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Hospital district working to improve customer service

TONASKET – During the regular North Valley Hospital District board meeting on Thursday, Sept. 9, the warrants were announced as being at $2,765,000 as of that morning.

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Gary Rillera of Tonasket has been missing since Saturday afternoon. Rillera was fishing one mile from Bridgeport on the Columbia River when he fell overboard from the boat he was fishing from during high winds and heavy surf. Douglas and Okanogan County S

Tonasket man, believed drowned, still missing

Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies are no longer actively searching for the body of 63-year-old Gary Rillera of Tonasket, in the Columbia River near Bridgeport.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 4, the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing fisherman near Bridgeport. According to Paul Cheng of Renton who was with Rillera when they were fishing approximately one mile west of Bridgeport in the Columbia in a 10 foot motorized inflatable boat. Due to high winds and rough waters, they decided to return to Marina Park in Bridgeport. Cheng felt the boat shift and turned to see that Rillera, who was not wearing a life jacket, had fallen into the water. Cheng tried to throw a life jacket to Rillera but was unable to get it close to him. Unfamiliar with boat operations, Cheng then tried to turn the boat around to retrieve Rillera…

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Tonasket junior quarterback John Stedtfeld runs through Lake Roosevelt defenders during the Tigers’ first game of the season on Friday, Sept. 3. Also shown are seniors Lee Leavell (77, offensive lineman), Stephen Hulse (63, offensive lineman) and Corbin

Tigers dominate Raiders 44-16 in season opener

GRAND COULEE – The Tonasket High School football team dominated the Lake Roosevelt Raiders 44-16 in their season opener on Friday, Sept. 3.

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Arthur Leroy Hart

Arthur Leroy Hart

Veteran Arthur Leroy Hart of Port Orchard, Wash., passed away Sept. 2, 2010.

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Diabetes education workshops starting Monday

TONASKET – A series of three weekly diabetes education workshops is beginning on Monday, Sept. 13 in the North Valley Hospital Board Room.

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Around 138 adults and students enjoyed a barbecue dinner prepared by Tonasket School Board members Jerry Asmussen, Lloyd Caton and Tonasket School District Superintendent Paul Turner on Tuesday, Aug. 31 during the Welcome Back to School Barbecue. Photo by

THS students work to ‘make life a song to remember’

TONASKET – Tonasket High School students are working this year to follow the school year theme of “Make your life a song to remember.”

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Fire precaution level for woods workers lowered

OKANOGAN COUNTY – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently announced that the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) is decreasing in parts of Okanogan County.

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The group of students and advisors who participated in the Washington Aerospace Program in Seattle gathered together in the Museum of Flight. Tonasket senior Peter Williams in the in the middle row, third from the left. Submitted photos

Tonasket senior only Eastern Washington student at Aerospace program

SEATTLE – Tonasket High School senior Peter Williams attended the Washington Aerospace Program (WAS) during the week of July 18 to July 24, where he was the only student representing Eastern Washington.

“I’d say the trip was really, really neat,” Williams said of the week-long program. “I liked the field trips best and I got to meet a lot of interesting people. I was the only one from Eastern Washington and most people were from around the Seattle Area.”

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KSPS working to convert analog to digital in Okanogan County

OKANOGAN COUNTY – KSPS Channel 7 from Spokane is working to convert analog television signals in Okanogan County to digital signals.

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Ken Taylor

Ken ‘Doc’ Taylor

Ken ‘Doc’ Taylor, born Sept. 11, 1961 in Seattle passed away peacefully at home on Aug. 24, 2010 in Oroville, Wash.

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