Ed and Claire Jeffko (courtesy photo)

Ed Jeffko, plane missing in Cascades

TONASKET – Crews have been searching since Monday evening, July 23, for Tonasket’s Ed Jeffko, who took off from the Tonasket Airport on Monday morning and never arrived at his destination in Sequim.

Planes spent six hours doing an aerial search on Monday evening and were in the air most of Tuesday examining areas of the North Cascades where weather conditions could have made flying difficult, according to a WSDOT press release.

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Dennis Brown takes his oath of office after being appointed to the Tonasket City Council on July 10. Photo by Brent Baker

Brown appointed to Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Dennis Brown is no stranger to Tonasket City Council meetings. But leading off the Tuesday, July 10, meeting, he moved from the gallery to the hot seat as he was appointed by the council to fill Position 4, which has been vacant since Julianna Griffin resigned June 13.

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A scene from the exciting fast-paced race action during the  2010 Can Am Apple Cup Powerboat Races. Photo by Gary DeVon

Can-Am Apple Cup Powerboat Races this weekend

Hear the rumble, feel the thunder, the Can-Am Apple Cup Hydroplane Races are back, July 21 and 22, at Lake Osoyoos off Deep Bay Park.

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Greg Howard, owner/engineer of Okanogan County Motorized Bicycles, shows the mayor and council  one of his  motorized bikes which he said would be good for a police bike patrol. The bikes cost about $800 with the motor added and can go up to 30 mph.

Tonasket approves bid for upgraded pedestrian crossing

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket’s move to re-bid the pending pedestrian crossing project appears to have paid dividends, based on the response it got through a process it was able to utilize known as a public interest finding.

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A helicopter from RJ Helicopters hovers over a cherry orchard off Sawtell Rd. in an effort to dry off one of the many rains that have hit the valley this summer. There is always a danger the fruit will split after a rain followed by a heat cycle so grower

Odd weather hasn’t totally dampened cherry harvest

OROVILLE – You don’t like the weather in the valley, just wait five minutes and it will change – from extreme heat to rain and hail, this year’s cherry harvest has seen it all.

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Tonasket EMS practices its response procedures on a pair of "victims" during Saturday's school shooting drill. Photo by Brent Baker

Area first responders prepare for worst

TONASKET – Smoke and the sounds of gunfire filled the air, as did the moans and screams of fallen students and the shouts of law enforcement wading into an unknown, tense situation.

Thankfully, the students (and some adults) were acting, the gory wounds had been carefully applied by a makeup artist, the ammunition was the equivalent of mini-paintballs and the situation was a scenario designed by Tonasket police officer Jim Rice to train first responders who could be called to a shooting in a crowded school building.

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No, not my internet! - A Sunday, July 8, night brush fire in Crumbacher damaged the fiber optic lines that provide much of the North Valley with internet service, leaving many - including North Valley Hospital and the Tonasket School District's dedicated

DNR firefighters gain control of 13 fires that started Monday

OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to fires brought on by lighting and hot, dry weather conditions on July 8 and 9. Of the 13 fires that started Monday, all have been contained due to the work of firefighters across central Washington.

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Oroville Heritage Days and Fly-in July 20-21

OROVILLE – Mark your calendars for an activity packed weekend July 20 to July 21 as Oroville Heritage Days and Fly-in take place in Oroville.

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Oroville’s Six Year Transportation Program amended

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council amended the 2012-2017 Six Year Transportation Program at their Tuesday, July 3 meeting adding $51,568 Preliminary Engineering money for the STPR Central and Cherry Streets projects.

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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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