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HIGH HOPES FOR TONASKET SPRAY PARK
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Tonasket’s Linda Black laid out her proposal for the Tonasket Water Ranch - a spray park for children of all ages - at the Tonasket City Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The council approved her request to put the park in at Chief Tonasket Park near the restroom facility, pending her ability to raise funds for the project.
Tonasket Council gives spray park go-ahead
Should school staff carry weapons?
BY BRENT BAKER
Recent school shooting in Connecticut brings issue to light at Oroville School Board meeting
TONASKET - Efforts to rebuild Tonasket’s city swimming pool may be moving at a glacial pace, but not so Linda Black’s work toward a water spray park. Black first proposed the spray park to the Tonasket City Council a year ago as a way to fill the water recreation gap until the pool could be rebuilt, and as something that would continue afterward as an alternative. The council on Tuesday, Dec. 11, granted Black permission to pursue the project, which would involve the $150,000 to $200,000 spray park to be placed in Chief Tonasket Park in an area adjacent to the bathrooms toward the south end of the park. The city would be responsible for maintenance, which is expected to be minimal, but the project itself is being spearheaded by Black and will be funded entirely through private donations. Black hopes to have the park operational by sometime in the summer of 2013. “I’ve just been obsessed with this thing,” she told the council Tuesday. She said her obsession led her to meetings with a pair of Kurts - city planner Kurt Danison of Highlands Associates, and Kurt Holland, project manager of Varela and Associates, the city’s engineering firm - that helped her to connect with others that had knowledge and resources to push the project along. She said that Holland recommended putting the spray park in at Chief Tonasket Park due to its superior drainage and infrastructure and introduced her to a Spokane landscape architect. Thus was born the concept of the Tonasket Water Ranch, which Black said will offer 15 water activities and provide a link to Tonasket’s ranching and farming heritage. In addition to asking for financial donations, Black has appealed to a number of locals to donate their talents to their project. “I asked if Bob and Jane Thompson would donate concrete haystacks for scenery,” she said. “Quill Hyde said that he would make a monster horse with a mermaid tail and a recycling fountain... George Baumgardner agreed to build a bike rack. “I want to instill a lot from our local artists and craftsmen so that just coming there will be interesting.” The water spray forms - shaped like animals - are “nearly indestructible,” she said, and will be clear-coated so that graf-
NORTH COUNTY – Lockdown drills and cooperation with local law enforcement are just part of how Oroville and Tonasket School District prepare for the unthinkable – someone loose in the building trying to cause harm to students and staff. “In both buildings we regularly have lockdown drills, along with our fire drills and such,” said Oroville School Superintendent Steve Quick. “We stay in constant contact with local law enforcement and have regular meetings with them so everyone knows what’s going on. So we try to stay proactive. The district is also part of an emergency/rapid response online system where local law enforcement have access to school information, like floor plans. “So if all heck breaks loose they know what they’re going into. We’ve also done drills in the building with local law enforcement,” said Quick. “The nice thing being where we are, we have city police, county police, Border Patrol, Customs officers, probably even Fish and Wildlife would respond if something like that happened.” Tonasket School Superintendent Paul Turner said his district sent out a message through the emergency contact system on Sunday morning referencing
the Friday shooting at the Sandy Hook School in Connecticut. The message said, “In light of the recent school shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, the Tonasket School District would like to let parents, students and the community to know and consider: *Our hearts go out to the Connecticut community for their loss; *The safety of your children is always our first priority; *Tonasket School District regularly has safety drills and completed our districtwide emergency lock down drill this last Thursday; *If your children hear of this tragedy please speak to them openly about safety and precaution; please feel free to contact us for support; *If you as an adult have any concerns around our safety processes and procedures, please contact your school administrator.” “We have been having drills on a monthly basis to help prepare - God willing we never have to use them,” Turner added. “As mentioned, we just had our lockdown drill on Thursday. We also had a meeting earlier last week with the local EMS, fire, police and hospital. We plan to incorporate these entities into our drills. “Finally, we are going back over our ICS (Incident Command System) protocol and updating it.”
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The proposed spray park would provide a water recreation alternative for Tonasket area kids who have been without a swimming pool since the city pool closed over a year ago. fiti, for instance, could be removed with paint thinner without damaging the forms. “You’ve tapped into an entirely different resource that I didn’t see coming,” said Tonasket mayor Patrick Plumb. “This is an opportunity for local farmers, ranchers and orchardists to tap into this and contribute as a part of the history of this area... “A lot of people talk about ‘north end (of the county) cooperation,’” he added. “And you embody that. This would give us a great transition toward the pool.” True to her word, Black is off to a running start. Having already secured a $25,000 from one major donor, Black said on Friday that that same donor has agreed to match the next $25,000 raised, which means fundraising could soon be nearing the halfway point. “I’ve got a couple of calls in to some organizations,” she said. “The big thing right now is having the design people getting started on the cost analysis. It’s been great because all of the different people involved have been communicating well with each other. “I see this as everyone in town knowing about it,” Black said while concluding her presentation before the council. “Hopefully everyone will be getting involved in some way.”
ting firearms in the hands of people not trained to use them. Secondly, I’d have to wonder if that person is willing to take a human life if they found themselves in a situation where it might be necessary,” said Hill. “Also, there is the legal aspect. What if the staff member shot an innocent BY GARY A. DE VON bystander, because a bullet does not necessarily stop after it hits someone,” MANAGING EDITOR said Hill, explaining that his department OROVILLE – With the recent school trains quarterly in firearms and in ‘shoot, shootings in Connecticut fresh on every- no shoot’ drills. DeVon reasoned that if there was a one’s mind, school safety was bound possibility of armed staff memto come up at last Monday’s bers in the school then potential Oroville School Board meetperpetrators were more likely ing. to consider a school a “criminal Superintendent Steve Quick safe zone” and it would be a said a couple staff members deterrent to a school shooting asked how come they can’t like took place at Sand Hook carry a concealed weapon on School district on Friday, Dec. school property if they had the 14. proper permit. Quick said he “Right now this has to be explained that state law did not Steve Quick address. Sure you can lock the allow guns on school property. “I was quite surprised by the number doors, but this guy came through the of people who asked me about that,” window. Nine out of ten times a criminal breaks in to somewhere it is in a nonQuick said. “I did a check and in Utah the law is carry state,” DeVon said. Katie Tietje, the student rep to the that you can... I assume the law is anyone would have to have a concealed weapons board, said, “As a student I’m not sure permit on file,” said Rocky DeVon, board I feel comfortable with teachers with guns. chairman. “Right now we pretty much have an Like Quick, DeVon said he had been approached by several staff members open door policy... people can walk in asking about concealed carry on school and out of the school pretty freely,” said DeVon, who suggested maybe some property. “(State Representative) Joel Kretz said form of having to be “buzzed in” could he would be willing to sponsor legislation help with school safety. “I just want to be careful at the district that would allow those with a concealed weapons permit, like staff members, to level we have a welcoming attitude,” said Quick. “I don’t want to overreact, but carry,” DeVon said. Board member Todd Hill, an Oroville instead to make sure we respond approPolice Officer, said he had concerns priately.” about school staff carrying guns. SEE BOARD | PG A3 “Obviously I have a problem with put-
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Hospital board addresses Assisted Living rumors BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM
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Brock Hires’ dream of a career in music has him at times performing in unusual venues - such as The Junction in Tonasket last Friday.
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TONASKET - Music has always been a part of Brock Hires’ life. So even if he isn’t able to make a profitable career of it, the music won’t be leaving him anytime soon. In the meantime, he’s doing his best to make a go at it. Hires released his first album, “Christmas in the Valley,” a year ago and has been actively promoting heading into the 2012 holidays. The album features a mix of traditional Christmas songs, several Brock Hires originals and a couple written by Roy Ammann, Hires’ friend from the TriCities, where the album has sold well. Hires also played all 14 of the instruments - including front and backing vocals - and mixed it in his home studio. “Digital technology helps a lot with that,” Hires said. “It was kind of hit and miss, but it was about a two year project.” Some of the tracks took longer than others to perfect. “A couple of my songs got a bit of a comedic, sarcastic lyric,” Hires said. “I’m proud of those two. The word is witty and it took me a year alone to get those two
just right.” His personal favorite is one that he feels any American family could relate to: “Darned Old Christmas Lights.” “I love to hang Christmas lights,” Hires said. “But you can put them away fine, but when you get them out next year, half the strand, the whole strand, the lights never all work. “I think I was able to describe what people have to deal with every year. And no matter how upset or frustrated we get with the stupid little lights, we go back to the store and buy them again.” Hires has been singing for longer than he can remember, but he said he was never forced into his music. “People ask if my parents made me,” he said. “It was always a free will choice. My great-grandparents had a lot of influence on me. They played for senior dances and just for fun. He played a guitar and she played the organ. On my website there is a picture from when I was two-years-old playing music with them. “It’s always going to go through my life with me. I would love to make a career of it, but the chances of that are so slim, I’m not counting on it.” He recently graduated from
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Wenatchee Valley College and is seeking “a normal job,” he said. “Fortunately my music has been keeping me busy enough.” Even more recently - over Thanksgiving weekend - he and his wife Adeena were married. She put together the CD cover for his album and is currently the money-maker with a pair of jobs. Hires also has been heavily involved with the Washington State Nashville Country Star competition, where he has been a frequent MC and occasionally has judged the contest. “I’m going to be the co-host again for it this year,” he said. “It’s the ninth year for it, and it progressively gets better and better. I’ve judged it a couple of times and it’s very tough.” As for his future plans, he’s not yet working on his next album. “I’ve been getting a lot of suggestions,” he said. “Some people said I should do an old Gospel album, or country. I’ve thought about it, but I haven’t gotten a real start on it yet. “Right now I’m still trying to sell this one.” Note: Brock Hires will be playing for “It’s Showtime” at Vicki’s Backdoor Club (the old Pub) in Oroville Jan. 5
It’s that time of year again, when into the dark months of December and January we squeeze Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve, and other celebrations. Throw into the mix a generous dose of unrealistic expectations, budget-busting shopping, darker days, colder weather, excess eating and drinking, and no wonder that along with “peace on earth, goodwill toward men,” come anxiety, exhaustion, and depression.
TONASKET - The future of the North Valley Assisted Living facility was not on the agenda for Thursday’s meeting of the NVH Board of Commissioners, but the topic received plenty of attention anyway. Thanks to an erroneous report in another publication suggesting that Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt was to discuss the facility’s financial state, the commissioners’ board room was filled past capacity with a crowd concerned about its future, including some family members of current residents who drove over two hours for the meeting. “It wasn’t on the agenda,” said board chair Helen Casey. “It wasn’t our purpose; we weren’t prepared yet to do that.” “My personal feeling is that since they are here, we should listen,” CEO Linda Michel said. Most of the discussion centered around the issues highlighted in a letter Michel wrote to the community (published in last week’s Gazette-Tribune) asking for input, as well as rumors that have been circulating about the Assisted Living. Among the rumors that were
brought before the board: * Had the decision to close Assisted Living already been made? “We’re really trying to fix it,” Michel said. “If we can’t turn it around we’re going to have to make some hard decisions, absolutely, we are. But we want to try and do that, really desperately.” “We wanted to give enough information to (show) what the crisis looks like,” said commissioner Lael Duncan. “But also to really invite people who are committed to the facility to help us preserve it if at all possible.” * Had there been a significant raise recently given to administrators? “That is not true,” Michel said. * Was there a plan to convert the Assisted Living building into apartments for traveling doctors, office space and a physical therapy facility? “There is no plan,” Michel said. “There are no plans like that. That is rumor. I personally met with the Assisted Living staff ... nothing like that was said. They asked me what we would use it for and I told them it was too raw with me to even think that it was closing.” “The unfortunate thing about
any kind of statement in the paper,” Duncan said, “and then a rumor occurs because of that, the more you object to the rumor, the more the rumor grows. I think this communication, where we’re all talking, and we’re getting the information that you need so that you can come together as the citizens and really help us with this issue, that’s what needs to happen. The rumors will be dead in a week once we focus on working on the problem. “We have to have a plan,” she said later. “That’s the charge right now, is to sit down, roll up all of our sleeves, work together, communicate respectfully and figure out what makes sense.” Don and Pat Atchison, who were present at the meeting, also organized a concerned citizens’ meeting to discuss the Assisted Living issue that was scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 19. Verhasselt agreed to provide financial data (which had been presented at the previous board meeting, where the budget had been approved) to assist that group in its discussion. The next regular meeting of the NVH Board of Commissioners will be Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m. in the commissioner’s board room.
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‘Tis the Season to Celebrate with a countdown! Letters from Mrs. Poynters 2nd Grade Class in Oroville continued.... Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Addison and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Mom clean. 2. I help Mrs. Poynter with everything. 3. I helped my Mom put up lights. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An iphone. 2. An ipad. 3. A puppy. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Addison C. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Katy and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. When kids get hurt I help them. 2. I’m ready to learn. 3. I help my teacher. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I wish I have a kitten. 2. I wish I have a new house. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Your Pal,Katy H. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Travis and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I do my chores every day. 2. I helped Mrs. Poynter with snowflakes. 3. I helped a kids that was nice. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An ipad. 2. A Kindle Fire. 3. A nerf gun.I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Dasher, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Travis D. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Malachi and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I take care of my nephew. 2. I helped Luke up. 3. I helped bake cookies.I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An Xbox 360. 2. An ipad. 3. Word Bingo. I am very excited for your visit!
