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NVH commissioners hear outcry at board meeting BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Emotions ran high at the North Valley Hospital’s Board of Commissioners meeting on Thursday, Jan. 31, as more than 75 people packed the board room and adjoining offices to express their opinions about the impending closing of the Assisted Living facility. Since the board approved a recommendation to close the facility, effective March 31, protesters have frequently picketed in front of the Assisted Living facility, while families and staff have

sought to arrange new living accommodations for its nearly 30 residents. Thursday was the first opportunity most had to publicly express their thoughts to the board and administrative staff, and 17 had their say, mostly questioning the board’s decision and what led up to it. Many opinions covered common ground. Cathy Anderson works regularly with local seniors. “It’s been my honor to know them,” she said. “I think it’s a shame that this board over years, supposedly, has let them get

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in this position... How long did we know it was failing, and how long did they know?” Willa Bedient said she felt the process involving the outreach to the community should have been allowed to proceed further. “That process, though you did reach out, was cut short,” she said. “I also feel that the board has not been that transparent. “As a public hospital district I think information should be more readily available to the taxpayers to consider.” Krista Harden acknowledged that the

board had a tough choice. “I think it was a very tough decision to have to make,” she said. “But the chances of it possibly closing down the nursing home, the ER, acute care. If it could happen that way, with the continued loss, we might have to close the entire facility or close at a later date. I think it’s unfortunate.” Lisa Andrews said she didn’t think the choice should be between the hospital or the Assisted Living. “I think it is a false statement...,” she said. “... I was part of that (Assisted Living) committee meeting. I was asked if there was a timeline. Your senior man-


agement team did not divulge that there was a deadline. We wanted to go for a special levy. We needed time to figure it out ... but we had four or five days. But then you met, made a decision and it was done. There was no transparency; it was lip service. “I’m just really ashamed that it came down to this.” “These are our family, our friends, our elders...,” said Pat Atchison. “You’d better look at the road we’re going down. Are you going to sit us out in the street, the younger ones, like we are doing to our


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Rising costs, LEA cuts threaten to derail Tonasket’s plan to get back to full school day

King and Barker named ‘Excellence Award’ winners



TONASKET - Rising costs, unexpected expenses and a cut in state LEA (Levy Equalization Act) funding could jeopardize the Tonasket School District’s two-year plan to add 45 minutes to its school day by the next school year. Superintendent Paul Turner shared information at the Monday, Jan. 28 school board meeting that indicated the budget was rapidly tightening, even though enrollment has been holding steady. Several staff were hired this year to start the process of providing full staffing for the longer school day, with more slated to come for the next school year when the time is slated to be added to the schedule. However, Turner said there had been some unusual expenses this year, including (but not limited to) higher than anticipated expenses for both regular and long-term substitute teachers; slightly over budget with the new technology position; higher insurance and utility costs; higher than anticipated special education costs due to the specific needs of students; and, significantly, a $72,000 cut to LEA funding. “Under LEA, by shuffling dollars around, we’d earmarked $350,000 toward the extended day,” Turner said. “We had a priority list and worked it in to where we’d barely make that, assum-


OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board received Certificates of Appreciation from the Washington State School Directors Association as part of outgoing Governor Chris Gregoire’s proclamation of School Board recognition month. “I’m not sure everyone understands how much time they put in to this board,” said Superintendent Steve Quick in awarding the certificates, which went to the school directors as well as the two student representatives to the board. Under Good News and Announcements at the school board meeting, which had been switched to Tuesday, Jan. 29, it was announced that two employees had been named as “Excellence Award” winners. “Kelly King is the winner of an Excellence Award for our certified staff for our district,” said Quick. “Marlene Barker was named for the classified staff,” added elementary principal Joan Hoehn. King is a teacher at the elementary school and Barker coordinates the HOSTS Reading Mentor Program and works in the elementary school office. They will be honored along with other Excellence Awards winners from regional school districts at an awards banquet in Tonasket on May 9. In his Superintendent’s Report Quick said that a person had come to the district to take samples of the elementary roof and sealant to check for asbestos before work on replacing the roof begins. “The report said there was only asbestos in the sealant used on the skylights, so asbestos abatement will be minimal,” said Quick. The roof will be replaced using a $1.2 million levy approved by district voters last November. The levy will be collected over a three-year period, so the district will sell low interest bonds to do the construction this summer. “Thursday we are having a Bond Resolution Hearing,” said Quick. “We are looking at an interest rate of 1.39 percent so the money we have to pull out of the general fund will be minimal.” Quick added that the district had received five bids for the loan, with Cashmere Valley Bank offering the lowest bid. “We ought to know who we will be hiring to do the work by March,” said Quick. The superintendent said that he and Principals Kristin Sarmiento and Hoehn


Above, Tonasket Kiwanian Wayne Verbeck wheels out a collection of bulk sausage packages that were sold at Saturday’s annual Groundhog Day Dinner. Right, Sandy Bews and Tina Mikesell were likely having far too much fun while wrapping bulk ground sausage for sale at the Groundhog Day Dinner. The dinner crowd was reportedly a bit smaller than last year, though last year there was a “built in crowd” of a home basketball game that boosted attendance. Brent Baker/staff photos


NW Ice Fishing Festival to support visitor center More than 5,000 catchable fish planted BY GARY A. DEVON MANAGING EDITOR

MOLSON – The 2013 Northwest Ice Fishing Festival will be the Saturday of Presidents’ Day Weekend, Feb. 16 at Molson. The annual fishing contest, sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the Molson Grange takes place on Sidley Lake. And with the October planting of 5000 “catchable fish” and improvements to the aerator, participating anglers should have a much greater chance of landing a prize winning


fish, according to Robin Stice, festival coordinator. “We’ve already had reports of people catching fish on the lake this winter,” said Stice, who operates the nearby Eden Valley Guest Ranch with her husband and head volunteer Pat. Prizes for first, second and third place will be awarded for the two fish weighing the most. If no fish are caught participants names will be drawn and the top prizes will be awarded anyway. Other prizes will be given for the mystery weight, smallest fish and oldest angler. Kinross Gold is again one of the major sponsors of the event. They and Princes Department Store are gold sponsors. Prince’s Department Store has donated the $500 Grand Prize in the form of a

gift certificate to the store. Both Beyers the ski hill. A dog sled demonstration Market in Tonasket and Akin’s Harvest by Rev. Gary Forgey is also planned for Foods in Oroville are silver sponsors noon behind the Molson School House and other sponsors include Eden Valley Museum. Guest Ranch and the Camaray Motel. Profits from NW Ice Fishing Festival Registration for the event, which is are earmarked by the Chamber of permitted by the Commerce to promote Washington State business and tourism, Fish and Wildlife with most of the funds “We’ve already had Department, starts at 7 going to the Okanogan a.m. at the Grange Hall Borderlands Historical reports of people or at 8 a.m. at the tent Society to help operate catching fish on the office on Sidley Lake. the Visitor Information The price to fish is $20 Center at the Depot lake this winter.” for adults and $10 for Museum in Oroville. Robin Stice, coordinator youth. Fishing will David Graybill, the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival take place from 7 a.m. author of the column to 3 p.m. The Fishin’ Magician, In addition to the will be helping out fishing, there will be food available at again this year, according to Stice. the lake, as well as at the Molson Grange Arts and crafts booths, games and Hall. The Molson Grange will have a music will take place in the hall throughpancake breakfast in the hall from 7 out most of the tournament. Anyone a.m. to 10 a.m. for $7 and the Sitzmark interested in setting up an information Ski Area Volunteers will be hosting the booth about their business or an arts and Awards Dinner with spaghetti dinner crafts booth or who wishes to play music from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. as a fundraiser for should contact Stice at (509) 485-4002.


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Conservation projects hang in the balance

OUTCRY | FROM A1 elders here? If this is the respect that we pay - ‘Let’s put ‘em all on a bus and put them on an ice floe and send them out to God knows where?’ Because that’s what we’re doing here. We’re sending them to Wenatchee, Spokane, Seattle, because there is no room at the inn anywhere.” Loren Wahl said he felt that the Assisted Living was given up on too easily. “At what point do you quit trying?” he asked. “I don’t understand that. I wasn’t wired that way. I don’t know how you can just give up and put my grandmother on the street.” He added that losing the Assisted Living residents could cost the hospital as well. “If you take them out of here,” he said, “then all those people don’t spend money at the hospital. They’re down at Omak spending money down there.” Board chairwoman Helen Casey defended the board’s integrity and said that the decision was not an easy one to make. “This is a very heartfelt, very emotional time, not only for each one of you in this room, but for each one of the board members,” Casey said. “Linda, the CEO, and the rest of the senior leaders. “In 1994 (when the decision was made to build the Assisted Living) we had the right idea and the right thing to do ... (but) things have changed. She said that citizens contacting their legislators could have some effect on some of the funding cuts that have hurt the district’s financial standing. “They’re going to cut... bad debt and charity care ... That is something we should have control over, but we don’t. Because we are a community that needs that extra piece.” Casey said that hospital district still owes Okanogan County more than $2 million in warrants and that makes it that much more difficult to borrow additional money and puts the hospital at risk if not dealt with soon. “We will consider and talk about this, but we have some major obligations,” she said. “We have the county to deal with. We’ll be meeting with them next week. I wasn’t here in 1984... that was when Seattle First came into the board meeting and said ‘This is it. You are no longer in operation.’ ...It was a difficult time with that board to go forward and provide the quality of health care we needed in the community. That’s where we are today...

