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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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County deputies bust up burglary ring

OKANOGAN – For the last several months Okanogan County Deputies have been working on several burglary and theft cases around the county and recently arrested three men suspected in the ring of thefts.

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Oroville City Council approves increase in ad valorem, EMS taxes

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council voted to increase the ad valorem tax by the maximum one percent allowed under state law at their Tuesday, Nov. 8 meeting.

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Veterans Service Officer Shane Barton answers questions about his military career at the Tonasket Middle School Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 10. Photo by Brent Baker

VSO officer oversees growth of NVH Veterans Clinic

It’s no secret that Okanogan County is home to thousands of U.S. Armed Forces veterans.

It’s Shane Barton’s job to make sure that services available to those veterans become much less of a secret, or at least more widely known to those who are entitled to them.

Barton, the Veterans Services Officer at the VA Clinic at Tonasket’s North Valley Hospital, has seen explosive growth since he was hired in June. What began as a three-day-a-week, four-hour-a day, part-time job rapidly turned into something much bigger. The position will turn full-time in January, but Barton said he is already putting in full-time hours.

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Earthquake rattles valley

RIVERSIDE – The Okanogan Valley is not known for being a hot earthquake zone, but Friday, Nov. 18, proved to be an exception as a magnitude 4.6 temblor rattled the area.

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NVH receives audit results, approves preliminary budget

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital District Board received the results of its 2010 audit and approved its preliminary budget for 2012 at its Thursday, Nov. 10, board meeting.

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Tonasket council approves sewer contract, keeps levy steady

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council approved its contract with engineering firm Varela and Associates, Inc., for the sewer project, decided to hold the tax levy at its current rate and held further budget discussions to highlight the Tuesday, Nov. 8, council meeting.

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