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Parking woes continue to haunt Tonasket City Council now there are others that are not doing it. They’ve been told what the deal was, and they said they don’t have to do it TONASKET - Zombies may be all until the city tells them to.” Some of the vehicles have not been the rage in popular culture, but the City of Tonasket seems to have hatched its moved in several weeks at least, causing own version, and it’s likely that few will snow piles to build up around them, narrowing the accessible portion of the be happy about it. The oft-discussed issue of nighttime street and impeding the ability of their neighbors to park. parking on city streets “It’s also blocking was resurrected after the mail boxes,” Olson a months-long hia“They spent a lot of said. “The (other restus, thanks to parked idents) spent a lot of vehicles interfering time talking to us last time talking to us last with snow plows. The city ordi- year to work something year to work someout, and now nance - inconsisout, and now they feel thing they feel that we’re tently enforced over that we’re not keeping not keeping up with the years - prohibits part of the deal.” parking on all city up with our part of the ourAfter some discusstreets between 2 a.m. sion about whether and 6 a.m. When the deal.” or not the ordicouncil began reviewScott Olson nance needed to be ing ordinances on Tonasket City Council reviewed even furthe books last year, ther, council member it decided that ordiJean Ramsey said that nances worth keeping needed to be enforced. The ensuing the ordinance needed to be enforced as enforcement efforts inspired protests it was. “It’s been talked about enough,” from some residents, particularly those along South Tonasket Avenue where a agreed council member Jill Vugteveen. number of residences do not have off- “I would like us to remind people, first. When we did solidify how we were street parking. Adding to the complicated scenario is going to deal with it, we were outside the “gentlemans’ agreement” by which of snow (season). Now we’re in snow those without a place to go try to work again. “So I would ask that the officers give around the needs of the snowplow crew, and the fact that this year some decided one warning, then after that if they still haven’t dealt with the issue, proceed to disregard even that. “The gentleman’s agreement, so to with enforcement.” After it was pointed out that at least speak, was that if you don’t have offstreet parking and you are parking on one police car had been left out on the the streets during snow removal time, streets overnight, Curtis said, “That you would alternate (night to night) situation has been remedied.” “There was such a negative response which side of the street you parked on,” said Tonasket police officer Darren last year,” said Mayor Patrick Plumb. Curtis, who attended the meeting in “It hadn’t been enforced much over the years. place of Chief Rob Burks. “We start saying this, and we know “Because of all the grief from last winter, especially on Tonasket Ave. near what the reaction is going to be.” Vugteveen added that when the counState Street, they agreed not to park on one side of the street,” Curtis said. “We cil returns to reviewing the ordinances, were trying to avoid the rigamarole there were several that she wanted to see dealt with first. with notices and infractions.” “Parking, noise and dogs,” she said. “The frustration is that we had a lot of people that came in and met with us,” said council member Scott Olson. “And SEE PARKING | PG A2 BY BRENT BAKER


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North Valley Assisted Living will be shutting down on March 31 after the NVH Board of Commissioners approved a recommendation to close the facility last week.

‘No immediate solutions’ Hospital district to close Assisted Living facility after years of losses BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - The North Valley Assisted Living facility will be closing as of March 31 after the NVH District Board of Commissioners approved a recommendation by senior leadership to close the facility due to chronic financial losses. That will leave 28 residents looking for a place to live and five full and part-time employees searching for work. The recommendation, announced by chief administrator Linda Michel at the Thursday, Jan. 10 Board of Commissioners meeting, came after two meetings with a community group that formed in an effort to come up with solutions to the facility’s financial woes, as well as a meeting involving state Rep. Shelly Short (R-Addy), who attended via conference call, and a staffer for state Rep. Joel Kretz (R-Wauconda). Michel said that the decision was made in the days following a Jan. 4 meeting between representatives of the community group, formed by Pat and Don Atchison, and the Assisted Living Committee, which was assembled by the hospital district to make a decision on the facility’s future. With the decision made, the committee was dissolved and a meeting scheduled with the community group for Jan.

18 was canceled. According to North Valley Hospital “There were no immediate solutions,” financial records, Assisted Living has lost Michel said. “They talked about run- more than $800,000 since 2006. The facilning a levy, but that would be 18 months ity has been open since 1998, and Michel, before we would get money from that. who has been at NVH for two years, said And that is assuming we could get it that it didn’t appear that Assisted Living passed. had ever had a break-even year. “We have struggled with this for quite “The first few years it was open, it awhile and have no wasn’t making a profit immediate solutions. even though we were That’s why we asked only paying the inter“We have struggled for their opinions. est on the bonds,” Once we realized that’s Michel said. “So if it with this for quite just not going to hapwas going to break awhile and have no even, that would have pen we had to make a decision to close.” immediate solutions. been the time, and it Michel said there didn’t break even, even ... We had to make a then. had been no expectation that the legislators “The community decision to close.” would have a solution will be upset because Linda Michel, at hand, either, considwe won’t go the levy North Valley Hospital Administrator ering the state’s budget route,” she added. “But woes. there is so much more “They sit on comthat we need to do. We mittees that can influhave boilers still runence, but they had no solutions, either,” ning on oil. We need more surgery space. Michel said. “We just wanted to make If we ran a levy for Assisted Living, then them aware of what our situation was, heaven knows when we’d be able to run not just with Assisted Living but district- a levy for our hospital (which serves wide.” far more people). And it would only be Michel said plans for making the tran- temporary. Eventually we’d be back in the sition to close would likely be final- same fix, levy or no levy.” ized by the end of this week, including Chief Financial Officer Helen helping displaced residents find alternate Verhasselt said the Assisted Living was facilities. the one area of the hospital district that “We will absolutely help them (find a didn’t receive cost-based reimburseplace to live),” Michel said. “We’re start- ments. The district receives about $60 ing that (Monday, Jan. 14). Our extended per patient per day for Medicaid patients care social worker has already started - which make up the vast majority of contacting places in the area so we can SEE CLOSING | PG A2 give our residents a list to work from.”

Flu shots recommended for all BY GARY A. DEVON


OKANOGAN – Okanogan County Public Health is recommending everyone, young and old alike, get a flu shot this year as a sudden rise in confirmed cases is being reported throughout the county. Nationwide the number of influenza cases has skyrocketed, with all 50 states reporting a major outbreak in the H3N2 Influenza A virus. In Washington State alone, there have been six deaths connected with the flu, according to Lauri Jones, Community Health Director for the county. There were also eight deaths reported in Idaho from the flu last week, she adds. “We’re just seeing it get started in the county, we had a lot of flu cases last week. We’ve had a lot of confirmed cases in people who have been tested. We are also hearing a lot about people with influenza like-symptoms that haven’t been tested,”

said Jones. The Public Health Director said that her department is recommending everyone, six-months-old and older, not just those in a higher risk group, get immunized this year. “Normally we recommend that the very young and those 65-years-old and above get immunized. Those age groups, as well as those who have a greater risk from the flu, like those with heart disease, asthma, diabetes and those that are pregnant or just game birth, should get the shot every year. A woman who just gave birth has more of a chance of passing the illness on to her newborn if she is not immunized,” Jones said. Although some areas of the country have reported shortages of the vaccine, Jones says she is unaware of any shortages in the state or the county. “The state supplies all the vaccine for children and we’ve seen no shortage, I’m not sure about adults. Public Health in


the last couple days has given probably 50 shots. People who haven’t been vaccinated are taking another look at getting the shot because of the national attention the flu is getting,” she said. “This year’s vaccine seems to be a good match for the H3N2A Influenza A that is out there. The vaccine seems to be covering it.” Jones said she recommends people go to their local care provider to get vaccinated, adding that some pharmacies, like Wal-Mart also offer flu shots. “I want to stress that vaccination is still the best prevention, that along with proper hygiene. People need to wash their hands often, cover their coughs and stay home when they’re sick,” she said. The county has also seen an increase in pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough. “So far it has been confined to the Methow, where we’ve had 12 cases total. The most danger is to infants and pregnant people and we feel they should be immunized the disease,” she said.

Businesses, farms must list personal property items New businesses should contact assessor’s office BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

OKANOGAN - Okanogan County Assessor Scott Furman is reminding everyone that owns a business, ranch, farm or orchard in the county that they are required by state law to provide the assessor with an itemized list of all personal property as of Jan. 1 of each year. Taxable personal property includes office furniture and Scott Furman fixtures such as desks and chairs: office equipment such as computers, scanners, copiers and printers; store equipment and fixtures such as cash registers, camera security systems, shelving and display cases; farm machinery and equipment such as tractors, balers, swathers, combines, sprayers and hand-line irrigation pipe; nightly rental furniture and fixtures such as beds, tables, desks, TV’s and deck furniture; and construction equipment such as bulldozers, graders, back hoes and ditch diggers, according to Furman. It also includes things like signs and office trailers. This is not an


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all inclusive list. “Taxable personal property does not include household goods and personal effects unless they are used in a business activity. It also does not include business inventories including goods for re-sale,” writes Furman in a press release last Tuesday. This list needs to be mailed or delivered to the assessors office by April 30 of each year. If a personal property listing is not received by April 30 of each year, a penalty of five percent of the tax due per month, up to a maximum of 25 percent may be applied. Property owners who currently have a personal property listing will be mailed their current listing Jan. 18, 2013. The listing needs to be reviewed by the owner. Items that are no longer in their possession need to be deleted and any new items added. Items need to be listed by acquisition date and cost less sales tax. The listing needs to be signed and returned to the office by the April 30 deadline. “New businesses of any kind need to contact the office at (509) 422-7190 and ask for a personal property listing affidavit so they can fill it out and return it. Attaching a copy of their IRS depreciation schedule related to the personal property items will assist the assessor’s office in creating an accurate listing,” Furman writes. For additional information, contact the Okanogan County Assessors Office at (509) 422-7190.

