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Still in Business - Despite a detour, Tonasket is still open for business. The Washington State Department of Transportation has put up a sign informing travelers on the County Highway 7 detour that the Tonasket businesses are still open. Photo by Emily H

Tonasket businesses still open during Janis Bridge closure June 15 to July

TONASKET – The Chamber of Commerce heard a presentation about the reasons for the Janis Bridge closure and construction during their meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

The presentation, given by Washington State Department of Transportation Engineer Dustin Vaughn, also included the efforts the agency has taken to ensure that travelers know Tonasket businesses are still open despite the detour from Highway 97 to Highway 7.

“I was asked why the DOT was doing this project now and the answer is a financial one,” Vaughn said. “The project has a hard start date of June 15 which means they’ll start posting the closure signs at Ellisforde, but people don’t have to get onto Highway 7 until Fourth Street. There are 30 working days for this project and July 27 is the last day. We’ve added a few signs, black writing on bright orange, to say “Tonasket businesses open’.”

After hearing this, Alice Attwood, city clerk, suggested placing these signs not just on Highway 7 for travelers on the detour, but also at Ellisforde, to let travelers know before they get onto Highway 7 that Tonasket businesses are still open.

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Tonasket City Council approves hospital’s CDBG Recovery Grant application

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved North Valley Hospital’s Community Development Block Grant Recovery Grant Application during their regular meeting on Tuesday, June 9.

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Letters to the Editor 3

Many miles to go

Dear Editor,

My inner compass goes berserk when dawn breaks and I have nothing planned for the day other than to be thankful for a “bonus day” at the age of 82. My obsession to walk many miles is now limited to a mere three to six miles, not 12 or 20.

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Photo by Emily HansonSenior Veronica Puente and junior Corey McCrarey were awarded with plaques as the Track and Field captions during the banquet on Monday, June 8.

Track and field athletes recognized with Caribou Trail League awards

TONASKET – Several athletes on the Tonasket High School track and field team were honored with Caribou Trail League All-Team awards during the banquet on Monday, June 8.

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Photo by John F. Cleveland, IITonasket High School senior Cierra Silverthorn moves closer to the basket during Tonasket’s District Playoff game against Chelan on Feb. 21. Silverthorn has signed on to play for Walla Walla Community College next year.

Pryor and Silverthorn to play basketball against each other in college

TONASKET – Dana Pryor and Cierra Silverthorn, both seniors at Tonasket High School, will be playing against each other in college next season.

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Photo by Emily HansonJolynn Sullivan, Melissa Martinez and Natasha Vargas were the only seniors on the Tonasket tennis team this year. Head coach Laura Temby spoke about each girl during the tennis banquet on Thursday, June 4, describing Vargas as the tea

Tonasket tennis players honored during team banquet

TONASKET – The tennis team was honored with varsity letters and awards during the team banquet on Thursday, June 4.

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Tonasket Mayor Patrick Walter shakes hands with Cathy Moore after giving her a certificate of appreciation for her work as the city utilities clerk for the past 30 years. Photo by Emily Hanson

Tonasket City Council still discussing business registration

TONASKET – The City Council continued their discussion of a possible business registration requirement with supportive and opposing business owners during their regular meeting on Tuesday, May 26.

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State not seeking death penalty against Kittemran murder suspects

OKANOGAN – Prosecuting attorney Karl Sloan announced the State would not be seeking the death penalty against three of the defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder investigation during appearances from the defendants in the Okanogan County Jail In-Custody Courtroom on Thursday, May 28.

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Planning Commission makes preliminary decision on Eagle Canyon Long Plat

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan Planning Commission okayed a preliminary recommendation for approval of the development agreement for phase one of a proposed development near Tonasket during their meeting on Monday, May 18 in the Commissioners Hearing Room.

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Leonard Hedlund and his wife Donna, in their home in Tonasket. Hedlund, who owned Hedlund Chevrolet for almost 36 years, recently retired and sold his dealership to Tony Booth.

The greatest move of his life

TONASKET – In September of 1973, Leonard Hedlund made the best move of his life.

That was when he bought what was to become Hedlund Chevrolet, from Bynum and Gene Robins of Oroville.

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