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Tonasket senior Jessica Rhoads (right) slams the ball over the net against Omak while team mates senior Jayden Hawkins (middle) and junior Jessica Maier (left) prepare for the return hit during the Tigers’ home game against Omak on Saturday, Oct. 16. Ph

Lady Tigers fall to Omak

TONASKET – The Lady Tigers’ volleyball team fell to Omak at home on Saturday, Oct. 16.

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Initiatives reflect voter anger over expanding government

Voters this year face a flood of citizen sponsored Initiatives that are intended to limit the power of our out of control state government. And the ads against some of these Initiatives would have you believe that only government can protect you from the rapacious practices of evil businesses like AIG, BP, or convenience stores that will sell liquor to your children. But the reality is it is the dictatorial practices of our state elected officials that have created this flood of citizen sponsored legislation.

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Scott Olson is the newly appointed member of the Tonasket City Council after being chosen by the council during their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 12 to fill former council member Joyce Fancher's vacant seat. Photo by Emily Hanson

Olson appointed to Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Former Tonasket City Council member Joyce Fancher’s vacant seat was filled on Tuesday, Oct. 12 when the council appointed Scott Olson to the empty council position.

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Hirst-Pavek murder trial set to begin Nov. 1

OKANOGAN – With the defense’s latest motion for a trial continuance denied, the murder trial for Lacey Hirst-Pavek is set to begin jury selection on Monday, Nov. 1 at Douglas County Superior Court in Waterville.

Hirst-Pavek will be tried on charges of first degree premeditated murder and first degree manslaughter that are the results of her alleged involvement in the murder of Michelle Kitterman and her unborn child in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 1, 2009.

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Candidates Jerian Ashley (left) and Cortney Ingle

Tonasket Rodeo Queen coronation on Saturday

TONASKET – The coronation ceremony for the 2011 Tonasket Rodeo Queen will be on Saturday, Oct. 23 beginning at 7 p.m.

This year’s candidates are Tonasket High School seniors Jerian Ashley and Cortney Ingle. Both girls are 5’10″ with green eyes, though Ashley has brown hair and Ingle has red hair. Ashley is a member of the Tonasket Comancheros Rodeo Club, 4-H, Boots and Saddles Barrel Racing Club, T-Club and the Loomis Community Club. Ingle is a member of the Caribou Trail Junior Rodeo Association, American Quarter Horse Association and the Boots and Saddle Barrel Racing Club.

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Vera Thompson Murphy

Vera Thompson Murphy, wife of James E. Murphy, Jr, died Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 at Morningstar Place in Hemet, Calif., surrounded by her family, devoted caregivers and friends.

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Irene Evelyn Thomas Birch

Irene Evelyn Thomas Birch passed away Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010.

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Have courage: vote for a new beginning

I am a greedy businessman. At least that is what the politicians and liberal/progressives want you to believe.

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Aristeo Maldonado and his wife, Evelia, are the originally owners of the Maldonado family orchards Los Hermanos Maldonado and M&A Orchard II, which are just outside of Tonasket on Highway 7. The orchards have been owned and run by the Maldonado family

Maldonado orchards a dream fulfilled

TONASKET – Fourteen years ago, Aristeo Maldonado fulfilled his lifetime dream of owning an orchard when he bought 40 acres off of Highway 7 just north of Tonasket.

“I grew up in the fields of Mexico and here I fulfilled my dreams,” he said. “We had two options: we could go back to Mexico or stay in the United States. My wife and children preferred to stay here and go to college. Evelia, my wife, saw an ad in the paper and we found out the government was giving credit to new farmers. I went to the bank and got the warrant from the USDA and we bought the orchard.”

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Francis Marion Gowen

Francis Marion Gowen passed away peacefully at home on May 18, 2010.

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