Dr. John McCarthy

Former area doctor, John McCarthy, named Family Physician of the Year

BELLEVUE – The Washington Academy of Family Physicians (WAFP) has named Spokane physician, John McCarthy, MD as Family Physician of the Year for 2012 and welcomes him as Washington Academy of Family Physicians Foundation President.

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Last year George Thornton led a native plant hike at Lost Lake as part of the Okanogan Highlands Associations Summertime Highland Wonders educational series. This year Thornton will take a group into the secluded cedar groves northeast of Buckhorn Mountai

Cedar Ecology Hike in the Okanogan Highlands on July 7

CHESAW – On Saturday, July 7, local botanist, George Thornton, will take a group into the secluded cedar groves northeast of Buckhorn Mountain, where an extraordinary ecosystem thrives because of the shade, stable soils, organic matter and habitat provided by the Western Red Cedar.

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Funds to improve Osoyoos Lake water quality

KELOWNA, B.C. – Proceeds from last fall’s Osoyoos Lake Water Science Forum will be split between representatives working on each side of the border to improve lake water quality.

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Fourth of July events in the North County

NORTH COUNTY – The Independence Day Holiday traditions continue in the North County with the annual Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo celebrating 70 years, fireworks in Oroville and Tonasket and a barbecue.

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New Tonasket EMS director Michael Greene Photo by Brent Baker

New EMS director brings years of experience to job

TONASKET – Michael Greene and his wife retired to Tonasket last November hoping to focus their efforts on doing volunteer work in the community.

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Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek reads over her court papers while waiting for her sentencing hearing to begin in 2010. Hirst-Pavek was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Michelle Kitterman and 126 months in prison for th

Hirst-Pavek loses appeal of murder and manslaughter convictions

OKANOGAN – Lacey Kae Hirst-Pavek, found guilty as an accomplice in aggravated first degree murder and first degree manslaughter in the death of Michelle Kitterman, has lost an appeal of those convictions.

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Grand Marshal Kay Tracy

Kay Tracy is Chesaw 4th of July Rodeo Grand Marshal

CHESAW – Katherin Tracy, a true daughter of the Okanogan Highlands, has been chosen as Grand Marshal of this year’s Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo.

Known to most people at this end of the valley as “Kay,” or “Mrs. Sutton” to those she taught at Oroville Elementary, Katherin (Sherling, Sutton) Tracy grew up near Molson. She attended the Lone Star School on Mary Anne Creek for her first two years, riding horseback the two miles…

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Dan Boettger, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for Okanogan County PUD and Glenn Huber, Area Manager for Oroville, were among the PUD representatives discussing the public electric utilities plans to license Enloe Dam at the Thursday, June

PUD updates Oroville Chamber on licensing efforts for Enloe Dam

OROVILLE – Representatives from Okanogan County PUD made a presentation at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce on the utilities efforts to license Enloe Dam to once again generate hydroelectric power.

The dam and powerhouse, which are about 3.5 miles up the Similkameen River from Oroville, have not generated power since the mid-1950s. The PUD has been trying to license the dam with a new modern powerhouse and generators, this time located on the opposite bank of the river.

Dan Boettger, Director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for the utility, started the presentation with a slide show of then-and-now photos and illustrations. The photos showed the various stages of the dams construction as well as the different powerhouses that were located on the to generate power in the early years of operation. They also showed where new facilities would be located.

“The PUD’s new proposal has been in the works since 2005, as have our licensing efforts,” Boettger said.

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NVH audit shows 2011 improvement

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital’s financial health has improved over the past two years and is on par with, or stronger than, most hospitals of comparable demographics, according to the 2011 independent auditor’s report recently completed by Dingus, Zarecor and Associates, PLLC.

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Barbara Dart, born in nearby Havillah, moved with her family to the Nine Mile area when she was five, attending the Nine Mile School from first to fourth grade. She was this year's Grand Marshal and led the parade. Photo by Gary DeVon

Grand Marshal Barbara Dart leads parade at Midsummer Fest

MOLSON – Barbara (Dammel) Dart was this year’s Grand Marshal for the Midsummer Festival that took place in Molson last Saturday.

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