Photos from the North Siwash Creek Fire near Tonasket, and the aftermath of the firestorm that destroyed a significant portion of Pateros’ residential section at the south end of Okanogan County.
About Brent BakerBrent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.
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Carlton Complex Fire Update July 20, 2014 – 10:00 AM Bill Hahnenberg, Incident Commander, National Incident Management Team Nathan Rabe, Deputy Incident Commander, Washington Interagency Incident Management Team FIRE INFORMATION WEBSITES: Blog: carltoncomplex.blogspot.com On Facebook, search for: carlton complex wildfires Inciweb: http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/3967/ FIRE INFO PHONES (7 AM – 8 PM): [...]
TONASKET – It was, for now, only for a day, but North Valley Hospital edge its way out of warrants for the first time in years, as reported at the Thursday, July 10, Board of Commissioners meeting.
TONASKET – Plans for the formation of a mosquito control district that would include Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan have moved forward, though there is still no guarantee that a ballot measure will be approved by the Okanogan County Commissioners.
TONASKET – Tonasket first response agencies and Mayor Patrick Plumb met Friday evening to make contingency plans should the Carleton Complex fire become a threat to the greater Tonasket area. The fire, which was ignited by lightning Monday evening, exploded from about 18,000 acres in four separate conflagrations Thursday into a 170,000 acre nightmare by [...]
TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved a plan that all involved hope will be the final step in getting the Tonasket Water Ranch constructed in Chief Tonasket Park sooner rather than later.
TONASKET – The Tonasket School District has scheduled a series of meetings in order to give the community a chance to visit with Superintendent Paul Turner regarding the future direction of the school district. The meetings (which include ice cream) will be geared toward gathering information that will be used in strategic planning sessions in [...]
TONASKET – Big rigs, smoker tractors, a few semis, local talent and, of course, KXLY television’s Mark Peterson will be returning to Tonasket July 18-19 for the fourth annual Truck and Tractor Pulls.
TONASKET – In a sign of the North Valley Hospital District’s improving financial situation, the hospitals union employees will be receiving step increases and other improvements in the three-year contract approved the NVH Board of Commissioners at their Thursday, June 26, meeting.
TONASKET – Eight and a half years proved to be enough for Tonasket Council Member Jean Ramsey.
The longest-serving current council member offered her resignation at the Tuesday, June 24, meeting, effective at the end of June.
Poll of the Week
Should the Oroville School Board have renewed OHS Social Studies Teacher Ryan Frazier's Contract
- Yes, he has made a change in students' lives and got them excited about school (46%, 64 Votes)
- Yes, the board should have gone with Principal Kristin Sarmiento's evaluation and recommendation (25%, 35 Votes)
- I don't have enough information to say one way or another (16%, 22 Votes)
- Yes, with the understanding he address Supt. Steve Quick's concerns (14%, 19 Votes)
- No, the issue went through the superintendent and board and should be dropped there (9%, 13 Votes)
- No, we elect local school boards to make these sorts of decisions for us (8%, 11 Votes)
- No, Supt. Steve Quick recommended the first-year probationary teacher's contract not be renewed (5%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 140