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Tonasket High School produces 67 new graduates

TONASKET – Saturday marked a major milestone in the lives of 67 young adults.

On June 7, 2008, those 67 went from high school students to high school graduates in a two-hour ceremony in the Tonasket High School gym.

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<div align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></div><p></p><p>Judy Roel receives congratulations from her parents Bob and Vera after last Saturday’s Commencement Ceremonies for the OHS Class of 2008.</p>

‘Taking Care of Business:’ Oroville graduates Class of 2008

OROVILLE – Tam Hutchinson encouraged the 2008 graduates of Oroville High School to go forth with pride in their community.

Hutchinson was introduced Saturday afternoon by Zac Kinman, the class salutatorian, who said the teacher and coach was the class’ unanimous pick. Kinman recounted that Hutchinson was also their guest speaker at their eighth-grade promotion ceremony.

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<div align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></div><p></p><p>Grand Marshall Neil Robinson, outside, salutes the crowd from a vintage car.</p>

Founder’s Day Parade goers enjoyed the sunshine

TONASKET – Warm weather and clear skies helped bring out the crowds this Founder’s Day in Tonasket.

However, rain Sunday morning dashed circus hopes.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p><i>Photo by Gary DeVon</i>    </p>    <p>    Ardie Halvorsen and Dee Patterson laid a wreath at the headstone of Major Hodges. The Oroville American Legion Post is named in honor of Hodges who died in World War I. Aft

In honor of those who gave their lives in service of their country

OROVILLE – The flags of two countries joined together to honor those who gave their lives in service of their country at a Memorial Day Ceremony held at Oroville’s Riverview Cemetery Monday.

Members of the American Legion from Oroville and Royal Canadian Legion from Osoyoos served as Color Guard at the ceremony which began at 10 a.m. As the Color Guard marched the flags of their two countries, as well as the Union Jack and the United Nations Flag, amongst others, waved majestically as well as colorfully, in the breeze. Veterans and those that joined them in the ceremony then came to attention as “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Oh, Canada” were played.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>Three members of the Comancheros put the finishing touches on the new beer garden building at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds. The building is made from the same lo

Founder’s Day weekend kicks off tonight at rodeo grounds

TONASKET – This weekend will be a wild one for this little town.

The Founder’s Day celebration is expanding from one night of rodeo to two and the Chamber of Commerce is getting into the act with a circus, street fair and many other activities in town.

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Submitted photo<br>Ernesto Cerillo of Allen’s Auto Parts earned a trip to the Mexico - China soccer match in Seattle and won a signed jersey with signatures of Mexican soccer greats.

Cerillo earns trip to soccer match, wins jersey

SEATTLE – Ernesto Cerrillo and his wife, Dinasar and daughter, Zyanya of Tonasket were among the nearly 57,000 soccer enthusiasts watching the Mexican National Football Team beat the Chinese Nationalist Team at Qwest Field in Seattle on April 16.

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Similkameen and Okanogan Rivers approaching flood stage

OKANOGAN – As river levels rose with temperatures last week Okanogan County Commissioners declared a countywide flood emergency on the Methow and Okanogan Rivers.

“Our concern for the Okanogan River is for the next 72 hours,” said Scott Miller, manager of the Okanogan County Emergency Management Department, last Monday. “Looking beyond that if we make it through the next month we are over the hurdle for the year.”

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TVBRC website up and running

TONASKET – The Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center website is almost ready to go.

The new site, www.tvbrc.org, is open to all Tonasket businesses, said Chamber of Commerce president Dave Kester. Trina and Layton Smith, of TwoRebels Design, have designed the site.

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Hospital board approves design plan

TONASKET – The North Valley Hospital Board approved a design plan for the new hospital at a special board meeting May 14.

The final construction cost estimate is almost $7.5 million, hospital administrator Warner Bartleson said. It includes a 17,652 square foot finished main floor and an additional full basement that can be developed at some later point, as well as a remodel of the current building, he said.

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<p><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>    Jackson Gregg, gets a ride in a sidecar from Verna Madison, a member of the Columbia River Harley Owner's Group. The fourth-grader, who had an operation last year for a brain tumor, was helped by the group which ra

Over 350 motorcycles and riders roar into Oroville

OROVILLE – Some 308 riders and their machines left Wenatchee Saturday morning for the sixth annual Run for the Border, picking up more riders along the way, they arrived at their destination in Oroville over 350 strong.

The cyclists had a special police escort as they roared into town and lined up into neat rows along Main Street, Appleway and Golden in special coned-off areas set aside for the occasion. Many of the riders belonged to the Columbia River Harley Owners Group which organizes the annual event to raise money for North Central Washington Kids in Need.

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