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Oroville Elementary School Principal Joe Worsham presents Julie Schildgen with the Upper Okanogan 'Teacher of the Year' plaque from Wal-Mart Corporation. Submitted photo

Oroville’s Julie Schildgen named ‘Teacher of the Year’

OROVILLE – Julie Schildgen, a teacher at Oroville Elementary, has been chosen as the Upper Okanogan Valley Teacher of the Year by the Wal-Mart Corporation.

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NVH Board plans change of hospital’s top leadership

TONASKET – After a special board meeting of the North Valley Hospital Board, current NVH Administrator Warner Bartleson said the board has decided to change the leadership of the hospital.

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Tonasket Council takes steps toward new swimming pool

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council is taking steps toward building a new city pool and moved to allocate money to the project during their meeting on Tuesday, March 23.

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Supporters ask ‘yes’ vote for Tonasket M&O Levy

TONASKET – As voters are receiving their ballots in the mail next week, Tonasket Superintendent Paul Turner asks that voters think of the students before making their decisions.

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Guilty plea from murder suspect

OKANOGAN – With his trial set to begin next month, Brent L. Phillips changed his plea on Monday, March 29 to guilty to Premeditated Murder in the First Degree, Manslaughter of a Quick Child in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence and Kidnapping in the First Degree.

Phillips’ plea is part of a bargain with the State of Washington which lowered his charge of Aggravated Murder in the First Degree to Premeditated Murder in the First Degree and lowered the maximum sentence of 50 years in prison to the state’s recommendation of 312 months, or 26 years, in prison. In exchange, Phillips has agreed to testify truthfully against Tansy Fae Arwen Mathis, David Eugene Richards and Lacey Hirst-Pavek.

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Murder defendant’s attorney wants change of venue

TONASKET – The defense attorney for one of the defendants in the Michelle Kitterman murder trial has requested a change of venue for the trial.

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Special pool meeting planned prior to next Tonasket Council meeting

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council will be holding a special meeting to discuss the funding options for the Tonasket Municipal Swimming Pool and related issues beginning at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23.

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Rise in total assessed valuation lowers school levy collection rate

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board voted to lower their levy rate back down to $2.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation after discovering the total assessed valuation for school district has increased $80 million to $439 million.

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Veterans Memorial Park will be transferred to Oroville

OROVILLE – After once approving the transfer of Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial State Park to Oroville and rescinding their decision, the state Parks and Recreation Commission has again agreed the city would be the best stewards of the facility.

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Tonasket School Board sets M&O Levy amount

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board set their levy rate at $2.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which will bring in $860,550 for the next two school years.

“This is a replacement maintenance and operations levy,” Catherine Stangland, board chairwoman, said. “Although this is a rate increase of 17 cents, assuming the Levy Equalization Act dollars remain the same, this levy actually does not replace the levy we passed two years ago. The state has already eliminated $100,000 from our budget this year, which we had already budgeted. We are anticipating another $200,000 in cuts.”

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