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Tonasket talks mosquitos, infrastructure 2014 budget approved BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Whether or not to give Tonasket voters the chance to decide to join or not join a mosquite district was the subject of much discussion at the Tuesday, Dec. 10, session of the Tonasket City Council. Chris Branch, Oroville Director of Community Development and Gary Headlee, proponents of a proposed county-wide mosquito district, were on hand to share information about what

such a district would involve. municipalities throughout the county. In order for Tonasket’s participation in “We want to make sure you have the a mosquito disopportunity trict to become to consider a reality, the issues “I have concerns about why (a Heavy the council would related to need to approve the district,” Haul Corridor) is such a priority a proposition to r a n c h when ... we can only afford to chip Bsaid. be included in “In the mosquito seal only the driving lanes through the Omak/ district, which Okanogan town. ” will be decided area where in a countythe conTonasket Mayor Patrick Plumb wide ballot. The cept started district could to develop involve non-contiguous “pods” of mos- - there is a citizen group there interquito eradication efforts centered on ested. Omak has had a spray program

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for years and some folks don’t appreciate the spray program It doesn’t always work very well... You spray them when they are lying around. They go away for a little while ... sometimes when they were going to go away anyway.” Headlee said the district would use tactics similar to those currently used in Curlew, where cubes of BTS ( a type of BTI) are used in marshy areas to kill larvae. The district would be paid for through a property tax assessment. Mayor Patrick Plumb said that most of the objections in Tonasket to mosquito treatment have been to the types of chemicals used. “If we can go BTI, the community

seems more open to that,” Plumb said. “I personally would like to be able to vote on it.” Oroville’s council recently adopted a resolution to be included within the district that will be voted on county wide. Tonasket’s council members were divided over the potential for enforcement issues involved with the district. “They are charged with going around and looking for breeding areas that aren’t natural breeding areas - old tires, that kind of thing,” Branch said. “So they do have a bit of an enforcement function.” “I would be thrilled with mosquito control enforcement,” said council mem-


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Gas leak at OHS sends district students home Friday morning



OROVILLE - A gas leak in the Oroville High School chemistry lab resulted in the early release of all students and staff Friday, Dec. 13, at 10:30 a.m. Superintendent Steve Quick said initial examination indicated that the leak was small but noted that any size leak is not safe, resulting in the cancellation of the rest of the school day. Gas company representatives verified the existence of the leak and that the gas to the building had been properly shut off, but that another party would need to take care of

Above, the Tonasket Middle and High School Band and Choir held its annual Christmas concert on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Oroville’s Junior/Senior High School winter concert will be Thursday, Dec. 19, at 7:00 p.m. Left, the CCC of Tonasket hosted “Christmas Goldilocks and the 3 Dragons” last Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, starring (l-r) Marsie Brazil (Red Riding Hood), Collin Rise (Big Bad Wolf), Sheyann LaBell (Goldilocks), Lara Escatel (Mom O’Right) and Joey Coleman (Tiny Dragon). The play was directed by Diana Luca Brown. More photos on page A3.

“We were able to have bus drivers on the scene within fifteen minutes ready to transport students.” Steve Quick Superintendent, Oroville School District

repairs. “The gas company only is responsible for the line until it gets into the building,” Quick said. “After that it’s our problem.” On Monday Quick said that the repairs will need to be completed during the holiday break. “We had a contractor come in and he’ll be re-plumbing the lab’s gas lines and valves over the holidays,” he said. “In the meantime the gas will remain off leading to the building.” Although the leak only affected the high school, all of the district’s students were sent home for the day. “We sent home the elementary students too; it was a transportation issue,” Quick said. “There wasn’t a safety issue at the elementary.” Quick said it appeared that the emergency alert system for parents worked as planned. He said the system sent out emails, voice mails and text messages in both English and Spanish. “From all indications the system worked extremely well,”


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TONASKET - Final revisions to the Tonasket School District’s bond and levy packages were approved at the Monday, Dec. 16, school board session. The propositions will appear on a Feb. 11, 2014 ballot for TSD voters to decide, said Superintendent Paul Turner. The changes to the propositions had been discussed in detail at the previous board meeting; with the packages already approved at that time, this vote merely approved the final written language. Both packages replace similar funding measures that are expiring in the coming months. With the bond used to construct the current school buildings in 1997 being retired this month (several months earlier than originally planned), the $6 million for new construction would be used to add four classrooms and office space to the elementary school; replace the Alternative Education building (near the tennis courts) that is nearing the end of its life span; adding four classrooms, laboratory bays and additional flexible space to the middle/high school complex; and add a permanent concession stand and provide funding to address long-term maintenance issues with the outdoor athletic facilities. The M&O levy will replace the existing similar levy that


NVH bad debt, charity care jump in November Rehab center opening in Verbeck Building slated for Jan. 6 BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - North Valley Hospital District reported strong financial results for October, but that news was tempered by a big jump in bad debt and charity care numbers for November. Chief Financial Officier Helen Verhasselt reported at the Thursday, Dec. 12, Board


of Commissioners meeting that the district held a net profit of about $391,000 for October. That includes a $472,000 profit for the Hospital Division and an $81,000 loss for Extended Care. That compares to a net loss of $148,000 for Oct., 2012. For the year to date, the district is showing a $542,000 net profit, compared to a loss of $1.092 million. The district still owes $807,151 in warrants to the county. “Charity care and bad debt in November were taking a huge jump,” Verhasselt said. “November’s financials aren’t looking very good.”

November’s bad debt came to nearly $117,000 while charity care amounted to nearly $46,000. By contrast, a month earlier the numbers were about $64,000 and $66,000, respectively.

EXTENDED CARE Long Term Care director Linda Holden discussed the continued effects of inadequate Medicaid funding and the risk it poses to skilled nursing facilities. Holden noted that, according to a report released by the state Director of Reimbursement and Analytics, more than half of the state’s skilled nursing facilities - 118 in all - lost money last year. Last

year the amount reimbursed for Medicaid patients fell short of costs by an average of $28 per resident per day, which will rise to about $34 per resident per day next year. Medicaid reimbursement rates haven’t been adjusted since 2007. “In terms of the legislative activity and advocacy, it’s really critical that the board is involved with that,” said outgoing commissioner Lael Duncan. “When legislators hear from people who are employed by the facility, there is an automatic discount of what they’re saying because that’s their bread and butter. That’s the view of a lot of legislators. For us as

DUNCAN THANKED Michel and Casey each took time to thank Duncan for her service as she attended her final meeting as commissioner. Duncan was defeated by Hughes in last month’s election. “I’ll speak for the team for thanking her for her input and



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GAS LEAK | FROM A1 Quick said in an initial email to newspapers. “Both buildings have worked hard this year to have parental contact information up to date in our system. “In the age of cell phones, it is a challenge at times to keep up with parents’ most recent phone number that is used regularly.

We were able to have bus drivers on the scene within 15 minutes ready to transport students.” The City of Oroville and local law enforcement were also notified, as well as the Tonasket School District since Tonasket was scheduled to play at Oroville in basketball Friday evening.

“Any younger students who were dropped off by buses who the driver felt did not have somebody at home were instructed to return the students to the school as the elementary school was still fully functional and completely safe,” Quick said in the Friday email.

he is due to receive his superintendent’s evaluation next month. ASB School Board Representative Trevor Terris reported that the ASB was trying to get a handle on litter being left around town by high school students. The high school has an open campus, meaning that students often head downtown and back during the lunch hour. Part of that included some cleanup of trash in the area around the Junction. Turner said the kids were surprised to find that a lot of the trash wasn’t from food purchased downtown, but rather brought down from the school. “They know they need to do a better job with this,” Turner said.

“I think it’s cool that the kids have taken it upon themselves to address it and are taking ownership of it.” Board member Catherine Stangland arranged a meeting of numerous public officials - including the school board, Tonasket City Council, Hospital Board, local fire district boards, County Commissioners, Sen. Brian Dansel, and Reps. Joel Kretz and Shelly Short - to share information on the bond/levy package, discuss the various issues faced by the various entities. That meeting was held Monday, Dec. 16, and will be covered in next week’s edition of the Gazette-Tribune.

use are at least 16 years old, old enough that service is no longer available for the obsolete models. The board also approved a letter of engagement to hire Dingus, Zaracor and Associates to conduct the hospital’s annual financial audit and cost report. Commissioner Herb Wandler reported that state auditors recently completed their exit conference after their every-otheryear visit to the NVH facilities.

“It went very well,” Wandler said. “They were very pleased with our progress on the warrants.” Business Development Director Terri Orford reported that the rehab center, which will be relocated to the Verbeck Building, has a deadline for opening of Jan. 6. The NVH Board of Commissioners next meets on Thursday, Jan. 9.


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Oroville Music Director Eric Stiles and the Oroville Elementary School Band at the Oroville Elementary School Winter/Holiday Concert held on Thursday, Dec. 19 for the fourth through sixth grades.

COUNCIL | FROM A1 ber Claire Jeffko. “Not me,” said council member Jean Ramsey. “I would worry about the enforcement side.” “I think we should look at allowing our community to enter this as appropriate,” said council member Scott Olson. “Two concerns: I don’t think people who live outside of a place with a lot of mosquitoes should be paying for those that would much more benefit. Two, it’s more holistic than the city spraying it’s area and someplace 100 yards away gets the benefit at no cost.” The council voted 3-2 (Jeffko, Olson and Dennis Brown in favor, Ramsey and Vugteveen opposing) to draft a resolution that will be considered at a future council meeting whether or not to allow the public to vote on joining the mosquito district.

