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Mayor Spieth makes city appointments

Pot and the city still under debate OROVILLE – While there were no surprises in Mayor Chuck Spieth’s 2014 appointment of department heads, the city council’s first meeting of the new year, Tuesday, Jan. 7, was surprisingly short. Spieth’s appointed, or rather reappointed: Mick Howe, city attorney, Rod Noel, city superintendent; Kathy Jones, city clerk-treasurer; [...]

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Tonasket talks mosquitos, infrastructure

TONASKET – Whether or not to give Tonasket voters the chance to decide to join or not join a mosquito district was the subject of much discussion at the Tuesday, Dec. 10, session of the Tonasket City Council.

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Oroville City Council conducts business in the dark

OROVILLE – While they may never have been accused of it, at least to their faces, the Oroville City Council “literally” conducted business in the dark when the power went out about halfway through their meeting Tuesday, Sept. 17.

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Approval of Critical Areas Ordinance delayed two weeks

OROVILLE – Approval of a new Oroville Critical Areas Ordinance was put of for at least two weeks as council reviews the ordinance in it’s current form.

The Tuesday, May 21 Oroville City Council meeting was advertised as a public hearing to take relevant testimony about the ordinance which was drafted by the Oroville Planning Commission, with the help of Chris Branch, director of Community Development.

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Oroville passes $8 million 2013 budget

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a 2013 Budget of $8 million, $1.5 million more than last year due to additional projects.

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In 2011 Gorman Brothers Inc. spent $5.5 million three new dry kilns and bio-energy steam plant at their Oroville Reman & Reload facility. The company told the Oroville City Council it plans an additional $10 million in upgrades, including a state-of-t

Oroville Reman and Reload plans $10 million in upgrades

OROVILLE – A representative of Oroville Reload and Reman told the Oroville City Council that the parent company plans $10 million in upgrades to their facilities.

Doug Tracey, from B.C.-based Gorman Brothers Inc., Oroville Reman & Reload’s parent company, updated the city council on the wood products manufacturer’s plans at their Tuesday, April 10 meeting. Tracy said Reman & Reload had $4.2 million worth of revenue last year, an increase in $1.4 million due to several plant upgrades. These included the addition of three dry kilns, as well as an increase in molder volume, the edge glue line and lumber loading. He credits the heavy haul corridor…

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