TONASKET – The Tonasket School District is not unique in its search for answers when it comes to funding.
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
It’s no secret that Okanogan County is home to thousands of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.
It’s Shane Barton’s job to make sure that services available to those veterans become much less of a secret, or at least more widely known to those who are entitled to them.
Barton, the Veterans Services Officer at the VA Clinic at Tonasket’s North Valley Hospital, has seen explosive growth since he was hired in June. What began as a three-day-a-week, four-hour-a day, part-time job rapidly turned into something much bigger. The position will turn full-time in January, but Barton said he is already putting in full-time hours.
TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board received the results of its 2010 audit and approved its preliminary budget for 2012 at its Thursday, Nov. 10, board meeting.
TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved its contract with engineering firm Varela and Associates, Inc., for the sewer project, decided to hold the tax levy at its current rate and held further budget discussions to highlight the Tuesday, Nov. 8, council meeting.
TONASKET – Longtime Tonasket business Hidden Treasures has a new tenant.
TONASKET – Tonasket School District’s students and staff members struggled late last week to come to terms with the death of a Tonasket Middle School student who passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 2.
TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is facing a number of decisions regarding the 2012 levy.
Colfax’s Morgan Willson pulled away to a state 1B/2B girls cross country championship victory over Oroville’s Sierra Speiker on Saturday, Nov. 5, reclaiming the state title that Speiker had kept Willson from defending in 2010.
Damon Halvorsen and Jake Hickman returned to the state 1A cross country finals on Saturday, Nov. 5, for one last go-around.
Tonakset hung with Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) for three quarters in both teams’ season finale on Friday, Nov. 4, but the Eagles eventually wore down the Tigers with a solid rushing attack and pulled away to a 34-13 victory.
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