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Oroville passes $8 million 2013 budget No collective marijuana gardens allowed BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council approved a 2013 Budget of $8 million, $1.5 million more than last year due to additional projects. The budget was approved following a public hearing at the beginning of the Tuesday, Dec. 18 city council meeting. “These projects include the construction of the North End reservoir, STP and TIB Central to Main and Central to the

Cherry Street Bridge project, including replacing a portion of the water main, the city’s share of the new ambulance, Stonegarden participation, water and electric extension to 20 to 26 camping spots at Veterans Memorial Park,” said City Clerk Kathy Jones. The cost of the street improvements are primarily covered by grants, while the reservoir project is funded through the federal government as part of the deal to supply water to the new U.S. Border Station through the city’s North End Water System. Stonegarden is a program of the U.S. Homeland Security Agency and in the past has helped to purchase equipment, including one patrol vehicle, for Oroville’s police department.

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“The budget includes a 1.5 percent adjustment in wages and there are no water or sewer utility rate increases proposed at this time,” Jones added. The council meeting was also advertised as a public hearing regarding a text amendment to the land uses within the city limits regarding collective gardens for the growing of medical marijuana. “Collective gardens are not allowed under federal law, it’s pretty straight forward and the council gave us (the planning commission) direction,” said Chris Branch, director of community development. “If it is against federal law it is not allowed in our zoning code. I would suggest you allow public testimony and recommend you adopt specific word-

ing regarding collective gardens,” said Branch. “This does not address personal possession or anything like that.” Mayor Pro Tem Walt Hart asked if there was any public testimony and hearing none called for a motion. “This ordinance covers anything that is not allowed under federal law... I move to adopt 821 according to the findings of staff and the planning commission,” said Councilman Ed Naillon. The motion received a second from Councilman Tony Koepke and was approved. The council received a letter from the owner of several businesses requesting the late fee on his water, garbage and

sewer bills be waved. “We received about nine calls in two or three days regarding the matter,” said Clerk Jones. “They said things had been really hectic and that they hadn’t got around to paying their bills and asked for a waiver.” Jones said her office said that she could not waive the fee and referred the party to her superior, Mayor Chuck Spieth. “Apparently they were not satisfied and felt their only option was to write the city council,” said Jones. The clerk was asked when the bill, which was due Dec. 19 was paid. “We received it in our office on the



Treasurer’s letter adds urgency to decision on facility’s future BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Despite short notice and a raging snowstorm, more than 50 community members attended a public meeting Wednesday, Dec. 19, to brainstorm and discuss potential solutions to he North Valley Assisted Living facility’s financial crisis. The meeting, held at the Tonasket Community Church, was organized primarily by Don and Pat Atchison and prompted in large part by NVH administrator Linda Michel’s letter to the community asking for input to find a way to keep the facility open. A number of NVH administrators and staff - including Michel, Chief Financial Officer Helen Verhasselt and Long Term Care director Linda

“This is our dilemma. It’s coming at us from all sides. We want to keep the Assisted Living open. ... that’s why I wanted to get the community together to try and figure out another way.” Linda Michel, North Valley Hospital Administrator

Holden - attended as well. According to North Valley Hospital financial records, Assisted Living has lost more than $800,000 since 2006 and is projected to finish 2012 at $197,702 in the red. While Michel reiterated at several points during the meeting that a decision has not been made as to what to do with the facility, the pressure to make a decision in the short term has only increased. Michel read a letter she received last week from Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormack, which indicated that the county wants the hospital district to get back on track with its efforts its registered warrants balance. “In order for hospitals to run property they must be able to operate in the black and not depend on the county if they run short,” the letter


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Jessica Calderon and Tommy Spikes were winners of snow sleds in this year’s Letters to Santa Contest held annually by the Gazette-Tribune. Jessica, a second-grader at Tonasket Elementary, received her sled from Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket, which was presented by Karen Kane (above left). Jessica asked Santa for a necklace for her sister and Legos for her brothers. Tommy, an Oroville Elementary second grader, said he’d worked hard to get on Santa’s “nice” list this year by taking out the trash, taking care of his sister and listening to his teacher. Prince’s Ace Hardware owner Jack Hughes presented Tommy with his sled. Each year a letter from a Tonasket and Oroville child is drawn randomly at the G-T office. Both stores generously donate sleds to the lucky winners, something they’ve been doing for more than a decade.

Oroville Schools named ‘School of Distinction’ BY GARY A. DEVON


OROVILLE – Oroville Junior/ Senior High School was named a “2012 School of Distinction” by the Center for Educational Effectiveness. The announcement that Oroville was one of only 97 schools to receive the designation was made during “Good News and Announcements” at the Monday, Dec. 17 board meeting. To be eligible for the Schools of Distinction Award, a school must perform at or above the state median in grades six through eight (middle schools) or grade 10 (for high schools) in state reading and math assessments. “Three years ago we were said to have one of the lowest percentages,


now we are in the top five percent of those schools that have improved,” said Kristin Sarmiento, Oroville High School Principal. “The kids did a great job, staff did a great job. And we weren’t a school that received any money, but still achieved great gains,” she added. Under Superintendent Steve Quick’s Report he said he had consulted with Seattle Northwest Securities about using public bonds or getting a bank loan to pay for the new new roof project on the elementary school. “With interest rates low, around 1.5 percent, it would be better to get a loan for the project,” said Quick. The loan would be paid back using funds collected over a three-year period from the special levy approved by district voters in November.

