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Incoming Chamber president Julie Alley talks about “Making a Splash” during last Thursday’s annual banquet at the CCC. Brent Baker/staff photo


TONASKET - The Tonasket Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual banquet, auction and officer installation on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. And, oh yes, named its annual roster of honorees, which included Patti Middleton as Tonasket Founders Day Parade Grand Marshal; Scott Smith as Citizen of the Year; the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project as Organization of the Year; and II Sisters Video Rental as Business of the Year. The evening’s theme was “Make a Splash,” honoring Linda Black’s work to bring the Tonasket Water Ranch Spray Park to Chief Tonasket Park. Smith, who was recently named Grower of the Year by Good Fruit Grower magazine, was introduced by fellow Tonasket Kiwanian Wayne Verbeck. Smith’s work over the years included (but wasn’t limited to) his 35 years with Kiwanis, serving on the Tonasket school levy bond committee for more than 25 years, chairing the Whitestone irrigation district, and serving on multiple agricultural boards, committees and commissions that have taken him all over the state, as well as to Washington, D.C. “Best of all,” Verbeck said as he and Mayor Patrick Plumb presented him with multiple plaques and awards honoring both this and the Good Fruit Growers’ award, “he’s a wonderful father and a good husband.” “You know, these things are very nice,” Smith said after noting that, upon receiving his previous award, he’d forgotten to thank his wife, Montie. “But they all take you away from home. It all means that someone has to take care of life at home ... Honey, thank you very much.” Smith, a lifelong Tonasket resident,

Tonasket Kiwanis Groundhog Dinner this Saturday BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

TONASKET – The 29th Annual Tonasket Kiwanis Club Groundhog Dinner will be this Saturday, Feb. 2 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Tonasket High School Commons. The event began in the church in Ellisforde but they didn’t have enough space or people to put it on so the Tonasket Kiwanis took it over in 1984 and it’s grown dramatically ever since, according to Herb Wandler, a Tonasket Kiwanian. The dinner will consist of sausage, potatoes, vegetables, coleslaw, a beverage and dessert. All funds will go toward funding the Kiwanis Youth services. The organization sponsors the boy scouts and helps support things like grade school field trips. They also give out scholarships. The Kiwanians prepare the sausage according to an old German recipe. Wandler said they serve between 300 and 400 people each year and any left over sausage is sold in bulk packages. Tickets will cost $9.50 for adults and children 13-years-old and over, $4.50 for children 12-years-old and younger and pre-school children will be admitted free of charge.

Council, chief debate video policy ATV talks on hold until county makes its call BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Patti Middleton beams after being announced as the Tonasket Founders Day Parade Grand Marshal at the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce annual banquet on Thursday, Jan. 24. hasn’t lost his appreciation for living here. “We all are very fortunate,” he said. “I’ve lived here all my life, my grandfather homesteaded here. I think there are people that are envious of what we have here and what you all have created here. This building is a perfect example of that.

This doesn’t go on every place. “I’m thankful to live here and am thankful for the people that have worked for us through the years, that work through to their 70s. That’s a pretty nice special thing in a small community. It makes you appreciate the people that you get to know. This is very nice, and I

appreciate it very much.” Middleton, who retired last June after 22 years as the Tonasket Middle and High School music teacher and had been recognized at the previous night’s band and choir concert, said she was “flab-

TONASKET - Differing opinions on what is appropriate use of video surveillance, and even some Constitutional discussion, highlighted the Tonasket City Council’s efforts to finalize a policy that would govern the Tonasket Police Department’s use of video or game cameras in certain situations. Council member Scott Olson had asked for a policy to cover the use of game cameras that Police Chief Rob Burks wanted to put in place at Chief Tonasket Park over a year ago to help track down vandals and other culprits, including the more recent tossing of some park trash receptacles into the Okanogan River. Olson had been concerned about the use of such cameras where images or

“I’m troubled by your logic that Council has no oversight over this. I think we have a very different interpretation of the Constitution on that one”


May Fest Queen candidates OROVILLE – Two Oroville High School juniors have thrown their hat in the ring for the crown of 2013 May Festival Queen this year – they are Shelby Louise Scott and Angela Nelson. Selection night this year will be held on Friday, Feb. 18 in the Oroville High School Commons starting at 7 p.m. “Anyone in the community is invited to attend and this is your opportunity to vote for one of the two girls,” said Michelle Smith with the May Festival Committee. Selection Night activities for the royalty candidates include speeches, modeling and poise, as well as answering impromptu questions from the judges. After which, the community and the judges will vote on a candidate, with the top vote getter becoming May Queen and the runner-up May Princess. “The judges’ votes count for 65 percent of the selection and the communities for 35 percent,” said Smith, adding that Selection Night is the only time in which votes will be cast.

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Hi! I’m Shelby Louise Scott. I’m a 16-year-old junior at Oroville High School. I was born in Omak, Washington on Feb. 18, 1996. My parents, Kim and Brad Scott, are life-long Oroville residents and both 1990 graduates of Oroville High School. I have dreamed of being May Day Queen since I was very little. When I was seven-years-old I was a train bearer for Queen Skylar Guenther. Ever since then I have been involved in May Day. In fourth and fifth grade I did the May Pole dance. Then in the sixth grade I was the elementary school princess and in eighth grade I was a class attendant. The past several years I have helped the Oroville Booster Club with the 3 on 3 basketball tournament and concessions. I have also Shelby Scott marched in the band, helped represent the Molson-Chesaw fire Department, and been on the Oroville Sportsmen’s Club boat/float. In school, I have been involved in cheerleading for both football and basketball as well as the “little cheerleaders” program. I also play fast pitch. I am currently the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) secretary. I’m involved in the Local Association of Student Councils (LASC) and the Washington Association of Student Councils (WASC). I am the Social Chairperson for the Junior class. Previously I was the “0” club treasurer and the Junior High ASB president. My hobbies are shopping, reading, bowling, trap shooting, and taking care of my animals. I am also an active member in my church. My goal after high school graduation is attending college to become an ultrasound technician. May Day is always a special time for family, friends, and the community to all join together to celebrate our heritage and our future. Being selected as your May Day Queen would be a great honor, especially since Oroville has always been my home.

My name is Angela Nelson. I am 16-years-old and I am currently a junior in Oroville High school. My parents are Alan and Marcie Nelson. I have two sisters, Alanna and Ariona, and one brother, Adrian. My family and I moved to Oroville in the summer of 2004. This year the only sport that I am involved in is football cheerleading because I wanted to focus on my grades and school work. Since my freshman year I have been involved in the “O” Club. I was ASB secretary for two years and this year I am the ASB Social Chiarperson. This year I was chosen to be Angela Nelson the Junior Representative for North Central Washington. Next year I will be the senior representative and I will run LASC (Local Association of Student Councils) meetings and I will also be on the WASC (Washington Association of Student Council) board. Last November I volunteered at the Senior Center and I hope to go there more often in the future to help out. After high school I want to attend a culinary school or enroll in a business college. I would like to become your May Day Queen because representing our wonderful community and being a part of a tradition that has now been going strong for almost eighty years will be such a great honor. I have looked up to all the past May Day Queens and I hope to be in that prestigious group so that I can be the one that other girls look up to in the future.


video of citizens might be captured, and wants a policy in place to govern such surveillance. Olson, however, was less than pleased with a policy Burks put together based upon a similar policy in use in Colville. Council member Dennis Brown felt that the policy was incomplete. “It implies video and game type cameras,” Brown said. “If there are handheld video cameras in use, the policy needs to include those too. There needs to be further clarification on those.” “There are different kinds of cameraS that can be used in different situations,” Burks said. “You can have cameras over the stop lights, city park, city pool, city shop, parking lot. Those are city property for the protection of city property. Not necessarily for law enforcement ... “The reason the handheld and game cams don’t fall under those, because those are police work. Like the game cams, the only time we use them is if a crime has been committed. That’s usually on private property, which mean Council has no say over that. The property owner has the say over that.... “If we’re investigating a drug case it’s confidential, so we’re not going to tell you. In some case we’ll have a search warrant, which is a judge’s decision to let us do that by law, which once again you have no say over. “I can’t put it in policy when it’s stuff the Council can’t control. If we have an incident in a city park, of course I will let you know... Business property or private property, you have no say over.” “I believe that is what the policy should (cover),” Olson said. “I’ve asked you to put that in writing. I’m disappointed in this. I was very clear about my concerns with the Fourth and Fourteenth amend-



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COUNCIL | FROM A1 ments, privacy, specific to game camera. “You excluded game cams and brought in video. That’s expanding what you can do, and I’m troubled by your logic that Council has no oversight over this. I think we have a very different interpretation of the Constitution on that one.... You as the chief of police don’t just get to say it’s the right time to use it. If you’re using (the city’s) equipment, I think we have a right to know. Plumb assigned an ad hoc committee of Olson and Brown to meet with Burks to hash through the policy and its surrounding issues, which will then be presented to the council for approval.

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Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb awards Stephanie Bradley the Chamber’s Business of the Year award at last Thursday’s banquet.

CHAMBER | FROM A1 bergasted” at being named Grand Marshal. “It’s going to be different not walking beside the band (at the parade),” she said. “So thank you, this is a great honor.” “She has impacted many, many, many lives,” Plumb said. “She brought us a sense of stability and rhythm. She blessed us all.” Plumb noted when leading up to the Business of the Year award, that II Sisters’ addition of vehicle licensing services has been a huge asset to the community. “This means a lot to us,” said II Sisters owner Stephanie Bradley. “It seems like we’re there all the time. but it wouldn’t be possible without the community ‘making a splash,’ buying local, and shopping local.” Rogers Castelda, president of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project, had just minutes earlier shared plans to dedicate the project this coming May 18, accepted the Organization of the Year

about this award.” Julie Alley steps into the Chamber president position, replacing Dale Crandall, who served two years. Terri Orford is the new Vice President while Aaron Kester and Bill Nelson will continue as Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. The Board of Directors includes Dr. Robert Nau, Kay Behymer, Crandall and Plumb. “Our theme for tonight is Make a Splash,” Alley said. “And that is in support of the splash park that Linda Black is bringing to town with lots of help... “I was thinking tonight we can all do that, but it’s the little ripples that make our town. As people were coming in we were picking out the ‘dignitaries.’ We were debating because everybody here has made a splash and a ripple in our town. It is such a cool town to be a part of... “All of our members are doing

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Roger Castelda heads to the microphone to receive the Legacy Project’s award. award. “I want to thank the Chamber very, very much,” he said. “Thank you very much; it’s a real pleasure. George (Frank) will be real happy

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other ‘ripple things’ ...all the different businesses and organizations. The Chamber needs to focus on supporting the businesses and organizations that make our town what it is. Make a splash with me and be part of the ripple that goes out from our town.” “Let’s try to assist (Alley) in the things she’s got in her vision,” Plumb said. “Because she is a worker bee. When you’re the worker bee you don’t want to get tired out and be unable to make any more honey. Which is what she’s doing for our community, though it’s weird I talk about it that way. I don’t like dead bees. So don’t let all this fall on her.” The program also featured an updates by Black on the Tonasket Water Ranch Spray Park project, Middleton and Kristi Hutchins of Tonasket’s Pretty Committee, a demonstration of the Chamber’s new website by Orford as well as a separate update from U. S. Armed Forces Legacy Project by Castelda. The live and silent auctions, combined with ticket sales, brought in a total of $3,369.