Budget finalized The council approved, by a 4-1, a $3.097 million budget for 2014. Council members Claire Jeffko (motion), Jill Vugteveen (second), Scott Olson and Dennis Brown approved the budget, while Jean Ramsey opposed. The budget included a 1.5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment for city employees that had been discussed at length at the previous council session. “The city council has worked well together as a team,” Plumb said in his statement following the budget approval, “not letting their policy disagreements at times divide their unity to making this city government be an example to other cities... the city benefits greatly by having such great leaders serving our city.” Heavy haul corridor City planner Kurt Danison, Highlands Associates, reported that turning US-97 from Oroville to Pateros into a Heavy Haul Corridor apparently “has some traction,” as he put it. “I don’t know what to think because I’m not sure what the objective is,” Danison said. “But I would encourage the community to weigh in. There are several questions. The highway runs through town - there are only two towns in the state that it runs right through downtown. The rest have

bypasses. “The other is the impact on the railroad.... It may run the railroad out of business. We need to have a discussion and let the communities weight in on that.” Plumb expressed his frustration with the possibility on a couple of fronts. First, he said, the ongoing battle with getting US-97 (Whitcomb Ave.) repaired, rather than patched, happening on one hand made the possibility of straining the existing infrastructure untenable. On the other, he said, no one had contacted the city to discuss the implications of running that much freight through Tonasket’s downtown business core. “I already made a call to the (Department of Transportaion),” Plumb said. “I’m not terribly pleased that no one talked to us at all. I told the DOT they needed to come up and talk to us. I had specific concerns about why this is such a priority when supposedly we can only afford to chip seal only the driving lanes through town. “Now all of a sudden we can have trucks crossing bridges when we don’t know their conditions; infrastructures under 97 that I guarantee are failing, like stormwater (drainage). It sure didn’t do very good this summer. We are advocating for a real honest discussion.” Danison said that the Heavy Haul plan could provide the impetus for getting the highway needs through town taken care of. “I suggested to the city to see if we could make a capital budget request to rebuild Whitcomb streets, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, underground utilities, conduits, lights, trees ... all of it.,” he said. “We did put together a 2-3 page summary with photos and issues. We had Varela come up with an estimate... for about $5 million. “We are asking them to look into adding it as a capital budget item. Our conversations are going on with our senators and representatives... this could give you more ammunition when you’re asking the legislature for $5 million.” Other highlights of Danison’s report included: - The city received a grant for about $92,000 from the

Transportation Alternatives Program to put in a sidewalk that would extend from the corner of 6th and Whitcomb (US-97) to the Bonaparte Creek Bridge at the south end of town. This would provide additional infrastructure to support a proposed foot bridge that would allow pedestrians to cross the creek to the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Park. - Danison said he was asking the mayors of the various communities with airports to contact the county commissioners in an effort to finalize zoning maps to regulate construction round airports, particularly in the runway approach zones. Each community had customized maps for the areas surrounding their airports, but the project has been stalled for about a year. - A community meeting to discuss and give the council guidance on the parameters (and ultimately, a go or no-go) on replacing the Tonasket swimming pool was tentatively set forthe Tonasket High School Commons on Jan. 7. However, due to a scheduling conflict, that date may need to be changed. Whenever it takes place, Danison said, what happens there will be critical to the project’s future. “Hopefully it becomes a community effort,” Danison said. “If not it comes back to what Scott Olson says. Even if we get all the money to build the pool, it could still cost $25,000-$40,000 to take care of it, which is money we don’t have. This year you would probably have had to close it (due to lack of funds). It has to have community support or it’s not going to happen.”

RV Park lease Plumb announced that the city and Burlington Northern’s lease company agreed to, in perpetuity, allow the city to continue to lease the RV Park property from the railroad for $200, with a three percent annual increase. Originally the lease company had sought to increase the rate to $5,700 a year, which the city rejected. “I think that’s phenomenal,” Olson said. The City Council next meets on Tuesday, Jan. 14.

Radio club to recognize First Concrete Pouring at dam

Submitted by Mike Mauk, President Okanogan Co. Amateur Radio Club

COULEE DAM - The Okanogan Amateur Radio Club recognizes First Concrete Pouring at Grand Coulee Dam Dec. 6, 1935 was the first “ceremonious pour” of concrete at Grand Coulee Dam. It was the first of a total of 12 million yards, which is enough to pour a sidewalk around the world at the equator twice! The Okanogan County Amateur Radio Club W7ORC sponsored a “Special Event” celebrating the anniversary of the event, where the Club members used their home radio stations, commonly referred to as “HAM SHACKS” starting at 4 p.m. starting Dec 6th and ending at 4 p.m.

Sunday Dec. 8. During most of the contacts the club would give some facts about the dam and answer questions they may have had about the dam. There were quite a few that did not realize the Grand Coulee Dam was larger than Hoover Dam, some folks did not have any idea where it was and quite a few had been to the dam or had relatives that worked on the dam. And some who had been there raved about how it should be one of the Wonders of the World that everyone should go see. Every Club operator had tales to tell about some of the questions and comments they heard throughout the event. Each contact was directed to the Clubs web sitewww.w7orc. com and was asked to send their contact information and the Club

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would send a beautiful e-certificate to them. They used HF ssb and digital PSK31 modes. After it was over the operators made contact with about 1,300 amateurs around the world, including 6 Continents, 15 Countries, all 50 States and 468 counties in the USA, sharing information about the largest concrete structure in the USA. For more information on Amateur (HAM) Radio visit the clubs web site for the meeting schedules and testing dates to get your Amateur radio license. Information about Amateur Radio is also available at the ARRL web site http://www.arrl. org/ The National Association for Amateur Radio

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expires at the end of 2014. Some $640,000 of the $1.64 million is dedicated to increasing staffing as the district extends its school day about 45 minutes. The district has operated with a shortened day since the mid-1990s and has been attempting to return to the full day for several years; the state has mandated districts meet the full day requirement by the beginning of the next school year.

Other news Turner said that the district’s negotiations with the Tonasket Teachers Association were completed and the contract approved during the school board session. He also informed the board that

NVH | FROM A1 support,” Michel said. “We’ve been happy and sad together ... we may not always agree with her opinion but we always respect the fact that she has one. We greatly appreciate your dedication and contribution to the district and what’s best for the district as a whole.”

Other business The board approved the purchase of a $92,522 Zoll monitor/ defibrillator. The current ones in

State Sen. Dansel to serve on natural resources, transportation committees OLYMPIA - Sen. Brian Dansel, R-Republic, announced today that he will begin his first term serving in the state Legislature on the natural resources, transportation, and government operations committees. The 2014 legislative session begins Jan. 13. Dansel was sworn in as the new state senator for the 7th Legislative District on Dec. 6 after a special election in November. He replaces former state Sen. John Smith. “I am very honored to serve in the state Legislature,” said Dansel, “People are looking for a new approach – both Republicans

and Democrats. This is why it is so exciting to be a part of the bi-partisan Senate Majority Coalition Caucus. I look forward to representing the best interests of the 7th Legislative District as we work to improve Washington’s economy, build a first-class transportation system and encourage government to live within its means. I encourage everyone to get involved and share their ideas and concerns with me. Our government is only good if people are able to exercise their right to be involved.” “I look forward to work-

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Far left, the cast of “Christmas Goldilocks and the 3 Dragons” surrounds director Diana Luca Brown prior to last weekend’s performances at the CCC; center, the Tonasket Middle School Choir and Band proved to be an impressive sight; above, Lalayna Danforth, Melanie Christensen and Aiza Dahman sing during last Wednesday’s performance.


Mark Vincent Napoli, 44, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Oct. 7 to seconddegree trafficking in stolen property. Napoli was sentenced Dec. 9 to three months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the May 2013 crimes. A restitution hearing was scheduled for Feb. 18, 2014. In a separate case, Napoli pleaded guilty Dec. 9 to seconddegree criminal trespass. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail to run concurrent with the above sentence. Napoli received credit for 30 days served and will be on electronic home monitoring for the remainder of the sentence. He was fined $765.50 for that crime. Jesus Guzman Larios, 30, Oroville, had two third-degree assault charges dismissed on Dec. 9. Those crimes allegedly occurred July 7 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. Candace Suzanne Daniels, 43, Riverside, pleaded guilty Nov. 14 to three counts of delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). Daniels was sentenced Dec. 9 to 12 months in prison and fined $2,210.50 for the June 10 crimes. Dylan Dewight Sprauge, 19, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Dec. 12 to two counts of residential burglary, three counts of theft of a firearm, and one count each of second-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief. Sprauge was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $860.50 for the Oct. 20, 2012 crimes. He was ordered to pay $1,423.43 in restitution, and had six additional charges dismissed. The court found probable cause to charge Alfred Floyd Oliver II, 38, Tonasket, with third-degree DWLS and POCS (heroin). The crimes allegedly occurred Apr. 1 in Omak. The court found probable cause to charge Robert Ellis Allen, 30, Omak, with second-degree possession of stolen property. The crime allegedly occurred Dec. 3 in Oroville. The court found probable cause to charge Kyle Anthony Nicholson, 27, Tonasket, with POCS (methamphetamine) and unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun. The crimes allegedly occurred on Dec. 6 in Okanogan. The court found probable cause to charge Melvin Fay Ranck, 33, Kennewick, with POCS (methamphetamine), unlawful possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and third-degree DWLS. The crimes allegedly occurred on Dec. 6 in Okanogan. The court found probable cause to charge David Raymond Brandon, 39, Okanogan, with two counts of residential burglary and one count each of seconddegree theft, third-degree DWLS and POCS (methamphetamine). The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 6 in Okanogan. The court found probable cause to charge Deena Jean Lazard, 25, Omak, with second-degree burglary and third-degree theft. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 10 in Omak.


A 13-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to third-degree theft. She was sentenced to two days in detention with credit for two days served, and fined $100 for the Sept. 20 crimes. In a separate case, the same girl pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to fourth-degree assault and obstruction. Those crimes occurred Aug. 14. She was sentenced to two days in detention with credit for two days served, and fined $100. In a third case, the same girl pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to fourth-degree assault. She was sentenced to three days in detention with credit for three days served, and fined $100 for the Oct. 28 crimes. A 14-year-old Omak girl pleaded

guilty Dec. 11 to hit-and-run (unattended). She was sentenced to one day in detention and eight hours community service. She was fined $75 for the Aug. 16 crime.

DISTRICT COURT Deanna Lynn Mattix, 26, Oroville, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Mattix was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended and fined $658. Delecia J. McCraigie, 23, Omak, guilty of third-degree DWLS. McCraigie was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 88 days suspended, and fined $858. Timothy Allen McFarlane, 42, Omak, guilty of two counts of thirddegree DWLS. McFarlane was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 88 days suspended, and fined $1,636. Wayne Morris McGhee, 64, Tonasket, guilty of DUI and three counts of second-degree DWLS. McGhee was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 304 days suspended, and fined $4,397. Jerry Ray Mears Jr., 25, Omak, guilty of violation of a no-contact order. Mears was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 178 days suspended, and fined $808. Sandina Marie Nelson, 19, Omak, guilty of obstruction and resisting arrest. Nelson was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 170 days suspended, and fined $808. Rusty Jochua Nimmo, 24, Omak, had a charge dismissed: carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Bjarne Matthew Olson Jr., 34, Okanogan, guilty of third-degree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Olson was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined $1,558. Raymond Joseph Oreiro, 23, Omak, guilty of DUI. Oreiro was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 days suspended, and fined $1,681. Sara E. Perkins, 51, Tonasket, had two fourth-degree assault charges dismissed. Perkins was fined $200. Joseph William Peterson, 52, Tonasket, guilty of DUI. Peterson was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 362 days suspended, and fined $1,936. Sabrina Ann Renfro, 42, Oroville, guilty of third-degree DWLS and guilty (other deferment revoked) of third-degree DWLS. Renfro received a 90-day suspended sentence and fined $1,636.

