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TONASKET – Saving the good news for last at the Tuesday, March 27 Tonasket City Council meeting, City Clerk Alice Attwood informed the mayor and council that the state Department of Transportation plans major improvements to the highway and handicapped ramps next year. “The DOT is doing a chip seal regionwide, but have agreed to do a “mill and fill” of Highway 97 through town. That means rather than just doing a chip seal they will grind out the lanes and fill with hot asphalt, something we have been requesting for a number of years,” said Attwood. “It also includes upgrade of the sidewalk ramps to ADA compliance along Highway 97/Whitcomb to the city limits.” The timing of the project will coincide with other street work the city plans on doing on Third, Fifth and Sixth streets, which are being paid for through a state TIB (Transportation Improvement Board) grant and a pedestrian project to put a crossing at the hospital. “The ADA work on the ramps will also save the city from having to pay to bring the ramps into compliance as the state will pay to have the work done,” said Attwood. “There are also plans for the state to look at the junction of Highway 97 and Highway 20 to try and improve that intersection.” Mayor Patrick Plumb and the council members agreed that it was good news for the town. Plumb also suggested that any improvements to water lines that are scheduled next year be done to take advantage of the streets being dug up. Lee Orr, with the Airport Improvement Club, received the council’s approval of the Father’s Day Fly-in on Sunday, June 17 with the barbecue on Saturday evening. He also informed the council that Big World of Flight, a group of pilots that educate children on General Aviation, would be at the airport on May 23. “They will fly two airports in and we expect to have from 70 to 78 kids. The pilots make it interesting, sending the kids to various stations just to learn about General Aviation,” Orr said. They’re all local fifth- and sixth-graders and some of them really show an interest. Big World will also be making stops at Oroville, Republic, Omak and Okanogan airports.” Orr said that he had been meeting with other local airport representatives and the Okanogan County Planning office to discuss building around local airports. “We meet every other week and are trying to hammer out some zoning ordinances as well as hammering out a moratorium until these ordinances are in place,” said Orr, emphasizing that it was critical to permit building in a way that would not be a hazard to pilots and property around airports. While the seven municipal airports in Okanogan County are each part of the city, they are islands surrounded by unincorporated parts of the county. The county is working on adopting airport protection zones, as required by state statute to “prevent incompatible uses and promote public health and safety,” writes Perry Huston, director of


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Brother and sister Trevor and Alex Lindsay (above) work hard to get their kites to take flight at a rainy Oroville Kite Day last Saturday morning. The brother and sister where among the handful of kids that braved the weather that morning and received a free kite from the Oroville Royal Neighbors group. Trevor, four, and Alex, two, are the son and daughter of Cory and Lisa Lindsay of Oroville. Several people gave it a good try, but the weather – lots of rain, little wind -- won out in the end and Kite Day was over much earlier than normal and people came in to get a cookie and some hot cocoa from the Royal Neighbors. The free kites will probably get some more use during spring break, which began Monday, when the weather will hopefully be dryer.

TONASKET - In an effort to take care of two needs at once, the North Valley Hospital Board of directors is evaluating whether or not to convert several of the rooms in its Assisted Living facility into office space. Assisted Living has been operating at between six and 10 residents below capacity for the last three years, resulting in annual losses of between $66,000 and $100,000 per year. Meanwhile, the hospital itself is short on office space, and reassigning some Assisted Living rooms as they become available could both avoid remodeling costs in the hospital and result in some cost reimbursement for the use of the Assisted Living space. Unfortunately, when word leaked out that some of the rooms were being looked at for another use, some thought it meant that NVH was looking at closing the Assisted Living facility altogether. “We are not in any way, shape or form talking about closing Assisted Living,” said NVH CEO Linda Michel. “The issue is making sure we preserve it for the community.” Michel said that the facility needs to operate at or near its capacity of 32 residents to be profitable, but that hasn’t been the case with census reports that have averaged between 22.6 and 26 residents the past three years. “The discussion is how we can maximize the use of the space,” Michel said. “If we can find a way to use some of the rooms for offices and avoid having to spend more money for remodeling in the hospital, we feel it would be good stewardship. But this is not a matter of us closing.” Michel said it was still in the fact-finding stage. Construction review would be required to determine if it was even possible to use the Assisted Living rooms in that fashion, as well as a relicensing process for the number of beds. “Plus, there are residents in some of the rooms we’re looking at,” Michel said. “We would not move anyone out of their rooms; it is something we would deal with through attrition.


Drug Task Force arrests two from Oroville on drug charges BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OROVILLLE – Members of the drug task force and local law enforcement arrested a man and young woman Wednesday on suspicion of dealing drugs from an Oroville residence. The North Central Washington Narcotics Tax Force executed a search warrant at 1134 22nd Ave. with assistance from the Okanogan County Sheriff ’s Office, the Special Response Team, Oroville Police Department and Border Patrol K9 Max, according to Sheriff Frank Rogers. Jason C. Youker, 38, and Cassandra J. Vandeveer, 19, were arrested and booked into Okanogan County Jail for delivery of a controlled substance,


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according the sheriff. “After a very long investigation the warrant was executed and two suspects were arrested as they tried to flee the residence out the back door,” wrote Rogers in a press release Friday. “Youker and Vandeveer have been selling a lot of drugs from the residence and several arrests have been made prior to the search warrant being executed. “Youker, who also goes by “Iceman,” is very familiar to law enforcement.” At the residence they seized $9,000 in cash, almost a pound of suspected heroin and marijuana in three different containers which was ready for sale, said the Sheriff. They also found mushrooms and methamphetamine. “Excellent job by the Task Force and everyone involved,” writes Rogers.

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Gloria Fletcher named president of Sound Publishing by Doug Crist Editorial Director, Sound Publishing

Gloria Fletcher has been named President of Sound Publishing. Fletcher comes to Sound from Gatehouse Media, where she was Regional Vice President responsible for 85 publications spread over 13 states based in Joplin, Mo. Prior to Gatehouse, she was Division Vice President for Community Newspaper Holdings from 2000 to 2007, responsible for their Oklahoma group. She also worked for American Publishing Company from 1988 to 1999, after beginning her career working for a

small daily in Woodward, Okla., in 1985. She is an honors graduate of the University of Oklahoma and serves on the board of directors of the Local Media Association (formerly Suburban Newspapers of America). Gloria is married with two sons, ages 14 and 17, and she and her family are excited about the move to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. She will take up her new position in April and will be relocating her family over the summer. “I’m honored to join Sound Publishing and Black Press,” Fletcher said. “I’m anxious to be on-site to learn about the area,

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the plethora of print and digital news products and really get to know the many talented people who produce them. My family and I are very excited to get there.” Fletcher’s appointment was announced March 26 by Rick O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer of Black Press of Victoria, B.C., Sound Publishing’s parent company, and company owner David Black. “David and I are excited about the quality of leadership that Gloria brings to her new position and we hope to build on the new acquisitions we announced in the fall of last year,” O’Connor said.

O’Connor thanked both Josh O’Connor and Lori Maxim, Vice Presidents of Sound Publishing, for their leadership and guidance of Sound over the past two years. He also thanked executives Mark Warner and Don Kendall for their work in bringing both the Port Angeles and Sequim newspapers into the Sound group over the past few months. “Gloria is inheriting a group of publishing titles and websites that I think is poised for strong growth given the quality of assets, the health of the marketplace and talented employees,” O’Connor said. Based in Poulsbo and Bellevue,

Wash., Sound Publishing, Inc., owns and operates 38 community newspapers and 14 Little Nickel publications in the greater Puget Sound area. In fall of 2011, Sound Publishing added the Peninsula Daily News (Port Angeles), Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum to their community newspaper holdings. Collectively, Sound Publishing has circulation of 773,126. Sound Publishing’s broad household distribution blankets the greater Puget Sound region, extending northward from Seattle to Canada, south to Salem, Ore. and westward to the Pacific Ocean.

TSD extended Oroville City Council to study day no sure thing draft Critical Areas Regulations School district approves FBLA, FFA and high school band overnight field trips

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cussions of extending the day, including staffing issues and a pending cut in federal Title I TONASKET - The Tonasket funding. “When all is said and done School District’s hopes to add 45 minutes to its school day are there’s probably $100,000 that still on uncertain ground as an we hadn’t originally calculated internal deadline to make a final into this,” he said. In other business, the board decision approaches. Superintendent Paul Turner began its next round of work on updated the school board at their revising district-wide policies. Personnel changes included Monday, March 26, meeting and said that continued uncertain- the resignation of parapro Jera ty with state funding, as well Donner as of the end of the school year; as other budresignagetary issues, “May 1 is the deadline the tion of Craig could end up for my approaching Lofthus as delaying implethe board with a pro- assistant midmentation of school the plan for posal one way or the dle football coach; another year. other.” and the hiring “May 1 is the of Tim Cork deadline for my Paul Turner, as assistant Superintendent approaching middle school the board with football coach. a proposal one The board also approved sevway or the other,” Turner said in an interview “Either yea or nay. eral overnight field trips, includ“The state legislature is part ing: Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) to state comof the issue. There’s even talk of another petition, April 11; FFA to state extended session. So we may trap shoot competition, April not know where we are as far as 20; the high school band to the Spokane Lilac Parade, May 12; state funding in May. It’s possible we’ll even have and FFA to leadership camp to start working on next year’s May 14 and to state competition budget without that informa- May 16. The Tonasket School Board tion.” Turner said additional issues next meets Monday, April 9, at have popped up during dis- 7:30 p.m. By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - The Oroville Planning Commission recently continued a public hearing on the draft Critical Areas Ordinance to allow for additional input from the public. In the meantime, the city council will study the regulations hoping to gain a greater understanding of the rules prior to holding a final public hearing to consider their adoption. Community Development Director, Chris Branch, reported at the March 21 Council meeting that questions asked in staff meeting discussions prompted Mayor Chuck Spieth to request that Branch brief the council on the proposed new regulations. The Council agreed to meet one

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OROVILLE – Enrollment still remains higher than the Oroville School District based their budget for the year, which means that the district will be eligible for more state basic education funds. The enrollment figures came up as part of Business Manager Shay Shaw’s report to the Oroville School Board at their Monday, March 26 meeting. She also commented on the district’s most recent audit by the state. “It was truly one of the shortest ones we’ve ever had,” said Shaw, who added the auditor’s gave the district a clean bill of health. In Elementary School Principal Joan Hoehn’s report she said the students really shocked the staff, reading over 10,000 books as part of the Principal’s Challenge.

She also said the March Math Madness went well. High School Principal Kristin Sarmiento reported that the Dollars for Scholars Talent Show went well. “It was great, there is so much young talent out there and the community came together to support a great cause,” she said. She also reported that the high school had earned its accreditation for another year. “We also talked about college in the classroom,” said Sarmiento, who said that the school district was moving ahead on college English and History classes through Eastern Washington University. The board had the third reading of policy changes that they have been working on. The issue

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city or conservation entities in the business of stream restoration which will enable a coordinated restoration strategy over time. The proposed rules apply only to those areas within the city, and only when there is development proposed. The designations in the unincorporated areas do not apply until such time that these areas fall under city jurisdiction as a result of annexation. Significant setbacks currently apply under Okanogan County regulations which are in the process of being updated; a public hearing is scheduled before the County Planning Commission on April 23. Since the City Council will meet as a quorum at 6 p.m. prior to their regular meeting the workshop is open to public attendance.