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Short appointed to District Court bench


By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OKANOGAN – Charles Short, an Omak attorney was appointed was chosen by the Okanogan County Commissioners to the District Court Position 2 in the seat vacated by Henry “Hank” Rawson who successfully ran for Superior Court Judge. The appointment is effective as of Jan. 15, when Rawson assumes his duties as Superior Court Judge in place of Jack Burchard who after 19 years on the bench decided not to run for a sixth term. Short will be required to run for office during a special election this year and again during the general election in 2014.

“The board received a number of applications from well qualified candidates and had the challenging task of carefully evaluation the experiences of each,” said the county commissioners in a news release after making their pick on Wednesday, Jan. 9. “After methodical deliberation, the board reached an unanimous decision that Mr. Short would be the best candidate to serve the needs of the District Court and the citizens of Okanogan County,” add the commissioners. Short, who grew up on a ranch near Nespelem, is a former deputy prosecutor with the Okanogan County Prosecutor’s office and has been in private practice in Omak.

Business website could cost less than you think By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor Photo courtesy North Valley Hospital

It took more than a week, but North Valley Hospital in Tonasket delivered its first baby on Jan. 9. Amira Yusuf made her grand entrance on Wednesday, weighing in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

parking | FROM A1 “Those keep coming up. Again, if we’re going to have these ordinances, we need to enforce them.” “We need to get the word out,” Ramsey said, “before anyone starts coming down with the hammer.”

Other business - The city received word in late December that it will be receiving

$24,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to be used to develop a stormwater improvement plan. The city applied for the funds in October following a public hearing. - The council officially approved the renewal of its contract with city planner Kurt Danison of Highland Associates; - The council approved a pair of public hearings to be held dur-

ing the council’s regularly-scheduled Feb.12 meeting: one for the Bonaparte Creek/Mill Drive annexation, and one for an alley right of way vacation at Fifth Street, east of Tonasket Ave; - Mayor Patrick Plumb officially announced the appointment of Hugh Jensen as the new Public Works Superintendent, effective Jan. 1; - The council scheduled and approved a meeting on Feb. 9, 9

a.m. to 11 a.m., for the purpose of ordinance code review. - Plumb also noted that there had, as of the date of the council meeting, been two applications for the city council seat vacated by Selena Hines’ resignation in December. The Tonasket City Council’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at city hall.

letter that she was considering raising the interest rate on the existing warrants from 2.5 percent to the prime rate, which is 3.25 percent. “You won’t notice a sudden change in the warrants,” she said. “But they won’t be going up by hundreds of thousands any more. When we’re losing between $10,000 and $20,000 a month. “As it transitions over to the hospital or extended care space, the cost reports aren’t done ‘till the following year, so there will potentially be some lag time.” Michel said that neither a sale to a private entity or a lease agreement would prove to be practical. The district was advised to try to sell the Assisted Living in 2005, before it split into separate hospital and long-term-care divisions. “Any buyer would have to take on the bond,” Michel said. “And if we were to sell it it would take years to get the property lines straightened out. We share infra-

structure (between the hospital and Assisted Living buildings). It’s not built to be an independent, standalone Assisted Living. “We could lease it, but no one could make a profit with what we would have to charge to include boiler, laundry, food and the bond payment.” At a recent board meeting, someone remarked that they felt that the board and senior administrators hadn’t been willing to make tough decisions. Michel said this decision, while it would likely make just about everyone unhappy, would hopefully put the hospital district on a path toward financial viability. “It’s a difficult, difficult situation for everyone involved,” Michel said. “It was not a decision that was taken lightly.” Note: for community reaction, please see Town Crier, page A5, for an editorial by Managing Editor Gary DeVon and Letters to the Editor.

CLOSURE | FROM A1 its residents - while the facility currently costs nearly $100 per patient per day to run. “Each year the rules change for Medicaid,” Verhasselt said. “And as the financial condition of the state worsens they are going to reduce payments for Medicaid. With the economy the way it is, there’s more people to qualify for it as well, so it’s kind of snowballed.” If the building is used for hospital or extended care services, the district won’t face the same financial restrictions. “If the hospital is utilizing the building we would be able to put those expenses through on the cost report, so at least a portion of that would be cost-based reimbursed,” Verhasselt said. “Same thing on the Extended Care but it’s a little bit more complicated. There’s also other factors that go into the reimbursement rate. Assisted Living is the only part of the hospital that doesn’t

have cost-based reimbursement. There’s only so much you can do to even make it profitable.” Stopping the financial bleeding will also help stabilize the district’s obligation to pay back Okanogan County the more than $2 million it owes in registered warrants (short-term, low-interest loans). Okanogan County treasurer Leah McCormack, in a letter to the district in December, said the county wanted the hospital district to intensify its efforts to pay down its registered warrants, which have been in the $2 million range for most of the past year. “I ask that you take action immediately to turn this issue around,” McCormack wrote. “Registered warrants must be paid down and timelines need to be met for doing so. Dependency on the county for registered warrants has to be and will be a thing of the past, in the future.” McCormack also said in the



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OROVILLE – Clyde Andrews, president of the Oroville Chamber, gave a presentation on owning and maintaining your own business website during the group’s January meeting at the Plaza Restaurant. Although Andrews had trouble with the restaurant’s wireless connection, he was able to walk those present through the ins and outs of setting up a website. He also answered questions from some who felt they were paying too much for their current website or that their site didn’t offer enough ability to customize it. “At $60 a year you can get a decent website and if you make $60 worth of business from it, it’s paid for,” said Andrews. “For that price you can get multiple e-mail addresses. Having your own business website can also cut down on your phone calls because they can find your information when it is available on the web.” Andrews showed how some of these lower price websites can be set up by just filling in the blanks on an online form. “It can get more complicated and you could pay someone a lot of money. Ours (the chamber’s) is $360 a year, but includes several extra options over the basic site. It does things like sending out automatic renewal notices to members,” Andrews said. “But when I was getting quotes I came across some of the of ‘Oh yeah, I can set it up for $4000’ type.” Andrews suggested people looking to start a website or to find an option that costs less than their current site, Google “web hosting” and check out “Top 10 Web Hosts.” With these results on the big screen he pointed out that most of the lower cost sites offer the same basic options including unlimited bandwidth, multiple e-mail addresses and lots of online storage. The chamber uses one of these such site called Fat Cow. “I’ve been using Fat Cow for

awhile now… it’s a stupid name, but it works well. It includes templates with several hundred to choose from. You can edit everything from styles to formats. A lot of people can do all they want with a one page website,” he said. Stan and Tamara Porter of Sun Lakes Realty said their website allows people to look at their listings or to click on Northwest MLS (Multiple Listing Service) listings, without leaving the Sun Lakes Realty site. Ellen Bartell, from North Valley Community Schools, said their site allows people to see what classes are being offered, but added it cost a lot more than $60 a month. She said NVCS would be interested in a website that would offer more control of content at a lower price as the school is always trying to cut down on costs. Deanna Rowton, with the city clerk’s office, also expressed interest in the different site options that were available. She too would like to have more control of the way the city’s website looked and functioned. Referring to the chamber’s website, Andrews said, “The largest amount of time I spent on this was deciding what I want, not the set up. There are 300-plus templates to choose from. It is really rewarding for those that like puzzles. For those that don’t, they might want to pay someone, like Baines RV did.” The owners of the RV park north of Oroville said they paid a one-time $250 set- up fee to have their site designed. It, like many chamber members’ sites, are linked to the chamber’s website. Andrews said being a Oroville Chamber member also allowed people to have one basic webpage free on the chamber’s site. He said he’d set up these pages for several businesses who took the chamber up on their offer. “Really I’ll set up anyone. If they tell me what they want I’ll do it, but not if they just ask me to create it with no general direction,” he said.

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Okanogan Valley Life Booster Club surprises Coach Hutchinson T.H.S. concert, Jan. 23 Wide variety of music planned for Winter Concert

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TONASKET - The Tonasket Middle and High School Music Department will be presenting a

Winter Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in the High School Commons. The Concert will feature Middle School Choir and Band and High School Choir and Band groups. The groups will perform a wide variety of music. Mariliz Romano is the new Director of Middle School and High School Music at Tonasket after taking over for Patti Middleton, who retired at the

end of the last school year after teaching for more than 10 years at Tonasket. Romano has taught music in schools as well as privately since completing her Master of Music degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her degree is in piano and K - 12 instrumental/choral music. She moved to Tonasket with her family in 2004.

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The Oroville Booster Club surprised Oroville’s winningest football coach with a special cake commemorating his 58 wins at the group’s meeting last Monday evening. Hutchinson holds up the cake along with several members of the group, including (L-R) Dick Garner, President Kevin Kinman, Secretary Nicci Moralez, Vice President Kim Scott and Treasurer Katrina Kindred. “I’ve been coaching for over 30 years, the last 12 at Oroville. I wish the previous 18 were here,” said Hutchinson. “I really love the Booster Club and appreciate what they do for the kids,” he added, saying the Booster Club means a lot to the football program and he was going to push his parents to join and get involved.” About Hutchinson, Garner said, “He really runs a great program, he treats the kids well, he treats the people well and he even takes care of all the equipment. So he gets a cake.” The Oroville Booster Club supports youth athletics and academics and is always looking for new members. Gary DeVon/staff photos

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Okanogan Counties 54 motorists were stopped and arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI), and statewide, law enforcement officers arrested 3446 drivers for DUI. Last year in Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan Counties, during the same time period, officers on routine and extra patrols arrested

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John Jones, Steve Kinzie and Reid Engle (L-R, above) perform at It’s Showtime!, a weekly event held at The Backdoor Club at Vicki’s Unique Boutique on Main Street in Oroville. “What a night! It was absolutely the best music I think we have ever had at an It’s Showtime event,” said Rick Braman, who helps to coordinate the free performances which are each Saturday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. through January. Although the events are free, donations are welcome, and there are also goodies that can be purchased. The money goes to the Oroville Friends of the Library as part of their fundraiser to make improvements to the public library, including a plan to renovate. There were 70 people in attendance at the second of the events and the host for the evening was Tory Shook (right). In addition to the band, cowboy poetry was read by Naomi Alloway, dressed in several items that her father wore in his work as a rancher, and performer in rodeos. Next week It’s Showtime! will have Tyler Graves for the first act and Randy Battle and Friends for the second act. The poet will be Roberta Hackett of Chesaw, and the host will be the Camaray Motel’s Clyde Andrews, president of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.

