OROVILLE – The head of public works and the police chief gave a quick report to the Oroville City Council about a meeting they attended the day before with representatives of the county’s emergency management department and National Weather Service regarding potential flooding in Okanogan County.
OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Okanogan River breached the 15-foot flood stage south of Tonasket on Monday, May 23 and began spilling over into the surrounding lands, raising flood concerns between Tonasket and Oroville.
“The extent to which the lowlands flood between Oroville and Tonasket is expected,” Scott Miller, director of the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department said Monday. “We’re at 15.3 feet right now and we’re expecting the water to reach 16- feet by Memorial Day. The peak is expected to be at 17 feet before June 7.”
NORTH COUNTY – Memorial Day Ceremonies are planned by the Tonasket and Oroville American Legion Posts this coming Monday morning.
TONASKET – Since the financial situation at the North Valley Hospital District is improving, it was announced during the NVH board meeting on Thursday, May 12 that meetings between the board and the Okanogan County Commissioners and Treasurer are no longer required on a monthly basis.
TONASKET – During the regular Tonasket School District board meeting on Monday, May 9, Superintendent Paul Turner announced the staffing levels in the district would remain steady next year.
TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council announced during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 10 they had received a $24,000 Community Development Block Grant planning-only grant from the Department of Commerce for their water/sewer project.
OROVILLE – The recent reassessment of the Oroville area showed a 10 percent overall drop in property values, according to Okanogan County Auditor Scott Furman.
NC WASH. – The National Weather Service has put out near daily warnings of the potential for flooding of small streams and main stem rivers in North Central Washington.
OROVILLE – The 77th Annual May Festival featured many traditional events as well as some new activities that are quickly becoming part of the tradition.
The Gold Digger Apple Float was judged Best Float this year and another crowd favorite, the City of Kelowna float featuring an iridescent green Ogopogo was Queen Madison Hatch’s Choice. The City of Kelowna Royalty also earned a first place in the judge’s awards.
By the number of ties this year it was apparent the judges were having a hard time choosing among the many fine entries. The other first prize winners were:
A large slope failure below the Buckhorn Mine sent a wall of mud cascading thousands of feet down Gold Bowl Creek, uprooting large trees and scouring the creek drainage.