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is part of an effort by the board to bring district policies in line with state policies. Under new business, the board approved the hiring of Marlene Barker as Assistant Elementary Secretary for 4.25 hours a day, Tina Keopke as a paraprofessional for 11.5 hours a week and Courtney Montowski as a paraprofessional at the high school. Jared Starkel was hired as second assistant track coach and Justin Helm as assistant baseball coach. The board retracted its motion to approve Sarmiento and Walt Arnold as co-head coaches of the tennis team, because it wasn’t allowed under the coach’s contract. Sarmiento will be head coach and Arnold assistant. The district also added a special needs bus route and hired Novelita Beitz as the bus driver. John Ragsdale will be Sixth Grade Camp Director with Jacqueline Marshall and Julie Schildgen as assistant directors. Millie Leslie will be head cook and Georgia McCoy assistant cook at Sixth Grade Camp. The board accepted donations from Prince’s Foods in the amount of $158, the American Legion in the amount of $750 and Advantage Proxy in the amount of $500 for the Washington, DC class trip. The Booster Club donated $1556 for soccer uniforms, $1561 for baseball jerseys and bats, $175 for the Leadership Class Assembly and $1350 for FBLA Registration.

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Tax Day Tea Party Rally

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OKANOGAN - The Fourth annual Tax Day Tea Party Rally will be held in front of the Okanogan County Courthouse on Saturday, April 14, at 1 p.m. Rally organizers say the event is in keeping with Tea Party tradition, this is an opportunity to peace-

fully assemble to show solidarity in the principles which have been the hallmark of the United States of America: limited constitutional government, decreased spending and taxation, liberty and justice. Comments on “open mike” are encouraged. “This is an opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing us as we approach the 2012 presidential election. This election may well

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Steve and Linda Colvin, owners of Esther Bricques Winery in Oroville, were on hand at the Taste of Washington last weekend in Seattle promoting their wines as well as the Oroville area. Fellow Oroville Chamber members Mo Fine and Geoff Klein, with the Tumble Weed Film Festival, were on hand to help, as well as let people know about the annual film festival. The festival is held the first Thursday through Saturday in August in Oroville with venues at Veranda Beach Resort, Alpine Brewery and Esther Bricques. Some 3500 people attended the Taste of Washington event at the Washington State Convention Center.

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OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will introduce its totally redesigned website at the Thursday, April 12 meeting being held at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Oroville Public Library. “Come see a live demonstration of our new website and how you will be able to manage your own listing and even have your own webpage on our our site,” invites Clyde Andrews, interim president. “We want our website to be used by both visitors and locals using it as their local ‘yellow pages.’” The organization is asking for feedback on the new site located at or

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Laura Kinman, with Okanogan Estate and Vineyards in Oroville, was also showing off their wines at the Taste of Seattle. Gold Digger Apples Inc. owns the winery and are also members of the Oroville Chamber, as well as sponsors of the film festival. Okanogan Estates and Vineyards, Esther Bricques, Copper Mountain, Lake Crest and Veranda Beach Wineries also participate in the annual Toast of Oroville Wine Festival scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 4 this year. Those that want to edit their listing now can email the chamber at orovillewashington@gmail. com to get instructions on how to make changes. Make sure to include your business name with

your requests, says Andrews. The chamber meeting is being catered by Linda’s Bakery and the meal is pulled pork barbecued sandwiches with drinks and chips provided by the chamber for $5.

“A whole lot needs to be done before we could consider actually moving in that direction. If we end up with an influx of people, we won’t even consider it. Whatever decision we make, we will be transparent about doing it.” The issue was discussed at the NVH Board of Directors meeting on Thursday, March 29. Pat Atchison, whose mother is currently in Assisted Living, expressed concern over the proposal. “I think that you are considering (Assisted Living) as part of the entire campus and I realize that,” Atchison said. “But I think you need to reach out into the valley, not only for the outstanding service they provide currently, but you have a whole generation of boomers just about lined up at the sidewalk at the door. I think your highest and best use of the facility is for what it is. I don’t agree with taking away that hallway from the residents....I think you would be better off taking second floor space... it’s not being used by the residents and hasn’t been for years. “When the administration of a facility overtakes the peopling of

a facility, we need to take a closer look at it.” In other news, the rollout of the ACES has garnered plenty of positive attention, including Business Development Coordinator Terri Orford garnering an interview on Northwest Public Radio. “Also, we had a call from DSHS,” said Patient Financial Services Manager Jana Symonds. “They’re wanting to refer all of the people who don’t qualify for benefits through them onto us. So they asked us to send them applications. It’s pretty huge.” Symonds also reported that a huge bundle of claims delayed by a new financial claims standard that has caused headaches for many health care facilities are on the verge of being paid. “For $816,000 worth of claims because of 5010 (the standard), we finally got $766,000 accepted,” Symonds said. “Those have gone through and are on the way to the payment board. We’ve been waiting three long months for that. Everyone else has been experiencing the same thing. But there is light at the end of the tunnel.” The recent surveys sent out by

TONASKET CITY COUNCIL | FROM A1 Okanogan County Planning and Development to each of the cities. “A moratorium will stop things from happening like a second house that is going up right in the flight path on the north end of Oroville’s runway,” Orr said. “There has also been a sewer lagoon permitted by the county near Okanogan’s airport that will attract waterfowl and migrating birds as well as predators which can be a hazard to an airport.”

Orr read Huston’s letter and in it the planner asks the cities’ help to offset the cost of Dalana Potter, who has been helping to facilitate the development of seven ordinances for each of the airports. Potter, whose internship is coming to an end, has been very helpful, according to Orr. “I am looking for $500 from each of the seven city/airports to keep Ms. Potter on contract for two months. This should be sufficient

be the most important election of our lives.” Everyone is invited to attend, join us in taking our nation back, say organizers who also invite people to bring flags, signs, family and friends. “We The People can make a difference.” The rally will be held in front of the courthouse at the intersection of Third Ave. and Norman in Okanogan. the hospital district resulted in 430 responses. Michel distributed the results in two forms: one with the raw data, and one with the “unknown/not applicable” responses pulled out. “Those were people who had never used those services,” Michel said. “I took those unknowns out (to figure the percentages). So on the second packet, I think the percentages are more accurate. “They’re pretty good. We still have room for improvement, of course.” Kelly Cariker was introduced as the hospital’s new Chief Information Officer, and Dr. Paul Lacey had his privileges modified from proctored surgical C-section to full C-section privileges, based on medical staff recommendations. Finally, the hospital agreed to contribute $25 a month to help pay for a repeater atop Tunk Mountain that will allow emergency responders to be able to stay in radio contact up Highway 20 as far east as Wauconda, and north to Oroville. Until now ambulances have operated without communication in those areas. The North Valley Hospital District board next meets Thursday, April 12.

time to create the zone and initiate the adoption process,” writes Huston. “We’d really like to keep her on, she’s really done the majority of work on this project and we’ve got a long way to go. We have to have seven specific zones for the seven airports,” Orr said. “I suspect developers and realtors are going to fight this tooth and nail.” The council approved the $500 from the city, with the understanding that at least five of the airports participate in sponsoring the intern.

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THE TOWN CRIER Supporters disagree Is there a Republican “War on Women” about best way to legalize marijuana in Washington State I attended the marijuana roundtable held at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center last Friday night, but came away wondering if supporting Initiative 502 in marijuana reform was really the way to go or not for our state. Why, because there seemed to be two schools of thought. While they had people arguing for the initiative, they also had one panelist who was arguing against – not because he didn’t think legalizing and regulating marijuana was something the state should do. He felt legalization was right, but that I-502 supporters were going about it wrong way and the state even more vulnerable to greater federal interference (we’ll look at both sides more in depth in an article about the roundtable next week). Out of Marijuana should be legalized if only because My Mind keeping it criminalized has just led to more Gary A. DeVon crime, very similar, but in many cases much more ruthless than, the gangsters who ran booze in Chicago during alcohol prohibition. Don’t take my word for it, a surprising number of people in law enforcement agree – take out the huge money aspect of marijuana, regulate it like cigarettes or beer, and it because no worse than alcohol and in many cases less so. As one panelist asked, Have you ever heard of someone punching out someone when they were smoking marijuana? How about if they’ve been drinking whiskey? Answering his own question, the former long-time law enforcement officer said he had seen it all too often for booze, but never for pot. Marijuana has been portrayed as some sort of highly addictive killer substance ever since the days of the anti-pot movie “Reefer Madness” from the 1930s. I guess it may have been taken seriously in it’s time, but most people watching it nowadays realize that it was just blatant (and comical) propaganda. The true crime related to marijuana is the millions of dollars the country spends on trying to stop people from smoking it and the prisons full of non-violent people who cost this nation more millions to house. The true crime is the fact the prohibition aspect makes it a big money industry in Mexico elsewhere leading to violence as gangs fight and kill for control of the market. If the prohibition was ended, and it will have to take place on a federal level, then the big-dollar criminal aspect goes away. At the roundtable while most were arguing for passage of I-502, the lone anti-I-502 panelist said the initiative doesn’t go far enough and that it will take several states passing legalization laws before the law will change at a federal level in a domino affect. Each side agreed there was big money in marijuana only as long as it remained a crime to use it – both for the drug cartels and for the private prison industry that is springing up around the country. Voters should study the initiative and decide for themselves about how they feel about marijuana and whether it I-502 is a good first step or whether they should wait for an all-or-nothing effort it to come along.

