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NVH seeks ways to deal with Assisted Living costs BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - When North Valley Hospital CEO Linda Michel, CFO Helen Verhasselt and the Board of Commissioners tried to find data for a time when running the Assisted Living facility was profitable, it turned out there was no such data for any time within the last seven years. As Chief Financial Officer Verhasselt discussed at the Thursday, Nov. 29 Board of Commissioners meeting, and Michel detailed further in an interview several days later, any answers to getting Assisted Living into the black won’t come from looking at the past. But if past precedent doesn’t offer any answers, the future is murky thanks to such things as budget cuts that may or may not come thanks to the sequestration (the “fiscal cliff ”), additional cuts likely to come through the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “Obamacare”); and further cuts contained in the Jobs Creation Act. “We are not saying that we’re closing,” Michel said. “But we are asking the community if anyone has any ideas. We’re in the middle of it. We see it every day, and maybe someone from the outside can see things more clearly than we can. “We need to do something quickly, though.”

About one-hundred people came out to the Oroville Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony last Saturday evening at Centennial Park, including Santa and Mrs. Claus. The jolly old elf arrived on a firetruck courtesy of the Oroville Fire Department and stayed to listen to the Christmas wishes of all the good little boys and girls. After the lighting ceremony, which was sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce, many people went to Vicki’s Back Door Club to enjoy the 50s Dance with Project 315 performing. The event was a fundraiser for the North Valley Community Schools and included hoola hoop and dance contests. Members of the Okanogan International Choir led those at the lighting ceremony in holiday songs.

The past As detailed in letter accompanying this article from the NVH Assisted Living Committee, the Assisted Living facility has lost about $100,000 or more for all but one of the last seven years, and this year’s anticipated loss of nearly $200,000 more than makes up for the relatively good year of 2011, which saw it “only” $56,000 in the red. Nearly all of the patients in Assisted Living are Medicare patients, meaning that NVH is reimbursed a fixed amount for each day of residency. That amount $59 to $60 per day - is far less than what is required to run the facility, which has fluctuated between $80 and $100 per patient per day depending on how many beds are filled. Even if it was filled to capacity -- which it is not -- Assisted Living as it is currently set up has no way to break even.

What lies ahead One way or another, budget cuts are coming that will have a direct effect on North Valley Hospital, although in not all cases is it clear what cuts will affect whom. * Through this year, the hospital has

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Sen. Bob Morton announces retirement BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OLYMPIA – After more than two decades in the state senate, Sen. Bob Morton (R-7th District) announced he will retire at the first of the new Sen. Bob Morton year. In the announcement, made Wednesday, Nov. 28, Morton said, “It has been an honor to serve in the Washington State Senate for the past 22 years. I thank the people of the 7th Legislative District for the opportunity to represent them. I appreciate their support and insight into how we could make our district and state a better place for future generations.” Morton first came to the Washington Sate legislature as a representative in 1990, serving there until he filled the

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seat of outgoing Senator Scott Barr in 1994. “I’d also like to recognize the dedicated support of my legislative assistant, Kim Cusick. Without her help it wouldn’t have been possible to U.S. Rep. Cathy serve the people McMorris Rodgers of my district in such a way,” said Morton in announcing his retirement. “I plan to serve as senator until January 1, 2013. I am looking forward to retirement and spending more time at home with my family in the beautiful 7th District.” Morton is the reining Republican for natural resources issues in the Senate Energy, Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee and serves as a member of the Senate Environment

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Tonasket weighs cuts to city budget BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Unlike some other government entities, the City of Tonasket can’t spend millions of dollars more than it collects in revenues. So, faced with rising costs and sinking tax collections, the Tonasket City Council is facing the reality of slashing its budget while still trying to provide city services. That was the discussion that took place at the Tuesday, Nov. 27, council meeting, when the council set the guidelines for City Clerk Alice Attwood to put together the 2013 budget. Savings will come primarily from a reduction in on-call hours paid to the Tonasket Police (a 14 percent cut), the temporary elimination of a parks position (13 percent cut) and a 26 percent cut from finance. The budget would include a 1.7 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for city employees but would forgo a

hoped-for 3 percent raise, and would retain the same level of health care coverage during the upcoming year. “It (the budget) will be significantly less this year than it was last year,” said council member Scott Olson, who served on the finance committee with council member Jill Vugteveen. “We are looking at places we can cut. But at the same time, after our discussions last year the 1.7% COLA ... we needed to keep the wages equal, so we don’t end up in a hole (as far as competitive pay goes) again.” “We’re not assuming that the departments haven’t been responsible,” Vugteveen said. “We just found some areas that we can fine tune. “The police department is a tough one because you have certain special situations that need some double coverage there, and that kind of stuck out to us. That’s going to be difficult to control based on the circumstances that arrive.” Council member Jean Ramsey said she felt that rising health care costs needed to

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be addressed. “Chances are (revenues) not going to get much better any time quick,” Ramsey said. “When does health care and the discussion on that come in? Because we can’t continue to raise rates to keep up with that.” Insurance rates are projected to rise $35 per person for the 11 city employees. Barring unforeseen issues, the council will vote on the city budget at its Dec. 11 meeting.

The city has gotten positive review on the new crossing light recently installed at the corner of Second and Whitcomb, at the North Valley Hospital. The solarpowered, push-button lights were installed after the city received funding for the project from the Federal Highway Administration through the Washington State Department of Transportation.

Danison researches pool options

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City Planner Kurt Danison (Highlands Associates), during his report to the council, said that he had done some research and made some contacts that could prove useful in getting a new local swimming pool built.

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Talk to an Attorney about DREAMer Deferred Action by Paula Martinez NW Immigrant Rights Project

OMAK Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and partners will present a free workshop aimed at helping community members understand and access the Obama Administration’s DREAMer “Deferred Action” program application process The workshop will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Omak United Methodists Church, 130 Cedar St North, Omak. Following a short presentation, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to consult with an attorney or accredited representative about their individual situation and have their forms and supplemental documents reviewed before submitting their application materials. The program, “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Process” (DACA), removes the threat of deportation for as many as 40,000 youth in Washington State who came to the United States before the age of 16, have lived in the United States for five years before June 15 and meet certain other

CORRECTION In one of last week’s District Court stats we reported that Gerald Gudgel, 64, Tonasket, was charged with theft in the

requirements. The workshop is being coorganized by NWIRP, the Washington Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and local partners. Participants are being encouraged to come to the workshop with as much of their documentation as possible and with application forms completed as much as possible. However, volunteers will be available to assist those who have not been able to prepare forms ahead of time. Volunteer and NWIRP staff attorneys will supervise the workshop throughout. No pre-registration is required for this free event. For more information about “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival Process” (DACA), visit NWIRP’s Community Advisory: ht t p : / / nw i r p. o r g / d o m a i n s / nwirp.org/UDocuments/ Announcements/Community AdvisoryDeferredAction.pdf and for information about NWIRP and other organizations’ efforts, view our Washington DREAMer Fact Sheet: http:// nwirp.org/Documents/ Resources/DREAM/ WADREAMerFactSheet.pdf.

third degree. We erroneously omitted that the charges were dismissed with prejudice by the court. The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune regrets the error.

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Jim Richards and Lynn Hoover audition for main roles for “Spamalot” on Nov. 17 at the Omak Performing Arts Center. Richards earned the role of Patsy and Hoover will play the Lady of the Lake.

Kim Harriman and Betsy Rainsford try for mail roles for “Spamalot” on Nov. 17 at the Omak Performing Arts Center. Harriman, who is also the producer, will play Not Dead Fred and The Black Knight and Rainsford will perform as the Historian.

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OMAK - Hear ye, hear ye! Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus seeks performers for its 2013 spring musical, “Spamalot.” Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” Spamalot is a 2005 Tony award winning musical, telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table...with some hilarious twists. The film features killer rabbits, beautiful show girls, cows, French people and more that “raises silliness to an art form” accord-

ing to the Sunday Times. Auditions for the OVOC musical will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Omak Performing Arts Center, 20 N. Cedar St. Leading up to auditions, scripts can be reviewed at the public libraries in Omak, Twisp, Brewster, Tonasket and Chelan. Copies can be made, but scripts cannot be removed. Those interested in auditioning should also prepare a song. Those wishing to audition for the Lady of the Lake should be prepared to sing “The Diva’s Lament: What Happened to My Part.” Men who wish to be considered for King Arthur, Lancelot, Galahad,

Bedevere or Robin, should be prepared to sing, “The Song That Goes Like This” and those interested in the part of Hubert should prepare “His Name is Lancelot.” Contact Judy Johnston, Kim Harriman or Don Pearce to get a copy of the sheet music. Auditions begin at 10 a.m. with registration. Registration forms will require a detailed list of availability, so schedules should be brought to consult. Doors will open a half-hour early for those who wish to meet with the accompanist. The schedule continues with a mandatory meeting at 10:20 a.m.,

then with vocal and dance auditions lasting until approximately 4 p.m. Those auditioning should bring lunches as the break may be short. The cast will include 15-20 men and 8-10 women. No children are in the cast. Anyone high school age or older is encouraged to audition. Director is Judy Johnston, producer is Kim Harriman and conductor is Don Pearce. “Spamalot” performances are slated for May 10-12 and 17-19, 2013. More information is at www. ovocinfo.com.

School Levy election ‘good news’ By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – Under “Good News and Announcements” at the Monday, Nov. 26 Oroville School Board meeting Superintendent Steve Quick pointed to the $1.2 million capital levy passage. “It means we can put a new roof on the elementary... that’s really good news,” said Supt. Quick. “What are we going to do with all those garbage cans in the hall?” asked teacher Doug Kee, referring to the cans used to catch the drips from the leaky roof. Quick also gave his Superintendent’s Report, saying he and three board members – Rocky

DeVon, Todd Hill and Travis Loudon – had recently attended several workshops. “They had one on how to pass levies... there were some great workshops,” Quick said. The superintendent said the district had also been working with a policy consultant. “The consultant recommended closing the campus (at lunch time). Even though I think it would be a good idea due to safety and other issues, I’m not sure how well it would go over with the kids and community. So unless you say otherwise the policy will remain as is,” Quick said to the board. Student Board Representative Ruben Renfroe reported that fall

sports had ended. “Football did pretty well and winter sports are kicking off. Wrestling is going strong and we have some pretty good basketball teams,” he said. In her report, Elementary School Principal Joan Hoehn said Parent Teacher Conferences had been completed and were “pretty successful” with more than 80 percent participation. She said the PTO was helping the older elementary students learn countries and the younger ones the states. “The Missoula Children’s Theatre gave 44 students a chance to participate. Every student that tried out got a part... they could

have used even more kids,” said Hoehn. “We want to thank the Booster Club for their continued support,” added Hoehn. Coaches Stacy Hinze, Tam Hutchinson, Laura Kinman and Doug Kee reported on the fall sports seasons for volleyball, football, girls soccer and cross country, respectively. Director Amy Wise motioned to approve a consent agenda for several items. These included approving Heather Burnell as a substitute/paraprofessional and John Hilderbrand as a substitute custodian. The first reading of the 3000 series of Board Policies and Action Plan was also approved.


