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Tonasket Schools approve $6.98 million bond Citizen bond committee reworked proposal, gains board approval BY BRENT BAKER BBAKER@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - A year ago, Tonasket School District voters rejected a $6 million, 10-year bond that would have helped alleviate overcrowding, built a new Alternative/Outreach school and upgrade athletic facilities that in some cases pose safety hazards to participants. The Tonasket School Board, on Monday, Nov. 24, approved a plan put

forth by superintendent Paul Turner, who coordinated the work of a citizens’ facilities committee to rework the expansion/upgrade plan in a way that they hope will address the concerns voters had about the initial attempt. The second attempt actually will cost more: $6.98 million over 12 years, or $1.58 per $1,000 of property valuation. After the failure of the initial bond vote, the board took a different tack in involving the community. The facilities committee - which included Aaron Alberts, Dan Vassar, Ernie Cerillo, Gene Jones, Janet Bretz, John Verbeck, Kevin Terris, Michael Greene, Rob Inlow, Shane Freese, Stacey Kester and Carol Lanigan - met nearly

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weekly with Turner for the past several months to revamp the facilities plan; community Thoughtstream surveys have given the board and committee data to work with on the community’s priorities; and a citizens’ bond committee chaired by Greene, Patti Hill and Kirsten Williams will take on much of the task of providing information to voters leading up to the Feb. 10, 2015 election. “We used three main premises during our discussion,” Turner said. “One was ‘need versus want.’ Cost was the second; and student programming. If we diverged, we tried to come back to those ideas to bring ourselves back and stay on focus on where we were at.” While there were some complaints in

the community that the Thoughtstream survey was somewhat convoluted, the 500-plus responses did glean trends of opinions about the features of the bond that were incorporated into the committee’s planning. During the board meeting, Lea Schreck of Thoughstream summarized the results via teleconference. “Overall what we saw in the data was that the Alternative School students needed a separate identity (location), but there needed to be cost-effective ways to get that,” she said. “For many constituents, Elementary School overcrowding was a key concern... there were cost concerns around the type of Ag shop construction... there was positive feedback for Career Programming... And

there was positive feedback for the sports complex and gym space.” The project would affect nearly the entire campus, divided into six sections: sports complex upgrades, Elementary School expansion; new space for the Alternative/Outreach school; Agricultural Shop expansion; Middle School expansion (that would also free up some high school space); and campus wide safety and security upgrades. “We had citizens on the committee, and the architect was here and met with the committee,” Greene said as part of his bond committee presentation. “We did community surveys, and the superintendent went out to speak with com-


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TONASKET - The Tonasket City Council agreed on a plan to settle the salaries of city employees for 2015, voting unanimously on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to adopt Council Member Scott Olson’s compromise plan that adopted features of a pair of proposals sitting before the them. Olson and Council Member Jill Vugteveen, who comprise the finance committee, had proposed the city raise its employees’ salaries by 2 percent across the board, which they deemed a cost of living increase (COLA) as opposed to a “raise.” Mayor Patrick Plumb, who questioned the council’s definition of a COLA, proposed taking the aggregate of the employees’ salaries, raising that aggregate by 2 percent, then giving each employee an equal share of that increased amount, thereby helping the lower-paid employees “catch up” to their higher-paid coworkers. “My contention with the word... COLA as I understand it, is based on Social Security, what they determine,” Plumb said. “Everyone else calls a COLA something else. The cost of living adjustment is 1.7 percent. (The council’s proposal) ended up being 2 percent. You do what you want, but it’s a raise.” Olson explained where the two percent figure came from before floating his proposal. “The 2 percent from the COLA came from the Federal Register,” he said. “I got it in June or July when we first had this conversation. I know we have batted around 2 percent and I know we can do 2 percent.” Olson’s plan gives the employees a 1.7 COLA; the remaining 0.3 percent is figured from the aggregate salary of the 11 city employees and divided equally amongst them. “Everyone gets a 1.7 percent cost of living increase, same as Social Security,” Olson said. “We take the extra 0.3 percent and divide it evenly among the 11 employees who only got cost of living. That would be (an additional) $132 per employee.” The twelfth employee, Yvonne Kennedy, will get a separate raise after the council (following much discussion) determined that she had been hired in during this past year at a lower rate than other clerical employees’ entry rates.



YAKIMA - A Stage 1 burn ban for Okanogan, Chelan, Douglas, Klickitat, Kittitas and Chelan, Okanogan counties was issued for on Monday, Dec. 1 by the Washington Department of Ecology. The ban will remain in place until further notice. Air is expected to remain cold and stagnant over the next few days. All outdoor burning – including residential, agricultural and forest burning – is prohibited. Under a Stage 1 ban the use of uncertified wood-burning devices – including fireplaces, wood stoves and inserts – is prohibited unless they are a home’s only adequate source of heat. Certified woodburning devices and pellet stoves are allowed. Ecology recommends burning hot fires using only clean, dry wood. By limiting burning and following restrictions when burn bans are called, residents can help improve air quality sooner. Ecology’s burn bans do not apply on tribal reservations, where the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has jurisdiction.

Above, Brad Calico and other members of the Oroville City Crew hung poinsettia Christmas ornaments up and down Main Street last Monday morning. Right, the lighted decorations are a sure sign of the season, with the Oroville Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony planned for this Saturday evening. To the south, Tonasket will be holding their annual Winterfest with the festivities starting Friday evening and spilling over into Saturday with bazaars and a benefit for Carlton Complex Fire victims and firefighters. Gary DeVon/staff photos

North County communities to kick off holiday season BY GARY A. DE VON & BRENT BAKER EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

NORTH COUNTY – The weatherman is predicting warmer temperatures by this week’s end which promises better weather for the annual kick offs to the holiday season by the communities of Tonasket and Oroville. For Tonasket that means Winterfest, which starts on Friday, Dec. 5 and carries over to Saturday and for Oroville it is the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 6.


WINTERFEST The centerpiece of Tonasket’s Winterfest is the variety of activities that will take place Friday evening. The kids will be waiting for Santa’s arrival to Founders Day Park (next to the visitors’ center downtown) on a fire truck at 6 p.m. but there is plenty to do beforehand and on Saturday. The Tonasket Library book sale, which actually begins on Thursday (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) also runs on Friday (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.) and will also include a story time and holiday craft. Winners of the coloring contest that will be announced at 5:45 p.m. Not to be confused with the library

book sale is the Tonasket Elementary Scholastic Book Sale, which will be in full swing Thursday (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), Friday (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). There will also be face painting in the foyer of the City Hall/Library building and a gift fair at the Visitors Center. At the park, Quill Hyde’s A Cavallo will light up the festivities and likely provide horse rides for anyone who want them (don’t know what A Cavallo is? You’ll have to see it to believe it.) There will be plenty of little “warming fires” available to help hold off the


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LOCAL NEWS COLLECTING FOR A WARM HOLIDAY OK Chevy is running is annual coat and toy drive, with the community already making substantial progress in filling the dealership’s showroom pickup with new coats and toys for local kids. General Manager Wes Heinsma is hoping that donations surpass the truck’s ability to hold them. The showroom tree is also being decorated with donated gloves and mittens that also will be distributed to local kids in need. OK Chevy will be collecting clothing through Dec. 19.

“I think it’s a good compromise from where we started from a 5 percent raise as requested by the employees,” Vugteveen said. “I also appreciate the compromise they came up with on the medical insurance.”

OLSON PANS PARKING HABITS The season’s first snow has just fallen, and already there are issues with parked vehicles blocking snow plows. Olson reminded the mayor and city crews that parking on city streets between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. violates city ordinance. In a number of areas, plows had to navigate around vehicles, minimizing the benefit of plowing in some areas. “We made a commitment the last couple of years to push and enforce that,” he said. “Both Chief Burks and street department: we need to keep the streets open for the plows.”

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HOLIDAY | FROM A1 chills. The Lions Club will be providing roasted chestnuts and the Tonasket Kiwanis will be giving away free hot chocolate. Christmas caroling will begin at 5:30 p.m. When Santa arrives half an hour later, he’ll light the tree and pose for photos with happy (and unhappy) children. Meanwhile fire truck rides will also be available for the kids. And where would we be without the log cutting contest sponsored by the Tonasket Eagles?

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING CEREMONY The Oroville City Crew has put up the lighted poinsettia decoration, so now it’s time to light up the community Christmas tree at Centennial Park on Friday evening. The festivities begin with a new tradition that started a few years back, the lighted Christmas Tractor Parade. The tractors line up about 5 p.m. and come down Main Street until they get to Centennial Park (between Sun Lakes Realty and the Old Peerless). This year Double “A” Logging, Oroville Transit and Lees-ure Lite have donated $200 toward cash prizes for the winners of the parade and Washington Tractor has provided a $25 gift certificate. Then Santa and Mrs. Claus will travel from up north to Oroville to meet with the boys and girls and offer a picture opportunity. There will be free hot dogs, hot choco-


late provided by Akins Harvest Foods available. Then the community Christmas tree, which was donated by Hughes Department Store, will be lit in the middle of the park. And, everyone is invited to join in the caroling which will be led by members of the Okanagan International Choir.

