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Centennial Year - 1905-2005 January 26, 2012 • Volume 107, No. 04

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Oroville asked to annex Balmes Road properties Council approves moratorium on pot dispensaries, grow ops By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

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Staff and board members who were present at Thursday’s Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet proudly display their Business of the Year plaque.

BANQUET TIME TVBRC is ‘Organization of the Year’ By Brent Baker Staff Writer TONASKET — The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce installed its new officers and bestowed its annual slate of honors Thursday, Jan. 19, at its yearly banquet at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center. The most anticipated portion of the evening was the naming of the annual award-winners, presented as chamber members and guests feasted on Lola Orr’s buffet. Selected by the chamber to serve as Grand Marshals of the Tonasket Founders Day Parade were George and Patti Hill. “This is very humbling,” said the soft-spoken George Hill. “I see all you people out there that deserve this too. Thank you.” Mayor and outgoing chamber vice president Patrick Plumb, not nearly so soft-spoken, told how the selection committee reached its unanimous verdict. “After I nominated George for the planning commission,

Jane and Bob Thompson, shown receiving an award at the Armed Forces Legacy Project in November, were named Citizens of the Year by the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 annual fundraising banquet. someone on the city council asked me, ‘Why George?’ I said, anyone who can be involved in both FFA and Green Okanogan at the same time and bringing our community together like that, and Patti allowing him to do so with all that time commitment … what a tribute to folks. And Patti puts a lot of ours in at the hospital making sure we stay out of trouble, too.” Bob and Jane Thompson were named Citizens of the Year. The

Hippies on Vacation provided entertainment at last Thursday’s Tonasket Chamber of Commerce banquet, including (l-r) guitarist John Jones and bassist Quill Hyde. Reed Engel and Tim Alley make up the other half of the band.

award was presented by past winner Dave Kester. “They could probably be the Citizens of the Decade or two,” Kester said. “I could speak over an hour about their contributions. “We thank this couple who have worked so hard and so well together that we could not award this to just one person.” The Thompsons were out of town, but had spoken to Terry Mills shortly before the award was announced. “They were flabbergasted,” Mills said, adding that they hadn’t believed they’d won the award when first told. “They’ve been just outstanding community members with all the involvements they have. They thank you very much.” Kester also took the stage as the recipient, accepting the Organization of the Year award on behalf of the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center. “They’ve been doing a great job,” he said. “There’s been a lot of activity there all year. Linda Black has headed this up, but has brought in a lot of volunteers. They’re so driven.” North Valley Hospital, which had about 20 employees and board members in attendance, was named Business of the Year. “They’ve done a lot of hard work on paying down their warrants,” said incoming board VP Julie Alley. “Their customer service has been great, and bringing in the VA clinic has been a great service to our community as well. “On a personal basis we have worked with the crew there (as part of her business at Tonasket Interiors) and they’ve been great to work with. My daughter was in the hospital in the last year or two, and, well, she wants to go back again.” NVH District Board of Com-

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council received a Letter of Intent to annex properties along Balmes Road, just north of the city limits and across the Okanogan River. The request was made by the Thiesans who purchased the old Weitrick property which includes two residences. The property owners were represented at the council meeting by Stan Porter, owner of Sun Lakes Realty in Oroville. “They want city water and services,” said Porter. “He would like to annex a triangle-shaped property into the city and is planning on doing a four lot short plat and each lot would have a view of the river.” Chris Branch, director of Planning and Economic Development, said there were 11 properties within an area the city would like to see come into the annexation. These included the Christensen properties which includes the old Valentine Blacksmith shop, now a second-hand store, and a rental house; as well as the Cumbo and Clark properties. Ted Christensen had approached the council in the past about possibly coming in on a previous annexation. The Clarks and Cumbos indicated they didn’t want to be annexed during past discussions, according to Branch. The proponent of the annexation will be asked to gather names of others who would like to come into the annexation. For the city to annex property it requires signatures of the owners of 60 percent of the valuation of the property. “The council has received the Letter of Intent prior to the circulation of a petition for annexing parties to meet with the council,” Branch said. “The staff recommends the inclusion of three other parcels, the Christensen property, the city property across from Christensen property and the city park piece near Tonasket Creek.” Branch said the property was currently zoned for single-family residential and that the second hand store would likely stay commercial given it’s location next to the Chesaw Road. He added that the nearby Oroville Housing Authority property, already in the city limits, was zoned R2 for multifamily residential, as was the Clark property. “All are in the shoreline, but not in the 100 year floodplain,” he said. Branch said the current assessed valuation of the three properties being recommended for annexation by city staff was $340,100 and that the

parcels in the initial petition had an assessed valuation of $157,000. The council voted to accept the Letter of Intent to annex and the process will continue at a future council meeting. Under new business the city is considering placing a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries and grow operations. “If adopted you have to have a public hearing within 60 days and be accountable,” said Branch. “We did the same thing when we were asked to allow a sexually orientated business and for the sign ordinance.” Branch told the council a moratorium was probably the safest thing for the city to do while it further studied the issue. “Several governors have petitioned the federal government to lower it from a Class 1 to a Class 2. An moratorium may be renewed for one or more periods, but a public hearing must be held for each subsequent 6-month renewal,” said Branch. Police Chief Clay Warnstaff told the council that Washington’s medical marijuana law was at odds with federal law. He added that dispensaries were not even allowed under state law, the governor having vetoed that portion of the legislation that allowed medical marijuana. “Does this include cardholders growing individual plants,” asked Councilman Ed Naillon. “It doesn’t look like it,” said Branch. “It is kind of a shell game as the law is written,” added Chief Warnstaff. “What we are looking at here is a movement to put a stop on collective gardens or dispensaries until further study of the ramifications of the law. As far as collective gardens go the closest city I’ve found that has them is Ellensburg. Councilman Naillon said there were a lot of valid factors for not allowing the collective gardens, such the potential for lowering property values, fire hazards and increased crime. “I see it as a safety issue and a property value issue. If someone has got a card this moratorium would not cut them off,” Naillon said. Warnstaff also cautioned that if the city was seen to encourage collective grows or dispensaries it might jeopardize it’s relationship with the federal government on grants and other funding opportunities. Councilman Tony Koepke made the motion to approve the moratorium and it was seconded by Councilwoman Neysa Roley and passed unanimously.

Study casts doubts on profitability of Enloe Dam hydro project PUD Commissioner says too early to predict final costs By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – Several conservation groups are calling Okanogan County PUD’s attempts at restarting hydroelectric power generation at Enloe Dam a money losing proposition – now and in the future. However, Okanogan County PUD Commissioner Ernie Bolz said it was too soon to know what the actual costs of power generation will be as the final permit has Photo by Gary DeVon not been issued. The spillway at Enloe Dam as viewed from the west side of the On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, the river. The dam, originally built in the 1920s, has not produced Columbia Bioregional Education electric power since the late 1950’s. The Dam was constructed Project (CBEP), joined by several on top of a natural 18-foot falls. conservation groups, issued a new economic analysis of Okanogan tion we have made, not on the final permit. Until we Public Utility District’s (PUD) proposal to re-start have that they’re just blowing in the wind.” hydropower generation at Enloe Dam on the Okanogan County PUD has asked the Federal Similkameen River. The analysis, prepared by Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue Rocky Mountain Econometrics (RME) of Boise, a license to install turbines at the existing Enloe Idaho, concludes that it is not possible for the PUD Dam, which blocks the Similkameen River about to sell power from Enloe Dam at or above the cost four miles west of Oroville. Originally built in the of producing it, and that the PUD will lose $26 for early 1900’s, Enloe Dam has not generated hydroevery megawatt hour produced at the dam. power since 1958. The current license application, “Okanogan PUD ratepayers are going to take a pending with FERC since 2008, is the PUD’s fourth big hit for this expensive and unprofitable project,” attempt since the mid-1980’s to add power generasaid Jere Gillespie of CBEP. “We are calling on tion to the dam. Previous licensing efforts failed the Okanogan PUD to replace its out-of-date 2008 due to poor economics and fish passage issues. analysis and provide ratepayers with a realistic The Rocky Mountain Econometrics report reevaluation of Enloe Dam economics. We think viewed the economic data provided by the power such an update will show that the dam project is utilitiy as part of its August 2008 FERC license apnot a wise investment for ratepayers and should plication. The RME economic analysis concludes be dropped.” that: Commissioner Bolz agrees that the costs need Market conditions for power have changed drato be based on current information. matically since 2008. “We don’t have the license yet so we don’t know Construction costs for projects similar to Enloe what the actual mitigation requirements will be. have increased by 30% since 2008 We need that before we can compute the cost of Open market prices for electricity, which will construction on the realities of today, rather than dictate what the PUD can sell Enloe power for, have the application we made in 2008,” said CommisSee DAM on Page 3 See CHAMBER on Page 3 sioner Bolz. “The made their analisis on an applica-


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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune • January 26, 2012

Tonasket School Board approves new curricula

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By Brent Baker Staff Writer

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While waiting for the Oroville School bus to arrive on Cherry Street local grade-schoolers took advantage of the white stuff by ganging up on one another. It looked like everyone was actually have a good time taking turns piling snow on each other.

Morton asks governor appointment to Recreation and Conservation Funding Board Submitted by Penny Drost Senior Information Officer Senate Republican Caucus OLYMPIA - Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) has asked Governor Christy Gregoire to rescind her recent appointment of Seattle resident Ted Willhite to the state Recreation and Conservation Funding Board. “Mr. Willhite is listed on the board roster as being from Twisp and his appointment fills a spot

intended to represent the interests of Eastern Washington,” Morton, from Kettle Falls, said. “But this is preposterous! Mr. Willhite owns a second residence near Twisp, but he lives and works in Seattle. This is not fair to our side of the state and it shuns good Eastern Washington candidates for service on this board who would eagerly and honorably promote and protect our interests.” The mission of the board is

to provide leadership and funding to help protect and enhance Washington’s natural and recreational resources for current and future generations. It is one of five entities housed in the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. “The board has four Western Washington members and only one from our side of the state, Yakima,” Morton said. “The governor needs to set this right. I await her response.”

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TONASKET - The Tonasket School Board’s approval of curricula for middle school suicide prevention education and high school language arts highlighted actions taken at the Monday, Jan. 23, meeting. Middle school counselor Patty Drexler presented the suicide/ depression program, saying that it focused on educating students on how to deal with stress and anxiety, listening for changes and problems, and providing links to get help. She said that the teachers would be staying in the classroom during the four 45-minute sessions both to be aware of what the students were taught and to be aware of what to look for with their students. Drexler said that the curriculum was recommended by the North Central ESD (as well as having been reviewed by district administrators), and is free for Washington schools. She added that similar curricula for high school and elementarylevel students were available and being reviewed by the district. The board also approved the purchase of 400 Holt McDougal high school language art texts. The curriculum was chosen by the high school language arts committee due to its strong organizational layout for both students and teachers; the fact that it is in line with current common core standards; uses interactive readers and has a variety of tests available; and it is very similar to the middle school curriculum adopted last year. There will be 100 books purchased for each grade level, allowing for anticipated high school classes of 80-85 students as well as availability for checkout by alternative school students. Much of the meeting consisted of reports by administrators and various school groups. Superintendent Paul Turner reported that preparations for the Feb. 14 levy replacement election are continuing, noting that he’d visited two community groups to discuss the levy and had three or four more to go. Ballots will be

sent out Jan. 26. Other literature, including a Spanish translation, will be going out into the community this week. High school principal Jeff Hardesty, middle school principal Jay Tyus and elementary principal Jeff Cravy each presented overviews of their building School Improvement Plans (SIP). Each summarized reports of 40-60 pages that included data on student performance and strategies focusing on individual student improvement as well as overall improvement in reaching gradelevel benchmarks. Work on the district-wide policy and procedure overhaul continued with a second and final reading of policy 4200. A first reading of 4260, the school facilities use policy, was approved, but after discussion with school administrators and athletic director Kevin Terris it was agreed that there was much research to be done on what was required by the state before proceeding further. Two representatives of the PAC, which provides support for families of migrant students, were present and invited school board members to attend one of their upcoming meetings. “All grade levels are represented by the parents that attend,” Tyus said. “They try to address things that are pertinent to all grade levels, including things like the ‘hidden rules of school’ that everyone needs to know.” Middle School ASB president Bailey Griffin and treasurer Rycki Cruz were on hand to present the school board with posters in honor of School Board Appreciation month. Each of the school board members received a poster with their image attached, surrounded by the signatures of Middle School students. High school ASB school board representative Melody Wolen reported that the FCCLA was in the process of building its own web site, set up aluminum can recycling within the school was working with the Tonasket Post Office to set up a newspaper recycling bin; the T-Club was working on an i-movie of sports highlights; FBLA currently has seven paid members and will be attending a

conference in Wenatchee on Feb. 15; and FFA recently competed in a trap shooting contest and will be participating in more upcoming events. Winterfest will take place Feb. 21-25 and will have an “after party” instead of a dance this year. The awards show will be on Feb. 25 with a cost of $3, with the public welcome at the event. Wolen also said that fundraiser will soon be underway for the junior prom, including an taco feed on Jan. 31 in the High School commons during the basketball games that evening, and the sale of roses Jan. 26-Feb. 13. Prom will be Saturday, April 21 at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center. The board also approved a fuel contract bid from Coleman Oil - the only bidder - for gas and diesel, with the bid coming in at about the same amount as last year. Board member Lloyd Caton recused himself from discussion and voting on the issue. Also, Jan Ottman was approved as sixth grade camp director, with Jody Terris and Valerie Kauffman approved as camp staff. All are sixth grade teachers in the middle school. Turner also reported on school budget numbers, which largely fell within expected ranges. Numbers that were different than expected included transportation revenue of $175,000, well over the $115,000 expected in the budget, mainly because the state did not cut transportation depreciation as anticipated. The ASB balance was also running higher than usual, though not atypical for this time of year, as fundraisers (such as the cookie dough sale) were in progress but funds hadn’t yet been spent. Enrollment also held steady with the district gaining the equivalent of half a student, increasing district enrollment to 1,056. “We got through the first of the year without a big decrease,” Turner said. “That’s always good.” The board concluded with an executive session that was expected to last about 90 minutes. The school board next meets Monday, Feb. 13, in the district office board room.

