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Layoffs, other cuts needed to offset lower revenues BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - North Valley Hospital District’s warrant level has stubbornly remained at over $2.5 million for several months, putting the hospital in danger of not getting its debt to Okanogan County paid off by its target date of Dec. 2013. Faced with that prospect, the senior leadership board and the Board of Commissioners decided on a series of cuts to rein in expenses. Those cuts included the layoff of eight hospital employees, including three senior administrators; the closing of the

Tonasket Family Medical Clinic to civilians; the cancellation of a number of outside contracts; and the suspension of the second floor and basement construction projects. As of Monday, Aug. 20, the warrant level was at $2,652, 997. NVH was targeted to have that level down to $1 million by the end of this year, which even with the cuts is unlikely to happen. “It was a grueling week,” said NVH Chief Executive Officer Linda Michel. “The issue is that we’ve been stalled at that level for quite a few months. When we did our financial analysis of the rest of the year, we estimated we could get it down to $1.9 million if nothing happened (that required more money be spent). “We’re trying to be proactive to reduce


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Tonasket football players are put to the test during conditioning drills on Saturday. For more photos of football practice in Tonasket and in Oroville see Sports & Outdoors, page 9.

Tonasket mayor apologizes, takes heat for remarks BY BRENT BAKER


TONASKET - Sometimes it seems as though no one pays attention until you make a mistake. That had to be going through Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb’s mind as he faced a full house of angry constituents at the Tuesday, Aug. 14, city council meeting. After months of mostly empty chairs at council meetings, it was standing room only after Plumb made a number of remarks at the July 24 meeting when discussing the possibility of putting a public transportation sales tax hike to support Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition on the ballot. At the July meeting, Plumb expressed misgivings about the tax, in part because he said that there was a greater need for criminal justice services than for seniors, and because he said that the buses were being used to campaign for Democratic candidates.

Plumb opened Tuesday’s meeting by apologizing for his earlier remarks, admitting that he’d spoken on a topic about which he wasn’t fully informed. “I was under the impression that Okanogan County Transportation and Nutrition was a government entity, that they were acting under the auspices of a county organization. They are truly not as far as I know now, based on the ... extensive amount of things I’ve read,” Plumb said. The day of the July 24 meeting was the day that Ed Jeffko, a close friend of Plumb’s, was reported missing in his single engine plane, which he said was a factor. “I was emotionally distraught, it was the day we’d found out Ed had disappeared,” he said. “I wasn’t able to effectively communicate my surprise at the taxes that were in front of us. We were considering a six-tenths of a percent of sales tax increase, and we are the only organization that can do that for the City

of Tonasket. So, shell-shocked was probably where I was at... “Also, as it’s a private non-profit organization... I also have to apologize to Chris Zaferes, since he bought that bus from a private organization. It had nothing to do with government. The reason why I was concerned is because municipalities have to be very careful with their surplus... “It’s frustrating in government to see the quickness that people come to you for taxes. It bothers me a lot that it caused this much disruption in you guys’ life. I totally support (Cathy) Anderson driving the bus and I wave -- I didn’t know that program was the same this one was. I knew that was private, I didn’t know this was. “All that being said, I hope you can accept my sincere apology,” he concluded. “I did not speak on behalf of the council or the staff.”


‘Doc’ Hastings swings through Tonasket BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Richard N. “Doc” Hastings is about as sure a bet as there can be to win re-election to the U.S. House of Representatives out of Washington’s 4th Congressional District. He’s been the representative out of the 4th District since 1995, but hasn’t spoken for Okanogan County since 2003, when the county was shifted to the 5th District. After the 2010 census, Washington was awarded a 10th Congressional District, forcing the rest of the state’s districts to be adjusted. Okanogan County shifted back to the 4th District, where Hastings is running for his 10th term since ousting Jay Inslee from the seat in 1995. Hastings is a prohibitive favorite to win re-election after claiming 59.3 percent of the vote in the four-candidate primary on Aug. 7. He will face off against Democrat Mary Baechler, who received 26.5 percent of the primary vote, in the November general election Hastings (R-Pasco) visited Tonasket on Friday, Aug. 17, as part of his election campaign to re-introduce himself

to once-andagain constituents of the area. That included a stop at S h a n n o n ’s for an early morning coffee and interview, where he discussed his views on energy, immigration, veterDoc Hastings ans’ care and other issues. Hastings, who chairs the House Natural Resources Committee, had a busy week. His bill H.R. 6247, “Saving Our Dams and Hydropower Development of Jobs Act of 2012,” was part of field hearing held by the committee in Pasco on Wednesday. The bill was introduced partly in response to pressure from some environmental groups to remove dams from Pacific Northwest rivers, including those that are fully operational.


“It was a hearing simply to really start the discussion,” Hastings said. “We’re going to have to have more energy. Why we don’t look at the benefits of hydropower nationally to me doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. The hydropower is self-evident that it fuels our economy. The dams, especially in Central Washington, especially Grand Coulee Dam, is what irrigates the Columbia Basin Project. Any dam has a pool of water behind it where irrigation water comes out, so that really is a big driver of our economy.” Most significantly, Hastings felt, no one in attendance said that hydro wasn’t a renewable power source. “Every one of the panelists were there, from all sides,” he said, “and none of them said that hydro wasn’t renewable. So we’re making progress.” Hastings said his biggest issue is the disposition of federally owned lands, which comprise a large portion of the entire district, as well as a big chunk of Okanogan County. “As chairman of the house natural


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A graph showing new construction values over the past two decades.

Methow Valley continues to lead in new construction

Oroville area sees next highest construction levels, Tonasket fourth BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OKANOGAN – The Methow Valley School District represented nearly onethird of the value of all new construction in Okanogan County, according to Assessor Scott Furman’s office. The assessor’s office uses the various school districts to determine the boundaries of each area included in their reports. While the Methow Valley was still on top of the list with $13,157,700 in new construction, or nearly 32 percent of the total, the Oroville School District was next with $6,006,600 in new construction, or 15 percent of the total. “The Okanogan County Assessor’s Office recently completed physically inspecting and valuing for property tax purposes new construction that has occurred throughout the County in the past 12 months,” writes Furman in a press release last Monday. A total of $41,328,500 in new assessed value was picked up for assessment year 2012, taxes payable 2013. This amount is a 10 percent increase over the $37,417,700 that was valued in 2011. However, in 2010 the new construction was valued at $45,397,400 when the Oroville area knocked the Methow Valley School District from the top spot. In that year the Oroville area benefited from new construction of vacation homes, resort developments and construction at Kinross’ Buckhorn Mountain gold mine near Chesaw. The most new construction occurred in 2007 and amounted to $80.7 million, according to Furman. This process to determine the value of new construction in the county involves the office’s four real estate appraisers going


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out and physically inspecting the improvements and determining the value of the improvements based upon a number of criteria. These criteria include square footage, quality of construction, quality of materials used and architectural design. “(A total of) 87 percent of this new construction can be attributed to residential construction with the remaining 13 percent to commercial construction. This compares to 94 percent residential new construction and six percent of commercial new construction in 2011,” writes Furman. The Omak School District came in at third highest with $5,233,300 in new construction or 13 percent of the total. The Tonasket School District followed with a total of $5,225,100 which is also approximately 13 percent of the total. Rounding out the top five is the Okanogan School District which had $4,364,100 or 11 percent of the total. “Valuation of new construction in a timely manner by the assessor’s office is important to all property taxpayers as well as the 64 different taxing districts within Okanogan County,” Furman said. “The addition of these new values to the property tax roll of Okanogan County helps lessen the property tax burden on everyone with existing value while at the same time giving the taxing districts where the new construction is located a small revenue boost.” All property owners who have had new construction valued by the Okanogan County Assessor’s Office this year will have a notice of value change mailed to them August 24. These notices of value change will affect property taxes paid in 2013. Furman, encourages anyone who has questions regarding their new construction assessment to contact the office at (509) 422-7190 or stop by the office at 149 3rd North, Room 202, in Okanogan and talk with them. The assessor’s office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune | AUGUST 23, 2012

Council reports little movement on pool By Brent Baker

TONASKET -- City planner Kurt Danison, given the rare opportunity to give his report in front of a large audience at the Tonasket City Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 14, covered some familiar ground in discussing the plight of the swimming pool and the possibilities surrounding both its replacement and a splash park. The large crowd, which attended largely to have its say on another issue (see: Tonasket mayor apologizes), stuck around long enough to listen to and participate in the pool discussion, which continued to hold its spot on the council agenda until the process begins to move along. He said that a landscape architect had volunteered to donate 12 hours of professional time to develop a graphical representation of the proposed splash park, along with a master plan for the park itself. Danison said that talk of putting the splash park in the location of the condemned pool should be put to rest. “It’s not as simple as just filling in the hole and painting the building,” he said. “There’s substantial issues with the structure and accessibility. My recommendation is that we put it in the vicinity of the other playground equipment.” As for the pool, after reviewing the process, Danison said he would like to see the council schedule a town hall meeting for people to discuss what this summer was like with the pool closed. Council member Scott Olson said he’d hoped the community pool committee would take the lead on that, although it hadn’t met yet. “We’re almost two years,” Danison said. “At some point, we have to say if the community is not going to grab this and

force you elected officials to do something like that, then maybe there really isn’t that much interest in the community to do it. “On the other hand, I think there is. But I can’t quite figure out why there hasn’t been, maybe they feel like the city is too involved so they don’t want to form something, or maybe they think the city is leading it so they don’t have to. I’m not sure why, but somehow that log jam has to be broken. “There’s certainly a lot of opinions (on what is needed). I’m struggling because if we are going to apply (for grant money) in 2014, we need to start now.” Chris Zaferes asked if there had been discussion of some sort of partnership with the school district. “The person who said she would chair the committee has talked to the superintendent about that,” Olson said. “It’s just getting this (community) meeting to happen. I just feel that if the city keeps doing things, others are going to let us do it until we get tired of it.” “We’ve wanted to keep the community involved, put the ball in their court and offer to assist,” said council member Jill Vugteveen. “I fear if we take lead they’ll sit on sidelines. And unfortunately in city government nothing moves that fast.” “We’ve been talking about this how long, requesting the community would step forward,” said council member Jean Ramsey. “But even today I’m taking questions about what do we do? Who do we talk to?” Vugteveen went through an explanation of the process when asked what the community should be doing. “From what I’ve heard in the community, people want the pool,” she said. “But when they see what it’s going to cost them as a taxpayer ... that’s not doable. So you have to ask yourself, do I want to pay more taxes so we can

have a pool for a limited time each season? Or am I on such a fixed income that I can’t afford that and it’s not an option.” Plumb pointed out that for a two and a half month period each year, the old pool cost $40,000 a year for maintenance. “It always comes to the cost that scares the people,” said council member Dennis Brown. “The maintaining part, you’re putting out $50,000 a year to maintain the pool... It’s kind of a hole in the ground to put money into, but it’s a nice thing to have.” Leanne Peterson asked if the community could afford to build a pool at the prices that she was hearing. “One of the thoughts on the pool is that Tonasket can’t afford it, but the larger community can,” Olson said. “A parks district would include more than just the community of Tonasket, and other entities like the hospital and the school would be involved.” After further discussion, Plumb said he felt a town hall meeting would need to be called to get things moving. “I don’t see this as any different than the transportation issue,” he said. “We had a big town hall meeting on that, we can have a big town hall meeting on the pool. Whether we call the meeting in conjunction with some leader or not, we’re going to need to have a frank and honest discussion about what it all needs to be funded.”