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For weeks, President Obama, Democratic activists and their friends in the media have relentlessly pushed the idea that Republicans have launched a “war on women.” A f t e r w e e k s of this carefully orchestrated campaign, the consensus a m o n g admini s t r a Cathy McMorris tion offiRodgers cials and U.S. Rep. (WA) B e l t w a y insiders is clear: women are outraged by Republican policies; the GOP has done enormous damage to its brand among women and the Democrats are going to reap the benefits at election time. If you’re David Axelrod or Debbie Wasserman Schultz, it’s a great story. But is it true? The Washington Post has no doubt. A few days ago, the paper ran a story titled “Recent Debate over Contraception Comes as GOP Loses Gains among Women.” The story is filled with quotes and anecdotes about how knuckle-dragging Republicans have badly damaged themselves by daring to stand up to the latest Obamacare mandate. But what are the facts? What does the polling actually say? The latest CBS News/NY Times poll shows that women’s approval of Obama had dropped by 12 percent in the past month, entirely erasing the Democrats’ traditional lead among women. The same poll shows 53% of women believe that “religiously affiliated employers such as a hospital or university” should be able to opt out of mandatory contraception coverage. Of course, that is exactly the opposite of the controversial position taken by the Obama administration. Whether the inaccurate reporting is intentional misdirection or honest confusion is not for me to say. But talk about a gender gap is not new news. Since 1992, Democrats have

Board chairman should resign Dear Gary, Your opinion piece in the most recent edition of the GazetteTribune brought up a valid point regarding the Oroville School board and chairperson Mr. Phil Barker in particular. Attending the meetings this year a number of things are quite evident: Mr. Barker is ignorant of the role of the school board, Mr. Barker is ignorant of his role as a board member, Mr. Barker arrives unprepared to the school board meetings as evidenced by the questions he asks that would be answered if he read his packet. He seems to have a personal agenda, which is counter productive to the business of the school board. After the March 26 school board meeting he commented to somebody that he “was bloodied but undeterred”. This makes me want to know exactly what he’s determined to do. Is it appropriate for Mr. Barker to hold covert meetings and conversations that are not within the scope of a school board member? I believe that Mr. Barker is a lawsuit waiting to happen. I hope the district has a good liability policy to protect the other board members from his activities. If Mr. Barker really cares about the school district, the staff, the kids and the community he would resign from the board immediately. His actions are a disgraceful embarrassment to the school board and the community and must come to a stop. Yours truly, a concerned citizen, Richard Solberg Oroville

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done better with women in presidential elections; in 2008, women supported Obama over McCain by 13 points. What is new is that in the 2010 congressional elections, there was no gender gap — women split their vote evenly between Republicans and Democrats — the only time Republicans have matched the Democrats among women voters in the history of exit polling. The result was devastating for the Democrats. Republicans gained more seats than at any time since the Civil War. A record 87 Republicans were elected and a record nine of those freshmen were women — another story the media missed. The end of the gender gap sent shockwaves through the Democrat establishment. They need a gender gap to have any chance in 2012, but they are having a hard time manufacturing one. After all, four of the six women governors today are Republicans. And we’re the only party in the last 25 years to nominate a woman for vice president. This time the plan backfired, as the Obama administration was widely perceived by both men and women to be attacking religious freedom. But you can bet the

Democrats and their media friends will keep trying to find some story that works. The Democrats believe that talking about health care will help them politically — even if they need to stretch the truth. I say: Let’s talk about health care. Let’s talk about the fact American women make 85 percent of all health care decisions and represent the vast majority of the people working in health care professions. Let’s talk about the 15 unelected members of IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board, who are charged with deciding which of your medical treatments should receive federal funding. Let’s talk about the individual insurance mandate that tells a woman what type of insurance she needs to buy for her family. This pseudo-controversy about “women’s health” has only reminded American women of what Obamacare did — undermining their power to make health care decisions, and shifting that power to the government. Republicans shouldn’t get complacent — we still have a lot of work to do to make women comfortable with the GOP and make the GOP comfortable for women —

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Coal companies want to mine coal in Montana and Wyoming and ship it through Idaho, Washington State and Oregon to be burned in power plants located mainly in China. Money goes largely to the big mine owners (Who knows how many jobs-maybe a lot.), but the pollution goes to the planet and a lot of it to the states the big diesel trains would pull it through. Where is that cost reflected? Until the cost of energy reflects the true cost, the people on the planet and the planet Earth itself will continue to see the future darken. Rob Thompson Tonasket

Love always overcomes evil Dear Gary, I read your editorial in March 22 issue. You spoke of former Principal Frank Motto being killed by a teen. I was sad to hear about it. So much violence and evil! I must say that the evil was stronger than that teen. You see there is an enemy who is out to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). This happens everywhere. I’ve met women in my journey who are spending life sentences due to their choices. Choices that were controlled by an evil they did not understand. One gal in particular that I remember was driving and texting threatening suicide in her texts when she hit a family. A woman who was pregnant and a five-year old son were all killed. This gal was 16. Convicted of deliberate homicide, life in prison. She came to the adult unit on her 18th birthday. How many of us drive and text? How many have teens and half of us don’t even know where they are most the time? Many teens don’t even have par-

ents. Their families are the ones they find on the streets. We call them gangs, to them that’s the only family they’ve got. To shoot and kill is nothing much to some people. After all they are well programmed. Games we put in our kids’ stockings! I saw something in a fiveyear-old little girl one time while babysitting a few years back. She was playing Grand Theft Auto. Her mom said she could play it good. Anyway, this little child was hitting the pedestrians in this game. She got extra points for killing cops. I turned it off when I realized how sick this game was. When you watch a child kill in a game and not even flinch! That’s scary. She’s God’s child! Since I witnessed that I’ve been an advocate against these video games. I don’t know much about why anyone would do such a violent act. What I do know is there is a force behind that teen who shed innocent blood. Mr. Motta is with Christ now. As far as that little boy? Well, his life has been taken and I believe was taken years before he killed. I pray for this young boy’s soul. I hope others will have it in their heart to do the same. It takes in cases like these, looking beyond our own sight and looking through the eyes of Jesus. I’m grateful I never killed anyone when drinking and driving. I’ve spoken with many women who are in prison for life for homicide and they all have said, “I can never take back what I’ve done. I only pray for God’s mercy and tell others there is another way.” I’m glad for this journey I’m on because I have found freedom in the spirit of truth. I see through Jesus’ eyes and I have hope. Community it seems easy to be angry at times like these. Please don’t be bitter for bitterness will eat at you like cancer. Don’t mur-

but the trend of the last few years, and the last few weeks, is unmistakable and encouraging. Sometimes Republican men who talk about budgets and fiscal restraint are in danger of boring the women in the audience to tears. As any mom will tell you, balancing a budget is important, but it is nothing compared to giving birth or raising a child. I think that’s the main reason there’s been a gender gap: Republicans who talk only about finances are not going to attract women voters. But let’s talk about health care choices, about Obamacare, about families, about raising children and trying to find a job in a tough economy. These are women’s issues and Republican issues for 2012. Republicans are not at war with women. The real story of the last few years isn’t the Republican “war on women;” it’s that women are turning to the Republican Party more than ever before. And it’s a trend that shows no sign of stopping. U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is vice chair of the House Republican Conference. She is the highestranking Republican woman in Congress.

der your own soul. Find a way to love even in times such as these. Reach out to the lost and those in prison. You will find freedom in doing so. My heart goes out to the families. My heart goes out to everyone. I pray for my community to come together as one and that you all will reach out with love. Love always overcomes evil. I leave you with this: “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my fathers hand.” God bless you, His servant, Sabrina Rounds Missoula, Mont.

On the path to wisdom Dear Editor, The possession of wisdom allows one to perceive the miraculous in the common. Devotion, simplicity and truth unfold from the depths of wisdom. We are brought to a quest to seek the solitary presence of nature, the trees, the wildlife, the sounds, the cleaner air, the peacefulness. Our self-image begins to improve, and the state of our nation and all of humanity begins to shine once again. All the we have now is our responsibility to share with those who will listen. In essence, we have become radiant to those who can see deeply. Let us stay the course while on the path to wisdom and the number of people who may be pointed in the right direction by ourselves will become invaluable over a lifetime. Ray Gattavara Auburn, Wash.

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Okanogan Valley Life Warren Brazle memorial April 21 I am having a difficult time keeping up with Howard Cumbo. He isn’t home, but is still in Extended Care, Tonasket. He did play pinochle with us at the Oroville Senior Center, Saturday night, (March 23) he played very well, got a good score and got very tired. And that is correct. No matter how I try to be accurate, I do “goof up” once in a while. A large gathering of friends and relatives met at the Molson By Marianne Knight

Here it is April already and we are still waking to a new blanket of snow, now and then. More now than then, for the last few weeks. It does not last long as the temperature warms quickly and we may hit a day in the 50’s. There has been a lot of washouts on the local roads. One must be careful when traveling these days, if its not a wash out it could be an ice patch or a muddy

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It would appear that March is going out roaring like a lion. Too much snow and rain. Not enough sunshine to suit us. Needless to say, the Kite Day, hosted by Royal Neighbors of America was a washout. About 25 kites were given out along with hot chocolate and cookies. Some of the kids and adults tried to get their kite up but along with the rain and no consistent wind, not many kites stayed up. Oh well! Next year we will try again. Bev Holden announced that they were no longer having potBy North Valley Community Schools

Are you a string instrument lover? Do you play an instrument but want or need more instruction? The Musical Workshop Series includes four Saturday opportunities of four hours each to learn from a skilled and experienced musician. The series begins on April 14 with a Bass Workshop. This will be followed by the Rhythm Guitar Workshop on April 28. Third in the series will be Improvising Lead Guitar on May 19 and, finally, on June Submitted

Easter Egg Hunt! At the Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial Park. Be there before 10 a.m. ‘cause when the Easter Bunny says’s go. And then it’s pretty much over. For anyone who’s never seen this spectacle, it really is worth coming out on Saturday morning to watch. If you have kids or grand-kids, so much the better. Many thanks to all who donated to this annual event that means so much to so many. Not the least of which is The Ladies Auxiliary #3865 who cook and color 300 dozen eggs, get prizes together and get all those eggs out there. We love doing it and we have been doing it longer than anyone can remember. (Maybe now I’ll get some history on this thing.) Charles Wilder’s Karaoke show last weekend was a real hit and we know he’s a trooper for being there. The Company Band will be with us again on Saturday, April 7

THIS & THAT Joyce Emry

Grange l a s t Saturday to honor M a r y Louise Loe, as she celebrated her 80th birthday. She is an icon of her comm u n i t y.

When a question arises about when something happened in the community and no one can remember, the phrase, “Ask Mary Louise” comes to surface. Often she has the answer. A very large, tiered birthday cake, was beautifully decorated, with bright spring colors, matching the primrose centerpieces on the tables. Claire Rise has made many cakes for area residents, but she said her daughter, Sharman did most of the details on this work of art. Claire and I heartily agreed it was so much nicer to have a happy occasion with the recipient on hand to enjoy all the folks and not

HILLTOP COMMENTS mess that is not fun to drive in. Bonaparte received a good dusting this passed weekend. Last Saturday, over in Molson, there was a very special birthday party for a very special lady. Mary Louise Loe celebrated her 80th along with many of her friends, relatives and neighbors. The kitchen area of the Grange was full of well wishers enjoying

mini sandwiches, fruit, veggies and salads. Oh what a feast. I don’t believe anyone went home hungry. I know everyone enjoyed a piece of the birthday cake made by Claire Rise. She does a great job. There was lemon, chocolate and of course her famous rainbow cake with all of the colors. Happy Birthday Mary Louise. I know you can hardly wait


For Scholars event. Many more participants and more really talented people participated. The money raised is shared between the Oroville School Music Department and Continuing Scholarships. Pinochle scores for March 24: The Door Prize was won by Myrtle Wood. Most Pinochles was won by Mary Lou Barnett. High Scores were shared by Myrtle Wood and Donna Rise. Pinochle scores for March 31: The Door Prize was won by Phyllis Shenyer. Most Pinochles was won by Jo Porter. High Scores were shared by Glen Waggy and Bob Hirst. More next time.

luck dinners on Sunday afternoons. Doris Hughes had a drawing the other day for one of her afghans, which was won by Shirley Moser. The kitchen towel was won by Maureen Hayward of Oliver, B.C. Jeanne Hall won the stocking cap. Doris is already working on the next quilt. Glenna Hauenstein reported on the results of the Dollars

THE LEARNING TREE 2 you will put it all together with a Group Improvising Workshop. Take one workshop or take them all. Bring your instrument! Each workshop registration fee is an amazing $30 for four hours of musical instruction and jamming. This is not just for adults.

