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The Omak-OkanOgan COunTy ChrOniCle • • • •

August 14, 2013

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Weekend Warriors to race Race split over two days in an effort to beat the heat The Chronicle

Gene Bussell

Linda Lundin, who fished with husband Richard, both of Puyallup, shows off a catch of rainbow and kokanee landed by the reservoir dam using shrimp lunker lotion.

view from the sidelines Al Camp

Lake fishing is great National car show comes to Spokane The Conconully lakes and even nearby Sugarloaf Lake continue to boot out sizeable fish. Charlie Wines of Kelso along with John and Brenna Decker of Arlington caught a bunch of rainbows at the upper lake and Sugarloaf last week, Gene Bussell of Liar’s Resort said. The anglers caught rainbows from a pound-anda-half to three pounds. “Charlie was using night crawlers and a special solution he mixes up to help catch these keepers,” Bussell said. “Fishing has been absolutely fantastic this whole fishing season.” More trout more than 15 inches long have been landed this year than any other year since the Bussells took over the resort five years ago. “Most fishermen are still fishing from a boat on the east side of the lower Conconully reservoir or by the dam at about 45 feet,” Bussell said. ◆◆◆◆◆ You can get a $3 discount on admission to the Goodguys 12th Great Northwest Nationals car show in Spokane on Aug. 1618 at Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, 404 N. Havana St. If you bring two cans of food to the ticket gates Friday, Aug. 16, you can get the discount to enter the show and view custom and classic vehicles. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. General admission is $15, and kids 7-12 is $6. Kids 6 and under are free. Spectator parking is free. ◆◆◆◆◆ As it turns out, Jim Townsend of Okanogan will not be going with the Columbia Basin River Dogs 18U baseball team to the Babe Ruth World Series on Aug. 15-22 in Andalusia, Ala. The River Dogs recently won the regional title at the Pacific Northwest Senior Babe Ruth tournament in Kalamath Falls, Ore. Townsend played with the River Dogs earlier in the year but was not on the tournament roster. The area will be represented by Aaron Schramm of Chelan, who will be going with the River Dogs. The Senior Babe Ruth World Series for those age 16 to 18 will be competed in Ephrata in 2014.

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Scottie Knapp of Albuquerque, N.M., hangs on during bullriding Aug. 4 in the Omak Stampede Arena.

Mote rides to all-around Proctor, Harrison enjoy homecoming By Al Camp The Chronicle OMAK – Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., took home the allaround cowboy title at the 80th annual Omak Stampede Rodeo on Aug. 8-11. Mote won the bareback title and competed in team roping to win $3,349. “Mote has won more money eight seconds at a time than any bareback rider, ever,” announcer Steve Kenyon said after his 87point ride on Big Bend Rodeo

Company’s Moon Shadow. Bulls proved to be tough over the four days, with only three rode (none Saturday) heading into Sunday. Shane Proctor, formerly of Grand Coulee and the 2011 World Champion bull rider, was the first with a complete ride Sunday and earned $250. The $250 that was not awarded Saturday first ridden bull rider was donated by Bill Swayze’s company to Children’s Western Wish Foundation in honor of Maddie Coates. Proctor gave an interview by Kenyon prior to his ride Sunday.

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J.J. Harrison and Jeff Shiflett survive a four-wheeler crash.

OMAK – The third annual Warrior Stampede obstacle race will be split between night racing Friday, Aug. 16, and early morning Saturday, Aug. 17. The amount of entrants appears to be about the same as last year with nearly 500 entered, spokesman Mark Milner said. “We might have the same thing this year, but it might seem smaller since we are doing Milner it two different days,” he said. Race packets will be available at 7 p.m. near the Stampede Arena, 421 Stampede Drive E. Friday’s race, where the overall male and female winner will be determined, starts “roughly” at 8:30 p.m., Milner said. “We’re doing it to have temperatures cooler,” Milner said, who said the Suicide Hill will be lighted, too. “We want to create a pretty energetic atmosphere,” he said. “We will have live music in the arena and a beer garden. We are inviting the public down to check out this event in a more festive atmosphere.” Age divisions can come from night or morning races. The juniors start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Adults will start at 9 a.m. with slow releases to help keep obstacles from being bogged down with competitors. Registration can be made online until Friday morning at or after 7 p.m. where the packets can be picked up at the park, Milner said. Those wishing to compete Saturday can sign up starting at 7 a.m. “We are going to start earlier and finish earlier,” Milner said of trying to beat the heat on Saturday. There is no fee for parking Friday night, but it will cost $5 on Saturday.

Taz makes winning look easy Horse saunters to fifth overall crown; starting line review DQs Commando By Al Camp The Chronicle OMAK – Taz basked in the sunshine Sunday, despite finishing dead last in the fourth and final running of the WorldFamous Suicide Race this year. That’s because the 12-yearold horse, jockeyed by Loren Marchand of Omak and owned by Jim Phillips of Coulee Dam, had already claimed the overall crown. The horse won the first three races and amassed an insurmountable 15 points following each night’s race after the Stampede Rodeo on Aug. 810. “We had it sewed up,” Marchand said of bringing his horse safely down the hill behind the rest of the field. “We’re saving him. He’s got some more years in him.” You could call it “One For The Thumb” for Taz, which claimed its fifth overall race following each performance of the Omak Stampede. Taz placed first 17 times out of 20 races and second twice. “It’s amazing,” Marchand said of duo’s fifth win. “I never would have thought I would win this many times.” “We knew he’d probably be good, but he just turned out awesome,” Phillips said, who praised the training of George Marchand. Loren Marchand said he dedicated the victory to numerous friends and family

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Tyler Peasley, second from left, on Jake attempts to hold back Abe Grunlose, No. 1, on Commando as horses head to the ramp leading to the Stampede Rodeo Arena. At left is Henry LaCourse on BowShay and at right is Josh Cate on Amp. who passed away in the past year. “I would like to thank my uncle George (Marchand) for all the time he puts in the horse training,” Loren Marchand

said. “And I would like to thank Jim (Phillips) for letting me ride him. Taz is one in a million.” This year’s inaugural slate of Owners and Jockeys

Association officers, which puts on the race, was tested following Sunday’s WorldFamous Suicide Race. Abe Grunlose appeared to have steered Commando from

the back of the field to the front for first place. “That was the awesomeness one so far,” Grunlose said.

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