Two people applied to fill the city council seat vacated by Selena Hines in December: Sue Edick and Lee Hale. They were scheduled to be interviewed during Tuesday’s session, but Hale had a previous out of town engagement, and though he offered to be interviewed via phone, the council opted to speak with him at the next council meeting. Edick did answer some questions from board members and said she would attend the next meeting as well.

ATVs ATV enthusiasts gathered once again to push for an ordinance that would allow their use in town. Plumb said that he had received a lot of feedback on the issue, with the majority of responders favoring ATV use. The primary concerns involved the mixing of ATV traffic with other street traffic. Council member Jill Vugteveen said she felt no decision or ordinance should be written until it was clear if the county was going to open up other area roads that would actually provide outside ATV access to Tonasket “I think it’s premature to make a decision if the county doesn’t open a route to Tonasket from Conconully,” Vugteveen said. “We will not benefit from this unless people want to trailer them into Tonasket, offload and run around on the limited streets they would have here. What’s the purpose of that?” She pointed out that one of the benefits cited by those in favor of such an ordinance were the economic benefits of bringing ATV tourists into town.

Plumb said he would write an official letter of inquiry to the county to see where it stood with its own ATV discussions. “I want to make sure the county is going to do it before it before we decide what to do,” Olson said. “I don’t think I’m just waiting to say ‘Yes.’ Only if the county agrees am I willing to go further with the discussion.... We’ll discuss it when (the county has decided what to do).”

Legacy dedication Roger Castelda, president of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project, asked for and received permission for a parade to run from the north end of town to the Legacy Project site at the south end for a dedication ceremony planned for May 18. Castelda said that the dedication would include the participation of five area high school bands (Tonasket, Oroville, Omak, Okanogan and Republic), representation of all five armed forces, and hopefully a general Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Other actions The city council approved the following motions unanimously: - a revision to the budget to add the police clerk position, which was accidentally omitted from the budget though it had been discussed and planned for; - a banner to be mounted at the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center to advertise for the Tonasket Water Ranch spray park was approved; - payments to city engineers Varela and Associates were approved for the continuing Bonaparte/Mill Creek water/sewer project; - a public hearing was set for Feb. 12 to amend the Comprehensive Plan; - Mayor Patrick Plumb was approved to serve as the city’s representative to the Public Transportation Benefit Area board, with councilmember Jill Vugteveen as his alternate; - a data sharing contract with the Washington Department of Licensing was approved that would allow the use of email instead of just fax or email to share information. The council also approved, 3-1, a kennel request made by Charlotte Durrell, conditional on whether or not neighbors had been contacted and were aware of the number of dogs being kept there.

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Whiteakers open Blossom and Briar in new location By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – Tim and Cenah Whiteaker have purchased the Blossom and Briar floral and gift shop and moved it’s location to the former Emporium building north of Oroville. “We are a complete floral store with fresh cut flowers and arrangements, stems, green plants, flowering plants, flower bulbs and silks,” said Cenah Whiteaker. “We have a variety of gifts as well as chocolate and 27 flavors of taffy, including sugar free.” The couple also plans on opening a green house in the spring with flowers and hanging baskets. They will be offering wedding and funeral flowers as well as special order arrangements and prom flowers. Other items they will be carry-

ing include tux rentals, balloons, everyday arrangements, baskets, vases, planters and gift baskets. They plan a Grand Opening on Friday, Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location at 33436A U.S. Highway 97. “It is just north of Oroville. We are in the gray building where the ‘Emporium’ used to be,” she adding that she has always been interested in flowers and flower arranging. We were excited to learn that Sandra’s Blossom and Briar was for sale. I have always dreamed of having a flower store and doing floral design. It is something that I have studied and practiced since I was in high school,” she said. The opportunity to purchase Blossom and Briar came at an ideal time for us and it all came together smoothly. We are very excited to offer a variety of

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once again, this years sponsors. You all helped make this a very successful event for 2013. When asked, the audience enthusiastically agreed that we should hold It’s Showtime again next year, so look for us next January.

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Tonasket Ranger District Employees Donate The staff of the Tonasket Ranger Station presented Daralyn Hollenbeck with a generous donation. The Ranger District employees, under Ranger Dale Olson, hold an annual fund raiser to support local service groups. For the third year the NCW Blue Star Mothers chapter was proud to be one of the recipients. As a nonprofit band of mothers whose children serve or have served in the military, we use these funds to support active duty military moms living in North Central Washington during times of military duress or celebration. From memorials to homecoming celebrations; to travel expenses to hospital vigils; to support packages and birthday wishes from our community, the funds received through donation or raised from fundraisers such as

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TONASKET - The Tonasket Athletic Booster Club, hoping to build on the success of last year’s dessert auction, will be holding a similar event again on Friday, Feb. 8. As was the case a year ago, the dinner/auction will be hosted by The Kuhler in Tonasket, with happy hour beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. and the auction at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 and as of Jan. 29 about two dozen tickets remained. Last year, the auction and dinner tickets raised about $4,500, according to boosters president Kacy Braman. “The dessert auction has been awesome for us,” Braman said. She said that Terry Mills suggested it, and that a girls basketball bake sale a few years back produced a $900 sale of one of Teresa Webber’s cheesecakes that remains legendary. “She’s always first on our list of people to call for desserts because everybody always remembers that,” Braman said. “And last year we had Barb Warfield’s cinnamon rolls sell for $150 or $200, and that was during the silent auction. “We’ve been amazed at how well it’s gone.” Last year the boosters donated $1,000 each to the baseball and softball programs for uniforms and equipment, two $750 scholarships (one to a boy, one to a girl) for which about a dozen student-athletes applied, money for a stunt mat for the winter cheerleaders and funds for a new scale for the wrestling program. “We also partner up with the clinic in August to run sports physicals,” Braman said. “We try to make it cost-effective for the kids and only charge them $15 to get a physical.” This past year the boosters also handled concession sales. “(Superintendent Paul) Turner came to us and asked if we could to those,” Braman said. “We’ve decided that football is a lot of work, but it does bring in a good profit. We would like to try to work with the school district to upgrade the concession stand, because it does leak pretty bad.” The boosters have also been selling spirit gear, including bleacher seats, which have been popular. “We really want to try to get more blue and gold in the stands,” she said. The current Tonasket Athletic Booster Club board also includes vice president Kirstin Williams, treasurer Shannon Larson, secretary Marcella Bensing and at-large member Teri Leep and currently boasts about 50 volunteers. “If anyone wants to volunteer,” Braman said, “we can always use more.”

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Last week we ran an article on Rep. Joel Kretz’ efforts to introduce legislation to reintroduce wolves to the west side of the state. Although sounding somewhat tongue-in-cheek, the Seventh District legislator from Wauconda is completely serious about the issue. If Western Washington legislators are going to sing the economic and environmental benefits of having wolves in our back yards, shouldn’t the same be true for the their side of the state? Even the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan says recovery requires distribution of the gray wolves throughout the state. Yet all the wolves that have been counted, six known packs, are on the eastern part of the state — some right here in Okanogan County. If wolves aren’t going to be shared with our west side cousins, then Kretz feels they should be delisted from the state’s endangered list. The federal government has already concluded the wolf has recovered in Eastern Out of Washington. They removed the wolf from the My Mind federal endangered list for the Rocky Mountain Gary A. DeVon Region in 2009 (which includes the eastern third of Washington), but the Washington State Department of Wildlife hasn’t. Delisting is exactly what our county commissioners are asking of the WDFW. They, along with the commissioners from seven other counties in Eastern Washington are participating in a petition written by the Eastern Washington Council of Governments. In the petition the council writes, “These additional packs positively augment the conclusive federal data that the wolf is recovered in eastern Washington and is no longer ‘failing, declining, or vulnerable’ as required in state law for delisting.” A similar request from our commissioners and the council was turned down earlier by the WDFW Director, who disagreed with the feds, concluding the number of wolves was not sufficient to constitute a healthy self-sustaining population. So who is right, the federal government or the director of WDFW? And if state law requires that the wolves be reestablished throughout the state then maybe the idea being pushed by Rep. Kretz isn’t so farfetched. We know that last week’s article was trending highest on our website so it seems to have caught the attention of our readers. In many ways wolves have gotten a bad rap. From “Little Red Riding Hood” to the tale of the sled-borne wedding party in Willa Cather’s “My Antonia,” wolves have been painted the villain. Although wolves are much more likely to avoid humans than hunt them - even modern day portrayals, like that in the recent movie “The Gray” spread fear of the animals. However, coming from a ranching family, that’s not to say the concerns of local ranchers should be taken lightly. It’s been proven that in other states like Idaho and Montana that depredation of livestock by wolves can be a problem and they seem to have found ways to deal with it. Our state recommends those that suffer depredation treat the area like a crime scene so they or federal agents can investigate. Whether listed or not, ranchers should be compensated for livestock taken by wolves. Those that think that wild predators won’t do harm to livestock should see some of the graphic photographs of horses that have been killed on Kretz’ ranch by cougars in the past. If the state insists on keeping the wolves listed as an endangered species, than everyone should share in the burden of this decision – ranchers should be compensated for lost livestock and people on the west side of the state should embrace a return of the wolves to both sides of Washington.

