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Hospital CEO breaks down NVH performance

TONASKET – Is the glass half full, or half empty?

North Valley Hospital District CEO Linda Michel seems to see that right now, it’s both. While the hospital has improved its overall financial standing in the two years since she arrived, the need to get the warrant level (low-interest loans from the county for operating expenses) reduced led her to delve more deeply into each department’s financial performance than had been done previously. Though NVH was on track last winter to have its warrants paid off by its target date of 2014, a recent rise in the warrant level made the need for that analysis more pressing.

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Tonasket Police plan school shooting drill

TONASKET – It’s a scenario no one wants to think about: a gunman loose in the local school, shooting staff and students.

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Council discusses noise ordinance revamp

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be reviewing its noise ordinance after a number of reports that the current law is ineffective.

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Detective Mike Murray of the Okanogan County Sheriff's office checks out of service after 39 years in law enforcement. The detective, who began his career with the Oroville Police Department retired last Friday. OCSO photo

Detective Mike Murray retires from Okanogan County Sheriffs department

OKANOGAN – Detective Mike Murray, who served for two years as Okanogan County Sheriff and started his career with the Oroville Police Department, has retired.

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Sen. Maria Cantwell

Okanogan County recipient of federal dollars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Okanogan County will receive about $2.25 million in Secure Rural School funding through an amendment to the transportation bill cosponsored by U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA).

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Constructed in 1987, Zosel Dam replaced a wooden structure that served Zosel's Sawmill. The current dam is used to control water levels on Lake Osoyoos under the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District as authorized by the state Department of Ecology. The w

IJC seeks public comments Lake Osoyoos levels

OROVILLE/OSOYOOS – The International Joint Commission is seeking comments from the public regarding the regulation of water levels of Lake Osoyoos at meetings planned in Oroville and Osoyoos, B.C.

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There's nothing resembling "fun" going on at the Tonasket City Pool this summer after it was shut down last fall and condemned this spring. The Tonasket City Council is trying to build a community-based coalition to spearhead the construction and long-ter

City seeks area-based council for new Tonasket swimming pool

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council was in agreement at its Tuesday, June 26, meeting that the city swimming pool needs to be replaced — not just repaired.

How to go about doing that was the subject of a lengthy discussion at which the council made clear it felt that would best be accomplished by a broad-based coalition of the community, including neighboring towns outside the Tonasket city limits.

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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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