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hospital | FROM A1 been able to write off 100 percent of its bad debt and charity care. Beginning in 2013, it will only be able to write off 88 percent of those expenses on their cost report, meaning lower reimbursements from Medicare; * Critical Access Hospitals will see a one percent drop in Medicare reimbursements in 2013 as one of the effects of Obamacare; * If Congress chooses to “go off the fiscal cliff ” that will mean another two percent cut to Medicare reimbursements; * Cuts to Medicare are matched by cuts to Medicaid. The net effect is that Assisted Living will receive less direct funding through those reimbursements, and the profitable divisions of NVH will be less able to support

the non-profitable divisions such as Assisted Living. “They’re kind of vague about those (Obamacare) cuts,” Michel said. “So we don’t that the Medicaid cut would affect Assisted Living. But they will affect our revenueproducing departments that are supporting that business. “A three percent cut -- we don’t know, it could be more that. You cannot decipher those pages of Obamacare. That’s what we use the American Hospital Association for, and they are going through those and trying to figure out what kind of impact it will have on Critical Access Hospitals. We do know that we can’t continue to do business the way we have been.” The board also expressed no desire to close the facility.

morton | FROM A1 Committee. He also served on several special committees including the Western Legislative Forestry Task Force, in which he is a past chairman and the Council of State Governments River Governance Committee. His community involvement has included Citizens for a Great Northwest; Kettle River Grange; Washington State Grange; Washington State Pilot’s Association; Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association; Washington Cattlemen’s Association; Washington State Farm Bureau; Cattle Producers of Washington. An avid pilot, it was not unusual for the senator to fly into the various parts of his vast and rural district, including landing on Spectacle Lake near Loomis to watch the fish planting. He and his wife, Linda, live in Kettle Falls and have been residents and property owners in the Seventh District since 1970. They have five grown children: Bettina,

Laura, Shawn, Scott, Roxanne, and eleven grandchildren. “Thank you for affording Linda and myself the opportunity to serve these past 22 years,” he said. In his letter making the announcement, the senator wrote, “This is the time for me to retire from the legislative district..., thereby opening the door for new leadership in the senate to take on the responsibility to learn the legislative process and get to know the ‘movers and shakers’ of the state.” Washington State Republican Party Chairman Kirby Wilbur released a statement on Morton’s retirement on the day of the announcement, “I would like to thank Senator Morton for his 22 years of faithful service to both the Seventh Legislative District and the State of Washington. He will be greatly missed, however after two decades in Olympia, he has certainly earned the right to relax a bit. “The Washington State

council | FROM A1 “It’s something I have a hard time letting go of,” Danison said. “There are people in the community that are interested, but there doesn’t seem to be a lot of synergy.” Danison said he knew of at least one area family that was willing to donate a significant amount of money to the project and said that one option to manage funding was to look into a community foundation such as the Community Foundation of North Central Washington in Wenatchee. He also had spoken to representatives of Pool World of Spokane, which he said built a $1.5 million, 25-meter, five-lane pool in Davenport. As a result, he said he would be receiving “guesstimates” for several options of pool design. “These would only be for the pool, and not for any landscaping or building,” Danison said. “It’s something that could be used to set fundraising targets.” He also said, as had been brought up at several city council meetings over the summer, that the cost of any sort of indoor pool would be prohibitive. “It would be exponentially worse (as far as cost),” Danison said. “It’s more expensive to design, to build and to maintain. We’re too far north to be able to use an air-supported dome (that might extend the pool use season). What I’m thinking of (as workable) is a five-lane, 25-meter pool.” In addition to the community’s desire to see a new pool built, the council received notice from the Recreation Conservation District. To comply with the original project agreement that provided funding for the now-condemned pool to be built, the amended RCO agreement calls for “up to five years for the city to plan and raise funds for a renovation or replacement of the facility.”

The City is to keep the RCO informed of its progress.

Also... The council moved its Tuesday, Jan. 8, meeting to Wednesday, Jan. 9. That meeting will also include a public hearing regarding the proposed Bonaparte Creek/Mill Drive

“Most of these Medicaid patients have nowhere else to go,” said commissioner Lael Duncan. “If it closed down, they’d be out on the street. There’s got to be a way to build some energy around that. There must be some way to bring the situation to light. We’re not the only ones in the county having this problem.” Even with bringing pressure to bear on legislators, additional government funding may not be forthcoming given the current pressures on state and federal budgets. “So much is up in the air,” Verhasselt said. “We have to set our budget ahead of time. But (Congress) can change mid-year. It probably won’t get better. If anything, it will get worse. With all the rules and regulations, we actually need to add staff. There is nowhere else to cut.” Republican party will move quickly to ensure a fast and efficient nominating process, so that the Seventh LD may have a senator in place and ready to go before the beginning of the new legislative session.” U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who took Morton’s place in the state House when Morton became senator, also commented on her mentor’s retirement. “Bob Morton is a close friend, a mentor, an outstanding leader and the reason I went into public service in the first place. It was Bob who gave me my start in politics – hiring me as his campaign manager, then bringing me to Olympia to serve as his Legislative Aide, then recommending me to replace him as State Rep. once he moved to the senate,” said McMorris Rodgers. “As an elected official, I’ve worked with him on countless issues, and his advice and friendship have been invaluable. He has done an outstanding job in the Legislature for the last 22 years, and there is no question he will be missed. I wish Bob and Linda all the best in their next adventures.”

annexation, which could receive its final approval from the council following. Ramsey also reported that feedback on the new crossing light at the intersection of Whitcomb and Also, the council approved a floating holiday, Monday, Dec. 24, for city staff. The Tonasket City Council will next meet on Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the council chambers at the Tonasket City Hall.

Assisted Living Committee requests input To the Communities of Okanogan County: North Valley Hospital Assisted Living continues to struggle to be financially viable. We have put together a team to evaluate the Assisted Living Facility and make recommendations regarding its future to the Board of Commissioners. In an effort to solicit assistance from the community, the North Valley Assisted Living Team would like to share our current findings and challenges with you. We began by reviewing the historical data from the Assisted Living for the last seven years. We were hoping to find a time of profitability in the past, so that we might take that data and apply it to today’s business model. Unfortunately, we found the following: Table 1: Year (Loss) 2006 ($112,601) 2007 ($111,081) 2008 ($116,581) 2009 ($99,877) 2010 ($126,826) 2011 ($56,640) 2012 (annualized) ($197,702) As you can see by the information above in Table 1, the Assisted Living has historically operated at a loss. It s not just the lack of residents that affects this deficit, but also the payments the Assisted Living receives from Medicaid. It does not matter what the set monthly charge is: Medicaid pays us $59 to $60 (per resident) per day, and we have to write off the rest (called “contractuals.”) Table 2 Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 (annualized)

Avg. Residents* Cost/Day/Resident 26.04 $82.47 25.17 $90.65 27.12 $91.15 26.57 $92.05 26.68 $86.99 23.70 $99.66

*Total possible resident rooms = 32 $59 to $60 a day sounds like a lot when totaled for a month but consider this: with the current resident average of 24, it costs $99.96 per resident per day to provide care, food and housing. We have done everything possible to contain our cost per day per resident and according to Table 2 above have done well in this area. However, even at full capacity (32 residents) the cost per patient per day would be $74.97. Considering this information, and our average resident occupancy, it is easy to see why we have experienced a loss these past seven years. The economics of the county has an effect on all our lines of business, but especially the Assisted Living. We have a large population in the county that depends on Medicaid for their health care needs. A small number of the Assisted Living residents are self-pay, which affords us a slightly higher financial benefit than Medicaid residents. However, due to the economic situation as well as the historical data of residents in the Assisted Living, we do not ever expect to have a larger number of self-pay residents. We have considered selling to a private company but have been told be several that due to the history of loss in Assisted Living it would be a bad investment for a private company. We cannot sustain services that are not profitable, continue to pay our debts and have financially viable hospital services for our communities. We are taking the small amount of money we make on other services to cover the lines of business that are not making money such as Assisted Living. The Assisted Living Committee asks for your suggestions on how to sustain this service for the communities we serve. While we do not expect to make money we would expect to at least break even. We invite you to call Linda Michel at (509) 486-3160 with any suggestions or points of discussion regarding the profitability of this service. Your help is needed! Sincerely The North Valley Assisted Living Committee Linda Michel, CEO, North Valley Hospital Linda Holden, Long Term Care Senior Leader Jana Symonds, PFS Senior Leader Helen Verhasselt, CFO Jan Gonzales, Human Resources Senior Leader Clarice Nelson, Board of Commissioners Lael Duncan, Board of Commissioners

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Okanogan Valley Life Just horsin’ around at Tonasket Winterfest

Quill and Barley Hyde brought out plenty of smiles by providing free horse rides on their massive mobile carousel, A Cavallo.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as Tonasket Rodeo Queen Karlie Henneman and Okanogan County Junior Rodeo Association queen Trinity DeJong, fielded the Christmas gift requests of many of Tonasket’s children.

Even in the rain and in the dark, the woodcutting contest went on at Tonasket’s Winterfest on Nov. 30. Contest winners included: 1st Place Adults: Kert Laurent and Juan Castenada, 0:53; 2nd Place Adults: Keith Montanye and Jordan Montanye, 1:02; 3rd Place Adults: Andy Koehn and Luke Kresek, 1:28; 1st Place Kids: Jordan Sackman and Riley Morris, 0:35; 2nd Place Kids: Quincy Vassar and Reese Vassar, 0:52; 3rd Place Kids: Jayden Griffen and Khemo Neal, 0:54

Tonasket’s volunteer firefighters were kept busy providing rides to kids and parents on Tonasket’s fire trucks at Winterfest.

Omak Stampede Queen Breanna Howell of Tonasket hosted craft and story time at the Tonasket Library during Winterfest on Friday, Nov. 30

Tonasket’s three 2013 rodeo queens - (l-r) Breanna Howell (Omak Stampede), Karlie Henneman (Tonasket Founders Day Rodeo) and Trinity DeJong (Okanogan County Junior Rodeo Association) - enjoy the A Cavallo equines at Winterfest on Nov. 30.

Santa Claus arrives on a Tonasket fire engine to Winterfest celebrations on Friday, Nov. 30.

Ephraim Brown loses himself in his creative sculptures, which were on display (and for sale) at the CCC’s bazaar over the weekend.

There’s nothing like riding a horse on the Hydes’ mobile carousel, A Cavallo.


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THE TOWN CRIER In life, change is the only constant We were surprised by the announcement that state Senator Bob Morton was retiring as of the first of the year. It seems like Bob has always been our senator here in the seventh district, and he has been for the past 22 years. If you’re old enough you can cast your mind back quite a ways and remember when he followed in the footsteps of Sen. Scott Barr, who also represented the seventh district for many years. Anyway, even if your politics didn’t always match up with Bob’s, he really did try to represent the feelings of the majority of the folks who lived in his district. He fought hard for farmers and ranchers and those that wanted to put the natural resources of the district to work. He was a strong advocate of water and property rights. And rather than just accept that there was one way to solve the salmon issue and dams, he personally experimented with ways of rearing salmon in buckets in streams. His 2011 Salmon Report: Salmon in Washington State (http://www.senaterepublicans.wa.gov/morton/2011SalmonReport. pdf ) is an interesting read. We were unaware Out of that he had been a hunting and fishing guide My Mind in both Washington State an Alaska. We were Gary A. DeVon also unaware that Alaska used a model of private hatcheries to help build their salmon populations. Bob was always friendly and willing to listen, he has some big shoes for the state’s Republican party to try and fill. He will be missed in the seventh district.

Hospital Health Our hospital district always seems to have something ailing it. Nearly three decades ago it overcame a a heavy financial crisis. With today’s warrants still high it has a ways to go before it’s back in the black again. Under the last administration, separating the district into different divisions seemed to help with reimbursements, especially with longterm care. Further efforts by the current administration have continued to chop away at the nearly $2 million in warrants still owed. Of particular concern is the state of health of the Assisted Living facility. The latest analysis indicates that it is hemorrhaging money – unable to take in enough money through Medicaid, which most of the residents rely on to cover the actual costs associated with running the facility. And with uncertainty about the future regarding government reimbursements for the other divisions in the district it’s hard to see how the district can go on subsidizing assisted living. The hospital district hasn’t said it will close down the assisted living, no one wants that, but it is looking for ideas to try and keep it financially viable. That’s kind of the way things were when the nursing home (extended care) was in trouble. Hopefully someone, or some group, will step up with an idea on par with the one that helped to save the nursing home.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Buying local important, satisfying Dear Gary, Thank you for your excellent editorial on the importance of buying local, including food. It’s supportive of neighbors, community building and just plain satisfying. I love sending gifts to family members that were made by people I know, right here in my county. And I really love serving a meal made entirely of food raised in my town. We have a local organization that supports local consumption of local agricultural food products: Slow Food Okanogan. Our Slow Food group has brought the county four all-local feasts in the last four years. Our next meeting is December 10, in Tonasket. Anyone interested can call me at (509) 486-1199. M Clare Paris, Cheesemaker Larkhaven Farmstead Sheep Cheeses www.larkhavenfarm.com Tonasket

Attempting to steal Christmas Dear Editor, To the sorry individual that cut down a blue spruce tree in my front lawn last night, Dec 2. You’ve stolen a tree I planted nine years ago in memory of my grandparents. You’d better not come back to steal some other shrubbery, as I’ve now put up a hidden camera.

Beware citizens of Oroville, if this person is that desperate to steal a Christmas tree they could buy at Princes for 20 bucks, what else are they willing to steal? Melissa Mills Oroville

More of the same, on steroids Dear Editor, Talking with my eight-year-old grandson while sitting in a hot tub at a motel in Oregon this past week was interesting and informative when our discussion was joined by an elderly “gentleman” from Kirkland Washington who was an Obama supporter. When asked what he liked about the president; the man concluded that as long as we have a pyramid-type political system someone has to be at the top. When asked what about the man’s record in the last four years he supported, the “gentleman” became increasingly angered, and upon leaving the hot tub said, “Well, now that the election is over, let’s shake hands, I’ll hug your elephant and you can kiss my ass.” Later, in the lobby the man still seemed upset, wouldn’t talk or respond to my greeting. This made me wonder, was this guy as upset with his candidate’s record as those of us who questioned it from the being were, or was this his way of “reaching across the isle” as a gesture of friendship, or is he just another angry white guy who is trying to support an angry almost black guy?