FOOD DRIVE Don’t forget that the holidays can be a tough financial time for many families. The Oroville Food Bank will be having a food drive at Atkins Harvest Foods and Frontier Foods on Saturday, Dec 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The food bank will be collecting food for Christmas and trucks will be set up at both stores. Come and donate if you can as the local food bank has gone from helping 120 plus families per week to sometimes over 200. BAZAARS AND MORE Also, in Tonasket, there is more going on than just the Friday night celebration. Bazaars will be taking place throughout the Tonasket area. They include: • Tonasket Community Church (corner of 4th Street and Tonasket Avenue), Friday 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; • Community Cultural Center of Tonasket (411 Western Ave.), Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; • Crossroads Foursquare Church (415-

A Whitcomb Ave.), Friday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Civic League, which will be held at Tonasket Elementary School on Friday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will also be a number of open houses - some of which may not be listed here, so keep your eyes open! • Tonasket Co-op (corner of 4th Street and Western Ave.) will have an open house on Friday and Saturday, including complimentary ginger snap and chocolate chip cookies. Beef and vegetarian chili will also be available for sale Friday evening. • Roy’s Pharmacy on Whitcomb Ave. will also have an open house on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. The pharmacy counter will be closed but the gift store, featuring new gift lines, will be open. • Hidden Treasures (31574, Hwy. 97 just north of town) will host its annual open house on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Finally, Tonasket Eagles and Chamber of Commerce are also joining forces to put on a Saturday evening fundraiser for Carlton Complex fire victims and as a thank you for the firefighters. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with silent auction running from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Music will be provided by the Randy Battle Blues Band at 8 p.m. and The Outer Space Blues Band beginning at 10:30 p.m.

CRIMINAL JUSTICE TAX PASSES BY ONE VOTE Plumb wasn’t quite ready to celebrate the passing of the criminal justice tax, which after ballots from the Tonasket City Hall drop box were counted, held a 137-136 edge. The final count on Nov. 25 didn’t change that. “The fat mayor isn’t quite ready to sing,” Plumb joked. But that indeed did end up being the final tally, meaning the 0.1 percent addition to the state sales tax (raising it from 8.1 percent to 8.2 percent) within the Tonasket city limits will take effect beginning in April. The measure had trailed by 12 votes, but that was before the 600-plus ballots in from the drop box were counted, which weren’t added in until the final count. “Our box exceeded everyone else’s (in the county) by hundreds,” Plumb said. The mayor said the city will collect 84 percent of the tax, the county will get 15 percent and 1 percent will go to the Department of Revenue as an administrative fee. The city won’t actually see any of the first trickle of those funds in its coffers until June, but Plumb said it’s already as good as spent. Plumb said the city is in arrears to Okanogan County for its jail fees due to rising costs that the city had been unable to cover. “Jail fees alone will take this money, period,” he said. “We pay over $30,000 a year. At the moment we are so far indebted to the county for this that we’re going to have to take out a loan, which really sucks.

“We can’t provide that service for what we’re paying,” he added. “It’s actually a good deal for us.”

PERSONNEL POLICIES Council member Dennis Brown brought up the state of the city’s personnel manual, which includes policies and procedures for staff behavior. Brown said he felt that department heads could do a better job of making sure those they were responsible for followed these procedures and needed to review the manual more often. “It’s big,” Olson said. “I think every year would be plenty, so department heads know the policy. The problem is our policy is not clear and up to date. And that is our (the council’s) thing. “I hope the Personnel Committee will get back together and get back to us with some proposals.” Olson said he also hoped that the city could put together a social media policy. “I’m sure they are out there,” he said. “Let’s find one. (A number of social media incidents) are an embarrassment to the city.” “I echo that,” Vugteveen said. “We really need to address that.” Plumb said that such a policy would need to be handled differently for elected officials, such as council members and the mayor, than it would be for city employees. “There’s some things you can do for employees that you can’t do to elected officials,” he said. GREEN OKANOGAN RAMPING UP Council member Claire Jeffko reported that Green Okanogan has received its 501(c)3 non-profit status and is preparing to ramp up its operations. “They are very excited,” Jeffko said. “They also have a cardboard bailer. Next year during spring clean-up they would like to work with the city.” Vugteveen noted that the organization’s site along Western had been noticeably cleaned up. “It looks much nicer over there,” she said. “NEW” RESERVE OFFICER The council approved Jim Rice as a reserve officer to cover upcoming personnel shortage due to new officer Matthew Beard attending his academy training early next year. The Tonasket City Council next meets on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

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Planning for the Unknowable Future Over 50 people attended “Opportunity is Knocking: Business Development” - the first business and entrepreneur training that was held in Republic in early November. It was a 2-hour training held at the Republic School Cafeteria and conducted by Maury Forman and Terry Lawhead with the Washington State Department of Commerce. The training session received positive feedback. It was what’s called an “ideation” program, where Maury led the group through a series of questions surrounding a fictional business idea that they came up with. After his entertaining and enthusiastic introduction, he asked the participants to just shout out words that helped define their community – verbs, nouns, adjectives, anything. Then, he asked them to work with the people at their table (about 4-6 per group), run to the flipcharts at the front and choose two words. From those two words, they had to come up with a business concept. Then, he had them go through an exercise where they came up with a one-sentence description of their business, defined what made their product unique, identified who their market was, and determined what skills or technology they would need in order to be successful. Toward the end, one person from each group had to pitch their idea to the other participants as though they were investors. Interestingly, there were some really intriguing ideas that came out of

what people initially thought was a very random exercise. For instance, the words “International” and “Pickle” turned into the company, “iPickle,” a web-based endeavor specializing in high-quality, organic, international spices and a variety of pickled items. In the end, the overall lesson was that if a group of people can take two seemingly unrelated words and come up with a very creative and potential business opportunity, they can go through the same exercise with their existing business or with a new business concept to come up with ideas for a sustainable business. The next session, scheduled for December 10, will move away from the “fictional” side of things and will focus on “business planning.” Build-

ing a business is not simply executing a management plan for a business that you think will work. Instead, building a business is a search for the actual business model itself – the product or service that will solve the unmet needs of your customers and generate sustainable revenue. This workshop will give you the tools to do this. Once you validate your business model, planning how you will run the business is a snap. • Learn “lean startup” principles essential to developing an entrepreneur’s mindset • Start using the Business Model Canvas to search for, discover and validate your business model • Learn how to translate your business model into a traditional written business plan • Leave with a Business Model Canvas, a Business Plan Template, and a list of valuable resources These sessions are free to the public, although pre-registration is appreciated for planning purposes. A light meal and childcare are provided in order to make the sessions more feasible to attend.

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LOCAL NEWS BOND | FROM A1 munity groups. There was a lot of information gathered that led to the bond at the number that it did and the improvements that are being made. It adds value to every area of the facility... it touches all areas of the school. “There are a lot of cost savings, even if some of the numbers seem high... To put some of this into perspective, the last bond you did was 20 years ago. Clinton was the president and a new car cost $12,000. That’s how long it’s been and a lot has changed since then.” Turner detailed what the improvements would involve: • Sports facilities upgrades would include an ADA-accessible path from the elementary school all the way to Havillah Road; resurfacing the track (if not done in the next couple of years, it risks structural damage to the underlying track foundation); upgrading the baseball and softball fields (including the playing surfaces, as well as fencing to prevent injury to spectators); and restrooms/concessions (likely combined with the Elementary School expansion. • Elementary expansion would take place to the northwest of the building, extending into the current playground area. A new pod would create space for the preschool, Life Skills classroom, Resource rooms and specialists. Most of those currently taking up classroom space (and in some cases, hallway space) in the existing pods, which would then revert to regular classroom use. The expansion also would include dual-use bathrooms that would be accessible only from the inside or outside of the build-

ing, depending on whether for students during school hours or for those attending athletic events outside. “Overall we end up with eight classrooms per pod,” Turner said. “Four classrooms per grade, which was our goal coming in, as well as accommodating other programs.” • Ag shop expansion will include three bays. One of the bays will include three labs, including one “wet” lab. “Also some refrigerator and freezer units, as well as the mech lab,” Turner said. “Right now when they do a project on small engines, they have no place to put them. Over top would be a storage area, and with a steel roof we could run a hoist out over there. It also includes a covered sidewalk outdoors, and a sidewalk to the parking lot.” • Middle School expansion will have a domino effect on nearly every other portion of the project. With the expansion of the Ag shop, the new Ag classroom and teacher will be relocated into the high school proper creating more classroom space in the middle school. Four additional classrooms will be constructed, which will also help alleviate space issues in the high school. Additionally, the middle school gym will be expanded to the west. Currently, the gym is so small that bleachers cannot be fully opened for athletic events; this will allow the gym to be used to its full capacity as well as creating much of the framework for the Alternative/Outreach school project. • The Alternative / Outreach

portion of the project had created much of the controversy surrounding the initial bond. Some wanted the school to continue in a facility completely detached from the primary campus, while others wanted to save money by incorporating it into a the current building. “We sat down with the Alternative and Outreach staff ,” Turner said. “This is the last scenario we put together ... “The access to this would be daylight space on a lower level (below the Middle School gym) only with a parapet or stanchion over the top and a patio area out front. There would be five offices for working one on one or two on one. The Outreach would have two classes with an accordion door in between. Alternative School wanted a solid wall, with two classrooms and bathroom.” Turner added that the design would prevent the school from having the feel of being in a basement, maximizing the use of natural light. The current building is 3,500 square feet, he said, while the new addition would be 5,022 feet. There were some concerns about whether or not a recently passed state referendum could render some of the plans outdated before the project even begins, but Turner noted that changes that might affect classroom space (a) could take time to come to fruition and (b) if they happen, would require additional state funding to come through. “What the Legislature does, we can banter all day long about,” he said. “But we need to move forward.”

