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Palmer accused of insurance fraud Official disputes withholding of her per capita money By Cary Rosenbaum The Chronicle NESPELEM – The embattled president of the organization overseeing the World-Famous Suicide Race is facing allegations in Colville Tribal Court again. This time, Stephanie “Pete”

is Palmer accused of defrauding Colville Tribal Federal Corp., which released an answer to Palmer’s lawsuit over money Palmer withheld from her tribal per capita payment. Palmer sued the corporation over $1,450 she said she is owed to her for a bill at the now

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defunct Highway Tire, money the corporation is withholding as it alleges she committed insurance fraud and conspired to embezzle. Palmer did not return calls Friday seeking comment. The court battle is the second for Palmer in as many months – she was scheduled for trial in November after being arrested in Omak’s East Side Park for possession of marijuana in August while acting as president of the Owners and Jockeys

Association, which manages the Suicide Race. Neither tribal court officials nor Palmer returned calls seeking comment on the status of that case. Palmer’s legal troubles over marijuana use in a public park began during the annual Omak Stampede celebration. As president of the Owners and Jockeys, Palmer also sits on the Stampede board. In the new lawsuit, the corporation alleges Palmer and two other employees — John St.

Pierre and Greg Clark — conspired to commit insurance fraud and defraud the tribal company. The men no longer are employed by the corporation. In court documents, the corporation alleges the trio conspired to defraud State Farm Insurance Co. and the Colville Tribal Federal Corp. The did so by generating an invoice to support an inflated insurance claim, knowing it was false, court records show. When State Farm paid the

By Dannie Oliveaux The Chronicle OKANOGAN – A new revised proposed budget would leave the Okanogan County Public Utility District about $886,000 available for operating capital over a 60-day period, far below the $7.2 million called for by the Equity Management Plan. Director of Finance/Auditor Don Coppock presented commissioners and staff with a $64.4 million budget during the Dec. 11 special meeting, which about a dozen people, mostly staff members, attended. Coppock said the target Coppock used in the Equity Management Plan was 60 days of operating capital. Funds are necessary to maintain sufficient liquidity for cash transaction and unforeseen events.

Santa Claus, also known as Don Burford of Tunk Valley, visited children in Omak and Okanogan three nights last week. Above, he accepts a drawing from an Omak youth as his elf and daughter, Chandra Burford, assists. At right, Santa hands a candy cane to a child watching from his parents’ window on South First Avenue in Okanogan. Santa was brought to both cities by their respective chambers of commerce. Big R donated the trailer to transport Santa, his sleigh and eight reindeer. (Chronicle photos by Roger Harnack)

By Cary Rosenbaum The Chronicle OMAK – A pair of local men shared an experience that was previously unavailable to them. Lionel “Quail” Orr Jr. and Steven Nicholson, both of Omak, were married at the Omak Longhouse on Wednesday night – Dec. 12, 2012 – just days after Referendum 74, allowing samesex marriages, went into effect. They were one of seven same-sex couples in the county to take out licenses during the first week of eligibility, the Okanogan County Auditor’s

“Using the proposed budget that would amount to $7.2 million dollars,” Coppock said. “The industry standard for operating cash levels is 45 to 60 days.” Rating agencies like to see reserve levels in the 180 to 270 day levels when issuing bonds, Coppock said. He said in 2010 Equity Management Plan, the district felt it would be best to put in place a $10 million line of credit to meet part of this need, as opposed to having the ratepayers fund it through higher rates. As of Nov. 30, the district had $4.3 million in operating working capital, $6.1 million in the Rate Stabilization Fund and $10 million operating line of credit with Bank of America, Coppock said. The $20.5 million is available in the event of a catastrophe (financial or physical), until other changes can be implemented. Missing from the meeting was Board President Patricia “Trish” Butler. Commissioner Dave Womack, board vice president, conducted the 45minute meeting. Commissioner

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Tonasket water park proposed ‘Water Ranch’ could be going by this summer By Dannie Oliveaux The Chronicle

Omak men marry on Dec. 12 Office reported Friday. The two said their respective vows, stirring up a bundle of emotion in the crowd on hand. “You are my closest friend, my soul mate … I give you myself,” Nicholson, 42, said. “The road I was walking down was dark … You made me a better man,” Orr, 41, said. And as the pastor pronounced them husband to husband – and the men kissed — the people witnessing one of the county’s first gay marriages rose and applauded. Orr and his family of Colville tribal members embraced Nicholson and the audience in tribal ceremony. Father and tribal elder Lionel Orr Sr., performed a ritual smudging with a bald eagle feather, a large shell and sage that cleansed the audience

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claim, Palmer, St. Pierre and Clark kept the inflated payment and divided the money, court records show. No money was ever paid to Highway Tire, which at the time was owned by the corporation. Corporation spokeswoman Deb Condon said she would issue a statement Monday on the allegations against Palmer. The corporation has informed State Farm officials, who referred the case to the

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Steven Nicholson, left, places a wedding band on Quail Orr’s ring finger during their Dec. 12 wedding ceremony. as well as the two men, to the sound of American Indian flute music. He then brought forth a Pendleton blanket, and

wrapped the two men to symbolize their togetherness. Family members and friends

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TONASKET – If Linda Black has her way, the city will have a water park this summer. She presented the City Council with plans for the “Tonasket Water Ranch” at its Dec. 11 meeting. Black, a volunteer coordinator for the Tonasket Visitors and Black Business Resource Center, said if the water park is going to get built, “she’s going to drive it.” She would like to see the water park operating this summer. Black said the next step is getting the proper design and actual cost. “The big problem is the money,” Black said. She said the cost could range from $150,000 to $200,000. Mayor Patrick Plumb said Black tapped into a “completely

different resource he didn’t see coming. “This is an opportunity for local ranchers, farmers and orchard owners to get involved with this,” Plumb said. “It’s a tribute to our history of this area.” He said it’s time for all the different groups who own property to embrace this. “We need to go for big amounts of money,” Black said. “There are some of us hurting, but there are some who are going quite well.” Before Christmas, Black plans to contact people asking for $5,000 each. “I want to give them the opportunity to give half now and half next year,” she said. Black said she plans to contact all the groups, clubs and organizations and have $50,000 by mid-January. Her

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Budget adoption set for Monday By Cary Rosenbaum The Chronicle OMAK – The City Council is sticking to its plan to eliminate two police positions. The council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall, 2 N. Ash St., to finalize its proposed $3.5 million budget. The special meeting comes after a workshop last Wednesday night dealing with trying to balance a budget shortfall and keep its rainy day fund close to $1 million. In the third draft presented that night, the budget leaves the city with $992,011.72 in its fund balance account – a decrease of $215,152 from the previous proposed budget. City revenues next year are projected at $3.3 million, the budget shows. “The new figures are very attractive,” Councilmember Lew Goebel said. In sticking to its guns, the council is rejecting the plea of numerous residents two weeks ago to slash spending on parks and other amenities

Palmer from 1 State Farm Special Investigations Division, court records show. In court documents, the corporation said it finally collected what Palmer owed the company through a debt set-off program initiated by the Colville Business Council in which ongoing debts would be deducted from per capita payments, records show. Corporation officials were shocked Palmer elected to continue her alleged fraud by filing the complaint and attempting to extract additional money, court records show. “Palmer’s complaint is a transparent and run-of-the-mill fraud,” the corporation said in court documents. The corporation included an email document from Palmer, which said, “My original invoice was for $1,150 … John had Greg add another $250 to the invoice so my insurance would pay the full amount including the deductible. When the check came from the insurance it was

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for $1,200. “I went directly to (Colville Tribal) Credit, cashed the check and brought Greg $1,200 cash.” Another follow-up email from Clark shows how he and St. Pierre allegedly divided the insurance money: “I was told by John to build a couple of bumpers for Pete Palmer,” the document said. “He gave the impression that if we did this for her that he needed something from (Colville Tribal) Planning, that she would help them out if she could. “The material cost was about $200. I gave that money to him and he said that I could have the rest. I do realize now that I should have given the money to CTFC.” Palmer works in the Colville Tribal Planning office. During a routine audit, the corporation discovered the Highway Tire invoice had not been paid. “John attempted to cover up the criminal conspiracy by first trying to intimidate an accountant into wiping out Palmer’s bill,” the corporation

That doesn’t sit well with residents who are concerned about the safety of their families. Calling the city “dismal,” one resident said she doesn’t believe parks are safe enough to take her children. “I don’t think the city is dismal,” Gagne said. Chief Larry Police Schreckengast acknowledged police are facing some ramped up property crimes and vandalism. Schreckengast, while acknowledging his minimal role in proposed budget changes, said: “We don’t have the money. Do I like it? No. Do I have a choice? Not really.” Goebel went on to say it was “one of the toughest budgets in my five years as a councilmember.” Although there will be cuts, the Police Department remains a 24-hour service. “We will do our jobs to the best of our abilities,” Schreckengast said. With Sgt. Don Eddy out until April, the department will potentially be without three officers until then, city officials said. Two other officers will soon be on family leave. Gagne said the department needs six officers to operate 24 hours per day.

alleged. “When that didn’t work, John invented a story that Palmer was paying off her bill with the company by granting future favors using her public position. “In effect, John claimed that Palmer had accepted the work as a bribe.” Court documents show corporate officials said St. Pierre’s story was false and that the corporation does not and will not pay off tribal officials. It said that Palmer’s only claim – that she paid Highway Tire the money owed – is also false. “Palmer’s claim is therefore barred by the facts, laches, equity and fundamental legal principals such as account stated … Palmer never paid for the work, but instead entered into a scheme to defraud CTFC and the insurance company,” the corporation alleged in court records. An invoice included in court documents shows the corporation should’ve received $850 for rear bumper work, $400 for a 3-inch aluminized pipe and $200 for six cans of black paint.

Park from 1 goal is for $70,000 from club and community, $85,000 cash donations, $40,000 in-kind donations and $5,000 in grant money. Black plans to raise the $200,000, $85,000 in cash for excavation, pipes and other items needed. There was a $25,000 donation given to the project earlier this year. “I want everyone in town to be involved,” Black said. Black said she is applying for a $5,000 grant for signage on U.S. Highway 97 and state Highway 20. The original plans was to construct a water park in History Park, but Black found that Chief Tonasket Park would be better after discussing her idea with Kurt Holland of Varela and Associates of Spokane. “I’ve been walking Chief Tonasket Park every since,” she said. The water park would

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to keep the police officers. “Right now, we are in a tight budget crisis,” he said. In addition to cutting two police positions, the budget eliminates use of two patrol cars — one will be declared surplus and the other kept as a spare. That will leave the city with a total of eight patrol cars. “With the ending fund balance we are potentially left with, we are certainly in a better position,” Mayor Cindy Gagne said Friday night. “But it’s not final until the council votes.” budget hearing The received much public input from officers, their families and members of the community over the course of three weeks, most standing by the need to keep the police force. was an “There impassioned plea by a lot of constituents…,” she said. “I, personally, really appreciate that they came out.” Although the city will lose two officers, the officers – which have been undergoing training by the department – would not be in bad shape for future job-seeking. “Those gentlemen will be able to move on from here, if the council adopts the budget,” she said.

Ernest Bolz joined the meeting by phone from a remote location. The new version accounts for a $7.5 million decrease in reliance of reserves and additional financing – compared to the original version presented Oct. 9. The new proposed $64.4 million budget includes $1 million transferred from the Rate Stabilization account, adding back the 3-percent increase for non-union wages and pushed $6.4 million for the

Wedding from 1 flocked the wedding guest book prior to the start, and shared their thoughts. “I think it’s actually quite nice: Although you’re the same sex, you’re still able to be happy,” 17-year-old Kirra Averill said. “I’m glad it’s available. I’m

Brewster Police From Brewster Police Department reports Dec. 12 Vehicle crash on North Main Street. Dec. 9 Burglary on North Fourth Avenue. TV, game consoles, other items taken. Dec. 8 Malicious mischief on South Bridge Street (two calls). Malicious mischief on South Fourth Street (two calls). Dec. 6 Malicious mischief on West Main Avenue.

Coulee Dam Police From Coulee Dam Police Department reports Dec. 10 Theft on Mead Way.

Douglas County From Douglas County Sheriff’s Office complaints Dec. 13 Burglary at 2365 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Warrant arrest at 1206 Columbia Ave., Bridgeport. Dec. 12 Hazard on Crane Orchard Road, Bridgeport Bar. Warrant arrest at 1151 Jefferson Ave., Bridgeport. Dec. 11 Graffiti and burglary at 63516th St., Bridgeport. Burglary at 1736 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Burglary at 1730 Tacoma Ave., Bridgeport. Dec. 10 Animal problem at 106 Berry St., Bridgeport Bar. Domestic disturbance at 235 Edson St., Bridgeport Bar. Dec. 9 Driving while under the influence at the intersection of 12 Street and Columbia Avenue, Bridgeport. Disturbance at 1011 Foster Ave., Bridgeport. Weapons violation at 1011 Foster Ave., Bridgeport.

Hotel-motel fund up for discussion OKANOGAN – Hotel-motel fund allocations for 2013 will be made during the City Council’s Dec. 18 meeting. The council meets at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 120 N. Third Ave. An estimated $13,000 will be available. Groups and projects proposed for funding are city website, $1,051.09; Northwest Aviation show, $500; Okanogan Chamber of Commerce, $1,600; Okanogan County Historical Museum, $2,200; Visitor Information Center, $3,828.91; Okanogan County Tourism Council, $1,200, and The Chronicle, $2,620 for ads in four publications.

Commissioners set special meeting OKANOGAN – County commissioners plan a special meeting at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, to approve vouchers. The county’s Christmas party will follow. Commissioners meet in the hearing room of the Grainger Administration Building, 123 N. Fifth Ave.

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The proposed water park would have a picnic shelter, seating, accessible walkway and artwork.

Traffic offense on Washburn Avenue, Bridgeport Bar. Suspicious activity at the water tank on Edson Street, Bridgeport Bar. Traffic offense in 1200 block of Fairview Avenue, Bridgeport. Robbery at 2606 Foster Creek Ave., Bridgeport. Dec. 8 Malicious mischief at 2200 Monroe Ave., Bridgeport. Dec. 7 Graffiti at 2504 Monroe Ave., Bridgeport. Burglary at Bridgeport Community Church, 1300 Foster Ave., Bridgeport

Oroville Police From Oroville Police Department reports Dec. 11 Burglary on 10th Avenue. Found property on Ironwood Street. Dec. 10 Theft on Fir Street. Dec. 9 Vehicle crash on Main Street. Dec. 8 Vehicle prowl on Main Street. Assault on Ninth Avenue. Bike found on Ironwood Street.

Tonasket Police From Tonasket Police Department reports Dec. 10 Vehicle crash on West Second Street.

Twisp Police From Twisp Police Department reports Dec. 8 Assault on West Second Ave.

Winthrop Marshal From Winthrop Marshal’s Office reports Dec. 12 Burglary on state Highway 20. Dec. 11 Vehicle crash on Riverside Avenue. Fraud on Engler Street. Monteverde’s appointment to the Planning Commission and confirmation of Westernization Advisory Committee members.

County poised to approve budget OKANOGAN – County commissioner anticipate passing the 2013 budget when they meet Dec. 18. The meeting starts at 9 a.m., with the budget discussion at 11:30 a.m. It will be followed from noon to 2 p.m. by a farewell reception for Andy Lampe and Bud Hover, both of whom lost their reelection bids. The Dec. 17 meeting, which starts at 9 a.m., includes a planning update and commissioners’ briefing.

Hospital board meets Monday BREWSTER – Three Rivers Hospital Board will meet at noon Monday, Dec. 17, at the hospital, 507 Hospital Way. A reception for Larry Higbee, who is leaving the commission, and Bill Bayless, who resigned earlier, will be at 1 p.m.

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WINTHROP – A mural is proposed for the town well house. The Town Council will discuss the proposal when it meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Hen House at the Barn, 51 N. Highway 20. Other agenda items include minimum qualifications for the deputy marshal, 2013 salary table, confirmation of Mark

OMAK – The School Board plans a public hearing in impact aid funding at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in the district administration building, 619 W. Bartlett Ave. Impact aid deals with funding for Native American student programs. The regular meeting will follow. — The Chronicle

feature 15 aquatic activities along with an animal-based theme on a triangular-shaped concrete pad that is 155 feet on each side. The animal figures, from Northwest Playground Equipment, Inc. of Issaquah,

are made of a solid block core with fiberglass-reinforced shell. Each piece has several layers of clearcoat paint and designed to be impermeable to paints, acids and abrasions, and can withstand temperatures from minus-40 to 180 degrees.

Pateros-to-Twisp transmission line to 2014. It also includes $70,000 for a year of funding for the Matchmaker weatherization program by the Okanogan County Community Action Council. During public comments, only three residents spoke. Resident Ed Poechmann opposed funding the Matchmaker program. “If you’re broke, why spend the money,” he said. “People probably need it, but on the other hand, we need it to. You’re penalizing all the rate payers and everyone else for 30

homes.” Resident Ron Smith also told commissioners and staff to “sharpen their pencils and not rely on reserves as much.” Resident Scott Vejraska, a lineman for a neighboring utility company, said there seems to be a lot of wasted money in the budget – especially for covered storage areas and video surveillance equipment. General Manager John Grubich said the $200,000 budgeted for a covered storage area is needed to protect trucks and other vehicles from weather.

“The new equipment is so much bigger than what we bought 15 or 20 years ago,” Grubich said. “We can’t fit the new equipment in our storage areas today.” As for the video surveillance equipment, Grubich said substations need to be protected. “We need to have some surveillance so we know if thing are happening in the substations that are not supposed to be happening,” he said. Grubich said projects ranked as first in priority are capital projects the district is

committed to for 2013 and second-ranked projects are normal renewals, maintenance and repairs needed. “The rest of the capital project, we have to figure how to integrate them into our capital budget and how to pay for them,” Grubich said. Bolz said he wants staff to look at all second priority projects and see if they can be put off until 2014. Under the revised plan, the debt service is $3.7 million. Grubich said the first draft of the Equity Management Plan would be presented at a Tuesday, Dec. 18 meeting.

for it. Nobody should have to sacrifice happiness in life because others say so,” Orr’s cousin, Kim Belgarde, said. “This is historical; it’s one of the first (same-sex marriages) and it’s here on the reservation,” Colville Business Council member Lynn Palmanteer-Holder said. While the state now recognizes the marriage, Orr’s

own tribe does not – despite American Indian tradition regarding people of two spirits, both male and female, that was around before colonization. Palmanteer-Holder said she believes the council could soon recognize same-sex marriage. “There’s been a little discussion at the table, including some today (Wednesday),” she said. “I

think a majority of the council are open-minded. And we need to make sure equity is acknowledged and recognized.” Tribal elder Ellen Moses, who said she was Orr’s adopted aunt, had her opinions regarding the tribe. “That’s the way our world is,” she said. “But they will be happy – that’s what they chose, and I’m really proud of them.

“There’s a lot of things the tribe don’t recognize that someday they will.” Palmanteer-Holder agreed. “We should all be celebrating love; it comes in many forms and we should not politicize it,” she said. Orr and Nicholson have been registered domestic partners since Jan. 28, 2008, after meeting online.


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The Chronicle OKANOGAN – A crab feed and auction to benefit the Okanogan County Fair drew several hundred people and raised about $7,500. The Dec. 8 event in the fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, featured music by Good4U, a silent auction, live auction with Jerry Asmussen taking bids, and endless trays of cooked crab. Armed with pliers and other tools, folks cracked, crunched and slurped their way through crab legs, plus French bread, baked beans and coleslaw. Those who didn’t want crab could opt for a steak instead. Turnout was down a bit from last year’s inaugural crab feed, but receipts were up, Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board member Maurice Goodall said. The event took in about $1,000 more than last year’s. “We did all right,” Goodall said. “It’s a hard time of year to compete, but merchants and others give, hands down,” to support the fair. On the auction block were gift baskets, wine and whiskey, ranch supplies, ammunition, fishing poles, horse tack, pies and cakes, artwork, car supplies, gift certificates and other items. Leftover crab and steaks were the last items to go. Fair Queen Menze Pickering

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Habitat suggests holiday donations TONASKET – People who want to give an alternate Christmas gift might want to consider a donation to Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity. The group said donations can help build a house for a family in need. A $25 gift will buy a gallon of paint, $50 will buy four 12-foot 2-by4’s and $100 will buy a small window. Donations can be sent to Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 1679, Tonasket 98855. On request, the group will send the donor or

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Donated animals encircle a tree at Baines Title. Last week, foster children in the county received stuffed animals during a Shrinesponsored Christmas party for the youngsters. Bull said the 60-member club buys very few animals, since people all over the county are very generous about donating.

Okanogan County Shrine Club is affiliated with El Katif Shrine of Spokane. Shrine is part of the Masons organization. Stuffed animal collection hours at Baines Title are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays.

the recipient a gift certificate acknowledging the donation.

Steve Love, a fly fishing set, two classic car models, two gift baskets, two handmade purses and more. Pateros Friends of the Library is selling tickets at $1 apiece. Tickets are available at the library, 174 Pateros Mall.

Winterfest winners are announced TONASKET – Winners from 2012 Winterfest woodcutting contest were announced. The contest was sponsored by the Tonasket Eagles. Lee Frank’s Mercantile donated prizes. Adult division — 1, Kert Laurent and Juan Casteneda, 53 seconds. 2, Keith Montanye and Jordan Montayne, 1:02. 3, Andy Koehn and Luke Kresek, 1:28. Children’s division — 1, Jordan Sackman and Riley Morris, 35 seconds. 2, Quincy Vassar and Reese Vassar, 52 seconds. 3, Jayden Griffen and Khemo Neal, 54 seconds.

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True cost of song

Pateros girls team remains unbeaten By Al Camp The Chronicle

Effort could save cost of 12 days We’ve officially entered “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which national news reports say is supposed to cost $107,000, plus tax, to reproduce this year, from a partridge to drummers. That number caught my eye, and I 12 Days wondered how, in our county of makedo-with-what-you-have residents, we could reduce the cost of the 364 items in the holiday song? At least without falling off a “fiscal cliff.” As a reminder, from the first to the 12th day, the series of increasingly grand gifts includes a partridge in a pear tree, turtle doves, French hens, colly birds, gold rings, geese-a-laying, swansa-swimming, maids-amilking, ladies dancing, lords-a-leaping, pipers piping and drummers drumming. Of note, colly birds were in the original English (some say French) carol and were blackbirds. We now sing “calling birds.” Also, the five gold rings may originally refer to ring-necked birds, such as a pheasant. That would make the first seven gifts birds. The items have gone up in cost 6.1 percent since last year, according to the annual Christmas Price Index compiled by Pittsburgh’s PNC Wealth Management. That’s compared to the government’s Consumer Price Index rising just 2 percent in the U.S. in the 12 months before September. To bag the birds, we would have to plan ahead to find them during the right hunting season, then freeze them for the holidays. I suspect a few wellplaced shotgun shells would bag us a partridge (estimated at $15), doves and geese. Although partridges remain the least expensive item, they are getting mighty rare around here. Doves and geese remain plentiful in the region. French hens are nothing more than gussied-up chickens. If in doubt, throw a beret on three chickens and saute in French wine. That brings us to gold rings, which the index says went up 16.3 percent this year to $750. If the original song meant ring-necked pheasants, we should be able to find them around Riverside. Calling birds can be bought at a pet store cheap. We call them canaries now. “The geese were up 29.6 percent, and swans were up 11 percent,” said Jim Dunigan, managing executive of investments for PNC, adding that none of the gifts in the song went down in price this year. The price of a pear tree is $189.99, an 11.8 percent jump from last year’s $169.99, he said. French hens are now $165, up from $150! Oh, come on, for chickens? Swans are the most expensive at $1,000 each, or $7,000 for all seven. That makes sense, since you can’t capture them. We could round up all the other items and meet at a lake with swans, which would, of course, be swimming – away from us crazies with song birds, a pear tree and people jumping and making noise. Al Camp is the sports editor at The Chronicle. Email him at sports@omakchronicle.com

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Okanogan’s Brendan Colbert strains against Chelan’s Alex Cortez at 195 pounds during Dec. 11 match in Okanogan.

Chelan pins ’Dogs Young Okanogan gains experience By Al Camp The Chronicle OKANOGAN – Just about everyone from three schools got to wrestle Tuesday night, and with all the matchups there were a couple really close finishes. Not so close was Chelan topping Okanogan, 57-19, for a Caribou Trail League victory. “Oroville came to match up with extra wrestlers from both teams,” Okanogan coach Andy Knutson said. The teams mixed in junior varsity matches throughout the night. “It might have been confusing,” Knutson said. The league match started at 160 pounds, with Okanogan’s Ethan Clark edging Chelan’s Saul Garcia, 10-9. Clark led 3-2 after the first period and 7-6 after two periods with a last-second escape. In the final period, the wrestlers were tied at 8-8

following a Garcia escape. Clark, a freshman, worked for and got a go-ahead takedown (10-8) before Garcia got a late one-point escape for the final score. The other exciting match was won, 7-5, by freshman Tony Klepec against Chelan’s Brad Davison at 120 pounds. Davidson led 4-1 after two periods before Klepec got a takedown with 1:09 to go. Klepec let Davidson up for an escape before getting a takedown before time expired to tie the match, 5-5, in regulation. Klepec took seven seconds in overtime to reverse Davidson for the win. Also for Okanogan, freshman Joe Mintzer pinned freshman Pedro Venegas at 182 and freshman Andrew Guzman got a forfeit at 113 pounds. “We are a young team (9 freshmen) showing a lot of potential,” Knutson said. He expects to fill his heavier two weights. The night saw 27 matches wrestled, with all but two wrestlers able to hit the mat.

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Liberty Bell is at Okanogan for a non-league match Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Bulldogs then head south to Quincy for a league match Friday, Dec. 21. ◆◆◆◆◆ TONASKET – The Tonasket High School wrestling team took advantage of several forfeits to knock off Omak, 5921, in a Caribou Trail League match Dec. 12. Omak forfeited the four lightest weights, along with 170 and 285 (36 points) Jeffrey Stedtfeld opened the scoring with a 15-0 major decision over Omak’s Danny

Oroville’s Leo Curiel, left, gets tangled with Chelan’s Justin Buyas at 126 pounds during wrestling Dec. 11 at Okanogan.

Gomez-Pacheco at 132 pounds, Omak coach Dewy Ives said. Omak’s Alex Aguilar responded with a pin at 138. Tonasket’s Dalton Wahl (145), Austin Booker (160) and John Rawley (220) each picked up pins. Omak’s Cody Harvill (182) and Jacob Cutrell (195) each got pins. Omak’s Sammy Trudeaux earned a 6-0 win over Derek Rimestad at 152. Tonasket goes to Oroville for a non-league match Dec. 20. Oroville will hold its NOHI tournament Dec. 22.

Okanogan continues winning Frank scores 24 against Oroville Al Camp The Chronicle TONASKET – Okanogan, led by the double-double of Jim Townsend, held off a surging Tonasket team, 65-45, on the opening night of Caribou Trail League play Dec. 11. Townsend finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds, 10 of them on Townsend the offensive end. Okanogan’s Jason Perez scored 10 (5-of-6 shooting) and Justin VanderWeide 10 points to go with 9 rebounds. “We made runs at Tonasket and would get up 15 or 20 points, but they always came back,” Okanogan coach Mike Carlquist said. Okanogan led 20-7 after the first quarter before the teams settled in and played evenly in the second quarter. “It came down to Okanogan’s 25 second-chance points to our two,” Tonasket coach Augustin Pedregon said. The Tigers rallied to within six points in the second quarter, but dropped back after three straight turnovers led to seven Bulldog points. “We played good in spurts, but we need to be more patient on offense,” Carlquist said. “I

“ We played good in spurts, but we need to be more patient on offense. Coach Mike Carlquist

” thought we played pretty well on the defensive end. “They are a good, young group,” Carlquist said of the Tigers. “I was impressed with their guard play. I am very glad to go to Tonasket and get a win early. Tonasket is going to give a lot of teams a battle.” Okanogan (5-0 overall, 1-0 league) plays at Omak (3-2, 02) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, before turning home for Quincy (3-1, 10) on Friday, Dec. 21. Brewster (2-1, 0-0) is at Tonasket (4-1, 0-1) on Tuesday. The Tigers go to Cashmere (2-2, 0-1) on Friday. Okanogan (65) — Jason Perez 10, Quinton Oliver 9, Justin Rivas 9, T.J. Morris 0, Jim Townsend 23, Trevor Hathaway 4, Justin VanderWeide 10, Ben Cate 0, Clay Ashworth 0, Colton Crowson 0. Rebounds: Townsend 14, VanderWeide 9, Oliver 8, Hathaway 8. Assists: Rivas 7, Oliver 5. Steals: Perez 4, Morris 4, Rivas 3. Blocks: Hathaway 2. Tonasket (45) — Michael Orozco 14, Trevor Terris 6, Roberto Juarez 1,

Derek Sund 3, Dyllan Gage 13, Colton Leep 8, Ethan Bensing 0. Rebounds: Leep 6, Terris 6, Juarez 5, Sund 4, Gage 3, Orozco 3. Steals: Juarez 3, Gage 2, Orozco 2, Sund 2, Terris 2. Assists: Orozco 6, Terris 4, Gage 3. ◆◆◆◆◆ OROVILLE – Omak knocked off Oroville, 56-42, in a non-league game Dec. 11. Marvin Frank scored 24 points, Ryder Lewis 11 (three 3pointers) and Chance Williams 10 for Omak. Frank, who played all but two minutes, also Frank produced 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists. “They moved the ball well and were under control,” Oroville coach Allen Allie said. Gil Ildelfonso scored 15 points (three 3-pointers) and

Conner Hughes 10 (two 3pointers) to lead Oroville. Oroville (1-5, 0-0) is at Entiat (2-2) for a non-league game Friday, Dec. 21. Okanogan (5-0, 1-0) is at Omak (3-2, 0-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Oroville (42) – Ildelfonso 15, C. Nigg 0, D. Nigg 4, Quick 0, Sarmiento 6, Hughes 10, Tietje 7. Omak (56) – Martinez 3, Frank 24, Carson 0, Frank 3, Lewis 11, Miller 0, Smith 3, Medina 2, C. Williams 10, P. Williams 0. ◆◆◆◆◆ WILSON CREEK – Pateros pulverized Wilson Creek, 6420, in a non-league game Dec. 11. Pateros (2-3) is at home against Cascade Christian Academy (0-2, 0-2) on Monday, Dec. 17, and at Bridgeport (2-3) on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Pateros (64) — Carlos Ceniceros 15, Danny Marquez 9, Kobe Zweigle 2, Derek Robinson 2, Lance Evans 6, Mikey Piechalski 12, Enrique Rojas 4, Jon Gelstin 10, Dakota Salcido 4. ◆◆◆◆◆ LIBERTY BELL – Waterville slipped past Liberty Bell, 51-41, in a non-league game Dec. 11. Scoring was not available. Entiat (2-2) is at Liberty Bell (1-3) in a non-league game Tuesday, Dec. 18. ◆◆◆◆◆ BRIDGEPORT – WilburCreston beat down Bridgeport, 51-31, in a non-league boys basketball game Dec. 11. Scoring was not available. Bridgeport (2-3) is at home next week for non-league games with Pateros (2-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and White Swan (0-1) on Friday, Dec. 21.

TONASKET – The Okanogan High School girls basketball team devoured Tonasket, 66-8, in a Caribou Trail League game Dec. 11. The Bulldog defense limited Tonasket to no more than 4 points in any quarter, none in the fourth quarter. “All nine girls played hard for 32 minutes,” Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel said. “We just played half-court defense all night, getting into the passing lanes and didn’t let Tonasket do much on offense.” Okanogan (5-0 overall, 1-0 league) plays at Omak (2-3, 00) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, before returning home for Quincy (13, 0-1) on Friday, Dec. 21. Brewster (3-0, 0-0) is at Tonasket (1-4, 0-1) on Tuesday and goes to Cashmere (2-1, 1-0) on Friday. Okanogan (66) — Oules 0, Moses 7, Staggs 18, Parks 4, Chiles 2, Egbert 2, J. Romero 8, VanderWeide 16, Behymer 9. Tonasket (8) – Cruz 2, Dellinger 4, Tyus 2, Cruz 0, Cleman 0, Jackson 0, Goudeau 0, Johnson 0, Cholmondeley 0, Frazier 0, Utt 0. ◆◆◆◆◆ WILSON CREEK – The Pateros High School girls basketball team improved to 50 overall and 2-0 in league by demolishing Wilson Creek, 6819, in a Dec. 11 league game. Freshman Ashton Steggall led the Nannies with 22 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 Nannies assists. score Pateros topped • Ashton Manson, 4222, in a non- Steggall league game scores 22 Dec. 12 in points Wenatchee. More on • Lorie the game will LeDoux be in the Wednesday, adds 12 Dec. 19, newspaper. Cascade Christian Academy (0-2, 0-2) is at Pateros (6-0, 20) on Monday, Dec. 17. the Nannies go to Bridgeport (2-3) for a non-league game Dec. 18. Pateros (68) – Gelstin 1, Figueroa 9, Woodward 2, Easter 6, Wilson 6, Vasquez 3, LeDoux 12, Steggall 22, White 7. Rebounds: Steggall 7, LeDoux 6, Figueroa 4, Gelstin 4, Easter 4, Vazquez 4, White 3. Assists: Figueroa 4, Steggall 2,Woodward 1, Easter 1. Steals: Figueroa 5, Steggall 3, LeDoux 1. ◆◆◆◆◆ OROVILLE – The Omak High School girls basketball team edged Oroville, 46-43, in a non-league game Dec. 11. Scoring was not available. Omak (2-3, 0-0) stays home this week with league games against Okanogan (5-0, 1-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 18 and Chelan (3-1, 0-0) on Thursday, Dec. 20 followed by a non-league game with Lake Roosevelt (2-1) on Saturday, Dec. 22. Oroville (3-3) is at Entiat (31) for a non-league game Friday, Dec. 21. ◆◆◆◆◆ LIBERTY BELL – Waterville smacked Liberty Bell, 47-28, in a non-league game Dec. 11. Scoring was not available. Waterville (1-2) is at Lake Roosevelt (2-1) for a nonleague game Friday, Dec. 21. Entiat (3-1) is at Liberty Bell (0-4) in a non-league game Tuesday, Dec. 18. The Mountain Lions play at Mansfield in a non-league game Friday, Dec. 21. ◆◆◆◆◆ BRIDGEPORT – WilburCreston powered past Bridgeport, 55-20, in a nonleague game Dec. 11. Bridgeport (2-3) is at home next week for nonleague games with Pateros (60) on Tuesday, Dec. 18, and White Swan (2-2) on Friday, Dec. 21. ◆◆◆◆◆ ENTIAT – Lots of second efforts led to Lake Roosevelt edging Entiat, 54-52, in a nonleague game Dec. 10. In the final 11 seconds, the Raiders missed two shots for the win before Danielle Laramie eased a put back off the backboard at the buzzer for the victory.


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