Still can not name one example

After all Mason Hess’ recent protests, despite his laughable earlier declaration of American life as indistinguishable from ‘martial law,’ he still can’t name a single thing — out of all those ‘rights and liberties’ he claims the Bushies have decimated — that he could do pre-Bush that he can’t do now as a result of a Bush policy.

Not one?

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Keep open mind to all options

We often don’t have time to attend public meetings, so we are relying on what the Gazette-Tribune reported took place at the Tonasket City Council’s Nov. 27 meeting concerning public comment on the new addition planned for North Valley Hospital. It sounds that we need to keep all options open, keep an open mind and use some common sense to resolve this problem.

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Community Bulletin Board 12

Local food banks

OROVILLE – The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Jessica Lakey at 476-3817.

TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 300 S. Whitcomb Ave. Drop-offs can be made at Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

Christmas Potluck

OROVILLE – There will be a Christmas Potluck at the Oroville Senior Center on Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 1 p.m. Meat is provided by the center. It is appreciated, but not mandatory, if you’ll sign the sheet on the table at the entry, or call, 476-2412 telling what you’ll bring and how many will be attending. It helps with the planning.

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Solberg will lead Oroville Chamber of Commerce in ’08

OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce elected a full slate of officers for the upcoming year at their Thursday, Dec. 13 meeting and chose Rich Solberg to head the business organization in 2008.

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Hornet wrestlers open season by hosting Jamboree

OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornet Wrestling program opened its season by hosting a Jamboree in Coulton Auditorium on Nov. 29 and several of the home team wrestlers posted perfect performances.

“Bryce Woodruff, Davis Castillo, Tyler Herrera, Justin Rounds and Carlos Herrera led the Hornet attack by posting perfect 2 to 0 performances,” said Hornet Coach Chuck Ricevuto.

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Movie may not be what it seems

To all you parents out there, I desperately hope you will not take your kids to see “The Golden Compass” showing at the theater. I know it looks like a good, exciting, story of adventure. I’m sure it is, but the problem is where it comes from.

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Surely a solution can be found

It’s all about legacy.

Dr. Bruce Amundson, an expert in rural health care, compared the North Valley health complex to the Mayo Clinic. “It’s an anomaly. It has no business being there.” Just as the Mayo Clinic rises out of a cornfield in Minnesota, the North Valley medical complex seemingly rises out of nowhere in Tonasket. When most small rural towns would do anything just to have a doctor, Tonasket has a hospital, nursing home, assisted living, two medical clinics, physical therapy, dentist office and optometry office all on the same campus with satellite clinics in Oroville. We are unique. Just as the Mayo Clinic didn’t appear by accident, our health care system has evolved with hard work, determination, sacrifice, foresight and tenacious community support.

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Not ‘just a cat,’ all life is sacred

A few nights ago an event took place near our home; an event that could have been an accident and the driver not even aware of the occurrence. However, in my experience the driver probably was aware, probably was not traveling in an emergency mode and probably didn’t even care. The car sped off; the cat might have instantly died but probably not. However it did die sometime during the night and probably had a very painful last few minutes or hours. And, probably as the car sped off, the driver said to himself, “Oh well it was just a cat.” But it wasn’t just a cat. This cat was a friends and a pet in addition to being part of God’s creation.

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Waiting for the highland snows

What? No snow here in the highlands? In thirty years I have never seen an October or a November without snow on the ground. Only five days left in November maybe; most unusual. Snow may have been abrogated by an authoritative act to prove Mr. Gore’s Nobel-winning theory of Global Warming. Not many years ago there were near promises of the “big freeze” and now the “melt down”? As is usually the case, something one hears proves true, and sometimes false.

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School news

Oroville School Menu

Friday, Dec. 14: Breakfast: Ham & Cream Cheese Bagel, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Cheeseburger, Potato Wedges, Fruit Choices and Milk Varieties.

Monday, Dec. 17: Breakfast: Texas Cheese Toast, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Enchiladas, Mixed Vegetables, Fresh Fruit, Fruit Snack and Milk Varieties.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & Toast, Fruit & Milk. Lunch: Burritos, Fresh Veggies, Fresh Fruit, Granola Bar and Milk Varieties.

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The Tonasket Community Cultural Center’s front, as seen from Western Avenue. The center recently received a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant.

Community Cultural Center receives Gates Foundation grant

The building on Western Avenue in Tonasket has been many things since the 1930s.

It was once a mechanic shop. Then a Studebaker dealership. A temporary music and band room for Tonasket High School. It was the Valley Tire Store in the 1980s.

But soon, the building on Western will be renovated to suit exactly what it’s been since 1992: The Community Cultural Center.

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