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woman was pulled out of a porta-potty, Lay said. He said the guards tried to knock him off his feet, but he managed to stay upright. “My wife finally got one of them to let Jerame’s face out of the water,” he said. and Paul were Lay handcuffed and taken to Phoenix’s security tent, where they were held and interrogated for an hour to an hour and a half. Another woman also was handcuffed after trying to convince the guards to let them go, Lay said. They said the guards accused them of assault and trespassing. No charges were filed. Meanwhile, Lay’s wife, Sandy, tried to convince the guards to release the two. woman called Another Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers at home. “It was 2:30 a.m.,” Rogers said. Through the fog of being awakened, Rogers said the caller tried to explain the situation. He said he advised her to contact the Omak Police Department, the city or Stampede. Lay and Paul eventually were released. A short while later, the Omak Police Department showed up. Sgt. Jeff Koplin said officers didn’t witness the situation, but did take statements afterward. Lay said his wife talked with Stampede President George Dunckel and others the next day and tried to find the Phoenix guards who were involved. She talked to another guard “and he was really rude,” Lay said. “It would have been nice if they had apologized,” he said. Lay said he’s been to rodeos all over the country and Canada to watch his daughter, Sabrina, compete in barrel racing. “I’ve never been treated like this anywhere, except here,” he said of his hometown rodeo. “They were real powerhungry. They say they’re exmilitary,” Lay said. “I’m pretty well known around here,” said Paul, a 2004 graduate of Okanogan High School. “I’m not known as a troublemaker.” Dunckel said Stampede representatives are trying to schedule a meeting with Phoenix to discuss the complaints. He said he wasn’t on the grounds when Lay and the others were detained, nor has he talked to them. “We need some answers, just like anyone else,” he said. Phoenix, which has provided security during the rodeo for
Goats from 1 we need to get some of our backyard cleaned up first before we even think about opening up to other stuff.” Most other cities have already addressed the issue of animals within city limits. Bridgeport residents are required to file a permit application before any animals besides cats or dogs can be kept within city limits. Rabbits and fowl must be housed at least 20 feet away from any homes, and the distance for horses and cattle is 60 feet. In other towns: • Omak allows goats and sheep, as long as they’re housed at least 150 feet away from nearby homes. Omak also allows each household to have up to four chickens – no males over 4 months old – and one rabbit. Horses, mules and cows must be kept at least 100 feet from the nearest residence. Pigs are required to be kept at least 300 feet from homes. • Goats are permitted in Okanogan, along with hogs, sheep, horses, mules and cows. Livestock must be kept in secure, clean enclosures at least 100 feet from nearby homes. • Brewster allows only dogs and cats, unless the city issues a proclamation for a special event. • Oroville does not permit goats, pigs or sheep. The city code considers the animals a “nuisance.” However, chickens, ducks and geese are permitted,
County from 1 in 2010. The auditor’s office position was cut in 2009. “I’m very grateful,” she said. The current staff of five, which includes McCormack, handles more than 60,000 statements for taxes, irrigation and television, more than 300 investment funds, warrants for the county, school districts and three hospitals, foreclosure sales and bankruptcies. “My office worked overtime on Saturdays,” she said. “Some
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We need some answers, just like anyone else. Omak Stampede President George Dunckel
” the past three years, has helped cut down on reports of problems during the rodeo, Dunckel said. The company’s employees are authorized to carry Tasers and guns, and used handcuffs. Phoenix personnel did not reply to a Chronicle request for comment. another incident, In Beeman, a volunteer and former Stampede board member, said she was escorted from the grounds toward the end of the Sunday rodeo by Phoenix personnel, who claimed she’d been issued a letter “no-trespassing” requiring her to stay off the grounds. “Sunday afternoon we were standing behind the roping box, along with many other people. The barrel race had just started when I was approached by a Phoenix security person,” she said. The security man asked to see her PBR (Professional Bull Riders) card and she said she didn’t have one. He told her she didn’t have the proper credentials and would have to leave. She said she’d been on the grounds all weekend, providing horses for visiting royalty and helping with the Parade of Flags, in which her daughter, Riata Marchant, was a rider. Beeman said she received no such letter, but blames several board members for having her removed. She said it’s apparently a holdover from disagreements last year, in which she and her mother, Karmen, were booted off the board and her sister, Jackie Richter, quit. Another sister, Sarah Grooms, is Stampede’s office manager. “Phoenix should have checked” on whether there was a no-trespass letter, Beeman said. “They escorted me with their hands on Tasers and guns.” “Seriously, this type of force was really not called for,” she wrote in a letter to the Stampede board. Beeman said she was required to take her horses through the Suicide Race Owners and Jockeys Association paddock area, where she wasn’t supposed to
go, since the rodeo was still going on and the dike was blocked because the Suicide Race was yet to happen. “My family and I had attended all four performances of the rodeo. We had supplied horses for the queens in the grand entry, we hauled other flag carriers’ horses for them, we supplied a horse for a visiting queen to ride in the grand parade and the kids had packed flags for the Parade of Flags presentation.” Her husband also assisted in cleaning up a mud hole by the contestant gate after the storm. “I feel that since my family was singled out and asked to leave, and no one else was treated in this manner, we must have indeed been part of some personal vendetta,” she said. Her 12-year-old daughter didn’t see her being led away and was left by herself. Security personnel refused to allow Beeman back onto the grounds to retrieve her daughter. “The conduct of these directors and the hired (security force) was definitely not professional. Nor was it conduct that encourages people to want to volunteer for Omak Stampede,” Beeman wrote. She said she won’t go back under the current leadership. Dunckel said Beeman and her family had “no reason to be in there” behind the timedevent area, and that once the Parade of Flags was over, they should have left. “They’ve got to have a ticket like anyone else,” he said. Lay, Paul and Beeman apparently weren’t the only ones to have run-ins with Phoenix personnel. Lay said he heard another man, who has been a Stampede volunteer in the past, was handcuffed and made to sign a paper saying he wouldn’t come on the grounds again during the rodeo or during next year’s event. Last year, Lay’s daughter was walking across the arena after the rodeo to get to the post-show barbecue for contestants when she was handcuffed and held for an hour for allegedly trespassing, he said. She explained what she was doing and showed her pro competitor’s card, but the guard allegedly threw it to the ground.