I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Malachi S. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jordy and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. In first grade I helped a hurt kid. 2. I helped my Mom with dishes. 3. I like to clean my room.I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I want a toy car. 2. I want a new bike. 3. I want a sweater. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Jordy G. Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Kyle and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Mom with the dishes. 2. I take out the trash. 3. I helped my Dad plow snow. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An Xbox 360. 2. A Kindle Fire. 3. An ipad. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays Your Pal, Kyle R. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Marta and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I take care of my sister. 2. I clean my sisters toys. 3. I help my big sister bake cookies. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I want a puppy. 2. I want a doll. 3. I want a toy ipad. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Marta C. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Diana and I am 9 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your
“nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I help my Mom with the cooking. 2. I help my brother do homework. 3. I wash the dishes. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I would like a Barbie house. 2. I would like an ipad. 3. I wish for a computer. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Diana M. Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Terika and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I love my little sister. 2. I help my Mom. 3. I am nice because I help my little sister. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: I want a peace sign blue bed. 2. I want a real computer. 3. I want a fake phone. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays!Your Pal, Terika B. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Isai and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I played with my brother. 2. I make oragami for my brothers. 3. I helped my brother. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. A real iphone. 2. A Lego box. 3. Transformers. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays!Your Pal, Isai L.Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Victor and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped bake cookies. 2. I helped my friends when they are hurt. 3. I help my family. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I want a nerf gun. 2. I want Legos. 3. I want a bay blade set. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Victor G.
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Tonasket City Council approves budget By Brent Baker email@example.com
TONASKET - The Tonasket City Council approved the city’s 2013 budget at its Wednesday, Dec. 12, meeting, completing a process made ever more difficult by declining revenues coming into the city coffers. The largest items in the $6,347,033 budget were water project ($1.99 million) and sewer project ($1.37 million) expenses. The water project is funded by Rural Development Interim Financing and the sewer primarily by Ecology and forgivable loans. Current expenses, at $597,661, which consist primarily of the salaries of city employees, provided the council with the biggest challenge in balancing the budget. The council had originally sought to give city employees a 3 percent raise but instead settled on a 1.7 percent Cost Of Living Increase (based upon the Consumer Price Index to compensate for inflation). The budget also calls for the continuation of full health care coverage, which will increase by $35 per employee per month.
Hines steps down Council member Selena Hines, who was not present Tuesday, submitted her letter of resignation effective Dec. 31. “I want to thank everyone for all of your help during my service,” Hines wrote. “I have learned so much from all of you. Your dedication to our City is amazing. “I look forward to having another opportunity in the future to possibly serve again as family life allows.” The council will be seeking letters of interest for the vacant position which tentatively will be considered at the second city council meeting of the year in late January.
Varela submits report Kurt Holland of Varela and Associates presented the engineering firms’ year-end report for the city, which focused on looking ahead toward future infrastructure projects, gathering and coordinating the different plans for different aspects of the city’s needs and to help provide some momentum for future applications for funding those projects, which in the current economic climate has become
increasingly competitive. His presentation focused on the water system plan, wastewater facility plan, onsite observations on storm water streets and sidewalks, the six-year transportation plan and the 2011 draft of the city’s comprehensive plan. “I think we need to look out there to see what we’re doing in 2015,” Holland said. “What are your goals, your hopes and dreams? What do you want it to look like, and let’s start building it. When you replace that water line on 3rd Street (for instance) - if you want colored concrete across where the walkway where the handicaps are, you’ll never get it done cheaper than when you replace that water line. So ... let’s start incorporating that into the infrastructure projects.” Holland said that having projects coordinated, as well as an identification of the city’s deficiencies, would make the city more competitive when it came to acquiring grants.
Mayor attends transportation meeting Mayor Patrick Plumb attended a meeting to discuss the potential of putting a sales tax hike to the voters to fund an expanded public transportation system in the county. His comments on the topic in July had caused consternation, and while he had no critical remarks about the existing system - “It’s a critical service,” he said - the meeting did nothing to quell his concerns about the proposed 0.4 percent addition to the sales tax. “I am still not pleased,” Plumb said. “I felt like there were some people lobbying on their own behalf, that if this passes they can unionize, they can have an executive director that they pay and make sure they and the bus drivers have benefits. “I was almost laughed out of the room when I said it seems like Omak gets a lot of benefit out of this,” he added. “I didn’t know they have hourly bus service between Omak and Okanogan. Don’t you think Omak should pay a little more than the north end does? That went over like lead bricks. So I’m struggling.” Plumb said that he might be swayed to at least a neutral position on the tax increase if armed forces veterans were permitted to ride the buses for free. The Tonasket City Council will next meet on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 7 p.m.
Stephanie’s Smiles now open in Tonasket Stinson’s husband to convince her to leave her dental practice with Dr. Singleton in Osoyoos and move to Tonasket. They moved here in 2007 and quickly made Tonasket her home. Allen and Stephanie have two young children, John and Allen Quinn, and both share Allen’s family’s love of farming tree fruit. Although Stephanie worked in several offices after her move, she dreamed of sharing her vision for dentistry in her own dental practice. An amazing opportunity to realize her dream came via the purchase of the old Sarff ’s building from Mrs. Daphne Corey and her family. A lot of talented people came together to create the building that would house Stephanie’s Smiles Family Dentistry. Stephanie’s Smiles is an amalgam free general dental practice with a focus on the prevention of dental caries (cavities) and periodontal (gum) disease, not just
the treatment of their symptoms. Their goal is to provide high quality dentistry to our local community in a welcoming and comforting environment. Children enjoy a separate reception area with movies and a castle. Adults benefit from a cozy waiting room complete with Keurig and tea. The office is paperless and all radiographs are digital. Nitrous oxide sedation is available, and patients can enjoy movies while they receive dental treatment. Dr. Stinson is a preferred provider for Washington Dental Service (Delta Dental) and accepts most dental insurances. She has found a staff of local people to share her vision and they look forward to welcoming you and your family as patients. Stephanie’s Smiles is open Monday through Friday, the office can be reached by phoning (509) 486-8001.
Quick reminded the board that unless the state law was changed there was nothing the board could do to change district policy about concealed carry. High School Principal Kristen Sarmiento said, “We definitely have to have the conversation about school safety... we definitely know what our weaknesses are.” Since the meeting Hill said he had done some research and felt if there were guidelines and policy to support them, he might be able
to get behind having staff with concealed weapons on campus. “I’d rather see something like a security guard as opposed to a teacher,” said Hill, suggesting that off-duty officers and reserve officers might be willing to volunteer at the school. “The subject really caught me off guard at the meeting. I think that after the initial shock of the Connecticut incident wears off and if people still feel strongly about it and if the law in the state
is changed, then maybe people with a concealed permit, who have been trained and undergone psychological screening, like you have to do before you become a police officer.” Hill said he wouldn’t want staff members who wanted to play the hero, but rather someone serious about protecting children. He would also prefer that weapons be locked in a central location, rather than carried on a staff member’s person.
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sidewalks abutting their property are responsible for keeping the sidewalks free of snow and ice. During the recent snowstorms it was noted that many businesses/property owners neglected to remove snow and ice accumulation and this caused extremely hazardous conditions for pedestrians and creates liabilities. To those businesses and resi-
dences that have shoveled their sidewalks and applied ice melt type products the city appreciates your efforts. Businesses and property owners also need to be more prompt at snow removal and not just for in front of their business, but on all sidewalks abutting their business and/or residences. The city appreciates your cooperation.
TONASKET - There has been plenty of buzz around Tonasket as Dr. Stephanie Stinson and her husband, Allen Godwin, remodeled the old Sarff ’s building located on West 4th Street between the Tonasket Pizza Company and the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op. Everyone wondered what this historic building would become and who would work there. Dr. Stinson graduated from the University of British Columbia in May 2003 with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. She excelled in dental school, graduating third in her class and was elected to membership in the prestigious Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society for her achievements in dentistry. Stephanie met and married Allen while she was practicing dentistry in Osoyoos, B.C. It took almost two years for Dr.
Dr. Stephanie Stinson and her team look forward to treating our community to exceptional dentistry in a welcoming and comforting environment. We are a preferred provider for Washington Dental Service (Delta Dental) and accept most insurances. We are available Monday through Friday and look forward to meeting you and your family.
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Snow removal reminder Oroville Deputy Clerk
OROVILLE – The City of Oroville would like to remind all property owner/renters with sidewalks abutting their property in the city limits that they need to clear them of snow and ice. According to Ordinance #570, all property owners with
ARMY HOMETOWN NEWS FT BENNING - Army Pfc. Juan J. Velasco has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Georgia. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics,
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OkANOGAN VALLEY LIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY BRINGS OUT THE KIDS
Brent Baker/staff photos
There was plenty of fun to be had at the Tonasket Aerie Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 15. Top, Santa entertained numerous adoring fans; left, the beanbag throwing target brought out some enthusiastic competitors; Seven Closson was the big winner of a giant Pooh Bear drawing; the multitudes crowded around the craft table, where they created their own stocking decorations.
‘A CHRISTMAS CINDERELLA’ LIGHTS UP THE CCC
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Tonasket Elementary School students performed “A Christmas Cinderella” five times at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket over the weekend and on Monday and Tuesday. Weekday matinees featured enthusiastic crowds of their classmates. Diana Luca Brown directed the performances.
DECEMBER 20, 2012 | OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE
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Christmas is still the perfect time to reflect on peace
Each year our Christmas wish is for peace throughout the world. Our hope is that we could view Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As we read through the avalanche of Letters to Santa (see special section this issue) before forwarding them on to the North Pole, we can just about recapture what a magical time it truly is. The tragedy in Connecticut, however, serves as a sobering reminder that there are still children, even in our own country, that have yet to feel that peace. It’s our job to make sure our children feel safe at school and the national conversation is focusing on guns, mental illness and what can be done to protect ourselves from these kinds of incidents. Locally, school safety was one of the topics of the Oroville School Board at their meeting on Monday night. Reporter Brent Baker also talked Out of with the superintendents of the Oroville and My Mind Tonasket school districts about that subject and Gary A. DeVon writes about it in this issue. In a column on this page, Baker, whose wife is a teacher in Tonasket, recalls how his peace of mind was shaken years back when he heard about a police scanner describing a shooting at a Michigan school. That’s all we’ll say about the Sandy Hook School tragedy for now, but we’re sure to learn more as the story continues to unfold. We often forget just what Christmas time is about, or at least what it should be about. Many of us get so caught up in the rush of trying to get everyone gifts that even taking the opportunity for a few minutes to think about the reason for the holidays can be missed. We’re not against presents by any means – they can be a great part of the holidays, especially for the kids. And, if you’re lucky enough to have children or grandchildren around, you know what we mean. The delight in a child’s eyes as they tear open their presents or look in wonder at holiday decorations are memories that can last a lifetime. However, we invite our readers to step back from all the commercialism and remember that Christmas represent the birth of Jesus Christ. While peace on earth should be something we strive for year around, this is the perfect time for anyone, Christian or not, religious or not, to reflect on the good of mankind and the ongoing struggle for peace on earth. A time to consider what we can personally do to help achieve that goal in our neighborhoods and communities. This Christmas many families around the country are receiving one of the best presents they could ask for as troops come home from Iraq and the president’s promise that our part in the war in Afghanistan will end by 2014. So, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan or something else, we at the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune wish you peace this holiday season.