911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 Fraud on Cameron Lake Loup Rd. near Okanogan. Theft on Siwash Creek Rd. near Tonasket. Three-vehicle crash on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. No injuries reported. Two reports of DWLS on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Theft on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Cell phone reported missing. Burglary on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. Weapons offense on Greenacres Rd. near Riverside. Malicious mischief on W. Third Ave. in Omak. Malicious mischief on Jasmine St. in Omak. Drugs on S. Cedar St. in Omak. Fraud on S. Juniper St. in Omak. Littering on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Assault on Golden St. in Oroville. Vehicle prowl on Golden St. in Oroville. Burglary on Juniper St. in Oroville. David Weston McCracken, 45, booked for making a false statement and on a Department of Corrections detainer. Ervin Dion Jones, 25, booked for contempt of court. Lisa Diane Wolff, 33, booked for third-degree malicious mischief (DV). Alicia Jonele Wilson, 19, booked for

third-degree malicious mischief (DV). Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 Fraud on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Hit-and-run vehicle crash on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Fraud on Dinosaur Ln. near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Threats on Queen St. in Okanogan. DWLS on Hwy. 97 in Omak. Automobile theft on S. Birch St. in Omak. Burglary on W. Fifth Ave. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on Apple Way in Oroville. Burglary on Golden St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on Apple Way in Oroville. Harassment on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Marcos Florention Rosas, 28, booked on a Department of Corrections detainer. Jesus Alberto Castandea, 19, booked on a Department of Corrections detainer. James Dale Watkins, 51, booked on an FTA bench warrant for forgery. Lane Charles Priest, 20, booked for POCS (heroin) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deena Jean Lazard, 25, booked for second-degree burglary and third-degree theft. Dacia Lee Mackarness, 40, booked for violation of a no-contact order. Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 Burglary on Hwy. 20 near Okanogan. Trespassing on Appleway Ave. in Okanogan. Fraud on Kegley Lane near Okanogan. Fraud on Rocky Pl. near Oroville. Trespassing on Mary Ann Creek Rd. near Oroville. Burglary on Mock Rd. near Okanogan. Custodial interference on Conconully Rd. near Okanogan. Assault on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Weapons offense on Tunk Valley Rd. near Riverside. Structure fire on Ferry St. in Omak. Burglary on Jackson St. in Omak. Trespassing on N. Main St. in Omak. Threats on Apple Lane in Omak. Tanya Paige Hayner, 25, booked for residential burglary. Melvin Fay Ranck, 33, booked for bond revocations of unlawful possession of a firearm, POCS (methamphetamine) and thirddegree DWLS. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 Burglary on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Chainsaws reported missing. Fraud on Delmav Ave. near Okanogan. Violation of no-contact order on Blue Creek Rd. near Riverside. DWLS on Hwy. 155 near Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Suspicious activity on Omache Dr. in Omak. Chainsaws reportedly being sold. Theft on Hwy. 97 near Oroville. Burglary on Juniper St. in Oroville. Theft on Elm St. in Oroville. Domestic dispute on 16th Ave. in Oroville. Fraud on S. Tonasket Ave. in Tonasket. Timothy Keith Edwards, 40, booked on a Department of Corrections secretary’s warrant. Lee Andrew Gardee, 41, booked for first-degree DWLS and a Department of Corrections secretary’s warrant. Friday, Dec. 13, 2013 DWLS on N. Main St. in Omak. Weapons offense on Hwy. 97 in Omak. Warrant arrest on S. Main St. in Omak. Drugs on S. Cedar St. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash at Riverside Dr. in Omak. Domestic dispute on E. Division St. in Tonasket. Ryan Larry Cate, 30, booked for second-degree DWLS and two counts of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Devin Martinez, no middle name

listed, 18, booked on a Tonasket Police Department FTA warrant for possession of a weapon on school property. Joshua Dean Allen, 32, booked on a Department of Corrections detainer. Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 Threats on E. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. Theft on Oak St. in Omak. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. DUI on S. Main St. in Omak. Burglary on Cherry St. in Oroville. Harassment on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Jack O’Bryan III, no middle name listed, 23, booked for DUI and third-degree DWLS. Cassandra Marie Edwards, 21, booked for DUI. Serena Rae Smith, 21, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for unauthorized person to drive. Stephanie Danielle Ytuarte, 24, booked on three OCSO FTA warrants: two for third-degree DWLS and one for third-degree

defrauding a public utility; and a State Patrol FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 Vehicle prowl on S. Ash St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Garfield St. in Omak. Structure fire on Oak St. in Omak. Theft on E. Grape St. in Omak. Drugs on Apple Lane in Omak. Domestic dispute on Westlake Rd. in Oroville. Harassment on Main St. in Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 97 in Tonasket. No injuries reported. Edward Lyle Quintasket, 64, booked for DUI, second-degree DWLS and a Tribal FTA warrant for intoxication. Rodolfo Valdovinos, no middle name listed, 23, booked for POCS (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia and a Department of Corrections secretary’s warrant. Carlos Luna Perez, 37, booked for DUI. Ryan Joseph Stotts, 29, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Scott Anthony Smith, 34, booked for

DUI and reckless driving. Cory Lee Craig, 25, booked for second-degree burglary and third-degree malicious mischief. Michael Robert Fry, 35, booked for DUI.


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While the ill feeling about closing the Assisted Living at North Valley Hospital persists, the fact that the hospital is now closer to being untethered from $3 million in warrants is a positive thing. The hospital district is leaner – we’ve lost some services, but gained others with new surgical rooms added recently to go with the other improvements to the hospital – helping to fulfill promises made when we voted to remodel and expand the old facility. I recently got a close up look at the surgery (well at least before I was put under). What I can remember was it looked much improved over what they had the last time I was there. There will be many challenges to come to make sure the North County community continues to be served by a quality hospital. The reality is ours, like many rural, small, public hospitals, struggles to remain modern and provide the best in patient care. That’s because the surrounding tax base is smaller than those in the Out of bigger urban areas and the percentage of charity My Mind cases to insurance paid patients is much greater. Gary A. DeVon Obamacare or not, NVH will continue to dance on the edge of solvency for years to come. It’s not a for-profit hospital, not in the sense of a corporate hospital, but neither is it in the business of losing money. Continuing to hemorrhage money means eventually we’d have no hospital at all. Taking in enough money pay bills, set some aside for a rainy day and continuing to modernize where we can will probably be the most we can ever hope for. And that would be enough. However, continuing to fixate on past decisions won’t get us any closer to fulfilling the need for housing the elderly, those that aren’t ready for a nursing home, but want a place to live where they can be happy and get some assistance. NV Assisted Living isn’t coming back, so what should we do? The Oroville Housing Authority continues to look into the Greenhouse Project. The OHA board would like to eventually build two or three six-person elder care homes. I’ve talked about it before and we’ve taken the first steps in pursuing the project. Our property on Eastlake Road near Lake Osoyoos, would be a great place for two or three of these homes and the board designated $10,000 to start the process of finding financing. Now we want a few dedicated people to make up a subcommittee to help us because between the low-income apartments, the Eastlake Harvest Park and the Homeless Shelter, the board and staff doesn’t feel it has the time to dedicate itself as fully as it would like to the project. With the help of a subcommittee we could move the process along. If the OHA’s dream of building three of these residences becomes a reality we could make room for 18 of our elderly. Our inspiration, two of these residences in Twisp, came before the Assisted Living closed. Even then we knew there was more need then the hospital district was providing. With the Assisted Living shut down, that need increased many fold. It would be great to eventually have three or four of these in Oroville and perhaps expand with more in Tonasket. Even if we succeed in building our own “Green Houses” we will still have some of the same problems the hospital board faced. We can’t operate entirely on public pay alone. Half or more of our residents will have to be private pay, at least to start. The good news is our residents will continue to be able to live in their homes if and when their financial circumstances change. All this takes careful planning and the housing authority needs help. If you think you’d like to be on a subcommittee contact me at or write me at Editor, Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, P.O. Box 250, Oroville, WA. 98844 and I’ll submit your name to the board as being interested in helping.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PUD’s cost predictions unsupported Dear Editor, I am responding to a recent GazetteTribune article about Enloe Dam, which featured unsupported predictions from the PUD on how much it might cost to remove the dam. The PUD’s cost estimates have no basis in reality and seem more intended to shock ratepayers into letting the PUD off the hook on its promise to look at breaching and other alternatives to their costly proposed project. How much would it really cost to breach Enloe? Nobody knows because no one has studied it. Condit Dam, on Washington’s White Salmon River, was more than twice the height of Enloe when it was breached in 2011 for a fraction of what the PUD has guessed as a cost. The project to remove the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams, on the Olympic Peninsula, is indeed costing hundreds of millions, but that includes buying and removing two separate large dams and building water treatment facilities. Other recent dam removals (Marmot, Powerdale, Hemlock, Rogue River dams) were all below the lowest numbers listed in the Gazette-Tribune article. These other removals each started with studies and discussions among interested parties. In each case this discussion led to a regional solution to who pays. Nobody knows the cost for Enloe, but the PUD has an opportunity and responsibility to seek their own regional solution. Enloe dam has blocked the Similkameen River for over 90 years. It’s not going to hold up forever. So if everyone, including the PUD, agrees that upgrading the dam to produce power would cost more than it would make, isn’t it reasonable to do an actual study of what it might cost to instead restore the natural river? Who knows, it could be less than what the PUD has guessed, and far less than they have already spent defending its project in court. One thing we know this community needs and deserves is more open communication and cooperation from its PUD. A good start would be for the PUD to sit down with stakeholders and begin a dialogue that could per-

haps include a study of actual scenarios and costs. Then the PUD could have something real to report to its ratepayers - as promised. Sincerely, Mark Skatrud Twisp

Letter writer doesn’t speak for “us” Dear Editor, Responding to S.T. Johnson’s article of Dec. 5th: You used “us” approximately nine times, “we” six times, and “our” three times. Not once did any of your ramblings pertain to myself or anybody else that I have spoken with regarding NVH and the direction it is headed; information available upon “request,” respect extended, or compassion shown! Publishing a 27 page budget in the newspaper when it is available by walking in and requesting a copy at their meetings, does seem a waste of trees! You might also request a rather boring report titled “Flex Monitoring Team Briefing Paper #32; Why Do Some Critical Access Hospitals Close Their Skilled Nursing Facility Services (SNFs)While Others Retain Them?” The way the lack of reimbursement is going for SNFs, our community may have to look at similar issues. My knowledge of the doctors’ “association” rules governing their members and their use in the ER, is sorely lacking! But if I needed that data, it is available via asking at the hospital. The given interpretations for Honoring History, Transparency, Examples of Good Business Practices and the Revising of Budgets are your personal ones and do not include my comprehension of the same words. That you seemingly don’t have the necessary information at your immediate disposal to make more knowledgeable assumptions is, again: Your issue. Respect is earned, not whined for! Compassion is a two way street and should be judged via the individual experience; not used as a blanket statement covering the many wonderful employees of NVH. Michael D. Stewart Tonasket

Animal rescue relies on your help Dear Editor, I am writing on behalf of The Nourishing Hand, our local animal rescue. We are a 501c3 nonprofit, equine rescue, dog rescue and pet food bank. We want to let the community know what services we offer and also to ask for support to continue to help rescue and rehabilitate animals in need. We are dedicated to advancing the health and welfare of animals in Okanogan County. We carry out this mission by engaging community-based volunteers in equine rescue, foster care, and adoption programs geared toward preventing animal abuse, neglect, and slaughter. We have the privilege of working closely with our newly appointed county Animal Control Officer, Dave Yarnell, and the cities of Oroville and Tonasket. When we are contacted for help by these agencies, we take in abandoned, abused and neglected animals and find them new homes once they are deemed ready for adoption. When the dogs are brought in we vaccinate, worm and assess the temperament so we can better inform potential adopters about the particular animal. When horses are brought in we assess the health of the animal, level or training if any, have a farrier evaluate the feet, and do any other appropriate health care needed at the time. We also have a pet food bank to help families in need. We are asking for the support of our community to continue to care for these animals in need. We always are in need of donations and volunteers. Due to the government shut down, our grants along with many other nonprofits, were denied. We are relying completely on the generosity of people as well as the fundraisers we’ve organized, to help buy hay and supplies. We will be re-applying for these grants, but that takes time. We have an open door policy and are happy you for those who have already donated and have given of their time to help us care for our local animals. Christa McCoy - Secretary The Nourishing Hand

