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TONASKET – The Tonasket School District’s second attempt at passing a 12-year facilities improvement bond has failed to gather enough votes to give it the required 60 percent needed to pass. While the nearly $7 million bond did get a majority 57.2 percent it wasn’t enough to push it through, according to Okanogan County elections officials with the Auditor’s Office, which last did a ballot count on Thursday, Feb. 12. The final count will be Feb. 24 and the election will be certified that day as well. The bond was an even larger request than was asked of school district voters last year – by nearly $1 million. It would have been collected at the rate of $1.58 per $1,000 of property valuation.

If approved, 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 have freed up some High School space); and campus wide safety and security upgrades. * Sports facilities upgrades would have include an ADA-accessible path from the Elementary School all the way to Havillah Road; resurface the track; upgrade the baseball and softball fields (including the playing surfaces, as well as fencing to prevent injury to spectators); and restrooms/concessions (likely


Tonasket fricassees city chicken idea BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Queen Ellamae Ellamae Burnell, (above, center) was chosen to be this year’s May Festival Queen at the 2015 Selection Night event held at the Oroville High School Commons last Monday night. Brunell and her court, Princess Faith Martin (above, left) and Mikayla Scott (above, right), all juniors at OHS, particpated in the Selection night by giving speeches and answering an impromptu question. Those in attendance were invited to cast their ballot for the candidate or their choice. These ballots, combined with the judges’ scores were what decided which girl would be queen. After the announcement by emcee Tony Kindred, Queen Ellamae and Princesses Faith and Mikayla were given flowers by last year’s Queen, Kylee Davis and Princess, Bethany Roley. Ballot officials were Stacey Carlton, a former May Day Queen, Monica Knight, Sarah Knight, Teresa Hawkins, Terry Mills and Peggy Shaw. Entertainment that night was provided by Gwen Hankins and Mayria Mathis doing a dance number and Pie Todd singing “Amnesia.” Hometown Pizza and Bakery provided refreshments.

TONASKET - Tonasket City Council members voted 4-1 at the Feb. 10 council meeting not to change the city code dating back to 1950 stating no chickens are allowed within the city limits. Council members were considering amending the code to allow residents to have no more than four chickens over four months of age, and no more than a total of 12. Opponents against the idea voiced concerns over poultry diseases, cleanliness, neighbors in close proximity to each other, and enforcement issues. Council member Jill Vugteveen said she would not support having chickens in town until the city could afford an enforcement officer. “I would rather our city police focus on heavier issues such as drug use and domestic violence than chickens,” Vugteveen said. “I say no because of the enforcement issue, and if people want eggs, there’s always the farmers market,” said council member Lois Rice, adding “I want to see the town cleaned up, not chickened up.” Council member Claire Jeffko said she didn’t support chickens within the city limits “for the same reasons Jill has stated. There’s no problem finding people who sell eggs. I just don’t think it’s a very sanitary thing to have in the city.” “I’m with Jill,” said council member Dennis Brown. Council member Scott B. Olson was the sole vote in favor of chickens in town,

with Mayor Patrick Plumb also hoping for poultry rights. Plumb said people living in the newly annexed rural residential area of Mill Drive and Bonaparte Creek who already had chickens would have those rights grandfathered in. The council adopted resolution 2015-3 to move forward with the open record hearing to annex property owned by Double S Meats contiguous to the city of Tonasket at their next council meeting Feb. 24. “Double S Meats needs water, so that is why they’re annexing,” said Plumb, adding that there is already a water line in place next to the property. The council voted unanimously to have a franchise agreement fee of $3000 in place for the first year of North Valley Hospital having exclusive use of the concrete pad abutment behind the hospital on First Street. The abutment allows room for the MRI trailer that parks there every week, but the council is hoping the hospital will be able to make room for the MRI unit in the basement of the hospital in the near future. NVH had counter-offered the city’s proposed yearly fee of $3000 with an offer of $1500 per year. “Changes of right of way need to be paid for,” said Plumb. Residents recently voiced concern over the dumpsters behind the hospital rolling out onto the sidewalk and onto Western Avenue.


NVH won’t have to pay back medical group BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - North Valley Hospital board members learned they will not be responsible for paying back a portion of a cash advance to Caribou Trail Professional Medical Services Group, aka Caribou Trail Orthopedics. “Mid-Valley Hospital is stuck with a debt NVH would have had to pay had it been taken through the proper channels and voted on,” reported Commissioner Herb Wandler, who added that Caribou Trail is operating on a very low budget. Caribou Trail Orthopedics (CTO) serves North Valley Hospital, Mid-Valley Hospital in Omak, Three Rivers Hospital in Brewster and Grand Coulee Hospital, with Mid-Valley owning the largest percentage of the business at 55 percent. NVH owns 9 percent, Three Rivers owns a portion, and Grand Coulee has a small

minority interest. “Mid-Valley has been transferring money to Caribou Trail, and Mike Billings, CEO at Mid-Valley, asked NVH to pay their 9 percent of that debt,” said Linda Michels, CEO of NVH. Michels said Caribou Trail, which gets their revenue from surgeries, was not doing well and the money was an attempt to get the business solvent. “None of the procedures were followed, so we sent the issue to our attorney, Mick Howe, and he agreed it was an unsecured loan that was never agreed upon for us to send to Caribou Trail, so we don’t owe the money. Brewster has done the same thing.” “This is not a loan; we cover the cash flow needs of Caribou Trail Orthopedics because we are the majority holder,” said MVH’s Billings. “NVH, Grand Coulee and Brewster have not been asked to pay anything at this point.”


Billings said cash advances made to CTO over the past 30 months have accumulated to just over $1 million. “Some months we have to advance CTO a little money, and some months we get a little back, but it has been several months since we have been able to bring any money back in,” he said. A preliminary finding from the State Auditor’s Office is on his desk, and he has been asked to write a response regarding how they were going to make CTO a more sustainable operation, according to Billings. “We have hired a CPA firm with expertise in developing management advisory services for hospitals and clinics, and we are having them investigate different strategies and develop the hard numbers. Their report will help us figure out how to design a strategy that may work better in the future,” Billings said. He added that a lot depends on what the federal government decides regard-

ing reimbursing orthopedic procedures. Billings expects the full report in March. “On the financial side Caribou Trail is struggling, but on the business side they are doing great,” said Billings. “They have a new doctor, Dr. Josua Drumm, who loves being here, and business is picking up.” Billings said another doctor currently in residency, Dr. Thompson, is expected back to work at CTO by or before summer of 2018. “Caribou Trail Orthopedics generates $13 to $15 million in service and sales in the greater Okanogan region. It’s a substantial business worth fighting for that provides jobs and payrolls to a lot of people,” said Billings.

NVH CASH INCREASES NVH reported an increase in cash over the past 12 months, with the total cash in hand at $493,081 as of Feb. 12.

ER USE UP Katrina Kindred, reporting for the Emergency Department, said the hospital saw a 10.6% increase in emergency room use over the last year, with 4,133 patients seen in 2014. “We’re not seeing patients come in for less urgent issues, but are seeing more correct use of the emergency room,” Michel said. NVH takes part in a state-wide program called ER is for Emergencies. The program, according to Michel, has reduced visits to emergency rooms by



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Michel said the ideal would be to collect 90 days cash on hand, a goal she said could take years to accomplish. “If the hospital had to close in the event of a big emergency, such as a fire, we could lose all the extra cash flow,” said Michel.

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Radiology Supervisor Shane Pyper shows slides from the new Optima660 CT scanner to Tonasket residents Pat and Ron Verbeck. The scanner is a 32-slice scanner, an improvement over the old 16-slice scanner, with faster scan times and the ability to scan at lower doses of radiation for the same high-quality image. The Verbecks were among several who checked out the CT Scanner at a recent open house at North Valley Hospital

CHICKENS | FROM A1 “Dumpsters can’t impede people’s use of the sidewalk,” said Plumb, adding that the hospital has since moved two of the dumpsters over by the nursing home parking area, and chained up the dumpster near their temporary generator to keep it from rolling onto the sidewalk. The council amended Resolution 2014-3 fee schedule, with various corrections made, including kennel permit fees and renewal fees at $150, and the lien fee at $32. The fee schedule was adopted, with everything on it increasing by 2%. City Clerk-Treasurer Alice Attwood said she would be checking into the status of a grant for wheelchair ramps off the west side of Highway 97. Tonasket resident Anna DeChiara appeared before the council with concerns about chlorine in the city water. She was hoping the city would be able to apply for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to pay for a green sand filtration system for the water so the amount of chlorine used could be decreased. DeChiara said further

research has led her to believe green sand will not work for a city filtration system. She turned over phone numbers for Parametric, the company who does the sand filtration, and the Association of Washington Cities for applying for grants to improve water pipes inside the home to council member Jeffko. Plumb said a tap test on city water in the early 90’s found high levels of copper and manganese, which he attributed to pipes deteriorating, and the test called for the city to add a polyphosphate to bind up the hard minerals. “But that stuff can make you sick, as polyphosphate can cause bacteria growth,” Plumb said. “Our goal is to reduce the polyphosphate, which would lessen the need for chlorine. But for now the chlorine will remain. Boil water orders are no fun and it would really affect the hospital.” Plumb suggested concerned residents purchase a Britta water filter. DeChiara also questioned council members why “all these people have nice little plaques, but there’s not one for Chief

Tonasket?” She asked if she could get somebody to donate money for a an informational plague on Chief Tonasket, and was told it would have to be a private project and within reason. “Please, no neon,” Plumb joked. DeChiara also told council members it was her understanding “the way we got this township is by signing a treaty with Chief Tonasket saying there would always be a school and a hospital. My question is...I’m just wondering what would happen to the township if that hospital went down?” The Mayor jokingly responded, “I would be willing to sign it back to the tribe. The last person in town please turn the lights out.” The mayor said he was “really pleased” to see a large turnout of people at Chamber of Commerce and other civic meetings, with chamber meetings getting so busy “there’s a problem finding a place to sit.” “It’s good to see people involved,” said Plumb. “We still need to see more people take an interest. There’s a lot of great things going on here.”

patients with low-acuity (less serious) diagnosis 14.2 percent state-wide, with a savings of $33.6 million in Medicaid fee-for-service emergency care costs across the state in 2013. State-wide, the rate of “frequent visitors” (five or more visits annually) dropped by 10.7%, and the rate of visits resulting in a schedule drug prescription fell by 24%. The program contains a strategy called Seven Best Practices to Reduce Inappropriate Use of Emergency Room, which includes taking advantage of the electronic health information exchange, patient education, patient review and coordination, POC (Plan of Care) plans, implementing narcotic guidelines to reduce drug-seeking behaviors, prescription monitoring, and feedback of information which involves communicating with other Washington State emergency rooms. “Since our ER saw 395 more visits last year, this indicates to me that the acuity of the patient’s volumes coming to our Emergency Room is high and urgent, and our Emergency Room is being utilized appropriately for the most part,” Michel reported. NVH set a benchmark of having an average of 40% of ER visits resulting in admittance to the hospital, and Michel said 60% of overall admissions come from the emergency room. According to Michel’s report, the NVH department experiencing the most growth in 2014 is Radiology, with MRIs increasing by 43%, and Ultrasounds increasing by 10.7%. Acute Care saw an increase in patients discharged of 14.2 percent.