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Boys Basketball Caribou Trail League

League Total Okanogan 7-1 13-1 Chelan 6-1 10-2 Cashmere 5-2 8-5 Brewster 5-3 10-4 Quincy 3-5 6-7 Cascade 2-5 4-9 Tonasket 2-6 7-7 Omak 0-7 4-9 *Top 6 qualify for post-season

CWL North Division

League Total Lk Roosevelt 2-1 4-8 Manson 2-1 7-4 Bridgeport 1-1 6-5 Liberty Bell 1-1 6-5 Oroville 1-2 4-8 *Top 3 qualify for post-season

CWL South Division

League Total Riv. Christian 1-0 6-4 Kittitas 1-1 5-6 White Swan 1-3 2-12 *Top 3 qualify for post-season

Girls Basketball Caribou Trail League

League Total Brewster 7-0 13-0 Chelan 6-1 11-1 Okanogan 5-3 11-3 Cashmere 5-3 7-7 Cascade 4-3 10-3 Omak 1-7 3-11 Quincy 1-7 4-10 Tonasket 1-7 3-11 *Top 6 qualify for post-season

CWL North Division

League Total Oroville 2-1 6-6 Lk Roosevelt 2-1 7-4 Manson 1-2 2-7 Bridgeport 0-2 3-8 Liberty Bell 0-2 0-10 *Top 3 qualify for post-season

CWL South Division

League Total White Swan 4-0 9-5 Riv. Christian 1-0 5-4 Kittitas 0-2 3-7 *Top 3 qualify for post-season

Wrestling Caribou Trail League League Duals Quincy Tonasket Chelan Cascade Omak Cashmere Brewster Okanogan

W-L 3-0 2-0 2-0 1-2 1-2 1-2 0-2 0-2

High School Sports Schedules, Jan. 18-26 Friday, Jan. 18 JV/Var GB - Cashmere at Tonasket, 4:30/6:00 pm JV/Var BB - Cashmere at Tonasket, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV GB - Lake Roosevelt at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var BB - Lake Roosevelt at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 19 WR - Tonasket at Chelan, 7:00 pm WR - Oroville at Kittitas, 10:00 am Tuesday, Jan. 22 JV/Var GB - Tonasket at Brewster, 4:30/6:00 pm JV/Var BB - Tonasket at Brewster, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV GB - Oroville at Liberty Bell, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var BB - Oroville at Liberty Bell, 6:00/7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 24 WR - Okanogan at Tonasket, 7:00 pm Friday, Jan. 25 WR - Liberty Bell at Oroville, 6:00 pm Saturday, Jan. 26 JV/Var GB - Cascade at Tonasket, 4:30/6:00 pm JV/Var BB - Cascade at Tonasket, 6:00/7:30 pm Var/JV GB - White Swan at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm JV/Var BB - White Swan at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm WR - Tonasket at Quincy, 6:00 pm WR - Oroville at Pateros, 11:00 am

Gun Club Results Tonasket Gun Club

16 yard Matt Deebach Robert McDaniel Bob McDaniel Pat Davisson Lloyd Caton, Jr. George Miklos Jeff McMillan Jake Bradley

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Handicap Lloyd Caton, Jr. Pat Davisson Matt Deebach George Miklos Bob McDaniel

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Oroville Gun Club Bob Peterson Barry Kemper Logan Farris Pete Valentine Vern Cole Paul Schurile Lisa Pickering Roger Owens Pat Sutton Menze Pickering

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Above, Tonasket freshman Jorge Juarez earned a third-place finish at Tonasket’s Apple Pie Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 12. “He’s surprising a lot of people,” said his coach, Dave Mitchell. “But he’s not been a surprise to us.” Local apple pie winners included (top, l-r) the Tigers’ Collin Aitcheson, John Rawley, head coach Dave Mitchell (with the giant pie reserved for the team champion), Jeffrey Stedtfeld and Oroville’s Taylor Robinson.

Tonasket wins first Apple Pie tourney since 2006 By Brent Baker

TONASKET - It has been long enough since Tonasket won its own Apple Pie Wrestling Tournament that Tigers coach Dave Mitchell couldn’t remember exactly when it was. “It’s definitely been awhile,” he said after the Tigers broke that streak on Saturday, Jan. 12. “Too long.” The Tigers last won their home tournament in 2006, when they placed eight wrestlers in their respective weight class finals. Tonasket won the tournament with 206.5 points, followed by Rogers (Spokane) with 161, Liberty Bell (126.5), Chewelah (115), Warden (99), Cascade (76), Okanogan (53) and Oroville (41). The individual tournament

“It was great having three champions, but getting nine in the finals was what did it for us.” Dave Mitchell, Tonasket Wrestling Coach

winners each receive a small apple pie along with their medal, while the winning Tigers also got an apple pie, baked by Kelly Denison, that was anything but small. Tonasket’s formula for success was the same Saturday as it was in 2006, as they placed nine in the finals, including three champions. They also claimed a pair of third-place showings. “Having nine guys in the finals, that’s huge,” Mitchell said. “It was great having three champions, but getting nine in the finals was what did it for us.” Several of the championship matches featured plenty of drama. The Tigers’ Collin Aitcheson (120 pounds) outlasted Charles

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Martin (left) and Kevin Mitchell, Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell’s sons, returned with their Rogers (Spokane) team and finished second on Saturday. Patrick Mitchell also had his Chewelah team on hand. Smith of Rogers in a 10-8 decision, while Jeff Stedtfeld (132) likewise edged Marcus Phillips of Rogers 11-7 in another tight one. John Rawley (195) took most of the drama out of his final with a second period pin of Cascade’s Nathaniel Merry. At 126, Liberty Bell’s Justin McMillan won a thriller over Ramses Rodelo of Warden in overtime, 11-9. Taking second for the Tigers were Dalton Wahl (138), Derek Rimestad (145), Quinn Mirick (152), Austin Booker (160), Austin Knowlton (170) and Tanner Good (285). Jorge Juarez (126) and Frank Holfeltz (182) took third and Dyllan “Peaches” Walton (132 placed fourth. Rimestad’s semifinal match was one of the wildest of the day as he built an 11-2 lead over Okanogan’s Marcos Fonseca, only to see the margin trimmed to 11-10 before finishing Fonseca with a pin with 17 seconds left in the third period. The emergence of Juarez, a freshman, has been a big boost to the Tigers’ lineup. “He’s surprising a lot of people,” Mitchell said. “But he’s not been a surprise to us.” As has been the case in recent years, the tournament also served as a Mitchell family reunion. Mitchell’s sons (as well as former Tiger wrestlers) returned with their respective teams: Martin and Kevin, head and assistant coaches, respectively, at Rogers (Spokane); and Patrick, head

coach at Chewelah. Mitchell said it still wasn’t a comfortable thing coaching

against his boys. “It’s kind of weird,” he said. “When one of my guys wins I kind of feel bad, because I know how hard they work, just like me. It’s just how it is. “None of it is personal. That’s the crazy thing with the sport itself: it looks like two guys beating each other up, but most times it’s not. It’s just the way the sport is.” Meanwhile, Oroville finished eighth of the eight teams, though it was a big day for junior Taylor Robinson, who defeated the Tigers’ Knowlton in the championship match at 170 to claim the Hornets’ only title. Eddie Ocampo advanced to the consolation finals and finished fourth. Tonasket faces a pair of Caribou Trail League dual meets this week: at home against Cashmere on Thursday, and at league favorite

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Chelan on Saturday, Jan. 19. Oroville travels to Kittitas for a tournament on Saturday as well.

Tonasket 61, Cascade 12 TONASKET - The Tigers easily took a Caribou Trail League dual meet from Cascade on Friday, Jan. 11, 61-12. Winning for the Tigers (2-0 in CTL duals) were Anthony Luna (106, forfeit); Trevor Peterson (113, pin); Collin Aitcheson (120, pin); Jorge Juarez (126, pin); Jeff Stedtfeld (132, pin); Dalton Wahl (138, pin); Derek Rimestad (145, pin); Quinn Mirick (152, 6-2 decision); Austin Booker (160, pin); Austin Knowlton (170, 18-5 major decision); and John Rawley (195, pin). Frank Holfeltz (182) and Tanner Good (285) each lost by decision.

