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‘Red Carpet’ event celebrating 81 years BY GARY A. DEVON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – “Red Carpet Magic” is the theme for this year’s Oroville May Festival which marks the 81st Anniversary of Oroville’s premier annual event. The festivities start with the coronation which takes place on Friday at 7 p.m. at Oroville High School, followed by a mini lighted parade down Main Street and then the Royal Ball at the Pastime Bar & Grill. This year’s royalty are Queen Ellamae Burnell and Princesses Mikayla Scott and Faith Martin. They invite everyone to come and enjoy the weekend which has a wide range of activities so most will find something they can enjoy. While the Royal Ball is new for this

year, most of the May Festival traditions remain the same as they have for generations. Perhaps the most widely enjoyed by Orovillites and their visitors is the Grand Parade, which starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and makes its way down Main Street, turning west at Central. Plan to get your seats early because the sidewalks get crowded with onlookers. Following the parade Queen Ellamae and Princesses Faith and Mikayla hold court with other school and visiting royalty on the lawn in front of the high school. The traditional May Pole Dance, with roots in the festivals early day beginnings also takes place then. Of course, the day actually begins with the May Festival Bass Tournament at Deep Bay Park at 5 a.m. There’s also a pancake feed at the American Legion that starts at 6 a.m. and goes to 9 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run is from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and draws many who run, but several who enjoy a good walk.


NVH Commissioner Hughes resigns Extended Care hopes to find NA-C recruits among high school graduates BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Oroville May Festival Royalty - Queen Ellamae Burnell and Princesses Mikayla Scott and Faith Martin welcome everyone to share in Oroville’s 81st May Festival this weekend. The festival starts with a coronation on Friday, followed by a lighted mini-parade and then a Royal Ball. Saturday is full of events, including a Bass Tournament, Fun Run, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, barbecue, car show and much more. The main event of the day is the Grand Parade which starts at 10 a.m. and is followed by the traditional May Pole Dancers in front of Oroville High School on the lawn. For a complete schedule see page B1.

TONASKET - North Valley Hospital (NVH) Commissioner Theresa Hughes has tendered her resignation, effective at the end of May. Hughes, who ran against Lael Duncan for the six-year term, will hold the position a year and five months, having started in January 2014. “I may have been Theresa Hughes one of the few people that had to run against someone for the position,” Hughes said. “I hope they keep going in the right direction; it seems like they are headed in the right direction.” A U.S. Border Patrol employee,

Hughes will continue her work on the Long Range Focus Committee and the Nursing Home Success Team through the end of May. According to Brenda Turner in Administration, the hospital will advertise for Letters of Interest to be submitted, and then appoint someone to fill the position, which they will hold until the next county election in 2017. Chief Information Officer Kelly Cariker reported at the April 23 NVH Board of Commissioners meeting, evaluating several different Emergency Department Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems and having demonstrations performed by three vendors before choosing Epowerdocs. The Board approved the purchase of Epowerdocs at a cost of $295,198. It will need to be installed and running before October 1, 2015, to insure ICD 10 compliance in the Emergency Department (ED). According to Cariker, Epowerdocs is an independent vendor that specializes in electronic records for emergency departments. Cariker also reported several changes with Computer Programs and Systems,


Sgt. Curtis steps in as interim Police Chief BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Sergeant Darren Curtis was sworn in as Tonasket’s Interim Police Chief Friday, May 1. Curtis moved to Tonasket in 1995 and began working with the Tonasket Police force in 2000, working part-time as a reserve officer as he found time away from his full-time work in a local apple packing shed. Curtis took his reserve training in Brewster before attending the full-time police academy in Spokane. He was hired as a temporary fulltime reserve officer in 2005, taking a permanent full-time position in 2006. Two years ago the city brought back the position of Sergeant, and Curtis tested for the position along with former police officer Jim Rice. They both tested in the 90th percentile, with Curtis getting a slightly higher score and the job, which he has held for the last two years.

“By law, you have to have someone in a supervisory position 24/7, 365 days a year,” said Curtis. “If the Chief goes on vacation or is out of town, you still have to have law enforcement supervised. So without a sergeant, it did not allow for the Chief to be gone or unavailable.” Rice, who was on the Tonasket Police Force for 21 years, retired two years ago. He was brought back to the force due to shortage of staff, working four days a week in order for officers to have two days off in a row. Also on the force is Officer Preston Ray, who came with no prior police experience, but has been on the job for two years. Former reserve officer Matt Beard will be returning to the force after graduation from the police academy May 7. Reserve officers can only work full time for six months before they have to go to a police academy for 720 hours of training, or four and a half months. The

training for reserve officers is about half those hours. A temporary position, in this case the interim police chief, can only exist for four months according to civil service rules, and cannot be extended. Tonasket’s Mayor Patrick Plumb was not able to advertise for the position until former Police Chief Robert Burk’s term was up April 30. Burks resigned to dedicate himself to full time work in his tattoo shop, Big Pink Ink, and was put on administrative leave in April. “Once someone resigns, they are put on administrative leave because one, they have access to confidential information; and two, if a case opens now that he is involved it, it could keep him involved past his retirement date,” said Curtis. “He was put on paid administrative leave, so it gave him the option to not have to use his vacation pay, and the opportunity to turn in all his



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police gear.” “It’s strange thinking every day is a Saturday,” said Burks. “You don’t realize the habits you’ve built up over the years. I’ll be drawing a tattoo, and reach for a log book to record it before moving on to the next project.” Burks was hired for the Tonasket Police Force in October 1995 by former Chief Don Schneider as a patrolman and DARE officer. His first job out of the police academy was in Wilbur, Washington. “I was hired July 7, 1994, and the only thing we ever got was animal complaints. I came here and felt like I was right out of the police academy, because I hadn’t had any assaults or anything in the last year,” said Burk. “I had to keep calling and asking how to handle different things.” He said he met a lot of good people over the years, and had advised Officer Ray to “write

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down the funny stories.” Curtis will put himself in the running for the permanent police chief position, along with any other applicants. He is a canine unit, working closely with his German Shepard, Zeus. A special meeting called by the Mayor to discuss wages for the interim chief position was held Thursday, April 30. After a lengthy discussion by council members and the Mayor, council member Jill Vugteveen moved to have the base rate for the interim position at $24 per hour. The motion was seconded by Scott Olsen. The motion passed 3-2, with council members Lois Rice and Dennis Brown opposing. “I don’t think he understands the extra responsibility until he gets the training,” said Rice. “He’s already been doing more as a Sergeant by filling in with Burks gone,” said Vugteveen. “He’s had a lot more responsibility,” agreed Olson.

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Sergeant Darren Curtis and his dog Zeus. It was decided whoever got the permanent Chief position would receive $24.95 per hour after all training mandates or the equivalent were met.

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New tech plan approved by School District BY KATIE TEACHOUT


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Queen Ellamae Burnell and Princesses Mikayla Scott and Faith Martin pose for the camera at Oroville’s Osoyoos Lake Veterans Memorial Park.

MAY FEST | FROM A1 The 3 on 3 basketball tourneybegins at the high school tennis courts at 8 a.m. and attracts competitors from up and down the valley, as well as many alumni who return just for the tourney. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Okanogan Borderlands Historical Society welcomes people to come see their latest exhibit which features displays that tell the story about when the first white set-

tlers came to this area and the changes that happened among the native peoples. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., “Park What Your Proud Of ” a car/truck/motorcycle/tractor show at the Post Office parking lot. There’s no charge to participate. Starting at 11:30 a.m. the Oroville Chamber of Commerce will be holding their annual barbecue which helps to fund schol-

arships for local OHS graduating seniors. The Aurora Masons will be putting on the Kids Games at Ben Prince Field behind the high school starting at noon. A Meet and Greet with present and past staff and students of the school is also planned between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. at the high school. For a full schedule of events see page B1.

Firefighters continue to monitor wildfire SUBMITTED BY SUZANNE ENDSLEY


TONASKET - Wildfire season has arrived early this year as firefighters from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Spokane District are working together with Washington DNR and British Columbia Fire to monitor and actively manage a small wildfire along the United StatesCanadian border. The Incident #63 Fire, which was previously referred to as “Action 64,” started in late April,

burning approximately 260 acres in Canada. It has slowly moved over to the U.S. side of the border and is currently burning on 1 0 acres of BLM-managed lands located in the Chopaka Wilderness Study Area (WSA). The fire is located in very rugged, remote and inaccessible terrain which makes it difficult for firefighters to access. Firefighters are continuously monitoring the fire and developing options for safe operational engagement. May is Wildfire Awareness Month and this early season wildfire is a reminder to us all

to consider actions we can take to prevent wildfires or be better prepared when they occur. The Fire Adapted Communities website is just one of many resources available with helpful tips: http:// Information about the incident, including an interactive map, is online at Additional updates regarding Incident #63 will also be posted on the Spokane District webpage at:

Tonasket School Board members moved to approve the recommended technology plan as presented by Technology Director Jordon Weddle at the April 27 school board meeting. The technology plan calls for adding mobile laptop labs to each of the schools (elementary, middle, high and alternative schools) to meet the increased technology demand for online testing and to continue to support current classroom activities involving technology. “We are planning for a future where students have more opportunities for personalized learning, collaboration and hands-on activities. Our 1-1 Pilot Program has really helped us to see different ways that technology can enhance the learning that occurs in the classroom,” said Weddle. “Next year, as a district, we will be developing a plan for implementing 1-1 devices in our district.” Board member Lloyd Caton asked about the school district proposing to be 1-1 by 2017. “The soonest we could begin rolling out 1-1 devices for our district is 2017, but there are many conversations and decisions that need considered first,” Weddle said. Federal funding known as E-rate dollars has made it possible for the school district to upgrade to a wireless system. The school is looking to increase use of email and programs called Google Classroom, Hapara and Skyward to electronically pass out and return assignments, or grade assignments. Board member Jerry Asmussen asked if and when these applications would become curriculum. Weddle said some already have, as they don’t have to go through the same approval process. Board member Catherine Stangland pointed out a couple of policy issues pointed out during a recent technology audit the board needed to be aware of were a clearly defined procurement policy, which Weddle said the district has moved a long way toward; and to strengthen the

policy regarding whether or not students could bring their own technology devices, as it wasn’t clear. A separate email retention and recovery policy also needs to be created and approved by the board, with a federal mandate requiring all email to be saved and searchable for a specific time period. The tech committee recommended and requested a district-wide communication plan be developed by a dedicated committee. It was also pointed out an important key to effective integration of technology to enhance student learning is ongoing staff development. Weddle said the technology office could offer professional development for staff. Kim Baker presented an update on how the 1-1 pilot program in her classroom is progressing. Her kindergarten class is the only 1-1 classroom in the elementary school at this point. They got their iPads in mid-October last fall, in what she called a districtwide move to 1-1 technology, with another pilot program in the high school, and plans for another classroom in the 3-5 grade level to pilot 1-1 Chromebooks. “Eventually, if the pilots are a success, the district will move into a 1-1 model with the pilot teachers acting as mentors/advisors,” said Baker, adding that the program was going very well in her room, with kids becoming very efficient on the computers; even occasionally pointing out applications she wasn’t aware of. She said when the children were asked why they liked their iPads, one student responded, “I like iPads because they have things you can learn so you can learn more better.” “Each child can learn at their own level. The kids can be working at the same time, at very different levels. The differentiation is tremendous, but it also works good for collaboration,” said Baker, adding she was able to find an incredible amount of data regarding students’ progress. Lexia is the reading program used, and Dreambox is adaptive software that targets math skills in a game format and includes teacher reports and alerts when students are struggling. Baker

said Dreambox was quite expensive and outside of the budget for the 1-1 program, but she was able to access the program for her classroom through funding by Rural Alliance. Baker showed a quick presentation of an application featuring a “gami,” an animated version of herself, that she learned about at a recent workshop. The gami spoke things recorded by Baker, and even included similar hand gestures. “The Tech Department has been great this year in encouraging me to attend workshops to help me become more proficient with the iPads,” said Baker. “One of my main points of emphasis has been wanting to use the iPads as more than just enjoyable practice of skills; for example a game instead of a worksheet.” Baker said it has been taking a lot more time than she initially expected. “It’s been hard to just figure out the ‘simple stuff.’ However, with a summer to plan, and a little more experience under my belt, I feel I will be able to find many ways to increase students’ deeper thinking and problem solving skills, as well as having the fantastic skill development software like Lexia, Dreambox and many others,” Baker said. She said she was hoping to have students be able to use the ‘Gami’ application to read their own writing, to explain things they have created, and to present other things. “It will hopefully both motivate and help students with some of our standards involving reading and writing,” said Baker. She said she believed district staff would be moving toward more proficiency as they have more access to technology. “It falls on my shoulders as one of the pilot program teachers to help them see the many different and wonderful ways technology can improve student learning,” Baker said. “Kim Baker has done a great job exploring new ways for students to learn,” said Weddle. “I’ve really appreciated her innovation and hard work.”

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Kinross employees work to keep Ferry County beautiful For the sixth year in a row, Kinross employees took part in our annual Haul Route Litter Cleanup, which involves working in teams of two to pick up litter from both sides of the haul route from the Buckhorn

mine site to the Kettle River Mill, as well as parts of West Curlew Lake Road. This route totals approximately 40 miles of road cleanup. Over 30 employees participated in the 2015 event.

Above: Devin Harbke (Environmental), Sherry Green (Safety), Boyd Hewitt (Mine Operations), John Gianukakis (Mine Operations), Zach West (Human Resources), Terry Turner (Environmental) pausing for a photo while picking up litter along West Curlew Lake Road. Right: Since 2013, Kinross employees have picked up over 4,300 lbs of trash and nearly 500 lbs of aluminum that we have donated to youth groups for recycling. As proud citizens of Ferry County, we urge everyone to help keep our roads safe and clean by discarding litter in proper receptacles.



