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Spencer Podkranic (left) and Corey McCrarey were the only seniors on the Tonasket High School cross country team this past season. McCrarey received a first-year letter, was chosen as a Caribou Trail League Honorable Mention and was chosen as the team cap

Seven Tonasket cross country runners earned CTL All-League awards this seas

TONASKET – During the cross country team banquet on Friday, Nov. 13, head coach Bob Thornton announced that seven runners earned Caribou Trail All-League awards.

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Many Tonasket veterans were present at the high school Veterans Day Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Shown here are Dale White, Tony Smith, Chuck Gavin, Karen Schimpf, Jack Lorz, Jim Pruitt, Ted Vasilieff, Wally Moore, Shirley Schaub, Bill Taylor, Lloyd Kenn

United States is the ‘land of the free because of the brave’

TONASKET – The Tonasket High School Veterans’ Assembly on Tuesday, Nov. 10 honored past and current veterans for making the United States the ‘land of the free because of the brave.’

The assembly featured musical performances by Michelle Timmerman on the piano and Jessica Rhoads singing “A Single Point of Light” as well as the THS choir singing “America the Beautiful” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and a performance by the THS Drumline.

Before the assembly, a poem contest was held and the winning poems were read during the assembly. The winners were Lee Leavell, whose poem was read by Ashlyn Salzman, Charity Blaney, Dakota Fry and Rebecca Shaub.

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Neal Owen Keithley III

Neal went home to the Lord on Nov. 7, 2009 at the age of 57 after battling lung disease and cancer.

Neal Keithley was born in Tonasket on June 13, 1952. Neal was raised in Tonasket graduating from Tonasket High School in 1971. After high school Neal continued to reside in Tonasket. He served in the Washington National Guard from 1971 through 1977 obtaining the rank of Sgt. E-5.

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Robert ‘Bob’ Bee Monroe

Robert ‘Bob’ Bee Monroe, age 70, of Tonasket died on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2009 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. He was born on Jan. 13, 1939 in Marietta, Okla. to parents Claude and Audrey Monroe. Bob moved to Tonasket in 1974 where he resided with his wife and daughter. He worked at North Valley Hospital for 30 years.

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Tonasket senior quarterback Wade Detillian looks for an open receiver during Tonasket’s final game against Lakeside High School on Friday, Nov. 6. Tonasket won 14-7. Photo by Terry Mills

Late TD seals 14-7 Tiger victory over Lakeside

TONASKET – With one minute and 15 seconds left in the game, the Tonasket football field echoed with cries of “defense” as the Tigers worked hard to prevent the Lakeside Eagles from scoring. The effort paid off and the Tigers won 14-7 in their final game of the season.

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Tonasket sophomore Damon Halvorsen finishing the two mile mark of the state cross country meet with a time of 10:55 and in 15th place. Halvorsen went on to finish the course in 16th place with a time of 17:17. Submitted by Bob Thornton

Tonasket’s Halvorsen 16th at the state cross country meet

PASCO – Tonasket sophomore Damon Halvorsen finished the state cross country meet at Sun Willows Golf Course in 16th place with a time of 17:17.

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Tonasket freshman Devan Utt jumps up in the air to knock the ball back to Okanogan during Tonasket’s final home game of the season. Tonasket lost in three sets of 25-13, 26-24 and 25-16. Photo by Emily Hanson

Tonasket volleyball lost final three games

CASHMERE – The Tonasket volleyball team lost their final three games during their last weeks of the season.

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Four suspected in death of pregnant Oroville woman will be tried next year

OKANOGAN – The trials of four people suspected in the death of a pregnant Oroville woman have been continued until next year.

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Grant awarded for development of trailhead at Oroville for Similkameen Conn

OROVILLE – Okanogan County has received a federal grant $106,000 grant for the development of the trailhead at Oroville for the Similkameen Connector Trail.

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Property rights meeting draws big crowd to Agriplex

OKANOGAN – The first Coalition for Property Rights meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 was successful, with 850 people from Okanogan County in attendance in the Fairgrounds Agriplex.

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