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Oroville nears agreement for water rights Chief eyes patrol car, Taser purchases BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – Oroville has been working on getting a transfer of the water right it acquired from Veranda Beach Resorts and their predecessors for nearly seven years – that process may soon be reality if Oroville can put a little money aside for conservation. Rod Noel, Oroville Superintendent of Public Works, told Todd Hill the city council at their Dec. 16 meeting that the state Department of Ecology may look more favorably toward issuing the city a permit if they write conservation into their request. In the past, according to Noel, the city wanted to pump water from one of the city wells to supply water to those living on the east side of Lake Osoyoos using the resort’s water right, however, Ecology

Students from Oroville’s Elementary and High School performed in Winter Concerts last Thursday. Above, the fifth and sixth grade bands each played several numbers at the elementary school. Right, the fourth-grade choir sang some traditional standards, including Sing We Noel, Jingle Bells and Good King Wenceslas. Below, right, Mikaela McCoy sets up the next tune to be played by the combined junior and senior high bands at OHS. Below, Dakota Haney, was recruited to play guitar during the high school concert. The junior/senior choir also sang many tunes, like Deck the Halls, Candles of Hanukkah and Silent Night.

said that they were two separate water sources – one fed by the Similkameen River and the other by the lake and other sources. “We hired Aspect Consulting to work with Ecology to issue the transfer,” said Noel. “We looked at going through OCPI in an effort to show an ‘overriding good to the public’ as a reason to make the transfer... but we got challenged a couple times by environmental groups.” So rather than go through the other process, Noel said Ecology might allow a transfer to the city’s well number 4 if a “conservation aspect” was added to the request. The city’s consultant recommended four items, which included a system-wide outreach to water users during low flow periods of the Similkameen; an increase in rates for excess use to enhance water conservation; pledging a portion of the rate increase to fund a water use conservation program and replacing appliances and city equip-


School board considers loosening public comment rule DeVon remains as board chairman BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE

OROVILLE – A school director has suggested the Oroville School Board open up their public comment, changing the policy that requires people comment only regarding items on the agenda. “Something has been heavy on my mind and that’s the Public Comments policy. It think it would add value if we add some guidelines and timelines that allow more comments... I don’t want to lose sight of why we’re here,” said Director Todd Hill.

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Board Chairman Rocky DeVon said the Public Comment policy was at the board’s discretion and even if it were changed there would still have to be parameters set. He went on to discuss the chain of events that leads up to issues coming before the board. For example the parent should talk with the student’s teacher before going to the principal. If that doesn’t work it goes to the principal and so on up to the superintendent before it comes to the board. He also said that individual teachers and other employees could not legally be discussed in open session of the board. DeVon said, “There is a chain of command and we have to go through it.” “There is a process, I know,” said Hill. “If you think it is a waste of time as a


Kathy Jones talks about 40 years with Oroville BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – As Kathy Jones settles into retirement after 40 years as Oroville’s City Clerk/Treasurer she looks back with pride at many of the city’s accomplishments. When asked what she’s most proud of Jones contemplates for a moment and answers, “Probably the millions and millions and millions of dollars we have been able to receive over the years. There have been a lot of great improvements to our little town.” She says those grants have allowed the city to make improvements to the city streets, sidewalk, water and sewer systems, as well as the parks. During Jones’ time as clerk the city improved Deep

Bay Park, created the ballfields and and we’ve passed all of our audits took on the former state park, one with flying colors,” she said. “And of her pet projects. The city also maintained some of the lowest built water reservoirs and devel- water/sewer rates in the county.” oped the industrial park She said she made during her tenure. There friends over the years have also been many with mayors, council improvements to airport members and members with more to come in the of the community. future, she adds. “It wasn’t a job where While the population you made friends with has dwindled after seveverybody. When you do eral growth spurts, the your job eventually there’s town’s city limits have Kathy Jones going to be some bad grown considerably durfeelings when people take ing Jones’ watch with annexations. out their anger on you personally “We’ve annexed here and there, instead of realizing you are doing a Reman and Reload, the airport, job you were hired to do.” and parks. She started her career as a “Perhaps what I’m most proud replacement in the water/utilof is Oroville has always been able ity billing position in July of 1974 to work in the black. We haven’t when Kem “Bill” Smith was city been forced into laying off people clerk. She took on his job in 1978.


Things were a lot different back then with everything, including bills, being written out by hand and recorded in a big ledger. “When I became clerk I asked for two purchases, an electric typewriter to replace the old manual that had three keys that stuck and a cash register,” said Jones. She worked under seven mayor during, the first being Ed Northcott. Steve Bailey followed and then came John Shaw Jr, Jimmy Dale Walker, David Reynolds and then Chuck Spieth.. Mayor Spieth and Jones go way back, she said, becoming friends when he was still the city’s police chief and through the years he served on the council. “We’ve just known each other for a long time. I think we have always got along real well. I think

Rod Noel has also done a terrific job for Oroville. I think we have a good group of employees.” The sad part of her job, she said, was seeing businesses come and go over the years. “That’s still happening, unfortunately. She started life in Okanogan, where her grandfather had served as mayor. The family moved to Oroville when she was still a youngster. Her dad Bob Monroe owned a lumber yard and building supply in Oroville and was well known in his later years for his western paintings. Her mom worked at Heavy Pack and helped with the store. She and her husband Craig have one son, Eric, and three grandchildren, who she says she will be spending a lot more time with. She and Craig also plan


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on traveling more in their fifthwheel, especially in the Southwest. Jones said she had a great send off with a party that included many members of the community, city employees and clerks from other towns in the county, including Tonasket and Okanogan. She said she was roasted by several in attendance, but made her feel her time with the city was well spent. “It was a lot of fun, they roasted me pretty well,” she said, adding, Community Development Director Chris Branch, was emcee. “I will always be concerned for the city’s future, you can’t work somewhere for 40 years and not be,” she said. “I want to thank the community for allowing me to serve for over 40 years. I know I didn’t get to meet everyone, but I made a lot of friends.”

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The clarinet and trumpet sections of the Oroville Elementary School band strut their stuff during last week’s holiday concert.

SCHOOL | FROM A1 board member than maybe you’re in the wrong place.” Director Mike Egerton said, “I think it can’t be about an individual teacher, but if you’re talking about teachers in general that could work. If you (public commenter) starts to talk about a teacher then we have to say stop and send them through the process.” Hill suggested the board set aside 10 minutes at the beginning of the meeting for public comments as long as they follow the guidelines. Director Travis Loudon said he felt allowing comments on everything “can be risky.” “Ten minutes aren’t going to make or break us... it’s our chance to show the public we care about them,” said Hill. “Once someone makes an

accusation you’re liable,” said Superintendent Steve Quick. “I don’t buy into that... anyone could say something to one of us at the grocery store... I’m obligated to inform the board anyway,” said Egerton. Hill insisted the board needed more of public comment element. The board will be giving the suggestion more thought and may be willing to change their policy regarding Public Comment being limited agenda items. Hill suggested the change may cut down on some of the rumors. “We want to be the best we can be. What could be better than to do this in 2015?” asked Hill.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS The board held their annual election of officers and DeVon

was nominated to remain as Chairman with no other nominations coming forward. Loudon was also asked to remain as the Vice-Chairman and both were elected unanimously by the board.

LAWSUIT Hill also asked to set a date for an update on the lawsuit filed against Supt. Quick and his wife by a former Oroville teacher. Quick said that the district’s attorney would have to be present and it would have to take place in an executive closed-door session. A question was also asked about who is paying for Quick’s legal bills. “We have an obligation to pay as he’s our superintendent,” answered DeVon.