OKANOGAN – Next week’s Okanogan County commission meetings include an exit conference following the completion of the latest routine state audit, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27. State Sen. John Smith may meet with commissioners at 10 a.m. Wednesday to discuss road funding and issues from this year’s legislative session. The commissioners will also have briefings and hear updates from several county departments starting at 9 a.m. Monday and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday. The public comment period will be at 4 p.m. Monday. Meetings are in the commissioners’ hearing room, 123 Fifth Ave N.
School board addresses field trips OMAK — The Omak School Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the district offices, 619 W. Bartlett Ave. Topics of discussion will include field trip requests for the FFA program and the Omak High School cheerleaders, an update on the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project and Common Core state standards, and updating board policies on community service, emergencies, use of school facilities and nondiscrimination and affirmative action.
Hospital commissioners meet Monday OMAK — The date of the next hospital commissioners meeting has been changed to Monday, Aug. 26 in the office of the administrator at Mid-Valley Hospital, 810 Jasmine St. The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. The agenda will include discussions on warrants and vouchers, bad debt, the Healthcare Assistance Program, July financials and declaring surplus property.
Hospital discusses gynecology services BREWSTER – Three Rivers Hospital commissioners plan to discuss gynecology physician services at their monthly meeting Monday, Aug. 26. Regular reports will be given from the administration and the nursing, finance, quality control and public relations departments. The meeting will be at 4 p.m. at the Hillcrest building, 415 Hospital Way.
Utility agenda includes two proposals OKANOGAN – The Okanogan County Public Utility District meets at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the headquarters building, 1331 Second Ave. N. Topics up for discussion include employee service awards, an Energy Northwest update, and two proposed resolutions for the utility’s investment and post issuance compliance policies. — The Chronicle
as long as they aren’t running loose. • Tonasket forbids most breeds of livestock, including horses, domestic fowl, chickens, cattle and pigs. Rabbits are considered part of the exception for household pets. Libby Harrison said the goats will soon be moved to an enclosed goat house, and a fence is going up around the family’s property. Forrest Harrison said his goats are not full-sized like horses, mules and other goats commonly kept on farms. He referred to stories from the New York Times that cited a “legal precedence” declaring miniature goats don’t fall under the livestock category. Some residents backed the Harrisons’ cause. “Who determines what a farm animal is, or if it’s a pet?” asked Toni Roberson, who has a pet rabbit that doesn’t stay indoors. “Who is to say that Libby’s goats are not a pet?” Joni Parks, a 40-year resident of Pateros, said she’s owned everything from horses to a pot-bellied pig, hedgehogs, snakes and birds. She had many of the animals several years ago when she ran a daycare, and said it was an educational experience for the children. “The kids all grew up fine and healthy, and loved the animals,” she said. “They learned that not every pet is a dog or a cat, that there are other animals in the world that can be pets that you can love just as much as a dog or a cat, and they
can be family members just as much, and it’s just as painful when someone says they have to go away or they die.” Ron Roberson said his granddaughter enjoys seeing the Harrisons’ goats. “If everyone in this town who has a dog problem would take care of those dogs the way they’re taking care of their goats and their property, we wouldn’t have the dog and cat problems that we have,” he said. Councilman George Brady said he has looked into allowing certain animals on an individual permitting basis. “We could do it, but there’s a lot of problems, I think, making that work,” he said. While he said he wasn’t either for or against goats, Councilman Alex Hymer said he felt Bridgeport’s ordinance would be a good example to follow. Councilman Adam Fritz said people are asking the city for forgiveness instead of permission. “With all due respect, we’re not Seattle. We’re not Bridgeport. We’re not Okanogan. We’re Pateros. Each community is different and can’t be, ‘Oh, let’s see what this town is doing. Let’s apply it here.’ In my opinion, that can’t work,” he said. Brady suggested giving the Harrisons until Sept. 30 to get rid of their goats, if it’s still necessary after the council votes on the ordinance amendment Sept. 16. That motion passed 4-1, with Fritz opposing.
From the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports Aug. 22 Vehicle prowl at 15 Arden Ave., Bridgeport Bar. Parking violation/abandoned vehicle in the alley at 224 Fifth St., Bridgeport. Burglary at 2611 Highland Drive, Bridgeport. Animal problem at 712 Foster Ave., Bridgeport. Harassment/threat at 1507 Fairview Ave., Bridgeport. Aug. 21 Civil dispute, Bridgeport. Traffic offense at 108 Arden Ave., Bridgeport Bar. Agency assist at Arden Avenue and Coronado Street, Bridgeport Bar. Animal problem at 109 Arden Ave., Bridgeport Bar. Burglary at 121 Second St., Bridgeport. Animal problem at 540 Columbia Ave., Bridgeport. Aug. 20 Animal problem at 1520 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Aug. 19 Noise at 224 Fifth St., across the alley, Bridgeport. Traffic offense at Douglas Ave., toward Quik E Mart, Bridgeport. Civil dispute at 115 E. Railroad Ave., Mansfield. Off-road vehicle at Arden Avenue, Bridgeport Bar. Collision, no injury at 627 state Highway 173, Bridgeport Bar. Assist public at 108 Sage St., Bridgeport Bar. Harassment/threat at 108 Arden St., Bridgeport Bar. Animal problem at 1520 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Assist public at 1438 Fairview Ave., Bridgeport. Aug. 18 Disturbance at 1128 Columbia Ave., Chief Joe Tavern, Bridgeport. Welfare check at Mansfield Park, Mansfield. Animal problem at 124 S. Mansfield Blvd., one residence south, Mansfield. Aug. 17 Animal problem just north of 55 Washburn Ave., Bridgeport Bar. Suspicious activity at 1200 Fairview Ave., Bridgeport. Animal problem at 2008 Monroe Ave., Bridgeport. Aug. 16 Agency assist at state Highway 173, Milepost 8, Bridgeport Bar. Parking violation/abandoned vehicle at 1847 Foster Creek Ave., Bridgeport.
came in the offices as early as 6:30 a.m. just to keep up on day-to-day operations.” To make up for the staff shortage, county departments had to cut their office hours to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. McCormack and Thomas often stepped in to cover for employees who went on vacation or called in sick. “I know a couple of times I’ve threatened to lock my doors because we were so shorthanded, but you don’t want to do that to the public,” McCormack said. “You have to
be accessible. That’s what we feel that they deserve, but in the same token you’ve got to have people to cover.” The other opening in public works is for an engineer, since Jeff Tincher left to take a job with Grant County. Kennedy said Okanogan County is considering a contract with Larry Zimmerlund, currently serving as the interim county engineer, to provide services as needed to meet state requirements. As of Monday, the county was advertising on its website
for a chief accountant for the auditor’s office, a road engineer, a corrections officer within the county Department of Juvenile and Family Services, and a parttime transport officer and corrections officer, both for the juvenile department. In May, the Okanogan County Superior Court staff was restructured in light of administrator Al Rendon’s retirement. Juvenile Services Director Dennis Rabidou was appointed to oversee the department, and three judicial assistant positions were created
Extra patrol at 2400 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Extra patrol at Washburn Avenue, Bridgeport Bar. Agency assist at state Highway 174, Milepost 8, Mansfield. Domestic disturbance at 24 McCormack St., Bridgeport Bar. Suspicious activity at 31 Central Ferry Canyon Road, A, Bridgeport Bar. Aug. 15 Suspicious activity at 210 Ninth St., Bridgeport. Domestic disturbance at 108 Pine St., Bridgeport Bar. Assist public at 1700 Foster Ave., Bridgeport. Property damage at the 1800 block of Conklin Street, Bridgeport. Burglary at 39 Washburn Ave., Bridgeport Bar.
Brewster From Brewster Police Department reports Aug. 22 Lost property on U.S. Highway 97. Aug. 21 Wallet lost on U.S. Highway 97. Vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 97. Aug. 20 Vehicle crash on Old Highway 97. Fraud on South Sixth Street. Aug. 19 Burglary on Hospital Way. Window broken. Aug. 18 Vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 97.
Oroville From Oroville Police Department reports Aug. 22 Found property on Ninth Street. Burglary on Orchard Street. Burglary on Main Street. Aug. 19 Vehicle prowl on Appleway. Gas theft on Deerpath Drive. Aug. 18 Cellphone found on Ironwood Street. Fireworks complaint on Juniper Street. Fireworks complaint on 14th Avenue.
Tonasket From Tonasket Police Department reports. Aug. 19 Trespassing on North Locust Way. Juveniles playing in apple bins. Aug. 18 Burglary on South Tonasket Avenue. and filled by employees who previously held other titles. All the judicial assistants were moved into the courthouse. “From my perspective as presiding judge, the Superior Court restructuring is going exactly as we hoped and planned,” Judge Christopher Culp said. “Each judicial assistant is well established in their primary role with cross training now becoming our focus. Our new administrator, Dennis Rabidou, is a perfect addition to the court’s staff.”