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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Community Bulletin Board 11

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.

Oroville Youth Basketball

OROVILLE – Oroville Youth Basketball will meet at the elementary gym on Dec. 15 and Jan. 5, 12 and 19. Grades K-2 will meet from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Grades 3-6 will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. There is no charge for this program. Children need to wear athletic shoes, appropriate attire and a basketball with his/her name. Call Jeff or Kim Landon at 476-4237 for more information.

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Frances Lenora Bork

Frances Lenora (nee Gough) Bork passed away peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2007 at Sunnybank Centre in Oliver at the age of 97 years.

She is lovingly remembered by her sons John (Elizabeth), Walter (Joyce) and David (Mary) and her daughter Elsa (Grant Lewis). Also missing their Grandma are her 20 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Frances was predeceased by her husband John in 1965; her daughters, Gertrude, Margaret and Medy Penner; son, Conrad and brother, Albert.

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Carlos F. Swayze

Carlos F. Swayze, Okanogan, beloved husband, son, brother, father, grandfather and friend passed away surrounded by his family on Dec. 2, 2007 at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee after a courageous battle with cancer.

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Tonasket Lady Tiger Cierra Silverthorn takes to the sky in a volleyball match against Lake Roosevelt. Silverthorn was among those named for an honorable mention by the Caribou Trail League.Silverthorn earns honorable mention for CTL All-League Volleyball

Silverthorn earns honorable mention for CTL All-League Volleyball

The Caribou Trail League announced the all-league players in girls’ volleyball.

The CTL All-League Volleyball MVP was Izzy Barth (Chelan) and Libero was Amanda Van Diest (Chelan). First team was Katie McQuaid (Chelan), Hilary Parton and Ashley Wright (Cascade), Liz Rosas and Reghan Thronson (Okanogan) and Brooke Springer (Omak).

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Team “Green Edge,” (L-R) Teen coach Jonathan Snyder, Dan Kiesecker, Robin Snyder, Elizabeth Clemen and Lindsey Prince. The team won a berth to the state tournament held Dec. 8 in Bellevue, team coach Martha Bosch said. Inspired by the Sunny Okanogan,

Tonasket Middle School team “Green Edge” competes in FIRST Lego League

TONASKET – Green energy is more then a campaign idea to five Tonasket students.

For them, green energy is fun, exciting – even educational.

“Green Edge,” a team from Tonasket Middle School, has spent the last month and half – or so – putting together a green robot and designing a green house for FIRST Lego League (FLL).

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