EAGLEDOM AT WORK for our enjoyment. Love to see and hear those guys in town. If you have a child (or grandchild) who is a senior in Oroville High School this year who is going to continue their education after graduation, the Auxiliary has scholarships available that they can apply for. The information is at the Guidance Councilors office. They cover not just collages but also trade schools and other forms of higher education. Monday night we do tacos, Thursday night is Bar Bingo, Friday night is Steak Night and Meat Draw and our meeting are Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Aerie on the first and third Tuesdays and Auxiliary on the second and fourth. Come to a meeting and see what’s really going on at your Oroville Eagles where We Are People Helping People.

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Now the school has turned to many outdoor sports activities, like tennis, softball, baseball, track etc. When you see that Caleb Haney has won the distance for discus throwing...that’s our great grandson and he did good last year, even at the state level. Sorry about the mix-up at school over the new reader board. Hope it gets resolved in a timely manner. Having dissension makes it even more difficult to keep things running smoothly. So, the Easter Bunny will soon be hoppin’ down the bunny trail. Remember when ladies thought they couldn’t go to church if they didn’t have a new hat? How long has it been since you saw one at church, Easter and not many other places. Bob Hirst is playing a mean

game of pinochle, so we’re not gonna “pamper” him anymore. And it was good to have Juanita Waggy back at the card games, at the Senior Center, after a long absence due to illness. Bev Holden, who has been in charge of the potlucks at the Senior Center on Sundays, says, “There ain’t no more ‘til further notice.” Still Bingo on Tuesday and Thursdays, after lunch. Where else can you have so much fun for 10 cents? You know you’re “over the hill” when the only whistles you get, come from the teakettle! Or your hearing aid. Notice of Memorial for Warren Brazle: April 21, 11 a.m. Molson Grange Hall. Potluck luncheon following.

to read the final scores of the Pinochle players last week (3/26). There were 37 players in attendance. The Low scores went to Clayton Emry, Judy Bunch and Mary Louise. Ray Visser and Judy Ripley took the High scores. The Traveling went to Al O’Brien with George Penner taking the five week winner. See you in the fall. The Children’s Activity Club members will be assisting the

Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 7, 10:30 a.m. in Chesaw at the Rodeo Grounds. This Egg Hunt is for the Highland Children of Chesaw and Molson, from babies through 12-years old. Don’t forget the Family Movies on our Hilltop. The Chesaw Bible Church has movies on the first Friday of every month with free popcorn at 7 p.m. The Mercantile

has movies on the last Friday of each month. Bring a potluck dish to share and enjoy the evening. Potluck at 6 p.m. and movie at 7 p.m. There will be a Memorial Service for Warren Brazel on April 21 at 11 a.m. The service will be at the Molson Grange and will be a potluck. Bring your favorite dish to share. Until next week.

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OROVILLE - Calling you musicians out there! The Bass Workshop class on Saturday, April 14, is one of four Spring Quarter workshops. This first one will cover basic bass theory as played on stand-up bass, electric bass and guitar. Arpeggios, chords, progressions and scales will be emphasized. Instruction will alternate between lecture and jamming. Teens, adults – bring your instrument! Registration form is on the back of the spring catalog or call Ellen at 4762011. Also register at www.northvalleycommunityschools. com

OROVILLE – The Oroville Easter Egg Hunt is being held on Saturday, April 7 at the Lake Osoyoos Veterans Memorial Park. Be there at 10 a.m.

Tonasket Easter Egg Hunt TONASKET – The Tonasket Community Easter Egg Hunt is being held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 7. Kids First grade and under will meet at the Tennis Courts; Second grade through fifth grade will meet behind the bus garage. Limit two prize eggs per child (Prize eggs will be marked). This event is sponsored by the Tonasket Legion Auxiliary with donations from the community. For more information call Bobbie at (509) 486-2620.

Okanogan Valley

Church Guide Do you have a Special Event or Special Person

you want to honor at your church? To reserve this spot call Charlene at 476-3602 for details


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 Adult Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. • Sun. School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 11 a.m. 4th Sundays, 6 p.m. Prayer & Healing Service. Pastor Karen Davison

Valley Christian Fellowship


Chesaw Community Bible Church

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

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

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

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

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

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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Trinity Episcopal

Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Church of Christ

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

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

Tonasket Community UCC

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

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

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

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.

Conconully Easter Monthly Work Egg Hunt CONCONULLY – Boys and Session girls through 12 years of age are invited to Conconully State Park to hunt Easter eggs, win prizes and explore fire trucks at 1 p.m., Saturday, April 7. Sponsored annually by the Ladybugs of Conconully and the Conconully Volunteer Fire Department, the hunt will be held in the park’s day area.

TONASKET – The Okanogan Fire District No. 16 commissioners in Aeneas Valley will hold their monthly work session Wednesday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Sun Ranch Commons facility located at 1183 Aeneas Valley Road. The public is invited to attend. Call Mike Woelke at (509) 486-1386 for more information.

Sunrise Service

Infant Loss Support Group

LOOMIS – Loomis Community Church invites the public to attend its special events on Sunday, April 8 beginning with a sunrise service at the cross, located two miles up the Horse Spring Coulee Road, at the west end of Spectacle Lake at 7 a.m. The service will be followed at 8 a.m. by a breakfast for all in the church fellowship room and an Easter worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Call (509) 223-3542 for more information.

First Service of Easter OROVILLE – Oroville United Methodist Church will have a community Easter celebration at Henry Kneiss Park on Sunday, April 8 at 7 a.m. Easter breakfast will follow at the United Methodist Church. Easter Sunday worship will be held at 11 a.m. with a special coffee hour afterward.

First Aid/CPR Class OROVILLE – First Aid and CPR class will be held on April 9, 10 and 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Oroville Grade School Library. Bring a pillow the first night. For information call Ben Hylton at (509) 223-3412 and leave a message.

Habitat For Humanity Meeting TONASKET – The regular meeting of Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity will be held Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. at the home of Mike and Peggy McDaniel, 170 Hubbard Rd. For more information call Arlene Johnson at (509) 223-3147.

Grief Support Group OROVILLE – A Grief Support Group sponsored by Amedisys Hospice of Omak will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the library of the Oroville United Methodist Church at 908 Fir Street. The group will be facilitated by the Rev. Karen Davison. The next meeting will be Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m. For more information call Rev. Davison at (509) 4762681. All are welcome.


WENATCHEE – The Compassionate Friends sponsors an 8-week Infant Loss Support Group starting on Thursday, April 12 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, 1408 Washington St., Wenatchee. This program is for all parents who have lost their baby during pregnancy, at birth or within the first year. We also invite grandparents. For registration and information call Carol at (509) 665-9987. There are no fees for this program.

OVCBCHW/ FCCBCHW Packing Clinic REPUBLIC – A Packing Clinic is being held April 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a potluck to follow. The clinic is being held at Dolly Watkins’s R&D Ranch, 103 West Fork Trout Creek Rd., Republic. Bring a potluck dish and a chair. For more information call (509) 775-3484.

Wauconda Hall Dance WAUCONDA - Wauconda Hall is having a dance on April 14. Food starts at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. Music is by the Valley Band out of Aeneas Valley. Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information call Anne at (509) 486-1167.

County Democratic Caucus OKANOGAN - Okanogan County Democratic Caucuses will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 15 with Tonasket meeting at the High School Commons; Oroville at the Oroville Depot at 1210 Ironwood St.; Chesaw at Fiona’s, 2052 Chesaw Rd. Those wishing to be delegates at the County Convention must attend. For questions contact Jackie Bradley, County Chairwoman at (509) 422-3723 or see facebook. com/OkanoganDemocrats.

Free NAC Class TONASKET - North Valley Extended Care is now accepting applications for the next Nursing Assistant Training Class beginning April 16, 2012. This Submitted

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class will be completed in June. Applications may be picked up at the North Valley Hospital’s Human Resource office. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated, caring individuals to prepare for a challenging career, leading to employment opportunities at the Extended Care. Course content includes basic personal care, restorative and technical skills needed to care for residents and individuals rehabilitating toward independence. Interviews for the class will start April 9; applications will no longer be received after April 6, 2012. For information call the Extended Care at 486-3110 or Dixie Brown 486-2151 ext. 353.

April is Military Child Month TONASKET – April is the Month of the Military Child. Join the NCW Blue Star Mothers on Wednesday, April 18 at the Crossroads Christian Fellowship in Tonasket at 5:30 p.m.

Tonasket Kindergarten Information Night TONASKET – Kindergarten (English) Information Night is being held Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary School Library. Childcare will be provided. Registration Day is Thursday, April 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Your child must be 5 years of age on or before Aug. 31, 2012. For more information call (509) 486-4933. Noche de Informacion ed Espanol: Martes 17 de Abril del 2012. 6:30 de la noche en la Biblioteca de la Escuela Primaria. Su nino debe tener 5 anos de edad cumplidos antes del 31 de agosto de 2012. Dia de Matricular: 18 de Abril del 2012 9 a.m. a 3 p.m. Regrese los documentos con los datos que se le solicita. Si se le pasan estas fechas por favor venga a la oficina durante. El horario regular para registrar a su nino(a). Horario de la oficina: 8 a.m. a 4 p.m.

OCSRA Retirement Seminar OMAK – All Okanogan County school employees are encouraged to attend a free retirement seminar at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Omak Superintendent’s Building, 619 W. Bartlett, Omak. The seminar is sponsored by Okanogan County School Retirees Association. For more information call (509) 4223393.

Volunteers Needed OROVILLE – Volunteers are needed for Hydroplane races on Lake Osoyoos on July 21 and 22, 2012. Extra help needed for planning ideas, security, sales, ticketing, etc. Call and come join great family fun and excitement. For more information call Jinnie Bartholomew at (509) 485-2039.

Vendors Needed OROVILLE – Vendors are needed for the Hydroplane races on Lake Osoyoos in Beep Bay Park on July 21 and 22, to sell your wares and crafts. Please call Jinnie Bartholomew (509) 4852039 for vendor fees and more information. Hawaiian Burgers, a patty with pineapple, ham and Swiss cheese all for $5. Coming up this Saturday, March 31, the Comancheros are having their annual Dinner/ Auction. The menu is 8 oz. sirloin steaks with scalloped potatoes, coleslaw and garlic bread for $10. The dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the auction starts at 7 p.m. There will be Karaoke to follow. Scores from last Sunday’s monthly Pinochle Tournament are: 1st - Julie Hovland and Rob Wallace; 2nd - Jeannie Jones and Dusty Novak; Low Score Betty Paul and Gib McDougal; Last Pinochle - Neil Fifer and Gene Michels. Brother Dyral Coleman is in North Valley Hospital and is doing ok. We wish him and anyone who is ill a speedy recovery to good health. God bless you all, the Biggest Little Eagles in the state.