“We should have bid package in January and be fully funded in February. We need to get construction bids in March and start on the south end of the elementary. It should be all done by the summer,” Quick said. Quick also said he attended conferences during the first part of December. These included an AVID conference, a program to get students ready for college. The program encourages kids to start thinking about college at an early age. “Kids in the program made great progress,” said Quick. “We are already taking great steps and AVID is one more tool to keep us moving forward.” Quick spoke about school safety, saying a meeting was planned for the following Wednesday. “We do do drills regularly. I don’t know if we can fully plan, but we hope things



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come out of this to keep us safer.” Becky Arrigoni, a high school student, reported on her senior project, which was the organization of Challenge Day held Oct. 10 and 11. She said 100 high school and 100 junior high students attended the workshops. “Challenge Day was a huge success, they all seemed to love it… we received mostly positive feedback in the student and staff comments,” said Arrigoni. Challenge Day, according to their website, “(goes) beyond traditional anti-bullying efforts, building empathy and igniting a movement of compassion and positive change.” “It is something we definitely need to carry on throughout the school year,” said Arrigoni, repeating what many stu-

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Ecology comments on finding against Teck Metals for Columbia contamination River, we look forward to its par- ing facility in Trail, B.C. Teck ticipation in cleaning it up and discharged an immense amount paying for any resulting dam- of waste to the river over the ages.” last century, in close proximity to Included in the decision, the the border. This included 10 miljudge determined: lion tons of slag waste, much of Between 1930 and 1995, Teck which visibly accumulated along intentionally discharged at least the beds and beaches of the river 9.97 million tons in Washington of slag, includState,” said Jim ing heavy metPendowsk i, als such as lead, “This river is the heart manager of the zinc, mercury, Wa s h i n g t o n of our people. It has cadmium, copD e p a r t m e nt per, and arsenic, of Ecology’s always been and will directly into the Cleanup always be our home- Toxics Columbia river Program in an via outfalls at its land, and damages to official stateTrail smelter. ment. our natural resources Teck knew its “Experts in disposal of hazthe case conmust be addressed” ardous waste firmed Teck to John Sirois, into the Upper be the domiChairman, Colville Business Council Columbia river nant source was likely to of metals concause harm, and tamination in was told by the Canadian govern- the Columbia River, south of the ment that its slag was toxic to fish border. These facts fully support and leached hazardous metals. the court’s ruling. The State and Pursuant to CERCLA, Teck is Tribes can now recover from Teck liable to the Tribes and the State in their costs for responding to the any subsequent action or actions contamination in Washington. to recover past or future response This will also ultimately allow the costs at the Upper Columbia river federal government, in conjuncsite. tion with the State and Tribes as “This is a great day for the citi- resource trustees, to hold Teck zens and the environment of the Metals accountable to perform state of Washington. The District cleanup and to restore or comCourt has made a just decision in pensate for natural resources holding Teck Metals responsible injured by the contamination. for pollution in Washington that Had the court not found Teck came from the company’s smelt- liable, the burden of paying for a

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SPOKANE - A judge in the U.S. District Court in Yakima issued a ruling that Canadian mining and smelting company Teck Metals Ltd. is liable under United States environmental law for contaminating the Columbia River with millions of tons of smelting waste. According to the Colville Confederated Tribes, in finding Teck liable under the Comprehensive, Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (also known as Superfund), Judge Lonny R. Suko ruled that, “for decades Teck’s leadership knew its slag and effluent flowed from Trail downstream and are now found in Lake Roosevelt, but nonetheless Teck continued discharging wastes into the Columbia River.” The court noted Teck’s manager’s recognition that it, “had been treating Lake Roosevelt as a ‘free,’ ‘convenient’ disposal facility for its wastes.” Given this conduct and connection with Washington, Judge Suko decided that Teck could be tried in Washington, even though its smelter is located in Canada. “We are very pleased with this outcome,” said John Sirois, Chairman of the Colville Business Council. “Now that the Court has found that Teck is liable for its contamination of the Columbia

See SCHOOLS | FROM A1 dents have told her. Tyler Vonderhaar also reported on his senior project to raise awareness about self-harm among students and the public. He will be using posters, brochures and in-depth pamphlets created by students, talking about what to look for, the signs and reasons for self-harm. “Like cutting, depression, drug and alcohol awareness and suicide prevention,” said Vonderhaar. “If one person is helped the program is a success.” In her financial report, district business manager Shay Shaw said that December enrollment in the school district was 613.86 FTEs, and the district had averaged just under 614 for the year. “We budgeted for 599… the district enrollment could drop

long and expensive cleanup could have fallen on taxpayers,” said Pendowski. He went on to say that Ecology is committed to working as partners with the Colville Confederated Tribes, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other federal and tribal interests. Ecology also hopes Teck Metals will make the same commitment. “The water, sediments and soil of our scenic and beloved Upper Columbia River area are no place for toxic smelter waste, and our children should not grow up with a legacy of pollution.” Judge Lonny Suko made the ruling on Friday, Dec. 14. A week before trial beagan the company conceded its waste is leaching heavy metals in the upper Columbia River in Washington, according to Ecolgy. The trial was to have focused on whether Teck’s waste from the company’s smelter in Trail, B.C. has “released” hazardous substances in the United States. Teck now admits that it does, making a trial on these issues unnecessary. The admission, in the form of a legal stipulation that was entered by the federal court last September, came after eight years of litigation by the Colville Confederated Tribes and the state of Washington. Teck admits it intentionally discharged nearly 10 million tons of slag-waste separated from ore during smeltingalong with industrial sewage con-

taining hundreds of thousands of tons of toxic metals such as mercury, copper, cadmium, arsenic, lead, and zinc to the river in Canada over the last century. Teck admitted these substances are hazardous and that they came to rest in the sediments along the shores of the Upper Columbia River in Washington state. They also conceded that heavy metals continue to leach from its waste into Washington state’s environment, meaning they are potentially available to cause harm. “Establishing liability is the first step to hold the company accountable for assessing and addressing the risks posed to the public and the environment,” said Ecology in a September press release. Even though they admitted they released hazardous substances, Tech still argued it was not subject to U.S. law, given that the initial discharge of waste

See COUNCIL | FROM A1 five kids a month to June before we would go under budget,” said Shaw. At the beginning of the meeting on Monday, Director Rocky DeVon was nominated by Director Todd Hill to continue to be the chairperson for the board in 2013. Director Amy Wise seconded DeVon’s nomination. Hill also nominated Wise as vice-chairperson and the motion was seconded by Director Travis Loudon. Both motions passed unanimously. The January meeting has been moved from Monday, Jan. 28 to Tuesday, Jan. 29 so the superintendent can attend the legislative session on Jan. 28. The board meets at 6:30 p.m. in the district office located at 816 Juniper Street.