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are not paid for their service, but are reimbursed for actual expenditures related to travel. Those interested in the Weed Board position, should contact the Noxious Weed Office to obtain a nomination form. Nominees are required to submit a written application to the Board, as well as the nomination form which must contain signatures of at least ten (10) registered

voters residing with in Weed Area #5. Interested applicants need to submit letter of interest with signatures of support to the Weed Office by Dec. 11, 2014, 4 P.M., Room 102 in the Courthouse or P.O. Box 791, Okanogan, WA 98840. Contact the Noxious Weed Office 509-422-7165 with questions

Kinross offering second round of free biz training An invitation to learn about business start-ups THE GAZETTE-TRIBUNE

REPUPLIC - As part of a program to assist the local communities with upcoming change as closure of the Buckhorn Mine approaches, Kinross Kettle River – Buckhorn is hosting a series of trainings and workshops designed specifically for Ferry and Okanogan county residents and businesses. The second in the series, “Startup: Planning for the Unknowable Future” will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Republic School cafeteria. The free training will be presented by Mike Skinner, the director of the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship at Pinchot University. After 12 years as a corporate finance attorney, Mike chose to dedicate his energy to the elimination of poverty and the development of individual economic self-sufficiency and strong local economies. Over the last 10 years, Mike has helped hundreds of people start and grow small businesses. Building a business is not simply executing a management plan for a business that you think will work. Instead, building a business is a search for the actual business model itself – the product or service that will solve the unmet needs of your customers and generate sustainable revenue. This workshop will give you the tools to do this. Once you validate your business model, planning how you will run the business is a snap. • Learn “lean startup” principles essential to developing an entrepreneur’s mindset. • Start using the Business Model Canvas to search for, discover and validate your business model. • Learn how to translate your

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Tonasket XC earns academic awards THE GAZETTE-TRIBUNE

TONASKET - Tonasket’s boys and girls cross country teams both received awards for their academic performance, along with other awards handed out at their end-of-season celebration. The girls team combined for a 3.65 Grade Point Average, earning them an Outstanding Scholastic Award from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. The boys, with a 3.20 composite GPA, earned an Distinguished Scholastic Award. Along with their all-league awards (see the Nov. 27 edition of the Gazette-Tribune for the rundown), team awards were as follows: Captains: Abe Podkranic and Smith Condon; Most Inspirational: Smith Condon and Johnna Terris; Most Improved: Rade Pilkinton and Katie Henneman; Best 4-Square Players: Bryden Hires and Johnna Terris;

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MOSES LAKE - The Okanogan football team defeated two-time defending state champion LindRitzville/Sprague 34-0 to advance to the state 2B championship game this Friday. By defeating the Broncos, winners of 38 straight games, the Bulldogs qualified to play the unbeaten Napavine Tigers, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the state.

The semifinal game was played on Saturday at Moses Lake on Lions Field with temperatures in the lower teens with wind chills below 0 degrees The Bulldogs were led offensively by T. .Morris with 121 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown. Adding to the the team rushing total of 257 yards were Jalen Moses with 78 yards and two touchdowns and Riley Prescott with 65 yards and a score. Quarterback Benny Cate added

two touchdown passes to Moses and Mason Guerette. Okanogan held LRS 6 yards rushing and 145 yards overall. Leading the team defensive charge was senior middle linebacker Jim Townsend as the Bulldogs recorded their second shutout in three state tournament games. The state title game kicks off at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Tacoma Dome. Okanogan won the 1999 state title with a 28-0 victory over

Kalama in the Bulldogs’ last appearance in the state championship game. Okanogan will be trying to be the first state champion in football from the Central Washington 2B league since Soap Lake won it all 1973. Two teams the Bulldogs have defeated on the way to the dome - Reardan and LRS - had combined to win six of the past 12 state football championships. Information provided by Okanogan High School.


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Apparently over the past couple of months there has been an increase in burglaries of businesses up and down the valley. After talking with Oroville’s new police chief, Todd Hill, we learned there are steps that can help make your business, or home for that matter, less of a target of opportunity to thieves. The number one thing you can do, according to Chief Hill, is report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement agency. In other words, we have to do our part and watch out for fellow businesses and neighbors. Those of us in small communities are used to depending on each other, why should it be different when it comes to the people and places we do business with every day? “I think some people feel they are being a nuisance, but I’d rather they report something Out of suspicious that turns out to be nothing, then to have a burglary take place because someone My Mind Gary A. DeVon didn’t want to bother us,” says Hill. The Chief adds that there have been occasions where someone tells them that they thought something suspicious was going on, but only after the crime occurred. “That isn’t nearly as helpful as letting us know beforehand. If it is just something like kids messing around, that’s OK. That’s what we are here for, to look into it,” he said. Hill says just having the police respond to something, even if it turns out to be nothing, serves as a deterrent as the word gets around that people are reporting suspicious activity and law enforcement is ready to investigate the reports. Other actions business owners can take to become less of a target include keeping the business well lit outside. Thieves shy away from the light, according to Hill “Crooks like places where the view is obscured and those places should be well lit up,” he said. Other deterrents can include video surveillance, but a less costly option might be something as simple as installing an audible alarm that draws attention to the business should a break in occur. Hill said he can’t be sure what’s driving the recent uptick in break ins, whether it is something like a bad economy or drugs – not at least, until someone is caught and he gets a chance to interview them. While there is no solid evidence yet to who is committing the crimes, the Chief says there are indications the criminals may be working in groups in some cases, rather than alone. “We have no solid information, just a feeling it is different groups by what we are seeing... the characteristics of the crimes,” Hill said. He wouldn’t speculate as to what the criminals are after either, other than saying there seems to be a pattern of thefts of property that is not easily identifiable, like items without serial numbers. On a personal note: It may seem obvious, but those of us who work at community weekly newspapers count the passage of time by weeks. Week 1 through 52 each year and then its on to the next volume and Week 1 again. In our case the next volume is 111, which means of course, we will be starting our 111th year here at the Gazette-Tribune. I bring this up because it is hard to believe that we are at Week 49; you can see it right there at the bottom of the front page, right under the volume number and next to the lovely bar code. Week 49 means that Christmas is just around the corner and there are only three more issues and we start the year all over again. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I know I did and continue to have more to be thankful for every day.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The dam again? Need to educate the ratepayers Dear Gary, Roberta Hackett of Chesaw was right in her Letter to the Editor of Nov. 20. The Okanogan County PUD does need to educate the ratepayers and the various voices that aren’t ratepayers in Okanogan County. One of the many questions we have about removing the Enloe Dam concerns the 45 feet of silt behind the structure. The figure itself is not very informative. How many cubic feet of toxic sludge are we talking about here? What toxic substances have washed down from all of those old mines and tailings over the last 90 years? What will a reclamation company do with it? How will they keep it from poisoning the downstream salmon beds and the watershed? And what about all that nasty gold that’s liable to be there? If the dam stays in place is it structurally sound? Will it continue to hold back all that foul sludge? Would removing just some of the silt improve the water-head enough to make a powerhouse more productive? Would raising the height of the dam in the off-season (as was done in the past) improve the kilowatt output of said dam? Losing the falls below the dam is a concern to some people. Is there a way to build a power house so esthetically pleasing that, from across the river, the lack wouldn’t be so glaring to tourists? I’m thinking perhaps Native American art and/or graphics of leaping salmon. It looks like “tearing it out or building it” are going to cost about the same amount of money so that answered one of the questions. The timeframe for each of these

options is an entirely different thing. The PUD has about four more years to complete the power house if they go that route. The permitting process for the removal project will take another eight years and the removal itself could take another 10 years after that. The time frame is really of no concern as long as these questions have been kicking around. I’m the first to admit I’m no hydraulic engineer, and I do have a personal and sentimental attachment to the site, but there just must be a way to make all that water and all that height produce power and money for Okanogan County. Or our PUD could just sell the problem to one of those out-of-county voices. You know, those voices that come in here and try to tell us how to manage the land and water we use to survive and maintain our life-style. Gai Wisdom Oroville

How dare they suggest such things Dear Editor, I am sick of being told that we have to destroy all of the progress we have made toward realizing the Vision (The Constitution) of our founding fathers to satisfy the desire of a few to have power or maximize profits. I re-read the Declaration of Independence recently and was astounded by the similarities between the injustice suffered then and the injustice we suffer now. Americans have fought and died for the

freedom to vote and participate in self-governance. Americans have fought and died for the dignity of equality of civil rights. Americans have fought and died for the right of voice in the workplace to improve work conditions and safety, wages and hours; to create our middle class. How dare anyone suggest that all this was given to the masses as Santa Claus pandering to win the vote? How dare anyone suggest that we must suffer the worst abuses to our dignity, health and environment to be competitive? How dare anyone suggest that we must bow to government supported economic tyranny by monopolies? These are the “Facts” of injustice that our founding fathers rebelled against. We have the vision, science, wisdom and will to make things so much better. Respectfully, Roberta Hackett Chesaw

Appreciate the Thanksgiving dinner Dear Gary, I’d just like to thank the folks at Eva’s Diner and Bakery for a wonderful dinner on Thursday afternoon. I wasn’t up to tackling too much in the kitchen since it’s hard to make a complex meal for one person. They put out a great buffet of turkey and ham and all the trimmings. And dessert too! I appreciated it very much. John Alfano Oroville


It was hot and humid one night last march, the kind of soaking heat that gives one to feel a blanket from a tub of hot water has been wrapped about one’s body. The last time I felt that pore-busting discomfort was stepping off an air-conditioned 707 onto an air-stair in a place called Cam Ranh Bay, where the distant night horizon sparked silently with artillery bursts. But this was half a planet and half a century away. A cold brew helped, but nothing competes with jungle heat. I sat in darkness on a starboard cabin balcony aboard a 190 foot, five-star cruise ship. Barely five feet away a damp, hundredyear-old concrete wall slid slowly by. Not forty feet beyond, floodlights lit the steel hull of a huge ocean going container ship towering high into the night sky as it moved in the opposite direction at a walking pace. I craned to look up at the freighter captain peering down from his starboard bridge wing 50 feet above me. Both ships eased to a halt. Confoundingly, the massive freighter began to sink before my eyes. Simultaneously, our own comparatively tiny ship somehow rose. In ten minutes, the captain and I nodded at each other, our gazes now... level. The two ships proceeded. We were traversing the Panama Canal in its hundredth anniversary year. The canal is an achievement for the ages, one of the Seven Engineering Wonders of the World, but already they are expanding it to accommodate Panamax vessels. Nicaragua proposes to build a still larger canal. Gliding under the brightly lit Bridge of the Americas later that night, I considered that this magnificent canal accomplishment could never be built today despite our superior technology. International environmentalists

would stop it dead for some sin like distressing a poluvian snorkle-nosed micro-frog. The project would die the death of a thousand lawsuits. Nicaragua is kidding itself. The canal pathway was disputed by Columbia. Teddy Roosevelt knew the project couldn’t be achieved in banana republic political turmoil so he effectively carved off a manageable Canal Zone and sent the Navy to invite the Columbians to take their garrison back to old Columbia. A puppet government was installed to administer the new nation of Panama, and an achievement of the ages was built. Bill Slusher The French, builders of the Suez Canal, were decimated by diseases the tiny mosquito bore. The lead doctor Roosevelt ordered to get down there and stop the disease mortality spent years spraying oil on the standing water near human activity in the Canal Zone to kill mosquito larvae. It worked, but imagine the screeching uproar that would bellow from environmentalists over that one today. The Nicaraguans are about to learn that not even much smaller engineering projects today get built affordably due to the crushing weight of environmentalist Ludditism. Luddites, like post-modern environmentalists, started out meaning well. Luddites wanted to arrest the loss of jobs to early nineteenth century industrial machinery but, also like modern environmentalists, they became carried away with their zealotry and began religiously – as opposed to rationally - opposing all things technological. Consider the Pateros-to-Twisp electrical transmission line in backwater Okanogan County. Constructed 15 years ago at its inception, the project would have been in service ten years already and would have cost a fraction, by many millions of ratepayer dollars, of what it will cost when the environmentalist

Ludditeism over a partial cut through a forest plays out. Fifteen years of environmentalist lawsuits have bought yachts for lawyers, raised electrical rates, escalated construction costs, cut PUD revenue, fleeced what taxpayers are left, and seriously aggravated wildfire and blizzard power outages. All for highly questionable environmentalist religious gospels that the courts found faulty. Then there’s the Enloe Dam saga near Oroville. The dam damners want to destroy it for the same money the damned dammers want to restore it to production of clean energy. The damned dammers give researched figures for the cost of restoring the dam, but the best the dam damners can offer is that some consortium of unnamed environmentalists’ ‘promises’ to pay $35M for removal. Curiously, their checks are not in the mail. Yes, of course the environment is crucially important, and industry left unchecked will run to excesses at environmental expense. But the pendulum has swung since a strong America and a genuine leader simply took hold and built an enduring marvel of human achievement. It has careened to an opposite extreme of runaway environmentalist fundamentalism within our government blindly dedicated to the Luddite frustration of all things corporate and industrial for the sake of its obsession with environmental puritanism. It’s overdue time we took hold of that subversive sub-government and reminded it in a way it won’t forget that it works for us... not... as it apparently supposes, the other way around. William Slusher is a retired police pilot, a ‘rotorpig.’ His latest novel is a bipartisan Pacific Northwest political comedy: CASCADE CHAOS, or, How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse. williamslusher@ live.com.



OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE December already, could it be true?


Last week I said things on our Hilltop would be getting busy besides the Pinochle Games on Monday nights at the Molson Grange Hall. The Thanksgiving Dinner for the Hilltop Folks last Thursday at the Chesaw Community Building was well received by all that attended. On Thursday, Dec. 4 in the home of Mary Louise Loe in Molson the Ladies’ Auxiliary

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It’s not winter by the calendar, but feels like it, be sure you take good care of your animals. We would like to thank everyone that helped with the Thanksgiving dinner over 120 people were served. Also a big thanks to all that brought desserts.

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reading a book, with a puzzled look on his face. She explained, “It’s how people install new software into their brain.” A few times recently, our house has been very quiet. The TV had no signal, the computer had a glitch, again, and even the clock didn’t tick. The clock has been out of kilter all summer, and I just keep not calling the repair man. It is very old and perhaps just tired, like me. Didn’t call Jeff and Susie Harnasch to confirm this, but an avid golfer told me, they will be the new managers at the local golf course. Too much time on their hands and they’ll be close to what they like do, as well as keep things going smoothly.

HILLTOP COMMENTS will have their Christmas Party and optional Gift Exchange ($10). The menu will be ham, cabbage rolls, pie and what ever else comes from the kitchens of the ladies. I know it will be good. On Friday, Dec. 5 Bingo will be held at 7 p.m. in the Grange Hall in Molson. The Grange Christmas Party will be on Friday, Dec 12 and will be a potluck with a little help from Linda Darrow (formerly Linda’ bakery and you know that means a little Chinese). If you

TONASKET EAGLES On Saturday, Dec 6 the Tonasket Eagles will be hosting the Chamber of Commerce for a dinner and silent auction all profits will go to the Carlton Complex fire victims The event starts at 5:30 p.m.. Dinner includes prime rib sandwich, cole slaw and potato salad. Cost will be $12.00 and there will be not 1 but two blues bands. Silent Auction starts at 6 p.m., music at 8 p.m. ending late into the evening. There will be


Highlights this month at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket: • LFW School of Dance Mondays, Dec. 8 and 15, 3:306:15 p.m. • Children’s Play Group Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m.-Noon • Tonasket Farmers Market Thursday, Dec. 4, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

• Holiday Bazaar - Friday, Dec. 5, 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 6, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. • 11th Annual Peace Festival and Dinner - Friday, Dec. 12, 5:00-9:00 p.m. Hosted by Veterans for Peace, a local family that has lost members in the Middle East, and our community. • Okanogan Family Faire and

plan to bring a child, please bring a gift for the kids gift exchange. All are welcome to attend. The dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. The Knob Hill Christmas Party will be on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 5 p.m. in the Chesaw Community Building. This will be a potluck and optional gift exchange. All are welcome. For more information or answers to your questions call Carol at 509-485-2083. The scores from the Monday, Nov. 24 pinochle are: Men’s High, George Penner; Men’s Low, Clayton Emry; Women’s High, Ina Visser; Women’s Low, Lani Thompson and the Traveling went to Birdy Nelson. There were 31 players in attendance. Until next week. Bingo on Friday. Pick 8 is over $14,000, also the kitchen will be open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo at 7 p.m. Sunday is our breakfast, starting at 9 a.m. through 11 a.m. Pinochle scores from last Sunday as follows: first place Neil Fifer and Gene Michels, second place Ken Cook, last pinochle went to Jerry Cooksey and Penny Smith, and last but not least, low score to Dave Russell and Ted Paris. We wish all of those that may be ill a seedy recovery to good health. God bless all. The Biggest Little Eagle in the State.

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As 2014 draws to a close, you may want to look back on the progress you’ve made this past year in various areas of your life — and that certainly includes progress toward your financial goals. At the same time, you may want to make some end-of-year moves that can close out 2014 on a positive note while paving the way for a productive 2015. Here are a few such moves to consider: Boost your retirement plan contributions. This actually isn’t an “end-of-year” move because you have until April 15, 2015, to contribute to your Roth or Traditional IRA for the 2014 tax year. Nonetheless, the sooner you get extra dollars working for you in your IRA, the better. You can put in up to $5,500 to your IRA (or $6,500 if you’re 50 or older) for 2014. If you are self-employed, or run a small business, you also have until April 15



Thanksgiving we enjoyed turkey with 31 people, and are thankful for that. Many thanks to all who helped. For the Highlanders, the snow during Thanksgiving was brutal. Walked a mile and a half in 18 inches of snow. Oh, the memories. I’ll never soon forget it. Our Bazaar tables are filling up, so, if you want to reserve a table, or donate, or volunteer, for our Saturday, Dec. 13 Bazaar, call Betty Hall at 509-476-2788. Our annual election of Officers for Oroville Senior Citizens will be held at our regular business

meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 11 AM. Present your nominees to Betty Steg, or Raleigh Chinn. We are now looking for another “Can Man” to purchase and recycle our aluminum cans. We’re also looking for someone interested in shoveling snow from our walks. On Tuesday, Dec. 23, the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren Choir will present music at 11 a.m. In addition, on that day, Hughes Department Store has given us the opportunity to gift wrap presents as a fundraiser. We’ll volunteer in three shifts from 6 p.m. to 12 p.m. Remember, Pinochle for all Saturday evenings, Sunday




afternoons, and Bingo Tuesday and Thursday after lunch. Exercise sessions take place Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30 a.m. Be encouraged to borrow books from our library, and don’t forget to check out the bazaar table for priceless gems. In addition, there are two pool tables for senior’s or their guest’s use. Next year we will again have our Movie Matinee, and Tilly has promised us computer classes, again. Try something new. Euchre, a card game, Tuesdays after lunch. Vallerie will teach newcomers. Don’t forget to pay your membership dues for 2015. Marge Finley is the membership chairperson and a great greeter. Happy Holidays. Pinochle: Door Prize, Barbara Cline; Pinochle, Sally; High Man, Leonard Paulsen; High Woman, Danny Weitrick. ‘Til next time.


Dr. Joey Chen, D.M.D. Family Dentistry Okanogan Neighbors membership meetings and potluck - Saturday Dec. 13, 10:00 a.m. (OFF), 1:00 p.m. (Potluck), 2:30 p.m. (ON). • Free Community Meal Sunday, Dec. 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m., hosted by Tonasket Outreach “Make a Difference” class. • Tonasket Farmers Market Thursday, Dec. 18, 2:00-5:00 p.m. • Commodities Food Distribution - Thursday, Dec. 18, 9:00-11:30 a.m. • Free Community Meal Sunday, Dec. 28, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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set? Be thinking about some of your memorable, past holidays, and try having conversation at your table, instead of watching, with one eye on a football game. Once again there is a beautiful, live tree, in place at the United Methodist Church, donated by Jack Hughes. That guy just seems to know when to do a “good thing.” The tree is decorated each year with the hand crocheted snowflakes and angels, made by the ladies of the church, some gone from our presence and some still here. It is always beautiful! A lady from Omak has ordered a Raggedy Andy doll for her grandson. Thirty-two years ago her son was given one and she wants to continue the tradition. The church ladies have made thousands of them and they’ve been shipped all over the world. We’ll see that Andy gets to the proper hands. As we endure the colder temperatures, we’ll put on a second sweater and venture out, just when absolutely necessary. ‘Til next week.

just a few investments, and try to determine if your portfolio is still appropriate for your risk tolerance — not too aggressive or too conservative. Also, if your plan offers a “Roth” option, consider taking advantage of it — with a Roth, you won’t be able to deduct your 401(k) contributions from your taxes, but once you retire, you won’t be taxed on your Sell your “losers.” If you own investments that withdrawals. have lost value since you purchased them, you can sell them before 2014 ends and use the tax Review your insurance coverage. If you’ve loss to offset some capital gains you may have experienced any changes in your life in 2014 — earned in other investments. If you don’t have any new spouse, new child, divorce, new job, etc. capital gains, you can use up to $3,000 of your — you may need to review your life insurance tax losses to offset other ordinary income. And for coverage to make sure that it’s still sufficient a loss greater than $3,000, you can “carry over” for your needs and that you have the correct the excess and deduct it from your taxes in future beneficiaries in place. years. If you still liked the investment that you sold at a loss, and you want to keep it in your portfolio, By making these and other moves, you can say a you could repurchase it, but you’ll have to wait fond farewell to 2014, knowing that you’ve done 31 days to avoid violating the IRS’ “wash sale” what you could to help bolster your financial rules. Keep in mind that these suggestions only position — for 2015 and beyond. apply to investments held outside your employersponsored retirement account; you can’t take a tax Edward Jones, its employees and financial deduction on capital losses in a 401(k) or similar advisors are not estate planners and cannot provide tax or legal advice. You should consult plan. Evaluate your 401(k) investment mix. You may be your estate-planning attorney or qualified tax able to adjust the investment mix in your 401(k) as advisor regarding your situation. often as you like. So when evaluating your 401(k), make sure your holdings aren’t concentrated in This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. to contribute to a retirement account, such as a SEP IRA or a SIMPLE plan. In addition to helping you build resources for retirement, these types of plans can offer you some tax advantages — so if you haven’t established a retirement plan yet, consult with your financial and tax professionals

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December! It was difficult for me to write that word. It can’t be this near the last of 2014, can it? But, I guess it is. So, our Thanksgiving was more quiet than usual, but very nice. Eva’s served a goodly number of folks as did the Senior Center. It was very nice of those folks to take the time (and expense) to help others who might have been alone and without a traditional dinner of turkey and the trimmings. Some went for the early hour shopping in the various stores, but not me. I’ve been there done that. A nice warm bed is more enticing, when you reach my age. A young boy was watching his mother

Did you go into the Oroville Pharmacy, total darkness in the homes in certain last week and find a new face doling out areas. the pills? Owner, Dick Larsen, had to Now, the big worries, for some of have a break, while a hip the country is, will enough replacement got settled in. shopping be done between He’s had discomfort for quite now and Christmas. I wonsome time and finally when der, if ever will our “times” he could get an appointbe to lean more toward the ment and a relief pharmacist family values and the true (which isn’t an easy task) at meaning of Christmas. How the same time. He had the many times do we hear the problem corrected and I’m phrase “I just have no idea told he is doing nicely. what to get for so and so?” I made a long overdue Well, maybe they don’t need phone call to one of my in the first place. THIS & THAT anything Missouri classmates and How about the promise to was so pleased when she Joyce Emry make a few visits or share answered the phone, because some special food or just a at our age you never know. phone call! Be creative and She is recovering from a fall which broke don’t spend money you don’t have, as a hip and we reminisced a lot about the many do. You don’t want to be among forties which is when she moved to those that are still paying Christmas California and me, to Washington. bills, in July. The inclement weather has caused My daughter has put in a request that more than a few problems with the there be no electronic “gadgets” at the satellites that bring us TV and upset the Christmas dinner table. I wonder how computer systems and in some cases, left popular she will be with the younger

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR Garret Martin to Molson Bingo Perform at Winery MOLSON - BINGO OROVILLE -December opens at Esther Bricques Winery’s Thursday night live performances with Garret Martin from the Omak area playing on Thursday, Dec. 4. Garret, performing for the first time at Esther Bricques, will feature the acoustical guitar and vocals. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Rd, Oroville. For more information, please call the winery at 509-476-2861.

Winterfest this Weekend TONASKET - Tonasket’s Winterfest has a variety of activities that will take place on Friday evening, Dec. 5. The kids will be waiting for Santa’s arrival to Founders Day Park (next to the visitors’ center downtown) on a fire truck at 6 p.m. For a full list of the things to do in Tonasket for Winterfest on Friday and Saturday, see this week’s front page.

Holiday Bazaar and Gift Show TONASKET - The 19th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Gift Show will be held at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. Friday hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 30 vendors, everyone is sure to find something for each person on their gift list. Food will be served all day and there will be live entertainment. Come shop for some of the most unique gifts in the area and Shop Local! For more information check the CCC website at: www.communityculturalcenter.org or call 509-4861328. The Community Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization, is located at 411 Western Ave in Tonasket.

at the Molson Grange Hall on Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. $10 Fee.

Democrats Meet OMAK - The Okanogan County Democrats monthly meeting will be held on Saturday, Dec. 6 starting at 12 p.m at the Breadline Café in Omak.

Tractor Parade OROVILLE - The Oroville Chamber of Commerce is asking the community to join them Saturday, Dec. 6 at 5 p.m. as the Christmas Tree in Centennial Park is lit. A lighted tractor parade will start off the festivities. There will be the tree lighting, caroling, hot cocoa and hot dogs.

Food Drive for Food Bank OROVILLE – The Oroville Food Bank will be having at food drive at both Atkins Harvest Foods and Frontier Foods on Saturday, Dec 6 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. They will be collecting food for christmas and trucks will be set up at both Atkins and Frontier Foods. Come and donate if you can as the local food bank has gone from helping 120 plus families per week to sometimes over 200. The board and volunteers thank all who have supported the Food Bank. For more information or if you need a donation picked up you can contact Reta Emry at 509-476-3488,

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Gail Fraiser at 509-476-2045 or any of the food bank board – President Jeff Austin, 509-4763978; Vice-President Linda Saldana; Secretary/Treasurer Sarah Umana, 509-476-2386 and Coordinator: Dawn McClure, 509-476-2309.

Wool Co-op at Oroville Chamber OROVILLE - The next general membership meeting of the Oroville Chamber of Commerce will be held on Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. at The Plaza Restaurant in Oroville. Vicki Eberhart, president of the North American Wool Coop will be sharing about the co-op’s plans to produce products using wool and other animal fibers in Oroville. The NAWC has recently purchased a building in Oroville to set up production. The NAWC is a non-profit organization set-up as a cooperative for pooling and milling purposes, educating farmers in creating the highest quality fiber. This fiber is pooled for milling via their community-owned Eco Fiber Mill for the production of roving, batting, and felting in making quilting and yarn products ready for sale to local, interstate and overseas markets. You can find out more about them at www.woolco-op. org.

Blues, Caroling at local Winery OROVILLE-Upcoming performances at Esther Bricques Winery include the return of Chuck

Oakes and Ron Champagne with rhythm and blues on Thursday, Dec. 11 and Christmas caroling on Thursday, Dec.18. Music begins at 6:30 p.m.. For more information, call the winery at 509-476-2861 or visit the Events page at www.estherbricques.com. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Rd., Oroville. There will be no performances on Dec. 25 (Christmas) and Jan. 1 (New Years), as Esther Bricques Winery will be closed on those two dates. Live performances will resume after the Holidays with Denny Richardson’s band on Jan. 8, 2015.

Molson Grange Christmas Party MOLSON - The Molson Grange will have their Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 12 at 6:30 p.m. This will be a potluck, so bring your favorite recipe. Santa will be attending so if your are bringing children have a gift with their name attached so Santa can hand it out. The public is invited and if you have something you would like to do at the Christmas party feel free and tell someone at the Grange so we can get you on schedule.

Molson Bingo MOLSON - BINGO at the Molson Grange Hall on Friday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. $10 Fee.

Gifts for the Children Event OROVILLE - Oroville Women’s

Club is once again pleased to provide the gifts for children event on Tuesday, Dec. 23, starting at 9:30 a.m. in conjunction with the food bank’s annual Christmas happening. The club members would also like to thank everyone who has donated to make this event possible. If you would like to help, please contact Kally at Umpqua Bank in Oroville at 509476-3603.

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

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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) 4762386.

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The Family and I have very much appreciated the many expressions of love and caring since Glenn passed away. Also, the Facebook comments have especially been enjoyed. We will miss the most often heard question, "What project is Glenn working on now?" He was secretly pleased with all the interest.We chose a great community when we moved here to teach forty-eight years ago! Thank you to all of our friends and former students. - Glenna Hauenstein, Roger Marjory (Brandon), Phil, Susan

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IRENE BEEMAN WILLIAMS Irene Beeman Williams, age 90 of Manson, died on November 29, 2014 in Manson. She was born January 15, 1924 in National, Wash. to parents Harry and Nora (Michels) Beeman. As a young girl she moved with family to Tonasket where she met her future husband Roy Williams in high school. Together they lived and raised their family in Tonasket, Omak and Winthrop. They eventually moved to the coast lived in Quilcene and Port Angeles. Following retirement they moved to Wenatchee. Her husband, Roy, preceded her in death and Irene remained in Wenatchee for nearly 15 years until moving to Manson to be close to a daughter. Irene devoted her life to her family and good friends. For the last 25 years she snow birded in Yuma, Ariz. as she loved the warmth and sunshine. She is survived by her children Bennie Duhman, Gwen Reyer, LaVonne McNew, Monte Williams and Pamela Holmes; brothers Bert Beeman and Jerry Beeman; sisters Ruth Nixon and Linda Paul; 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Laroy Williams; baby boy, Timothy Bruce and siblings, Jack Beeman, Odie Beeman and Wanda Bear. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Oroville Riverview Cemetery will a memorial service to follow at the Tonasket Free Methodist Church with Pastor Ron Wise, officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Alzheimer’s Association. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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DON F. NIGG Don F. Nigg, age 78 of Oroville, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 in Colville. He was born September 27, 1936 in Oroville to parents Frank and Gunda Nigg. Don grew up and attended school in Oroville, graduating in 1954. He then entered the US Army and served during the Korean War. Following an honorable discharge from the service in 1956 he moved to Conrad, Mont. On May 16, 1964 he married Betty Jean Fox in Coeur d Alene, Idaho and together they made their home in Oroville. Don began driving truck for Figenshaw Trucking and also worked with his father as a packer into the Pasayten Wilderness. In 1978 while working full time,


BARBARA ‘BOBBIE’ ABSHIRE Barbara “Bobbie” Abshire age 56 of Oroville passed away on December 1, 2014 at her home in Oroville. She was born May 15, 1958 in Clarkston, Wash. to parents Alfred and Dottie Harper. At a young age the family moved to Oroville where Bobbie grew up. She married William Abshire. Together they lived in

Don built the family home in Oroville. He worked his entire life as a heavy equipment operator and truck driver retiring in 1994. Following retirement, he and Betty enjoyed travelling together. Both Don and Betty loved children and if there was ever a kid in need their home was always open to them. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, in 2002. After Betty’s death he moved to Colville and built homes for his son and daughter and their families. He will be remembered for his patience great smile and sense of humor. He is survived by his daughters Terry (Ron) Pinkerton of Omak and Cassi (Chad) Beardsley of Colville; sons Donnie (Amy) Nigg of Colville and Shawn (Dalene) Nigg of Oroville; sisters Mary Ries of Conrad, Mont. and Kathryn Loiselle of Spokane; ten grandchildren, four great grandchildren and two foster grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ray and two nephews, Greg Nigg and Nicholas Ries. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Oroville with Father Jose Maldonado, officiating. A military graveside service will follow at Oroville Riverview Cemetery with Oroville American Legion, officiating. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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Kentucky for many years and later divorced. In 2001 she moved back to Oroville where she met her companion, Ted Mattix. Bobbie enjoyed being outdoors camping and growing beautiful flowers. She is survived by her special companion Ted Mattix; sons Otis Abshire and James Cleve Abshire; daughter Elizabeth Robin Abshire; brothers David Harper, Darrell Harper and Kelvin Harper; sisters Joyce Davey and Sandy Bauer and five grandchildren Bobbie was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Patty Rise, Sharon Fisher and Loretta Stotts. Private services will be held. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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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.

Oroville Free Methodist

1516 Fir Street • 509-476.2311 Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:15am office@orovillefmc.org Pastor Rod Brown

Service Time: Sun., 10:30 a.m.  Wed., 6:30 p.m. Estudio de la Biblia en español Martes 6:30 p.m. 923 Main St. • ocbf@ymail.com Mark Fast, Pastor www.BrotherOfTheSon.com


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Loomis Community Church

Main Street in Loomis 9:45 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service Pastor Bob Haskell Information: 509-223-3542

CHESAW Chesaw Community Bible Church

Nondenominational • Everyone Welcome Every Sunday 10:30 a.m. to Noon Pastor Duane Scheidemantle • 485-3826

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

Molson Grange, Molson Sunday 10 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 Bible Church

10 6th East and Whitcomb • 509-429-2948 Pastor Stephen Williams • www.tonasketbiblechurch.org Trinity Episcopal Sun. Worship Service 9:30 am 602 Central Ave., Oroville Sun. Christian Education Hour 11 am • Sun. Eve. Service 6 pm Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. “SANCTIFY THEM IN TRUTH; YOUR Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th WORD IS TRUTH.” JOHN 17:17 Healing Service: 1st Sunday The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 Holy Rosary Catholic Church Warden • 476-2022 1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 11 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Saturday Church of Christ Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110 Ironwood & 12th, Oroville • 476-3926 Sunday School 10 a.m. • Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church 1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15 Seventh-Day Adventist “For it is by grace you have been saved, through 10th & Main, Oroville - 509-476-2552 faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Eph. 2:8-9 Pastor Tony Rivera • 509-557-6146 “To every generation.” Celebrating 100 years 1905-2005

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Bible Faith Family Church Pentacostal Church of God

1012 Fir Street, Oroville • 476-3063 Pastor Claude Roberts SUNDAY: 9 - 9:30 a.m. Prayer & Fellowship 9:30 - 10:10 a.m. L.I.F.E. - Duck Dynasty Faith Commander all November 10:10 - 10:30 Coffee & Visiting 10:30 - 11:30 Church Service with Project 3:16 Band 6 - 7:30 p.m. Pursuit

Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Tonasket Community UCC

24 E. 4th, Tonasket • 486-2181 “A biblically based, thoughtful group of Christian People”

Sunday Worship at 11:15 a.m. Leon L. Alden, Pastor

Whitestone Church of the Brethren

577 Loomis-Oroville Rd., Tonasket. 9:15 am Praise Singing. 9:30 am Worship Service 11:00 am Sunday school for all ages Pastor Jim Yassey Albright 509-846-4278

Ellisforde Church of the Brethren

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Letters must be received no later than Dec. 9, 2014 to be eligible for the drawing. All letters will be forwarded to Santa and all names will be placed in drawing and included in our Special Dec. 18th Christmas issue!

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Friday, Dec. 5th, 2-8pm Saturday, December 6th, 10am-4pm • Lunch, baked goods served all day • Over 30 Vendors • Come shop for some of the most unique gifts in the valley!

TONASKET - Find us at 24 E. 4th St., Tonasket on Fri., Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lots of made with love items! There will be a bake sale, out with old...in with new marked down...little vintage corner. One of a kind gifts just for you. Come on out an enjoy Winter Fest Activities and join us for a cup of coffee. Sat., Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. delicious cinnamon rolls from Shannon’s! Get ready for a fun day of shopping in Tonasket. Join us again for lunch on Sat., Dec. 6 from 11 to 2 p.m. Then finish up your shopping. Saturday will watch for Roz Nau’s music students as they travel through town. For more information, please call 509486-0995 or 509-486-2066.

Girls Night Out TONASKET - Baker’s Acres Girls Night Out will be Fri., Dec. 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. Refreshements & More. Come visit our gift shop!

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TONASKET - The 19th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Gift Show will be held at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket on Friday, Dec. 5 and Saturday, Dec. 6. Friday hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 30 vendors, everyone is sure to find something for each person on their gift list. Food will be served all day and there will be live entertainment. Come shop for some of the most unique gifts in the area and Shop Local! For more information check the CCC website at: www.communityculturalcenter. org or call 509-486-1328. The Community Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization, is located at 411 Western Ave in Tonasket.

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Friday Dec. 5 & Saturday Dec. 6 Tonasket Classic Christmas Bazaar TONASKET - Classic Christmas Bazaar Friday, Dec 5, 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 6, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Crossroads Church at 415A S. Whitcomb, Tonasket. The bazaar coordinates with the Tonasket Chamber’s Tree Lighting Festival and the opening of the Christmas Holiday.

Annual Coat and Toy Drive at OK Chevy TONASKET - Our Annual Coat and Toy Drive is on! Please help us fill our showroom pickup with new coats & toys for local kids! Stop by and decorate our tree with gloves & mittens. OK Chevy located at 512 S. Whitcomb Ave. Call 509-486-8400. Proud supporters of North County! Our passion and love for the community runs deep. Please Shop Local this Holiday Season!


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Our passion and love for the community runs deep... please Shop Local this Holiday Season! Help us fill our pickup with new coats & toys! Stop by and decorate our tree with gloves & mittens.

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Library Book sale 9 - 6:30 Coop Chili Booth in front of Coop 3 to 7 p.m. (Open House & Free Cookies)  Tonasket Library Story time and Holiday craft  Scholastic Book Fair at the Elementary School 4 to 8 p.m.  Coloring contest announced at 5:45 at Library  Tonasket

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Truck Rides Vendors: Food and Gifts  Roasted chestnuts by the Lions Club Free Hot chocolate from the Kiwanis Club  Quill Hyde’s A Cavallo  Eagles’ sponsored Log cutting contest  Visitor Center Gift Fair in the building.  FACEPAINTING  Many

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Book Fair at the Elementary School 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Community Church Fri., 4-8pm. Sat., 9-3pm, Lunch 12-1 contact Helen Casey 486-2066  CCC Fri., 2-8pm, Sat., 10-4pm 486-1328 or contact River Jones 486-2479  Civic League Fri., 4-8pm & Sat 10-4pm at Elementary School contact Nancy Inlow 486-2207  Crossroads Four Square Church, Fri., 2-8pm, Sat., 10-3pm  TVBRC Winter Holiday gift Show Fri., 10-8 pm, Sat., 10-5 pm Sue Kramer 486-1416  Sat. Dec. 6: AREA BAZAARS see above & Ads on page  Eagles and Chamber of Commerce combined Fundraiser for Carlton Complex victims and Thank you for the Firefighters: Sat., Dec. 6, Dinner at 5:00, Silent Auction 5:30-7:00  Randy Battle Blues Band at 8 p.m. The Outer Space Blues Band from 10:30 -12:30

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TONASKET - Will be on Fri., Dec. 5 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Civic League Bazaar is located at the elementary school in Tonasket, tucked back in the corner. Roz Nau’s students will be at the Civic League Bazaar as well as the Tonasket Community Church. They are still accepting vendors. Call Nancy Inlow (Carl) 509-4862207. Civic League Bazaar located at 35 E. Hwy 20, Tonasket.

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Classic Christmas Bazaar is Friday, Dec 5, 3-8 and Saturday, Dec 6, 9-3 in the Crossroads Church at 415A S. Whitcomb, Tonasket.

Mon. - Fri., 10 to 5 p.m. & Sat., 10 to 2 p.m.

The bazaar coordinates with the Tonasket Chamber’s Tree Lighting Festival and the opening of the Christmas Holiday.



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Firewood NOTICE Washington State law requires wood sellers to provide an invoice (receipt) that shows the seller’s and buyer’s name and address and the date delivered. The invoice should also state the price, the quantity delivered and the quantity upon which the price is based. There should be a statement on the type and quality of the wood. When you buy firewood write the seller’s phone number and the license plate number of the delivery vehicle. The legal measure for firewood in Washington is the cord or a fraction of a cord. Estimate a cord by visualizing a four-foot by eight-foot space filled with wood to a height of four feet. Most long bed pickup trucks have beds that are close to the four-foot by 8-foot dimension. To make a firewood complaint, call 360902-1857. agr.wa.gov/inspection/ WeightsMeasures/Fire woodinformation.aspx agr.wa.gov/inspection/WeightsMeasures/Firewoodinformation.aspx

Statewides WNPA STATEWIDE CLASSIFIEDS – WEEK OF DECEMBER 1, 2014 This newspaper participates in a statewide classified ad program sponsored by the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association, a statewide association of weekly newspapers. The program allows classified advertisers to submit ads for publication in participating weeklies throughout the state in compliance with the following rules. You may submit an ad for the statewide program through this newspaper or in person to the WNPA office. The rate is $275 for up to 25 words, plus $10 per word over 25 words. WNPA reserves the right to edit all ad copy submitted and to refuse to accept any ad submitted for the statewide program. WNPA, therefore, does not guarantee that every ad will be run in every newspaper. WNPA will, on request, for a fee of $40, provide information on which newspapers run a particular ad within a 30 day period. Substantive typographical error (wrong address, telephone number, name or price) will result in a “make good�, in which a corrected ad will be run the following week. WNPA incurs no other liability for errors in publication. EVENTS-FESTIVALS PROMOTE YOUR REGIONAL EVENT for only pennies. Reach 2.7 million readers in newspapers statewide for $275 classified or $1,350 display ad. Call this newspaper or (206) 634-3838 for details. HELP WANTED - GOVERNMENT NAVY RESERVE HIRING in all fields. Serve part-time. Paid training & potential sign-on bonus. Great benefits. $ for school. Call Mon-Fri (800) 887-0952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil THE NAVY IS HIRING: Top-notch training, medical/dental, 30 days’ vacation/yr, $$ for school. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri (800) 8870952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil HIGH-TECH CAREER with U.S. Navy. Elite tech training w/great pay, benefits, vacation, $ for school. HS grads ages 17-34. Call Mon-Fri (800) 887-0952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE: training with U.S. Navy. Good medical/dental, vacation, great reer. HS grads ages 17-34. Mon-Fri (800) 887-0952, or jobs_seattle@navy.mil

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Public Notices NO. 14-4-00112-5 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative, Sheri L. Thomson, has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: November 25, 2014. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: December 4, 2014. /s/Anthony Castelda ANTHONY CASTELDA, WSBA #28937 Attorney for Planque Estate P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket, WA 98855 (509) 486-1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 4, 11, 18, 2014 #OVG602745 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY In re the Estate of: LORNE G. TAYLOR, Deceased. Probate No. 14-4-00109-5 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.40.030) The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the Decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication: November 20, 2014 Personal Representative: Evelyn M. Taylor Attorney for Personal Representative: Peg R. Callaway Address for Mailing or Service: 700-A Okoma Drive Omak, WA 98841 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Okanogan County Superior Court, Cause No. 14-400109-5 Dated this 17th day of November, 2014. CALLAWAY & DETRO PLLC By: /s/Peg R. Callaway Peg R. Callaway; WSBA #13786 Attorney for Estate Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on 11/20, 27, December 4, 2014. #OVG600847

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Public Notices PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 12/11/14 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 1998 Ford Windstar Lic#ACL0095 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on November 27, 2014. #OVG602055 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: STEVEN L. PLANQUE, Deceased.

PUBLIC NOTICE DIRECTOR POSITION The Whitestone Reclamation District will have two Director positions to be filled at the annual election to be held on December 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM. Candidates interested in being a Director on the District Board must file a Petition of Nomination declaring their candidacy with the Secretary of the District no later than December 5, 2014. Forms for the Declaration of Candidacy and Petition of Nomination for Director of the Whitestone Reclamation District are available from the District Secretary. Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 4, 2014. #OVG602380 PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Whitestone Reclamation District will meet to equalize the 2015 Irrigation Assessment Roll on Monday, December 8, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the District Office of the Whitestone Reclamation District, 901 Loomis Highway, Loomis, WA. Janine McCormick, Board Secretary/Office Manager. Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 4, 2014. #OVG602380





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COPS & COURTS SUPERIOR COURT Criminal Kallie Louann Thomas, 25, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to three counts of theft of a rental, leased, lease-purchased or loaned property (two felony counts, one count gross misdemeanor). Thomas was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 328 days suspended, and fined $1,110.50. The crimes occurred between January and June. Jordan Marie St. Peter, 23, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to hit-and-run (injury crash) and DUI. St. Peter was sentenced to eight months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the June 21 crimes. Stacy Lavon Adrian, 46, Omak, pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to two counts of POCS (one each: methamphetamine and psilocybin mushrooms). The court dismissed a use of drug paraphernalia charge. Adrian was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,110.50for the Oct. 27 crimes. The court found probable cause to charge Scott Leslie Reierson, 47, Oroville, with harassment (threats to kill) and third-degree malicious mischief. The court found probable cause to charge Clint Thomas Black, 34, Omak, with thirddegree assault. The crime allegedly occurred Nov. 16. DISTRICT COURT Jonathon Lee Aron, 20, Okanogan, guilty of making a false statement to a public servant and possession of marijuana (less than 40 grams). Aron was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 178 days suspended, and fined $758. Patrick Dale Bilby, 22, Oroville, guilty (deferred prosecution revoked) of fourth-degree assault. Bilby was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 362 days suspended, and fined $1,033. Brent McNeil Bleakney, 33, Omak, guilty of thirddegree theft. Bleakney was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 359 days suspended, and fined $1,058. Robert Forest Bright, 31, Okanogan, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Bright received a 90-day suspended sentence and fined $618.

Tina Marie Caruthers, 47, Okanogan, had a charge dismissed: interfering with reporting (DV). Jarred Wendell Chaney, 21, Omak, had a second-degree vehicle prowl charge dismissed. Jose Eduardo Cocino, 22, Tonasket, guilty of seconddegree DWLS. Cocino received a 180-day suspended sentence and fined $1,081. Dylan Thomas James Counts, 20, Omak, guilty of thirddegree theft. Counts was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined $808. Levithian Johnathon Couture, 23, Omak, guilty of thirddegree DWLS. Couture received a 90-day suspended sentence and fined $818. Salvador Dominguez Cirino, 22, Tonasket, guilty of no valid operator’s license without ID and fourth-degree assault. Dominguez Cirino was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 165 days suspended, and fined $1,058.

911 CALLS & JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 DWLS on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. Disorderly conduct on Queen St. in Okanogan. Burglary on Mary Ann Creek Rd. near Oroville. Burglary on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Burglary on 16th Ave. in Oroville. Burglary on Elmway in Okanogan. Automobile theft on N. Douglas St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on Elderberry Ave. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Theft on N. Main St. in Omak. Trespassing on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Theft on S. Locust St. in Tonasket. Warren Eugene McCrea, 26, booked on an OCSO warrant for failure to register as a sex offender and a DOC secretary’s warrant. Terry Joseph Hubbard, 33, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Carlo Lee Perez, 31, DOC detainer.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014 Two reports of DUI on 16th Ave. in Oroville. Malicious mischief on John St. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Airport Rd. near Oroville. Trespassing on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. Malicious mischief on Oleander St. in Omak. Snow reported in mailbox. One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 97 near Riverside. Down power line on Palmer Ave. near Loomis. Trespassing on S. Main St. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on the Central Ave. Bridge in Omak. No injuries reported. Hit-and-run vehicle crash on Engh Rd. in Omak. Theft on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Drugs on Kay St. in Oroville. Thomas Andrew Hamner, 34, booked for seconddegree possession of stolen property, obstruction and a Douglas County warrant for DUI. Brandon Shea Marchand, 40, booked for possession of stolen property, obstruction and an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Joshua Doyle Jones, 39, booked for obstruction and thirddegree theft. Ruben Correa Leon, 52, booked for DUI and obstruction. Reyes Melchoir Hinojosa, 48, booked for DUI and firstdegree DWLS. Shane Michael Heisey, 28, DOC detainer. Keith Richard DeMonte, 53, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014 Theft on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. Harassment on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Two-vehicle crash on Summit Lake Rd. near Tonasket. No injuries reported. Threats on Lost Creek Way near Tonasket. Malicious mischief on Oleander St. in Omak. Snow reported in mailbox. Domestic dispute on Nichols Rd. near Omak. One-vehicle crash on Duck Lake Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported.

Burglary on S. Birch St. in Omak. Trespassing on Engh Rd. in Omak. Theft on Omache Dr. in Omak. Theft on Main St. in Oroville. Theft on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Justin William Nanpuya, 38, DOC detainer. Gerardo Hernandez Aparicio, 45, booked on four counts of third-degree rape of a child and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. Demetrio Paz, no middle name listed, 27, booked on a probable cause warrant for second-degree assault.

Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014 Trespassing on River Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Burglary on W. Broadway St. in Conconully. Warrant arrest on Central Ave. in Oroville. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Burglary on Ninth Ave. in Oroville. Burglary on N. Country Vue Rd. near Omak. Custodial interference on Mill Dr. in Tonasket. Vehicle prowl on S. Ash St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Weapons offense on S. Main St. in Omak. Trespassing on Main St. in Oroville. Burglary on Main St. in Omak. James Clair Chevalier, 68, booked on two Superior Court FTA bench warrants, both for first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Alicia Sue Saulmon, 45, booked for residential burglary, violation of a no-contact order (DV), second-degree malicious mischief, thirddegree theft and making a false statement to a public servant. Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 Domestic dispute on N. Siwash Creek Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on Cold Springs Rd. near Okanogan. Custodial interference on N. Sixth Ave. in Okanogan. Theft on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on Brooks Tract Rd. near Omak.

Weapons offense on Salmon Creek Rd. near Okanogan. Found property on Aeneas Valley Rd. near Tonasket. Stereo equipment recovered. Burglary on N. Country Vue Rd. near Omak. Firearm reported missing. DUI on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Omak River Rd. near Omak. DUI on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Harassment on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Two-vehicle crash on Engh Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Malicious mischief on Engh Rd. in Omak. Tire was reported slashed. Structure fire on Homestead Trailer Court Rd. near Omak. Burglary on Ninth Ave. in Oroville. Burglary on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on Golden St. in Oroville. Found property on Sixth Ave. in Oroville. Medical items recovered. Robert Charlie Atkins, 23, booked for second-degree assault and resisting arrest. Sandra Rose Moses, 27, booked on three State Patrol FTA warrants, all for second-degree DWLS; a State Patrol FTC warrant for DUI; and an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Tiffany Marie Olson, 34, booked on three Superior Court bench warrants: POCS, possession of drug paraphernalia and thirddegree DWLS. Bjarne Matthew Olson Jr., 35, booked on a State Patrol FTA warrant for DUI. Gordon Lester Dick Jr., 40, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for theft of motor vehicle and a DOC detainer. Billy Joe Rosekilde, 35, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant for POCS. Hannah Lyn Galloway, 27, booked for obstruction. Alysha K.M. George, 25, booked for obstruction.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 DWLS on Apple Way Rd. in Okano gan.

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