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Parking issue stays on Tonasket council radar

TONASKET – Night time parking within the Tonasket city limits continued to be an issue for the Tonasket City Council as it heard feedback on recent efforts to enforce a parking ordinance that in some parts of town is extremely difficult to abide by.

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Students from Oroville Elementary School sing in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. They are accompanied on the piano by music teacher Jeff Gee. Photo by Gary DeVon

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly celebrates more than the man

OROVILLE – The Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly at Oroville High School last Friday celebrated more than the man or even civil rights, it also delved into the history of women and the vote, as well as all voter’s rights.

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NVH Board approves equipment purchases

TONASKET – Proposed cuts to state Medicare and Medicaid funding have North Valley Hospital District officials concerned about the future of health care in the region, the future of the hospital and the potential economic impact if enacted.

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NVH, other Critical Access Hospitals face budget axe

TONASKET – Proposed cuts to state Medicare and Medicaid funding have North Valley Hospital District officials concerned about the future of health care in the region, the future of the hospital and the potential economic impact if enacted.

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Dan and Corrina Karrer present the flag sent by Mary Karrer from Afghanistan to Armed Forces Legacy Project representatives George Frank and Roger Castelda. Photo by Brent Baker

Legacy Project receives flag flown in Afghanistan

TONASKET – George Frank was pleasantly surprised to receive a phone call from Afghanistan.

The package that came shortly thereafter left tears in his eyes.

Thanks to Mary Karrer, a Tonasket resident overseeing a construction project with the Army Corps of Engineers at Bagram Air Base, the Armed Forces Legacy Project is the proud recipient of an American flag flown on the Afghanistan base on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2011.

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School board prepares for replacement levy election

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board prepared to distribute information on the upcoming replacement levy election even as they worked to cope with uncertainty regarding the level of district’s future Levy Equalization Act funding.

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Oroville mayor reappoints department heads

OROVILLE – Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth reappointed department heads and the city council approved them at their Tuesday, Jan. 3 meeting, their first meeting of 2012.

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Oroville Planning Agency holds Critical Area Ordinance workshop

OROVILLE – The Oroville Planning Agency held the first of two informational meetings on Wednesday, Jan. 4 to discuss information on Critical Areas Updates prior to holding a public hearing on the issue.

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Students put together benches that were installed at various points along the Similkameen River Trail.

County holds meeting on Recreation Plan update in Oroville

OROVILLE – Ted Murray and Sharon McKinzie with the Okanogan County Planning office came to Oroville last week to discuss the county’s efforts to update the Comprehensive Recreation Plan and the results of an online public survey.

“The state and federal governments require an update every six years for the county to maintain grant eligibility,” said Ted Murray, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator for Okanogan County. “This doesn’t just help the county… the city can draw off it as well.”

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Richard Tapper of Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket received Ace Hardware Corporation's "Moment of Truth Award" in recognition for outstanding customer service. Photo by Brent Baker

Lee Frank employee receives Ace customer service awards

TONASKET – Richard Tapper is not a man to seek recognition.

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