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Aristeo Maldonado and his wife, Evelia, are the originally owners of the Maldonado family orchards Los Hermanos Maldonado and M&A Orchard II, which are just outside of Tonasket on Highway 7. The orchards have been owned and run by the Maldonado family

Maldonado orchards a dream fulfilled

TONASKET – Fourteen years ago, Aristeo Maldonado fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning an orchard when he bought 40 acres off of Highway 7 just north of Tonasket.

“I grew up in the fields of Mexico and here I fulfilled my dreams,” he said. “We had two options: we could go back to Mexico or stay in the United States. My wife and children preferred to stay here and go to college. Evelia, my wife, saw an ad in the paper and we found out the government was giving credit to new farmers. I went to the bank and got the warrant from the USDA and we bought the orchard.”

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Francis Marion Gowen

Francis Marion Gowen passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2010.

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Dorothy Youker

Dorothy Youker

Dorothy was born in England on Sept. 12, 1935. She passed away Sept. 20, 2010 of a triple aortic aneurysm during surgery at Spokane Deaconess Hospital.

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Isaac Parker

Isaac Parker

In loving memory of Isaac Parker, born Oct. 21, 1935.

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Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton

Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton

Theresa Lynn Fancher-Newton, age 30, found her way home Sept. 23, 2010, due to complications following eye surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was born in Omak, Wash., on Dec. 19, 1979, to Pamela J. (Rickel) Fancher and Scott Fancher.

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Part of the Tonasket High School drumline performing at the North Valley Hospital Grand Opening on Wednesday, Sept. 22 exhibited to the community what they’re supporting when they donate money to the Tonasket Music Boosters to send the drumline and the

THS band raising money for Disneyland trip

TONASKET – The Tonasket High School band and Tonasket Music Boosters have begun the fundraising process to raise $35,000 for the band to travel to Disneyland this spring.

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April Mathis and Mike Sheldon, Jr. are the proud parents of Ethan Blake Sheldon, the first baby to be born in the new North Valley Hospital addition. Ethan was born on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8:36 a.m. weighing five pounds, seven ounces and measuring at 19

NVH below goal of warrant amount due

TONASKET – As of Friday, Oct. 1, the total amount due in warrants the North Valley Hospital District owes to Okanogan County was below the goal of $2.871 million.

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Luella June (White) Essary

Luella June (White) Essary, age 74, of Tonasket died on Thursday, Sept. 23, 2010 in Tonasket.

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Washington state income tax – just say no

In November voters will be asked to approve a state income tax. Of course, liberal supporters of Initiative 1098 try never to call it an income tax. The group supporting the initiative call their effort, “Washingtonians for Education, Health and Tax Relief.” And their chief spokesperson, Bill Gates Sr., never mentions “income tax” in his ads, he calls it, “Good for Washington.”

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Tonasket School Board anticipating more cuts

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is anticipating more cuts in their budget from the state after a six percent cut was already enacted.

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