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Shelter and soup kitchen open in Tonasket

An evacuation shelter and soup kitchen has been established at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) in Tonasket, 411 Western Ave. The shelter has cots for sleeping, hygiene items and some clothing. The soup’s on for a hot meal anytime, as well three meals a day being served around 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. This [...]

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Grass fire extinguished

A small grass fire was quickly extinguished by the Tonasket Fire Department next to Bonaparte Creek on Mill Drive in Tonasket Saturday, Aug. 22, around 10 a.m. According to Fire Chief Andy Gasho, a 10′ x 10′ spot was burned. “It looks like someone was hanging out at Bonaparte Creek,” said fire fighter Isaac Kresek. [...]

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Garlic Festival and Duck Race cancelled

The Garlic Festival, scheduled for this weekend (August 21 and 22) has been cancelled, due to fire activity in the area. The Duck Race, originally scheduled for Saturday morning, August 22, has been postponed. The Duck Race is a fundraiser for the Tonasket Swimming Pool and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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Community pitches in for kids who lost livestock in fire

When the Chelan High School Agriculture teacher lost his home August 14 in the fires blazing in and around Chelan, Matt Debach set up a Go Fund Me account to help FFA and 4H students recoup loses spent on livestock for the upcoming Chelan County Fair. “Mr. Rod Cool, the agriculture teacher at Chelan High [...]

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Evacuation orders advance north

Immediate evacuation has been ordered from North Pine Creek to Stalder Road to Fish Lake to South Pine Creek for a rapidly advancing fire. Persons should be aware of their surroundings and evacuate immediately. Do not wait evacuate immediately. Do not rely on door to door notification. Rapidly advancing fire in the area.

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Tonasket reopens evacuation shelter

An emergency Evacuation Shelter in Tonasket received residents from Riverside Tuesday, Aug. 17, after fires near Conconully and Tunk Mountain forced them to evacuate their homes. The shelter was established Friday, Aug. 14, at the Tonasket High School by North Valley Hospital staff with beds, food and doctors on call after the American Red Cross [...]

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Meeting with Governor’s representative set for Wednesday in Tonasket

A quorum of the Tonasket City Council may be present at a special meeting Wednesday Aug. 19, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Tonasket City Hall Council Chambers. The meeting is subject to cancellation due to fire activity across the state. The council will be meeting with Melissa Carpenter, the Governor’s new Eastern Washington [...]

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Tonasket prepares for new school year

The new school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 2 for the Tonasket School District, with back to school assemblies held at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasiums. The high school, middle school and elementary schools will open their offices back up Wednesday, Aug. 19 for new student enrollment and for updating student information. A school district open [...]

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Local entrepreneur schools the pests and educates the customers

A pesky situation was the inspiration for Jason Verbeck to go into the weed and pest control business. Verbeck said he’s always been an entrepreneur, so when he tried to schedule an appointment and was told there would be a six-week wait and he would be charged several hundred dollars for a simple spray job, “it became very obvious to me that many area residents were being taken advantage of. We strive to get to all our our customers within 24 to 48 hours,” said Verbeck. “We use top of the line chemicals and have excellent equipment, and we still are almost always 50 to 75 percent less than what any other providers who will come to this area charge.”

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Tonasket School Board members working on three issues

TONASKET – Tonasket School District Board members and Superintendent Steve McCullough held a work session during their board meeting August 10, 2015; exploring Team Operating Principles and Protocols, discussing the Levy and Bond Timeline, and examining a Superintendent Evaluation Process.

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