Tonasket School Board sets M&O Levy amount

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board set their levy rate at $2.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which will bring in $860,550 for the next two school years.

“This is a replacement maintenance and operations levy,” Catherine Stangland, board chairwoman, said. “Although this is a rate increase of 17 cents, assuming the Levy Equalization Act dollars remain the same, this levy actually does not replace the levy we passed two years ago. The state has already eliminated $100,000 from our budget this year, which we had already budgeted. We are anticipating another $200,000 in cuts.”

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School funding problems shine light on state budget

King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick recently ruled that the legislature is in violation of Article IX section 1 of the Washington State Constitution to provide state funding for public schools. That section states, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” Judge Erlick left it up to the legislature to resolve the problem of how to address their constitutional responsibilities. But with the current legislative session scheduled to end this week, it is still unclear that anything will be done this session to address the Judge’s decision.

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Oroville will sponsor rural library funding application

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council gave the nod to the Friends of the Library to pursue federal funding to help build a new public library, a goal the group has been working on for the past several years.

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Darren Hicks (right) and a fellow Coast Guard Rescue Swimmer. File photo

Oroville man survives Coast Guard helicopter crash

ELIZABETH CITY, NC – Darren Hicks from Oroville was one of five crewmen aboard a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk rescue helicopter that crashed in the Uinta Mountains about 50 miles east of Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, March 3.

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Oroville High School students (front, L-R) Abril Lopez, Jessica McAllister, Laurel Griffin, Serena Carper and (back row) Tiffany Roberts, Morgan Roloff and Austianna Quick in a web cam shot as they meet face-to-face over the internet with students in Jala

Oroville girls receive big dose of Afgan culture via Skype

OROVILLE – Following months of discussions on the Global Connections and Exchange social networking site, Oroville High School senior Serena Carper organized a Skype call for six girls in her class and more than 15 girls in Jalalabad in Afghanistan.

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NV Hospital working on bringing in more revenue

TONASKET – During the regular North Valley Hospital District board meeting on Thursday, Feb. 25, the board heard a presentation about a program which will help improve the billing cycle and bring in more revenue to the district.

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Tonasket is a ‘pedestrian zone’

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council continued their discussion on the fact that the city is a pedestrian zone, meaning there is no jaywalking within town, during their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

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Oroville school enrollment remains higher than predicted

OROVILLE – Each summer the school board builds a budget based on what they think the enrollment will be the following year – Oroville chooses to be conservative in their estimates, but this year enrollment has been surprisingly higher than expected.

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Oroville seeking letters supporting transfer of state park to city

OROVILLE – Oroville wants Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial State park to be transferred to the city and is seeking the public’s support.

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Tonasket School Board still working on final levy amount

TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board discussed the levy at their regular board meeting on Monday, Feb. 22 but decided they still needed more information to determine a final amount.

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