HOSPITAL | FROM A1 Inc. (CPSI). The hospital district, other than the ED, does not have a full electronic record implemented yet, and contracts with CPSI for those services. CPSI is a parent company and has rebranded the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Department as ‘Evident,’ and anything related to services such as consulting, payroll and coding has been spun out into a separate company called ‘Trubridge.’ All of NVH’s medical coding is outsourced to Trubridge. Payge Fries, Health Information Management Leader in Medical Records, also attended the CPSI conference in April, and has been hosting ICD-10 readiness meetings. “She is and has been focusing on documentation and being sure that ours meet or exceed the requirements,” said Jana Symonds, Patient Financial Services Direcor. “She has plans to attend med-staff meetings and give pointers on how to make our documentation the best it can be.” CPSI holds an annual conference, called Best Practices, in three different regions each year for their 650 software users (hospitals), covering what is new for the company, any upgrades in software and what is happening nation wide in healthcare. When the conference scheduled closest to this area (Las Vegas) got cancelled, Cariker convinced the Evident CEO to put on a conference in Wenatchee for the six CPSI hospitals in Washington State. “Best Practices is hands-on training as to how to best use the software,” said Cariker, who will organize the conference. “This is the most useful conference we have, because we get our frontline staff some hands-on training. We just need to propose a date before winter, and decide what we want them to cover.”

Cariker also reported on GAP training held at the hospital for two days in April. “GAP training refers to the gap in time between when you have an incidence occur and when the first responders, such as police, show up at a facility,” Cariker said. The training was done by Force Dynamics, a company that focuses mostly on schools and hospitals. “We’re unique in that we have patients or students who can’t follow the ‘run, hide and evacuate until police show up’ mode. You can’t get up on a moment’s notice in the event of an active shooter showing up,” said Cariker. “This encompasses everything from deescalation techniques to stalling until police arrive; to if we actually have to take action what we can do to protect our staff and patients.” Thirteen hospital staff members were trained to teach the program to the rest of the hospital and extended care staff. Tina Smith, Director of Nursing, reported a new OB Coordinator has been hired to replace Pam Thacker. “I am very sad to see Pam step down out of that position, but am excited to have Eroca join our team,” reported Smith. “Pam has been such an asset to our nurses in that position and I’m sure will continue to be available for training while working on the floor and ER.” Smith said the obstetrics department had 10 deliveries in March, and was close to having another OB nurse trained. Ancillary Services Director Noreen Olma reported an ‘Open Enrollment’ scheduled for May 29 for the VA Clinic. She said enrollment in March was 740 veterans, and that Interim CEO Ron O’Halloran has begun reviewing the current VA contract in preparation for contract negotiations later this year.

Linda Holden, Director of Long Term Care, reported joining a Quality Collaboration effort sponsored by the QUALIS group. Qualis Health is a healthcare consulting and care management organization with headquarters in Seattle. “Our focus will be to improve our outcomes in three areas that have potential to reduce our quality standing of five stars,” reported Holden, adding that at a recent meeting with other members of the Collaborative, a presenter stated that when the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) set the final date for basing reimbursement on quality, “Forty percent of nursing homes will be left out.” “We are not going to be in that number,” insisted Holden. Holden also reported ongoing challenges with short staffing of NA-Cs. Holden said some of the tactics undertaken over the last few years include observing NA-C students on their first day of class, when they spend time following an NA-C. “We added this first day of observation a few years ago after we realized that some of our new graduate hires did not really understand the difficulty of the job, so they subsequently resigned within a short time,” said Holden, adding, “I have resisted the assertion that the ‘younger generation’ do not want to ‘work that hard.’ However this is a theme confirmed to us by management in other facilities. During the last visit our state surveyor said that all the facilities she is visiting are experiencing the same issue.” Holden said her Assistant Director Kim Black has been proactive in attempting to recruit students from area high schools, and the next NA-C class will be scheduled with an earlier start date in order to accommodate these potential candidates.


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Founders Day Parade route to remain same Special meeting BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - Mayor Patrick Plumb and Tonasket City Council held a special meeting Thursday, April 30, to discuss and take to discuss and take action on changing the route and the staging area for the Tonasket Founders’ Day Parade. Regarding the Founders’ Day Parade, at the regular city council meeting Tuesday, April 28, Curtis said it would take less police manpower to control traffic if the parade staging area was set up on Tonasket Ave, rather than Western Ave. Curtis also said having Western Ave blocked off led to several complaints in past years from people not able to access businesses, especially the CFN gas station. Council members agreed that changing the route would also alleviate concerns with traffic flow of semis using Seventh Street. Parade Committee members Julie Alley, Kari Alexander, Aaron Kester and Jeanie Ramsey attended the meeting and expressed disappointment they weren’t notified there were any problems with the current parade route. A resident of Tonasket Ave also attended to voice concern about not being able to park in front of her house during the parade staging. A Tonasket Fire Department volunteer said the fire department could help with traffic control, and it was decided to keep the parade route and staging area as it has been in previous years. Jeff Moran of Varela and Associates traveled from Spokane to attend the April 28 city council meeting and discuss the Parry’s Acres Project. The project consists of rehabilitation of the sanitary sewage collection system that serves the unincorporated area known as Parry’s Acreage across the Okanogan River from Tonasket. The project includes rehabilitation of the systems’ two lift stations and gravity sewer system. Moran reported that it would be very difficult to com-

plete the project by this fall, but could try and rush it through if that was what was wanted. Plumb said no, he was more interested in getting it done right. Moran suggested the city decommission both lift stations and rebuild the entire grinder pump station. Council member Claire Jeffko

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reported the Parks and Recreation Feasibility Study Group has been out canvassing neighborhoods and have reached their goal of getting enough signatures to put it on the ballot. There was some discussion regarding getting the State Recreation and Conservation Organization (RCO) involved in the project. Plumb said having the state involved would cost more in time and money, but was concerned a limit had been reached with raising any more money locally. Jeffko said she would discuss the issue with Karen Stangland. “Once you get the state involved, the administrative burden goes up significantly,” Plumb warned. Jeffko reported that while she was canvassing neighborhoods for signatures for the Parks and Recreation Feasibility Study Group, she was verbally accosted by a resident with complaints about the mayor, the chief of police and certain council members. Jeffko said she told the man it “was not my circus, and not my monkeys.” She said the man continued to yell at her, so she stopped canvassing the neighborhood and went home. City maintenance supervisor Hugh Jensen voiced concern that the Splash Park was not done yet and parking was still a prob-

lem at Chief Tonasket Park. He suggested taking a fence down on the East side of the road in, and moving it over twelve feet to allow for some parallel parking alongside the road. Police officer Preston Ray said it was a great idea to give people more room to park; but right now, the bottleneck caused by both directions of traffic traveling on the same road controlled the speed to some extent, but if given more room, people would be going faster. Olson proposed the no parking ordinance be accepted as originally proposed, and Lois Rice seconded the motion, which passed unanimously. The no parking ordinance, which will prohibit parking on both sides of the road entering the park along the ball fields, will officially go into effect Thursday, May 7. Items from the RV Park Building have been declared as surplus for department heads to decide how to get rid of them. It was not clear who owned the items, and the building will now be used as additional art gallery space for the city of Tonasket. Mayor Plumb said there was an option in the state legislature allowing local municipalities’ chief executive make a determination lowering how close a marijuana business could be to a park, from 1,000 feet to 100. Plumb said cities who don’t have a moratorium in place against marijuana facilities could get some of the tax revenue. “I am going to side with making money,” said Plumb. “As an employee of the hospital, I can’t smoke it, so I have no interest in it, but I am not going to be the one to restrict it. I will be in favor of allowing it. We would still have to abide by all the state laws, but it would provide us the opportunity to collect the B&O tax. It wouldn’t be a huge amount of money, but it would be a revenue stream we don’t have right now.” There was no opposition from the council. The special meeting was also to discuss wages for the Interim Chief of Police (See related story on Interim Chief Darren Curtis for wage details).

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Oroville celebrates Arbor Day Remembering Bill LaFrance with a memorial tree

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THE TOWN CRIER May Festival - Now LETTERS the busy event TO THE season begins EDITOR

While the kids aren’t out of school yet and spring sports are still in bloom, so to speak, the busy event season is just around the corner. May Festival marks the start of a wide variety of fun events for the spring/summer season. Oroville’s May Festival, like Tonasket’s Founders Day, is a great catch up with old friends, some of whom don’t make it home except during these annual events. As for May Festival, which is still May Day to a lot of those who grew up here, many of us can remember riding our bikes in the parade, or perhaps marching with the scout troop or skipping along as part of the May Pole Dancers. Others rode on floats or in convertibles as May Festival Royalty of all ages from kindergarten to Senior Citizen. Some have done all of the above at one time or another. The parade has something for everyone – it seems like May Festival is still the place to roll out the new firetruck or ambulance, even a patrol car or two in the past. There are horses, Out of classic cars and floats from churches, fraternal My Mind organization and local businesses, and of course Gary A. DeVon the occasional politician if it’s around election time. Early birds fish in the bass tournament or run/ walk in the Fun Run. Still others find the three-on-three basketball tournament the place to spend their day, trying to win top hoop honors. The young kids can enjoy some traditional kids games like threelegged and sack races put on by the Masons. This year the Borderlands Historical Society has a new exhibit featuring the the meeting of the native peoples with the first white settlers and how that affected their lives, as well as the lives of the newcomers. There’s food, wine tasting, music and much more. See our schedule of events on page B1 of this week’s issue. The town usually fills up with people from Oroville and the surrounding communities and there’s always a large contingent of our northern neighbors from the Canada side of the border. It’s just an all around good day. And it’s just the start, the Run for the Border Motorcycle Ride is the following Saturday with the Rally at the Border Blues Fest that Saturday and Sunday. Then the first weekend in June we will have the Tonasket Founder’s Day events including the parade and rodeo. The circus returns to Oroville, brought to you by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce in June and Molson has their Mid Summer Festival in June as well. In addition, the second year of the Lake Osoyoos Cup, featuring jet ski races is in June off Deep Bay Park. In July we have the Chesaw Fourth of July Rodeo and the Community Fireworks Display at Deep Bay Park. August starts out with the Tumbleweed International Film Festival, which is in its sixth year if you can believe it. August and the month finishes out with Chesaw Hot Summer Nights. So May Festival just marks the start of our busy event season in the northern part of the county. These events take lots of work on the behalf of volunteers to come off each summer. So this weekend and every event weekend, if you see someone you know helped to bring an event to town and all the people who come with it, take time to say thanks.

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Racing modified shopping carts great fun Dear Editor, Jack and Mary Hughes are inspirational pillars in our community. I want to thank them for their generous support of the high school welding class. The warehouse parking lot was a perfect spot for the class members to race their ‘modified’ shopping carts. They had great fun. The Gift Certificates for participants was a generous bonus for the kids. Thank you also Mr. Arnold, welding teacher, and Mary and Jack Hughes for your great ideas for fun. Sincerely, Patti Maher Oroville

Beware the ‘Masters of War’ out for profit alone Dear Gary, Now 62, I have watched the steady decline of my beloved country. I have watched us descend from the heights of greatness, a beacon of light and symbol of hope, to become an evil force, guided not by principle, but greed and the domination of weaker nations. We are the Masters of War. We value profit over Peace. Our leaders speak lies instead of

Truth and our corruption continues to draw this nation down to its knees. President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned our nation of the growing threat of the military-industrial complex. That evil marriage of industrial capitalism and military aggression makes some fat cats filthy rich while our sons and daughters and the innocents of foreign lands needlessly die. Every military action from Vietnam to Granada to Panama, to Gulf War I to the Iraq/Afghanistan War, are crimes against humanity. They are crimes against our people and blatant violations of our Constitution and International Law. If we as a nation do not hold these war criminals to account, we are doomed to endless war. We need to make an example of reckless leaders like President George Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfewitz, Condalisa Rice and others. They let us be attacked on 911 either by intention

or incompetence . They used this attack to launch a war of mass destruction against nations that never attacked us. Even if Osama Bin Laden actually masterminded those plane attacks, we had no right to lay waste to attack an impoverished nation already suffering from decades of foreign interventions. Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction and posed no threat to our nation. We wanted their oil, plain a simple. Our bloody defense contracting corporations wanted a big dust up over there so they could sell bombs, planes, tanks, hummers, helicopters, Hellfire missiles and robot drones raining death from the sky. How many grandmothers, boys and babies will we blow to pieces before we open our eyes and see we are the most callous killers in the modern History. Wake up America. We are a greater Nation than this. Joseph Enzensperger Oroville

The Petri Dish: Pay raise for legislators? BY JERRY CORNFIELD HERALD COLUMNIST

State lawmakers are up for a raise in the next two years. It looks like it will be a lot larger than what they’re considering giving thousands of state workers and public school teachers. On May 13, the Washington Citizens’ Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials is set to vote to give lawmakers an 11 percent raise. That would be more than double the percentage increase that those same legislators are considering for state workers and teachers. Teachers know this and are incensed about it. Some have written the commission urging it to be less generous. And they made their feelings clear when Gov. Jay Inslee spoke at Saturday’s rally of 5,000 educators and supporters on the steps of the state Capitol. Inslee acknowledged that it has been six years since the state provided a cost-of-living adjustment for teachers. When he pledged to fight to secure a “real COLA” of 4.8 percent in the next budget, he was briefly drowned out by a chant of “12 percent, 12 percent” – a slightly off reference to the pending doubledigit pay hike for lawmakers. (Inslee, by the

way, stands to get a 4 percent raise) To be fair lawmakers aren’t involved in the process of setting their own pay. That’s the role of the commission, an independent panel expected to operate free of political encumbrances. Its members aren’t supposed to be swayed by the salary woes faced by teachers. Nor are they to be affected by knowing the 147 men and women in the Legislature have been held in contempt by the state Supreme Court for violating constitutional dictates for school funding. Commissioners derived their recommendations from a consultant’s analysis using something called the Willis System that tries to put a value to various duties associated with a particular job. In this instance the consultant calibrated lawmakers’ responsibilities and earnings against those of nonunion state administrators and their wages and concluded lawmakers are underpaid. Their last raise came in 2008. Commissioners in January proposed an 8 percent increase starting Sept. 1 and another 3 percent on Sept. 1, 2016. This would push pay for 143 lawmakers from $42,106 to $46,839. Leaders of the four caucuses have higher salaries. The Speaker of the House and Senate Majority Leader would make $55,738 while the House and Senate

minority leaders would earn $51,288. Lawmakers aren’t the only ones in line for higher salaries. Commissioners are suggesting 4 percent increases for the governor, eight other statewide elected office-holders and every judge from district court up to the Supreme Court. For some jobs, the panel wants to add in a little more such as an extra 8 percent for the state treasurer and 3.5 percent for the chief justice of the Supreme Court. Under the proposal, Inslee would make $173,617 in 2016, up from $166,891 today, and Chief Justice Barbara Madsen’s earnings would climb from $172,531 to $185,661. All these raises are not set in stone. On May 13, commissioners will hold a final public hearing before adopting a new wage chart for the legislative, executive and judicial branches. It must be filed with the Secretary of State by June 1 and the new salaries would go up Sept. 1. But they can be blocked by referendum. One would need to collect and turn in at least 123,186 valid signatures of registered voters before Sept. 1. If successful, the issue could be on the ballot this fall. Political reporter Jerry Cornfield’s blog, The Petri Dish, is at Contact him at 360-352-8623; jcornfield@heraldnet. com and on Twitter at @dospueblos.