Board meets with Okanogan County Commissioners

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The North Valley Hospital board room overflowed with more than 75 visitors at the Board of Commissioners’ Thursday, Jan. 31 meeting. Many expressed their opinion on the scheduled closing of the Assisted Living facility. “I just feel that we have a fiduciary responsibility on the board -- this is not a threat -- we could be shut down. Asked to close. And that would be a horrible thing to happen to our community. Because we can’t meet our financial obligations. It’s not because we don’t care. Because we do.” Regarding the Okanogan County Board of Commissioners, they called the hospital commissioners to a board meeting on Monday, Feb. 4 for a discussion with county treasurer Leah McCormack. McCormack directed the hospital district in December to step up its efforts to get it its warrants paid down. Don Atchison, speaking separately as he was put on the Long Term Care division’s agenda, issued the following statement: “We want to clarify our goal. It’s to maintain Assisted Living service for our elder community. Firstly, we, the Concerned Citizens for Tonasket Assisted Living, request that the North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners rescind your decision to close the Assisted

Living facility. “Secondly, we request the Board of Commissioners return to your original outcry for community involvement to help improve operations by working together through joint committees as previously established. We believe that the decision to close the Assisted Living was made using misrepresented, inaccurate and incomplete figures. We remind you that you have a moral responsibility to these 28 elderly and disabled members of the community that you are displacing. “These people face severe financial hardship, separation from loved ones and friends, due to relocation outside our area. And because of the stress and uncertain futures they face a greater increase in mortality rate. That’s a very important point. You as board members of this hospital district have not only moral responsibility but possible financial implications as well. We implore you to consider this request as it is intended, to put the needs of our citizens first.”

OKANOGAN - A meeting between the North Valley Hospital Board of Commissioners and Okanogan County Treasurer Leah McCormick on Monday, Feb. 4, was primarily and informational update session, said NVH Board Chair Helen Casey. “We haven’t met with the treasurer for awhile, though we always provide monthly updates,” Casey said. “(County commissioner) Jim DeTro made it clear that they (as commissioners) were listening only. The meeting was with Leah and the hospital. “(CEO) Linda Michel gave a presentation on the past history and an update of where we are now.” Casey said that County Board of Commissioners Chair Jim DeTro laid down the ground rules. “He said there would be no questions from the floor,” Casey said. “There was quite a contingency of people there that did converse some with Leah. “Leah McCormick had a good presentation. She explained how warrants are short term only, for a maximum of three years. We’ve been in there longer than that, and it was time to have some very definitive answers on how to pay those down.” The next regular meeting of the NVH Board of Commissioners is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14. Note: The NVH Board of Commissioners provided a written response to Mr. Atchison’s statement that was received after our print deadline. It can be read in its entirety on our web site at

At least one such project lies in northern Okanogan County From multiple sources

OLYMPIA - Communities around the state are closely watching this year’s legislative session closely to see whether 124 critical land water and farmland projects across Washington will be funded by the legislature. Advocates of the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP), the state’s primary tool for land and water conservation, farmland preservation and trail and park improvements are looking for $90 million from the capital budget. Former Governor Gregoire’s proposed budget included $65 million in capital budget funds for the WWRP, an increase from 2011 that indicates a growing understanding by lawmakers of how Washington’s economy and conservation are inextricably linked. However Gregoire’s budget falls short of the funds needed, eliminating 40 critical projects, leaving Governor Inslee and the 2013 legislature the opportunity to restore full funding and ensure that critical projects are realized. “If WWRP funding levels fall short, the effects could be devastating for local communities who depend on conservation projects to boost their economy and provide local recreation businesses with growth and job opportunities,” said Joanna Grist, Executive Director of Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition, which

advocates for the WWRP. “Our state’s recreation economy plays a critical role in our economic health and we can’t afford to fall short now. In addition to supporting thousands of small businesses and spurring job creation, recreation opportunities contribute to the Washington way of life that entices innovative companies and individuals to make our state home.” One local project that would be affected by the current budget is the Hays Farmland agricultural conservation easement, currently at 116 acres, which is located on Nine Mile Road on the Canadian border. “The agricultural conservation easement of 337 acres would enhance 116 acres already under easement,” said Garry Schalla, executive director of the Okanogan Land Trust. “This is wonderful highlands rangeland and has six surface water rights claims dating back to 1910, carrying 80 acre feet of water. This unique property has well maintained grazing lands, and timbered and riparian areas increase its importance as a north-south wildlife corridor. “It is our hope that Olympia will see the benefit in funding WWRP to preserve this and other farms.” Additional information about conservation easements as a landowner tool can be obtained by contacting Schalla at (509) 486-9765.

CORRECTION The article about Anthony Chavez in our Jan. 24 edition incorrectly stated that he was Cesar Chavez’s son. Anthony Chavez is actually Cesar Chavez’s grandson, as was correctly stated in the photo caption.

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It’s been a miserable month-plus of fog and low, gray clouds in the Okanogan Valley. However, one doesn’t have to drive too far uphill to get out of the gray and into the sun. From this vantage point facing west on SR-20 toward the Aeneas Lookout on SR-20, there was plenty of sun and blue sky just five minutes from Tonasket on Saturday, though in town the existence of the sun was just a rumor.

May Fest Queen selection Feb. 18 By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – Selection Night for the May Festival Queen this year will be held on Monday, Feb. 18 in the Oroville High School Commons starting at 7 p.m. 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. Shelby is the daughter of Kim and Brad Scott and Angela is the daughter of Marcie and Alan Nelson. “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. As usual, selection Night activities for the royalty candidates include speeches, modeling and poise, as well as answering impromptu questions from the judges. The community and the judges

will then 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. Selection Night is the only time in which votes will be cast.

More cougar sightings in Oroville By Gary A. DeVon Managing Editor

OROVILLE – The Oroville Police Department is reporting residents have sighted a cougar and possibly a cub in the

Highland Drive/Summit Drive/ Deerpath area. The police department is advising residents to keep an eye out for the cougar, to be particularly watchful of small children and to keep their pets close to home.

“We have made contact with the school district office to inform them of the situation since they do have a bus route up that way,” said Oroville Police Chief Clay Warnstaff. He that his department has

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EXCELLENCE | FROM A1 had gone to a meeting at the Molson Grange. “It was a great group of people, they really wanted to talk about school safety. We also talked with a group of senior citizens at their center,” Quick said. Quick said that negotiations were underway with the Oroville Education Association regarding teacher contracts and that he

had attended the Rural School Alliance. “The alliance is continuing to meet even though we are no longer funded. “We feel that it is important to continue to look for opportunities. The group represents 59 schools and 30,000 students,” Quick said. Lastly, the superintendent

ing we didn’t have anything else come up.” The board had also stated during earlier discussion that it wanted to raise the district’s fund balance. “If we maintain that higher balance, it will have a reverse effect on efforts toward moving toward the extended day,” Turner said. “I’ll just leave it at that,” Turner concluded. “You can look at those documents and at the next meeting we can get around the table and have a discussion on how we want to take this forward considering that information in front of you.” Board members Lloyd Caton and Ty Olson, in particular, questioned whether money from the most recently-passed levy had been spent properly, and if the first steps of extending the school day (which involved hiring additional staff) overextended the budget. Caton said he remembered the levy being sold to the public on the basis of getting the school day back to its full length. However, literature sent to the public didn’t mention it and records of regular board meetings indicated the discussion of extending the school day was primarily linked to state LEA funding. “To get to a normal day, we’re going to be way overstaffed (this year),” Turner said. “The plan was to go part way, and then finish the hiring. We got part way, and that’s why we’re overstaffed right now.” “When we have this discussion at our next meeting,” Olson said, “please be prepared to talk to us about what we’re going to do with our currently overstaffing situation we’re going to have if all of these things prohibitive to go to a full day.” “I’m still anxious to figure out how we’re going to get art, music

and P.E. into the school,” said Catherine Stangland. “At the end of the day we are the only district in valley that’s on a shortened day,” Olson said. “That’s not acceptable. We’ve been there for far too long. I challenge everyone int his room to figure out what we need to do to get back to a full day. I do not believe that it can’t happen. We may have to think outside the box or get creative, but I believe we’re cheating our kids if we don’t get that day.” “I agree,” Caton said. “What bothers me is we asked for a plan on how to get to the longer day, and now I feel like we’re getting a plan on how not to.” In addition, the board revised the language of nearly 20 policies as it enters the stretch run of its comprehensive revision of the districts policies and procedures. Additionally, administrators, with the exception of high school principal Jeff Hardesty, delivered reports on their buildings’ progress in areas such as NWEA testing, training the staff in TPEP (teacher and principal evaluations). The board approved a cooperative agreement with Oroville High School that would allow a Tonasket student to participate in varsity golf with the Oroville program. He would compete with the Hornets in regular season matches but as a Tonasket athlete in post-season play. Turner reported that enrollment for the year was standing at 1060.37 as of the end of December but had increased by about 10 students as of the date of the board meeting. “January is usually kind of a downer,” he said. “But this year we’ve been holding.” The school board’s next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 11.