Sewage Ron Martell, owner of the business at 108 Winesap in Tonasket that was locked in a dispute over whether or not to hook up to the city sewer system, voiced his displeasure at the situation to the mayor and council. “My desire was to create an inviting space to the north of

Tonasket,” Martell said. “One that is pleasing to the eye, not a run down warehouse or an abandoned office. Now I’m selling due to the city government’s continuous harassment over their own action of years past.” Martell said that “misinformation delivered to the press” had destroyed his reputation, that human waste had been smeared on his business and that he’d been forced to close. “Continue your practices of ordinance enforcements only against those the mayor doesn’t like. Disregard the true safety and health issues. But please stop the false accusations, misinformation and outright lies,” Martell said. “When I bought the business, it had been vacant for nine years,” he said. “When I turned the water on, the whole plumbing system leaked. I tore the toilet out; there was no toilet in it... I even offered to bring in a Sani-can. It just continuously through council - well not so much with council, but with the mayor through the paper, I’m out of business.” Martell took issue with the fact that there was no fee to hook up to the sewer system when it was put in in 2002, but that he was being charged a fee to do so now. “There was no hookup fees collected at that time,” Martell said in response to a memo read by council member Jean Ramsey from Varela and Associates regarding the 2002 project. “I’m not wanting the city to do the hookup. I will do the hookup. You’re misrepresenting something again. I didn’t want the city to come in and do my hookup.” “But you have stated many times that it shouldn’t cost you anything to connect,” Ramsey said. “At that time, when that (sewer) went in there was no connection fee. Period,”Martell said. “That’s because there was a grace period within the grant that allowed it to be done for free,” said council member Jill Vugteveen. “What I’m asking is, why didn’t

the city do it then?” Martell asked. “You come back, new ownership, new guy in town. It’s a moot point now. Things that have appeared in the newspaper that really got on me that I was flushing a toilet with a bucket from the mayor’s mouth. How can I flush something when there isn’t a toilet in there?” The discussion continued for some time before Mayor Plumb gaveled it down well after the three minute limit on public comment had expired.

Pitch for ATV law Also during public comment, Spencer King, president of the North Central ATV Club and Okanogan Trails Coalition, appeared to request the city allow Off-Highway Vehicles on the streets of Tonasket “We promote safe and responsible motorized recreation by educating other Off-Highway Vehicle riders to police areas open to OHV riding,” King said. “Our motto is ‘Leave No Tracks.’” He said off-highway riders on city streets would be covered by existing state and local law, and that the city could benefit economically as there are more than 137,000 such vehicles registered statewide. He said many vacationing ATV riders schedule their vacations specifically due to the availability of areas to ride, and can spend as much as $200 per day in their vacation areas. “Safety statistics (from Montana and Idaho, where they are legal in more areas) show that ATVs are involved in less than one half of one percent of all accidents over the past few years,” he said. He added that he hoped the chamber of commerce would support opening the town as OHVfriendly and help set up destination routes, such as to Loomis or Fish Lake near Conconully. Vugteveen asked if there were enforcement issues in other towns

open to ATVs. “Since the law was passed in 2009 in Okanogan, there have been zero incidents there,” he said. “Most people are conscientious ... and understand it’s a privilege, and not a right.” Olson said he would like to have it on the regular agenda and have city attorney Mick Howe present for further discussion. “We’re getting very different information from our last meeting,” Olson said. “Would you be willing to come up and have the discussion with us?” Plumb asked. “Absolutely,” said King. He also said, in response to a question from Vugteveen, that he could provide proposed links and routes to areas such as Conconully and Loomis.

Actions The council also took the following actions: - approved Plumb to sign documents that would allow Varela and Associates to apply for TIB funds to finish and connect a number of the pending street projects; - approved payment of $9,407 for the pedestrian crossing equipment, pending receipt and inspection of the equipment; - approved a peddler’s permit for a vendor wishing to sell food in the Lee Frank’s parking lot, pending confirmation of landowner permission; - set the dates for the 2013 budget, beginning with the first budget request Sept. 10; - approved the payment of Varela and Associates project billing; - approved going out for bid on the street, sidewalk and storm drain projects on 3rd, 5th and 6th Avenues; - and approved the consent agenda. The Tonasket City Council next meets on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the city council chambers.

Containment progresses on lightening fires By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

COULEE DAM – Efforts to contain several lightning caused fires continue in Okanogan County, with the largest, the Buffalo Lake Road fire near Coulee Dam at 100 percent containment as of last Saturday afternoon. The Buffalo Lake Road Fire started at 2030 on Tuesday, Aug. 14 and grew quickly due to high winds burning approximately 7,800 acres by the evening of Aug. 15. As of Aug. 19, the fire reached 11,299 acres and is 100% contained. The fire was fought by a crew of 291 representing several agencies and had

21 engines, 12 water tenders and seven hand crews. Initial suppression efforts included building dozer lines and providing structure protection. The firefighters dealt with wind-driven fire fueled by grass, sage, and bitter brush. Nine homes and the communities of Elmer City (pop. 239) and Coulee Dam (pop. 1107) were threatened. Two barns burned, but no homes were lost and only two minor injuries reported. The most difficult areas to mop up are steep, rocky terrain and sites with a lot of woody vegetation that could contain smoldering logs or roots. The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Washington Department of Natural Resources, who are

in charge of firefighting on the affected land, define successful mop-up as completely extinguishing and cooling a line that is 50 feet wide in grass, 100 feet wide in timber, and 500 feet wide around houses. Specialists are using handheld heat detecting machines to identify and mark any remaining hot spots. Crews following behind the detection effort will dig out, expose, spread, and cool any remaining heat with hand tools like shovels and water. All roads in the area including Peter Dan Road, Buffalo Lake Road and Hwy 155 are open. Drivers should use caution, obey

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Mayor | FROM A1 There was a smattering of applause after Plumb’s remarks, but several others had their say as well. Leanne Whitener, OCTN’s executive director (and an Omak City Council member) said that she had come to the meeting intending to ask for an apology, and wanted to clear up misconceptions about OCTN’s purpose and practices. “We have never (used the buses for political purposes) and will never,” Whitener said. “We receive government funding federal and state funding. We have to sign assurances that we will never do that, and we do not.” She said that when the buses are sold, all markings are removed before the transaction is completed. “We sell our buses in a closed bid process,” Whitener said. “What the new owners choose to do with their bus is their business. We don’t own them any more. So if one of the purchased buses is used for a purpose that someone in the community doesn’t like, then they need to take that up with that person.” Whitener said that so far this year (through June), OCTN had provided 35,752 rides within Okanogan County, the inner city bus system had provided 6,809 rides, the shuttle service 6,984 rids and the door-to-door service 17,899 rides. “(Projected to the end of the year) that would be a seven percent increase over the rides we provided in 2011,” she said. “The service is needed and the service is growing. “We help a lot of people, not just seniors. The general public, low income, the disabled, everyone. The buses are all ADA equipped. We are happy to do this service. It took 22 years (to build). It’s a good program.” OCTN is a private non-profit

organization, although it receives some government funding for its transportation services through federal and state grants, along with money contributed by cities in the service area (including $1,000 per year in recent years from Tonasket) and through private donations. “And yes,” Whitener said, “at some point in time it may have to have tax-based funding, because that is the way the DOT is going to start working their grant programs.” Chris Zaferes said Plumb’s statements about using the bus which had been purchased from OCTN - to improperly campaign were defamatory and slanderous, and challenged Plumb to arrest him and prove his wrongdoing in court. “These statements made by Mayor Plumb concerning myself, Chris Zaferes, and the late Okanogan County clerk, Jackie Bradley, are false and without any foundation,” he said. “Mayor Plumb also ridicules and insults and demeans our senior citizen population and their needs.” Zaferes recalled the work he and Bradley had done in the past that secured the fish viewing platform at Chief Tonasket Park, as well as helping to get a public transportation system up and running. “(We) appeared not only in Tonasket, but in other towns around the county, to secure funding for a bus replacement program for a limited, but essential, public transportation system,” Zaferes said. “... I can’t recall receiving an official statement from the council thanking us for our efforts. What we received are statements by Mayor Plumb which are injurious to the late Jackie Bradley, and exposes her to contempt and ridicule and to defame a fine public servant, who is not here to defend herself.” After challenging Plumb to

hastings | FROM A1 resources committee, I firmly believe that all ... federal lands, unless otherwise designated by the Congress, should be open for multiple use,” Hastings said. “That includes commercial activity, recreational activity and so on. But what we have seen the last generation or so is a gradual regulatory squeeze on that multiple-use notion. What I’ve tried to do... is bring this issue more to the forefront, and with various pieces of legislation we’ve passed out of committee and out of the House, we’ve made very plain that if there is a special designation it is confined to that specific area.” Another issue near and dear to the county - especially in Tonasket, with its new VA clinic at North Valley Hospital and the nearly-completed Armed Forces Legacy Project - is the care of veterans. “(Veterans’ health care) is an ongoing issue all the time,” Hastings said. “The principle is sound to me. The reason we have the freedoms that we have is because of the efforts these American citizens have put in, the military forces that thus become veterans. We should never lose sight of that fact. “President Lincoln was really the first one during the Civil War. He said that the widows, orphans of our fallen soldiers needed to be taken care of. I think that principle is sound to this day. “I continue to be a huge advocate for community-based facilities for veterans, especially when you live here, you’re not close to places, and if you have to drive, especially in the winter, to Wenatchee or Spokane, it’s tough. I firmly believe in that.” Hastings also said he is hoping Congress can come up with practical immigration reform, particularly a workable guest worker program with predictable and consistent rules and regulations. “What we really need... in