VA CLINIC USE UP The number of veterans enrolled in the VA program continues to increase, with enrollment at the end of 2014 at 744, and a goal of reaching 800 in the coming year. Kindred reported equipment improvements in 2014 at NVH included acquisition of a Zoll Defibrillator, panic buttons and an IO intraosseous device, which facilitates the delivery of fluids and medication when access through a vein is not possible. Intraosseous infusion goes directly into the bone marrow, providing a non-collapsible entry point into the systemic venous system. Kindred called the panic buttons “an added safety feature” for use in the Emergency Room, with one stored in a secure location and others worn by staff members often alone on the floor at night. Michel said pressing the panic button will directly dispatch police to the hospital. The board voted to renew their contract with Coast to Coast Healthcare for the next five years. Coast to Coast Healthcare services were employed due to a lack of physicians in the area, and they provide additional staffing of M.D.s in the ER with 24/7 coverage. “They stay in an apartment upstairs, and there is always one on duty,” said Michel. “Our ER is one of the few in the valley staffed with actual M.D.s as opposed to mid-level providers.” Coast to Coast physicians have experience practicing at medical facilities such as Sacred Heart Hospital, Deaconess Medical Center and Seattle Children’s Hospital. Michel said Coast to

Coast agreed to cut out $5 per hour of administrative charges when NVH was deep in warrants to the county, but now that NVH has those debts paid off, the charge was reintroduced in the new contract. The board approved having two Coast to Coast Healthcare physicians appointed to medical staff. Bethany M. Kapp, M.D., and David K. Munson, M.D., went from being temporary staff to courtesy staff, an upgrade that will allow NVH to re-credential them every two years rather than every time they come to work at the hospital according to Michel. A mandatory staff training in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was provided in the event of a patient presenting with symptoms of Ebola Viral Disease. “We never expect it to show up in Okanogan County,” said Michel, “but if a case came in that we suspected was Ebola, we have to have a plan.” Other precautions include the hospital having ongoing contact with Okanogan County Public Health Department, who is in constant contact with the Center for Disease Control; training with intake staff and an on-site Infection Preventionist Nurse. The board approved a contract with Jim Passage of Passage and Associates to work as a facilitator to get the long-range focus team organized to recruit a new CEO. Michels will be leaving NVH this April. No decision was made during the board’s executive session, with the decision tabled until next the meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 26.

school hours or for those attending athletic events outside. *Ag shop expansion would have included three bays with one of the bays including three labs, including one “wet” lab. *Middle school expansion would have created a domino effect on nearly every other portion of the project. With the expansion of the Ag shop, the new Ag classroom and teacher would have been relocated into the high school proper creating more classroom space in the

middle school. Four additional classrooms were planned to help alleviate space issues in the High School. The Middle School gym was going to be expanded to the west. * The Alternative/Outreach part of the project created much of the controversy surrounding the initial bond. Some wanted 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.

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North Valley Hospital Extended Care residents (above, l-r) Florence Grey, Bev Roth and Ella Reinhold look over valentines presented to them by Peaceful Valley Christian School students while staff member Lynn wheels Betty Kinglsey in to enjoy the sing-a-long. Below: Cecile Roggow sings along with his Valentine, wife Margaret, to the song ‘Higher Ground’. Right top: Peaceful Valley Christian School students (back row, l-r) Sarah, Angel, Collin, Benji and Brooklyn and (front row, l-r) Macy, Cole, Angelina, Daniel, Azalia and Kaylin sing to the residents on Valentine’s Day. Right bottom: Olivia Antuna accompanies the singers on violin.

TONASKET - North Valley Extended Care residents were treated to a concert Saturday, Valentine’s Day, when Peaceful Valley Christian School students came to sing for them. The students were accompanied by musicians from both the Oroville and Tonasket 7th Day Adventist Churches, with Clara Mae Watrous on piano, Bruce Farver on guitar, Olivia Antuna on violin and her mother Wanda providing vocals. “What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day?” asked Wanda Antuna. “Do you think of love? Well, that is why we have chosen to have the students sing First Corinthians chapter 13, also known as the ‘Love Chapter’ to you.” Eleven students from grades 1-8 sang all thirteen verses of the chapter to the residents. This was the students’ first time singing at the nursing home. Music director Lorilee Buurma said the students had been rehearsing the last three weeks in preparation for the concert.





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“It wasn’t hard to learn all the verses, but it did take some time,” said Benji, a student at Peaceful Valley. Another student, Cole, said on Tuesday, Feb. 17, he “still remembers all the verses.” “The kids learned really fast; they’re really good about following along,” said Buurma. “It’s good for them to learn concentration and to follow directions. Even when there are distractions, they keep watching me.” Buurma said her husband Henry, the schoolteacher at Peaceful Valley, helped prepare the students for the event by creating loud distractions as the children were rehearsing. The exercise in concentration came in handy when the children puffed themselves up while singing the fourth verse, which speaks of charity not being “puffed up.” “There was a part in the song when we were puffed up and some of the adults laughed at us and I almost started laughing too,” said student Brooklyn. After the children sang, they distributed hand-made Valentines to all the residents in attendance. “The best part was the sing-


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Criminal The court dismissed Feb. 10 three charges against Mihaly Racz, no middle name listed, 36, Oroville: two counts of harassment (threats to kill) and one count of first-degree criminal trespassing. The charges were dismissed with prejudice. Joseph E. Dagnon, 49, Tonasket, pleaded guilty Feb. 10 to violation of a no-contact order. Dagnon was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 315 days suspended and credit for 49 days served, and fined $1,010.50. Lucas Duayne Cook, 30, Omak, pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to three counts of distribution of a controlled substance (one each of oxycodone, heroin and hydrocodone) and one count of POCS (with intent) (hydrocodone). The crimes occurred in May 2014. In a separate case, Cook pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle, two counts of POCS (one each of buprenorphine and methamphetamine), and possession of a stolen motor vehicle. The court dismissed a use of drug paraphernalia charge. Those crimes occurred Aug. 27, 2014. In another separate case, Cook pleaded guilty Feb. 12 to three counts of POC (one each of ecstasy, heroin and LSD). The court dismissed three other charges: second-degree TMVWOP, obstruction and resisting arrest. Those crimes occurred between March and April of 2014. Cook was sentenced to 90 months in prison and fined a total of $8,441.31. The court found probable cause to charge Juliana Yvonne Terry, 30, Electric City, with residential burglary and thirddegree malicious mischief. The crimes allegedly occurred Feb. 1 in the Sinlahekin. The court found probable cause to charge Suzanna Marie Marchand, 32, Bridgeport, with residential burglary and third-degree malicious mischief. The crimes allegedly occurred Feb. 1 in the Sinlahekin. The court found probable cause to charge Martin Thomas Stanley, 45, Omak, with residential burglary. The crime allegedly occurred Feb. 1 in the Sinlahekin. Juvenile A 13-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to fourth-degree assault (DV). The girl was sentenced to four days in detention with credit for four days served, and fined $100 for the Jan. 3 crime. A 16-year-old Omak boy pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to thirddegree malicious mischief and third-degree theft. The boy was sentenced to four days in detention and fined $100 for the Jan. 17 crimes. A restitution hearing was scheduled for April 29. A 17-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to attempted second-degree robbery. The girl was sentenced to 25 days in detention with credit for 11 days served, and fined $100 for the Jan. 19 crime. DISTRICT COURT Sean Alexander Iukes, 21, Omak, had two charges dismissed: possession of marijuana (less than 40 grams) and use of drug paraphernalia. Monica Gaye Joseph, 54, Omak, had a first-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Bryce Jerald Kincaid, 38, Okanogan, guilty of thirddegree theft. Kincaid was

sentenced to 180 days in jail with 178 days suspended, and fined $832.97. Jerry Lee Lane, 38, Oroville, guilty (deferred prosecution revoked) of fourth-degree assault. Lane received a 364day suspended sentence and fined $1,033. Lyle Zachary Long, 29, Omak, had six charges of violation of a no-contact order dismissed. Carolyn Lee Lozano, 36, Oroville, guilty of resisting arrest, third-degree DWLS and thirddegree theft. Lozano was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 354 days suspended, and fined $2,274. Patrick Lee Luntsford, 58, Omak, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. John Andrew Martin, 31, Okanogan, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Jeremy Lewis Moore, 27, Tonasket, guilty of thirddegree DWLS. Moore received a 90-day suspended sentence and was fined $818. Salvador Gonzalez Mosqueda, 57, Okanogan, had a DUI charge dismissed. Mosqueda was fined $1,425. Patrick Guy Neff, 54, Conconully, had a reckless endangerment charge dismissed. Neff was fined $400. Linsey Robbin Ortiz, 27, Omak, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Ortiz was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 85 days suspended, and fined $858. Garrett Thomas Peterson, 21, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Jay Thomas Pierre, 53, Omak, guilty of DUI. Pierre was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 274 days suspended, and fined $1,936. Pierre had also had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed.

911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Feb. 9, 2015 Burglary on Pharr Rd. near Riverside. Malicious mischief on Bull Run Rd. near Tonasket. Mailboxes reported damaged. Malicious mischief on Pogue Rd. near Omak. Mailbox reported damaged. Malicious mischief on Talkire Lake Rd. near Tonasket. Mailbox reported damaged. Harassment on Summerwind Rd. near Omak. Fraud on Palmer Ave. near Loomis. Vehicle prowl on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Malicious mischief on Rehmke Rd. near Tonasket. Mailboxes reported damaged. DUI on Cameron Lake Rd. near Okanogan. Trespassing on Omache Dr. in Omak. Trespassing on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Assault on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Custodial interference on W. Hale Ave. in Omak. Fraud on Nealey Rd. near Oroville. Burglary on Main St. in Oroville. Check fraud on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Pablo Cisneros Lucas, 45, booked on an FTA warrant for POCS. Joshua Andrew Fischer, 29, DOC detainer. James Bernard Harris, 52, DUI.

Domestic dispute on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Theft on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Found property on Engh Rd. in Omak. Firearm recovered. Stabbing on W. Third Ave. in Omak. DWLS on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Theft on Main St. in Oroville. Theft on 22nd Ave. in Oroville. Chad Elliot Monnin, 40, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: third-degree DWLS and DUI. Jeffery Allan Bob, 28, DOC detainer. Ciara Marie Lasarte, 28, DOC detainer. Irwin David Gayton, 21, booked for second-degree DWLS. Cullene Francis Babich, 58, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV) and third-degree malicious mischief (DV). Myron Robert John, 24, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant.

