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NVH seeks ways to deal with Assisted Living costs

TONASKET – When North Valley Hospital CEO Linda Michel, CFO Helen Verhasselt and the Board of Commissioners tried to find data for a time when running the Assisted Living facility was profitable, it turned out there was no such data for any time within the last seven years. As Chief Financial Officer Verhasselt discussed at [...]

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Seventh District Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short won’t seek senate seat

OLYMPIA – Seventh District Representatives Joel Kretz and Shelly Short say they won’t be vying for the Senate seat being vacated by Bob Morton the first of the new year.

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Sen. Bob Morton announces retirement

OLYMPIA – After more than two decades in the state senate, Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) announced he will retire at the first of the new year.

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Update: Ray Campbell official winner of county commissioner race

OKANOGAN – It looks like Ray L. Campbell will be the new Okanogan County Commissioner in Position 2, according to the results of the manual recount released Tuesday evening.

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Christmas tree lightings planned in Tonasket and Oroville

NORTH COUNTY – North Okanogan County communities plan their Christmas tree light-ups this weekend, with Tonasket’s on Friday, Nov. 30 at Founder’s Park and Oroville’s on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Centennial Park.

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Tonasket council approves 2% ad valorem hike

Still faces budget crunch with sales tax initiative in limbo TONASKET – A divided Tonasket City Council approved a two percent hike in the city’s ad valorem tax at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, council meeting. In its debate on the issue, council members recognized that city residents were resistant to raising taxes — the 0.1 [...]

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NVH Board approves preliminary budget

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners approved the hospital’s preliminary 2013 budget at its Thursday, Nov. 8, meeting.

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Okanogan County receives A+ bond rating from Standard & Poor’s

OKANOGAN – While pursuing the refinancing of $2.2 million of bonds used for construction improvements county received an A+ rating from national rating agency Standard and Poor’s.

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Position on Oroville School Board available

OROVILLE – There is an immediate opening on the Oroville School Board in Director Position 2.

The prospective candidate must live within the boundaries described as follows: “Starting at the intersection of Chesaw Rd and East Oroville Road. Southerly on East Oroville Rd to US Hwy 97…

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Oroville School voters pass capital improvement levy

OKANOGAN – What a difference 10 days makes.

It looks like Supt. Steve Quick got the miracle he was hoping for as Oroville School District’s three-year capital improvement levy is now ahead in the ballot count by 45 votes.

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