26th and it was not postmarked by the 19th, they said they had just gotten busy,” she replied. “We expect all other residents to pay, why should we make an exception in this case?” asked Koepke. “Unless we want to change our policy for all the citizens if we don’t enforce it we are left with-

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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.

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

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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.

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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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.

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. 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

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OROVILLE - The North Valley Hospital District is closing the Oroville Family Medical Clinic, effective Jan. 31, 2013, according to NVH administrator Linda Michel. As stated in a letter sent to the clinic’s patients, efforts to find a replacement for Dr. Theresa DiCroce have proven unsuccessful due to a nationwide shortage of family practice physicians. Michel said that a regional clinic system has expressed interest in assuming ownership of the clinic, but since no agreement has been finalized was not prepared to release any details. “We will make every effort to keep you informed of our progress with these negotiations,” the letter said. “We’re doing everything we can to find spots for all of our employees,” Michel added. Participants largely adhered to Don Atchison’s early admonition that “our objective here is not to fight and argue, but to make it work.” But after much discussion, it was Michael Stewart - a leading advocate for Okanogan County veterans that helped spearhead the opening of the local Veterans Clinic - who most concisely summarized the situation. “I think Linda and her crew have gone through everything with a scalpel,” he said. “There’s no way to cut any excess waste... “I am interested in keeping it open. We’ve got to go to one of the major churches - they have money, they know what our community needs. “We need to approach one of them to do what we’re talking about, otherwise it’s not going to happen. We don’t have it in our community. We can sit here all night and tear these numbers apart. There’s no damn waste

there. Everything has been cut to the bone.” With the possibility of trying to sell the facility to a church or another non-profit on the table, the need for an appraisal was brought up, so that all of the needed numbers would be in play from the start. In the end, as an informal forum, no official decisions could be made. At the same time, Michel asked for volunteers to serve on the Assisted Living Committee that published the original letter asking for help, that currently includes some hospital district administrators, staff and commissioners. Pat Atchison also noted that a second community meeting may be called, with more advance notice to allow greater participation. The hospital’s Board of Commissioners holds its next official board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 7 p.m.

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The fourth grade music students were the first to perform. They are (not in order): Carson Allie, Easton Anderson, Nelsie Avelino, Emma Bocook, Jiana Carrillo, Victoria Castrejon, Lana Cheney, Melinda Clark, Cody Field, Olivia Finsen, Isabel Galvan, Sean Glover, Ethan Godinez, Emily Grunert, Kael Harris, Alexis Herrera, Casey Hirst, Hailey Hughes, Mykensie Hugus, Adam Johnson, Kaylene Long, Julian Lopez, Aurora Martin, Madelyn Martin, Victoria Martinez, Austin Mathis, Taylor McCoy, Caleb Mieirs, Billie Nelson, Michael Oaks, Sergio Ocampo, Tristan Poff, Emily Rawley, Jesus Reyes, Angel Rosales-Cortez, Anthony Sutton, Samantha Turner, Jasmin Valdovinos-Nava, Esmeralda Valverde, Thomas Verellen

Sixth Grade Band Members are: Flute –Wendy Ortega, Jasmine Valdovinos, Jennifer Cisneros; Clarinet – Erik Cocino, Rogelio Castillo; Alto Saxophone – Wyatt Cousineau, Sugeysi Layata, Angela Viveros; Tenor Saxophone Alexis Allenby; Trumpet – Jose Cervantes, Dorian Carleton, Hunter Crain, Jessie Deaquino, Jared Garcia, Gilberto Hernandez-Delgado, Nicholas Hugus, Lindsay Koepke, Jerry Milholland, Madison Whiteaker, Sergio Contreras; Trombone - Sage SarmientoEuphonium - Brandon Duran; Tuba – Elijah Burnell; Percussion – Andrew Del Rosario, Matthew Galvan, Hunter Johnson, Andres Lopez, Collin Mathis, Justin West; Guitar - Hunter DeVon, Spencer Martin; Bass Guitar - Jack Montowski, Daniel Sanchez-Escobar.

Fifth Grade Band Members are: Flute – Jeidi Avelino, Gwen Hankins, Christina Herrick, Brianna Pollock, Hunter Rounds, Jasmin Valdovinos, Yulissa Viveros; Clarinet – Paul Graf, Alli Harris; Alto Saxophone - Taralynn Fox, Jeremiah Janczyk, Kaytie Miller, Jose Nemecio, Jose Quezada, Esmeralda Reyes; Tenor Saxophone - Jose OrozcoDelgado; Trumpet - Samuel Allenby, Sheridan Blasey, Charles Egerton, Hanna Curdie, Gary Maldonado, Darian Range, Jaxon Rise, Brayden Thompson; Trombone – Jamie Garcia, Chris Worrell; and Percussion - Austin Bernard, Edwin Garcia, Colby Guzman, Lazaro Soria, Corey Olson, Seth Baugher, Kolby Blackler, Josue Capote, Ronald Olynyk.

Fifth and Sixth Grade Choir (not in order): Anthony Cardona, Rose Cook, Mariya Mathis, Steven Lopez, Samuel Porter, Sidney Stanfield, Ashleigh Hurst, Jadyn Mieirs, Nicole Minarcin, Mikayla Rounds, Paige Wirth, Katherine Rawley, Brigido Ocampo, Dezirae Allison, Caitlyn Trump, Jasmin Valdovinos, Mayra Valdovinos-Nava, Shiloh Williamson.

Oroville Winter Concert OROVILLE - The Oroville Elementary School held their fourth, fifth and sixth grade Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec. 10 in the elementary school gym. Under the direction of Music Teacher Eric Stiles the fourth grade music class, fifth grade band, combined fifth and sixth grade choir and sixth grade band played several selections to a packed audience of fellow students, friends and relatives. The fourth grade music class, accompanied by Elizabeth Grunst sang: Jolly Old St. Nicholas, The Holly and the Ivy, Do You Hear What I Hear and Jingle Bell Rock. The fifth grade band, also accompanied by Grunst, played:

Away We Go, Half Note Rock, Rising Rhythms and Hot Cross Buns A combined fifth and sixth grade choir sang the Dreidel Song, O’ Christmas Tree and

Chocolate! The concert ended with the sixth grade band performing: Serenity, Good King Wenceslas, Dreidel Song (instrumental) and Jingle Bells.

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THE TOWN CRIER It’s Dec. 27 and the world has not ended Well, we really don’t know for sure, but we can only assume if you’re reading this (as I write it on Friday, Dec. 21), that the Mayans were wrong. If we didn’t have an early deadline for this week’s issue because of the Christmas holiday then we’d know for sure. For those that didn’t know it, some say the Mayans predicted the end of the world would occur on Friday, Dec. 27. If that was true, then, well you get the point - or perhaps I should say, didn’t get the chance to. There is less than a week left of 2012 and soon it will be 2013 – if we’re still here maybe 13 will be a lucky, rather than unlucky number. How many out there can remember figuring out just how old you’d be in the year 2000? There were all the doomsayers fretting about the disasters that would occur because Out of of Y2K. Our computers were supposed to mel down from being fed a steady diet of just two My Mind numbers to represent the four-digit year. This Gary A. DeVon of course, was because back then coding 19 in front of the year would have been a waste of time and precious memory. Did you construct your underground shelter, invest in generators and freeze dried food? Y2K pretty much came and went with little fanfare, but now we have the “Doomsday Preppers” as featured each week on the National Geographic Channel. The possible doomsday scenarios seem endless - watching them get ready for the end makes one’s head spin. One theme seems to be “bug out” to the wilderness, so don’t be surprised to see a prepper coming to a neighborhood near you. Perhaps you might have an old buried cargo container left over from Y2K you’re willing to sell them at a discount. The Okanogan has been a great place for people to bug out to for years, why not for preppers too? Asking what they’re preparing for is a little like the old line from The Wild Ones. When Johnny, played by Marlon Brando, is asked, “What are you rebelling against?” he answers, “Whattdoya got?” It seems the list of things to worry about – the government, Mayan predictions, EMPs, is as long as my arm. So dig a hole in the back yard, lay on the provisions and wait it out. This is taking the old Boy Scout motto to the nth degree – I’d be more worried about the Zombie Apocalypse. How about you George Orwell fans, do you remember wondering if things would really be like they were in his book “1984”? At the risk of dating myself, I’ve got to admit at one time 1984 seemed far enough off that who knew what the possibilities would be. We might not be living in a full on “1984,” but with what seems like people watching our every move on security cameras and tracking our likes and dislikes on the web, it gets to feeling a little 1984ish at times. Anyway, if we’re all still here today, then it’s time again to reflect on the past year and to get ready to greet the new year. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday and that you’ve recovered from the rush to do the shopping for everyone on your list. We also hope that your family had a chance to gather to celebrate together. It’s not always possible, but sure makes the season more enjoyable when you can. Here’s wishing you a joyous and safe new year from everyone at the Gazette-Tribune.

Endorses Smith for Morton’s spot Dear Editor, I was disappointed to hear the news that Sen. Bob Morton was retiring early, and wish him well. The PCO’s (Precinct Committee Officers) and the County Commissioners of Okanogan, Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille and Spokane counties have a tough decision to make

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR on behalf of the voters of the 7th Legislative District. Before I even saw the short list of candidates in last week’s newspapers, I knew who I was pulling for. I am writing today to endorse John Smith of Colville for the position of State Senator. John has impressed me as a strong

Continue to shoot selves in foot Dear Editor It is truly amazing how stubbornly this country’s foreign policy and national security establishment clings to obvious instances of failure. Whether the issue at hand is our economic embargo of Cuba or our refusal to support upgrading Palestine’s official status, we seem to continually find ourselves stuck off in a corner of diplomatic isolation. Foggy Bottom even takes a kind of perverse pride in making

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75 YEARS AGO: Dec. 31, 1937 - Jan. 7, 1938: Tuesday evening at 8 o’clock will mark the beginning of Civic League activities for the winter season. Immediately following a brief business meeting, the League will take on the appearance of a three ring circus under a big top. Contract bridge lessons will be offered; knitting instructions will be available for those inclined and the third ring? That’s the last act and executed by the culinary division with refreshments served to add zest to the happy occasion. In view of the great and growing importance of mining to the people of Okanogan County, a large crowd is expected in Okanogan Tuesday evening, January 18, when a unit of the Washington Miners and Prospectors Ass’n is to be formed for this county. The Royal Neighbors held their usual Christmas party for all members and families on Wednesday afternoon. Thirty five or forty were present and enjoyed a gift exchange and program of singing, tap dance and recitations. Quintuplets, that magic word at once brings thoughts of Calendar, Ontario where the only living human babies to be born five at a time live. However, the animal kingdom has produced that number of offspring time and time again. This week our Ellisforde correspondent informs us that her dog, Mickey, presented them a set of Quintuplets. The road work widening the Ellisforde bridge will last forty days. This is a much needed improvement. The U. S. Weather Bureau station at Oroville gives out some interesting figures on rain and snowfall here during the past year. The records show

that we had more moisture here during 1937 than for several years past. In 1935, there were 8.27 inches of precipitation; in 1936, 9.77 inches and 1937, 13.38 inches, over four inches more than the previous year. The most snow of the year fell in February with 22.5 inches, although the December just past has a record of 12.1 inches. The town treasurer’s report for the month of December was read and ordered placed on file. It showed that the Town of Oroville went into the new year on a cash basis in all funds and for the time being, no warrants are being registered. Grocery items: 9# bag of flour, $.55; #2 potatoes, $.69 per 100 #;fresh grade A local eggs, 2 doz. $49; Tang salad dressing $.29 per qt.; 2# box crackers, $.21.