Warrant arrest on Golden St. in Oroville. Rape on S. Seventh Ave. in Okanogan. Wanted person on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Threats on Engh Rd. near Omak. Hit-and-run vehicle crash on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Christine Marie Mix, 48, DOC detainer, POCS (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Paul Joseph Fontaine, 47, booked on eight counts of possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexual acts. Marvella Pioquinto Basa, 39, booked on two Oroville Police Department FTA warrants: fourth-degree assault (DV) and interfering with reporting (DV). Robert Wendell George, 45, booked on two FTA warrants: third-degree assault and POCS.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015 Burglary on Robinson Canyon Rd. near Omak. Theft on Omak River Rd. near Omak. Motorcycle frame reported missing. Sex offense on W. Lost Lake Rd. near Tonasket. Automobile theft on Miller Rd. near Omak. Trespassing on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Theft on Mill St. in Okanogan. Sex offense on Gordon St. in Okanogan. Theft on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Fuel reported missing. Assault on Hubbert Rd. near Omak. Fraud on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Two reports of public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Theft on Omache Dr. in Omak. Drugs on Engh Rd. near Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Clothing reported missing. Noe Salvador Hernandez Rendon, 22, booked on two FTA bench warrants: seconddegree burglary and thirddegree theft. Beau Brandon True, 30, booked for DUI. Trevis Mayfred Munson, 40, DOC detainer.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015 Burglary on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Columbia River Rd. near Omak. Harassment on River Ave. in Okanogan. Found property on Wannacut Lake Rd. near Oroville. Wallet recovered. Malicious mischief on Omak Airport Rd. near Omak. Mailbox reported damaged. Theft on River Overlook St. in Omak. Mail reported missing. Assault on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Harassment on Landen Lane near Oroville. Warrant arrest on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Burglary on Boundary Lane near Oroville. Domestic dispute on Jaquish Rd. near Omak. Threats on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Violation of a no-contact order on River Ave. in Okanogan. Trespassing on Old Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Warrant arrest on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on S. Main St. in Omak. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on S. Birch St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Sharon Eugenie Moses, 28, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: hit-and-run (attended) and second-degree DWLS.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 Burglary on Pharr Rd. near Riverside. Burglary on Swanson Mill Rd. near Oroville. Harassment on Miller Rd. near Omak. Malicious mischief on Clarkson Mill Rd. near Tonasket. Malicious mischief on Pine St. in Okanogan.

Dwight Eldon Backherms, 51, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Matthew Russell Carden Jr., 27, booked on four Omak Police Department FTA warrants, all for third-degree theft; and two State Patrol FTA warrants, both for third-degree DWLS. Delitha Gail Hahn, 37, booked on POCS (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, third-degree introduction of contraband and third-degree DWLS. Leaysha Louis, no middle name listed, 20, DOC detainer. Jesse James Ytuarte, 33, booked on two counts of felony harassment and one count of criminal trespassing. Timothy Robert Williams, 20, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for second-degree recreational fishing without a license or catch card; and two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: fourth-degree assault and malicious mischief (DV). Ardith Elaine Law, 83, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: hit-and-run (attended) and third-degree DWLS. Miguel Angel Amezcua Mora, 21, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: disorderly conduct and malicious mischief (DV).

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 DWLS on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Drugs at M-Bar-J Trailer Court in Okanogan. Malicious mischief on Duck Lake Rd. near Omak. Mailboxes reported damaged. Fraud on Broken Horse Lane near Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Old Tressle Rd. near Oroville. Weapons offense on Pontiac Ridge Rd. near Oroville. Harassment on Buckhorn Rd. near Oroville. Theft on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Assault on Miller Rd. near Omak. Harassment on Elmway in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on S. Fir St. in Omak. Public intoxication on Engh Rd. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Illegal burning on Edmonds St. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Fir St. in Oroville. Theft on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Ricardo Gaspar Martinez, 42, booked for second-degree theft and tampering with physical evidence. Dustin Hawk Chambers, 23, DOC detainer.

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Our new reporter, Katie Teachout

It’s time we introduce our new reporter/photographer, Katie Teachout. She will primarily be covering the Tonasket area, but will be involved in all news aspects of the north end of the county. She says she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work for the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune and first moved to the Okanogan Highlands in 1987, returning to Tonasket this past August after a number of years away. She received her two-year degree from Wenatchee Valley College North in Omak before transferring to Western Washington University in Bellingham and graduating in 1998. From there she moved to Twisp, where she had the opportunity to write for the Methow Valley News for a few years. Out of That stint began with a weekly column called ‘Talk of the Town from Twisp’ with My Mind Gary A. DeVon the occasional submission of feature stories about locals, all under the byline Katherine Calhoon. A year later the sportswriter position opened up, and Katie took that position on “with great joy.” Following a move to Ellensburg in 2011, she was doing a little free-lance work for the Ellensburg Daily News under the byline Katie Brinkerhoff when she got a phone call from the Northern Kittitas County Tribune in Cle Elum, and was offered a full-time position as a reporter/photographer. There she says she learned a lot and had a great time covering events in an area ranging from Snoqualmie Pass to Kittitas; and Easton to Liberty, including Ronald, Roslyn, Cle Elum, South Cle Elum and Thorp. “But as the saying goes, ‘All Roads Lead to Tonasket’ … especially when two of your daughters and your grand- Katherine Teachout daughters live here. My return home was facilitated through a volunteer position with NEW Alliance AmeriCorps, where I had the opportunity to serve alongside great teachers at Tonasket Elementary School,” says Teachout, adding, “Over the years, and in different seasons, I have looked to return to the Okanogan. I’m glad the pieces fell into place the way they did, when they did. Synchronicity---ya gotta love it---gimme more of it.” We feel very fortunate to have Katie join the Gazette-Tribune team and she has jumped into her new job with both feet. Hopefully you will give her a chance to show she is as valuable to our communities as she is to us. She can be reached by calling the Gazette-Tribune at 509-476-3602 and leaving a message on her extension at 485052 or by emailing her at katherine@gazettetribune.com. I encourage you to get in touch with her with tips on story ideas.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Enloe Dam Think outside the box Dear Gary, Only two options? Really? Come on people; let’s think outside the box a little, shall we. Generation or removal seems a little narrow. I am the first one to admit to a familial, sentimental, and personal attachment to the Enloe Dam site. My grandfather, Arnold Frazier, and my great uncle, Mace Reed, worked there as very young men. Grandpa spent most of his working life at the powerhouse, my mother, Jean Worthington, was born at the site and I had the joy of spending a great deal of my childhood there. Use it or lose it is a term we are familiar with. In this case, “make it productive or get rid of it,” sounds like geriatric euthanasia. The dam and the powerhouse are like my very elderly relatives and if they can’t work we may as well kill them. Okay, a bit dramatic I’ll grant you but I’m just saying there must be another option for these old folks, I mean the Enloe Dam site. Editor Gary DeVon put it best in the Feb. 5th edition of the Okanogan Valley GazetteTribune. Turn it into a historic Tourist picnic site. Shore up the old powerhouse, put in a bridge and a picnic area by the lake above the dam. The view from a suspension bridge below the dam is a great photo opportunity, not just of the dam flow but also of the tailrace pool below the falls. Great uncle, Mace Reed mentions it too in an interview published in the Heritage magazine published by the Okanogan County Historical Society. It’s in volume 46, no. 1, winter 2007. It won’t cost nearly as much to rehab the site as it will to build a new powerhouse or to take the dam completely out. There may be grant funds available too as the powerhouse is still in the National Register of Historic Places according to Washington State Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. And maybe the PUD can stop bleeding the rate-payers and bring an end to this conversation. Oh, one more question; from whom did J.D. Hagerty get land and water rights in 1903? Gai Rainsberry Wisdom Oroville

Too much to tear down

Dear Gary, The fate of Enloe Dam is still unknown, but the cost is not. I have watched this since the first meetings on Enloe Dam over 10 years ago when a group of contractors asked the PUD about regenerating the dam. Cates & Erb, Bob Tollefson, Dal Dagnon, the Colville Tribes, and others met to discuss the issue. I went to the meetings in Kelowna, B.C. when the Okanagan Indian bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, the Colville Tribes and many other federal, provincial and state representatives discussed the issue. The fact that the Colville Tribes and the Okanagan Nation Alliance allowed the signing off on the application to license Enloe Dam by the PUD allowing the permit to proceed. Now these many years later and endless meetings and letters for and against have come to the end, do it or not.

I want the PUD and anyone who understands these project issues to remember: The very people that are saying “tear down the dam” will be the very people and environmental groups that sign the lawsuits that sue the PUD the minute you start to tear down the dam. The silt behind the dam has collected there for many years and numerous spills by various mines in B.C. have produced a variety of heavy metals sediment behind the dam. When the dam is brought down those sediments will begin the killing process down river to the Columbia. Yes I know that won’t happen! It is crazy to think such a thing! Only a fool would think like that! But, environmental groups make a living off of these kinds of decisions made by the uninformed public. The PUD has a cost to product electricity and a cost to tear out the dam or return it to its original state. I thin only God could ever return it to its original state. And, the public should remember that the PUD will never ever reduce rates on electricity, not even in God’s life time. DECISION: Allow the dam to produce electricity, the cost to tear down is great, but the cost to pay court and environmental cost will be paid by your 7th Generation; and probably not then. Arnie Marchand, Member of the ‘Public’ Utility District Oroville

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Wasn’t too much to pay

Dear Editor, Sadly the recent Tonasket School District Bond failed (by 53 votes) falling below the required 60% majority. The children in our community will have to continue to wait for the essential space and facilities upgrades needed for a sound and comprehensive education. While we’ve all felt the squeeze of our tax burdens against the reality of the economy, on an assessed value of $100,000 worth of property, the increase would have been $156 annually. This is merely $13 dollars a month. These students are the individuals that create the fabric of our communities. They will become the adults that run the shops where you buy food, build the roads you drive on, and provide care for you as you grow old. Thirteen dollars a month is a sound investment that would ensure our children have access to programs that will make them more successful, that keep our school infrastructure from crumbling, and keep the Tonasket School District competitive. It seems that many people simply vote against any new tax measure on principal, or,

voters have not educated themselves on what the increase would actually mean to them. Your vote is DIRECTLY impacting our children, as well as yourself, in ways you may not have considered. In either case, I implore you not to allow a lack of education to get in the way of our children’s future potential. Jennifer Steinshouer Tonasket

Community involvement? Dear Editor, On 2/9/15 I attended a Tonasket School Board meeting to ask about a project potentially in the works. I arrived 30 minutes late to the meeting (I was on the summer time of 7:30 p.m.). So as to not disturb the in process meeting I sat quietly until the last business topic of the meeting to ask my question regarding a proposed project at the school bus garage. I was granted permission by the board Chair/President to address the board with my concern. I proceeded to address my concern and about halfway through my question I was told by Cathy Stangland (not the Chair/President) that my question was wasting the boards time and I needed to discuss this with the School Superintendent. This action ignored board policies No. 1400-Public Comment, No. 1430-Audience Participation and Policy No. 1220-Duties of Board Members. Policies 1400 and 1430 state the Chairman/President determines relevancy. Needless to say I felt I was demeaned. I then asked my second question regarding the legality of gifting public property and again I was told by Cathy Stangland I was wasting the board’s time. Several other board members were willing to engage in the conversation, but Cathy would have none of it. The ironic thing was that after sitting through 35 minutes of reviewing the board’s strategic plan Cathy could not honor the district goals Tonasket School District Strategic Plan of item no 6 – Parent and Community engagement. I have attended school board meetings for the past 18 months and served on the facilities committee for the Tonasket School District Capital Bond. My commitment to the school district is to facilitate logical and needed improvements. Over the past 18 months I have seen Cathy exhibit the same behavior to other community and board members and this should not have to be tolerated. Is this really how we treat an engaged community member? Sincerely, Rob Inlow Tonasket


Let’s drop the “D” from PTSD (post traumatic stress ‘disorder’), because it is not a ‘disorder’ for anyone to be stressed by trauma. It is a normal reaction. This was called shell shock in WWII, combat fatigue in Vietnam. Modern therapists now call it a disorder, but I prefer PTS. PTS recognition started out as a sympathetic attempt to address emotional suffering by military veterans who’d undergone horrific combat experiences, but it has morphed now, crossing to use outside military service. I’m going to stay with military PTS here, as it is limited monies available for veterans relief from PTS that concern me. Extremes of military PTS claims are disparate. A television ad for Wounded Warrior Project highlights a young Iraq war tank crewman (also a husband and father) who suffered such combat brain damage as to clearly no longer be in command of most of his faculties. He gets a 100 percent disability pension and medical benefits, but America will never be able to do enough for this veteran or his family. Conversely, a military mess hall cook who admits she never heard a shot fired in anger while cooking in a secure Air Force facility in Iraq is awarded a lifetime 100 percent PSTD pension claiming she is unable to work due to the fear suffered just being in Iraq. This veteran is ripping America off, robbing from the limited money allotted to treat legitimate PTS in veterans. Therapists will rush to cry that stress is perceived and thus has as many definitions as perceivers, so the cook’s PTS is as legitimate as the tanker’s. The uninjured, protected cook’s fear of being hurt may be as trauma-

tizing to her as that of a tank crewman riding bomb-planted roads and blown up on same; I won’t dispute that here. The difference is, VA dollars are limited and we need to put them where they’re most needed and deserved. It also cannot be ignored that many millions of VA dollars flow into the therapy industry for PTS’D’ treatment. We need a better system of determining who legitimately deserves those dollars. I was hospitalized six weeks once and five months a second time for serious injuries in Vietnam, but I had a relatively easy war so I never felt I had PTS or was remotely entitled to VA money for same. Moreover, I did those hospital months with hundreds of permanently disfigured and amputee fellow veterans who had far more valid reason than me to claim PTS, and most of them declined also. So don’t tell me the VA needs to be paying scarce PTS disability money to a serviceperson who never lost a drop of blood in combat or saw it happen. Phooey on the trendy ‘macho denial’ diagnoses. Many are the excuses of the (overwhelmingly non-combatant) therapy industry to dismiss anyone who suggests that more claimants of PTS just need to pull tough and fight through issues like depression, addiction, and anxiety. Many people, civilian and military, cope with same successfully with no ‘disorder’ label or therapy. We were veterans of sound mind quite capable of accurately determining whether we suffered PTS or not, ergo whether we needed to be siphoning off limited funds for treatment of legitimate PTS. We’d made far tougher objective decisions daily. No one, certainly not a veteran with my experience, cares to diminish the devastating psychological effects of legitimate combat trauma. But as a career cop I saw entirely

too many veterans (at least they claimed they were) who pleaded PTS as an excuse to be chronically unemployed, or thieves, drunks, addicts, wife-beaters, murderers, etc. Many fellow vets have seen the same and doubt it as much as me. (For more on modern PTSD fraud, see: http://www.nbcnews. com/id/36852985/ns/health-mental_health/t/ tide-new-ptsd-cases-raises-fears-fraud/#. VOEhsS7OC_s. This gets complicated by the difficult nature of accurately defining legitimate PTS, by well-meaning supporters who disparage challenging any veteran’s PTS claim, and by a therapy industry with a financial motive to call everything PTS’D’. All this trivializes and scams the suffering of legitimate PTS victims and squanders monies deserved and desperately needed by them. The effects of PTS’D’fraud and exaggeration are of even more concern though. A close friend, fellow injured Vietnam veteran and trained VA counselor says “all combat veterans suffer PTSD.” I disagree and I wonder, what does such an official position say to potential employers of veterans? What does it say to women (or men) who contemplate sharing a life and children with a veteran? In my police career experience, veterans as a group, having been tried on the crucible of combat, tend to be stronger, more capable employees, spouses and parents. Do we need to be defining veterans as some sort of Maltese Falcons likely to flip out or fail? You’ll never hear that from me. William Slusher’s latest novel is a bipartisan Pacific Northwest political comedy: CASCADE CHAOS, or, How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse. He may be insulted and complained to at williamslusher@live. com.




Winter must be over, but why all the dust? February has been a very busy month at our house. Our social calendar was more than full, with some extra games of pinochle for me as I was a sub, a couple of times plus doing my regular games. Valentine’s Day for us was spent in Spokane. We had saved our anniversary date and my birthday, which were in January for a special dinner at Red Lobster, for a treat of the coconut shrimp. Little did we know we’d have to wait in line for an hour and a half to be served, but it was worth it after having spent the

two prior hours watching a nail-biting Gonzaga-Pepperdine basketball game, which Gonzaga won. When I suggested to the manager that perhaps a second Red Lobster was needed in Spokane, he said, “I don’t think so, it is just that Valentine’s Day is second to Mother’s Day for folks going out for dinner.” And I was given a lovely fresh rose. We are fortunate, at our age to be able to still do the drives for special things we enjoy doing, and sincere thanks goes to

the person who provides us with compliDo you believe that our winter is mentary tickets. really over? I do. I think they gave all the What a beautiful drive coming home snow to the Boston folks and didn’t have Sunday, in bright sunshine, and the any more for us. green fields of wheat shinHometown Pizza has ing through, in the Wilbur/ reopened and I had a pastry Reardon area. from there, which was excelDid you ever take the lent, just as I knew it would drive on the back side of be. Crumbacher Estates? On Pat Robbins made another the east side. We’ve talked visit to the ER in the hosof doing that, but it seems pital, recently, having some we’re always in a hurry. heart issues, again. Happy Well, Sunday we weren’t. thoughts and get well wishes It is surprising how many are being sent your way, Pat. homes there are, some of THIS & THAT For you fellas that have them large houses. It looked had your special barber, Edna so very peaceful and seven Joyce Emry Leslie, for a lot of years, deer were grazing, with their you’re gonna have to break little white behinds shining in a new one. Edna is now and not worried in the least that we were gonna have more time for herself and lay in their territory. down the scissors and clippers for good,

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Larry Cedarbloom of Once Upon a Slide demonstrates his Magic Lantern, a way of projecting pictures that predates motion pictures. The slides can even have motion, like a kaleidoscope or movement like a cartoon. The slide above shows a car used in a Seattle to Hazelton, BC journey in 1911. However, the cars in the background were more modern. This led Cedarbloom to want to discover the story behind the historic journey. The two adventures in the car actually crossed into Canada at Oroville and he had a slide to prove it as well.

The presentation was brought to Oroville by the Borderlands Historical Society and the Okanogan County Historical Society. The presentation was made at Vicki’s Backdoor Club and the screen was provided by the Tumbleweed Film Festival. Kay Sibley of the OBHS also showed several photos of Frank Matsura, a Japanese frontier photographer who made Okanogan County his home. Matsura was fond of taking selfies of himself alone and posing with friends.


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It seems feels like Spring is here and it is just around the corner. The grass is growing and trees are starting to get little buds on them but you never know what mother nature will do. We would like to thank all the volunteers that put on the prime rib Valentine’s dinner, it was a great success. On Saturday, Feb. 28 the FFA will be having their annual Steak Feed from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. for only $10. Barbequed 8 oz. steak with the

THE LEARNING TREE share, let us know. Make Your Own Laundry Soap – Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m.. Rainy weather has made it muddy outside. If you’ve been outside lately, you’re probably

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in need of some good laundry soap. Would you like to be using laundry soap that is inexpensive, great at cleaning your clothes, and better for the environment than commercial soap? Come join us and learn to make your own laundry soap that does just that! Paracord Bracelets – Thursday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Come learn how to make a unique bracelet from paracord. It could even be used as a survival tool! To sign up for these classes and more, call Ellen Barttels at 509-476-2011 or check out North Valley Community School online atwww.northvalleycommunityschools.com.

Come early to get your tickets. Remember you must be present to win. Pinochle Scores are as follows: first place, Ward Seim; second place, Jerilyn Greene, low score went to Gladys Fifer and last pinochle to Jo Porter. We wish all 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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about the end of March. Mary Lou’s gift shop, Oroville, has moved to Tonasket, to the location of Hidden Treasures, which has been a great shop for many years. I’m sure the lady who operated it for those many years needs a rest and Mary Lou needed more space. Best Wishes to both of them. Isn’t it nice that it’s strawberry time again? About this time of the year we start looking for the falls, south of town that come when the snow run-off begins. They’re running and there are multiple ones, this year. It has very rainy, wet and moist, so how can there still be so much dust to contend with? Just doesn’t make sense! I’ve been on the go too much lately to know what is happening about town. Will try and do better next week.

Thanks to the Gazette-Tribune, the Nursing Home Success Team has been able to contribute this weekly column. This has been important for a couple of reasons. Not only are we keeping people updated on news as we go through changes, but we are also hoping to spread educational information so our community will be willing to support us and participate with an accurate knowledge base. We are pleased that the latest community member to move into the nursing home has adjusted well and is content to be here, taking part in the activities that are available for residents. Shortly after he was admitted he was interviewed. He stated that he enjoyed his Rehab program very much. He feels so energetic now that he would like to have an exercise bike to use to keep himself in shape. If anyone has an extra recumbent exercise bike that they would like to donate, please call Kim Black at 509486-3148. We also have a new

visitor who has been coming in to play chess with one of our residents and we understand they share that passion and both enjoy a good degree of expertise! Some of you know that our hospital, as well as Mid-Valley and Three Rivers, are Critical Access Hospitals (CAH). The name speaks for itself. There are only six CAH hospitals left in the state which have a nursing home attached like North Valley Hospital. Public hospitals, particularly rural hospitals, must balance the funds, taking dollars from more lucrative areas such as surgery or radiology and help support other areas such as the emergency room and nursing home. We are lucky to have a supportive administration, as most nursing homes attached to CAH hospitals have had to close. The letter writing campaign, which has begun since we distributed the booklets, could well be the key that opens the door to legislative minds and helps all public hospitals and nursing

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OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE COMMUNITY CALENDAR Tonasket Library Preschool Storytime TONASKET - The next Tonasket Library Preschool Storytime is Friday, Feb. 19 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Storytime is at the Tonasket Library, 209 S. Whitcomb Ave, Tonasket. Any questions please call the library at 509-486-2366.