As a nation, we have been kissing the donkey for sometime now and we find ourselves facing another “fiscal cliff,” if congress doesn’t act by raising taxes. Is this new emergency a repeat of the last one? Only this time instead of saving the union vote/car companies, or banks we are saving the federal government from falling into the crater of waste and fraud that they created? But this is not news, is it? Just like guns “walking” across the border under the eyes of Eric Holder is not news, just like an ambassador being killed in Benghazi under the eyes of Barak Obama is not news, just like the lies we were told about the whole thing from the beginning is not news, just like the voter fraud, where some counties around the nation have reported 108-140 percent of the registered voters voted is not news, and voting machines that defaulted to Obama regardless of who the voter selected is not news, and where in some precincts the incumbent Marxist Muslim got

99% of the vote is not news…, (which beats the best record of any third world dictator for popular vote in an election). These things may run through the major media, but become about as much of a news item as the New York City Starbucks running out of pumpkin spice mix for their lattes prior to the week of Thanksgiving. After four years of Thug Government Chicago Style, we now have elected to see the sequel: Thug Government Chicago Style on Steroids. I was hoping that this nation had seen enough, after $16 trillion of debt, who knows how many lost jobs, thousands of businesses closing, forced healthcare and many other things that could be mentioned, but it looks like we need more. I think it was Casey Stengel who said after another horrible season as manager of the Mets, this team has showed me ways of losing that I never knew existed. The Mets did finally come around, will we? Steve Lorz Tonasket

Senate should pass hydropower improvements BY REP. CATHY MCMORRIS RODGERS (R-WA) & REP. DIANA DEGETTE (D-CO)

As Congress faces tough questions about our fiscal future, we also have a unique opportunity to advance bipartisan energy policy that will create jobs. Putting Americans to work by expanding the nation’s access to clean, affordable hydropower is a solution on which the House of Representatives already found consensus. Indeed, when we passed the Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act earlier this year, we acted unanimously — the only example of unanimity on an energy issue in this Congress. That is why we urge the Senate to take up and pass this hydropower legislation before the end of the year. Hydropower has provided the U.S. with affordable, reliable, sustainable energy for over 130 years. Today, hydropower makes up two-thirds of the nation’s renewable-electricity supply, and regions that get a majority

of their electricity from hydropower have on average the lowest electricity bills in the nation. Hydropower’s flexibility contributes to a more stable electric grid and enables integration of additional variable renewable resources. The Department of Energy reports that more than 12 gigawatts of capacity could be installed at our nation’s existing non-powered dams. That’s the equivalent of 12 nuclear power plants. In fact, only 3 percent of the country’s 80,000 dams currently have generation facilities. Many developers are also exploring smaller applications, including construction in engineered irrigation conduits. The potential of hydropower to create jobs is also enormous. A 2010 study conducted by the National Hydropower Association revealed that by utilizing currently untapped resources, the U.S. could add approximately 60,000 megawatts of new hydropower by 2025, creating up to 700,000 jobs in the

process. It is estimated that for every megawatt of new small hydropower installed at existing dams without hydropower, 5.3 jobs are created (including direct, indirect and induced jobs). With jobs still scarce for too many Americans, we should be looking at every opportunity to put Americans back to work. All of these factors make clear that Congress should be working to increase Americans’ access to hydropower. That is why we came together to collaborate on the HREA. It facilitates the development of small hydropower and conduit projects and studies the feasibility of a streamlined twoyear permitting process for other low-impact development. With minimal authorizations that are completely offset, the bill adds no costs to taxpayers. The unanimous passage of our bill in the House was a bright spot of bipartisan cooperation this year. Ten members of Congress from both parties joined us as sponsors of the bill. Both the National Hydropower

Association, the trade association that promotes the development of our hydropower resources, and American Rivers, the largest advocacy group dedicated to protecting the health of our nation’s waterways, testified in support of the legislation. But since passage, the HREA has stalled in the Senate. Without immediate Senate action, the 113th Congress will have to spend additional time and resources to reintroduce and advance policy we’ve already reached agreement on — time that would be better spent focusing on other important energy-related issues. The time is now for the Senate to approve these hydropower regulatory improvements. We must not pass up this opportunity for bipartisan energy legislation when the finish line is in sight. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is a Republican from Washington and chairman of the House Republican Conference. Rep. Diana DeGette is a Democrat from Colorado and chief deputy whip.

American Frontier’s needs are largely invisible BY DEBORAH E. POPPER AND FRANK J. POPPER

Absorbing its Western frontier gave 19th century America a core task. In 1890 the Census Bureau, which tracked frontier settlement, declared the job done. Yet the American frontier persists, its needs largely invisible. Today’s task is to recognize its survival and ensure its people and places get fair treatment. The 19th-century Census defined the frontier by population density. A place with under six people per square mile was frontier--a figure New York State already exceeded (barely) in 1790, the Census’ first year. Anywhere over that density was settled land. In its reporting, the Census mapped a north-south line separating the two zones that steadily moved westward. The 1880 line mostly ran along the 98th meridian and bulged west in Nebraska halfway across the state. But the 1890 Census found no clear edge: settlement mission accomplished. Contemporary understandings of progress meant the frontier would be sure to fill. The great historian Frederick Jackson Turner used the Census’ technical demographic decision about the frontier line’s disappearance to begin his hugely influential 1893 essay, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.” His declaration that the frontier was closed or quickly closing soon became a vital part of the American creed. Yet the American frontier

stayed mostly intact after 1890. Most of the land from the country’s midsection to the SierraCascades still has less than six people per square mile. Nearly all of Alaska and parts of the Appalachian Mountains and the North Woods from Maine to Minnesota also remain at frontier density. This vast remnant frontier has never drawn the national attention the pre-1890 one got. The New Mexico-based National Center for Frontier Communities (on whose board we serve) estimates that the frontier has approximately 5.6 million people, about 1.8 percent of the population on 46.7 percent of the land area. The NCFC definition, which depends on both density and distance from metropolitan areas, shows that people living in small, remote places with poor transportation and communication links to the rest of the country are disproportionately poor and elderly. Many Americans visit the frontier. It has the country’s best outdoor adventure and ecotourism—glorious national parks and inspiriting fly-fishing. All of us depend on its agriculture, energy, mining, and timber. But in important ways it remains invisible, not truly seen, its special needs overlooked. In some moods Americans romanticize the frontier as the last bastion of communityminded neighborliness, with a rural can-do spirit once exemplified by barn-raising. But that model does not serve the surviv-

ing American frontier. Many essential services urban/suburban Americans take for granted are costly and hard to deliver in isolated Western desert, plains, mountain, or forest settings that may have five-month winters or 115 degree summers. Frontier communities have trouble attracting or retaining doctors, nurses, teachers, and clergy. Their few professionals suffer from limited equipment, scant back-up, and meager pay. Frontier places need telemedicine, yet their broadband capacity and cell reception are frequently spotty. Frontier places often lack the resources for adequate law enforcement and fire protection, which have to cover vast areas with bad, hard-to-navigate roads. The frontier is a prime spot for meth labs, supremacist groups, and militias. It has space for waste-disposal services, but few resources to ensure safe disposal. Many frontier tourist and second-home areas experience big seasonal population swings that increase demands on their small public sectors. They must handle upticks in accidents or illnesses, rescue lost or overconfident hikers, and restrain hard-partying groups. They must satisfy visitors who put money into the local economy, but often less than they take from it. Longerterm population swings—say, for energy boomtowns--also strain local resources and finances. Housing, health, library, school, water, road, electric, and waste services must suddenly accom-

modate transients and newcomers. Frontier communities tend to have a small tax base, but many lack control of it because often they are tiny enclaves amid vast federal land holdings like national forests and parks. They must rely on a complex federal in-lieu of payment system with rates set in Washington. Frontier communities have difficulty seeking public- or private-sector funds. They have small staffs, few grant-writing skills, and some lack the computer capacity to submit their applications as demanded. Simple obstacles hold frontier communities back. The barriers are not deliberate. Americans mostly assume the frontier vanished. Therefore it cannot have distinctive issues or needs that demand unorthodox responses. Frontier justice once meant gunslingers and local lawmen, vigilantes and posses. It was often rough, terrible. Today we need a new kind of frontier justice, fairer national treatment for a vital but overlooked American place. Deborah E. Popper teaches geography at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and Graduate Center. Frank J. Popper teaches land-use planning at Rutgers University. They teach together at Princeton University. They can be reached at deborah.popper@csi.cuny.edu and fpopper@rutger.edu. They write as members of the American Geographical Society’s Writers Circle.


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Starting to be glove wearing weather Winding down 2012. I’ll soon have another candle on my birthday cake, except I just kinda let them slip by now. The new has kinda wore off birthdays, at this stage of the game. I’m glad to be alive and can still remember who I am and I cherish the many friends I’ve made over the years. What would we do without them? Our weather keeps getting a little bit nippier, telling us to find the other glove that goes with that one you’ve been keeping, hoping to find its mate. Who cares if they don’t match? They’ll still keep your hands warm. I’ve got an assortment of ear rings that I keep expecting the other one to show up, but it probably won’t happen. A hint. When putting on ear rings, don’t stand near the sink, ‘cause if you drop

Stew big part of bazaar’s success By Dolly Engelbretson Oroville Senior Center

OROVILLE - We have determined that the Bbazaar was a success, due in large part to the delicious beef stew prepared by Rolly and Carrie Clark who filled in for Walt Hart who was taking care of Vicki during her surgery on Thursday. Walt was prepared to fill in for Bob Hirst who was not quite up to the big job. Bob comes up with some great

Kids Christmas Party planned by Jo Standley Tonasket Eagles Aerie

Coming up on Saturday, Dec. 15th we are having our Eagles Christmas party. It is a pot luck so bring your favorite dish and a gift for a person of the same sex. Also on the 15th the Auxiliary is having their community Kids Christmas Party at the Tonasket High school,

one, it’s gone forever, well unless you have a plumber in the household. Are you gonna mail Christmas THIS & THAT cards this year? It’s Joyce Emry time to be thinking about it. If you have a computer it saves 45 cents each time you send your greetings by email and I understand the post office is once again raising the price of stamps. Do you remember “penny post cards?” Ah-ha! Then you’re as old as I am.

Some folks would try and write a two page letter on one post card, because after all, it did save two cents. The colder weather makes a hot bowl of soup inviting. Soup and salad are two things that should never be taken off a menu…or so it seems to me. Jim Weaver, local artist, is having a showing in Tonasket, Saturday, at a new business called “Hidden Talents.” And so is the Oroville Senior Center having a bazaar, but if you work it just right, you might be able to squeeze both in. (So much to do, so little time). That seems to be the story of my life. Helping put together an artificial Christmas tree at the church went lots smoother, it seemed, than when doing it at home. And I had a good visit with Judy

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most of the day on Saturday, Dec. 8. It is being sponsored this year by the Parent Teacher’s Organization. Bonnie Maynard is home after spending the last three weeks in the hospital in Wenatchee. We haven’t seen her at the Center yet, but we hear she is gradually gaining strength. Pinochle scores for Dec. 1: The door prize was won by Liz Moody; Nellie Paulsen was high scorer for the ladies and had the most pinochles. High men’s score went to Leonard Paulsen. More next time.

fund raising ideas, but can only supervise or come up with the idea. Hope you were able to take in the festivities on Saturday evening, including the 50’s Dance at Vicki’s Boutique, just after the Tree Lighting Ceremony at Centennial Park at 6 p.m. Another bazaar is scheduled for next Friday evening and

TONASKET EAGLES in the commons. That starts at 1 p.m. We have Bingo and Kitchen every Friday night starting at 5:30 p.m. There are some big prizes to be won in Bingo. Pinochle scores from last week are: 1st Liz Moody, 2ndCarrol Webber, Low ScoreKen Cook, Last Pinochle-

Juie Hovland and Ken Cook. Pinochle starts at 1 p.m. every Sunday. Don’t forget we have Name Game and Shake A Shift ever day. If you’re in town, stop in to sign and shake. All you cribbage players should come in on Wednesday’s at 1 pm for Cribbage. We also have pool league every Wednesday evening so come in and support your team. We wish anyone who is ill a speedy recovery to good health. God Bless you all, the Biggest Little Eagles in the state.