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Reexamine the decision to close Assisted Living Dear Editor, An $800,000K loss from the Assisted Living facility since 2006. Were there any steps taken to try to reduce this loss over the years and if so what could have been done? Any board discussion or action over the years? Doesn’t sound like it! And even the present administrator indicated it had always been loosing money. No discussion when senior management made their recommendation to the board, not even one question and no discussion. Just roll over and play dead. The extension of the original bond and in the end knowing that this action could cost the NVHD up to $400K a year in just additional interest to be paid. This is not looking out for the best interest of the Hospital District. From a previous letter that was written, it sounded like the AL operation was projected to turn a profit or at least break even in 2013. Is this true? If so then why close the facility? Sounds like there was some other underlying agenda in place. Now the word on the street is the AL building will house hospital offices on the top floor and PT will be moved to the bottom floor from the Nursing Home building. Where will the money come from to continue paying off the bond and to do any remodeling that


75 YEARS AGO January 21 - January 28, 1938: Postmaster Grube has been directed by the Post Office Department to amend Rural Route No. 1 so as to serve patrons living between the post office and the Canadian line and such patrons living in Canada who care to avail themselves of this service and erect mailboxes on the U.S. side of the border. The service will commence on February 1, 1938. A demonstration of television is to be showing in Oroville on Monday, January 24 at 1:30 p.m. in the grade school to be sponsored by the Oroville High School. The next household necessity will doubtless be television. The National Broadcasting Company has issued statements that “television will be an everyday reality in private homes of America by 1939 and probably sooner.” The Oroville Grange basketball boys are preparing for basketball early this year in the hope of winning another championship such as they held two years ago. A meeting for the election of officers was called for this year will be; Manager, Ernie Curtis; Captain, Gene Silvernail, Secretary/Treasurer, Gordon Johnston. According to Commissioner C. S. Adams, the road between Dolan’s Service on State Hwy. 10 and Ellisforde bridge has been straightened and widened and is ready for the final layer of gravel. Work has gone on day and night and six yards of dirt were moved every six minutes. The work costing $1,000 and an additional $2,000 will be spent to continue this project across the Great Northern tracks to the highway east of the Ellisforde Bridge.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR will need to facilitate these new changes? Oh yes, the government will be making some kind of payment to the district to make up for the loss of revenue because the AL is no longer in operation. This makes absolutely no sense but that is what I was told by someone in the know. I suggest that the NVHB go back to the drawing board and completely re-examine their decision to close the Assisted Living complex or at least have some discussion on the subject. From reading the minutes it seems as though there is not much discussion as the meetings last 30 to 45 minutes per meeting. Al Seccomb Tonasket

Retiring Budley the Clown Dear Editor, Little did I know 25 years ago, that a silly venture in church would become such a force in my life. A clown’s main goal is to lower oneself to help raise others. Yet through the process inevitably, I was lifted also. Whether in a children’s cancer ward or deep in the jungles of the Yucatan, I was enriched. I almost gave clowning up 10 years ago. Then the rodeo club asked me to try my hand at event clowning. Again, what started as

a job turned into a great blessing! Yet, with several back and neck operations in my future, I feel it is better to go out on a high note than on a stretcher! I have tried to forgo the actions that cause the pain and wear and tear on my body, like doing belly flops in the mud or climbing in a barrel. But truthfully I am still laid up for days. So with a heavy heart and some deep soul searching, I have decided to retire as Budley the Clown. I will always be grateful to the Commancheros and the community for the faith that you continue to show in me and my numerous personalities. It is my hope to be remembered as the kids saw me, a friend! Thank you and God bless, Bud McSpadden Tonasket

Does he hold the principles? Dear Editor, Some time ago it was stated in a letter submitted by John Connot that our president was demonstrably not a Muslim, he may be a Albigensian, a Baptist, a Jain, a Mormon, a Scientologist, a Zoroastrian, or an atheist; it seems that John will allow Obama to be anything but a Muslim, even though Barry Soetoro listed his faith as Islam on a school

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50 YEARS AGO January 24 - January 31, 1963: The skiing was real good at Sitzmark Ski Hill last Saturday and Sunday reported ski enthusiasts here. All four tows were operating and the skiers were using the new trails that were opened up this last fall by the Tonasket Kiwanis Club and other people interested in skiing. Speculations are that if it should snow before Saturday, the hill would be in the best shape for skiing that there has ever been. Weather Wise: temperatures for the past week are as follows: Jan. 16, 32 degrees maximum and 14 degrees minimum; Jan. 17th, 33 and 21; Jan. 18th, 36 and 20; Jan. 19th, 24 and 5; Jan. 20th, 32 and 19; Jan. 21st, 36 and 16 and Jan. 22nd, 43 and 9. No precipitation was recorded during the week. With better than five inches of ice on Lake Osoyoos, young people and a few older ones are enjoying the skating. It has been agreed by the Okanogan PUD Commission to take 1 percent of the output of power from the Hanford Atomic Project or 8,000 kilowatts. The Wells Dam project and others cannot generate power before 1967 to help with the apparent power needs. The PUD has retained a reserve of 48,000 Kilowatts from the Wells Project,

which should insure Okanogan County homes, businesses, farms and industry with low-cost electricity through the twentieth century and beyond. The Senate Resolution on the Whitestone Reclamation District was passed in the Senate, Wednesday, January 23, said Senator Wilbur Hallauer (D-Oroville). This project will provide water storage for the existing 1,830 acres of valuable agricultural lands and water for an additional 765 acres. One hundred and nine new books were added to the collection of the Oroville Public Library last week according to a report from Mrs. W. P. McDonough, Oroville Librarian. Included in the shipment, were 25 mysteries and 25 westerns. These books comprised the January shipment from the North Central Washington Regional Library in Wenatchee. Groceries: Whole or half salmon roasts, 4-6 lbs, $.69 per lb.; ground round, $.69 per lb.; 18 oz. peanut butter, $.39; 6 1/2 oz. chunk tuna, four tins for $1.00; oranges, 2 lb. $.25; take your pick, Green beans, Pie cherries, Fruit cocktail, Purple plums, Pineapple, and Catsup, all priced at five for $1.00.

25 YEARS AGO January 21-January 28, 1988: The mere mentioning of the Kiwanian’s annual Groundhog Dinner, often conjures up visions of the prophetic woodchuck served up with an apple in his mouth. In actuality the traditional dinner is held on February 2, the day when the groundhog is supposed to look for his shadow. Each year, for the past five years, the Tonasket Kiwanis Club stuffs casing full of sausage made from an old German recipe and has a

registration form in Indonesia, even though the same person has praised the merits of the Muslim culture to the world, (has anyone heard him speak on the virtues of the Christian faith?), has bowed to a Muslim king, has even told this nation that the Muslim faith was part of our countries founding and is the only president that had to be corrected by George Stephanopoulos in an interview on what his faith was. And, now that the Inaugural celebration has come and gone, with Abe Lincoln and Martin Luther King’s Bibles both used in the oath taking ceremony, I guess the people of this nation can finally rest assured that Barak Obama has turned a corner in his faith (whatever it may be, as long as it isn’t Islam). I don’t know that a firm stand on an issue like this is politically correct though. When the President won the first election, the Muslim people rejoiced, because their contributions to Obama’s campaign paid off, they may be offended if he can’t be Muslim anymore. A greater question about the guy that nobody seems to know who he is, or where he came from, would be, does he hold to any of the principles in the Bibles upon which he has placed his hand? In a politically correct progressive culture of diversity I suppose we can make our president be what ever is needed at the time… except Muslim. Steve Lorz Tonasket, Wa. dinner to raise money for local causes. “Okanogan Highlands Album” a 502 page pictorial history of the Molson, Chesaw and Knob Hill Communities is now available in local outlets in Okanogan County. Truly an album, it contains over 1200 pictures plus considerable history of the communities in the area such as Bolster, Kipling, Havillah, Bonaparte, Hungry Hollow, Knob Hill and Pontiac Ridge and many more. One of Washington’s outstanding museums and frontier towns is located at Molson, also the work of many in the communities. Years of history is about to be changed forever as the O-T Irrigation District starts to remove the flumes and fill in the canals of the old irrigation system. The move comes about as the old system is becoming obsolete for water delivery and represents a liability if it is left as it is. The dismantling of 12-13 miles of flumes and the filling of approximately 30 miles of canal should take between two to three years. Playing a flawless third quarter the Oroville Hornets put away the Tonasket Tigers for their first league win at 44 to 32. Behind by four points at half time, the Hornets held the Tigers scoreless in the third quarter while racking 10 points of their own. Once they got the lead they never let it go. It just could be the biggest event to take place in Tonasket in a long while. What is being referred to is the coronation of Sarah Beeman on Saturday evening, February 8. This Loomis lady, 19, will be crowned Miss Rodeo Washington 1988. But this is not the first Beeman for the honor. In 1981, Shauna Beeman was the Tonasket Rodeo Queen; in 1982, Miss Omak Stampede and 1983 saw her being crowned Miss Rodeo Washington.

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Crab Feed benefits Scholarship Fund Submitted By Jo Standley Tonasket Eagles Auxiliary

Coming up on Saturday, Feb. 9 we are having our 11th Annual Crab Feed to benefit our Scholarship fund. Tickets are $20 for a whole crab (1 1/2 - 2 lbs.), salad, roll and coffee. If you don’t like crab we have the same with ham for $10. Tickets are on sale at the Aerie. Get yours now, there are only 100 available. On Saturday, Feb. 16, the

Taylor Benefit Dinner and Auction, Feb. 9 Submitted by Gai Wisdom Oroville Eagles Auxiliary

January has been a busy month at the Oroville Eagles and February is shaping up the same way. The big thing, of course, is Vivian Taylor’s Benefit Dinner and Auction. That’s coming up on Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread will be a $5 donation. The auction will follow and donations are welcome.

Thinking ahead for District Meeting By Audrey Holmes Garden Club Reporter

The Hillside Apartments Community Room is where Garden Club members met for their meeting on Jan. 14, 2013. Prior to the meeting, a hotdog and bun with the trimmings and hot apple cider were served by hostess Betty Holmes and helpers. Tonya McCarter from Tonasket was a guest. Roll call was “How are you coping and

Okanogan Valley Life Tonasket Eagles Tonasket FFA is having their Steak Feed starting at 5:30 p.m. A Memorial for Smokey Stover will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. Pinochle scores from the month end Tournament last Sunday are: 1st - Neil and Gladys Fifer, 2nd - Ken Cook and Jo Porter, Low Score - Gib McDougal and Betty Paul, Last Pinochle - Neil and Gladys Fifer. We have Breakfast on Sunday

Eagledom at Work On the 16th we’ll have our Sweetheart Dinner. We’ll start at 6 p.m. and probably come up with something fun to do after. Sunday the 17th is 10th District meeting in our Aerie. We start at 1 p.m. and will have nominations for District offices. It will be a good day with good friends. The next Sunday is the Chili/ Cornbread Cook-off! There are sign-up sheets with the rules at the Aerie. Hotten’ up your best pot and come on down. We’ll wrap up the afternoon with an ol’

Tonasket Garden Club what are your feelings towards this winter? And, what are your plans for the coming spring?” We talked about the Christmas Bazaar on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 at the Tonasket Elementary School. We came out ahead, but mostly on the food sales. Thinking ahead, to our Spring District Meeting here in June, Wendy Taylor said that she had some Formica samples for us to make name tags for club members to identify themselves.

mornings from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pinochle is on Sunday afternoons at 1 p.m. On Tuesday evening we have Karaoke with Linda at 8:30 p.m. Kids are welcome until 10 p.m. On Friday evenings we have burgers and more in the kitchen starting at 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts at 7 p.m. on Friday and is open to the public. There are currently over $13 thousand in prizes to be won. On Saturday evenings we have Karaoke with Linda or live music at 9 p.m. We wish anyone who is ill a speedy recovery to good health. God Bless you all. The Biggest Little Eagles in the state

fashioned broomstick pool meet. Another good day at the Eagles. Our Men’s meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month and the Ladies meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays. Mondays are Taco Night, Wednesdays Pool Burgers Night and Thursdays we play Bingo and eat burgers and more. Friday is Steak Night, Meat Draw and Karaoke. Saturdays are when we do an Open Mike Night, excepting special events. Come join your brothers and sisters at your Eagles and bring your friends. Find out what’s happening at your club. As always, We Are People Helping People. We will work ahead on crafts such as old mailboxes decorated with pictures of ladybugs, pigs, flamingos, fish, bumble bees, peacocks and whatever else we can dream up to sell at our booth on Founders Day. Lola Burton and Nadia Aronson will work on the “Annual Year Booklets.” We brought to the meeting seed catalogues to discuss and some members game some of them to members who did not have any. We encourage guests and new members to attend. The number to call for place and time is (509) 223-3427.

Hate to see the empty buildings

Can you believe we’re almost to the end month of January? Everything seems to be going in double time…except weight loss. Don’t you think if a person went on all the advertised diet programs and lost as much weight as the ads claim, the authorities would soon be searching for you as you’d be so small that the ordinar y person c o u l d n’t find you? Once again the THIS & THAT lot at the Joyce Emry Village Appliance store is vacant. I believe the guy renting it had more “stuff ” than the lot could hold, as some of it often overflowed outside the lot. I really hate to see empty buildings in our little town. Seems that when I came here in the mid forties, times weren’t so good then either, but there weren’t all the vacant buildings that there are now. Sorry to see the flower shop move outside of town (leaving another building empty) but there must have been a reason. North of town, on Highway 97, near the Mormon Church, is the new location. If you have good health, be happy and thankful for each day. There are many who don’t. My thoughts have been with those 28 folks who have had to locate in a new place due to the closing of Tonasket Assisted Living. It is usually difficult to have to “start all over” in a new location, especially when you’re nearing age 90 or more, and in the middle

of winter. But, then we remember they are of the generations that can “make do” better than our younger folks can. Just remember to visit the folks, even if it is a little bit out of your way. Allow an extra half hour or so on your outing to show the folks you care. You might be in that same position one day! A fellow who had spent the majority of his years in the Okanogan Valley, has gone on to his higher rewards, that being George Barker, Sr. His last years were spent in North Valley Extended Care Facility, after suffering a severe stroke, some few months ago. George was a husky guy, with many talents at figuring out and repairing “things” and among those talents was one of writing poetry. I had known him for many years before learning that he could write about just anything. He was employed at the Valley Evaporating Co. for many years and I thinned apples with him at Blackler Orchards in the forties. Bob Seamon had by-pass surgery in Wenatchee and I’m told he came through with “flying colors.” For those that don’t know, he is the guy that is responsible for making sure the museum is always nicely decorated, outside, during Christmas, and he does so many things that folks don’t always know of. Volunteers are the greatest, aren’t they? The snow just has to keep reminding us that winter isn’t over, however the last bit was very light, but enough that it can hide the icy spots underneath. Friends and acquaintances in both Oroville and Tonasket send cheery thoughts to Ed Craig while he remains in Tonasket hospital, gaining strength to have hip surgery, in Wenatchee. He has been in great discomfort for a

lengthy time. We made a visit to the local Camaray Motel recently. It’s “lookin’ good” and they have done a tremendous job of sprucing up the rooms, replacing, refinishing, repairing and anything in between that can be done to make it more inviting. They’re running a nice special during the ice fishing derby that is coming up, in February, in Molson but sponsored by the Oroville Chamber. I understand there were a lot of fish planted and the lake taken care of so folks don’t have to go home empty handed, as happened last year. The managers are great assets to the town taking an active part in community functions. So, spread the word to your friends and relatives that they need not be afraid to reserve a room there. Remember Virgil Herschlip… look out he’s comin’ to town! For ice fishing. Loni Lutz was missing as site director at the Senior Center last week, as her mom, Rosa, has double pneumonia and is in the hospital. Next in order to take her place is Tillie Porter and she was house bound with bronchitis, so Marge Finley filled in, and she had just recuperated from a fall injuring her shoulder. Come on spring, hurry up and get here, so we can clear the air of the affluent germs. Bob Hirst still waiting for results from tests to see if something can be done to alleviate the pain and weakness in his legs. Warm and friendly thoughts can make the sun a little brighter, the sky a little bluer and the world a little nicer. I’m still enjoying Gonzaga basketball games…and they’re still winning…most of the time.




Oroville Dollars for Scholars Continuing Ed funding awarded By Glenna Hauenstein ODFS Publicity

In late December the Oroville Dollars for Scholars Committee was pleased to be able to award financial help to each of the nine applicants for Continuing Education Scholarships. The recipients, all Oroville High School graduates, were: Cati Arrigoni (Class of 2011), Mariah Brown (2010), Branden Funston (2010), Krystle Kelly (2006), Sarah Knight (2011), Kayla McKinney (2010), Ashley Oakes (2008), Taylor Sarmiento (2011) and Jayden Smith (2011). Funds for these scholarships are made possible through the many donations from community members and businesses to the two main fundraising activities, the March Variety Show/ Silent Auction and the Christmas Bazaar basket drawings. Special thanks also, to several local school staff members who give monthly payroll deductions and to the Kinross Company for their generosity. The lucky winners of the

Christmas baskets were Janet Allen, Oroville and Elizabeth Nordblad, Tonasket. Now we are planning for this year’s big event. The Variety Show/Silent Auction is scheduled for Friday, March 15. If you have a talent you would like to

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• Don’t maintain unrealistic expectations. Some people consistently put off investing until “later,” figuring they can always catch up by putting away more money during their peak earning years. Don’t make that mistake. To achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement, you need to invest early and keep investing, rather than wait for a time in your life when you may suddenly have more money “freed up” for investment purposes.

• Don’t let fear and greed drive your choices. “Buy low and sell high” is the classic piece of investment advice. But too many investors only buy investments when they’re on the rise and sell them when they’re falling. In other words, they’re doing the opposite of “buy low and sell high” — and they’re being driven by fear and greed. Keep these emotions out of your investment strategy, and you’ll help yourself greatly.

These and other “Groundhog Day”-type investment mistakes can be costly. But you can avoid them if you maintain a solid investment strategy, if you’ve got patience and perseverance — and if you stay focused on the long-term horizon.

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TONASKET - The scores haven’t been pretty for much of the year, and usually a 15-point loss isn’t something to get excited about. But the Tonasket girls basketball team showed evidence of its lateseason improvement Saturday at home against Cascade, staying with the Kodiaks late into the third quarter before falling 41-26. This was the same Cascade team that, before a recent threegame losing streak, handed Chelan (15-2) a five point defeat. The same Cascade team that took a 39-0 halftime lead on the Tigers three weeks earlier. “We watched video on their press,” said Tonasket coach Mike Larson. “The last time we played we didn’t have anyone moving, and we gave them 35 points off their press because we weren’t in the right spots. “This time when they put on their press, we broke it and they took it off. I wish they had kept pressing us.” Between handling Cascade’s press and playing outstanding defense themselves, the Tigers stayed within 23-14 at the half, and nearly cut it to six when Devan Utt’s 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer rattled in and out. Amanda Johnson’s hoop cut the Cascade lead to seven early in the third quarter, but the offensive well ran dry for the Tigers, even as the Kodiaks (12-6, 6-6 Caribou Trail League) were unable to pull away until late in the period. “We really could have taken the lead there,” Larson said. “But we couldn’t make a shot, and that was the one part of the game where we turned the ball over.” Kylie Dellinger led the Tigers (3-15, 1-11) with nine points, with Devan Utt adding seven. With games against Omak and Quincy this week, the Tigers are looking at a pair of games they feel they should win with a district playoff berth on the line. “They’re really focusing,” Larson said. “They’re not quitting. They could have just packed it in after the first part of the year. They’ve made a commitment, they’re trying to get better and they are getting better. You can see it out on the floor. “A month ago, districts were not even on my mind. But when we beat Quincy, we knew if we kept working we had a chance. That could be their little championship, even if it’s just one more practice and one more game, it’s still districts. I want the girls to have that and look forward to it as a tradition we’re starting, to get to the playoffs all the time. Brewster 87, Tonasket 36 BREWSTER - Tonasket nearly tripled its offensive output from the first time the teams played back in December, but couldn’t keep pace with unbeaten Brewster in an 87-36 CTL loss on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Brewster led 58-23 at the half and had four players score between 12 and 16 points. Utt paced the Tigers with 16 points, with Dellinger adding nine and Baylie Tyus six. Cashmere 66, Tonasket 37 TONASKET - The Tigers fell behind 25-5 after one quarter but played on even terms in the second half in a 66-37 loss to Cashmere on Jan. 18. “Cashmere is a much better team than they were when we played them the first time,” Larson said. “So this was another game that showed progress.” Utt scored 16 points and Dellinger added 12 as Tonasket hit six 3-pointers in the game.

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Michael Orozco (4), congratulating Derek Sund after a key fourth quarter blocked shot, and the Tonasket boys basketball team are on the verge of their first district playoff berth since 2006-7 after a 55-44 victory over Cascade on Saturday, Jan. 26.

Tonasket boys eye first post-season berth in six years with Cascade win BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Tonasket’s boys basketball took a 17-point lead midway through the second quarter, then managed to beat back a late Cascade surge on Saturday, Jan. 26, to defeat the Kodiaks 55-44 and take a significant step toward securing their first playoff berth since the 2006-7 season. The Tigers need a win against either Omak or Quincy this week -- both teams they’ve beaten already -- to lock up one of six district playoff spots. Sweeping both would give Tonasket the fifth seed. “Every win in this league you have to earn, and this one we

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Tonasket’s lone senior, Ian Young, drives for the basket during the Tigers’ Senior Night win Saturday. just earned,” said Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon. “This Cascade team just battles. They make it hard for you to get anything.

