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Tonasket urges community to get ready for early fire season

TONASKET – Tonasket City Council Member Jill Vugteveen, a USFS employee, reported at the May 25 council meeting it was time to start thinking about fire danger, as “we are about a month and a half ahead of the season. And with the Fourth of July coming up, you have the source to ignite that stuff.”

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FFA faces disappointment and distinction at State Convention

PULLMAN – Several Tonasket FFA teams competed at State Convention May 14-16, with both individuals and teams rising to the top in multiple divisions. This was the 85th Washington FFA Convention, held at the WSU campus.

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Tonasket Council sets public hearing on Six Year Transportation Plan

TONASKET – Tonasket City Council’s second meeting in June will include a public hearing for the Six Year Transportation Plan. The community is invited to come and express any needs they see at the meeting about roads in the city of Tonasket. The needs are prioritized every year, and filed with county agencies for future funding. The public hearing is set for the June 23 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Cougar makes an early morning appearance in town

TONASKET – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDF&W) Police received a call about a cougar treed by a dog on Seventh Street in Tonasket Thursday, May 20.

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NVH board appoints new hospital adminstrator

North Valley Hospital (NVH) Board of Commissioners moved to appoint Mike Zwicker of Harlowton, Montana, as CEO-Administrator/Superintendent. The motion was made by Clarice Nelson and seconded by Herb Wandler. The appointment will be acted upon at the next meeting, May 28, with the position commencing May 29. Compensation offered Zwicker includes a salary of $150,500 per year.

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Tonasket Library loses Meg but welcomes Sara

TONASKET – Tonasket City Librarian Meg Lange is retiring from an enjoyable career serving readers young, old and in-between.

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Tonasket School Board addresses technology needs of state testing

TONASKET – The April 13 Tonasket School Board meeting consisted of technology training presented by TSD Technology Surpervisor Jordan Weddle to board members on how to access their new email, with the school switching over from the First Class email system to Gmail May 15. Steve McCullough, who will be the new school superintendent starting in July, was also in attendance.

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North Valley Hospital District still looking for new CEO

TONASKET – Clarice Nelson, reporting for the Long Range Focus committee at the April 9 North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners meeting said five Skype interviews of hospital administrator candidates were scheduled for the end of March, but two of the candidates had taken other jobs already.

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VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY

TONASKET – Crazy Mary entered the waters of the Okanogan River for her christening voyage Sunday, March 22, at Chief Tonasket Park. Steering her was her creator, William Clark’s great great great great grandson Churchill.

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Tonasket City Council clarifies sewer responsibilities

The Tonasket City Council amended Ordinance No.755 regarding side sewer ownership, operation and maintenance to clearly read that property owners are responsible for all costs of hooking up to the sewer, from their home all the way to the sewer main. Property owners have always been responsible for costs of operation and maintenance out to the sewer main, but the wording in the ordinance needed further clarification.

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