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Assisted Living residents cope with impending closure By Brent Baker

TONASKET - Surprise. Shock. Frustration. Heartbreak. As much time and talk has been spent discussing the closing of the North Valley Assisted Living facility, which is scheduled to close by March 31, no one has been effected more than the 28 residents who must find another place to live. Regardless of the process or reasons behind the closing, the emotional and practical impact of having to move can’t be overstated, particularly for those who’d expected never to have to move again. Some of the residents were willing to share their feelings about having to cope with the closing and an uncertain future. Edna Schertenleib invested a lot of her life into serving the hospital district and thought, when she moved into the Assisted Living in December, that she was done moving. It was only weeks before she found out she was wrong. Schertenleib was on the NVH Board of Commissioners when the decision was made to to build the facility. “Don James was the CEO at the time,” she said. “He had been approached about this, and the DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services) wanted it built. “It’s hard to see it go down. It’s a dream that we thought would make money. It should have made money.” She said she believes that if the current board had approached the community and asked for the funds to see it through its current financial shortfall, the community would have responded. “I personally believe (the board) should have gone to the people and said, hey, we’re in trouble,” she said. “I think we could have gotten them to pass a small bond. I believe in my heart if they are truthful and tell people what was going on, the people would have responded.” The future is uncertain. She thought she might be able to move to Apple Springs Senior Living in Omak but was turned away. “They said I would be too much work for them,” she said. “So I’ll probably have to go back to my home and try to survive there. “I have a lot of friends here. They employees are still my friends after these years. I love this hospital and this facility with all my heart. I expected I’d be here in my declining years. I bought insurance and thought I’d be here, but it’s not going to be.” Considering the time and energy she put into helping make the Assisted Living happen in the first place, it has been a

North Valley Assisted Living residents have had their lives turned upside down since learning that the facility that has served as their home will be closing down at the end of March. (Left) Esther Wahl, (top right) Edna Schertenleib, (bottom right) Joy Ehlers and (middle) Mary Moran talked about their reactions and circumstances they now have to deal with. Brent Baker/staff photos

doubly bitter pill to swallow. “It’s been traumatic,” Schertenleib said. “You think you found a place and that you’ll be OK, and then it came - bang. And then you’re not OK.” Joy Ehlers has been an Assisted Living resident for about nine years. The staff and other residents have been her comfort zone her home. “I’m just sick about it,” she said. “It was a big surprise. It happened so suddenly. It was just a really big shock. It was for everybody.” Ehlers said the first hint she had that her future at the Assisted Living might be in question was when she heard about the meeting at the Community Church in mid-December. She said she felt that if the facility’s financial issues had been dealt with years ago, the situation wouldn’t be so dire now. “I think it was poor management,” she said. “If they had done a better job, there

wouldn’t be this situation where it would need saving. It’s difficult and it shouldn’t have happened. It seems like that’s (closing it) just want they wanted to do.” Ehlers said it’s unlikely that she’ll be able to stay in the area. “I think I’ll be going to live with my son on the coast,” she said. “It just won’t be the same.” Mary Moran’s situation isn’t quite as dire, but with a background as a business owner has struggled to understand how the Assisted Living has lost so much money (more than $800,000 in the last seven years) and stayed open. “I’m not sure how that could happen,” she said. “I can’t understand the sense of losing money for that long. I owned a dress shop, and I would never have stayed open for even a year if it wasn’t making money.” Moran, who has lived in Oroville since 1945, was only staying at the Assisted Living temporarily as she recovered

from a fall last October. “I’ve really liked it,” she said. “It’s a really nice place. Meeting the staff and getting to know the people here has been wonderful.” She still owns her Oroville home and expects to move back there. “I’m going to try to get someone to come into my home to help,” she said. “The kids are working on it. “It’s just hard when someone has had a business to understand how they let it go like it did... I really couldn’t believe it was closing. I can’t imagine how it could have had that kind of debt for that many years.” Esther Wahl uses a walker, but lately has had a companion that rides along in a small basket: a doll with curly brown hair, wiping away tears with both hands along with a card that says, “Help Grandma Please.” She said she’d been in the Assisted Living for about a year and a half after

moving to the area 17 years ago to be closer to family. “I enjoy this place,” Wahl said. “It’s just a great place. The staff is so wonderful and loving.” Wahl and her family are looking for another assisted living facility, but she’s not optimistic about finding one close by. “My son says I can’t move out to the farm,” she said. “And I told him, no house is big enough for two women, anyway. “I’m hoping for Omak. I need to find a place where I can walk and I love to cook. I may have to go to Timbutktu to do it, though.” Wahl said she had heard rumors about the facility’s financial issues for awhile, but hadn’t considered that she’d have to move. “I’d heard about it, but I wasn’t too concerned,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it would just close up. I never thought when I was 90 years old that I would have to be looking for a place to live.”

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Putting people first “Putting People First” is the most important of Kinross Kettle River – Buckhorn’s four top values. This is because the people who work for a place of business are fundamentally what holds it together and makes it successful. Without a doubt, the folks working at Kettle River – Buckhorn are a group to be proud of. They donate to wonderful causes in the area, volunteer time and resources, and help make the Ferry and Okanogan County region a great place to live. This winter, Kettle River – Buckhorn completed the second year of our “Adopt-a-Child or Senior” program, where we worked with the Bank of America and Okanogan County Community Action Council to help families in the Ferry and Okanogan County areas who were unable to provide Christmas gifts for their children or elderly. As soon as we rolled the program out to our employees, we began receiving

donations. Overall, our employees donated over $5,800 that went directly to support this program. A committee of Kinross employees gathered the donations and went shopping locally in order to fill gift requests. Through the program, we were able to help nearly 40 individuals in need. We were also able to visit the nursing home in Republic, where Santa handed out gifts to each resident. The amount our employees raised this year was more than twice what was raised last year, and we look forward to continuing the program. Kinross and our employees also support local food banks. In November and December, we held a food and coat drive. Employees donated over 194 pounds of food and numerous coats that were given to support local families. At the com-

pany Christmas party, employees came up with an idea to donate handmade items for a silent auction that would take place during the event, with proceeds to go to local food banks. Employees and their families made items such as wreaths, jewelry, hand bags, and quilts. They began this tradition in 2011, and in 2012 raised $800 to be divided between the Republic and Tonasket food banks. As part of our recent socioeconomic study, KRB conducted an employee survey in early 2012. One question we asked revolved around charitable giving. We found that almost two-thirds (64 percent) of Kettle River-Buckhorn employee households make cash contributions, 41 percent volunteer, and 42 percent donate material goods to more than 100 charitable organizations, largely in the local area. Kettle RiverBuckhorn employee households gave an average of $476 to charitable organizations in 2011. Based on this average, it is estimated that Kettle River-Buckhorn households contributed approximately $97,600 to Washington state charitable organizations annually. The employees who work at Kinross Kettle River – Buckhorn are most certainly folks to be proud of. Kinross is honored to have such a fine group of people working here.




Closing Assisted Living shows cuts have consequences

While our national debt continues to be a rallying cry for the right, we must remember we can’t always cut our way to prosperity. As past stimulus efforts have shown some small positive affects for our overall economy, there’s definitely no guarantee that drastic cuts, austerity programs if you will, would have grown the economy any faster. Take Britain for instance: their austerity program has led to just the opposite affect and they’ve seen a much, much worse slowdown in their economy. Perhaps the biggest thing we need to keep in mind is cuts have consequences – cut unemployment benefits or food stamps and our grocery stores and other retailers feel the pinch. This, on top of already reduced spending because of worries about a soft economy. Although the right has backed away from “cut Out of taxes and everything will be OK,” now it’s “we must address the national debt.” However, the My Mind Gary A. DeVon new kinder, gentler GOP, including Paul Ryan, still have his budget a the heart of their platform. That budget makes deep cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. To cut these, rather than fix the problems, would have dire consequences for many of our fellow Americans. It’s still unclear exactly why the North Valley Assisted Living ended up so far in debt, whether it was due to prior bad management or reduced federal and state funding, or some combination of both. However when you close it down, cut it if you will, not only do people lose their jobs and the paychecks that were spent in Tonasket and Oroville, but our elder friends and relatives are left homeless. In this issue Brent Baker talked to just a few about the situation they find themselves in after the board shut the Assisted Living down. What could have been done differently? We don’t have the answers, but below you’ll find the results of our online poll which shows the majority of those voting wanted the board to find another way. Our next poll is about gun control and whether you think changing gun laws would make a difference in stopping recent tragic incidents like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary and elsewhere.

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Like a bookshelf on the curb Dear Editor, Have you ever noticed or studied an old bookshelf? Aside from possibly wobbly legs and cosmetic blemishes due to its age, there is a strong foundation, capable of storing a vast array of knowledge, yet very difficult to move, once it is set in its place. While driving through Tonasket last weekend I saw a person moving an old bookshelf out of the Assisted Living. At first I thought very little of it, other than the obvious, “Oh, that’s right, the Assisted Living is closing and family members are helping to move their loved ones out.” But as I continued driving I thought of the striking similarities between those residents being forced to move, and that of the bookshelf, sitting on the curb. Although residents may use walkers and wheelchairs due to their wobbly legs, and some may not be cosmetically perfect, they are humans. Just as the old bookshelf, they are difficult to move at their age. The Assisted Living should be their final earthly move. Why do their solid foundations of family, friends, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren have to be distorted- because we, as a community, must relocate our elders? Before hastily disagreeing with my point, I encourage you to think about moving your bookshelf, and see just how difficult it can be. Brock Hires Concerned Citizen for the Assisted Living Tonasket

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR trol. It is time for assault rifles to be banned forever. I know some people get a kick out of atomizing chipmunks or chopping down trees with lead or terrorizing a flock of crows, but in our violent nation with its many nut-jobs, this is also insane. It has to stop somewhere, some way. We are better than that. Thank you, Dan Dixon Oroville

Dear Gary, I have three things to touch on today. First, thanks to Arnie Marchand for the “Okanogan” definition (Town Crier, 1/24/13).

