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Sharon Payne

Sharon Payne, 70, of Oroville, died March 21, 2014 in Tonasket. She was born in Tilton, Illinois on August 22, 1943 and was raised in Rantoul, Ill.

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David Gary Shanks

David Shanks was born in Detroit, Michigan, resided in Tonasket, Washington and passed away in Tacoma, Washington at the age of 64.

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Stanley Sigurd Porter

Stanley Sigurd Porter passed away gently at his home in Oroville on February 23rd, 2014 at the age of 84. A celebration of Stan’s life will take place in Oroville on Saturday, March 29th, from 1:40 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Pastime Bar & Grill. Everyone is welcome to attend.

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Brenda Sue Ellis

A memorial service is planned for Brenda Sue (Zimmerman) Ellis who passed away September 29, 2013 at the age of 51. The service will be held at the Oroville American Legion Hall, located at 1105 Appleway Street, on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 2 p.m.

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Fund finances Family Health Center development

CHICAGO – The Healthy Futures Fund—a first-of-its-kind collaboration to support accessible health care and affordable housing in low-income communities—has made its initial investment in a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), helping finance the construction of a new clinic in the underserved rural community of Omak.

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Laura Lee McDaniel

Laura Lee McDaniel was born September 26, 1923, to J. Archie and Willa (Barmore) McDaniel in Tonasket, Washington. She died March 4, 2014, in Kirkland, Washington, at the age of 90.

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WSU Upward Bound – Educational and College Enrichment Program

Currently in Okanogan County there are two WSU Upward Bound programs, the first, which has been serving the Omak and Okanogan high schools for ten years and the newest program, serving a maximum of 60 students from Tonasket and Oroville high schools.

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On the Avenue coffee shop opens in Okanogan

OKANOGAN – Douglas and Janet Burts and Kodi Erickson-Greene opened a coffee house called “On the Avenue” on Feb. 8 in Okanogan. On the Avenue offers coffee, espressos, smoothies, Italian sodas, hand baked muffins, sandwiches, soup, hot dogs and an assortment of coffee accompaniments.

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Edward W. Figlenski

Edward W. Figlenski went to the next world on his own Friday, Feb. 22, 2014 at Apple Springs Assisted Living due to pancreatic cancer. He was born Nov. 20, 1951 at Omak to Wills and Violet Figlenski.

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Emert J. Verbeck

Emert J. Verbeck, age 97, of Tonasket passed away February 20, 2014 in Tonasket. A full obituary and memorial services will be published at a later date.

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