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Henry “Hank” Allen from Oroville and his brother Loren, both veterans of World War II, with Justin Peterson at Spokane International Airport prior to the Allen’s flight to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial built in their and fellow W

Honor Flight flies WWII Vets to see their memorial at nation’s capital

CHEWELAH – Two Oroville veterans of WWII are among 15 who got to fly back east to see the WWII memorial in Washington, DC thanks to the efforts of a Chewelah, Wash. student who has raised money for the Inland Northwest Honor Flight program.

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Tonasket Council still thinking about ad valorem taxes for 2011

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council continued their discussion of an ad valorem tax in 2011 to their Tuesday, Nov. 9 meeting during their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 26.

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2011 NVHD budget will be presented at Nov. 4 meeting

TONASKET – The 2011 budget for the North Valley Hospital District will be presented at the next hospital board meeting on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. in the boardroom.

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Clockwise from top left: Commissioner candidate Jim Detro, sheriff candidate Frank Rogers, clerk candidate Charleen Groomes and treasurer candidate Leah McCormack.

Early election count Tuesday favors Detro, Rogers, Groomes and McCormack fo

OKANOGAN COUNTY – Election night counts of Okanogan Countyballots favor Jim Detro as the next county commissioner and a return of FrankRogers as sheriff.

Although results are not yet official with several left tobe counted, Detro leads fellow Republican Becki Andrist for Okanogan CountyCommissioner, District 3, representing the north end of the county. Detro had4,087, or 60 percent of the votes, cast in his favor, to Andrist’s 2,765.Sheriff Rogers, the incumbent, was also leading his opponent, Deputy DaveYarnell, by a healthy margin for the sheriff’s position. Voters cast 4,795votes, or 67 percent, in favor of returning Rogers for another term as the county’stop law enforcement official. Yarnell received 2,335 votes. Both candidates ranas Republicans in the Tuesday, Nov. 2 general election.

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Oroville School Board gives nod to another Dominican Republic trip

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board approved a second student exchange trip to the Dominican Republic at their Monday, Oct. 25 meeting.

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Oroville adopts changes to Zoning Map

OROVILLE – After a closed-record hearing the Oroville Council approved a request for a zoning map amendment and Conditional Use Permit on behalf of Oroville Reman and Reload.

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The 2010 Tonasket Rodeo Queen Taylor Ayers (left) crowned the 2011 Tonasket Rodeo Queen Jerian Ashley (right) at the coronation ceremony held at the Tonasket Eagles on Saturday, Oct. 23. Photo by Emily Hanson

Jerian Ashley crowned 2011 Tonasket Rodeo Queen

TONASKET – Jerian Ashley was crowned the 2011 Tonasket Rodeo Queen at the coronation ceremony held on Saturday, Oct. 23 in the Tonasket Eagles.

Ashley, a senior at Tonasket High School, was chosen over fellow THS senior Cortney Ingle and was crowned by outgoing Queen Taylor Ayers, another THS senior.

“It’s amazing, I’m speechless and very, very happy,” Ashley said after being crowned. “I hope everything goes smoothly while I’m queen.”

This was Ashley’s second year trying to be the Tonasket Rodeo Queen and her fifth time trying for a royalty title. Two years ago, she competed to be Okanogan County Fair Queen and Okanogan County Junior Rodeo Queen, a crown she sought three years ago as well.

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Disneyland field trip request conditionally approved

TONASKET – During the regular Tonasket School Board meeting on Monday, Oct. 25 the official field trip request for the Tonasket marching band to go to Disneyland in March was approved.

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A cofferdam is visible where Colville Tribal workers are constructing a structure in the Similkameen River at its confluence with the Okanogan River just south of Oroville. The project will divert some survivability of summer Chinook salmon eggs that are

Colville Tribe working on fish project near confluence of Similkameen and O

OROVILLE – The Colville Confederated Tribes are trying to enhance summer Chinook salmon survival by diverting at least part of the water that flows into the Similkameen by keeping it in the Okanogan.

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Scott Olson is the newly appointed member of the Tonasket City Council after being chosen by the council during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12 to fill former council member Joyce Fancher's vacant seat. Photo by Emily Hanson

Olson appointed to Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Former Tonasket City Council member Joyce Fancher’s vacant seat was filled on Tuesday, Oct. 12 when the council appointed Scott Olson to the empty council position.

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