Highly Capable Program starting at Oroville SD SUBMITTED BY STEVE QUICK OSD SUPERINTENDENT

The Oroville School District is going to start a highly capable program for students who are gifted and talented. The district is in the process of seeking out nominations for students who are in the top 2-3 percent intellectually who would like to be included in the program. Anybody can nominate a student who they feel may qualify. Highly capable students are often top performers academically, but this is not the only indicator. The

district webpage outlines some of the differences between the high achiever and the gifted student. The goal of the district is to first identify these highly capable students and then develop plans to help meet these students’ needs. Schools for years have concentrated vast amounts of resources on struggling learners while the state has generally not funded programs for the higher end gifted students. While the state continues to provide very little funds to run a robust program, the Oroville School District will find a way to develop a program to meet their individual


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ment with water efficient ones than other nearby communities. when they are need of replac“We have to keep our rates ing. affordable based on our pop“What’s our time frame?” asked ulation, not Omak’s,” said mayor pro temp Walt Hart. Naillon. “He felt we could get the perNoel said the wording of the mit issued by the end of the year,” letter was purposely vague, while replied Noel. Naillon and the other council Councilman Ed Naillon want- members said they would like to ed to know if the city had been see it more spelled out. considering a rate increase prior If we can’t get it done by next to this inforcouncil, we mation. can’t get it done. “And will the I just think rate increase “We have to keep our our consulbe even larger would like (water) rates affordable tant based on this to get it done letter?” he based on our popula- while they’re asked. “Will (Ecology) in tion - not Omak’s.” we have to do the mood,” said Ed Naillon, a rate increase Noel. “We are Oroville City Councilman just to lubricate already comthis water permitted by state mit?” law through the Naillon was Department of told that the city had been Health at 10 percent conservatalking about a rate increase tion.” because there hadn’t been one Naillon said, “Doesn’t seem for a couple of years – however, Ecology has given us much guida special increase for the east ance on how much we need to side water users could be done commit. It seems they will take in order to get the permit for as much as we can commit,” said their part of the water system. Naillon. Water rates are already differ“I agree we need to get it done, ent depending on whether the but we definitely have to watch customer lives in the city, or our language,” said Councilman on the west or east side of the Jon Neal. lake, explained Clerk JoAnn Denney. POLICE DEPT. NEEDS Noel added that Oroville’s rates Police Chief Todd Hill disremained considerably lower cussed purchasing another patrol

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and collective needs. For years the district has sought out and provided extra opportunities for the gifted students regardless of funding from the state, but it now is going to formalize the program and make a concerted effort to ensure that the gifted students are being provided ample opportunity for the unique challenges these learners have. Nominations can be made by students, teachers, and community members. The nomination form and more information about the program can be found at the District Office website at

SPOKANE - The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition (WWRC), which brings together 280 businesses and nonprofits; including the Okanogan and Land Trusts across Washington, urges the legislature to fund the Washington Wildlife & Recreation Program (WWRP) at $97 million. Governor Inslee today announced funding for WWRP at $70 million. While his proposal moves in the right direction from final funding of $65 million in last biennium, the need is much greater. WWRP is the state’s premier grant program for outdoor recreation and conservation projects. Since its creation in 1990, the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program has secured over $1.1 billion in public and private support for projects in every corner of the

state. “The WWRP is a valuable tool for communities across the state that rely on the outdoors for their quality of life and economic vitality,” said Joanna Grist, executive director of the WWRC. “It’s absolutely imperative that legislators in both houses and from both parties work together to maximize funding to safeguard our natural heritage and the 227,000 Washington jobs that depend on outdoor recreation. There is never a more cost effective time than now to protect our outdoors.” According to research from the Outdoor Industry Association, Washington’s outdoor recreation supports 227,000 jobs and generates $22.5 billion in economic activity annually, as well as acting as a significant quality of life attractor for top employers. At $70 million, 80 projects would be funded across the state.

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car to replace one that has been costing the city a lot in repair costs. “I’ve been looking around and think one that is for sale, a Washington State Patrol car, a 2008 Ford Crown Victoria, with 114,000 miles might be the way to go. The transmission was replaced in 2013 and the car has been well maintained,” said Hill, adding that the asking price is $2,275. Since the item was in Hill’s budget the council gave their approval. “The other thing with our department is the Tasers are getting old, they were purchased by Randy Wheat and the company says they will no longer replace or repair them,” said Hill. “If the Tasers don’t work than that gives us no other non-lethal option but the baton.” Hill told the council he would like to purchase four Tasers with accessories like battery packs and holsters. The cost he said would be roughly $3,914 and would come from seized money. “Do you have enough to do both the car and the Tasers?” asked Hart. Hill answered that he did and that the Police Committee had already recommended the department make the purchases. “Since it is already in the budget we don’t need a motion,” said Hart.



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SUPERIOR COURT Criminal Chad Winston Vanatta, 28, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to POCS (methamphetamine). The court dismissed a charge of POCS (hydrocodone). Vanatta was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $2,210.50 for the March 14 crime. Adam Courtney Flores, 27, Omak, pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to harassment (threats to kill), seconddegree malicious mischief, fourthdegree assault and second-degree burglary. The court dismissed a first-degree burglary charge and an additional fourth-degree assault charge. Flores was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $600. Kevin Michael Clark, 33, Omak, pleaded guilty Dec. 16 to POCS (heroin) and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon. The court dismissed a second-degree theft charge. Clark was sentenced to five months in jail and fined $3,110.50 for the July 1 crimes. George Joshua Gilmer, 35, Omak, pleaded guilty Dec. 18 to thirddegree assault of a child and endangerment with a controlled substance. Gilmer was sentenced to 15 months in prison and fined $1,110.50 for the October 2013 crimes. The court found probable cause to charge Eric Daniel Cruz, 34, Riverside, with three counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm. The crimes allegedly occurred Aug. 10, 2012. Civil The state Department of Employment Security assessed the following individuals for overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits, penalties and interest: Natasha Smith, Tonasket, $212.28; Darlene Davidson Sena, Omak, $491.32; Dallas R. Vance, Omak, $590.58; and Daniel Alcantara, Oroville, $682. The state Department of Labor and Industry assessed the following businesses for unpaid workers’ compensation taxes, penalties and interest: Alvarado Orchard, Tonasket, $898.35; NCW Yellow Cab, Okanogan, $684.36; The Shop Tavern, Oroville, $146.14; and JAC Inc., Okanogan, $843.82. The state Department of Labor and Industry assessed the following businesses for unpaid taxes, penalties and interest: Mathis Hotrod and Automotive, Oroville, $2,567.65; Wayne David Lawson, DC, Okanogan, $1,139.52; and Michael D. Stansbury Enterprises, Oroville, $2,209.31. DISTRICT COURT Michael Dean Robinson, 37, Tonasket, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Chuck Rodriguez, no middle name listed, 48, Tonasket, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Rodriguez was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 88 days suspend-

ed, and fined $818. Rodriguez had an additional third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Deborah Sue Rodriguez, 42, Oroville, guilty of fourth-degree assault. Rodriguez was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 362 days suspended, and fined $1,033. Savannah Jean Small, 27, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Johnny Thomas Snell Jr., 40, Omak, had a DUI charge dismissed. Amy Elizabeth Tatshama, 30, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Ian Ray Tatshama, 44, Omak, guilty of third-degree theft and violation of a no-contact order. Tatshama was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 178 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,746.22. Kenneth Eugene Watts, 81, Okanogan, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. Jon Claiborne Wood, 49, Omak, had a charge dismissed: interfering with reporting (DV).

911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 Domestic dispute on Hwy. 20 near Okanogan. Burglary on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Violation of a no-contact order on Hwy. 20 near Okanogan. Theft on Pine Crest Rd. near Tonasket. Burglary on Engh Rd. near Omak. Disorderly conduct on S. Main St. in Omak. Harassment on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Patrick Lee Day, 44, DOC detainer. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014 Violation of a no-contact order on Aeneas Valley Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. No injuries reported. DWLS on Omache Dr. in Omak. Automobile theft on Evans Lake Rd. near Riverside. Theft on Old Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Mail reported missing. Burglary on Elmway in Okanogan. Fuel reported missing. Theft on Ell Lake Rd. near Tonasket. Rifle reported missing. Rape on N. Sixth Ave. in Okanogan. Two-vehicle crash on Ross

Canyon Rd. near Omak. Injuries reported. Two-vehicle crash on Kermal Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. Fire on W. Third Ave. in Omak. Automobile theft on S. Ash St. in Omak. Burglary on E. Fifth Ave. in Omak. Recovered vehicle on S. Elm St. in Omak. Trespassing on Koala Ave. in Omak. Public intoxication on N. Main St. in Omak. Matthew Lawrence Folden, 29, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for DUI. Lisa Louise Best, 43, booked for disorderly conduct. Bradley John Lear, 27, booked on two State Patrol FTC warrants: third-degree DWLS and DUI. Jacqueline Anne Stotts, 51, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: firstdegree assault (DV) and harassment (DV). Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 One-vehicle crash on Kermal Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Conconully Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. Found property on River Ave. in Okanogan. Backpack recovered. Recovered vehicle on Fields Rd. near Oroville. Wanted person on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. One-vehicle crash on Toroda Creek Rd. near Wauconda. No injuries reported. Violation of a no-contact order on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Theft on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. SCRAM bracelet reported missing. Theft on Hwy. 97 near Oroville. Littering on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Harassment on S. Main St. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Threats on Engh Rd. near Omak. Domestic dispute on W. Elberta Ave. in Omak. Weapons offense on Cherry St. in Oroville. Bridget Ann Boyd, 35, booked on a Juvenile Court truancy warrant. Garry Jack McDonald Jr., 40, booked on two State Patrol FTC warrants, both for DUI; an Omak Police Department FTC warrant for fourth-degree assault (DV),

and a Toppenish FTA warrant for violation of a protection order. Nicholas Richard Matt, 23, court commitment for DUI. Shawn Murice Cook, 36, booked for third-degree theft and third-degree DWLS. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 Harassment on B&O Rd. near Okanogan. Trespassing on B&O Rd. near Okanogan. Loitering on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Assault on Engh Rd. near Omak. Malicious mischief on Elmway in Okanogan. Building reported egged. Assault on S. Cedar St. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Oak St. in Omak. Assault on Summit Dr. in Oroville. Joshua Dean Allen, 33, DOC detainer. Jorge Alberto Alvarez Urapo, 24, booked for residential burglary and a USBP hold. Nicholas Andrew Felix, 21, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: DUI and third-degree DWLS. Garrett Lee Bruce, 48, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Nukona Charley McCraigie Sr., 40, booked for DUI, first-degree DWLS, an ignition interlock violation and a Chelan County FTA warrant for first-degree DWLS. Scott Allan Baker, 49, booked on a DFW FTC warrant for physical control. Bjarne Matthew Olson Jr., 36, booked for second-degree assault (DV). Friday, Dec. 19, 2014 Domestic dispute on E. Apple Ave. in Omak. Automobile theft on N. State Frontage Rd. near Tonasket. Theft on S. Eighth Ave. in Okanogan. Tires reported missing. Violation of a no-contact order on Columbia River Rd. near Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. Trespassing on Dry Coulee Rd. near Okanogan. One-vehicle crash on S. Main St. in Omak. No injuries reported.

