TONASKET – Michael Greene and his wife retired to Tonasket last November hoping to focus their efforts on doing volunteer work in the community.
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.
Stories by Brent Baker
TONASKET – Trevor Terris’s long-range goals involve being involved with sports.
So when he found out he was selected as one of six incoming juniors across the state to be on the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s LEAP (Leadership through Education, Activities, and Personal Development) committee), Terris saw it as a part of his big picture.
TONASKET – North Valley Hospital’s financial health has improved over the past two years and is on par with, or stronger than, most hospitals of comparable demographics, according to the 2011 independent auditor’s report recently completed by Dingus, Zarecor and Associates, PLLC.
TONASKET – The Tonasket Police Department got a big boost from a local merchant as Mike Murphy of Murphy’s Sporting Goods donated a set of new guns, binoculars and other equipment to the department.
City Planner Kurt Danison of Highlands Associates reported on a variety of topics at the Wednesday, June 13 Tonasket Council meeting, including the formation of a Friends of the Pool group to focus on a new or renovated city pool.
TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board approved the purchase of the IMC Life Skills curriculum for use in the elementary school at its Monday, June 11 school board meeting.
Lula Gardener, 105-years-old, shares school memories with TES 4th graders
- TONASKET – The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same.
- Though the world is a dramatically different place than it was 100 years ago, five students in Scott Olson’s fourth grade class found that the experience of attending school is in many ways similar to what it was in 1912.
- And they got to find that out from someone who was there at the time as they paid a visit to 105-year-old Lula Gardener, who was a first grader at Horse Spring Coulee’s “Bungalow School” a century ago and attended there through the eighth grade.
TONASKET – Tonasket High School’s Class of 2012 topped off its senior year with graduation ceremonies on Saturday, June 9, fittingly displaying its flair for the artistic throughout the commencement ceremony.
- TONASKET – Colby Reily of Stratford, WA, claimed the 8th Annual Jeremy Ives Memorial Bullriding title at the Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo on June 1-2, as the only bullrider to score in the short go to conclude the competition.
Of the eight finalists, seven were thrown from their bulls before completing their ride. Reily’s 84 enabled him to jump to the forefront and claim the Jeremy Ives Memorial Beltbuckle and jacket, edging out Cheyne Olney of Toppenish.
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TONASKET – NAC Archtecture was awarded the bid for design of the next phase of North Valley Hospital’s basement construction project. Lead architect Michael O’Malley was on hand for the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, May 31 meeting to give a brief talk on the next phase of the project.
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