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The Tonasket High School 2009-2010 girls’ varsity and junior varsity basketball teams. In the front row from left to right are: Michelle Carlson, Taylor Ayers, Karen Keeton, Ameerah Cholmondeley, Lidia Yaussy Albright, Karlie Henneman and Raven Goudeau.

Tonasket girls’ basketball starting fresh with new coach

TONASKET – The Tonasket girls’ basketball team is starting fresh this year with a new coach.

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The Tonasket High School 2009-2010 wrestling team. In the front from left to right are: Collier Brereton, Jared Stedtfeld, Enrique Ortega, Austin Booker, Dalton Wahl and Collin Aitcheson. In the middle from left to right are: Barry Pentz, Peter Williams,

Tonasket wrestling team working to maximize potential

TONASKET – With several returning wrestlers this season, the Tonasket wrestling team is working to maximize their potential under long-time head coach Dave Mitchell.

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O, America, I hear you calling

My wife and I sat down to watch the new Celtic Womanconcert Saturday night. Irish music has always provided me with greatinspiration and in that regard Saturday night’s offering did not disappoint.But one song in particular from this concert caught my attention, their newsong is titled, “O, America!” For me the song was a dramatic reminder of thepromise our country has provided to a troubled world.

“O, America you’re calling. I can hear you calling me.”

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<p class=PhotoByline>Photo by Emily Hanson</p><p class=PhotoCutline>The Tonasket High School drumline performing for theschool board on Monday, Nov. 23 before their meeting. The drumline consists ofShane Long, Damon Halvorsen, Stephen Hulse, Collier Brere

Tonasket School Board still deciding on levy amount

TONASKET – The school board was still deciding on the amount they will be trying to pass with the 2010 levy after their meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

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Tonasket City Council set ad valorem rate at 1.63 percent increase

TONASKET – The city council voted to increase the ad valorem rate by 1.63 percent during their meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

The increase of 1.63 percent will bring an additional $1,863 to the city over 2009′s collection of $113,939. This increase was supported by all council members except Jean Ramsey, who voted against the increase.

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Maybe now healthcare debate can begin in earnest

Maybe now health care debate can beginin earnest

Now that the Democrats have voted to send their healthcare plan to be debated maybe we’ll be able to resolve the health care issue,but it’s doubtful. We’ve heard a lot about how bad the plan is from those thatoppose it – but little in the way of how to actually, really improve it. Thosethat don’t like it want to tear it down and bide their time in the hopes thatthe Democrats will lose more of their majority in the mid-term elections. Evenif that happens the Republicans won’t be able to bury the issue for anotherhalf a century.

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Some suggestions for fixing the economy

With unemployment now over 10 percent and looking like it will get worse before it gets better, Obama’s answer is to call for a summit of small business executives and unions. One has to wonder what Obama’s definition of “small business” might be, but it is hopeful he would actually listen to the sector of our economy that has historically created the most jobs. However, with Obama’s propensity for big government solutions I am doubtful he will give real capitalists any serious consideration.

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Community Christmas Lighting Ceremonies planned

NORTH COUNTY – A Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony will be held in Tonasket on Friday, Dec. 4 and in Oroville on Saturday, Dec. 5 and everyone is encouraged to come and help ring in the coming holidays.

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Sitzmark annual auction raised $5200 to continue youth ski programs

TONASKET – Three years ago, Jim Neal, Jr. was paralyzed in a local farming accident and next week a benefit auction will be held at the Tonasket Saloon to raise money for him.

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Free Thanksgiving dinner offered at several locations

NORTH COUNTY – For anyone with nowhere to go or without the ability to cook a Thanksgiving dinner, free dinners are being offered in Tonasket and Oroville on Thursday, Nov. 26.

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