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The 2011 Tonasket Founders Day Grand Marshals are Sarah Kaiser and her husband Dr. Walter Henze. Photo by Emily Hanson

New chamber officers installed at banquet

TONASKET – The new officers of the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce were installed during the annual banquet on Thursday, Jan. 20.

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Geraldine F. Lay

Geraldine F. Lay

Geraldine F. Lay, of Omak, age 78, died peacefully at home on Jan. 13, 2011, of natural causes. Gerry, as most people knew her, was born Sept. 13, 1932 in Tonasket and grew up in Loomis with her parents, Iona A. Dexter and James F. Dexter.

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Beulah Ruth Lakin

Beulah Ruth Lakin, age 89, of Oroville died on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket.

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The tragedy of making heroes out of criminals

It seems many are trying to use the tragedy in Tucson to lobby for limitations on free speech or increased limits on the sale of guns and ammunition. As usual we seem to want to allow the acts of the most disturbed and antisocial members of our society to set the limits on the freedom of the most responsible.

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NVH VA training scheduled to start soon

TONASKET – The training at North Valley Hospital for the Veteran’s Administration contract is scheduled to start by the end of this month, Administrator Linda Michel announced during the NVH board meeting on Thursday, Jan. 13.

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Selena Hines was sworn in as the newest member of the Tonasket City Council during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Photo by Emily Hanson

Tonasket City Council appoints Hines

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council appointed a new member to fill the seat vacated by Connie Maden at the end of 2010 during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

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Tonasket Council looking for annexation support

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council hosted a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 4 to speak with residents of the Seventh Street/Mill Drive area about the city’s plans to annex the area and provide water and sewer.

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Out of My Mind 23

Dialing back the rhetoric

The shootings in Arizona were a tragedy that shouldn’t havehappened. No one who is elected to public office should be in fear of beingkilled for serving his or her constituents. And no one that goes to see theirelected official should have to fear being killed by gunfire. With the killingof innocent bystanders and the serious wounding of U.S. RepresentativeGabrielle Giffords some of our public servants might think twice before meetingwith the electorate and that too would be a tragedy.

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Time to re-examine the Department of Ecology

One of my liberal critics has been obsessing over the last few weeks for me to “come clean and recognize that the climate change scientists involved in the climategate scandal have been cleared.” Sorry, ain’t going to happen. I read with interest many of the press releases and “news” stories about the decision of various commissions and panels who have examined the facts and decided none of the scientists involved did anything wrong.

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Labor Statistics

A few inconvenient truths for my liberal critics

None of my columns has stirred quite as much reaction as my recent comments regarding our “overpaid state employees” and their “growing and unsustainable wages and benefits.” Of course most of the respondents were unwilling to “go on the record” with their comments. They simply wanted to let me know that my opinion was not based on fact and that it was just another example of the useless ramblings of a greedy and selfish business owner.

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