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June Van Brunt

June Van Brunt

Our Mother, June Van Brunt, passed away the evening of April 12, 2011 at age 95.

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Property Taxes due April 30

OKANOGAN – Leah McCormack, Okanogan County Treasurer, is reminding taxpayers that the first half property taxes are due by April 30, 2011.

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Keeping our Okanogan green

TONASKET – Presentations designed to educate on the importance of living green in all aspects of life will be offered at the annual Green Okanogan Free Earth Day Alternative Faire on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Community Cultural Center.

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Jay Tyus from Mabton, Wash., has accepted the position as Tonasket Middle School principal beginning next school year. Photo by Emily Hanson

New Tonasket Middle School principal selected

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District hiring committee and board has selected Jay Tyus from Mabton, Wash. as the new Tonasket Middle School principal, beginning next fall.

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Tonasket concerned about vandalism of park grounds

TONASKET – Concern about possibly expensive vandalism being done in Chief Tonasket Park was brought to the Tonasket City Council during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 12.

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Tonasket senior Corbin Mirick pitches against the Chelan Goats during the Tigers’ first home game of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 2. Photo by Terry Mills

Tigers sweep Republic

REPUBLIC – The Tonasket High School baseball team defeated Republic in both games of a doubleheader on Saturday, April 9.

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Wallace "Wally" Turner Brown

Wallace ‘Wally’ Turner Brown

Wallace “Wally” Turner Brown was born June 6, 1949 to Ellsworth and Betty J. Smith Brown in Tonasket. He passed away at home April 1, 2011.

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Tonasket’s Jim Morgan speaks to the Okanogan County Public Utility District’s commissioners during their board meeting on Tuesday, April 5. “We hire you to look out for us and I don’t feel you’re doing that,” Morgan said. Photo by Emily Hanson

Objections over electric rates continue

OMAK – The boardroom of the Okanogan County Public Utility District was packed with customers angry over the higher energy rates and how these rates are affecting their lives during the PUD commissioners’ board meeting on Tuesday, April 5.

Since the energy rate discussion was not on the commissioners’ agenda, the attendees spoke during the public comment period and the commissioners listened to them for over an hour before ending the period to continue with their meeting.

Starting off the comment period was William Bordua, who stated he was representing his neighbors.

“They simply can not absorb this price increase,” Bordua said. “They can hardly live in this county as is. We can’t take this kind of lump increase. You guys can pass your costs on to us, but as the consumer, we have no one else to pass our costs on to.”

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When are we going to learn?

When President George Bush decided to go into Iraq following 9/11 liberals screamed it was just another war for oil. And now that Obama has decided to spend more of our national treasure in Libya you don’t here a word from them about the obvious oil implications.

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The Canadian couple crossed into Washington at the U.S. Port of Entry at Oroville in this 2000 Chevy Astro van. The van’s BC license plate number is 212-CAV.

RCMP and U.S. authorities investigating disappearance of Penticton couple

PENTICTON – The Penticton RCMP, Okanogan County and Washington State officials are investigating the disappearance of a Penticton couple, after their family reported their parents missing on Thursday March 31.

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