Merry Christmas! ness - the motive was to save my soul - it was because no one in any number thought I wasn’t always a godless heathen. I was otherwise. raised in rural Tennessee where the public Cracks in all this began to form early on, school system bussed the entire kindergarten- and they were disturbing. As an eight-year-old through-high school student bodies to see one Sunday morning I recoiled in horror when The Robe, the 1953 epic film about the minister said, “Lest ye be lost, ye the travails of a Roman officer who must be bathed in the blood of the supervises the crucifixion of Jesus. lamb!” Whaaaaaat!? I thought. Wait a (Actors who played Jesus in movies minute, maybe I need to rethink this. then were never shown face-on as it In college, I was deeply troubled was considered that no human was because my faith was failing and I worthy of being directly portrayed knew it. By the time I came home as Christ.) from Vietnam lying down, it was gone All sports events began with some Bill Slusher with the wind. local minister effectively beseeching Eventually I came to hold that we God to help one’s team to kick the are all agnostics whether we admit it fazoolie out of the other team in His name. or not, as none of us can prove or disprove All civic club meetings, graduations and any deity. This reduces even atheism itself to inaugurations began with an invocation by a a faith-based belief system. I believe passionChristian minister. It just never occurred to ately in freedom of religion, and in freedom anyone that they should not. from religion. Unmarried mothers were darkly kept Respect all they who love their god, I say, secrets. Sex before marriage was as appeal- but beware all they who insist that you must ing then as it is today but it was viciously love it too. I might add to especially beware suppressed with horror stories of burning in they who seem to want to kill you and your hell forever, or worse, being a ruined girl fellow Americans for not being as blindly unable to get a husband. Questioning the besotted with their particular god as they are. Christian model in any fashion was a scarlet Nonetheless, I take this opportunity to mark of grossly corrupt character. Declaring sincerely wish you all a very... merry... one’s self atheist meant probable communist Christmas! NOT ‘happy holidays’ or any leanings, both of which could be fatal in the other new-age anti-Christian euphemism. American South. Merry... Christmas. My dad was a devoted disciple of the The dominant influence of Christianity Gospel of Golf, but my mother was a sec- upon America (mostly for the better) is underetary for the Presbyterian church, so it was niable despite many lame revisionist attempts inevitable that I did church every Sunday, to do so. America was formed a Christian Bible school all summer, and became a nation despite the pop-trendy academic seculeader in the teen Christians club. larist bigotry of late that vilifies all things Like most Muslims today, I was brain- Christian while paying homage to Islam in the washed from infancy that no alternative to name of tolerance. the prevailing religious model existed. This Christianity has had its time of malevolent indoctrination was not out of any malicious- evil in history, and is certainly not without its OPINION BY BILL SLUSHER

flaws today, but it has also been the prime mover behind almost all of western civilization’s morality, science, architecture, music and art. References to the Christian god are all over our most revered government institutional buildings, American history is (or at least was) rich with Christian values, Christianity drove our American culture almost exclusively throughout its most formative years, and every president of the United States has at least claimed to be a Christian. Ergo, Christianity has paid its dues in America as no other religion has even approached, and if the Christians want to celebrate their holy legend with gifts and decorations and theater and wishes of good will for all in this season, on public property or otherwise, then I say they’re damn well entitled and America is the better for it. If this offends anyone then I say be offended if you must but it’s on you. I’m deeply offended scores of times every day but I don’t take it as some mandate to tell everyone else how they’re allowed to express what is important to them. That is not the American way, and the ACLU can take a long walk on a short pier with my blessing. I cheer the Christian ideals behind Christmas and I’m happy they have had the influence on my country and people that they have. So, not to leave you with any confusion: Merry Christmas! William Slusher is an author, columnist and sociopolitical writer with a small ranch on the Okanogan River. Enjoy his nonpartisan Pacific Northwest political comedy: CASCADE CHAOS, or How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse (Amazon, cmppg. com, or your local bookstore). He may be contacted at


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Make Contact Submitted by Daralyn Hollenbeck President, NCW Blue Star Mothers

By now, all the care packages have been sent. So much effort and care goes into each box, but we know that when that first thank you arrives from one of the recipients, we will smile and will do it all over again next year. Our community’s military personnel are constantly in our

Christmas party Dec. 21 Submitted by Sue Wisener Tonasket Eagles #3002

A Merry Christmas to everyone. Be sure to bundle up and keep your pets indoors. The memorial for Debra Kral was standing room only. She will be missed for a long time even if she is in a better place and looking down on us want-

BLUE STAR MOTHERS hearts and minds. It is our hope that they know their efforts are not forgotten, their bravery is honored and that we care enough about them to do something. So, a huge thank you to all of the volunteers who do so much, everyday, to make life a little sweeter for others! Our next meeting is scheduled

TONASKET EAGLES ing to play a prank on everyone. We would like to thank Bev Montanye, Lyle Anderson, Dee Johnson and everyone; you all did a wonderful job. Our Christmas party will be Dec. 21, starting at 6:00 p.m. This year we are doing a potluck. Bring a dish or dessert of your choice and receive a gift.

Senior center closed OROVILLE Christmas Eve, SENIOR NEWS Day, New Year’s Submitted by Dolly Engelbretson

Correction: The Center will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and Wednesday December 25; also, Wednesday January 1, 2014. We are wishing one and all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. Autumn and Wade Martin are providing the Christmas program this year, as in the past, and will

be leading us in Carols during the luncheon hour. They do a good job and are fun besides.. They are scheduled for December 17. Sick or in Distress: Bob Hirst remains in the hospital but seems to be in good spirits; Clayton Emry joined Bob in the hospital, only in the We miss them both when they are not here. Thank yous are in order to Tillie Porter and Marge Finlay for printing the bazaar posters;

long cold spell, but without snow, while the east coast and mid west states have had enough for all. We can repeat, we live in a pretty fine part of the U.S. Sometimes unexpected things happen to turn things upside down, like in the wee hours of the morning last Monday we had to make a visit to the ER room for health issues for friend husband, with him saying “this trip isn’t necessary,” but the doctors (and I) had different opinions. Some infections in his body needed attention and let me tell you, if you run just a bit of a temperature they won’t let you come home, so he was reminded of a year ago, and his long hospital stay, but this was a fairly short duration. The Gonzaga-Virginia game last Tuesday night was a squeaker and I had to watch it alone. I had a subway sand-

for Jan. 15 in Omak. We know that your schedule is a busy one but we ask that do something for yourself, too. Make contact with our group. Let us know you and your service member is out there! Memberships are $20 a year. One hundred percent of our portion goes to serving our local military. As the year draws to a close, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Purchase your 2014 Hometown Soldier Calendar soon! If you have a problem locating one, contact me at 485-2906. Karaoke with Linda Wood will start at 8:00 p.m. Hope to see you wall. We will be closed Christmas Day and closing at 6:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Pinochle scores from last Sunday as follows: 1st place - Ted Zachman; 2nd place Ted Paris. Low score to Gladys Fifer and last pinochle went to Nellie Paulsen and Betty Paul. We wish all of those that may be ill a speedy recovery to good health. God bless all. The Biggest Little Eagles in the State.

to Boots Emry for chairing the Bazaar (she did a fine job); to Walt art for making the stew (we received many compliments) and to Ken Zimmerlee for the biscuits. Several people commented that we didnít need any butter; they were so tasty. Thank you Lloyd Curtis for collecting tickets for the luncheon. Pinochle scores: It is a wonder we even had pinochle with so many events in town that evening. Door prize went to Wilma Colburn; most pinochles to Evelyn Dull; men’s high score went to Ted Zachman; and ladyís high went to Nellie Paulsen. More next time.

Area Christmas recitals Submitted by Kathleeen Christensen

President, OKMTA

The public is freely invited to enjoy Christmas music presented in several recitals by students of Okanogan County Music Teachers Association (OKMTA). The students also recently per-

formed at area Bazaars in Okanogan and Tonasket. String and Piano students of Roz Nau, NCTM (Nationally Certified Teacher of Music), will perform Thursday, Dec. 19, 7:00 p.m. at her studio, 42 E. Winesap, Tonasket. Apple Springs, 1001 Senna Street, Omak, will host students

of Kathleen Christensen, Omak, with a variety of keyboard ensembles and solos at 3:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 20. Sandy Sheets, Omak, will present her students Monday, Dec. 23, 3:30 p.m. at Apple Springs, also. Info about the benefits of this association is available at 509422-4660 and

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Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life — such as investing — assumptions can prove dangerous. Of course, not all investment-related assumptions are bad. But here are a few that, at the least, may prove to be counterproductive: “Real estate will always increase in value.” Up until the 2008 financial crisis, which was caused, at least partially, by the “housing bubble,” most people would probably have said that real estate is always a good investment. But since then, we’re all more painfully aware

that housing prices can rise and fall. That isn’t to say that real estate is always a bad investment — as a relatively small part of a diversified portfolio, it can be appropriate, depending on your goals and risk tolerance. But don’t expect endless gains, with no setbacks.

causes investors to hold on to some investments too long, in the hopes of recapturing early gains, or selling promising investments too soon, just to “cut their losses.” Don’t judge investments based on short-term performance; instead, look at fundamentals and long-term potential.

“Gold will always glitter.” During periods of market volatility, investors often flee to gold, thereby driving its price up. But gold prices will fluctuate, sometimes greatly, and there are risks in all types of gold ownership, whether you’re investing in actual bars of gold or gold “futures” or the stocks of gold-mining companies.

“If I need long-term care, Medicare will cover it.” You may never need any type of long-term care, but if you do, be prepared for some big expenses. The national average per year for a private room in a nursing home is nearly $84,000, according to a recent survey by Genworth, a financial security company. This cost, repeated over a period of years, could prove catastrophic to your financial security during your retirement. And, contrary to many people’s assumptions, Medicare may only pay a small percentage of long-term care costs. You can help yourself by consulting with a financial professional, who can provide you with strategies designed to help cope with long-term care costs.