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Left, Tonasket’s Ali Hill was one of many throwers that stayed bundled up for Saturday’s chilly competition. Hill took eighth in the shot put. Center, Damon Halvorsen (far left) took the lead for good early in the 1600-meter run, holding off Oroville’s Zack Speiker (second from right) who recovered from a slow start to finish second. Right, the Hornets’ Selina Bobadilla finished seventh in the 100-meter low hurdles.

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow...

Tigers, Hornets shiver through Oroville meet

the efforts of his sprint relay team. “After losing two guys off last year’s state team it is good to see that they are running times equal to last year at these meets. “It was a total team effort for the boys to win and for the girls to get second. Many say that track and field is an individual sport but when everyone does their best in their event it picks up points for the team win.” Caleb Haney was the Hornets’ lone event winner with a throw of 121-2 in the discus. “The weather held off long enough,” said Oroville coach Harold Jensen. “We were very respectable as a team despite many being gone for spring break and others who had senior presentations.” Other top performances for the Oroville boys included Speiker in the 1600 (2nd, 4:54.40) and 800 (4th, 2:17.80); and the 4x400 relay of Sean DeWitte, Speiker, Ruben Renfro and Tanner Smith (2nd, 4:02.09). Renfro also took third in the long jump (17-4.25).


OROVILLE - It wasn’t a good day for fast times or long distances. It wasn’t a good day for much of anything but huddling inside next to the fireplace. The Tonasket and Oroville track and field teams, as well as most of the other county teams and schools from as far away as Leavenworth, Moses Lake and Northport, braved cold, wet and windy conditions Saturday, March 31, and battled their way through the Hornets’ own Eagle Home Mortgage Invitational. Tonasket got the biggest payoff for its trouble, rolling to a 29-point team victory over second-place Cascade on the boys’ side and finishing second to Omak by 3.5 points on the girls’ side. With many of their athletes already gone for Spring Break, the Hornets didn’t fare quite as well, with the boys and girls both finishing seventh.

Speiker, Tiger relays excel

Tonasket boys dominate The Tigers excelled in the track events, winning all but one individual running event and both relays

Above, John Stedtfeld (right) takes the handoff from Jake Hickman as the Tigers sprinted to victory in the 4x100 relay. Left, Oroville’s Sierra Speiker broke out to an early lead in the 1600-meter run and shook off a challenge from Tonasket’s Kylie Dellinger to pull away over the final 600 meters for the win.

“We were really pleased with the competitiveness of each one under less than ideal conditions It was a total team effort for the boys to win and for the girls to get second. ” Bob Thornton, Tonasket Track & Field Coach

John Stedtfeld swept the 100 (11.51) and 200 (23.59), Jake Hickman claimed the 800 (2:11.00), and Damon Halvorsen fended off his top two area rivals in the distance races, getting past Oroville’s Zack Speiker in the 1600 (4:45.78) and Omak’s Michael Goble in the 3200 (10:16.16). Stedtfeld, Hickman, Smith Condon and Zach Villalva won the 4x100 (45.95) and while Devyn Catone,Roberto Juarez, Condon and Hickman took the 4x400 (3:58.23). “We were really pleased with the competitiveness of each one under less than ideal conditions,” said Tonasket coach

Brent Baker / staff photos

Bob Thornton. “After going up against 4A schools in every meet up ‘til now it

was good to see the hard work of Damon, Jake and John pay off with first places

against schools our size.” Thornton was particularly pleased by

Despite the cold weather, Sierra Speiker lowered her season-best time in the 3200 (11:48.02) while cruising to a nearly three minute victory, as well as pulling away from Tonasket’s Kylie Dellinger to claim the 1600 (5:42.59) for the Hornets’ only victories of the afternoon. The Hornets also took second in the 4x400 (Speiker, along with Kaitlyn Grunst, Callie Barker and Lisa Hartvig in 4:41.62). Other top Oroville finishers included Katie Tietje in the discus (6th, 68-4), Grunst (5th, 4-6) and Hartvig (6th, 4-4) in the high jump; Grunst in the long jump (6th, 14-1.5). “Now with our meet out of the way we can concentrate on practices and hopefully the weather will improve,” Jensen said. “We would like to thank all the helpers who turned out, and Eagle Home Mortgage for sponsoring the meet.” For the Tonasket girls, Cassie Spear took first in the 400 (1:07.01), though Emily Mills (now at Tonasket but running unattached) won the race in 1:03.40. The Tigers’ 4x100 relay team of Spear, Kathryn Cleman, Karlie Henneman and Kelly Cruz (54.78) and 4x200 relay of Cruz, Spear, Henneman and Amber Kilpatrick (1:59.03) were also victorious. Kylie Dellinger was second to Speiker in the 1600 (5:55.40), Devan Utt took third in the 100 hurdles (18.13), Cleman was third in the 300 hurdles (54.85) and Yasmin Cervantes finished third in the discus (79-9). The Tigers and Hornets both compete next at the Brewster Co-ed Relays, hosted by Bridgeport, on Tuesday, April 10.

Oroville bats come alive in loss to Bridgeport BY BRENT BAKER BBakeR@gazette-tRIBune.COM

OROVILLE - Oroville’s baseball team fell one run shy of its first victory of the season, falling 11-10 to Bridgeport on Friday, March 30, at Stan Nelson Field. Nine walks, four hit batters and three errors were enough to offset some solid Hornet hitting. “Josh ‘Turtle’ Mincarcin did a good job in relief,” said Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson. “We need to continue working on pitching. Ned Mathis will be eligible after break, which should help some. And look for Nicky Perez to be doing some pitching in the near future.” A four-run second inning staked the Hornets to a 5-3 lead, but Bridgeport put up four of its own in the fifth. A threerun sixth inning put Oroville up 9-8, but the Hornets couldn’t get the final three outs before the Mustangs took the lead for good in the seventh. Brody Naysnerski went 4-for-5 with a double and Matt Egerton hit two doubles and had three RBIs for the Hornets. Nick Perez added two hits and scored three runs and Steve Maupin had three hits, scored twice and drove in a

run. The Hornets (0-4) outhit the Mustangs 16-12. Rafa Cruz hit a home run over right center for the Mustangs.

Oroville soccer The Hornets earned their first victory of the season on Tuesday, March 27, defeating Liberty Bell 5-3. Angel Camacho and Raul Rodriguez each scored two goals and EZ Layata added one for the Hornets. “Our team responded well to the coaching staff ’s plea for urgency and better midfield play,” said Oroville coach Mike Pitts. “This game was won with excellent midfield play from Alex Alvarez, Angel Camacho, EZ Layata, Cruz Viveros and Brian Wise. “The defense also played cohesively and helped new goalkeeper Lukas Mieirs out immensely.” The Hornets struck quickly for a 3-0 lead, but the Mountain Lions trimmed the deficit to 3-2 before Oroville pulled away late. “Our midfield play was solid and despite our short roster, we played hard to the end,” Pitts said. “We controlled the ball very well and in doing so kept Liberty Bell from attacking like they wanted

to.” During the previous week, Camacho, Rodriguez and Sebastian Lindner each scored in the Hornets March 20 loss to Okanogan, and Levi Werner had 17 saves. The teams went in at the half tied 2-2. Oroville (1-3, 1-0 Central Washington League) next play April 10 at Manson.

Oroville tennis The Hornets’ tennis teams traveled to Okanogan on Wednesday, March 28. Both the boys and girls squads lost to the Bulldogs 4-1. The tennis teams travel to Liberty Bell on Tuesday, April 10.

Tonasket Softball TONASKET - Defending Caribou Trail League champion Cascade handed Tonasket’s fastpitch softball team its first loss of the season on Tuesday, March 27, 17-0. The Kodiaks scored all the runs they needed in a 10-run first inning, but Tonasket coach Emily Rimestad said she was pleased with her team’s effort, especially after the rough start.

“The girls, did very well,” Rimestad said. “(There were) only a few errors during the game and they did a good job competing with Cascade.” Rylee Fewkes pitched for the Tigers (4-1, 0-1 CTL). “The girls stayed upbeat during the whole game,” Rimestad said. “They didn’t give up.” The Tigers’ doubleheader at Chelan on Saturday was postponed by rain.

Tonasket Baseball TONASKET - Tonasket and Cascade played on despite the rain in their Tuesday, March 27, Caribou Trail League baseball opener. The Kodiaks put the game away early with an eight-run first inning and cruised to a 13-2, five inning victory over the Tigers. Rain did keep the Tigers off the field on Saturday, as their doubleheader at Chelan was postponed due to rain and snow. Tonasket next plays Tuesday, April 10, at Okanogan.

Tonasket soccer The Tigers defeated Oroville 5-2 in the two teams’ second con-

test of the year, but also tasted defeat for the first two times this season. Cascade blanked the Tigers 5-0 on Tuesday, March 27, in the Tigers Caribou Trail League opener.

Tonasket rebounded to beat Oroville on Thursday but lost a rain-soaked 4-1 at Chelan on Saturday, March 31. The Tigers (4-2-1, 0-2 CTL) next play at Okanogan on April 10.

This week’s games: Apr. 5 - Apr. 14 (Schedules subject to change) Monday, april 9 thursday, april 12 golf - Oroville at Moses Pte. gC, 2:30 Soccer - Oroville at Omak, 4:30 pm pm Soccer - tonasket at Bridgeport, 4:30 tennis - tonasket at Chelan, 4:30 pm pm Softball - Oroville at Brewster, 4:30 pm tuesday, april 10 tennis - Oroville at Omak, 4:30 pm Baseball - Okanogan at tonasket, 4:30 pm Baseball - Oroville at Brewster, 4:30 Friday, april 13 pm tennis - Oroville at Pateros, 4:30 pm Soccer - Oroville at Manson, 4:30 pm track - Oroville at tonasket Invite, Soccer - tonasket at Okanogan, 4:30 3:30 pm pm Softball - tonasket at Okanogan, Saturday, april 14 4:30 pm Baseball - Brewster at Oroville (2), Softball - Waterville at Oroville, 4:30 11 am pm Baseball - Omak at tonasket (2), 11 tennis - Oroville at Liberty Bell, 4 pm am tennis - tonasket at Okanogan, 4:30 Soccer - Omak at tonasket, 11 am pm Soccer - Oroville at Bridgeport, 11 am track - Oroville & tonasket at BridgeSoftball - Omak at tonasket (2), 11 am port, 4 pm Softball - Oroville at Waterville (2), 11 am Wednesday, april 11 tennis - Omak at tonasket, 11 am golf - Oroville @ Desert Canyon gC, tennis - Oroville vs WS at eastmont, 2 pm 2 pm


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okanogan valley life Not the big prize, but maybe the best one

Brent Baker/Staff photos

Tonasket’s Cierra Williams (far left) said that the camaraderie amongst the contestants was one of the best parts of the Nashville Country Star competition Saturday in Omak.

Cierra Williams performs “Jesus, Take the Wheel” at the Nashville Country Star state finals at the Omak PAC on Saturday, March 31.

