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Mildred Steele

Our beloved Mildred Steele passed away on March 2, 2010 at Regency Manor in Chelan, Wash. She was born in a wagon on June 17, 1924 in Vernon, B.C. to Joseph Richard Marchand and Julia Tonasket.

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Rosie Scott

Rosie Scott, age 88, of Tonasket died on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Okanogan-Douglas District Hospital in Brewster.

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Wallace E. Shearer

Wallace E. Shearer Sr., 84, of Tonasket passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at North Valley Extended Care Nursing Home after an extended illness.

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Tonasket School Board sets M&O Levy amount

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board set their levy rate at $2.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which will bring in $860,550 for the next two school years.

“This is a replacement maintenance and operations levy,” Catherine Stangland, board chairwoman, said. “Although this is a rate increase of 17 cents, assuming the Levy Equalization Act dollars remain the same, this levy actually does not replace the levy we passed two years ago. The state has already eliminated $100,000 from our budget this year, which we had already budgeted. We are anticipating another $200,000 in cuts.”

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School funding problems shine light on state budget

King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick recently ruled that the legislature is in violation of Article IX section 1 of the Washington State Constitution to provide state funding for public schools. That section states, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” Judge Erlick left it up to the legislature to resolve the problem of how to address their constitutional responsibilities. But with the current legislative session scheduled to end this week, it is still unclear that anything will be done this session to address the Judge’s decision.

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NV Hospital working on bringing in more revenue

TONASKET – During the regular North Valley Hospital District board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, the board heard a presentation about a program which will help improve the billing cycle and bring in more revenue to the district.

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Muriel Estelle Bretz

Muriel Estelle (Callahan) Bretz

Muriel Estelle (Callahan) Bretz, age 88, of Tonasket died on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010 at the North Valley Hospital in Tonasket

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Janice Esther Ehlers

Janice Esther Ehlers

Janice (Marcellay) Ehlers, 55, passed away in her home in Puyallup, Wash., peacefully with her family at her side on Feb. 21, 2010. She lost a three year battle with brain cancer.

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Clyde Todd

Clyde Todd

Clyde Todd passed away at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket at 1:07 p.m. resulting from an intra cerebral hemorrhage.

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Tonasket School Board still working on final levy amount

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board discussed the levy at their regular board meeting on Monday, Feb. 22 but decided they still needed more information to determine a final amount.

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