“I can avoid all risks by sticking with CDs.” It’s true that Certificates of Deposit (CDs) offer a degree of preservation of principal. But they’re not risk-free; their rates of return may be so low that they don’t even keep up with inflation, which means you could incur purchasing-power risk. Again, having CDs in your portfolio is not a bad thing, but you’ll only want to own those amounts You can’t avoid all assumptions when you’re that are suitable for your objectives. investing. But by staying away from questionable “The price of my investment has gone up — I ones, you may avoid being tripped up on the must have made the right decision.” This road toward your financial goals. assumption could also be made in reverse — that is, you might think that, since the price of This article was written by Edward Jones for use your investment has dropped, you must have by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. made the wrong choice. This type of thinking

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In just one short week we can quit I figured it all out, my world neither worrying about what gift to buy for crashed nor ended, but we’d made a lot whom because Christmas will of memories...sorta like the be all over for 2013. Whew! tooth fairy, only lots better. What a relief, for many. How long has it been I think most would agree since you knew of a mother that we are or have been guilty making a complete wardof buying too much and too robe for a doll (maybe your many gifts for our children. old one) and a dad making a Often to the extent that they doll cradle or bed and mom are overwhelmed and somemaking quilts and blankets, times say “is this all there is?” and you felt like a milAnd then there is the Santa lion receiving such items? Claus myth. Some believe it the way it was at our THIS & THAT That’s is lying to the kids and others house. (And Santa got the think it’s great. I believe it is Joyce Emry credit for all of it). Make do strictly up to the individuals. with what you had...’cause I have fond memories of the money was scarce, but love bewhiskered, roly-poly, red-suited guy was plentiful. and my dad was a wonderful one. When The community has really endured a

wich and coke and could disagree with the referee’s calls when I wanted to, but it’s more fun to have a companion, and of course winning makes it even better. We had a phone call from our friend John Meyer, Idaho. What a pleasure to just visit and remember the good times. There is nothing like friends! And Clayton had a Christmas card from an old army buddy (1945) “that still remembers.” Those are the kind of things that can perk up your day. Then Sunday we had a call from our Brazilian boy, which was a good surprise and our daughter, Jeril and her husband from Wenatchee spent the weekend with us. Families are great to have! Clayton said there was more activity in the kitchen than for a long time and the comment went right over my head. She spoils him, making his favorite foods...I let him spread his own peanut butter sandwiches. Works for me.... My daughters and I made a quickie trip to Osoyoos, the first in a long time. Yep! It was cold up there too and they had all kinds of enticing “stuff” to lure


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Hazel Louise Burnett

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Hazel Allen (Stevens) Burnett was born February 24, 1926 in the Pine Creek area of Okanogan County to James and Elizabeth Allen, whose parents homesteaded in Okanogan County in 1905 from Austria. She was raised in the Pine Creek area with many family members, including her siblings, Grover, Frank, Elaine, Pearl and Harold, who passed at age five. . Hazel peacefully made her

way from this earth on December 13, 2013. Hazel graduated from Omak High School in 1943, and moved to Portland, Ore. and then San Francisco, Calif., where she worked for Fred Meyer Drug, in some of the first stores established. She later moved back to Omak, where she worked for Citizen State Bank. In 1945, she married Cal Stevens and had three children, Sherrill, Nancy, and Kelly. The couple later parted ways, but Hazel remained in Omak. In 1967, she worked for Okanogan Community Action Council as a Fiscal Officer and Executive Secretary, becoming Executive Director in 1969. As Executive Director of the Community Action Council, Hazel was responsible for the initiation and implementation of six County Senior Citizen Centers, Senior Nutrition and Transportation, Senior Apartment Housing, Farmer’s Markets, Tribal County and Alcohol Programs, Head Start, water and sewer systems, including the Riverside water system, and seven County Home Health Care Programs. Hazel

was instrumental in the development of the Western Theme that is now a tourist attraction in Winthrop. She often raised funds for these services, and was always proud of the many staff and volunteer workers whose hard work and dedication was responsible for so many valuable county programs. She retired as Executive Director of CAP in 1981. However, Hazel went on to serve as Chairwoman of the Omak Hospital Board and was very active in that position. She worked diligently to establish the Wenatchee Valley College in the county, supporting the college in many aspects and even teaching a class when she was 86. She was especially proud of the Nursing Program and was happy to visit with the Nurses at Mid-Valley who got their start through the program. She was one of the founding members of the Board of WVC, earning the Emeritus Award in 1996 for her exemplary service. She received many awards throughout her career, including awards from the Governor’s Office, Washington Volunteer of the Year in 1984, as well as the Woman of the Year in 2004 by

the Regional Soroptimist Club. Hazel was always active in the Community and had many peers and friends she dedicated her time and resources to. This fall she met with Governor Inslee, a long time friend, to discuss ideas for the community. Her devotion to helping others was evident until the end of her life. In 1974 she married Howard Burnett, the Okanogan Postmaster, and a long time area rancher. She spent many years on their ranch south of Malott, Wash. assisting with the many responsibilities required to run a ranching business. In 1999, Hazel moved to Okanogan with Howard and sold their ranch to their grandson, Christopher Freel, wife Kimberly and family. Hazel then assisted the Precht, Harrison & Nearents Chapel staff until she retired due to health. Hazel is survived by her husband, Howard, children Sherrill Tyler and her husband Galen of La Conner, Wash., Nancy Phillips and her husband Steve of Malott, Kelly Stevens, and his wife Joy, of Mukilteo, Wash., Debra Wilson and her husband Greg, of Spokane, Wash., Nancy

Hazel Louise Allen Burnett Burnett, daughter-in-law, of Redmond, Wash., plus grandchildren and great grandchildren: Christopher Freel, wife Kimberly and their four children; Tawnia Knox-Folmann, husband Troels and their three daughters; Scott Knox, wife Robie and their daughter; Matt Phillips, wife Lisa and their three children; Dr. Brian Artman, wife Amy and their three children; Aaron Artman, wife Leslie, and three children; Heidi Ortiz, husband Mike and their four children; Bryce Stevens, wife Julie, and

two boys; Inga Darrow, husband Brett and their two boys; Carly Twiggs, husband Brian and their daughter; Daniel Burnett, Tyler Wilson, Cassandra Wilson, Alexandra Wilson, Samantha Victor, husband Daniel, as well as nieces and nephews, all of whom loved her dearly. She was proceeded in death by her parents, siblings Frank, Grover, Elaine, and Harold, two stepchildren Gail and Gary Burnett and two grandsons, David Burnett and Scott Phillips. Any donations in her honor would be gratefully accepted at Okanogan Community Action and the Nursing Program at Wenatchee Valley College. Visitation will be held Thursday, December 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Precht- HarrisonNearents Chapel, 2547 Elmway, Okanogan, WA. 98840. Her family appreciates all the support and kindness from the community, and invites you to attend her service Friday, December 20 at 11 a.m. at the Precht-Nearents Chapel. Precht-Harrison Nearents entrusted with the arrangements.

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SPORTS Tonasket carves up Hornets in final tune-up Tigers unbeaten heading into early CTL tests with Okanogan, Chelan By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - Tonasket is a senior-laden boys basketball team in the process of sharpening its claws for the challenges of the Caribou Trail League. Oroville, a young squad with a new coach whose top priority at this point is establishing the type of team culture he wants, was no match on Friday, Dec. 13. The Tigers used lock-down defense and efficient offense to blast out to a 46-7 halftime lead and cruised past the Hornets 73-37 in their annual meeting. “All we want to worry about right now is our defense,” said Tonasket coach Agustin Pedregon, who a year ago as the Tigers’ first year coach faced similar issues as Oroville coach Jay Thacker does now. “(League favorite) Okanogan is coming up Tuesday so we wanted to finish on that note.” Thanks to their defense, which set up numerous easy baskets, as well as their willingness to

“... you can’t build Rome in a day. As much as I’d like to, it just takes a little time.” Jay Thacker, Oroville Boys Basketball Coach

work the ball inside, the Tigers ran up their impressive first half point total while making just one 3-pointer. For the Hornets, the margin of defeat comes with a bit of an asterisk as a pair of starters sat out the first quarter (for having missed practice), during which the Tigers built a 24-2 lead. “Those are the type of things we need to take care of this time of year and not when league hits,” Thacker said. We want to be a different team by that time. There’s a quote that the difference between dreams and reality is discipline. So we’re trying to start to bridge that gap so they can be as good as they think they can be.” Tonasket opened up a lead as large as 58-16 in the third quarter, which started the “mercy rule” running clock. “Giving up 24 points in the first quarter isn’t going to do it,” Thacker said. “At the half we were looking at giving up 100. They were right there.” To their credit, the Hornets came out with greater defensive intensity in the second half, even if it wasn’t sufficient to cut into the huge Tonasket lead. “It’s one of those games you just need to start getting some positives out if it,” Thacker said. “We started to do that in the second half, and the lid finally started coming off the basket.” Dyllan Gage scored 21 points, Colton Leep added 14 and Michael Orozco had 11 for the Tigers (4-0), who host Chelan on Friday, Dec. 20. “It gets serious for us in a

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Left, the Tigers’ Michael Orozco battles Oroville’s Juan Lopez (left) and Joseph Sarmiento during a scramble under the basket on Friday night; top right, Sarmiento drives in for two of his 20 points; bottom right, Derek Sund rises above the fray to knock down two points during the Tigers’ 24-2 game-opening run. hurry,” Pedregon said. “If we’re going to compete in the league, it’s going to be with defense.” Joe Sarmiento had 19 and Juan Lopez added eight for the Hornets (1-3 after Saturday’s loss to Chelan). Thacker said he’s already seen growth in his squad in the brief time he’s had the team. “They’re good kids,” he said. “I just need to keep their heads up. They come to practice and battle. I’ve seen a lot of growth and maturity in them. I think it will pay off on the basketball court eventually. “(Girls coach) Mike Bourn told me, you can’t build Rome in a day. As much as I’d like to, it just takes a little time.”

Chelan 85, Oroville 29 CHELAN - The Hornets struggled on the second night of backto-back games against CTL teams with a 56 point loss to the Goats in Chelan on Saturday, Dec. 14. Chelan took a 20-8 lead after one quarter and led 42-17 at the half. A 23-3 run in the third put the game in running clock mode. The Goats put four in double figures, while Joe Sarmiento led the Hornets with 12. Republic 56, Oroville 36 OROVILLE - Oroville hung with Republic for awhile, but the Tigers pulled away in the second half for a 56-36 victory. The Hornets trailed 26-19 at the half despite 10 points off the

Tigers take 3rd at Ephrata By Brent Baker

EPHRATA - Tonasket’s wrestling team finished third at the Ephrata Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14, in a meet won by the host school. The Tigers racked up 174 points to Ephrata’s 218 and Moses Lake’s 183. Tonasket defeated Cashmere (129), West ValleySpokane (123), Medical Lake (99), Grandview (55), Eastmont (47) and White Swan (7). “It was a great team effort by all of our guys,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. “I was very pleased with how the whole team wrestled, and considering we were clear down in Ephrata we had a great crowd of supporters.” Tonasket boasted five champions: Vance Frazier (106 pounds), Collin Aitcheson (120), Trevor Peterson (126), Jorge Juarez (132) and Frank Holfeltz (195). Dyllan (Peaches) Walton (138) was the lone runner up while John Rawley (220) took third. Fourth place finishers were

Devin Walton (113), Rade Pilkinton (120) and Dallas Tyus (170), while Zach Lofthus (152) and Chad Edwards (285) won a match apiece. In a separate JV tournament, Treven Nielsen, Austin Rimestad and Zion Butler went unbeaten, Caio Baumstein won twice and Wyatt Pershing and Ulukbek Breishekeev each won once. The Tigers host their first home dual of the season Wednesday, Dec. 18. This weekend, seven Tonasket wrestlers travel to the Tri-State tournament in Couer d’Alene, ID, while the remain-

der compete at the Okanogan Invitational on Saturday.