One wonders why our enemies devote so much effort trying to defeat America when we seem to be doing such a great job of it ourselves. Perhaps a better way of describing the problem is to ponder this question: with liberals trying their little hearts out for partisan political gain to inflame American racial minorities against our police charged with protecting us, and right-wing, anti-government extremists trying their paranoid hearts out to do the same, what need has America of enemies? Witness all the boogeyman hysteria on the news and social media about the Bill Slusher alleged ‘militarization of our police!’ Everybody from the ACLU to MotherJones is cackling on about police looking like soldiers and getting “tanks, rocket-launchers, drones and machine guns” from military surplus. Even some delusional legislator in Montana is trying to outlaw modern defensive equipment for cops, one guesses because he’s seen too many Star Wars Imperial Storm Troopers and is absent the synapses to tell the difference between the latter and modern threat reality in our society. Then there’s an endless hue and cry about ‘warrantless searches’, ‘no-knock warrants’, ‘brutality’ and other vastly over-hyped police sins. Yes, definitely, cops make errors sometimes – you try their job; I have – and sometimes these errors are egregious and demand action, but it remains dangerously stupid to take this reality anywhere out of the perspective in which it should be presented. Given the literally thousands of wholly legal, legitimate police ops every day, and despite rabid media celebration of police mistakes, police errors remain extraordinarily rare in any hon-

est context. Police operations are dangerous and often quite complex as cops attempt to jump through the hoops established by the constitution, deadly risks, litigation gold-miners, a demanding public and an often criminalfriendly justice system. Still, police errors are very probably much less than those of most non-police industries because of the elsewhere unequaled intense scrutiny on police by legislators, the public, the media, judges and career-minded police supervisors. If a UPS driver kills someone in an accident, the system deals with the incident in perspective. If a rookie cop comes under fire at night in a deadly neighborhood and accidentally shoots the wrong person in defense he is presumed an out-of-control, racist, rogue killer and roundly condemned before and after any facts are in. Moreover, nobody likes to be policed. We want police to jump everyone else we feel is out of line, pronto, and we castigate police who don’t, but we don’t want to be policed ourselves so police are always wrong when they act on us. Regardless, ‘warrantless searches’ are virtually non-existent since you can’t use evidence found that way in court. If you can’t make cases, you don’t get ahead in police careers. ‘No-knock warrants’ are relatively rare, are pre-approved by judges for demonstrated need, and are necessary to keep dangerous criminals from reaching weapons, destroying evidence or taking hostages including children. No police department in America has any ‘tanks.’ Period. Same-same ‘rocket launchers.’ Period. Same-same ‘machine-guns.’ Period. An armored vehicle is not a ‘tank.’ A tear gas grenade launcher is not a ‘rocket launcher.’ An automatic rifle is not a ‘machine gun.’ Media idiots who report this tripe out of their appalling ignorance and bents for sensationalism would be promptly cashiered by any news organization with an ounce of

integrity and professional standards. Instead, willing ignorance and contrived sensationalism seem the media standard itself. Cops used fully automatic rifles in the mid-twentieth century but usually only highly trained special-response units do today, and even that’s quite rare. Armored vehicles are occasionally useful to keep cops from being shot dead in some barricaded criminal situations. If you prefer cops be shot dead, then you go get those criminals/terrorists. For better or for worse, ‘drones’ are here to stay. Kids have them for toys. Get used to it. Evidence viewed by them is just as inadmissible in court if the drone is illegally using airspace as it was when I flew police helicopters twenty years ago. There is no new ‘threat to liberty!’ from drones. All this yada-yada about ‘militarized police’ is sheer anti-cop bigotry from the left and anti-government voo-doo from the right. Criminals and terrorists modernize as weapons modernize, and police not allowed to be better equipped will be unable to cope. When that happens, all these same agendadriven, anti-cop bigots will be damning police for ‘failing to protect us!’ It’s all uninformed hypocrisy and runaway anti-authority resentment. Possibly the greatest danger from all this ‘militarization!’ silliness is that it sets up weak minded adults and the immature young to engage in uncalled-for confrontations with police that pose unnecessary risks to all. Who needs that? Let’s not let liberal propagandists and farrightist paranoids con us into thinking our police are some kind of enemy to the public. That’s harmful nonsense. William Slusher’s latest novel is a political comedy available from Amazon, called CASCADE CHAOS or How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse. Mr. Slusher may be insulted and complained to at




Community getting prepared for May Day Just a couple of days and we have another May Festival Parade. This celebration started in 1935, spearheaded by Bob Drummond to bring a little “life” into the school and community. Julia Silvernail (Roberts) was the first queen. The merchants gave points for money spent in their business places and the customers would vote and at the end of each week the votes were tallied and posted then at the end of the specified time they were counted and whoever had the most votes reined as queen of the May. The affair was very simple as this was during the depression. And money was scarce. Many changes have been made over the years. Aunt Julia was able to be here for the 50th year celebration, but has since passed away. Only a few times has it “rained on our parade.” The barbecue is always well attended and it is a fun day for many.

And we hope that is the way it will be again. There will be a 50th year class reunion at this same time. The class of 1965 will be gathering for making more memories. SHAME on the person or (persons) that took down one of the flags on Main Street located between the old information center building and Trino’s, throwing it in the gutter. There is no excuse for such behavior... or so it seems to me. I know if I looked back into old issues of my articles, I would find one similar to what I am about to write, again. It is truly a time to say, again, “How green is my valley” as there are so many shades of green, from the dull sagebrush green to the very bright yellow-green of the willow trees and many shades in between. Nature at its best. The Streetscape people were out in full force last Saturday, as they planted the


Spring is rolling along and it’s time to get our gardens planted! I’ve been buried so deep in mine that everyone may have to shake a little dirt out of their newspapers. This week North Valley Community School would like to offer the following classes: Learn to Make Laundry Soap -Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. Avoid the toxic chemicals in commercial laundry soap and save money at the same time by

Choosing a spot at community garden SUBMITTED BY AUDREY HOLMES

THE LEARNING TREE making your own laundry soap! It’s quick, cheap and easy! Art of Welding -Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. Learn to weld! Have you been wanting to weld your own equipment? Use welding in art? Make your own metal creations? This class will cover



Members and new member, Anna Trespardin from Oroville, who recently joined our group, met at the Hillside Apartments for our April 13th meeting. Robert Dahlquist came in and reminded us that it is garden planting time and we are welcome to choose

a garden spot at the Tonasket Community Garden. I have a correction to make from my March article. The Methow Garden Club’s Annual District Meeting is to be held in Twisp on Wednesday, June 10, instead of Tuesday, June 6.

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the book club, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the library’s activity room at 1 p.m. to discuss their reading selection for that month. Esther Sorenson chairs the group. There is no fee for the members, who select the books to be read by their individual group each year. The North Central Regional Library (NCRL) system oversees this program and sends the books to Oroville’s library each month. On March 24 the members of


The Friends of the Library’s annual series of entertainment, It’s Showtime, held on Saturday evenings in February and March, was well attended. We want to thank all who participated and made this event so successful. An ongoing program at the Oroville Community Library is

Election Days for officers coming up SUBMITTED BY GAI WISDOM OROVILLE EAGLES #3865

By the time you read this the Aerie will have nominated officers running for our next term. Now is the time for you to step up and come to the aid of your Eagles Aerie! Election Day is Tuesday, May 19 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and our installation of new officers will be Sunday, May 31. The routine for the Ladies Auxiliary is the same. Only the dates change: nominations on the 12th and


Registration is now open for Apple Hill Art Camp’s summer programs in Tonasket and Omak. Space is limited and fills up quickly so students are encouraged to register right away! There will be three camps offered again this year. The first is in Omak at St. Anne’s church for 5-10 year olds June 15-19. The second camp will be held in

flowers in the pots in the downtown area is being constructed (editor’s note: See and the city crews have made the yellow Feb. 26, 2015 issue of the G-T for the full areas of “no parking” and other signal- story and photo). Several folks have told ing stand out with a fresh coat of paint. me that. I will tell you, whatever they are, I suspect the hanging baskets give them leeway as they take will also be in place for the their share of the highway and celebration. then some. The Episcopal Church was Do you donate to the filled with family and friends Friends of the Cemetery? It is of “Forry” Boyer last Saturday that time of the year to do so. as they gathered to pay their A big celebration was on final respects. hand at the Prince’s shopping And I have just received center last Saturday with all word of the death of Melvin sorts of fun and games going “Meb” Verbeck. Condolences on, honoring the 81st year go out to the family. “Meb” of the business. Although the was a gentle, kind, soft-spo- THIS & THAT business has changed hands ken gentleman and it has been Joyce Emry the Prince name lingers on. so difficult for his family to Jack Hughes has made a terbe apart from him, as he has rific difference in the dry been in a care center, in Omak, for the goods section and Ace hardware and past several months. At this time I do Akins, on the grocery side. not have any information of the date of The fashion/style show has been a his memorial. nice addition to the community, as well Also have learned of the death of Mike as giving a nice discount on the items Thrasher, longtime resident of Oroville. shown. A good selection of models, both In driving Highway 97 have you met ladies and gents, and as usual the little up with trucks hauling big square box- tots steal the show. Joyce Forthun and like cement items and perhaps wondered Mark Rabenold do a fantastic job coordiwhat they are? I’m told they are jail cells nating the affair and I’m sure others help going into Oliver, Canada where a jail behind the scenes.

several styles of welding. Need Help Studying for Your U.S. Citizenship? - Wednesday, May 13 at 6 p.m. Get a boost studying up for that important citizenship test! Geology and Gold Mine Tour – Thursday, May 14 at 6 p.m. The North Okanogan is gold country. Most of us have noticed the empty eyes of old mine shafts gazing down from the mountainsides. Learn whats really in those rocks! This class includes a tour of a working underground gold mine. To sign up for these classes and more, call Ellen Barttels at 509-476-2011 or visit the N VCS website at

Also, they have a speaker for their program, Tess Hoke from Yard Wood Nursery, Twisp. A field trip is planned for lunch and a tour at Shady Creek on May 19 at 10 a.m. Founder’s Day is May 30 and 31. We will have our baked goods, plant sale and knick knack sale at our booth on Saturday, the 30th at II Sisters parking lot again this year. We welcome guests and new members to attend our meetings. The number to call for the time and place is 509-223-3427.

Oroville Library’s book club participated in a discussion of the popular nonfiction book Boys in the Boat, which was the reading choice of all the NCRL book clubs. This may have been the first time all the club members in our region were discussing the same selection in the same month. There are several artist’s easels available for sale at the library for $10 each. FOL has changed their meetings to noon on the second Saturday of the month. The meetings are still held in the library’s activities room. Visitors and newcomers are welcome to attend.


elections on the 26th. May Day is upon us. We will be open to the public Friday and Saturday and will have entertainment. The Star Connection Karaoke Show with Jeannie Riggan will be with us on Friday, from 8 p.m. Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., after the parade, there will be Burgers and German Dogs available in the Beer Garden and $1.00 beer until 8 p.m. Beginning at 9 p.m. North Half will be per-

APPLE HILL ART CAMP Tonasket at the CCC for 5-10 year olds June 22-26. Times are 10:30 a.m. to noon for 5-7 year olds and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. for 8-10 year olds. Cost is $1/ day. The third camp will be held in Omak for youth ages 11 and up July 6-10 daily from 10:00am3:00pm and costs $5/ day. Parents are also welcome to take a class with your student for $5/ day for the 5-10 year old camps or $10/ day for the 11+ camp. To register call Patsy at 509-

forming for your dancing and listening pleasure. Sunday morning is our traditional Mother’s Day Breakfast and all moms eat free. Everyone else pays $7.00. Bring your favorite Mom (or someone else’s mom) and come join us. We start at 8 a.m. and serve until 11 a.m. Our Aerie meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month and the Auxiliary meets on the second and fourth Tuesday. Happy hour is 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. We have free pool every Sunday. Thursdays we play Bingo and eat Burgers and More. Fridays are Joker Poker and Meat Draw and Tacos. We are People Helping People! 557-9510 for the Omak camp or Jody at (509) 322-4071 for the Tonasket camp. Check us out on our Facebook page at Apple Hill Art Camp. We look forward to creating with you this summer! Apple Hill Art Camps, a 501c3, has been creating community through children and the arts in the Okanogan area since 2005.

