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Community loses ‘Mr. Tonasket,’ Roy Stotts

TONASKET – If there’s a heaven, paved streets of gold now have Roy Stotts behind the grader.

Stotts, an active community volunteer in city government and numerous Tonasket civic and public safety organizations, died of natural causes on Oct. 2. He was 85.

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Tiger senior quarterback Sean Timmerman looks to create yardage at midfield against Brewster on Friday night. Despite a scoreless second half, the Bears beat Tonasket 21-13.

Bears outlast Tigers for aerial win Friday

TONASKET – Brewster used aerial dominance taking a 21-13 first half lead while the Tigers couldn’t convert scoring opportunities when they had to.

After a scoreless second half defensive struggle, the Bears made their victory stand up, walking away with a road win and their second Caribou Trail League victory.

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Republic-based poet Ceb ‘Don and co-publisher of Caledonia Pax Cultura, an Okanogan Highlands based literary quarterly.

Area poet embraces Okanogan Highlands artistry

TONASKET – After having traveled all over the country, Republic-based poet Ceb ‘Don realized “this is it.”

“Something inside of me, a little voice, told me that this was the place.”

Describing his decision four years ago to come to North Central Washington and live, ‘Don urged a group of Tonasket Alternative High School students Monday that they too “can accomplish their dreams.”

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Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth awards Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune managing editor, Gary DeVon, a certificate of achievement and Oroville’s ‘Key to the City’ Sept. 27 to commemorate DeVon’s 20 years of G-T newspaper journalism.

Gary DeVon, celebrates 20 years of journalism

OROVILLE – Marking 20 years of community journalism in Northern Okanogan County, Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune managing editor, Gary DeVon, was honored for his two decades of service at a Sept. 27 surprise party by Oroville city officials and community members. Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth noted the milestone by awarding DeVon with Oroville’s ‘Key to the City.’

“I remember Gary when he was just a lonely little character walking to school,” Spieth said after the event.

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Lady Tigers spiked by Okanogan and Cascade

TONASKET – Mayte Ortega’s serves were brutal (12 aces), Amber Allen and Cierra Silverthorn were tenacious in registering multiple kills and the Lady Tigers started to play fairly even, overcoming a 21-25 first game defeat before going on to take the next three games (25-15, 25-11 and 25-11) against Cashmere Sept. 19.

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