Age 80 is best time of life

I share the following with all octogenarians. Author unknown. Life Begins at 80

I have good news for you. The first 80 years are the hardest. Once you reach 80, everyone wants to carry your bags and help you up the steps. If you forget your name and anybody else’s name or an appointment, or you’re your own telephone number, or promise to be three places at the same time, or can’t remember how many grandchildren you have, you need only explain that you are 80.

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Keep supporting our schools

Calling all Tonasket voters! It is time to renew our school levy. This is a replacement levy, NOT a new tax. These funds represent roughly 15 percent of the school district budget and provide much-needed dollars for upkeep of our beautiful buildings and grounds; curriculum upgrades and improvements; continuing education for staff; new school buses and special programs, such as senior projects and sixth-grade camp.

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<p align="right"> Photo by Terry Mills</p><p><b>The 2007-2008 Oroville Hornet Boys Basketball team is:</b> (front row, L-R) Jesse Barker, Preston Iverson, Brandon Funston, Sawyer Werner, Zach Neal, Blaine Wagner, Tyler Clark, Charlie Demartino, (middle ro

Oroville Hornets have ‘good run,’ finish season 17 and 6

WENATCHEE – Oroville led the league in boys basketball this year, unfortunately they had to share the spotlight with Liberty Bell and Kittitas who proved to be too much for the Hornets in the post season – knocking them out of their bid for the NC2B’s sole place in the state tournament this year.

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Irish dance and music coming to the Okanogan

OMAK – A taste of Ireland will come to the North Okanogan just a week short of St. Patrick’s Day.

The traditional Irish folk band Craicmore will arrive at the Omak Performing Art’s Center for the third part of the OPAC Series March 9. The Haran Dancers, an Irish Dance group based in Kettle Falls, will join them on stage.

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Tonasket Schools perform ‘Winter Evening of Music

TONASKET – While the moon shifted into shadow outside, close to 300 people within were treated to an evening of music Feb. 20.

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Dr. Karla Christian

Tonasket native sends Iraqi girl home with healthy heart

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Most of the time, headline stories on the nightly world news have little relevance to the calm of the Okanogan River Valley.

But one major story last week had local residents sitting up when a familiar name turned an open-heart surgery into international news.

Born and raised in Tonasket, Dr. Karla Christian (nee Godwin), was in the spotlight for an open-heart surgery performed pro bono on a two-year-old girl from Iraq.

American soldiers discovered the sick little girl, Amenah Al-Bayati, in the city of Haditha. According to Vanderbilt Medical Center’s journal, the Reporter, Amenah’s family told soldiers they feared she would not live much longer. The soldiers and friends raised money online and arranged to fly her to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville for surgery. The operation went from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. in Nashville on Feb. 11

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<p align="right"><i> Submitted photo</i></p><p>Members of the Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Foundation have awarded several scholarships and grants. They recently received an $8000 donation from Gail Milliken of Oroville to be used for college emergenc

Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Foundation awards scholarships and grants

OMAK – The Wenatchee Valley College at Omak Foundation has recently awarded seven $500 scholarships to Wenatchee Valley College students attending courses at the Omak campus. The students receiving the scholarships are: Cory Riehart, Andrea Thompson, Connie Stafford, Ira Michel, Elizabeth Hernandez, Elder Hernandez and Erin Andreas.

The WVCO Foundation scholarship committee uses a number of factors to select scholarship recipients including GPA, financial need, community involvement and submitted essays. The foundation will award an additional set of scholarships in spring 2008.

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<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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