that any size leak is not [...]

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Oroville’s 2014 budget already on the rise

City needs to set more aside for patrol car OROVILLE – Even before approved, Oroville’s 2014 budget will likely increase by at least $12,000 over the $8,267,700 discussed at the previous council meeting, according to Kathy Jones, city clerk/treasurer. “One reason is we set aside $25,400 to purchase a police vehicle, but Chief (Clay) Warnstaff [...]

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Stage 1 burn ban declared in three counties

YAKIMA – The state Department of Ecology has declared a Stage 1 burn ban in Okanogan, Douglas and Chelan County, meaning poor dispersion of smoke is expected to degrade air quality over the next few days. Ecology’s Stage 1 burn ban for the three counties will continue until at least Friday, when it could be [...]

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Charter brings HD channels, high-speed internet to Oroville

Charter customers in Oroville will soon enjoy access to more than 165 high definition (HD) channels, high-speed Internet and phone service as part of an all-digital upgrade, according to the cable company.

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Tonasket Council weighs taxes vs. services

Approves ad valorem hike, debates utility tax TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council, which is still attempting to finalize its 2014 budget, worked at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting to strike the balance between maintaining services that are costing more to provide with the community’s desire not to have taxes raised. Even with a tax [...]

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