50 YEARS AGO: Dec. 27 – Jan. 4, 1963 It must have been a pretty dull week in the area as there was no news of any consequence. However, it seemed to be a good money maker for the Oroville Gazette for all of the season’s greetings from the many businesses in town. It was interesting though to look at those ads. I counted a total of 61 greeting ads and at the time of this writing, only the following are still doing business, however not under the same name or use: FAO’s CAFÉ, now the Plaza; Cascade Market, now Frontier Foods; Oroville State Bank, now Sterling Bank; Oroville Plumbing & Hardware, now Alpine Brewery; Howard Aaron Chevron, now Union 76 Mini Mart; John’s Pontiac, now Oroville Auto Repair; Oroville Pharmacy and still is; Zosel Lumber Co. also still operating; Pastime Tavern, now in process of remodeling; Valley Evaporating, now a Oroville Reman & Reload;

Trinity Episcopal Church, still operating; Oroville Trading Post, still in operation; Midway Tile Works, now Oroville Building Supply; Peerless Hotel and Coffee Shop, now being remodeled as restaurant; Oroville Ministerial Assiation, still here; Apple’s Barber Shop, now a real estate office; Mom’s Lunch, now operating as a Christian house for the needy; A & W Root Beer, now a medical clinic; Orada Theater, now 76 Quick Mart parking lot. Mr. & Mrs. Don Wood Sr., Mr. & Mrs. Don Wood Jr. Lori and Gay, Mr. & Mrs. Lester Kingsley and family, Mrs. Roy Wheeler, Cheryl and Pamela spent Christmas day in Tonasket with the Jack Wood family. Efforts are being made to organize a Junior Bowling League in Oroville. The League will be sanctioned by the American Junior Bowling League and will include all youngsters up to the age of 18. Weather for the past week: Dec. 25, 27 degrees, maximum and 18 minimum; Dec. 26, 33 and 25; Dec. 27, 32 and 22; Dec. 28, 40 and 18; Dec. 29, 44 and 25; Dec. 30,44 and 37 and Dec. 31, 44 and 38. There was precipitation on Dec. 29 of .02.” According to local historians, this was the first black Christmas since 1938. FOR SALE: All my farm equipment: Oliver “80” wheel tractor; “MM” 14 ft. self propelled combine; Jon Deere 11 ft. grain drill; single disc; two 8 ft. tandem disc with hitch; 6 sections flexible harrow; 4 section spring tooth harrow; one 5 ft. offset disc; one 6 ft tiller on rubber; one 10 inch hammer mill; one 10 ft. power binder; 3 good dairy cows, 2 will freshen soon, one milking; one 2 yr-old colt, 1/3 Arabian, not broke but very gentle; Roy Cockle, Molson, WA.

America stand out like a very sore thumb in the global community. We continually delight in shooting ourselves in the foot when it comes to world affairs. Why is this? The answer is pretty commonsensical. For a surprising number of big-shots inside the Washington, D.C. Beltway the Cold War never really ended. Their brains continue to be glued fast to the intellectual paradigms of that era. The rest of the planet has moved on to bigger and better things than the tiresome moral crusading of the Cold War, but in this country’s seat of government it may just as well continue to be 1955. Fresh thinking is sorely required when it comes to the manner in which this nation approaches other parts of the world. We are not getting it from the Obama team, and what’s more we are extremely unlikely to get it. So it would seem that more mortifying humiliations like those we suffered over the Cuban Embargo and over Palestine’s official status are in the offing. Frank Goheen Camas, Washington

25 YEARS AGO: December 24 - 31, 1987 The date for the Oroville School District two-year special levy election has been set by the Oroville School Board as February 2, 1988. The district will be asking the public to approve a $235,000 levy amount, slightly higher than the last at $213,000. The levy on assessable land will be $1.89 per $1,000, up from $1.68 from the last. Brad Wilson, 38, an Oroville Deputy of the Okanogan county Sheriff ’s Dept., has been promoted to Deputy Sergeant. Wilson fills the slot vacated by Jim Weed when he was chosen to be sheriff by the Okanogan County Commissioners earlier this year. Members of the 4-H Hats and Halters club raffled a large Teddy Bear and Christmas Wreath as a fund raiser. They raised $105.00 above expenses that will be used for projects and the Nursing Home. Chesaw News: We finally have gotten into winter a small bit. It has been zero or a little below for a few days and more snow has fallen. Probably six or eight inches of snow lie on the grounds now. Hardly any fog and some days we had beautiful sunshine and overcast days. Tonasket voters are being asked to approve an annual school levy amount of $415,000 in each of l989 and 1990 collection years. The levy election will be held on March 15, 1988. Local district taxpayers will have to pay approximately $2.70 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. The monthly meeting of the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce December 28 was the last for 1987. New officers for 1988 are: Don Glover, president; Burna Frank, vice president; Kathy Michels, corresponding secretary and Helen Casey and Joyce Fancher, will share secretary and Steve Mattson, treasurer.

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Enjoying the ‘slow down days’ after the holidays After the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, isn’t it nice to have some “slow down days?” We spent Christmas week at our condo in Pt. Townsend. It’s always nice to see all the grandkids on the “other side” of the mountains, but somehow it does seem very different, to not be at home. THIS & THAT Six years ago we did Joyce Emry this and it worked out well. Too much is spent on Christmas gifts, or so it seems to me. I can remember when my stocking was filled with an orange, hard candy and perhaps a popcorn ball. Wouldn’t the youngsters scoff at that these days? We’ve always had a tree in our house - sometimes tiny and sometimes large. Our first house was two rooms and the tree was mighty small. Did you know that white light bulbs on your tree helps the tree last longer? Reason: they mimic the sunlight. And the best way to water a poinsettia is to place four ice cubes on the top soil and let them melt slowly. Now, can you remember that ‘till next Christmas? Another hint! Put your candles in the fridge six or eight hours before lighting them and they’ll burn twice as long.