“We have work to do on the road now. Omak is hungry to get a win, and Quincy is really clicking on defense. We beat those teams before, but it was at home, and we’ll have to earn it again.” The Tigers held a 40-20 lead heading to the fourth quarter. But Cascade, which stunned the Tigers with a 20-point comeback three weeks ago, hit four treys in the fourth quarter and pulled to within 48-39 with 1:40 remaining. Dyllan Gage hit 6-of-8 free throws down the stretch and Derek Sund had an emphatic, momentum-turning blocked shot under the basket to secure the victory. “I challenged the guys to hold Cascade to five points a quarter,” Pedregon said. “It sounds ridiculous, but we came close those first three quarters. But we didn’t close the deal. We don’t have that killer instinct yet. It’s part of growing up, learning to play with the lead.” Gage finished with 20 points, including 10-of-14 at the line,

Michael Orozco added 13 points, Colton Leep added nine and Sund furnished eight. The Tigers (8-10, 3-9 CTL) played Omak on Tuesday, and the weekend’s game at Quincy is currently scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2, but could be moved up to Friday if a tiebreak playoff is needed. If the Tigers qualify for the district playoffs they will play at either Cashmere or Brewster on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Brewster 63, Tonasket 48 BREWSTER - Brewster hit seven 3-pointers in the first half of their Jan. 22 contest with Tonasket to build a 41-24 lead and went on to defeat the Tigers 63-48. Tonasket also struggled to keep big freshman center Josh Hammons in check as he scored 10 points in the opening quarter. Gage led the Tigers with 14 points, Ethan Bensing added 12 points and Roberto Juarez had eight points.


OROVILLE - Oroville’s boys basketball team bounced back from a 10-point deficit to take a fourth quarter lead on White Swan on Saturday, Jan. 26, but couldn’t hold on as the Cougars pulled out a 41-39 victory over the Hornets. “It was the last 40 seconds that decided our fate,” said Oroville coach Allen Allie. “We just weren’t able to hit a couple of shots at the end. I know we didn’t win, but we didn’t lose. “This game showed that these guys definitely don’t leave anything on the floor. I’m proud as

can be of them.” White Swan’s pressure defense disrupted the Hornets in the first half and the Cougars managed to shut out Connor Hughes before halftime. White Swan led 24-14 at the break. “We came out in the third quarter under control running our offense the way we should,” Allie said. The Hornets went on a 14-3 run in the third to take the lead and got Hughes on track for 14 second half points. Oroville led by as many as six points in the fourth quarter before White Swan (3-14, 2-4 Central Washington League) came back at the end.

“It was a hard fought game by both teams,” Allie said. Joe Sarmiento and Dustin Nigg added six points apiece for the Hornets (4-12, 1-6 CWL), who are mathematically alive for a district playoff spot but must win their final four games to have any chance to qualify. Liberty Bell 54, Oroville 33 WINTHROP - Liberty Bell took a big early lead on the Oroville on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and the Hornets were never able to recover on the way to a 54-33 loss to the Mountain Lions. The taller Mountain Lions outrebounded the Hornets by a 3-1 margin.

“They played... with more hustle,” Allie said. “(Rebounding) gave LB more shots at the basket and they were able to hold us to one shot each trip down the court.” Liberty Bell led 17-6 after one quarter and extended it to 28-12 at the half “We played hard as usual, but it wasn’t enough against a team that came in with more energy. Our shooting has plagued us all year so our defense has to carry us in every game.” Hughes led all scorers with 15 points but was the only Hornet in double figures. Joe Sarmiento added nine points. Three Mountain Lions reached double figures.

Hornet fall behind early in White Swan loss BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE - The Oroville girls basketball team couldn’t recover from an early deficit Saturday, falling to White Swan 59-39. “I was disappointed with how we started,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn after his team fell behind 18-5. “We went onto the

floor expecting to lose, but after we realized we could compete with them we played pretty well.” Bourn said he was pleased with the Hornets’ defense on the Cougars’ top two scorers. “We held them to six points through the first three quarters,” he said. “A couple of their other players hurt us, but they were banking in 3-pointers and things

like that. I’m not sure they could do that to us again.” Lily Hilderbrand led the Hornets (8-8, 4-3 Central Washington League) with 15 points and 10 rebounds with Briana Moralez adding 11 points and 10 rebounds. Oroville 66, Liberty Bell 43 Hornets played at Liberty Bell

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PATEROS - Oroville’s wrestling team competed at a league mixer in Pateros on Saturday, Jan. 26, as the Hornets prepare for the beginning of the post-season this coming weekend. Charles Arrigoni (160 pounds) had the biggest day, wrestling four times and winning each, includ-

ing three pins. Jordan Smith (106) went 2-1 with a pin and a 13-1 major decision; Michael Ripley (126), Leo Curiel (126) and Corey Childers (145) each went 1-1 with a pin; and Angel Camacho (138) won his only match. Ronel Kee (113), Eddie Ocampo (152), Ruben Renfro (170) and Taylor Robinson (170) also wrestled. Robinson lost his

only match of the day to Selkirk defending state third place finisher Michael Haskins. On Friday, the Hornets hosted Liberty Bell for senior night. Angel Camacho (138) and Eric Herrera (220) picked up victories. Oroville travels to Republic on Saturday, Feb. 2, for the league sub-district meet to determine regional tournament qualifiers.

on Tuesday, Jan. 22, winning 66-43, behind a career-high 21 points from Moralez. Moralez scored a career-high 21 points and Hilderbrand added 19. Fourteen Hornets saw action and eight reached the scoring column. The Hornets led 42-18 at the half and had 17 steals in the game.

QUINCY - Tonasket gave as good as it got Saturday at Quincy, but the Tiger wrestlers weren’t able to match the Jackrabbits point for point in a 36-27 loss that set up Quincy’s claim to the regular season Caribou Trail League title. Quincy (7-0) went on to beat fellow league-unbeaten Chelan 37-35 to claim the dual meet championship, while the Tigers finished 5-2 in third place. “We wrestled real well,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell, “but we came up short. We won seven matches and they won seven matches. “Unfortunately several of our wins were decisions while they scored a few more pins.” Jorge Juarez (126 pounds) and John Rawley (195) both won with pins, while Jeffrey Stedtfeld (132), Dalton Wahl (138), Austin Booker (160), Austin Knowlton (170) and Frank Holfeltz (182) all won by decision. “Jeffrey won a very tight match in overtime that really got the crowd rocking,” Mitchell said. He added that Tonasket had a strong following for its longest league road trip of the year. “I would like to thank (the Tonasket parents and supporters) for their support,” he said. “Quincy, of course, also had a huge crowd, as did Chelan, so the duals were loud and closely fought. It was truly an awesome experience for our team.” The Tigers also wrestled to a 59-10 victory over Brewster. Winners included Rade Pilkinton (106), Derek Rimestad (145), Quinn Mirick (152), Knowlton, Rawley (220) and Tanner Good (285) by pin; Wahl by technical fall; and Collin Aitcheson, Juarez and Booker by forfeit. In addition, Tigers defeated Okanogan on Thursday, Jan. 24, 55-12. The road to the state tournament begins this weekend in Cashmere, where the Tigers will face the rest of the CTL in the District 6 tournament. Matches start on Friday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. and again Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10:00 a.m.

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Public Notices LEGAL NOTICE The Department of Natural Resources will be entering into negotiations on Communication Site Lease No. 52-69395 located on Aeneas Mt, Okanogan County, Washington. This leases expires on June 30, 2013, and DNR intends to enter into a 10 year term with the current lessee. Comments and questions should be directed to Tim Gallagher at the Colville office at 509-6847474. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 31, 2013. #451903 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: WILMA ANN CARPER, Deceased. NO. 12-4-00081-5 NOTICE TO CREDITORS

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The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the 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 RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets.

DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: January 28, 2013 DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: January 31, 2013. CYRIL G. CARPER Personal Representative Anthony Castelda, WSBA #28937 Attorney for Carper P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket, WA 98855 (509) 486-1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 31, February 7, 14, 2013. #453731

NOTICE The Tonasket School Board will be holding a special meeting to hold a board executive session for the purpose of the review of the performance of a public employee. The special meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 29 at 7 p.m. in the district board room. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 31, 2013 #453172

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

Public Hearing Tonasket Comprehensive Plan The Tonasket City Council will hold a Public Hearing during the February 12, 2013 regular City Council meeting which begins at 7:00 pm, on the Amendments to the Introduction and Population sections and the Land Use, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Housing, Economic Development and Solid Waste Elements and Maps of the Tonasket Comprehensive Plan. Please check the agenda as to what order of business the hearing will be. Those with special hearing, language or access needs should contact City Hall, 509-486-2132, 24 hours prior to the hearing. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on January 31, 2013. #453787

Public Auction There will be a Public Auction at Budget Towing, 32156 Hwy 97, Tonasket 509-560-1056, on Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 2013. Viewing time starts at 10 a.m. with the auction at 12 p.m. Up for auction will be: 87 Nissan 97 Chevy Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on Jan. 31, 2013. #453456

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

Court, 911 Calls, Jail Bookings Superior Court Criminal

The court found probable cause to charge Jorge Reyes Morales Jr., 20, with possession of a controlled substance. He was found guilty and received a two month sentence. The court found probable cause to charge Darryle Clint Gua, 28, with possession of a controlled substance, attempting to elude, possession of 40 grams or less of marijuana and DWLS third degree. He was found guilty and received a two year seven month sentence.

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Ruth Brantner, 75, Tonasket, was charged with DWLS third degree. Douglas Higgenbotham, 58, of Tonasket, was charged with two counts of malicious mischief third and violating a civil anti-harassment order. He was found guilty and received a $200 fine. Jeremiah Marchand, 38, Omak, was charged with malicious mischief third and DUI. He was found guilty and received sentence of 10 days and a $1,936 fine. Dylan Sprague, 18, Tonasket, was charged with two counts of negligent driving first. He was found guilty and received a $618 fine. Darryl Tibbits, 44, Omak, was

charged with assault fourth. Rebecca Timentwa, 44, Omak, was charged with two counts of NVOL without identification and DUI. He was found guilty and received a sentence of one day confinement and $1,681 fine.

911 Calls, Jail Bookings Monday, January 21, 2013

In Tonasket, on Hwy. 97, an 11-yearold daughter was taken out of state by her father possibly en route to Canada. There is no court issued custody. The case is pending. Raymond Grooms, 54, was booked for DUI. Manuel Lauriano, 24, was booked for attempting to elude, DWLS first, two counts of assault second, interfering with a report and felony harassment.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

In Tonasket, on N. Siwash Creek Rd., a female neighbor has threatened to shoot visitors to the residence because they are using the access road to her property. There was one incident last spring when a gun was displayed. Melissa Francis, 39, was booked for assault second. Louis Choux, 63, was booked for FTA, possession of a controlled

substance, document detainer and two counts of possession of a controlled substance other than marijuana. Ronald Gorr, 51, was booked for reckless endangerment. Richard Reed, 52, was booked for felony harassment and animal cruelty second. Shawnee Disautel, 18, was booked for violating a no contact order and assault fourth. Eric Cruz, 32, was booked for DWLS first.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Near Oroville, on Swanson Mill Rd., a man passed away and there is now activity on his Bank of America card. In Riverside, on Greenacres Rd., a burglary occurred sometime over the night. The back door was kicked in and there are also possible stolen vehicles at the residence. Terry Volkman, 66, was booked for child molestation first. Garry Mcdonald, 38, was booked for DUI. Meagan Bellamy, 19, was booked for assault fourth. William Sasse, 50, was booked for violation of a no contact order. Larry Obryan, 32, was booked for DUI and DWLS third.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

In Riverside, on Keystone Rd., a man was receiving numerous calls regarding a civil issue to do with a family member’s estate. In Oroville, on Hwy. 97, an exboyfriend has been calling and texting after the breakup, and will not stop after the woman asked him to. He has sent her 300 texts in the last few days. The woman called for her options in dealing with him. Robin Schott, 57, was booked for DUI and FTA. Dion Sacula, 44, was booked for DUI. Jose Medina-Sanchez, 23, was booked for DWLS third, operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock, DUI, making a false statement to a public servant, assault fourth and a border patrol detainer. Michael Connell, 58, was booked for child molestation first. Dustin Blackburn, 34, was booked for four counts of FTA, malicious mischief third, two counts of PSP second and failure to register. Ernesto Palomares, 43, was booked for marijuana possession less than or equal to 40 grams, 6 counts of FTA, aiming or discharging a firearm, theft third, criminal trespassing third, DUI and reckless endangerment.

Ruth Ferguson, 45, was booked for FTA, DUI and violation of ignition interlock. Korey Sheehan, 25, was booked for possession of paraphernalia and DWLs third. Lisa Williams, 26, was booked for two counts of FTA, two counts of DWLS third, violating a protection order and assault fourth. David Marshall, 59, was booked for DUI. Roger Bower, 46, was booked for controlled substance violation. Robert Flatbush, 20, was booked for harassment and possession of another’s identity. Daniel Lightley, 48, was booked for DUI and DWLS first.

Friday, January 25, 2013

James Mckinney, 27, was booked for FTA and unattended hit-and-run. Christian White, 45, was booked for violation of a protection order. David Torres, 33, was booked for DUI. Melquise Evangelisa- Tamayo, 24, was booked for forgery and a USBP hold. Seth Jones, 26, was booked for drug court violation. Risky Balderrama, 26, was booked for physical control. Shawn Best, 27, was booked for DUI. John Timentwa, 27, was booked for DUI.

Bruce Wisner, 59, was booked for FTA, DWLS third and document detainer. Frank Simpson, 38, was booked for assault fourth and malicious mischief third.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Davis Stewart, 59, was booked for two counts of criminal trespassing first and two counts of indecent exposure. Bradley Hendricks, 54, was booked for DUI. Travis Fox, 25, was booked for DUI. Jackie Wells-Webb, 32, was booked for DUI. Rebecca Piper, 23, was booked for DUI. Danny Garvey, 49, was booked for theft third. Joshua Howell, 24, was booked for possession of a controlled substance. Raymond Hobbs, 30, was booked for assault fourth.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Richard Taylor, 20, was booked for DUI. Roy Herriman, 24, was booked for three counts of assault fourth, four counts of FTA and malicious mischief third. Jose Ortega- Guitierrez, 36, was booked for DUI. Mark Hatfield, 45, was booked for violation of a no contact order.


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Okanogan Valley Life

Obituary George Henry Barker George Henry Barker went to be with his Lord and Savior and join his family and friends that were awaiting him there on January 23, 2013. George was born in a cabin on Main Street, in Conconnully, Wash. on May 10, 1920 to George E. Barker and Iva (Segle). George was the youngest of three children. By the time George was fiveyears-old the family had moved to the Entiat area where his parents owned and operated a logging camp. George Sr. was the “bull of the woods” and Iva ran the camp kitchen. George’s early years were full of adventures and often included two of his best friends Suzie the black bear and Teddy the dog. Around 1933 George and his parents moved to Oroville, Wash. where they began a dairy farm. “The Ranch” was a self sufficient farm where the family was able to raise or grow just about everything they needed to see them through the “Great Depression.” When George was a boy he had many adventures with family and friends that included long trail rides, camping, hunting and fishing throughout the north end of Okanogan County. George attended Oroville High School and was a member of the undefeated football team. During the war years George worked in the shipyards in Bremerton, Wash. where he learned many valuable skills which he would later use in heavy construction throughout the Okanogan Valley and in other states. George met the love of his life, Winnifred Haney (Rae,

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Minnesota daughter of Frank and Grace Haney) in 1944 on April 29 at the Oroville roller skating rink. George and Winnie were married that same year on June 16th. George and Winnie would have celebrated their 69th anniversary this year. George was always up for a challenge and adventure and that same year he won“1st money” in the bronc riding competition at the Annual 4th of July Rodeo in Chesaw, Wash. In the early years George and Winnie lived and worked in Oroville they were blessed with four children. During the Roosevelt “New Deal Era” George was a brave man who was willing to take on hard work and travel. He was a member of the “Pile Drivers Union” and was often called a “pile buck.” He went on to many jobs, some of the work included; Chief Joseph Dam, Rocky Reach Dam and the Janis bridge. While working on the Chief Joseph Dam George fell 60 feet into the white water. George would tell the story of how he laid in the hospital and could hear the doctors explaining what terrible shape his body was in and predicted he would die. As he lay there near death George and his family cried out to God and prayed for mercy and healing. George said he repented that day and promised God he would change his ways if the Good Lord would let him live. God answered their prayers and George kept his promise, from then on he did his best to walk with Jesus. George worked a variety of jobs. He was core driller, he worked for Valley Evaporating Company, he owned his own security company “Okanogan Security” and before

retirement worked for Zosel Mill providing security. In those years of security work, George could be found late at night patrolling the Princes’ parking lot, Zosel’s and many other places. George enjoyed the work and always had a thermos of hot coffee and at least one dog along for the ride. George lived a full life and never wanted to slow down. He loved his wife, his children, grandchildren, his great grandchildren, his friends and his pets. He was known for his love of God and Country, for his can do attitude, his passion for life, his poetry and a never ending willingness to begin a new adventure. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, shooting guns, telling stories and jokes. His poetry was read on the local radio station and often in his church the Oroville Assembly of God. He was known as the local cowboy poet and had been writing poetry for at least 30 years. George loved to have a good time with the people he loved. George was a member of the Oroville Assembly of God Church and the National Rifle Association. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Neal Barker; sister, Bertha Harden and son-in-law Mike Carter. He is survived by his wife Winnifred, their children George E. Barker (Oroville), Charlotte (Gus) Markel (Omak), James (Marlene) Barker (Oroville), Hazel (Jason) Kurlovich (Keller), 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at the Oroville Assembly of God Church (623 Central Avenue) on February 9 at 2 p.m. Please share your memories of George by signing his online guestbook at

Oroville Senior News

Jan. 26: The door prize was won by Larry Smith; most pinochles were won by George Penner; the high men’s score went to Larry Smith and high women’s score went to Lani Thompson. It was good to have George and Wille Penner join us for an evening of pinochle playing. You are welcome to join us as well.

By Dolly Engelbretson Oroville Senior Center

After receiving many seed, bulb and garden catalogs, I am getting anxious to get started on my gardening for the year and especially spring; however, I guess I will have to wait for at least two feet of snow to disappear. Not a lot going on except to be sure the sidewalks are free of snow and the icy parking areas have some sand and/or gravel. The guys are still playing pool on most weekdays; the pinochle players are still making it to the Center each Saturday evening. With lunch three days per week, we seem to have a full house each Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Maybe that is due to the tasteful and varied menu Ken and Jim serve. The Building Fund is gradually growing, but we are hopeful that a grant we are working on will help propel the fund to a finale. Postmaster Luke Hill will talk to us on Feb. 5; on Feb. 12, Helen Casey, Manager of Sterling Bank, but she is also Chairman of the Board of the North Valley Hospital Complex. John Akins, owner of Harvest Foods will be the concluding of the month on Feb. 26. We have an open invitation to the community to join us. The meetings all start at 11 a.m. Pinochle scores for Saturday,

Hilltop Comments Ice Fishing on Sidley on Feb. 16 By Marianne Knight Highlands Correspondent

Do you know what is coming up in just 17 days? Well, get ready, the Ice Fishing Festival sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and Molson Grange. The event will be happening on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. That is the Saturday of Presidents Day Weekend. Registration starts at 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Molson Grange Hall. The entry fee for Adults is $20 and Youth (14 and under) are $10. Along with registration from 7 am. to 10 a.m. there will be a Pancake Breakfast. The best ever to start your day. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. there will be food and beverages at Sidley Lake. Fishing will be from 8am to 3 p.m. All fish caught need to be turned in no later than 4pm. There will be 1-2-3 awards for adults and youth, with the

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Grand Prize of $500 donated by Kinross Gold Corporation. Arts and Crafts, games, music and visit in the Grange Hall all day (8 a.m. to 4pm). Tables are available, call Jeanette at (509) 485 2035 or Robin at Eden Valley Ranch at (509) 485 4002. Are you hungry again? The Sitzmark Ski Area volunteers will prepare an Italian Dinner of Spaghetti or lasagna, bread, salad and dessert for $10 from 4-6 p.m. The prizes will be presented at approximately  4:45 p.m. This will be a full day for all, come and join the fun. With 34 Players on Jan. 21, 2013 the Pinochle winners were - Highs went to Larry Smith and Cleta Adams the Lows to Len Firpo and Mary Louise Loe. Judy Bunch took the Traveling. We can always use a few more players. The Chesaw Community Bible Church Will have Movie Night on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. Bring snacks to share with others.

Tonasket Food Bank

Dinner will be Saturday, Feb. 2 at the THS Commons from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets will cost $9.50 for adults and children 13-years-old and over, $4.50 for children 12-years-old and younger and pre-school children will be admitted free of charge.

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.

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TONASKET - Donkey basketball will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the THS Junior Class. The price is $9 for adults and $7 for students and the proceeds go to help put on prom.

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.

Vivian Taylor Benefit

Groundhog Dinner

OROVILLE - There will be a benefit spaghetti dinner and auction for Vivian Taylor at the Oroville Eagles on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. A $5 donation will get you spaghetti,

TONASKET – The annual Tonasket Kiwanis Groundhog

MOVIES Enjoy your evening out, taking in a movie at the Oliver Theatre!

February, 2013 Programme


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OROVILLE Oroville Community Bible Fellowship

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

Faith Lutheran Church

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Violence, sexually suggestive scenes.

Programme subject to unavoidable change without notice


Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues, Thurs. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5, 7



Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues, Thurs. - Fri. Feb. 23 - 24 - 25 - 26, 28 March 1 ONE SHOWING NIGHTLY AT 7:30 P.M. Nominated For 8 Academy Awards

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

Best Picture, Best Actor

Enjoy your evening out, taking in a movie at the Oliver Theatre!


Frequent violence.


Fri-Sat-Sun.-Mon.-Tues.-Thurs.-Fri. Feb. 8-9-10-11-12-14-15 OLIVER THEATRE One showing nightly at 7:30 pm Best Picture, Best Art Direction

Oroville United Methodist

Violence, coarse language.

DJANGO UNCHAINED Nominated For 6 Academy Awards

Thurs. - Fri. Feb. 21 - 22 Showtimes on Fri. at 7:00 & 9:10 p.m.





Oliver, B.C.

Coarse and sexual language, sexually suggestive scenes.


(Unless otherwise stated)

Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Feb. 16 - 17 - 18 - 19 Showtimes on Sat. at 7:00 & 9:30 p.m.


Reg. Showtimes: Sun.-Mon.-Tue.-Thur. 7:30 p.m. Fri. & Sat. 7:00 and 9:00 p.m.

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 Regular Showtimes

Sun.-Mon.-Tues.-Thurs...7:30 P.M. Fri.-Sat.................7:00 & 9:00 P.M.

Phone 250-498-2277

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues, Thurs. Jan. 31, Feb. 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5, 7

Thurs. - Fri. - Sat. - Sun. - Mon. - Tues. Feb. 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9

157 min



Fri. 6:00 & 9:30 Sat. *2:30, 6:00 & 9:30 Sun. *3:15 & 6:45 Wkdys: 6:45 Adults $7.50 Kids 11-under & *Discount Matinee-kids/adults $5 ea

No children under age 4 admitted unless film is G rated. No one under 17 admitted to R rated films without their own parent. Photo ID required.

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 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

Monuments & Bronze



~ 62 years of serving you ~ Where pride in craftsmanship still exist today!

Sales Representative Joy Lawson


Thanks to all who attended my “Retirement” party. I will miss waiting on and visiting with many of you. Thanks to John, Christina, Ashleigh, Bill, Shelley, Mason, Jim, Med, Jordan, Doris, Megan, Rich and Geri for all the planning they did for a wonderful evening. Finally thanks to my husband Denny for putting up with my schedule for the last 34 years. -‘Liquor Store Rose’

OMAK - The Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus Family Concert will be Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center. Artists of Okanogan (AOK) will be displaying and demonstrating their art work in the multi-purpose room before and during intermission of the concert.

TES PTO Winter Carnival TONASKET - The Tonasket Elementary PTO is hosting the 3rd annual Winter Carnival on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the elementary school. This year’s theme is Rock n Roll Carnival. There will be Karaoke, dancing, games, food, prizes and more. Don’t miss it!



Nominated For 6 Academy Awards

OVOC Family Concert

Okanogan Valley

PC of G Bible Faith Family Church At the

salad and garlic bread and the auction will follow.


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

“To every generation.” Celebrating 100 years 1905-2005

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.

To reserve this spot call Charlene at 476-3602 for details.

Do you have a Special Event or Special Person you want to honor at your church?

To place information in the Church Guide call Charlene 476-3602

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78th Annual


HORTICULTURE Meeting & Trade Show February 7th

Smith keeps family business adjusting to constant change bringing the magazine into restaurants and stuff.” While Tonasket has been busy TONASKET - Scott Smith is expressing its pride in an industry not one to seek attention, but a award given to a native son runlot of it has been coming his way ning a local business, Smith has kept busy continuing to do what of late. Smith and his company, Smith he’s been doing: finding ways to & Nelson, were recently featured survive, and hopefully thrive, in Good Fruit Grower magazine during an era of immense and as he was honored as the publi- seemingly constant change. From advances in technolcation’s Grower ogy that smaller of the Year in growers can’t January. afford, to conAnd last “Farmers up here, tinuing consoliThursday at they’re busy farming... dation in both the Tonasket farming and Chamber of It’s one of the reasons the marketing ends C o m m e r c e’s I started getting more of the industry, banquet, he was honored as the involved. The only way itseemssometimes like a city’s Citizen of to get that information small miracle the Year for his Smith & many years of was to participate and that Nelson still service to both exists at all. to be out there.” his community Part of that, and industry. Scott Smith, Smith said, was Smith’s porSmith & Nelson, Inc. being small trait adorned enough at the cover of the the time that January edition of the oversized magazine, which Chief Tonasket and Regal Fruit typically is only read by industry Company went out of business about a dozen years ago to adjust insiders. But lately, it has been popping to the changing times. “As the large (store) chains buy up all over the area, including at the Chamber banquet, where the smaller chains, in order to longtime fellow Kiwanis Club supply them you have to have a member Wayne Verbeck present- certain amount of volume,” Smith ed a framed version of the pub- said. “We were small enough to stay lication to go along with Smith’s in the small niche and not have Chamber award. “The magazine came out to sell to the big guys, which we a month after the awards were couldn’t do because we just don’t given, so they (growers) are have the volume. already past that,” Smith said. “But some of the guys have been See SMITH | PG B1 By Brent Baker

Brent Baker/staff photo

Scott Smith (right) received the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce’s Citizen of the Year award last Thursday. He was also given a plaque honoring Good Fruit Grower of the Year award given to him last month by an industry magazine. Tonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb holds that plaque and a copy of the magazine.

Okanogan County 78th Horticultural Association Annual Meeting - Schedule of Events

February 7, 2013 Okanogan County Agriplex (County Fair Grounds, Omak) Co-sponsored by: WSU Extension and Okanogan County Horticultural Association 9:00 - 9:20

Agricultural Labor, H2A - Review / Update. Jon Wyss, President, Okanogan County Farm Bureau.

9:20 - 9:45

Sunburn Protection, Cherry Cracking & Honeycrisp Pre-and Post Harvest - research update. Dr. Ines Hanrahan, Tree Fruit Research Commission.

9:45 - 10:10

Trends in Current Cultivars and Future Rootstocks. Tom Auvil, Tree Fruit Research Commission

10:10 - 10:35

Using HIPV Lures to Monitor Natural Enemies and Enhance Biological Control inOrchards. Dr. Andrea Bixby-Brosi, WSU-TFREC.

10:35 - 11:00

Enhancing Biological Control in Western Orchards: A summary of new information and future directions. Dr. Angela Gadino, WSU - TFREC

11:00 - 11:15

An Update on the WSU Special Assessment for Tree Fruits. Dr Jay Brunner, WSU TFREC, Wenatchee

11:15 - 11:40

WSU Digital Advisory System Update Ute Chambers, WSU - TFREC, Wenatchee

11:40 - 12 noon Elections and Nominations - Choosing your representatives. Okanogan County Horticultural Association Business Meeting 12:00 - 1:00

Lunch and Trade Show

1:00 - 1:30

Spotted Wing Drosophila - Research and Crop Infestation in 2012.Dr. Betsy Beers, WSU - TFREC, Wenatchee

1:30 - 2:00

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - An unwelcome new introduction in Eastern Washington state. Dr. Betsy Beers, WSU - TFREC, Wenatchee

2:00 - 2:30

Clicker Survey - Tell us how to help you more effectively.

2:30 - 3:15

Fire Blight Management With and Without Antibiotics, and what happened with blight in 2012. Tim Smith, WSU Extension - Chelan, Douglas & Okanogan Counties

• 3 pesticide education certification credits awarded for program attendance (Only the presentations relating to pesticide use are eligible for credit hours). Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

Gary DeVon/staff photo

Packing apples at Gold Digger Apples, Inc. Between the orchards and the warehouse, the growers’ cooperative employs as many as 800 during peak times of the year and 250 year around.

Big changes in the works for Gold Digger

New high tech hybrid cherry line, H2A workers By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – There are big plans in 2013 for Gold Digger Apples Inc., including a new high tech cherry line to replace two old-style roller lines at the grower’s cooperative. “We’re putting in a new high tech, hybrid line that will be able to run Rainer and dark cherries and uses electronic grading to reject defective cherries,” said Greg Moser, general manager of Gold Digger. “It will electronically sort the cherries up to a certain size. We actually need the additional capacity this will bring to be able to handle the increases in volume we have been seeing,” Moser

said. He said the current roller lines do not do the sorting for defects and size and that this is done by hand now. The roller type lines were also designed for more round cherries and have trouble handling some of the new varieties that have less round shapes – some being more flat and others heart shaped, he said. By putting in the new line a lot less manpower will be needed for hand sorting. However, the new line will allow the company to run another shift to handle the increased volume of cherries that will be able to be processed. This will mean workers that are doing sorting now will be shifted to


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Sorting apples and packing them into boxes for market at Gold Digger Apples. Despite a record state crop, Washington growers got good prices for their apples this year because growers in the Midwest, on the east coast of the U.S. and Canada, as well as in Europe, suffered freeze outs and other damage in 2012. The market for Gold Digger’s fruit is still going strong long after the harvest has ended. Gary DeVon/staff photo

CHANGES | FROM B1 other jobs. “We will redistribute the work force so rather than sorting they may be doing things like box filling,” said Moser. The new line is being built by a Victoria, Australia-based company called GP, a leader in using electronics to sort fruit, according to Moser. Although Moser said the company doesn’t have a photo of the specific cherry line Gold Digger plans to buy, because it is a hybrid, several of their products can be seen in use on their site in YouTube videos. “We were the first ones to bring GP graders into North America, like nine years ago,” Moser said. “There’s a lot of good companies out there, it’s just that they (GP) have put together a really good package that we feel will work best for us.”

Increased Volume The volume of apples, cherries and pears continues to grow at the grower’s co-op as new growers join the Gold Digger family and more land comes into production for existing growers.

“We are doing a lot better and had another 20 percent growth last year, which is our target for each year,” said Moser, adding the company has met that target each of the last three years. “And last year the local industry couldn’t have asked for a better year to pick a record crop.” Moser said Washington growers had a great market and prices for apples and pears as the Midwest froze out and the Eastern U.S. and Canada had damage. Europe was down and what they had was sub-par, according to the GM. “So we had very good returns and very good prices and hopefully we’ll follow that up with a good cherry crop this year. Gold Digger also owns and leases around 800 acres of apples, pears and cherries. Moser said these company orchards are doing very well and are a good fit with the co-op’s strong and loyal grower base. “We also have a strong and loyal employee base. Last year, between the orchards and warehouse we had over 800 employees during the peak of the season. We employ 250 people year around,” he said.

Finding Labor The co-op still struggles to find labor during its peak periods. Moser said that being like a big family Gold Digger does its best to share labor resources. “One thing that’s nice at Gold Digger is that we work together, if one orchard is short we facilitate moving the crew from one orchard with enough workers to the one that needs help. We’re family-orientated,” he said. And even that isn’t enough sometimes as the growers’ co-op has plans to bring in 50 to 100 workers from Mexico under the federal government’s H2A Worker program. “None of us wants to because it costs us more, but we have to do something to ensure a consistent labor force during harvest,” he said. Last year two local orchardists, David Taber and Ernie Del Rosario, had success bringing in a small number of H2A Workers for the apple harvest. The workers were housed in the old farm worker housing operated by the Oroville Housing Authority (OHA). Between the migrant workers that were already housed there and these H2A workers

the trailers weren’t enough to house them all and the Housing Authority had to put up some of the workers in state-approved five-man tents. Among other things, under H2A rules, the farmers bringing in the workers are responsible for feeding and housing them, as well as transporting them to and from where the job site. The OHA’s new permanent farm worker housing at Harvest Park cannot house H2A workers under the RDA guidelines for which they were built, so only the trailers would be available. Moser has already expressed a hope that the 50 to 100 H2A workers his co-op plans on bringing in could be housed in the farmworker trailers or on site there in five man tents. The OHA plans on inviting Moser, Taber and Del Rosario to one of their upcoming meetings to try and work out the logistics of such a large influx of workers needing housing.

“It wasn’t something negative about the other growers. It wasn’t anybody’s fault. It was where they were and to change your orchard takes a lot of capital. ... We were just small enough to fit between the cracks there.” But to keep on top of things meant Smith has spent a lot of time on the road to conferences and meetings as a member of various industry groups such as the U.S. Apple Association, Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association, or the Washington State Horticultural Association’s Grade and Pack committee, among others. “We’re a long way from the main activities,” Smith said. “It does present a challenge for the growers. The research offices are in Wenatchee and Prosser, so if you’re at that end, generally there are a lot more orchards trying new things and innovation going on. “Farmers up here, they’re busy farming... It’s one of the reasons I started getting more involved. The only way to get that information was to participate and to be out there.” Smith said that keeping up with the research and technology aspects of the industry mirror what’s happening in society, where if you don’t at least stay aware of what’s going on you find yourself quickly on the outside looking in. “By attending these meetings you’re getting the cutting edge of what they’re researching before they recommended it to everybody else,” he said. “It’s a way to just stay in the game. “When these transitions take place, you see it in society today. An awful lot of changes are technological, which has a costs, both from capital and personnel. “We don’t have the people here that know how to operate some of the things other people operate. When you have that sort of equipment and it needs to be repaired, they call someone in

Yakima and they just come over to fix it. Here you call Yakima and it’s four hours away, and you pay for four hours up and four hours back. “The knowledge part, if you make an effort, you can find out what is going to hit you before it hits you. Not that you can always do something about it. But at least you have some idea what’s coming, and you can make some decisions about what you’re doing.” Some of that is keeping up with the changes in the way the orchards themselves are grown. “(Change) is happening more on the growing side,” Smith said. “The cost of these new orchards is so high that it still remains difficult for a small grower to plant a high density modern orchard.” Obviously it’s a far cry from the way things were done with his grandfather, Monte Smith, homesteaded in the area and packed his own apples. “He had to get a water system in; that was all in there next to the river,” Smith said. “He learned how to pack apples and started doing it for other people. He just started a little business and kept at it.” Even with all the changes, Smith said he values that Smith & Nelson is still very much a community business. “We have young guys and women who work here as their first job,” he said. “They’re looking for something to do, and they go on and get a better job someplace else. And we have a lot of retired people who may not have much of an income and being able to work part time is a help, too. “The apple business was a family business when I started,” he added. “When you walk in here, this isn’t what this business is any more. This is more like a museum here, and we just do our thing. The other places are factories with robots. It’s a different operation.”

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Women in Agriculture conference Feb. 23 tion. Networking with each other about challenges and risks in farming enterprises was valuable to everyone who attended. The 2013 Women in Agriculture Conference will broadcast engaging speakers to several locations throughout the state. This localized format of the conference is designed so women producers can benefit from a statewide conference while still meeting their on-farm duties at home. Visit the website for more information: www.WomenInAg.wsu. edu or call Margaret Viebrock, WSU Extension, at (509) 7458531. If you would like more information, please contact Linda McLean, Colville ReservationFerry County Extension Educator, (509) 634-2305 or . Or you may contact Dan Fagerlie, Project Director, (509) 690-0009 / (509) 775-3087 or or Debra Hansen, Interim Ferry County Director, (509) 7755225 ext. 1116 or the Okanogan County Extension office (509) 422-7245.

Submitted by Linda McLean WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension

Gary DeVon/staff photo

Zosel Dam, owned by the Washington State Department of Ecology, controls Osoyoos Lake’s water levels as set by an agreement between the United States and Canada.

Lake level agreement finalized By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – The agreement to renew and update joint operations of Osoyoos Lake, which spans both sides of the border with Canada, was finalized earlier this month. In signing the agreement, outgoing Washington State Gov. Chris Gregoire accepted the conditions and recommendations negotiated over the past several years between the International Joint Commission (IJC), Canada and United States. The agreement updates and renews orders established in 1982 to jointly manage lake levels for irrigation, flood control, drought and recreation. The agreement was due to expire Feb. 22, 2013. Gregoire said the work to update cross-border lake opera-

tions enables the state to continue to partner with British Columbia to operate and maintain the lake for the mutual benefit of homeowners, agriculture, tourism, fisheries and all concerned. During normal years the lake elevation is held between a maximum elevation of 911.5 feet and a minimum elevation of 909.0 feet. However, under the new orders, during a drought year water may be stored to lake elevation as high as 912.5 feet, a reduction of onehalf foot from the 1987 Order. Zosel Dam effectively controls the elevation of Osoyoos Lake except during periods of high snowmelt runoff when natural conditions often force the lake above elevation 913.0 feet. The six-member International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control holds an annual meeting and reports to the International Joint

Commission each fall. Monthly reports of daily lake levels and flows are kept by the board to document compliance with agreement orders The lake’s outflows are controlled by the Washington Department of Ecology, which owns and operates Zosel Dam near Oroville. The dam controls lake levels and trans-border flows downstream from the outlet of Osoyoos Lake on the Okanogan River, which flows south and into the Columbia River. The new joint joint operations reflect seven years of study and public input and recommendations by the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control, established in 1946 to ensure compliance and supervise crossborder operations of lake levels during both wet and dry years. The current agreement for

operation and maintenance of Zosel Dam is with the OrovilleTonasket Irrigation District. The irrigation district also has an agreement with ecology for access to one acre foot of water in case of drought. The dam is governed by United States federal law, Washington State law and the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty (Canada-United States of America). Construction of Zosel Dam was completed in April 1987 on the Okanogan River at Oroville. The site of the dam is two miles downstream from the Osoyoos Lake outlet and nine miles south of the United States/Canadian border. The structure was built to replace the original Zosel Dam which had been built of wood and concrete in 1927 to form a log storage pond for the adjacent Zosel Lumber Company mill.

Pump Screen Program helps irrigators comply with fish laws Submitted by Kirsten Cook

Education and Outreach Coordinator, Okanogan Conservation District

The Okanogan Conservation District is ready to assist irrigators who withdraw from the Okanogan River and need to install appropriate fish screens on their pump intakes. As of September 2012, seventeen screens have been installed in the Okanogan River Basin under the screen replacement program with twenty-four more slated for installation early this year. These screens were installed at no cost to the irrigator thanks to grant funding. Screens on intakes must meet juvenile fish protection requirements in support of the state-

wide strategy to recover salmon, steelhead, and bull trout. The Upper-Columbia steelhead is a State of Washington species of concern and a federal threatened species in the Okanogan Basin. Compliance with these state and federal fish protection laws is mandatory. How irrigators achieve compliance with these state and federal laws is each individual’s choice: anyone can install their own fish screen as long as it meets juvenile fish screen criteria. However, the Okanogan Conservation District can make it easier for irrigators through its voluntary screen replacement program. Benefits of the program include: 100% Cost Share for screen and installation. Irrigator prepares site and maintains screen. Technical support providing

screens that work for irrigators. Easy Permit Applications. Permitting process is streamlined and handled by the District. No guesswork. Irrigators will know their screen meets mandatory criteria and that regulatory agencies have been informed of their screen’s compliance with fish laws. An approved maintenance and operation plan is provided for the irrigator. There are over 100 screens along the Okanogan River that do not meet fish protection criteria. The Okanogan Conservation District has secured funds

through the Colville Confederated Tribal Fisheries Department and the Upper Columbia Salmon Recovery Board to install more screens. These funds are limited and projects must be completed in 2013, so it is important to enroll in the program now. If you are interested in this screen replacement program, please contact Bob Clark at the Okanogan Conservation District (509.422-0855, ext. 122; bobc@ or stop by the office at 1251 South 2nd Avenue, Room 102, Okanogan, WA 98840.

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Value of Washington’s 2011 agricultural production sets record Apples remain state’s top crop, milk, wheat are 2nd and 3rd

totaling $714 million, 40 percent higher than 2010. These five commodities had a combined value of $5.73 billion, or 63 percent of the 2011 value for all commodities (excluding government payments). The same five commodities in 2010 had a combined value of $4.58 billion, or 58 percent of the total value. In 2009, comparable figures were $3.79 billion and 53 percent.

By U.S. DeptARTMENT of Agriculture

The value of Washington’s 2011 agricultural production reached $9.40 billion (including government payments), 14 percent above the 2010 revised figure of $8.25 billion, and 13 percent above the previous record of $8.35 billion in 2007.

Commodity Groups The value of field crops, at $3.24 billion, was 22 percent above last year. Fruit and nut crops, at $2.50 billion rose 10 percent from 2010. Livestock, at $2.39 billion, registered an increase of 17 percent. Commercial vegetables at $481 million and specialty products at $378 million also increased in value by 1 and 2 percent, respectively. Rounding out the groups were berry crops at $183 million, a 52 percent increase from 2010. Blueberries had the highest value per harvested acre in 2011 at $17,429, followed by sweet cherries at $15,500. Apples had a value per harvested acre of $12,542.

Record Highs Record high value of production was set for six of the top seven Washington commodities, including apples, milk, wheat, potatoes, hay, and cherries. Numerous other commodities set record high values in 2011, including corn for grain, dry edible beans, and blueberries, which more than doubled in value from the previous year. “Last year, Washington’s farmers produced the most valuable harvest in the history of Washington,” said Dan Newhouse, director of the Washington State Department of Agriculture. “Our growers’ hard work and innovative spirit continue to boost economic development all across the state. “Agriculture remains a bright spot in our economy with stable employment and growing exports to the Pacific Rim. “While we must be mindful of the rising costs of production and tension around the availability of skilled agricultural workers, I remain optimistic about the future of agriculture in Washington.”

Top Five Apples remain the leading agricultural commodity in the State with a 2011 value of $1.83 billion, a 19 percent increase from 2010.

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Apples remained the largest crop in Washington in 2011, with its value of $9.4 billion representing a 14 percent increase over 2010. Apples represented 20 percent of the total agricultural value compared with 19 percent in 2010. Milk ranked second with a value of $1.28 billion, 34 percent above

2010 followed by wheat with a value of $1.14 billion. Wheat posted a 23 percent gain from the 2010 crop. Potatoes had the fourth largest value at $771

million, 18 percent higher than the previous year.

New to the top five in 2011 was All Hay with value of production

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January 31, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune