First case of bird flu found in county — Hotline set up

RIVERSIDE – Forty pheasants and a dozen turkeys from a game flock of about about 5000 birds in the Riverside area, have been found to have contracted avian influenza, or bird flu, according to Hector Castro wi with the Washington State Department of Agriculture.

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One foot in the past, the other in the present

Churchill Clark brings his family legacy to life TONASKET – Churchill Clark has the look of a man who stepped out of history. The weathered face, flowing silver mane and laid back mannerisms speak of another time and place. So does the adze – a hand tool the Clark uses to transform 750 pound tree [...]

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Cops & Courts

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Criminal
Serena Rae Smith, 22, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2014 to second-degree rape of a child. Smith was sentenced Jan. 22 to 12 months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the crime that occurred between Aug. 1, 2012 and May 7, 2013. She was also fined $1,110.50

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Janis Allison

Janis Allison age 71 of Oroville passed away Sunday, January 25, 2015 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. She was born May 24, 1943 in Selma, California to parents Stanley Jay and Dorothy Leatta (Bibb) Allison. Janis grew up in Selma and Fresno, California.

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Phyllis Aldean Billups

Phyllis Aldean (Metz) Billups, 90, of Omak, Wash., passed away on Monday, January 19, 2015. Phyllis was born on September 12, 1924, to Orvil and Muriel Metz in Hardesty, Alberta, Canada and was the oldest of five siblings, including Raymond Metz, Duane Metz, Virginia (Metz) Montague and Sharon (Metz) Powell-Phyllis.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Michelle Lynn Carden, 26, Omak, pleaded guilty to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and third-degree DWLS. Carden was sentenced to five months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the Sept. 16, 2014 crimes.

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Groups suing county over Comp Plan

TWISP – The Methow Valley Citizens’ Council (MVCC) and Futurewise have filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Okanogan County, challenging its recent adoption of a Comprehensive Plan, the associated Interim Zoning, and Determination of Non-Significance under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the Plan and Zoning.

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Some good news for Nursing Home

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board learned that the hospital will receive nearly twice as much in Disproportionate Share Payments from the state for the Long Term Care (LTC) as it did the previous year.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Blake Forrest Lannoye, 29, Omak, pleaded guilty Jan. 6 to third-degree possession of stolen property. Lannoye was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 301 days suspended with credit for 63 days served. Lannoye was fined $1,010.50 for the Nov. 4 crime.

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Oroville Council asked for help in purchase of K-9

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council was treated to a dog and pony show, without the pony, at their Tuesday, Jan. 6 meeting as two county deputies displayed the skills of one of their K-9s and asked for help in obtaining another to be located in the north county area.

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Eileen Newman

Lila Eileen Ann Frost Newman died peacefully at home on January 6, 2015 after a brief illness. She was born the youngest child of parents Frankie and Grover Frost on March 18, 1922 in Stuart, Nebraska.

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Brent, we already miss you

You might have noticed, either through his absence at last Thursday’s hospital board meeting or by reading his Half Baked column last week, that our fearless Tonasket reporter, Brent Baker, is no longer on the job. At least not for the Gazette-Tribune, he’s off in pursuit of a new adventure with his church as assistant administrator and an old one, firing up his sports website again.

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