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Calling all Tonasket voters! It is time to renew our school levy. This is a replacement levy, NOT a new tax. These funds represent roughly 15 percent of the school district budget and provide much-needed dollars for upkeep of our beautiful buildings and grounds; curriculum upgrades and improvements; continuing education for staff; new school buses and special programs, such as senior projects and sixth-grade camp.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>The Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center on Whitcomb has had several renovations over the last few weeks. The back addition includes an American Disabilities Act approved restroom, as well as

Council decides to have Chamber continue to manage TVBRC

The future of the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Information Center (TVBRC) was in question Feb. 12 when the mayor Patrick Walter requested the presence of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce at the City Council meeting.

Walter said he has had concerns about the management and organization of the TVBRC for some time, including questions about a high turnover rate and non-compliance with the original terms of the TVBRC which describe it as mainly be a small business center.

“There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the chamber has failed in this to the city,” Walter said after reading an agreement between the chamber and the city about the responsibilities of the TVBRC.

Chamber president Dave Kester spoke on behalf of the organization. Walter addressed several questions to him.

The first question Walter asked was, “Why can’t you be in compliance after seven years?”

Kester said the Chamber has met its agreements with the city.

“I don’t feel we are offsides in doing what we have done in the last seven years,” he said.

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<p><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Greg Moser, CTL Coach of the Year</p>

Tonasket girl’s basketball season ends at districts

Two hard games spelled the end for the Tonasket girl’s basketball season.

They went to the district tournament in Chelan last week only to bounce out in the second round of play.

“We were knocked out earlier then we anticipated,” said head coach Greg Moser.

Tonasket lost two close games, first against Okanogan Feb. 12 and then against district champion Lake Roosevelt Feb. 13.

“I’m real satisfied overall,” Moser said. “It was a great year. It hurts in your heart to get knocked out so early, when you shouldn’t have been.”

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<p align="right"><i>Photo by Terry Mills </i></p><p> Tonasket heavyweight wrestler Josh Brazil meets an opponent on the mat Feb. 15 in Tacoma. Brazil placed fifth in his bracket.</p>

Tonasket places 22nd at State wrestling tournament

TACOMA – The Tigers wrapped up their wrestling season with a trip to the Tacoma Dome last weekend, where they placed 22 of 48 1A teams.

“It went pretty good,” said head coach Dave Mitchell. “Not as good as we would’ve hoped, but still pretty good.”

Eight Tonasket wrestlers crossed the mountains Feb. 15 and 16. Nine originally qualified, but Andrew Grillo was ill and unable to attend.

“That was a real bummer,” Mitchell said. “Before we even got there we had a big disappointment. But he’s a sophomore, so he still has two more years he can go.”

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<div align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></div><p></p><p>Tim Roberts from Molson was the Grand Prize winner for 2008 for his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. A happy Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100.</p>

Over 400 people attend fourth annual NCW Ice Fishing Festival

MOLSON – Although the number of anglers was down somewhat from last year, the overall attendance at this year’s fourth annual North Central Washington Ice Fishing Festival was more than 400, according to event organizer Robin Stice.

The Grand Prize winner for 2008 was a “local,” Tim Roberts, from Molson. For his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100. The newfangled, lightweight and very stable craft was donated by the manufacturer after being contacted by Ed Lawrence, owner of Extreme Adventures in Oroville.

Taking first prize in the Youth Division was 11 year-old Connor Forthun who was fishing with his grandpa Bud Forthun on Saturday. Connor’s fish weighed 1 pound, 3.5 oz. and was good enough to win him a $100 cash prize donated by Choice Auto of Omak and a $25 Gift Certificate from Yo Yo’s Restaurant in Oroville. Selah Valencia from Chelan took second place in the Youth category with her 7.3 ounce fish and won $50 donated by Harts Automotive of Oroville.

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Silpada Designs, started in 1997 has now grown to more than 16,000 independent representatives across the country. Alice Simon has become an active Silpada Designs independent representative in the Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan area.

Alice Simon starts sterling silver jewelry business

TONASKET – In a unique blend of fashion and sales, Alice Simon has started her own sterling silver jewelry business in Tonasket as an independent Silpada Designs Representative.

Silpada Designs is a direct sales company, offering an exclusive collection of handcrafted .925 sterling silver jewelry and only the finest semi-precious and composite stones, said Simon. As an independent Silpada Designs Representative, Simon offers three services: beautiful jewelry to purchase, free products for party hostesses and business opportunities for those wishing to start their own business.

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Crime report 5

District Court

Christopher M. Davis, 20, Riverside, pled guilty to DUI. He was sentenced to 90 days with 89 suspended and fined a total of $793.

Jeffrey S. Combs, 18, Tonasket, pled guilty to second degree DWLS/R, Operating Vehicle without Ignition Interlock and Unlawful Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. He was sentenced to 180 days with 175 suspended and 90 days with 89 suspended and 90 days with 88 suspended. He was also fined a total of $978.

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Community support crucial to our school

As members of the Tonasket School Board, we are asking our voters to replace the expiring Maintenance and Operations Levy. Community support is crucial to our quest to provide quality programs and to maintain our facilities and grounds. Fortunately, levy dollars in our district are nearly matched by additional funds from the state, but we receive these matching funds ONLY if voters approve the levy. Ballots, separate from the presidential primary ballots, will be sent this week and must be postmarked no later than March 11th.

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Clean up after your dogs

I find it disgusting and offensive when I watch folks out walking their dogs and “Doggie” takes a “poo” in the neighbor’s yard and after doing the deed, both continue on their way. How inconsiderate and irresponsible is that?

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Precariously afloat on ocean of debt

While briefly discussing politics with a friend.., I commented that I wished I had the option to vote for “no President at all” because our country has been going steadily downhill for the past 50 years. Why do I feel this way? After all, the government constantly tells us we are in a period of unprecedented freedom and prosperity.

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