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Tonasket schools finalize budget

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board finalized its budget for the 2012-13 school year and approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the teachers’ union that had been negotiated by superintendent Paul Turner at their Tuesday, July 23 board meeting.

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Six-year or three-year EMS Levy?

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed whether they should ask for a six-year replacement of the EMS levy which will soon expire or seek a three-year levy as suggested by the rural EMS district.

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Focus changed to remodeling, rather than rebuilding Oroville library

OROVILLE – Rick Braman, with the Oroville Friends of the Library, told the council their focus has changed from tearing down the public library and building fresh, to remodeling and refurbishing the existing building.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival brings the world to Oroville

OROVILLE – The Tumbleweed Film Festival, Washington’s most unique film fest, rolls its third annual film festival back to Oroville on Aug. 2, 3 and 4.

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Ed and Claire Jeffko (courtesy photo)

Ed Jeffko, plane missing in Cascades

TONASKET – Crews have been searching since Monday evening, July 23, for Tonasket’s Ed Jeffko, who took off from the Tonasket Airport on Monday morning and never arrived at his destination in Sequim.

Planes spent six hours doing an aerial search on Monday evening and were in the air most of Tuesday examining areas of the North Cascades where weather conditions could have made flying difficult, according to a WSDOT press release.

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Dennis Brown takes his oath of office after being appointed to the Tonasket City Council on July 10. Photo by Brent Baker

Brown appointed to Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – Dennis Brown is no stranger to Tonasket City Council meetings. But leading off the Tuesday, July 10, meeting, he moved from the gallery to the hot seat as he was appointed by the council to fill Position 4, which has been vacant since Julianna Griffin resigned June 13.

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A scene from the exciting fast-paced race action during the  2010 Can Am Apple Cup Powerboat Races. Photo by Gary DeVon

Can-Am Apple Cup Powerboat Races this weekend

Hear the rumble, feel the thunder, the Can-Am Apple Cup Hydroplane Races are back, July 21 and 22, at Lake Osoyoos off Deep Bay Park.

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Greg Howard, owner/engineer of Okanogan County Motorized Bicycles, shows the mayor and council  one of his  motorized bikes which he said would be good for a police bike patrol. The bikes cost about $800 with the motor added and can go up to 30 mph.

Tonasket approves bid for upgraded pedestrian crossing

TONASKET – The City of Tonasket’s move to re-bid the pending pedestrian crossing project appears to have paid dividends, based on the response it got through a process it was able to utilize known as a public interest finding.

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A helicopter from RJ Helicopters hovers over a cherry orchard off Sawtell Rd. in an effort to dry off one of the many rains that have hit the valley this summer. There is always a danger the fruit will split after a rain followed by a heat cycle so grower

Odd weather hasn’t totally dampened cherry harvest

OROVILLE – You don’t like the weather in the valley, just wait five minutes and it will change – from extreme heat to rain and hail, this year’s cherry harvest has seen it all.

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Tonasket EMS practices its response procedures on a pair of "victims" during Saturday's school shooting drill. Photo by Brent Baker

Area first responders prepare for worst

TONASKET – Smoke and the sounds of gunfire filled the air, as did the moans and screams of fallen students and the shouts of law enforcement wading into an unknown, tense situation.

Thankfully, the students (and some adults) were acting, the gory wounds had been carefully applied by a makeup artist, the ammunition was the equivalent of mini-paintballs and the situation was a scenario designed by Tonasket police officer Jim Rice to train first responders who could be called to a shooting in a crowded school building.

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