TONASKET – The school board was still deciding on the amount they will be trying to pass with the 2010 levy after their meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.
TONASKET – The city council voted to increase the ad valorem rate by 1.63 percent during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
The increase of 1.63 percent will bring an additional $1,863 to the city over 2009′s collection of $113,939. This increase was supported by all council members except Jean Ramsey, who voted against the increase.
OROVILLE – Steve Colvin told the Oroville School Board that they were holding an illegal meeting, as there was not a quorum because the terms of two board members had ended the day before and a recently elected member had not been seated.
NORTH COUNTY – A Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in Tonasket on Friday, Dec. 4 and in Oroville on Saturday, Dec. 5 and everyone is encouraged to come and help ring in the coming holidays.
OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed a proposed 2010 city budget of $8,024,325 at their Tuesday, Nov. 17 meeting.
TONASKET – Three years ago, Jim Neal, Jr. was paralyzed in a local farming accident and next week a benefit auction will be held at the Tonasket Saloon to raise money for him.
OROVILLE – New Oroville Postmaster Dwight Grimmer quietly arrived in Oroville in mid-September, marking the first change in the leadership in the top spot at the P.O. for more than 25 years.
NORTH COUNTY – For anyone with nowhere to go or without the ability to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, free dinners are being offered in Tonasket and Oroville on Thursday, Nov. 26.
TONASKET – The Tonasket High School Veterans’ Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10 honored past and current veterans for making the United States the ‘land of the free because of the brave.’
The assembly featured musical performances by Michelle Timmerman on the piano and Jessica Rhoads singing “A Single Point of Light” as well as the THS choir singing “America the Beautiful” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and a performance by the THS Drumline.
Before the assembly, a poem contest was held and the winning poems were read during the assembly. The winners were Lee Leavell, whose poem was read by Ashlyn Salzman, Charity Blaney, Dakota Fry and Rebecca Shaub.
OROVILLE – Washington State Representative Joel Kretz (R-7th District) believes Okanogan County’s new Comprehensive Plan, in its current form, is too restrictive of people’s property rights.