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DAM: Analysis questions costs to ratepayers CHAMBER: Netted $2210 for the night Continued from Page 1

decreased by 50% According to the analysis, the long-term price for Enloe power is more likely to be $43/megawatt hour (MWh) than the $66/MWh predicted by Okanogan PUD in 2008. Okanogan County PUD’s 2008 analysis did not consider lost revenues due to tourism generated by Similkameen Falls. This report shows that, over the life of the license term, tourism losses for the Okanogan region could approach $20 million, two-thirds of the original 2008 estimate to build this uneconomic dam, say the conservation groups. “The negative economics and significant impacts to local tourism make Enloe a poor plan for the utility and for Okanogan ratepayers,” said Rich Bowers, regional coordinator for the Hydropower Reform Coalition. “While forecasts continually change, there is a great difference between today’s economic forecast than in 2008 when the original economic analysis was prepared.” The groups goes on to say PUD expenditures have been a continuing drain for its ratepayers. On Dec. 2, 2011 the PUD raised retail power rates in order to meet increasing operational expenses. In addition, on Dec.20, the PUD adopted a budget for 2012 that reveals a five-fold increase in capital expenditures since 2007 (from $5.7 million to $24.5 million), and more than twofold increase in debt principal and

interest for the same period (from $1.6 million to $3.5 million). “Enloe Dam has not operated for 50 years,” said Rachael Paschal Osborn, with the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. “In the context of its current budget, Okanogan PUD simply cannot afford to sink additional money into a project which will greatly increase rates for Okanogan ratepayers.” The Enloe Dam project has been controversial for both environmental and economic reasons. Of particular concern is the current proposal to bypass virtually all of the river flow into the new turbines, de-watering Similkameen Falls for most of the year. The Falls represent an important cultural/historical resource for Native American Tribes and First Nations in the area. The Falls also represent a viewpoint/terminus for the newly developed Similkameen River Trail, which occupies the abandoned Great Northern Railway rail bed and is to be designated as a segment of the 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail, which runs from the continental divide in Montana to Olympic National Park. The tourist draw of the Similkameen River Trail is expected to bring significant revenue to the Oroville area. “The Similkameen River and its waterfalls have recreational values that will enhance the tourism economy of the OkanoganSimilkameen Valleys. This report shows that de-watering the falls by the dam could cost $516,000 per

year in lost tourism value,” said Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest Stewardship Director for American Whitewater. Bolz reminds people that when power was generated at the dam before little water dropped over the spillway and instead most was diverted through penstocks to the old powerhouse. He also questioned the comparisons of the Similkameen Falls with other waterfalls cited in the report as tourist actractions. Rocky Mountain Econometrics produced the Enloe report on behalf of Hydropower Reform Coalition members Columbia Bioregional Education Project, American Rivers, American Whitewater, Center for Environmental Law & Policy, North Cascades Conservation Council, and the Washington State Chapter of Sierra Club. The RME Report may be downloaded at the following sites: A m e r i c a n W h i t ewat e r Similkameen River website: similkameen/ American Rivers website: Center for Environmental Law & Policy Enloe Dam website: http:// dam.html Columbia River Bioregional Education Project website: http:// Hydropower Reform Coalition website:

Register for Agriculture Safety Day TUMWATER – Registration is now open for the 8th Annual Agriculture Safety Day, which will be held on Feb.22, 2012, at the Wenatchee Convention Center. The day-long event is co-sponsored by the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) and the Governor’s Industrial Safety and Health Advisory Board. Featuring programs in both English and Spanish, Agriculture Safety Day is designed to promote workplace safety for an industry that remains among the most hazardous in the state. Those attending Agriculture Safety Day can participate in workshops on language barriers, forklift safety training, sleep deprivation and fatigue, ATV safety, electrical hazards, the top 5 injuries and associated hazards in agriculture and more. The workshop, “Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Pesticide Train the Trainer/How to Set up WPS Training,” will be provided in English and Spanish. Those attending will earn a Washington State Department of Agriculture recertification credit. A workshop just for workers,

Listening sessions for sweet cherry growers Submitted by Jo Lynne Seufer USDA Risk Management Agency SPOKANE - The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) contracted with Agralytica of Alexandria, Virginia to evaluate the pilot insurance program for sweet cherries. The purpose of the evaluation is to determine whether the pilot program should be converted into a permanent program and expanded to other areas, modified and continued as a pilot, or terminated. Agralytica staff will be holding separate listening sessions for (a) sweet cherry growers and (b) insurance company staff, agents, adjusters, and other interested parties in Washington State, Oregon, California, and Michigan. The aim is to get feedback on how the pilot program has worked in recent years and how it can be improved. We urgently seek the views on issues that have arisen over the three years of implementation of the Cherry Actual Revenue History (ARH). The input of growers and insurance company staff, agents, adjusters, and other interested parties is vital as we review the results of this pilot program and make recommendations for its future. In Washington the listening sessions are on Feb. 10 at the W.L. Hansen Building in the First Floor Meeting Room at 105 S. 18th St. in Yakima. Insurers, insurance agents and loss adjusters meet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and growers meet from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune • January 26, 2012

The Town Crier New Enloe Dam study something to think about Out of my Mind Gary A. DeVon At the risk of rubbing everyone the wrong way, let’s just say the new Enloe Dam analysis (see front page) sponsored by several conservation groups is “interesting.” On the one hand, Okanogan County PUD needs to make what ever kind of hydroelectric dam we end up with on the Similkameen a moneymaking concern or at least break even. If it loses money then it will do none of us, the ratepayers, any good in this poor economy. The idea that having a hydro project on this end of the county to make more certain the delivery of our power is a good one – finding efficiencies are always a plus. Also, we have the dam on the river, making use of it has been the a dream of many who live in the area. So, while a great majority are in favor of rehabilitating the old dam – making use of a renewable resource to generate power – is a good idea as it doesn’t add to our electric rates. Where this new analysis goes astray isn’t in the fact it was based on the

data that was used for the PUD’s application to FERC in 2008, that can be updated if the PUD get’s their relicense for the dam. Where it goes wrong is comparing Similkameen Falls, below and under the dam, to the Spokane Falls and to Snoqualmie Falls in its tourist potential. Come on, Spokane Falls are spectacular when they’re running strong and they’re right in the heart of downtown Spokane. You can’t miss them. Snoqualmie Falls may get more than a million visitors a year, but that is just a fraction of the people who travel by while crossing the Cascades via Snoqualmie Pass. Both sites have built in-tourist potential. We just don’t see the comparison there, even with all the visitors to the Similkameen Trail we hope to have one day. The falls are, however, just one of the attractions along the trail – there’s the old railroad grade, Native American and Fur Brigade history, the wildlife, all of these add up to what is great about the trail. However, the one thing the study seems to leave out as far as an attraction is the dam itself. Yes, the analysis about the high cost of rehabilitating the dam, but ignores the history Enloe represents to the area. It has been there for so long now it is like a natural part of the scenery. And where the PUD and many of us part company is

the total dewatering of the spillway – sort of like a mini Grand Coulee Dam when no water is going over the top. This would be a drawback under the current proposal. Although putting more water downriver is supposed to have benefit to the local

fish populations, according to the PUD (more about that next week), many of us want to see the water continue to plunge over the spillway at more than a trickle. Of course the hidden subtext of the analysis is that a certain faction wants the

dam gone altogether. We can’t get behind that. The dam, like the old powerhouse, should be preserved as part of our area’s heritage. If Enloe can generate power without increasing our rates, then it should be relicensed. And unlike some

in Washington State who have been told otherwise, we believe hydroelectric power is just as much a renewable resource as wind and solar and should be counted as such. Let’s keep our dam and our history.

The next step in fighting disease in the developing world By Eric G. Bing One of the world’s largest foreign aid organizations just announced it will be forced to make substantial program cuts this year. For hundreds of thousands of people, the con-

sequences could be lethal. The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced in late November that it had failed to raise the minimum $13 billion needed to support current operations. This is terrible news

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-- fully 70% of anti-retroviral HIV/AIDS drugs available in poor countries are provided by the fund. It’s up to the rest of the international community to pick up the slack. Given the uncertain economic climate, it’s all the more important that we are focusing our energies and dollars on programs that will work, sharing resources and maximizing the synergies across disease-specific infrastructures. Fortunately, a large-scale model of an effective program already exists -- and it was started right here in the United States. The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) was created by the George W. Bush administration and extended by President Obama. PEPFAR has proven highly successful in addressing the global AIDS epidemic by expanding the use and availability of topflight anti-retroviral drugs. After the global HIV/AIDS rate of new infections exploded in the 1980s and 1990s, experts were predicting the disease would kill off entire generations of people in poorer countries. PEPFAR was a cornerstone in the international effort to check the spread of the epidemic. Program officials, making a

concerted effort not to trample local medical operations, worked in conjunction with state and municipal authorities to build up medical infrastructure and address the health care challenges specific to local communities. PEPFAR also worked closely with the Global Fund to jointly fund targeted antiretroviral distribution campaigns in areas worst hit by this disease. In large part because of PEPFAR, the total number of people living with AIDS has essentially held steady over the past decade, rather than escalating out of control as credible estimates predicted. Today, 33 million people have the disease. Meanwhile, the rate of new HIV infections has dropped by nearly 20% and an estimated 7 million people with HIV infections are currently alive because they now have access to anti-retroviral drugs. The positive effects of PEPFAR aren’t confined to health care. Unfortunately, AIDS often debilitates people in their most productive years. Effectively combatting HIV/ AIDS has enabled millions of workers to support their families and fuel economic growth. Rather than cutting back on

letters to the editor in large part to the support of our Hope for community. We are most grateful, and hope voters will continue continued their support. Any one of us is willing to answer questions. We support may be contacted through the Dear Editor, As members of the Tonasket School Board, we are asking our voters to replace the expiring Maintenance and Operations Levy. Community support is crucial to our quest to provide quality programs and to maintain our facilities and grounds. Continuing reductions in state revenues make this support more important than ever. We are hopeful that levy dollars in our district will generate as much as $762,810 of levy equalization funds from the state, but we receive these funds only if voters approve the levy, and the amount we receive will be decided by the state legislature at a later date. Ballots must be postmarked no later than February 14th. In recent years, the Tonasket School District has enjoyed an excellent reputation. This is due

District Office, at (509) 486-2126. Respectfully, Jerry Asmussen, Chair Catherine Stangland, Vice Chair Ernesto Cerrillo, Director Lloyd Caton, Director Ty Olson, Director Tonasket School Board

Like what’s happening Dear Gary, I like what’s happening with “our” newspaper! It seems more like our paper again. Of course we all love Boots’ column but it’s really good to see “Items From the Past” back. The sports coverage has been great. I liked an item called “Stats and Stuff” (or something that) but didn’t see it last week.

its investments in preventing disease around the world, the international community should build on PEPFAR’s successes. The new Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon initiative does precisely that. It purposefully operates within the PEPFAR structure to more effectively address the rising rates of two other diseases devastating sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America -- cervical and breast cancer. More than 85% of total cervical cancer cases occur in developing countries, yet fewer than 5% of women in these parts of the world will ever have a pelvic exam. Meanwhile, every year there are some 1.4 million new breast cancer cases worldwide. More than 450,000 women die from the disease annually. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is a $75 million joint effort between the George W. Bush Institute, PEPFAR, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, UNAIDS, and several major companies. It follows the PEPFAR playbook: contribute vital medical equipment to enable local primary care doctors to improve diagnosis and treatment; expand the availability of screening and treatment services, and create grass-

If we are going to have “color on every page,” will your picture be in color in the Town Crier? I totally agree with Jackie Daniels about the PUD mailing. Don’t they have any one in that office who has the courage to say “this is silly and wasteful?” Kenn Tuttle is spot on with his take on our State Department and military attitude toward our Marines. If that happened it is minor compared to the atrocities committed against our troops and correspondents. The differences in cultures is huge. Did you know the Oroville Police Department has a Facebook page? I’ve seen it as a great way to reunite wayward pets with their owner in a manner that’s fast and cheap for everyone. It can be a community resource of information to be utilized more. So Gary, you can print or not, cut or edit this any way you like. I trust ya. I mostly wanted you to know what a good job you, your staff and the new publishers are doing. And I don’t feel that having the paper printed in Canada is outsourcing.

roots education programs to inform people of the nature and causes of these diseases. This program specifically focuses on improving integration between screening and treatment of HIV with that for cervical and breast cancer. Cervical cancer and HIV are tightly linked; HIV weakens patients’ immune system and makes the body more susceptible to infections that can contribute to cervical cancer, which is four to five times more common in women living with HIV than in those who are HIV-negative. Cancer of the women’s reproductive organs can be highly stigmatized in many cultures. The headline goal of Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon is to reduce total cervical cancer deaths among women it treats by 25%. An age of austerity need not be an era in which we abandon the fight against disease and premature death in the developing world. By learning from proven aid campaigns, the international community can ensure that efforts to address the world’s worst scourges continue undiminished. Eric G. Bing is Senior Fellow and Director of Global Health at the George W. Bush Institute.

Gai Wisdom Oroville

Will support for Paul continue? Dear Editor, If someone had asked me to predict which of your readers would endorse the unquestionably consistent, unwaveringly sincere, and totally bonkers Republic primary candidate Ron Paul I would have unhesitatingly picked that Yazidi Mullah Steve Lorz. Since there is 10 to the -1000th chance of Paul’s being the actual Republic party nominee, it will be interesting to see if Lorz will continue to voice support should Paul run as the Libertair party candidate. (I’m sorry, I don’t know what the nominative form of Libertarian is, or even if there is one.) Yours truly, John F. Connot Everett, Wash.

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hilltop comments Submitted by Marianne Knight I have learned something new about the awards to the Pinochle players. Some one keeps track of all of the scores for each person and at the end of five weeks the person with the highest combined total is the winner of a “grand prize”, which is $15. So, congratulations go to Ray Visser for the last five weeks. The Traveling award went to Larry Smith. The High Scores were one by Ina Visser and Everett Turner. The Low Scores were won by Danny Wietreck and Al O’Brien. These winners are from Jan. 16, with 39 players. The next Bingo day at the Okanogan Bingo Casino will be on Feb. 25 and then again on March 10. The casino gives each person who stays for four hours on the Bingo Day a $10 gaming

ticket and a free lunch if their name is on the Bingo list. To get your name on the list just call Marianne at (509) 485 2103 or Dolly at (509) 476-3336 by 12 p.m. on the Wednesday before the casino date. The Highland Hooters get together with the Golden Oldies Red Hat Ladies for a fun day of friendship, talk and dressing up in red hats and purple, red or pink and lavender clothing. We do have a good time. There are a couple of “Snow Angels” hard at work in the parking lots in Chesaw at the store, the tavern and the mercantile. These angels keep the paths clear and safe for everyone. Thank you, Bacon and Larry, your efforts are much appreciated. The members of the Children’s Activity Club met on Saturday, Jan. 21 to take inventory

oroville senior news and to write thank you notes to the following merchants and others who made donations to the Highland Children’s Party in December: Kinross Mining, North Valley Clinic, Cooks Cutting Edge, Princes, Hornets Nest, Java Junkie, Napa, Les Schwab, Hometown Pizza, FB’s, Walmart, Wells Fargo Bank, Sterling Bank, Linda’s Bakery, The Chesaw Tavern and Store, Serenity Day Spa, GazetteTribune, Maddie Lou’s, Mr and Mrs Santa, Glen and Kim Richardson and Beltrami Plumbing. There were also numerous gift baskets made by numerous donors. Without all of the donors and the people’s help our party would not be so successful each year. Thanks to All. We finally got our “big” snow. It makes our hilltop even so much more beautiful. Until next week.

tonasket garden club Submitted by Audrey Holmes The first meeting of the new year was held at the Hillside Apartments on Jan. 9, hosted by Betty Holmes. The roll call question, “What word, goal, or idea do you want to keep in mind for the new year?” One member said “more joy”. Donna Sylvester, our Horticulturalist, was absent but left fliers to pass around about the care of Amaryllis. Lola shared a gift she received for Christmas. It was colorful, plastic plant ties of interesting shapes and designs. A bulb catalog was passed around with suggestions to “think spring”. Barbara Hanson showed us an apron her daughter had made using

jean denim and ruffles, and a table runner. They would make good ideas for our next Founders Day sale in June. There were a lot of complimentary remarks about our Dec. 12 Christmas dinner and party. The gift bags that were made for Christmas presents for the assisted living facility were a big hit and much appreciated. Reva and Lola made and contributed two handmade diaper bags filled with infant things and donated them to the North Valley Hospital OB Department for needy parents, in the name of the Tonasket Garden Club and the Wauconda Community Club. New member, Wendy Tay-

lor, announced that on Jan. 21 or on a Sunday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. clothing, blankets, coats and jackets can be dropped off at the church near the Aeneas Valley store, then on Jan. 28 items will be available to give away at the church. Call Wendy (509) 486-0602. Jim Conley, new member, alerted us that nematode infection from potting soil is serious and you should wear gloves when handling it. Nadia will give a report on it next meeting. We welcome guests and new members. Number to call for place and time is (509) 2233427. The next meeting will be held at Barie Colbert’s on Feb. 13 at 1:30 p.m.

ncw blue star mothers Submitted by Daralyn Hollenbeck, President Our February gathering will feature RN Kathleen Mowry,who is in charge of the VA Clinc in Tonasket. She will be sharing with us about what we as mothers, families and friends can expect from our military children as they serve, return from deployments and discharge from the military. Kathy is a veteran herself and has a son in the army who has been deployed three times. He is now active with the Wounded Warrior Project, an off shoot of America300. Military service will affect your soldier...We rarely ask what the positive outcomes will be, but they are there. Service members share that the changes in their lives have been so profound after combat, many expressing gratitude for having gone through it – even if service has cost them permanent physical damage. Many affirm as they emerge from their military experience that they have greater self-confidence, a keener sense of


compassion and appreciation for life, a sense of personal strength, and greater love of family. “It never ceases to amaze me, what brave men and women we have raised,” says Kathy, “and I shed tears for so many reasons…loss of lives, loss of innocence and unending memories. But I have never felt so proud.” From the moment our soldiers leave basic training we begin wondering “Who has this person become?” We spend the next four years or more trying to keep up with the changes while we live at a distance, both geographically and emotionally. Kathy has first hand experiences with these changes: both the good one and bad ones. The laundry list of illnesses and issues that soldiers deal with have played out before her. “As a parent this is very hard to see and go through,” Kathy knows, “for you believe your child is safe once (they) get home. I now know that isn’t true through (my) experience and with working with our local vets.” If there’s an opportunity to learn something from challenging

circumstances, we certainly want our child to take that opportunity. We can be there to help that happen, especially if we know what to look for. This month’s meeting is a must attend for any mother, family member or friend of a soldier, airman, seaman, guard or patrolman who is serving or has served. The mission of the NCW Blue Star Mothers is to walk side by side with women whose children have undergone or are going through these changes. For more information, contact us at (509) 485-2906 or go to our Facebook page: NCW Blue Star Mothers.


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recuperating well after her surgery. George Thornton, recent recipient of the Golden Apple Award, will be with us this week and Superintendent Quick will be here on Jan. 31 to talk about the levy coming up and the grant for new band instruments. On Tuesday, Feb. 7, Joy Lawson will be giving us a follow up to Bergh’s talk on Funerals, with her take on cemeteries. Daralyn Hollenbeck will be

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OROVILLE – The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Sarah Umana at 476-2386. It is that time of year again - the Oroville Food Bank could use help in food and money donations for the upcoming holiday season and thank you too everyone who helped out through the year. TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sarge’s Burger Bunker, 101 Hwy 97 N. For more information contact Jack Gavin at (509) 486-2480.

MOLSON - A Molson Grange meeting is being held tonight, Jan. 26 with a potluck beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Oroville school principals and Superintendent will be the guest speakers.

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Dawg Star Performance OROVILLE – Dawg Stars will be performing James and the Giant Peach on Thursday, Jan. 26, Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Okanogan High School cafeteria, with a special matinee on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 1 p.m.

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Ave., Omak, for a no-host luncheon meeting. Special topic: Proposed Changes to Governing Documents. Program speaker, Tami Jackson, Bridgeport High School Principal, will discuss the results of entering the national 2011 High School Commencement Challenge. For more information call (509) 422-3532.

Mexican Dinner OROVILLE – A Mexican dinner will be held at the Oroville American Legion on Friday, Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. All proceeds will go the American Legion. On the menu is tamales, beef bean burrito, rice, salad, dessert and drink.

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urday, Jan. 28 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tonasket Youth Center (top of 4th Street). This fund raiser will help a group of Tonasket Eighth grade students go to Washi n g t o n D C t h i s su m m e r. Donations of gently used/ clean items will be accepted. Contact Marcie at (509) 3222477 to arrange pickup.

Intro to California Rolls OROVILLE – California rolls are a combination of Japanese know-how and American taste. A takeoff o n t r a d i t i o n a l Jap a n e s e sushi, these rolls include cooked fish, or no fish. This is an ‘eat what you make’ class, so come hungry and willing to try different sushi and spring roll appetizers. It’s a one session class on Wednesday. Feb. 1. Call (509) 476-2011 to register or log

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Owls and Woodpeckers TONASKET – Okanogan Highlands Alliance presents, “Owls and Woodpeckers of the Okanogan Highlands and Beyond”, with Paul Bannick, on Friday, Feb. 3 at 6:30 p.m. Dinner, benefiting the Community Cultural Center, will start at 5 p.m., followed by the presentation with tea, coffee and desserts. This presentation is being held at the Community Cultural Center, 411 S. Western Ave., Tonasket. For more information contact Julie Ashmore at (509) 433-7893, or visit www.okanoganhighlands. org/education.

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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 Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. Pastor Skip Johnson • 509-485-2434

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

Cheri Halverson Whittington, age 41, of Tonasket, died Jan. 12, 2012 in Oroville. She was born March 2, 1970 to Bernard and Cheryl Halvorsen in Portland, Ore. Cheri was raised in Portland, and moved to Washington, working as a care provider. She loved the outdoors and helping people. Cheri met and married Donald Whittington Jr. in 2007. This union produced two children, Seth and Dawn and included an older daughter from a previous marriage, Lacie, which is loved by all of her family. She called the Okanogan Valley and Tonasket home, where she lived out her life. Love all. She is survived by her husband, Donald Whittington Jr.; children, Lacie Planque, Seth Whittington and Dawn Fleck;

Warren Franklin Brazle, 90, was born on Sept. 2, 1921 in Withrow, Wash., to Winifred and Ella Brazle (Love). He moved peacefully to his heavenly home on Jan. 7, 2012 in Milwaukie, Ore., surrounded by his family. He attended school in Loomis and graduated from Molson High School in 1942 as Valedictorian of his class. Warren married Margaret Rairdan on Oct. 24, 1943 in Oroville. They had two daughters, Beverly and Verita. He married Dolly Holmes (Silverthorn) on Aug. 24, 1968 in Everett, Wash., and he adopted daughter, Julie. They resided

Tonasket Gun Club 16 yard: 24 – Bob McDaniel and Lloyd Caton Jr. 23 – Robert McDaniel and Noah Olmstead 17 – Jeff McMillan 16 – Al Rise Handicap:

22 – Lloyd Caton Jr. 17 – Bob McDaniel

Oroville Gun Club 16 yard: 23 – Bob Peterson, Ben Peterson, Logan Farris and Brian Rise 22 – George Miklos

Oroville/Tonasket School Menu Friday, Jan. 27: Breakfast: Sausage Biscuit. Lunch: Burrito, Spanish Rice, Peaches, Five Star Bar and Milk. Monday, Jan. 30: Breakfast: Cereal and Fruit. Lunch: Teriyaki Dippers, Stir-fried Veggies, Brown Rice, Five Star Bar and Milk. Tuesday, Jan. 31: Breakfast: Belgian Waffle and Fruit. Lunch: Chili, Corn Bread, Peaches, Five Star Bar and Milk.

Oroville School News Friday, Jan. 27: AAU Basketball 5:30 p.m.; Wrestling vs. Eastmont JV

– Senior Night 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28: Saturday School 8 a.m.; Wrestling @ League Mixer 11 a.m.; Indoor Soccer Open Gym (HS students only) 12 p.m.; Wild Game Potluck Dinner 5 p.m.; Basketball @ Manson 6 p.m.; Adult Indoor Soccer 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30: Knowledge Bowl @ Oroville 4 p.m.; JH Girls Basketball vs. Brewster 5 p.m.; School Board Meeting 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31: Basketball vs. Bridgeport 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1: JH Girls Basketball @ Bridgeport 5 p.m.; JH Wrestling @ Nespelem 6 p.m.; AAU Basketball 5:30 p.m.; RCIA Class 6 p.m.; Community Volleyball 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2: AAU Basketball 5:30 p.m.; Boys Soccer Parent

Meeting 7 p.m.

Tonasket School News Friday, Jan. 27: No School – Mid Year Day Saturday, Jan. 28” SAT Test 8 a.m.; DHBB @ Cascade 6 p.m.; HSWR w/Chelan 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30: MS Girls Basketball w/Bridgeport 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31: Indian Taco Feed (sponsored by the Junior Class) 5 p.m.; DHBB w/Okanogan 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1: Class Pictures 9 a.m.; MS Wrestling w/GCD/ Okanogan 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2: MS Girls Basketball @ Brewster 6 p.m.; HS Band & Choir Festival; DHBB w/ Omak 6 p.m.

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Ellisforde Church of the Brethren

Pastor Jim Yaussy Albright.

21 – Vern Cole 20 – Owen Radke and Pete Valentine 19 – Tod Richardson 18 – Sue Gero, Lisa Pickering and Paul Schwilke 17 – Blake Rise 15 – Wyatt Radke and Perry Blackler 14 – Charlotte Meese 5 – Jaxon Rise

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

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

in Everett until 1979 until they moved to Chesaw, Wash., where he built their retirement home and lived until five years ago when they moved to Milwaukie, Ore Over his life, Warren built several houses, presided over funeral services, farmed, owned a grocery store and a sawmill. As a young man he enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and horseback riding. He will be remembered for building the best fences, singing silly songs, driving a banged up pickup truck, never meeting a stranger and great story telling. He always liked to say he could tell a story any way he wanted since he was about the only one left who’d know if he was telling it right or not. One of the greatest accomplishments of Warren’s life was seeing a church started in Chesaw. The meetings were held in their home until the building for the Knob Hill Home Economics Club was completed (of which he was a major part). He loved his family, his cows and especially his last dog, Buffy, not necessarily in that order. Warren is survived by his wife, Dolly; three daughters, Beverly Boxleitner (Dick) of Deer Park, Verita Rowton (Dale) of Curlew and Julie McCorkle (Philip) of Milwaukie; one step-daughter, Kathy Holmes of Everett, Wash.; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, one sister, Donna Harvey of Wenatchee; one brother, Dean Brazle of Chesaw; and numerous nieces and nephews. A celebration of his life will be held later in the spring. Location to be determined.

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Whitestone Church of the Brethren

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

TONASKET – The NCW Blue Star Mothers have invited RN Kathleen Mowry, Tonasket VA Clinic, to speak how military service affects our soldiers, airmen, seamen, guards and patrolmen. She will be speaking on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the North Valley Conference Room.

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TFR’s 2012 Biblical Counseling Conference

*Handling the Past Biblically, Depression & Anxiety, Church Discipline* *Defending Your Marriage Against Adulterous Temptations* For more information please contact The Father’s Ranch Ministries (509) 486-8888 or

TONASKET – North Valley Hospital will offer childbirth classes on Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the In-Service room at the hospital. NVH is the only facility to offer childbirth class in the Okanogan Valley. If interested in attending contact Rene Todd at (509) 429-4847 or e-mail

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Tonasket residents can drop off information for the Gazette-Tribune at Highlandia Jewelry on 312 S. Whitcomb PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination�. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate that is in violation of the law. To complain of discrimination call HUD at 1-800-6699777. The number for hearing impaired is 1-800-9279275

5 bedroom 2 bath W/D hook up, wood burning stove, carport, wrap around deck, view of the lake. $1095/ month 509-846-5213 Available Feb. 1, cottage in Molson $350 + $350 damage deposit. No smokers, no pets. 485-3241

Announcements Say it in the classifieds! *Special deal* *HAPPY BIRTHDAY *HAPPY ANNIVERSARY *CONGRATULATIONS!! *WILL YOU MARRY ME? MUST BE PREPAID $6.00 for the first 15 words additional words $1.00 each. Bold words, special font or borders extra. Add a picture for only $1.50 more. Call to place ad Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune 509-476-3602

Houses For Sale Small one bedroom house in Tonasket, $45,000 possible contract. 509-322-3471 leave message

For Rent 1 bedroom house in TonaSKET $450/ month 509-3223471 leave message 3 bedroom 2 bath garage $850; 2+ bedroom cottage on river $710; Beautiful large 1 bedroom apartment $495; 2 bedroom lakefront apartment $625; some others. Call Sun Lakes Realty 476-2121.

AKC Chocolate Labrador Retriever Puppies

The Zabreznik family would like to thank everyone for the support, flowers, cards and donations made in Caroline Zabreznik’s (Baldy) name. Special thanks to Chris Williams, Edna Mae Hinger, our extended family and many special friends.

Similkameen Park Farm Worker Housing

2 Bedroom

$390.00 a month Includes: ready to go home Jan 6th. Excellent ďŹ eld champion pedigree, QAA sire. Hips, eyes, and elbows certiďŹ ed parents. 26 month genentic health guarantee. 1st shots, worming, and dewclaws removed. Great hunters and family pets. $800 509-476-2293 hm or 509-560-1222 cell

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DID YOU FIND AN ITEM AND WANT TO FIND THE OWNER? Found items can be placed in the newspaper for one week for FREE. Limit 15 words, or prepay for words over the 15 word limit. Call 509-476-3602 before noon on Tuesdays.

Help Wanted Certified Medical Assistant (two full-time and one fill-in) North Valley Family Medicine- Tonasket Provides service to patients across the lifespan including newborns, children, adolescents, adults and geriatric age groups including interviewing patients, taking and documenting vital signs, preparing patients for exams, phlebotomy, assisting medical staff with exams and procedures, scheduling studies, reception and ancillary duties, etc. CMA certification required. Please apply online at Okanogan County Juvenile is accepting applications for a Chemical Dependency Counselor/Professional. Application instructions & details at

Public Notices AMENDED NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE SETTING NEW SALE DATE I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee will on the 24th day of February 2012, at the hour of 10:00 o’clock a.m., in front of the Okanogan County Courthouse, 149 3rd North, Okanogan, Washington 98840, State of Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real

Hillside Apartments

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509-486-4966 TDD 1-800-833-6388 515 Tonasket Ave. Tonasket, WA

American Legion Housing 1105 Appleway, Oroville

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Subsidized for Income QualiďŹ ed Households l Great Oroville Location l Picnic area l Spacious Floor Plans l On-site laundry l Park-like setting

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property, situated in the County of Okanogan, State of Washington, towit: That portion of the Northeast quarter of the Northwest quarter of Section 21, Township 40 North, Range 30 East W.M., Okanogan County, Washington, described as follows: Commencing at the Northwest corner of said Section 21; Thence South 75º16’33� East, a distance of 1,998.49 feet to the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; Thence North 53º14’127� West, a distance of 60.47 feet to the center line of Okanogan County Road No. 4883; Thence North 19º23’33� East along the center line of said road, a distance of 211.03 feet; Thence South 62º56’27� East, a distance of 216.26 feet; Thence South 35º56’ West, a distance of 237.87 feet; Thence North 53º14’27� West, a distance of 93.18 feet to the TRUE POINT OF BEGINNING; EXCEPT that portion lying within Okanogan County Road No. 4883 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated December 1, 2010, recorded December 1, 2010, under Auditor’s File No. 3159824, records of Okanogan County, Washington, from Sherry L. Johnson, as Grantor, to Richard Solberg, as Trustee and S. Renee Ewalt, Successor Trustee, under a Resignation and Appointment of Successor Trustee recorded under Auditor’s File No. 3163610, to secure on obligation in favor of USS Investments, LLC, as Beneficiary. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The default for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amount which are now in arrears: IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: Principal $3,400.00, together with 0 interest as provided in the Note or other Instrument secured from the 1st day of December, 2010, and such other costs and fees as are due under the note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied, regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on the 24th day of February, 2012. The default referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by the 13th day of February, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before the 13th day of February, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), the default as set forth in Paragraph III is/are cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after the 13th day of February, 2012, (11 days before the sale date), and before the sale by the Borrower, Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest, Guarantor, or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Grantor or the Grantor’s suc-

cessor in interest at the following address: Sherry Johnson c/o Crystal Stringfellow 80 Bolster Road Oroville, WA 98844 and Sherry Johnson 53 Spring Meadow Road Oroville, WA 98844 by both first class and certified mail on the 4th day of May, 2010, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest was personally served with said written notice of default or the written notice of default was posted on May 11, 2011 in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor, of all their interest in the abovedescribed property. IX. Anyone having an objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale Successor Trustee: S. Renee Ewalt Address: 10 Golden Road, Oroville, WA 98844 Phone: 509 476-3286 X. The Purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the Deed of Trust (the Owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including Occupants who are not Tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the Purchaser had the right to evict Occupants who are not Tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the Purchaser shall provide a Tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS NOTICE SUPERCEDES ANY PRIOR NOTICE OF TRUSTEE SALE /s/: S. Renee Ewalt Successor Trustee 11/30/11 STATE OF WASHINGTON ss) County of Okanogan On this day personally appeared be me S. Renee Ewalt, the Principal, to me known to be the individual described in and who executed the within and foregoing Instrument, and acknowledged to me that she signed the same as her free and voluntary act and deed, for the uses and purposes therein mentioned. GIVEN under my hand and official seal on this 30 day of November 2011. /s/: Peggy A. Shaw Notary Public in and for the State of Washington, residing at Oroville, WA. My appointment expires June 18, 2012. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2012.#361137 HUD # 5616804879 TS#12-12268-21 NOTICE OF DEFAULT AND FORECLOSURE SALE WHEREAS, on 11/12/1998, a certain (Deed of Trust) was executed by Dorothy J. Battista, as Trustor, in favor of Norwest Mortgage, Inc., as beneficiary, and Chicago Title Insu-

rance Company, as Trustee and was Recorded on 11/18/1998 as Instrument No. 3002779, in the office of the Okanogan County, Washington Recorder, and WHEREAS, the Deed of Trust was insured by the UNITED STATES SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, (the Secretary) pursuant to the National Housing Act for the purpose of providing single family housing; and WHEREAS, the beneficial interest in the Deed of Trust is now owned by the Secretary, pursuant to an assignment recorded on 12/10/2008, as Instrument # 3139871 in the office of the Okanogan County, Washington Recorder, and WHEREAS, a default has been made by reason of failure to pay all sums due under the Deed of Trust, pursuant to Paragraph 9 Subsection (i) of said deed of Trust and WHEREAS, by virtue of this default, the Secretary has declared the entire amount of the indebtedness secured by the Deed of Trust to be immediately due and payable, NOW THEREFORE, pursuant to power vesting in me by the Single Family Mortgage Foreclosure Act of 1994, 12 U.S.C. 3751 et seq., by 24 CFR part 27, subpart B, and by the Secretary’s designation of us as Foreclosure Commissioner� notice is hereby given that on 02/24/2012 @ 10:00 am local time, all real and personal property at or used in connection with following described premises (“Property�) will be sold at public auction to the highest bidder: Commonly known as: 611 Main Street, Oroville, WA 98844 More thoroughly described as: The North 16 Feet of Lot 6; All of Lot 7 and the South 17 Feet of Lot 8 of Block 82, an addition to Oroville, as per plat thereof recorded in Volume B of Plats, Page 1, records of the Auditor of Okanogan County, Washington. The sale will be held at the following location: AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO THE OKANOGAN COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 149 3RD NORTH, OKANOGAN, WA. Per The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development the estimated opening bid will be $107,418.77. There will be no pro-ration of taxes, rents or other income or liabilities, except that the purchaser will pay, at or before the closing, his prorate share of any real estate taxes that have been paid by the Secretary to the date of the foreclosure sale. When making a bid, all bidders except the Secretary must submit a deposit totaling ten percent (10%) of the Secretary’s estimated bid amount, in the form of a cashier’s check made payable to the Foreclosure Commissioner Cimarron Trustee Services. Each oral bid need not be accompanied by a deposit. If the successful bid is an oral, a deposit of $10,741.87 must be presented before the bidding is closed. The deposit is nonrefundable. The remainder of the purchase price must be delivered within 30 days of the sale or at such time as the Secretary may determine for good cause shown, time being of the essence. This amount, like the bid deposits, must be delivered in the form of a cashier’s or certified check. If the Secretary is the high bidder, he need not pay the bid amount in cash. The successful bidder will pay all conveyancing fees, all real estate and other taxes that are due on or after the delivery of the remainder of the payment and all other costs associated with the transfer of title. At the conclusion of the sale, the deposits of the unsuccessful bidders will be returned to them. The Secretary may grant an extension of time with which to deliver the remainder of the payment. All extensions will be fore 9-day increments for a fee of $600.00 paid in advance. The extension fee shall be in the form of certified or cashier’s check made payable to the commissioner. If the high bidder closed the sale prior to the expiration period, the unused portion of the extension fee shall be applied toward the amount due. If the high bidder is unable to close the sale within the required period, or within any extensions of time granted by the Secretary, the high bidder may be required to forfeit the cash deposit or, at the election of the Foreclosure Commissioner after consultation with the HUD Field Office representative, will be liable to HUD for any costs incurred as a result of such failure. The Commissioner may, at the direction of HUD Field Office Representative, offer the property to the second highest bidder to an amount equal to the highest price offered by that bidder. There is no right of redemption, or right of possession based upon a right of redemption, in the mortgagor or others subsequent to a foreclosure completed pursuant to the Act. 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Public Notices ..continued from prev. page CIMARRON SERVICE CORP, of NEVADA 719 14TH STREET MODESTO, CA 95354 Telephone No. (209) 544-9658 Facsimile No. (209) 544-6119 H. E. COX, President. Ad #18863 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 2012.#349784 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION NO: 11-2-00699-1 MEADOW CREEK HOLDINGS, LLC, an Idaho limited liability company, through BHR HOLDINGS, LLC, a Washington limited liability company, assignee of the Purchase and Sale Agreement dated July 19, 2011, Plaintiffs, v. MINNIE E. HAMILTON, THE ESTATE OF MINNIE E. HAMILTON, DECEASED, and THE HEIRS AND SURVIVORS OF THE ESTATE OF MINNIE E. HAMILTON, DECEASED; AND ALSO ALL OTHER PERSONS OR PARTIES UNKNOWN CLAIMING ANY RIGHT, TITLE, ESTATE, LIEN OR INTEREST IN THE MINERAL RIGHTS DESCRIBED IN THE COMPLAINT FILED HEREIN, Defendants. THE STATE OF WASHINGTON TO said Defendants: EACH OF YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of the first publication of this Summons, to-wit, within sixty (60) days after the 29th day of December, 2011, and defend the above-entitled action in the above-entitled Court, and answer the Complaint of the Plaintiffs, and serve a copy of your Answer upon the undersigned attorney for the Plaintiffs, W. Scott DeTro of the Law Office of Callaway & DeTro PLLC, at his office below-stated; and in the case of your failure to do so, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the Complaint, which has been filed with the Clerk of said Court. The object of this action is to quiet title to the real property by removing the reservation of all minerals in the said real property, together with the right to prospect for, mine and remove the same, under the Deed dated November 28, 1939, and filed for record on March 28, 1940, under Okanogan County Auditor’s File No. 290141 (Book 88 of Deeds, page 66), from title of the real property owned by Plaintiffs and described in the Complaint for Quiet Title filed herein. DATED this 20th day of December, 2011. CALLAWAY & DETRO PLLC /S/: By: W. Scott DeTro; WSBA #19601 Attorney for Plaintiffs 700-A Okoma Drive Omak, WA 98841 (509)826-6316 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Dec. 29, 2011 and Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 2012.#347689