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Here we are in the first week of May with some nice sunny and warm weather to enjoy. It still gets cold at night, but does warm up. The hills on our Hilltop are starting to turn many shades of green with many yellow daisy like flowers covering the hillside, where ever you look. Many of our local ranchers are having lots of new little ones running around and experiencing their new life. They are so

HILLTOP COMMENT cute. We have a new addition in our pasture this year. He is a blue-eyed Palomino. We have not named him as yet. It is hard to come up with just the right name. We have a couple in mind. (Mister Blue) or (Poncho). I will let you know when we decide. The Molson/Chesaw Yard Sale is just three weeks away, on Saturday, May 23 in Molson at the Grange Hall starting at 9 a.m. The Knob Hill Ladies of Chesaw will have lunch ready to serve at 11 a.m. taco salad is on the menu. There will also be


Happy Mothers day to all moms. We are having our last breakfast for the year. It will be a buffet and a carnation for all Mom’s. Come and enjoy a great meal and visit with friends and family. On Saturday, May 9 there will be a benefit dinner and auction from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring a steak feed with the fixings. This event is for Jeff Mershon to help with medical expenses and memorial costs. Auction starting at 7 p.m. with karaoke to follow. Taco Tuesdays are doing well, every one is doing a great job. Thanks for all the volunteers. And don’t forget Tuesday is also free pool day. Our Scholarship Fund drawing is coming up soon so come in and get your tickets. It’s a Stihl MS170 Chainsaw, the bartenders will be happy to sell you tickets. Friday Bingo at 7 p.m. the Pick 8 is up to over $15,000 and Joker

Poker on Saturdays at 7 p.m. is growing again. Pinochle Scores from last Sunday are as follows: first place Ward Seim, second place Dale Byers, low score to Ted Paris and last pinochle went to Leonard Paulsen and Gene Michels. 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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pop, water and bakery goods available. Come early, they have sold out in the past. If you need a table, call Penny at 509-4852343. Tables are Free. It is with a sad heart that I advise you of the “Celebrations of Life” for our departed friends. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families. Ted (Teddy) Hilstad on Friday, May 15 at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall in Molson. This will be a potluck for all to share. Juanita (Mountain Ma Ma) Myrick on Saturday, May 16 at the Grange Hall in Molson at I p.m. This will be a desserts or snacks potluck to share. Plans are also being made for Amos and Judy Coffelt on Saturday, June 6 in the Community Building in Chesaw at 2 p.m. More details to come. Until next week

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arrived and determined that it was a light ballast, turned the light off, then left. Well, when the furnace kicked on, the smell returned. So, I was solicited for the emergency. When I arrived, the games were continuing, like nothing happened. No surprise. Both doors were open, and a slight haze permeated the room, like cigarette smoke, yet not the same. I checked the furnace, determined that that was the source, and shut off the breakers. I turned the lights back on. So much for my R & R. If any one wants to donate for a new furnace, let us know. Door Prize, Dal Wilder; Pinochle, Barbara Cline; High Man, Ed Craig; High Woman, Betty Hall. The universe contains protons, neutrons, electrons and morons.


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We are having a “school days picture contest.” Dig up a picture of yourself while you were in the grades so we can post it and try to guess who it is. Give your picture to Betty Steg. Saturday afternoon, after a busy week, Mary Lou and I sold raffle tickets at Atkins grocery store. Tired, but a good tired, we both retired early that evening, only to be disturbed at 8:30 p.m. from a deep sleep. Rrring! It was Dolly calling to tell us that during Pinochle they smelled something peculiar, and called the fire department. One of our finest,

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Our pancake breakfast is cancelled this month due to conflicts with May Festival activities. We’ll try to resume next month. We are raffling off a mini motorcycle. Tickets are $1 or 6 for $5, 12 for $10, 24 for $20. Tickets will be sold at the May Festival. We are also organizing a Senior Citizen baked pie sale for the May Festival. So, if you want dessert after the parade, look for us on Ironwood Street. Our Computer classes in May will include the next level. Times and signup sheets are in the lunchroom.

It was a fun day for many. Little kids with funny painted faces and fish ponds and chainsaw art and of course a lunch served by the Masons/Shriners. And if the greenhouse with all of the flowers and garden vegetable plants doesn’t get you in the gardening mood, nothing will. And the first day of Farmer’s Market was Saturday and that will continue on through the summer, and I saw some plants there and then on out to Taber’s for more things to plant, as well as other interesting “stuff ’. A crowd of 80 or so folks, gathered at the United Methodist Church last Sunday afternoon for the May Queen’s tea. Beautiful decorated tables adorned the fellowship hall and Brock Hires provided nice selections of background music. Autumn T. Martin gave a bit of history on the May Pole dance, which she has been in charge of, for the past 21 years. A show of hands was given and there were many there who had participated in the dance even one fourth generation. I doubt that Bob Drummond and Effie Coulton would have dreamed of the simple celebration they started so long ago would still be going strong. ‘Til next week.

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No children under age 4 admitted unless film is G rated. No one under 17 admitted to R rated films without their own parent. Photo ID required.



COMMUNITY CALENDAR ETHAN LAURENT BENEFIT BAKE SALE AT THE TONASKET CCC TONASKET - There will be a Benefit Bake Sale for Ethan Laurent of Tonasket on Tuesday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tonasket CCC, located at 411 Western Ave. The 10-year-old has IgA Nephropathy (an autoimmune disease). The bake sale will feature delicious fresh baked breads, muffins and scones, as well as raw, paleo and vegan choices. All proceeds go to Laurent’s medical costs. There is also a donation account at U.S. Bank. For more information call 509-322-4864.

Brian Bowes to Speak at Genealogy Society

OKANOAN - The Okanogan County Genealogy Society is pleased to have Brian Bowes speaking at their next regular meeting Thursday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the Wilson Research Center, 1410 N. 2nd Ave. Okanogan. He will speak about “his personal genealogy, Adoption from another country.” All interested persons welcomed and bring a friend. For more information contact Maggie Mitschelen, 509422-3944 or Peggy Oliver, 509422-4323 Reed Engel and John Jones to Perform

OROVILLE - Reed Engel and John Jones will bring their musical magic to the stage at Esther Bricques Winery this Thursday, May 7. Both performers are guitarists, along with other instruments and their voices that add to their repertoire of original music. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Road, Oroville. For more information, please call the winery at 509-4762861. Check the events calendar on the website at to view upcoming weekly performances. Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

OMAK - The WSU Master Gardeners announce their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9th, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Civic League Park, next to the Omak Public Library in downtown Omak. Annual and perennial flowers, vegetable starts, herbs, bulbs, and grapes starts are just some of the many items available. Master Gardeners will also be ready to help you make selections, and find answers to those pressing gardening questions. Please join the Master Gardeners for their Annual Plant Sale, Saturday May 9th at the Civic League Park.

Story Time at Library

OROVILLE - The Oroville Public Library will be having Story Time at the Library “The Ladybug Club” on Wednesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. This free event will take place each Wednesday and there will be stories, songs, crafts and fun for young children. Oroville Farmers’ Market

OROVILLE - The next Oroville Farmers’ Market will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Oroville Public Library Board is presenting this market on Saturday mornings through Oct. 31. The 2015 season also features three Community Yard Sale and Flea Market dates: July 4, Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. New vendors are welcome and your booth fee helps support the Oroville Public Library. For more info call 509-476-2096. Teacher-Alumni Reunion

OROVILLE - There will be a Teacher – Alumni Reunion on Saturday, May 9 after the Oroville May Festival Grand Parade and Queen’s Court. The reunion will be in the OHS Commons from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light refreshments and guided tour of the school are sponsored by the Oroville Scholarship Foundation. The highlight for many will be the viewing of the graduation classes’ photos, which will stir up many memories of friends, students and good times. Mother’s Day Walk for Peace this Sunday

OROVILLE - The Mother’s Day Walk for Peace is Sunday, May 10. This will mark the 32nd annual Mother’s Day Walk for Peace in Oroville. Participants will join with Canadian Peacemakers at the International Border for a two hour program of speeches, poetry and music. The walkers leave Oroville at noon for the 4.5 mile walk to the grassy area adjacent to the U.S. and Canadian Customs Building. The program at the border is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants can also drive to the border, parking at the south side of the Super Duper Market or the U.S. Customs guest parking, if space is available. Bring water, snacks and weather appropriate clothing and head gear. Banners, streamers, placards are always appreciated and add to the fun. Seating and a public address system will be provided. As our nation continues in its 13th year of perpetual War let your opposition be heard. Come and join the gathering, make some new friends, share a poem, a song and your message of Peace. For additional information Call Dorinda and Joseph Enzensperger at 476-4072 or email Okanogan County Transit Authority Board Meeting

OMAK - The Okanogan County Transit Authority (OCTA) will hold a public board Meeting on Monday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at 2 N. Ash Street in Omak in the Council Chambers of Omak City Hall. See www. Ethan Laurent Bake Sale Benefit at CCC

TONASKET - There will be a Benefit Bake Sale for Ethan Laurent of Tonasket on Tuesday, May 12 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tonasket CCC, located at 411 Western Ave. The 10-yearold has IgA Nephropathy (an autoimmune disease). The bake sale will feature delicious fresh baked breads, muffins and scones, as well as raw, paleo and vegan choices. All proceeds go to Laurent’s medical costs. There is also a donation account at U.S. Bank. For more information call 509-322-4864. Rally at the Border Blues Fest

OROVILLE - Join bikers and blues fans that roar into town on Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17. On Saturday, head out to Deep Bay Park on the shores of Lake Osoyoos for a day of blues music. Sunday all riders are welcome to participate in the Poker Run. Blues Fest, Noon-10 p.m. Admission $20 online or $25 at event. Poker Run, 9 a.m. to noon $15. Contact us www. Like us on Facebook or phone 509-485-2272. Carlton Complex Benefit Concert

PATEROS - There will be a benefit concert at Pateros Memorial Park on Saturday, May 16 at 4 p.m. with the group Mosaic consisting of 85 choir members and 25 orchestra members as well as Laura Love and Brittney Jean. The concert benefits the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery for people that have lost their homes in the fires last summer. Music at the View Spring Fair Concert

TONASKET - The Music at the View will be holding their Spring Fair Concert on May 22, 23 and 24 at the Howell Canyon Estate near Tonasket. For more information see

Help Mom With Her Retirement Income Strategy FINANCIAL FOCUS Sandra Rasmussen Financial Advisor 32 N Main St. Suite A Omak, WA 98841 509-826-1638 Member SIPC Reported by Edward Jones

Mother’s Day is almost here. This occasion may have special significance for you if you’ve been fortunate enough to have your mother around for your adult life. So naturally, you’ll want to bring Mom some flowers or another gift. But if she’s planning to retire soon, you may want to think about a longer-term way to improve her life — namely, by initiating a conversation about her retirement income strategy. Of course, she may already have matters well in hand. But a great many people on the verge of retirement have not planned for those years, so you may be able to provide some valuable suggestions. Here are a few ideas: Boost contributions to retirement plans. If Mom is still working, urge her to contribute as much as she can afford to her IRA and her

employer-sponsored retirement plan, such as a 401(k). The chances are pretty good that she will be spending many years in retirement — in fact, the average life expectancy for a 65-year-old woman is 20.5 more years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. So she’ll want to accumulate as much as possible before she bids “adieu” to the working world.

she waits until her full retirement age, which will likely be 66 or 67. But she may not know that she might be able to benefit from a Social Security “spousal strategy” that could result in her receiving more income than she could get by just taking her own benefits. For example, if her spouse is the higher wage earner and can afford to delay taking benefits, your mother could eventually receive higher survivor benefits. Or, your mother and her spouse could employ a “file and suspend” strategy. Under this strategy, her spouse, upon reaching full retirement age, files for retirement benefits and then immediately requests to have those benefits suspended. As a result, your mother can file for spousal benefits, which would be larger than what she would receive at her full retirement age. To make sure they are making any Social Security-related moves correctly, though, your mother and her spouse will want to consult with a tax advisor who is thoroughly familiar with Social Security rules.

Discuss appropriate withdrawal rates. Encourage your mother to meet with a financial professional to determine an appropriate rate of withdrawal from her investments. To help ensure that she doesn’t outlive her resources, she needs to avoid taking out too much during her early years of retirement. Take care of legal arrangements. If you haven’t already done so, ask your mother if she has drawn up the important legal documents related to her estate plans. Does she have a will? Has she created a durable power of attorney, which allows her to name someone to make financial and health care decisions on her behalf if she becomes You want your mother to enjoy a long, happy incapacitated? As you know, this is a sensitive and active retirement. So, talk to her about topic, so you’ll want to approach it with care. the moves she can make to help turn that aspiration into reality. Evaluate Social Security options. Your mother is probably well aware that she can start This article was written by Edward Jones for taking Social Security as early as age 62, use by your local Edward Jones Financial but will get much bigger monthly payments if Advisor.

Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival

OKANOGAN - The Second Annual Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival will be held at the County Fairgrounds Agriplex, 175 Rodeo Trail Road, Okanogan on Saturday, May 30 through Sunday, May 31. Bringing fiber producers and users together to celebrate natural fibers in all forms. Vendors, workshops, live shearing demo and fleece grading, food and more. See www. Tonasket Food Bank

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

at 509-486-2192. Oroville Food Bank

OROVILLE - The Oroville food bank operates every Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., excluding holidays, in the basement of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more info, call Jeff Austin at 509-4763978 or Sarah Umana at 509476-2386. Listing Your Item

Our Community Bulletin Board generally allows listing your event for up two weeks prior to the day it occurs. If space allows it may be included prior to the two week limit. However, our online calendar

at allows the event to be listed for much longer periods. Calendar items must include day, date, time and location, as well as a for further information phone number. You may place an event on the online calendar by going to our website and clicking on the “Add an Event” button on the homepage. Please, list your event only for the day or days of its occurrence. Once your request is submitted, it can take up to 48 hours for the event to appear on the calendar. Online submissions don’t always go into the hardcopy edition, so it helps if they are also submitted to us at or at Gazette-Tribune, P.O. Box 250, Oroville, WA. 98844.

Okanogan Valley

CHURCH GUIDE Okanogan International Chorus Members are from Oroville, Osoyoos, Oliver & Midway Invites you to our

Annual Spring Concert under the direction of Lloyd


Sat., May. 9th at 2 p.m. Oroville Free Methodist Church


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. 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



Our gift to the community who supports us!

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


602 Central Ave., Oroville Sunday School & Services 10:00 a.m. Tonasket Bible Church 10 6th East and Whitcomb • 509-429-2948 Holy Eucharist: 1st, 3rd, & 5th • Morning Prayer: 2nd & 4th Healing Service: 1st Sunday Pastor Stephen Williams • Sun. Worship Service 9:30 am The Reverend Marilyn Wilder 476-3629 Sun. Christian Education Hour 11 am • Sun. Eve. Service 6 pm Warden • 476-2022 “SANCTIFY THEM IN TRUTH; YOUR WORD IS TRUTH.” JOHN 17:17

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 Pastor Rod Brown

NEW Hope Bible Fellowship

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

Bible Faith Family Church Pentacostal Church of God

1012 Fir Street, Oroville • 476-3063 Pastor Claude Roberts SUNDAY: 9 - 9:30 a.m. Prayer & Fellowship 10:10 - 10:30 Coffee & Visiting 10:30 - 11:30 Church Service with Project 3:16 Band 6 - 7:30 p.m. Pursuit

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



The court found probable cause to charge Manuel Arevalo Hernandez, 22, Brewster, with attempted second-degree murder. The crime allegedly occurred April 27.


SUPERIOR COURT Criminal Delitha Gail Hahn, 37, Okanogan, pleaded guilty May 1 to POCS (methamphetamine). Hahn was sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $3,110.50 for the Feb. 12 crime. Jennifer Lynn Valdez, 21, Omak, pleaded guilty May 1 for attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle and attempted second-degree assault. Valdez was sentenced to 4.5 months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for March 18 crimes. Timothy Keith Edwards, 41, Omak, pleaded guilty May 1 for theft of a motor vehicle. The court dismissed an additional charge: conspiracy to commit second-degree assault (with a deadly weapon). Edwards was sentenced to 50 months (4.16 years) in prison and fined $1,110.50 for the Sept. 7 crime. In a separate case, Edwards pleaded guilty May 1 to violation of a no-contact order (third or subsequent violation). Edwards was sentenced to 60 months (5 years) in jail to run concurrent with the above sentence, and fined an additional $1,110.50. That crime occurred March 20. The court dismissed May 1 a second-degree assault charge against Churchill Clark Jr., 51, Tonasket. The charge was dismissed without prejudice. The court found probable cause to charge Dona Castillo Reed, 50, Oroville, with third-degree assault (of a law enforcement officer) and obstruction. The crimes allegedly occurred April 23. The court found probable cause to charge Jose Escamilla Villasano, 35, Okanogan, with third-degree rape (lack of consent). The crime allegedly occurred March 7. The court found probable cause to charge Douglas Arthur Lowrie, 54, Tonasket, with two counts of luring with sexual motivation. The crimes allegedly occurred April 18. The court found probable cause to charge Heather Lyn Watson, 42, Conconully, with firstdegree trafficking in stolen property. The crime allegedly occurred Feb. 26. The court found probable cause to charge Chace Kenneth Clarence Taber, 23, Okanogan, with POCS (heroin), POCS (methamphetamine) and use of drug paraphernalia. The crimes allegedly occurred April 1.


Civil The state Department of Revenue assessed the following businesses for unpaid taxes, penalties and fees: Cuttin Steel & Recycling, Oroville, $335.98; and JAC LLC, Okanogan, $2,212.56. The state Employment Security Department assessed the following individuals for overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits, penalties and fees: Richard Harris, Oroville, $171.60; Ian Tatshama, Omak, $574.74; Laura Madaj, Oroville, $2,783.58; Michelle W. Cruz Martinez, Okanogan, $2,781.54; Charles J. Bagby, Omak, $832.32; Michael B. Ross, Tonasket, $2,846.96; and Patrick T. McGuire, Oroville, $743.66.

DISTRICT COURT Timothy Thom Bailey, 60, Oroville, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. Shawna Mae Barber, 36, Omak, guilty on three counts of thirddegree DWLS. The court dismissed two additional counts of third-degree DWLS. Barber was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 65 days suspended, and fined a total of $2,454. Jon Wade J. Batten, 36, Okanogan, guilty on two counts of third-degree DWLS. The court dismissed an additional thirddegree DWLS charge. Batten was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 72 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,636. Roderick A. Best, 60, Tonasket, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Matthew James Blackledge, 49, Omak, guilty (deferred prosecution revoked) of violation of a civil anti-harassment order. Blackledge received a 180-day suspended sentenced and fined $268. Robert Francis Boyce, 57, Omak, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Boyce was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, and fined $858. Mary M. Brown, 56, Omak, had a DUI charge dismissed. Brown was fined $1,125. Cara Ann Campbell, 28, Omak, guilty on two counts of thirddegree theft. Campbell was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 361 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,576. David Edgar Carlson Jr., 52, Omak, guilty of fourth-degree assault. Carlson was sentenced

to 364 days in jail with 349 days suspended, and fined $1,033. Kyle Joseph Coggins, 23, Oroville, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Coggins was fined $200. Peter Lee Colomb, 64, Omak, guilty of reckless driving. Colomb was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 days suspended, and fined $983. Smith Alexander Condon, 49, Omak, guilty of third-degree DWLS. Condon received a 90-day suspended sentence and fined $608. Rachel Velasquez Contreras, 49, Oroville, had two charges dismissed: interfering with reporting (DV) and fourth-degree assault. Michael William Craig, 24, Omak, guilty of violation of a no-contact order. The court dismissed two charges of third-degree DWLS. Craig was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 179 days suspended, and fined $666. Tamitha Marie Davidson, 43, Okanogan, guilty on three counts of third-degree theft. The court dismissed an additional three counts of thirddegree theft. Davidson was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 349 days suspended, and fined a total of $2,304. Ronnie Nigle Davis, 22, Oroville, had a third-degree theft charge dismissed. Davis was fined $500. Tricia Lynn Dezellem, 41, Riverside, guilty of third-degree theft. Dezellem was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 168 days suspended, and fined $558. Leslie Anne Edwards, 27, Omak, guilty on two counts of thirddegree theft. The court dismissed two additional counts: third-degree malicious mischief and third-degree theft. Edwards was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 359 days suspended, and fined $1,616,

911 CALLS & JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, April 27, 2015 Violation of a no-contact order on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Fraud on Caudill Rd. near Omak. Harassment on Bolster Rd. near Oroville. Violation of a no-contact order on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Violation of a no-contact order on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Domestic dispute on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on S. Main St. in Omak. Sex offense on Koala Dr. in Omak.

80th TONASKET FOUNDER’S DAY PARADE ENTRY FORM Theme: Celebrate Tonasket These forms must be mailed to this address and arrive no later than May 28th. Do not return them to a place of business or a bank. If you need help call the number below. TONASKET CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P.O. Box 523 TONASKET, WA 98855 509-429-3493 Fax: 509-486-1096 PARADE LINE UP: 9:30 AM (Check-in at Wells Fargo) ***JUDGING AT 10:00 AM**NO LATE JUDGING PARADE WILL BEGIN AT 11:00 AM—SATURDAY—May 30, 2015 **ALL HORSE ENTRIES MUST HAVE YOUR OWN POOPER SCOOPERS** **STOPPING DURING THE PARADE TO PERFORM IS PROHIBITED** **HANDING OUT CANDY IS ALLOWED, BUT THROWING IT FROM VEHICLES IS PROHIBITED** **THROWING WATER BALLOONS IS PROHIBITED**

Harassment on Omache Dr. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Riverside Dr. in Omak. No injuries reported. Assault on Main St. in Oroville. Burglary on Tonasket Shop Rd. near Tonasket. Harassment on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Joshua Michael Chapa, 24, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Kenya Mayte Martinez, 25, booked for first-degree theft and three counts of forgery. Patrick Joseph Wapato, 30, DOC hold. Ian Ray Tatshama, 45, booked on six counts of violation of a no-contact order (DV) and one count each of harassment (threats to kill) (DV), fourthdegree assault (DV) and interfering with reporting (DV). Joshua Curtis Carpenter, 23, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV).

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Burglary on Salmon Creek Rd. near Okanogan. Warrant arrest on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. DWLS on Fairground Access Rd. near Okanogan. Two-vehicle crash on Main St. in Riverside. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on S. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Nichols Rd. near Omak. DWLS on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Burglary on N. Country Vue Rd. near Omak. Chainsaw and cell phone reported missing. Assault on E. Sixth Ave. in Omak. Malicious mischief at Civic League Park in Omak. Drugs on S. Cedar St. in Omak. Drugs on Omak Ave. in Omak. Automobile theft on Engh Rd. near Omak. Drugs on W. Bartlett Ave. in Omak. Harassment on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Adan Torres Gomez, 20, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for MIP/C. Kyle Lloyd Campbell, 27, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: first-degree theft and second-degree burglary; and a DOC detainer. Shane Michael Heisey, 28, DOC detainer. Robby Montag Hill, 23, booked on a probable cause warrant for second-degree malicious mischief. Robin Lynn Frazier, 45, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Richard Gene Haworth, 21, court commitment for an ignition interlock violation. Danielle Rose Lazard, 35, booked for POCS (methamphetamine) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Donovan Combs, no middle name listed, 32, booked on a State Patrol FTA warrant for first-degree DWLS and a Chelan County FTA warrant for DUI.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 Weapons offense on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Theft on River Loop Rd. near Tonasket. Drugs on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan.

Harassment on E. Bartlett Ave. in Omak. Harassment on S. Main St. in Omak. Trespassing on Bramble Ave. in Omak. Structure fire on N. Main St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on S. Locust Way in Tonasket. Michael Dean Condon, 34, booked for first-degree assault. Alyssa Kay Lynne Bray, 18, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree theft; and two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: third-degree DWLS and MIP/C.

Thursday, April 30, 2015 DWLS on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Malicious mischief on Third Ave. in Oroville. DWLS on Central Ave. in Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Aeneas Valley Rd. near Tonasket. Injuries reported. Domestic dispute on Pine St. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Omak Ave. in Omak. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on N. Ash St. in Omak. Anthony Ray McFarlane, 46, booked for third-degree DWLS. Byron Dean Iukes Jr., 24, DOC hold. Merton Bazil Solomon, 47, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants, both for third-degree DWLS. Carla Jean Agapith, 43, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for seconddegree criminal trespassing. Kevin Anthony Baker, 49, court commitment for DUI. Friday, May 1, 2015 Assault on Tacoma St. in Okanogan. Fraud on Mill St. in Okanogan. Burglary on S. Juniper St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Tent reported missing. Assault on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Drugs on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on O’Neil Rd. near Oroville. Electronics reported missing. Public intoxication on E. Grape Ave. in Omak. Burglary on E. Elberta Ave. in Omak. Firearms reported missing. Threats on W. Third Ave. in Omak. Domestic dispute on S. Granite St. in Omak. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Trespassing on Bramble Ave. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on N. Douglas St. in Omak. Theft on Central Ave. in Oroville. Burglary on Fir St. in Oroville. Burglary on 19th Ave. in Oroville. Trespassing on Bonaparte Ave. near Tonasket. DUI on W. Fourth St. in Omak. Dion Lewis Socula, 47, booked for second-degree kidnapping (DV), fourth-degree assault (DV) and a DOC detainer. Leslie Ann Edwards, 27, court commitment for two counts of third-degree theft. Shyanna Kristine Lanni, 27, court commitment for first-

degree criminal trespassing. Dia Marie Gardner, 40, booked on two counts of fourth-degree assault (DV).

Saturday, May 2, 2015 Domestic dispute on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Assault on Apple Way Rd. near Okanogan. Public intoxication on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. DWLS on Engh Rd. near Omak. Public intoxication on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Utility problem on Rodeo Trail Rd. in Omak. Theft on W. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. Theft on E. Eighth Ave. in Omak. Public intoxication on Fourth Ave. in Oroville. Disorderly conduct on Main St. in Oroville. DWLS on N. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Ricardo Guia Alvarez, 22, booked for DUI and thirddegree DWLS. Patricia Lou Webb, 57, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Cristino de la Paz de la Cruz, 34, booked for DUI and a USBP hold.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 Weapons offense on Hanford St. in Omak. Harassment on S. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Littering on Conconully Rd. near Okanogan. Harassment on Glover Lane Rd. near Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Johnson Creek Rd. near Omak. Domestic dispute on Duck Lake Rd. near Omak. Vehicle prowl on S. Birch St. in Omak. Found property on S. Birch St. in Omak. Bicycle recovered. Harassment on W. Apple Ave. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Omache Dr. in Omak. Trespassing on Ferry St. in Omak. Harassment on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Sandina Marie Nelson, 20, booked on an Oroville Police Department FTA warrant for disorderly conduct. Thomas Lawrence Waters, 24, DOC detainer.


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

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*Following Parade: Oroville High School Lawn *May Pole Dance and Awards Lawn Ceremony at High School Front Lawn Photo by Gary DeVon Grand Marshals Dane & Joyce Forrester *Dunk Tank following Lawn Ceremony @ High School parking lot hosted by Border Patrol Explorers Historical Society @ Oroville Depot Park What Your Proud Of at the Post Office. Public is welcome to bring you vehicle, tractor or whatever you want to brag about. No entry fee. Chamber of Commerce BBQ @ Oroville High School East Lawn Mason’s Kids Games @ Ben Prince Field Pastime Bar & Grill Open for Food, Beverages and Blues. DEEPWATER BLUES BAND plays 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. Profits will benefit Rally at the Border Blues Fest. Tour the Historic McDonald Log Cabin behind Prince’s Warehouse built 1894 Oroville Eagles #3865 serving Burgers & German Dogs, $1 Draft until 8 pm. North Half at 9 pm. Copper Mountain Wine Tasting at Taber’s Taste of Summer Fruit Barn Teachers-Alumni Reunion and Open House at Oroville High School Commons Okanogan International Chorus Concert at Oroville Free Methodist Church Photo by Jenifer Berg Photography Lady Hornets softball vs Okanogan @ Queen Ellamae Burnell Terry Taylor Field south of the High School

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Mandi Wilson returns the ball past Johnna Terris to White Swan’s Calista Spoonhunter and Luz Guitterres Saturday, May 2. Tonasket’s First Girls Doubles beat the previously unbeaten team of Spoonhunter and Guitterres.

Tim Frazier digs deep to return the ball to White Swan’s Jose Suarez during Saturday’s First Boys Singles match. Frazier won the first set 7-5 and the second set by forfeit.

White Swan stays on top of league teams BY KATIE TEACHOUT


Tonasket hosted White Swan on the tennis courts Saturday, May 2, with the Cougars boys’ and girls’ teams both winning 4-1. But not without a fight.

“To be honest, that was the best match I’ve ever played this year, but he put up a good fight. He’s pretty good,” White Swan’s first singles player Jose Suarez said of his loss to Tonasket’s Tim Frazier. Frazier won the first match 7-5 and the second match by forfeit. A senior, Suarez said he played the last three years, including last

year at Districts. The First Girls Doubles team of Mandi Wilson and Johnna Terris took out the previously unbeaten in the league White Swan team of Calista Spoonhunter and Luz Guitterres. Freshman Wilson and sophomore Terris won the first set 6-5 and won a tiebreaker after going 6-6 in the second set.

“They had good, hard serves. We had to stay positive and light on our feet, but we managed to pull it out,” said Wilson. “We pulled out a good win,” said Terris. “We are excited about it,” added Wilson. Both girls are in their first year of playing tennis, as are all Tigers

except sophomore Bailey Hirst. Hirst lost her First Singles match to White Swan’s Moriele Marrivilla 3-6, 2-6. Joseph Schell lost his Second Boys Singles 4-6, 4-6. The White Swan girls’ team is in second place in the league behind Okanogan and followed by Tonasket. The White Swan

boys’ team is in third place behind Okanogan and Liberty Bell, with the Tigers in sixth place. Tonasket was scheduled to play Oroville on the Hornets’ courts Tuesday, May 5th; and travel to Okanogan Thursday, May 7 and Chelan Saturday, May 9.

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Tonasket’s Ethan Bensing sticks his landing in the long jump, winning with a leap of 10-10. Bensing also took first place in the Triple Jump, and second place in the high jump. Brent Baker photo

Oroville’s Katie Egerton makes the winning jump in the pole vault at Oroville’s Saturday home meet.

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Tonasket’s Rose Walts breaks away from the field on the 100-meter hurdles. Walts posted a 2B best (and personal best) time of 15.53 to easily win the event.

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Oroville’s Caleb Haney (front) gets ready to take a handoff for the final leg of the 4x100 relay while Tonasket’s Smith Condon reaches back for the baton; meanwhile, disaster strikes the Omak team. No one was seriously injured.



SPORTS Hornets buzz around Tigers into the night

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Tonasket’s Adrian McCarthy steals second base before going on to steal third base and home in Friday’s first game of a doubleheader. Oroville’s shortstop Dustin Nigg is seen here backed up by second baseman Max Turner.



Oroville hosted Tonasket for a double header Saturday, May 2, that played into darkness with the Tigers winning the second game 10-5. “We ended the game in the fifth inning because it was getting dark,” said Tonasket’s Kahlil Butler. “A funny thing happened; the sprinklers came on, so we had to stop the game for a minute. I guess they didn’t turn them off because they didn’t think we’d be playing that long.” Coach Tam Hutchinson’s wife, Joyce, said it had been awhile since the Hornets went seven innings. The first game went seven innings also, with Tonasket winning 15-4. Oroville has been playing with only one pitcher all season, but Casey Martin returned to the mound for the first time this year in Saturday’s game. “It’s good to be back,” said Martin, who was out for surgery following an injury. A player since T-Ball, he pitched five innings before Hutchinson took him off the mound and put him in left field.

Lady Tigers win tough games against Hornets BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Oroville’s Casey Martin steals second base after getting a single with a solid hit out to centerfield. This was Martin’s first game of the season after surgery due to an injury. Martin pitched five innings before being moved to the outfield.

“We were ahead 9-5 when Casey went out,” reported Tonasket Coach Dan Vassar. “He did pitch well, but we realized that he only threw a fastball and no other pitches, so we were able to hit consistently.” This is Vassar’s first year as head coach, after assistant coaching since 2007. His son Quincy is on the team this year, from the eighth grade. Hutchinson is in his 16th year coaching the team. “He’s been at it since 1999,” said Joyce Hutchinson. “We love baseball. Our two sons went through the program.” The Oroville team did not qualify for a paid assistant this year, with just 13 players. “I’m his assistant,” said Joyce as she kept score, “we work side-by-side.” Vassar is assisted by Steven Williams and Dylan Fewkes. The Tigers were scheduled to travel to Lake Roosevelt Tuesday, May 5, while the Hornets were scheduled to host Bridgeport. Tonasket hosted Bridgeport Wednesday, April 29, splitting the double-header with a 9-6 win and a 2-10 loss.

Oroville hosted Tonasket on the softball field Friday, May 1, for a double header that saw the Tigers on top 2-1 for the first game and 13-8 in the second. “The Lady Tigers went out there to win, and it showed with the two wins,” said Tonasket Coach Emily Rimestad. “I’m very proud of the girls, how hard they played and the team work that they put out there.” “It was amazing,” said shortstop Trinity Dejong. “We’re proud of ourselves and each other,” said Morgyne Hjaltason. Rimestad attributed the closeness of the first game to the pitching. “On the second game, I think that they got the hang of the pitching from Oroville and ‘got their groove on.’ They were down but came back and fought hard. It really showed,” said Rimestad. “Any team can be beat. They just need to bring up their attitude,” said Oroville Coach Dane Forrester. “They get down on themselves, but they all get along really good.” Forrester has been coaching the team the last seven years. New to the team this year is his assistant Brian Martin. “He has helped me out in more than one way over the years,” Forrester said of Martin. “He and his wife Shelly were running the O&O League (Omak and Okanogan), and that’s where I got my feeders.”

The Martins started coaching the O&O League when their daughter, Faith Martin, was three years old. Now a junior on the softball team, Faith was Forrester’s first feeder out of the program, and she’s got little sisters in the league. “You should have seen us four years ago. I had to learn to be a really good loser,” said Forrester. The Hornets made it to districts last year. Junior Vanessa Pershing pitched both games for the Tigers. Catching for the Tigers in both games was sophomore Lexie Wahl. “They work really well together,” said Rimestad. “Actually, they all work really well together as a team. This year’s team has been a really great team to work with. They are all team players. Helping each other out, knowing each others strengths and weaknesses. It is just a good feeling to coach these young ladies.” “I feel pretty good,” Pershing said after the games. She hit a triple in the second game, bringing in three runners. “That was a great hit, and it spurred the other girls on,” Rimestad said. “Sam Keller had some good hits and plays as well. Our outfield did a good job out there getting the balls in and backing up the infield.” Saturday, May 9, will see the Hornets hosting Okanogan and the Tigers hosting Bridgeport. Games begin at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Okanogan is currently in the lead for North Central Washington B League, followed by Liberty Bell, Brewster, Pateros, Oroville, Bridgeport, Tonasket, Lake Roosevelt and Manson.


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Oroville’s Faith Martin slides safely home for the point in the second game of a doubleheader as Tonasket’s pitcher Vanessa Pershing attempts to get her out on the Hornet’s field Friday, May 1.

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Tonasket’s Morgyne Hjaltson slides into second base after playing cat-and-mouse with Oroville’s first baseman and pitcher, Courtnee Kallstrom. Hjaltson was caught between bases, but didn’t give up; safely tagging the plate with an overthrow to Kallstrom.

Washington State is experiencing record-low snow pack conditions. Many of our major rivers are forecasted to have April through September runoff volumes that will be the lowest in the past 64 years. This shortfall is a serious threat to municipal and domestic water supplies, irrigated agriculture, and fisheries. With the concurrence of Governor Inslee and following consultation with affected Indian Tribes, I hereby expand the geographic coverage of Washington State’s drought emergency to include thirteen additional Water Resource Inventory Areas (WAC 173-500). These areas are at risk of experiencing less than 75 percent of normal water supply and associated hardship. The Watershed Resource Inventory Areas added to the Washington State drought declaration are as follows: Western Washington Water Resource Inventory Areas: Nooksack (1); Lower Skagit-Samish (3); Upper Skagit (4); Stillaguamish (5); Puyallup-White (10); Skokomish-Dosewallips (16); Cowlitz (26); Lewis (27); Salmon-Washougal (28) Central Washington Water Resource Inventory Areas: Wind-White Salmon (29); Klickitat (30); Alkali-Squilchuck (40); Okanogan (49) Snowpack conditions across the state have continued to decline since the initial regional drought was first declared on March 13, 2015. In fact, the statewide average snowpack conditions have further deteriorated since that date. The statewide average is at 20 percent, far below the 40 percent of average that was present in 2005 when Washington State last experienced a statewide drought. As of today, more than 70 percent of Washington State snow monitoring stations are at record-lows. Western Washington: In watersheds originating on the western slopes of the Cascade Mountains, there is a high risk that fish populations will experience extreme low-flow conditions this year. Low flows mean that hatcheries will face a high likelihood of operational challenges ranging from warm water, disease management, and interruption of water supplies. Tributaries and smaller streams may drop to levels where stream channels become impassible to fish. Pools of water will become disconnected from other pools, isolating fish from other fish and increasing the risks of predation and harassment. Reduced snowpack in these watersheds also create risks to municipal and domestic water supplies. The Department of Health has identified numerous water systems that draw water from shallow alluvial aquifers, which themselves are dependent on groundwater recharge from snowmelt. Central Washington: The Alkali-Squilchuck and Okanogan watersheds contain large areas with high value crops (e.g. apples, cherries, and pears) that rely on irrigation from surface water. The Klickitat watershed has communities that have faced water supply challenges in previous drought years, and fisheries are expected to face serious challenges from reduced water supplies. With snowpack in the White Salmon watershed at historic lows, the City of White Salmon has petitioned the state to declare its area in a drought emergency. Therefore, in accordance with the provisions of RCW 43.83B.405, IT IS ORDERED that the above-listed Water Resource Inventory Areas are hereby under a drought emergency. This order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect through December 31, 2015, unless terminated prior to that date. This Order supplements my March 17, 2015, Order and Determination in which eleven Water Resource Inventory Areas were declared to be under a drought emergency. In accordance with the provisions of WAC 173-166-060, the Department of Ecology may, under the terms of this order, take the following emergency actions: (1) Issue emergency permits for water. (2) Approve temporary transfers of water rights. (3) Provide funding assistance to public agencies to alleviate drought conditions. (4) Take other actions depending on future developments. Other state and local agencies with authority to issue permits or authorizations related to the drought emergency actions must provide a decision to an applicant within fifteen (15) calendar days of the date of application. In accordance with the proclamation of the Washington Governor, dated January 3, 1989, (Centennial Accord), nothing herein shall impair or infringe upon the treaty reserved rights or governmental authority of any federally recognized Indian tribe nor shall this order be deemed an assertion of state authority over Indian reservation lands. The Department of Ecology intends to work cooperatively, on a government-to-government basis, with all affected tribes. Further details about this order or the actions available under it, may be obtained by contacting: Jeff Marti, Department of Ecology, PO Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600; 360-407-6627; Email: Applications for emergency water permits or temporary transfers of water rights are available by contacting one of the Department of Ecology's regional offices: • Northwest Regional Office; Bellevue, WA; 425-649-7020; Email: • Central Region Office; Yakima, WA; 509-575-2597; Email: • Southwest Regional Office; Lacey, WA; 360-407-6859; Email: • Eastern Regional Office; Spokane, WA; 509-329-3541; Email: DATED this 22nd day of April 2015. Maia D. Bellon, Director, Department of Ecology




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Ready for adventure are , left to right, Alyssa Brown, Bob Godwin, Mo Brown, holding Oden Brown, Ashlyn Godwin, owner Toni Johannessen, Zach Godwin and owner Norman Johansen. The kids in front in the kayaks are Noah Brown, Aylen, Alia and Ava Johannessen.

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OROVILLE - Oroville’s Rally at the Border Blues Fest will return on Saturday, May 16 at the city’s Deep Bay Park on the shores of Lake Osoyoos that crosses the border between British Columbia and Washington State. Now in its second year, the festival is timed to coincide with the Columbia River HOG’s annual Armed Forces Day Run to

the Border motorcycle rally that originates in Wenatchee and ends in Oroville. Many attendees from Canada are also expected on this three-day Canadian holiday weekend. Visitors may also enjoy the kick-off barbecue on Friday night at Veranda Beach Resort as well as Spring Barrel Tasting at local wineries on Saturday, a Car Show and more. The musical line-up includes six of the Northwest’s premier blues bands playing all day Saturday, starting at noon and continuing until 10 p.m. After the park closes, music will con-

tinue in town at the Pastime on Main Street with an All-Star Jam. Sunday all riders are welcome to participate in the Poker Run from 9 a.m. to Noon. Bands scheduled to play are The Randy Oxford Band Featuring Lady A, Steve Bailey & the Blue Flames, The CD Woodbury Band, Jesse Weston Band, VooDoo Church of Blues and Royce-Govedare High Rollers. Tickets are $20 online at www. or $25 at the gate.


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T-shirts, snow cones, popcorn and hot dogs. The store is opening up this weekend and promises “family fun from a family run business.” The grand opening will be May 8 and 9, although the daily hours have yet to be determined. “Come get your free hot dog after the parade on Saturday,” say the couple. Norman grew up in Edmonds, Wash. and Toni grew up in Oroville. They have lived in Lake

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Okanogan County Transit Authority seeks full and part time Drivers to provide safe, reliable and courteous transportation services to the public, including populations with special transportation needs. Positions report to the Omak office. Positions from 24-40 hours/week. $16.90-$17.93 per hour and benefit eligible. Class B CDL with Passenger endorsement required. See for instructions on submitting applications. Okanogan County Transit Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Public Notices Civil Service Exam The City of Tonasket Civil Service Commission will be testing for an entry level patrolman eligibility list on Friday, June 5, 2015. Lateral Officers may apply but will go through the same process and testing as the entry level. Call 509-486-2132 for an application packet or write to City of Tonasket, P.O. Box 487, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Applications will be accepted until 4:30 pm May 22nd, 2015. Alice Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Civil Service Secretary Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 23, 30 and May 7, 2015. #OVG627054 Summary of Ordinance #757 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, adding additional no parking restrictions to Section 10.16.080 of the Tonasket Municipal Code. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall, 509-4862132, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on May 7, 2015. #OVG631069

Public Notices IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: JUDITH L. COFFELT, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00032-1 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: April 21, 2015. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: April 30, 2015. /s/Andrea M. Coffelt Keutzing ANDREA M. COFFELT KEUTZING Personal Representative /s/Anthony Castelda ANTHONY CASTELDA, WSBA #28937 Attorney for Coffelt P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket, WA 98855 (509) 486-1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 30, May 7, 14, 2015. #OVG629566 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: DANIEL CHARLES SMITH, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00042-9 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: April 28, 2015. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: May 7, 2015. /s/Kodel Marie Mergens KODEL MARIE MERGENS Personal Representative /s/Anthony Castelda ANTHONY CASTELDA, WSBA #28937 Attorney for Smith Estate P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket, WA 98855 (509) 486-1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on May 7, 14, 21, 2015. #OVG631046 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: MARIAN ETHEL DAHLIN, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00038-1 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within

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for a shoreline substantial and floodplain development permits with the City of Tonasket Building & Permits Department, general stormwater coverage with WADOE and will file for an HPA with WDFW and various other authorizations for pedestrian improvements to include: -Pedestrian Bridge crossings of Bonaparte Creek -540 lf of sidewalk, including associated appurtenances and surface restoration. This project will occur in the South part of Tonasket and adjacent to U.S. 97/Whitcomb Avenue (West side from Tonasket Shop Rd. to 6th St.) in Section 16, Township 37 N., Range 27 E.WM., Okanogan County. The project will be within an urban environment of Bonaparte Creek a tributary of the Okanogan River. The City of Tonasket Building & Permits Department, who is the lead agency for this proposal, 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 review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with the lead agency. This information is available to the public on request or by visiting the City’s website at and following the Public Notice links. This DNS is issued under 197-11-340(2); the lead agency will not act on this proposal until June 3, 2015. The complete application, related drawings and documentation is available for inspection or purchase at the City of Tonasket Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Any person desiring to express their views on this proposal or attain party of record status and be notified of any subsequent record decisions on this application should notify in writing Christian Johnson, Permit Administrator, Box 487, Tonasket WA 98855 or Written comments must be filed no later than June 3, 2015. Christian D. Johnson, Permit Administrator This notice is given pursuant to Section 7.09 of the Tonasket Shoreline Master Program. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on May 7, 14, 2015. #OVG630529

Seller’s Name Richard Bynum and Tracey Bynum, husband and wife 74 Ross Rd., Twisp WA 98856 (509) 997-0650 Agent’s or Attorney’s Name David Ebenger Attorney at law PO Box 217, Winthrop WA 98862 (509) 996-2206 (b) Description of the Contract: Real Estate Contract dated March 13, 2006, executed by Silverthome LLC, as seller, and Truman Moomaw, a single person, as buyer, which Contract or a memorandum thereof was recorded under Auditor’s File No. 3101583 on April 5, 2006, records of Okanogan County Auditor, Washington. Seller’s interest in the real estate contract is now held by Richard Bynum and Tracey Bynum, husband and wife, by instrument recorded on February 9, 2015 under Okanogan County Auditor’s File No. 3197723. (c) Legal description of the property: Tract 1145, Okanogan River Ranches Division 7 as per plat thereof recorded in Volume H of Plats, Section 1, pages 14 and 15, under Auditor’s File No. 514396, Records of the Auditor of Okanogan County, Washington, situate in County of Okanogan, State of Washington. (d) Description of each default under the Contract on which the notice is based: 1. Failure to pay the following past due items, the amounts and an itemization for which are given in (g) and (h) below: a. Contract payments in the amount of $150.00, plus interest at 10% per annum, due monthly on the first day of August, 2007 and due monthly in the same amount for 97 months thereafter until paid in full; b.Late charges in the amount of $15.00 for each contract payment in arrears; c.Okanogan County Real Estate Taxes for 2012 in the amount of $148.68, for 2013 in the amount of $153.12, for 2014 in the amount of $131.84 and for 2015 in the amount of $168.78, plus interest and penalties, and any taxes which become due and payable before either reinstatement or forfeiture of the contract occurs; 2. Other defaults: Failure to keep insurance on the property (e) Failure to cure the default on or before filed date, will result in the forfeiture of the Contract. (f) The forfeiture of the Contract will result in the following: 1. the buyer’s right, title, and interest in the property will be terminated; 2. the right, title, and interest in the property of others whose interests are subordinate to the buyer will be terminated; 3. the buyer’s rights under the Contract will be canceled; 4. all sums previously paid under the Contract will be kept by and belong to the seller or other person entitled to them; 5. all improvements made to, and unharvested crops and timber located on, the property will belong to the seller; and 6. the buyer and all other persons occupying the property will be required to surrender possession of the property, improvements to the property, and unharvested crops and timber located on the property to the seller on August 10, 2015, if their interests have been forfeited. (g) The following is a statement of payments of money in default (or, where indicated, an estimate thereof) and, for any defaults not involving the failure to pay money, the action(s) required to cure the default: 1. Monetary delinquencies: Item/Amount Contract balance/$10,336.04 Accrued interest/$ 8,465.60 Late Payments/$ 1,500.00 2012-2015 Okanogan County Real Estate Taxes/$ 602.42 plus interest and penalties TOTAL: $20,904.06 2. Action(s) required to cure any nonmonetary default: Acquire insurance on property as required by the

contract (h) The following is a statement of other payments, charges, fees, and costs (or, where indicated, an estimate thereof) to cure the default: Item/Amount 1. Cost of title report $210.00 2. Service/posting of Notice of Intent to Forfeit (estimated)/$100.00 3. Copying/postage/$50.00 4. Attorney’s fees/$2,500.00 5. Recording fees/$150.00 TOTAL:/$3,010.00 The total amount necessary to cure the default is the sum of the amounts in (g)(1) and (h), which is $23,914.06, plus the amount of any payments and late charges which fall due after the date of this Notice of Intent to Forfeit and on or prior to the date the default is cured. You must cure the default prior to August 1, 2015. Monies required to cure the default may be tendered to David Ebenger, Attorney at Law at the following address: PO Box 217, Winthrop, Washington 98862 If default includes a default other than payments of money when due, then you must cure such other defaults as specified in paragraph (g)(2) by August 1, 2015. (i) You have a right to contest the forfeiture or seek an extension of time to cure the default, or both. If you wish to exercise this right, you must file a summons and complaint on the seller or seller’s agent or attorney before a declaration of forfeiture is recorded. NO EXTENSION OF THE TIME FOR CURE CAN BE GRANTED FOR DEFAULTS THAT ARE A FAILURE TO PAY MONEY. However, you may not be in default if you have a claim against the seller that would release, discharge, or excuse the default. (j) You have a right to request a court to determine whether a public sale of the property should be ordered. A public sale may be ordered if the court finds that the fair market value of the property substantially exceeds the sum of the debt owed under the contract and all liens on the property that have priority over the seller’s interest. The excess, if any, of the highest bid at the sale over the amount owed on your contract will be applied to the liens eliminated by the sale and the balance, if any, paid to you. If you wish to request that a court make this determination, you must do so by filing and serving a summons and complaint before a declaration of forfeiture is recorded. If you make such a request, the court will require you to deposit the anticipated sales costs with the clerk of the court. (k) The contract requires that notices shall be either personally served or shall be sent certified mail, return receipt requested, and by regular first class mail to Buyer at PO Box 556, Oroville, Washington 98844 and to the Seller at 53 Hwy 7 S., Tonasket WA 98855 or such other addresses as either party may specify in writing to the other party. Notices shall be deemed given when served or mailed. Notice to Seller shall also be sent to any institution receiving payments on the Contract. Seller’s interest in the contract is now held by Richard Bynum and Tracey Bynum whose address is 74 Ross Road, Twisp, Washington 98856. /s/Tracey Bynum TRACEY BYNUM) STATE OF WASHINGTON) ) ss. County of Okanogan) On this day personally appeared before me Tracey Bynum to me known to be the individual described in and who executed the within and foregoing instrument, and acknowledged that she signed the same as her free and voluntary act and deed, for the used and purposes therein mentioned. Given under my hand and official seal this 16th day of April, 2015. /s/David Ebenger Notary Public in and for the State of Washington, Residing at Winthrop My appointment expires 2-17-18 Published in the Okanogan Valley

Gazette-Tribune on April 30 and May 7, 2015. (OVG629004)

SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF OKANOGAN Estate of AUDENE FARMER, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00035-6 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The above Court has appointed Wanda Lou Beacon as Personal Representative of Decedent’s estate. Any person having a claim against the Decedent must present the claim: (a) Before the time when the claim would be barred by any applicable statute of limitations, and (b) In the manner provided in RCW 11.40.070: (i) By filing the original of the claim with the foregoing Court, and (ii) By serving on or mailing to me at the address below a copy of the claim. The claim must be presented by the later of: (a) Thirty (30) days after I served or mailed this Notice as provided in RCW 11.40.020(1)(c), or (b) Four (4) months after the date of first publication of this Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time period, the claim will be forever barred except as provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective for claims against both the Decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication of this Notice: April 30, 2015 /s/ Dale L. Crandall, Attorney for Wanda Lou Beacon, Personal Representative P.O. Box 173 Loomis, WA 98827 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 30, May 7, 14, 2015. #OVG629508

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Notice of Application under the Shoreline Management Act and Determination of Non-significance under SEPA US97 Pedestrian Improvements (Legacy Bridge) TON SDP 15-1 DATE OF NOTICE: 5/7/2015 NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Tonasket, Washington who is the owner of the below described right-of-way has filed an application

NOTICE OF INTENT TO FORFEIT PURSUANT TO THE REVISED CODE OF WASHINGTON CHAPTER 61.30. Grantor: Bynum, Richard and Tracey Grantee: Moomaw, Truman Legal Description (abbr): LOT 1145 OKANOGAN RIVER RANCHES #7 Additional legal(s): Page 2 Assessor’s Tax Parcel ID: 6 431145000 Reference Nos. of Related Documents: 3197723 TO: The Estate of Truman Moomaw, Deceased, and the Known and Unknown Heirs of Truman Moomaw, deceased, PO Box 556, Oroville WA 98844 TO: Gloria Mortrud, PO Box 556, Oroville WA 98844 TO: David M Starkovich, PO Box 667, Roslyn WA 98941 David M Starkovich, c/o Castelda & Castelda, Inc., PO Box 1307, Tonasket WA 98855 TO: State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Financial Recovery, PO Box 9501, Olympia WA 98507-9501 TO: All Persons Claiming Any Interest in the Subject Property Described Herein You are hereby notified that the Real Estate Contract described below is in default, and you are provided the following information with respect thereto: (a) The name, address, and telephone number of the seller and, if any, the seller’s agent or attorney giving the notice:



Nickel Cove Sudivision & Rezone LPA 2015-1 Public Hearing & Final SEPA Determination An application proposes rezoning a 1.03 acre property to Suburban Residential. The current zone designation is Rural 1. Also, a concurrent subdivision application proposes development of two lots. Water and septic shall be provided by the City of Oroville municipal utility lines. Access is provided by Eastlake Road. The property is within the plat of Okanogan Smith Irrigation Tracts and fronts the east shoreline of Lake Osoyoos and Eastlake Road. The physical address is 117A Eastlake Road, approximately 1 mile north of Oroville, WA. Tax parcel: 6400030002. Project comments must be submitted in writing or attend the public hearing. The Okanogan County Hearings Examiner shall conduce a public hearing for on May 28, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., located in the Commissioners Hearing Room in the Virginia Grainger Administration Building at 123 5th Ave. North, Okanogan, WA 98840. The SEPA Responsible Official issued a final determination of non-significance (DNS). This decision may be appealed in accordance with OCC 14.04.220. Appeals must be made in writing to the Board of Okanogan County Commissioners, 123 5th Ave N Ste. 150, Okanogan, WA 98840. Appeals must be submitted or postmarked by 5:00 pm on May 21, 2015. Appeals shall state with specificity the elements of the environmental checklist and resulting determination the appellant finds objectionable and shall state the reason therefore. Appeals must include the $300.00 appeal fee. Failure to file a timely and complete appeal shall constitute waiver of all rights to an administrative appeal under county code. Information is available at the Office of Planning and Development. Direct questions and comments to: Okanogan County Office of Planning & Development, Ben Rough, 123 5th Ave. N, Suite 130, Okanogan, WA 98840, (509) 4227122. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on May 7, 2015. #OVG631044

Notice of NPDES Coverage Whitcomb Ave Ped Bridge Notice is hereby given that City of Tonasket, PO Box 487 Tonasket, WA 98855, is seeking coverage under the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Construction Stormwater NPDES and State Waste Discharge General Permit. The proposed project, Legacy Pedestrian Bridge, is located at Bonaparte Creek Crossing in Tonasket in Okanogan county. This project involves 0.28 acres of soil disturbance for Highway or Road, Other (Pedestrian Bridge, Sidewalk) construction activities. All discharges and runoff goes to ground water. Any persons desiring to present their views to the Washington State Department of Ecology regarding this application, or interested in Ecology’s action on this application, may notify Ecology in writing no later than 30 days of the last date of publication of this notice. Ecology reviews public comments and considers whether discharges from this project would cause a measurable change in receiving water quality, and, if so, whether the project is necessary and in the overriding public interest according to Tier II antidegradation requirements under WAC 173-201A320. Comments can be submitted to: Department of Ecology Attn: Water Quality Program, Construction Stormwater P.O. Box 47696, Olympia, WA 98504-7696 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on May 7, 14, 2015. #OVG630530


the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: April 21, 2015. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: April 30, 2015. /s/Katherine H. Dahlin KATHERINE H. DAHLIN Personal Representative /s/Anthony Castelda ANTHONY CASTELDA, WSBA #28937 Attorney for Dahlin P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket, WA 98855 (509) 486-1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on April 30, May 7, 14, 2015. #OVG629564

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Terry Lee Hill


SFC (Ret) Terry Lee Hill, 54 of Tonasket, passed away April 30, 2015 at his home with his loved ones by his side after a short but valiant and courageous battle of pancreatic cancer. Terry was born April 14, 1961 to Gladys (Hill) and Clayton Carlson. After the death of his mother, when he was just a baby he and his two brothers were adopted by his grandparents Harold and Annie Hill. Terry grew up helping his grandparents on their orchard. He attended the Tonasket School District and graduated in 1979. Terry went on to enlist in the United States Army in 1980. He completed his four year enlistment and was honorably discharged of active duty in 1984. He remained a Reservist in the

Theodore “Ted” Hilstad


In the early hours of April 26th, 2015 Theodore Hollon Hilstad was called home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Ted was born August 7th, 1962 and started life with a struggle only weighing in at three pounds, which led to him being a deter-

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OBITUARIES Army National Guard 448th CA BN. It was during this time that Terry became a Reserve Officer for the Oroville and Twisp police departments. Terry also was a part of the Okanogan County drug task force through the Army National Guard. In 2002 Terry reenlisted in The US Army active duty. During this time Terry was deployed to Bosnia during the Bosnian conflict. After finishing his deployment Terry then became an Army recruiter. Terry had a great desire to help lead our youth down the right path in life. After 32 years of serving his country, Terry retired in July 2012. Terry was the epitome of a true American soldier through and through. In the winter of 2012 Terry went back into law enforcement as a Corrections Officer at the Okanogan County Jail and continued to work there until the time of his death. In the winter of 2010, Terry embarked on a new journey with a gal named Marci who would turn out to be his true love and soulmate. Terry and Marci were married July 28, 2014. Terry was a member of the Omak Masonic Lodge number 214. He also was a GM and honorary member of the Samaritan Riders Of Okanogan. And a volunteer fire fighter for the Tonasket Fire Dept. Terry truly and whole heartedly served his country and his county. Terry was all about lending a helping hand. He made you smile, he made you laugh. He loved life and it showed in all he did. Terry was a great friend to many and a good friend to all. He

will be truly missed! Each Labor Day weekend Terry looked forward to the Tonasket demolition derby. Terry loved nothing more than to fix up an old car and then smash it to pieces. Terry also enjoyed taking motorcycle rides with his wife Marci and just enjoying life to the fullest. But Terry’s favorite thing in life was to hang out in his shop. He always had something to tinker on or fix and and there were many friends that gathered there and great stories to be told. Terry is survived by his wife, Marci Hill of Tonasket, Wash.; daughter Stephanie Hill Scherbaum and her husband Marcus, and grandson Marco, of Viereth-Trunstadt, Germany; daughter Alexandra Ellen Hill of Tonasket; two stepsons, Brad Klimek and Mike Klimek and his wife Chelsea of Omak; his aunt/sister Barbara Hill Morrison and her husband Jim Morrison; his niece Angela Fillion and her husband Gerard and their two children Ella and Xavier and niece Chandra Morrison and her daughter, Elaine, all of Wenatchee; one brother Richard Hill of Pennsylvania and his lifelong best friends Dale and Janet Montanye and their daughter Lacey. Terry is preceded in death by his brother Harold Hill; his grandparents Harold and Annie Hill; his mother Gladys Hill and father Clayton Carlson. A graveside service will be held for Terry Hill at the Tonasket Cemetery on Friday, May 8, 2015 at 1 p.m. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

mined man with a great will to accomplish the things he set out to do. Ted had many passions in his life with farming and ranching being high on the list. He always put 110 percent into any job he did from the timber industry to the oil industry and many other hats he wore… he was a true jack of all trades. He loved his many years spent falling timber and often reminisced with good friend Frank McKinney on the glory days of logging. He loved his family and his two boys Brandon and Jacob with whom he raised with wife Renee of 29 years with a good work ethic and a love of Jesus. He had great respect for his parents Loren and Phyllis and his in-laws Bill and Nancy whom he also loved dearly. His list of family includes his sons Brandon (Melanie) and Jacob (Jessica), brother; Dave (Silvie) and sister Kristina (Bob); brothers-in-law Corey (Tiffany) and Billy; nieces Katy, Karen, Sandra and Valerie, along with many aunties and cousins whom he loved dearly.

His grandchildren Maxx, Myles, Abi and Knox brought many smiles to his face with their thirst for knowledge of all things and his precious Abi’s sweet hugs. Ted also leaves behind many great friends, all of whom he cherished. Men like John Sylvester a great friend and fishing buddy, Neil Vigus his gun guru, Jeff Miller and Ray Dagnon with whom he shared his passion for farming and cattle and Vernon Beitz who Ted loved and respected like a father. There are countless other friends whom Ted loved and cherished with all of his heart. He was a special man who touched many lives during his time on earth. Ted will be missed by many. Although he is gone he will not soon be forgotten. We will be having a Celebration of Ted’s life on Friday, May 15th at 11 a.m. at the Molson Grange with Pastor Al Parsons leading us. There will be a potluck to follow so please bring your favorite dish. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements

83 of Tonasket, died on April 19, 2015 in Tonasket. She was born December 25, 1931 in Terry, Montana to parents John and Mary Sackman. Delores was raised on a farm near Fallon, Montana and went to public schools in Terry, Montana graduating from high school in 1949. At the age of nine she knew she wanted to be a nurse. She graduated from Presentation Nursing School in Miles City, Montana in 1952. She married Lyman J. Adrian in 1953 and had two children, Patricia and Michael. Delores was a Registered Nurse in Miles City at the Holy Rosary Hospital from the mid-50’s through the early 70’s. She then worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital until retirement. While working at Holy Rosary Hospital her favorite task was tending to the newly delivered babies.

Mother was an accomplished cake decorator and an avid reader. She had a curiosity about everything around her. She lived her life caring and doing for others. She would do anything for anyone and was very generous and giving. Delores is survived by her children Patricia and Husband Ronald Verbeck and Michael and wife Teressa Adrian, her brother, Herbert Sackman, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Sackman Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the Assembly of God Church, 25 W 4th St., Tonasket, Washington. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.


watching all sports. Mr. Thrasher is survived by Lori Putnam, his companion of 20 years; sons and daughtersin-law TJ and Janet Thrasher of Kettle Falls, Wash. and Tyler and Lindsey Thrasher of Tonasket; brothers Gary Thrasher of East Wenatchee, Wash. and Tim Thrasher and his wife Noi of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; sister Judy Kusler and her husband Larry of Vancouver, Wash. and five grandchildren. Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel in Goldendale handled cremation arrangements. To send condolences to the Thrasher family, please visit www.gardnerfh. com.

Michael Andrew Thrasher passed away of cancer in Goldendale, Washington on April 28, 2015 at the age of 63. He was born in Tonasket, Washington on March 8, 1952 to Lee and Thelma Thrasher. He grew up in Oroville, graduating from Oroville High School. Michael spent most of his adult life working in the lumber industry and the sale of construction products. He loved to hunt, fish, go camping and boating. He also enjoyed playing basketball and

Melvin M. Verbeck


Melvin M. Verbeck, age 84 of Oroville, went home peacefully to his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 with his beloved wife and daughter by his side. He was born August 31, 1930 in Olympia to parents Gaylen and Helen Verbeck. The family moved to Tonasket

Judith “Judy” Coffelt


Judith “Judy” Coffelt (Lovejoy), of Fletcher Mountain (Molson), Washington passed away on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at the age of 79. Judy was born on November 20th, 1935 in Tacoma, Wash. to her parents Dagny Lovejoy (Pederson) and Leon Lovejoy. She was the youngest of five children. Judy graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in education. She worked as a teacher in many of the places

Edith Gertrude Kinzer Sackett


Edith Gertrude Kinzer Sackett, age 98, passed away on April 16th, 2015 at Harmony House Nursing Home in Brewster, Washington. Edith was born in a two-story ranch house just outside of Uniontown, Washington on March 6th, 1917. She was the seventh child of 16 children of John Kinzer and Louise Bosse Kinzer. She had six brothers and nine sisters, including three sets of twins born after her. Edith was treated as one of the boys and at an early age she learned to ride a saddle horse and was one of the drivers of a team of horses for harvest and hauling and loading hay. She was proud of her riding ability and stated she never had fallen from a horse. However she did not drive and her reason for not driving, was that she had borrowed her mother’s car and ran it off the road into a field. In 1935 Edith graduated from St. Boniface High School in Uniontown, Washington, the first of her family to graduate from High School. Edith had a lovely singing voice and played piano in school. After High School she spent four years in a convent in


where Melvin was raised. He attended the Tonasket Schools and graduated from Tonasket High School in 1948. He attended Laverne College for one year and then moved to Olympia where he worked with his uncle building a commercial fishing boat. He moved back to Tonasket and began working at Verbeck Brothers until entering the US Army in 1951 where he served as a medic. On July 12, 1952 he married Norma Gerken in Ellisforde. Following an honorable discharge, he moved back to Tonasket and returned to work for Verbeck Brothers. In 1955, the family moved to Oroville and there, Melvin ran the redi-mix plant. In 1956, they purchased property on Highway 97 South of Oroville where they built a home and planted an orchard. Together they lived there until retirement in 1981 when they moved to their current home on Lake Osoyoos. Melvin spent time enjoying the lake especially sailboarding, catamaran sail boating and fishing. He also enjoyed hunting and traveling with his family and

friends. For many years he and his wife, Norma, enjoyed Square Dancing together. Melvin was active and attended the Oroville Free Methodist Church and was a member of the Oroville American Legion. He is survived by his wife, Noma, at home; daughter Beverlie Manthie of Oroville; granddaughter Dawn Mathie of Post Falls, Idaho and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Dwayne and son-in-law, Kip Manthie. Graveside Services will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 10 a.m. at the Ellisforde Brethren Cemetery with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. at the Oroville Free Methodist Church. Officiating the services will be Pastor Rod Brown and the Oroville American Legion. Memorials may be made to the Heifer International, 1 World Ave., Little Rock, AR 72202; US Armed Forces Legacy, P.O.Box 854, Tonasket, WA 98855 or an organization of choice. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

she lived around the world, and always did so with dedication and humor. She married her best friend, Amos Edgar Coffelt, on June 25, 1960. Together, Amos and Judy embodied the spirit of adventure. They traveled and lived all over the world with their five children in tow. What seemed like the ends of the Earth to some, were the places they lovingly called home; including Pohnpei, Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Saudi Arabia and innumerable places in between. They finally settled in the Okanogan Highlands of Washington over 20 years ago. Judy was happiest surrounded by plants, flowers, her many animals, and her family. She was deeply connected to the earth and could make anything grow and flourish. She was a gifted writer and amused everyone with her colorful recollections and stories. She was an artist in every sense of the word. Whether she was creating art on a canvas, in her garden, kitchen, through her writing, sewing or storytelling – she did it all with a style that was uniquely hers. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Amos (Edgar) Coffelt and her four siblings: Anne Tveter (Lovejoy), James Lovejoy, Jean Smith

(Lovejoy), Marion Hoober (Lovejoy). Judy is survived by her five children: Anna Coffelt-Kuetzing of Friday Harbor, Wash.; John Coffelt of Molson, Wash.; Silvie Coffelt-Hilstad of Molson, Wash.; Jake Coffelt of South Kona, Hawaii; and Hannah Coffelt-Hollett of Gig Harbor, Wash. She is also survived by her three son-in-laws who meant the world to her and she considered her own sons; Karl Kuetzing (Anna); Dave Hilstad (Silvie); and Scott Hollett (Hannah), and her six grandchildren; Conner Coffelt-Kuetzing, Kylie CoffeltRichardson, Madaline CoffeltRichardson, Sandra Hilstad, Max Hollett, and Olivia Hollett. Her grandkids were a source of much joy and love for Lala Judy. She was so proud of them and loved to talk about their many accomplishments. Judy is also survived by in-laws, and many nieces and nephews who loved her as much as she loved them. She will be missed by everyone who had the joy of knowing her. Plant something beautiful in her memory. A memorial service is planned for June 6 at 2 p.m. at the Chesaw Community Center. Please check Hilltop Comments for additional information.

Portland Ore., then returned to Spokane, Wash. to work at Sacred Heart Hospital as a nurse’s aide. While in Spokane she met Paul Sackett and they were married in 1942. Paul was drafted into the Army soon after their wedding and Edith returned to Uniontown to stay with her mother. When Paul was stationed in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Edith took her oldest son on the train to be with him before he shipped out. She did not have fond memories of New Mexico. After the war the family moved to Couer d’Alene, Idaho where four girls were born. For short slices of time they lived in Lewiston, Winchester, Grangeville and Kooskia, Idaho. In 1955 Edith and Paul moved to Grand Coulee, Wash., where the youngest child was born in Coulee Dam Hospital in Coulee Dam, Wash. Edith spent her time raising her children and was a devout member of St. Henrys Catholic Church. She helped with church activities as a member of St. Henry’s Altar Society. In 1969 she moved to Lynnwood, Wash. with her youngest son John. In Lynnwood she worked for a time in a nursing home and then retired. During her time in Lynnwood she helped take care of all of her grandchildren when they were small. Edith lived with her daughter Susan Sackett Farrell from 1980 to 1989 in Sumner, Wash. When Susan moved to Arizona in 1990, Edith moved to Everett, Wash. into her own apartment. In 2006 at the age of 89 Edith moved to Tonasket, Wash. and lived at the North Valley Assisted Living Center so she could be close to her daughters Susan and Kathy. She was one of 28 residents who had to leave North Valley Assisted Living Center in 2013 when it closed. Edith spent the last two years of her life at Harmony House Nursing Home in Brewster where she was lovingly cared for and treated as family. Edith was preceded in death by two of her children, Kristeen

Sackett (18 months) and Louise Sackett Hagemeister, (35 years). Edith is survived by her children Lawrence Sackett, (Juanita), East Wenatchee, Wash.; Susan Sackett Farrell, Kathleen Sackett Rawley, (Dwain), Tonasket, Wash. and John Sackett, (Jeri), Everett, Wash. 10 grandchildren, Paul Sackett, Christopher Sackett, Timothy Sackett, Jack Sackett, Becki Hagemeister, Katy Hagemeister Turner, Wayne Rawley, Kristine Rawley Guenther, Keith Sackett, Michelle Sackett Turner, 11 great grandchildren, Brianna Sackett, Nicholas Sackett, AJ Sackett, Mackenzie Sackett, Dillon Sackett, Ellie Turner, Johnny Turner, Stella Rawley, Weston Rawley, Isaac Sackett, Kayla Sackett, Bridgette Turner; three sisters, Alice, Cecelia and Theresa and numerous nieces and nephews. Father Mathew Nicks of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brewster will lead the Holy Rosary for family and friends on Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. Father Nicks will also officiate the Mass Service at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Saturday May 16th at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the church hall. Please make any remembrances to St Henry’s Catholic Church, Grand Coulee or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Brewster.


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