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Founders Day weekend activities begin Thursday night

TONASKET – The Founders Day weekend activities will begin tonight, Thursday, June 3, with the annual barbecue and kids’ games at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds.

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Leona and Ralph Longanecker, shown here with their miniature schnauzer Shotzie, have been chosen as the 2010 Tonasket Founders Day Grand Marshals.Longaneckers honored to be Grand Marshals.Photo by Terry Mills

Longaneckers honored to be Grand Marshals

TONASKET – Ralph and Leona Longanecker say they are honored to be the 2010 Tonasket Founders Day Grand Marshals.

“It’s a humbling thing to think of all the people deserving of this honor and you want to represent all those unsung people well,” Ralph said. “It takes a lot of people to make a community function and one person can change the world, but it takes a lot of people to change a lot of things in this world.”

Leona said she wanted to thank everyone who chose her and her husband for this award.

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Lady Hornet Chandra Hutsell stretches to make the forced out at first base a close call going against the Liberty Bell runner. Photo by Gary DeVon

Oroville Fastpitch heading to State

OROVILLE – After defeating the number three ranked Liberty Bell Lady Lions at home at districts, the Hornets assured themselves a place in the upcoming State Fastpitch Tournament – it was just unforeseen if they would go in as the number one or number two seed.

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Tonasket senior Karl Bharucha (left) stays ready for his Okanogan opponents to send the ball back his way after his teammate, senior Damon Sprague, sent it flying over the net. Bharucha and Sprague won the match 6-1, 6-3 but lost in the finals match to th

Tigers boys’ tennis ties Omak for district title

OMAK – At the conclusion of the district finals tennis tournament in Omak on Saturday, May 22, the Tonasket boys’ tennis team tied the Omak boys’ team for the district title while two Tigers also qualified for the state meet in Yakima this weekend.

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Tonasket sophomore Kyndra Dellinger (left) and junior Jessica Spear running together in the 1600 meter race at the District Six 1A Championship on Friday, May 21. Spear finished in second place at 5:46.85, qualifying her for a trip to the state meet, whil

Three Tigers headed to state track meet

CASHMERE – Three Tonasket track athletes qualified to compete at the state track meet at the District Six 1A Championship on Friday, May 21 in Cashmere.

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A Tonasket U15 soccer player on the Spectacle Lake Resort team kicks the ball down the field as an opponent from the Oroville Discount Fireworks team pursues him during the Youth Soccer Tournament on Saturday, May 22. The Spectacle Lake Resort team won th

Youth soccer season ended at tournament

TONASKET – The Youth Soccer Association’s season ended at an all-day tournament in Chief Tonasket Park on Saturday, May 22 with 48 teams participating from Oroville, Tonasket, Omak/Okanogan and Methow.

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Kelly Schmidtbauer, shown here is a new veterinarian at the Alpine Veterinarian Clinic in Omak and has been since mid-April. Photo by Charlene Helm

New veterinarian at Alpine Clinic

OMAK – Kelly Schmidtbauer is the new veterinarian at the Alpine Veterinarian Clinic.

“I graduated from Western University of Health Services in May 2009 and moved up here from Whittier, Cali.,” Schmidtbauer said. “I wanted to work at a mixed animal practice in a rural setting, so I took the job here. I love the area. It’s a great town with great people. The job is great with a great staff. So far, so good.”

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HCGR Healthcare chosen by NVH Board

TONASKET – HCGR Healthcare was chosen by the North Valley Hospital Board to provide management services and to assist in turning the hospital around during a special board meeting on Thursday, May 20.

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Mandated compassion is another liberal oxymoron

I was more than a little stunned recently by Nancy Pelosi’s claim that her legislative efforts were just an attempt at living the Gospel. Pelosi is not the first political leader to claim that government mandated social programs are the “Christian” thing to do.

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Too much infighting, not enough action

Two weeks in a row, I was taken to task on these pages. First, by publisher Bill Forhan and then by guest columnist William Slusher. I tell myself I should get used to it; a liberal in eastern Washington is a fish out of water. Then again, I’m also a liberal who weathered the conservative stronghold of Utah. You may as well be a libertarian in Seattle.

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