<p align="right"> Photo by Gary DeVon</p><p><font size="3">Jerry King, a self-described member of the Turtle Clan, shows off the turtle his wife bought for him during the auction at the Habitat for Humanities benefit. The event, held at the River’s Edge

Habitat for Humanity ‘tasting’ raises more than $4000

OKANOGAN – North Okanogan Habitat for Humanity and their plans to build their next house in Okanogan benefited to the tune of more than $4000 from the wine, beer and coffee tasting event held there last Saturday evening.

“It was nice, it worked out very well,” said Ivetta Howell, one of the board members for the local Habitat for Humanity group.

In addition to the tastings, the event included both a silent and live auction. Ken Neal, veteran auctioneer of many a local benefit quickly got those in attendance to open their wallets wide.

“The generous contributions of all the merchants and individuals were fabulous,” she said.

Howell, who credits NOHH Secretary Lynn Champman with organizing the benefit, said there weren’t as many pre-sold tickets as she thought there would be. However, pre-event publicity packed the River’s Edge Center with people willing to put their $20 down for tickets at the door. The donation returned three drink tickets that could be used for tastings of wine, beer or coffee.

Oroville was well represented at the benefit with three wineries – Copper Mountain, Lake Crest and Okanogan Estate and Vineyards. Oroville’s well-known Alpine Brewing Company was also offering tastes of one of their fine pilsners. The Methow offered up the Lost River Winery from Mazama, Methow Valley Brewing Company in Twisp and coffee from Methow Valley Roasters in Carlton.

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<p align="right"> Photo by Gary DeVon</p><p><font size="3">Haley Montowski’s spelling abilities earned her a trip to Wenatchee to compete for a chance to participate in this year’s National Spelling Bee. Although the 11 year-old fifth-grader at Orovil

Oroville’s top speller competes for chance at National Bee

OROVILLE – For many her last name might be hard to spell, but for Haley Montowski her spelling abilities were good enough to get her a chance to compete at Wenatchee for a shot at going to Washington D.C. for the National Spelling Bee.

The 11 year-old fifth-grader from Dave Taylor’s class earned her place as Oroville Elementary School’s top speller by first winning a class competition. From there three spellers from her class went on to a school-wide spelling bee held in the gym where she got to complete with other kids from her grade.

“I was in the spelling bee last year so I wasn’t that nervous, but I wasn’t completely calm either,” said Montowski with a smile.

She says there ended up being four fifth-graders competing for the top honors and this in turn was narrowed down to two. She can’t recall just what word it was she spelled to win the school competition.

“I don’t remember…it wasn’t really easy, but it wasn’t that hard. I felt some of the kids got harder words than me,” she said.

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Gary DeVon</i></p><p>Chiropractor Dr. Jeff Landon has sold his business, Oroville Chiropractic, to Dr. Cynthia Ground D.C., who will open her doors to patients beginning today.</p>

Oroville Chiropractic changing hands

OROVILLE – While Dr. Cynthia Ground, D.C. begins her practice at Oroville Chiropractic, the former owner, Dr. Jeffrey Landon, embarks on a much different path, going into the business of wheat farming in Waterville.

Landon, who has been a chiropractor in Oroville since July 1995, has sold his clinic to Ground and will move to Waterville to begin growing wheat on his own farm. His wife Kim and daughters Alex and Zoey will follow when school lets out.”

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<div align="right"><i> Photo by Charlene Helm</i></div><p></p><p>Gloobal Agent Dawn McLure</p>

McLure wants to help you secure financing

OROVILLE – Dawn McLure wants to help people to get financing for their dreams – whether it is for the purchase of a home, land or commercial property.

McLure is an agent for Global Realty Marketing/Global Equity Lending and she offers assistance in real estate mortgage applications. She works with brokers located in Tacoma and says she is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through her cell phone (509) 560-3306. She offers assistance with obtaining all types of loans, including FHA, VA and Reverse Mortgages.

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Touch of Grace Massage opens in Tonasket

TONASKET – Tired muscles and sore bodies have a new ally in Tonasket.

Laura Loney started Touch of Grace massage at the Evolution Health and Fitness Club in early March. Loney is a licensed massage therapist.

“I joined Evolution because they were just starting up, like I was,” Loney said. “I also wanted to align myself with the concept of health and fitness.”

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<p align="right"><i> Photo by Amy Veneziano</i></p><p>The sign for Just Us Girls, on the south side of the Subway building on the corner of Fourth Street and Whitcomb, signals shoppers from Highway 97.</p>

Just Us Girls a more feminine antique alternative

TONASKET – There’s a new option in town for style mavens.

Just Us Girls, an antique boutique at 6 West 5th Street in Tonasket, on the south side of the Subway building, opened March 1 with success, said one of the three owners.

The store, in fact, is owned by three generations of women: Diane Allstot, her daughter Debbie Graham and Debbie’s daughter Madeleine.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <p align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </p>    <p>High school student Jessica Santana sang “My Immortal,” a song by the band Evanescence. Santana is in the OHS choir and sings for her church as well.    </

Dollars for Scholars Talent Show and Auction raises $1380

OROVILLE – Fans of Oroville students had the chance to check out local talent on stage and on the auction tables while supporting scholarships March 4 at the high school commons.

About 65 people came to the third-annual Dollars for Scholars Talent Show, which raises money for a continuing education scholarship for an OHS graduate.

The event raised $1380 total, said organizer Tedi Fletcher, a member of the Oroville School Board. The total will be split with the school’s music department, she said. That leaves the group with $690 to award to student continuing their education.

“It’s not a lot, but every little bit helps,” Fletcher said.

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<html>  <head>  </head>  <body>    <div align="right"><i>Photo by Amy Veneziano</i>    </div>    <p>    </p>    <p>Elementary school principal Lynn Johnson brought teachers to their feet while student’s reading accomplishment March 3. All of the teacher

Oroville elementary students read 3,085 books

OROVILLE – At the end of January, Oroville Elementary School principal Lynn Johnson set a goal for her students: to read 1,200 books in February.

Two weeks later, that goal was mastered.

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Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament

TONASKET – The Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament was held last Saturday and was a huge success say organizers. The tournament included competitors from Kindergarten to sixth grade with kids from Tonasket, Oroville, Omak, Okanogan, Methow Valley, Brewster and Pateros.

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Public hearing on Hoffman/Gould Annexation continued to March 18

OROVILLE – Although it’s not required, Oroville is taking the suggestion of their city planner and following procedures that go beyond the minimal requirement of just placing a notice of the hearing in the local newspaper when an annexation is presented to the council.

The Tuesday, March 4 council meeting was advertised as a Public Hearing on the proposed Hoffman/Gould Annexation. Mayor Chuck Spieth opened the hearing to take public testimony but no one came forward for or against the annexation.

Planner Chris Branch told the council that the proponents of the annexation which is comprised of two waterfront lots about two acres in size north of the recent Rezka Annexation, wanted to be part of the earlier annexation but were too late to sign on to the petition. If annexed the property would be zoned R-3, the same as the adjoining property and would square up the city’s boundaries in that area, according to Branch.

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Heavy Haul Corridor bill passes second hurdle, heads to governor to sign

OLYMPIA – The state legislature has passed a bill sponsored by Seventh District Senator Bob Morton (R-Kettle Falls) which he feels will benefit his district’s local economy and reduce the number of trucks on Highway 97.

The measure, Substitute Senate Bill 6857, directs the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to designate a seven-mile stretch of State Highway 97 from the Canadian border to Oroville as a heavy haul industrial corridor., SSB 6857 was unanimously approved by both the House and Senate.

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