Oroville School District working on facility improvement plan

OROVILLE – Superintendent Steve Quick told the Oroville School Board he had met with the pre-bond facilities committee and they were working towards a “solid” plan to finance improvements to the district’s buildings.

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Nov. 8 General election will determine look of Oroville School Board

OKANOGAN – Among other things, the Nov. 8 general election will determine who will sit on the Oroville School Board, the new or the old, as four current board members face challengers on the ballot.

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Tonasket's FFA team, competing at the national convention in Indianapolis, finished second in national competition in Parliamentary Procedure in a three-day event against 43 other state champion teams. The team includes (front row, l-r) KB Kochsmeier, Hal

Tonasket FFA team is national runner -up at Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS – The Tonasket FFA team’s state championship last May was only the beginning.

Six Tonasket High School students – five of whom graduated in June – proved they could compete with anyone in the nation Oct. 19-22 as they took national runner-up honors in the Parliamentary Procedure competition at the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis.

“I can’t say I was planning on going to Indianapolis and nearly winning a national championship,” said Tonasket FFA coach Matt Deebach. “This is the first team I’ve been able to take back there. This is like dream-time stuff.”

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A wrecked boat lies abandoned at the Chief Tonasket Park boat launch. Littering and illegal dumping have become a problem at the park, prompting city council discussion on how to remedy the situation. Photo by Brent Baker

Concerns about how to pay for improvements to water system

TONASKET – Revenues aren’t coming into Tonasket’s coffers as quickly as anticipated, but overall revenue should be about the same as last year.

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Tonasket School Board updates policies, bus route

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board continued the process of updating its policies at its Monday, Oct. 10 board meeting, taking the next step its year-long project.

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Property taxes and irrigation assessments due

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormack is reminding taxpayers that the last half of their Okanogan County property taxes and their irrigation assessments are due by Oct. 31.

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Lots of Halloween Happenings in the North Okanogan

OROVILLE – Haunted Houses and Haunted Hayrides, a Halloween Carnival and a Halloween Party, are all planned before and during the upcoming holiday in Oroville and Tonasket.

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Cortney Ingle, the 2012 Miss Tonasket Rodeo Queen, is honored by 2011 Queen Jerian Ashley at the conclusion of Saturday’s ceremonies. Photos by Brent Baker

Cortney Ingle chosen 2012 Miss Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo Queen

TONASKET – The 2012 Miss Tonasket Founders’ Day Rodeo Queen competition may well have come down to one, final impromptu question.

When asked whether or not it was more important for a rodeo queen to arrive on time or looking nice at an event, Cortney Ingle had the perfect answer.

“Well, in my opinion,” she replied, “if you’re on time, you had everything planned so you would be looking nice.”

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Brent Baker (right) and his wife Kim and son A.J. at Christmas time. Baker is joining the Gazette-Tribune and Sound Publishing team. His main coverage area will be in Tonasket and the surrounding area. Submitted photo

Brent Baker joining Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

TONASKET – After a nationwide search and a lengthy interview process, the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune has chosen Brent Baker, someone already living right in the community, to cover the Tonasket beat.

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Tonasket School Board continues to update policies

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board is continuing to review their board policies with the goal of having them all updated by the end of the school year.

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