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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>Three members of the Comancheros put the finishing touches on the new beer garden building at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds. The building is made from the same lo

Founder’s Day weekend kicks off tonight at rodeo grounds

TONASKET – This weekend will be a wild one for this little town.

The Founder’s Day celebration is expanding from one night of rodeo to two and the Chamber of Commerce is getting into the act with a circus, street fair and many other activities in town.

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New highlands arts and crafts gallery in Chesaw

CHESAW – Fiona, a new arts and crafts gallery in Chesaw, is holding an open house June 7 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and June 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fiona specializes in the works of highlands artists and craftspeople.

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Submitted phototsAn outside view of recent work completed by Madeline Construction

Madeline Construction coming to Oroville

OROVILLE – There’s a new option coming to town for prospective homebuilders.

Jackson Fry, a contractor from Shelton, Wash., with more than 30 years of experience, will be building and remodeling in the Oroville area.

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Photo by Gary DeVon<br>Cut ‘n’ Edge of Tonasket can add flowers and landscaping to people’s homes. LynAlan and Susan Koehn own the new business and recently used their skills on this Oroville area home.

Cut ‘n’ Edge provides lawn-care needs

TONASKET – People looking to add flowers and landscaping to their homes have a new option

Cut ‘n’ Edge, located in Tonasket, provides a complete line of service for yard care, according to a business description submitted by owners LynAlan and Susan Koehn.

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TVBRC website up and running

TONASKET – The Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center website is almost ready to go.

The new site, www.tvbrc.org, is open to all Tonasket businesses, said Chamber of Commerce president Dave Kester. Trina and Layton Smith, of TwoRebels Design, have designed the site.

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Hospital board approves design plan

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board approved a design plan for the new hospital at a special board meeting May 14.

The final construction cost estimate is almost $7.5 million, hospital administrator Warner Bartleson said. It includes a 17,652 square foot finished main floor and an additional full basement that can be developed at some later point, as well as a remodel of the current building, he said.

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UW scholarships open to Oroville students

OROVILLE – Change is never easy.

But a group of Oroville High School graduates are making the metamorphosis from Hornet to Husky a little less scary.

Ray Wilson and John Zosel both left Oroville after graduating in 1964 for the promise of a University of Washington education. Wilson is now a (mostly) retired MD living in Bellevue and Zosel lives in Oroville.

But neither one of them has forgotten their roots.

Beginning this fall quarter, Oroville High School graduates enrolling at UW will have another source for college funding.

An endowment has been set up to benefit Oroville students continuing on at UW.

“I can’t think of a better way to invest my money then helping young people get an education,” Wilson said recently while in town for a mini-class reunion.

Wilson graduated from UW in pharmacy sciences in 1969. He is an active alumnus at both the university and the college of pharmacy, which raised $50,000 in a night for a pharmacy scholarship.

At a high school class reunion the next year, Wilson decided to try to repeat that success.

“I looked around and thought, there are some really successful people from Oroville. Why don’t we do something like that?”

He proposed the idea to Zosel and soon the ball was rolling.

“We contacted all the OHS and UW graduates we could find,” Wilson said.

The university has computer records of students dating back to 1984, but for anything before then, Wilson and Zosel relied on word-of-mouth and networking to conduct their search.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>By Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>    She’s out, but not without a good try. Tonasket first base player Jessie Hedlund sent a Chelan runner back to the bench April 24 in Tonasket. Tonasket lost 0-1

Tough season for Tonasket softball

TONASKET – It’s been a long spring for the Tonasket girl’s softball team.

The girls are currently two and 12 with two games to go before the season ends next week.

“We just want to get by this year,” said head coach Dave Shaw. “We want to make it through the season.”

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Airport, hospital, correspondence dominate Tonasket council

TONASKET – The City Council had a relatively short meeting April 22.

The council approved granting North Valley Hospital three spots in the City Hall/Library lot for the duration of the construction at the hospital. Hospital Administrator Warner Bartleson requested use of the spaces through October 2009.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo from Brady Freeman’s MySpace account</i>    </p>    <p>    Brady, left, and twin brother Boone Freeman during a camping trip.    </p>  </body></html>

Tragedy for Tonasket family

TONASKET – A trip home from college has left two students dead and one injured.

Brady Freeman, 21, a 2005 Tonasket High School graduate and co-valedictorian, was killed April 25 in a car crash 13 miles south of Okanogan. His girlfriend, senior Jocelyn Denham, 21, a native of Bend, Ore., also died. Freeman, a junior, and Denham were both Pacific Lutheran University students. Brady’s twin and co-valedictorian Boone Freeman, a junior at the University of Puget Sound, was transported to the Okanogan Douglas County Hospital in Brewster. He was released early Saturday afternoon.

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