THANK YOU from the Oroville Booster Club

The Oroville Booster Club would like to express our gratitude to the community for the huge success of our auctions in October and November. It took the cooperation of many people, from those who contributed donations to those who attended and so enthusiastically spent their money to support a worthy cause. We also appreciate the efforts of so many workers who helped collect the contributions and volunteers who donated their time to the execution of the event. It was an effort of an entire community and we thank you all. Following is a list of contributors to whom we are abundantly grateful. Without their donations there would not be an auction. Kerrie & Allen Allie Allure Hair Designs Alpine Brewing Company American Legion Post #84 Appleway Video Argosy Cruises Arm & Hammer Const. The Beanblossom Family Marsha Bell Jennifer Berg Photography Best Western Sunrise Inn Betta’s Services Big 5 Sporting Goods Sam Bjelland Mike Bourn/VIP Insurance Carol Byrum Campo Marina Doris Carlquist Ted Christensen/Lakeside Storage Gordie & Andrea Cockle Coeur d’Alene Casino, Resort, & Spa Community Auto Repair Ellie Cook Country Harvester Cowgirl Connection Cook’s Cutting Edge Crystal Seas Kayaking Jackie Daniels Shane & Brandy Davis Denison Photography Diamond Steak & Seafood House Dirty Paws Discount Fireworks Double A Logging Duty Free America Egerton Orchards Elvis Fine Jewelery Emerald Downs–Seattle Joe Enzensperger Plumbing Esther Briques Winery Expressions Espresso Brett & Michele Fancher Farmer’s Market Vendors First Choice Health Foods Tedi Fletcher Gene’s Native Smokes Candace Gerber Kevin Griffin Mike Haerling Hair Designz Max Hand Lance & Vicki Haney Mark & Gloria Hancock Rusty Haydon Heffley Boutique Inn Barbara Henderson Dugan Henderson Hi-Tek Nails & Tanning Spence Higby

High Mountain Farm Highland Internet Communications His & Her Haircuts Holiday Inn-Hayden, ID Hometown Pizza Hornet’s Nest Humdinger Design Icicle Outfitters & Guides Imperial Office Indie Lulu Living Java Junkie Chris Jensen Harold Jensen Shawn Jensen Steve & Valerie Johnston Johnny’s Body Shop Jojo’s Café Kimmel Athletic Supply Jerry & Marcy King Kevin & Laura Kinman Kootenai River Inn & Casino Lawrence Construction Services Leah Cathryn Day Spa Liberty Orchards Linda’s Bakery Lisa Lindsey Lisa Love Lucky Eagle Casino Manning Park Resort Mary Milburn The Miller Family The Moralez Family Erik Nelson/Jackhammer Promotions Napa-Oroville Ken Neal North Country Distributors/Tom Fancher North Country Warehousing Nulton Irrigation OHS Athletics OK Chevrolet Odom Distributing Okanogan Estate & Vineyards Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune Marilyn Oliver Omak-Okanogan Chronicle Oroville Booster Club Oroville Building Supply Oroville Chiropractic Clinic Oroville Dental Center Oroville Golf Club Oroville Party Rentals Oroville Pharmacy Oroville PTO Oroville Reman & Reload Les Schwab/Oroville Tire Center Oroville Trading Post Osoyoos Gelato Osoyoos Home Hardware Osoyoos RediMix Ltd.

Paul’s Service Sarah & Aaron Peterson Prince’s Dept. Store Prince’s Food Store Samantha Rabenold/Avon Range Excavation Ruby Ragsdale Rancho Chico Rattlesnake Canyon Rivers Edge Embroidery Cheryl Roloff Romine Fuel St. Andrews by the Lake San Juan Excursions Sandra’s on Main Sawyer & Sawyer, Inc. Dean Scott Seattle Mariners Seattle Seahawks Sheila’s Shoppe Kay Sibley Sierra Flooring Silver Reef Hotel, Casino, & Spa Silverwood Theme Park Mike Smith Susan Smith South Okanogan Concrete Products Chuck Spieth/Farmers Insurance Cassie Starkel/L’Bri Sterling Savings Bank Subway Restaurant-Oroville Subway Restaurant-Tonasket Sun Cove Resort Sun Peaks Lodge The Brown Jug The Ridge Brew Pub George Thornton Terri & Nancy Thornton Tonasket Auto Triple Play Family Fun Center Tumbleweed Twin Lakes Golf Course US Stone/Bob Jewitt Valanne Style Veranda Beach Jana Waddell-Scentsy Walker’s Renton Mazda Walker’s Renton Subaru Walnut Beach Resort Gaile Walsh Wander Wells Fargo Bank White Pass Washington Mary Willey Windermere Realty Worldwide Custom Brokers Gordon Wolley Trucking Zozel Lumber Company

Beanblossom, as a perk. I just learned of the recent break-in at the Oroville Pharmacy. You don’t suppose they were looking for drugs, do you? To break in through the front door was quite brazen, I’d say. As well as stupid. Do they think the potent pills are just left sitting around on the counter? It has been learned that Beverly Storm, who is away for the winter, had the misfortune to fall and cracked her shoulder bone. Hopefully she is healing and at least she has warm weather in which to do it. Family told me that Leona Forthun is progressing and her speech is coming along but not 100 percent yet. And I believe the same is true of Joyce Boyer, who suffered a stroke about the same time Leona did. Vicki Hart had surgery last Thursday. Was line dancing Friday. Whatta lady! All the

Fabulous 50’s Dance well attended by Jackie Valiquette North Valley Community Schools

NORTH COUNTY - What a hoot! Last Saturday night more than 100 people, adults and kids, ate “50’s” food and danced the night away to the amazing music of Project 3:16. More than 30 prizes were awarded to those who held the winning tickets, as well as to winners of the hoola-hoop competitions, best dressed and best danc-

Harrel Rounds Benefit a success By Gai Wisdom Oroville Eagles Aerie

OROVILLE - The benefit for Harrel and Janet could only be described as a roaring success. The food was good, the music was great and the company was super. So many people there and every one of us had a great time. Oroville has done it again and raised lots of money for very deserving people. Jack Hughes did a great job and everyone can be very proud of themselves. The Christmas Bazaar is on for Dec. 7th and 8th at the Elementary School Gym and the Auxiliary has rented space there. We need donations of homemade goods and products to sell.

Christmas party is Sunday, Dec. 9 By Ruthann Wilson Mt. Olive Grange

RIVERSIDE - We have been very busy this year. We rent our hall out to cover expenses and help us help those in our area, such as $500 for the Riverside fire department, $550 for the Salvation Army for needs for local people and $2500 was given for members or their families who have medical expenses. We also had a Grand Champion fair booth at the Okanogan County Fair, and awarded children and

community is hoping the biopsies come back with favorable results. Bazaar…where friends meet (and eat), visit and buy stuff. There were many fine handcrafted items at the Oroville Senior Center last Saturday and a pretty fair sized crowd was on hand. Was told there were three bazaars in Tonasket and of course the opening of the new store where Jim Weaver, Oroville local artist had a show of new paintings. I wanted to go but was committed to being at our own center. Understand the tree lighting ceremony was well attended and kudos to the folks that decorated the Centennial Park. Looks so very festive! Also thanks to the PUD crew for putting up the lights on the street light poles. And to those that provided refreshments for the “ do.” What a great place to live! And I’m sure the Rounds family appreciated what was done for them to help defray some

of the expenses incurred with Harrell’s recent illness and treatment trips. Friends! What would we do without them? Remarks from an obese comedienne: “Certain colors I can’t wear. I can’t wear red…people keep jumping on my lap and tell me what they want for Christmas. I can’t wear green either…then they call me the jolly green giant. Yellow and they yell “Taxi.” I can’t wear gold because I look like Fort Knox in motion and not white, either...they want to show movies on me.” I think the item at the Senior’s bazaar that was the “hit of the day” was Roberta Cole’s unique scarves. I’m not sure the terrific sales were caused from the modeling by (her husband) or just the beauty of the assortment, but I do know her hands are gonna be kept busy from now until Christmas due to the orders that were placed. What fun!

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around the first of January. There will be some new offerings, and there’s something for everyone, so be sure to take a good look. The first class will begin about the third week of the month. Remember, in the dead of winter, getting out of the house is a healthy thing to do. Many thanks to our dedicated instructors and to all the people who registered for classes this Fall. Everyone learned something new. What’s better than that? Thank you all for your patronage. Without your support, NVCS would not exist. It’s a program worth supporting, the only one of its kind in Okanogan County. Our number – (509) 476-2011.

ers contests. Despite other events going on in town, this party was a winner! Vicki’s Back Door Club on Main Street was the perfect place, with plenty of seating and a large stage. How fortunate we are to have this facility available. Thank you Walt, Vicki, Kevin and Tyler! Fall Quarter classes have come to an end. We look forward to getting our Winter Quarter class catalog (it’s blue) into stores

EAGLEDOM AT WORK You can get them to us at the Aerie or bring them down to the school. We need to make enough money for the kid’s party and for Christmas Baskets for the needy. We will be decking the halls on Monday, Dec. 10 from 11 a.m. and all day. The Ladies Christmas party will follow a short meeting on Dec. 11. The final Secret Sister exchange and reveal will happen then. If you are not in that program, bring an unlabeled gift to exchange with other sisters. Please bring your favorite Christmas goodies and we will have tea and coffee. On the 18th we will be putting the kid’s party together stating at 11 a.m. because Santa is

MT OLIVE GRANGE grandchildren of members of the Grange with monetary gifts for the animals and hard work they put into projects for the local fair. We have refinished our wood floors and they are very beautiful now. You will have a chance to see this for yourself when you attend our annual Christmas party on Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to come prepared to enjoy a good dinner and a fun time. Meat, potatoes and rolls provided will be provided, and this is your opportunity to bring your

Coming on the 22nd. Mr. and Mrs. Clause will join us for the Kid’s Christmas on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Remember our Aerie meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of every month and the Auxiliary meetings are the second and fourth Tuesdays at 7 p.m. We have a joint meeting on the first Tuesday at 6 p.m. The ladies serve tacos on Mondays at 6 p.m., burgers and more for pool on Wednesdays and burgers before Bingo at 5 p.m. on Thursdays. Friday night is Steak Night, Meat Draw, and karaoke with Chuck Wilder. Saturday, excepting special events, is Open Mike Night. On the Sundays that the Seahawks play at 10 a.m. we will be open to serve you and support the “Hawks.” The Oroville Eagles are People Helping People.

favorite side dish or dessert. Those attending are encouraged to bring items for a silent and live auction. The funds raised from the auction are used for our projects of helping people in need, and providing scholarships for local graduates planning to attend college or trade schools. Don’t forget! Come out for an afternoon of fun! Bring a gift: woman for woman, man for man in the $5 range. A gift for your child are brought by the parents, with their child’s name on it and put in Santa’s sack. A nativity scene is a highlight of the program. Hope to see you for a good dinner and Sunday afternoon of fun.

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Now that 2012 is drawing to a close, you may want to review the progress you’ve made this past year in many areas of your life — including your financial situation. By going over your investment portfolio and other key areas related to your finances, you can learn what moves you may need to make in 2013 to stay on track toward your important objectives, such as college for your children, a comfortable retirement and the ability to leave the type of legacy you desire. To get a clear picture of where you are, consider asking yourself these questions: 1. Am I taking on too much risk? Although 2012 has generally been a pretty good year for investors, we’ve certainly seen periods of considerable volatility. During these times, did you find yourself constantly fretting about big drops in your portfolio value? In fact,

have you consistently experienced this type of worry throughout your years as an investor? If so, you might be taking on too much risk for your individual risk tolerance. Review your holdings to determine if you can lower your risk level without jeopardizing your overall investment strategy.

while a Roth IRA can grow tax free, provided you meet certain conditions. 4. Am I adequately protecting my income — and my family? Over time, you’ll experience many changes in your life — marriage, children, new job, new home, etc. Most, if not all, of these changes will require you to make sure you have adequate life insurance in place to help guard your family’s future, should anything happen to you. Furthermore, to help replace your income should you become disabled, you may well need to purchase an adequate amount of disability income insurance.