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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014 Illegal burning on Hungry Hollow Rd. near Oroville. Theft on Attwood Ranch Rd. near Tonasket. Mail reported missing. Burglary on Wood Hill Rd. near Okanogan. Tools reported missing. Weapons offense on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. Custodial interference on Cape Labelle Rd. near Tonasket. Burglary on Riverside Dr. in Omak. One-vehicle crash on Robinson Canyon Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. Domestic dispute on Garfield St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on N. Juniper St. in Omak. Malicious mischief on N. Juniper St. in Omak. Burglary on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Mercedes Anne O’Dell, 26, booked for violation of a nocontact order. Lisa Marie Long, 84, booked on two counts of fourth-degree assault (DV). Clayton Roy Hawkins, 38, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for fourth-degree assault (DV). Robert Erik Lee Foster, 32, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV) and third-degree malicious mischief (DV). Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 DWLS on Hwy. 97 in Okanogan. One-vehicle roll-over crash on Crumbacher Rd. near Tonasket. Injuries reported.

DWLS on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Warrant arrest on E. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. Burglary on E. Fifth Ave. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Harassment on N. Elm St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on E. Fig Ave. in Omak. Theft on E. Seventh Ave. in Omak. Burglary on Jackson St. in Omak. Trespassing on Omache Dr. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Engh Rd. in Omak. No injuries reported. Found property on Fir St. in Oroville. Backpack recovered. Theft on S. Antwine Ave. in Tonasket. Mail reported missing. Vehicle prowl on S. Antwine Ave. in Tonasket. Eugene Charles Moore, 26, booked on an OCSO FTC warrant for third-degree DWLS and two Lincoln County FTC warrants, both for third-degree DWLS. Jeremy James Monnin, 34, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants, both for fourth-degree assault (DV); an FTA bench warrant for violation of a no-contact order, and for obstruction. Billy Joe Rosenkilde, 35, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant.

Key: DUI – Driving Under the Influence DWLS/R  – Driving While License Suspended/Revoked POSC  – Possession of a Controlled Substance MIP/C – Minor in Possession/ Consumption TMVWOP  – Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Permission DV – Domestic Violence FTA/C  – Failure to Appear/ Comply (on a warrant) FTPF – Failure to Pay Fine RP – Reporting Party OCSO  – Okanogan County Sheriff ’s Officer DOC  – State Department of Corrections USBP – U.S. Border Patrol CBP  – U.S. Customs and Border Protection ICE  – Immigration and Customs Enforcement




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Each year our Christmas wish is for peace throughout the world. We also long for the ability to view Christmas and the holidays through a child’s eyes. As one reads through the Letters to Santa in last week’s issue (before they were forwarded to the North Pole), you could just about recapture what a magical time it truly is. Many of us forget just what Christmas time is about, or at least what it should be about. We get so caught up in the rush of trying to get everyone gifts that even taking the opportunity for a few minutes to think about the reason for the holidays can be missed. While we’re not against presents by any means – they can be a great part of the holidays, especially for the kids. And, if you’re lucky enough to have children or grandchildren around you know what we mean. The delight in a child’s eyes as they tear open their presents or look in wonder at holiday decoraOut of tions are memories that last a lifetime. My Mind This Christmas we again ask that you step Gary A. DeVon back from all the commercialism and remember that Christmas represents the birth of Jesus Christ. While peace on earth should be something we strive for year around, this is the perfect time for anyone, Christian or not, religious or not, to reflect on the good of mankind and the ongoing struggle for peace on earth. A time to consider what we can personally do to help achieve that goal in our neighborhoods and communities. This Christmas many families around the country are receiving one of the best presents they could ask for as troops continue to come home from Afghanistan. Let’s pray all our troops remain safe as they go about protecting our freedoms at home and abroad. While not everyone is religious, or even celebrates Christmas, I hope no one gets offended when we wish them Merry Christmas. Personally I’ve been known to mix it up with Happy Holidays this time of year. I have Jewish friends and had a few Muslim friends in college, so wishing everyone the best at this time of year just makes sense – especially for a country where Freedom of Religion remains one of the pillars it was founded on. So, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan or something else, we at the Okanogan Valley GazetteTribune wish you peace this holiday season.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR NVH’s hiring practices need to be looked at Dear Gary, The process has begun to not only to save the LTC facility at North Valley Hospital but the hospital its self. I agree with Commissioner Hughes about the length of time to be taken to make a good determination, maybe not an entire year but least a longer period of time. I agree with the commissioner about closing the Drip Line. I questioned the viability of the entity when the Assisted living closure was being discussed. I asked if it was making any kind of profit or at least breaking even. The answer was a shallow NO. It was being considered a service to the employees of the district and to some the community. Why is it that the commissioner has stated that the LTC facility actually showed an in the black profit and the administration says it has been in the red for years. If it has been in the red for years, have there been any attempt to make adjustments? One of the things that was done was to down size the LTC facility to reduce expenses. It is also recognized that there is a huge imbalance of private pay ver-

sus Medicaid patients. 35 Medicaid patient to five private pay. This imbalance need to be fixed. Do some of the closed rooms need to be reactivated to private pay to help the cash flow. I think that decision to reduce the number of room was not a good one. Any business, and the Hospital is a business, depends on cash flow and that decision reduced cash flow. I know that there must have been some other considerations in the decision such as attracting and keeping good qualified personal, which is a problem in the area. I also agree with the commissioner about the cuts that were initially made. Not going deep enough is always a problem, but those reductions need to be made. Well, the fact is, the hiring practices need to be looked at very closely. If the District were private company, there would be tight controls on the need and hiring practices. I suggest that the board buy out the CEO’s remaining months and get on to the task of looking for a new leader. If the Senior staff is so strong they could, along with the board keep the day to day operations going. I am not questioning the qualifications or the integrity of the existing CEO, but she has made the decision to leave the District and not the board.

In the immediate past both myself and my wife have used North Valley Hospital and have been very satisfied with the kind of service and professionalism the staff has given and we would use the facility again and we are counting on having the LTC facility in place when we have the need. Sincerely, Al Seccomb Former owner Al’s IGA Tonasket

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75 Years Ago: December 15-22, 1939: The streets of Oroville will be a blaze of lights and cheer from now until after New Year’s Day, with hundreds of colored light globes twinkling out their message of good will during the holiday season. Various groups have joined in the spirit of the occasion and volunteer workers have done a really splendid job of decorating Main Street from the Washington Water Power building on the north to the Civic League building on the south. The Oroville High School basketball team will open the season here Friday against the Molson High and then tangle with the 1939 champions of Okanogan County, Mason City, on Saturday night. The State Liquor Board has sent notice “that inasmuch as the sale of beer and wine is prohibited by law from midnight, Saturday until midnight on Sunday, the Board will not permit the sale of beer and wine before midnight, New Year’s Eve. The Oroville Community Christmas tree program will be held, as has been the custom for years past, at the Civic League grounds where a large tree has been erected and covered with pretty colored lights which has been combined with other decorations along Main Street, make a very pretty sight every evening during the holiday season. Thursday was the shortest day of the year, according to the calendar, and the sun has started its northern journey. Not many of us at Oroville have realized it because of the exceptionally mild weather we have been having, but spring is on the way. So far this year, Oroville has had no snow but the mountains surrounding the valley are covered. A news item in the Spokesman Review of December 21 states that a petition in bankruptcy has been filed for the Oroville Commercial Company, listing debts of $2,436 and assets of $3,119. The Washington Power Company crew at Oroville has been busy making several new rural extensions. Thursday of last week, juice was turned on to a line serving J. T. Williamson, Ray Morris and Kenneth DeMerchant just in time so that they might have colored lights for Christmas. Another line is being erected which will serve Lloyd Emry, Ernie Robinson and Earl Thornton. Grocery Prices: 4 lb. pkg. of raisins, $.25; Tuna Flakes, #1/2 tin, $.12; Post Toasties, large box, 3 for $.25; Ketsup, 1 bottle, $.10; pork steak, 2 lbs $.25; Coffee, 1 lb. $.15.


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50 Years Ago: December 17-31, 1964: Residents of Oroville found themselves struggling against the cold; and disagreeable weather. Temperatures in this community read 33 degrees above, early Tuesday morning and by 10 p.m. that evening the mercury had dropped to 14 below at the weather station of Mrs. Marge Frazier. Accompanying the freezing temperature, was a strong wind, the temperature of which we were not able to find out. A meeting, of the stockholders of the Oroville Housing Association, is being called for Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. at the office of the Oroville Cordell Growers. “It is important that the meeting be attended by as many of the stockholders as possible”, said Harold Forney, President, “because there is some very important items of business that needs to be taken care of.” He further stated that “There have been several inquiries from interested parties to know whether or not the building is to be sold or lease and for how much.” The Oroville Chamber of Commerce voted to send a letter to the Federal Power Commission in Washington D. C., urging that the hearings on the removal of Enloe Dam, be held in Oroville instead of Wenatchee as planned. The letter stated that “the dam is located here in Oroville and it is the people of Okanogan County who are most interested.” Chesaw News: Bill Green reported that the government thermometer situated at their ranch, registered minus 37 degrees during the recent cold spell. Oroville’s Northern Division of the Public Utility District line crew has done it again! In the competition with the other two districts, Omak-Okanogan and Brewster, Pateros and Methow, the northern crew has won it again after winning it in 1958, 1959, 1961, 1963 and 1964. The crew consisted of Bob Williams, Safety Chairman, Lon Gadberry, Chuck Leonard, Thurman Mahaney, Ed Forthun and Harvey Rayman. The Tonasket Tigers were victorious over Oroville in the first round of the Christmas Tourney. Tonasket won with a score of 58 to 55. Grocery Prices: Nalley’s Chip Dips, 2 for $.89; Sweet corn,8 for $1.00; 2-1/2 lb.

box Biscuit mix, $.29; Fresh Pork Roast, $.29 per lb; Extra Fancy Delicious apples, $.10 per lb. Weather Wise: by Marge Frasier, Official Observer: Dec. 23, 27 degrees maximum and 16 degrees minimum; Dec. 24, 23 and 15; Dec. 25, 20 and -8; Dec. 26, 23 and -1; Dec. 27, 27 and 18; Dec. 28, 32 and 23 and Dec. 29, 28 and 24. Total precipitation for the period, .28’” rain and 45.5 “snow.


25 Years Ago: December 21-28, 1989: North Valley Nursing Home has successfully completed a re-evaluation from DSHS and approved for taking new patients, according to Administrator, Don James. “The top placement ordered last month has been lifted and we can take new patients and have already begun doing so,” said James. Mayor Ron Weeks and Councilman Chelsa Williams have probably served their last meeting on the Tonasket Council in their official capacities, as a motion was approved to cancel the Dec. 26 meeting as it falls on the day after Christmas. The Oroville Hornets opened their home league match against the Okanogan Bulldogs by controlling the tip-off and continuing for the evening. Todd Mathews was the leading scorer with 22 followed by Ryan Frey with 20 to end the fracas at 57-47 in the Hornets favor. However, they did not fair so well against the Cascade Kodiaks by losing 35 to 50. Mike and Julie Buchert would like to thank the Tonasket Police Department for helping to herd their sheep through town last week. The following are a few of the Letters to Santa published this week: Dear Santa, I wish my sister and I a new bake and my brother wants a toy truck. Please Santa come to my house to eat cookies and bring my papa a dear. Love Kim; Dear Santa, For Christmas, I would like to have Dolly-Surprise. Maybe some ice skates and my last wish is that every one gets what they want. Holly Smith; Dear SantaClaus, I want an Oopsie-Daisy and a walk-man. What I want the most is people to stop taking drugs. Kystal Roberts; Dear Santa, Please bring my Gramma and Papal I miss them. Brian Darrow. International Christmas shoppers on both sides of the border received an unwelcome surprise last Friday as Highway 97 was temporarily closed to border crossers due to a terrorist bomb threat. An estimated 700 vehicles were turned away or re-routed through the Nighthawk/Chopaka crossing. The closure began at 10:10 a.m. and lasted until 12:30 and was the result of a flyer found at the RCMP administrative office in Kelowna, B.C. on Friday morning. No explosive device was found.



OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Merriest Christmas to all A hearty Merry Christmas to all my readers, near and far, family, friends and new acquaintances. The past week was filled with quite a bit of mist, rain drops and even a few flakes of snow. But, not enough to cause folks to dust off the ski equipment! The ski resorts suffer, financially, from this kind of weather. The year is ending in great turmoil for our country, both nationally and locally. Sounds of losing the Extended Care Facility is a big issue locally, and nationally the talk of bringing Cuba into our midst is going to take needed money that could be used for the caring of our own. Or so it seems to me. A while back I mentioned that Eunice Godwin was having another heart procedure. She did and all went well. Now, if she can remember to “slow down” just a tad, she’ll be OK. A visit with Bob and Margaret Hirst, found him healing from yet another fall, but still eager to play pinochle, and win.


For the Christmas month we have honored Air Force Security Forces Senior Airman Nate Swenson from Oroville and his wife Jerian. Nate’s mother Shannon has not only been a military wife but now she, as her sons serve, is a three-time Blue Star Mother. Nathaniel has deployed to Afghanistan and does not mind being deployed. He’s adventurous and can make the most of where ever he is. Currently, he is back in Florida at Tyndall Air Force Base hoping to get orders so he can experience another part of the world. He’s hoping for Alaska this time! In January, Nate will be going to Airman Leadership School.

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Even when I bribe him with fudge, he still strives to beat me… and usually does. Midge Minyard, friend of many, has been sorta housebound, due to health issues. When Midge doesn’t show up for Bingo, that’s a sign she isn’t up to par. Local pharmacist, Dick Larson, is back on the job, after having a hip replacement. Hazel (Lenton) Dezellem went to too many sports games, watching grandchildren in Brewster play, and she wore her car out. But that won’t be stopping her… she has a smaller car and now can find a smaller parking place. What we won’t do for grandchildren! A new business is coming to town… the wool processing to be located in the old Thorndike apple warehouse. Sounds like some exciting things are in the making. It is so nice to see some of the empty warehouses being utilized. Like us, do you find yourself reading



We will close on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. and will be closed on Christmas Day. We won’t have Steak Night or Meat Draw on Friday, Dec. 26 but will have Joker Poker. Our Joker Poker is doing well. Every Friday, right after meat draw, we draw for a cash prize of $25 or half the total pot if you draw the Joker. You must be a member in good standing and have your membership card in your possession at the time of the drawing. Our pot was won this week by Deb Rickerson so

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the gas signs as you drive along, seeing the numbers getting smaller and smaller? I wonder how long it will last. Have you got your new calendars near by? Before you know it, you’ll need to change to 2015. The Oroville Senior Center will be having Christmas dinner, just as they did Thanksgiving. Center will furnish ham, turkey and the usual trimmings and welcome salads and desserts from those coming, but if you can’t manage that, you will be welcomed anyway. If you know someone who will be alone, tell them of this open table policy and bring them along. There is no cost for this and the time is 1 p.m. This is people helping people to have fellowship and food on this special day. Those, like me, that have lotsa family, ages ranging from eight months to? will be gathering at our daughter, Vicki Haney’s home, and we all make special “stuff” and eat too

BLUE STAR MOTHERS Leadership School prepares Senior Airmen to be professional, war fighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams in the employment of Air and Space Power. The main goal is to develop Airmen with a warrior ethos and a passion for leading in the cause for freedom. In his free time, he and a few friends have started painting cars using a new technique called Plasti Dip (the plasticized paint can be peeled off allowing you to return to the original color!). His parents, Shannon and Brian were able to see Nate last month while they were in Georgia. Nate drove up the day from Florida. Shannon speaks for all of us when she said that it is amazing how our little boys grow up almost overnight and become the young

we start over with a new deck and $500. New Year’s Eve we will have D. J. Savage from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., munchies and door prizes throughout the evening. You must be present to win. Come out and celebrate! Our Auxiliary meeting attendance pot is slowly growing, please attend our meetings to get your name in the drawing. We still have lots of time until the May drawing for it to grow. Our Aerie meetings are the


Hope everyone will be having a wonderful Christmas and a safe one. It is always nice to spend time with family and friends. We would like to thank so many people for their volunteer help to make our Aerie a nice place to come and enjoy friends and family, also meet new folks. Our new year Eve Party will be a great event. Come enjoy the



SrA Nathaniet Swenson men we have always prayed they would become. “I cannot believe what a great teacher and leader my son has become.” Your hometown and entire valley thank you and your family for your service, Nate, and wish you a Happy Birthday this month! We would like to learn more about our area’s service men and women. Please contact us with details 509-485-2906 or ncw.

first and third Tuesday of the month and the Auxiliary meets on the second and fourth Tuesday. Happy hour is 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day and Happy Hour during Seahawks games. We have free pool every Sunday. Thursdays we play Bingo and eat Burgers and More. Friday is Steak Night and Meat Draw. Watch this column for Friday and Saturday special events. Come join your brothers and sisters at your Eagles and bring your friends. Find out what is happening at your club and join in. We would like to thank all of the people and businesses in the community for support of our benefits and fund raisers for our local area. As always, We Are People Helping People.


much and play games and share love like their music, check the center for the and laughter throughout the days, times they will be there. until those from Wenatchee and the If you need a snack, just on the spur Seattle area, reluctantly say, “Well, of the moment, this is fast, good and we’d better head for home” and good for you. Cornflake Munchies: 1 that’s the end of our special times, cup Sugar… 1 cup light corn until the next excuse for syrup… Boil together for one a get-together comes minute. Add 1 cup peanut butalong. ter and stir ‘til well mixed Cancer has reared its and pour over 7 cups of cornugly head again, causing flakes. Drop by teaspoonful Liz Grunst to have to find on wax paper. Even a child a substitute for accompanycan make this. ing some of the functions It never ceases to amaze at school concerts. The me, at the many folks who community has enjoyed come up to me and say, “You Liz being on hand for a don’t know me, but I know multitude of musical perfor- THIS & THAT you from your picture and mances, and hopefully she Joyce Emry writings in the G-T, and it is always the first thing I read, will once again conquer her when I receive the paper.” issues and be back at the That gives me the incentive to continue keys, soon. At the Center last Friday Joy and John on. It has been a lot of years since I first Lawson, Dal Wilder and a Canadian started. I’m not really sure just how long friend entertained those present with it has been, but a LONG time. Maybe I some Christmas and some traditional should give the writer of the “Old News” music. It’s good to listen to songs and a mission to find out just when I did start, understand the words, and some of the by looking in the old editions. Thanks to oldies played on the mandolin. They one and all for the kinds words. ‘Til next Year! play occasionally on Fridays, so if you

great band Bad Habits starting at 8 p.m., party favors, snacks and champagne. Please have a good time and a safe way home. No bingo or kitchen Friday and we will be closed Christmas Day. Also we will be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Pinochle scores are as follows: First Place Jerry Cooksey, Second Place Neil Fifer, Low Score went to Ken Cook and Last Pinochle to Randy Jordan and Ron Wisener. 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.


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“This is not a house, this is my HOME. I come here every day. I find more love and compassion here than I have found anywhere else,” says Allan Hole. His wife is a resident at the Nursing Home and he comes to spend most of every day with her and in turn with all of us here. When he arrives he greets folks in the hall way and hugs the staff. The Nursing Home is festive at this time of the year. It is decorated, Carolers come and go. Today

Tonasket eighth graders came with cookies to share with our residents. Smiles were exchanged, residents looked younger and the students looked a little wiser. Community members and families of residents bring in goodies. On Christmas Eve we have a party for all of the residents and wrapping paper goes flying everywhere, yummy food is consumed. We are lucky to be in a



This past week was a busy time on our Hilltop with getting ready for the Children’s Activity Club Annual Christmas Party for the Chesaw/Molson Highland Children. The Rodeo Hall was cleaned, chairs and tables were set up so the children could participate in a craft project (decorating sugar cookies to take home), there was a puppet show, and a Bible story for all to hear. There were treats, a Cake Walk, and a Fish Pond. Santa arrived for a visit and the children had their pictures taken, and were given a home-

made pillow case to carry home the gifts from Santa, an apple and an orange. I am sure the snowstorm we had that day kept some families at home. We also had our raffle for many donated items from our generous merchants in Oroville. We could not have had such a great party without you. Thanks to all who gave their time and donations to make this a wonderful Christmas for the kids in the Highlands. The next big event in Molson besides Bingo on the first and third Fridays of the month in the Grange Hall will be the Annual Ice Fishing Festival. This year it will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17. Complete details will be avail-




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able in a week or so. The next big thing to happen in Chesaw will be a New Years Eve Party at the Chesaw Community Building starting at 6 p.m. There will be soup and bread provided for supper. Please bring your favorite games and snacks. Families are welcome to attend. I believe the Chesaw Tavern will be having Happy Dawg Band for New Years Eve, call 509-485-2174 for details. The Pinochle winners for Dec. 15: The High Winners were Al O’Brien and Cleta Adams. The Low Winners were; Len Firpo and Rae Visser and Myrtle Wood took the Traveling. High for the second series was George Penner. There were 41 players. That is the most we have had all season. Good Luck as we go into the third series. See you on the 31st. If I don’t, then you have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year at the Okanogan Senior Center beginning at 10 a.m. The members of the various Senior Centers are invited to attend. The meeting is also open to the public. Pinochle: Ted Zachman; High Woman, Danny Wietrick; High Man, Ken Ripley; Door Prize, Dal Wilder.

We have had a positive response to our Christmas Dinner plans. Cole, Board Members. We extend We will definitely provide a tur- our appreciation and thanks to key and ham dinner on Christmas all who participated. We couldn’t Day, this Thursday. The dinner have done it without you. Do not forget to pay your will include ham, turkey, potatoes, dressing, gravy and bever- membership dues for 2015. We age. The remaining meal will be have received a grant for computpotluck style. So, bring what you ers. Those classes, taught by Tilly can. No one will be turned away Porter, will begin again in January. Oliver Theatre as long as we have food. Food Also, we are looking forward to 250-498-2277 more movie matinees and euchre will be served at 1 p.m. Location sUN-MoN.-TUes-THURs 7:30PM oliver, B.C. FRI. - sAT: 7:00 & 9:00PM (unless otherwise stated) is the Oroville Senior Center at games next year. Suggestions for activities are always welcome. 1521 Golden Street. hOrribLe bOSSeS 2 Our officers of OCSCA ThuR.-FRI.-SAT.-SuN DEC 18-19-20-21FRI&SAT.7,9:10 Our election for Oroville Senior Citizens went well. I am happy to met with Cathy Wood from The hObbiT 150 min PG13 report that the following people are IHHCCW, and Jennifer Fitzthum The baTTLe OF The 5 arMieS our new officers for 2015: James from OCTN on Friday, Dec. 19. ThuRS.FRI.-SAT.-SuN.-MON.-TuES. Gutschmidt, President (that‘s me); We now have in place a plan for JAN. 1-2-3-4-5-6. 1 ShOWING NIGhTLY:7:30 PM PenguinS OF MadagaScar Ruth LaFrance, Vice President; the transition of officers for those PG FRI-SAT-SuN-MON-TuES. Our next Delegate Raleigh Chinn, Secretary; Verna organizations DEC. 26-27-28-29-30 meeting for OCSCA will take Why Treasurer; not start a new holiday tradition? Make this the Bjorkman, Marilyn OMAK THEATER placefor ona Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, Perry, time Betty ofBair, yearand that Roberta you help save child’s college


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SIMILKAMEEN PARK APARTMENTS Oroville, WA. 3 Bedroom Starting at $450 per month + security deposit. Includes: • Water. Sewer. Garbage • Washer and Dryer • Air conditioning • Play area • Storage Space For more information contact Nanette at Similkameen Park Office 301 Golden St. #16 Oroville, WA. 98844 509-476-9721/509-476-3059

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HAVE YOU HEARD? WE ARE EXPANDING AND ARE HIRING ADDITIONAL POSITIONS! JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE! We are dedicated to our employees job satisfaction and take pride in providing a place to work that encourages growth, teamwork, communication and positive employee/supervisor relationships. FHC is a not for profit Community Health Center dedicated to providing quality health care regardless of ability to pay. EVERYONE is welcome. We have the following opportunities available: OKANOGAN: WIC Peer Counselor 10 hours per week. English/Spanish bilingual required. Promotor(a) Per Diem positions; Okanogan & Brewster - English/Spanish bilingual required Omak Campus: Enrollment Assist. Spec. Full time Temporary. Travel between Brewster and Omak. MA– C Full time. RN Nurse Case Mgr. Full time. Travel between sites as needed. Behavioral Health Interpreter Care Coordinator 1 Full time positions. English/Spanish bilingual required Oroville Dental: Dental Assistants Per Diem Twisp Dental (Coming soon): Dental Assistants 3 Part time Patient Registration Rep. Part time. English/Spanish Bilingual preferred. Brewster Jay Ave: MA-C or LPN Full time Clinic Custodian Full time WIC Peer Counselor 10 hours per week. English/ Spanish bilingual required. Brewster (Indian Ave): MA-R, MA-C or LPN Full time Bridgeport Med/Dental: Hygienist Full time. Travel between Brewster and Bridgeport. MA-C or LPN Full time Tonasket RN Nurse Case Mgr. Full time MA-C or LPN or Roomer 1 per diem position. English/Spanish bilingual required due to business need.

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Relief Customer Service Rep Okanogan County PUD This position is part-time, minimum 80 hours per month and is called upon as needed to perform customer service duties at the District’s headquarters in Okanogan, as well as at each of the District’s 5 offices. Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and at least one year of previous applicable secretarial/office, customer service experience. A valid Washington State Driver’s License is required. The position will be assigned to the District’s headquarters in Okanogan and travel time and mileage will be paid when assigned to alternate work locations. Wages are per IBEW contract, health insurance & retirement benefits are provided. Applications and a detailed job description are available online at or at any District office. Applications must be received by 5:00 pm on Monday, January 5, 2015 at Okanogan County PUD, Attn: Human Resources, P.O. Box 912, Okanogan, WA 988400912. Applications may also be faxed or emailed to: fax 509- 422-8416, Okanogan County PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


North Valley Extended Care is now accepting applications for the next Nursing Assistant Training Class beginning February 2nd 2015. This class will be completed in March. Applications may be picked up at the North Valley Hospital’s Human Resource office or on-line at . This is an excellent opportunity for motivated, caring individuals to prepare for a challenging career, leading to employment opportunities in the Extended Care. Course content includes basic personal care, restorative & technical skills needed to care for residents and individuals rehabilitating toward independence. Applications will no longer be received after January 14th 2015. For information call the Human Resources at 509-486-3185

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412 Eastlake Water Improvement Reserve 281,600.00 413 Eastlake Sewer Improvement Reserve 241,200.00 420 Garbage Truck Reserve 150,100.00 Total 2015 Budget 7,832,893.00 THIS ORDINANCE shall be in force and effect January 1, 2015 after publication as required by law. PASSED by the City Council of the City of Oroville, Washington, and approved by the Mayor thereof, this 16th day of December, 2014 saidpassage being a vote of 4 for and 0 against /s/Walter A. Hart III for Chuck Spieth, Mayor /s/JoAnn L. Denney JoAnn L. Denney, Clerk-Treasurer A summary of this Ordinance published in the Gazette-Tribune, Oroville, Washington on the 24 day of December, 2014. ATTEST: JoAnn L Denney Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 25, 2014 #OVG606734


Library 13,400.00 Non-Expenditure Disbursement 8,300.00 Transfers Out 26,000.00 Year End Cash 239,100.00 Total Current Expense 1,910,000.00 101 Street Fund 345,000.00 103 Park Fund 409,000.00 104 Tourist Promo Fund 167,000.00 120 Forfeited Assets Fund 12,950.00 121 Federal Equitable Sharing Fund 81.00 130 Park Development Reserve 16,500.00 301 Street Equipment Reserve 60,500.00 308 Building Fund Reserve 48,650.00 309 Library Improvement Reserve 73,350.00 310 Airport Improvement Reserve 21,550.00 312 Capital Improvement Reserve 144,000.00 321 Police Vehicle Reserve 9,800.00 322 Fire Equipment Reserve 86,300.00 323 Mutual Fire Equipment Acquisition 3,362.00 326 Emergency Aid Reserve 121,300.00 327 Emergency Aid Building Reserve 14,950.00 350 Industrial Park Fund 110,600.00 401 Water - Sewer Fund 2,437,000.00 402 Garbage Fund 440,000.00 403 Sewer Construction Reserve 188,800.00 410 Water Improvement Reserve 371,000.00 411 North End Capital Reserve 168,300.00



ORDINANCE NO. 840 AN ORDINANCE ADOPTING THE 2015 BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF OROVILLE IN FINAL SUMMARY FORM WHEREAS, the City of Oroville has completed a proposed budget and estimate of the amount of moneys required to meet the public expenses for the city for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2015; and WHEREAS, the said proposed budget does not exceed the lawful limit of taxation allowed by law to be levied on the property within the City of Oroville for the purposes set forth in said budget and the estimated expenditures set forth in said budget being all necessary to carry on the government of said city for said year and being sufficient to meet the various needs ofthe city during the 2015 fiscal year; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the City Council for the City of Oroville, Washington, that the Budget for the year 2015 for the City of Oroville, in Final Summary Form be set forth as follows: City of Oroville 2015 Budget 001 Current Expense Fund: Legislative 33,600.00 Judicial 26,000.00 General Government Services/Fin /Admin 178,200.00 Law Enforcement 561,000.00 Fire Control 82,900.00 Emergency / Disaster Service 5,300.00 Ambulance Services 178,000.00 Flood Control 6,000.00 Airport 405,700.00 Mental Health 1,200.00 Planning & Community Development 145,300.00

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TONASKET - The Brewster Bears showed Tonasket why they very well could be holding a state championship trophy come the end of February. The Bears have size, skill, and a level of teamwork that comes from playing the game together for years. They also were coming off of splitting a pair of games with Mark Morris and R.A. Long - Class 2A teams with four times Brewster’s enrollment. When they’ve played anyone their own size, the result has been wins of 40 or 50 points. The Tigers were out of this one from almost the start as Brewster blew out to a 28-10 first quarter lead on the way to an 88-39 win. It was 53-22 by halftime as Timbo Taylor hit three of his five 3-pointers in the final two minutes of the half. Colton Leep led the Tigers with 12 points and Jeremiah Albright added 10. Brewster had six players in double figures, led by Taylor with 19 and Edgar Najera with 15.


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Oroville girls drub Fillies BY BRENT BAKER


OROVILLE - Oroville’s girls basketball team has lofty goals, but reaching them means taking a rather ruthless approach to their Central Washington League schedule. That means taking every opponent seriously, whether it’s unbeaten Okanogan or winless Bridgeport. The Hornets didn’t give Bridgeport any hope for an upset on Friday, Dec. 19, using a midgame 43-8 run to eliminate any Fillie hopes of an upset and cruising to a 62-23 victory. The Hornets held Bridgeport to just one basket and one free throw both the second and third quarters and saw nine players score. The Hornets shot 55 percent from the floor overall and were 7-of-16 from 3-point range. Lily Hilderbrand led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points and added 10 rebounds

and four steals. Hannah Hilderbrand added 11 points, six rebounds and five steals; Mikayla Scott scored 10 points and pulled down five rebounds; Kali Peters and Faith Martin added seven points apiece and Kendal Miller added six. The Hornets improved to 2-1 in league play, with the one loss coming last week to Okanogan.

PATEROS 44, OROVILLE 31 PATEROS - It was in many ways a rerun of Oroville’s seasonopening loss to Pateros. The Hornets got off to a slow start on Saturday, Dec. 20, fell behind by double digits and never could catch up while falling 44-31 in a non-league contest to the Nannies, considered one of the Class 1B state title contenders. Assistant coach Bill Cottrell said that Pateros’s Lorie LeDoux controlled most of the action despite making just one field goal and scoring five points. “She passed like crazy,” he said.

“She always hit the open teammate, and they were making shots.” Oroville’s Mikayla Scott was also hampered by an injury suffered during pre-game warm-ups. Pateros took a 16-5 lead and extended it to 28-13 at the half. Hannah Hilderbrand scored 12 points, Lily Hilderbrand added eight and Faith Martin tallied six to lead the Hornets (4-3), who don’t play again until hosting Soap Lake on Jan. 2.

OROVILLE 66, LIBERTY BELL 33 WINTHROP - Oroville opened the week on Tuesday, Dec. 16, with a dominant performance at Liberty Bell, defeating the Mountain Lions 66-33. Lily Hilderbrand scored a career-high 29 points, 10 rebounds five assists and four steals to lead the Hornets.. Mikayla Scott added 17, including eight in the first quarter, as she hit 8-of-12 shots from the field.. Hannah Hilderbrand added nine points and 10 rebounds.

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DEC. 24 - JAN. 7 Monday, Dec. 29 BB (Var) - Tonasket at Eagle Holiday Classic (West Valley- Spokane) Monday, Dec. 30 BB (Var) - Tonasket at Eagle Holiday Classic (West Valley- Spokane) WR - Tonasket at Royal Invitational, 10:00 am WR - Oroville at Lake Roosevelt Powerhouse Invite, 10:00 am Friday, Jan. 2 BB (JV/Var) - Soap Lake at Oroville, 6:00/7:30 pm Saturday, Jan. 3 BB (JV/Var) - Oroville at Republic, 3:00/5:00 pm WR - Oroville at Banks Lake Brawl, 10:00 am WR - Tonasket at Warden Invitational, 10:00 am Tuesday, Jan. 6 GB (JV/Var) - Lake Roosevelt at Tonasket, 4:30/6:00 pm


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“We haven’t fared well against pressure like that,” Thacker said. “It’s made it tough for us, so it was nice to get that monkey off our back.” The Hornets (2-4, 1-2 Central Washington League North) don’t play again until Friday, Jan. 2, at home against Soap Lake. “It would be nice to keep playing after getting a little ‘mo,’” Thacker said. “But it does give us some more practice. We’ll give the guys a few days off and get them back nice and refreshed.”

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OROVILLE - Oroville boys basketball coach Jay Thacker said that Joe Sarmiento has been pretty much unstoppable in practice. Sarmiento unleashed that kind of performance on Bridgeport on Friday, running up a career-high 29 points to key the Hornets’ 58-51 victory over the Mustangs and pick up their first Central Washington League victory of the season. “He’s been unreal in practice,” said Oroville coach Jay Thacker. “We’ve just been waiting for him to be like that in a game. It started with his defense. Yeah, he had 29, but he played his ass off on defense. It’s the best I’ve seen him play.” For the most part, Sarmiento’s points came in the flow of the game and many were surprised that he finished with so high a total. But he scored 11 points during the Hornets’ 20-point third quarter, including seven during a game-turning 12-0 run early in the third quarter. “I knew they were going to come at us with those on-ball screens,” Thacker said. “They saw something in us that they could exploit. I talked to the kids, because we worked on that a bunch (Thursday). When we hedged really well, we made a couple of steals off those on-ball screens and that gave us some separation.” Bridgeport’s Bailey Evenson did his best to get the Mustangs back in the game, scoring 21 points, while Picaso added 10 third quarter points. “Bailey got his,” Thacker said. “Joe didn’t make it easy for him, though. He got away a couple times but that’s going to happen. He’s a really good kid and good player.” Bridgeport’s pressure defense caused trouble for the Hornets early as the Mustangs took an early 11-5 lead. But the Hornets closed the first quarter on a six point run and edged out to a six point lead before Evenson cut it in half with a triple to close the half at 24-21.

BB (JV/Var) - Lake Roosevelt at Tonasket, 4:30/7:30 pm GB (JV/Var) - Oroville at Manson, 4:30/6:00 pm BB (JV/Var) - Oroville at Manson, 4:30/7:30 pm WR - Oroville at Okanogan, 6:00 pm

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Oroville’s Kendal Miller goes all out to hang on to a tie ball during the Hornets’ 49-point victory over Bridgeport on Friday, Dec. 19.

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Adrian McCarthy scores against Brewster last week.

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Juarez nabs 4th at Tri-State Mitchell said it was challenging weekend for his top wrestlers. “We were there for two days COUER D’ALENE, ID - Led and the kids said it felt like two by Jorge Juarez’s fourth place weeks,” he said. “Jorge’s last match on Friday night got finish, Tonasket finished over at about 10:30 32nd out of 67 teams at p.m. and Chad’s last the prestigious Tri-State match got over at Invitational at North 11:40 p.m. Chad was Idaho College on Friday back on the mats at and Saturday, Dec. 19-20. the 9:00 a.m. session Juarez (145 pounds) on Saturday.” won his first three matchThe Tigers next es with pins before losing Jorge Juarez wrestle at the Royal a 4-0 decision to Chase Invitational on Clasen of Class 4A Moses Tuesday, Dec. 30. Lake in the semifinals. He was the lone Tiger medalist, but overall Tonasket wresTIGERS AT TRI-STATE tlers went 11-12 against some top TEAM SCORING competition from all school sizes 1. Post Falls ID 202; 2. Moses Lake out of Washington, Idaho and WA 166; 3. University WA 144.5; 9. Colville 103.5; 30. Liberty Bell 48.5; Montana. 32. Tonasket 45.5; 41. Omak 32.0. 67 “It truly was a learning expe- teams total. rience for all of them,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. VANCE FRAZIER (120) “That is what Cole and I always lost to Rob Pair, McCall Donnelly ID, by fall want from them. They all wrestled tough and most of them won lost to Ray Valdez, Mead WA, by maj. dec. 11-2 some matches. They represented themselves and Tonasket well.” Rade Pilkinton (126) Rade Pilkinton (126), Trevor def. Preston Bunty, Sandpoint ID, by Peterson (132) and Chad Edwards fall 1:44 (285) each split their four match- lost to David Johnson, Timberlake ID, by dec. 11-8 es while Frank Holfeltz (195) won once. Vance Frazier lost his two def. Braydon Liebe, Kelso WA, by fall 1:08 matches. lost to Anthony Price, Couer d’Alene BY BRENT BAKER


ID, 3-2


def. Nathan Goodman, Mt. Spokane, by dec. 5-1 lost to Max Miller, Rocky Mountain ID, by maj. dec. 11-2 def. Jamison Glenn, Auburn WA, by dec. 4-3 lost to Bridger Beard, Central Valley WA, by dec. 3-0


def. Chandler Paulson, Sentinel MT, by fall 3:20 def. Dallas Miethe, University WA, by tech. fall 16-0 def. Rich Bondurant, Mt. Spokane WA, by fall 2:33 lost to Chase Clasen, Moses Lake WA, 4-0 def. Kody Pribyl, Havre MT, by fall 3:20 lost to Emmitt Fink, Liberty Bell WA, by fall 2:21


def. Jacob Sander, Mt. Spokane WA, by fall 3:57 lost to Andres Rodriguez, Kuna ID, 12-1 lost to Cade Wallace, Quincy WA, 0:49

Kittitas 147, Kettle Falls 119, Okanogan 118.5, Tonasket 112.5, Liberty Bell 95.5, Republic 91,

Wrestler of the Meet: Raf Varelas, Brewster


106 - 1. Anthony Payton, Okanogan; 2. Jose Paco Marin, Kittitas; 3. Jesus Salamanca, Eastmont 113 - 1. Justin Volking, Kettle Falls; 2. Rafael Guerrero, Eastmont; 3. Tim Freese, Tonasket 120 - 1. Julio Espino, Pateros; 2. Joe Paterson, WCK; 3. Gunner Hilderbrandt, Republic 126 - 1. Jordan Smith, Oroville; 2. Elvis Montiel, Brewster; 3. Duwayne Magruder, Kittitas 132 - 1. Danny Humiston, Liberty Bell; 2. Tommy Ott, Kittitas; 3. Gerrit Anderson, Kettle Falls 138 - 1. Colton Williams, Kettle Falls;

2. Tony Klepec, Okanogan; 3. Daniel Espinoza, Kittitas 145 - 1. Raf Varelas, Brewster; 2. Jalen Moses, Okanogan; 3. Rycki Cruz, Tonasket 152 - 1. Kaleb Marten, Liberty Bell; 2. Hunter Wallace, Kittitas; 3. Ryan Rylie, Tonasket 160 - 1. Jacob McMillan, Liberty Bell; 2. Zach Lofthus, Tonasket; 3. Taylor Flesher, Kettle Falls 171 - 1. Scotty Hartvig, Oroville; 2. Merrick Hyde, Kittitas; 3. Caleb Lofthus, Tonasket 182 - 1. Nick Anderson, WCK; 2. Luke Peebles, Kittitas; 3. Blake Phillips, Republic 195 - 1. Andrew Carney, Kittitas; 2. Wyatt Moss, Kettle Falls; 3. Lucas Vugteveen, Tonasket 220 - 1. Joey Dickenson, Selkirk; 2. Cody Hoffman, Selkirk; 3. Chase Phillips, ACH 285 - 1. Dreyton Acord, Liberty Bell; 2. Dakota Huff, Okanogan; 3. Cody Perriman, Kettle Falls


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Oroville United Methodist Church 5:00pm Christmas Eve 908 Fir St., Oroville

Tonasket Community Church 7:00pm Christmas Eve 24 E. Fourth St.,Tonasket


Oroville Ward 33420 Highway 97 509-476-2740 Sunday, 10:00 a.m. Visitors are warmly welcomed

Oroville United Methodist

908 Fir, Oroville • 476-2681 Worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. CHRISTMAS EVE: 5 P.M. Visit us on the web: Leon L. Alden, Pastor

Valley Christian Fellowship

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

LOOMIS 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 • Sun. Worship Service 9:30 am Trinity Episcopal Sun. Christian Education Hour 11 am • Sun. Eve. Service 6 pm 602 Central Ave., Oroville “SANCTIFY THEM IN TRUTH; YOUR Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. WORD IS TRUTH.” JOHN 17:17 Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th Healing Service: 1st Sunday Holy Rosary Catholic Church The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket Warden • 476-2022 11 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Saturday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110 Church of Christ Ironwood & 12th, Oroville • 476-3926 Sunday School 10 a.m. • Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Immanuel Lutheran Church Wednesday Bible Study: 7 p.m. 1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15

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Brewster 61.5, Oroville 60, Selkirk 60, Wilbur-Creston/Keller 47, Eastmont JV 33, Almira/CouleeHartline 23, Pateros 21.

— Dec. 24th —

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1715 Main Street Oroville 9:00 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Sunday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110

Oroville’s Scotty Hartvig wrestled his way to an individual championship at Saturday’s NOHI, joining teammate Jordan Smith atop the podium.

Will Celebrate The Birth Of Christ

Come & Worship...Worship... Worship Christ, The Newborn King!

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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Trinity Episcopal Church

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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

Brewster edges Tiger girls TONASKET - Tonasket had its shot at Brewster on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Many shots, actually. If the shots had fallen, the Tigers probably would have beaten the Bears’ girls basketball team for the first time in quite awhile. They did a lot right, coming back from an eight-point deficit to tie the game early in the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t enough as the Bears pulled away for a 40-32 victory. Jenna Valentine scored seven of her team-high 11 points during the third and early fourth quarters, including a basket that tied the game at 27-27 with six minutes left. Brewster’s Markie Miller was tough to stop in the paint down the stretch, scoring one basket and hitting 4-of-5 free throws. Valentine scored her last basket with 1:25 left to pull the Tigers with with 36-32. But cold shooting, even when getting the shots they wanted, kept Tonasket from cutting any further into the lead. Markie Miller finished with 11 points and Maret Miller had 12 for Brewster, while Johnna Terris added seven points for the Tigers. Tonasket (1-6, 1-3 CWL North) also lost to league-leading Okanogan on Friday, 57-15. They’ll next play Dec. 29-30 in a two-day event at West Valley (Spokane).

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May the true meaning of Christmas bring renewed hope to your heart and home at this time and all through the coming year.

def. Nate Jensen, Couer d’Alene ID, by fall 2:53 def. Lane Monteith, Darrington WA, by fall 1:06 lost to Jacob Apodaca, Auburn WA, by fall 3:55 lost to Justin Sainsbury, Moses Lake WA, by fall 1:22





Smith, Hartvig win NOHI titles OROVILLE - Oroville’s wrestling team claimed two individual championships Saturday while hosting the 35th annual North Okanogan Holiday Invitational. The Hornets finished eighth out of 13 teams. Tonasket, with six of its top wrestlers at the Tri-State tournament in Idaho, finished fourth. Kittitas (147) won the tournament, beating out Kettle Falls (119) and Okanogan (118.5). Liberty Bell boasted the most individual champs with four. Oroville’s winners included Jordan Smith (126 pounds) and Scotty Hartvig (171). Hartvig took gold by pinning Kittitas’s Merrick Hyde despite trailing 10-4 in the third period. Drake Fox (120) finished fourth, just out of the medals. Also wrestling in the “A” brackets were Luis Vazquez (106), Leo Curiel (138), Charles Arrigoni (182), and Zane Scott (195). Tonasket had no individual champions but were led by Zach Lofthus (160), who finished second. Other Tiger medalists were Tim Freese (113), Rycki Cruz (145), Ryan Rylie (152), Caleb Lofthus (171) and Lucas Vugteveen (195).


10th & Main, Oroville - 509-476-2552 Bible Study: Sat. 9:30 a.m. • Worship: Sat. 11 a.m. Pastor Tony Rivera • 509-557-6146

Oroville Free Methodist

1516 Fir Street • 509-476.2311 Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:15am Pastor Rod Brown

NEW Hope Bible Fellowship

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. • Mark Fast, Pastor

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 10:10 - 10:30 Coffee & Visiting 10:30 - 11:30 Church Service with Project 3:16 Band 6 - 7:30 p.m. Pursuit

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Eph. 2:8-9

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

Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Tonasket Community UCC

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

Sunday Worship at 11:15 a.m. CHRISTMAS EVE: 7 P.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

32116 Hwy. 97, Tonasket. 11 am Sunday School. 11 am Worship Service

“Continuing the work of Jesus...simply, peacefully, together”

Pastor Debbie Roberts 509-486-2192

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Tonasket’s Sydney Breshears draws a foul by Brewster’s Maret Miller during the Tigers’ loss to the Bears.




COMMUNITY CALENDAR Christmas Eve Services NORTH COUNTY - There are several Christmas Eve Services celebrating the birth of Christ planned in North Okanogan County on Wednesday, Dec. 24. The Oroville United Methodist Church (908 Fir St., Oroville) will be holding their service at 5 p.m., Tonasket Community Church (24 E. Fourth St., Tonasket) at 7 p.m.’ Trinity Episcopal Church (604 Central Ave., Oroville) at 11 p.m.; and Tonasket Free Methodist Church (1 Stanton Loop, 100 yards uphill from the THS softball field on Havillah Rd.) at 6:00 p.m.

Oroville Grange Christmas Bazaar OROVILLE - The Oroville Grange Christmas Bazaar-Flea Market will take place inside the grange hall, 622 Fir St., on Saturday, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Watch for posters and the sign on Hwy. 97 at the south end of town. The bazaar will feature Christmas. The grange will rent table for people to sell their own items. Coffee is available any time. For more information call 509-476-3878.

Free Christmas Dinner OROVILLE - A Christmas dinner will be served on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, at the Oroville Senior Center at 1 p.m. There is no charge for the dinner for those who want to or can attend. Turkey, dressing, ham, coffee and tea. Potluck for the rest.

Stroke Support Group OROVILLE - The Stroke Support Group will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Oroville Free Methodist Church at 1516 Fir Street. 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 a presentation and discussion. There will be refreshments.

Local Wildlife Join David Moskowitz - expert wildlife tracker, photographer, author, and outdoor educator - for an evening of amazing photographs and tales exploring the hidden stories of our region’s wildlife on Friday, Jan. 9. From the tiniest shrews to bears and cougars, the signs of wild animals are around us year-round, waiting to be discovered by the observant outdoor adventurist. Dinner is at 5:15 p.m. with the presentation at 6:30 at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. Presentation is free; dinner is $7.50 for CCC members and $8.50 for non-members.

Self-Defense Workshop A self-defense workshop appropriate for anyone 18 or older, male or female, will be held Saturday, Jan. 10 from 10:00 a.m.-noon at Oroville High School. The cost is $50 per person. Instructor Randy Middleton, certified in techniques developed by fifth-degree Master Terry Cariker, will conduct the training. The two hour workshop begins with basic training and is also excellent for senior citizens. For further information and pre-registration contact Randy Middleton at 509-429-2200.

Transit Authority Board Meeting OMAK - The Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA) monthly board meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 at 307 S. Main St. #4 in Omak. Call 509-557-6177 with

Ira and Kathy Cone celebrated their 60th anniversary with their daughters Connie (Mark) Dubay and Anita (Ray) Cole. Ira and Kathy were married in Lamar, MO, on Dec. 23, 1954, and moved to Oroville in 1955 where they raise their daughters and farmed until they retired. They urrently live in Okanogan.

questions. Regular meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month. Visit the OCTA website at

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.


Oroville Food Bank

in lola and in the apple sheds in Oroville, Wash. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and especially jigsaw puzzles. She loved all animals, taking in many strays. Diana was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and helped with the monthly commodity distributions. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, and was substitute grandma for many children in Moran. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Carl Wayne Knight; one granddaughter, Jayne Knight; one sister, Janet Rutterford; one brother-in-law,

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) 4763978 or Sarah Umana at (509) 476-2386.

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. Please, list your event only for the day or days of its occurrence. 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@gazette-tribune. com or at Gazette-Tribune, P.O. Box 250, Oroville, WA. 98844.

Duncan Cullyer and son-in-law, Larry Korte. Diana is survived by six children, Donna Ross and husband Henry of Moran, Kansas; Wendy Thompson and husband Shea of Bayard, Kansas; Linda Korte of LaHarpe, Kansas; Raymond Knight and wife Judi of Moran, Kansas; Timothy Knight and wife Monica of Oroville, Wash.; Paul Knight and wife Connie of Moran, Kansas; brother, John Fordham and wife Jean of England; sister, Bridget Cullyer of England; several grandchildren; great grandchildren and many extended family.

Diana Ross

DIANA A. ROSS Diana Ada Ross, age 82, of Moran, Kansas, passed away on December 8, 2014 , at Kansas Heart Hospital, Wichita,Kansas. She was born July 13, 1932, in Bury St., Edmunds, England, the daughter of Reginald and Lois Ellen (Wright) Fordham. Diana worked in “Hilton’s” Shoe Store in England. She met Virgil Glenn Knight while he was serving in the Army and they married on Jan. 11, 1956. When Virgil left the service, they came to America in 1957. This union was blessed with seven children. They later divorced. She then married James Albert Ross in 1973. He passed away in July 1990. For a time, she worked at H.L. Miller and Son Dress Factory

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