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Where did the gas money go? Dear Editor, So the gas tank is empty at the Oroville airport and there is no money in the budget to fill it. They sell 10,000 gallons a year so it gets filled about twice a year. I wonder where the money went from the last two fills. Apparently they don’t get paid for it? And if they fill it now they won’t sell much ‘till April so we’ll be out that interest money. I wonder what interest rate they have? I’ve started a coalition to go through our couches and help them cover the interest so we can have an airport again. Brian Thompson Oroville
Just a question What makes this small town of Tonasket so special that it could not get it’s act together to lower two of its prominently displayed flags to respect the 20 children and six adults that were murdered in a small town in Connecticut very much like ours? Where is our town’s honor for the request made by our Governor to lower our flags until Tuesday evening? The lowering of our flag has been a way to honor and respect citizens of our country for many years. Leaders of this community were asked by myself and another to take care of this request and were assured that the flags would be lowered. I even offered to assist with the lowering of these flags. My help wasn’t needed, I was assured! On to more flag etiquette information: The flag at the north end of town is torn, tattered and dirty. It should be removed when in such condition. The light that is supposed to illuminate the flag at night is also burned out. If you wish to fly the American Flag; Please do so with the respect
LETTERS TO THE EDITOR given to it via the rules of “Flag Etiquette!” If you don’t know what those are, please check with someone that does. Using the Internet, it’s quite easy to look up these rules for yourself. An interesting note of Flag Etiquette is that if someone flies another country’s flag above our flag on the same pole, it means they are at war with us! We honor the ultimate sacrifice to those of our military services that have given their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy by draping the flag over their coffins and then present them to our Gold Star Mothers and family members. Enough said; fly it correctly or don’t fly it. Please! Michael Stewart and Karen Schimpf Chesaw
Babyboomers to boomerangers Dear Editor, Well well, baby boomers, the 60s have a different meaning now and the ride’s getting a little rougher. But it’s been an interesting ride, both technically and culturally. Slide rules were still being used when I started college and calculators were barely affordable. Our poor parents didn’t know what the hey to think. Going from Lawrence Welk to the Rolling Stones. From beer to LSD. The generation gap was immense. “Our” kids are still listening to our music. Don’t know too many of us still listening to Lawrence Welk. Sadly, most of us have now experienced the passing of friends, enough to awaken the reality of aging and death. I know of approximately 20 friends or acquaintances who have died over the last ten years, still in their 50s or 60s. Once past 50 definite signs of aging start appearing and look-
ing at pictures we might wonder, “who is that.” At least it’s easy to delete pictures these days. Mirrors are becoming less friendly too, especially in the morning and getting our beauty sleep has greater meaning. Just glad all of us in the same age group are going through this together. Nobody escapes. I figure that, when seeing someone I haven’t seen in 10 or 20 years and they still recognize me, well I must not be doin’ too bad, yet. Growth industries that could be a good investment might be in the face lift business, denture business or hair dyes. Nevertheless, I think we all are beginning to realize that we could be the next one on the obit page. Not sure what is worse, dying at an early age or watching our body shrivel away. Whoever coined the phrase “golden years” should be charged with fraud. As long as my health is good, I wouldn’t mind at least another 20 years this side of the grass. The one thing that fascinates me about us babyboomers is the names we have chosen for our kids. For a few thousand years people have used traditional christian names: John, Paul, Mary, Ann, Virginia, Dave, Doug, Jim, etc., even Bob. Then all of a sudden here “we” come, naming our kids with names that none of us can remember. After us babyboomers came Generation X and now, the one I like, is the boomerangers. They’re the ones moving back home with their parents after college, unable to find work or a job loss. We’ve had it pretty darn good though and have been fortunate to live during one of the most prosperous, freest times in history. Sure, most of us never made millionaire status, but as long as I’m not living under a bridge or in prison for something I “didn’t” do, I’m pretty happy with my lot in life. Well, at least we’ve got the mur-
der channels to watch now to occupy our time or we can just sit around exercising the age old tradition of gossip. The murder channels are the most popular shows on the tube these days. They are fascinating, but man, the poor parents who have to deal with a child going missing and is either never found or turns up in a field somewhere. I say, turn these people over to the families. I do get a chuckle though when a commercial comes on advertising $500,000 life insurance policies. Better be careful if your spouse has you signed up for a large sum. They say the prisons are full of people who “thought” they could get away with it. Hopefully we don’t all end up hiding in our houses, peeking through the shades thinking a stalker is hiding behind every bush. We do need to be careful though, while keeping it in perspective. These shows are taken from a pool of 300 million people over about a 50-year period. Aren’t we something, threequarters of novels are murder mysteries and now the most popular TV shows are about murder. At least the History Channel has had some new stuff that’s really good. “Mankind: The Story of Us All” and “The Men Who Built America.” Another good channel that’s new is called “Cine’ Moi” on channel 259 (DirectTV). The best show I like on that channel is called: Earth from Above.” It’s on from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. every morning, but worth waking early for. As for the latest school shootings, as sad as they are, I believe this is the price we have to pay as the cost of freedom. Stalin and Hitler were only able to commit the atrocities they did because the populace was unarmed. They subsequently took the lives of untold millions. I have a few more letters for the coming weeks that space won’t allow this week. Next letter will be about the subject of gossip. Bet you can’t wait. Please tune in. Bob Nicholson Oroville
My hell ended after 15 minutes … theirs won’t It was the fall of 2002, and the devastation and fear wrought by 9/11 were still bubbling. Columbine was just three years in the past. I was sitting in a newspaper office in Standish, Michigan, tr ying to force our balky printer to spit out my sports pages so I could run to Half-Baked them our press Brent Baker room for reproduction. The beast would not be tamed, I was late for our print deadline, and I stomped to my editor, Berta’s, office to whine. She wasn’t in there, but my world suddenly shrunk to a pinpoint: Berta’s police scanner was on, and it was squawking. “ ... gunman in building at AuGres-Sims Elementary ... at least two adults down ... children ...” AuGres-Sims Elementary, where my wife taught kindergarten, where my son was in sixth grade.
The world, my job, nothing else existed. Only the school and my family. I yelled something incoherent to one of my coworkers and ran out the door, jumped in the car, ran a stop sign and headed to the highway. It was Tuesday, October 22. It was crisp and sunny, but the pavement was wet. I hit 55 before I got out of Standish, and 80 as I flew up US-23 toward the school, 15 miles away. Autumn leaves clung, dying, to trees along both sides of the road. The rest blew along the roadside. The birches were bare. I saw the road, but I didn’t. I saw my wife and my son. Alive and cowering, terrified. Or dead, shot. My wife, shielding her kids from a madman. I prayed. For what? That the victims weren’t my family, but someone else’s? How could I hope for that? To beg that a pain I couldn’t bear would be bestowed on someone else? That if one were dead ... which one? That our town of 1,000 would be ripped asunder by ... who? There had been a murder a few years earlier of a well-loved cou-
ple in the community by a local teenager that people were only beginning to wrap their minds around. Cold blooded. In their beds as they slept. We already knew it could happen here. The school? Was it a kid who did this? An adult? A local, or an outsider? Terrorism? How big was it? My wife. My son. In the school. Someone with a gun. Also in the school. Using it. The car wouldn’t go faster. I couldn’t panic, not now. I forced the bile down. Tried to see the road and not my worst nightmare. But what if the nightmare were true? What would I find when I got there? My hands shook, and the rest of me soon followed suit. I slowed down. My cell phone rang. I ignored it. It rang again. Berta. “Brent, what are you doing?” she was upset. “It’s a drill, didn’t you know that?” I pulled off the road. “It’s a frickin’ drill. Didn’t you know that?” I’d missed the first part of the
police communication, the part where they had announced the drill was in progress. Berta told me to go home. I got out of the car, fell to my knees and vomited in the crunchy brown leaves by the side of the road, sobbed with relief. My sports section was ruined. And I didn’t care. There are few days that those 15 minutes of abject, mindnumbing, body-quaking terror don’t come to mind, in vivid, wrenching detail. And yet for me, it was simply a misunderstanding. It was over. School, teachers, wife, son, all the other kids were fine. For the families and friends of 26 people in Connecticut on Dec. 14, 2012, that 15 minutes of hell won’t come to a sudden and happy end with the sounds of a concerned co-worker’s voice reassuring that it was just a mistake. Neither will it for the families of the survivors who lived through horrors that no one, but especially not young children, should ever have to experience. My prayer is that God will grant them peace, and strength to carry an impossible burden of grief and heartache that no one ever asks for. But a burden none of them will never be able to leave behind.
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OkANOGAN VALLEY LIFE White Christmas wishes may come true Those who were wishing for a White Christmas, are probably going to have it in our neighborhood, as it snows a bit, thaws a bit then snows a bit more. We are so fortunate to have family that owns a tractor/snowplow and are thoughtful enough to use it at our house, as well as a lot of other places. Word has been received that Beverly Storm has had her shoulder surgery, in California, which was required after she had the misfortune to take a fall. The surgery entailed replacing the ball joint in her shoulder, which she totally broke off, with an artificial ball. Not what she had planned
for the winter, but at least she’ll be warm while she recuperates. She is missed by her friends and neighbors, espeTHIS & THAT cially at pinochle. Joyce Emry She doesn’t give up easily and sends word that she is doing nicely, in such circumstances. Vicki Hart has been given good
news from the thyroid surgery she recently had, because it was thought to be malignant and reports are that all is well. Just before the snows came it was reported to me that the falls, south of Oroville, that normally just run in the spring during the run off, was flowing down the mountainside. So, we really have had quite mild weather, for December. Some folks don’t like the Christmas music, but I’m not one of them. I’ve enjoyed the music channels on the TV and I never tire of it. Even had a repeat of some the Bob Hope shows when he used to entertain the troops
during the wars. What a guy he was! Made another batch of fudge. Now to try my luck at peanut butter peanut brittle. The kind that the Davenport Hotel sells for $25 a pound. Perhaps more now, as peanuts are more expensive, do to the droughts in the peanut country. Did you ever notice when something is in short supply, (for instance, orange juice from frost) the prices rarely ever go down the next year when the crop is normal? Hopefully a solution will come forth with the PUD that won’t require closure of the local offices. Five more days ‘till Christmas. And just when we got used to writing 2012 on checks etc. we’ll have to up the date. Where does the time go? Happy 90th birthday to Vivian Emry, on Christmas Eve. As many of us prepare for happy times together with family and loved ones there are many in
Are you prepared for winter driving? 10 Essential Winter Driving Kit Items Submitted by Jennifer Cook AAA Washington
That four-letter word that all Washington drivers hate to hear *SNOW* has been mentioned in weather forecast this week across the state. And, with the holidays right around the corner, many Washingtonians will be crossing our mountain passes. AAA encourages everyone
to prepare a winter driving kit for your car. AAA recommends making sure you pack these 10 essential items in your winter driving kit in case you encounter snow and ice: 1. Cell phone and charger for making emergency calls. 2. Warning devices (flares, triangles or other visual alerts). 3. First aid kit. 4. Flashlight with new batteries. 5. Non-perishable food and water. 6. Blankets and warm clothing including hat and gloves. 7. Jumper cables.
8. Abrasive material (sand or cat litter) or traction mats and a small shovel. 9. Ice/snow scraper for clearing car and windows. 10. Tire chains. AAA also recommends making sure your vehicle is ready for the challenge by checking your fluid levels, tire tread depth, and electrical system. For more information on winter driving, preparing your vehicle, and what to do if your vehicle starts skidding, pick up a “How To Go On Ice and Snow” brochure at your local AAA office or go to AAA.com and click on “Traffic
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OMAK – The Okanogan County Local Planning Area is planning free workshops for business owners, managers, supervisors and HR personnel in February. Over 100 community members from Okanogan County and beyond attended the free workshops sponsored by the PLA in November featuring Michael Nash and Jack Kaplan. A twopart “Excellence in Management” presentation by Michael Nash of Nash Consulting, Inc. on Nov. 16 drew 69 participants. Jack Kaplan,
Employer Resource Specialist with Career Path Services’ drew over 40 participants to his workshop on “Behavioral Interviewing” on Nov. 9. Nash’s workshops addressed “Creating a Positive Workplace Environment” and “Giving Feedback to Employees without Lowering Morale.” He emphasized managers’ roles in creating and maintaining high morale atmospheres that are efficient, productive, and provide good customer service. Nash provided participants with specific tools and ideas of how to strengthen relationships and address corrective action when it becomes necessary.
Nash returns to th Okanogan on Feb. 13, 2013 to present on “Behavior Styles: Managing Others with Trust and Respect” and “Internal Customer Service.” The series concludes on April 17, 2013 when Ellis Amdur of the Edgewood Crisis Intervention Resources presents his training, “De-Escalation of Aggressive and Mentally Ill Individuals.” All trainings are free to the public. Registrations will be handled online at www.economic-alliance.org or by calling the Economic Alliance office at (509) 826-5107. These workshops are offered free of charge to community partners and businesses through a
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WorkFirst Innovation Incentive grant awarded to the Okanogan County Local Planning Area (LPA). The Economic Alliance has partnered with the LPA to provide marketing resources and registration for the workshops. The LPA partners of the Okanogan Community Services Office, WorkSource - Omak, Career Path Services, and Wenatchee Valley College spearheaded the grant project. The LPA establishes a network of local businesses and agencies that may all have a role in helping WorkFirst families move from welfare to work. Their goal with the grant is to provide timely and relevant training to those partners.
Protect your gifts from parking lot thieves Submitted by NW Insurance Council
SEATTLE - The hustle and bustle of holiday shopping has begun. While you are rushing from store to store, remember you aren’t the only one looking for a hot deal. Parking lot thieves are on the prowl, preying on inattentive shoppers and hoping to cash in at your expense. If you have optional Comprehensive Coverage on your Auto Insurance Policy, your vehicle is covered if it’s stolen. However, your auto policy will not cover gifts and most personal possessions stolen from your car. Your Homeowners or Renters policy does cover your belongings, including gifts, but only after you pay the deductible, which is usually $250 or more. That’s why it’s important to take extra precautions as you shop from store to store and get in and out of your vehicle.
“Unless it’s permanently attached to your car, most Auto Insurance policies don’t cover your personal belongings,” said Karl Newman, NW Insurance Council president. “As always, you’ll save yourself a lot of headaches by taking steps ahead of time to reduce the risk of a break-in.” As you shop, be wary that car prowlers are lurking in parking lots waiting to steal gifts from unattended cars. Here are a few tips from NW Insurance Council to help you shop safely and worry free: * Review your insurance policy and consider adding Comprehensive coverage if you don’t already have it. * Whenever possible, store gifts and other valuables in your trunk. If this isn’t possible, throw a blanket over gifts before you leave your vehicle unattended. * Manually lock your vehicle’s doors. Do not use your remote
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gifts in their vehicles unattended. If you have questions about your Homeowners or Renters insurance, check your policy or call your insurance agent or company. For more information on how to protect your vehicle and gifts from theft, contact NW Insurance Council at (800) 664-4942 or visit www.nwinsurance.org.
Getting the wheat to market By Marianne Knight Highlands Correspondent
It was a family affair this week as Oscar and Nadra Betcher were up helping Pat and Robin at Dry Gulch Farms and Eden Valley to ship wheat to market. Some of the older neighbors might have thought they saw a ghost from the past, but it was just Robin’s 77-year-old Dad, Oscar and his handsome maroon truck Petie (1991) with the grain trailers. Pat road shotgun the first day, Tim Mason the second and Robin the third. Petie had a fuel problem on day two and got stranded 70 miles from home. It was no big deal to Tim as he had so much experience. He did come home smelling strongly of diesel. Getting out of the grain bin yard and up Dry Gulch to the Chesaw highway was hard in the snow as the new John Deere tractor would not run over 1500 RPM. So they parked the new John Deere design wonder and got out the old 1973 JD 4320 and cold started him to get the job done. After the Eden Valley service truck plowed the County Dry
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In the past few years, Americans have done a pretty good job of whittling down their debt load. If you’re in this group, you may now have a chance to use your lower level of indebtedness to your advantage — by investing for the future. Consider the numbers: In 2007, just before the financial crisis, the country’s household debt service ratio was about 14 percent. (The debt service ratio is the ratio of debt payments, including mortgages and consumer debt, to disposable personal income.) But by 2012, this figure had dipped below 11 percent, the lowest level since 1994. These figures are national averages, but they do translate into real-life savings for many of us. If you’re in this group — that is, if you’ve lowered your debt payments noticeably — what should you do with this “found” money?
Of course, you could spend it on material objects, which, in some cases, may make your life more pleasant today. But you’d probably be better off by devoting your financial resources to your goals for tomorrow, such as college for your children and, eventually, a comfortable retirement lifestyle for yourself.
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OROVILLE - See’s Candies will be available at Linda’s Bakery located at 712 14th in Oroville with sales benefiting
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4. Build an emergency fund. It’s a good idea to build an emergency fund containing six to 12 months’ worth of living expenses. Without such a fund, you may be forced to dip into long-term Consequently, you want may want to consider investments to pay for unexpected costs, such as a large bill from the doctor or a major car these suggestions: 1. Increase your contributions to your re- repair. Keep the money in a liquid, low-risk actirement plan. Try to put more money into your count. employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 5. Establish a 529 plan. If you have children 401(k), 403(b) or 457(b). Your contributions are or grandchildren whom you would like to help typically made with pretax dollars, so the more get through college, you might want to contribyou invest, the lower your taxable income. ute to a 529 plan. Your earnings grow tax-free, Plus, your earnings can grow on a tax-deferred provided withdrawals are used for qualified basis. higher education expenses. Plus, your con2. Fully fund your IRA. You can put in up to $5,000 per year (as of 2012) to a traditional or Roth IRA, or $6,000 if you’re 50 or older. A traditional IRA grows tax-deferred, while a Roth IRA can grow tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions. 3. Fill in “gaps” in your financial strategy. With a little extra money each month, can you find ways to fill in the “gaps” in your financial strategy? For example, do you have sufficient life insurance and disability income insurance? Or can you add some investments that can help diversify your overall portfolio? While di-
Gulch Road all the way to the highway, Petie with his heavy iron chains growled his way out only because Oscar had so much experience on bad roads. Welcome to farming. This is what keeps land in open space. It was a thrilling the day for Robin as the county had not plowed part of the way or sanded the grade very much. They had chains on all the way to Oroville. Petie broke traction a half dozen times and Oscar was ready adjusting the engine to get it back. With over 100,000 pounds of loaded wheat and truck (which is heavier than logs) there was plenty of push going down the steep grade. Sitting up so high they saw swans on the river, later eagles in trees and one flew over and inspected the truck near Bridgeport. The scenery was pretty with snow all the way to Dry Falls. Nadra got the opportunity to help feed cows. She enjoyed the view from up on the the Dry Gulch Farms strips, but said, “been there done that about the cows.” Seems Robin had a similar conversation with Mary Louise Loe about cows. It is a hard way of life, but Robin is always thankful for the Highlands, its people and its lifestyle.
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with Brock Hires entertaining at the piano, guitar and singing Christmas music, what could be better? Also saw Mary Moran who is a temporary resident, where she can be close to therapy treatments, and she is doing very well. The United Methodist Church invites you next Sunday, Dec. 23 to “The Christmas Play” at 9 a.m. and after worship there will be a soup and sandwich potluck. And if you can’t make that the Christmas Eve Service will be 5 p.m. Please feel welcome. A huge thank you to Don Bean blossom for keeping the parking lot of the church free of snow, and the many other things he does with his big “Tonka toys.” Sometimes the saying “still water runs deep” is within some of the persons we know. He doesn’t have to be asked to do these things… he just sees what needs to be done, and does it. Great Guy!
LPA workshops available in February Submitted by Jodi DeCesari
that horrific school shooting on the East Coast that will encounter the worst day in their life, losing their small child in the senseless school shooting. Our first thought is “get rid of the guns” but it is the person, not the gun, that pulls the trigger. So many troubled people in our world today! So sad! In our family, I’m known as the “grandma cookie maker” by the little ones…and big ones too. I make sugar cookies and frost them with butter cream frosting, that I tint different colors and they absolutely all taste the same, but try and convince the eaters of that fact. Why try? Just make LOTS! I have been asked by one of the workers at the Senior Center Sunday pot lucks to notify that there will be no potlucks until further notice, due to lack of participation. Spending an hour at the Tonasket Assisted Living, sitting between two of my favorite people, Kay Tracy and Ellen Roberts,
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MOLSON _ Molson Christian Fellowship will be celebrating Christmas Eve - Monday, Dec. 23, starting at 5 p.m. Fellowship, worship, special music, poetry and more. Pie and desserts will be served. All are enthusiastically welcomed.
Christmas Musical TONASKET - The Tonasket Free Methodist Church is presenting the musical “Little Bethlehem Town” on Sunday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. The church is located at Stanton Loop Rd., which is off the Havillah Highway just past the THS softball field. The public is invited to attend.
January Events TONASKET - The new year features a fresh slate of events at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket, starting right off with the Okanogan Highlands Alliance First Fridays presentation on Jan. 4. This months presentation will feature avian medicine and surgery specialist Dr. Scott Ford sharing information about the loons of North Central Washington, beginning at 6:30 p.m., with a dinner benefiting the CCC at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, is Cabin Fever Night Out, featuring cowboy poetry, music and chili dinner. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and admission is charged. The Good4U Band, featuring Teresa and Lonnie Good, will be playing Saturday, Jan. 19. Dinner is served beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the show to follow. Dinner is $6.00 for CCC members and $7 for all others. Show admission is also $6 and $7, respectively. The Tonasket Chamber of
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They’re calling for Bagram, Afghanistan on Christmas Day to be clear, with a high of 32 degrees, low of 25, and calm winds; Fort Bragg, NC will have a high of 49 - low of 30, with a chance of rain; Lackland AFB, TX is predicted to have a high of 69 - low of 44, with showers; and, Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA is expecting a high of 40 degrees, low of 30, overcast. Some of our own hometown heroes will be spending Christmas in flak jackets or in a base cafeteria somewhere far from home. I’ve heard time and time again testimonies from soldiers about how a card or package from home, even from people they do not know, lifts their spirit. You can do the same for soldiers who can only be home for Christmas in their dreams, using the ways listed here. * To send a hot cup of coffee to a soldier along with a Christmas or New Year’s wish, google “Cup of Joe for a Joe.” * Send them a word of thanks
OROVILLE - Trinity Episcopal in Oroville will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. Trinity Episcopal is located at 604 Central Ave.
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COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTER Commerce will be having its annual banquet on Thursday, Jan. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Door prizes, the official unveiling of the Chamber website, honoring the Organization, Business and Citizen of the year, as well as 2013 Founders Day Grand Marshals. Call Terri at (509) 4863163 for more information. Regular events include: - Zumba classes on Monday evenings, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; - After School Lounge for Teens on Wednesday afternoons. Second and fourth Wednesdays (when Tonasket schools have their early release), 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.; other Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
BLUE STAR MOTHERS and wishes for a Merry Christmas and safe and peaceful New Year through achristmasmessage.evergram.com; USO.org/SupportOur-Troops; or tellthemthanks. com. * Give the gift of life by contacting “Red for Green” at militaryblood.dod.mil, a government program that insures our military has a sufficient and quality blood supply. There are several holiday drives being held at the Naval Air Station on Whidbey Island and Joint Base Lewis McChord. * To send a requested toy to a military child, go to Amazon. com. Click on the Wish List tab and select Find a Wish List. Type in “Operation Homefront.” From “A Soldier’s Christmas Song” by Danny Rongo: “Receive your letters every day, Always helps to pass the time away. December for a soldier’s heavy heart. ‘How do you make it through the holiday?’ I’ll tell you from a soldier’s point of view: “We see the Christmas Star but from afar, Hear the jingle bells
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Christmas Eve Closure Notice OKANOGAN The Commissioners Office will be closed on Monday, Dec. 24 on Christmas Eve Day. The Commissioners office will reopen for regular business Wednesday, Dec. 26.
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Health and Wealth Program TONASKET - A free program offering solutions in two key areas of life - health and wealth - will be offered at the Tonasket Youth Center on Thursday, Jan. 3 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Contact Jim or Robin Acord at (509) 560-3496 or Randy and Patti Middleton at (509) 486-2341.
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Activities include Ping Pong, homemade pizza, games, arts and crafts, internet access, Wii and music. Free; - Young Children’s Playgroup, Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For children aged 0-5 and their caregivers, cost by donation; - Thursday evenings, beginning Jan. 10, dance classes. Learn to waltz, two-step, four-step swing. Fee is $5 per class with the first class free. Ongoing through the winter; - Wednesday, Jan. 9 and Jan. 23 - Family Game Night and Open Mic - admission is free, $5 for dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m.; - Artists’ Paint-In, Sunday, Jan. 20, 10 a.m to 3 p.m. Artists from all over the county come together for an informal gathering to do their art and inspire each other; - Free Community Dinners (two this month) are Sunday, Jan. 13 and Sunday, Jan. 27, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome. Check the CCC’s website at www.communityculturalcenter. org for more information on these events. just not as well. Always pray for Silent Nights, cause we see different Christmas lights. We’ll say a Christmas prayer wish we were there, Hang the mistletoe, but miss you so. Hope to God we’re not here long, this is A Soldier’s Christmas Song. “Our job is harder at this time of year, The Christmas Spirit wraps around our fear, But thereís a knowing that we stand for something more. “Our simple manger scene, Is caught between all that we saw from Shock and Awe. Our plastic baby Jesus cries for us. And from our eagle’s wings, we find Three Kings. An angel’s hand our desert land, We thank you for the love you send our way.” Find us on Facebook at: www. facebook.com/ncw.blue.star. mothers; call at (509) 485-2906; or email at ncw.bluestars@ yahoo.com
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Summary of Ordinance #720 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, adopting the budget of the ensuing fiscal and calendar year of 2013. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall, 509-4862132, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on December 20, 2012. #446060
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NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A REZONE, ISSUANCE OF A DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE (DNS) UNDER SEPA AND A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE MATTER ORO RA 12-2 Official Date of Notice: December 20, 2012 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Greg & Charlene Helm of Oroville, Washington who are the owners of the below described property, filed a complete application on 12/14/2012 for a zoning map amendment. Project Description A zoning map amendment from Commercial Two (C-2) to Residential Two (R-2) for the subject site. The proposal site is located 505 Fir Street, Oroville, Washington, also known as Tax 5 part of Lot 16, Hardenburgh Tract, Oroville and abutting right-of-ways. The lead agency for this proposal, which is the City of Oroville Community Development Department, has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after a review of a completed environmental checklist provided by the agency and other information on file with the lead agency. This DNS has been issued under WAC 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal until after 14 days from the official date of notice. The public is invited to attain a party of record status to ensure notification of subsequent actions and/or have standing in an appeal of the final decision by providing written comment on the application or requesting a copy of the decision once made. The City of Oroville Planning Commission will hold an open record public hearing on the rezone during their regularly scheduled January 16, 2012 meeting. The meeting is to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber Room, Oroville City Hall, you should consult the agenda as to what order the hearing is. Upon conclusion of the hearing the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council who will make the final decision on the rezone after conducting a closed record hearing on the recommendation. The completed project file, Application, SEPA Checklist, maps and related Municipal Codes are available for inspection and/or purchase during normal business hours at the Clerkâ€™s Office, City Hall, 1308 Ironwood, Oroville. Or by visiting the Cityâ€™s website at www.orovillewa.com and follow the Public Notice links. Written comments must be filed no later than 4 p.m. 1/16/2012 to be part of the SEPA record of the decision. Any person desiring to express their views or to be notified of the action taken on this application should notify the undersigned responsible official at P.O. Box 2200, Oroville, WA 98844 at (509)560-3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Dated this 12/17/2012 Christian D. Johnson, Permit Administrator This notice is given pursuant to Section 17.100.050 OMC, appeals under SEPA shall be processed under Chapter 8.24 OMC and appeals of the final decision on this application may be filed by a party of record with standing in Okanogan County Superior Court within 21 days of issuance of the decision as provided by Chapter 36.70C RCW. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on December 20, 2012 #445695
PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Whitestone Reclamation District will meet to equalize the 2013 Irrigation Assessment Roll on Monday, January 7, 2013, 7:00 PM at the office of the Whitestone Reclamation District, 901 Loomis Highway, Loomis WA. Janine McCormick, Secretary. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on December 20, 27, 2012. #445287
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Notice of Public Hearing for Critical Areas Ordinance The hearing for proposed Okanogan County Critical Areas Ordinance has been continued to January 28, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. before the Okanogan County Regional Planning Commission. At that time the board will take verbal testimony regarding the: October 22, 2012 draft of the Critical Areas Ordinance. The verbaI testimony will be restricted to 10 minutes per person or group. You may not assign your time to another party. The hearing will commence in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Virginia Grainger Administration Building at 123 5th Ave. North. Okanogan WA 98840. Written comments may be submitted at the hearing or may be mailed to: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, 123 5th Ave. North, Suite 130, Okanogan WA 98840. Written comments may also be submitted electronically to email@example.com The document may be downloaded at ,www.okanogancounty.org/planning, follow the button on the top of the page titled SMP/CAO or you can contact Sharon McKenzie at the above listed address, firstname.lastname@example.org,wa.us or 509Âˇ422-7160 for additional methods to receive the document. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on December 20, 2012. #445514
Public Notice City Council meetings are regularly held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Since the first Tuesday in January 2013 falls on a holiday, the Oroville City Council meeting will be held the following day, on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact City Hall at 509-4762926. Attest: Kathy M. Jones Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Dec. 20 and 27, 2012.#444778
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COURT, 911 CALLS STATS | FROM A12 Zachery Palmer, 56, booked for open container violation. Matthew Sturgis, 38, booked for DUI. Shawn Fadden, 43, booked for DWLS third. David Mccracken, 44, booked for failure to appear, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest, and DUI. Thursday, December 13 In Okanogan, on Elmway, the caller wants the subject that was arrested at the store last night to be barred from the store permanently for trespassing. In Okanogan, on Pine Street, a woman at the location was asked several times to leave but refused. Police arrived and escorted her off the premises. They informed her that if she trespassed again she was would be arrested. Jeremiah Marchand, 37, booked for DUI and malicious mischief third. James Davis, 55, booked for DOC warrant. Corey Whitmire, 29, booked for violation of court ordered contract. Christopher Davis, 25, booked for failure to appear, DUI, and DWLS third. Oscar Busto, 26, booked for vehicular homicide.