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THE TOWN CRIER Assisted Living closure hard on the community I’m sure we’ll hear a lot more comments on this page in the coming weeks, but the closing of the NVH Assisted Living facility in Tonasket is going to be hard on all of us. But mostly it will be hard on residents as they search, hopefully with the aid of family and friends, for a new place to live. It will also be hard on folks who are nearing the age when they’d like to move from a big home with lots to take care of to a place like the Assisted Living, which for many simplifies things. Back when the Assisted Living was still in the planning stages, that’s how it was sold to the people. Assisted Living was going to be part of a transition from being on one’s own, to being where some care and help was available, but one could still maintain most of their independence. For some it was a way to stay out of the nursing home, especially for those who did not need that level of 24-hour care. It might be too late to play the blame game, but it took many of us by surprise to learn that apparently the Assisted Living never did break even. It seems like North Valley Hospital District has been going from one Out of crisis or another almost as far back as the time My Mind it was St. Martin’s Hospital and still run by the Gary A. DeVon Catholic sisters. The warrants need to be paid down and we can’t continue to run any division of the hospital district at a loss, but promises that were made to the voters who approved funding for the various projects over the years apparently take a back seat to what is delivered. We voted to fund an assisted living facility; now it’s going away. We voted for a renovated hospital with new, larger rooms and better emergency rooms, but also with a new surgery. We’re still waiting for that new surgery (though it is finally nearing completion) – from personal experience I can tell you the surgery still in use is reminiscent of, well pick an era – the forties, fifties, maybe the 1930s. I guess no miracle is going to save the Assisted Living. Serving on the Oroville Housing Authority board I can say we are working on trying to build assisted living using the Green House concept. These are homes for six residents that are easier to finance and actually seem more homey than a big facility like the one in Tonasket. There are two in the Methow and when we toured them they were talking about building a third. That would be room for 18 residents. The Oroville Housing Authority already has the land they would like to use and is investigating financing. To work though, we need a combination of private and public pay residents which the two homes in the Methow don’t seem to have a problem finding. This doesn’t do anything to help North Valley’s displaced right now, but we are working for a future where our elders, those that have contributed so much to our communities, can live without the threat of finding themselves homeless.


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He will be missed Dear Editor, It is with a heavy heart that I am writing this letter. I had double walking pneumonia the week that Dennis Lorz passed away, consequently was out of the loop and missed the funeral. For that I apologize, to the family and the community. I felt compelled to make an effort to express my feelings because of that absence. Dennis was one of a kind, the epitome of that stalwart pioneer spirit that is so well defined in the culture of Okanogan County. Dennis honed that to a fine point in his life-long love of the outdoors, hunting, fishing, adventuring in Alaska and surviving a Grizzly Bear attack. He was a fierce competitor, a tenacious trap shot, all the while fostering that cagey little smile with his calm demeanor. I will greatly miss you my friend! Jim DeTro, Commissioner Okanogan County

The Assisted Living: Time to ask questions Dear Editor: Re: Closure of the North Valley Assisted Living Facility, We, the citizens of North Valley Hospital District #4, have just had the wool pulled over our eyes! About a month ago, the hospital board and administration publicly asked the people to share some thoughts about how to get the assisted living facility into a profitable, or at least break even, state. As a result, there was a community meeting held that was attended by approximately 40 concerned citizens. From this meeting, a Concerned Citizens Committee was formed and a meeting was set to meet with the hospital administration’s committee members on Jan. 4, 2013. At this meeting, many ideas were shared with two Board members and Senior Leadership, and it seemed that some progress was made so another meeting was scheduled for two weeks later, Jan. 18th. However, on Jan. 10, 2013 at the regular NVH Board Meeting, a recommendation was announced at the end of that meeting that the assisted living facility would be closed effective March 31, 2013. This recommendation was passed by the hospital board with no discussion or comment. This quick action will hardly allow for resident placement elsewhere and basically put 30 of our pioneer elders, family members and disabled out on the street. This facility was built on a bond measure which specified that the funds would be used only for the assisted living facility, and furniture and fixtures. This bond was to have been paid off in 2010. However, the hospital board, in their infinite wisdom, has extended and rewritten the bond so it will not be paid off until 2022. If this bond was paid as originally scheduled, we, the taxpayers, would not be paying the between $350K and $400K each year required to pay this off, and the assisted living facility would be profitable. As a fact, according to the hospital’s own financial projection, the Long Term Care Division of NVHD#4 will be profitable in 2013 while the Hospital Division will contin-

open until LETTERS TO facility now when we learn it is threatening to close. THE EDITOR that At t he

ue to have losses. When are the people of this district going to say “enough is enough?” The hospital board and administration management and operations of entities such as the Tonasket and Oroville Clinics (opened and closed) and the Espresso and snack bar (currently losing money), and the failed policies of the ACES insurance program are good examples of failed practices, along with many others. We are submitting this letter because we are concerned about the residents who currently occupy the NVH Assisted Living Facility. They will be put at risk by this Administrative and Board action. The least you can do is to take an interest in what is happening in our hospital district and what agenda they have for a building that comes with an upfront cost of at least $400K per year to you as taxpayers. Stand up and ask some questions of our hospital board members and the administration! Find out what is going on and hold those responsible for our hospital accountable for the actions they take. This Okanogan County and North Valley Hospital District has always taken care of our own; our elderly family, our pioneers and our disabled, so please be concerned enough to get off your duff and ask questions! Thank you, Don Atchison, Chairman Concerned Citizens Committee of the NVH Assisted Living

Don’t close Assisted Living Hospital District Board decides; Assisted Living Residents to get eviction notice? Really? That is the latest news that the Community is hearing as of the last Hospital Board meeting. Well, I wasn’t going to get “involved,” but I can’t not be involved when this type of eviction action is threatened and it is our local elderly residents that are at risk. Several weeks ago, a Community meeting was called to find ways to “save the Assisted Living Facility” - many people attended, myself included - lucky for them I had laryngitis at the time as I haven’t been know for holding my tongue. Many issues on the Assisted Living Facility were brought up; from the bland environment to the financial losses. I feel that the hospital district came to the meeting unprepared providing only general “loss” figures for us to digest and a reading of the letter from the Treasurer regarding the warrant status of the Long Term Care Division, basically stating that it was important for the Hospital District Board to act immediately and that no further losses would be endured. It was learned that the current situation has been know about for quite some time and apparently no positive action steps have been taken to properly manage the facility. Yes, we do have a higher population of Medicare and Medicaid residents and it was pointed out that it takes a larger number of “private pay” residents to break even. It was reported by the Hospital District that NO marketing plan is in place to promote or track viability - NO advertising - NO responsible effort to keep this

Community meeting, we asked for pre-sale appraisal figures and value of the assets for us to pursue buyers or lenders; we asked for review of the level of care of each resident to possibly improve reimbursement; we asked for marketing efforts, and an update to the waiting list to fill rooms; and a committee was formed to meet with the hospital Senior Managers (most of who are new and do not have the much needed experience) to come up with a viable plan. One such joint meeting was held and I believe an initial report was prepared for the Board meeting last Thursday Oh how I wish I would have been in town! The committee’s recommendations were apparently not even heard or acknowledged and members of the community were listed as guests on those minutes not members of the very committee they were asked to be on - and the minutes of that committee meeting did not reflect the actual events of the meeting. Where is the professionalism; where is the responsibility and accountability. Is the Hospital District asking for our help and not even taking the claimed dire need seriously? I heard today a comment from a Community member who felt that trust was broken... that has been the Hospital District’s bruised heel for many years and very sad... that is to say the least - I just hope we aren’t too apathetic of a Community now - too tired of the drama and the effort it takes to once more overcome these issues - and instead just let our valuable asset; our elderly - be kicked to the wayside for some other unknown agenda. And what is the Hospital District’s agenda if not to save the facility and keep it open? I have heard through the rumor mill that the Hospital District just wants the losses gone - which translates to the residents gone - and then they can house one of the money making departments in that building.... Well, that building belongs to us... the community... we decide what we want to do with it - it was built for our aging residents who needed care we thought was valuable enough to vote for a bond levy to build that facility - we are paying for it - and we voted for the Board Members to make decisions to manage it successfully... Healthcare finances are complex, there is no doubt, but remember, this facility only needs to break even - it is a public Hospital District - not a for-profit entity. It is the 11th hour and this community has stepped up - now will the Board leave the community at the plate and then blame the community? We need the information we asked for - we need the pre-sale appraisal figures and value of the AL and NH; we need the decision to close the facility by the end of March stopped until the community gets the information it needs to seek help. If we need to, this community can get a special levy passed to give us time to solve the problems the Hospital District has created or allowed but it won’t happen if the facility is closed and the residents are gone. It is more cost effective to keep a facility open and make the immediate necessary changes than it is to re-open a facility with all empty rooms.

We all know that management in any economy is not easy but it does require action and consistent monitoring - it does require participation of all stakeholders; and yes, sometimes hard decisions must be made that are not popular and do impact us at our most vulnerable levels - but lack of management is certain disaster and does not promote loyalty and active participation. Einstein is attributed with saying that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results” - I believe it is time to do something positively “different.” Connie Maden Tonasket

Let’s all be ‘HICKs’ Dear Editor, I remember watching a movie about the life of Huey Long. Before he represented Louisiana at the federal level he ran for county road commissioner. At one point, in his campaign, he stood on the back of a pickup, destroyed his prepared speech, looked at the gathering of farmers and started out by saying, “You are a hick, I’m a hick and we are a bunch of hicks together so let’s get the job done.” That is where I got the word “hick.” But now it has become, to me, an acronym which means – H-honesty, I-Integrity, C-Courteousnerss and K-knowledge. With this, I challenge all of us to be HICKs in this coming year. If you are already a HICK, let’s improve. If you aren’t one, then let’s begin as a New Year’s Resolution. This might seem somewhat ‘corny;’ but, like the song goes, not all corn comes from Kansas. And so, as this year of 2013 starts, let’s all be a little ‘corny’ and be known as HICKs. Aw, smile. Hey the Old Coffee Drinker rides again. Randy Middleton Tonasket

If Obama Muslim, Lincoln Jewish Dear Editor, Steve Lorz, as usual, totally ignored the point of my letter, i.e. that it is a proven fact that President Obama is NOT a Muslim, nor can Obama’s putative pro-Islam deeds magically make him one. Unlike the nonCalvinistic side of Protestantism, good works and charitable deeds do not lead to the Muslim paradise. I guess Steve should have listened to young Obama’s Quran recital more closely and he would have learned that only those who actively follow the Five Pillars of Islam can be rewarded with paradise. Incidentally, the fact that Hussein is a popular name among the Shiite branch of Islam (not among the Sunnis whom we are actively fighting) no more proves that Obama is a Muslim than the fact that our 16th president was named Abraham proves that Lincoln was Jewish. If Mr. Lorz wants to ramble on about why President Obama is trying to turn our country into a Fascist Socialist Syndicalist state he is free to do so, but not as a failed response to my letter. Thank you, John F, Connot Everett Wash.

