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Doing a good thing

Dear Editor, Twenty years ago people did a good thing here in Tonasket. In one fell swoop they voted to replace our dilapidated school buildings and dust storm parking lot with good, beautiful, efficient facilities. They did that by agreeing to tax themselves at a time when the economy was no better than it is [...]

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Few spots meet requirements for retail pot shops in Oroville

“Right now you can have it in the home and you can smoke it legally, you just can’t grow it or buy it… so I don’t know where people are getting it.” Oroville Police Chief R. Clay Warnstaff OROVILLE – Being rich in parks, schools, playgrounds and day care centers, means locating a marijuana store [...]

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Saturday, Nov. 9 Sports Results

Cross Country Oroville’s Sierra Speiker wins second straight Class 1B/2B state title and third overall with a time of 18:20.41. Other area 1B/2B results: Liberty Bell boys 5th as a team (Daily and Klemmeck 6th and 7th); Republic 7th as a team (Forsman and Reiss 8th and 12th). Area 1A results – Girls – Cascade’s [...]

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Ecology makes seasonal water level changes at Osoyoos Lake

YAKIMA – Water levels in Osoyoos Lake in north central Washington are being lowered over the coming weeks in anticipation of the changing seasons.

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Upcoming Events 2

OCSRA Meeting

OMAK – Okanogan County School Retirees’ Association meeting 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 for a no-host luncheon meeting at Koala Street Grill in Omak. Program presenter, Derina Phillips of Derina’s Flower Basket, will teach members how to create a Christmas table decoration. Bring a medium gift bag and wire cutters for the project. For more information call (509) 422-3393.

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Upcoming Events 1

Final Farmer’s Market

OROVILLE – The Oroville Public Library will host their lasttwo Farmer’s Market for the 2009 season on Saturday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct.31 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

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Upcoming Events

Community Fund Raiser

TONASKET – A fund raiser, for Samantha Culp, who is traveling to Denver for American Idol tryouts on July 12, competing in the Colgate Country Showdown this summer and taking professional singing lessons, is being held on Friday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Community Cultural Project. There will be a dessert auction and desserts and drinks sold by donation. Call (509) 486-2061 for more information.

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Community Bulletin

Pilots Association meeting

TONASKET – The Washington Pilots Association will meet Thursday, Nov. 20 at Whistler’s Restaurant in Tonasket beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Perry Huston is coming to from the county planning department to discuss the latest planning regarding airports in the county. For more information contact Justin Smith at (509) 775-3911.

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Community Bulletin Board 19

Free Meditation class

OROVILLE – The Humuh Meditation center is offering a freeclass titled, “Turning Ignorance into illumination” on Thursday, Nov. 13 from 7p.m. to 8 p.m. at the meditation center, 1314 Main St., Oroville. Everyone iswelcome to attend.

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Photo by Gary DeVon<br>Walt and Vicki Hart get an up close look at one of the many species of butterflies that inhabit the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area during last year’s Watchable Wildlife Weekend. Dale and Kathy Swedberg will lead the tour in one of the e

Watchable Wildlife Weekend presents great opportunity to view nature

NORTH COUNTY – The Oroville and Tonasket Chambers of Commerce are sponsoring a Watchable Wildlife Weekend from May 23 to May 25 with a full schedule of opportunities to enjoy the flora and fauna of Okanogan County.

Friday, May 23

The weekend begins the evening of Friday, May 23 with “The Best Dam Tour in Oroville.” The Porters will be giving rides from Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial State Park down the Okanogan River to Zosel’s dam aboard their family party boat. They promise views of beaver dams, waterfowl and other interesting sights along the way. The boat will then return to the park. Departure times will be announced next week.

Saturday, May 24

The next day, Saturday, May 24, starting at 8 a.m. there is the Forde Lake Narrated Nature Hike. Participants are asked to join Dale and Kathy Swedberg as they team up to discuss the flora and fauna calling the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area home. This is a one-mi1e hike at a snail’s pace between Conner and Forde Lakes. The Swedbergs will lead the hike and discuss wildflowers, butterflies, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians of the area.

Dale Swedberg, manager of the wildlife area, will talk about fire ecology, ponderosa pine forest and management and the history of the area. The hike presents a great opportunity to see the bird blind and put it in use.

The hike is on uneven ground with some short, steep, uphill climbs and the scenery is second to none, according to Swedberg, who will also answer questions about the new trails in this area.

To find the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area go south out of Loomis (6.5 miles) or north out of Conconully (15 miles) on the Sinlahekin Road to Forde Lake.

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