Michael Dennis, 26, booked for DUI. Samuel Cueves, 45, booked for DOC detainer. Peter Heinen, 21, booked for failure to appear, DUI, and DWLS third. Friday, December 14 A report of a missing person from Westlake Rd. area north of Oroville. An 82-year-old male with dimentia has walked away from residence. A report of fraud in Okanogan. Caller received a call from someone claiming his grandson was in jail in Mexico. Reporting party sent $2620 to them and they are continuing to call asking for money. Money ended up in the Philippines. An unknown injury accident occurred on Old Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. One vehicle rollover. All occupants out of vehicle which is not blocking road. A report of an abandoned vehicle on Frosty Creek. Rd. near Tonasket. Vehicle is blocking driveway and mailbox. Vehicle was impounded Dec. 6 for DUI hold. Report of a fraud from resident on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Victim wired $7200 to sell time share in Mexico. A report of a hit-and-run accident on Green Lk. Rd. near Okanogan. Honda went off roadway, hit fence and left the scene. Report of a domestic dispute in Riverside area. Reporting party wants wife removed, says she is trying to steal his car. Subjects yelling at each other. One subject arrested on war-
rant from Moses Lake. Report of trespassing on property near Omak. Ongoing problem with people hunting and building blinds on reporting party’s property. Reporting party referred to WSP who referred back to sheriff’s office and state Fish and Wildlife. Report of an assault on Apple Way Rd. in Okanogan. Female subject hit reporting party and is now outside screaming. Reporting party forcibly removed her and she assaulted him. No medical required, no one wants to press charges. Martin Aguilar, 24, booked for failure to appear and DWLS third. Brodie Verstegen, 30, booked for DUI. Saturday, December 15 An unknown injury collission accident occurred near Hwy. 97 river bridge., Omak. A report of an animal problem on Pontiac Ridge Rd. Ongoing problem with neighbors letting their dogs run loose. A report of an animal problem on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Reporting party called regarding dogs hanging around her residence. RP advised no animal control in county. Report of a theft from Weatherstone Rd., Omak. Generator an chop saw taken sometime last night. Report of a non-injury accident on Chesaw Rd. east of milepost 5. USBP agent out with a vehicle on its top at location.
Report of an non-injury accident on Swanson Mill Rd. Vehicle with two occupants in the ditch with blown tire after sliding off road. Report of a non-injury accident on Kermel Rd. an Homeplace Ln., Omak. Three vehicle collision on slick road. Agency assist to juvenile detention. Deputy required to take female juvenile into protective custody for CPS. Parents refusing to pick her up on a screen and release. Mother and Tribal Police have worked out issuers and mother will come for daughter. Report of an assault on Sandflat Rd., Omak. Reporting party says stepfather is hitting mother and threatening to burn down the house. Filipe Ivan Gonzales-Morado, 28, was booked for DWLS, third; three WSP warrants for DWLS, third; two OCSO FTP warrants for hit-and-run unattended and DWLS and on a USBP hold. Wayne Morris McGhee, 63, was booked for DUI. Colton Neal Ellis, 23, was booked for indecent exposure. Frank B. R. Bigwolf III, 34, booke4d for DUI, DWLS, third; failure to obey and on FTA warrants for DWLS, failure to transfer title and assault four. Sandra Rose Moses, 26, booked for DUI and DWLS, second. Celia Amanda, 28, was booked for a WSP FTA warrant for DUI. Michaejon Lee Austin, 33, booked for DWLS, third.
Sunday, December 16 Report of a disabled vehicle at Hagood Cutoff Rd., Tonasket. Van slid off road and owner needs a tow. OPD made a welfare check on a 23-year-old intoxicated male on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Male told RP he was thinking about hurting himself. Possible access to firearms. Man advised officer he was not going to hurt himself and was staying at location for the night. A report of a a non-injury accident on Rodeo Trail Rd., Okanogan. Rollover by fence. A report of a theft in Riverside area. Mail carrier on Pine Creek route brought in mail that had been taken from several addresses in Riverside, Christmas cards and parcels have been opened. Subject has mail at Tonasket post office. A pickup slid off the roadway on Pine Creek Rd., in ditch with flashers on. Vehicle was removed. Kristina Michelle Grooms-Sloan, 37, booked for rendering criminal assistance and resisting arrest. Agustin Alfonso Pedregon, 28, booked for DWLS, third. Timothy Keith Edwards, 39, booked for DV and felony violation of no contact order Jose Luis Cabello, 51, booked for fourth degree assault – DV andf interfering with reporting of domestic violence, Jason Charles Buckmiller, 26, booked on a FTA warrants for assault, fourth and malicious mischief
William Cephus Bedard Jr., 22, was booked for fourth degree assault – domestic violence; violation of a protection order – DV; making false statements/no contact order – DV and third degree malicious mischief – DV.
Marriage License Melanie Mills, age 33 of Omak, will wed Autumn Carroll, age 32 of Omak.
Key DUI – Driving Under the Influence DWLS/R – Driving While License Suspended/Revoked POSC – Possession of a Controlled Substance MIP/C – Minor in Possession/Consumption TMVWOP – Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Permission DV – Domestic Violence FTA – Failure to Appear (on a warrant) FTPF – Failure to Pay Fine RP - Reporting Party OCSO – Okanogan County Sheriff’s Officer USBP – U.S. Border Patrol CBP – U.S. Customs and Border Protection ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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Left Connor Hughes blocks a shot by Columbia’s Joe Schwartz during Saturday’s game; center, Joe Sarmiento cuts through the Columbia defense for a layup; right, Chase Nigg (5) pulls down a pass from Joe Sarmiento on one of the many Hornet fast break baskets.
Oroville boys turn on the afterburners By Brent Baker email@example.com
OROVILLE - In a season of learning for the Oroville boys basketball team, progress won’t always be measured in terms of wins. Happily for the Hornets, an effective fast break offense and improved shooting brought home a tangible sign of their progress to the tune of an 80-39 victory over Columbia (Hunters) on Saturday, Dec. 15. “This meant a lot,” said Oroville coach Allen Allie. “This showed them it’s not just ‘We’ve got to work, we’ve got to work.’ The con-
fidence is a big boost.” The Hornets were off and running from the opening tip, scoring the game’s first 11 points and leading 28-14 after a first quarter in which the two teams combined for seven 3-pointers. “It’s the first time this year that everybody shot well, that we got everybody going,” Allie said. “They moved the ball; it was really the first time we got the break going.” Oroville kept up the pressure by continuously beating the Lions’ defense to the bucket on the fast break. The Hornets led 46-23 at the half, surpassed their season high for points in a game midway through the third quarter and added to their lead to the finish.
“We’ve been working a lot on the offense,” Allie said. “Just trying to get everybody working together. They passed well, they played well. I wish we’d have had some of that the first five games we played, they’d have been different games. “Regardless of whether you win or lose, I just want to have them play well and have a good feeling about that.” Connor Hughes scored a game-high 25 points, plus started at last a half of the Hornets’ fast breaks with rebounds and quick outlet passes. “We’re not a tall team,” Allie said. “We have to rely on boxing out. If we don’t do that, we don’t rebound well, except for Connor. We rebounded, got the ball out and moved it.”
All seven Hornets who played scored, with Dustin Nigg putting up 14 points, Jose Sarmiento adding 13, Gil Ildelfonso chipping in with 11, Connelly Quick and Chase Nigg furnishing seven and recent call-up Juan Lopez scoring three. The Hornets (2-5) close out their preChristmas schedule with a non-league game at Entiat on Friday, Dec. 21.
Omak 56, Oroville 42 OROVILLE - Gil Ildelfonso scored a career-high 15 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Oroville boys basketball team as the Hornets fell to Omak on
Hornet girls freeze out Columbia
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 56-42. “We had a better game,” Allie said. “We still didn’t shoot that well, But our shooting was better than the last couple of games.” Omak led 30-20 at halftime, but the Pioneers pulled further ahead in the third quarter as Marvin Frank scored 11 of his game-high 24 points. The Pioneers also hit six 3-pointers, including three by Ryder Lewis. Still, it was an improved offensive performance for the Hornets, who hit six treys of their own - including three by Ildelfonso - and put five players in the scoring column. Conner Hughes added 10 points for Oroville.
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OROVILLE - The snow was whipping around Coulton Auditorium on Saturday night, but that didn’t compare to the freeze the Oroville girls basketball team inflicted on the Columbia Lions inside. Oroville held Columbia (Hunters) without a point for the first 12 minutes of the game while starting on an 18-0 run and cruised to a 53-19 victory. “We did a lot of things better tonight than we have been,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “We didn’t have the lazy passes we’ve been throwing. Once we saw that they weren’t as strong as they’ve been the past couple years, that might have been tempting.” Columbia (2-3) lost just twice last year -- to eventual 2B champion Reardan, and in the 1B state title game to Colton. But the Lions suffered heavy graduation losses and don’t resemble last year’s state runners-up. The exception to that was Elizabeth Larrew, who hit three jumpers during the Lions’ 8-0 run late in the second quarter that briefly cut the Hornets’ lead to 10. But from there, Oroville went on a 31-2 run and were never challenged. “I told the girls to have a team meeting after the Omak game,” Bourn said. “They did that, and they changed some of their pregame routine. They were a lot more focused from the start and showed up ready to play. “So even though the team we played wasn’t as strong, we also did a lot more of what we need to be doing.” Lily Hilderbrand led all scorers with 21 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Nine Hornets reached the scoreboard, with Marissa Garcia adding seven points and Briana Moralez six. Oroville (4-3) will face a bigger test when it heads to Entiat on Dec. 21.
Omak 46, Oroville 43 OROVILLE - Oroville staged
Hornets rack up pins at Bulldog Invite By Brent Baker email@example.com
Above, the Hornets’ Becky Arrigoni hangs on as others try to pull the ball loose during the Saturday’s big win over Columbia. Left, With the Hornets’ lead over 30 points, Brittany Jewett’s fifth foul of the game amused even Oroville coach Mike Bourn.
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a huge fourth quarter comeback, outscoring Omak 20-7 over the final eight minutes, but fell three points short in a 46-43 nonleague girls basketball loss to the Pioneers on Dec. 11.
The Hornets scored just two points in the second quarter in falling behind 25-13 at the half. “We just didn’t show up to play,” Bourn said. “I could tell before the game in the locker
room that they weren’t ready. If that’s our approach, we won’t have to worry about state because we won’t even make the district tournament.” Briana Moralez scored 11
points - including seven in the fourth quarter - and Meagan Moralez added all eight of her points in the fourth to lead the Hornets, who lost their second straight to a CTL squad.
OKANOGAN - Oroville’s wrestlers picked up 11 pins at the Okanogan Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 15, taking one runner-up in the tourney and winning one JV weight class. At the varsity level, Eric Herrera (220 pounds) earned a second place finish with one pin. Charlie Arrigoni (160) pinned all three of his opponents to win the JV bracket. “Charlie amazed us,” said assistant coach Erick Cleveland. “He came back on Friday after being down five to get a pin and his first victory. On Saturday he got three pins in a row; the heart of the Stallion is on a roll.” Third place finishers were Jordan Smith (106) with 2 pins; Ronel Kee (113) with three pins; and Eddie Ocampo (160) with one pin. Taylor Robertson (172) took fourth with one pin and Leo Curiel (132) also picked up a victory. The Hornets host Tonasket for a dual on Thursday, Dec. 20, and host the North Okanogan Holiday Invitational (NOHI) tournament on Saturday.
Oroville hosts mix-n-match OROVILLE - The Hornets hosted Davenport and a group of Tonasket wrestlers on Thursday, Dec. 13. Earning victories were Jordan Smith, Leo Curiel, Angel Camacho, Eddie Ocampo, Charlie Arrigoni, Taylor Robertson (two pins) and Eric Herrera.
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SPORTS Hot-shooting Chelan downs Tiger girls By Brent Baker firstname.lastname@example.org
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Derek Sund (23) and the Tigers found the going tough inside against taller Okanogan on Tuesday.
Tonasket boys battle Chelan before late fade By Brent Baker email@example.com
TONASKET - Tonasket’s boys basketball team frustrated Chelan for a half. The Goats, though, returned the favor with some halftime adjustments that erased the Tigers’ slim lead as Chelan pulled away late to a 55-34 Caribou Trail League victory. “It was a ball game; we weren’t out of it until pretty late,” said Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon. “I’m really pleased with how we competed against a really good Chelan team. The Tigers held an 18-14 lead at the half, but the Goat’s 1-1-3 halfcourt press took Tonasket out of its offense in the second half. “We were unable to get into our offense; a lot of it was the lack of varsity experience for our guys,” Pedregon said. “I need to find a better way to have them prepared for it though. We expected it, but we were too passive.” Chelan’s Michael Amsel proved to be a thorn in the Tigers’ flesh as well. “He’s just so quick,” Pedregon said. “He’s the most athletic point guard that we’ll face.” Amsel finished with a gamehigh 18 points, with Eric Oscarson adding 12. Dyllan Gage led the Tigers (4-2, 0-2 CTL) with 10 points, Derek Sund added eight and Michael
Orozco chipped in with six. The Tigers faced Brewster on Tuesday and head to Cashmere on Friday, Dec. 21.
Okanogan 65, Tonasket 45 TONASKET - Jim Townsend scored 25 points, many of them off of offensive rebounds, as Okanogan handed Tonasket the Tigers’ first loss of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 11. “We only had 26 rebounds,” Pedregon said. “To be able to compete with this Okanogan team on the boards, we emphasized rebounding and boxing out. We did it in spurts, and any time we were boxing out, good things were happening.” It just didn’t happen enough. The unbeaten (5-0) Bulldogs raced to a 26-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Tigers got back in the game with a 15-2 run, fueled offensively by 3-pointers from Michael Orozco and Dyllan Gage, lockdown defense and limiting the Bulldogs to just one shot. The Tigers’ half court defense at one point forced a five second call, and the frustrated Bulldogs picked up a technical foul to further give the Tigers the momentum. Tonasket had the ball while trailing 28-22. But a turnover turned into an a Justin Rivas 3-point play and the Bulldogs
Tigers tested at Tri-State By Brent Baker
COUER D’ALENE, IDAHO Tonasket sent six of its top wrestlers to be tested against some of the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer as they competed at the Tri-State Invitational in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, Dec. 14-15. None of the Tigers were able to crack the top eight in their respective weight classes to earn tourney medals, but most of the brackets consisted of 25 or more top wrestlers from 73 schools of all sizes from Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. “It was as tough as ever,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. Collin Aitcheson (120) went 2-2 with a pin, with both his losses coming by decision. He was eliminated by one Leviticus Arizpe of Decatur, WA, 5-3. Jeffrey Stedtfeld (126) won his first three matches, advancing to the quarterfinals, before losing two straight to be eliminated from medal contention. Austin Booker (160) went 3-2, including a pair of pins, before bowing out. Derek Rimestad (152), Frank
Holfeltz (195) and Chad Edwards (285) each went 0-2. “(They) gained valuable experience competing in and watching that level of competition,” Mitchell said. Tonasket travels to Oroville twice this week: first for a dual meet on Thursday, then to the NOHI tournament on Saturday, Dec. 22.
Tonasket 59, Omak 21 Tonasket hosted Omak on Wednesday, Dec. 12, and rolled to a 59-21 victory in their first Caribou Trail League dual meet of the year. Booker and John Rawley (220) each won with pins, with Stedtfeld recording a 15-0 technical fall. Rade Pilkinton (106), Trevor Peterson (113), Aitcheson, Tim Frazier (126), Dallas Tyus (170) and Edwards all won by forfeit. Also, the JV squad traveled to Oroville to take on the Hornets and Davenport on Friday, Dec. 14. “Most of our guys got matches,” Mitchell said. “We won a lot more matches than we lost.”
finished the half on a 9-0 run and a 35-22 lead. “It was that quick,” Pedregon said. “That was partly my fault. I should have called a time out; their press is a good one. They’re well coached and do a great job clogging the middle and anticipating that middle pass on the press. They do it well to a T, I thought, which makes it tough to break.” The Tigers had their chances to stay in the game, but were outscored 20-1 on second-chance points through the first three quarters, and Okanogan headed to the fourth with a 54-33 lead. “We did a good job with Rivas,” Pedregon said. “We wanted to make sure someone else would have to beat us, and we did make the rest of the team beat us, not just one guy.” Pedregon added that playing one of the CTL’s front-runners proved to be a good learning experience. “The mistakes we made in the pre-season games, we can’t afford now,” he said. “We could make 20 turnovers in the pre-season and still win, but not now. You can’t do that in the CTL, and you especially you can’t against Okanogan.” Orozco led the Tigers (4-1, 0-1 Caribou Trail League) with 14 points and six assists, Gage added 13 points and three assists, and Trevor Terris added six rebounds and four assists to go with six points.
TONASKET - The 68-22 final score notwithstanding, Tonasket girls basketball coach Mike Larson was pleased with his team’s outing against Chelan, the second state title contender the Tigers faced in four days. The Tigers stuck with the Goats for a little while, trailing 16-8 at one point in the first half. Chelan went on to blow the game open by hitting 7-of-9 3-pointers before halftime and shot 63 percent in the first half. Still, Larson was pleased that his team didn’t suffer the selfinflicted wounds during Tuesday’s loss to Okanogan. “We decided, both as a team and as individuals, that we were capable of a lot more than that,” Larson said. “We made a conscious effort to play together, to work together. Offensively and defensively we were able to do that. We hit some shots, made some stops and it felt pretty good to have (Chelan coach) Frank (Phelps) looking a bit nervous as we were hitting shots.” Chelan’s size and talent eventually won out, but Larson was pleased with how his team battled to the end. “They never quit, even when it was late in the game,” he said. “As a coach, that’s all you can ask of your players, to keep digging, keep trying to accomplish the things we’ve been teaching them. “They don’t want to be ‘that team’ that everyone knows they’ve beaten before the game even starts. They want to be competitive and make other teams have to work hard to beat them. Coach Frank said after the game that whatever we told the girls was working. So as a coach, I was very proud that the kids were working so hard to do the right things.” The Tigers (1-5, 0-2 Caribou Trail League) hosted Brewster on Tuesday and travel to Cashmere on Friday, Dec. 21. Tonasket also plays in the Brewster Christmas Tournament, Dec. 28-29, before returning to league play against Omak on Jan. 4.
Okanogan 66, Tonasket 8 TONASKET - Defending state girls basketball champion Okanogan ran to a 26-2 first quarter lead at Tonasket on Tuesday, Dec. 11, coasting to a 66-8 victory over the Tigers. Okanogan led 37-6 at the half. Tonasket managed just one basket in the second half, which was shortened considerably by the running clock rule that took effect once the Bulldog advantage hit 40 points. Kara Staggs led Okanogan (4-1, 1-0 Caribou Trail League) with 20 points before leaving with an injury in the third quarter. Kylie Dellinger led Tonasket (1-4, 0-1) with four points.
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Top, Kelly Cruz (10) passes the ball upcourt against Okanogan on Dec. 11. Above, Ameerah Cholmondeley dribbles into the front court during Tuesday’s loss to defending state champ Okanogan.
standings & schedules Standings Boys Basketball League Total W-L W-L Okanogan 2-0 6-0 Brewster 2-0 4-1 Chelan 1-0 3-1 Quincy 1-1 4-2 Cashmere 1-1 4-2 Cascade 0-1 0-5 Omak 0-2 3-4 Tonasket 0-2 4-2 W-L Bridgeport 0-0 Lk Roosevelt 0-0 Liberty Bell 0-0 Manson 0-0 Oroville 0-0
2-5 2-4 1-5
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Caribou Trail League
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Omak 0-2 Quincy 0-2 Tonasket 0-2
W-L 2-3 1-3 2-3 2-2 2-5
League Total W-L W-L Bridgeport 0-0 2-3 Lk Roosevelt 0-0 2-2 Liberty Bell 0-0 0-5 Manson 0-0 1-3 Oroville 0-0 4-3
Wrestling Caribou Trail (League Duals) Tonasket Chelan Quincy
W-L 1-0 1-0 1-0
Cashmere Brewster Okanogan Omak Cascade
High School Sports Schedules Dec. 20-29 Thursday, Dec. 20 Wrest - Tonasket at Oroville, 7:00 pm Friday, Dec. 21 JV/Var Girls BB - Tonasket at Cashmere, 4:30/6:00 pm JV/Var Boys BB - Tonasket at Cashmere, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV Girls BB - Oroville at Entiat, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var Boys BB - Oroville at Entiat, 6:00/7:30 pm
Girls Basketball Caribou Trail League
League Total W-L W-L Okanogan 2-0 6-0 Cashmere 2-0 3-2 Brewster 2-0 5-0 Chelan 1-0 4-0 Cascade 0-1 4-1
0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1 0-1
Saturday, Dec. 22 Wrest - Tonasket at Oroville NOHI Tourney, 10:00 am Friday, Dec. 28 Var Girls BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney Var Boys BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney Wrest - Tonasket at Royal Tourney Saturday, Dec. 29 Var Girls BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney Var Boys BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney
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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune | DECEMBER 20, 2012
COURT, 911 CALLS Compiled by Brianna Ellis Freelance Correspondent
Superior Court The court found probable cause to charge Roland Ray Wolff, 56, with possession of a controlled substance. He received six months confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Anthony Germano Webb, 28, with second degree burglary and third degree theft. He received one year and three days confinement.
Juvenile An Omak juvenile, 16, was charged with DWLS third degree. He received three days confinement. An Omak juvenile, 13, was charged with taking a vehicle without permission second degree. He received 25 days confinement and one year community service. A Riverside juvenile, 15, was charged with theft of a motor vehicle. He received 15 days confinement and one year community service.
District Court Joshua Adkins, 28, of Riverside was charged with third degree DWLS. Paul Beattey, 29, of Tonasket was charged with DUI and third degree DWLS. He received 15 months confinement and a $2,861 fine. Brady Bell, 18, of Conconully was charged with use/delivery of drug paraphernalia and third degree DWLS. He received 180 days confinement and a $1,018 fine. Shawn Best, 27, of Omak was charged with DUI. He received one
year confinement and a $1,936 fine. Kristen Bob, 30, of Okanogan was charged with fourth degree assault, first degree criminal trespassing, and DUI. Joshua Chapa, 21, of Omak was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer and third degree DWLS. He received 9 months confinement and a $1,308 fine. Daggon Chaska, 20, of Okanogan was charged with third degree DWLS. He received 90 days confinement and a $658 fine. Jennifer Drader, 38, of Okanogan was charged with two counts of second degree theft. She received a $400 fine. Angela Gordon, 47, of Omak was charged with third degree DWLS. George Gorr, 52, of Omak was charged with two counts of fourth degree assault and third degree malicious mischief. Abraham Grunlose, 41, of Omak was charged with marijuana possession less than or equal to 40 grams. Ricardo Alvarez, 20, of Tonasket was charged with fourth degree assault. Dusty Hamilton, 31, of Oroville was charged with third degree DWLS. Brandon Herz, 26, of Omak was charged with four counts of fourth degree assault. Arlen Long, 56, of Omak was charged with second degree criminal trespassing and third degree attempted theft. Eugene Martinez, 41, of Omak was charged with second degree criminal trespassing.. Ernesto Leon, 18, of Tonasket was charged with no valid operator license. William Nearents, 54, of Okanogan was charged with third degree DWLS. Dwayne Paul, 54, of Omak was charged with operating a vehicle
without an ignition interlock. Martin Postin, 60, of Riverside was charged with third degree DWLS. Dennis Rawley, 72, of Tonasket, was charged with DUI. Melissa Senger, 31, of Omak was charged with third degree DWLS. She received one year confinement and a $1,033 fine. Denise Sinnett, 45, of Riverside was charged with use/delivery of drug paraphernalia and third degree DWLS. Bradford Thayer, 50, of Okanogan was charged with third degree DWLS. He received one year confinement and a $1,381 fine. Leroy Zacherle, 43, of Omak was charged with third degree DWLS, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, and DUI. He received 15 months confinement and a $3,141 fine.
OBITUARy Daniel Robert Impelmance Daniel was born on May 6th, 1980 in Houston, Texas to Danny and Peggy Impelmance. He was brought into the world at home in an all natural birth with midwives, his Dad and two older Sisters, Michelle and Heather. Daniel’s dad passed early in life and his momma found a wonderful friend in Rick Shaw. They were soon married and his little sister, Autum was born in 1983. A move to Arkansas was in store and then a final move in 1988 to Oroville, Washington where they lived in a quaint house outside of town. Daniel spent lots of time learning to hunt, fish, shoot and drive with Rick and his Papa Shaw. Having the outdoors as his playground. His brother, Buck, was born in 1985 and now he was finally a big brother. He was a good big brother and little brother. Making sure both sides were picked on equally. Early in life, Daniel’s natural ability to mechanic and work with his hands was apparent. If he was quiet, you could find him taking some prized possession of his siblings apart just to put it
back together again. While growing up, Daniel spent countless hours hunting, fishing, listening to music and hanging out with his friends. He was always ready to help anyone. If you needed something mechanical fixed, he was there. Daniel graduated From Oroville HS in 1998. He worked for Cooks Cutting Edge and Zosel Lumber. Always needing to be busy and work with his hands. Daniel left the Oroville area soon after graduation and moved round the state working for various construction companies. On August 17, 2003 Daniel’s son, Andrew was born. Daniel soon learned that he would have to further his education in order to provide for his son, so he pursued a Degree from Clark College in Automotive Service and Maintenance and received it with a 4.0 GPA. He also completed certifications in ASE Refrigerant Recovery and Recycling and DNR for Fire Fighting. In 2008, Daniel then met Katie, fell in love and were married on May 10th and in 2009 they went their separate ways and were divorced. Because being a good parent was important to Daniel, he
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OROVILLE Oroville Community Bible Fellowship
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Faith Lutheran Church
11th & Ironwood, Oroville • 476-2426 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Pastor Dan Kunkel • Deacon Dave Wildermuth
Immaculate Conception Parish
1715 Main Street Oroville 8:30 a.m. English Mass 1st Sunday of the Month Other Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every other Sun. Rev. David Kuttner • 476-2110
PC of G Bible Faith Family Church
476-3063 • 1012 Fir Street, Oroville SUNDAY: 7 a.m. Men’s Meeting 9:45 Sunday School (2-17 yrs) • Life Skills (18+) 10:45 Worship Service • Children’s Church (3-8 yrs) WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Bible Study (13+) Pastor Claude Roberts
Oroville United Methodist
908 Fir, Oroville • 476-2681 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Rev. Leon Alden
Valley Christian Fellowship
Pastor Randy McAllister 142 East Oroville Rd. • 476-2028 • Sunday School (Adult & Teens) 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.• Sun. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Sunday School & Children’s Church K-6 9:45 to 1:00 p.m. Open to Community! Located at Kid City 142 East Oroville • Wednesday Evening Worship 7 p.m.
602 Central Ave., Oroville Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 Warden • 476-2022
Church of Christ
Ironwood & 12th, Oroville • 476-3926 Sunday School 10 a.m. • Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m.
10th & Main, Oroville - 509-476-2552 Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. Skip Johnson • 509-826-0266
Oroville Free Methodist
1516 Fir Street • Pastor Rod Brown • 476.2311 Sun. School 9:15 am • Worship Service 10:15am Youth Activity Center • 607 Central Ave. Monday 7:00 pm • After School M-W-F 3-5pm ofﬁce@orovillefmc.org
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also completed many Effective Parenting Courses and Chemical Dependency Treatment Courses. He enjoyed exploring new horizons and was also a Member of Toastmasters International where he explored the art of lending a kind word of encouragement. He often practiced this art with his friends or just anyone that may need a little support. Daniel made an impression as a kind soul with a big heart to the many people around him. Daniel then met Jackie. With her two beautiful children, Connor and Marley, they built a life together. On October 6, 2011, they had a beautiful girl, Lexi. Daniel continued to work in various construction fields while living in Spokane. He was always there for his friends and loved his family. Just a couple months ago, he made sure to help a friend from his grade school years at a moments notice when in need. Daniel passed away on December 10th, 2012 in the loving arms of Jesus and will be so very missed by all of us.
they keep coming back. One of the drug users damaged his screen door. In Omak, on Engh Road, a male subject showed up at the residence and shoved the homeowner. The homeowner’s mother was present and saw that the subject was highly intoxicated but no weapon was involved. Jared Shadrack, 18, booked for first degree burglary, 6 counts of theft of a firearm, theft second, counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, trafficking first, possession of stolen property second, attempting to allude, and burglary second. Jason Tofte, 38, booked for assault. Robert Crowe, 25, booked for DUI.
911 Calls and Jail Bookings: Monday, December 10 In Okanogan, on Second Avenue South, a subject came into the lobby and told receptionist that if he was not seen immediately he would be back the next day to blow up the building. The subject then left on foot and went to the Chevron. In Okanogan, on Fourth Avenue South, a subject moving out of their mother’s residence and requested assistance picking up her belongings because her mother is threatening to give her belongings away. Marrianne Cohen, 37, booked for DUI. Clayton Johnson, 51, booked for DWLS first and assault fourth. Maria Contreras, 56, booked for
Alexander Cotter, 27, booked for no contact order violation. Erik Mercado, 20, booked for assault fourth. Cameron Kersch, 22, booked for vehicle prowling. Marcos Rosas, 27, booked for three counts of failure to appear and four counts of DWLS third. Anthony Ruben, 21, booked for DWLS third. Shawnee Disautel, 18, booked for assault fourth.
attended hit and run, failure to appear, and third degree theft. Tami Campbell, 53, booked for burglary second, vehicle prowling second, and theft third. Bradley Autrey, 50, booked for burglary second, vehicle prowling second, and theft third. Ciro Thomas, 33, booked for DUI and DWLS third.
Main Street in Loomis 9:45 a.m. Sunday School • 11 a.m. Worship Service Call for other events information • 509-223-3542 Pastor Vern Fenton email@example.com
Bethlehem Town” on Sunday, December 23rd, at 4:00 p.m. The church is located at Stanton Loop Road, which is off the Havillah Highway, just past the Tonasket High School softball field. We’d like to invite the public to attend. This is also ministry to our community. We have prepared gifts for kids at the Juvenile Center and for CareNet.
Chesaw Community Bible Church
Nondenominational • Everyone Welcome Every Sunday 10:30 a.m. to Noon Pastor Duane Scheidemantle • 485-3826
MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship
Molson Grange, Molson Sunday 10:30 a.m., Worship & Youth Sun. School Wednesday 6:30pm, Bible Study “For by grace are ye saved through faith...” Eph. 2:8-9 “...lovest thou me...Feed my lambs...John 21:1-17
RIVERSIDE Riverside Lighthouse - Assembly of God
102 Tower Street Sunday Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00am & 6:30pm Wednesday- family Night 6:30pm Pastor Vern & Anita Weaver Ph. 509-826-4082
TONASKET Holy Rosary Parish
1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 10:30 a.m. English Mass 1st Sunday of the Month Other Sundays at 8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every other Sun. Rev. David Kuttner • 476-2110
Immanuel Lutheran Church
1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15
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415-A S. Whitcomb Ave. • Pastor George Conkle Sunday: 10 a.m. (509) 486-2000 • cell: (509) 429-1663
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24 E. 4th, Tonasket • 486-2181
“A biblically based, thoughtful group of Christian People”
Sunday Worship at 11 a.m. Call for program/activity information Leon L. Alden, Pastor
Whitestone Church of the Brethren
577 Loomis-Oroville Rd., Tonasket. 846-4278 9:15am Praise Singing. 9:30am Worship Service 10:45am Sunday school for all ages
Ellisforde Church of the Brethren
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Merry Christmas and the Happiest of Holiday Wishes from the staff of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune. We hope you will enjoy this special Christmas addition to our newspaper. You will find letters to Santa from children in the DONKEY BASKETBALL Okanogan Valley. Two lucky kids have heach won a special donated gift item. An Old Fashioned Sled donated by Prince’s Department Store in Oroville and by Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket. We would like to extend a warm thank-you to the advertisers who help SERVING WASHINGTON’S OKANOGAN VALLEY SINCE 1905 support this wonderful section with their Christmas Card Greetings. Be sure to let them know you saw their card. LOCAL WILDLIFE
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Tonasket council updates on projects
Concern expressed over coaches resignation
City’s engineers seek to clarify priorities regarding upcoming street improvement projects
To Santa - Preschool & Grade 2’s s r e t t e L BY BRENT BAKER
TONASKET - The Tonasket City Council provided updates on a number of civic projects that are progressing through their planning stages at the Tuesday, March 13, council meeting. Tonasket city planner Kurt Danison said he met with three property owners affected by the need for an easement to complete the Mill Drive/Bonaparte Creek sewer project and said that they seemed to be willing to provide the easement access. “They’re willing to provide easement through their property so we can connect up the sewer through there,” Danison said. “They were under the impression that water was included in this... I don’t know how it came about... I don’t think we said we were going to put in a water system there. “I think they walked away with a better understanding.” The council planned an open house for March 20 for residents to interact with the engineers and councilmembers on the sewer project committee. The council also responded to a memo Varela and Associates seeking to clarify priorities on the upcoming street improvement projects that had been discussed at a previous council meeting. The project was facing a delay without such a prioritization as funding for the project may not be enough to complete the entire “wish list.” “We want the (hospital parking crossing) beacon as the base project,” said Mayor Patrick Plumb. “The rest we will have done as we have the funding to complete.”
The council authorized Councilwoman Jill Vugteveen and Danison to make a final decision to move forward, with a priority on creating a “straight shot” from one end of town to the other along at least one side of the road with ADAapproved curb access ramps. The airport runway seal project’s target schedule is for completion before the Father’s Day Fly-in. Meanwhile, the council granted public works director Bill Pilkinton a leave of absence of indefinite length and appointed Hugh Jensen as acting public services director.
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Fuller passes exam, video policy progress Police Chief Robert Burks said that he is working on a policy governing the department’s handling of data collected during video surveillance. Burks also announced that officer Audra Fuller passed her civil service exam and has been hired as a full-time officer. Burks said he is finalizing a “wish list” to be submitted for Stonegarden describing how potential grant money would be used. Stonegarden grants provide money for local law enforcement entities to use while assisting in U.S. Border Patrol operations, although any equipment purchased is not limited to those operations. “Oroville was able to get an SUV through Stonegarden grant money,” Burks said. “This is the initial part of the process that we do every year. We don’t
TONASKET - Teresa Hawkins expressed her concern over the resignation of varsity basketball coach Glenn Braman during the public comment portion of the Tonasket School Board meeting on Monday, March 12. Hawkins, wife of longtime varsity football coach Jay Hawkins, said she was concerned that the direction of the school district concerning its coaches was taking an ugly turn. “I’m concerned with the resignation of coach Braman,” she said. “I’m concerned because my husband is also a coach. I’m not comfortable with how that came about.” Hawkins said she had heard secondhand remarks attributed to a school board member that fed into her concern. “I’m hoping the school board acts as a board, and not on individual agendas,” she said. “I hope we’ve learned from the process that went down. “I think it’s sad if we let a group of parents who are upset or who have a vengeance with a coach from a long time ago to come in and rally people up to make a decision to not reinstate a coach. I think it would be really sad if we have to go around the community to bring in support to show that a coach has just as many people, and more, (supporting him) as those who complained about him.” Citing her experience as a coach’s wife and as a mother of an athlete coached by others, Hawkins said that athletics teaches kids to deal with adversity, but that parents encourage that growth. “We want the situation to be perfect for our kids,” she said. “But what do we teach them when we run to every need they have? “(Coaches) love the game, they’re competitors, and they want to teach kids to work together, to go out in life and be successful. Kids can’t be successful if their parents don’t let them grow as individuals. That’s a part of athletics. Nothing is going to be perfect.” Hawkins said she was concerned that situations that contributed to Braman’s resignation, as well as rumors about her husband’s position, could damage the reputation of the district. “People want to come to this district,” she said. “It’s because of you guys (the school board) up here. You have done a great job of keeping this school district as one of the elite. “Don’t ruin that. Don’t let that happen, you guys.” In other business, superintendent Paul Turner read a proclamation from Governor Christine Gregoire honoring classified school employees. Board member Catherine Stangland read off the list of all TSD classified employees’ names. Principals from each of the schools presented their mid-year student data to the board The board also reviewed information about switching over to a Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) phone system as presented by Jive Communications, which answered questions via a video conference call. They later approved switching to a VOIP system at a meeting last Thursday. Jive is currently serving the education market in 23 states, offered lifetime pricing and, significantly, qualified, for e-rate discounting that is calculated through the district’s free and reduced meal rate. The board requested a few days to think about the information presented, and at a special meeting on Thursday, March 15. The school board next meets on Monday, March 26.
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Emma Miller (age 3) “I have been good and I would like a baby horsey and I want lots of hay to feed it with.” SEE COUNCIL | PG A3
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Kaylee Clough performs “The Glow” at the Variety Show and Auction presented by Dollars for Scholars and the Oroville High School Music Department on Wednesday, March 14 in the high school commons. The eight-year-old has been taking ballet for five years and recently performed at the Seattle Dance Workshop Competition and took a silver medal. The annual talent show is used to raise funds for the Oroville Dollars for Scholars Continuing Education awards. For more from the event see page B2.
Kaydence McCoy (age 3) “I have been good and would like a teddy bear that talks and a music instrument.” Former Oroville Principal killed
Teen may be charged for Ellie Kingston second degree(age murder 3) - “I have been good and I would like a special thing that is really big. It’s a secret but I’ll tell you. It’s a BIG balloon with a tire attached.” BY GARY A. DEVON
SPOKANE – Former Oroville High School Principal Frank Motta died from injuries sustained while trying to help a neighbor whose Spokane area home had been overrun by a teenage party. Apparently Motta was asked to keep an eye on the house by his neighbor and on Saturday, March 10 when he saw there was a party going on he called the neighbor who was out of town. She gave him the security code to the garage door and called 911. Motta then went to try and break up the party. Spokane County Sheriff ’s Deputies responded to an assault call in North Spokane County. When deputies arrived on scene they found a male subject in the residence had been assaulted, according to Craig Chamberlain, a spokesman with the Spokane County Sheriff ’s office. “There were over 100 people at the residence where there had been a large party throughout the evening. Oroville High School Annual Deputies immediately requested medics when they located the victim. Frank Motta in his first job as a principal at Oroville High School. The victim was transported to a several witnesses at the party. local medical facility where he is listed The Spokane Violent Crime Gang Enforcement in critical condition,” said a Spokane Sheriff ’s office Team was requested to assist locating Lewis and press release. Investigators identified the suspect as Treven located him at his residence. They arrested him and transported to the Spokane Lewis, an 18-year-old who is accused of knocking Motta to the ground and beating him in front of County Jail where he was interviewed by Major
Crimes Detectives. He was booked into the Spokane County Jail on the charge of felony assault. Motta, who was in critical condition at Sacred Heart Hospital, died of his injuries on March 15. Information Officer Chamberlain speculated that the charges against Lewis would be upgraded to second degree murder by the Spokane County Prosecutor’s office, but as of Monday they were still listed as first degree assault. When Motta came to Oroville in 1981 to take his first principal’s job he was just 34-years-old and stayed here for four years, according to his good friend Don DeVon, who served under Motta as a high school councilor in Oroville, as well as in Palm Desert, Calif. DeVon described Motta as a “highly innovative” educator who always had an open door policy to students, staff, parents and the community in general. “When Frank first came to Oroville to take his first principal’s job he hit the ground running. His enthusiasm was a positive motivators for students and staff,” DeVon said. Motta went on to be the youngest president of the Washington State Principal’s Association, according to his friend, who added that he had also been a well-respected football coach in several high schools in Washington State before becoming a principal. “He played college football at the University of California at Irvine,” said DeVon, “and he was a highly decorated combat veteran who won the bronze star.” After retiring as a teacher and principal for schools in Washington and California, Motta settled in Spokane with his wife and family. He was working as a volunteer at the Spokane Veterans Administration Hospital. The 65-year-old was a combat Air Force Veteran who served in Vietnam. He had recently been hired as a patient advocate at the VA Hospital.
Lexie Lindsay (age 3) - “I have been good and I would like a baby girl doll and bottle.” Carson Smith (age 3) - “I have been good and I would like a teddy bear, choo-choo train, and a hook train like Aubrey has.” Aubrey Smith (age 3) - “I have been good and I would like a teddy bear, green choo-choo train, and green socks.” Ariona Nelson (age 4) - “I have been good and I would like something that I saw on the tv but I don’t know what it is.” Landon Howe (age 4) - “I have been a good and I would like a Red Power Ranger and an INSIDE THIS EDITION CONTACT US VALLEY Avenger-Hulk Smash.” OKANOGAN GAZETTE-TRIBUNE Volume 106 No. 12
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Mason Wall (age 4) - “I have been good and I would like a Thomas the train engine, toy fire truck and a toy Santa.”
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Dear Santa, How are you doing? Please get me a Seahawks helmet and an i-pod. Please for my brothers and mommy and daddy lots of money and for everybody to have a good Christmas.Sincerely, Joshua M. (Age 7)
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Dear Santa, How are you? I’m looking forward to Christmas. I’m going to make good cookies for you. I wish to get american girl stuff. My mom wants hair sampoo conditioner. Love, Sarah S. (Age 7) Dear Santa,How are you Santa? Can you bring me Legos please and can you bring my brothers a ball? Can you bring my mom some shoes. Sincerely, Miguel A. (Age 8) Dear Santa, How are you Santa? I want my brother to have a plane. Not my Big brother he allredy has one. I want a dirt bike and an airplane. Thank you Satna I asked it 2 times I think but I want a kid dirt bike. Sincerely, Everett P. (Age 7)
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Lexie Lindsay (age 3) Brownies – Ingredients are brownies and cook it in pot. Cook for 4 hours. Emma Miller (age 3) “We don’t make or cook food, we just wrap presents. We use Christmas paper and tape. We wrap the presents like a tent.”
Payton Lewis (age 3) Chocolate Chip cookies -Stir milk, Oreos, sprinkles, and angels all together. Then put chocolate chips and M&Ms in too. Make small things and then eat them off spoon. It is yummy. Mommy makes them hot and then we eat them after nap.
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Dylan Kingston (age 5) Hot Chocolate- Put sugar in cup. Add warm milk. Mix it up. Put marshmallows on top. Hazey Fogg (age 4) Peanut butter cookies – Sugar, cinnamon, powder sugar and peanut butter. That’s it for ingredients. Mix it all together. Cook for 20 minutes only, so it won’t burn. Trevor Lindsay (age 5) Hot cocoa - Put chocolate and marshmallows in cup. Warm up in microwave. Drink it up. Sydney Lewis (age 4) Hot Chocolate – Get a big girl cup. Add some microwave milk and powder stuff. Put in microwave for 5 hours. Beep beep goes off and get straw.
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Aubrey Smith (age 3) Brownies- Mix some chocolate in a bowl. Then put in oven for 3 minutes. Then put in fridge.
Jacob Hughes (age 5) Hot Cocoa- Mix chocolate and sugar together. Put in hot water. Mix it , then put mini marshmallows. Landon Howe (age 4) Daddy’s Chocolate chip cookies – Mix chocolate chips in bowl then put on cookie sheet. Cook at 5’ for 5 minutes. Then Mommy takes them out. Taylor Smith (age 5) - Chocolate chip cookies – Put chocolate dough in bowl and mix. Then put in oven. Cook for 2 seconds.
Ariona Nelson (age 4) Chocolate Chip Cookies – Use white chocolate chips. Mix it up. Cook for 30 seconds. Then put frosting on it. Rilee Buckmiller (age 4) Hot Cocoa – I don’t know, my Mommy always makes it. Noah Berg (age 4) Hot Cocoa – Mix brown sugar with chocolate. Put in cup. Put small marshmallows on top.
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a From Mrs. Owsley ’s Grade 2 Class Letters To Sant & Mrs. Morris’ Grade 2 Class
Oroville Elementary Students
Dear Santa; I would like giant dollhouse, gothic angels, barbie b-book laptop, barbie mobile home, fairies, ballerina jewelry box, cupcake necklace and box set. Love, Kimberly Nelson, (Age 7) Dear Santa,I would like: Lava lamp, peace pillows, fairies, i-pod, camera, gothic angels, i-pad., Love Katelyn Nelson, (Age 8)
Mrs. Owsley’s Grade 2 Class, Tonasket
Dear Santa, How are you? Can you please bring a necles for my sister. Can you bring legos for my brothers. Happy Christmas Santa and rudolph. Can you bring something for my family? Can you bring a castle for me? Sincerely, Jessica C. (Age 8), Dear Santa,How are you? I wish that you could give me and my cousin the same things a D.S and contrall plane thank you. Sincerely, Sebastian (Age 8) Dear Santa,How are you? It is fun? I am having fun. I hope your elves are having fun too. I hope you have Merry Christmas. I wish Everett can have motor bike. I wish to have a electric guitar. Love, Tyler D. (Age 7) Dear Santa, How are you? Can you bring me a i-pod and a gemboy and can you bring me a computer to me and my friend Jesica? Thank you Santa. From, Alicia H. (Age 9) Dear Santa, How are you? It is snowing there? It has not snowed over here. I do not no what I want but I have to think about it my mom wants a dress. I like Christmas. Sincerely, Mirian G. (Age 7) Dear Santa, I was wondering if you would giet my brother a xbox 360. Now what I want is a toy car and a non electric guitar and a electric guitar with a pick. I love you. Love, Rylee F. (Age 7) Dear Santa, How are you? My frind Tyler wants a electric guitar. I was a DS game. Sincerely, Blake C. (Age 7) Dear Santa, How are you? My sister is hoping for a new purse can you please? Can I please have a feather? My brother was hoping for a cattle truck so I wish you can get him it. I wish I can have a guitar with a pick. So how is Mrs. Claus doing? Is she sick or ok because she is nice and so are you. You are nice and I hope you guys are ok because I love you very much and I love you so much. Thank you. Love, Emma W., (Age 7) Dear Santa, How have you been? I hope you get this note. I wish you can get my sister a snowboarding coat. I hope you can get my family wat they want. How is Mrs. Clause? and How are the raindeer? I wish you can get me a barbie pichure taking girl. Love, Rachel B. (Age 8) Dear Santa, How are you doing? My Mom would like a new car. My Dad would like a mouse pad. I would like wings club dolls. I would like you to have a happy Christmas. Sincerely, Alexis R. (Age 7) Dear Santa, How is your year? Is it snowy up there? For me sister can you get her a doll and Doc Mcstuffins and for me I wish for a toy car and helicopter. For my dad he wishes for new tools and for my mom new china. Love, Dagen J. (Age 8)
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Dear Santa, How are you? This year I been good at school. Could you give my grammpa a Ford? Sincerely, Morgan D. (Age 9) Dear Santa, I wish you can give me toys for me and my brother and books for my brother and me? Thenk you santa please? I wish to give me and my brother bikes for us. Sincerely, Yesica J., (Age 7 ) Dear Santa, How are you sweet Santa? Can you please give my sister Emily a blue sparkly dress and for me may I have a remote control airplane? Love, Micaiah S., (Age 7 )
Mrs. Morris’ Grade 2 Class, Tonasket
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Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus? How are your reindeer? How many are there? Is there eight? I want three horses, a barbie that takes photos, a Mario set Wii. Love, Grace W. (Age 7), Mrs. Morris’ Class, Tonasket
Dear Santa, I was wondering how Mrs. Claus is and I hope the reindeer are feeling great. and I hope you are great too. Love, Kaylee F., (Age 7)
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Dear Santa, I hope Mrs. Claus is okay. How many reindeer do you have. I hope you bring me a remote car for Christmas and a bike to. I hope you drive careful to town. By: Samuel (Age 7)
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Dear Santa, I like Santa because he is fun. I wish Santa would give me a gift. I like Christmas because it is fun and because Santa comes to my house. Sismai E., (Age 7). Dear Santa, I hope your reindeer are okay. I hope Mrs. Claus cookies are good. I hope your doing good Santa. I wish for a teddy bear and my little brother Brian a teddy bear to. Your Friend, Gerald P. (Age 7). Dear Santa, I see you in Tonasket on Monday on the bus. I wish I can ride with the reindeer. The present fall down to the houses My brothers will open the presents. Love, Heriberto M. (Age 8). Dear Santa, I hope you have fun droping the presents off. I hope the reindeer are doing good too and Mrs. Claus is she doing good to. I hope that you are good too. Your Friend, Evan V. (Age 8). Dear Santa, I hope you will drive safely to Washington in time. I hope Mrs. Claus is doing good. By: Damion S. (Age 7). Dear Santa, I hope you bring me a present and some i-pad and I will open them have a great night Sana. Your Friend, Brian (Age 8). Dear Santa, I hope you are having a good day. How are your reindeer? Are you excited this year? How is Mrs. Claus? Is your sleigh ready this year? How much feet of snow do you have up in the North Pole? By: Ameron B., (Age 8).
Hope the magic of Christmas lasts through the year.
Dear Mrs. Claus, I hope you are safe and Santa to. Lov, Jessica S. (Age 8). Dear Santa, I hope your reindeer are safe. I wish I could have a sled. I want a light laster. I want a pick of cocoa. Your Friend, Payton R. (Age 8).
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Dear Santa, Please give me a izook to me and a bike. My dad sold my bike because I didn’t take care of it this time. I promise I’ll take care of it. Love: Becky M. (Age 7).
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Dear Santa, I hope you get here safe. I hope Mrs. Claus is doing good. I hope the reindeers are flying well. I hope you and Mrs. Claus are doing good. Love,Faith F. (Age 7).
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Dear Santa, I hope I get a cook Baker and a new puppy. Please say hi to Mrs. Claus. I hope that you have a good day Mrs. Claus and Santa.Your Friend, Angie P. (Age 8)
Dear Santa, How much snow is at the North Pole? I hope you will have a great day on Christmas. I want to see the North Pole Santa. I like Christmas. I think you are real Santa. By: Corina T., Mrs. Morris’ Class, Tonasket (Age 7).
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Dear Santa, I hope your reindeer fly well and if your reading this how much snow is up at the north pole.By: Elijah M., (Age 8)
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Letters To Santa Fr
om Mrs. Poynter’s Grade 2 Class, Oroville
in Tonasket Happy Holidays to all! Thank you for your patronage!
Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jasper and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Mom clean the kitchen. 2. I helped my Dad drill holes for the barn. 3. I helped my family plant garlic. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. I want a remote control helicopter. 2. A wind up robot. 3. An ipad. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Jasper B.
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Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Florelda and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped clean the house. 2. I helped my Mom decorate the Christmas tree. 3. I helped my Dad when he was sick. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An ipad. 2. A Barbie. 3. A kitten. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Florelda O. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Tommy and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I take out the trash. 2. I take care of my sister. 3. I listen to the teacher. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An ipad. 2. An iphone. 3. Legos. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Tommy S. Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Gabby and I am 43 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I help with laundry. 2. I helped my Dad plow. 3. I love you Mom. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. A Brave Doll. 2. A Dog. 3. Justin Beiber Doll. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal,Gabby W. Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Sierra and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I cook with my Mom. 2. I take out the trash. 3. I helped my Papa plow snow. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An ipad. 2. An Easy Bake Oven. 3. An orbys. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal,Sierra M. Dear Santa,Hi! My name is Kylar and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Dad plow snow. 2. I helped my Mom do dishes. 3. I take care of my cousin.I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An Easy Bake Oven. 2. An orby soothing spa. 3. An ipod. I am very excited for your visit! Happy Holidays! Your Pal,Kylar A.
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all of our customers for their continued support and wish all of you the best of blessings in 2013. - Sincerely, Fred & Jessie Cook
Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Wyatt and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. Letting my sister play with my toys. 2. Helping people in school. 3. Helping my Mom. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. Amragami Bake. 2. A remote control helicopter. 3. An Xbox 360. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Prancer, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Wyatt S.
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Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Jennifer and I am 9 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Mom to buy presents. 2. I help clean the house. 3. I helped my Mom and my Dad put up the tree. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. A Barbie. 2. A Puppy. 3. An ipad. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Jennifer T. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Liberty and I am 7 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I help my family gather wood. 2. I help take care of my brother. 3. I help my Mom with the dishes. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. An Oragami set. 2. An ipad. 3. An ipod touch..I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Rudolph, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays!Your Pal, Liberty T. Dear Santa, Hi! My name is Tapanga and I am 8 years old! I live in the city of Oroville in the state of Washington, which is in the country of the United States. I have been trying really hard to get on your “nice” list this year. Some of the wonderful things I have done are: 1. I helped my Mom with the dishes. 2. I held Mrs. Poynter’s card for her. 3. I helped Jr when he was hurt. I have a few special Christmas wishes. They are: 1. A Kindle Fire. 2. An ipad. 3. An Easy Bake Oven. I am very excited for your visit! I promise to leave out some cookies and milk for you to snack on! Please give my favorite reindeer, Prancer, a huge hug for me! Happy Holidays! Your Pal, Tapanga M.
Spirit of Christmas Let us give thanks this Christmas for our
May your holiday season
greatest gift...The Messiah. At this happy time of the year, we would like to express our sincere thanks to all our patrons. - Floyd & Charlotte
be bright with good cheer. We appreciate your patronage and support. We look forward to serving you in 2013!
Happy Holidays To All Our Customers from all of us at
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December 20, 2012 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune