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Three-year-old girl dies in drowning accident

TONASKET – A grieving Tonasket family is finding comfort in a gift of life given in the wake of the accidental drowning of their three-year-old daughter

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Washington State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander swears in Chris Culp as the new Okanogan County Superior Court Judge in a ceremony held at the commissioners' hearing room last Friday, Dec. 2. Judge Culp, who was appointed to the position by Gov. Ch

Good guys really do wear black: Culp sworn in as Okanogan County Superior C

OKANOGAN – Surrounded by peers, family and friends, Chris Culp made history when he was sworn in as Okanogan County’s newest Superior Court Judge by state Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander.

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School board grapples with policies, hears reports

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board discussed the intricacies of many of the policies it is revamping at its meeting Monday, Nov. 27, and heard a number of reports.

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School Superintendent Quick to speak at Oroville Chamber

OROVILLE – Steve Quick, Superintendent for Oroville School District, will speak at the next Oroville Chamber of Commerce meeting about the upcoming Maintenance and Operations levy and potential funding ideas for facilities improvements.

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North County lighting up for the holidays

NORTH COUNTY – Holiday Lighting Ceremonies will be held in Oroville and Tonasket this week and Santa has promised to be in attendance at each.

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Concerns over crematorium raised at Tonasket City Council

TONASKET – In addition to a long budget discussion at the Tuesday, Nov. 22 Tonasket Council Meeting, community concerns over a proposal to build a crematory highlighted a council session that stretched on for nearly three hours.

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Tonasket City Council weighs budget choices in tough economy

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council laid the final groundwork for the 2012 budget in its Tuesday, Nov. 22, meeting.

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George Thornton in his classroom at OHS.

Oroville teacher George Thornton named Golden Apple recipient

OROVILLE – While it is rare for a teacher from Eastern Washington to be named a recipient of one of the ten Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Education, it is even rarer that two of this year’s teachers are from Okanogan County, including Oroville’s own George Thornton.

The Golden Apple Award, sponsored by Seattle Public Television station KCTS 9 and Pemco Insurance, celebrates “educators, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education from early childhood through high school,” according to KCTS.

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Free Thanksgiving dinners offered in Oroville, Chesaw

OROVILLE – Free Thanksgiving dinners are being offered in Oroville and Chesaw this Thursday and everyone is invited to come in and share the holiday with family, friends and neighbors.

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Tonasket superintendent ponders consequences of budget cuts

TONASKET – The Tonasket School District is not unique in its search for answers when it comes to funding.

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