By Brent Baker

Williams performed two numbers: “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” “The first one I wanted to try something different, and something that worked well with my lower register,” Williams said. “’Jesus, Take the Wheel,’ I’d sung before and was really comfortable with and showed off my higher register, so between the two I was able to go both high and low.” Her experience with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” showed, as she delivered a heartfelt, confident performance. It wasn’t enough to get into the big money on a night that featured an impressive array of talent. Emily Stredwick of Connell won the $1,500 top prize, edging out Bonney Lake’s Maile Gagner. Williams said the 15 finalists enjoyed their time together, despite the fact that it was a competition and not merely a performance. “It was like a big family,” Williams said. “Everyone was super cool. We were giving each other high fives. It was really, really encouraging.” Cierra’s parents, Melody and Kevin, said they were overwhelmed by the Tonasket community’s turnout. “We would like thank our wonderful community for supporting Cierra in her singing adventure,” Melody Williams said.

OMAK - Cierra Williams may not have broken into the ranks of the big prizes at Saturday’s Nashville Country Star state finals. But she ended up with prize that in the long run she’ll remember even more. The Tonasket High School senior received a special award as part of the closing ceremonies given to the contestant with the largest “fan club” in attendance, as more than 40 of the crowd of nearly 500 traveled specifically to see Williams’ performance. With 15 finalists, most from Tonasket’s Cierra Williams beams as she receives a prize for having the the eastern half of the state, largest fan club in attendance at Saturday’s Nashville Country Star state and a number of local fans finals. More than 40 friends and relatives in the crowd of nearly 500 were unattached to a single contesthere to see her performance. tant, it made for a big night for She said the results of the contest weren’t as Williams, in just her second important as having gotten to experience it, singing contest and the first in which she’s especially the big stage at the Omak PAC that reached the finals. She also received $200 as one of the final- added to the atmosphere. “The stage was bigger, the lights were brightists. er,” she said. “I liked it better (than smaller “I was surprised,” Williams said. “I was venues in previous rounds). It was just a lot really, really flattered by the turnout.” of fun.”

Cierra Williams reflects as she and the other Nashville Country Star contestants await their final judging at Saturday’s state finals.

Oroville students rewarded with Bucket-Filled Field Day

Fifth-grader Mathew Lopez takes steady aim and sinks a tennis ball into a bucket in one of the many Bucket-Filled Field Day activities.

Oroville Elementary Principal Joan Hoehn wears a very fashionable bucket of her own last Thursday. The outfit was just one of the rewards to students for reading so many books during the Principal’s Challenge. By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

Oroville Elementary School Students were rewarded for overwhelmingly going

beyond this year’s Principal’s Challenge by reading over 5,000 books with a BucketFilled Field Day matching the challenge’s bucket theme on Thursday, May 29.

The students read the books throughout February. This year the challenge was about filling buckets, a theme the whole school adopted from the book “Have you filled a bucket today?” written by Carol McCloud.The book talks about positive behavior as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation and love. On Day 6 of the Challenge students had read 1500 books and earned their first reward, buckets of popcorn for each class. In addition, after learning the song herself, Principal Hoehn taught the children the song; “There’s a hole in my bucket.” By Day 14 the kids had read 4889 books and earned a piñata for each class level. Two days later the number of books read got up to 5921 earning them the Bucket Filled Field Day. In addition to Principal Joan Hoehn wearing a bucket for a dress last Thursday, reading coordinator Mary

Willey organized seven bucket games, including a Spoon Race to fill a bucket by filling a spoon and racing 50 yards down the hall and putting the water into a bucket. In the Marshmallow Toss students attempted to toss large marshmallows into small red buckets from five feet away. The Bucket Stilt Race had two groups of students wearing coffee cans on the bottoms of their feet as they raced down the hall. Buckethead had players tying a bucket to their head, standing five feet from the wall and tossing a tennis ball against the wall and trying to catch it in the bucket. In the Bucket Toss players tossed tennis balls into a large bucket 10 feet away. Bucket Ball had players pass a basketball from one to another and trying to score a basket in a large bucket. In the Bucket Balance players held a bucket of cotton balls on their heads while racing around traffic cones. Needless to say the games made for some fast paced and often comical results.

Photos by Gary DeVon

Andrea Altamirano, a kindergartener, tries out a couple of coffee can stilts during the Bucket-Field Field day at Oroville Elementary. Andrea was helped by fifth-grade teacher Doug Kee.

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Monster Music Festival comes to Oroville

Photos by Gary DeVon

Jeff Sandberg Jr., a former Oroville student, conducts the Monster Band at Oroville last Thursday afternoon in preparation for the Middle School Monster Music Festival.concert that evening. By Gary DeVon Yessie Mendez - Tonasket ; Altos: Johnathan Freese - Tonasket, Amanda Knowles - Omak, Jordan Beaver-Evans - Omak, Managing Editor Ashley Nickell - Omak, Brandy Julio Espino - Pateros, Nathan OROVILLE - The Monster Woodward - Pateros, Burgandy Hennigs - Okanogan, Nathaniel Music Festival came to Oroville DeAnda - Tonasket,Courtney Lowry - Omak, Ron Tonner last week bringing together 270 Clark - Omak, De Osha Matt Omak, William Hunter - Pateros, student musicians from all over - Omak ,Elora Zimmerman and Wyatt Covington - Omak . - Okanogan, Jazzy Van Dyck Caldwell earned his Bachelor North Central Washington. The Okanogan Valley Music Tonasket, Terris - Tonasket, Jordan of Music from California State Educators Middle School Monster Kehne - Omak, Kathryn Routon - University at Fullerton, and a Music Festival was hosted by the Pateros, Katie Aldag - Okanogan, Master of Teaching from Gonzaga Oroville School District’s Music Kayla Wyllson - Okanogan, University in Spokane and has Department. Middle School and Kendra Bryson - Okanogan, been a music educator in the pubJunior High School choir and LeighAnne Barnes - Tonasket, lic school systems of Idaho and band students performing with Lorena Cervantes - Tonasket, Washington for 29 years. During Oroville students were from Madison Morgan - Omak, Missy this time, he took show choirs Bridgeport, Brewster, Grand Lopez - Tonasket, Morgan Tyus to National Competitions twice. Coulee Dam Middle School, - Tonasket, Myranda Bringman He is the founder and director Pateros, Omak, Okanogan, - Okanogan, Nicole Juarez- of Northwoods Performing Arts, Zelaya - Tonasket, Paola Carillo a performance-based commuTonasket and Liberty Bell. The event lasted all day with - Pateros, Rhaney Harris - Omak, nity choir which owns the Circle rehearsals beginning at 9 am, and Roxanne Belgarde - Okanogan, Moon Theatre at Sacheen Lake in it concluded with a free concert Ruby White - Tonasket, Sam Washington. Currently, Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell reside in for the public starting at Priest River, Idaho, where 6 p.m. in the Oroville HS he is a K-12 choir direcgymnasium,” said Eric tor in the West Bonner Stiles, Director of the County School District. Oroville School District Jeff Sandberg Jr. conMusic Department. ducted the band which The choral selections included Flutes: Angie were directed by Mark Vazquez – Brewster, Caldwall and accomCharmae Lawson panied by Gwyn Kopp. Okanogan, Cindy Tinoco They were selected from – Brewster, Claire Johnson “Irish Blessing,” Jonathan – Omak, Delaney Lester – McBride; “Ching-A-Ring Omak, Diana Zambrano Chaw,” Linda Spevacek; – Brewster, Elizabeth “Aurora Boralis,” Granados – Brewster, Amy Bernon; “Hello, Elizabeth Mariscal – Goodbye,” Audrey Snyder Brewster, Irish Easter and “Arirang,” (with flute Pateros, Jasmine Dodgen accompaniment by Max – Omak, Kassy MoranThew), Sonja Poorman Flores - Bridgeport, and Jonathan Lim. Kaylha Blanchard – Performing in the choOroville, Latasha Lee rus were Sopranos: Alexi – Oroville, Leighanne Mendoza - Omak, Ashley Barnes – Tonasket, Lexi R. King - Tonasket, Aspen Callahan - Okanogan, Bosco - Omak, Bailey Lorena Cervantes – Hubbard - Okanogan, Tonasket, Lupita Vargas Bailey Schmitt – Brewster, Madison Okanogan, Brooklynn White – Pateros, Maricela Brown - Omak, Emily Aparicio – Brewster, Marta Larsen - Pateros, Emily Otis - Tonasket, Iridian There was a lot of brass in the band with trumpets, trom- Martinez – Brewster, Michelle Diaz – Omak, Mascote - Pateros, Jessie bones, tubas, french horns and saxaphones. Natalie Torres – Brewster, Burks - Tonasket, Kallysta Ray - Tonasket, Katelyn Kuiken Butler - Okanogan, Sam Ehrhard Rachel Silverthorn – Tonasket, - Tonasket, Katie Henneman - - Tonasket, Sidney Ables - Omak, Sarah O’Dell – Omak, Star Tonasket, KD Hatley - Okanogan, Suzie Van Dyck - Tonasket, Orman – Omak, Trevor Ritchey Keira Carver - Okanogan,Lalayna and Tiffany Fox - Okanogan – Liberty Bell, Vanessa Estrada – Danforth - Tonasket, Laura and Tenors: Aaron Frank- Pateros, Zoe Whittaker-Jameson Brown - Okanogan,LeeAnna Douglass - Omak, Anthony – Oroville ; Oboe: Roberta Ruth Luther - Tonasket, Weber - Omak, Austin Warren Hall – Pateros ; Bass Clarinets; Melanie Christensen - Tonasket, - Okanogan, Brendan Chalmers - Claudio Ochoa- Bridgeport, Mistina Hartney - Okanogan, Okanogan, Breymond Townsend Samuel Gordillo - Pateros, Evan Nichole Fahey - Omak,Rachel - Okanogan, Calvin Baldaia - Wagstaff – Liberty Bell ; 1st Alto Silverthorn - Tonasket, Rose P. Okanogan, Casey Dee - Omak, Saxophones: Abigail Bigwolf – Walts - Tonasket,Ruth Ingram Cory Predoehl - Omak, Darrell Omak, Alexis Infante – Brewster, - Okanogan, Sammi Burdick - Joe - Omak, Derian Ramirez - Asa D. Daniels Demeerleer – Okanogan,Sammie E. Early Omak, Erick Ramirez - Omak, Liberty Bell, Blake Rise – Oroville, - Tonasket, Shalynn McCune Ethan Clark - Okanogan, James Brennon Ramsey – Tonasket, - Omak, Shelby Walker - Colbert - Okanogan, James Erica Osorio-Diaz – Pateros, Okanogan, Sidera Blue - Omak, Sandoval - Omak, Jamin Truit - Hunter Swanson – Tonasket, Vanessa Estrada - Pateros, and Omak, Jayson Harper - Omak, Laura Brown - Okanogan, Mason