Okanogan County Notice of Final Decision Project: Variance 2011-8 Proponent: Kerry & Catrena Lyon Decision: Approved Date of Notification: January 26, 2012 Appeal Deadline: February 16, 2012 The Board of Adjustment approved the above-noted project on January 17, 2012. Parties with standing may appeal this decision to Okanogan County Superior Court, pursuant to RCW 36.70 C, within 21 days of the notice of decision publication date. For appeals please contact Okanogan County Superior Court at 149 N. 3rd Ave., Okanogan, Washington, or by phone at (509) 422-7275. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on Jan. 26, 2012.#361254 LEGAL NOTICE NEGOTIATION OF STATE LEASES WITH EXISTING LESSEES BETWEEN MARCH 2012 AND MAY 2012 EXPIRES: JULY 2012. 10-A55521-GRAZING- Gov Lot 1

Classified & Legal Notices Public Notices (SE1/4SE1/4), Gov Lot 2 (SW1/4SE1/4), N1/2NW1/4, NE1/4, N1/2SE1/4, Section 36, Township 40 North, Range 25 East, W.M. 10-A56510-GRAZING- Gov Lot 1 (NE1/4NW1/4), Gov Lot 5 (NE1/4SW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4), Gov Lot 8 (S1/2SE1/4), NE1/4SE1/4, Section 16, Township 40 North, Range 25 East, W.M. 10-A59984-GRAZING- Gov Lot 1 (NE1/4NE1/4), Gov Lot 4 (SE1/4NW1/4), Gov Lot 6 (SE1/4NE1/4), SW1/4NW1/4, Section 16; Gov Lot 1 (NE1/4NE1/4); all in Township 35 North, Range 31 East, W.M. 10-074645-GRAZING- SE1/4SE1/4, NW1/4, Section 23; NE1/4SW1/4, NW1/4SE1/4, Section 26; NW1/4, Section 36; all in Township 34 North, Range 25 East, W.M. 10-A57903-GRAZINGS1/2NW1/4, NE1/4SW1/4, Section 36, Township 40 North, Range 25 East, W.M. 10-A57985-GRAZINGE1/2SE1/4, Section 8, Township 37 North, Range 26 East, W.M. 12-B60046 -AGRICULTURESW1/4NE1/4SW1/4, Section 36, Township 40 North, Range 25 East, W.M. 12-A59156 -AGRICULTURE- Portion of W1/2W1/2NW1/4, S E 1 / 4 S W 1 / 4 N W 1 / 4 , S W 1 / 4 S E 1 / 4 N W 1 / 4 , SW1/4SE1/4SE1/4NW1/4, Section 16, Township 38 North, Range 27 East, W.M. Written request to lease must be received by February 25, 2012, at Department of Natural Resources, 225 S Silke Rd, Colville, Washington 99114-9369. Each request to lease must include the lease number, the name, address and phone number of applicant, and must contain a certified check or money order payable to the Department of Natural Resources for the amount of any bonus bid plus a $100.00 deposit. The envelope must be marked “Sealed Bid” and give lease number, expiration date of lease applied for and give applicant’s name. The applicant must be prepared to purchase improvements that belong to the current lessee. Persons wishing to bid to lease any of these properties can obtain more details, bid packet, and qualification requirements by contacting the Colville office or calling (509) 684-7474. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26, 2012.#361144 Notice of Call for Bids For Gasoline and Diesel Requirements for 2012 & 2013 Sealed bids to supply gasoline and diesel for the years 2012 & 2013 will be received by the City of Tonasket until February 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m., at which time the bids will be opened at the regular City Council meeting. Regular-grade, mid-grade, and super unleaded gasoline and diesel shall be available 24 hours a day at a key lock or guard card supply station located within or close proximity to the City of Tonasket and to deliver diesel to the Waste Water Treatment Plant on request. Bids shall be quoted at a set amount over supplier’s cost at time of delivery and verification of that cost must accompany monthly billings. Bids shall exclude Federal taxes. Bids are to be submitted on a form available at the City Clerk’s office at 209 S. Whitcomb Avenue or call 509-486-2132. Mailing address: P.O. Box 487, Tonasket, WA 98855. The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids and to waive any informality. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26, 2012.#361249 Public Auction There will be a Public Auction at Budget Towing, 32156 Hwy 97, Tonasket 509-560-1056, on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012. Viewing time starts at 1o a.m. with the auction at 12 p.m. Up for auction will be: 1984 GMC Jimmy Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26, 2012.#361253

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Okanogan County Notice of Final Decision Project: Conditional Use Permit 2011-9 Proponent: Darwood Impound Yard Decision: Approved Date of Publication: January 26, 2012 Appeal Deadline: February 16, 2012 The Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development approved the above-noted project. Within 21 calendar days of the publication date, parties with standing may appeal this decision to Okanogan County Superior Court at 149 N. 3rd Ave., Okanogan, WA, pursuant to RCW 36.70 C. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on Jan. 26, 2012.#361258

That certain Real Estate Contract dated March 22, 2002, and executed by Robert L. Couch and Phyllis C. Couch, husband and wife, as Seller, and Larry L. Robison and Esther A. Robison, husband and wife, as Purchaser, said Contract being recorded April 5, 2002, under Auditor’s File No. 3045396, Records of the Auditor of Okanogan County, Washington. C. Legal description of the property is as follows: Lot 3 By Design Short Plat, as per Short Plat thereof recorded in Volume A-2 of Short Plats, page 188, under Auditor’s File No. 839805, Okanogan County Records. D. The description of each default under the Contract upon which this Notice is based is as follows: 1. Failure to pay the following past due items, the amounts and an itemization for which are given in Paragraph G. and H. below: (a) Monthly payments due on the 5th days of March through December of 2010 and January through December of 2011 and January of 2012, in the amount of $171.46 each, totaling $3943.58. E. Failure to cure all the defaults listed above and in Paragraph G. and H. below on or before April 18, 2012 will result in forfeiture of the Contract. F. Forfeiture of the Contract will result in the following: 1. All right, title and interest in the property of the Purchaser and of all persons claiming through the Purchaser given this Notice shall be terminated; 2.The Purchasers’ rights under the Contract shall be canceled; 3. All sums previously paid under the Contract shall belong to and be retained by the Seller or other persons to whom paid and entitled thereto; 4. All improvements made to and unharvested crops on the property shall belong to the Seller; and 5. The Purchaser and all persons claiming through the Purchaser given this Notice shall be required to surrender possession of the property, improvements and unharvested crops to the Seller ten (10) days after recording of the Declaration of Forfeiture. G. The following is a statement of payments of money in default (or where indicated, an estimate thereof), and for any defaults not involving the failure to pay money, the actions required to cure the default: 1. Monetary Delinquencies: Monthly payments due as listed above in section D.a.(a): $3943.58. Late Payment Fees: $189.75. Taxes and Assessments: $327.60. Totaling: $4460.93 2. Action(s) required to cure any non-monetary default: NONE H. The following is a statement of other payments, charges, fees and costs to cure the default: (1) Costs of Title Report: $290.79; (2) Copying (estimate) $5.00; (3) Recording (estimate) $46.00; (4) Attorney Fees (estimate) $500; (5) Mail Fees (estimate) $12; Totaling $853.79 The total necessary to cure the default is the sum of $ 5314.72 plus the amount of any payments, and interest on taxes which fall due after the date of this Notice of Intent to Forfeit and on or prior to the date the default is cured. Moneys required to cure the default may be tendered as follows: At Inland Professional Title, LLC, PO Box 2118, Omak, WA 98841 I. The Purchaser or any person claiming through the Purchaser has the right to contest the forfeiture or to seek an extension of time to cure the default, or both, by commencing a Court action prior to recording of the Declaration of Forfeiture. NO EXTENSION IS AVAILABLE FOR DEFAULTS WHICH ARE A FAILURE TO PAY MONEY. J. The person to whom this notice is given may have the right to request a Court to order a public sale of the property; such public sale will be ordered only if the Court finds that the fair market value of the property substantially exceeds the debt owed under the Contract and any other liens having priority over the Seller’s interest in the property. The excess, if

any, of the highest bid at the sale over the debt owed under the Contract will be applied to the liens eliminated by the Sale and the balance, if any, paid to the Purchaser. The Court will require the person who requests the sale to deposit the anticipated sale costs with the Clerk of the Court; and any action to obtain an order for public sale must be commenced by filing and serving the summons and complaint before the Declaration of Forfeiture is recorded. K. The Seller is not required to give any person any other notice of default before the declaration which completes the forfeiture is given. EARLIER NOTICE SUPERSEDED: This Notice of Intent to Forfeit supersedes any Notice of Intent to Forfeit which was previously given under this Contract and which deals with the same defaults. DATED this 23 day of January 2012 /s/: Esther M. Milner, WSBA# 33042 Attorney and Agent for Robert L. Couch and Phyllis C. Couch Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 2012.#361155 SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF OKANOGAN PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS NO. 11-4-00094 9 Estate of: GEORGE MILTON SCHULTZ, Deceased. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The above Court has appointed Mary Sandra Dicus as Personal Representative of Decedent’s estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must present the claim: (a) Before the time when the claim would be barred by any applicable statute of limitations, and (b) In the manner provided in RCW 11.40.070: (i) By filing the original of the claim with the foregoing Court, and (ii) By serving on or mailing to me at the address below a copy of the claim. The claim must be presented by the later of: (a) Thirty (30) days after I served or mailed this Notice as provided in RCW 11.40.020(1)(c), or (b) Four (4) months after the date of first publication of this Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time period, the claim will be forever barred except as provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective for claims against both the Decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication of this Notice: January 12, 2012 Dale L. Crandall, Attorney for Mary Sandra Dicus, Personal Representative P.O. Box 173 Loomis, WA 98827 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 12, 19 and 26, 2012.#358625

probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication of this Notice: January 19, 2012 Address for Mailing or Service: Randy G Burnett, Personal Representative 20931 SE 268 ST Covington, WA 98042 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 19, 26 and Feb. 2, 2012.#360008

Okanogan County Notice of Final Decision Project: Variance 2011-7 Proponent: Donald Scheideman Decision: Approved Date of Notification: January 26, 2012 Appeal Deadline: February 16, 2012 The Board of Adjustment approved the above-noted project on January 17, 2012. Parties with standing may appeal this decision to Okanogan County Superior Court, pursuant to RCW 36.70 C, within 21 days of the notice of decision publication date. For appeals please contact Okanogan County Superior Court at 149 N. 3rd Ave., Okanogan, Washington, or by phone at (509) 422-7275. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on Jan. 26, 2012.#361262 Public Hearing Notice NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Board of Okanogan County Commissioners that a public hearing is set for 11:00 AM, February 6, 2012, to consider a supplemental appropriation from Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)–Border Grant to the Communications Budget in the amount of $16,733. The supplemental will be used for Professional Services, Salaries and Wages. The hearing will be held in the County Commissioners’ Hearing Room located at 123 5th Avenue North, Okanogan, Washington. Persons wishing to comment may attend the hearing or submit their comments in writing to the Commissioners’ Office at 123 5th Avenue North, Rm 150, Okanogan, Washington 98840. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, 2012.#361224 NOTICE OF INTENT TO FORFEIT PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON CHAPTER 61.30.070 Grantor: (1) Couch, Robert L. (2) Couch, Phyllis C. Grantee: (1) Robison, Larry L. (2) Robison, Esther A. Legal Description (abbreviated): Lot 3 By Design Short Plat Additional legal(s) on Page 2 Assessor’s Tax Parcel ID # 8808400300 Reference Nos. of Related Documents: Real Estate Contract dated March 22, 2002, Okanogan County Auditor # 3045396 TO: LARRY L. ROBISON, ESTHER A. ROBISON AND THE STATE OF WASHINGTON, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES DIVISION OF CHILD SUPPORT (DCS) YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that the Real Estate Contract described below is in default and you are provided the following information with respect thereto: A. The name, address and telephone number of the Seller and the Seller’s attorney giving this Notice is: Seller: Robert L. Couch and Phyllis C. Couch Address: PO Box 923, Omak, WA 98841 Telephone Number: (509) 422-1942 Attorney: Esther M. Milner Address: 568 Pine Street, Omak, WA 98841 Telephone Number: (509) 429-4555 B. Description of the Contract in default is as follows:

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR KING COUNTY PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) NO. 12-4-00240-9 KNT Estate of: TROY J BURNETT, Deceased. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: The above Court has appointed me as Personal Representative of Decedent’s estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must present the claim: (a) Before the time when the claim would be barred by any applicable statute of limitations, and (b) In the manner provided in RCW 11.40.070: (i) By filing the original of the claim with the foregoing Court, and (ii) By serving on or mailing to me at the address below a copy of the claim. The claim must be presented by the later of: (a) Thirty (30) days after I served or mailed this Notice as provided in RCW 11.40.020(1)(c), or (b) Four (4) months after the date of first publication of this Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time period, the claim will be forever barred except as provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective for claims against both the Decedent’s

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION No. 11-2-00622-2 JOHN DANIEL GEBBERS and REBA GEBBERS, husband and wife, Plaintiffs, vs. HILDA D. NELSON, individually and as executrix of the ESTATE OF WILLIAM W. NELSON, deceased; and all other persons or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in the real estate described in the Complaint herein, Defendants. The State of Washington to the said defendants, HILDA D. NELSON, individually and as executrix of the ESTATE OF WILLIAM W. NELSON, deceased; all unknown heirs of said parties; and all other persons or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien, or interest in the real estate described in the Complaint herein: You are hereby summoned to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty (60) days after the 26th day of January, 2012, and defend the above-entitled action in the above-entitled court, and answer the complaint of the plaintiffs, John Daniel Gebbers and Reba Gebbers, husband and wife, and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorneys for plaintiffs, Thomas F. O’Connell, at his office below stated; and in case of your failure to do so, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demand of the complaint, which has been filed with the clerk of said court. The object of this action is to quiet title. DAVIS, ARNEIL LAW FIRM, LLP /s/: Thomas F. O’Connell, WSBA# 16539 Attorneys for Plaintiffs 617 Washington Street PO Box 2136 Wenatchee, WA 98807 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 and March 1, 2012.#361237

Threshold SEPA Determination Okanogan County Outdoor Recreation Plan , SEPA 2012-1 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okanogan County SEPA Responsible Official has issued a threshold SEPA Determination of Non-Significance (DNS). Ted Murray on behalf of Okanogan County Department of Planning submitted an environmental checklist for the Okanogan County Outdoor Recreation Plan (OCRP). This plan supersedes the previous plan adopted in 2004. The OCRP applies to the entire County. The Draft Okanogan County Recreation Plan is available for review on the planning web site at A public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners is set for February 27 @ 10:00 am. in the Commissioners’ Hearing Room. Comments will be accepted until February 9th. Information about the project is available to the public upon request. Questions regarding this application can be directed to Ted Murray, Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Okanogan County Office of Planning & Development, 123 5th Ave. N, Suite 130, Okanogan, WA 98840, (509) 4227118. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and Quad City Herald on Jan. 26, 2012.#361150


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Sports Trey-less Hornets Slow start costs Tigers against Chelan fall at Brewster By Brent Baker Staff Writer

By Brent Baker Staff Writer BREWSTER - Much of Oroville’s success this season has come from its 3-point shooting prowess. So when the Hornets got shut out from behind the arc, while Brewster hit 10 triples in Friday’s contest, the result wasn’t too surprising. The Bears’ 68-53 victory wasn’t at all surprising in that context. “Thirty points is hard to make up by twos,” said Oroville coach Allen Allie. “Especially when you’re not playing very well. “We didn’t play as a team again, and that really hurts when you’re playing quality teams. We tried too many one-on-one plays and wouldn’t run the offense for more than three passes. This caused us to have too many turnovers, which seems to be our motive on the road.” The Bears hit seven 3-pointers in the first half, including four by Easton Driessen. Still, the Hornets were still in the game, trailing 37-28 at the half. A 21-9 Brewster run in the third quarter put the game out of reach. “We can’t seem to get a good win on the road,” Allie said. “We are now in mid-season, which means we don’t have long to get our act together as a team.” Driessen led all scorers with 25 points, with Eric Knapp adding 18 and Josh Squires 12 for the Bears (7-7, 5-1 CWL), who took sole possession of second place in the CWL North Division with the victory. Michael Garrett paced the Hornets (8-5, 3-2) with 17 points and C.J. Mathews had 12.

Oroville 82, Liberty Bell 66

OROVILLE - The Hornets kept

themselves on solid playoff footing Tuesday, Jan. 17, getting their offense untracked in an 82-66 victory over Liberty Bell. The victory Though the Hornets’ offensive output matched their season-high, Allie said it was the team’s defensive intensity the keyed the win. “Both teams played well tonight but our defense, at least for three quarters, was the difference,” he said. “We pressured Liberty Bell from the start and were able to keep them from getting good shots.” Oroville led 23-13 after one quarter, but the Mountain Lions put up 26 points in the second quarter to cut the halftime lead to 41-39. Liberty Bell had four players score at least four points apiece in the quarter, including eight by Cody Cupp, who hit a pair of 3-pointers. The Hornets took control in the second half, allowing only 27 points after the break, while Michael Garrett scored 16 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead the offensive effort. “We have to have this type of intensity every game, not just every so often, if we plan on reaching our goals,” Allie said. “The guys played well, we ran plays and scored just as we should. I think we get tired easily, not having a deep bench, and the guys have been adjusting to taking more breaks throughout the game.” Kyle Putnam led Liberty Bell with 18 points, with Cupp adding 14 and Keelan Christiansen 12. Connor Hughes added 19 points for the Hornets, C.J. Mathews tallied 14 and Luke Kindred had 10, including eight in the second quarter to keep Oroville ahead at the half. “Liberty Bell, as well as every other team in our league, can beat you if you’re not prepared,” Allie said. “I think we have a pretty even league this year.”

TONASKET- For weeks the third quarter proved to be the Tonasket boys basketball team’s undoing. On Friday, Jan. 20, it was the first quarter. The Tigers put together a solid effort over the final 24 minutes against visiting Chelan, but after falling into a 13-5 hole to start the game it wasn’t enough as the Goats held on for a 59-46 victory. "Despite (the slow start), we never game up," said Tonasket coach Glenn Braman. "We made a few runs the rest of the game, but we had a hard time getting stops against them." Tyler James scored 16 points, Matt Robinson added 15 and Aaron Schramm had 13 to lead Chelan (6-9 3-3 Caribou Trail League). John Stedtfeld led all scorers with 24 points, with Damon Halvorsen adding 11. "This team is competing and having much closer scores than we have in many years," Braman said. "We are close; we just need to put a four quarter game together." The Tigers (7-9, 0-6) are at Cascade on Saturday, Jan. 28, then finish up with three home games next week.

Omak 64, Tonasket 52 OMAK - Omak may be known for its 3-point shooting prowess, but it’s the inside of play of

Joseph LaGrou that makes the Pioneers work. The Tigers got a big dose of LaGrou on Tuesday, Jan. 17, winning the battle of the trey 12-6 but losing the war 64-52. "Omak did an outstanding job of putting us in a situation where we had to help on LaGrou or not help," Braman said. "When we did too much, he kicked it to a shooter who always hit that shot. When we didn’t help enough he was able to get to the basket. We struggled to get stops when we needed them." The Tigers got into an early grove, taking a 19-15 lead early in the second quarter on the strength of three Damon Halvorsen 3-pointers. The Pioneers went on an 18-2 run that included three Country Pakootas treys to take a 12-point lead and went in at the half leading 33-26. The Tigers could get no closer than six points in the second half despite hitting four triples in the fourth quarter alone. The last of those, by Stedtfeld, cut the Omak lead to 60-52 with 1:40 to go. But the Tigers failed to convert offensively on two chances to cut further into the lead, and the Pioneers hit 4-of-5 free throws in the final minute to put the game away. Pakootas led all scorers with 23 points, with Vince Carden adding 15 and LaGrou 14 for Omak (7-9, 1-5), which won for the first time since letting a 26-point lead evaporate at Oroville in

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John Stedtfeld tries to get to the hoop against Omak on Jan. 17, but picks up a charging call for hits efforts. December. Dyllan Gage scored 18, Hal-

Tonasket wrestlers pin Brewster

Oroville wrestlers win 12 of 15 bouts By Brent Baker Staff Writer EAST WENATCHEE - Oroville’s wrestling team competed in a rare Monday match at Eastmont on Jan. 23, winning 12 of their 15 matches on the night. Highlighting the Hornets’ night was Nick Perez’s performance. Perez (145 pounds), who missed the first half of the season with a football injury, showed he is fully recovered with an 8-2 victory over Eastmont’s Ali Valdovinos, who last year was a state runner-up while at Pateros. Perez also pinned his other opponent. Also winning two matches were Alex Kelly (one pin),

Mike Lynch (two pins), Eddie Ocampo (138, pin and technical fall) and Eric Herrera (285, two pins). Michael Ripley (120) had a pin, and Corey Childers (145) had a pin while splitting his two matches, falling 6-5 in the final seconds of his first match. Leo Curiel (126) went 0-2 in a pair of matches that coach Chuck Ricevuto said could have gone either way. No team scores were kept. The Hornets wrestle Eastmont again this Friday night in their final home match of the season, then travel to Republic for their league finals mixer on Saturday. The district tournament is at Lake Roosevelt on Saturday, Feb. 4.

By Brent Baker Staff Writer BREWSTER — There probably aren’t a whole lot of tears being shed in the Central Washington 2B League over the prospect of Brewster moving up to the 1A ranks next year. The Bears’ girls basketball team continued its two-year rampage through the league on Friday, Jan. 21, ripping past Oroville with 32 minutes of full court pressure, 63-28. “We knew they were going to press us,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “We talked about how we couldn’t throw over the top, especially with (Brewster star) Chandler Smith out there. “So, we tried to throw over the top anyway, and Brewster probably got 25-30 points that way.” Brewster’s big early run put the game out of reach early, 24-9 after one quarter and 36-16 at the half. Bourn tried a variety of defenses to help get the Hornets ready for when they play them again in a couple of weeks, as well as a potential district tournament meeting. “They’re not so much better than Lake Roosevelt that we can’t play the same kind of game against them,” Bourn said. “The girls had been eager to play LR

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Tonasket’s Jeff Stedtfeld and Brewster’s Raf Varelas line up under the lights for their match to lead off the Tigers’ dual with the Bears on Saturday. Stedtfeld pulled out a 9-7 victory. By Brent Baker Staff Writer

TONASKET - Tonasket’s wrestling team picked up 36 points via forfeit to provide the bulk of their scoring in a 57-21 victory over Brewster on Saturday, Jan. 21. The Tigers outscored Brewster 21-16 in matches that took place in the circle. Jeff Stedtfeld (132) led off with a 9-7 decision over Raf and it showed. With Brewster we Varelas, and Dalton Wahl definitely didn’t come out with (138) recorded a first pethe same attitude.” riod pin of the Bears’ Omar Smith led Brewster (12-2, 6-0 CWL) with 20 points, with Brette Boesel adding 17 and Becky Mae Taylor adding 11. Kelsey Hughes had 13 points and four rebounds to lead the Hornets, with Naomi Peters By Brent Baker adding eight points and four Staff Writer rebounds and Lily Hilderbrand OMAK — Tonasket’s girls pulling down eight rebounds. basketball team had a five point The Hornets (7-6, 2-3) faced Manson at home on Tuesday and lead and plenty of momentum again on the road on Saturday, late in the third quarter at Omak. Jan. 28. It wasn’t enough to carry Oroville 62, Liberty Bell the Tigers to victory as the Pioneers awoke with a 21-5 run 27 OROVILLE — All of the Hor- to pull away to what ended up nets got plenty of playing time as a 53-45 victory for the ladies Tuesday, Jan. 17, in a 62-27 vic- in red and black. “We’re just so inconsistent tory over Liberty Bell. Ten of the 11 Hornets reached when it comes to our shootthe scoring column as Oroville ing,” said Tonasket coach Mike built a 27-6 halftime lead over Larson. “It seems like we can be blazing hot or ice cold, both inBourn’s former squad. “All the kids were excited,” he dividually and as a team, from said. “People got a lot of playing one game to the next or even in time. The younger kids really the same game. “That, and we just had way wanted to do well when they got to many silly, unforced turntheir chance out there.” Callie Barker led a balanced overs.” It looked like Omak would scoring effort with 10 points and five rebounds. Kelsey Hughes run away and hide early as the and Briana Moralez added eight Pioneers led 17-9 early in the points apiece and Peters tallied second quarter thanks largely to sharpshooting freshman six.

Brewster girls display CWL dominance over Oroville

vorsen had 17 and Stedtfeld added 15 or the Tigers.

Castro. John Rawley (182) and Daniel Ortega (220) also recorded first period pins. Au st i n K n owl t o n ( 1 4 5 ) lost a 16-8 major decision to Brewster’s Oscar Roa, and senior rookie Kevin Aitcheson (152) made it halfway through the third period before being pinned by Brewster’s Erik Gomez. Q u i n n M y r i c k ( 1 6 0 ) wa s pinned by the Bears’ Chris Burbank in his match. Not that the Tigers would have been at a disadvantage if the Bears had fielded a

full lineup: several of their t o p w r e st l e r s p i c ke d u p victories without breaking a sweat. Forfeit winners included Tim Frazier (106), Jared Stedtfeld (113), Collin Aitcheson (120), Ryker Marchand (126), Frank H o l f e l z ( 1 9 5 ) a n d Ch a d Edwards (285). Brewster’s Todd Burbank (170) won in the same manner. The Tigers traveled to Cashmere on Wednesday, Jan. 25, for a makeup of a Caribou Trail League double dual originally scheduled for Jan. 18 that was postponed by snow. Tonasket closes out its regular season at home on Saturday, Jan. 28, with a CTL dual against Chelan. Class 1A District 6 competition takes place at Omak on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 3-4.

Dalton Wahl needed less than a minute to pin Brewster’s Omar Castro during Saturday’s dual meet.

Pioneers’ final flurry downs Tiger girls Jade Sargent. The Tigers’ only sharpshooter, Baylie Tyus, answered with a scalding second quarter — 4-of-5 from 3-point range — to put Tonasket up 26-24 at the half. Devan Utt, who spend most of the first half on the bench with foul trouble, hit a triple of her own to give the Tigers a 35-30 lead. The Pioneers’ pressure defense turned the tide, forcing a bushel of Tonasket turnovers for easy baskets, while Sargent and Shawnee Covington combined to hit four triples during the big Omak run. “We’re trying to get the girls to where they’re not having to think all the time, to just go out and play the game,” Larson said. “A lot of that is just game time. We didn’t play any games over the summer, and we’re playing against teams that played a lot of summer basketball. So when you get into a close game, it’s about knowing what things have to

be done. A 20 foot pass isn’t one of them, and neither is giving their 3-point shooters that step on the perimeter.” The Tigers (4-12, 0-6 CTL) were paced by Utt with 13 points, Tyus with 12 and Kylie Dellinger with 10. “Dellinger had a real good

game off the bench,” Larson said. “When Devan got in foul trouble, it didn’t hurt as much as it might have because Kylie came in and played very well.” Sargent had 24 and Covington 12 for the Pioneers (5-11, 1-5). The Tigers also fell to Chelan on Friday, Jan. 20, 76-32.

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Outdoors Triploids biting at Rufus Woods pretty close to the surface, behind small dodgers and two were attached to downriggers. We never got any hits on the downrigger rods any deeper than 15 feet. Fishing is good at Rufus Woods, even down at the bottom end of the reservoir.

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Derby time There were some other derbies announced at the recent meeting of the CCA in Wenatchee. The very popular Budweiser/Lowrance King Salmon Derby in Brewster will be held on Aug. 3 to 5 this summer. The big fish prize will be $1,500 for adults and $500 in the 14 and under division. Brewster derby tickets are available now and you can get tickets through the Brewster Chamber right now, and they will be available on line soon. The cost of a ticket is $25. There will be a new “Trippin’ with the Triploids” derby on Rufus Woods Reser-

CCA meeting Cold day at Rufus Woods I got up to Rufus Woods Reservoir and fished with Stuart Hurd and a few of his buddies. Of course I picked the coldest day yet, but we had a great time in spite of the freezing weather. We put in above the dam at the Corps of Engineers launch and trolled up lake. We found plenty of fish along the west shore and even out in the middle and never got to the State Park. There were definite lulls in the action, but then we would have very good flurries of action. Hurd was pulling a variety of lures, which included flies, Sqidders and Kokanee Pros. We caught and released at least 25 fish, and kept some to take home. The largest fish were four to five pounds and we had fish a small as a pound. When the sun came out for about an hour we had some very hot fishing. Most of the rods were fished

The recent meeting of the local chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association was held in Wenatchee and had a different twist. Many local guides and other companies attended and shared information about their services prior to the meeting. Brian Irwin, Washington Director of the CCA gave a brief presentation about the CCA and its success in the three years it has been in Washington. The CCA was formed over 30 years ago in Texas and has an amazing track record for successfully countering over fishing of several species and returning them to health. The balance of the meeting was devoted to announcements about the new salmon fishing derby in Wenatchee and others that will be coming up later this year. The Wenatchee derby will take place July 13 through 15 and will be limited to 75 boats.

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Gold Digger Apples excited about growing volume By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor OROVILLE – A combination of new growers and new trees coming into production has led to a 30 percent growth in volume over last year at Gold Digger Apples in Oroville. “We’re excited about the increase and would like to grow another 30 percent in the future... that’s about the maximum volume to fit our capacity without adding more facilities,” said Gold Digger’s general manager Greg Moser. The grower’s cooperative specializes in serving the smaller, family-owned fruit growers and has recently seen an increase in local growers bringing their fruit back to the area to be packed by the cooperative. “One grower commented that he’d rather see his fruit helping to provide jobs in the local economy rather than in Wenatchee, and he saw great returns. It’s a win-win,” Moser said. “The growers have had very successful returns in the last two years and we look forward to that trend continuing. “Our main focus is being a family warehouse; we cater to small growers. We take care of our family by having an efficient staff that does an excellent job of getting maximum pack-outs while keeping the expenses down and maximizing the returns to the grower.” The state crop was projected to be between 102 and 104 million boxes last year, but actually came in at 110 million. “It’s kind of comical that a few years ago everyone worried that when the crop hit 100 million boxes no one would make any returns and now we are looking at crops of 110 million boxes and still getting successful returns,” said Gold Digger’s

Apples waiting to go to warehouse GM. “When I started 60-70 million boxes was a big crop. The industry has d on e a g ood job of developing the market and people are more health conscious... that’s one of the biggest things that has been in our favor.” Moser said diversification has also been a key in developing the market. Greg Moser “Growers are more diversified. It’s not just Reds and Goldens anymore,

the risk is spread out making it more profitable,” he said. “We are seeing Galas as the number one apple coming into production, as well as an increase in early Fujis and regular Fujis, with higher color.” Moser said there has also been an increase in Honey Crisp production, but they are hard apples to raise because they are susceptible to a bitter pit and soft scald. Honey Crisps can bring in $40-$50 a box, compared

to Reds and Galas at around $20 a box, however Reds and Galas have higher pack-outs, according to Moser. “Red Delicious are holding their own. Growers are putting in higher color new varieties that taste good,” Moser said. “The Midnights have higher color and good taste.” Last year the state also had the second largest cherry crop and Gold Digger’s growers had excellent returns, according to Moser. “The only setback was some late rainstorms that resulted in some splitting that reduced pack outs,” he said. Moser said growers are planting earlier varieties of cherries. “The trend historically is for us to begin picking cherries

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Packing pears at Gold Digger around the fourth of July. We’d like to see the season start the third week of June and continue into the first week of August,” he said, adding that a couple of the new varieties being planted in the area are sweet cherries known as Black Pearl and Jolly Special. This year the state had one

150 each working and during cherry season there are 400 people working. “Counting those in the orchards during cherry harvest we have about 600 total,” Moser said. Getting the labor for the area is sometimes a challenge. “Last fall we had adequate

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9:30 - 10:00 The Immigration Act of 2015- Can you survive until then? Dan Fazio, Washington Farm Labor Association

10:00 - 10:30 The Fruit Industry Investing in WSU - What happens next? Dr Jay Brunner, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee

10:30 - 11:00 Enhancing Biological Control in Your Orchard. Dr Jay Brunner, TFREC, Wenatchee

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labor, but some growers needed pickers. As a family warehouse we were able to move pickers to other orchards. We also were able to lend some company pickers who were working in the company’s 600 acres,” he said. The general manager said Gold Digger hasn’t any major upgrades in equipment planned, but is always looking at new technology and ways to make the company better and more affordable.

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Tonasket hosts early FFA Event Great opportunity

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Many people who own small acreages dream of farming them for extra income, to provide food for their families, or just to change their way of life. If you are one of those people, Photos by Brent Baker WSU Extension has the perfect Students from Tonasket, Wenatchee, Manson and Bridgeport FFA chapters had to identify more than 40 varieties of apples. program for you! Called “Cultivating Success,” of bug damage to apples; By Brent Baker this WSU Extension program is Staff Writer in yet another, the actual specifically designed to assist bugs needed to be identipeople with little or no experiTONASKET - Tonasket fied. ence in agriculture to develop a High School’s FFA, still Students were also replan on how to farm their land aglow from the success of quired to pressure test in a way that meets their own its Parliamentary Proceapples as well as identify goals. This is a 16-week course dure team at the national more than 40 apple varietthat meets one evening a week, c o nve n t i o n i n O c t o b e r, ies. and covers topics as diverse h o st e d a n e a r ly - s e a s o n “It’s a ton of work getting as soil management, fruit and event Nov. 9 to prepare for all these apples,” Deebach vegetable production, liveupcoming district and state said. “Gold Digger, Smith stock and poultry production, competitions. and Nelson and Dan McCafarm management, marketing, Wenatchee, Manson and rthy and others have been evaluating farm resources, Bridgeport FFA teams visa t r e m e n d o u s su p p o r t , ited, with more than 100 going through and finding kids participating, accordall of these varieties that ing to Tonasket coach Matt they’ve donated to us. We Deebach. Tim Jackson, Chad Edwards, Lazaro Ortega and Kayla Davis get a ton of community S tu d e n t s p a r t i c i p at e d of Tonasket FFA examine and grade trays of apples as part of a support for this.” in CDEs (Career Develop- practice run for the Apple CDE competition on Nov. 9. ment Events) for apples and / or welding. I n t h e we l d i n g eve n t , teams of three students were given three hours to construct a farm implement or small (non-motorized) tractor out of scrap. The completed projects had to meet several criteria including three types of welds, a gas cut, braze, at least one 90-degree angle and size limitations. P r o j e c t s we r e g r a d e d on weld quality, artistic ability, engineering and completion within the time limit. In the apple CDE, there were a handful of different areas graded. In one, students had to evaluate multiple trays of apples for flaws and consistency of color, then rank the trays in order of quality. Another Lazaro Ortega demonstrates the pressure testing of apples at an early-season FFA competition in involved the identification November.

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The best organic apples on earth Source: Washington State Apple Commission Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world. The nutrientrich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit. These same elements also make Washington the finest place to grow organic apples. The dry climate and ideal temperatures reduce the number of disease and pest problems that can impact fruit. This superior climate reduces the need for applications to control insects and pests. In addition, Washington’s quality standards for all apples are more stringent than grading standards used in any other growing region in the world. All of Washington’s nine key varieties are available as organically grown. Statistics from Washington State University’s Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center indicate most of the Washington organic acreage planted is in Gala and Fuji followed by Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Granny Smith, Cripps Pink, Braeburn, Honeycrisp™ and other new varieties. And Washington’s organic apple industry is not only growing, but it is holding true to the state’s unmatched history of dedication to cutting-edge production practices. Over 25 percent of the state’s apple packers hold Organic Handler Certificates from the Washington State Department of Agriculture’s Organic Food Program. Organic Washington Apple FAQs Q. How are organic Washington apples grown and packed? A. Organic Washington apples are grown and packed only with materials and methods approved by the National Organic Program (NOP), which rely on natural materials and processes. Organic orchards receive nutrition and fertilizers consisting of compost, animal manure, fishmeal, plant residues and other natural nutrients. Natural pest control methods are derived from plant extracts, the fermentations of yeast, beneficial insects, mating disruption pheromones and systems that bait and trap pests. Weeds may be controlled by mulching, cover plantings and mechanical methods. In addition, certified organic apples can only be processed and packed on equipment using belts, brushes and water specially cleaned and prepared to handle organic fruit. Organic apples may not commingle with conventionally grown apples in either the orchard or in the packing houses. Q. How many years does it take for an apple orchard to be certified organic? A. The land on which the apples

are grown must have been farmed organically for three years or fallowed for three years before certification is granted. This means that for at least three years prior to the first certified organic harvest, only practices and materials allowed under the national organic standard have been used. Prior to the third year, the apples from the orchard are considered transitional fruit. Transitional fruit cannot be sold as certified organically grown. Q. How are organic apple growing and handling practices monitored? A. The NOP requires producers and handlers to submit an Organic System Plan. The plan must document the practices and procedures used, the materials they plan to use, the soil monitoring methods used to determine that soil and water quality are being maintained and improved and the records that are maintained. And, for growers who produce or handle both organic and conventional apples, the procedures that are in place to prevent commingling of the products. An annual update of the system plan must also be submitted each year. Q. Are organic apple orchards and packing facilities inspected? A. It is mandatory that organic orchards and packing facilities be inspected every year. The Washington State Department of Agriculture conducts these inspections. During the certification process, random samples are collected to verify compliance with organic production standards. Growers must submit soil tests every three years. Q. Do organic practices involve or include genetically modified organisms? A. No. Genetically modified organisms are not allowed under organic regulations. Q. How do I know my apples are grown organically? A. Look at the stickers on the apples and watch for signs in the supermarket. Along with the national organic standards, the USDA developed strict labeling rules to help consumers know the exact organic content of the food they buy. The USDA Organic seal (see below) tells you that a product is at least 95 percent organic. However, apple growers may or may not use the full USDA Organic seal, the certified organic apples may simply have “certified organic” on the existing sticker. Q. What is Organic? A. Organic refers to the way agricultural products are grown and processed. Organic food production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility through the use of biological pest control, rather than chemical. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation. Core Facts

Organic Washington Apple Facts • Washington apple growers currently produce over 6 million boxes of certified organic apples. Washington State cultivates 14,309 acres of certified organic orchards, compared to 7,642 just 4 years ago. • The United States is the leading organic apple producer in the world, with Washington State growing more than 80 percent of U.S. certified organic apples. • Organic Washington apples are available in every key variety – Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Braeburn, Cripps Pink, Cameo® and Honeycrisp™. • Each organic Washington apple is picked by hand. If you choose to buy organic Washington apples, read the sticker on the apples to ensure the apples are certified USDA organic. The National Organic Program The push to standardize organic certification nationwide started in 1990 when Congress passed the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA). The OFPA required the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national standards for organically produced agricultural products to assure consumers that those products meet consistent, uniform standards. In response to these demands, the USDA created the National Organic Program (NOP). NOP standards offer a national definition for the term organic. They detail the methods, practices and substances that can be used in producing and handling organic crops, livestock, and processed products. Beginning in 1988, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) had been certifying orchards under the state’s organic food laws. When the USDA created the national program, the WSDA was accredited to certify orchards, processors and handlers under the national program. Good Reasons to Buy Organic Apples • Organic orcharding protects future generations • Organic apples meet stringent standards • Organic apples taste great • Organic production reduces health risks from chemicals • Organic orchards respect our water resources • Organic growers build healthy soil • Organic growers work with nature • Organic growers are leaders in innovative research • Organic growers strive to preserve biodiversity • Organic orcharding keeps communities healthy • Organic orcharding saves energy • Organic orcharding helps small growers

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Women in ag workshop By Michelle Lovato Staff Writer WENATCHEE -- Leaders of Washington State University Extension’s Women in Ag program will present its women in agriculture specialty workshop Feb. 11 featuring two keynote speakers and local panel discussions. Keynote speakers will be broadcast across the state to 16 site locations set to host the day-long event. One of the two keynote speakers is Lyn Garling, owner/operator of Over the Moon Farm, a 26-acre grass-based farm in central Pennsylvania. “The average age of women farmers in Washington is 50 years old. They are farming a little later in life and overcoming obstacles. Lynn’s talk is ‘Farming as a Woman: My Own Private Reality Show!,’ so I think a lot of people can relate, Chelan/Douglas counties WSU Women in Agriculture Director, Margaret A. Veibrock said.” The second speaker is Rita Emmett, who was born the world’s greatest procrastinator, has converted and is now a “Recovering Procrastinator.” She is adamant that procrastination is NOT a personality flaw or a character trait, it is simply a habit. At the end of the seminar, each location will hold its own discussion panel featuring topics that revolve around risk management.

“They will be different types of topics that are important to people that come with handling risk: Finances, health, employees, and marketing,” she said. When the broadcast speakers and through, local leaders will host a panel discussion led by three women producers or farmers who will answer questions relative to their businesses. Each speaker will offer attendees a take-home message and a handout that will help attendees develop an action plan. “Women learn differently than men,” said Viebrock. “They like to connect with other women farmers in sharing experiences, knowledge and resources. Women like to share resources, like how they learned about setting up page, what worked or what didn’t work or their knowledge of a vendor where they were able to find a good price, she said. Wo m e n fa r m e r s s h ow a heightened interest in customer and end-product satisfaction, Viebrock said.

ket your products? 5. What are your biggest risks and how do you deal with those risks? 6. What was one of the biggest challenges you faced and how did you overcome it? 7. What have you learned that has helped you to be successful? 8. How do you stay current in your profession (technology, markets, production methods, etc.)? 9. What, if anything, has been unique about being a female producer?

Panel discussion questions are:

Ferry County (509) 799-4434

1. What do you grow/produce/ value-added? 2. What is your role in the operation? 3. How long have you been involved in the operation and how did you get involved in the operation? 4. How and where do you mar-

Even though the name indicates Women in Agriculture, all agricultural producers are welcome to attend. The day begins at 8 a.m. and cost $25. There are no credits available for this workshop. For more information visit WomenInAg.


Okanogan County (509) 634-2305 A complete locations list is available at WomenInAg.wsu. edu.

Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up extended to Jan. 27 Submitted by Jenn VanEps NRCS - Spokane SPOKANE – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) recently announced that the cut-off date for the current Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) ranking period has been extended to Jan. 27, 2012. Producers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship are eligible for CSP payments. “Since the voluntary conservation practices offered through CSP are an essential part of our effort to improve soil and water quality, we want to be sure producers have enough time to complete their applications for

the first ranking period,” said assistant State Conservationist, Lacey Gaw of the sign-up extension. The original cut-off date for application was January 13, 2012. CSP provides many conservation benefits including improved water and soil quality, enhanced wildlife habitat and conservation activities that address the effects of climate change. CSP is offered through the NRCS in all 50 states, tribal lands and the Pacific and Caribbean areas through continuous signups. Producers are encouraged to apply for CSP throughout the year to be considered for current and future application ranking periods. Those who apply by January 27, 2012, may be eligible

for current available funding. Eligible lands include cropland, pastureland, rangeland and nonindustrial forestland. A CSP self-screening checklist is available to help producers determine if CSP is suitable for their operation. The checklist highlights basic information about CSP eligibility requirements, contracts obligations and potential payments and is available at local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service offices or on the NRCS Web site at wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/ programs/financial/csp. Learn more about CSP and other NRCS programs at http:// nrcs/main/national/programs.

Save water, save energy, save money Submitted by Kirsten Cook Conservation Educator Okanogan Conservation Dist. OKANOGAN - The Okanogan Conservation District has programs to help agricultural producers increase efficiency and save some money along the way. The Save Water Save Energy program is a partnership with Bonneville Power Ad m i n i st r at i o n ( B PA ) a n d local utilities. The program targets on-farm energy efficiency, especially irrigation and lighting. Energy efficiency is the lowest cost source of new energy. BPA’s target goal for energy savings is 0.25 to 0.33 average megawatts of the total agricultural load statewide. To achieve these energy savings, BPA is offering incentives through local utilities for agricultural producers to implement a wide variety of energy-

saving measures. There are many small changes to your irrigation system that can make a big difference in efficiency. Worn out sprinkler nozzles and gaskets can lead to inefficient application of water, leaks, soil erosion, unnecessary energy usage, and unnecessary costs through pumping too much water. Rebates are available for several sprinkler hardware upgrades and repairs. Rebates for other irrigation pumping improvements, such as variable frequency drives, NEMA premium efficiency motors, and custom pump modifications, may be available through the program as well. So far, irrigators working with the Okanogan Conservation District have received close to $500 in rebates and will be saving 3,004 kilowatt hours per year and nearly 6 acre-feet of water thanks to the

improvements made to their system. The District is looking for additional projects, including orchards with solid-set systems. If you are thinking about replacing or repairing parts of your agricultural irrigation system contact us today to arrange a site visit with our Field Energy Analyst, Bob Clark. He will conduct an energy assessment of your system, determine which rebates you are eligible to receive and evaluate which rebates would provide you with the most money and energy savings. Please note that funding for the program is limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Bob Clark at (509) 4220855 ext. 122 or email bobc@ Save water, save energy, and save money by signing up for this exciting program today.


Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune • January 26, 2012

Researchers, growers revolutionize cherry harvesting Washington State University scientists are reinventing cherry production. A fouryear, multi-state project underway produced a good crop of ideas in its first 12 months, making the industry ripe for revolutionary renovation. Matt Whiting is passionate about his work. Whiting, who is associate professor of horticulture at Washington State University’s Prosser research Center, leads the team of cherry researchers. WSU research teams were awarded more than $15 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants aimed at specialty crops such as tree fruit, wine grapes and potatoes. Whiting’s team received $3.8 million for “A Total Systems Approach to Developing a Sustainable, Stem-free Sweet Cherry Production, Processing and Marketing System.” Collaborators include cherry breeder Nnadozie Oraguzie; biological systems engineer Qin Zhang; Fran Pierce, director of WSU’s Center for Precision Agricultural Systems; plant physiologist and genomicist Amit Dhingra; and food scientist Carolyn Ross. Additional team members are made up of growers and producers from Washington,

Michigan, Oregon and California. Below are the objectives, su m m a r y a n d f i n d i n g s o f the group’s first year of research. Long-term goal • Our team and stakeholder’s long-term goal of developing a highly efficient, sustainable sweet cherry production, processing, and marketing system entails a comprehensive and integrative research and extension project with the following objectives: Objective • Develop high efficiency, productive angled fruit wall orchard systems Year One Milestone • Planted test orchards with collaborators in California, Oregon and Washington; toured established test orchards; refined management strategies focused on orchard establishment; initiated development of outreach material. Objective • Establish the genetic basis for sweet cherry abscission Year One Milestone • Phenotyped cherry cultivars and advanced breeding selections for pedicel-fruit retention force and fruit texture/ flavor attributes; documented expression of known abscis-

sion genetic pathways in sweet cherry. Objective • Improve labor efficiency and safety by developing mechanical and/or mechanicalassist harvest technologies Year One Milestone • The USDA mechanical harvester and shake and catch mechanical assist upgraded and field-tested. Picker Technologies LLC transport system prototype built and preliminary tests completed. All systems field-tested for efficiency and impact on harvest efficiency and fruit quality. Field demonstrations of harvest technologies conducted. Objective • Extend shelf life/consumer appeal of sweet cherries Year One Milestone • Study effects of modified atmosphere packaging on fruit quality and shelf life; studied effects of harvest technology on fruit quality and shelf life. Objective • Develop markets for stemfree sweet cherries and determine optimum shelf life for stem-free sweet cherries. Year Milestone Study consumers’ perceptions of stemmed verses stemfree cherries and willingness to pay; conduct test marketing with retail partners; evaluate effects of modified atmosphere packaging on consumers’ perceptions of cherries. Objective • Analyze system profitability, market potential, and

develop economic models for outreach and adoption Year One Milestone Identify and convene growers of small- medium- andlarge sized farms to estimate each farm’s production costs; collaborate with coPDs to ensure experimental designs that are adequate to collect economic data on harvest technologies; collect economic data on harvest technologies. The project’s overall goal is to have every professional in the U.S. sweet cherry valuechain to be familiar with the project’s progress or know where to find out. The researchers plan is integral and flexible and integrates th total value chain. Outreach has been delivered to target audiences through a variety of traditional and innovative mechanisms including: Presentations, Field demos,Tours of grower-collaborator orchards and Radio interviews. As well as a dynamic website including One- A World War II era poster encourages citizens to help with the page summaries of research harvest in Central Washington. A copy of the poster is on display results,Searchable photo jour- at the Oroville Depot Museum. nals, videos of presentations, demonstrations, blogs. wikistype technology for PD’s to work on documents collaboratively online publications in popular press and extension bulletins and social media outreach including a Facebook Page, Twitter, Youtube, Flickr and Vimeo accounts. For a complete copy of this report visit

Washington Apple Education Foundation scholarship deadline approaches Submitted by Jennifer Witherbee Executive Director, WAEF

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WENATCHEE - The deadline for students to return complet ed scholarship applications to the Washington Apple Education Foundation (WAEF) is approaching. Completed WAEF scholarship applications must be postmarked by March 1, 2012 to qualify for 2012-13 school year scholarships. Graduating high school seniors and students currently enrolled in college may be eligible for over $400,000 expected to be awarded by WAEF this year. The scholarship application

is available at under the websiteís scholarship menu. This is also where interested students can go to learn more about award qualifications. The WAEF expects to award approximately 150 scholarships this year to students raised in Washingtonís fruit growing regions. For more information, contact the WAEF at (509) 663-7713 or WAEF is the charity of Washingtonís tree fruit industry. Founded in 1994, the organization has assisted hundreds of students attend college and invested in educational opportunities for K-12 and adults in local communities.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, January 26, 2012  

January 26, 2012 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

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