Tonasket 59, Liberty Bell 18 WINTHROP - The match on Thursday, Dec. 12, wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score as the Tigers racked up many of their points on forfeits. Tonasket and the defending state B champion Mountain Lions wrestled just six matches, splitting the six. Winning for the Tigers were Dallas Tyus (170) and Chad Edwards (285), both by pin, and Frank Holfeltz (195), by 16-1 technical fall.

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Tonasket 70, Lake Roosevelt 46 TONASKET - The Tigers took a 23-7 lead after one quarter, and after a bit of a let-up in the second period, cruised past Lake Roosevelt on Tuesday, Dec. 10. “We came out with urgency in the first quarter,” Pedregon said. “We didn’t put the first two quarters together, though. We came

back out in the third quarter like we did at the start. When we get in there and play defense and want to do it for each other, that’s when it shows.” As they did Friday, the Tigers created points off their defense. They shot 77 percent (27-of-35) from 2-point range and 57 percent (4-of-7) on 3-pointers. The Tigers spread the scoring around, with Dyllan Gage tallying 15 points, Colton Leep adding 14 points and seven rebounds, Derek Sund scoring 12 points, Michael Orozco adding nine points, four assists and five steals, Roberto Juarez adding eight points and seven rebounds, Trevor Terris scoring seven and Ethan Bensing add-

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Hornets’ D clamps down on Tigers By Brent Baker

OROVILLE - Tonasket and Oroville’s girls basketball teams have played some white-knucklers over the past few years. Friday’s showdown wasn’t one of them. Oroville was sharp from the outset, using its press to force numerous turnovers throughout the first half and then shutting down the Tigers with their half court defense in the second half in a 46-10 victory. “That’s definitely the worst beating we’ve put on them,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “Last year (a 35-33 Oroville win), the girls were overconfident. I reminded them of that before the game tonight. I said the most dangerous thing you can be as a team is overconfident.” The Hornets finished the first quarter and started the second on a 16-1 run. After Carrisa Frazier drilled a 3-pointer and Kathryn Cleman scored a layup to cut the Hornets’ lead to 17-8, Oroville finished the half on an 11 point run and only allowed one bucket the rest of the way. “Yeah they got after it defensively,” Bourn said. “They’re starting to talk better and communicate on defense. Without that you’re lost. “Offensively they were better. They still need to get out a little wider on our fast breaks. They’re getting their heads up a little better.” The Hornets got good scoring balance. Lily Hilderbrand led with 12 points, with Kali Peters adding nine and Marissa Garcia, Brittany Jewett and Mikayla Scott adding six apiece. “Peters and (Kaitlyn) Grunst played well,” Bourn said. “Scotty shot the ball (in terms of technique) the best I’ve seen from her. She could be a real good player by the end of the year.” For the Tigers (2-2), the road only gets more difficult as they opened Caribou Trail League play on Saturday at Okanogan and return home to face Chelan on Friday in back-to-back games against state tournament teams. Oroville (now 2-2 after a loss to Chelan on Saturday) won’t be home again for a month. The Hornets play at ColumbiaHunters on Dec. 21 and Kettle Falls on Dec. 28.

Tonasket 56, Lake Roosevelt 51 (OT) TONASKET - The Tigers were riding high just three days earlier after pulling out a 56-51 overtime victory over Lake Roosevelt. Tied at 50-50 heading to the extra session, Kathryn Cleman scored four of her six points in the extra session and Kylie Dellinger led all scorers with 23 as the Tigers pulled out their second win of the season. “That game was great for our team and not just because we came out on top.,” said Tonasket coach Stephanie Schertenleib. “They learned a lot about themselves and their team in this particular game.” The Tigers won despite a continued struggle with rebounding. “What is seeming to be our biggest achilles heel so far this season is our difficulty rebounding the ball on the defensive end and giving our opponents too many second chance opportunities.” That bit the Tigers in the final seconds as the Raiders tied the score after pulling down three offensive rebounds. But Tonasket battled through Lake Roosevelt’s use of multiple defenses, as well as not having the services of Elizabeth Jackson, who suffered a concussion the previous Saturday against Kettle Falls.

Boys Basketball Caribou Trail League (1A)

League Overall W L W L Brewster Okanogan Tonasket Quincy Omak Cashmere Cascade Chelan

By Brent Baker

COULEE DAM - Oroville’s wrestling team only had one night of action last week as the Hornets traveled to Coulee Dam for a mix-and-match night at Lake Roosevelt. Going 2-0 on the night were Jordan Smith (120 pounds, 2 pins); Charles Arrigoni (170, 2 pins); Ruben Renfro (170, 2 pins); Taylor Robinson (182, 2 pins) and freshman Casey Martin in his debut (1 pin, 14-8 decision). Leo Curiel (138) had one pin and lost his other match in what coach Chuck Ricevuto called, “A great battle.”

1 0 3 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 3 0 1 1 2

Cent. WA League No. Div. (2B)

League Overall W L W L

Lk Roosevelt 0 0 1 2 Liberty Bell 0 0 1 2 Oroville 0 0 1 3 Manson 0 0 0 4 Bridgeport 0 1 1 2

Cent. WA League So. Div. (2B)

League Overall W L W L

White Swan 1 0 1 3 Riverside Chr. 0 0 3 2 Kittitas 0 0 3 2

GIRLS Basketball Caribou Trail League (1A)

League Overall W L W L Brewster Okanogan Cascade Cashmere Omak Quincy Tonasket Chelan

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Cent. WA League No. Div. (2B)

League Overall W L W L

Oroville 0 0 2 2 Manson 0 0 1 2 Lk Roosevelt 0 0 0 3 Liberty Bell 0 0 0 3 Bridgeport 0 1 0 3

Cent. WA League So. Div. (2B)

League Overall W L W L

White Swan 1 0 2 2 Kittitas 0 0 2 3 Riverside Chr. 0 0 1 5

Above, Oroville’s Lily Hilderbrand stands strong between Tonasket’s Kylie Dellinger and the hoop during Friday’s contest. Left, the Tigers’ Jaden Vugteveen battles the Hornets’ Kaitlyn Grunst for a rebound. Brent Baker/staff photos

Schedules Dec. 19-28

Friday, Dec. 20 BB (JV/Var) - Chelan at Tonasket, 4:30/7:30 pm GB (JV/Var) - Chelan at Tonasket, 4:30/6:00 pm WR - Brewster/Pateros at Oroville, 6:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 21 WR - Tonasket at Tri-State Tourney, TBA WR - Oroville and Tonasket at Okanogan Tourney, 10:00 am BB (JV/Var) - Oroville at Columbia (Hunters), 3:00/6:00 pm GB (Var) - Oroville at Columbia (Hunters), 4:30 pm Friday, Dec. 27 BB (JV/Var) - Tonasket Tourney, TBA GB (JV/Var) - Tonasket Tourney, TBA

The Tigers led 27-25 at halftime of a game that was close the whole way. Cleman added 14 points and Rose Walts added eight. Schertenleib said that, though the victory itself wasn’t her highest priority, it was still a nice notch in the belt for the Tigers. “I try not to stress winning; sometimes thats not a given,” she said. “You can still play well and lose. You have to gauge your personal and team’s success on a different type of scale. If you pay attention to detail, work hard and support each other through teamwork you will probably encounter winning....but it is never guaranteed. I believe you can still experience success and not win in the end. It may not feel the same but I think it’s possible. You encounter a lot less stress and pressure to win if you gauge success only through counting wins and losses.”

Chelan 42, Oroville 21 CHELAN - The Hornets couldn’t handle 6-1 Emma Stockholm in absorbing a 21-point defeat to Chelan on Saturday, Dec. 14. Stockholm scored all but two of Chelan’s 21 points in the first half and finished with 27 for the game. Oroville was still in the game at the half, trailing 21-13, but managed just eight points after the break. Lily Hilderbrand scored 10 points to pace the Hornets. Republic 51, Oroville 36 OROVILLE - Sometimes the old coach needs to make a point, even if it allows the game to spin out of control. Oroville trailed Republic 29-20 at the half of their Tuesday, Dec. 10, home game, but fell victim to the Tigers’ pressure defense in the third

quarter as Republic put the game away with a 15-2 run. “I took the blame for that after the game,” Bourn said. “We were supposed to run our press breakers against their zone press. Instead, they tried to dribble through it. They just killed us, but I just let it go, didn’t even call a time out. “So I said, see what happens when we don’t run our press break? Maybe I should have

been less stubborn, but I wanted them to see.” The Hornets also had a number of turnovers in the first half that proved costly. “We played a 45 record on 78 speed,” Bourn said. “We were just hyper. John Wooden always said to be quick but don’t hurry. Well, we hurried everything.” Lily Hilderbrand led the Hornets with 14 points while Brittany Jewett added eight.

Also wrestling were John Marquis (113), Diego Santana (138) and Stephon Robinson (145). Schools competing included

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Christmas Services & Holiday Happenings TONASKET


Immaculate Conception

Holy Rosary Parish

Christmas Eve, 7 pm English Christmas Day 1:00 pm Spanish

Christmas Eve 5 pm English & 10:00 pm Spanish Christmas Day 10 am English

New Hope Bible Fellowship OROVILLE - Will be hosting an evening Christmas Potluck style dinner with music featuring music by the Fast family and other local talent. The event is informal and will begin at 5 p.m. on Christmas day. Kathy Duchow/submitted photo

Words for Thirds is a program sponsored by the Grange to put a dictionary in the hands of every third grader in the United States. On December 12, Al and Ruthann Wilson, representing Mt. Olive Grange in Riverside, presented the dictionaries to the third graders of Tonasket Elementary School. This year was especially fun for the Wilsons as three of their Great-Grandchildren were recipients. They are Grace Wilson, Tyler Duchow and Emma Wilson.

Bring your favorite Christmas dish and your musical talent. If you would like to share a song, please contact Mark or Teresa at 560-4711. New Hope is at 923 Main Street in Oroville (10th & Main).

Candlelight Service

OROVILLE - The Oroville Chamber of Commerce, which normally meets the second Thursday of each month at The Plaza Restaurant at 1 p.m., is cancelled for the month of December. For more information contact 1-888-699-5659.

Stroke Support Group

OROVILLE - The Stroke Support Group will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m. at the YAC Youth Center at 607 Central Ave. in Oroville (adjacent to the Free Methodist Church). This is a support group for anyone who has had a stroke, no matter how long ago. Discussion from those who have recovered would also be very welcome. There will be refreshments.

High School Winter/Holiday Concert

OROVILLE - On Thursday, Dec. 19 the Oroville Jr./Sr. High school music students will be presenting a winter/

Spirit of Christmas in the Highlands

holiday concert in the High School Commons. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and everyone is invited. Admission is free!

Christmas Potluck

New Hope Bible Fellowship will be hosting and evening Christmas potluck-style dinner with music featuring music by the Fast family and other local talent. The event is informal and will be gin at 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Day. Bring your favorite Christmas dish and your musical talent. If you would like to share a song, please contact Mark or Teresa at 560-4711. New Hope is at 923 Main Street (10th and Main) in Oroville.

Oroville Food Bank

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


By Marianne Knight Highlands Correspondent

Chesaw was alive last Sunday with the Spirit of Christmas as the children of our Hilltop gathered at the Rodeo Hall for the annual Christmas Party sponsored by the Children’s Activity Club. Many members helped gather presents from local merchants, others made pillow cases to carry home the gifts. Cakes were made for the cake walk. You had to have a free Fishing License to go Fishing in the Fish Pond for toys. Of course the annual raffle was a big hit, with lots and lots of items in the drawings. The big event for the afternoon was the arrival of Santa, escort-

ed by a member of the Chesaw/ Molson Fire Department. This event could not be possible if we did not have the cooperation of all the folks that helped or donated to this great day. Watch for your “Thank You” Note. Friday Night is Family BINGO on Dec. 20 at 6 p.m. sharp. Bring your friends and neighbors and the kids. Buy-in is $10 per person for 10 cards with three games on each card. Additional cards may be purchased for $1. All this ‘”FUN” can be had at the Molson Grange. See you in Molson. On Saturday at the Molson Grange, starting with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m., the Christmas

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.

William (Bill) Gale Harper (1921-2013) died peacefully on November 25 in his care home at the age of 92 years. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Bill was born on July 20, 1921 in Missoula, Montana, the youngest of seven children. He was raised in a log cabin near Republic, Wash. at the age of 19. Bill moved to California to work with his brother at the Santos family’s Shell station. In 1942 Bill married Wini Santos before enlisting in the army. While fighting in the South Seas during WWII, son Bill Jr. was born. After returning to Auburn, Calif. to recover from the war, Bill attended San Jose State University, graduating with a degree in accounting. Bill and Wini lived and worked

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TONASKET - The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Sarge’s Burger Bunker, 101 Hwy. 97 N. For more information, contact Deb Roberts at (509) 486-2192.

Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 11 a.m. For more information call 509-486-2181

Listing Your Item

Our Community Bulletin Board generally allows listing your event for up two weeks prior to the day it occurs. If space allows it may be included prior to the two week limit. However, our online calendar at allows the event to be listed for much longer periods. Please include day, date, time and location, as well as a for further information phone number. You may place an event on the online calendar by going to our website and clicking on the “Add an Event” button on the homepage. Once your request is submitted, it can take up to 48 hours for the event to appear on the calendar. Online submissions don’t always go into the hardcopy edition, so it helps if they are also submitted to us at gdevon@ or at Gazette-Tribune, P.O. Box 250, Oroville, WA. 98844.

Party will begin. There will be lots of food, fun and a visit from Santa. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy. Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at the Chesaw Community Building. All are welcome. New Years Eve gathering at Chesaw in the Community Building at 6 p.m. Bring your favorite games and “snacks” or “finger foods” to share. Everyone is welcome on Dec. 31, 2013 to ring in the New Year. The end of the last fiveweek session of pinochle winners were: High for the Dec. 8 group with 28 players, Ray Viser and Bev Holden, Low’s went to Wayne Adams and Jan Harper. The Traveling was Danny Wietrick. Larry Smith got the big one. Dec. 16 started a fresh five-week sessions. Good luck all you players.

Continued | FROM A7 William Gale Harper, Sr.

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Obituary in Hayward, Calif. for 12 years before moving to Tonasket, Wash., where they built and ran a successful accounting business for 38 years before retiring. One of Bill’s greatest joys was sharing the Washington backwoods with family and friends. He would take his grandsons and nephews to his childhood home in his 1942 Willies jeep and shared tales of his childhood. He especially enjoyed camping with his grandsons in the tree house he built for them in his backyard. Bill’s family has many fond memories of traveling with Bill and Wini to Minnesota, Hawaii, Arizona, and throughout Western Canada. Bill’s wife, Wini, died tragically in a house fire in 2008 that left Bill badly burned. Bill returned to California to be closer to his son and daughter-in-law in Castro Valley. Although Bill never fully recovered from the loss of his dear wife, he found enjoyment walking the lovely grounds of Rossmoor, where he lived independently and attended jazz con-

OROVILLE - Everyone Welcome to Traditional Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24th at 11pm 604 Central, Oroville.

Tonasket Community Church 24 East 4th St.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Oroville Chamber Cancelled in December

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certs with friends. Bill is predeceased by his wife Wini and survived by his son Bill, daughter-in-law Mary, grandsons Kyle and Craig Harper and many nieces and nephews The family requests that Memorials be made to: Hospice of the East Bay 3470 Buskirk Ave., Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


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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

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PC of G Bible Faith Family Church

476-3063 • 1012 Fir Street, Oroville 8 - 8:30 Holy Grounds - Coffee, Tea & Conversation 8:30 - 9:45 Service@8:30 10 - 10:35 L.I.F.E.  10:35 - 11:00 Holy Grounds 11:00 - 12:00 Service @ 11:00 6 p.m. - 7:30 Pursuit (Pursuing God & Friendships) Pastor Claude Roberts Come enjoy song service with Project 3:16

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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 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. 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. 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Saturday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110

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.

Immanuel Lutheran Church

Trinity Episcopal

Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist

1516 Fir Street • Pastor Rod Brown • 476.2311 Sun. School 9:15 am • Worship Service 10:15am Youth Activity Center • 607 Central Ave. Monday 7:00 pm • After School M-W-F 3-5pm

LOOMIS Loomis Community Church

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May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill, and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas. We hope you will enjoy this special Christmas addition to our newspaper. You will find letters to Santa from children in the Okanogan Valley. Two lucky kids have each won a special donated gift item: an Old Fashioned Sled donated by Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket and Hughes Department Store in Oroville. We would like to extend a warm thank you to the advertisers who help support the wonderful section. Sincerely, Gary DeVon, Brent Baker & Charlene Helm

Best wishes for a holiday season bright with good cheer.We thank you for your patronage, friendship and support.


Letters to SANTA

Hi Santa, I would like a Monsters Inc Water bottle, blue over-the-ear headphones, equestria girls blue boots. I have been very good this year. Love, Nevaeh

Dear Santa I would like a dirtbike, trucks, one dollar, a suit and tie, boots and a ring for mom. Casey Mieirs Age 6


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Dear Santa, I would like a DS game cooking mama, a furry pillow, gumballs, a live chimpanzee and a kitten. Carly Mieirs Age 8

Dear Santa This year I Would like: 29-Pc Figurine set. Golf Billards. Bunzai Snow Wars Fort and Sheild Set. Disney Princess Book Sets. 10-Pc. Fairy. Angels and Pretty Ponies Playset. Kimberly Nelson Age 8 2nd Grade Dear Santa This year I would like: a phone and a birthstone cupcake necklaces. Novelty toesocks, a tummy stuffers lilac unicorn. Giddy up Racing Horse Hoppers. Bold Zebra Bootie Slippers. Textured Zebra trim sheet sheets. Lime snubble boots Zebra. Flashlight friends unicorn. Cell phone holders pink. Video Recorder with camera pink butterfly. Temporary haircolor. Cozy cuddler lighted pillow or thorw pillow. Boot slippers fuchsia gray. Trim knit slipper socks pink. Ear warmers zebra and all. from Katelyn Nelson Age 9 3rd Grade Dear santa, For Chrismas I want a pet kitty. and a nintendo 3DS, and my little pony equeschia girls movie. sincerely Tavis. Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

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Dear Santa I will be nice to you I hope you will Have a good christmas. It is nice to have you here. Please get me a toy airplane. I wish you a good new year. Ezra Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class


Santa Santa Barbie Horse Boots Emma Dear Santa. how are you doing Santa? Are you doing good? I hope you are doing good. You are ice Santa you are very nice. I love you Santa from Matthew Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, You are awesome! Please could I have a toy car for my brothers and me? From Asa Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, A xbox 360. Santa may I have a tablit and games for the xbox 360 and toys and 2 stuffed animal. Santa may I have makeup and a computer? From: Gabby Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Could you please give me cowboy boots. Could you please give me a cowboy hat. Could you please give me a pistol. Could you please give me a rilfe. Could you please give me a Double Barrelled gun. I go hunting with my Poppa. Thank you, Shawn Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are you? pretty please I would like a Zoomer. I would love that Santa. How are your elves? And your raindeer, how are they? And how is mrs claus? I hope your all feeling good. Merry Christmas, Love Karlee Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa Clause, How are your reindeer? is your house made out of candy canes? is Rudolph’s nose still shining? Our tree looks great except the bottom because the balls are missing because of my toddler brother took them off. and yes I have been a good kid. and PS how old are you? from Haley Helm age 7 1/2 Dear...Santa will you give me A.J. Stiles action figure? and a Samoa Joe action figure? Robert Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I want a dog. From Ana, Merry christmas Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa please, I have presents I Wish you can bring. A doll and rope and a book that is calle Magic Tree House. it is fun at Christmas. From: Carmen Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa. I love you Santa. I want Santa to come to my house. Form Eric Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa I really want a Xbox 360. Thank you Santa. With a army game with it. I love you Santa, from Walker Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa can I please have a stuffed animal bunny oh and I might have some money for you Santa. Thank you Santa merry Christmas. From Trinity, thank you Santa. Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

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Dear Santa how are you? How is Mrs. Claus? is she well? how is your self. This year I think will be a good year because I get to spent christmas with my grandma and grandpa. I will have a great Christmas. Sincerely Elizabeth Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Aubrey Smith Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like make-up and a baby backpack like mommy’s. I would also like a new baby. Carson Smith Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like a flashlight like daddy’s.

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Elise Kingston Age 5 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like make-up and Barbies. Isaac Lacey Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like a Etch-A-Sketcher with white knobs that twist.

Rayan Sarmiento Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I could of been better this year and I would like a 4 wheeler and a Batman that talks.

May your holiday season be bright with good cheer!

Jace Nelson Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I could of been better this year and I would like a brown dog, airplane and just a lot of stuff.

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Emma Miller Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like a Barbie and make-up.


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Alexis Lindsay Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been very good this year and I would like a Barbie house with Snow White and all the princesses.

Matthew Le Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I could of been better this year and I would like a Hulk and Captain America. Sydney Lewis Age 5 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been very good this year and I would like makeup, dresses and Barbie’s with shoes and pets. Phaon Rabenold Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been very good this year and I would like a orange toy gun.

Avree Howe Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I could of been better thus year and I would like a new castle with singing princesses.

Rilee Buckmiller Age 5 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been good this year and I would like a motorcycle and a helmet.

Payton Lewis Age 3 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been very good this year and I would like Princess dresses and a crown.

Hazel Fogg Age 5 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better... I have been very good this year and I would like sparkly golden lipstick and a pretty mermaid doll.

Gavin McElheran Age 4 Oroville Co-0p Preschool When asked have you been very good, good, or could of been better...I could of been better this year and I would like a Batman suit with wings and gloves. To dear Santa please give me a toy from Santa. PLan to put the present in my house at night From Javier Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear elves please elves I Love Kitties. I will like you if you give me two kitties and came with Santa I will put cookies on the table and I want one game please. Thank you. Love Esquivel-Valdovinos Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hi Santa! I hope you will bring me a guinea pig, a kitten, and a puppy. I love animals. I wish for a dinosaur toy that walks. Thank you! Love, Iris Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, You are nice. I wish for a big dog. and I want a necklace for my mom. Love Jesus Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

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Dear Santa, How are you and Mrs. Claus? I wish for Lego Ningago please. I wish for Lego city please. I wish for a football for my brother please. Sincerely, Daniel Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hi Santa! How are you doing? I miss you Santa! My sister want a Rudolph toy please. My big sister wants and Ipod for Christmas. My dad and mom want a sweater for Christmas. I want a book called Christmas deer. Love, Daisy Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa,You are a great person. because you bring love and peace to everyone. Sincerely, Brody Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa Could you get me toys that are wrestlers that are from WWW please! Thank you from Jordi Mrs Hardesty’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, Hi Santa I love you. I wish for a water gun and a pillow. I also hope for a Megafors, a Monsuno, a glowing Rudolf, a Ben ten toys and a Ben ten belt. Thank you. Sincerely, Jose Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How is Rudolf ? I would like a set of new dishes for my mom to make food please. I would like a new teddy bear for my little sister please. I would like some new pants for my dad please and new socks for my sister please. I would like new gloves please. I would like new clothes for my cousins please. Love, Yolanda Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa Happy Christmas! Please come to my house. Nolan Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa. How are your elves doing and how is Mrs Claus doing to? I would like... a biciycle, a Hungry Hungry Hippo game, some Legs and the last toy I will want is a Leappad computer. Sincerely, Laci Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I would like a soccer ball for my brother please. I would like a new princess doll please. I wish for a coloring book for my mister please and a purse for my mom please and a new screwdriver for my dad please. How is Rudolph? Love, Maricela Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa. How are you doing Santa? I missed you so much. I wish my brother can get some legos. I also wish mom will feel beter. I wish my dad doesn’t have to work so hard. I wish I can have a Barbie. Love, Alyssa Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus and you? I wish for a Lego city toy please. I wish for a Lego Ninjago please. I wish for a ipad please. Love, Leo Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa I wish I could have a puppy. My sisters would like a guitar. How is Rudolph? Santa how are you and Mrs. Clause and the elves? Love Rylie Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, Hi Santa I missed you a lot! My brother would like a halo mega blocks. I would like a hamster and a punching ball please. How are the reindeer? Your friend, Jake Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa. How are you doing Santa? I hope you will Leave a hot wheels track. Love Keenan Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, Hi Santa! Thank you for bringing me a big Barbie last year. How are you? I am 8. Santa, can you bring me candy? Love, Esperanza Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I wish for a toy Rudolf and a toy horse. How are you and Mrs. Claus? Love, Ginnie Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I wish for a toy Rodolph a toy hose, a kitten and a walking talking horse. Sincerely, Danielle Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa How is Rudolph Santa? I wish for a snowmobile please. Wyatt’s wish is a snowmobile too. Sincerely Tucker Mrs. Owsley’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I’m going to give you some cookies Santa. I wish Santa can please give me a Call of Duty ghost game. Santa can you please give me a phone. Thank you for giving me toys. From Aaron Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, I will give you cookies and milk. For Christmas I want to go to Wenatchee. I wish my cousin can came to Grandma. Have a nice Christmas this year Santa. From Trace Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, This is the best Christmas because I like the North Pole because there’s presents there. For Christmas I want a scooter, a skateboard, a blue bike, a newer warm jacket and new snow boots, and my own football and soccer ball and basketball. Please Santa I would like these things for Christmas and I would like my brother to have some presents. From, Gabe Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, I like you because you are so nice to us. For Chrismas I want a barbie and a house. Santa can you bring me a movie of Regular Show. Santa you are so nice to every body. Love, Yatiry Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, Last year I gave you plain old cookies but this year I will give you a present and cookies! For Christmas I wish for a blue basketball. Santa please bring me new blue slidse this year. Merry Chrstmas! P.S. please leave a card by the little tree upstairs. Love, Jaycie Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa Thank’s for bringing me my Barbie house last year! I hope my cousin’s can come for Christmas. Can you please bring me a barbie camper set! Have a fun time giving present’s to all the kid’s! Love Chloe Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

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Dear Santa I remember when yu brought a car it was a Hummer it was cool. I wish I can be magic and can you brin me a car. Love Eric Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

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Happy Holidays Dear Santa, Thank you for presents! If you could please make my Mom let me go to my Dads house for this summer. If you could please make my Mom get a new home that would be wonderful! I hope you have a nice Christmas. Your Friend, Jalen Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade Dear Santa, Thank you for the presents from last year. It would be nice if I could have a poster. I would like a good Christmas. Have a awesome Christmas. From, Jade Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade Santa I don’t care if you give me coal I just like that you are a jolly man. For christmas this year I would like a barbie camper set. My other think I would like is my family to get something nice. I like that you give other kids presents. Love, Maia Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade Dear Santa, I like you because you give us same presents. And I am going to give you cookies. For christmas this year I hope you can give me a family Christmas! And a car toy that works. Santa you are so nice. From Ruby Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, Thanks for bringing me my boots last year. I hope my present is a barbie house. Santa can you get me a Phone for Chrismas. Santa can you get me a brazt computer for chrismas please. Santa can you get me a puppy and kitten please. Santa you are the best! Love Daisy Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade Santa you are so good you should get more then cookies! Would you please get me a camera for christmas please Santa and a phone please and thank you! Sincerely Jesse Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Santa I love you because you are magic plus I would love to give you a magic book. I wish I was magic for when I am 18 in the military. Santa may I please have Battle Ops Laser Guns. From Soren Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, How are the elves doing on the toys? How is Mrs. Claus? How are the reindeer? My dad would like a new batman shirt. My mom would like a new bed. My brother would like a new 3ds. I would like a new laptop. Love, Elias Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, I like you because you are nice. For Christmas this year I would like a rock board, and I wish I was not sick any more. I hope you have a nice trip at the north pole. Love Octavio Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa How is Mrs. Claus doing? How are the reindeer Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blizen, Dasher, Daner, Prancer, Rudolph, Vixen? The biggest thing is how are you Santa? My Mom wants a big teddy bear. My dad wants a pair of shoes. My sisters Name is Carla and she wants an Iphone. My other sister Name is Maria wants a Barbie that has a closet in it. My two baby sisters want to teddy bears. Do you know how many they want, two each. Their Name is Melody and Liz. My name is Marlen I want I want five Barbies with a closet in it and a real puuy. My teacher Mrs. Morris want a teddy bear. Love Marlen Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa I really want to see my uncle Anthony please, and a New Mindcraft game. I hope you have a good Christmas. From Anthony Mrs. Huckaby’s 2nd Grade

Dear Santa, How are the reinedeer. HOw are the efls. How are you Santa. How is Mrs Claus Santa. This is a list that my mom would like some yarn and a scarf. This is a list that my Dad would like Seahawks hat and some pants for work. This is a laker hat a blanket eadpone sweater, pants and a backpack. This want and 2,000 dollars and a Iphon and a bouble gum bank and a ds. my brother wost a pokemon card. My sister wants a art seit, more crayons, and colored pencils. This is what my sister wants makeup and an Ipad and all want a pedecure set and makeup and all want new clothes all so. I will want pearl earrings. I want new nail polish. From Jayleen Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa How are the reindeer. Are you ready for your trip. How is the elves. Are they good. Are almost done. How you Santa. My mom would like some flowers. My dad wold like a new dog. My Grama would like some new yarn. My sister well like some princesses. I well like a Xbox 360. Please, Santa. From: Juan. Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

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Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus? How are the reindeer doing? How are you Santa? My mom want a sweater. My dad wants a hat. I want an Xbox. Love, Luis Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How is Comet? How are Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen and Rudolph? I wish I could get an Nintendo 3 D.S. My little sister wants a paint set. My medium sister wants a new sweater. Love Diego Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How is Mrs. Claus doing? How are Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dasher, Prancer, Rudolph, Vixen? My big brother would like a football. My little brother would like five big cars. My mom would like a new scarf. My dad would like a new car. I would like a bubble gum bank. I would like an ipad. I would like an ipod. I would like a DS and a 3DS. Love, Yamilet Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa How is Rudolph? My mom would like some Help, my dad woud like some tools. My brother would like a spineasaurus switch and go Dino. My sister would like a Mak upset. I would like a Ipod. Love Tillman Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, What Christmas presents are you making? How is Vixen doing? My mom would like a robe. My dad would like a screw driver. My sister would like a fur real friend cat. My Chrismas wish would be marner’s, pencils, crayons and a ds game. Love, Megan Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How is cuipd the reindeer? How are you Santa, my Mom we want an niec pen. My dad wants a computer. My brother wants Book of Cars 2. I would like a bubble gum bank, I pad, Lego City toy, tv and DJ hat. Love Jesus Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? How is Mrs. Claus doing? My mom would like a new phone and a new rainbow coat. My dad would like a new computer. I would like a phone touch with games and videos on it. From Isak Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are Comet, Rudolph, Vixen doing? How are the elves doing. What is your favorite color? My Dad would like more xbox controllers. My mom would like puzzles. My Christmas wish is to get a laptop. Love, Owen Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How is Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, Dacher, Cancer, Prancer, Viten and Rudolph doing? Is it cold? Is Brystol being good. Can Brystol have makeup? Can I have a statue? Can Mica have a Ipad. Love Jazminn Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How is Rudolph? How is reindeer? How mom would like an ipad. My dad would like an car. My Christmas wish is makeup. Love, Brystol Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? How is Claus? How are you Santa. Can I please have a remote control. Can my brother have a remote control car. Love, J.R. Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? How is Mrs. Claus doing? My dad would like a Seahawks hat. My mom would like a scarf. I would like an ipad. I would like a bubble gum bank. I would like a laptop. I would like an Iphone. I would like new makeup. I would like a new ds. I would like new clothes. I would like 2000 dollars. I would like a pedecure set. I would like new pearl earrings. I also want new shoes. I also want a new backpack. I would like new nail polish. My sister would like new makeup. My sister would also wants nail polish. My sister wants a dora doll. Love, Bryce Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

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Would like to thank all of our customers for their continued support and wish all of you the best of blessings in 2014. - Sincerely, Fred & Jessie Cook

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Dear Santa, How are the Elfs? How is Mrs. Claus? How are the reindeer? How is the shop? My mom would like an IPad. My dad would lie a hat. My sisters would like shoes, clothes, bed, blankets, candy, snow boots, crayons, money, dress, coat, makeup, high heals, play do, cotton candy, Barbies. I would like shoes, clothes, earrings. Love, Angelica Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? ow are the elves? How are you Santa? How is Mrs. Claus doing? My Mom would wont a vest. My Dad would wont a log truck. Carter would wont more cars. I would wish for an ipad. From: Marrissa Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

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Dear Santa How are Camet and Cupid? How is Rudolph? Can I have 200 dollars. My Dad woud like more tools. My Mom woud like more yarn. From: Mica Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

Dear Santa, How are you Santa? Are reindear big? How are your elves? My mom would like money. My brother would like a computer. My sister would like a desk. I would like a little dog. Love, Bianca Mrs. Morris’s 2nd Grade Class

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 19, 2013  

December 19, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 19, 2013  

December 19, 2013 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune