Firefighters continue to monitor wildfire near Canadian Border

TONASKET – Wildfire season has arrived early this year as firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District are working together with Washington DNR and British Columbia Fire to monitor and actively manage a small wildfire along the United States-Canadian border.

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Forresters are May Fest Grand Marshals

OROVILLE – Dane and Joyce Forrester are this year’s May Day Grand Marshals and their choice by the May Festival Committee is somewhat of a departure from choosing someone from the “older generation,” but well deserved.

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What kind of park do you want? (Vote in the Poll)

OROVILLE – While there has been a big push to make a soccer field out of the new Princes’ Heritage Park, no decision on what kind of park the former bin storage lot will become has been made.

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A Tombstone for Charley – Parts I, II & III

LOOMIS – The tombstone arrived at the gravesite in Loomis 110 years after the occupant made the trip. There may have been a time when the small society of the old mining camp knew well just who and what Charles E. Long was in 1894. In 2004, the chiseled name was only a mystery. His eternal resting place in the Mountain View Cemetery had been long-ago forgotten, the original marker destroyed in an earlier wildfire. No record of this internment existed. Maybe there had been some kind of mistake.

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Tori Kindred elected State FBLA President

SPOKANE – Washington State FBLA state competition included over 2000 students this year and the competition was incredible. An exciting element again this year included the campaigning and preparation by Tori Kindred for state president as well as Ellamae Burnell for regional vice president representing the North Central Region.

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Tonasket Library loses Meg but welcomes Sara

TONASKET – Tonasket City Librarian Meg Lange is retiring from an enjoyable career serving readers young, old and in-between.

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The Puzzle of Autoimmunity

Dear Editor,
Puzzles seem to beg for solving, no more so than the puzzle of autoimmunity. Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, type 1 diabetes and many more are unfortunately common in the Pacific Northwest. In fact no state has a higher percentage count of autoimmunity patients than Washington.

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Juanita M. Livingston

Juanita M. Livingston passed away on April 4, 2015 in the early morning hours at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket.

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Linsey J. Manuel

Linsey J. Manuel, age 58, passed away April 21, 2015 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee with family at his side. He was born November 30, 1956 in Tonasket to parents Angus and Irene Manuel.

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Cops & Courts

Superior Court
Criminal
Christopher David Brockmiller, 34, Okanogan, pleaded guilty April 8 to first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree burglary (DV), two counts of harassment (threats to kill), two counts of harassment (threats to kill) (DV), and one count of fourth-degree assault (DV). Brockmiller was sentenced April 24 to 116 months (9.66 years) in prison and fined $600. The crimes occurred in June, August and September of 2014.

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Column was inaccurate

Dear Gary,

In your column you made mention that the School District does not allow outside groups such as youth baseball, softball and adult softball to use our field. I believe this is an inaccurate statement.

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Judith Ellen Marts

Judith Ellen Marts

Judith Ellen Marts left this world on April 19, 2015 at the age of 75 to join her dear departed loved ones. She passed peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family.
Judy was born to Robert and Betty Hesseltine, the only daughter of four children on December 13, 1939 in Mason City, Wash

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Managing Editor

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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