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Members of the public speak with federal and state agency officials and check out materials relating to the EIS for Echo Bay Gold Exploration Company’s proposed gold exploration on Buckhorn Mountain. The company, part of Toronto-based Kinross Gold, want

Public attends Open House on Buckhorn gold exploration proposal

OROVILLE – Those interested in more information on a proposal to expand gold exploration on Buckhorn Mountain near Chesaw nearly filled the seats of the OHS Commons last week.

An Open House was held at the high school to provide information, answer questions and take written public comments on the Environmental Impact Statement being put together by the U.S. Forest Service and state Department of Natural Resources, lead agencies in the proposal, according to Dale Olson, Tonasket Ranger for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Echo Bay Exploration, a subsidiary of Toronto-based Kinross Gold, has proposed expanding mineral exploration for five years on 507 acres, within a 10,041-acre area near Kinross’ Buckhorn Mountain Gold Mine, located 18 miles east of Oroville. The exploration would include construction of up to 72.3 miles of new drilling roads and up to 675 new drill pad sites and drilling up to 965 exploration holes. It would also include construction of 33 acres of water conveyance and storage facilities, including temporary new water well on National Forest Service lands, as well as development of up to eight acres of land for staging equipment and materials. Four of the drill holes on NFS lands would also be converted to monitoring wells. In addition, 24-hour-a day/365-days-a-year access for up to 20 drill rigs, weather permitting, would be allowed.

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TVBRC Open House on Friday

TONASKET – Antique brochures with a treasure map of the locations of the eight antique stores in Tonasket will be available during an open house at the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Resource Center on Friday, Dec. 17.

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Holiday shopping available locally

TONASKET – Holiday shopping locally is available for those interested in buying local.

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Oroville Chamber of Commerce making plans for 2011

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is still seeking nominations for next year’s officers and board members, but it looks like the organization will continue on into 2011.

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Oroville has been offered the remaining year of a two-year lease of this billboard along Main Street by Rocky and Cindy DeVon of RE/MAX Lake and Country Real Estate, the current leaseholders. The council discussed using hotel/motel taxes to advertise Lake

Water and sewer rates going up in Oroville

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted approval of a two-year increase in water and sewer rates for all customers inside and outside the city limits.

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Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez

New Border Patrol Chief takes command in Spokane Sector

SPOKANE – U.S. Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher has officially transferred command of the Spokane Sector to Chief Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez.

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Open House planned to answer questions about gold exploration on Buckhorn M

OROVILLE – Several state and federal agencies are hosting an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 14 to answer questions about a proposal to do minerals exploration on Buckhorn Mountain, northeast of Oroville.

The open house is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Oroville High School Commons, located at 1016 Ironwood Street.

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Phillips sentenced to 26 years in prison

Nov. 23 in the Okanogan County In-Jail Courtroom.

Phillips received 147 months for first degree manslaughter of Kitterman’s unborn child, 12 months for tampering with physical evidence and 96 months for first degree kidnapping.

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No property tax increase for Tonasket

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council declared there would not be a property tax increase in 2011 during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 23.

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Ellisforde home destroyed by fire

ELLISFORDE – The Ellisforde home of Sidney Bosch and his wife was completely destroyed by flames on Monday, Nov. 29 after a fire that began in the basement.

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