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Okanogan Valley Life

Assisted Living’s closing a loss to residents

January is half gone so we’re that much closer to spring! I guess it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. At 1129 21st St. the driveway was blocked with snow and the occupant needed to get her car out to go to a d o c t o r ’s app ointment. A you ng man on a tractor plowed out the driveway, wouldn’t THIS & THAT give his name nor Joyce Emry take any money for doing the good deed. Beverly Holden is glad there are still good Samaritans in the neighborhood. Bev is having some health issues and hopefully the tests she has taken will find results that can be corrected. It is reported that Al Robinson has been a patient in Central

Washington Hospital. His legs are in a weakened condition. My theory is that he ran too hard in too many basketball games. Hopefully, doctors will find a way to help. Al was a great basketball player during the forties. It is said the Tonasket Assisted Living facility will be closing due to financial struggles. What a loss for the residents. I wonder if monies that are used for helping countries that hate us, could be better used to help our own aged folks. Just a thought! I wonder if college and professional sports figures think it makes them a better player if they have their bodies covered with the many tattoo’s that some have. Maybe run faster or shoot baskets more accurately? I don’t think so! We miss Beverly Storm in our midst at the Senior Center and pinochle games. Word is that she is recovering from her shoulder injury, in California. Not at all what she had in mind for the winter, but at least she is warm and not shoveling snow. Ya’ get your driveway all plowed out and whammo! Here

comes the big snowplow and fills it in again. Can’t win! The street department does a real good job keeping “things” plowed out and they’re beginning to run out of places to pile the dreadful stuff. To come home and find a box of frozen corn at your front door is a great way to be greeted. And to have friends that treat you to such is best of all. Good, fresh, frozen corn can add zip to any meal and fresh corn chowder is exquisite. Much better than canned. Word has been received of the death of Myron “Snicks” Snyder, who resided in California. He was an Oroville classmate of Bob Irwin and the late “Mac” McPherson and they remained very close friends throughout their adult lives, traveling and enjoying each others’ company. Winter is taking its toll on some of the older generations, with death coming to another longtime resident, Ralph “Mr. A&W” Patterson. Root beer floats will be served at his memorial, next Saturday, as they were when his wife Elvie passed away.

Oroville Women’s Club News Community was generous with their Christmas donations By Charlene Kemper OWC President

With the help of very generous donations and volunteers, the Oroville Women’s Club made Christmas happen for over 145 families in Oroville. This project has been an event the Women’s Club has taken on for many years and each year is just as special as the last. The Oroville Women’s Club is a group of women who volunteer their time to help others and always welcome new members. The Club would like to thank the following volunteers for helping with the gift wrapping and distribution to the families: Devin (Santa Claus), Alex, Heather, Madison, Kayla, Bailey, Jamen, Kally, Renee, Cathy, Patty, Winter, and Charleen. A very special thank you to the generous businesses and Groups: Prince’s, Masons, Royal

Oroville Senior News Ralph Patterson will be missed By Dolly Engelbretson Oroville Senior Center Reporter

We were sorry to learn of the passing of Ralph Patterson last week. He had been a member and supporter of the Senior Center for many years. Although he was not able to make it to the Center

for lunch, he did support us in many other ways. He was always cheerful no matter how he felt. He will be missed. Marilyn Perry has dashed off to Costa Rica to be with friends for a week. Bev Storm had shoulder surgery while in the Southwest and word has it that she will be returning at the end of February. Doris Hughes is feeling better after being attacked by the flu bug, or some other bug, but is

doing much better. Bev Holden is doing better but they have figured out what ails her. Pinochle scores for Saturday evening, Jan. 12, 2013: Door prize was won by Liz Moody; Most Pinochles were won by Nellie Paulsen; High Women’s score went to Bev Holden and High Men’s score was won by Ted Z. Clayton Emry and Bev Holden shared 1,000 aces. More next time.

Bulletin Board Tonasket Food Bank TONASKET - The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sarge’s Burger Bunker, 101 Hwy. 97 N. For more information contact Jack Gavin at (509) 486-2480.

Oroville Food Bank OROVILLE - The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, call Jeff Austin at (509) 476-3978 or Sarah Umana at (509) 476-2386.

NVCS Winter Quarter Jan. 21 OROVILLE – Winter Quarter with North Valley Community Schools (NVCS) is here! Our first class is Beginning Guitar, starting on Monday, Jan. 21. At the end of six sessions you will know how to pick, strum, and make beautiful sounds with your instrument. You’ll be playing songs for your own, and others, enjoyment. Bring an acoustic guitar. Pick up a blue catalog in stores or call Ellen at (509) 4762011 for more information and to register.

First Aid and CPR OROVILLE – This comprehensive First Aid/CPR three session class at North Valley Community Schools starts on Monday, Jan. 21 and covers the basics of first aid including medical, injury and environmental emergencies and adult, child and infant CPR. Students will receive a stated Department of Labor and Industries card, valid for three years, upon completion of the course. For those working in the medical field the American Heart Association certified First Aid/ CPR card is required. This class will be offered in March. Grab a blue catalog from around town or call Ellen at (509) 476-2011 for information and to register.

NCW Blue Star Mothers meetings This month the NCW Blue Star Board and support meetings will be held a week later than usual. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Hope it works out for you! Everyone is welcome to the board meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. The support meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.. You are welcome to join those

interested in ordering dinner, dessert or just a beverage. Looking forward to catching up with you and your soldier!

Winter Concert TONASKET - The Tonasket M.S. and H.S. Music Department will be presenting a Winter Concert on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in the H.S. Commons. The Concert will feature M.S. Choir and Band and H.S. Choir and Band groups. The groups will perform a wide variety of music. Mariliz Romano is the new Director of both M.S. and H.S. Music at Tonasket after taking over for Patti Middleton who retired at the end of the last school year after teaching for more than 10 years at Tonasket. Romano has taught music since in schools as well as privately since completing her Master of Music degree from UW. Her degree is in piano and K-12 instrumental/choral music. She moved to Tonasket with her family in 2004.

TONASKET -A benefit fundraiser for Jeré Gillespie, who is batting cancer, is planned for Friday, Jan. 25 at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center located at 411 S. Western Ave. Between 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.: doors open, dinner and silent auction bidding. Suggested donation for the locally-based meal, “A Bioregional Supper for a Bioregional Gal!” is $7-$10. Between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.: Songwriter’s Concert, with admission by donation, and Silent Auction closing (at 7:30 p.m.). Performing music in honor of Jeré will be an opening act by Cacophony Choir of Omak; followed by a group of Tonasket area songwriters: Harvey Swanson, Sandy Vaughn, Steve Kinzie, Sunny Lanigan, Reed Engel and Julie (Du Bois) Ashmore.

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Don’t let your body go stale this winter by Jackie Valiquette North Valley Community Schools

Hate to harp, but it is true that we tend to sit too much in the winter. Unless you’re bundling up for long walks in the cold or exercising in front of the TV along with one of those perfectly sculpted fitness experts, you need to do something to keep your body (and yes, your mind) from


going stale. Zumba! It’s the latest craze and it’s for everyone – younger and older, beginner or advanced. What you’ll love is the Latin and International music while you work up a sweat. It’s a dance fitness party each time you go, and nothing like you’ve done before. You’ll leave each class with a smile and a feeling of well-being. Modifications are made for high impact and low impact. This class gives you six Tuesday sessions of

your choice between Jan. 22 and March 26. Jan. 24 is the start date for Knitting-Any Level, all ages welcome. Spanish Medical Terms begins on the 24th, as well. For health practitioners with the challenge of conveying information to Spanish speaking patients, you will gain the necessary skills to communicate accurately. Call Ellen at (509) 476-2011 or go online to to register.

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after supper. The public is invited and encouraged to come.

Time to knit away OROVILLE – This North Valley Community School class is for folks of all ages and skill level. Perhaps you did some knitting years ago but have forgotten just how some of those stitches are done. You may have an ongoing project, but it would be fun to visit with others while you work on it. If you have never knitted, you can complete a small project or get a good start on a large one. Bring size 6 or 8 knitting needles and a skein of 4-ply polyester yarn. This four session class starts Thursday, Jan. 24. Call Ellen at (509) 476-2011 or go online to to register.