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labor-intensive agriculture, we need a workable guest worker program where it’s predictable for the guest worker what the rules and regs are,” Hastings said. “And on the other side, the employers (need to) have the certainty of having a labor force. I’d categorize that as a workable guest worker program. “What is on the books right now is not workable. It’s tough because it’s always part of a larger conversation about immigration reform. I’m a firm believer in securing our borders. That has to be a component of it, and that goes without saying. But we need a workable guest worker program so that there is certainty for the employer - the grower - and the laborer.” With the possibility of the use of drones for border surveillance in the near future, there have been concerns that drones have been used by other government agencies, such as the EPA, to monitor activities on private ranches in the Midwest.

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Tumbleweed Film Festival founders Geoff Klein and Mo Fine, as well as Laura VanBrunt from Baines Title Company, one of the festival’s sponsors, take time out to go paddle boarding on Lake Osoyoos last Saturday afternoon. The festival was in Osoyoos for the weekend and the crew, as well as a couple visiting filmmakers from Seattle and Los Angeles, got an offer to try out the popular waterspout from SUP Okanagan, which rents gear and gives lessons.

hospital | FROM A1 our warrants, and the first step was to reduce our staff, because we want to be financially responsible both to ourselves and to our community.” Michel said that staff reductions were not determined by seniority, but by skill, ability and the hospital’s capacity to cover their duties with other personnel. Of the eight employees that were laid off were three senior administrators: Chief Financial Officer Bomi Bharucha, Support Services Director John Boyd and Long Term Care Director Judy Gladden. “There were no direct caregivers laid off,” Michel said. “That’s the reason we started from the top down. I don’t feel you can lay off the people that keep the floors clean and protect people from infection, and not those at the top.” Laid off employees received an additional two weeks of pay, with an official layoff date of Sept. 2 to keep their benefits active through the end of September. Michel said the layoffs would save an estimated $97,000 over the rest of this year and $292,000 next year. The Tonasket Family Medical Clinic’s closure date for civilians

will occur on or around Sept. 17, although Michel emphasized that the VA clinic will remain open. “We have staffing issues there,” she said. “The VA contract is something we must abide by and it’s the only service for veterans in this area. Other patients have the option to go to Oroville, but the veterans don’t. We’ve been short-staffed there, and we just can’t provide quality care to both (civilians and veterans). “We must continue that (VA) service and concentrate our efforts on making it the best anyone can find anywhere.” Through the end of June, the clinic lost $79,709, a number Michel said would be annualized to $182,156 if it stayed open. The VA clinic is nearly $60,000 in the red, with 464 current enrollees, but would break even with 575 enrollees. “We feel we can certainly turn that around with more enrollees, and we know they are out there,” Michel said. “The VA wants to put in telemedicine for the vets, which would be added revenue for us.” Michel said that with both clinics open in 2013 (assuming no more VA enrollees) the combined loss would be over


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$240,000. Construction on the hospital’s second floor will be suspended, as has the $125,000 architect’s contract for basement construction. “We have the west end just about finished, and we’ll complete it for our surgical doctors’ clinics and two new recovery rooms,” Michel said. “At the east end, we’ll use the supplies we’ve bought, and then see where our warrants are before we continue our construction. “We’ll have plenty of room downstairs, too, if we’re only seeing the veterans downstairs. We’ll try to have that east wing done with the specialty clinics by Sept. 17 as well.” Michel estimated that the cancellation of a number of contracts with outside services (such as consultants) would save an additional $167,000 this year and $264,000 next year. She added that there could be more changes in the offing as well. “We’re still looking at our revenue versus non-revenue-generating departments,” Michel said. “We’ll be doing some extensive research in those other departments.” The Board of Commissioners next meets Thursday, Aug. 30, in the Administrative Board Room.


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“We’ve heard those things and nothing has been pointed out yet,” Hastings said. “But we do have a very sound issue of privacy and private property rights, and that needs to be respected. “Technology is going to bring challenges (because it moves faster than the legislative process). That’s the nature of it.” Okanogan County has been represented by Cathy McMorris Rodgers as part of the 5th District since 2005. The reconfigured 4th District also includes Douglas, Grant, Benton, Yakima, Adams, Franklin and the western portion of Walla Walla counties. “It’s really nice to represent this area again,” Hastings said. “I enjoyed it before; it’s just the nature of how things work.” More information on Hastings, other candidates and their stances can be found online at https:// en/Pages/OnlineVotersGuide. aspx. The guide has not yet been updated for the general election, and when the updated guide is released it will also be available in print.


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have him arrested if he believed he’d violated state law, Zaferes appealed to the council. “You are elected officials in your own right,” he said. “When you hear or witness statements which are completely out of order, you must speak up, for to remain silent only encourages the same shameful conduct. “I will confer with my attorney as to whether I will proceed further in this matter.” Cathy Anderson, driver of OCTN Bus 14, said she appreciated the apology but that she was embarrassed for the mayor and the city. “You made it sound like we were represented by a person who was not informed, Anderson said. “You used inappropriate language, which you have said. We all have bad days, but that doesn’t excuse it. You came across as arrogant and uncaring. You insulted the bus company. You insulted seniors. You insulted people that ride the bus and those that don’t. “I am so proud of the people that ride the bus, I can’t even tell you, because I get emotional. When you wave at me and people wave at me when I’m driving in town, they’re not waving at Cathy Anderson ... they’re waving at that little white bus. Because they know the services we provide.” Anderson discussed some of what she did in a typical day. That particular day included 66 stops in eight hours. Anderson said she often takes people (not just seniors) shopping and when delivering meals, checks on the well-being of the seniors receiving them. “You did blow it, and I really expect to see your apology in the paper,” she said. “There’s a lot more to that little white bus than just a blonde lady that drives around here and putzes.” Jerry Beeman added his thanks for the apology and said he hoped that the city would continue with its annual contribution to OCTN’s funding.

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Okanogan Valley Life Drama camp warms up for Garlic Festival TONASKET - Dennis South, a professional drama educator and director/producer for more than 40 years, visited Tonasket this week to offer his expertise for the Youth Drama Camp at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. “This is my second time here,” South said. “The scenery is to live for, the people are sweet and everyone is so helpful, it’s just amazing.” The eight participants will put on a recital at this weekend’s Garlic Festival in Tonasket. “Frankly, I’m dazzled (by the kids),” South said. “What I love is the surfeit of boys. Usually it takes some time to get the boys to come out, but this year we have six boys and two girls. To be top heavy here with boys is something else.”

Phoenix Willging (center) laughs in response to Dennis South’s instruction as Ian Phares (left) and Sean Maher look on. Brent Baker / staff photos

(L-r) Paul Reinleitner, Phoenix Willging and Ian Phares get into the singing as visiting drama camp instructor Dennis South leads the way.

Drama camp participants get into singing “Dixie” Tuesday at the CCC. The campers included (l-r) Mark Reinleitner, Conner Williams, Ian Phares (obscured), Phoenix Willging, Paul Reinleitner, Sean Maher, Jeremiah McFarland and Breanna McFarland. Dennis South served as drama camp instructor.

Dennis South, a drama instructor in Western Washington for more than 40 years, has the attentino of his eight drama camp students Tuesday at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.

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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 many 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. “We’re up to 45 vendors now, so we’re having to cap it. I think 18 of them are first-timers, which is great. We’ll have some new vendors on Saturday - vendors can either come for one or both days. So if you’re really serious about doing some craft show shopping, you need to come both days,” said River Jones, director of the Tonasket CCC. “Some new things include hand painted cross-cut saws, more jewelry than I anticipated and a lot of food. And of course, we’ll have lots of garlic and lots of produce. There’s really something for everybody,” adds Jones. Also, the festival will have someone from the Okanogan Wildlife League doing a live raptor demonstration, and they will have dancing Friday night beginning at 5:45. “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) 4852174 or see Chesaw Tavern on Facebook. 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 or call Vicky Didenhover at (509) 485-3020.

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Friends and family gathered at the home of Salvador and Nicolasa Medina Sunday, July 15, 2012 to celebrate the paying off of the mortgage of the first house Habitat for Humanity built in the county. Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity was incorporated Aug. 16, 1995. Fundraisers were held the next 1 1/2 years until there was enough to buy a lot and select a family to purchase the first home. Ground breaking took place April, 1997 and the house was dedicated Aug. 23, 1998. Bob Thompson drew up the house plans and acted as general con-

tractor. Some of the folks told of their experiences in building the house. Thompson remembers Neil Robinson working on the roof, Al Biggs built the cabinets for the laundry, the whole Habitat crew tiled and grouted all the upper floor of the house, President Arlene Johnson found out how to use a crow bar and hammer, the Enzenspergers mixed mortar and built stone walls and steps and lunches were prepared by folks in the community. New friends and skills were formed. Elizabeth Widel shared about being touched by the letter young Oscar Medina wrote to the Chronicle telling his Christmas wish that “he wished everyone could have a warm house to live in.” He went to two years of col-

lege before getting a job and he now lives in Sunnyside where he is employed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. He is married and has a five-year-old son and they are expecting twins soon. Juanita lives here in Tonasket, is married, has a four-year-old son and will begin her third year of college where she is studying to become a registered nurse. Salvador, Jr., is currently being mentored to learn the construction trade. President Johnson said, “the Medina family is the epitome of the ideal Habitat family and we are so proud of their accomplishments. They paid off their mortgage in less that 14 years and are a fine addition to the community. Congratulations Medina family.”



THE TOWN CRIER Why a new roof for Oroville Elementary? OROVILLE - Back in May of 2011, a facility review committee made up of community members and staff formed at the district to look at facility improvements that needed to be looked at in both the short and long term. Although there were many items that the committee felt needed attention, most of these items were at the elementary school, with the roof at the top of the list. The roof has been patched and repaired multiple times over the years in different sections. The last major remodel at the elementary school happened in the early 1980’s, when the middle section of the building was built and remodeled, which is now over 30 years old. My how time passes! The north and the south ends of the buildings have received various patches and repairs for many years now, but they are long past their original expected life. Because of this, the building has experienced leaks in hallways, classrooms, and office spaces whenever a good rain happens. This problem continues to become worse. Untreated, we risk damage to the core of our facilities. The strong recommendation of the facility committee is to put a new roof on the building next summer. We have looked in to several options and have received initial cost estimates to be about $1.3 million to do the entire project. The number can seem rather high until you consider the actual size of the roof, as well as the Steve Quick layers that need to be torn off in many Supt. Oroville multiple sections. Add in there some potential asbestos School District issues in one of the layers and the costs definitely rise. During the facility committee’s work, a roofing company came in and studied our roofs and gave us some initial estimates. This summer we had a highly recommended construction management firm also give us estimates, and they both came in about the same. The district wrote and received a grant from the state last year, which will help with about $100,000 of the project. In November the school board has put a three-year Capital Levy on the ballot for voters to approve. It is our hope that voters in the district will continue to support schools, especially on a project like this that is so desperately needed. The board realized that the facility committee saw other facility needs in the district, but did not feel comfortable at this time in asking any more than was absolutely necessary from voters. Our elementary school is an aging facility, so remodeling of the facility is inevitable at some point in the future, but with the lagging economy, the board felt the community would have a hard time swallowing any more than the absolute necessity at this time. Taking care of our facilities is something we continue to focus on, but without a good roof overhead, it is hard to protect and maintain the facility. Of course our biggest assets are the young ones running up and down in the hallways. Supporting the Capital Levy for a new roof will stop leaks that can ultimately create mold and rot issues if not prevented. Our study and the survey we did on our elementary building indicated that the core structure of the building was in good shape, but our top priority now is to protect it, starting with the roof. As we progress toward the November election, it will be my pleasure to be able to answer questions community members have regarding the levy. In the coming weeks and months, I will be putting more information in the newspaper as well as on our website that will help answer the many questions and concerns that will be raised. As a community member, please do not hesitate to drop by my office, give me a call or send me an email at

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Tough decisions at NVH Dear Editor, To the community: North Valley Hospital continues to struggle with paying its debt to the county. While the County Treasurer and County Commissioners have been very supportive and understand the struggles we face as a Rural Healthcare Facility, they are expecting our debt to be paid in full by Dec. 31, 2013. This will not be possible if we do not make multiple changes in our operations to increase revenue and cut expenses. We stand by our mission to “Provide trusted, compassionate, professional health care for our communities.” However, some difficult decisions must be made in order to secure the future of the Mission. We must look not only at the needs of our communities, but which of those needs put us at risk for closure and which will move us forward. Our Vision of “World Class Healthcare Close to Home” is in the forefront as we move forward and essential to our growth and stability. I assure you that our goals going forward are to keep needed healthcare services in the communities we serve, be an employer for those who reside in North Okanogan County, and be financial secure. The public, as always, is welcome to attend our Board Meetings, the second and last Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Administrative Board Room. The Board of Commissioners and I are committed to keep both the staff of the NVH Campus and the communities we serve informed of the changes that affect any services we currently provide. We appreciate the sup-

port and trust you have always shown for NVH District and ask for your continued support, as well as your understanding and trust in the Leadership of the Hospital District, as we make tough decisions to secure the future of healthcare for the communities we serve. Linda Michel Administrator North Valley Hospital

Reformation Dear Editor, Philosophy, which is the study of thoughts, generally speaking, and Wisdom, which is the behavioral application of philosophy directly into our daily lives, are at present the only means visible that can lead the great citizens of America into becoming even better individuals, which in turn will improve our society. So, our national and most state governments barely function, if at all. Using an analogy, dispensing with severely unwise politicians at all levels is similar to being on

a sea-going vessel engaged with a severe ocean storm in the middle of winter. The path is dangerous, and a successful transit over a vast distance is not guaranteed. Nevertheless, the wise will always know what is waiting for him/her on the other side of the storm, which is long overdue political and economic reformation by allowing all legal American citizens of this great country to have

direct domestic political decision making power (on the six to ten truly important domestic issues) via the ballot box. Politicians and judges would be delegated to the sidelines, with the authority to observe only, while we decide which is right for our stagnating nation and ourselves. Is anyone willing to sign up for a perilous voyage? Ray Gattavara Sumner, Wash.

Banning plastic bags: Does it really help the environment? OPINION BY TODD MYERS

From Bellingham to Seattle to Issaquah, Washington cities are joining the latest environmental trend – banning plastic grocery bags. Concerned about the amount of plastic that reaches our oceans and its impact on wildlife, communities have decided that banning the bags is a simple and environmentally responsible approach. But is it? What does the science say? Banning the bags may actually be a net negative for the environment, yielding little environmental benefit while increasing carbon emissions and other impacts. Advocates of the ban cite the bags’ effect on marine life and mammals. Unfortunately, their claims are often false or misleading. For example, the Shoreline city council was told “the ecological impacts of this plastic include over a million sea-birds and 100,000 marine mammals killed by either plastic ingestions or entanglement.” In fact, this assertion has nothing to do with plastic bags. NOAA corrected the claim

saying, “We are so far unable to find a scientific reference for this figure.” The only study NOAA can find does not deal with plastic bags or even marine debris, but “active fishing gear bycatch,” in other words, fishing nets that are used at sea, not discarded plastic bags. A Greenpeace biologist quoted in the Times of London agreed, saying, “It’s very unlikely that many animals are killed by plastic bags. The evidence shows just the opposite. We are not going to solve the problem of waste by focusing on plastic bags.” Others claim plastic bags have created a “Pacific Garbage Patch,” twice the size of Texas. This is simply false. Oregon State University reports that the actual amount is less than one percent the size of Texas. Oceanography professor Angel White sent out a release last year saying, “There is no doubt that the amount of plastic in the world’s oceans is troubling, but this kind of exaggeration undermines the credibility of scientists.” Additionally, the Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institute found the amount of plastic in the Atlantic Ocean hasn’t increased since the 1980s.

This doesn’t mean plastic bags have no impact. When determining the environmental costs and benefits, however, we need to be honest about the science. Indeed, there are environmental risks from banning plastic grocery bags. The most significant risk is the increase in energy use. Plastic bags are the most energy-efficient form of grocery bag. The U.K. Environment Agency compared energy use for plastic, paper and re-usable bags. It found the “global warming potential” of plastic grocery bags is one-fourth that of paper bags and 1/173rd that of a reusable cotton bag. In other words, consumers would have to use a cotton bag 173 times, or once a week for more than three years, before it matched the energy savings of plastic bags. Ironically, many of the cities leading the charge against plastic bags are signatories to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Yet, few of these cities even attempt to assess the climate impact of switching from the least energy-intensive grocery bag to those requiring far more energy to produce.

It should also be noted that the benefit of banning plastic bags is mitigated by the fact that half of the bags are reused for other purposes, like garbage or picking up after pets. Grocery shoppers will still have to buy other bags, likely plastic, for those purposes. Those who worry about trash reaching landfills are doing little by banning plastic bags. In the end, communities need to sincerely weigh these various environmental costs. Unfortunately, few public officials do any analysis because the political symbolism of banning the bags is powerful. It is often easier to ignore the science that indicates such bans may actually harm the environment than make an honest effort to weigh these difficult issues. Put simply, plastic bag bans have become more about the latest environmental fad than about environmental benefit. Todd Myers is the environmental director at Washington Policy Center and is the author of the book “Eco-Fads: How the Rise of Trendy Environmentalism is Harming the Environment.” For more information visit

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Why Congress’s future should lie in the past OPINION BY LEE H. HAMILTON

There is a fundamental truth about our political system that seems to have been forgotten in these days of high-stakes brinksmanship over policy: Democracy is a process, not an outcome. In a representative democracy like ours, how we reach a result is every bit as important as the result itself — and maybe even more important. For a long time, Congress recognized this. That is why, over many decades of practice, it built what is known as the “regular order,” a set of processes and means of doing business designed to ensure that proposals get careful scrutiny

and all voices are given proper and respectful consideration. It is designed to ensure fairness, attentive deliberation, and a bedrock concern for building consensus that avoids riding roughshod over the concerns of the minority and throwing wrenches into the plans of the majority. Yet over the last few decades — through Democratic and Republican majorities alike— we’ve seen the demise of the regular order. Rules get bent to marginalize committees. The party in charge denies the minority the chance to offer amendments. Debate and deliberation suffer. Extreme partisanship triumphs over the urge

to seek common ground. Our entire system’s legitimacy suffers as a result. Two developments in recent years have conspired to defeat good process. The habitual reliance on giant omnibus bills — especially to craft the federal budget — robs members of Congress of their ability to scrutinize legislation, debate it fairly, and address unpopular or badly written provisions. Similarly, the Senate now effectively requires 60 votes in order to move most legislation, because that is what it takes to override a filibuster. The mere threat of a filibuster is enough to stymie legislation; the overuse of this tactic has made it very difficult to move legislation

in the Senate. The most frustrating aspect of all this is that there is no mystery to what Congress needs to do. It merely needs to look to the past, to the lessons in fairness and good legislating that it learned over the course of its history. A return to the regular order would do wonders for restoring its legitimacy in the eyes of the American people. Why should the world’s greatest democracy not honor what it has learned about the proper way to practice democracy? Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years.




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Oroville Elementary Supply List Kindergarten 1 backpack large enough to hold folders 3 folders 1 bottle of glue (prefer Elmer’s – No blue) 1-box crayons (16) Scissors – good cutting quality 1 large box of Kleenex Small plastic drink cup 1 box gallon sized zip lock bags Transition Room 1 backpack 1 box crayons (8) 2 glue sticks Scissors 1 eraser 8 pencils Small size supply box 1 folder for homework 1 container disinfectant wipes 2 large boxes Kleenex Grade One 1 backpack 1 glue stick 1 box crayons (16-24) 5 pencils Scissors 1 school supply box (small size) 1 folder or Pee Chee for homework 1 large box Kleenex 1 container disinfectant wipes No Trappers or three ring binders Grade Two 1 backpack (large enough to hold folders) 20 pencils 1 large eraser 1 pencil sharpener with catcher 1 Pee Chee type polder 2 large box Kleenex 1 water bottle with lid – 16 to 32 oz. Boys: 1 box sandwich size zip lock bags Girls: 1 box gallon size zip lock bags No Trappers or three ring binders Grade Three 1 backpack (large enough to hold folders) 2 packages of #2 pencils with erasers Grade Three – continued 1 package wide or college ruled paper 2 glue sticks Scissors Colored pencils (set of 12) 2 Pee Chee folders 1 ruler – centimeters and inches Small size school supply box 5 ½ “ X 8 ½ “ 5 pencil top erasers 2 large boxes Kleenex Names on all items with permanent

marker No Trappers or three ring binders Grade Four 1 Three prong folder with pickets 2 spiral notebooks 2 packages notebook paper (wide ruled) Scissors 5 #2 pencils and 2 pencil erasers (No mechanical pencils) 1 box colored pencils (12 count) 1 ruler – centimeters and inches 1 box crayons (24) 1 bottle glue 2 large boxes of Kleenex No ink pens Grade Five 3 ring binder w/folders and dividers Notebook paper Scissors 12 #2 pencils and 2 pencil erasers Colored pencils (12) 1 ruler centimeters and inches 2 large boxes of Kleenex 1 glue stick Grade Six 1- 3 ring binder (at least 3”) with dividers, college ruled paper 3 red pens 3 blue or black pens 12 - #2 pencils, 1 plastic pouch Colored pencils (12) Eraser 1 ruler centimeters and inches, Compass Scissors 1 glue stick 1/4-inch graph paper Standard calculator (optional) Protractor 1 highlighter pen 2 boxes of Kleenex

Oroville JH/HS School Supply List JH English Classes 1-1.5” three ring binder (not a trapper keeper) Tabbed dividers (one package of 5) Ball Point Pen (Black or Blue Ink) Pencils (No. 2 lead) College Ruled loose leaf paper JH Math Ruler Calculator (Preferably Scientific) Pencils (No. 2 lead) Erasers Graph Paper Three ring binder Spiral notebook Algebra I Ruler

Calculator (Preferably Scientific) Pencils (No. 2 lead) Erasers Graph Paper Three ring binder Spiral notebook Geometry Ruler Calculator (Preferably Scientific) Pencils (No. 2 lead) Erasers Graph Paper Three ring binder Spiral notebook Compass Protractor Trigonometry Ruler Calculator (Preferably Scientific) Pencils (No. 2 lead) Erasers Graph Paper Three ring binder Spiral notebook Science Classes 1-1.5” three ring binder Tabbed dividers (one package of 5) can be purchased or made Book cover Colored Pencils Pencils (No. 2 lead) Blue or Black Ink Pen Spanish I and II 1 – three ring binder Paper Pencils Health 1 – three ring binder Paper Pencils Computer Classes 4 GIG USB drive/jump drive CAD, Computer Programming, Carpentry, JH Woodshop Three ring binder 12” Ruler Pencils ( to be brought to class every day) Calculator ( cell phones will not be used as calculators) English 9-10 1” binder with Tabs College Ruled Paper Pencils 1 – college ruled spiral notebook (70 page) Blue or Red ink pen for correcting All other classes Pencils Pens College Ruled Paper

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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.

Live music at Esther Bricques OROVILLE –Tonight’s performance at Esther Bricques Winery’s tasting room (Aug. 23) will feature music performed by Ray Dispenza on guitar, Patti Bell as vocalist and on flute, Steve Bell on conga drum and Steve Pollard on bass. The following week on Aug. 30 will feature Reed Engel and Sandy Vaughn performing together. Doors open at 6 p.m. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Road,

Oroville. For more information, please call the winery at (509) 476-2861.

Back to School in Tonasket 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 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.

Quilt Show 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 coleslaw 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



Coming up this Saturday, Aug. 25 we are having a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. for Daphne Corey. There will be a luncheon to follow. We still have Karaoke on Tuesday nights At 8:30 p.m. Kids are welcome until 10 p.m. Pinochle scores from Sunday,

Aug. 19 are: 1st Penny Smith, 2nd - Julie Hovland, Low Score - Lyle Anderson and Last Pinochle -

Neil Fifer. Brother Dyrel Coleman is in North Valley Hospital. We wish anyone who is ill a speedy recovery to good health. God bless you all. The Biggest Little Eagles in the state.

13th Annual Garlic Festival TONASKET – The Okanogan River 13th Annual Garlic Festival is being held Friday, Aug. 24 (12 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, Aug. 25 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Tonasket History Park, Locust Way and First Ave. Admission is free. Enjoy live entertainment, fabulous food, fresh produce, handmade goods and a live auction on Friday and Saturday. This is a Community Cultural Center event. For more information call (509) 486-1328. 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 molsonhighlandstitchers@ or Vicky Didenhover at (509) 485-3020.

Benefit Auction OROVILLE – Aurora Masonic Lodge will have a benefit auction, benefiting local children’s needs and needy families, on Saturday, Aug. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Oroville American Legion Hall. Entry is free, drinks and snacks will be available. For more information or to make a donation call Tim Boyer at (509) 476-2626 or Ken Neal at (509) 476-2033.

Aug. 25. Visitors to the booth can learn about the status of the ongoing project to improve water quality in Bonaparte Creek, sign up for the creek clean-up in September and find out how the conservation district benefits local residents. Kids can take home cook stickers and magnets.

Veterans Benefit Seminar

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.

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.

OCCAC Board of Conservation Directors Meeting District Booth at OKANOGAN – The Okanogan the Garlic Festival County Community Action TONASKET – The Okanogan Conservation District will be hosting a booth at the Okanogan River Garlic Festival at History Park in Tonasket on Saturday,

Council Board of Directors will hold their regular board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 5:15 p.m. at Community Action, 424 S. 2nd, Okanogan, The public is

invited and encouraged to attend. For more information contact Lael Duncan at (509) 422-4041.

Veterans Wall Plaques TONASKET – Sept. 13 has been set to install the next wall plaques at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Site in Tonasket. Approved applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity (it may be your last chance this year) to honor a veteran in this beautiful, inspirational tribute to all veterans of the United Stated Armed Forces.

Farmer’s Market Special OROVILLE - Enjoy the acoustic stylings of Broken Arrow while you shop for local crafts, fresh produce, flea market and yard sale items at the Oroville Public Library, Saturday, Sept. 1. This special market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., new vendors are welcome and the booth fee will benefit the library. Call 476-2662 for details and watch this column for updates to our new musical line-up!

WVC signs agriculture transfer degree agreements with WSU

early ‘50’s, HILLTOP the Dana Higgins was very relieved Last Sunday COMMENTS when the conflict as our pastor ends. Dana then By Marianne Knight

of the Chesaw Community Bible Church and his family started on their vacation to visit family in Ohio and Missouri we all wondered who would be our guest speaker? Much to our surprise it was Cliff and Georgie Berry, who have been with us several times and were part of our church camp in the past. They were enjoyed very much. Meanwhile over in Molson at the Community Christian Fellowship of Molson, there was also a special guest, Miss Morningstar, who has been a guest at both churches many times. The Farmer’s Market at Fiona in Chesaw is happening Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Judy Howlett and Ulrich Semrau have been bringing wonderful locally grown vegetables and fruits from their gardens. Fiona will also host a “Girls Night Out” on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a clothing exchange, jewelry making, singing and appetizers. No charge, lets just have some fun! Girls of all ages are welcome. Call 485-2281 for more information. Several months ago I introduced you to my friend, Dave Eggert, who is an author. Now his latest book, A Wrong Number, has finally been released. Here is an abbreviated version of his publisher’s press release: A Wrong Number, Rings All the Right Notes! Set during the Korean War, A Wrong Number is the gripping novel about a love’s worst nightmare. Like many young men who served their country during

takes his leave in China where he meets a beautiful Asian girl named Suki. But then commits the cardinal sin that befalls many young men in the service: He falls deeply in love with her and promises he will return. Thirty years later and now happily married to his hometown sweetheart, Dana’s life is abruptly interrupted by a string of seemingly innocent wrong numbers. Does the caller really have a Wrong Number? This new book is available and can be ordered through the publishers website: http:/ Eggert or at or Are you ready for the Chesaw’s Hot August Nights? Is your car or truck ready for the show? Lots to do on Saturday, Aug. 25. Cars, tractors, ATV’s, decorated, lawnmowers and golf carts. Food, beer garden and live music, and vendors. For more information call 4852255. First Annual Quilt Show – Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molson Grange, sponsored by the Highland Stitchers. They’ll be serving Pulled Pork Sandwiches and Cole Slaw starting at 11a.m.There will be a fabric swap, items for sale, quilts and more. Vendors: $5 per table. For more information call Vicky Didenhover at 485-3020. Parelli Clinic with 3-star Professional Don Jessop. Sept. 15-16. Chesaw Rodeo Grounds is where the class will be. For more info call Cynthia Nelson at (509) 846-5348. Until next week.

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WVC President Dr. Jim Richardson signs articulation agreements with WSU. Also pictured are Walt Tribley, vice president of instruction; George Ruddell, agriculture faculty; Leo Garcia, agriculture faculty; Bob Gillespie, agriculture faculty; Mary Watson, associate dean of workforce education; and Francisco Sarmiento, agriculture faculty. By Libby Siebens

Wenatchee Valley College signed two articulation agreements with the Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) this month. The agreements allow WVC students to transfer to WSU with an associate in applied sciences-transfer (AAS-T) degree in Sustainable and Organic Agriculture or Horticulture and Tree Fruit Production. Students who earn at least a 2.0 (“C” grade) cumulative grade point average in the WVC AAS-T degree programs may transfer with junior standing into the WSU CAHNRS. “The agreements with WSU

help expand our program offerings and enable WVC students to connect with future bachelor degrees and opportunities in the agriculture industry,” said George Ruddell, WVC agriculture faculty. The articulation agreement is intended to eliminate the duplication of coursework and better integrate programs. Part of the CAHNRS philosophy includes facilitating the seamless transfer of students to WSU and making the transfer between two- and four-year institutions as barrier-free as possible. According to the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website, the AAS-T degree includes techni-

cal courses to help prepare students for employment, but also includes college-level general education courses that prepare students for their junior year in a bachelor’s degree. WVC offers three AAS-T degree options in addition to the two agriculture AAS-T degrees. The business computer technology AAS-T may be used to transfer into the Central Washington University Bachelor of Applied Science in Information and Technology and Administrative Management. The early childhood education AAS-T includes a transfer articulation agreement with Eastern Washington University that allows students to trans-

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Police stats Friday, Aug. 10 Report of drugs seized at the Oroville U.S. Port of Entry. One detained and vehicle will be seized and suspect transported by deputy to OJC. Report of an injury accident on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. Vehicle appears to have rolled several times off the Havillah Rd. just past Siwash Crk. Rd. into field. Driver taken to North Valley Hospital ER. Report of a bad check written for purchase of a dog on Loomis-Oroville Rd. near Tonasket. Report of a structure fire on Monroe St. in Okanogan. Structure fire with possibly two subjects inside. Report of custodial interference on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Reporting party’s parents took child from a friend and are refusing to return her. Reporting party has contacted Child Protective Services (CPS). RP’s parents brought the child there and CPS advised child appears fine. Report of a violation of protection order in Okanogan. Female subject entered residence that just burned. Reporting Party’s mother lives at residence and has an order against subject. Mother is at store now replacing items lost in fire. Report of harassment on Rose St. in Oroville. Reporting party receiving calls from phone saying it’s 911 calling back from missed call, sounds like teenagers. Report of a theft on Douglas Rd., Omak. Female friend has taken narcotic medications from three different houses. Subject on scene. Report of an injury accident on Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. One vehicle rollover collision on northbound side of the highway. One child believed to be injured. Report of a non-injury accident on Omak Riverside Eastside Rd. Two vehicle collision, driver of one believed to be intoxicated. Driver left scene, then returned and tried to offer money to reporting party to not turn in the collision. Driver left scene again. Report of a civil matter. Female subject trying to get into mother’s apartment which has been boarded up because fire department has advised not safe to enter. Report of a vehicle theft from Cameron Lake Rd. near Okanogan. Pontiac Grand Prix with back window broken out and ignition with screwdriver in it was located. Report of a civil dispute on Davies Rd. near Oroville. Three subject that were staying at residence until they could find another place were supposed to be out by Aug. 1, but left belongings and returned to get belongings and vehicle was being repossessed. Subjects yelling and throwing things. Reporting party does not want them to return. Request for welfare check at residence on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Female subject said he wants to die and be with Jesus. Has taken two morphine pills. . Report of a noise complaint on Deerpath Dr. in Oroville. Reporting party said there is construction noise and music playing while people build their home. Officer advised subjects that they can’t work construction until 8 p.m. and music is prohibited from being played at all hours of the day. Report of harassment on E. First St. in Tonasket. Reporting party has been receiving harassing texts from disgruntled employee. Report of found property on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Passport found. Report of a domestic dispute on Fig

Ave. in Omak. Manager says verbal dispute in apartment. Saturday, August 11 Report of an injury accident on Lyman Lk. Rd. near Omak. Vehicle off roadway with two occupants in it and one out with back injury and one bleeding from head and neck. Report of a theft from Bide-A-Wee Rd. near Omak. Approximately $5000 in payroll checks taken from foreman’s vehicle sometime between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. last night. Request for welfare check on Weller Rd. near Tonasket. Female subject is bipolar and needed to see Okanogan Behavioral Health but refuses to go with reporting party. Subject left residence and is possibly walking northbound on Hwy. 7. Subject located walking across Fourth St. Bridge by Tonasket P.D. Report of suspicious circumstances on Monroe St., Okanogan. Residents of the house that burned yesterday are inside the structure even though they were advised by fire chief that the building was unsafe. This is second call from property owner who says that they are trespassing. Report of malicious mischief on County Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Damage to a county road sign. At approximately 2:30 a.m. reporting party shined his spotlight on juveniles, but did not call OCSO. Sign now leaned against reporting party’s outbuilding. Report of a wildland fire on Cayuse Mtn. Rd. near Tonasket. Grass fire, reporting party advised he didn’t know how it started, caller said he heard an explosion and saw black smoke with fire across from his property. DNR advised. Fire contained to structure. Report of a non-injury accident on Loomis-Oroville Rd. near Tonasket. Motorhome and newer jeep-type vehicle collided. Motorhome turning into driveway and struck SUV. Request for extra patrols on Central Ave. in Oroville. Ongoing problem with speeders in the area. Report of a courtesy ride on Hwy. 97 in Tonasket. Officer gave ride to female to Ellisforde. Report of a DUI on Old Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Deputy made contact with female at residence who advised suspect left in red pickup in unknown direction. Vehicle located and driver arrested for DUI. Report of intoxication at E. Stampede Dr. in Omak. One in custody for minor in possession and transported to Omak P.D. and then to juvenile hall. Report of alcohol offense on E. Stamped Dr. in Omak. Male subject in custody for minor in possession. Report of possible intoxication. Subject given courtesy ride to East Side Park. Report of non-injury accident at Omak Ave. and Dayton St. in Omak. Car caused motorcycle to crash. Report of a theft from business at Engh Rd. in Omak. Subject arrested for shoplifting a backpack. Report of an assault at the Stampede Grounds in Omak. Suspect being transported to the police department is banging head against the cage in back of patrol car. Sunday, August 12 Report of a domestic dispute on County Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Son assaulted mother at location. Male subject is being wrestled to the ground by father in living room. Son

left on foot, broke out neighbor’s vehicle window. Report of trespassing on County Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Female subject is on reporting party’s porch, unknown where she lives. Report of a weapons offense on Dwinnell Cutoff Rd. south of Oroville. During the night reporting party heard a loud noise and located a hole that was shot in the wall of the garage by the window and an exit hole on the other side of the garage. No one injured, no suspect information. Request for an attempt to locate intoxicated male and female subjects on Hwy. 97 near Wal-Mart area. Female subject stumbling in and out of traffic, several vehicles had to come to stop in order to avoid hitting subjects, possibly going to cross guardrail to enter Indian encampment. Report of welfare check on Veranda Dr. north of Oroville. Reporting party’s ex is refusing to let reporting party speak to five- and eight-yearold children for the past seven days. They were staying at location, unsure if they are still there. Call made to location, children were not registered there and there is no idea where they are. Report of trespassing on Barker Rd. near Tonasket. Report of hit-and-run accident on Mill Dr. and E. 7th St. in Tonasket. DUI and hit-and-run, vehicle towed. Report of civil matter on Davies Rd. near Oroville. Daughter has only picked up some of her belongings and can’t get the rest, requests options. Homeowner is putting up no trespass signs the next day. Report of juvenile problem on Cartwright Dr. near Tonasket. Female subject is at location and has advised reporting party that she was abandoned by her family at Stampede Grounds last night and that her stepfather is verbally abusive. RP advised that as long as she is on his property she is protected. Report of a burglary in Oroville. Tool room and break room entered between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Unknown if anything is missing. Foreman will be back in the morning. Report of a possible alcohol offense on E. First St. in Tonasket. Officer out at location for possible minors in possession party. Minors cited and released and parents notified. Report of a hit-and-run accident on Mill Dr. and E. Seventh St. in Tonasket. One subject in custody for DUI and hit-and-run. Report of an alcohol offense on S. Main St. in Omak. Man supplied two minors with alcohol at location. Juveniles left toward Eastside, suspect towards civic league. Report of a DUI on E. Central Ave. in Omak. Male driver of vehicle in custody. Two suspects fled on foot. Driver has warrants for DWLR and DUI. Report of disorderly/combative/ intoxicated subject on E. Stampede Dr. in Omak. Subject detained in patrol car. Report of a suicide attempt on Okoma Dr. Brother called reporting party and told her he is on the hill by the lighted cross and is going to jump. Subject transported to Mid-Valley Hospital for voluntary evaluation. Report of a burglary on Fig Ave. in Omak. Reporting party says his apartment was entered through the bedroom window and fire safe was pried open. Approximately $2000 taken, as well as laptop, blue ray player and video game console.

Report of a rape on N. Main St. in Omak. Reporting party was sexually assaulted during the night by a male who was part of a small party in the RP’s room. She was sleeping when suspect took advantage of her. Report of a theft from an Engh Rd. business in Omak. Female adult subject detained for shoplifting. Report of a possible structure fire on Pine St. in Omak, flames visible. Report of intoxication at the Bank of America parking lot in Omak. Male lying in the lot. Report of intoxication at N. Main St. and E. Cherry Ave. in Omak. Male caller advised accident possibly involved alcohol. Report of a theft at W. Central Ave. in Omak. Bicycle taken some time in the night. Reporting party’s friend observed riding it this morning. Report of a DWLS at Omak Ave. and Asotin St. in Omak. Subject cited and released. Monday, August 13 Report of civil matter on Pontiac Ridge Rd. near Oroville. Theft of three new water barrels, chainsaw and books from reporting party’s property. Suspect known, reporting party is unable to access property as there is no contact order in place between subjects. Report of sex offense on Engh Rd. Omak. Report of a theft from Monroe St. in Okanogan. Theft of three soaker hoses and two birdhouses from her property where her house burned last week. Possible suspect information available. Request for welfare check on Stage Coach Loop Rd. near Oroville. Concern for nine- and 13-year-old grandchildren after their father took them from reporting parties’ home to second male’s home in Chesaw area. Female subject told reporting party that father and second subject are cooking meth at the residence where they have the children. Report of a violation of court order in Okanogan. Ongoing problem with reporting party’s husband following her. Husband was outside the Support Center when RP left and then followed her to the Flying B on Elmway. Conflicting protection orders. Report of an assault on Omak Riverside Eastside Rd. Unit out with female victim of assault at location, suspect fled. Report of a domestic dispute on 10th Ave. in Oroville. Male and female walking by yelling at each other, reporting party concerned may become a domestic violence situation. A report of horses in roadway up Riverside Dr. in Omak, near Cornerstone. A report of an automobile theft from Koala Ave. A rental vehicle was stolen from the motel parking lot during the night. A report of a non-injury hit-and-run accident on Omache Dr. at Burger King. Reporting party’s vehicle was backed into at location then suspect vehicle left. RP followed and contacted driver and she did not want to turn it into insurance because she did not have any. Tuesday, August 14 Report of malicious mischief at O’Neil and Swanson Mill Rd. near Oroville. Reporting party’s vehicle was parked along roadway due to flat tire near Ellisforde Transfer Sta-

tion. Reporting party had damage to the vehicle and back window was smashed out with rocks. Report of theft from Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Power tools taken from yard, reporting party has possible suspect information. Report of lost property on McLaughlin Canyon Rd. south of Tonasket. Reporting party said he lost 40 cal. Sig Sauer pistol out of the holster when riding on a motorcycle. Report of a juvenile problem on Chesaw Rd. near Oroville. Juvenile neighbor came walking down the road with a pitbull and black lab and sent them after the horses. Subject then throwing rocks at horses. Report of an assault on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Sister is being assaulted by male subject at location. Report of a vicious animal on Crumbacher Rd. and Pine Ave. near Tonasket. Bull mastiff attacked reporting party’s daughter. RP advised he will shoot the dog if it acts aggressively while he is out running with with his daughter. A report of an assault on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Male shouted “I need help here and disconnected.” On third call back reporting party answered and advised problem was taken care of. He was in a verbal argument with his 18-year-old son. RP advised to speak with officer dispatched to residence. Report of a juvenile problem on Golden St. in Oroville. Reporting party’s son threatening to assault RP by pushing out of the way. Son has left and gone to his grandmother’s residence. Report of a domestic dispute on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Male subject called and said they needed police, could hear screaming in background. Wednesday, August 15 Agency assist at Apple Way Rd. near Okanogan. Assist Tribal Police with bomb threat at location. Caller stated there is a bomb at location and it will go off and everyone will be incinerated. Search made and nothing located. Report of domestic dispute on S. 5th Ave. in Okanogan. Disagreement over child placement for the night, no court documents. Agency assist at Moccasin Flat HUD Rd. near Omak. Male subject assaulted second male subject who has extensive damage to eye. Injured man refusing transport. Report of suspicious activity near Wannacut Lake Rd. near Oroville. Four males offloading 52 ft. semi into U-Haul. Report of drugs at S. Orchard Loop Rd. near Tonasket. Baggie with white substance found along the road. Report of a DUI on B-O Rd. near Malott. Driver arrested for DUI, NVOL without ID and vehicle impounded. Report of a theft on County Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Bike taken from residence some time last week. Report of illegal burning on Old Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Fire turned out to be exhaust coming from a pump house in the orchard. Report of suspicious circumstances. Male pushed female down at location. Male may have a gun. Report of runaway juvenile on Lester Lane near Tonasket. A 15-yearold male sent to room after verbal dispute has gone out of window. Older brother located juvenile in town.

Report of an assault on Hart Rd. near Oroville. Male subject outside picker cabins is threatening to shot the Hispanic workers. He is armed with a shotgun. Reporting party is getting information from husband who is talking to a worker who is hiding. Units sent to contain area. Two victims from fight, one sent to hospital. Report of illegal burning from Duffy Rd. near Tonasket. Small burn with people standing around. Report of suspicious circumstances. Speeding white pickup on Main St. with computers and other electronic equipment falling off. Left northbound through town, two males in vehicle. Report of a domestic dispute on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Ex-boyfriend won’t allow reporting party’s family in or allow the reporting party to use the phone or TV. Report of a vehicle theft from Okoma Dr. in Omak. Report of an assault on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Male subject at location assaulted reporting party and is throwing items around the residence. Report of harassment. Reporting party was told that he is being called racial names by female neighbor. Thursday, August 16 Report of suspicious circumstances on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Someone is screaming and yelled for help and was cut off abruptly. Sounded like a younger male. Unable to locate any person in distress or anyone else in the area. Report of theft from Montvue St. in Riverside. Items take from residence include silver buffalo nickel, chainsaw, fishing rods and belt buckle. Suspect information available, also advised he may have information on meth and dealer. Agency assist on Hwy. 97 between Riverside and Tonasket. Hound dog running down the middle of highway. Report of trespassing on Early Sunrise Dr. near Tonasket. Son will not leave residence. Report of a civil dispute on Boundary Point Rd. near Oroville. Daughter and her boyfriend are living with reporting party and she wants them to leave. Report of a civil dispute on Henry Rd. near Tonasket. Ongoing problem with neighbor’s dogs being on RP’s property and acting aggressively. RP confronted neighbor about keeping his dogs on his own property. Report of an animal problem on Clarkston Mill Rd. near Tonasket. Reporting party believes pitbull pub was shot, no exit wound. Report of a non-injury accident on Old Hwy. 97 near Mallot School. Overturned vehicle off roadway, unknown injury. Report of a domestic dispute at Twin Pines Park Rd. near Tonasket. Report of animal abuse on O’Neil Rd. near Oroville. Female has people drop animals off at her residence. Four horses in a small pen and animals not being fed. Report of lost property on Main St. in Oroville. Customer in earlier look for wallet. Wallet has since been found and officer requested to contact owner. Report of Harassment on S. Whitcomb in Tonasket. Ongoing problem with male in vehicle following/driving by repeatedly.


Daphne I. Corey Daphne I. (Goring) Corey, 82, of Tonasket passed away Aug. 12, 2012 at her home at the Orchard Country Manor. Daphne was born Feb. 22, 1930 to parents John and Daphne Goring in StocktonOn-Tees, England. At the age of 18, Daphne and her family moved to Jamaica. While visiting Nassau, she met Ray Corey who was on leave from the U.S. Air Force. They were married in Tacoma, Wash. in 1952. They moved to Loomis

in 1957 and lived and worked on the Kinchelo ranch. They raised their children there until moving to Tonasket in 1968. Daphne was a homemaker when her kids were little. She enjoyed gardening, canning, knitting and taking her kids to Palmer Lake to swim. In the mid1960’s she went to work packing apples and stamping boxes for Tonoro Fruit Co. Daphne studied hard and was proud to become a U.S. citizen in 1983. In 1985, she purchased the Sarff ’s building in Tonasket and started a Tanning & Toning Salon and video rentals. Daphne enjoyed her business and being able to visit with the many friends and patrons. After retirement, Daphne enjoyed playing bingo at the Tonasket Eagles on Friday evening, dancing, playing the slots at the casino, spending the winters in Arizona and traveling. The last few years her greatest love was spending time with her great grandchildren when they came to visit. Daphne had resided at the Orchard Country Manor in Tonasket since 2009 and was well cared for and loved by Rebecca and her family and staff. Daphne was a 41 year member of the Eagles and was a past member of the American Legion Auxiliary

and the Rebekah Lodge. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie (Rich) Michels of Tonasket; sons: John (Marilyn) Corey of Omak and Mike Corey of Moses Lake; sisters: Mabel Klingenberg of Tacoma and Pat (Gary) Towndrow of Kirkland; brothers: Brian (Donna) Goring of Richmond, B.C. and Jack Goring of Vancouver, B.C.; six grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and special friend and companion Bill Schroedel of Tonasket. Daphne was preceded in death by her parents; one sister and one brother. Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012 11 a.m. at the Tonasket Eagles with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tonasket Eagles Auxiliary, Breast Cancer Awareness, P.O. Box 879, Tonasket, WA 98855 or Amedysis Hospice, 800 S. Jasmine, Omak, WA 98841. Please share your thoughts and memories by signing Daphne’s online guestbook at Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

Gerald Christensen Gerald (Sonny, Sweed) Christensen age 76 of Oroville went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 19, 2012 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. Born April 2, 1936 in Raymond, Wash., to mother Myrtle Keeney and father Arthur (Art) Keeney. Our beloved husband, father and grandfather has been a long time resident of Oroville. He met and married the love of his life Dolly on June 30, 1962 in Tonasket. Dolly tells us that after a couple of dates she knew Sonny was the love of her life. Oroville has since been their home where Sonny worked at Zosel lumber until he retired. Sonny and Dolly loved to travel. Together they have developed many friends, some close enough to call family. Sonny was a member of Valley Christian Fellowship and was a born again Christian. On June 30, 2012 Sonny and Dolly celebrated 50 years of marriage together. Sonny leaves behind his wife Christine (Dolly) of Oroville; daughter, Joanne Leonard of Wenatchee; granddaughter,

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Natika Leonard of Wenatchee; daughter, Geraldine (Geri) Hampton of Wenatchee from a previous marriage; son, Michael Waller Sr.; brother, Jerry and wife Echo Keeney of Okanogan; sister, Alda May Deroiser of Spokane and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Sonny was preceded in death by his mother Myrtle and father Art Keeney. Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11 a.m. at Valley Christian Fellowship at 142 East Oroville Road, Oroville, with Pastor Randy McAllister officiating. A luncheon will follow after services. The family would like to thank everyone for all of the prayers and condolences and many blessings during this time. Please share your thoughts and memories by signing Sonny’s online guestbook at www. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

2012 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. He was born on Oct. 1, 1926 in Scottville Township, Ill. Mr. Rouland served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy. He lived in Oroville for many years, but would also spend time in Oliver, B.C. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, Aug. 27, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Oroville American Legion, Hodges Post #84. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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Clockwise from top left: Jeff Stedtfeld tries to break a tackle during Saturday’s practice at Tonasket; Oroville’s football team runs past Coulton Auditorium at Oroville High School during practice on Friday, Aug. 17; it’s still early in pre-season practice, so there’s plenty going on that Tonasket assistant football coach Shawn Rader hopes to not be seeing later in the month; Oroville assistant football coach Justin Helm has the Hornets’ attention while demonstrating technique during the first week of football practice; and conditioning was the name of the game during the Oroville’s first week of practice at Ben Prince Field.

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HAVILLAH - The Okanogan Land Trust held its first conservation easement picnic at the Sitzmark Ski Lodge. This gathering of current and prospective conservation easement landowners answered many questions and dispelled many misconceptions. The 40-plus people in attendance enjoyed a wonderful picnic meal prepared by the “Havillah Ladies:” Irene, Sandy and Jennie “the Great.” The meal was followed by both formal question and answer forums and conversations with Land Trust directors and ranch easement holders.

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Zachary Nino, age 12, of Bonney Lake caught a 2.1 pound, 18 inch rainbow while riding a paddle boat at Liar’s Cove.

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CONCONULLY - Fishing has been a lot better again this week. More 18 to 19 inch rainbow have been caught. We have had several customers catch their limit every time they go out. They are fishing close to the dam

on the Lower Conconully Reservoir. The water is much deeper and cooler there. Most everybody has been using worms and just still fishing. I think trolling is over for the year, but I think I will try to troll one more time. Several fisherman have caught some really nice Kokanee, around 15 to 17 inches long.

The farming and ranching way of life supports qualities that are valued across the Okanogan and that go far beyond the scenic vistas and rugged character of our landscape. While producing livestock, fruit, vegetables and other agricultural commodities, Okanogan’s properly managed working ranches and farms also protect our water resources, agricultural soils, habitat for wildlife and fish as well as scenic working landscapes. Our farms and ranches continue to sustain multiple generations of local families with close ties to the land, the economy and traditions of our rural community. The tradition of Okanogan farms and ranches being handed from generation to generation continues today. Through a con-

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Okanogan Land Trust board member Walter Henze with ranchers Bob Barnes, Cynthia and Brian Nelson, all conservation easement landowners, answer questions at OTL’s conservation easement picnic at the Sitzmark Ski Lodge on Sunday, Aug. 19. servation easement those lands remain agriculturally viable and free of development pressure as the family continues to own the land, work the land, pay taxes on the land, and eventually pass or ell the land to heirs or ranchers in the future.

What’s a conservation easement? A conservation easement is the most traditional tool for conserving private lands. As a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust, it limits development in order to protect the land’s conservation or agricultural values. Landowners continue to own and pay taxes

on their land, farm or ranch their land and pass it on or sell it to their heirs or other farmers or ranchers. The OLT works with landowners to ensure their needs are met for both today and the long-term viability of the land and the future generations who will ranch or farm it.

Not for everyone Conservation easements can be a great tool for a farmer, rancher, pr even a local non-agricultural landowner. But they are not for everyone or every piece of land. If you would like to learn more contact the Okanogan Land Trust, P.O. Box 293, Tonasket, 98855, by phone at 509-486-2765, or via their website

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deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all of their interest in the above-described property. IX Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the same pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s Sale. X NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including occupants and tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants and tenants by summary proceeding under the Unlawful Detainer Act, Chapter 59.12 RCW. XI Notwithstanding the use of the term “reinstatement”, this obligation is fully mature and the entire principal balance is due and payable, together with interest, costs, fees and advances as set forth above. DATED: May 30, 2012 REGIONAL TRUSTEE SERVICES CORPORATION Trustee By LISA HACKNEY, AUTHORIZED AGENT Address: 616 1st Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, WA 98104 Sale Information: P954753. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Aug. 2 and 23, 2012.#410218


PO BOX 1984, SLIVER CITY, NM, 88061 BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, PO BOX 86, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 KURT DREXLER, 2677 HIGHWAY 20 EAST, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 KURT DREXLER, PO BOX 1984, SLIVER CITY, NM, 88061 KURT DREXLER, PO BOX 86, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 SPOUSE OF BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, PO BOX 86, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 SPOUSE OF BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, PO BOX 1984, SLIVER CITY, NM, 88061 SPOUSE OF BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, 2677 HIGHWAY 20 EAST, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 by both first class and certified mail on 4/27/2012, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and on 4/27/2012, the Borrower and Grantor were personally served with said written notice of default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII The Trustee’s Sale will be held in accordance with Ch. 61.24 RCW and anyone wishing to bid at the sale will be required to have in his/her possession at the time the bidding commences, cash, cashier’s check, or certified check in the amount of at least one dollar over the Beneficiary’s opening bid. In addition, the successful bidder will be required to pay the full amount of his/her bid in cash, cashier’s check, or certified check within one hour of the making of the bid. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII The effect of the sale will be to


FEES AND COSTS AS SET FORTH. Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: Amount due as of June 1, 2012 Unpaid Principal $ 227,888.85 Interest $ 33,733.85 Accrued Late Charges $ 0.00 Beneficiary Advances: $ 24,157.40 Suspense Credit: $ 0.00 TOTAL: $ 285,780.10 IV The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: Principal of $227,888.85, together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured, and such other costs and fees as are due under the note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V The above described real property will be sold to satisfy the expenses of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on August 31, 2012. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before the sale, the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III is/are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated at any time before the sale, by the Borrower, Grantor, any Guarantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust. VI A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following addresses: BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, 2677 HIGHWAY 20 EAST, WAUCONDA, WA, 98859 BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL,



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WAYS NO. 2, A RECORD OF SURVEY IN SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 37 NORTH, RANGE 31 EAST, W.M., FILED FOR RECORD ON OCTOBER 15, 2007 IN VOLUME R OF SURVEYS, PAGE 76, UNDER AUDITOR’S FILE NO. 3124894. SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN, STATE OF WASHINGTON. Tax Parcel No: 3731060025, commonly known as 2677 HIGHWAY 20 EAST, WAUCONDA, WA. The Property is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 1/6/2010, recorded 1/12/2010 , under Auditor’s/Recorder’s No. 3151569, records of OKANOGAN County, Washington, from BARBARA MATHILDE SCHNELL, A MARRIED WOMAN, as Grantor, to INLAND PROFESSIONAL TITLE LLC, as Trustee, in favor of METLIFE HOME LOANS, A DIVISION OF METLIFE BANK, N.A., as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which is presently held by METLIFE HOME LOANS, A DIVISION OF METLIFE BANK, N.A.. II No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III The default(s) for which this foreclosure is/are made are as follows: FAILURE TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL BALANCE WHICH BECAME DUE ON 8/18/2011, DUE TO THE CONDITIONS ON THE NOTE REFERENCED AS PARAGRAPH 6 (B), TOGETHER WITH ACCRUED AND ACCRUING INTEREST, CHARGES,

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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


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Where good deals are not extinct! 509-486-4528 An attractive cabin/house on over 9 wooded acres. The property holds mature evergreens and tall grasses and boasts a small creek that used to run the old Swanson Mill. A good combination of seclusion and open views that make wildlife watching easier. The cabin has high ceilings, attractive timber style woodwork, a classic wood/coal/propane range/oven and a 2nd wood stove for heating. Power but no well or septic yet. Owner contract available. $59,000 MLS 341460 PICTURES - email: 306 Hwy. 7 S., Tonasket Toll Free 1-877-593-7238


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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune | AUGUST 23 2012

OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Lake Crest Winery hosts ‘Barefoot in the Park’ by Lynn & Lee Chapman

OROVILLE – Last Saturday night Lake Crest Winery hosted a dinner theater catered by Bonaparte Lake Resort and featuring Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park.” The play was presented by Dramatic Escape Productions

and took place in Bonnie and Ken Mathew’s venue at Lake Crest Winery which was was a beautiful setting for the three act play and prime rib dinner. The cast of Nicole Pearce, Douglas Leese, Marile Kunkel, Steve Kundel and Ugo Bartell, directed by Douglas Leese and produced by Nicole Pearce,

provided a wonderful night of entertainment. Many indicated it was one of the best productions they had seen locally or anywhere. The meal, catered by Bonaparte Lake Resort, should give any of those who were in attendance and others good reason to go to Bonaparte Lake Resort to eat.


Pictured are the two lead character, Nicole Pearce and Douglas Leese in a production of Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park. In addition to Pearce and Leese, who were producer and director, respectively, the cast included Marile and Steve Kundel and Ugo Bartell.

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



Ken Mathews (left) pictured her with the cast of Barefoot in the Park, hosted the three-part Neil Simon play with his wife Bonnie. The two own Lake Crest Winery in Oroville.

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

RIVERSIDE 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

CNC BuyBack Center opens near Oroville

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

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

Photo by Gary DeVon

Chris Celli loads scrap metal into a container that will be trucked to the coast and loaded on ships for reuse elsewhere. Celli buys several types of scrap metal at his CNC BuyBack Center, just south of Oroville on SR97. By Gary A. DeVon

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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OROVILLE – Chris Celli has opened CNC BuyBack Center, a scrap metal and salvaging business, just south of Oroville at 32888 A Hwy. 97. Celli, who comes to Oroville from Tacoma, has moved to the area and has been operating his business since May. The business has already bought several thousand tons of scrap since opening. “We give the opportunity to give people the chance to clean up their places and get paid for it,” said Celli. The BuyBack Center buys metals, like steel, brass,

copper and aluminum. They also take appliances, except for refrigerators and they do not take cars or car bodies at this time. In the future Celli said he would like to start a wrecking yard for people who want to get rid of their junk cars, but at this time he is sticking with the scrap metal business. “I felt that coming to Eastern Washington to start a business that most everyone could benefit from would be a good idea and fun as it’s beautiful here,” he said. “I give people the chance to make money off of junk metal as opposed to taking it to the dump or having to pay to get rid of it.” Celli can be reached at the CNC location or by phone at (509) 560-0182.

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