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Tonasket hires new police officer

TONASKET – The Tonasket Police Department has is has returned to its full complement of officers with the hiring of Matthew Beard, reported Police Chief Rob Burks at the Tuesday, Aug. 12, meeting of the Tonasket City Council.

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Tonasket Demo Derby returns Sunday, Aug. 31

TONASKET – The Tonasket Comancheros will be hosting this year’s Demolition Derby on Sunday, Aug. 31.
“It sounds like a good number of cars will be there,” said Comancheros spokesman Bud McSpadden. “There is still time and room for more; the war between the North and South is still going strong.”

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Tonasket Schools formulate strategic plan

TONASKET – Using the results of an online survey, as well as feedback from numerous community meetings, the Tonasket School Board engaged in a two-day strategic planning session last week to help crystallize its mission, vision and district-wide goals.

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Helen Casey: ‘Not closing nursing home’

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners Chair Helen Casey sought to quell rumors that the district’s Long Term Care facility was being targeted for closure, stating unequivocally at the Thursday, Aug. 14, board meeting that that was not something that was on the table.

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Tonasket Water Ranch construction gets go-ahead

TONASKET – The Tonasket Water Ranch spray park will begin to appear at Chief Tonasket Park in earnest on Sept. 8 after much of the summer was spent working permitting issues for water drainage.

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Police find Oroville man wanted for attempted murder

OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Sheriff’s office has located and arrested a man they were seeking in the brutal stabbing and robbery of an Oroville man at the end of last month.

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Librarian accused of sexual misconduct takes a plea

OKANOGAN – Elizabeth Anne KinKade, the Tonasket High School Librarian accused of five counts of sexual misconduct with an 18-year-old student, has pleaded guilty in Okanogan County Superior Court to one one count of sexual misconduct with a minor and the court dismissed the other four.

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North County man killed in rollover accident

OROVILLE – A Tonasket man was killed early Sunday morning when his Fiat convertible left County Highway 7 and landed upside down in a field throwing the victim clear of the car.

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Lois Rice fills vacant council seat

TONASKET – The Tonasket City Council appointed Lois Rice to fill the vacant council seat opened by Jean Ramsey’s resignation in June.

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JoAnn Denney will be new Oroville City Clerk

OROVILLE – Councilman Walt Hart, serving as mayor pro tem, announced that JoAnn Denney will be Oroville’s new city clerk/treasurer following the retirement of Kathy Jones at the end of October.

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