Tonasket Food Bank Meeting TONASKET - The Tonasket Food Bank will hold its Annual Meeting on Thursday, Feb 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Tonasket Community Church. All are welcome to attend this yearly meeting to discuss the past year and envision the future.

Randy Battle Bluz Band at Winery OROVILLE – The Randy Battle Bluz Band will be performing at Esther Bricques Winery this week on Thursday, Feb. 19. The group includes seven performers bringing a wide range of instruments creating rhythm and blues sound. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Rd., Oroville. For more information, call the winery at 509-476-2861.

Molson Family Bingo MOLSON - The next Family Bingo night at the Grange will be on Friday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. Bring your friends, relatives and neighbors for an evening of fun.

It’s Showtime 2015! It’s Showtime 2015! at Vicki’s Backdoor on Main Street on Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors open at 6:30. Live music by this week by Brock Hires. Free Admission. Snacks and drinks $1 each. Proceeds benefit Oroville Public Library.

First Aid & CPR Class (English) TONASKET - A First Aid and CPR Class (English) will be held on Saturday, Feb. 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Whitestone Church basement, 577 LommisOroville Rd. Bring a sack lunch and pillow. For information call Ben Hylton at 509-223-3412, leave message.

Molson Pancake Feed MOLSON - There will be a pancake feed at the Molson Grange on Sunday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Make Your Own Laundry Soap North Valley Community School presents Make Your Own Laundry Soap on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at 6:30 p.m. Rainy weather has made it muddy outside. If you’ve been outside lately, you’re probably in need of some good laundry soap! Would you like to be using laundry soap that is inexpensive, great at cleaning your clothes, and better for the environment than commercial soap? Come join us and learn to make your own laundry soap that does just that! To sign up call Ellen Barttels at 509-476-2011.

Stroke Support Group OROVILLE - The Stroke Support Group meets next on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 10:30 a.m. at the Oroville Free Methodist Church, 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 refreshments.

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OROVILLE TRAIL CLUB MEETING OROVILLE - The February meeting of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail Club will be held Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Oroville Grange, 622 Fir St., Oroville, Washington. This meeting, our first of 2015, will be an informative meeting, with some events planning for the new hiking season. One new idea will be a Hiking/ Walking Switchboard connecting people who wish to walk the trail with others. This meeting is a great time to bring friends and join or renew past membership. Trygve Culp, our Trail Boss, will fill us in on the Skye Program and our Partnerships with Forest service, DNR and other agencies along the trail. Bring something to share with coffee, tea and juice. For more info 509-476-4072. membership and organizational meeting on Friday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m. The Meeting and Potluck will take place at the Oroville Grange, 622 Fir St., Oroville.

First Aid & CPR Class (Spanish) TONASKET - A First Aid and CPR Class (Spanish) will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Whitestone Church basement, 577 LommisOroville Rd. Bring a sack lunch and pillow. For information call Ben Hylton at 509-223-3412, leave message.

Hilstad Benefit Dinner/Auction OROVILLE - There will be a dinner and auction to benefit Ted and Renee Hilstad on Saturday, March 7 at 5 p.m. Ted was recently diagnosed with cancer and the benefit will go to help pay medical bills and other expenses. The menu will be Ranch-style Chili and fixings and the auctioneer will be Ken Neal. Come on in and support our neighbors. Auction items and donations will be gladly accepted. For information contact Kathy Noel at 509-476-2300, Denise Edwards at 509-560-3301 or Angela Larson at Angela@72Group.com. Auction items may be dropped off with Kindra Anderson at Java Junkie.

School Theatre and on Friday and Saturday, May 1 and 2 at Frank Venables Theatre in Oliver. Showtime is 8 pm. For ticket information, please check out http://www.soplayers.ca/melvilleboys.html

Practice Sessions OROVILLE - Practice Sessions, the hour long program offered by the Oroville Community Library on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the activity room will continue throughout January and February. Allene Halliday shares information about American music from the 1920’s to the 1960’s that has endured and is relevant to the present day. Steve Pollard accompanies her renditions on guitar. The presentations include performances as well as rehearsal techniques plus the history of the style of music that is still used in current entertainment venues, such as popular movies, etc. This ongoing series is free and is for all ages to enjoy. Call 509-476-2589 for additional information

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.

Chief Joseph Rock Oroville Food & Mineral Club OKANOGAN - 2015 marks 50 Bank years of the Chief Joseph Rock & Mineral Club. First 2015 meeting and no-host dinner will be Wednesday, March 11 at the Okanogan Eagles. Dinner at 5:30 p.m., meeting at 6:30 p.m. Guests welcome. Club purpose. 1 Promote the education of mineralogy and geology 2. Encourage the collecting of rocks and minerals 3. Provide field excursions to mineral collecting areas 4. promote interest in lapidary work.

Dock Side Drive OSOYOOS - Osoyoos Arts presents Dock Side Drive, a music event on Thursday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. This popular swing and show band features Swing, Blues, Jazz and Show tunes. The event takes place at the Osoyoos Community Theatre at 5800 1115th Street in Osoyoos. Tickets available at Imperial Office Supply in Osoyoos or at the door. For more information see www. osoyoosarts.

South Okanagan Amateur Players OSOYOOS - South Okanagan Amateur Players present Norm Foster’s The Melville Boys Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25 at Osoyoos Secondary

312 S. Whitcomb

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

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you there. Next month we are toying with having a St. Patrick’s day event. Will keep you posted. Our building committee is, disjointedly, or is it “haphazardly,” pursuing a solution to the floor covering dilemma in the dining room. We hope all goes well. We don’t claim to be “professional,” any more, but we’ll work on it. We are Seniors, after all. And, in all cases, keep your sense of


The Valentines Breakfast went well. We served 43. Thanks go to all who helped. (Cory Dills came down from the Highlands to show us how to use the “Grill.” Thanks Cory.) Potluck Sunday is the second Sunday of the month, only. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The meal is served at 1 p.m., with Double Deck(?) Pinochle afterwards. See

humor. Don’t forget your dues. Tilly Porter reported that five of the computers need to be set up. On Thursday, Feb. 19 there will be a “set up” workshop to prep the computers between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. We are still in the process of purchasing tables and will be having classes soon. The word for the day is “Indubitably.” I’ll put it in a sentence: I once knew a stubborn man, I was the stubborner one than he, “The humbler, too!” I pridefully, said, Indubitably. Pinochle report: Door prize, Nellie Paulson; Pinochle, Dolly Engelbretson; High Man, Dave Russel and High Women, Evelyn Dull.


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Faith Lutheran Church

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

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

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

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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. Visit us on the web: www.OrovilleUMC.org 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.

Trinity Episcopal

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 602 Central Ave., Oroville Pastor Stephen Williams • www.tonasketbiblechurch.org Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Sun. Worship Service 9:30 am Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th Sun. Christian Education Hour 11 am • Sun. Eve. Service 6 pm Healing Service: 1st Sunday “SANCTIFY THEM IN TRUTH; YOUR The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 WORD IS TRUTH.” JOHN 17:17 Warden • 476-2022

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist

1516 Fir Street • 509-476.2311 Sunday School 9:15 am Worship Service 10:15am office@orovillefmc.org 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. • ocbf@ymail.com Mark Fast, Pastor www.BrotherOfTheSon.com

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

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 11 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Saturday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110

Immanuel Lutheran Church

1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15

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

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

Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

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

Tonasket Community UCC

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

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

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


Come visit us in friendly downtown Tonasket!


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Public Notice Substantial development court ordered hijack of Hwy 20E. Dangerous driveway is now a road no permits needed. Site will not pass sight distance requirements or floodplain issues. It’s been 10 years since the courts cut the chain on the gate and tried to bring in 60+ homes. I removed the red tagged bridge. I’m in debt $75,000. I no longer own my home and have a permanent protection order by the driving public not to interfere. The courts proclaimed that no permits are needed. Permit #4078 is now a trailhead for anyone to use. The D.O.T. fears the courts and you should also. Their permit system is dysfunctional by design-court ordered. Public involvement needed to save your life or the lives of others. I will be in jail for 1 year because I told you the truth and interfered. rrylander.info rylpublic.info for comments coming soon

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FIRST AID & CPR CLASS (Spanish) will be held on Saturday, February 28th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Whitestone Church basement 577 Loomis Oroville Rd. Bring a sack lunch and a pillow. For information, call Ben Hylton 509-223-3412 leave message. FIRST AID & CPR CLASS (Spanish) will be held on Saturday, February 21st, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Whitestone Church basement 577 Loomis Oroville Rd. Bring a sack lunch and a pillow. For information, call Ben Hylton 509-223-3412 leave message.


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Groundman Okanogan County PUD has an opening for a Groundman. A current Washington State driver’s license with Class A commercial endorsement required. Electrical, electronic and mechanical experience preferred. Must have good communication skills and work well with others. High school diploma or equivalency required plus pre-apprentice lineman school. Must have or obtain a first aid / CPR card and flagging traffic control card. Applications & resumes will be accepted through Friday, February 27, 2015 at Okanogan County PUD, Attn: Human Resources, P.O. Box 912, Okanogan, WA 98840-0912. Applications may also be faxed or emailed to 509-422-8416, laurar@okpud.org. Okanogan PUD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Public Notices CITY OF OROVILLE REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS The City of Oroville is requesting statements of qualifications (SOQs) from consulting firms for the development of a roster for engineering services with respect to projects from January, 2015 through December 31, 2017. Projects that are currently in design or construction phases are excluded. An immediate need is for Airport related services; therefore, firms interested in this area must address experience with design, environmental, and construction, meeting criteria and standards for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Washington State Aviation and other potential state and federal funding sources. Additional detail for the Airport project is available on the city’s website, www.oroville-wa.com, or may be provided upon request to the city clerk’s office. The City of Oroville reserves the right to retain the services of a Consultant for any and all subsequent phases for the Airport project. Future projects may include water, wastewater, street, architecture, landscape architecture and land survey; and may be (funded or partially funded) through the State of Washington Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program with federal funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Washington, the departments of Ecology, Health, and/or Transportation, the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office; the Federal Aviation Administration, Economic Development Administration and/or the Environmental Protection Agency, and not necessarily limited to the named sources. The City of Oroville reserves the right to retain the services of one Consultant for all engineering services, or to utilize a roster to retain the services of consultants particularly qualified in one or more areas of engineering. Statements must specify the type of engineering services a firm desires to provide, descriptions of experience with relative projects, references, and resumes of proposed project engineers. Fees and project scopes will be negotiated for each project. Five copies of the SOQs must be submitted to the City of Oroville no later than 4:00 pm, March 13, 2015. Firms of interest in each area of interest will then be scheduled to attend an interview in Oroville for final selection process on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The City of Oroville is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and encourages minority and women owned firms to submit. The City of Oroville, in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 78 Stat. 252, 42 U.S.C. 2000d to 2000d-4 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, Part 21, Nondiscrimination in Federally-assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, disadvantaged business enterprise as defined at 49 CFR Part 23 will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or sex in consideration for an award. For further information, contact Rod Noel, City Supt., at 509-476-2106 or JoAnn Denney, Clerk-Treasurer, 509-476-2926, ext. 10. Mailing address is PO Box 2200, Oroville, WA 98844. ATTEST: JoAnn Denney Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 12, 19, 2015. #OVG614541 PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 2/23/15 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 1993 Cadillac Deville Lic# 585-ZJN Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 19, 2015. #OVG613836 VENDOR LIST OROVILLE-TONASKET IRRIGATION DISTRICT As authorized under RCW 87.03.437 and Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District Resolution No. 2010-03, the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District is advertising for vendors who desire to be placed on the vendor list for materials, supplies, or equipment which cost less than $40,000.00. The Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District is an equal opportunity employer and seeks participation from women and minority vendors. Vendor list application must be submitted to the manager of the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District, PO Box 1729; Oroville, WA 98844. Inquiries and requests for applications may be directed to the manager at 509-476-3696. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 19, 26, 2015. #OVG615818

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC HEARING Double S Meats Annexation NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the City Council of the City of Tonasket has set the date and time to conduct an open record public hearing on a petition filed by Double S Meats, Inc. to annex territory including their property into the City of Tonasket. The territory is commonly known as 38 Tonasket Shop Road, Tonasket, Washington. Also known as Assessor’s Tax Parcel No.: 3727210060 with an abbreviated description: TAX 60 PT N1/2 NW NW NW/HWY ELY/RR together with the abutting railroad right-of-way. The City Council of the City of Tonasket will be conducting an open record public hearing in accordance with RCW 35A.14.130 to take relevant testimony from the public, review the proposed annexation ordinance and to make a decision on the proposed annexation. This hearing will take place during the City Council’s regularly scheduled February 24, 2015 meeting. The meeting is to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber Room, City Hall, 209 Whitcomb Avenue, South, Tonasket, please consult the agenda as to what order of business the hearing is. All interested persons are invited to appear and voice approval or disapproval of the annexation. Persons desiring to provide written comments on the proposal or attain party of record status, must file said comments or intentions with the Clerk’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m. the date of the hearing. All persons requiring assistance in accessing City Hall or need other assistance are requested to contact City Hall at (509) 486-2132 prior to the hearing. The petition, resolution, property descriptions, maps and the text of the draft ordinance are available for inspection or purchase, please contact the Clerk’s Office, City Hall during normal business hours or visit the City’s website at www.tonasketcity.org and follow the Public Notice links. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 19, 2015. #OVG615717

The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Telephone: (877) 894-4663 Website:www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/ homeownership/post_purchase_ counselors_foreclosure.htm The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Telephone: (800) 569-4287 Website:www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/ sfh/hcc/fc/index.cfm?webListAction= search&searchstate=WA&filterSvc= dfc The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: (800) 606-4819 Website: http://nwjustice.org/what-clear I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned Trustee, Bruce J. Blohowiak will on February 27th 2015 at the hour of 10:00 a.m., inside the main entrance of the Okanogan County Courthouse, 149 3rd Avenue North, Okanogan, WA 98840, sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable at the time of sale, the following described real property, situated in the County of Okanogan, State of Washington, towit THE NORTH HALF OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE NORTH HALF OF THE NORTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 24, TOWNSHIP 34 NORTH, RANGE 29 EAST, W.M. OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON TOGETHER WITH A CERTAIN 2010 MANUFACTURED HOME WITH THE SERIAL #A000096, MODEL #1018A000096, MANUFACTURER’S NAME OF CHAMPION WITH HUD NUMBERS OF IDA230814, IDA230815, IDA230816 WITH THE DIMENSIONS OF 26 X 60. which is subject to a Deed of Trust Deed of Trust wherein dated July 29, 2011 wherein Arthur Schipper and Patricia Boyce were the Grantors; Security Title Guaranty, Omak, WA the Trustee; and Horizon Credit Union, the Beneficiary, which Deed of Trust was recorded under Auditor’s File No. 3165981, records of Okanagan County, Washington. II. No action commenced by the beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: 1. Failure to pay monthly payments 1,151.62 for the months of January 2014 through October 2014 $11,516.20 2. The failure to pay Late Charges: $430.74 3. Current foreclosure costs and fees: a.Cost of Title Report for foreclosure $576.17 b.Service/Posting Notice of Default $70.40 c. Copying (est) $5.00 d. Postage (est) $21.57 e. Attorney’s Fee $750.00 f. Escrow/impound overdraft $803.11 TOTAL CHARGES, COSTS AND FEES $14,173.19 IV. The sum owing on the obligation(s) secured by the Deed of Trust are as follows: Principal $ 163,292.63 together with interest as provided in the note or other instrument secured from December 1st 2013, and/or as advanced and such other costs and fees as are due under the note or other instrument secured, and as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. The sale will be made without warranty, express or implied regarding title, possession, or encumbrances on February 27th 2015. The default(s) referred to in paragraph III, must be cured by February 16th 2015 (11 days before the sale date), to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time on or before February 16th 2015, the default(s) as set forth in paragraph III is/are cured and the Trustee’s fees

and costs are paid. The sale may be terminated any time after February 16th 2015 and before the sale, by the Borrower, Grantor(s), any Guarantor, or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance paying the entire principal and interest secured by the Deed of Trust, plus costs, fees, and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written notice of default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following addresses: Patricia Boyce 126 Hayden Creek Rd. Omak, WA 98841 Arthur Schipper 126 Hayden Creek Rd. Omak, WA 98841 Arthur Schipper P.O. Box 4271 Omak, WA 98841 by both first-class and certified mail, return receipt requested, on the 18th day of August 2014 proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served on the 4th day of September 2014 with said written notice of default or the written notice of default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the abovedescribed property. IX. Anyone having any objection to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. X. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS The purchaser at the trustee’s sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the grantor under the Deed of Trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the Deed of Trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060 and the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act of 2009. XI. THIS IS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE XII. CONDITIONS OF SALE Any Trustee’s Sale is subject to a bankruptcy filing, a payoff, a reinstatement (if otherwise allowed) or any conditions of which the Trustee is not aware of that would cause the cancellation of this sale as to the real property described herein or any portion of said real property. Further, if any of these conditions exist, any sale will be null and void, the successful bidder’s funds shall be returned, and the Trustee and the Beneficiary shall not be liable to the successful bidder for any damages, costs and/or attorney fees. The sale of the property will be made without covenant or warranty regarding title, possession(s), encumbrances or condition. DATED: October 13th, 2014 By/s/Bruce J. Blohowiak Bruce J. Blohowiak, Successor Trustee 201W. North River Drive, Ste 500 Spokane, WA 99201 509-777-1388, Ext.2 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on January 29 and February 19, 2015. #OVG609909

PUBLIC NOTICE Contractors and Vendors Lists As authorized under RCW 35.23.352(2), and RCW 35.23.352(8), the City of Oroville is updating their Small Works Roster, consisting of contractors interested in performing work for the City of Oroville which is estimated to cost less than $100,000 and their Vendor’s List, consisting of vendors interested in providing supplies, materials, equipment or services between $7,500 and $15,000 through telephone and/or written quotations. In awarding contracts for such projects, the City of Oroville shall invite proposals from all appropriate contractors or vendors who have requested to be included on the Small Works Roster and/or Vendors List, and shall select the lowest responsible bid. All contractors and vendors, where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered in this state. The City of Oroville actively seeks participation by minority or women owned firms who otherwise qualify. Individual Assurity Bonds acceptable. Forms may be secured at the Oroville City Hall or by calling 509-4762926. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 5, 19, 2015. #OVG613640

Wenatchee D.O.T. P.U.D. welcome Phone welcome. Posted on Property. WAC458-61-550 Excise tax exempt South of Creek Abandoned roadbed. W.A.C. 197-11-960 Roger Rylander 288 Howard End Rd. Tonasket, WA 98855 /s/Roger Rylander Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 2015. #OVG611291


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Abbr. Legal Description: N1/2 N 1/2 N1/2NW,24-34-29 Tax Parcel No.: 3429244005 Deed of Trust No. 3165981 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date on this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to mediation if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following:

Public Notice Posted Proclamation of Reclamation Abandoned State Hwy. 4 (now S.R. 2OE) circa 1932-2015 Feb. 1, 2015 To be recorded on Parcel nos. 3727260002-3727260005-37272600 06 all in Okanogan Co. WA. From Feb. 1, 2015 is unified non-abandonment linked to parcel 3727264005 Homestead-Farmstead Roger Rylander. I Roger Rylander have maintained, improved and paid delinquent property taxes on said parcels. I am the first person to have property identified as segregated and recorded nonabandonment of such property. I am the First person in recorded history to do so. I will improve the premises and relocate my driveway from mile marker 264.28 to a point that is the safest to all people of the State of Washington. State property is 100% free of encumbrances and when abandoned is 100% free of encumbrances. Now and Forever to be entered into county taxed land. I do so willingly. Records of said Abandoned 1932 roadway are kept int he maproom basement at the


PUBLIC NOTICE Contractors and Vendors List As authorized under RCW 35.23.352 (2), and RCW 35.23.352(8), the City of Tonasket is updating their Small Works Roster, consisting of contractors interested in performing work for the City of Tonasket which is estimated to cost less than $300,000.00 and their Vendors List, consisting of vendors interested in providing supplies, materials, equipment or services between $7,500.00 and $15,000.00 through telephone and/or written quotations. In awarding contracts for such projects, the City of Tonasket shall invite proposals from all appropriate contractors or vendors who have requested to be included on the Small Works Roster and/or Vendors List, and shall select the lowest responsible bid. The City reserves the right to refuse any and all bids. All contractors and vendors, where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered in this state. The City of Tonasket actively seeks participation by minority or women owned firms who otherwise qualify. Forms may be obtained at Tonasket City Hall or by calling 509-486-2132. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 12, 19, 2015. #OVG614834

SUPERIOR COURT, STATE OF WASHINGTON, COUNTY OF SPOKANE In the Matter of the Estate of SUZETTE M. TUCKER, Deceased. No. 15400209-2 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court. 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 1.40.020(1)(c); or (4) 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 non probate assets. Date of First Publication: February 19, 2015 Personal Representative: Rogene E. Wood Address: 1520 S. David Spokane Valley, WA 99212. Attorney for the Personal Representative: Greg M. Devlin Address: 601 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 1900 Spokane, WA 99201 /s/Greg M. Devlin Greg M. Devlin, WSBA #7228 Attorney for Personal Representative Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 19, 26 and March 5, 2015. #OVG615711


NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR A ZONING CODE TEXT AMENDMENT, ISSUANCE OF A DETERMINATION OF NON-SIGNIFICANCE (DNS) UNDER SEPA AND PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE MATTER ORO RA 15-1 Official Date of Notice: February 19th, 2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT Oroville Reman & Reload, Inc. of Oroville, Washington are the petitioners for a zoning code text amendment which was filed on February 12, 2015. Project Description: Revise Chapter 17.60 Spatial Requirements of the Oroville Municipal Code to provide allowance for the exceeding lot coverage where an alternative approved method of addressing storm-water dispersal is provided. The proposal site is: The Service Commercial District also known as Commercial Two (C-2) Zoning District which is primarily located in the northern and southern portions of town abutting Main Street and Highway 97, Oroville, Washington. The lead agency for this proposal, which is the City of Oroville Community Development Department, has determined that it does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after a review of a completed environmental checklist provided by the agency and other information on file with the lead agency. This DNS has been issued under WAC 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal until after 14 days from the official date of notice. The public is invited to attain a party of record status to ensure notification of subsequent actions and/or have standing in an appeal of the final decision by providing written comment on the application or requesting a copy of the decision once made. The City of Oroville Planning Commission will hold an open record public hearing on the proposed text amendments during their regularly scheduled March 4, 2015 meeting. The meeting is to begin at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chamber Room, Oroville City Hall, you should consult the agenda as to what order the hearing is. Upon conclusion of the hearing the Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the City Council. The City Council of the City of Oroville will hold an open record public hearing on the Planning Commission’s recommendation during their regularly scheduled March 17, 2015 meeting. This meeting is to begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber Room, Oroville City Hall, you should consult the agenda as to what order the hearing is. Upon conclusion of the hearing the City Council will then make a final decision on the petition. The completed project file, Petition/Application, SEPA Checklist, maps and related Municipal Codes are available for inspection and/or purchase during normal business hours at the Clerk’s Office, City Hall, 1308 Ironwood, Oroville. Or by visiting the City’s website at www.oroville-wa.com and follow the Public Notice links. Written comments must be filed no later than 4 p.m. 3/4/2015 to be part of the SEPA record of the decision. Any person desiring to express their views or to be notified of the action taken on this application should notify the undersigned responsible official at P.O. Box 2200, Oroville, WA 98844 at (509)560-3534 or cjohnson.oroville@nvinet.com. Dated this 2/12/2015 Christian D. Johnson, Permit Administrator This notice is given pursuant to Section 17.100.050 OMC, appeals under SEPA shall be processed under Chapter 8.24 OMC and appeals of the final decision on this application may be filed by a party of record with standing in Okanogan County Superior Court within 21 days of issuance of the decision as provided by Chapter 36.70C RCW. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on February 19, 2015. #OVG615821

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EAST WENATCHEE - Feb. 15, 2015 - Lily Hilderbrand has her free throw stroke back, and that is a big reason the Oroville girls basketball team is still alive in the district tournament after a 41-39 white-knuckler over Waterville. Hilderbrand hit four pressurepacked free throws in the final 28 seconds, extending her high school career for at least one more night. Both came in one-and-one situations, the first coming with the Hornets trailing 39-37. With the score tied, Waterville

tried to work the ball for the winning shot, but Hilderbrand drew another foul while rebounding a Shocker miss with eight seconds left. She hit both, and Mikayla Scott drew a charge under the basket as Waterville tried to drive for the game-tying score. “She’s always been a great free throw shooter, so a couple of games she’s had there recently have been surprising,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “But there’s nobody you’d rather see at the line in that situation than Lily.” Ice cold from the field during Wednesday’s disappointing loss to White Swan, the Hornets hit eight 3-pointers against the Shockers. Hannah Hilderbrand hit four herself in the first half

as Oroville edged out to a 22-19 lead. Hilderbrand’s 3-pointer to open the third quarter gave the Hornets a 36-28 lead, but as it turned out, that was the last shot Oroville would make from the floor. The Shockers went on an 11-1 run to take a two-point lead and put the Hornets’ season in mortal danger before Hilderbrand’s clutch free throw shooting. She finished with 19 points and Hannah Hilderbrand had 12 for Oroville (14-8). “We were ahead, and started throwing the ball away,” Bourn said. “When they were in a zone, our corner offense worked pretty well.” Waterville fueled its comeback by switching to a man-to-man

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Oroville’s Kali Peters ties up a White Swan defender under the basket during district tournament play. defense in down the stretch. Elaina Thomsen led the Shockers (9-12) with 16 points. The Hornets take on Kittitas on Thursday afternoon at 3:15 p.m. at Eastmont High School, needing a win to keep their season alive.

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Faith Martin has the unenviable task of trying to slow down White Swan center Emily Botkin on a fast break during the Hornets’ first round district tournament loss last Wednesday.

WHITE SWAN 60, OROVILLE 32 EAST WENATCHEE - Feb. 11, 2015 - There may not be any official designation for a team’s nemesis, but White Swan certainly qualifies as such for the Oroville girls basketball team. Of course that’s been true for a lot of teams as the Cougars are gunning for their fifth straight district title. White Swan took that first step Wednesday, handing the Hornets a district tournament defeat, this time to the tune of a 60-32 beating that never really was close. White Swan quickly took a 10

point lead, and after the Hornets crept to within 14-10 - mostly on free throws - the Cougars went on a lengthy 31-8 run. “They were quicker, bigger and stronger,” said Oroville coach Mike Bourn. “(Emily) Botkin is quicker and has really improved her footwork since last year. When we played them last year in districts she had just four points. Not tonight.” The Cougars, quicker at nearly every position, plus having a size advantage in the middle Botkin, weather early foul trouble. The Hornets did not. While the Cougars’ fouls were somewhat distributed up and down their lineup, Hannah Hilderbrand quickly picked up three fouls in the first quarter, then fouled out two minutes into the third quarter.

“When Hannah goes out, we panic,” Bourn said. “We had 16 turnovers in the first half, and missed 10 free throws. You can’t do that, anything close to that, against a team like White Swan.” The Hornets spent plenty of time at the free throw line, taking 30 shots but missing 18 of them. White Swan made 12 but needed only 18 attempts. But White Swan’s fast break was something the Hornets could not stop, and with Hannah Hilderbrand out of the lineup, Lily Hilderbrand rarely had just one defender to deal with. She still scored 16 points, including a half-court shot at final buzzer that probably was the Hornets’ highlight of the game. Cayla Jones slashed her way to 19 points for the Cougars (16-4), with Botkin adding 18.

Warden ends Tigers tournament run Free throws a big factor in Tiger’s season BY BRENT BAKER HALFBAKED@OKVALLEYSPORTS.COM

EAST WENATCHEE - Feb. 14, 2015 - Poor free throw shooting ended up defining what could have been a much more successful season for the Tonasket boys basketball team. Issues at the free throw line played a huge hand in five close losses in the second half of the season, and were a factor yet again Saturday in the Tigers’ 55-47 season-ending loss to Warden. “Free throws, again,” said Tonasket coach Mike Larson.

“It’s a tough, tough one. It’s the same thing as the first time we played Warden. They hit free throws, we don’t, and they win the game.” The Tigers trailed nearly the entire game, but never by much. The final score was Warden’s largest margin. But with three minutes to go and the Cougars leading 46-39, it looked like Warden was ready to put the game away. That was when Tonasket responded with back-to-back 3-pointers from Ethan Bensing and Jesse Ramon. David Moreno picked off a Warden pass to give Tonasket a chance to take the lead, but Warden’s Connor Haynes made a steal of his own, took it the other way and was fouled while scoring. His free throw put Warden up by four, and the Tigers got no closer than three points as Warden hit six straight

to make it into the post-season. Maybe next year, it won’t be a goal just to get here but to get to the regional round. Everyone has turnover, everyone will have a different team. It’ll be our job in the off-season to get the kids in camps and the gym this summer and improve the little parts of our game.”

BREWSTER 82, TONASKET 38 EAST WENATCHEE - Feb. 11, 2015 - Tonasket hasn’t matched up well with Brewster all season. Then again, no one but Okanogan in the 2B ranks has managed to challenge the Bears. The Tigers gave Brewster their best shot in the first quarter, getting hot from the outside and staying within five points heading to the second quarter. But then reality set in to the tone of a 27-4 second period and Brewster was on its way to an 82-38 first round district tournament victory. “I have to give Tonasket credit; they started strong,” said Brewster coach Tim Taylor. “Especially

No. 22 (Adrian McCarthy), he hit a couple of 3s. I think with it being the first district game, we had a few nerves as well.” McCarthy hit two triples in the opening quarter and finished with a team-high 19 points for the Tigers. “But then we just clamped down on defense,” Taylor said. “We forced a lot of turnovers and those led to scores. It creates a lot of energy when you can convert those to points; and all of a sudden we’re up 30.” The Bears focused their suffocating defense on the Tonasket’s Colton Leep as much as anyone, holding the Tigers’ leading scorer without a point. “We were able to keep Leep outside for the most part and did a good job of containing him,” Taylor said. The Tigers, for their part, spent a lot of defensive capital on containing Brewster’s Timbo Taylor, but the Bears have plenty of other weapons and used them. Josh Hammons finished with 22 points and Chance Williams had 19.

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The Tigers’ Jesse Ramon scores two of his 13 points against Warden.

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Tonasket’s Ethan Bensing (10) and Adrian McCarthy (22) double team Warden’s Connor Haynes during Saturday’s contest.

free throws to close out the game. “That was a dagger,” Larson said of Haynes’ three point play. “But we’re not in that position if we make our free throws earlier.” The Tigers were 7-of-14 from the line, while Warden finished 15-of-19. Tonasket started the game slowly as Warden used the shooting of J.R. Delgado and a huge advantage on the glass to take a 16-10 lead. “They had 11 offensive rebounds in the first quarter,” Larson said. “If we get half of those, that’s at least six points right there that they don’t score. “All season we’ve had a hard time getting the 50/50 balls. When you’re not getting those, the other team is, and they usually end up on top.” Ramon’s 3-pointer to close the first half closed Warden’s lead to 23-21. The teams traded baskets

through the third quarter, which ended Sergio Vela dropped in a 30-foot desperation hook shot at the third quarter buzzer to give Warden a 36-34 lead. Delgado finished 18 and Haynes had 13 to lead Warden (16-6), which plays Mabton in another loser out game on Thursday. Bensing finished with 16 points, Ramon had 13 and Adrian McCarthy scored nine for the Tigers (8-14). “Hey we got three playoff games this year a bunch of good experience,” Larson said. “We just have to continue to grow from this. Hopefully the underclassmen got enough of a taste to want to work hard and get back at it. “We need to change the culture to where Tonasket expects to go to the playoffs, not the opposite. It should be our expectation

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Local author teaches love of others from unconditional love of self BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Lynda Jamysen believes in order to fully love others, you first have to love yourself fully. “If we all knew how truly amazing we are and the power we have in our thoughts and hearts, and operated from unconditional love rather than fear, insecurity and scarcity, this world would be a very different place,” Jamysen states. The author and illustrator of Have Your Cupcake & Eat It Too! Inspirational Intentions to Sweeten Your Life appeared at MaryLou Kriner’s Hidden Treasures in Tonasket on Valentine’s Day, signing copies of her book and passing on messages of love and wisdom, hard-earned over a lifetime of what she described as being a “Master people-pleaser.” “I have spent a lifetime doing what everyone else wanted me to do, without regard for myself and what I like. I forgot about myself every moment of every day,” Jamysen said, explaining that she grew up believing anyone who ‘let themselves matter’ was considered ‘selfish’ and ‘in need of forgiveness.’ “In the end, I ended up discounted, taken for granted, and feeling used, unhappy, unloved, resentful, and, finally, angry,” Jamysen said. “The biggest surprise was that the end result was so unloving. I thought I was being unselfish and loving my whole life by doing things for and considering others before myself all the time.” Jamysen, a bookkeeper and business consultant, has worked as an administrator her entire adult life. “I’ve always been great at it, just as I was perfect at doing a lot of things,” Jamysen said about striving to keep others pleased. She said the transition in her life began ten years ago,

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Tonasket Tiger Jorge Juarez wrestles Liberty Bell’s Jacob McMillan taking a major 9-0 decision. He was the only Tiger to take a regional title in Spokane last Saturday.

Tigers third at regionals, send nine to state BY BRENT BAKER


SPOKANE - Feb. 14, 2015 - Warden stamped itself as the clear state title favorite in the 1B/2B classification with its performance at the East Regional meet on Saturday. The Cougars advanced five to the championship matches, winning one, to run up 159.5 points. Reardan (113) edged Tonasket (107) for second place, with Liberty Bell (95) claiming fourth. Among North Central Washington schools, Liberty Bell got the most out of the least in getting four of its six regional qualifiers into championship matches. Five Mountain Lions in all advance to the state finals. Tonasket was the local team with the most state qualifiers, sending six to the Tacoma Dome. But not everything went according to plan for the Tigers. Tonasket hoped to challenge Warden for the regional title as both had 14 wrestlers in the mix. And while the Tigers will send six wrestlers to the state finals at the Tacoma Dome on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 20-21, as well as three alternates, Coach Dave

Mitchell had hoped for more. Tonasket went 17-27 in its matches for the day; by comparison, Warden was 23-20, Reardan went 17-14 and fourth place Liberty Bell was 13-7. “It was a rough day for the Tigers,” he said. “But we are optimistic and excited to get to the state meet this weekend.” Jorge Juarez (152 pounds) claimed the Tigers’ lone regional title, pinning his opening round opponent, beating teammate Ryan Rylie in the semifinals and taking a 9-0 major decision over Liberty Bell’s Jacob McMillan. Trevor Peterson (132) continued with his breakthrough season with a runner-up finish, coming up two points short of a regional title in a 9-7 loss to LibertySpangle’s Kain Feltwell. Other state qualifiers included Frank Holfeltz (3rd, 195), Austin Knowlton (4th, 170), Chad Edwards (4th, 285) and Zach Lofthus (5th, 160). Taking sixth and qualifying as state alternates were Rylie, Tim Freese (106) and Rade Pilkinton (126). The state finals meet gets underway on Friday at 10 a.m., with doors opening to the public at 8:45 a.m.

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Local author Lynda Jamysen signs one of her books “Have your cupcake and eat it to” for Willie Penner at Hidden Treasures in Tonasket. when an abusive husband left her and the church she was attending split apart. As she examined her roles in life, Jamysen said she discovered herself to be dependent on others for approval, an external form of validation she needed to change to an internal form. “Saying no may be very challenging at first, and considering yourself may feel awkward, weird, wrong, etc. But trust me when I say that this is one of the best things you can do for yourself. It’s also one of the most loving things you can do for your dear ones,” Jamysen said. She points out that nonjudgmental acceptance of the self leads to nonjudgmental acceptance of others. “Unconditionally loving yourself means you understand that when you’re tired or when you’re mad at someone, you are still lovable. Animals are a prime example of unconditional love, and

that is the kind of love you have to turn inward. When you have that kind of love within, the outside world changes and you actually love people more. People can be totally judgmental of you and crabby toward you and that’s okay because you don’t have to take it personally; you aren’t relying on their approval or love.” Jamysen said the change isn’t something that can happen in a day, and it wasn’t easy for her to go from being a people-pleaser to making her own decisions for herself. “But was it worth it? Absolutely!” she said with a laugh, adding, “You have to choose change—it doesn’t just happen by osmosis. Life beats people up. But this whole journey has made me a lot more understanding and a lot more accepting.” Jamysen said her target audience is Christians, and said she hopes they will listen to her story, adding “women in particular think

we have to surrender ourselves to our mates and our children. But Jesus did not teach codependency, he taught loving self unconditionally. It is a perversion of love that is lauded as unconditional love in religion and society today.” Jamysen urges readers to “follow your joy.” “When you forget yourself, eventually you resent life and all joy leaves you. But since choosing to follow my joy, my life has been radically changed. I can promise you, once you decide to follow your joy, you will never go back.” Jamysen lives in the Okanogan Highlands with her husband, Scott Miller. Her book can be purchased online at through Amazon or Barnes and Noble or at haveyourcupcaketoo.com. It’s also available at Hidden Treasures and Roy’s Pharmacy in Tonasket, through the Cup Cake Queen bakery in Omak, and at Trail’s End Bookstore in Winthrop.

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KIM LEIGH PYATT Kim Leigh Pyatt, age 60, passed away Friday, February 13, 2015 at Lakeland Village in Medical Lake. He was born at St. Martin’s Hospital in Tonasket on July 5, 1954 to parents Paul and Colleen Pyatt. Kim lived in Aeneas Valley on the Pyatt ranch for a time moving to Seattle and then back to the ranch. He lived most of his life at Lakeland Village, the school for the happiness of children at Medical Lake. Kim was a very happy special child who loved everyone he met. He is survived by his mother: Colleen Love Pyatt Picard; an aunt: Darlene (Robert) Tracey; step sister: Marlene Picard; four cousins of the Tracey’s and four cousins of the Pyatt’s and many friends at Lakeland Village. Kim was preceded in death by his father, Paul Pyatt; brother, Mike Pyatt; step father, Calvin Picard; both grandmothers and grandfathers; two aunts, two uncles and two cousins. Graveside Services will be held on Friday, February 20, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Tonasket Cemetery with Rev. Claude Roberts, officiating. Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory in care of arrangements.

MARGARET LOUISE BYERS Margaret Louise Beyers, 89, passed away peacefully on January 30, 2015, with her family by her side. She was born on October 16, 1925, to Oren E. Lambert and Elvena E. (Butcher) Lambert. Her mother died in 1926 when Margaret was 14-months-old. Oren later married Elsa Spaulding who came into the family with her two daughters, Betty Babb and Peggy Schwingler. Margaret graduated from Spangle High School. She and Bill Byers were married on October 23, 1944. They lived in the Spokane area where their three children were born. In 1951, they moved their family to a cattle ranch near Chesaw, Washington. They worked tirelessly on the ranch raising wheat and cattle until they retired and returned to Spokane in 2000. Bill passed away in 2009. Margaret continued to live by herself up to the end, vowing not to be a burden to anyone. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 64 years, and her sisters. She is survived by her children, Sally (DuWayne) Billigmeier of Thornton, Wash; Janet (Gary) Bainter of Walla Walla, Wash. and Jay (Rena) Byers of Moses Lake, Wash.; her grandchildren, Todd (Shannon) Billigmeier, Travis (Shannon) Billigmeier, and Tiffany Billigmeier; Eden and Tai Bainter; and Dawn (Doug) Heckathorn; Craig (Jennifer) Byers, and Kari Byers; and ten great grandchildren. At her request, there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane or to a charity of your choice.

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Daniel “Dan” Charles Smith, 70, of Tonasket, Wash., died Jan. 30, 2015 at his home in Ellisforde. Dan was born to Charles and Doris Smith in Deer Lodge, Montana. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Pamela Smith They owned Dan’s Ellisforde Market for more than 46 years. He is survived by son Darren Smith of Tonasket and daughter Kadel Mergens of Wilton Manors, Flor. In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to the local Hospice care. Precht-HarrisonNearents Chapel and the Okanogan County Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.

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to Tonasket in 2001 where he built his home and became active in Back Country Horseman of Washington where he served in several officer positions in the local Okanogan Valley Chapter as well as committee chairman for the State organization. You can see the product of his work at the PNTA/Whistler Canyon trailhead just south of Oroville. David is survived by his wife Margaret, children Mark




Steven Lloyd Lewis

West Coast from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Eureka, Calif. He was also a company liaison for projects in Sweden and Saudi Arabia. David’s hobbies included golf and skiing, but his passion was for boating in the San Juan Islands. He was a member and active participant in the Swinomish Yacht Club and eventually retired in 1992 to Lopez Island. Looking for more sunshine, he moved

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ed Wenatchee Valley College in Omak for a short time. In 2005, he attended Green River College and received an Associate of Arts degree in Literature. He was extremely intelligent and creative. One of his professors once said that what he liked about Steve was that he could “think outside the box.” Steve worked most of his life in landscaping and did beautiful work in refinishing furniture. He was a hard worker and was always willing to help out wherever he was needed. Steve enjoyed anything that had to do with the outdoors, woodworking, reading, listening to music and playing his treasured guitar. He also had a special gift for writing poetry. Steve loved and enjoyed most of his family and getting together with friends around a warm fire He is survived by his Parents: Grant and Elsa Lewis of Oroville; two brothers: Tom Lewis of Kennewick and Allen Lewis of Spokane; two Sisters: Marcy Divine of Oroville and Mikki Lewis of Spokane two nieces and three nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, Stafford and Mary Lewis of Oroville and John and Francis Bork of Oliver, BC Memorial Services will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Oroville with Pastor Leon Alden, officiating. A potluck luncheon will follow the service. Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory is in care of arrangements.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, February 19, 2015  

February 19, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, February 19, 2015  

February 19, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune