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Donate to the Community Fireworks Display

Oroville’s Community Fourth of July Fireworks display has been a big hit for several years now and become an Independance Day tradition. The show is a big attraction to town, drawing people from across the border in Osoyoos to the north and Tonasket to the south. It’s a fun way to share an evening with your family whether your taking in the view from the park, in a boat on the lake, in your car along the highway or from one of the nearby lakeside homes and resorts.

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Changes for the worse at the post office

Anyone who has been to the Oroville Post Office lately should have seen the pieces of paper stuck on the entry doors that talks about new hours for mail collection. The notice’s intention wasn’t very clear so I asked the Postmaster what was meant by the sign. He said the counter would remain open until 4:15 p.m. but mail would no longer go out on the truck at the usual time. In order to send a letter it has to be in the collection box outside or in the mail slot inside by 1:30 p.m., that’s because the truck is leaving hours earlier.

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Out of My Mind: Everyone loves the circus

I have fond memories of watching the Wenatchee Youth Circus when it used to come to town. As a kid it was one of the special events that remains in my memories today and I was disappointed that they did not come to town more often. While Oroville’s Chamber of Commerce president, I had the [...]

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Remembering Mount St. Helens

Can you believe it’s been 35 years since Mount St. Helens blew her top. May 18, 1980 had many different impacts on those living in the Pacific Northwest depending on where you were, but many of us still remember what they were doing when they heard the news.

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How do we keep our communities vital?

I just caught the tail end of the Pathways to Prosperity workshop held at the Pastime Bar & Grill recently. From what I saw it was interesting and seemed to focus, at least in the second half, on how Oroville can attract entrepreneurs to live here – especially that group of young people known as Millennials. You know, the ones that came after the Baby Boomers and Generation X, if we’re to put a label on it. The twenty to thirty somethings.

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What do you want, need for new park?

It’s time for a new poll, our city leaders are looking for some direction in what to do with the newly christened Princes Heritage Park

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Oroville should consider OEMSA ambulance offer

The Oroville EMS Association put an interesting proposition before the city last week – rather than contracting with a private ambulance service, contract with the existing crew to respond to emergency calls for medical help.

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Going to miss our little falls

I’m just going to start off by saying I know they had to put Tonasket Creek back where it belongs, but for a few days I was able to enjoy the view of a miniature falls cascading into the Okanogan River from my riverside cabin. The noisy rush of the water as it flowed out of its channel and through the ditches along Chesaw, Sawtell and East Oroville roads and made it’s way across the river from me was better than having my phone set to white noise this weekend.

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Enloe project making strange bedfellows

While it wasn’t that long ago it was people for the re-electrification of Enloe Dam versus those against it, mainly environmental groups who wanted to pull the dam out and free the Similkameen River. It took years of spending millions of dollars, but Okanogan County PUD seems to have accomplished something no one thought could happen – uniting the environmentalists with the farmers, ranchers, Republicans, you name it – all in an effort to stop the Enloe Dam re-electrification project. Strange bedfellows indeed.

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Cheer for the Seahawks, but don’t forget to vote ‘yes’ on the bond first

Good schools are so important and that’s why we urge those living within the Tonasket School District to vote yes on the 12-year bond. Yes, nearly $7 million in facilities improvements is expensive and while the economy seems to be improving everywhere else, we aren’t seeing it as quickly in our neck of the woods. [...]

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