2. Am I investing too conservatively? Just as you can take on too much investment risk, you can also go to the other extreme by investing too conservatively. If your portfolio contains a preponderance of investments that offer significant preservation of principal but very little in the way of growth potential, you may be endangering your chances of accumulating the resources you’ll need to achieve your long-term 5. Do I need professional help? As the above questions indicate, maintaining goals. control of your financial situation can be chal3. Am I contributing as much as I can afford lenging — especially if you try to do it all on your own. You might benefit from working with a to my retirement plans? If you have access to an employer-sponsored financial professional — someone who can anaretirement plan, such as a 401(k), 403(b) or lyze your situation objectively and make recom457(b), consider yourself fortunate. Your plan mendations based on your risk tolerance, time has the potential to grow on a tax-deferred basis, horizon and specific goals. and you typically contribute pre-tax dollars — the more you put in, the lower your annual taxable Before the clock runs out on 2012, take the income. Plus, your employer may match part of time to ask yourself the above questions. The your contributions. So if you’ve been under-fund- answers may well spur you to take positive acing your retirement plan, ratchet up your fund- tion in 2013. ing in 2013. At the same time, you may still be eligible to contribute to an IRA; if so, try to “max This article was written by Edward Jones for use out” on it. A traditional IRA grows tax deferred by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.


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community bulletin board Genealogical Society Meeting OKANOGAN - The Okanogan County Genealogical Society will celebrate Christmas at their meeting on Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Wilson Research Center in Okanogan. The theme will be “Ethnic Christmas treats” with members encouraged to bring traditional ethnic treats that their family has served over the years. Bring your treat with the recipe to be shared during the party. Members and guests are encouraged to share information about how Christmas was celebrated in their families. Everyone is also asked to bring any projects they have completed during the past year and share their research with others. Candy, cookies and other goodies will be included in the annual white elephant sale. Coffee, punch and goodies will be served. The meeting is open to everyone.

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The countdown has started. The countdown to Christmas, that is. Well, it depends how you count, whether you get 19 or 20 days. Either way it will be here before we know it. The days are filling up with things to do for Christmas. I hope your shopping and your festive gatherings go well and you find just the right gifts for those on

December events at the CCC include Music Jam by River Jones Tonasket CCC Publicity

TONASKET - The Community Cultural Center of Tonasket is adding a new CCC Game Night and Acoustic Music Jam to its lineup in December, with the first two such events being hosted on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Dec. 26, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event features all kinds of games including cards, board games and ping pong, hosted by Janet Culp with the acoustic musical jam hosted by Pat Liley. Dinner for $5 will be prepared by Tryg Culp and crew. Call Janet Culp at 486-2061 for more info. Other events this month include the Friday Night Coffee House Holiday Sing-a-long with Sunny

POOL LEAGUE NORTH COUNTY - Week #4 is in the books and the top six teams are doing a lot of position swapping. Well, except for The Brew Crew, who are pulling ahead. Lew Taylor and the boys are six games ahead of Dirty Ernie’s, but there are only seven games difference in the next seven teams. C’mon, guys, get after those Canadians. Jan says the score sheets are coming in without team names or numbers and no score totals. If you don’t fill out the back of

PTO HOLIDAY BAZAAR OROVILLE – Oroville Elementary School PTO will continue the long-standing tradition by hosting Oroville’s 2012 Community Holiday Bazaar. Join us in the school gym Friday, Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate the season and bring your children to visit Santa! Call Susan at (509) 476-2427 for vendor information. Top quality good and originality are preferred play both booth fee will benefit students through our local PTO.

Performance OMAK – Children’s Dance Theater 2012 Presents Cinderella Friday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at the Omak Performing Arts Center.

Food Drive OROVILLE -The Oroville Food Bank will be having a Food Drive at Frontier Foods on Saturday Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are hoping that people will reach out to help those less fortunate.

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RIVERSIDE – The monthly meeting on the Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity will be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Mike and Peggy McDaniel’s home. For further information call Arlene Johnson at (509) 429-8369.

CCC NEWS Lanigan and Friends on Dec. 7. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and pizza dinner made by Morningstar will be served up at 6:00. Sing-a-long follows. Dinner is $6 for members and $7 for non-members. A Christmas Cinderella ñ a musical performed by Tonasket Elementary and High School students and directed by Diana Luca Brown -- will be performing at the CCC Dec. 15-18. Opening night is Saturday Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 matinee starts at 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday Dec. 17-18 matinees start at 1 pm. Tickets are $2 or a donation to the Tonasket Food Bank. Call (509) 486-1328 for more info. Sunday, Dec. 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is the Artist’s Paint-In. Join local artists for camaraderie and inspiration. Call Claire at (509) 486-1119 or Sandra at 826-5372 for more info.

the score sheet, that information won’t get recorded in individual stats. Let’s not make life any more difficult for her than it already is. On Sunday, Dec. 16 the North Okanogan Valley Pool League will sponsor a Meat Shoot at The Shop in Oroville at 1 p.m. This will be open to the public so let your non-league member friends and relatives know and we can all shoot together. This will be the usual format. You know, double elimination, $5 buy-in and bring a non-perishable item for the food bank. You guys remember to let me know if there are any pool-related events going on that you know about and I’ll do my best to get it covered here. In the meantime, watch for slick roads and Play

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OROVILLE – Everyone is invited to the Okanogan International Chorus annual Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Free Methodist Church, 1516 Fir St.

The Free Community Dinner this month will be Sunday, Dec. 30 provided by the CCC and others. Dinner served from 2:00-4:00 p.m. Free for those who need it, by donation for others. Call Janet at (509) 486-2061 for more info. Regular events include Zumba classes Monday evenings from 6 to 7 p.m. and Friday mornings, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Also, the After School Lounge for Teens runs every Wednesday -- 3 p.m. to 6 p.m, or an early 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. time “early release” Wednesdays. Ping pong, pizza made from scratch, arts and crafts, internet access and music are included for no charge. The Young Children’s Playgroup is every Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. The Community Cultural Center will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 25, and Tuesday, Jan. 1. Check our website at www.communityculturalcenter.org for more information and events. Pool!

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many people who ensure the success of the market. The 2012 season featured over 70 different vendors, and the support of many local businesses and countless loyal customers, which made it the most successful season in the 14 year history of the market. Tonasket Farmers’ Market began humbly in 1988 as four local growers gathered beneath a shade tree in Triangle Park to sell their wares. From there, it has blossomed and grown into a thriving weekly event, showcasing local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts. The Market board members, Wayne Verbeck, Ton Rietveldt, Kathy Johnson, Jack Murray, Melanie Thornton, Clare Paris and Brock Sutton, along with market manager, Margie Anderson, are grateful to all participants and supporters. As gardens and fields lay dormant throughout the winter, thus does Triangle Park. Blanketed by snow, it awaits the return of sun and rain, and the opening bell which heralds the opening of the 15th market season, this coming May. With gratitude and hope, see you at the market this spring!

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Delores Hogue, High’s , Don Field and Rae Morris. Len Firpo took the Traveling award. Last Thursday, Leanne and Vic Bunn over on Fletcher Mountain had six beautiful visitors. They were of the four legged kind. They stopped by for a taste of the salt lick. There were six elk Last Thursday, Leanne and Vic Bunn on Fletcher cows checking out the Mountain had six visitors, elk cows checking out the licks and new heavy salt licks and new heavy snowfall before continuing snow fall before continuing down to the down to the Kenner place. Kenner place. Keep your eyes open, you your list. Last week (Nov. 26) with 36 play- may be able to see them or other ers the following were the lucky wild life in our areas. There were winners: Low’s, Ken Ripley and also several white swans or geese on the river south of Oroville last

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Okanogan County Courthouse, at 149 3rd Avenue N. Okanogan, Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of Okanogan, State of Washington, to-wit: LOT 12, BLOCK 20, TOWN OF OROVILLE, AS PER PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME “A� OF PLATS, PAGE 46, RECORDS OF THE AUDITOR OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON. which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated July 31, 2009 and recorded on August 13, 2009, under Auditor’s File No. 3147434, records of Okanogan County, Washington, from Fury Bros., LLC, as Grantors, to Inland Professional Title, LLC, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of Robert Cherry Hirst and Margaret Ann Hirst, Trustees of their Revocable Living Trust Agreement, their heirs, successors and assigns, as Beneficiary. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust or Beneficiary’s successor is now pending to seek satisfaction or the obligation in any Court by reason of the Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. The Beneficiary has substituted Dale L. Crandall, Attorney at Law, WSBA #32168 as Trustee. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: A. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment of 504.31 for May, 2012; B. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment of 504.31 for June, 2012; C. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment of 504.31 for July, 2012; D. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment of 504.31 for August, 2012; E. Late charges of $50.00 for the May 15, 2012 payment; F. Late charges of $50.00 for the June 15, 2012 payment; G. Late charges of $50.00 for the July 15, 2012 payment; H. Late charges of $50.00 for the August 15, 2012 payment; Principal balance: $77,881.59 Interest at 7% per annum from April 11, 2012 to September 10, 2012 ($14.93 per diem after September 11, 2012): $2,270.30 TOTAL PAST-DUE AMOUNTS: $4,487.54 b. Defaults other than failure to make monthly payments: A. Failure to pay 2010, real property taxes in the amount of $873.24; B. Failure to pay 2011, real property taxes in the amount of $899.92; C. Failure to pay 2012 real property taxes in the amount of $738.71; Cost of trustee’s sale guarantee for foreclosure: $560.04 Recording of Notice of Sale: $75.00 Publication costs: $200.00 (estimate) Trustee’s fees and Attorney fees: $1,500.00 TOTAL OF CHARGES, FEES AND COSTS: $2,335.04 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust referenced in (a) above is: Principal $77,881.59, together with interest as provided in the note from July 31, 2009, and such other costs and fees as are due under the Note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. 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 December 14, 2012. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III must be cured by December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at anytime on or before December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III and all payments becoming due hereafter are paid and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale), and before the sale by the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest 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. V. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest at the following address: Fury Bros., LLC P.O. Box 547 Oroville, WA 98844 GRANTOR AND OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES: 1520 Cherry ST Oroville, WA 98844 by both first class and certified mail return receipt requested on July 26, 2012 proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above and/or the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest was personally served on with said written notice by the Beneficiary or his Trustee, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VI. 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. VII. 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. VIII. Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the 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. DATED this 10th day of September, 2012. TRUSTEE: Dale L. Crandall, Attorney at Law By: /s/ Dale L. Crandall Dale L. Crandall, WSBA #32168 P.O. Box 173 Loomis, WA 98827 Telephone: (509) 223-3200 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 2012.#437594 STATE OF WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY YAKIMA, WASHINGTON NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO APPROPRIATE PUBLIC WATERS TAKE NOTICE: That on November 7, 1986, City of Oroville (City) of Oroville, WA filed application number G4-29150 with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to withdraw water for municipal purposes from four existing wells owned by the City of Oroville. On September 18, 2012 the City proposed to voluntarily relinquish its existing Water Right Permit No. G4-27565P in exchange for processing of an equal quantity of water under application No. G4-29150. Because application No. G4-29150 is larger than Permit No. G4-27565P, the City requested this application be split into two. Application No. G4-29150(A) would be for the same quantities as Permit No. G4-27565P, while Application No. G4-29150(B) would be for the remainder of the original application and would remain on file with Ecology. Application No. G4-29150(A), under priority date of August 17, 1981, requests withdrawal of 340 gallons per minute (gpm) and 425 acre-feet per year (ac-ft/yr) from the City’s four existing wells, located within Section 3, T. 40 N., R. 27 E.W.M. The applicant proposes water to be used for continuous municipal supply within the City’s service area. Protests or objections to approval of this application must include a detailed statement of the basis for objections. All letters of protest will become public record. Cash shall not be accepted. Fees must be paid by check or money order and are nonrefundable. Protests must be accompanied by a $50 recording fee payable to the Department of Ecology, Cashiering Unit, PO Box 47611, Olympia, WA 985047611, within 30 days from Dec. 6, 2012. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Nov. 29 and Dec. 6, 2012.#440985 Summary of Ordinance #719 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, annexing city owned property for a public purpose and setting an effective date. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall, 509-486-2132, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood, Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012.#442721 Tonasket City Council Meeting Canceled 12-11-2012 Special Meeting to be held 12-12-2012 The regular meeting of the Tonasket City Council to be held on Tuesday, December 11, 2012 has been canceled. A special meeting of the Tonasket City Council will be held on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm. This meeting will be held as a regular meeting of the City Council. All items on the agenda and any other items that are brought forward may be acted upon. All interested persons are invited to attend and those with special language, hearing or access needs should contact City Hall, 509-486-2132, 24 hours prior to the meeting. Alice J. Attwood City Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Dec. 6, 2012.#442988 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee will on Friday, December 14, 2012, at the hour of 1:45 p.m. at the East entrance to the Okanogan County Courthouse, at 149 3rd Avenue N. Okanogan, Washington, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of Okanogan, State of Washington, to-wit: Lots 47 and 58, Palmer Mountain Ranch, record of survey as recorded in Volume L of Surveys, pages 74 through 86 under Auditor’s File No. 842685, records of Okanogan County, Washington. which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated July 15, 2008 and recorded on July 29, 2008, under Auditor’s File No. 3135195, records of Okanogan County, Washington, from Jeffrey H. Herschlip, as Grantor, to Baines Title & Escrow, as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of Brian Paulus and Janel Paulus, and their heirs, successors and assigns, as Beneficiaries. The Beneficiary has

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substituted Dale L. Crandall, Attorney at Law, WSBA #32168 as Trustee. II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust or Beneficiary’s successor is now pending to seek satisfaction or the obligation in any Court by reason of the Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: A. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment for May, 2012 in the amount of $872.63; B. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment for June, 2012 in the amount of $872.63; C. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment for July, 2012 in the amount of $872.63; D. Failure to pay the monthly installment payment for August, 2012 in the amount of $872.63; Principal balance: $15,333.28 Interest at 8.8% per annum from 4-15-12 to 5-1-12: $59.15 Default interest at 18% per annum rom 5-2-12 to 9-10-12: $990.57 ($7.56 per diem from 9-11-12 until paid) TOTAL PAST-DUE AMOUNTS: $4,540.24 b. Defaults other than failure to make monthly payments: A. Failure to pay the first half of 2012 real property taxes in the amount of $60.74. B. Failure to pay late charges in the amount of $174.52 Cost of trustee’s sale guarantee for

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VI. 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. VII. 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. VIII. Anyone having any objection to the sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the 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. DATED this 10th day of September, 2012. TRUSTEE: Dale L. Crandall, Attorney at Law By: /s/ Dale L. Crandall Dale L. Crandall, WSBA #32168 P.O. Box 173 Loomis, WA 98827 Telephone: (509) 223-3200 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Nov. 15 and Dec. 6, 2012.#437574

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December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale), and before the sale by the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest 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. V. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest at the following address: Jeffrey H. Herschlip 27 Palmer Mt. Road Oroville, WA 98844 GRANTOR AND OCCUPANTS OF THE PREMISES: Lot 47 Palmer Mt. Road Oroville, WA 98844 by both first class and certified mail return receipt requested on July 26, 2012 proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above and/or the Grantor or the Grantor’s successor in interest was personally served on with said written notice by the Beneficiary or his Trustee, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting.

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foreclosure: $400 (estimate) Recording of Notice of Sale: $75.00 Publication costs: $200.00 (estimate) Trustee’s fees and Attorney fees: $1,125.00 TOTAL OF CHARGES, FEES AND COSTS: $1,800.00 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust referenced in (a) above is: Principal $15,333.28, together with interest as provided in the note from and such other costs and fees as are due under the Note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. 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 December 14, 2012. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III must be cured by December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at anytime on or before December 3, 2012 (11 days before the sale date), the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III and all payments becoming due hereafter are paid and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after

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sports Tonasket wrestlers are runners-up at Omak Tigers boast three individual champs, 10 medalists at season-opener

The Tigers’ Austin Booker earns a pin against a Cascade opponent on his way to winning the 170 pound title at Saturday’s Omak PIT Invitational

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OMAK - Tonasket’s wrestlers opened their season with a promising runner-up finish at the Omak PIT Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 1, claiming three individual champions. Chelan, ranked third in the state in the Washington Wrestling Report’s season-opening Class 1A poll, won the tourney. The unranked Tigers got past ninth-ranked Warden and 13th-ranked Omak, as well as Liberty Bell (ranked fifth in Class 1B/2B). Collin Aitcheson (120 pounds), Jeffrey Stedtfeld (132) and Austin Booker (170) were the Tigers title-winners. “The great thing about this tournament is that all our guys were able to wrestle, even our JV wrestlers” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. “We had a great following of wrestling supporters at the tournament, which was awesome.” Third-place finishers (who lost only semi-final matches) were Austin Knowlton (160), John Rawley (220), Frank Holfelz (195) and Tanner Good (285). Fourth place finishers were Rade Pilkinton (113), Dyllan Walton (138) and Derek Rimestad (152). “Overall I thought we did well and wrestled hard,” Mitchell said. “There are some rookie mistakes we need to improve on, but I was happy overall with our first outing.” The Tigers host Liberty Bell on Thursday, Dec. 6 and travel to a tournament at Ephrata on Saturday.

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Oroville girls win two By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com

CURLEW - Oroville’s girls basketball team raced to an early lead Saturday, Dec. 1, at Curlew and coasted to a 51-28 victory over the Cougars to win their second game in two days. “They had a couple of good guards that bombed in some early threes,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “But we were a lot stronger inside.” Lily Hilderbrand scored eight of her 20 points in the first quarter as the Hornets raced to a 20-8 lead after one quarter, building the margin to 34-16 at the half. Hilderbrand added 10 rebounds, while Katie Tietje had nine points and nine rebounds and Marissa Garcia had six steals. The Hornets (2-0) were scheduled to play at Republic on Tuesday then face a weekend doubleheader at Tonasket on Friday and at home against Chelan on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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points with Lane Tietje and Gil Ildelfonso adding seven apiece. Lane, Joe and Gil all added scoring, which we expect,” Allie said. “Of course Chase Nigg, Dustin Nigg and Connelly Quick don’t always show up in the scoring. But we couldn’t play without them because they are what makes our offense run. We don’t have a deep bench so early in the season these guys are getting tired. They’re playing hard.” The Hornets (1-1) travel to Tonasket on Friday and host Chelan on Saturday, Dec. 8.

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scored the Hornets 19-5 in the third quarter to break open what had been a close game at halftime as Oroville fell 59-42 in its opener on Friday, Nov. 30. “We just couldn’t keep Kettle Falls off the offensive boards,” Allie said. “They had multiple shots each trip down the floor. It seemed like all of their players were good post players and drivers, and they kept coming at us.” The Hornets trailed 30-25 at the half behind Hughes’ 15 points. Kettle Falls held him to just two points after the half, though Joseph Sarmiento scored six of his nine points after the break. “Offensively we did a good job executing the plays,” Allie said. “We just couldn’t get our shots to fall. I think we had a bit of nerves as most of the kids are fairly young and haven’t played many varsity games.” Lane Tietje added eight points. “I expect (Tietje and Sarmiento) to come on stronger as the year progresses,” Allie said.

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sports Kee’s bronze tops Hornets Shorthanded Oroville hampered by injury bug By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com

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Tonasket’sAgustin Pedregon, in his first game as the Tigers’ head coach, had the full attention of his players (as well as assistant coach Tim Cork) during Friday’s season-opening victory over Liberty Bell.

Tigers pull away for opening win Tonasket earns victory in coach Agustin Pedregon’s debut By Brent Baker bbaker@gazette-tribune.com

TONASKET Agustin Pedregon’s winning percentage as the Tonasket boys basketball coach will never be higher. The Tigers won their new coach’s opening game 60-50 over Liberty Bell on Friday, Nov. 30, to lift Pedregon to a technically-

unbeaten 1-0 record on opening night. They also made it a bit interesting in doing so. Tonasket led by as many as 16 points twice in the third quarter before the Mountain Lions came back to make a game of it, but the Tigers pulled away in the final four minutes for the victory. “Defensively, we have a long ways to go,” Agustin said. “We can do better, but we have a long ways to go until all five cylinders are running at all times.” Indeed, part of the reason Liberty Bell was able to get back in the contest was that Pedregon used the game, especially the latter part of the third quarter, to

experiment with different combinations of players to see what worked and what didn’t. But after Liberty Bell went on a seven point run midway through the fourth, capped by Liam Daily’s 3-pointer, the big Tiger lead had been whittled down to two. Two of the Tigers’ posse of experienced juniors, Dyllan Gage and Michael Orozco, wrested control of the game back as Gage hit a short jumper and Orozco hit two free throws after a back-court steal on the ensuing inbounds pass. Tonasket hit 6-of-8 free throws, including 3-of-4 by sophomore post Colton Leep, to seal the ver-

dict. “We’re still figuring out our rotations seeing what some of the kids can do and trying new combinations,” Pedregon said. “That’s what these (nonleague) games are for. “We’ll definitely be a work in progress these next three games.” The Tigers controlled most of the first half, working the ball inside to Leep, getting slashing drives from Trevor Terris and jumpers from Gage, as well as a 3-pointer from Ian Young. Pedregon was most concerned about the Tigers’ 25 turnovers. “We do need to control the ball better,” he said. “That’s 25 shots

we never got to take. We shot the ball pretty well and we hit our free throws. “Mostly I’m happy that we played with intensity from beginning to end.” Gage and Leep led a balanced scoring attack with 14 points apiece, with Orozco adding 13. Terris chipped in with 10 while Derek Sund tallied six first quarter points. Orozco added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals while Leep added seven rebounds. Tonasket (1-0) played at Lake Roosevelt on Tuesday and hosts Oroville for the rivals’ lone meeting this season on Friday, Dec. 7.

Tonasket scorches Liberty Bell behind Utt’s 25 By Brent Baker

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TONASKET - After just one game, the Tonasket girls basketball team is already showing progress. The Tigers, who only reached the 50-point mark once all last season, blew past that on Friday, Nov. 30, with a season-opening 65-35 victory over Liberty Bell. The contest was never in doubt as Tonasket raced to a 21-2 lead after one quarter and led 32-12 at the half. “Our focus this year is to finish,” said Tonasket coach Mike Larson. “Finish the play. You’ve got to make shots and that’s our focus, both with our guard play and our post play.” If anyone got that message, it seemed to be senior post Devan

Utt, who poured in a career high 25 points. Some of those were fast break layups that should be “gimmies” -- though last year that wasn’t necessarily true -- but Utt also hit a pair of 3-pointers. “We’ve been working on finding different avenues for her to score,” Larson siad. “Having her take outside shots helped open up her teammates and she did a great job of finding them when they were open.” Every varsity regular scored for the Tigers, something else that never happened last year. Kathryn Cleman added 10 points, Kylie Dellinger scored eight and Baylie Tyus and Amanda Johnson furnished six each. “We’re heading in the right direction,” Larson said. “The girls are working their tails off and responding to what we’re doing.”

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Okanogan Valley CHURCH GUIDE

Superior Court Criminal The court found probable cause to charge John Duncan Bell-Irving, 25, with possession of more than 40 grams of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. He received 10 days confinement. Decrees of Dissolution Jarod Scott Andrews filed to dissolve his marriage with Lisa Jean Andrews. Heidi Jimenez filed to dissolve her marriage with Cesar Escatel. District Court:

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Immaculate Conception Parish

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Valley Christian Fellowship

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

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Mongo Renion, 29, Tonasket, found guilty of marijuana possession equal to 40 grams, theft third degree. He received 15 months and $808 fine. Ethan Stout, 20, Omak, found guilty of obstructing a law enforcement officer. He received one year and an $858 fine. Michael Tooker, 28, Tonasket, found guilty of use and delivery of drug paraphernalia. Received $858 fine. Shelley Williams, 44, Omak, was found guilty of theft third degree. She received 180 days. Kalen Zamudio, 23, Okanogan, was found guilty of two counts of DUI and received one year and $1,416 fine.

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Wayne Mcghee, 63, Omak, found guilty of hit-and-run unattended. He received 90 days and a $358 fine Aaron Meares, 28, Okanogan, was found guilty of DWLS first degree. Received 15 months and $1,308 fine. Whitney Nelson, 23, Omak, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and reckless driving, received two years and a $1,358 fine. Ruben Alcala, 21, Tonasket, charged with DWLS second degree. Robert Pride, 58, Omak, was found guilty of DWLS first degree. He received 90 days and an $858 fine. Adrian Carrerro, 19, Tonasket, was found guilty of DWLS third degree. He received 90 days and $618 fine.

Dolly Mae Brazle passed quietly in her home on Nov. 19, 2012 at the age of 90. She was born in Nighthawk, Wash., on April 8, 1922 to Charles and Sarah (McLean) Silverthorn. After losing her mother at a young age, she was raised by her uncle and aunt, Harold and Hazel Oaks, of Okanogan, where she lived until her marriage to Everett Holmes on Nov. 30, 1941. Dolly had three children: Jerry, Kathy and Julie. She worked for the telephone company for her entire 40 year career. On Aug. 24, 1968 Dolly married Warren F. Brazle. She and Warren retired to Chesaw in 1979 where they built a home. Dolly and Warren were instrumental in helping to start the Chesaw Community Bible Church. They moved to Milwaukie, Ore., on Thanksgiving 2006. Dolly and Warren were married 43 years at the time of Warren’s passing in January 2012. Dolly is survived by daughters: Kathy Holmes, Everett, Wash. and Julie McCorkle (HolmesBrazle, Milwaukie, Ore.) and stepdaughters: Beverly Boxleitner (Brazle), Deer Park, Wash. and Verita Rowton (Brazle), Curlew, Wash. and her cousins/sisters: Amber Lockett, Spokane, Wash. and Carolyn Clayton, Okanogan, Wash. Dolly is also survived by 20 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and one great-greatgrandchild. Her husband, Warren F. Brazle and son, Gerald S. Holmes, precede her in death. She is greatly missed. A memorial service will be held in the spring in the Chesaw/Molson area with internment of both Dolly and Warren’s ashes in the Loomis Cemetery afterward. Memorial contributions can be made to the Chesaw Community Bible Church and/or Serenity Hospice, 6975 SW. Sandburg St., Suite 190,

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Susan Diane Seeger, 57, of Omak, passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2012 at the Central Washington Hospital, in the presence of her loving family. Sue was born April 6, 1955 in Richland, Wash., to Elvin W. “Bill” and Joan Marlene Clifford. She was the second of seven siblings. A graduate of Richland High School, Sue pursued her R.N. nursing degree at Columbia Basin Community College in Pasco. Upon obtaining her degree, she moved to the Okanogan Valley in 1976. She had two boys, Joshua and Matthew Peterson, by the winter of 1981. She was great supporter of her boys and Okanogan athletics in general. In 1976, Sue joined Mid Valley Hospital and began her long career in nursing, which continued up to her passing. Many in the community may recall loved ones that Sue cared in the ER, or ICU. Sue was devoted to her patients for over 36 years. Despite numerous medical issues of her own throughout the years, including a kidney/pancreas transplant in 2000, Sue’s first concern was always returning to her caring service for others in the community. Sue’s colleagues thought of her as invaluable member of the Nurses’ Union negotiations and she was unquestionably respected by her peers, nurses and doctors alike. Sue’s faith was an integral part of her life. Attending a youth summer church camp at age 11, she invited Jesus into her heart. Sue was an active member of the Okanogan Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday school class, was a member of the choir, and served as Elder. In 2007, Sue married Dr. David Seeger of Omak. They enjoyed traveling together, specifically attending her father’s naval

reunions annually throughout the country. They also took in musicals, movies, plays, and of course, shared an avid love of sports. This summer Sue was diagnosed with oral cancer and underwent successful surgery at the Univ. of Wash. Medical Center in August. Shortly thereafter she was able to return to work. Further treatment complications led to a cardiac arrest. Sue’s strength, patience, selflessness, and unconditional encouragement will be missed by many, though we know she is now in comfort and care of her Lord and Savior. Sue was preceded in death by her mother, Joan; and her sister, Cynthia of Richland. She is survived by her husband, David Seeger of Omak; her father, Bill Clifford of Richland; her two sons: Josh Peterson (Angela Pifer) of Kirkland and Matt Peterson of Seattle; two step-sons: Craig Seeger (Kathryn Botsford) of Longmont, Colo. and Eric Seeger (Serene) of Gilbert, Ariz.; four brothers: Billy (Christie), Danny, Bobby (Trish), and Johnny; and sister, Connie Clifford, all of Richland; numerous nieces and nephews including Kimberly, Michael, Courtney, and Kevin, all of Richland; and granddaughter, Kaileigh Peterson of Kirkland. Services for Sue will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship Church, Riverside Dr. and Locust, Omak, followed by a graveside service at the the Okanogan Valley Memorial Gardens. A reception in her honor will be offered at Okanogan Presbyterian Church, 429 W Oak St. (behind the Courthouse), following the services. Reverend Chris Warren will be presiding. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to the American Cancer Society, Sue would also encourage all to consider being an Organ Donor by checking that space on your driver license renewal. Precht-Harrison-Nearants Chapel is in charge of arrangements. INLAND MONUMENT CO.

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WRESTLING

Tiger wrestlers look to build on last year TONASKET - Tonasket’s wrestling team was very young last season - painfully so, at times. But with so many wrestlers returning after being thrown into the fire as underclassmen, the Tigers are looking to make a push toward top of the Caribou Trail League after a third place finish last year. Of the four who qualified for state last season, only fourthplace medalist Jared Stedtfeld graduated. Returning are sophomore Cristian Diaz (projected to settle in at 113 pounds this year), junior Collin Aitcheson (120), and senior Jeffrey Stedtfeld (126). Senior Austin Booker (170), who made state two years ago but who missed the second half of last season with an injury, also returns. “We have a good mix of seniors through freshman,” says Tigers coach Dave Mitchell of his 28-man roster. “We’re excited and if we can get all of our guys in their proper weight classes we think we’ll be fighting for the league title. “We expect (the state veterans) to return and did better than the last time they were there.” Tonasket also had several wrestlers fall just short of state qualification with strong regional showings, including senior Dalton Wahl (138), Tim Frazier (120) and John Rawley (195). “They were close to making it to state,” Mitchell says. “We also have several other guys who we expect to make an impact this year.” The Tigers

Seniors

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expect to make a serious run at the league title, if they can stay healthy, despite the addition of Quincy to the Caribou Trail League, which makes the road that much tougher. Defending league champ Chelan opened the season as third-ranked team in the state, runner-up Omak is also highly-regarded despite the loss of several top-flight seniors including state champion Dylan Green. “I expect Quincy to be tough,” Mitchell says. “Chelan and Omak are tough as well, but so are we.” The region will shape up a little differently: Colville no longer has to be dealt with as the

TONASKET WRESTLING ROSTER Name Anthony Luna Rade Pilkinton Cristian Diaz Boyd Lorz Trevor Peterson Collin Aitcheson Tim Frazier Jorge Juarez Jeffrey Stedtfeld Joel Cosino Dyllan Walton Dalton Wahl Lawrence Wambugu Eithan Knowlton Zach Lofthus Caleb Lofthus Derek Rimestad Austin Knowlton Quinn Mirick Dallas Tyus Austin Booker Dallin Good Lucas Vugteveen Marshall West Frank Holfelz John Rawley Chad Edwards Tanner Good

Wt. 106 106 113 113 113 120 120 126 126 132 132 138 138 145 145 152 152 160 160 160 170 170 170 182 195 195 285 285

Gr Fr. Fr. So. Fr. Fr. Jr. So. Fr. Sr. Sr. So. Sr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Sr. So. Sr. So. Sr. Fr. So. Fr. So. Jr. So. Jr.

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The Tonasket wrestling team includes (front row, l-r) Tim Frazier, Cristian Diaz, Trevor Peterson, Boyd LorzVanatta, Rade Pilkinton, Collin Aitcheson, Jorge Juarez, Anthony Luna (middle) Caleb Lofthus, Zach Lofthus, Quinn Mirick, Jeff Stedtfeld, Dalton Wahl, Austin Booker, Dallin Good, Lawrence Wambugu, Dyllan Walton, coach Trampas Stucker, (back) head coach Dave Mitchell, Frank Holfeltz, John Rawley, Derek Rimestad, Chad Edwards, Dallas Tyus, Austin Knowlton, Eithan Knowlton, Lucas Vugteveen, Joel Cosino and coach Cole Denison. TONASKET WRESTLING SCHEDULE

Head coach: Dave Mitchell Assistant coaches: Cole Denison, Trampas Stucker

Inidans moved up to 2A, but the new additions Medical Lake and Kettle Falls are solid and Lakeside and Chewelah (coached by Mitchell’s son Patrick) are always tough. “Our guys have been working very hard and we are really looking forward to our matches starting.”

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OROVILLE - Oroville’s two state-qualifying wrestlers from last season have graduated, but coach Chuck Ricevuto has high hopes for his squad, which six returns six veterans and faces a reconfigured region. Returning starters in their respective weight classes include seniors Enrique Martinez (126 pounds), Michael Ripley (132), Angel Camacho (138), Corey Childers (145)and Eric Herrera (220) as well as junior Eddie Ocampo. Sophomore Leo Curiel also saw action last year. Ripley, Herrera, Ocampo and Curiel all advanced to regionals last year while Martinez had success for the Hornets as an underclassman. “If these starters make wrestling a high priority in their lives, any one of them could make it to state,” Ricevuto says. “They need to bring our underclassmen along with everyone improving by one percent per week. “There is a real lack of upper weight class wrestlers in our district. That said, some hard work by our upper weight class kids could really pay off at the district

OROVILLE WRESTLING ROSTER Name Jordan Smith Ronel Kee Javier Castillo Enrique Martinez Leo Curiel Michael Ripley Angel Camacho Corey Childers Scotty Hartvig Eddie Ocampo Charles Arrigoni Taylor Robinson Logan Mills Blake Rise Eric Herrera

Wt. 106 113 120 126 126 132 138 145 145 152 160 170 182 195 220

Gr So. Sr. Fr. Sr. So. Sr. Sr. Sr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Jr. Fr. Fr. Sr.

Head coach: Chuck Ricevuto Assistant coaches: Erick Cleveland

The Oroville wrestling team includes (front row, l-r) Jordan Smith, Ronel Kee, Javier Castillo, Michael Ripley, Leonardo Curiel, Angel Camacho, Scott Hartvig, (back) Logan Mills, Eddie Ocampo, Charlie Arrigoni, Lukas Mieirs, Taylor Robinson, Eric Herrera, Blake Rise and Corey Childers. Not pictured is Enrique Martinez.

Camacho

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tournament.” The road to state became a little less treacherous thanks to reclassification. Warden and Kettle Falls were bumped up to Class 1A, while Brewster chose to move up of its own volition. “Our road is a little easier,” Ricevuto says. “But Lake Roosevelt, Liberty Bell, Kittitas, Pomeroy, Reardan and Selkirk return some really tough state veterans.” And as Ricevuto has noted on many occasions in past years, getting out of the eastern regional is near-guarantee of a state medal. “It’s all about sticking to individual goals and making it to state,” he says. “Quite often the west side opponents are not as tough as our own region.” Ricevuto adds that getting his team to embrace that goal is half the battle. “Any coach who can get his team to match his dreams will have success,” he says. “Therein lies the challenge.”

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OROVILLE - Two straight seasons, the Oroville girls basketball team has fallen one victory short of the state tournament. Hornets coach Mike Bourn feels that this year's team has the potential to be the one to break that drought as he returns an experienced squad that he says is deeper than his first two Oroville teams. Four starters are back, including three in their third year on varsity. Seniors Briana Moralez, Callie Barker and Katie Tietje have played on both of those almost-to-state squads, while sophomore Lily Hilderbrand started throughout her freshman season. Seniors Becky Arrigoni and Ali Miller also saw action last year. One other would-be returning starter, Sierra Speiker, opted not to turn out for hoops this year. "We're pretty fast," Bourn says. "we have decent size overall even though we don't have anyone six-foot. And we have more depth than we have. “ When we get Brittany Jewett back (from a foot injury, a few games into the season) we'll have enough to run full varsity scrimmages in practice, which we haven't had the past couple years." Bourn says that a greater seriousness

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# Name 1 Briana Moralez 2 Callie Barker 3 Katie Tietje 4 Meagan Moralez 5 Ali Miller 10 Becky Arrigoni 12 Brittany Jewett 14 Kali Peters 20 Marissa Garcia 24 Lily Hilderbrand 34 Mikayla Scott 42 Rachelle Nutt 44 Kaitlyn Grunst

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in practice should pay off as the year progresses. "The girls have been in the program now and know what to expect," he says. "The seniors know from being up here (at the varsity level), and the younger girls know from having been in the program coming up." He said that the success the team had in a summer tournament, particularly against a select squad from Calgary, seems to have changed the attitude of the team. "This is the first time I'm seeing them going out there really expecting to win," Bourn says.

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The Oroville girls basketball team includes (front row, l-r) Becky Arrigoni, Ali Miller, Briana Moralez, Katie Tietje, Callie Barker, (back) Faith Martin, Marissa Garcia, Rachelle Nutt, Mikayla Scott, Kara Vonderhaar, Lily Hilderbrand, Kaitlyn Grunst, Kali Peters, Sammi Walimaki, Brittany Jewett and Meagan Moralez. "We played those teams tough, and we played Okanogan tough at their jamboree last week. So

OROVILLE GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 11/30 12/1 12/4 12/7

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they're expecting to win now, and that could make a huge difference." 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/21 1/4 1/5 1/10 1/12

Chelan 6:00 pm Omak 6:00 pm Columbia at Entiat 6:00 pm Pateros 6:00 pm * at Kittitas 6:00 pm * Bridgeport 6:00 pm * at Riverside Christian6:00 pm

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Tietje early on Bourn feels that juniors Jewett and Meagan Moralez were showing what he needed to see there. Assisting Bourn this year will be his daughter Kelsey, who played on his 2005 Liberty Bell squad that made the 1A semifinals before losing to Freeman. "It's good to have her here," Bourn says. "She knows the offense, defense and footwork that I teach. And she knows what it takes to get to state." And if Bourn has his way, so will the rest of the Hornets once this season is done.

Tigers hope finishing strong leads to more wins Seniors

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TONASKET - Tonasket girls basketball coach Mike Larson often called his first-year team a work in progress. Now in his second year, Larson hopes to see how much progress has been made. With a mix of old and new faces, the Tigers have been working to find ways to score more points. Getting on the scoreboard was their biggest struggle a year ago. "Last year we were getting the shots we wanted," Larson says. "But we weren't able to finish. Our main focus this year is that we think we can get the same shots, but we want to work on our shooting percentage. Last year we lost several games because of that -- teams weren't physically better than us, or beating us in every phase of the game. It often just came down to that one column on the stat sheet." Senior post Devan Utt and point guard Kelly Cruz return to lead the way, along with juniors Kathryn Cleman, Kylie Dellinger, Baylie Tyus and Elizabeth Jackson, who all were in the reg-

TONASKET GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 11/30 12/4 12/7 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/18 12/21

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The Tonasket varsity girls basketball team includes (l-r) Ameerah Cholmondeley, Raven Goudeau, Carrisa Frazier, Amanda Johnson, Baylie Tyus, Devan Utt, Kathryn Cleman, Kylie Dellinger, Elizabeth Jackson, Tonya Nelson and Kelly Cruz. ular rotation. Senior Ameerah Cholmondeley also saw some varsity action. The Tigers also picked up a bit more experience last summer, 12/28 12/29 1/3 1/5 1/8 1/12 1/15 1/18 1/22 1/26 1/29 2/2 2/5

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playing a dozen games against other county teams. "Locally is what I was able to do and what we did last summer," Larson says. "Playing these local teams, there was stuff that we could see that we can work on. Now, if this season improves and picks up, I'll find the time to get us to team camps or tournaments over the summer; we're not quite there yet." Larson is also hoping to use more pressure defense than the Tigers could manage last year. "We tried to press last year, but I think we'll be able to do it more effectively this year with what

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we've learned," he says. "We like to bring pressure and see if we can get other teams forced into mistakes. I think it's important to take the fight to the other team as opposed to sitting back and letting them bring the fight to you." Competing in the Caribou Trail League will be as tough as ever. Okanogan won the state 1A title last year and returns most of its lineup, while Brewster, which just moved up to 1A, came within a few points of winning the 2B championship last year and likewise returns much of its lineup.

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ranks. "This league is so tough," Larson says. "On paper it may be the toughest and certainly is at least one of the toughest leagues in the state. "It would be really nice to be able to compete and play with the Okanogans and the Cashmeres and the others," Larson adds. "We have the capability. It's there. We've just got to find it."

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Tigers learning anew as Pedregon makes his mark BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Competing in the Caribou Trail League can be a tall order, and has been for the Tonasket boys basketball teams for quite a few years. “Tall,” however, is one thing the Tigers are not, though that didn’t seem to bother first-year coach Agustin Pedregon as Tonasket started its season this week. “It’s not looking bad at all,” Pedregon says. “The kids are picking up the offense, and defensively we’re working hard and getting better every day.” Pedregon says that despite an overall lack of varsity experience on the squad, they have picked up a lot more this early in the season than he anticipated. “We’re about two weeks in advance of where I thought we’d be,” he said several days before the Tigers’ first game. “I’m really surprised how quickly they’ve picked things up. “The ability to adapt quickly is really their strength. We want to be able to change from man to zone and back, and change to different schemes. It’s a really smart group and that’s help speed things up.” The Tigers bring back four players that saw varsity experience last year, all juniors: guards

TONASKET BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER # Name 3 Ian Young 4 Michael Orozco 10 Ethan Bensing 12 Trevor Terris 20 Roberto Juarez 22 Brayson Hires 23 Derek Sund 24 Dyllan Gage 32 Colton Leep 34 Camron Baller

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Head Coach: Agustin Pedregon Assistant Coaches: Tim Cork, Dave Kirk

Michael Orozco and Dyllan Gage, and forwards Roberto Juarez and Trevor Terris. The team has only two seniors - Ian Young and Brayson Hires - but neither played varsity hoops last year. “I think it’ll be a learning year for the varsity guys,” Pedregon says. “We’re young. We have a couple of sophomores on varsity and the seniors haven’t played a lot. Their big push could be next year; being young helps with the long run.” And, yes, the Tigers do lack size, but Pedregon points out that needn’t be fatal. “I told the guys that in basketball you can’t

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TONASKET BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE Brent Baker/staff photo

The Tonasket varsity boys basketball team includes (l-r) Michael Orozco, Dyllan Gage, Camron Baller, Brayson Hires, Derek Sund, Colton Leep, Trevor Terris, Ethan Bensing, Roberto Juarez, Ian Young and head coach Agustin Pedregon. coach height,” he says. “But we’re here to play basketball, not climb (taller opposing players). We’ve got guards and I think we’ll be fine with our big guy. (Sophomore Colton) Leep I think will be the big secret in the CTL. He’ll help us defensively against the Okanogans.” The CTL annually is one of, if not the, toughest 1A leagues in the state. It only got tougher this year with the addition of Quincy

- where Pedregon was an assistant that past few years - and Brewster, which moved up from 2B to 1A specifically because of the traditional strength of its basketball program. Though Quincy hasn’t been in the CTL, Pedregon was on the Jacks’’ bench for non-league games against the south end teams and knows what he’s getting into. “Cashmere will be tough - they move the ball so well,” he says.

“We played Cascade, and they have a new coach who’s a real defensive, in-your-face kind of guy. Quincy, I was in their program, which helps, but they’ll be tough too. “But mainly right now we just want to get on the same page from the C squad up to varsity. We want to get the guys accustomed to our expectations defensively and get them familiar with the offense.”

11/30 12/4 12/7 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/18 12/21 12/28 12/29 1/3 1/5 1/8 1/12 1/15 1/18 1/22 1/26 1/29 2/2 2/5

Liberty Bell 7:30 pm at Lake Roos. 7:30 pm Oroville 7:30 pm at Kettle Falls 4:00 pm Okanogan 7:30 pm Chelan 7:30 pm Brewster 7:30 pm at Cashmere 7:30 pm at Brewster Xmas Trn at Brewster Xmas Trn Omak 7:30 pm at Cascade 7:30 pm Quincy 7:30 pm at Chelan 7:30 pm at Okanogan 7:30 pm Cashmere 7:30 pm at Brewster 7:30 pm Cascade 7:30 pm at Omak 7:30 pm at Quincy 7:30 pm # Districts TBA

Hornet basketball expects tremendous growth OROVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL ROSTER

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OROVILLE - It'll be a new and unfamiliar Oroville boys basketball team local hoops fans will see this season. For the most part, anyway. Connor Hughes is the lone returnee from last year's squad that advanced to the 16-team regional round, only to get knocked out by eventual state champion Colfax. Hughes is one of just two seniors -- the other is Gil Ildelfonso, who didn't play last year but saw some varsity action two seasons ago -- while several others saw the occasional emergency or mopup duty while playing mostly on the JV. Hughes was one of the area's top scorers and will be heavily relied upon to lead the otherwise inexperienced squad. "We are a pretty young team with little varsity experience," says Oroville coach Allen Allie. "So I see nothing but growth for us this year. We lost a couple of players since last year that we thought would be back (Luke Kindred didn't turn out for hoops, and

OROVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 11/30 12/1 12/4 12/7 12/8 12/11 12/15 12/21 1/4 1/5 1/10 1/12 1/15 1/18 1/22 1/26 1/29 1/31 2/5 2/7 2/5

Kettle Falls 7:30 pm at Curlew at Republic 7:30 pm at Tonasket 7:30 pm Chelan 7:30 pm Omak 7:30 pm Columbia at Entiat 7:30 pm Pateros 7:30 pm *at Kittitas 7:30 pm *Bridgeport 7:30 pm *at Riverside Ch 7:30 pm *at Manson 7:30 pm *Lake Roosevelt 7:30 pm *at Liberty Bell 7:30 pm *White Swan 7:30 pm *at Bridgeport 7:30 pm *Manson 7:30 pm *at Lake Roos. 7:30 pm *Liberty Bell 7:30 pm # Districts TBA

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The Oroville boys basketball team includes (front row, l-r) Boone McKinney, Emmanuel Castrejon, Daniel Castrejon, Austin Holcomb, Cody Tibbs, (back) head coach Allen Allie, Dustin Nigg, Gil Ildelfonso, Juan Lopez, Dakota Haney, Connor Hughes, Joseph Sarmiento, Connelly Quick, Lane Tietje, Chase Nigg and assistant coach Chad Mathews. Michael Garrett transferred to Riverside Christian of Yakima), but that won't stop us from reaching our goals." Allie says that the team's goals are the same regardless of who is on the roster. "They'd be the same with or without those players," he says. "We set our goal on districts and that means we have to be one of the top three teams in our league." The Central Washington League has an odd set-up with five teams in the North Division (the Hornets, Manson, Bridgeport, Liberty Bell and Lake Roosevelt) and three times in the South (Riverside Christian, White Swan

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"One of the good things is that we have a group of pretty equal players who are playing as a team," he says. "I'm very happy with the improvements these kids have made since last season and I know they will only get better. "This is one of those teams a coach really enjoys coaching," Allie adds. ""They listen and try to incorporate what they've learned in a game." Allie said it was difficult to know what to expect in the league race -- or the district tournament, for that matter. Division champion Lake Roosevelt lost 6-10 center Ty Egbert and a number of other

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2011-12 IN REVIEW BOYS BASKETBALL CARIBOU TRAIL LEAGUE W *CASHMERE 9 *OKANOGAN 9 *CHELAN 5 *CASCADE 5 TONASKET 1 OMAK 1

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*DISTRICT QUALIFIERS REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: LAKE ROOSEVELT, OROVILLE STATE QUALIFIERS: LAKE ROOSEVELT (NO TROPHY)

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GIRLS BASKETBALL CARIBOU TRAIL LEAGUE W L *CASHMERE 10 0 *OKANOGAN 8 2 *CHELAN 6 4 *CASCADE 4 6 OMAK 2 8 TONASKET 0 10

*DISTRICT QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN, CHELAN, CASCADE BI-DISTRICT QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN, CASCADE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN STATE QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE (5TH PLACE) CWL NORTH DIVISION W *LK ROOSEVELT 12 *BREWSTER 10 *OROVILLE 7 *PATEROS 5 MANSON 4 LIBERTY BELL 4

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*DISTRICT QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN, CHELAN, CASCADE BI-DISTRICT QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN, CASCADE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: CASHMERE, OKANOGAN STATE QUALIFIERS: OKANOGAN (STATE CHAMPION) CHELAN

CWL NORTH DIVISION W L *BREWSTER 12 0 *LK ROOSEVELT 10 2 *PATEROS 8 4 *OROVILLE 6 6 BRIDGEPORT 4 8 LIBERTY BELL 2 10 MANSON 0 12

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*DISTRICT QUALIFIERS: BREWSTER, LAKE ROOSEVELT, PATEROS, OROVILLE REGIONAL QUALIFIERS: BREWSTER STATE 2B QUALIFIERS: BREWSTER (2ND PLACE) WRESTLING TONASKET 1A STATE QUALIFIERS: CHRISTIAN DIAZ (106 LBS.); JARED STEDTFELD (113 LBS., 4TH PLACE); COLLIN AITCHESON (120 LBS.); JEFFREY STEDTFLED (126 LBS.). OROVILLE 2B STATE QUALIFIERS: NICK PEREZ (145 LBS., 2ND PLACE); ALEX ALVAREZ (160 LBS., 4TH PLACE)

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