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Tonasket coach makes a point the hard way

There are “statement games,” and then there’s games where you make a statement. First-year Tonasket boys basketball coach Agustin Pedregon coped with one of each last week The Tigers hit a high note as they beat Pedregon’s former team and coach, Quincy, in their most Half-Baked solid outing of the Brent Baker year last Tuesday. Saturday at Chelan, however, was another matter. Hoping to make a statement with an upset victory over the Goats, Pedregon found himself making a statement of a different kind. Three technical fouls at different points in the game, three starters on the bench from that point forward for each of them. “I hated to do it,” Pedregon said. “We came out and were intense. It was 10-10 when we got the first one; we were really battling. “But the kids knew going in what the deal is. If you get a ‘T,’ you’re coming out for the rest of the game. I have some discretion on it, but if it’s something to do with talking to an official, you’re going to sit. They need to be held accountable.” Whether or not it cost the Tigers the game against a very good Chelan team that is just a half game back of Okanogan atop the Caribou Trail League, Pedregon didn’t want to lose the opportunity to teach a few things that go well beyond basketball. I’m kind of old school when it comes to coaching and discipline -- not Bobby Knight, throw-yourchair style, to be sure, but I’ve seen enough coaches in 20 years of watching high school sports that haven’t been willing to hold that line when it would prove that costly in competition. I can’t say that I can remember seeing three in-game benchings at once, but it’s hard to imagine a message any more crystal clear than that. “It’s one of those things where we need to know what to do and what not to do in those situations,” Pedregon said. “Hopefully it’s a lesson learned for everybody. We don’t want to become ‘that team’ with that reputation for attitude.” The Tigers are in a three-way battle for the final two district playoff spots, trailing the Quincy team they just beat by one game, and Cascade by a half game. “I thought a couple of the whistles were quick, but that doesn’t matter,” he said. “You have to see that and keep your mouth shut. I was very upset that it happened, and they have to learn to deal with that. Hopefully this doesn’t come back to bite us in the butt.” Pedregon added that Chelan coach Joe Harris called off the dogs pretty quickly once things got out of hand as the Goats rolled, 58-32. “That was classy on his part,” he said. “He saw what I was trying to do, and I really appreciated that. “It was a message that had to be sent. I guess if it had to be done, it was good to get it all done in one game.”

Oroville boys split two OROVILLE - The Oroville boys basketball team split two Central Washington League games last week, getting past Bridgeport 51-48 at home on Thursday, Jan. 10, and losing at Riverside Christian on Saturday, 59-49. At RC, the Hornets trailed 40-29 at the half but crept to within 48-43 heading to the fourth quarter. Connor Hughes led all scorers with 24 points as the Hornets are 4-8 (1-2 CWL North Division). Former Hornet Michael Garrett led the Crusaders with 20 points.

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Tigers earn win over Quincy By Brent Baker

TONASKET - It was the kind of game the Tonasket Tigers had been hoping to play, and it came at the perfect time. With a chance to prove themselves against their new coach’s old team, the Tigers came up big on Tuesday, Jan. 8, defeating Quincy 61-46. Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon was Quincy coach Wade Petersen’s varsity assistant the past two seasons. “It’s definitely bittersweet,” Pedregon said. “I’ve spent so much time sitting in Wade’s living room talking basketball and I know all those guys. But we had to take care of business, and our guys really came to do that tonight.” It was also significant for the Tigers to bounce back after their previous game, in which a 20-point halftime lead turned into an overtime loss at Cascade. But this time, there was no let down. The Tigers never trailed after back-to-back Dyllan Gage 3-pointers gave Tonasket an 8-4 lead early in the game, though the game wasn’t safely out of reach until the final minutes. After a surprisingly fast-paced first quarter - Quincy’s modus operandi is to play a suffocating zone defense and control the clock - the Tigers led 20-12. After that the Jackrabbits controlled the pace, if not the game. The teams combined for just 19 second quarter points as Tonasket clung to a 27-24 halftime lead. The Tigers had momentum, though, as Quincy point guard Trey Petersen picked up his third and fourth fouls in the final minute of the second quarter. Quincy stayed within five or six points most of the way, but Trevor Terris, who spent most of the game working defensively on the Jacks’ Jacob Durfee, sandwiched two baskets around another Gage triple to open up a 10-point lead. Derek Sund then elicited Pedregon’s loudest shout of the game as he took a charge from Durfee that led to an old-fashioned 3-point play by Gage with two minutes left to seal it. “Durfee can score in a hurry,” Pedregon said. “Trevor wanted to take him and held him to 14, and he went off for 31 against Cashmere. “We were able to attack their defense from the outside in,” he added. “We were able to hit some outside jumpers, and then get some slashes from Sund inside.” Gage finished with a game-high 23 points along with seven rebounds and five assists. Michael Orozco added 16 points, while Sund added nine points and Terris had eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists. “Every win in this league needs to be

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Derek Sund slices through the Quincy defense for two points during last Tuesday’s victory. earned,” Pedregon said. “And we earned this one tonight.”

Chelan 58, Tonasket 32 CHELAN - The Tigers came back to earth Saturday, Jan. 12 at Chelan as they dropped a 58-32 decision to the Goats. The game started well enough for Tonasket as the Tigers played to a 10-10 tie late in the first quarter, but two technical fouls cost them two starters for the rest of the first half, and a third one had them playing with out three starters for the rest of the game. “The kids knew going in what the deal is (with technical fouls),” Pedregon said. “If you get a ‘T,’ you’re coming out for the rest of the game. I have some discretion on it, but if it’s something to do with talking to an official, you’re going to sit. They need to be held accountable.” Unlike their first meeting, when Tonasket took a narrow lead at the half, the Tigers faced a big hole at halftime as Chelan rolled out to a 33-18 lead.

Tonasket’s outside shots weren’t falling - the Tigers were 3-of-16 from 3-point range - and that made it tougher for them to score inside as well. Despite losing any realistic chance of winning the game after the technical fouls, Pedregon said there were some bright spots, including the fact that the Tigers committed just 10 turnovers. “Dyllan Gage did a great job bringing the ball up against (Chelan’s Michael) Amsel,” Pedregon said. “He did what he could to keep his teammates involved. “Roberto Juarez was the next guy up, and I told him at halftime we needed him to give us more than he had been. He really answered the call, especially with 12 rebounds. And it was a good experience for Ethan Bensing to be in there and hang with those guys for a full game. I think it will be a good confidence builder for him.” Gage finished with a team-high 15 points, with Leep and Orozco adding six apiece as Tonasket fell to 7-7 (2-6 CTL). Amsel had 17 for the Goats (10-2, 6-1).

Tiger girls break through with CTL win By Brent Baker

TONASKET - It’s been a long time coming, but the Tonasket girls basketball team left the court on Tuesday, Jan. 8, with smiles on their faces. The Tigers put together what was by far their best stretch of basketball this season, playing solid defense and put on an impressive offensive show in the third quarter on the way to a 43-29 victory over visiting Quincy. Coupled with the boys team’s 61-46 victory over the Jacks the same night, it was the first Caribou Trail League boys and girls basketball sweep since Jan. 22, 2008, and snapped a two-year winless streak in CTL play for the girls. “I couldn’t be happier for the girls,” said Tonasket coach Mike Larson. “Every one of them was glowing when we got to the locker room. Seeing that was the best thing in the world. This is so good for them.” The Tigers’ prospects didn’t seem so good in facing a taller Quincy team that was coming off a 15-point victory over the same Omak squad that handed Tonasket a 57-27 loss the previous week. But Devan Utt set the tone in the first half, driving repeatedly to the basket and drawing fouls. Her 7-of-11 free throw shooting in the first half was the difference as tonasket held a 17-12 lead at the half. The Jackrabbit girls snuck to within 17-15 early in the third quarter, but Utt earned a couple more trips to the free throw line, then began feeding Kylie Dellinger a series of baseline passes to the corner that Dellinger buried repeatedly, to the tune of 17 points - including four 3-pointers

Fouls hurt Hornet girls YAKIMA - Two quick fouls on leading scorer Lily Hilderbrand put the Oroville girls basketball team in a deep hole at Riverside Christian on Saturday, Jan. 12, and were a major factor in the Hornets’ 50-29 loss to the Crusaders. “They are pretty good,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “Especially their guards. I think they’re a team we can beat at districts, but there’s some things we can’t do again if we want to do that.” Hilderbrand spent most of the first half on the bench and scored just two of her 13 points before the break. But Bourn was also upset with his team’s defense in the first two quarters. “We just kind of stood there with our arms up,” he said. “We weren’t ready to play when we got off the bus.” Crusaders Lexi Carpenter and Breezy Byrne shredded the Hornets’ man-to-man in the first half, scoring 23 of RC’s 32 points before the half. But a switch to a matchup zone in the second half limited the pair to seven points. “I was a lot happier with the second half,” Bourn said. “They only outscored us by two. We just needed that kind of effort for the whole game.” Oroville (6-6, 2-1 Central Washington League) was at Manson on Tuesday, then hosts Lake Roosevelt on Friday, Jan. 18, for a game that will determine the North Division front runner.

Oroville 40, Bridgeport 19 OROVILLE - The Hornets prevailed on the strength of a 24-5 edge in the first and fourth quarters. “We kind of played at Bridgeport’s (3-8, 0-2) level for much of the game,” Bourn said. “I told the girls, if they want to make it to state, they can’t do that. If you let teams hang around that shouldn’t, that can really get you at the end.” Lily Hilderbrand paced that Hornets with 12 points, with Katie Tietje adding 11 and Briana Moralez eight. MOTORHOMES • FIFTH WHEELS TOy HauLERS • TRAVEL TRAILERS TENT TRaILERS • CaMPERS & MORE

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Left, Devan Utt’s aggressive play set the tone for the Tigers in the first half of last Tuesday’s win over Quincy. Above, Kylie Dellinger hits one of her four 3-pointers in the second half. - in the second half alone. “Early on we were playing OK, but we weren’t making our shots,” Larson said. “I told them to just keep shooting, because our shot selection was good. “Kylie proved me right this time. We’ve had her do that in practice, but I think she had her career high in just the second half.” The Tigers opened up a 37-19 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Quincy cut it to 11 with just over two minutes to play. “I wanted to get to where we were burning most of our 30 seconds (possessions),” Larson said. “I wanted it to take more posses-

sions than we would give them (to make up the deficit). “But that can be like playing a prevent defense in football, which sometimes lets the other team back in the game. We just haven’t been in those situations where we’re trying to possess the ball with a lead and managed the clock.” Kelly Cruz fed Dellinger for a layup, and Dellinger drilled a corner triple with under a minute to go to keep the game from getting any closer. She finished with 19 points, with Utt adding 15. The Tigers improved to 3-10 (1-6 CTL) and are tied with

Quincy and Omak for the league’s sixth and final playoff spot. Tonasket takes on Okanogan and Cashmere this week.

Cascade 55, Tonasket 9 LEAVENWORTH - The Tigers fell hard at Cascade on Jan. 5, failing to score in the first half on the way to a 55-9 defeat. The Kodiaks led 39-0 at the half before Tonasket put seven points on the board in the third quarter. Devan Utt had four points to lead the Tigers.



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BEFORE THE OKANOGAN COUNTY WATER CONSERVANCY BOARD OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON Notice of Application for Change to add a place of use under Water Right No. G4-34904 and add a point of diversion and place of use under Water Right No. S4-34999. TAKE NOTICE: That on November 14, 2012, Crown Resources of Republic, WA filed application number OKAN-12-01 and OKAN-12-02 with the Okanogan County Water Conservancy Board to add a place of use to G4-34904 and add a place of use and point of diversion to S434999. That said right, G4-34904, under priority date of May 21, 2003, authorizes the withdrawal of 100 gallons per minute and up to 12.6 acre-feet per year (years 0 through 7) and 3.34 acres-feet per year (years 8 through 16) from five wells and one underground sump located within the NWŸ and SWŸ of Section 24, T. 40 N., R. 30 E.W.M. That said right authorizes water to be used for continuous mining and industrial use (years 0 through 7) and streamflow augmentation from July 1 through September 30 (years 8 through 16) within the S½NWŸ and SWŸ of Section 24; and the NEŸSEŸ and SEŸSEŸ, Section 23; all in T. 40 N., R. 30 E.W.M. That said right, S4-34999, under priority date of March 24, 2005, authorizes the diversion of 0.111 cubic feet per second and 12.6 acre-feet per year for continuous use from three points of diversion located within the NEŸSWŸ and NWŸSWŸ of Section 24, T. 40 N., R. 30 EWM. That said right authorizes water to be used for mining and industrial use within the S½NWŸ and SWŸ, Section 24; and the NEŸSEŸ and SEŸSEŸ, Section 23; all in T. 40 N., R. 30 E.W.M. That the applicant proposes to add a point of diversion to water right no. S4-34999 located in the NEŸSWŸ of Section 24, T. 40 N., R. 30 E.W.M. and add a place of use to both water right nos. S4-34999 and G4-34904 located in Sections 2, 3, 4, and 5; all in T. 39 N., R. 31 E.W.M; Sections 13, 14, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 36; all in T. 40 N., R. 30 E.W.M.; Sections 18, 19, 30, 31, and 32; all in T. 40 N., R 31 E.W.M. Any protests or objections to the approval of this application may be filed with the Department of Ecology and must include a detailed statement of the basis for objections; protests must be accompanied by a fifty dollar ($50.00) recording fee and filed with the Cashiering Section, State of Washington, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47611, Lacey, Washington 98509-7611 within thirty (30) days from January 17, 2013. Any interested party may submit comments, objections, and other information to the board regarding this application. The comments and information may be submitted in writing or verbally at any public meeting of the board held to discuss or decide on the application. This application will be on the board agenda during its regular meetings to be held on the first Wednesday of each month. Additionally, the Water Conservancy Board, may receive written comments or information through February 4, 2013 at its offices located at 123 Fifth Avenue N., Rm. 150, Okanogan, WA 98840. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 10, 17, 2013. #448428 2

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that Oroville School District No. 410, Okanogan County, Washington (the “District�) will hold a public hearing during a special meeting of the Board of Directors of the District scheduled for January 31, 2013 starting at 6:00 p.m., Pacific Time, or as soon thereafter as possible in the District’s Office, 816 Juniper Street, Oroville, Washington, for the purpose of hearing comments from the public on the proposed issuance by the District of its Limited General Obligation Bond, 2013. The Bond is proposed to be issued in the aggregate principal amount of not to exceed $1,200,000 and will be payable over a term of 3 years with the final payment to occur on December 1, 2015. The Bond proceeds will be used to pay costs of capital improvements at the elementary school (primarily a new roof) and related costs and costs of issuance. Principal of the Bond is expected to be paid from the District’s previously approved capital levy and interest from other funds of the District. Any person may appear and be heard on the issue of issuing the Bond. Comments will be heard from all interested parties attending the hearing. Written comments prior to the hearing may be directed to Shay M. Shaw, Business Manager, Oroville School District No. 410, Okanogan County, Washington, 816 Juniper Street, Oroville, Washington 98844. /s/ Steve Quick, Superintendent Oroville School District No. 410 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 17, 24, 2013 #450906


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Public Notices continued from previous page Summary of Ordinance #721 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, correcting the description of the alley vacated by Ordinance #425 and setting an effective date. 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 January 17, 2013. #450910 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR SNOHOMISH COUNTY STATE OF WASHINGTON Estate of ARDEN D. HALVORSEN Deceased. NO. 12-4-01717-0 NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The personal representative named

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below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time such claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in section RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar

is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication: January 10, 2013 Personal Representative: Kathy S. Halvorsen Attorneys for Personal Representative: Roger Hawkes, WSBA #5173 Of HAWKES LAW FIRM, P.S. Address for Mailing/Service: 19929 Ballinger Way, N.E., Suite 200 Shoreline, WA 98155 Tel: 206-367-5000 / Fax: 206-367-4005 Court of probate proceedings Snohomish County Superior Court and cause number: 12-4-01717-0 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 10, 17, 24, 2013 # 447578

TIMBER FOR SALE The Sinlahekin Ecosystem Restoration Project on the Sinlahekin Wildlife Area near Loomis, WA will thin timber stands to variable density spacing prescriptions in Township 36, 37, and 38 North, Range 25 East (W.M.). The project area is roughly 208 acres and consists of approximately 450 tons of Ponderosa Pine and Douglas-fir pulpwood material. The export restricted timber will be sold on a weight basis, to the highest bidder by sealed bid on January 27th, 2013 at 1:00 PM (PST). For further information and bid form, contact: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Sinlahekin Wildlife Area P.O. Box C Loomis, WA 98827; phone (509) 223-3358. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 17, 2013. #450912

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Coordinator is responsible for coordinating this organization’s nondiscrimination compliance efforts and may be contacted at Skyline Telecom PO Box 609, Mount Vernon, OR 97865, (541) 932-4411. Any individual, or specific class of individuals, who feel that this organization has subjected them to discrimination may obtain further information about the statutes and regulations listed above from and/or file a written complaint with this organization; or the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington DC 20250; or the Administrator, Rural Electrification Administration, Washington , DC 20250. Complaints may be filed within 180 days after the alleged discrimination. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent possible. Published in the Okagogan Valley Gazette, January 17, 2013 #451316

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charged with obstructing an officer. He received two days confinement.


The court found probable cause to charge Macarrio Daniel Ibarra, 30, with attempted robbery second degree, resisting arrest and making false statements. He received one year and one month confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Tomas Delgado-Perez, 20, with forgery. He received 40 days confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Ahmin R. Smith, 36, with four counts of harassment with threats to kill. He received 10 years and six months confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Marco Antonio Torres Gomez, 21, with burglary second degree and malicious mischief second degree. He received nine months confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Shawna Barber, 34, with theft second degree. She received four months confinement. The court found probable cause to charge Arturo Palomino Ramos, 37, with assault third degree. He received two months confinement.


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Jose Cruz, 36, Omak, was charged with DUI. He received one year confinement and $1,936 fine. Frank Bigwolf, 34, Omak, was charged with failure to obey a police officer, DUI and DWLS third degree. He received one year, three months confinement and $2,436 fine. Dusty Deibel, 32, Omak, was charged with DWLS first degree. Getulio Hernandez-Garcia, 20, Omak, was charged with use/delivery of drug paraphernalia. Raymond Hobbs, 30, Omak, was charged with criminal trespassing second degree. He received 90 days confinement and $258 fine. Celio Mendoza Torrez, 35, Okanogan, was charged with assault fourth degree. She received one year confinement and $1,033 fine. Robert Richardson, 32, Tonasket, was charged with three counts of fourth degree assault. He received one year confinement and $1,033 fine. Natasha West, 18, Oroville, was charged with DUI. Jesse Ytuarte, 30, Okanogan, was charged with DWLS third degree. He received 90 days and $858 fine.

911 Calls and Jail Bookings Monday, January 7, 2013 In Tonasket, on Havillah Rd., an unknown subject called a woman stating that someone had called her from that number. The subject made several threatening remarks to which the woman responded that she had never called that number before. In Okanogan, on Old Hwy 97, a 14-year-old daughter called to complain that her mother had been assaulting her for the past two years. She’d apparently been living with her step-father. Police found out that CPS had filed a report against the girl’s family three months prior to the daughter’s call. Robert Thomas, 45, booked for DUI and DWLS third. Destinie Daniel, 29, booked for bail jumping. Michael Dennis, 26, booked for DUI. David Fitzgerald, 54, booked for assault fourth. Joshua Chapa, 21, booked for possession of drug paraphernalia, residential burglary and possession of stolen property second. Tuesday, January 8, 2013 In Oroville, on Hwy. 97, a man was

parked on his neighbor’s property waiting for his neighbor to get home so he could yell at him about parking incorrectly. His neighbor called police to report that the man was harassing him. In Tonasket, on Hagood Cutoff Road, a subject tried to hit a resident’s husband with a vehicle. The subject swerved around another vehicle and tried to hit him. The driver was identified when he parked, exited the vehicle and tried to hit the husband with a bar. In Tonasket, on East Cayuse Mountain Road, there was a female subject at the location with injuries she sustained from being assaulted by her mother. Chase Robbins, 24, booked for possession of a controlled substance and DUI. Travis Duncan, 28, booked for assault fourth. Wednesday, January 9, 2013 In Tonasket, on Aspen Way, mail fraud was reported. The caller was missing some legal paperwork that he knew to be delivered to him by mail. The post office has no information on the whereabouts of the paperwork. A pick up order was issued for a 46-year-old female subject who was threatening suicide and homicide of the children in the home.

Alexis Gonzalez, 19, booked for trespassing second and making a false statement. Moses Cuevez, 44, booked for DWLS third and failure to appear. Kenneth Johnson, 54, booked for DUI. Raymond Walters, 28, booked for parole violation. Gulibaldo Garcia, 40, booked for DUI, attended hit-and-run and USBP hold. Cody Webster, 26, booked for DUI and DWLS third. Ryan Casey, 41, booked for welfare fraud. Russell Gardner, 20, booked for seven counts of failure to appear and six counts of DWLS third. Leonardo Hererra, 26, booked for assault fourth, DUI, failure to appear and obstructing a warrant. Thursday, January 10, 2013 Shawna Barber, 34, booked for failure to appear, DWLS third and assault fourth. Lawrence Nims, 49, booked for failure to appear and DWLS third. Richard Palmer, 30, booked for failure to appear and assault fourth. Friday, January 11, 2013 Terry Hubbard, 32, booked for assault fourth and failure to appear.

Francine Bogues, 52, booked for failure to appear. Brett Howard, 56, booked for DWLS first. Ruby Gua, 23, booked for failure to appear and DWLS third. Michael Utigard, 59, booked for DWLS first and physical control.

Saturday, January 12, 2013 Brock Herrera, 18, booked for DWLS second. Tyson Williams, 22, booked for failure to appear and DUI. Carli Jones, 22, booked for failure to appear and DUI. Wallace Greenwood, 46, booked for financial fraud and possession of methaphetamine. Sunday, January 13, 2013 James Grant, 31, booked for burglary second and malicious mischief third. Anthony Jolly, 35, booked for burglary second and malicious mischief third. Michael Lezard, 24, booked for DUI, DWLS third, reckless endangerment, failure to appear, malicious mischief, assault fourth, DWLS third and possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana.


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Okanogan Valley Life Obituaries

Ralph W. Patterson

Ralph W. Patterson Ralph W. Patterson, of Oroville, died Wednesday, January 9th. As was his wish, he was at home, with his family by his side. Ralph was born to James and Williametta Patterson in Seattle on Nov. 9, 1927. He was one of nine children in the family, and learned early the value of working together for the good of all. His first job, working alongside his brothers, was to mow, rake and weed lawns on Queen Anne Hill. For their efforts, they received 50 cents per lawn. Other jobs during his youth included a large paper route for the Seattle PI, cleaning houses and yards for realtors, and picking strawberries in Marysville. After three brothers were called into the service during the war, Ralph began working full time in Seattle area restaurants. His earnings from these jobs were given to his Mother in order to help support the family. In 1946, Ralph joined the Merchant Marines, serving for four years. His cooking skills were honed during this time, and he kept the crew onboard well fed. While serving in the Merchant Marines, Ralph developed his love for the lands and people of Alaska, particularly Little Diomede Island. After completing his service with the Merchant Marines, Ralph was drafted into the Army. He served, primarily in Korea, for 2 years. As was common throughout his life, those around Ralph ate well. He ran an efficient mess hall, providing basic meals as well as baked treats whenever possible. Following his discharge from the Army, Ralph moved to Eastern Washington in 1953. He settled in the Great Basin and learned farming from Paul and Ruth Holman. They grew to become like second parents to him. He purchased 160 acres of land to farm, but was unable to secure financing to put in irrigation. This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Ralph moved to Wenatchee, and worked at Peter Rabbit Grocery Stores. Attending a political rally

with friends one evening in 1956, he met the love of his life, Elvie. Ralph and Elvie were married Sept. 29th, 1957 in Wenatchee. He often said that marrying Elvie was the best thing he ever did, stating that there could be no better partnership than the one they shared. In 1959, Ralph and Elvie settled in Oroville. Together, they built the A&W Drive-In and operated it together for over 30 years. Never one to shy away from challenge, they set their opening date on May Day. Health issues forced the closure of the A&W in 1990. However, Ralph didn’t have much opportunity to slow down in retirement. Throughout the years, Ralph served his community in many ways. He volunteered with the Civil Service for 12 years. He also worked with the TV Association for 12 years. He offered his time and talents to young and old alike, volunteering with Shiba for 14 years and tutoring with HOSTS for more than 10 years. He held various service positions in his church through the years, and chaperoned countless cheer squads as they travelled the region for sports tournaments. Thanks to Elvie’s love of travel, Ralph spent much time during his retirement traveling the globe. Together, Ralph and Elvie visited Russia (twice), Spain, Italy, Fiji, Australia, England, France, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Costa Rico, the Panama Canal, and more. They also enjoyed several trips to Alaska, including a wonderful cruise to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Closer to home, they frequently traveled to Oregon and the New England region, visiting family and friends. Ralph’s greatest legacy may be that of hospitality. No matter who dropped by at dinner time, or what was being served, there was always room at the table. After dinner was complete, the cribbage board was sure to come out for a game or two. He could most often be found in his kitchen, baking up new batches of scones, cookies, and candies to share. His brandied Christmas cake was delivered to friends near and far each year, along with assortments of other sweet treats. And of course, he enjoyed the annual tradition of making spaghetti sauce for the United Methodist Church Christmas Bazaar. Ralph is survived by his son, Kevin (Michelle) of West Linn, Oregon, daughter Lea Ann (Richard) Hairston of Oroville; grandchildren Christian, Elizabeth, Michelle, and Sarah; and great-grandson, Masen. He is also survived by one brother, Bob (Dee) Patterson of Lovelock, Nevada; and four sisters, Marie Thompson of Franklin, Virginia, Marion Smith of Quilcene, Washington, Doris Long of Everett, Washington, and Marjorie Hargreaves of Bellevue, Washington. Ralph was preceded in death by his wife, Elvie Patterson; parents, James and Williametta Patterson; and brothers James E. “Bud”

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Patterson, Frank Patterson, and Jack Patterson. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at The Oroville United Methodist Church, 908 Fir Street, Oroville, WA 98844. Memorials are suggested to the United Methodist Church, American Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, Amedysis Hospice of Omak, or a charity of your choosing. “Don’t take any wooden nickels, Ralph! We’ll see you in the funny papers!” Bergh Funeral Services in

By Daralyn Hollenbeck

The 2013 Hometown Soldier Calendar will be available throughout the year. The beauty of this calendar is that what it holds inside is relevant all year long and does not go out of date. Not only are the active duty service men and women portrayed each month worthy of recognition throughout the year, the birth dates of the our communities’ soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines, and guards scattered throughout the calendar (with or without submitted photos) reminds us to support them with prayer and well wishes as they serve. Sixty percent of calen-

dar proceeds are profit and goes directly to supporting military mothers, children, and soldiers through your local NCW Blue Star Mothers Chapter WA3. These calendars are available at local businesses from Okanogan to Oroville: Okanogan Farm Shed, Tonasket Feed, Hidden Treasures, The Split End, The Junction, Oroville Pharmacy, ReMax Realty, Marylou’s Gifts, Appleway Video, and Vicki’s Unique Boutique, and more. In March we will be recognizing patriotic businesses in our area. We are sponsoring this yearís “Patriotic Hometown Business” Service Plaque for the business that goes the extra mile for hometown military and their families. To qualify, businesses must (1) be located in North Central Washington; (2) have a 2013 Hometown Soldier Calendar


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James ‘Jim’ Pruitt

James ‘Jim’ Pruitt James “Jim” Woodson Pruitt, age 91, of Tonasket, died Sunday, January 13, 2013 at Central Wa s h i n g t o n Hospital in We n a t c h e e . He was born September 27, 1921 in Okalona, Miss. to James Montgomery and Olga Reed Pruitt. Jim is survived by his children: James E. Pruitt (Alta) of Republic; Kathleen Pruitt (Kim Harriman) of Tonasket and Teri Pruitt of Tonasket. His beloved grandchildren: Kelly Pruitt, Jamie Pruitt, Mandy Lindhe Rettedal, Brittany Lindhe and Dustin James Pruitt and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Margaret Schmeling (married on Dec. 7,1948), his son Albert Montgomery Pruitt; brother Berk Pruitt and sister Linda Lou Pruitt. Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 18, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Tonasket Community Church with Pastor Leon Alden officiating. Interment will follow at the Tonasket Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project, P.O. Box 854, Tonasket, WA 98855. A complete obituary will be placed at Please visit and leave your memories of Jim and sign his online guestbook. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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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.

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on display; and, (3) have sold the greatest number of calendars. Any support given to our active duty military will also be taken into account. We wish you luck! Patrons will see the calendar in your business and know where you stand in support of their families and friends that are serving. It will create business loyalty in a particularly loyal group. Patrons, be sure to ask your favorite businesses where their Hometown Soldier Calendar is! Find us on Facebook at www. mothers; call: (509) 485-2906 or email:


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in death by her son, David; her infant daughter, Tina; her parents, Alfonso and Lou Sanchez. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts. com. Arrangements are by Jones & Jones-Betts Funeral Home.

She was born to Alfonso and Lou Sanchez on July 11, 1939 at Santa Rosa, New Mexico. She was a Seattle City Credit Union Manager and a long-term employee of Sterling Bank of Oroville. Survivors include her sons, John, Paul and Steven; her daughter, Teresa Peters. Preceded

Ruby L. Sanchez-Nixon, 73, of Oroville, Washington passed away on Friday, January 11, 2013.

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602 Central Ave., Oroville Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th Healing Service: 1st Sunday 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

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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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, January 17, 2013  

January 17, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, January 17, 2013  

January 17, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune