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Rawson elected to Environmental groups appeal Superior Court seat Ecology permit for Enloe Dam Looks like Lampe voted out as county commissioner BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OKANOGAN – Okanogan County has a new Superior Court Judge in Henry “Hank” Rawson, who won a winnertakes-all primary vote in a race against Prosecutor Karl Sloan. While Rawson had nearly 60 percent of the vote as of the Aug. 7 election night count, well over the 50 percent required to stand alone on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for Superior Court Judge, Position 1, his lead grew to 60.15 percent (4304 votes) as of the last count held Aug. 10. In the nonpartisan judge’s race Rawson, who currently serves as a District Court Judge, received 4,304 votes to Sloan’s 2851, a result unlikely to be changed in the next ballot count scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15. Rawson will take the seat being vacated by long-time Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Jack Burchard who has decided to retire after 19 years on the bench. Rawson was elected to the District Court in the fall of 2010, following Judge David Edward’s retirement, Rawson, a resident of Okanogan, had a private law practice and has served as Omak’s Municipal Judge since 2002 Chris Culp, the incumbent for Okanogan County Superior Court Judge Position 2, ran unopposed and received 5,512 votes in the primary. He too will stand alone on the November general election ballot. Culp was appointed and assumed the duties of the newly authorized second position as county Superior Court Judge in 2011 for a one-year term. Previously, county residents elected him as District Court judge in November of 1986 and voted to retain him in that position in six subsequent elections. Possibly the biggest upset of the primary election was the ousting of incumbent Andrew Lampe, a Republican, as Okanogan County Commissioner, District 1. Lampe, who has served two terms in the position, was beat out by fellow Republican Sheilah Kennedy, who received 839, votes, or 40.32 percent of those cast by voters in District 1. Democrat Albert Roberts received 720 votes, or 34.6 percent of those cast. Kennedy and Roberts will appear on the top-two general election ballot in November to fight for the position as commissioner, a race that will be decided by all eligible voters in the county, rather than just those who live in District 1. While different parties will be represented in the District 1 race, two Republicans will battle it out for District 2. Incumbent Don R. “Bud” Hover got 1363 votes in the primary, or 55.2 percent and Ray L. Campbell, got 1106, or

44.8 percent of the votes. Again, all eligible county voters get a chance to select the next District 2 commissioner in the general election. County voters prefer incumbent Joel Kretz for Seventh District Representative in Position 2, more than three to one over fellow Republican Robert “Bob” Wilson. Kretz, the hometown favorite from Wauconda, received 2,738 of the votes, or 77.48 percent. Wilson, received 796 votes, or 22.52 percent. Statewide, Seventh District voters cast 15,919 votes for Kretz to 9,727 for Wilson. Both will face off in the upcoming general election. Rep. Shelly Short, the incumbent for Position 1 in the Seventh District, appeared alone on the primary ballot and received 3,047 votes from Okanogan County. The Republican 23,973 total votes from the Seventh District. Twelfth District voters in Okanogan County, also preferred incumbents. Cary Condotta in Position 1 received 1837 votes over fellow Republican Stan Morse who received 861. Condotta earned 16,288 12th District-wide votes to Morse’s 8,801. Mike Armstrong in Position 2 had 1822 votes over fellow Republican Brad Hawkins who received 900. The total 12th District vote count for the incumbent was 14,984 to 10,634. For Washington State governor, Okanogan County voters bucked the statewide trend and voted for Republican Rob McKenna over all the other eight candidates for the office being vacated by Christine Gregoire. McKenna received 4,232 of his votes from Okanogan County. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, received the next highest with 2,752. Statewide, however that trend was reversed and Inslee received 624,052 votes to McKenna’s 568,159. Together the two earned over 90 percent of the votes and will battle it out in November. After the recent redistricting, Okanogan County has become part of the 5th Congressional District and four people sought the office of U.S. Representative in the primary election. Incumbent Doc Hastings, a Republican, did the best pulling 4,498 votes to his next nearest challenger, Democrat Mary Baechler, with 2,323. Hastings did even better statewide, receiving 58,018 votes to Baechler’s 26,141. Okanogan County voters preferred incumbent Maria Cantwell from the eight candidates for U.S. Senator. The Democrat edged out Republican Michael Baumgartner as her nearest opponent in the primary. This result was reflected by all state voters, although Cantwell received even higher approval statewide. She and Baumgartner, who combined for


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Enloe Dam and Similkameen Falls as viewed from the Similkameen River Trail. Environmental groups say allowing the Enloe Dam hydropower project to proceed would dry up the falls and remove one of the most valuable features of the trail, the aesthetic view. To this end the groups have appealed the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Quality Certification Permit.

Proposal would dry up Similkameen Falls, say those bringing appeal BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OROVILLE – This week several national, state and local environmental groups appealed a decision by the state Department of Ecology that would allow the licensing of the proposed Enloe Dam hydropower project on the Similkameen River to move forward. The project, proposed by Okanogan County PUD, would reduce Similkameen Falls to a trickle, according to these groups, which are appealing Ecology’s Water Quality Certification Permit which was issued in mid-July. “The falls are located immediately downstream of the dam and could potentially attract thousands of visitors to the area each year, bringing up to$516,000 to the local economy,” they state in a press release announcing the appeal last Monday. The groups appealed the decision because they say Ecology failed to adequately consider the water quality and aesthetic impacts of the project, which

are an important part of the state’s water quality standards under the Clean Water Act. Okanogan County PUD is reserving the right to comment after staff at the utility has had more time to study the appeal. “Because it is litigation, we won’t have a comment at this time, not until we’ve had a chance to look at it,” said Dan Boettger, the utility’s director of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs. Enloe Dam blocks the Similkameen River approximately four miles west of Oroville. The dam, which was originally built in the early 1900’s, has not generated hydropower since 1958. The dam ceased operation in 1959 because the equipment became obsolete. This is Okanogan PUD’s fourth attempt since the mid-1980’s to add power generation to the dam, and previous licensing efforts have failed due to poor economics and fish passage issues, the groups say. They go on to cite an economic study completed in 2012 by Rocky Mountain Econometrics ( they say shows the project is economically unsound and that the Okanogan region would lose $20 million over the term of the license while simultaneously dewatering the falls. “The falls are important to this

community,” said Jere Gillespie with the Columbia Bioregional Education Project. Her group, which is based in North Okanogan County, filed the appeal along with the Center for Environmental Law and Policy, the North Cascades Conservation Council, American Whitewater and Sierra Club. “Ecology’s decision ignores not only the Clean Water Act, but the tremendous public and economic benefit of the falls for tourism, aesthetics and recreation,” Gillespie adds. “The beauty of the falls against the stark landscape has made them the focal point of the newly developed Similkameen River Trail, which will become part of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. If the dam is reactivated under Ecology’s present certification, the viewpoint of this new trail will be a dried up reach of boulders. Ecology’s decision also ignores the falls’ cultural and historical importance to the region’s First Nations and Native American Tribes,” stated the group in their press release. “Ecology acknowledges in its certification that aesthetics are a designated use under state law for the Similkameen River, but fails to protect the beauty of the falls,” said Thomas O’Keefe of American


Oroville School Board approves $1.2 million capital levy Three-year levy will address roof on elementary building BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board approved a three-year capital improvement levy of $1,200,129 to put a new roof on the elementary school. Approval of resolution #254 came at the board’s special meeting held on Monday, Aug. 6 in the district board room. After discussing the various options to address the repairs, especially to the elementary school roof, Director Todd Hill made a motion to approve the resolution and it was seconded by newly seated Director Travis Loudon. The resolution passed unani-

mously 3-0, as board members Amy Wise and David Nutt were unable to attend. The three-year capital levy will cover the costs for a new roof at the elementary school, which is badly in need of repair. If bids come in lower than expected and there is any money left over, it will be used for elementary school capital improvements to the facility. “We approved the Capital Projects Levy for the roof because we felt it was an absolute priority and in the best interest of the town to be focused on limiting the money we ask for as much as possible because of the current economy,” said Director Rocky DeVon, board chairman. The advantages of a Capital Projects Levy is there is no interest cost and they can be approved with a simple majority


vote. Superintendent Steve Quick said there will be some interest as the district will have to take a loan, which will be paid back through the levy. “We will have to get some non-voter approved debt to pay for the roof project because the money comes in over three years. Otherwise we would have to divide the project into three phases, working on each phase as the money comes in, or wait three years to start the project,” Quick said. “The roof can’t wait that long.” Quick said the $1,200,129 price tag was estimated by a construction management firm hired by the district. “We’ve had bids from two firms that were both high, I assume the construction management firm’s estimate was conservative, because the district wants to avoid cost overruns. The old roof has served for well over its life, we want to

make sure we get a new roof that serves for more than its estimated life.” In the only other item on the agenda, Chuck Ricevuto, head of the Oroville Coach’s Association, voiced his support for allowing eighth grade students the opportunity to play on high school athletic teams in accordance with Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) regulations. Ricevuto, who coaches wrestling, said he especially supported eightth grade participation in baseball, softball and boys and girls soccer. After considerable discussion between Ricevuto and the school directors, the board decided to ask the administrators to research the proposal. They suggested the administrators especially talk with schools that have been involved in the practice in order to find out the pros and cons of let-


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ting eighth graders play on high school teams. “We directed the AD, the coaches, principal and superintendent to investigate how other schools do this and the impact on their programs, especially injury rates in the eighth graders compared to other kids,” said Director DeVon. “We understand we want to solve this problem of not having enough players on the team, but we don’t want to risk the health of the kids.” Dual participation will be an agenda item at the upcoming regular August board meeting, according to Supt. Quick. DeVon said that there is some talk of raising the GPA requirements for those wishing to participate in two sports during a season. “Last year we only had two kids who did dual participation,” DeVon said.

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Summer maintenance underway at Oroville Schools

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New shrubs were planted to replace those that had died between the bus garage and high school. a few other spots on the inside of the buildings. This year has seen more smaller projects completed, but no less important. Among the many projects worked on this summer included replacing quite a few shrubs that had died between the bus garage and the high school. In addition a couple of senior projects involved planting trees around the grounds at the high school making our grounds greener than ever. In June many people wondered about the piles of dirt by the high school, which were the result of

By Supt. Steve Quick Oroville School District

OROVILLE - Each summer the district’s maintenance and custodial crews work hard to prepare the facilities for the following fall, many times working on projects that could not otherwise be done during the school year either because of the activities going on in the facilities or because of the weather. Last summer the crew’s main focus was painting the outside of the elementary school as well as

Safety improvements were added at the playgrounds at the elementary school. a drainage project. The student parking lot and driveway by the tennis courts has continued to flood more and more over time, so this year we spent quite a bit of time installing new French drains and extended them out quite a way into the lawn to hopefully alleviate the pooling of water that tends to happen each time it rains or the snow melts. A few sections of old fence were also replaced that helped with functionality, safety, and aesthetics. Playgrounds at the elementary school saw quite a bit of safety improvements as sand was

replaced with pea gravel and old borders were replaced with new in addition to a few added apparatuses. Rounding out the list of outside improvements was a section of sidewalk replaced at the north end of the high school that will improve safety as it was quite worn down from usage and weather over the years. Inside the custodial crews worked hard cleaning classrooms, carpets, fixing lockers, and generally giving both buildings a good deep cleaning before school begins on the 29th. Carpet was replaced in a couple of classrooms

A section of sidewalk was replaced at the north end of the high school to improve safety. as well as in a couple of hallway maintain our facilities during the areas. The custodial crew never year as well as taking care of projceases to amaze everyone with ects in the summer through the the amount of deep cleaning they community’s continued support are able to do each summer in of the M&O levy. Without such preparation for school to begin. support, it would be impossible to We are fortunate to be able to maintain our beautiful facilities.

Tumbleweed Film Fest rolls north to Osoyoos p.m. on each of the three nights, but there’s much more to the festival. “Enjoy a truly magical evening of movies at the Nk’Mip (pronounced in-ka-meep) Resort’s stunning Desert Cultural Centre as you sample tasty local wines, beers and food, while watching fun short films from around the world,” said the co-founders of the event. In addition to fine films from around the world, there is food and other entertainment as each night begins with a wine tasting starting at 7 p.m. On Thursday night, the Kick-off Event, there will be an opening ceremony that may include storytelling, drumming and dancing.

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OSOYOOS, BC – The Tumbleweed International Film Festival rolls north to Osoyoos, B.C. for three consecutive nights of short films from around the world, Aug. 16-18, at Nk’Mip Resort’s Desert Cultural Centre. Filmmakers Geoff Klein and Mo Fine bring their popular festival back to Osoyoos for its second year after completing their third successful festival in Oroville earlier this month. Films brought to Osoyoos are from Tumbleweed Film Festivals annual event in Oroville and audience and juried favorites will be featured. Movies start at 7:30

“Watch burst-out funny comedies, including animation, as well as thought-provoking dramas and documentaries. Some films come with twists and turns, some with a little drama and most will leave you smiling,” said Fine. Friday is Red Carpet Night and features an evening of comedies and romance. Fine and Klein suggest movie-goers bring a date and watch some of the funniest and most romantic films of the fest. “Along the way, there will also be some twists and turns, a little animation, a possible tear-jerker and a little pause for reflection,” said Klein. Some of the films’ directors will be on hand for a Q and A on

Friday night. Saturday night is Awards Night. Enjoy a special evening of awardwinning films from around the world, while you sip local awardwinning wines and beers, invite the co-founders. “Tonight’s films include many award winners from various festivals, including the Sundance film festival. There’s even a comedy with Dame Judi Dench,” Klein said. And like Friday night, some of the films’ directors will be on hand for a Q and A on Saturday night, as well. For more information on the festival’s films, purchasing tickets and sponsors, see

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Seattle filmmakers Geoff Klein (left) and Mo Fine (right) and friends relax at the Globe at Veranda Beach Resort following the first night of the Tumbleweed Film Festival in Oroville earlier this month. The two bring their festival to Osoyoos this weekend at the Nk’Mip Resort’s Desert Cultural Centre.

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Election| From A1 86 percent of the total vote, will meet in the general election. Voter turnout in Okanogan County was 38.6 percent. As of Aug. 10 there were 8,048 votes counted with an estimated 1,050

left to count, according to the Okanogan County Auditor’s office. The next ballot count was scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15 with the election set to be certified on Sept. 21, 2012.

Enloe | FROM A1 Whitewater. Average natural flows in June are 7,580 cubic feet per second, and fall to 500 cubic feet per second during the driest month of September. Ecology’s certification allows for flows of 10 cubic feet per second – 50 times lower than the lowest natural flow. “This would have a significant impact on the falls and water quality downstream,” said O’Keefe. “Ecology cannot ignore its responsibility to protect aesthetics on behalf of all citizens,” said

Suzanne Skinner, with the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. “Allowing this utility to dry up Similkameen Falls sets a terrible precedent that ignores the law and is bad policy for the people of Washington State.” The waterfalls advocates are represented by attorneys Andrea Rodgers Harris and Kristen J. Larson. The Water Quality Certification permit can be viewed online at: EnloeOrder9007401Cert.pdf.

Garlic Festival and Chesaw Hot August Nights coming By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE - There’s lots to do in the North County before the kids head back to school as the Okanogan River Garlic Festival, Chesaw’s Hot August Nights and the Highland Stitchers Quilt Show all vie for people’s attention. The Okanogan River Garlic Festival, now in its 13th year will be held both Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24 and 25 at Tonasket’s History Park. The Garlic Festival starts at noon on Friday and goes to 8 p.m. On Saturday it starts at 9 a.m. and goes to 4 p.m. The event promises “live entertainment, fabulous foods, fresh produce, homemade goods and over 25 vendors.” There’s also a live auction at 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. New this year there will be ice cold beer and wine from Esther Bricques Winery and Alpine Brewery of Oroville. “Celebrate the Harvest, Savor the Pungent Bulb,” is the motto of the festival which is sponsored by the Community Cultural Center (509) 486-1328. Chesaw’s Hot August Nights is Saturday, Aug. 25 and features a car and tractor show, live music, a beer garden, flea market and swap meet, as well as a barbecue. People are asked to decorate their lawn mower, ATV or golf cart and show it off. There’s no vendor fee for those that would like to set up a table or a booth. Registration is at 11 a.m., for more information call (509) 485-2174 or see Chesaw Tavern on Facebook or go to their website at www.Chesawtavern. com. The First Annual Quilt Show is this Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molson Grange in Molson. The event is sponsored by the Highland Stitchers. The event will have a fabric swap, items for sale, vendors offering sewing and quilting items and local quilt makers with their quilts on display. There will also be door prizes drawn every half hour. There’s food featuring pulled pork sandwiches and cole slaw starting at 11 p.m. For more information email molsonhighlandstitchers@gmail. com or call Vicky Didenhover at (509) 485-3020.

Oroville to improve Ironwood Street By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – Oroville will do an overlay of portions of Ironwood and Fir Streets under a state Transportation Improvement Board grant of around $85,000. The project would do a pavement overlay of Ironwood Street from 12th to the south city limits and Fir Street from 17th to 18th, according to Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works. Although three quotes were sent out to firms on the 2012 TIB Overlay Projects Small Works Roster the city only received one bid, City Clerk Kathy Jones reported at the city council’s Tuesday, Aug. 7 meeting. The bid was received from Granite Construction in the amount of $86,150.68. “That works out to 77 cents a square foot and the project would take about two days and be done the week of the 22nd,” said Noel. “Although there is an $875 difference in the project budget, I have spoken with Gloria Bennett our TIB agent and she said they would give approval for the difference. “The reason we are pushing to get the project complete is we want to get it done before school starts.” Jones also reported on a recent workshop with the EMS

Commissioners regarding the proposed formula and revisions to the agreement between the city and the EMS District regarding ambulance service. “Although everyone that attended the workshop was in full agreement when they left, two days later they said they did not understand the formula and were not going to sign the agreement,” said Jones. “As I said it looks like they’re still working on it, but it’s going to take a little time,” added Mayor Chuck Spieth. “We should extend congratulations to (Councilwoman) Neysa Roley, she passed her National EMT test,” said Debra Donahue, Oroville’s Ambulance Coordinator. Donahue, who teaches the course, added, “I highly recommend you approve her for the ambulance.” Councilman Tony Koepke made a motion approving Roley for the Oroville Ambulance crew and Councilman Ed Naillon seconded it and it was approved. The mayor reported that the Okanogan County Public Transportation meeting he was scheduled to attend on July 24 had been cancelled, even though he had not been informed about the cancellation. “I went to the first meeting and no one wanted to proceed

without telling their councils,” said Spieth. Jones conjectured that apparently the issue of increasing the sales tax to fund the transportation system would not be on the November ballot, because the deadline to get it on the ballot had passed. The council voted to donate Oroville’s 2009 FAA Non-primary Entitlements of $76,163 to the Grant County International Airport/Port of Moses Lake. Oroville is unable to use the funds at this time, although the Grant County Airport does not intend to donate them back when Oroville has a future project, like Omak Airport agreed to do when Oroville donated to it in the past. There are available funds for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and the council had a short discussion on how these might be used in the future. Local and state matching money requirements have gone up, added Jones. Perhaps the biggest project discussed was moving the runway to the east. “Over the long term we wanted to build up funds to move the runway, but if you think the feds are going to fund that you’re mistaken,” said Noel. Steve Johnston, Oroville’s Airport Service Manager shared a different take.

“With the feds, those are guidelines, then they come in and look at reality and do what you need,” Johnston said. “We can’t move Eder Mountain, we can’t move Mt. Hull, so what are we going to do?” “One of the priorities is to purchase land at the end of the runway,” added Jones. Noel said that these types of projects are something the council needs to consider at budget time. “All these new rules, you need to decide what direction you intend to go. We’re lucky to have an airport, we’re lucky to have entitlement money, but it is the sort of thing that if you don’t use it you could lose it,” said Noel. Jones suggested the city update its Capital Improvement Plan. “The state is no longer going to fund airport projects without an updated plan,” she added. “We might be able to use entitlement funds to update the Airport Improvement Plan,” said Noel, who added that the city crew would be doing crack sealing at the airport next week. Johnston said he had been contacted again by the Washington Airport Manager’s Association about joining. Annual dues are $75, plus travel expenses to conferences, he said. Mayor Spieth said he will consider Johnston’s request.

Open house to discuss Hwy. 97 intersection By Jeff Adamson WSDOT Communications

OKANOGAN – Improvements are on the way for the busy US 97/Cameron Lake Road intersection – and local residents and drivers are invited to share their thoughts on several design options at an open house next month. Options under consideration include adding extra turn lanes, separating the cross streets or building a roundabout. Public discussion on the benefits and trade-offs of each option will help determine the final design for the intersection. Drivers and residents can share their feedback with Washington State Department of Transportation engineers at an open house on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the state’s maintenance office on US 97: • What: US 97/Cameron Lake

Road intersection improvements • Where: WSDOT’s maintenance facility conference room, 28862 Highway 97, Okanogan • When: Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. “We’ve looked at the different types of collisions and the traffic flow at both the Cameron Lake/Armory Junction Roads intersection and the nearby Oak Street/Airport Road intersection,” said WSDOT project engineer Kevin Waligorski. “Our studies show that a roundabout may be the most effective way to reduce congestion and collisions at the intersection, but we want to hear from folks who drive this

ect schedule – online at:www. CameronLakeRdIntersection/ An email list, US 97 Chelan to B.C. Border, has been set up so those who wish can subscribe and get updates sent directly to them on this project and other activity in the section of US 97 – at: accounts/WADOT/subscriber/ new?topic_id=WADOT_271 A Spanish language translator will be present and the meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Specific accommodations can be arranged in advance by calling (509) 6672860.

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Elizabeth Davis of Curlew created a number of colorful weavings.

Buena Pillows, created by Patti Middleton’s Buena Vista Quilting and Lodging, brighten up and old wicker chair.

The fiber art exhibit at the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center wrapped up this week, with a number of the display items having been sold out of the diverse collection. The next exhibit moving into the TVBRC meeting room will include “hard things,” including metal, glass, and even a few skulls and bones for good measure.

Sandra Sweetman’s kitchen decor included colorful wall hangings, pot holders and dish towels.





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When you own stocks, or stock-based investments, you want their price to rise because you probably plan on selling those stocks someday — and you’d like to sell them for more than you paid for them. But it’s not so cutand-dried with bonds. While some people may indeed purchase bonds in hope of selling them for a profit before they mature, many other investors own bonds for other reasons.

When you own stocks, you know their prices will always fluctuate. To help ease the effects of this volatility on your portfolio, you could add other types of investments, such as bonds. Yet bond prices will also rise and fall. But there may be — in fact, there should be — a big difference in how you view the ups and downs First, as mentioned above, owning of stocks versus those of bonds. bonds can be a good way to help diversify your portfolio. Second, and Any number of reasons can cause probably more importantly, people instock prices to go up or down. But in vest in bonds for the income they prothe case of bonds, prices go up and vide in the form of interest payments. down largely, though not exclusively, And here’s the good thing about those for one reason: changes in interest interest payments: They’ll always rates. Suppose you purchase a continue at the same level as long as bond that pays 4% interest and then, you own your bond, except in the rare a year later, newly issued bonds pay case of a default. (Although defaults 3%. You could now potentially sell are not common, they can occur, so your bond for more than its face val- you do need to take a bond’s “credit ue because it provides more income risk” into account before investing.) to investors than the new bonds. Thus, if you plan to hold your bonds

until they mature, you don’t have to worry about a possible drop in their value. But if you need to sell your bonds before they mature, the price you receive will depend on current interest rates. You can’t control or predict interest rates, but you can help soften their impact on bond prices by building a “ladder” of bonds with varying maturities. Then, if market interest rates rise, you can sell your maturing short-term bonds and purchase new ones at the higher rates. And if market rates fall, you’ll still have your longer-term bonds working for you at higher rates. (Usually, but not always, longer-term bonds pay higher rates to compensate investors for incurring inflation risk over time.) Keep in mind, though, that the investments within your bond ladder should be consistent with your investment objectives, financial circumstances and risk tolerance. Whether you own your bonds until maturity or build a bond ladder, you can do something to protect yourself from price movements. And that type of control can prove valuable to you as you chart your course through the investment world.

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Seems to be no love for the roundabout

I hadn’t even heard a roundabout was one of the fixes proposed for the intersection off Highway 97 to Okanogan. That is until the Facebook links started appearing in my email towards the end of last week. And by the time we got a press release about an Open House meeting to be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at the DOT maintenance facility (see article page 3), it was old news. Firstly, I wasn’t aware that there was such a big problem with collisions at this intersection (US97 Cameron Lake/Armory Junction Roads), which many of us take when we drive to Okanogan to do business. However, I can understand how it could be. Vehicles do tend to bunch up before they make the turn to Okanogan and those that do turn often take the curved exit at too great a speed as they approach the stop sign at the bottom of the hill (but that’s a different problem). At first glance a roundabout seems a bit like overkill, and from watching the videos Out of on how to properly negotiate one I could envision an equal potential for accidents My Mind Gary A. DeVon among the driving public. If you use them properly I’m sure everything would be fine, but why are they a more efficient use of highway dollars than just installing turn lanes? I’ll be curious to find out at the Open House. Not to say I’ve never had the pleasure of taking a roundabout, but most of my experience was as the navigator on the motorways in France when I visited Normandy with family a few years back. My younger brother did most of the driving and it was my job to count the exits and make sure we entered the right one. Those were lot more complex than what is proposed by the state Department of Transportation and although they were supposed to make your driving experience better, without the GPS we would have been lost. There they have one roundabout after another and after you take two or three you are sure you’re going back exactly the direction you came or some other point that has nothing to do with where you want to go. However, we managed not to get lost. I grudgingly admit my first experience with the one at North Bend did not end happily. I had to circle around and try it again. The next time I was in the area I paid better attention and it was a piece of cake. There’s a whole FaceBook page dedicated to the issue at www. At this point it appears most of the traffic there is because roundabout would seem a more costly fix than just putting in turn lanes, although one person commented, “Oh god not another one of these! The one up Steven’s Pass is horrible!” For those interested in the upcoming meeting it might be worth checking out the page, it has links to the DOT proposal and lots of back and forth.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Adopt a Fair Tax Dear Editor, Fellow Americans, there’s been a proposal before Congress for over a decade that would put America on track to a swift and permanent economic recovery. Congress won’t pass it unless we demand it. Its adoption would drastically reduce elected politicians’ power and control over US citizens. It’s called the Fair Tax. Adoption of the Fair Tax would (1) do away with the IRS, (2) put American businesses on a level playing field with their global competition, (3) ensure those living below the poverty level pay no taxes, (4) bring both capital and jobs back to America, (5) ensure everyone pays their fair share including tourists and those in the country illegally and (6) result in an economic boom. From page 106 of The Fair Tax Book: “Economists estimate that in the first year after the Fair Tax Act becomes law, the economy will grow 10.5 %. Exports will grow by 26 %.

Capital spending will increase by more than 70%.” Every candidate running for congressional office must be asked about their support of the Fair Tax at every opportunity; Town Hall meetings, public appearances and every debate. Read the book, push hard and the Fair Tax could be adopted soon. Glen Terrell Arlington, Texas

Connecting with Cathy:

Reflecting back and looking forward As I get ready to take my final vote on the House Floor before heading back to Eastern Washington for the month, I find myself both proud and hopeful. Proud of some accomplishments and hopeful for more. While I know public perception of Congress remains less than f avor abl e, Connecting the realis difwith Cathy ity ferent. We Cathy McMorris Rodgers are a group of people, a body politic, bound by a shared love of country and an unwavering dedication to those who elected us. Although we’ve been divided at times by partisan battles and political debate, our desire to effect change – to enact common-sense laws that make your lives better – trumps the polarization of party politics. And so when I reflect on these last several months, I really do feel proud of what has been achieved for the people of Eastern Washington. Every visit I’ve made back home – to a small business, local health care clinic, family-operated farm – has further reinforced what is on the forefront of everyone’s minds: jobs and the economy. Business owners and entre-

preneurs are crippled by increasing economic uncertainty and I’ve worked tirelessly to change that. In fact, just last week, I helped pass the Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act, which will extend current tax rates for all Americans and help keep taxes low so job creators can hire. In fact, Ernst & Young recently reported that the extension of these tax rates will save over 15,000 jobs in Washington State alone. I’ve supported small business tax breaks and hosted economic roundtables all across Eastern Washington to learn about the challenges you face and how I can most effectively address them. I remember your stories and your struggles – and I take every single one of them back with me to Washington, DC. It’s the stories I’ve had with Eastern Washington’s energy producers that have motivated me to fight for hydropower production. As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, I’ve worked every day – in Committee hearings and markups and Floor debates – to highlight the innumerable benefits of Northwest energy sources. I recently secured the passage of the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act – a piece of legislation that will promote job creation and energy production not only in the Pacific Northwest, but all across the country. As a clean, reliable, renewable and

affordable source of energy, I am proud that my legislation passed the House without a single vote of opposition. While a tremendous feat, the expansion of domestic energy production is just the beginning. After years of negotiation, I recently joined Senators Cantwell and Murray to celebrate the Department of Transportation’s $10 million TIGER grant for the completion of the North Spokane Corridor. This project will not only spur economic growth in Eastern Washington, but will create jobs and save millions of dollars. I’m excited to finally see this project become a reality after so many years. In the same way transportation improvements lead to job creation, so too does health care innovation. I was proud to receive this year’s “Champion of Healthcare Innovation” award by the Healthcare Leadership Council for my efforts to advance access to quality and affordable health care. In just this year alone, I’ve introduced legislation to promote rural health care and to help open a medical school in Spokane. And as a staunch opponent to ObamaCare, I sat inside the Supreme Court this summer when Chief Justice Roberts announced the Court’s decision to uphold the law. Since then, I have listened to the fears you have about the implementation of ObamaCare and have voted to repeal the law in its entirety – and replace it with common-

sense solutions that create jobs, not destroy them. In addition to my work to advance energy production, transportation infrastructure, health care reform and job creation, I’ve fought to protect Fairchild’s service members and their families. As Co-Chair of the Congressional Military Family Caucus and a member of the White House’s “Joining Forces” coalition, I’ve been honored to host three Military Family Summits this year alone. I’ve hosted several “Forward Fairchild” meetings and met with top government officials to ensure that Fairchild is the home of the new KC-46A tanker. While we’re still waiting on the Air Force’s ultimate decision, I am confident Fairchild is a top contender. And so when I reflect on the year so far, I really do feel proud of what we’ve done together. After all, it’s your stories that have helped me legislate. Stories of local entrepreneurs starting new businesses, energy producers eager to expand, health care providers burdened with government regulations, 25-year old men saying goodbye to their families to defend American freedom. You’ve told me about the challenges you face, the hardships you’ve experienced, and the changes you hope for. And I have listened. I am honored to represent you, proud of everything we have achieved, and full of hope for all that lies ahead.

Complying with regulations has become ‘Mission Impossible’ OPINION BY DON C. BRUNELL AWB PRESIDENT

It’s hard enough for employers to cope with hundreds of new regulations passed each year, added to the tens of thousands of regulations already on the books. But now, agencies are adding insult to injury by imposing standards that are impossible to meet. The Small Business Administration estimates employers spend $1.75 trillion dollars a year complying with federal regulations, a burden that falls heaviest on small businesses, America’s job engine. The SBA reports it costs small employers more than $10,500 per employee to comply with federal regulations. But now, employers are facing what must seem like a nightmare: regulations that are impossible to comply with. Case in point: Cellulosic ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol is made from wood waste, crop stalks — even municipal waste. The idea was to create a biofuel that used waste products and didn’t take farmland out of production. The push for cellulosic ethanol began in the Bush adminis-

tration. The federal government provided grants and loans to producers and imposed mandates on oil companies to blend cellulosic fuel into conventional gasoline. The mandate was 100 million gallons by 2010, 500 million in 2012 and 10.5 billion gallons a year by 2020. At the time, nobody produced cellulosic ethanol. Today, that’s still the case. Despite $1.5 billion in taxpayer grants and loans, no one has been able to commercially produce cellulosic ethanol. According to The Wall Street Journal, the half-dozen or so companies that received the first round of subsidies never got off the ground and Cello Energy, which boasted that it would produce 70 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol by 2010, filed for bankruptcy in October of that year. Ne v e r t h e l e s s , the Environmental Protection Agency penalizes refiners for not using cellulosic ethanol in their gasoline. Even though the EPA adjusted the mandates downward, oil companies had to purchase $10 million in “waiver credits” in 2010 and 2011 for failing to comply with a mandate to buy a product that doesn’t exist — costs that were passed on to consumers at the

pump. Of course, the federal government doesn’t have a monopoly on such regulations. Seattle’s new paid sick leave policy applies to any business with five or more employees — even if that business isn’t located in Seattle. The new law says that, if one or more of your employees spends more than 240 hours a year in Seattle on business, you must pay them pro-rated benefits. That’s less than an hour per work day. Don’t know how long your employees spend in Seattle? You’ll need to track their hours to find out. For example, the city says that, if you operate a flower shop in Kent and deliver bouquets in Seattle, you must keep track of how long each driver was inside the city limits. Have an out-of-state tech company or sales firm that regularly sends people to Seattle? You have to track their time as well. If an employee claims they’re not receiving earned benefits, it’s up to the employer to document the actual time they spent inside city limits throughout the year. This rule is a recordkeeping nightmare visited on overwhelmed employers already

struggling in these tough times. If you faced a paperwork and legal nightmare just for having your employees briefly do business in Seattle, what would you do? In a time when local governments should be doing everything they can to encourage and attract more business, this does just the opposite. The city’s new ordinance might be better called the “Stay out of Seattle” law. What we don’t need right now are reasons to send employers — and jobs — elsewhere. Don Brunell is the president of the Association of Washington Business. Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes more than 7,900 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.

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okanogan valley life It’s nice to have friends with gardens The hot weather continues. Before we know it, the kids will be trekking off to school and college. Where did the summer go? It is so nice to have friends share their wonderful garden “stuff ” with us. Nothing beats fresh vegetables and fruits. It adds so much at mealtime adding some pizazz to an otherwise ho-hum meal. Share your prayers and good thoughts with the Retasket family as Steve has been in the hospital and was air lifted to Wenatchee. Hopefully he’ll be better by the time this issue is out, but at this

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after a lengthy stay in Wenatchee hospital. We became even better friends, after our daily visits there. Shame on Randy Travis for doing stupid things because of alcohol and driving. I can’t understand why so many celebrities have everything going for them and get hooked on drugs or alcohol and throw it all out the window. What do folks, who have no children, do when sickness strikes the family and there is no one to help get you through the bad times? I can’t imagine what I’d do

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if I didn’t have my two wonderful girls and their families. I had a few minutes at the Oroville Farmer’s Market last Saturday and there were so many interesting things to see and I never saw so many huge onions. Walla Walla isn’t the only place they grow ‘em big!! If Mary Ellis gets the recipe to me I’ll put it in the column, a salad that sounds really good, made using them. We had so many doctor’s appointments last week, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. Can’t tell is that is good or bad, but all the bases should be covered. Family tells us that Steve Retasket has been sent to Seattle Hospital where he had the initial transplants and perhaps that is the better place for him as they know his complete history. His health is very fragile, at best, and when another issue comes up it is very dangerous. Keep hearing that the former YoYo’s restaurant is opening “next week”, but when this next week

Molson’s Highland Stitchers to hold quilt show Aug. 25 By Marianne Knight

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Oroville Eagle’s annual picnic to be held Aug. 18 By Gai Wisdom

It’s Picnic time again! Eagle brothers and sisters and families will get together at Thorndike’s out on the lake, Hardcider Dr., on Saturday, Aug. 18. This is a potluck, Aerie will barbecue burg-


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And Romney has a running mate for Vice President. Newscasters now have a new person to tear apart. When I am tied down at home I don’t really know what is going on in the community, so if you readers out there know something you think others would be interested in reading, give me a call. Sympathy goes out to Ray and Ina Visser, and all the other family members, in the loss of their young grandson, Wenatchee. I did notice a person up on the peak of the roof at the (Priebe/ Mears) house putting the finishing touches on a new roof. It was a very hot job but I guess that makes the roofing pliable and stay in place. What it does to the guy installing it is another story. The few eating places that are open on Sunday, in Oroville, are kept busy, busy. What is it that if someone yells “duck” they are helping you, but if they yell “chicken” they are insulting you? Just wondered!


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Ben on Aug. 25, and my friend Tony on Aug. 12 and John was 92 on Aug. 6. Last Saturday we attended the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Ron and Anita Fletcher of Wenatchee and Chesaw. The big event was held at the Chesaw Rodeo Hall. Happy Dawg (the band) supplied the music, Linda took care of the food. Thanks to their son’s, Greg and Mike, and families, everyone had a good time and there were plenty of photos of years gone by, for the viewing.

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community bulletin board 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 Sarah Umana at 476-2386. TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sarge’s Burger Bunker, 101 Hwy 97 N. For more information contact Jack Gavin at (509) 486-2480.

4-H Leaders Council Meeting OKANOGAN – Okanogan County 4-H Leaders Council meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds.

Performance at the Winery OROVILLE – Allene Halliday, accompanied on the guitar by Steve Pollard, will be present-

ing an evening of Broadway and show tunes at Esther Bricques Winery’s tasting room this Thursday evening, Aug. 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Rd., Oroville. For more information call the winery at (509) 476-2861.

4-H Building Clean-up Day

QUILT SHOW IN MOLSON MOLSON – The first annual quilt show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molson Grange Hall. Pulled pork sandwiches and cole slaw will be served at 11 a.m. Bring a piece of fabric and exchange if for another piece of fabric of the same size. Quilts, fat quarters, grab bags, table runners and other miscellaneous items will be available for sale. Door prizes will be drawn every half hour (you must be present to win). For more information email or Vicky Didenhover at (509) 485-3020. OROVILLE – Local Historian and Storyteller, Arnie Marchand, will be lakeside at Veterans Memorial Park (across from Princes) on Friday, Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. to speak about Okanogan Indian history and Tribal tales. Please bring a blanket or chair and join the Oroville Royal Neighbors of America and Arnie.

OKANOGAN – Mark your calendars! Aug. 16 at the Okanogan County Fairgrounds, starting at 5 p.m. will the day to spruce up the 4-H Building to get ready for the pre-fair contests for the Okanogan County Fair. Bring your buckets, mops, rags, brooms, paintbrushes or hammers; and don’t forget the elbow grease. Okanogan County 4-H Leaders Council will provide pizza and root beer for all helpers. For information call the 4-H office at (509) 422-7245.

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OROVILLE – The Humuh Buddhist-Life Science/ Meditation Center at 1314 Main St., in Oroville is hosting a spiritual movie on Saturday, Aug. 18

JcPenney supports 4-H with charitable giving program Customers Can Round-up at the Register to Give to 4-H Clubs By Ann Fagerlie

OKANOGAN - JcPenney is continuing more than 80 years of support of 4-H with their “JCP cares” program - a new charitable giving program that invites customers to round up their purchases to the nearest whole dollar and donate the difference. During the month of August, 4-H will be one of two featured charity partners, making it possible for more children to participate in life-enriching after school programs in communities across the country. “For more than 80 years, JcPenney’s partnership with 4-H has provided millions of youth across the country the opportunity to learn from 4-H high-quality positive youth development programs,” said Donald T. Floyd

Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO. “We are thrilled to be one of “JCP cares” charity partners as this investment will strengthen and expand these 4-H programs that empower young people to create a positive impact in their communities that benefit their peers, families, and communities.” Throughout JcPenney’s history, 4-H has been an important part of its philanthropic focus. Mr. James Cash Penney himself was a long-time supporter of 4-H through active involvement with the organization spanning almost 50 years. From 1928 until his death in 1971, Mr. Penney generously gave his time, leadership and financial support to advance the mission of 4-H and help it grow into one of the world’s most recognized and highly respected youth organizations. The company has continued this support even to this day. Together with its customers, JcPenney has supported 4-H and its high-quality positive youth development programs by contributing more than $10 million over the past 12 years. Its support

has provided for volunteer and staff training, curriculum development and increased capacity through after school access grants. Additionally, it made possible for families who were experiencing financial hardship to enroll or keep their children involved in 4-H after school programs. JcPenney’s support has provided millions of youth with a safe place to learn, grow and become smart, strong and socially responsible citizens. 4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at or find us on Facebook at www.facebook. com/4-H.

Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project EIS By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

TONASKET – Work by state and federal agencies continues on the Environmental Impact Statement for the Buckhorn Mountain Exploration Project. Echo Bay Exploration, Inc. submitted a revised Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service Plan of Operations and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Reclamation Permit Application in September of 2011. As part of this submittal they included Buckhorn Exploration Plan 1. This proposal includes planned explorations on lands managed by the Forest Service and BLM as well as state mineral lease lands, private land and patented mining claims administered by the DNR “Since initial scoping was completed in January 2011, the agencies have been working on an Environmental Impact Statement for this project,” states a recent newsletter regarding the Buckhorn Exploration Project. Echo Bay Exploration, a subsidiary of Kinross Gold, has proposed prospecting and explor-

atory drilling operations for the next five years, according to the newsletter. Reclamation work will be concurrent with exploration activities where it is safe and practical to do so. Final reclamation will occur one year following the last of the prospecting and exploration with concurrent reclamation taking place sooner when feasible. Monitoring of reclamation is proposed to continue for about three years following the completion of the final reclamation. “Right now, the agencies are working together to develop a range of alternatives that address issues and concerns, including those raised during the scoping phase of the project. During this summer’s field season, resource specialists are gathering data to be used in the analysis of those alternatives,” write the agencies in the newsletter. “Baseline information has been collected on approximately 6,000 acres of the 9,200 acre area where potential disturbance may occur. Within the 9,200 acre area, maximum total area of proposed disturbance is 507 acres.”

In addition to the baseline data for resources, agencies will compile a list of projects that have occurred or are planned for the area proposed for exploration. This information will be used to analyze the potential cumulative effects of those activities when combined with the exploration, say the agencies. The draft EIS for the Exploration Project is expected to be available for public review and comment early in 2014. Maps of the proposed exploration area, as well as copies of the revised 2010, revised 2011 and Work Plan 1 are available online for review at http://www. op. php/?project=32875. For further information contact Forest Service: Phillip Christy, 1 W. Winesap, Tonasket, WA. 98844, Phone (509) 4865137 or email or Washington DNR: Fred Greef, P.O. Box 7015, Olympia, WA. 98504, Phone: (360) 902-1628 or email or BLM: Kelly Courtright, 1103 N. Fancher Rd., Spokane, WA. 99212, Phone (509) 536-1218 or email

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Flea Market OROVILLE – Oroville Grange Flea Market is this Saturday, Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 622 Fir. A lot of new items and lots of bargains. Tables are available to rent. Local honey available. For more information call Betty at (509) 476-3878.

Tonasket Drama Camp By Suzanne Dailey Howard

There’s a party going on and all children are invited! Thursday, Aug. 16, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., is the first ever “Kid’s Day” at Tonasket Farmers’ Market. Head for Triangle Park, where the colorful tents and umbrellas add a circuslike atmosphere to this exciting event. Market Manager, Margie Anderson, has a great line-up of fun activities planned. Margie, herself a grandmother of five, desired to have a day that would focus on the children. Many other community members are pitching in to provide a fun day for all. Family friendly and free (our favorite word!) activities

TONASKET – Community Cultural Center of Tonasket Drama Camp for 5th - 12th graders still has openings. This is a tremendous opportunity for local kids to study with Dennis South, professional drama instructor from Bainbridge Island. When: Aug. 20-24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a recital at the Okanogan River Garlic Festival on Friday, Aug. 24. A small fee per day will be charged and there are still scholarships available. Call (509) 486-1328 or check the CCC website at for more information. Preregistration is required.

at 5:30 p.m. Classroom visits 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. New student orientation 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. First day of school Aug. 29 at 8:30 a.m. with Back to School Assembly – Gym.

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TONASKET – New student registration, office hours 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. New student scheduling and class changes begins Monday, Aug. 20. Locker check out begins Wednesday, Aug. 22. All outstanding fines must be paid prior to locker checkout. Back to School Open House Tuesday, Aug. 28. BBQ

TONASKET – A seminar for veterans and widow(er) of veterans benefits will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. at the North Valley Hospital Board Room. All residents of Okanogan and surrounding counties are invited to this special seminar presentation. Please RSVP to (509) 486-3177.


part of the market, even as vendors. Recent young entrepreneurs have had success selling their handcrafted items, such as hand-painted sand dollars and hand-made jewelry. It is a joy to see these kids interacting with customers and having fun. Don’t tell them they are practicing their communication, art and math skills at the same time! Lest we leave out the adults, the regular market vendors will be there, too, so you can still shop for your favorite vegetables, baked goods and crafts. The bonus for us older folk this week is the enjoyment of watching the youngsters. We are all really children at heart. See you kids at the Market!

include free lemonade, singing, dancing, clowns and more. Music and singing will be lead by local children and the regular market musicians. Stacy Gleason and Spurlin Soya will kick up their heels and lead the kids in fun dance activities. Colorful posters announcing the event are papered about town. The event is not heavily scheduled as to what happens at a particular time, so as to embrace the natural spontaneity of our young participants. Children are always a big

Hot August Nights CHESAW – Chesaw’s Hot August Nights Car and Tractor show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25. Enjoy the car and tractor show, barbecue chicken or steak, live music, a beer garden, flea market and swap meet. Registration begins at 11 a.m. For more information call (509) 485-2174.


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Heritage Days Tractor Competition

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OBHS Heritage Days included a tractor event again this year. Held at a new location, on Hwy 97 across from the Oroville Building Supply south of Oroville. It was a small group of tractor drivers competing for the prize but they had “fun.” First event was a tractor driving course to see who could drive around cones with a trailer the fastest. First place went to LaMar Wolley with 2.41. second George Hill with 3.14 and Frank Grunert with 5.30. In the speed race Grunert’s Minneapolis-Moline beat Hill’s John Deere-B but then Wolley’s John Deere-70 out ran Grunert”s. The tractors also competed in a barrel roll and a slow race but the mightiest competition was to be the tractor pull. Due to unseen circumstances we did not have a weighted sled, which we will have one next year, LaMar and George hooked their tractors to each other for a tug or war. Neither tractor could pulled the other so next year we should see a very close competition in the sled pull. OBHS would like to thank all who participated in the tractor games, the Party Rental, Oroville Building Supply for the property to hold this event and others.

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obituaries AnnaMaire Applebee There will be a service held for AnnaMaire Applebee on Friday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Oroville Cemetery, with Pastor Claude Roberts, officiating. AnnaMarie was born on Aug. 24, 1944 and she passed

away May 12, 2011 after years of struggling with poor health. The family is holding a graveside service for her. Everyone is welcome to come say your goodbyes. She is gone but not forgotten, God saw AnnaMaire was getting tired; a cure was not to be, so he put his arms around her and whispered, “come with me.”

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An encounter with my favorite Olympian I’m one of those people who can’t quite get enough of the Olympics. I won’t confess to being a rhythmic gymnastics addict, but I love watching some of the lesser-known sports and seeing the same levels of skill and passion we often see elsewhere. Watching a bunch of NBA stars jumping around like high school kids after winning gold was Half-Baked pretty cool. And while I could fill Brent Baker a column with a critique of NBC’s prime time coverage, having five other channels to surf through for live coverage wasn’t a bad consolation prize. Really need to work on those online offerings, though. That maze of links was better suited for lab rats.) Of course there are always the stories of the athletes themselves: from the tragically personal, as in cyclist Adrien Niyonshuti, a survivor of the Rwanda massacres of the 90s, or the painfully heroic, as in the United States’ Mateo Mitchell running final 200 meters of his opening leg of the 4x400 relay on a broken fibula so his teammates could continue to compete in the finals the next day. But for every nationally celebrated achievement, there are dozens of Olympians that are otherwise champions, who embody the spirit of the Games, but for whatever reason never make it to the podium.

My favorite Olympian is one of those. How Doris Brown Heritage never won an Olympic track and field medal is one of those head-scratchers that compels you to find out what happened. She began running when women were not allowed to run. She was kicked off of tracks, thrown into lakes by unhappy male counterparts, and told that what she was doing was unhealthy and unnatural. By the time Congress passed Title IX in 1972 she’d already been breaking records and winning championships for 12 years. She won a total of 10 national and world cross country championships (including five straight world cross titles) in her prime and held records from 330 yards to two miles. She was also the first woman to run a sub-five minute indoor mile. Remarkably she achieved a bizarre awards sweep that wouldn’t happen today: she was named Seattle’s 1971 “Man of the Year in Sports” -- yes, really -- and Washington’s “Woman of the Year” in 1976. Her Olympic experiences weren’t nearly as fulfilling. A broken foot kept her off the 1964 Olympic team. In 1968, in Mexico City, she placed fifth in the 800 after getting jostled in the pack (when you are setting national records, having other competitors around you is rare). At the time the 800 was the longest distance women were allowed to run in the Olympics but the 1500 was introduced before the Munich Olympics of 1972. She excelled in the longer distance runs, and that seemed to set her up for a run at a medal. But all of her preparation went for naught she stepped on a carelessly placed section of track curbing on

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Forty years after a disastrous Olympics experience, Doris Heritage (right) is still providing wisdom and encouragement to athletes -- and, occasionally, their parents. the Olympic warmup track, tearing the peroneal tendon in her ankle. At first glance, it’s not necessarily the stuff that personal favorites are made of. I first met Doris in the mid-80s, when she was coaching my decathlete roommate Jack Hoyt at Seattle Pacific University (Jack was actually at these Olympics as a coach himself, for heptathlete Sharon Day). I didn’t know her well, so I was a little surprised when on a visit to the school about 10 years ago she remembered me. Fast forward to 2010. Kim and I were

still living in Michigan, though our son A.J. was a freshman distance runner at SPU. That April was, to say the least, a frustrating time: my last, best attempt to save my business in Michigan’s flailing economy had just gone up in smoke, and Kim had just gotten her second layoff notice in 21 months. Two years of trying circumstances had us holed up in my inlaws’ condo, and I had to borrow money to fly to Seattle so I could see A.J. race just once that spring. I was pretty content to sit in the stands at CWU that Saturday in April and watch

my kid race, meet some of his teammates and otherwise anonymously wallow in self pity. Doris, who had been coaching at SPU nearly four decades but was by then (mostly) retired, spotted me from across the bleachers. We chatted for a few minutes about Jack’s coaching career, but then Doris ventured off of “safe” ground and mentioned that she’d heard things had been interesting for our family, wanted to know how I was. So, honestly, how do you lie to a legend? One that accomplished so much, but had to battle through so many obstacles -- societal, physical, just plain bad luck? How do you say, “Oh, I’m fine!” to someone who had turned her own pain into so much gain for so many others? I didn’t bother to try. I found out a lot more about Doris that day, that her reputation of caring more for the lives of her athletes than their on-track accomplishments was well-deserved, that her Christian faith was indeed even more integral to her than her running, and that she was as adept a life coach for an hour in the bleachers with a parent as she was a coach of multiple cross country and track champions. It was coaching and encouragement at its finest, and it was a life raft during some pretty stormy days. Just proof that it’s not the medals that make the Olympian. Michael Phelps, Bruce Jenner, Mary Lou Retton, Michael Jordan ... names that will always be foremost in the pantheon of American Olympic heroes for other people. But my favorite will always be Doris Heritage.

Wrestler hits Fargo for Greco nationals Collin Aitcheson of Tonasket competes at premier tourney By Brent Baker

TONASKET - Collin Aitcheson probably didn’t know what he was getting into when he and some of his Tonasket High School wrestling teammates started dabbling in Greco-Roman wrestling last spring. For Aitcheson, it meant a summer filled with the kind of training in a new variety of the sport and a trip to Fargo, North Dakota, in July to compete in the USAW Junior Greco-Roman Nationals tournament. Aitcheson lost both his 113pound matches at the tournament - in his first match, he faced off against eventual national champion Jarred Oftedahl of Minnesota, who pinned five of his seven opponents -- but gained a wealth of experience in the process. “The competition was really tough, and a lot of stuff didn’t go my way,” Aitcheson said. “It’s not like regionals in Tonasket, where you’re comfortable with your weight class. “I did it to have fun and to learn some new things. I knew I probably wasn’t going to come back with a national title or anything. I just wanted to have fun with it.” Aitcheson, about to start his junior year at Tonasket, competed in the WIAA state finals as a sophomore. He said he knew immediately that Oftedahl was no rookie at the national level.

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Tonasket’s Collin Aitcheson, shown here at last year’s WIAA state wrestling tournament, competed in July at the USAW Junior Greco Nationals in Fargo, North Dakota. “He looked like he’d been there, just by the way he stood,” he said. “The second guy, not so much. But you could tell who obviously had been there before just by the way they walked, and everyone knew who had won national championships there before.” Aitcheson qualified for the national tournament by taking third place in the Junior Division at the state Greco tournament on April 28 in Pasco. Teammate Dyllan Walton finished seventh (126 lbs.) to qualify for the western regional tourney in Idaho in June. “That was some tough competition,” Aitcheson said. “It was

a fun experience. It was a long day, but some real thrills when I finally placed.” Aitcheson and Walton had only started wrestling Greco-Roman style in the previous couple of months. “At first we just kind of played with it,” Aitcheson said. “But a couple of weeks before the state tournament (Tonasket High School and Junkyard Dogs wrestling club coach Dave) Mitchell said he though we could compete there. “We watched some video, Mitchell got us a Greco wrestling dummy and we finally committed to going about a week before.”

Thanks in part to his inexperience at wrestling that style, Aitcheson said it was hard to set a real goal entering the state meet. “Any wrestler will tell you they want to win,” he said. “But I went in trying to do a good job and have fun.” Greco-Roman and Freestyle wrestling are the two types of wrestling seen in the Olympics the past two weeks. In Greco, wrestlers cannot execute leg attacks. “Greco doesn’t have a lot of ‘beautiful’ throws. It’s not considered very cool; it’s a pretty ugly style of wrestling, but that’s what I did.”

Prior to heading to nationals, Aitcheson had to decide whether or not the time and effort to train, as well as the expense involved, would be worth the effort. “I did some fundraising, wrote letters to teachers and friends, and did a lot of not-so-fun jobs to earn money to pay for the tournament, food and equipment,” he said. “Also my grandparents donated a lot of money, and that really made me happy.” He spent nearly a week with the rest of the state team in training camp at Eastern Washington University before heading to Fargo. “We had about 34-40 kids there (between the different age groups and weight classes),” Aitcheson said. “I knew a couple of kids that I’d wrestled against before, and other guys whose names I knew. It was exciting to see them and fun to wrestle with guys I’d heard about.” Aitcheson said he enjoyed the experience but wasn’t certain if he’d want to do it again. “I’m glad I did it,” he said. “I’m pretty happy about it. It was a fun trip. I don’t know whether I would go back and do it again; it’s really hard, I really stressed out about my weight, and mentally it’s very tough. “But I also learned a lot more things that are out there that I didn’t know before. Coach Mitchell teaches us all the good moves, but the (state team) coaches taught us a bunch of little things that make you better. So I learned a lot of those small things, and I’m definitely looking forward to next season.”

Strolling the Similkameen Trail By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - Sometimes it’s those things in your own back yard that are least appreciated. It’s pretty early in the game to render a final verdict on whether or not the Similkameen Trail is properly appreciated, but its easy access, dual starting points and status as part of the Pacific Northwest Trail make it one of the area’s most family-friendly trails. It even has its own Facebook page. Technically, the Similkameen is considered an “urban trail” since the primary trailhead lies within the Oroville city limits, at the end of Kernan Rd. (west of the Old Oroville Depot Museum and Visitors Center). The first two miles of the trail are wide and flat, suitable for jogging and casual walking with little elevation change. Signs along the trail highlight items of historical or natural significance. The trail then rises about 50 feet through a vineyard to the

second (Taber) trail head, which branches off the Oroville/Loomis highway. From there the trail winds back down to the river across a refurbished railroad bridge that is now used only for foot traffic. The remainder of the trail has a wilder feel to it, heading west into the Similkameen River gorge with views of the river and canyon at nearly every turn. There are still few elevation changes. For now, the trail ends after about 3.5 miles at a fence, with a viewpoint and benches that provide a nice view of the Enloe Dam further up the river. Future plans call for the trail to extend another 12 or so miles west to Nighthawk. For now, to pick up the rest of the PNT, one must backtrack to the start of the trail and either drive west into the Cascades to pick it up at the westbound trailhead at Cold Springs (several miles above Chopaka Lake) or to head eastbound, at the Whistler Canyon trailhead just south of Oroville. During the summer, the Similkameen Trail is best trav-

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Shane Brookover (back left), his sons (l-r) Prater and Ethan, and Derek (back right) and Jace Brawley, of East Wenatchee show off part of their haul of trout and kokanee caught last week on a pontoon boat at Liar’s Cove.

Liar’s Cove Report Liar’s Cove report Submitted by Gene Bussell

CONCONULLY - Fishing has really stepped up here in Conconully. We had the Brookover family go out each day on our large pontoon boat and catch between 10 and 28 trout and kokanee. It was really cool because the little kids were catching also. They were in front of the lower reservoir’s dam fishing off of the bottom using night crawlers. Most everybody is still fishing, Not many trollers left now. The lower lake is still pretty clear of weeds South of the Conconully State Park. Around the North Salmon Creek there are weeds showing, but the rest of the lake looks good. I have one fisherman, Jack McDonald, who goes out and and catches two fish for dinner each day. Jack told me sometimes they eat good and sometimes not.

Tonasket youth football registration upcoming Brent Baker / staff photo

Views of the Similkameen River abound on the trail, particularly on the more rugged upper half. eled in the early morning hours as the heat quickly builds in the late morning and early afternoon. There’s plenty of wildflowers and birds to see, as well as the occa-

sional bear sighting and, for the sharp-eyed, an occasional golf ball flying off the plateau above and across the river near the end of the trail where the Oroville

Golf Club is located. Whether living in town or just passing through, it is a trail worth the walk, and can be easily run as well.

TONASKET - Registration for Tonasket Youth Football will take place on Monday, Aug. 20, 5:30 p.m. at the Tonasket High School football field. The program is for kids aged 8-12. Cost is $80 for the first player and $50 for each additional sibling. For additional information, contact Jay Hawkins at (509) 4290135.

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Public Notice City of Oroville The Oroville City Council will hold a public hearing at its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 in the City Council Chambers at 1308 Ironwood beginning at 7:00 pm to consider the extension the interim Critical Areas Ordinance for an additional 180 days to allow for completion of the state review and adoption process for final adoption. The Oroville Community Development Department has been working with its Planning Commission to address state agency comments from a review in 2007 when the current regulations were adopted and codified as “interim”, and to incorporate Department of Ecology’s wetland buffer recommendations for small communities. The designation, classification and protection of Critical Areas utilizing the Best Available Science are requirements of the Growth Management Act for all counties and cities in the state of Washington. Additional information for this hearing is available from Chris Branch, Community Development Director, at 509-560-3535. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Aug. 16, 2012.#413970





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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY SUMMONS FOR PUBLICATION NO. 12-2-00362-1 SPOKANE TEACHERS CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, v. JENNIFER A TORRES and VIDAL T. TORRES wife and husband, Defendants. The State of Washington to the said JENNIFER A. TORRES and VIDAL T. TORRES wife and husband: You are hereby summoned to appear within sixty days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty days after 2nd day of August, 2012, and defend the above entitled action in the above entitled court, and answer the complaint of the plaintiff Spokane Teachers Credit Union, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorneys’ for plaintiff , at their office below stated; and in case of your failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the complaint, which has been filed with the clerk of said court. This is an action to recover on a loan for the purchase of a 2006 Pontiac Torrent and for the deficiency after its repossession and sale. Dated this 23 day of July, 2012. PHILLABAUM, LEDLIN, MATTHEWS & SHELDON, PLLC /s/: SHERYL S. PHILLABAUM, WSBA# 19236 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 6, 2012.


The Oroville School Board of Directors reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Steve Quick Superintendent & Secretary to the Board Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Aug. 9 and 16, 2012.#412311


diesel. Period of supply will be from September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2012. Product Unleaded Gasoline (non oxygenated) - Est. Gallons: 2,000 Supreme Unleaded Gasoline (non oxygenated) - Est. Gallons: 1,000 Dyed Diesel #1 (low sulfur) - Est. Gallons: 1,000 Dyed Diesel #2 (low sulfur) - Est. Gallons: 10,000 Diesel #2 (high sulfur) - Est. Gallons: 400 One bid price per gallon regardless of where delivered or from vendors dispensers. All bids must declare the cost to District over Dealers cost per gallon. Gas Cards to be furnished at no extra charge. All bids must state a firm price as of bidding date and state source of supply. Prices may vary up or down from the original bid price, however any and all price changes must be justified through the Oil Price Information Service ( O.P.I.S. ) using supply sources indicated in the original bid. Current copies of OPIS reports shall be provided to the Oroville School District at least once a month. If you do not belong to O.P.I.S., you must verify any price increase to the district with an invoice from your supplier. Or any other document you may have that indicates our increase is a result of your increase. Bids must be sealed and marked “Bids-Gasoline and Diesel”. Successful bidders will be expected to extend their contracts to any municipal corporation in Oroville School District, upon their request, the same prices quoted on accepted bids subject to quantity differentials. Specifications are available at the Superintendents Office - (509) 476-2281.



CALL FOR BIDS Gasoline and Diesel 2012/2013 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that sealed bids will be received by the Oroville School District #410, at the district office, 816 Juniper Street, Oroville, WA 98844 until 2:00 PM, on August 16, 2012, for gasoline and

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Contractors and Vendors Lists As authorized under RCW 35.23.352(2), and RCW 35.23.352(8), the City of Oroville is updating their Small Works Roster, consisting of contractors interested in performing work for the City of Oroville which is estimated to cost less than $100,000 and their Vendor’s List, consisting of vendors interested in providing supplies, materials, equipment or services between $7,500 and $15,000 through telephone and/or written quotations. In awarding contracts for such projects, the City of Oroville shall invite proposals from all appropriate contractors or vendors who have requested to be included on the Small Works Roster and/or Vendors List, and shall select the lowest responsible bid. All contractors and vendors, where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered in this state. The City of Oroville actively seeks participation by minority or women owned firms who otherwise qualify. Individual Assurity Bonds acceptable. Forms may be secured at the Oroville City Hall or by calling 509-476-2926. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Aug. 9 and 16, 2012.#412322

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Come get your map of all the Lakefront properties! 1411 Main St., P.O. Box 547 Oroville, WA 509-476-2121 Stan & Tamara Porter & Joan Cool


— OMAK HOME — 1999 3-Bedroom, 2-bath Manuf. Home. Approx. 1780 sq. ft. Good condition 16 ACRES m/l. 2 miles town. Engh Road Frontage. 1/2 mile WalMart. $133,000.00 OR, buy property without home for $75,000.00 OR, Home can be purchased separately and moved ($65,000.00)

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17 Lake View Drive. Tonasket – 3 bedroom/2 bath Triplewide Mfg home on 20+ acres. Approx 2,400 sq’ of living space. Quiet location with lots of deer, birds & other wildlife. Beautiful interior floor plan, spacious rooms, vaulted ceilings, trex deck, patio, covered entry into the 2 bay garage plus office. Looks like a park with all the mature landscaping. NWML# 360632 $345,000

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune | AUGUST 16 2012

OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Mount Barney Fire at 50 acres WINTHROP – The Mount Barney Fire, at the head of Falls Creek north of Winthrop, is estimated to be about 50 acres, according to the USFS incident report. The lightening caused fire began last week and is in the Methow Valley Ranger District. Command of the fire is under a Type 3 Incident Management Team led by Michelle Ellis. Firefighters have begun mop up of the fire after securing the

perimeter. Aircraft will continue to provide support to fire crews. Cooler temperatures and higher humidities with a significant wind increase were predicted earlier in the week. Closures: The following trail closures are in effect until further notice to provide public safety due to the Barney Mt. Wildfire. Appropriate signs are in place at the trailheads and trail inter-

Saturday night’s all right for cruising

sections. 1. Burch Mountain Trail # 538 from the intersection with Larch Creek Trail # 502 to Burch Mt. 2. Falls Creek Trail # 518 from the FS Road # 5140 to Burch Mt. 3. Eightmile Trail #523 from the end of FS Road # 5140 to Burch Mt. A map showing the trail closures is available online at www.

Okanogan Valley Church Guide OROVILLE


Oroville Community Bible Fellowship

Sunday Service, 10:00 a.m. 923 Main St. • Mark Fast, Pastor

Faith Lutheran Church

11th & Ironwood, Oroville • 476-2426 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Pastor Dan Kunkel • Deacon Dave Wildermuth

Immaculate Conception Parish

1715 Main Street Oroville 8:30 a.m. English Mass 1st Sunday of the Month Other Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every other Sun. Rev. David Kuttner • 476-2110

PC of G Bible Faith Family Church

476-3063 • 1012 Fir Street, Oroville SUNDAY: 7 a.m. Men’s Meeting 9:45 Sunday School (2-17 yrs) • Life Skills (18+) 10:45 Worship Service • Children’s Church (3-8 yrs) WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Bible Study (13+) Pastor Claude Roberts

Oroville United Methodist

908 Fir, Oroville • 476-2681 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Rev. Leon Alden

Valley Christian Fellowship

Pastor Randy McAllister 142 East Oroville Rd. • 476-2028 • Sunday School (Adult & Teens) 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.• Sun. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Sunday School & Children’s Church K-6 9:45 to 1:00 p.m. Open to Community! Located at Kid City 142 East Oroville • Wednesday Evening Worship 7 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal

602 Central Ave., Oroville Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 Warden • 476-2022

Nondenominational • Everyone Welcome Every Sunday 10:30 a.m. to Noon Pastor Duane Scheidemantle • 485-3826 Youth Pastor Carol Mills

Photos by Gary DeVon

Classic and custom car owners from all over the valley gathered at Prince’s Warehouse in Oroville for Cruise Night Saturday evening. Many cruised to Oroville’s Veterans Memorial Park and around town before returning and stopping in at Alpine Brewery.

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

Molson Grange, Molson Sunday 10:30 a.m., Worship & Youth Sun. School Wednesday 6:30pm, Bible Study “For by grace are ye saved through faith...” Eph. 2:8-9 “...lovest thou me...Feed my lambs...John 21:1-17


Right: Lee Chapman, one of the organizers of Cruise Night, talks shop between a classic 50’s Chevy Pickup and a late model Ford Mustang Cobra.

Riverside Lighthouse - Assembly of God

102 Tower Street Sunday Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00am & 6:30pm Wednesday- family Night 6:30pm Pastor Vern & Anita Weaver Ph. 509-826-4082

TONASKET Holy Rosary Parish

1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 10:30 a.m. English Mass 1st Sunday of the Month Other Sundays at 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every other Sun. Rev. David Kuttner • 476-2110

Immanuel Lutheran Church

1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Eph. 2:8-9

“To every generation.” Celebrating 100 years 1905-2005

Below: Lee DeShaw yellow 1929 Plymouth Coupe. DeShaw, of Tonasket, can often be seen racing his coupe at the Wine Country Racing Associations drag races in Osoyoos.

Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

415-A S. Whitcomb Ave. • Pastor George Conkle Sunday: 10 a.m. (509) 486-2000 • cell: (509) 429-1663

Tonasket Community UCC

Church of Christ

Ironwood & 12th, Oroville • 476-3926 Sunday School 10 a.m. • Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.

Seventh-Day Adventist

10th & Main, Oroville - 509-476-2552 Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. Skip Johnson • 509-826-0266

Oroville Free Methodist

Chesaw Community Bible Church

1516 Fir Street • Pastor Rod Brown • 476.2311 Sun. School 9:15 am • Worship Service 10:15am Youth Activity Center • 607 Central Ave. Monday 7:00 pm • After School M-W-F 3-5pm

24 E. 4th, Tonasket • 486-2181

“A biblically based, thoughtful group of Christian People”

Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. Call for program/activity information Leon L. Alden, Pastor

Whitestone Church of the Brethren

577 Loomis-Oroville Rd., Tonasket. 846-4278 9:15am Praise Singing. 9:30am Worship Service 10:45am Sunday school for all ages

Ellisforde Church of the Brethren

32116 Hwy. 97, Tonasket. 846-4278 10am Sunday School. 11am Worship Service

“Continuing the work of Jesus...simply, peacefully, together”

Pastor Jim Yaussy Albright.

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