Another thing ice cubes are good for, besides your drinks, is to place them in the “grooves” your furniture has made while smashing down the carpet. It works. If furniture has been sitting for a very long time and the groove is deep, you may need to repeat the process. A man has six items in his bathroom. A toothbrush and paste, shaving cream and razor, a bar of soap and a towel. A woman has an average of 337 items. A man can’t identify more than two of those items. Can you remember Saturday night baths in the big old tub, in the kitchen? Or a home made quilt on your bed? We’ve had enough snow for a while. We had some carolers, come in the snow, and said they’d be back the next day to shovel snow for us. And they were. Cute neighbor kids! Monday night pinochle at Molson, will be played on Wednesday night, Jan. 2 because of conflicting with New Year’s Eve. It seems that having played pinochle, as many years as I have, that I wouldn’t still be winning low ….must be the partners I get. This year I hung our Christmas cards on the tree and very few other decorations. My peanut butter peanut brittle turned out to be “chewy.” No, that isn’t what it is supposed to be. But it was still tasty. How comforting it must have been for Betty Steg to have so

many of her family on hand during the passing of John. What a lot of beautiful little “grands” and how nice that numerous members of the family participated in the mass, for their grandpa John. I think he would have approved and been very proud. It seems more and more quail are showing up in our neighborhood. Such busy little birds! Larry Eder is still sharing his garden with us…Yukon gold spuds and corn, frozen and ready to eat. What a guy! Does snow sometimes fill your TV Dish and make it stop working? Our grandson (our TV expert) alerted us of that. Many Canadians were seen this year at the post office and UPS (Betta’s) store mailing parcels. Don’t know if the price is less or time much faster, or perhaps both. Emma (Kuhlman) LeRoy, Tonasket, was in the hospital and not where you’d want to be to celebrate your 91st birthday. Surely Gary Sorensen and Glen Hauenstein felt good after the accolades given them by Ralph Rise, former science student, in the recent article, where Ralph is a teacher in the Coulee Dam area. It is very nice to again have an enthusiastic music department. The winter concert was very good with varied music selections. And even with lotsa’ snow coming’ down, there was a good sized audience. The kids are having a winter break now and will soon return to begin the year 2013.

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The Wilder Band at Vicki’s Backdoor Club (formerly The Pub) on 1423 Main on Friday, Dec. 28 at 7 p.m. Come and listen, come and dance, even come and jam. These are no cost events. Enter through the back entrance, bring your own snacks.

OROVILLE - The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more info, call Jeff Austin at (509) 476-3978 or Sarah Umana at (509) 4762386. Looking for donations going into the holiday season as shelves are pretty empty now.

NVH Board Meeting TONASKET - The North Valley Hospital Board of Okanogan County Public Hospital Dist. 4 meets in the commissioner’s board room Commissioners Board Room 126 S Whitcomb Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 27 at 7 p.m. For more information call (509) 486-2151 or toll free 877542-2877.


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Obituaries Sheri Lynn Browning Neal, 49, loving wife, mother and daughter passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. Sheri was born, August 30, 1963 in Tonasket, Washington. Sheri is survived by her husband, Michael Neal, son Chad Neal, daughter Alyson Neal, mother and step-father WillaMae (Dickie) and Chuck Burbery, stepsister and brother-in-law Glenda and Brad Carruthers, nephew Brendan Carruthers, mother and father-in-law Tim and Sharon Neal, sister-in-law Deanna Sweet and niece and nephew Jennifer and Nicholas Sweet. Sheri graduated from Tonasket

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SPORTS Tonasket wrestlers pin down youthful Hornets Oroville’s Michael Ripley tries to turn over Tonasket’s Tim Frazier for a pin, but Frazier eventually wound up with the victory. Tonasket defeated the Hornets 78-3 in a nonleague dual meet on Thursday, Dec. 20.

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OROVILLE - Oroville’s young and inexperienced wrestling team struggled Thursday, Dec. 20, with Tonasket’s not-so-young and very much more-experienced wrestlers, as the Tigers took a 78-3 non-league dual meet victory. Winning with pins for the Tigers were Trevor Peterson (113 pounds), Collin Aitcheson (120), Tim Frazier (126), Jeff Stedtfeld (132), Zach Lofthus (145), Austin Knowlton (160), Austin Booker (170) and John Rawley (220). Picking up forfeit wins were Rade Pilkinton (103), Jorge Juarez (138), Lucas Vugteveen (182), Frank Holfeltz (195) and Chad Edwards (285). The only Hornet winner (and the only bout that went the distance) was Eddie Ocampo (152), who outlasted Tonasket’s Quinn Mirick 13-8. The two squads were amongst of field of 13 teams scheduled to compete at the Hornets’ NOHI tournament on Dec. 22, which occurred after the Gazette-Tribune’s early Christmas deadline.

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Brewster’s treys too much for Tigers By Brent Baker

TONASKET - Tonasket’s boys basketball team is showing it can play against the top Caribou Trail League teams in stretches. Putting together four quarters of that kind of play is another matter. Brewster nailed 12 3-point baskets in Tuesday’s contest and raced to a 28-9 first quarter on the way to a 72-50 victory over Tonasket on Tuesday, Dec. 18. “It’s tough to control their 3-pointers, especially when they get off the bus ready to play and we were still daydreaming,” said Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon. “When you’re down 28-9 after one quarter, it’s that much harder, especially against a good team that can stroke it. They were hot tonight and we were lacking intensity.” Tonasket responded with a big run in the second quarter to pull within 38-28 at the half but could get no closer. “We outscored them 19-10 in the second quarter, so we know we can compete with these teams,” Pedregon said. “But we can’t turn the ball over 16 times against these teams. “You can’t take anything away from the non-league teams we played, but it’s not the same. It’s good to see these top teams early in the (league season). I as a coach and the kids can see what this league is about. In the long run this will help us, wake us up.” Bears used solid inside play to set up their continued barrage from the outside. Easton Driessen scored 19 points (including three 3-pointers), Timbo Taylor added 17 (four treys) and Parker Landdeck

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Tonasket’s Kylie Dellinger (20) battles for a rebound during Tuesday’s home contest with Brewster.

Brewster overwhelms Tiger girls By Brent Baker Terry Mills/submitted photo

Ethan Bensing (10) provided some quality minutes off the bench for the Tigers during their 72-50 loss to Brewster on Dec. 18. had 15 (three 3-pointers) to lead Brewster (5-1, 3-0 CTL). “Taylor had a night,” Pedregon said. “You know he’s going to shoot the ball. The are a good uptempo team. They play solid defense and it’s difficult to go full speed with them offensively and defensively.” Michael Orozco and Trevor Terris each scored 12 for the Tigers (4-3, 0-3). The Tigers were set to head to Cashmere on Friday, Dec. 21,

and also compete in the Brewster Christmas Tournament Dec. 28-29. “It’s a good opportunity for these young kids to know what it is to play a tough team on the road,” Pedregon said. “At the end of the day, I’m proud of the boys. Every day we improve in some area. They fight to the end for me, so I can’t ask for much more than that. “We’re a work in progress and we know that.”

standings & schedules Standings Boys Basketball Caribou Trail League

League Total W-L W-L Okanogan 3-0 7-0 Brewster 3-0 5-1 Chelan 2-0 4-1 Cashmere 2-1 5-2 Quincy 1-2 4-3 Cascade 0-2 0-6 Omak 0-3 3-5 Tonasket 0-3 4-3

CWL North Division

League Total W-L W-L Bridgeport 0-0 3-3 Liberty Bell 0-0 3-3 Lake Roosevelt 0-0 2-3 Manson 0-0 2-2 Oroville 0-0 2-5

CWL South Division

League Total W-L W-L Kittitas 0-0 3-2 Riverside Christian 0-0 3-4 White Swan 0-0 0-7

Girls Basketball Caribou Trail League

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W-L Okanogan 3-0 Brewster 3-0 Chelan 2-0 Cashmere 2-1 Cascade 1-1 Omak 0-3 Quincy 0-3 Tonasket 0-3

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W-L Bridgeport 0-0 Liberty Bell 0-0 Lake Roosevelt 0-0 Manson 0-0 Oroville 0-0

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W-L Kittitas 0-0 Riverside Christian 0-0 White Swan 0-0

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Wrestling Caribou Trail League

League Duals W-L Tonasket 1-0 Chelan 1-0 Quincy 1-0 Cashmere 1-0 Brewster 0-1 Okanogan 0-1 Omak 0-1 Cascade 0-1

High School Sports Schedules, Dec. 27-Jan. 5 Friday, Dec. 28 WR - Tonasket at Royal Invite, 10:00 am BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney GB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney Saturday, Dec. 29 BB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney GB - Tonasket at Brewster Xmas Tourney WR - Oroville at Selkirk League Mixer, 11:00 am Thursday, Jan. 3 JV/Var BB - Omak at Tonasket, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var GB - Omak at Tonasket, 4:30/6:00 pm Friday, Jan. 4 JV/Var BB - Pateros at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV GB - Pateros at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 5 JV/Var BB - Tonasket at Cascade, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var GB - Tonasket at Cascade, 4:30/6:00 pm JV/Var BB - Oroville at Kittitas, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV GB - Oroville at Kittitas, 6:00/7:30 pm WR - Tonasket at Warden Invite, TBA WR - Oroville at ACH Invite, 10:00 am

TONASKET - Another game, another loss to a state power for Tonasket’s girls basketball team. The Tigers, playing their third straight team that advanced to at least the state quarterfinals

last year, fell hard to Brewster on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 82-13. The Bears were last season’s Class 2B runners-up and this year bumped up to the Class 1A Caribou Trail League. Monica Landdeck scored 26 points and Chandler Smith added 23 for the Bears, who led

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Outdoors WDFW seeks fish policy nominees interest in inland fish management and the ability to communicate effectively with large segments of the public. The advisory group meets approximately three times each year, and advisors are asked periodically to comment on written materials throughout the year. Advisors serve for a term of two years and can be reappointed. Appointments become effective Feb. 1, 2013. Current members are encouraged to reapply. Advisors do not receive direct compensation for their work. Any group or individual can submit a nomination, and selfnominations are also accepted.

WDFW News Release

OLYMPIA - The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking nominations through Jan. 25 for membership on the Inland Fish Policy Advisory Group. Up to 15 qualified individuals will be chosen to serve on the advisory group for 2013 and 2014. Those selected will provide guidance to WDFW on statewide issues related to management of inland fish species, such as trout, bass, panfish and kokanee. They also serve as an important communication link between WDFW and its constituents. Advisors should have a broad Daniel and Ginger Poleschook/submitted photo

North Central Washington’s loons will be the topic at the Okanogan Highlands Alliance’s Jan. 4 presentation at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket.

OHA explores local loons Okanogan Highlands Alliance presents avian specialist Submitted by Julie Ashmore Conservation Coordinator, OHA

TONASKET - On Friday, Jan. 4, avian medicine and surgery specialist Dr. Scott Ford will share information about the loons of North Central Washington at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. with desserts, tea and coffee; a dinner benefiting the CCC begins at 5:00 p.m. Loon biology and conservation will be discussed, along with stunning images taken by Dan and Ginger Poleschook, loon researchers and professional photographers. Dr. Ford will discuss where our loons go in the winter and provide updates on telemetry technology that will allow researchers to better track individual loons from our area in the coming years. “Loons carry a universal appeal - their beckoning cry, their surreal beauty, and their dependable presence every summer - but their dwindling presence leaves a noticeable gap,” says Dr. Ford. “Come and be inspired by the beauty of these birds and the challenges they face in a changing world.” In the summers of 2011 and 2012, Dr. Scott Ford has assisted with efforts to capture, band, and sample common loons in Northeastern Washington. This banding and research work has been carried out for many years with the cooperation of biologist Darwin Long (Biodiversity Research Institute) and Daniel and Ginger Poleschook (Loon Lake Loon Association). Scott is a board-certified specialist in avian medicine and surgery. His career with wild birds began

in Alaska in 1989 working in a wildlife rehabilitation center with bald eagles. He graduated from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998. His veterinary career has included private practice, specialty avian practice, staff veterinarian at the Alaska Raptor Center, online avian medical consultant, and he currently practices as a free-lance pet-bird and wildlife veterinarian. Scott provides support to various wildlife rehabilitation centers. He also provides veterinary support to field projects involving raptors, waterfowl, and loons. Scott presents at professional conferences around the country and has published several avian medicine articles in peer-reviewed journals. Further details can be found on his business website at www. The Highland Wonders indoor educational series brings the natural history of the Okanogan Highlands and surrounding areas to Tonasket on the first Friday of each month, from November through May (skipping December). More exciting Highland Wonders events will be offered in the months to come, including a presentation on Grouse of the Okanogan Highlands with Dr. Mike Schroeder in February. OHA’s Education Program is designed to build the capacity of the community to steward natural habitats and resources by helping to develop an informed and empowered population. Okanogan Highlands Alliance is a non-profit that works to educate the public on watershed issues. The educational series is offered by OHA, free of charge, at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) of Tonasket. The indoor events are held at the CCC, at 411 S. Western Avenue, Tonasket, and details are provided on OHA’s website: For more information, email or call 509-433-7893.

File hunting reports by Jan. 10 to qualify for permit drawing WDFW News Release

OLYMPIA - Hunters have a chance to win one of nine 2013 special hunting permits if they report this yearís hunting activities for black bear, deer, elk, or turkey to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) by Jan. 10. Those who meet the deadline will be included in a drawing for five deer permits and four elk permits in various areas of the state. Those permits will be valid from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013. To qualify for the drawing, hunters must submit a report for each black bear, deer, elk, or turkey tag they purchased and for each special hunting permit they received in 2012. All hunters, whether successful or not, are required to submit hunting reports for those species by Jan. 31. Failure to meet the deadline can result in a $10 fine, payable before a hunter can purchase a 2013 license.

Dave Ware, WDFW game manager, said the annual hunting reports are an important source of information for managing the resource and developing future hunting seasons. “The drawing for special permits is designed to give hunters an extra incentive to file their reports early,” he said. “If everyone waits until the last minute, it creates problems with reporting.” Hunters can report by phone (877-945-3492) or the Internet ( Hunters should be prepared to give the game management unit they hunted and their individual WILD identification number, which is printed on license documents. As in recent years, hunters are required to file separate reports for general-season hunting activities and for special-permit hunts for deer, elk, black bear and turkey. Whether reporting online or over the phone, hunters should

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EARLY DEADLINES Due to the Christmas Holidays, we have earlier advertising deadlines for the Jan 2nd Paper: Deadline for classifieds: Noon Monday, Dec. 31st

Open winter fishery on Leader Lake OKANOGAN - Action: Open Leader Lake to fishing. Effective: Jan. 1 through Apr. 26, 2013. Species affected: All game fish Location: Leader Lake, located 3 miles west of the town of Okanogan on Hwy 20. This four-month fishery will

provide winter angling opportunity in the Omak/Okanogan area and take advantage of an abundant spiny ray population within Leader Lake. New regulations proposed for Leader Lake would open this water year around, and all public comment has been


favorable. Statewide gear and freshwater species rules are in effect for all game fish. Contacts: Bob Jateff, District 6 Fish Biologist, (509) 997-0316, Jeff Korth, Region 2 Fish Program Manager,(509) 7544624.

Okanogan Valley CHURCH GUIDE

OROVILLE Oroville Community Bible Fellowship

Sunday Service, 10:00 a.m. 923 Main St. • Mark Fast, Pastor

Faith Lutheran Church

11th & Ironwood, Oroville • 476-2426 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Pastor Dan Kunkel • Deacon Dave Wildermuth

Immaculate Conception Parish

1715 Main Street Oroville 8:30 a.m. English Mass 1st Sunday of the Month Other Sundays at 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every other Sun. Rev. David Kuttner • 476-2110

PC of G Bible Faith Family Church

476-3063 • 1012 Fir Street, Oroville SUNDAY: 7 a.m. Men’s Meeting 9:45 Sunday School (2-17 yrs) • Life Skills (18+) 10:45 Worship Service • Children’s Church (3-8 yrs) WEDNESDAY: 7 p.m. Bible Study (13+) Pastor Claude Roberts

Oroville United Methodist

908 Fir, Oroville • 476-2681 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Rev. Leon Alden

Valley Christian Fellowship

Pastor Randy McAllister 142 East Oroville Rd. • 476-2028 • Sunday School (Adult & Teens) 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.• Sun. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Sunday School & Children’s Church K-6 9:45 to 1:00 p.m. Open to Community! Located at Kid City 142 East Oroville • Wednesday Evening Worship 7 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal

602 Central Ave., Oroville Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 Warden • 476-2022

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

10th & Main, Oroville - 509-476-2552 Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. Skip Johnson • 509-826-0266

Oroville Free Methodist

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

LOOMIS Loomis Community Church


Nominees do not need to be affiliated with an organized group. Nominations must include the following information: The nominee’s name, address and telephone number; the nominee’s affiliations, if any; the name, address and telephone number of any organization submitting a nomination; experience, including the type of experience, and any species or areas of interest, as well as references. Nominations must be received by Jan. 25. Submit to: Bruce Bolding, WDFW Fish Management Division. By mail: 600 Capitol Way N., Olympia, WA, 98501. Email: Bruce.

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


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

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Eph. 2:8-9

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Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Tonasket Community UCC

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

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

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

Pastor Jim Yaussy Albright.

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December 27, 2012 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune