<div align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></div><p></p><p>Curtiss Howard read some of his pieces and performed emcee duties at the reading. He read biographies, written by each writer, before they took to the mike. Many of the bios were, he said, t

Tonasket writers share work with crowd

TONASKET – Nine brave writers stepped up to breathe life into words on paper before a crowd of about 30 people at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket Feb. 15.

In addition to reading some of his own work, group member Curtiss Howard had emcee duties that evening.

The CCC also had a dinner attendees could purchase to support the building fund.

The readers, including Howard, his wife Suzanne Daily Howard, Karen McGuire, Margaret Lange, Dawna Nagye and Tom Keller, read poems, monologues and short stories, themes crossing oceans and jungles, summer and winter. Many of the pieces came back to life in the Okanogan Valley, from mountains to the elusive snow snake.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Rick Braman</i></p><p>Poetry reading by Sundance.</p>

Cheatgrass, Daisy Belle Nau and Sundance at Java Live

OROVILLE – The second of this year’s Java Live Coffee House Series of music, poetry and art was held last Saturday at the Oroville Public Library and featured the talents of Cheatgrass as well as Daisy Belle Nau, a classically trained vocalist.

Nau sang jazz and Broadway tunes accompanied on piano by her mother Roz. Cheatgrass is composed of Judy Elven, Ron Hyde and Steve Pollard. They presented traditional and original songs with a distinctive blend of folk, bluegrass and country. Poet Sundance also appeared at the event which was hosted by Sandy Vaughn and sponsored by Oroville Pharmacy, Oroville Family Medicine and ReMax Realty.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>The Tonasket Visitors and Business Resource Center on Whitcomb has had several renovations over the last few weeks. The back addition includes an American Disabilities Act approved restroom, as well as

Council decides to have Chamber continue to manage TVBRC

The future of the Tonasket Visitor’s and Business Information Center (TVBRC) was in question Feb. 12 when the mayor Patrick Walter requested the presence of representatives of the Chamber of Commerce at the City Council meeting.

Walter said he has had concerns about the management and organization of the TVBRC for some time, including questions about a high turnover rate and non-compliance with the original terms of the TVBRC which describe it as mainly be a small business center.

“There is no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the chamber has failed in this to the city,” Walter said after reading an agreement between the chamber and the city about the responsibilities of the TVBRC.

Chamber president Dave Kester spoke on behalf of the organization. Walter addressed several questions to him.

The first question Walter asked was, “Why can’t you be in compliance after seven years?”

Kester said the Chamber has met its agreements with the city.

“I don’t feel we are offsides in doing what we have done in the last seven years,” he said.

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<p><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Greg Moser, CTL Coach of the Year</p>

Tonasket girl’s basketball season ends at districts

Two hard games spelled the end for the Tonasket girl’s basketball season.

They went to the district tournament in Chelan last week only to bounce out in the second round of play.

“We were knocked out earlier then we anticipated,” said head coach Greg Moser.

Tonasket lost two close games, first against Okanogan Feb. 12 and then against district champion Lake Roosevelt Feb. 13.

“I’m real satisfied overall,” Moser said. “It was a great year. It hurts in your heart to get knocked out so early, when you shouldn’t have been.”

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<p align="right"><i>Photo by Terry Mills </i></p><p> Tonasket heavyweight wrestler Josh Brazil meets an opponent on the mat Feb. 15 in Tacoma. Brazil placed fifth in his bracket.</p>

Tonasket places 22nd at State wrestling tournament

TACOMA – The Tigers wrapped up their wrestling season with a trip to the Tacoma Dome last weekend, where they placed 22 of 48 1A teams.

“It went pretty good,” said head coach Dave Mitchell. “Not as good as we would’ve hoped, but still pretty good.”

Eight Tonasket wrestlers crossed the mountains Feb. 15 and 16. Nine originally qualified, but Andrew Grillo was ill and unable to attend.

“That was a real bummer,” Mitchell said. “Before we even got there we had a big disappointment. But he’s a sophomore, so he still has two more years he can go.”

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<div align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></div><p></p><p>Tim Roberts from Molson was the Grand Prize winner for 2008 for his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. A happy Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100.</p>

Over 400 people attend fourth annual NCW Ice Fishing Festival

MOLSON – Although the number of anglers was down somewhat from last year, the overall attendance at this year’s fourth annual North Central Washington Ice Fishing Festival was more than 400, according to event organizer Robin Stice.

The Grand Prize winner for 2008 was a “local,” Tim Roberts, from Molson. For his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100. The newfangled, lightweight and very stable craft was donated by the manufacturer after being contacted by Ed Lawrence, owner of Extreme Adventures in Oroville.

Taking first prize in the Youth Division was 11 year-old Connor Forthun who was fishing with his grandpa Bud Forthun on Saturday. Connor’s fish weighed 1 pound, 3.5 oz. and was good enough to win him a $100 cash prize donated by Choice Auto of Omak and a $25 Gift Certificate from Yo Yo’s Restaurant in Oroville. Selah Valencia from Chelan took second place in the Youth category with her 7.3 ounce fish and won $50 donated by Harts Automotive of Oroville.

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7th District Sen. Bob Morton

Morton bill to designate part of SR-97 a heavy haul corridor passes Senate

OLYMPIA – A measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) which would benefit his district’s local economy and reduce the number of trucks on Highway 97 and perhaps I-5, passed the state Senate on Valentine’s Day.

The measure, Substitute Senate Bill 6857, would direct the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to designate about a seven-mile stretch of SR-97 from the Canadian border to Oroville as a heavy haul industrial corridor.

Currently, Canadian trucks must off-load on the Canadian side of the border to redistribute the weight to other trucks and then off-load again at Oroville at the rail head. SSB 6857 would allow trucks to use the corridor with WSDOT special permits for gross truck weights up to 137,000 pounds — about a third more weight than currently allowed.

“I think this will be a real asset to the town since we have the rail head right here,” said Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth. “I know the railroad has been struggling to keep the line going and this will be a boost to them and to the area.”

The U.S. Port of Entry at Oroville is the only crossing in Eastern Washington open 24 hours a day. It is a gateway for the hauling of fruit and lumber. At Oroville, truck loads are put on the Cascade &amp; Columbia River Railroad to go to the Wenatchee area and shipment across the nation.

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Mountain Homes named top Redman and Moduline retailer in Washington

COLVILLE – Champion Home Builders of Weiser, Idaho, builders of Redman and Moduline homes, announced that Mountain Homes, with sales centers in Colville and Okanogan was “by far, our number one Washington retailer” for the second consecutive year.

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Silpada Designs, started in 1997 has now grown to more than 16,000 independent representatives across the country. Alice Simon has become an active Silpada Designs independent representative in the Tonasket, Oroville, Omak and Okanogan area.

Alice Simon starts sterling silver jewelry business

TONASKET – In a unique blend of fashion and sales, Alice Simon has started her own sterling silver jewelry business in Tonasket as an independent Silpada Designs Representative.

Silpada Designs is a direct sales company, offering an exclusive collection of handcrafted .925 sterling silver jewelry and only the finest semi-precious and composite stones, said Simon. As an independent Silpada Designs Representative, Simon offers three services: beautiful jewelry to purchase, free products for party hostesses and business opportunities for those wishing to start their own business.

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Eric Griffin

Eric Griffin joins Oroville Realty team

OROVILLE – Newly licensed real estate agent Eric Griffin officially joined the Oroville Realty team Thursday, Jan. 2 – about 24 hours after passing his licensing exam in Spokane.

He brings to the already well-rounded office team years of experience in apartment management and a strong interest in developing commercial and multi-family properties in the greater Okanogan area.

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Crime report 5

District Court

Christopher M. Davis, 20, Riverside, pled guilty to DUI. He was sentenced to 90 days with 89 suspended and fined a total of $793.

Jeffrey S. Combs, 18, Tonasket, pled guilty to second degree DWLS/R, Operating Vehicle without Ignition Interlock and Unlawful Possession or Consumption of Alcohol by a Minor. He was sentenced to 180 days with 175 suspended and 90 days with 89 suspended and 90 days with 88 suspended. He was also fined a total of $978.

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