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New realtor working in Oroville

OROVILLE – There’s a new realtor in town.

Brandi Collier recently joined Oroville Realty. She currently lives in the Tonasket area.

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Nursery still open at Baker’s Acres

TONASKET – Just because the heavy wood is gone doesn’t mean the place is closed.

Patty Baker’s nursery at Baker’s Acres is still open, even though her husband Rick has retired from the lumber and building supply side of things.

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<div align="right"><i> G-T File Photo</i></div><p></p><p>Tonasket City Attorney Mick Howe with Police Officer Janet Storey after a civil service hearing in Tonasket.</p>

Judge rules Tonasket must rehire fired policewoman

TONASKET – After 11 months, a decision has come down about Janet Storey. Storey, a Tonasket Police Officer fired by the city in 2007 has been given back her job, as well as 10 months back pay.

Okanogan County Superior Court revised the decision of the Tonasket Chief of Police and the Tonasket Civil Service Board. Chief Rob Burks fired Storey May 7, 2007 and the local civil service board and an outside arbitrator refused to overrule the police chief at hearings held on the matter.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Bob Thornton</i></p><p>Tonasket athlete Jacob Longmire won the high jump in Cashmere April 12, jumping five feet, eight inches.</p>

Tonasket track has good week

TONASKET – It was a good week for Tonasket track athletes.

The team headed to the Brewster Co-Ed Relays April 8. Every running event was a relay with two girls and two boys, and in the field events a girl and boy team, according to Tiger track coach Bob Thornton.

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Alternative energy fair April 19 in Tonasket

TONASKET – As energy costs rise and experts world-wide look for alternatives, an Okanogan Valley group intends to do their part for the planet.

The first Green Okanogan Alternative Energy, Housing and Agriculture Fair (GO) will begin at 10 a.m. April 19 at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket.

“There is a need for alternative fuels and energy,” said Mikkel Gredvig, one of about eight organizers. “We need to seek out alternatives to the status quo.”

The fair will cover alternative fuels, alternative agriculture practices, alternative energy, eco-housing and a break-out discussion session.

One important aspect of the fair will be a push for recycling, Gredvig said.

“That will be major,” he said. “We need to begin thinking about how to bring recycling to Okanogan County.”

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<p align="right"><i> Submitted photo</i></p><p>Retired North Valley Family Medical physician Walter Henze (center) received an Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner 2008 Award March 21 in Spokane. Representative Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (left) and state Sec

Retired Tonasket physician receives state healthcare award

SPOKANE – A long-time family health practitioner in Tonasket recently received an Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner 2008 Award at the 21st Annual Pacific Northwest Rural Health Conference in Spokane March 20-21.

Dr. Walter Henze, retired from North Valley Family Medicine, received his award from Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers at the Washington Rural Health Association (WRHA) Awards Luncheon. The award is based on the overall contributions a practitioner has made to benefit rural health over the course of his career.

Henze has practiced medicine in the North Okanogan Valley for more than 30 years, according to a nomination letter submitted on his behalf.

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Touch of Grace Massage opens in Tonasket

TONASKET – Tired muscles and sore bodies have a new ally in Tonasket.

Laura Loney started Touch of Grace massage at the Evolution Health and Fitness Club in early March. Loney is a licensed massage therapist.

“I joined Evolution because they were just starting up, like I was,” Loney said. “I also wanted to align myself with the concept of health and fitness.”

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>The sign for Just Us Girls, on the south side of the Subway building on the corner of Fourth Street and Whitcomb, signals shoppers from Highway 97.</p>

Just Us Girls a more feminine antique alternative

TONASKET – There’s a new option in town for style mavens.

Just Us Girls, an antique boutique at 6 West 5th Street in Tonasket, on the south side of the Subway building, opened March 1 with success, said one of the three owners.

The store, in fact, is owned by three generations of women: Diane Allstot, her daughter Debbie Graham and Debbie’s daughter Madeleine.

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Irish dance and music coming to the Okanogan

OMAK – A taste of Ireland will come to the North Okanogan just a week short of St. Patrick’s Day.

The traditional Irish folk band Craicmore will arrive at the Omak Performing Art’s Center for the third part of the OPAC Series March 9. The Haran Dancers, an Irish Dance group based in Kettle Falls, will join them on stage.

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Tonasket Schools perform ‘Winter Evening of Music

TONASKET – While the moon shifted into shadow outside, close to 300 people within were treated to an evening of music Feb. 20.

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