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Courts offer little protection of freedoms

Regarding Bill Slusher’s Nov. 15 letter. To start, why do I claim the question “what could I do before Bush that I cannot do now” is irrelevant. The situation is analogous to the lottery. If I win the lottery, it may well change my life. If I don’t win, it will not impact me in any way.

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Tonasket Middle School first quarter honor roll

Top Honors (4.0)

Sixth Grade: Daniela Capote, Savannah Clinedinst, Brisa Leep, Norma Ramos and Kjeld Williams.

Seventh Grade: Katelyn Antuna and Addison Salzman.

Eighth Grade: Nicolette Flores, Adine Johnson, Cayla Monroe, Desiree Peterson, Katy Smith and Anthony Verhasselt.

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Tonasket Tiger forward Karen Keeton (above, in a match against Chelan) was named to the second team in CTL’s All League Team. Tigers Rachel Rillera and Jessie Hedlund made honorable mention.

CTL Soccer All League chooses Keeton, Hedlund and Rillera

The Caribou Trail League announced the all-league players for girls’ soccer and Tonasket Tiger Karen Keeton at forward was named to the second team and teammates Rachel Rillera and Jessie Hedlund made honorable mention.

On the first team, goalkeeper Tara Marchand (Okanogan), defense Nadine Downey (Okanogan) Maria Guzman (Cascade), Brisieda Bravo (Chelan) and Betty Angel (Brewster). Midfield players were Kelly Downey (Okanogan), Taylor Smith (Cashmere), Kate Peer (Chelan) and Jackie McCormack (Brewster). Forwards were Corina Gebbers (Brewster), Kylie Brunner (Cashmere) and Kayla Werner (Cascade).

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George Robert Wilson

George Robert Wilson went to the Lord on Nov, 15, 2007 at the Assisted Living in Tonasket.

He was born May 10, 1927 to Newton and Anna Wilson in San Diego, Calif. He was raised in Los Angeles and finished school there. He then joined the Navy and was stationed in Hawaii during World War II.

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Mae S. Kirkendall

Mae Kirkendall, 98, of Riverside, passed away on Nov. 14, 2007 at Wockner Hospice Center, Kirkland, Wash.

She was born at Sprague, Wash. on Aug. 1, 1909. Her parents were Halley Howe and Ada Pierce Howe. She was preceded in death by Charlie, Kenneth and Bill Howe and five sisters, Grace Giffing, Pansy Blankenship, Daisy Finley, Rose Cotton and Eva Rogers.

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Community Bulletin Board 9

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.

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Oroville’s city hall is slated for expansion in 2008 if the city can find the additional funding it needs to finance the project. Expansion would move the planning and building and permits departments out of the council chambers, where they currently oc

Oroville City Council holds preliminary budget hearing

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council discussed a preliminary 2008 budget that is $92,505 more than the amended 2007 budget and still doesn’t include several items like city hall expansion, sewer improvements and a hoped-for airport grant.

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We need to reclaim what is ours

As I drove to work yesterday Paul Harvey was on the radio. In years past this would have been the bastion of the conservative right. I know the times are a changing however, when Paul himself is questioning the moral compass of our nation. When he is questioning whether there is any liberty left for citizens.

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Looking forward to working with reporter

I wanted to extend a special welcome to your new reporter Amy Veneziano. I have met and talked with her on two different occasions and she seems to be a very eager and attentive reporter. I am looking forward to working with her in the future, especially with our events at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.

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Never intended to offend with letter

I guess its time to defend myself once more. Cynthia Dickerson, I am sorry if my last letter offended you, or any of your family. That was never the intent. You read a message meant for the masses and took it as an attack on your grandson. Re-read the last paragraph, this time with emphasis on the words “this” and “still.” I was not referring to your grandson; I was referring to those who refuse to learn from such tragedies.

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