That one has always tweaked my interest. The Native history in all of America should never be overlooked. All folks have a lesson to learn from it, from living harmoniously with nature to the genocide unleashed by expanding American interests. I prefer the second definition of “Okanogan” because I’ve always admired the Native faces in local rock formations. Anyone with the right eye can look into Canada from the southern shores of Lake Osoyoos and see the perfect profile of a Native American, laying on his back, head pointing west. Another one some people can see, some can’t, is the Native boy, a child, you can see when looking southeast from Enloe Dam, about 400 or 500 up from the river. Not a profile, a straight on image. My wife and I call him Chip, short for Chippewa. A perfect five-yearold smiling Native. He even has a pine tree for a feather in his ear. Thanks for the info Arnie. I think you need a periodical column called, “Ask Arnie.” I know I have many questions about local Native words, traditions, legends and history and I am sure some of you out there do too. And it would give the G-T even more depth. Second subject – Assisted Living. What an ugly outcome to a ridiculous problem. Ridiculous because the money to care for our seniors is available, just misspent. Take our defense budget. America spends more on defense (of what?) than the next 13 countries combined. Most of those are allies, none are enemies. The overkill is just insane, when you consider our own domestic problems that are underfunded (assisted living for one). One percent of our defense budget could pay for many retirement centers, paid off and in the black. Last, but not least, gun con-

In addition to serving as Central Washington’s representative in Congress, I have the honor of Chairing the House Committee on Natural Resources. This Committee oversees numerous matters that directly i m p a c t Washington state and the Pacific Northwest, including the Columbia Basin and Opinion by Yakima irrigation projU.S. Rep. federal Doc Hastings ects, hydropower dams on the Snake and Columbia Rivers, our region’s lowcost energy from the Bonneville Power Administration, federal forests and national parks, firefighting on federal lands, fisheries management, and more. As Chairman of this Committee, my focus is on job creation and growing the economy through

the responsible use and protection of our natural resources, and reducing costly and burdensome government red tape. A top priority is encouraging an all-of-the-above approach to American energy production that includes nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, biomass, solar and wind, along with clean coal and American oil and natural gas. It’s vital to families, small businesses and farmers that we continue harnessing our own American energy resources in order to lower prices, promote economic growth, and reduce our dependence on hostile foreign countries. Those of us who live in the Pacific Northwest already know one of the most efficient ways to generate American energy is through the production of hydropower. This clean, renewable energy accounts for 70 percent of electricity generated in our state and is a reliable source of energy for millions of American consumers across the country. Last year, I introduced legislation to protect our dams and promote development of new

low-cost hydropower, and I plan to build upon these efforts this Congress. Water is the lifeblood of our agricultural-based economy in Washington. While federal budgets are tight, I will continue to work with local stakeholders to move forward workable solutions that ensure that our growers in both the Yakima River Basin and the Odessa region have access to the water they need. This Congress, reviewing the Endangered Species Act will continue to be a key priority. This law is opening Central Washington farmers, energy producers, and other job creators to endless lawsuits that delay and threaten economic activities ranging from responsible timber management to the use of vital crop protection tools in our state. We must update this law so that it is driven by science instead of the courts, and works for both species and people. I’ll also continue to work to advance several local initiatives and bills for Central Washington. This includes legislation that allows public access to the sum-

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Will realize only when too late Dear Editor, Why does the United States find it so devilishly difficult to come to grips with its oceans of governmental red ink? Congressional Republicans, those alleged “tough guys” and “tough gals” regarding fiscal matters, recently chose to avoid for at least three months a titantic confrontation with the Obama team over raising the national debt ceiling. It is obvious that the G.O.P. did not feel strong enough to force an immediate showdown. President Obama, meantime, appears determined to implement a political program that will likely cost a great deal of money. The bottom line here is that the gushing spigot of monetary expenditure at just about every level of American government is very unlikely to be shut off any time soon. It is unfortunately the case that the National Debt is regarded by a huge majority of citizens as little more than an interesting intellectual abstraction. It does not directly and drastically impact the average American’s existence. Short of generating a Weimar Republic-style level of monetary chaos, our various fiscal “cliffs” and “ceilings” and “red ink waterfalls” aren’t likely to force needed

changes in the way Washington D.C. does its business. John Q. Public wants to leave these matters to the policy wonks. It is perfectly obvious that piling additional trillions upon trillions of dollars to the national debt is a recipe for catastrophe, but the general public will only come to that realization when it is too late. Frank Goheen Camas, Washington

Insist on the ‘FairTax’ Dear Editor, The FairTax is an idea whose time has come. The congress, both House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats, has demonstrated time after time, the inability to restrain itself with the public purse. The congress simply can’t govern effectively as long as the income tax is in place. Even the “fiscal crises” legislation passed by the current congress added $74 billion more to the deficit; all to favor special interest groups. In order to save America, congress must be denied the instrument of its folly; the income tax. A solution has been filed away in a drawer somewhere by the congress for over 10 years. It’s called The FairTax. It’s neither a Republican nor Democratic idea but truly an American idea! If adopted, the FairTax would replace the income tax, repeal the 16th Amendment and annihilate the IRS. Within one year America would experience unprecedented econometric growth and thousands upon thousands of new jobs would be created. Contact your congressperson through his/her web site; insist that he/she do everything possible to bring the FairTax proposal to the floor of the house and once there, to support it. Large numbers of citizens must demand the FairTax if we are to have it. Glen E. Terrell Arlington, Texas

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mit of Rattlesnake Mountain in Benton County, a bill that allows for the rebuilding of the Upper Stehekin road to restore greater access for residents and tourists, legislation that ensures the long practice of fish stocking continues in the Upper Cascade Mountains, a bill to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park featuring the historic B Reactor at the Hanford site, and more. As Chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, I have the opportunity to work on behalf and seek to make a real difference for families and small businesses in Central Washington. Representing you in Congress is a great honor and I will continue working to ensure the issues important to our communities are made a priority. Congressman “Doc” Hastings is the U.S. Representative for Washington’s Fourth Congressional District, serving since 1995. He is a member of the Republican Party. The district includes most of the central part of the state, including Yakima, Wenatchee and the Tri-Cities.

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Okanogan Valley Life

Don’t forget Valentine’s Day Into a new month…let’s hope the snow is over for this year, but my memory tells me that February is sometimes when a LOT of snow comes but it usually goes away quickly. Let’s hope for that. A week from today is Valentine’s Day, so to keep in good standing with your special guy or gal, remember them w i t h s om e thing special, even if it’s just a hug and “I love you.” THIS & THAT W h o knows, Joyce Emry that might lead to something bigger and better. I mentioned recently that the fashion article of the day at this time is the scarf. If you’ve been out and around you have surely been seeing the many colorful boa type scarves the gals are wearing in all colors of the rainbow and the lady that is responsible for a lot of them is Roberta Cole and she’s still willing and able to make another if you so desire. I asked her if she could make one with a blindfold on, as she’s been busy making them since before Christmas. Phone her at (509) 476-3965. She made mine as I’m not real sure I still remember how to knit. Hey! Remember sunshine? We had enough to tempt us last week and won’t it be nice when it’s here

to stay. And forget the fog! Congratulations to the Whiteaker’s on purchasing the flower shop. And to have the greenhouse will be nice when spring finally gets here and everyone is eager to plant “stuff.” Maybe I could become a bird watcher. I surely do enjoy watching the multitude of beautiful quail that have a route by our house and there are literally hundreds of them in their little “groupies” as they march up 21st Street, each late afternoon and I’m sure they don’t wear a watch, but they seem to know what time of the day it is, as they always go at the same time. And pigeons have a gathering spot at the Oroville Garden Apartments and they aren’t really welcomed, as they leave a lot of evidence of having been there, so folks are being asked not to feed them. May Day is in the air, again. If you think it is early to be thinking of it, think again. It’ll be here before you know it. Takes a whole lot of “doing” to get it all together, too. Florence (Kelley) Rise is home fom hospital and recouping from the broken leg fracture. Ice is a treacherous thing… so watch out. There’s still some hiding in unexpected places. Joanne Morris, the bubbly lady that is involved in many civic areas, from selling See’s Candies, to gathering coats for Royal Neighbors and many other charitable things, could use a few words of cheer, while she adjusts to the serious illness of her husband. If you live alone, and are reach-

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ing the “Golden Years” you might want to consider getting and wearing a medic alert. It can be money well spent and get help to you, should you fall or become ill. Sad news is that Ben Prince Jr. is seriously ill, with an inoperable situation. The status of his health is critical. This information comes from an employee at Prince’s Center. Friends brought Ed Craig to the Oroville Senior Center to play cards last Saturday night. It was his birthday and cake and ice cream were served, honoring him. Hopefully the pain he is enduring, while he waits to have hip surgery wasn’t as great, at least for a little while. A good crowd was on hand for the annual Groundhog Dinner, sponsored by the Tonasket Kiwanis club, last Saturday night. Not only was a good dinner presented there, many will have a lot of good meals by those who went home carrying the long cylinders of sausage, for future days. Meeting and seeing some that perhaps hadn’t been seen since last year at the same occasion. It’s a very friendly environment to say the least. And there were so many desserts to choose from, it was mind-boggling. If you put a crouton on a sundae…does it count as a salad? Remember when a banana split had three flavors of ice cream, on the banana, with three kinds of syrup, whipped cream and nuts and cost 25 cents? Of course, one often didn’t have the 25 cents, to splurge with.

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Send a Valentines to a Soldier! by Daralyn Hollenbeck NCW Blue Star Mothers

Sometimes it’s easy to forget while we are living in relative peace and prosperity that there are young men and women, far from home, fighting to support our way of life. Any holiday is difficult when you are away from home and those that love you. Valentine’s Day can be especially lonely for those on deployment or stationed away from home. You can brighten their Valentine’s Day by sending them a card or letter. You can even send chocolate for Valentine’s Day! The forecast says that it will be 41 degrees Feb. 14 in Kabul, Afghanistan, with a low of 21F, the average for the

Lots planned up on the hill By Marianne Knight Highlands Correspondent

Things on our Hilltop have been just beautiful with the Sunshine and some of the Freezing Fog times and Blue Sky Days. The Molson Grange Auxiliary will meet on Feb. 7 at Mary Louise Loe’s, at noon. The menu will be soup and salad - potluck. The Chesaw Rodeo Club invites you to their 4th of July Thank You Party: A Potluck Dinner featuring Chesaw Home Cookin’ on Saturday Feb. 9 at the Rodeo Hall. Social Hour at 6pm (byob) Dinner will follow at 7pm. RSVP by Thursday Feb. 7, call (509) 485-3753 and leave a message. Feb. 16th will be the busiest day of February, starting with the

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Middle East this time of year. So go for the chocolate and boxes of jello that you should not send any other time of the year! Shipping time to those with APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas will take 3-5 days if sent Express Mail Military Service, 6-10 days First Class or Priority Mail, and regular packages will take about two weeks. All will take longer if they are located in a designated War Zone. With such late notice your Valentines might arrive late. That doesn’t matter to a soldier away from home. They’re used to it. If you do not know of a Soldier to send a Valentine to you can

Hilltop Comments Ice Fishing Festival from 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. Arts and Crafts, raffles, music, and just visiting with friends at the Grange Hall all day. For a table call Jeanette at (509) 485 2035 or 485 4002 for Robin. Prizes will be given out when the judges are done. From 4 – 6 p.m. The Sitzmark Ski Area Volunteers will prepare an Italian Dinner for $10. Also on the 16th the Chesaw Tavern will be having “The Last Day for Tony and Pauline (as Owners) of the Tavern. There will be live music by the Harley Hunks - Mike and Clay. Harry Leslie will be celebrating his birthday at the tavern.

contact the NCW Blue Star Mothers for a name(s). You can go to online. The U.S. currently has soldiers in Afghanistan, Kuwait, On Ship, Qatar, Kyrgystan, Bahrain, South Korea, Djibouti, U.A.E., Egypt, Oman, Philippines, Germany, Italy, Japan Saudi Arabia, Cuba, Ethiopia, Timor, and undisclosed locations (listed in order of greatest number to least number of Soldiers). You can choose a specific soldier or unit to support from these areas. Or, address a Valentine to “Attn: Any Soldier” in the unit and the letter or package will go into the hands of a Soldier who doesn’t get much, if any, mail first. If you or a group want to send “your heart” to one of our hometown Soldiers this year, contact us at (509) 485-2906 or

The Highland Hooters will have a Bingo day at the Casino in Okanogan. Come and try your luck and have fun. Check in promptly at 11:30. The Next meeting of the Knob Hill Home Economics Club will be on February 27th at noon. Pot Luck. Mark your calendar for March 2. There will be a Benefit Dinner for Pauline Waits. We know we can not raise enough money to pay all of the expenses but we sure can help with some support. All of the details will come next week. With 35 faithful players on Jan. 28 the following were the winners at the Molson Grange Hall for the Pinochle players: High’s - Al O Brien and Rae Morris, the Low’s were Mark Morris and Myrtle Wood. No one was reported for the Traveling award. They must travel fast when they are done for the evening.

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Tonasket and Oroville Food Banks

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. 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.

Oroville Chamber of Commerce OROVILLE – The Oroville Chamber of Commerce will be meeting today, Thursday Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. at The Plaza Restaurant. The meeting was moved up a week because of Valentine’s Day. Terri Orford, Business Development Coordinator with the Tonasket North Valley Hospital will be talking about the closure of their Assisted Living facility. Arnie Marchand will be presenting an brochure for promoting Oroville. Chamber President Clyde Andrews hopes to also present a budget and a roster of officers to vote on.

Ballroom Dance Lessons TONASKET - Ballroom Dance Lessons each Thursday, this week it will be Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Tonasket Cultural Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost $5 per guest. Get ready for the Tonasket “Have a Ball” on March 2 at 6 p.m. to ? Fine dining, free danced lesson, photographer. Contact Jinnie Bartholomew at (509) 485-2039.

Donkey Basketball TONASKET - Donkey basketball! Come watch some local citizens battle against each others

teams This event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7, starting at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the THS Junior Class. Cost $9 for adults and $7 for students. Proceeds go to help put on prom.

Vivian Taylor Benefit 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, salad and garlic bread and the auction will follow.

OVOC Family Concert 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. This will be an opportunity for the audience to experience both great music and great art in one setting. Roz Nau of Tonasket will be conducting the Second Strings.

Pancake Feed OROVILLE - There will be a Pancake Feed on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Trinity Episcopal Church, 604 Central, Oroville, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pancakes, sausage and homemade applesauce. Adults, $6; Seniors, $5; 12 & under, $3.

Oroville Grange Flea Market OROVILLE – The Oroville Grange will hold a flea market

on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 622 Fir St. Watch for signs on Hwy. 97 on the south end of town. A lot of new vendors and bargains. Tables for rent to sell your items. Lunch available at 11:30 a.m. Coffee all the time. For more information call Betty Steg at (509) 476-3878.

Landlord and Tenant Law Class TONASKET – A Landlord and Tenant Law Class will take place in Tonasket on Thursday, Feb. 21. It’s one session with our expert, Roger Castelda. Call Ellen at (509) 476-2011, email or register online at

TES PTO Winter Carnival TONASKET - The Tonasket Elementary PTO is hosting their third annual Winter Carnival on Friday, Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Tonasket 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!

Dollars for Scholars Variety Show OROVILLE - The Oroville Dollars for Scholars has scheduled this year’s Variety Show/ Silent Auction for Friday, March 15. Application forms are available from Eric.Styles@oroville. or call (661) 3133448. To donate auction items please contact Glenna Hauenstein at (509) 476-2416.


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Looking for photos of Peerless, Princes and Zosel Mill OROVILLE - The Borderlands Historical Society is developing upcoming projects for this year. After a winter break, work is beginning on this years exhibit, “Bridging the Years.” The featured exhibits will be history of the Peerless beginning in 1905, the Prince family businesses from 1912 and the Zosel Mill which moved to Oroville in 1923. The Society is looking for any pictures of the interior of the Peerless as well as ones for the Prince and Zosel exhibit. We will scan or take a picture of your picture to aid in the development of the summer exhibit. If you are Interested in helping in developing the exhibits we will have a planning meeting on Feb. 13, 1:30 p.m. at the Depot. Please come in the large north door. All types of assistance is needed including completing the artistic

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A photo of the Peerless Hotel in October of 1914, just after the hotel opened. Note the electric lights as well as the spittoon by the counter. arrangement, painting, hammering, photo research, etc. Call Kay Sibley (509) 476-2476 if you are interested in being part of this developing project. Success of exhibits comes from the volunteers in the community. Repair and upgrade work is also in progress as the current restrooms are updated to include handicap access. There are opportunities to assist in this

OROVILLE Oroville Community Bible Fellowship

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

Faith Lutheran Church

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

Immaculate Conception Parish

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

PC of G Bible Faith Family Church

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

Oroville United Methodist

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

Valley Christian Fellowship

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

Trinity Episcopal

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

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist



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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

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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

project as well. More news will be appearing soon about the annual Historical Society Auction to held Saturday, April 6th at the American Legion hall. Watch for the upcoming postings for a community meeting of the Historical Society. Our web site is: http: or on facebook look for Okanogan-Borderlands.


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.

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Public Notices Special Meeting of the Tonasket City Council There is a special meeting of the Tonasket City Council on Saturday, February 9th, 2012 in the Tonasket City Council Room from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. The purpose of the meeting is to review and make changes to the Tonasket Municipal Code. This is an open public meeting and those with special language, hearing or access needs should contact City Hall 24 hours prior to the meeting. Alice Attwood City Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette on February 7, 2013. #455701

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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 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


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Court, 911 Calls, Jail Bookings Superior Court Criminal

The court found probable cause to charge Duke Adam Holst, 39, with forgery and he was found guilty. He received 20 days.

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Stanley Bolser, 76, of Tonasket, was found guilty of vehicle prowling second and theft third. He received five days confinement. John Bowers, 52, of Tonasket, was found guilty of assault fourth. He received one day confinement and a $1,283 fine. Joseph Bowers, 21, of Tonasket, was found guilty of use/delivery of drug paraphernalia and malicious mischief third. He received eight days confinement and a $608 fine. Regina Cook, 51, of Oroville, was charged with DWLS third. She received an $818 fine. Shawnee Disautel, 18, of Omak, was found guilty of no contact/ protection order violation. She received seven days confinement and a $1,033 fine. Alex Elsberg, 18, of Okanogan, was found guilty of use/delivery of drug paraphernalia, NVOL w/ out identification and marijuana possession less than or equal to

40 grams. He received one day confinement and a $708 fine. Travis Fox, 25, of Tonasket was charged with DUI. Raymond Gunn, 55, of Omak, was found guilty of DUI. He received three days confinement and a $1,936 fine. Andrew Herschlip, 28, of Oroville, was charged with DWLS third. Gicela Avendano, 20, of Oroville, was charged with DWLS third. Odilen Lopez, 33, of Omak, was charged with DWLS third. Michael Martin, 47, of Omak, was charged with use/delivery of drug paraphernalia. Melissa McCraigie, 29, of Omak, was found guilty of two counts of DWLS third and theft third. She received five days confinement and a $2,484 fine. Anne Mengle, 50, of Tonasket, was charged with malicious mischief third. Richard Reed, 52, of Oroville, was charged with disorderly conduct and 45 counts of animal cruelty second with unnecessary suffering. Nicholas Shetler, 19, of Omak, was charged with supplying liquor/ premises to a minor

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Monday, January 28, 2013

In Okanogan, on Tyee St., a front door was tagged with graffiti sometime over the weekend. The tag read “13.” In Okanogan, on Fourth Ave. S., a male subject is throwing someone’s things out of the house. There are children at the location. In Omak, on Weatherstone Rd., an unknown man is stalking a woman. She did not want to give any other information and is at the sheriff’s lobby for contact. Near Tonasket, on Henry Rd., there is an ongoing problem with neighbors trying to lure a man’s dogs off the property. The man believes a neighbor has a “hit” on his dog. In Omak, on Jasmine St., a TV was taken from the location in the last 15 minutes by a male and female. It is unknown whether they are in a vehicle or on foot or where they are headed. In Okanogan, on Fifth Ave. S., a man and a woman were yelling and throwing each other around. There is a child at the residence. There is a no contact order invoked. Charles Burberry, 56, was booked for document warrant. Jeremiah Marchand, 37, was

booked for DUI. Joseph Moses, 28, was booked for assault second, interfering with a report, FTA and possession of drug paraphernalia. Alicia Flores, 34, was booked for felon in possession of a firearm, false or misleading statement and DWLS third.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Near Tonasket, on Upper Reevas Basin Rd., a man called to obtain options for a male subject to retrieve his personal property from a previous address. He was told by a neighbor that he could not access the property. In Omak, on Third Ave. W., three small girls called to report their parents fighting in the basement of their residence. Johnathon Stern, 22, was booked for violation of a no contact order, assault fourth, FTA, assault and MIP. Sergio Rivas, 22, was booked for DWLS third. Daniel Voss, 35, was booked for bail jumping and theft third. Belinda Hinjosoa, 37, was booked for possession of methamphetamine. David Ness, 42, was booked for 2 counts of DWLS third. Mathew Velasquez, 36, was booked

for three counts of failure to appear, three counts of DWLS third, PSPS third and three counts of unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Deborah Nissen, 60, was booked for DWLS second and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock. Champ Pryor, 58, was booked for two counts of DWLS first. Terrance Randell, 23, was booked for two counts of DWLS third, violating a restricted contact order, assault fourth and violating a protection order. Ian Tatshama, 42, was booked for malicious mischief third. Daggon Chaska, 20, was booked for making a false statement to a public servant, DWLS third, residential burglary.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In Tonasket, on Badger Rd., a women reported that a male subject hit her and grabbed her face. There has been an ongoing domestic problem since the night before. In Okanogan, on Fifth Ave. S., a son’s wallet was taken from his vehicle sometime within the last two weeks. Justin Friedlander, 25, was booked for document hold, failure to appear and POCS.

Tamara Wilson, 51, was booked for obstructing a police officer. Kai Marcellay, 32, was booked for two counts of failure to appear, DWLS first and disorderly conduct. Stephen Sweezey, 38, was booked for resisting arrest and DUI. Jacob Lagrange, 33, was booked for DWLS third and failure to appear. Ronnie Tom, 37, was booked for two counts of failure to appear, DUI and DWLS second.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In Okanogan, on Fourth Ave. N., a male subject touched a teacher inappropriately. He was promptly removed from the premises. David Soderberg, 18, was booked for trafficking first, possession of stolen property third and false swearing. Stephanie Ytuarte, 23, was booked for two counts of FTA and two counts of DWLS third. Jesse Ytuarte, 30, was booked for two counts of DWLS third. Johnny Shaw, 47, was booked for DUI, DWLS third and FTA. Jimmie GoForth, 58, was booked for possession of methamphetamine and DWLS third. Donovan Nysti, 19, booked for DWLS third.


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SPORTS STANDINGS & SCHEDULES Standings Through games of Feb. 2 Boys Basketball Caribou Trail League

League Total * Okanogan 13-1 19-1 * Cashmere 11-3 14-6 * Chelan 11-3 15-5 * Brewster 8-6 13-7 * Quincy 6-8 9-10 * Tonasket 4-10 9-11 Cascade 2-12 4-16 Omak 1-13 5-15 *Clinched post-season play. Cashmere wins tiebreak criteria for #2 seed.

CWL North Division

League Total * Liberty Bell 7-3 12-7 Manson 6-3 11-6 Bridgeport 5-4 10-8 Lk Roosevelt 4-5 6-12 Oroville 1-8 4-14 * Top 3 qualify for post-season-play

CWL South Division

League Total * Riv. Christian 7-0 13-4 * White Swan 3-5 4-15 * Kittitas 1-6 6-12 * All 3 qualify for post-season play

Girls Basketball Caribou Trail League

League Total * Brewster 13-1 19-1 * Chelan 11-3 16-3 * Cashmere 9-5 11-9 * Okanogan 9-5 15-5 * Cascade 8-6 14-6 * Omak 3-11 5-15 Quincy 2-12 5-15 Tonasket 1-13 3-17 * Top 6 qualify for post-season play. Cashmere wins tiebreak criteria for #3 seed.

CWL North Division

League Total * Lk Roosevelt 7-2 13-5 * Oroville 6-3 10-8 Manson 3-6 4-11 Bridgeport 3-6 6-12 Liberty Bell 0-10 0-18 * Clinched playoff berth. Top 3 qualify for post-season play

CWL South Division

League Total * White Swan 7-1 13-6 * Riv. Christian 6-1 11-5 * Kittitas 2-5 6-10 * All 3 qualify for post-season play

Wrestling Caribou Trail League

League Duals Quincy Chelan Tonasket Omak Cascade Cashmere Okanogan Brewster

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Ten Hornet wrestlers head to east regional By Brent Baker

REPUBLIC - Oroville’s wrestling team earned 10 spots at this weekends Class 1B/2B East Regional tournament on Saturday, Feb. 2, with its performance at the league sub-regional tourney at Republic. Taylor Robinson (170 pounds) and Eddie Ocampo (160) look to be in the best position for potential state tournament berths with their second and third place finishes, respectively. Robinson advanced to the 170 lb. final with a pin of Mary Walker’s Cooper Fulton and followed that up with a 19-7 major decision over Jordan Allen of Lake Roosevelt. Selkirk’s Michael Haskins got the best of Robinson in the championship match with a first round pin. Ocampo lost a tough, last second opening round battle with Mary Walker’s William Fager, 17-15, but won out from there. Ocampo pinned Johan Hernandez of Pateros and teammate Charlie Arrigoni to get to the third place match, where he finished with a first round pin of Northwest Christian’s Cooper Smith. Taking fourth place in their weight classes were Jordan Smith (106), Ronel Kee (113) and Michael Ripley (126). Smith went 2-2 on the day, including a 20-18 thriller and a pin; Kee went 1-2; and Ripley went 2-2. Fifth place finishers included Leo Curiel (126), Angel Camacho (138) and Charlie Arrigoni (160). Corey Childers (145) and Ruben Renfro (170) both placed sixth. Also winning a match but not moving on was Scotty Hartvig (138). The Hornets travel to Reardan this weekend to compete for a trip to the state tournament at the Tacoma Dome. The top five finishers in each weight class advance to the state finals. The action begins on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Leo Curiel (above) and Jordan Smith (left) are both among 10 Oroville Hornets who will be heading to the Eastern B Regional Reardan this weekend with a shot at earning a spot in next week’s state wrestling finals.

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Booker, Aitcheson win district titles; Tigers 3rd Nine Tonasket wrestlers head to regionals; six alternates wait in the wings By Brent Baker

CASHMERE - Quincy proved at last weekend’s 1A District 6 wrestling meet what it showed during the Caribou Trail League dual meet campaign: it is the class leader of this year’s CTL season. Tonasket placed third in the widely spaced meet behind the Jackrabbits and Chelan, though nine Tigers qualified for the Feb. 9 regional meet with top four finishes and six more are on the bubble as alternates. “It was a tough district tournament this year, with lots of upsets,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. “Tonasket had a great following (of fans).”

Quincy ran up 345 points to runner-up Chelan’s 273. Tonasket had 235.5, well ahead of Omak (128.5), Cashmere (115), Okanogan (89.5), Brewster (73) and Cascade (65). The Tigers entered 22 into the tournament, and 19 won at least one match. “Our third place finish was truly a team effort,” Mitchell said. Senior Austin Booker (160 pounds), a state-worthy wrestler a year ago who missed the second half of the season with an injury, and junior Collin Aitcheson, who qualified for his first state meet last year, each won district championships. Booker took a thrilling 6-4 overtime decision of Antonio Melendez of Quincy in the title match. He won his other two matches by pins, including a semifinal victory over Omak’s Caleb Riggle, to whom he’d lost at Oroville’s NOHI tournament in December. Aitcheson only had to wrestle twice, defeating Chelan wrestlers in both matches, including a 12-2 major decision over

Ivan Reyes in the final. Jeffrey Stedtfeld (126), another state wrestler for the Tigers last year, took Chelan’s Julio Vera to overtime in the championship before being edged 12-10. Freshman sensation Jorge Juarez took third after nearly setting up an all-Tonasket final before losing to Vera 4-3 in his semifinal match. John Rawley (195) finished third, going 3-1 on the day with two pins, with the one loss coming to Omak’s Jacob Cuttrell in the semifinals. Tanner Good took third at 285, going 3-1 on the day, including two pins of Chelan’s Carlos Montes and a defeat of teammate Chad Edwards, who was coming off an injury and finished fifth. Cristian Diaz (113), Derek Rimestad (145) and Austin Knowlton (170) each placed fourth to claim the final automatic bids to regionals. Diaz, a surprise state qualifier last season, came back from an opening round loss Okanogan’s Tony Klepec to win two

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Please note that all schedules are subject to change Thursday, Feb. 7 BB (JV/Var) - Liberty Bell at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm GB (Var/JV) - Liberty Bell at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm Friday, Feb. 8 Var BB - Tonasket vs. NEA #2 at W. Valley-Spokane, 3:15 pm - (this game ONLY IF Tonasket defeated Chelan on Tuesday, Feb. 5.) Fri.-Sat., Feb. 8-9 WR - Oroville at Reardan B Regional, 3:00 pm/8:00 pm Saturday, Feb. 9 WR - Tonasket at Chelan 1A Regional, 10:00 am GB (Var) - Oroville vs. Kittitas at Bridgeport (if necessary), 6:30 pm Tuesday, Feb. 12 GB (Var) - Oroville vs. TBA at Wenatchee (if necessary), TBA Thursday, Feb. 14 GB (Var) - Oroville vs. TBA at Wenatchee (if necessary), TBA Fri.-Sat., Feb. 15-16 WR - Tonasket, Oroville qualifiers at State Tourney, Tacoma Dome, 10:00 am

Tonasket Gun Club Results Feb. 3 16 yd. Robert McDaniel Pat Davisson Lloyd Caton, Jr. Bill Temby Bob McDaniel Jake Bradley George Miklos Jeff McMillan Handicap Lloyd Caton, Jr. Pat Davisson Bob McDaniel George Miklos Jake Bradley

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matches before losing to Klepec a second time in the third place match. One of Diaz’s victories came against teammate Trevor Peterson, who finished fifth and will be an alternate to regionals. Rimestad went 2-2, including a forfeit of his third place match, while Knowlton also went 2-2, including a pin. In addition to Peterson and Edwards, fifth place finishers included Rade Pilkinton (106), Dalton Wahl (132), Quinn Mirick (152), Frank Holfeltz (182). Others winning matches were Dyllan Walton (132), Caleb Lofthus (145), Dallas Tyus (160) and Lucas Vugteveen (170). The Tigers wrestle at Chelan on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The survivors from the District 6 meet will be joined by their District 7 counterparts from the Northeast A League, with four wrestlers and one alternate from each weight class earning state tournament spots. The state finals will be at the Tacoma Dome, Feb. 15-16.

By Brent Baker

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Hornet fans and cheerleaders keep the energy level up during last Thursday’s boys basketball game with Manson.

Manson ties for league lead with win over Hornets By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - Oroville’s boys basketball team didn’t go down easily, even against Central Washington League North Division winner Manson. The Hornets stayed within four points of the Trojans during their Thursday, Jan. 31, contest, but saw Manson pull away to a 61-40 victory in the second half to catch Liberty Bell atop the division standings. The division champ will earn a bye into the Class 2B Bi-District 5/6 playoffs next week. The Hornets were eliminated from post-season contention with their losses this week.

“We played well in the first half,” said Oroville coach Allen Allie. “Manson came out in the third quarter playing very hard and our turnovers really hurt us.” The Hornets trailed 23-19 at the half, with Dustin Nigg breaking out for eight points in the first two quarters. Manson exploded for 23 points in the third quarter and took a 46-31 lead. Connor Hughes led the Hornets (4-14, 1-8 CWL North) with 16 points, with Nigg adding 12. Alex Vanderholm led Manson (11-6, 6-3) with 17 points.

Bridgeport 45, Oroville 37 BRIDGEPORT - Oroville’s fad-

ing chances for a playoff spot took a final hit Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Bridgeport as the Mustangs avenged an earlier defeat to the Hornets, 45-37. Oroville led 20-18 at the half, but struggled throughout the game to find the bottom of the net. “We played a good game,” Allie said. “We just couldn’t hit the shots at the end (and) we ran out of steam.” Six of the seven Hornets reached the scoring column, but Hughes’ 10 points to lead the way wasn’t enough. Bridgeport’s 12 players all saw action, contributing to the Hornets’ late fatigue. Cameron Cavadini led all scorers with 15 points.

OROVILLE - Oroville’s girls basketball team wrapped up its fourth consecutive district playoff berth Thursday, Jan. 31, with a 47-19 victory over Manson. Now, Hornets coach Mike Bourn hopes his team can make a run to its first ever state tournament. Oroville stifled Manson from the start with its full court pressure and had 11 girls score in the game. “We went with a full court press most of the game,” Bourn said. “And we didn’t have any of our starters in for the fourth quarter. The JV girls got some good time on the floor and they did well.” The Hornets (10-8, 6-3 Central Washington League North Division) close out the regular season this week at Lake Roosevelt on Tuesday and at home against Liberty Bell on Thursday, Feb. 7. The Hornets can tie the Raiders for the division title if they win at LR on Tuesday, but will have the no. 2 seed heading into the playoffs unless Lake Roosevelt is upset by Bridgeport on Thursday. In all likelihood, the Hornets will open the playoffs at Bridgeport on Saturday in a loser-out contest against Kittitas. If victorious, Bi-District 5/6 tournament play is next Tuesday and Thursday at Wenatchee High School.

Oroville 54, Bridgeport 44 BRIDGEPORT - The Hornets ripped the Fillies in their first meeting this season, but the second time around wasn’t nearly so easy.

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Brittany Jewett fires of a pass during the Hornets’ win over Manson. Bridgeport took a 37-30 lead into the fourth quarter before Oroville exploded for 24 points in the final minutes to secure a 10 point win. “We played like we could just walk onto the court and win,” Bourn said. “We got up early 12-3 and went into slack mode. We kind of just stood around until we went into a full court, manto-man in the fourth quarter and everyone got after it.” Lily Hilderbrand scored 23 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, and Briana Moralez added eight, including six in the fourth. Hilderbrand added 12 rebounds and four assists, and Katie Tietje had six assists and three steals.

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Strange days, indeed

Playoffs! By Brent Baker

Dellinger breaks school 3-point record but Tigers lose twice in one day as forfeit reversed By Brent Baker

QUINCY - It’s tough enough to lose one game on the final day of the regular season. The star-crossed Tonasket girls basketball team lost twice on Friday, Feb. 1, as they fell 44-42 at Quincy just hours after they learned that a forfeit victory awarded to them the previous day had been reversed. Kylie Dellinger hit a school-record six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to lead the Tigers. Dellinger’s hot streak broke current JV coach Jessica Hylton’s old school record for triples in a game. But even with that, Quincy was able to avenge a January defeat by the Tigers that now stands as Tonasket’s only Caribou Trail League victory of the season. When the Tigers left Tonasket, they believed they were playing for a last shot at the district playoffs, but were informed while on the bus that that wouldn’t be the case after what they had thought would be a forfeit victory over Omak would revert back to a loss. That left the Tigers needing both a victory and Omak loss (neither of which happened) to force a playoff for the last spot. Tonasket athletic director Kevin Terris said that a recent change in Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules allowed Omak to retain its 37-23 victory. “WIAA has a new rule in regards to violations and consequences that all of us failed to recall from last year’s changes,” Terris said. “It allows a league to attach additional penalties (fines, for example) or reduce (penalties) based on a number of factors--one of those being ‘a significant impact to the outcome of the game.’ “The league (excluding Tonasket and Omak)) determined that there was no impact to the game for the violation and

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Tonasket’s Ameerah Cholmondeley tries to fend off Omak’s Shawnee Covington on Jan. 29. The Tigers lost the game last Tuesday, were told on Wednesday they’d been awarded a forfeit victory, and finally informed on Friday that it would count as a loss after all. put Omak on a one-year probation. “I believe this was more fitting than a forfeit.” The Omak player in question spent about a minute on the floor during an improper fifth quarter of play (combined varsity and JV action, which is limited by rule to four quarters in a day) and didn’t score in the contest. The Tigers finished their season with a 3-17 mark (1-13 CTL).

Omak 37, Tonasket 23 OMAK - Earlier in the week, the Tigers thought they had a reprieve when Omak was originally forced to forfeit its 37-23 victory over Tonasket. After losing the game, the Tigers were awarded a forfeit victory the next day thanks to an Omak substitution error during the fourth quarter. A Pioneer player that had played two quarters in the junior varsity game earlier in the afternoon checked in and played for a

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portion of a third quarter of action (for a total of five quarters played) during the varsity game. WIAA rules stipulate that players may play in both the JV and varsity contests but are limited to a total of four quarters of action. The league, minus Terris and Omak athletic director Joe LaGrou, voted to award Tonasket the victory. That set off a chain of events that was rendered moot when that ruling was reversed two days later. Tonasket’s game at Quincy was moved up a day to Friday, Feb. 1; the game was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was changed in case there needed to be additional games to break the tie. The Tigers struggled offensively, falling behind 17-7 at the half and not making headway after that. Kylie Dellinger hit three 3-pointers to score nine points and Devan Utt added eight.

QUINCY - Agustin Pedregon doesn’t want his Tonasket boys basketball team to be content just to get into the playoffs. But he felt that was the way they played Friday at Quincy, ending the regular season with a 52-44 loss to the Jackrabbits, whom they’d beaten by 16 points earlier in the season. “You have to give Quincy credit,” Pedregon said of his former team. “They adjusted to our shooters and knew who to leave open. “But honestly, our guys never really got off the bus. It was a long trip, but I thought we were a little too content just to have made the playoffs. Quincy wanted it more than us; they outhustled and outrebounded us.” Dyllan Gage led the Tigers with 15 points, Michael Orozco added 11 and Trevor Terris scored eight. The loss means the Tigers finish as the sixth and final seed out of the Caribou Trail League heading into the playoffs, which began Tuesday, Feb. 5. Tonasket (9-11, 4-10 CTL) faced a loser-out game at Chelan (15-5, 11-3). An upset victory would propel the Tigers into the Bi-District 6/7 tournament, where they would face Chewelah (17-4) at West Valley (Spokane) on Friday, Feb. 8, at 3:15 p.m. “The kids are hungry fo the next one,” Pedregon said. “They’re anxious to see how it feels. I’m confident we’ll battle. Everyone is back to 0-0. I think it will close. “Now we get to see what happens.”

Tonasket 67, Omak 58 OMAK - Tonasket’s boys basketball team wrapped up its first post-season berth in six season on Tuesday, Jan. 29, with a 67-58 victory at Omak. They didn’t seem happy about it. Despite one of their more efficient offensive performances of the season, the Tigers struggled at the defensive end, unable to stop Omak’ 6-4 center, Chance Williams, who had free reign in the paint for much of the night. “We were flat defensively,” Pedregon said. “Some of that was my fault. I tried to do a bit too much switching our defenses back and forth, and people were getting lost. We still don’t have the kind of identity I want there. But if we play defense like that we won’t win too many games.” The Tigers led by as many as 12

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points in the first half, but Omak cut the Tonasket lead to 36-28 at the half and cut the Tiger lead to 45-42 late in the third quarter. But a fast break basket initiated by Ian Young’s half-court, cross court pass to Ethan Bensing, snapped the Tigers out of their doldrums and led to an 11-2 run to rebuild their double digit lead. “Ian’s play really broke the logjam and got us going,” Pedregon said. “This is the fun part, playing for something at the end of the year. You want to be playing for something in your last game and we’ve gotten to where we can do that.” Dyllan Gage led the Tigers with 21 points, while Trevor Terris broke out of a recent shooting slump with 17. Ethan Bensing, who earlier tallied his career high against Omak, knocked the Pioneers again with 13 points and Michael Orozco added 12. Roberto Juarez led the Tigers in every non-scoring stat with five rebounds, five assists and three steals.. “Juarez has really been contributing more lately,” Pedregon said. “And Bensing, I guess we just need to tell him he’s playing against Omak every game.”


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Donald Glen Cook

Donald Glen Cook Donald Glen Cook, of Tonasket, peacefully passed away on January 30, 2013. He was 94-years-old and had been a resident at Park Place in Omak for 10 months. Glen was born at home on October 18,1918 to John S. and Naoma (Colbert) Cook, the second of six children. He grew up living in the Sinlahekin Valley, Loomis and North Pine Creek areas, but he always considered Loomis his “home.” As a teenager he chased wild horses on Gold Hill and hauled bootleg whiskey by team and wagon. He logged in the CCC camp at Desautel, worked on Grand Coulee Dam by day and played guitar with a band in the bars on “B” Street at night. He herded sheep in Horseshoe Basin and rode for many ranchers in the area, breaking colts and herding cattle. He met Delores Picard at his Uncle Bill’s house in East Omak and they were married in June of 1937. Once they started a family he needed a more stable means of support so he became a truck driver which turned into a lifelong career. He moved his family to Seattle and for 15 years drove truck for every trucking company that had a terminal on Alaskan Way, always returning home to Loomis for hunting season every year. The family returned to Tonasket in 1959 when he purchased Cook’s Cash Market. He operated the store and a small orchard until the 70’s, but always had a logging truck on the side, and hauled for every gypo logger in the area. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and could be found on many a Saturday, in his boat with a bag of chips and a 6-pack, on Blue Lake, Aeneas Lake or Chopaka. He loved packing into the Pasayten Wilderness for a camping/fishing trip and knew every trail by heart. He never lost his love for horses and never missed a rodeo. He loved

to dance, and even at 90, enjoyed listening to the music and tapping his foot. He never missed a chance to play pinochle, and definitely hated to lose. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles for over 50 years. In 1973 he moved to Idaho and lived in the CDA and Post Falls area for 32 years. Hewent “back on the road” for a time, and enjoyed his favorite pasttimes of hunting and fishing. He returned to Tonasket for the last time in 2005 to be nearer his family. He enjoyed telling stories of his experiences and adventures to his grand and great-grandchildren, always with a twinkle in his eye. He loved seeing the awe on their faces at the miraculous shot he made, orthe big one that got away; the bronc he busted and the sights he had seen. Glen is survived by his children, Stan Cook of Malott, Glenda Smith of Tonasket and Lori Cook of Okanogan; six grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson; his sister Nellie Mae Poulson (Leonard) of Tonasket, brothers Fred of Ephrata and Bob (Lorraine) of Loomis. He is also survived by numerous cousins and nieces and nephews in the area. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Roy and Clarence of Seattle and granddaughter Linda Smith. Though he was pretty rough around the edges, he was loved by his family, and will be greatly missed. A memorial service and inurnment will be held in the spring.

Dr. Todd J Mayther Dr. Todd J Mayther, 51, passed away peacefully surrounded by family after a nearly six-year battle with cancer on January 28th, 2013 at the Community Home and Hospice Center, Longview, Wash. Todd is survived by his wife of 25 years Christine, their sons Nolan and Maximillian of Longview, his parents Nina and Raymond Mayther, his brother Scott, his sisters Dena Smith and Kim Mayther, all of Spokane, Wash. Preceded in death by his grandparents, two uncles and a cousin. He served in four years in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer. He worked at the Crisis Residential Center in Spokane before working as a counselor at Oroville Elementary School in Oroville, Wash. He spent the last 15 years working as a Counselor at Coweeman Middle School in Kelso, Wash. He was a great teacher, coach, soldier, fishing buddy, friend, son, brother, uncle, husband and father. But above all


he was a great man. All who met him came away changed in the most profound of ways, and all who knew him are still filled with a distinct pride and honor from simply knowing such a good person. He loved his family dearly and treated all with dignity and respect. A memorial service will be held for Todd at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Longview on Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Community Home and Hospice Center in Longview, or donations can be made to the Todd J Mayther Foundation at To read more about Todd’s life, visit announcements/recent_deaths/.

George Henry Barker

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 Conconully, 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, 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

ing heritage and independent spirit lead him to grow his hobby to a beekeeping business. He met the love of his life and married his honey Betty Buhr on Feb. 27, 1948. For seven years he worked as a Lineman for Mountain States Power Company in Bonner County. They moved to Oroville in 1955, with three children, to become commercial beekeepers, serving area fruit growers for the next 41 years. During the next 16 years, John was also a packing foreman for Stadelman Fruit Company as his family grew to five children. In 1970 he added California almond pollination to the mix of beekeeping and honey production. John and Betty included their children and grandchildren in the daily beekeeping operations, teaching them not only the art of beekeeping, but also added life lessons. He was active in community organizations, serving several years in the Oroville Grange, and the American Legion. As an avid Outdoorsman, he made a lasting impression on several young men as a Boy Scout Master. He enjoyed being the Grand Marshall at the Oroville May Day parade with a Bee theme. He served as a lay minister at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. After retiring he and Betty traveled around the United States on many adventures seeing places and events. They helped with Catholic missions in Arizona, Mexico and Guatemala. John had a knack for telling stories about the events in his life that would always captivate his audiences. Family sing-alongs included John on the accordion, with Betty playing the piano. He loved to dance with his wife, even in the living room of their home. In the last 14 years, his zest for life carried him through despite the complications of a stroke. He will be missed, yet his legacy will live on. He was preceded in death by his parents: Alsiet and Elsie; Brother, Robert; and son, Henry. He is Survived by his wife Betty of 64 years; children: Don Steg, Lynn and Bob Johnson, of Oroville, Janet and Roger Dormaier of Lynden, Wash., and Susan and Kim Edwards of Kettle Falls, Wash.; 10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren. Rosary service was held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. and Funeral Mass was Saturday, Dec. 15 1 p.m. at the Oroville Catholic Church. Following Mass there will be a military graveside service at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Please share your memories by signing John’s on line guest book at Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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

John Felix Steg

John Felix Steg John Steg, age 89, passed away in his sleep peacefully at home in Oroville. He was born to Alseit and Elsie Steg in Sandpoint, Idaho where he experienced several outdoor adventures. Both he and his brother Bob’s childhood antics can even be found in some of Patrick McManus’ stories of outdoor life in northern Idaho. John’s own colorful stories included: fish tales, hunting, camping and bear stories. John wore many hats over the course of his life. He was a Sailor, Lineman, Radio Repairman, Packing Boss, Boy Scout Master, Beekeeper, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, Great-Great-Grandfather and Storyteller. During World War II, he served as an electronic technician on the USS Mt. Olympus, an amphibious force command ship in the Pacific. It was just outside of Tokyo right after the bomb was dropped, riding out big storm waves. His patriotism was modeled to and expected of his family. The call of his Swiss beekeep-


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