Books for Military Kids by Daralyn Hollenbeck NCW Blue Star Mothers

Books can soothe a worried mind and make a child open up like not too much else can. So I put together a set of “go to” books when I visited my military grandchildren during deployment time. These books established their dads as heroes, expressed gratefulness for their sacrifices, and provided tangible ways to express themselves. Finding ways to help them feel connected over the great distances and time was

also paramount. “My Dad’s A Hero” is written by R. Christiansen, ages 4 and up. “If your Dad/Mom serves in the US Military you can bet that he/she is a real life hero.” Offering these values to children during a time of great worry helps kids allow their loved one to be gone. The book spells out where daddy is and what he is doing in a positive manner. Special pages provide spots for them to paste in a photo of their loved one and of themselves. Their picture is framed in the words “I’m a hero!” confirm-

Mark Caldwell rehearses the chorus for the Monster Music Festival. The festival, hosted at Oroville, included 270 middle school and junior high students from Oroville, Bridgeport, Brewster, Grand Coulee Dam Middle School, Pateros, Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket and Liberty Bell. Duke - Okanogan, Nathan – Brewster, Eva C. Goodman Wilson – Tonasket, Benton Hugus – Oroville, Nathan – Liberty Bell, Gene Orozco – Greene – Oroville, Camden Rise – Oroville, Nick Bahena Brewster; 1st Trumpets: Alfonso Williams – Grand Coulee Dam, - Bridgeport, Olivea Oyler - Medina-Martinez – Omak, Chase Ried – Omak, Christina Okanogan, Phillip Law – Omak, Aubrey Miller – Pateros, Austin Ellsworth – Okanogan, Craig Sebastian L. Hogness – Liberty Warren - Okanogan, Conway – Omak, Dawson Sachse Bell, Steven Roberts - Okanogan, – Omak, Gene Fenton Trevor Peterson – Tonasket, Tyler – Grand Coulee J. Bergevin-Krumme – Liberty Dam, Ian Dodson – Bell, Zulema Sotelo – Brewster Bridgeport, Jonathon ; 2nd Alto Saxophone: Andres Johnson – Brewster, Barboza – Brewster, Armando Lane Webster – Rojas - Pateros, Gavin Asmussen Brewster, Luis Solis – Bridgeport, Jennifer Perez – – Pateros, Omar Brewster ; Tenor Saxophones: Calderón – Tonasket, Danny Rodriguez – Liberty Bell, Paiton Johnson – Miguel Arellano – Brewster, Oroville, Sydney Matheson – Grand Preston Garcia – Coulee Dam, Tawan Murray – Pateros, Rosa Velasco Tonasket : French Horns: Baillie – Brewster, Santana Hirst – Tonasket, Kodie Duck – M. Johnson – Liberty Omak ; Trombones: Audreyanna Bell, Shannon Phillips – Omak, Brandon Smith – Pateros, Wilson – Oroville . Colin S. Spencer Cleveland – Waichler – Liberty Bell, Jonatan Okanogan, Timmy Mota – Pateros, Jorge Flores Freese – Tonasket, Pateros, Jovani Lucas – Brewster, Tristan Thorndike Juan Guzman – Brewster, Kayla – Oroville, Victor Mathis – Oroville, Kendra Bryson Flores – Tonasket, - Okanogan, Louis MorrisonWilliam Hunter – Nelson - Okanogan, Pateros and Wyatt Rose Walts – Tonasket, William Utt-Picking – Omak, Shearer – Oroville, Baritones/ Sandberg went Euphoniums: Brendan Zelenka to Oroville schools – Brewster, John Esquivel – A big part of Jeff Sandberg Jr. job with a band this when he was younger Brewster, Jordan Hughes – size was to keep the kids focused and their atten- and his father was the Tonasket, Naydelin Arevalo tion on his conducting. music director for – Brewster, Shirley Andale Oroville Schools. He - Bridgeport ; Tuba: Joshua Ben Kraske – Omak, Brandon has been the director of choral Wilder – Grand Coulee Dam, Wiliams – Okanogan, Bryan and instrumental music at Clovis Zane A. Herrera – Liberty Bell Lopez – Brewster, Corrina Karrer Point Intermediate School since ; 1st Clarinets: Anna Blackburn – Tonasket, Cristian Ruiz – Grand the fall of 2007. Previous to - Pateros, Ben Hatfield – Omak, Coulee Dam, Damien Wallis – taking the appointment as band Elora Zimmerman – Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Esmerelda Guzman and choir director, Sandberg Exie D. Romero – Liberty Bell, – Brewster, Fiona Maitland – earned his elementary educaGracelyn Granstrom – Liberty Pateros, James Buckingham – tion certificate from Heritage Bell, Isabelle Swayne – Okanogan, Bridgeport, Javier Hernandez – University in Toppenish, Wash. Jasmine LeDuc – Bridgeport, Tonasket, in June of 2007 and his Bachelor’s Julia de la Cruz – Brewster, Kayla Jose Marin – Brewster, Karina Degree in Music Education from Wyllson – Okanogan, Kristin Baum – Okanogan, Lloyd Temby Central Washington University in Campbell – Okanogan, Lalayna – Tonasket, Luis Fernandez – Ellensburg, Wash. in September Danforth – Tonasket, Lily A. Brewster, Michael M. Hafsos of 2004. While attending CWU, Stoothoff – Liberty Bell, Marlisa – Liberty Bell, Mikayla Scott Mr. Sandberg was honored with Garcia – Brewster, – Oroville, Nicholas Crandall the Harvey Brooks Woodwind Megan Davisson – Omak, – Tonasket, Nicole Marchand Scholarship, the Abe & Pauline Nathan Hennigs – Okanogan, – Okanogan, Peter Campbell – Moawad Jazz Scholarship, and Rowan Bauer – Okanogan, Ruth Okanogan, Rebekah Hassing – the Gries Housing Scholarship. Ingram – Okanogan, Sam Butler Omak, He served as a Resident Advisory – Okanogan, Sammie Early – Thomas Kennedy – Tonasket, for the university during the Tonasket, Tanya Ang – Grand Todd Kammers – Omak, Zion same time. Mr. Sandberg also Coulee Dam, 2nd Clarinets: Butler – Tonasket; 2nd Trumpets: gave a full senior recital on his Alma Garcia – Brewster, David AJ Davies – Bridgeport, Alex major instrument: saxophone. Duarte – Bridgeport, Elizavet Swenson – Oroville, Angeles Mr. Sandberg’s degree grants him Mariscal – Brewster, Emily Garcia – Brewster, Elizabeth the privilege to teach K-12 choLarsen – Pateros, Mya Bercier Arellano – Brewster, Moises ral, general, and instrumental – Bridgeport, Sandra Hilstad Capote – Oroville, Nancy Garcia music, as well as k-8 classroom. – Oroville, Yessica Nemecio – – Brewster, Samantha Arellano – He is currently working towards Oroville; 3rd Clarinets: Ashley Brewster, his Master’s Degree in Wind Heath – Bridgeport, Erandy Valeria Angel-Oros – Pateros; Conducting from Sam Houston Esquivel – Brewster, Jissele String Bass/Bass Guitar: Cameron State University in Huntsville, Ornelas – Brewster, Logan – Grand Coulee Dam, Texas. He and his wife, Crystal, Karen Ibarra – Brewster, Dakota Haney – Oroville, reside in Wenatchee and are preGuadalupe Cancino – Bridgeport, Matthew Logan – Grand Coulee paring to fly to China to adopt a Lupe Rosales – Brewster; Baritone Dam, Vanessa Rodriguez – boy named TongJie. Saxophones: Arturo Infante Okanogan; Percussion: Baillee

NCW BLUE STAR MOTHERS ing that they sacrifice, too. What I loved most about this book was that it gives children permission to be happy even during the absence of their loved one. “We Serve, Too!” by K. Edick is for ages 4-8. This book begins by acknowledging “I don’t like it...NOT ONE BIT!’” The authors cover different aspects of deployment in a positive, inspiring manner. An extra that makes this book a sweet gift is an online link to download stickers that will adapt this book to the soldier’s gender and military branch. It also comes with ideas for putting together a box to send to their loved one, a finger play, online games and a set of dogtags that say “We Serve, Too!” on one side and “Be strong and courageous” (Joshua 1:9) on

the other. “A Paper Hug” by S. Skolmoski is a story about a child who was getting ready to say good-bye to his deploying father. The gift he decided on for his dad to take with him was . . . a paper hug. The boy and the father measure out the length of their arms when spread wide and each create a paper chain that length. Later,

when they miss each other, they wrap the paper hug around themselves looking forward to the day it would be replaced by a real one. “Night Catch” by B. Ehrmantraut is a book for slightly older kids. I knew my grandson with glowing stars stuck to his bedroom ceiling was going to love this one! When a soldierís work takes him half-way around the world, he enlists the help of the North Star for a nightly game of catch with his son. The “game” connects the

son to his loved one while theyíre apart. Most military childrenís books are unfortunately gender and branch specific. I have scratched out “Army” and inserted ìAir Forceî many a time! Books can show us how to help military children through this difficult time. Send or read one to an MK and honor their sacrifice and remind them that their country is behind them. NCW Blue Star Mothers can be reached at Ncw.bluestars@yahoo. com or (509) 485-2906.

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Public Notices NOTICE OF CALL FOR BIDS Sealed Bids will be received by the Board of County Commissioners of Okanogan County, in their office in the Grainger Administrative Building, 123 5th Avenue N Room 150, Okanogan, Washington 98840, until 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2012. The bids will be opened and publicly read. 2012 Liquid Asphalt Transportation. The project generally consists of hauling liquid asphalt from Western States Asphalt Plant sites in Spokane, WA, to various project locations in Okanogan County. Additional information and specifications may be obtained from the Okanogan County Department of Public Works, 1234-A 2nd Ave. S., Okanogan, WA 98840. (509) 422-7300. The Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on March 29 and April 5, 2012.#375790 NOTICE OF DETERMINATION OF NONSIGNIFICANCE The Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County (District) issued a Determination of Nonsignificance (DNS) under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Rules (Chapter 197-11 WAC) for the following project: On June 8, 2010, the District submitted four water right applications associated with the Enloe Dam

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Hydroelectric Project on the Similkameen River. Two of the applications propose to change existing water rights, and two applications propose new water uses. Change Application No.’s CS4-CV1P243(A) and CS4CV1P243(B) propose to change Similkameen River Adjudicated Certificates 1 and 1-a, and request to add a point of diversion and change the place of use under both water rights. Combined, these water rights authorize the diversion of 1,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from the Similkameen River for hydropower purposes at Enloe Dam. New Application No. S4-35342 was filed by Okanogan PUD requesting to divert an additional 600 cfs for hydropower generation associated with Enloe Dam, with the same point of diversions as the associated 1,000 cfs. New Application No. G4-35343 was filed by Okanogan PUD requesting to withdraw 2 cfs for fish propagation and return the water back to the Similkameen River. After review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the agency, Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County has determined this proposal will not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. Copies of the DNS and SEPA Checklist are available at the Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County, Okanogan office, or by contacting Nick Christoph, P.O. Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840, (509) 422-8472. The public is invited to comment on this DNS by submitting written comments no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 18, 2012, to Public Utility District No. 1 of Okanogan County, Attention: John R. Grubich, General Manager, P.O. Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 5, 2012.#377814 Notice of Public Hearing for Critical Areas Ordinance The hearing for proposed Okanogan County Critical Areas Ordinance has been continued to April 23, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. before the Okanogan County Regional Planning Commission. At that time the board will take verbal testimony regarding the proposed Draft Critical Areas Ordinance. The verbal testimony will be restricted to 5 minutes per person or group. You may not assign your time to another party. The hearing will commence in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Virginia Grainger Administration Building at 123 5th Ave. North, Okanogan WA 98840. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be mailed to: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, 123 5th Ave. North, Suite 130, Okanogan, WA 98840. Written comments may also be submitted electronically to The document may be downloaded at, follow the button on the top of the page titled SMP/CAO or you can contact Sharon McKenzie at the above listed address,, or 509422-7160 for additional methods to receive the document. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on April 5, 2012.#377889 NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing will be held by the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners in their hearing room located

at 123 – 5th Ave, N, Rm. 150, Okanogan, WA on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. The purpose of the public hearing is to review community development and housing needs, inform citizens of the availability of funds and eligible uses of the state Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and receive comment on proposed activities, particularly from lower income persons residing in Okanogan County. Up to $78,854 will be available to Okanogan County Community Action to fund public service activities that principally benefit low-and moderateincome persons. The hearing room is handicap accessible. Arrangements to reasonable accommodate special needs, including handicap accessibility or interpreter; will be made upon receiving 24-hour advance notice. Contact Laleña “Lanie” Johns at (509) 422-7105. Persons wishing to testify or comment on the grant application may attend the hearing or provide written comments to the Okanogan County Commissioners at 123 Fifth Avenue North, Rm 150, Okanogan, WA 98840 or email Comments on the county’s and community action program’s past performance and use of their 2011 CDBG Public Services Grant will also be received. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on April 5, 2012.#377804

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NOTICE OROVILLE CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP The Oroville City Council will conduct a special workshop at 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012 in the Oroville City Council Chambers. This workshop is being held prior to the regularly scheduled April 17, 2012 Council Meeting. The purpose of the workshop will be to review and discuss the Draft Critical Areas Ordinance. ATTEST: Kathy M. Jones Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 5 and 12, 2012.#375873


Okanogan County 2012 to 2017 Six Year Transportation Improvement Program NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, that a public hearing in the matter of the Okanogan County Six-Year Transportation Improvement Program for the years 2012 through 2017 as per R.C.W. 36.81.121 will be held in the Hearing Room of the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners at 123 Fifth Avenue North, in Okanogan, Washington at 11:30 A.M. on April 17, 2012. The purpose of this hearing is to amend the federal funding on item #4, County Wide Guardrail and item #5, County Wide Rumble Strip Projects. Road Maintenance issues will not be addressed at this hearing. All interested parties may be heard in this matter. Please send written comments to Don Motes, Department of Public Works, 1234-A Second Ave. South, Okanogan, WA 98840. Dated this 28th day of March, 2012 at Okanogan, Washington. Robert Breshears, P.E. Okanogan County Engineer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on April 5 and 12, 2012.#377894 PUBLIC NOTICE The staff of the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Control Board has begun inspections of properties for control of noxious weed species designated by the board as enforcement species. Landowners with any of these species present on their property shall be required to control the noxious weeds according to provisions outlined in Chapter 17.10 RCW. INSPECTIONS SHALL TAKE PLACE FOR THE SPECIES designated for control by the WSNWCB. A complete list is available at the Noxious Weed office. These species are enforceable if control measures are not performed. All State, Federal, private landowners and roads will be notified of noxious weeds present and classified as enforceable, and will be required to control the species. This notice is published according to board procedure to notify landowners in our County that field inspectors may enter their property according to the provisions outlined in 17.10.160 RCW, and that this notice shall serve as “Reasonable Attempt” as defined according to the aforementioned RCW. If you have any questions regarding the enforcement inspection process, please contact the Noxious Weed Control office at 509-422-7165 or write PO Box 791, Okanogan, WA 98840. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on April 5 and 12, 2012.#377891

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DEER PARK - Christine Clark, Chair of the Seventh Legislative District Democratic Central Committee today announced the Democratic Nominating


Although the calendar may show that spring has officially arrived, conditions in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest remain winter-like. Recreationists will still encounter snow on most forest roads and trails, although very low elevation areas are now snowfree. The lower elevation snoparks, such as Mad River Sno-





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Oreille, Stevens, Ferry, northern part of Okanogan and northern parts of Spokane counties. The meeting will be held at Luke’s BBQ, 3998 Hwy 292 in Loon Lake. Phone number is (509) 233-9114. Please RSVP to Chris Clark 509-276-2006 or e-mail: Chair@WA7thldDEMS. org.

Park, are melting out and being moved up roads following the snow line. Snow grooming has ended for the season on the Lake Wenatchee and Entiat snowmobile routes and at Echo Ridge on the Chelan District. The last snowmobile route grooming occurred on March 23. This is the last week that grooming for skate skiing will be occurring at Ski Hill in Leavenworth. Very low elevation national forest roads are starting to melt out leaving them muddy and susceptible to damage from motor vehicle use. Mud Creek

and Steliko Ridge system roads (which include roads 5310 and 5303) on the Entiat Ranger District are temporarily closed to vehicle access until they have a chance to dry out and harden. The goal of the closure is to avoid road and resource damage. On the Wenatchee River Ranger District, portions of Icicle Ridge Trail are snow free although parking at the trailhead is not available due to snow. Those planning to hike this trail will need to park along Icicle Road and walk to the trailhead.

There are still patches of snow on the Lakeshore Trail on the north shore of Lake Chelan. Trails in the Echo Ridge area are just starting to melt off in places for those looking for early season hiking opportunities; expect to encounter snow in places along these trails. Overall, snow still limits access to most forest trails and roads, so recreationists will need to plan trips to the OkanoganWenatchee National Forest with this information in mind. Hang in there; it won’t be long before spring conditions really arrive.


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Waiting for a breeze BY JOANNE MORRIS

OROVILLE - Big thanks go out to all who braved the weather Saturday to join kite day and warm the hearts of Oroville’s Royal Neighbors. It seems the weather gods either did not get my request for sun and warm breezes or chose to ignore them for reasons only they might understand. Kites were handed out and

Births Ryan James Hoffman, a boy, was born to Jamie McKinney and Marshal Hoffman of Tonasket at North Valley Hospital on Thursday, March 15, 2012, Miles Taylor Helm, a boy, was born to Jessica and Justin Helm of Oroville at North Valley Hospital on Monday, March 19, 2012. Katherine Renae Mitchell, a girl, was born to Tiffany Snider and Nathan Mitchell of Oroville at North Valley Hospital on Tuesday, March

warm hot chocolate and I hope not to soggy cookies were ready for all participants. There were occasional breezes that blew across the field and those who are not “fair weather kite flyers” were able to send them aloft. I believe we were all disappointed not to have seen a mass of color soaring against a backdrop of blue sky...Grey skies plus cold rain add little to the experience.

Royal Neighbors having fun with no sun! Mary Ellis, Amy Wise, Vivian Iverson and Dolly Engelbretson Many of those that attended remarked that they had also participated in the previous four kite days, which were nice to hear, and validation the community looks forward to this event. It is so hard to pick a date - March breezes are synonymous with kite flying - but if you plan for earlier in the month the chances increase for freezing temps or snow. As April begins,

BIRTH & MARRIAGE LICENSES 27, 2012. Marriage Licenses Nichole Lynn Gilmore, age 17 of Malott, will wed Larry Earnest Scroggins Jr., age 19 of Mallot. Debra Lauren Phillips, age 19 of

Okanogan, will wed Arvinder Singh, age 27 of Okanogan. Victorina Alvarez Torres, age 23 of Loomis, will wed J. Jesus Urapo Mercado, age 30 of Tonasket. Maria Guadalupe Orozco Evaristo, age 23, will wed Fernando Orozco

we face sport activities, Easter holiday and beginning the outside home projects. After all, what about “out like a lamb” and “April showers”? The date was March 31st - it should have been a perfect choice! The fifth annual kite day was definitely a memorable one; however, we do not give up and hope to see you next year at the 6th annual kite day. Zamudio, age 28 of Omak. Kristie Lee Robles, age 21 of Oma, will wed Jeremy Delmar Cantrell, age 20 of Omak. Alysia Lynn Weger, age 19 of Nespelem, will wed Robert Edward Desautel, age 19 of Nespelem. Marthalynn Lucy Vess, age 69 of Omak, will wed Robert Leroy Quigg, age 71 of Omak. Ronalda Lynn Tom, age 37 of Okanogan, will wed Percy Leonard Herman, age 33 of Okanogan.


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ies allowed. At noon the meeting will begin with credential report, rules, appointment of candidate/ issues election committee, balloting and nomination report. Nominations will be accepted for 7th LD State representative positions 1 and 2.” The revised Seventh Legislative District now includes - Pend

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Convention will be held April 21 at 11 a.m. at Loon Lake. “All elected and appointed Precinct Committee Officers as well as interested citizen candidates are encouraged to attend the nominating convention” said Clark. “From 11 a.m. to noon we will have registration and social hour. There are no prox-

MICHAEL ‘MICKEY’ BURTON Micheal “Mickey” Burton, age 77 of Havillah, died on Monday, March 26, 2012 at his home in Havillah. He was born on Jan. 23, 1935 in Albuquerque, N.M., to parents Sam and Rose Burton. As a young boy, the family moved to Poulsbo, Wash. where Mickey grew up. He served his country in the U.S. Army for six years. Following an honorable discharge from the service, Mickey began working for Foss Maritime in the Seattle area. In 1973, he mar-

ried Noriene Fredericksen in Port Townsend and they made their home in Sequim. In 1992 they moved to their current home in Havillah where Mickey enjoyed ranching, hunting and being outdoors. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 62 of Sequim and the National Rifle Association. Mickey is survived by his wife, Noriene at home; one daughter, Julie Ann Burton of Olympia; one grandson, Micheal Riley Burton of Olympia; one brother, Patrick Burton of Tonasket; and one sister, Shirley Fredrick of Seattle. Mickey was preceded in death by two sons: Michael S. Burton and Richard Burton.

At his request, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Please share your thoughts and memories by sign-

ing Mickey’s online guestbook at Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

























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OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Hoopin it up at Donkey Basketball

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Five-year-old Jeremy Young from Oroville got a chance to sit on a donkey between games at last Wednesday night’s Donkey Basketball sponsored by the Oroville Booster Club. The event helps to raise money for the Booster Club which supports many youth programs at Oroville schools. Joe Finsen and Jay Lynch (right) with the Oroville Fire Department head toward their basket with members of the Blue Thunder close behind.

Blue Thunder was the team that took the championship for the night over Oroville Fire Department, Mean Green and The Mechanics.


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Come get your map of all the Lake Osoyoos Waterfront properties for sale! 509/476-3378 The coffee is always on! Windermere Real Estate / Oroville Sandy Peterson (Designated Broker) & Ron Peterson (Broker), Owners Rich Solberg (Managing Broker), Mary Curtis, Dan Coursey & Doug Kee (Brokers)

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