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Kari Alexander, the 2009 Tonasket Chamber of Commerce President, presented David Kester, outgoing Chamber President, with the 2008 Chamber President’s Award. Kester was also awarded Citizen of the Year by the organization at the chamber banquet held Thu

Kester named Tonasket ‘Citizen of the Year’

TONASKET – The awards for business, organization and citizen of the year were presented at the annual Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet on Thursday, Jan. 15.

Wild Rose Floral Design, owned by Kelli Podkranic and Jay Johann, was honored with the 2008 Business of the Year award, presented by Helen Casey.

“You’ll note as you go down main street that this Tonasket Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year has truly made a difference, creating a bright spot with sign board and balloons waving in the air, a great main street presence this year,” Casey said in her presentation of the award.

Casey listed several of the ways Wild Rose Floral Design has made a difference to the Tonasket community, including helping with the school Gear Up program and the Washington, D.C. kids, enriching them with a work study program on the art of floral arrangements, which were then sold as a fund raiser for the trip. The business also provides flower arrangements for the assisted living and nursing home and has helped behind the scenes with the fair and 4H projects.

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School Board hosting public forums to aid in superintendent search

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board announced at their work session on Monday, Jan. 12 that they are hosting public forums this week and next week to help them in their search for a new superintendent.

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Oroville Chamber to install new officers, present awards

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will hold their annual banquet to install new officers for 2009 and to present several awards on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. in Yo Yo’s Restaurant.

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County budget reduced for 2009

OKANOGAN – The county commissioners passed the 2009 budget, reduced by just over $300,000 from the 2008 budget, on Monday, Dec. 22 2008.

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Amber McKinnon at Al’s IGA in Tonasket working at the Kodak kiosk during her shift. Al Seccomb, owner of Al’s IGA, said he thinks people made Christmas more of a food holiday this year than a gift holiday.Photos by Emily Hanson

Some say economy is slowing down local business

NORTH COUNTY – The answer to whether the national economic crisis has slowed business in Oroville and Tonasket depends mainly on who you talk to.

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Howling Ridge Animal Rescue shutting down

TONASKET – After rescuing animals for 20 years for no fee, Wendy Steever is closing Howling Ridge Rescue and starting a new rescue business.

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Tonasket Students headed to Washington

TONASKET – In June of next year, 22 Tonasket eight and ninth graders are traveling across the country to visit Washington D.C.

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Miss Tonasket Rodeo Queen 2009 Kelsey Gallas helped lead children to Santa during Winter Fest on Friday, Dec. 5 so that they could tell him what they want for Christmas.Photo by Emily Hanson

Tonasket Winter Fest

Miss Tonasket Rodeo Queen 2009 Kelsey Gallas helped lead children to Santa during Winter Fest on Friday, Dec. 5 so that they could tell him what they want for Christmas.Photo by Emily Hanson

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Tonasket girl’s volleyball team earns awards

TONASKET – At the Tonasket girl’s volleyball banquet on Nov. 14, several players were given awards they had earned throughout the season.

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Carlos Herrera named to All League First Team

OROVILLE – Carlos Herrera was name to the NCW2B First Team on both the offensive and defensive line as voted on by the football coaches in the league at a recent meeting.

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