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The Okanogan Complex, has consumed 304,782 acres as of Aug 30 and is considered 40 percent contained and the Chelan Complex, which is currently at 92,516 acres is considered to be 50 percent contained. The two fires have been merged for management purposes under the command of the California Interagency Incident Management Team 5. The Okanogan Complex, has fires that

Mile Fire, which was included after Friday’s fires merged with it, started the day before and its cause is still under investigation. The latest update describes fire behavior as moderate with areas of the fire running uphill, expanding on the sides of the fire, moving (backing) downslope, and creeping. Portions of the fire area received light precipitation, which moderated fire behavior in many areas. Fire continued backing and creeping in heavy fuels (timber litter) with slow to moderate rates of spread.

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Molson and Chesaw both attracted visitors from out of the area as well as locals, with the 6th Annual Hot August Nights Car Show in Chesaw and the 4th Annual Highland Stitchers Quilt Show in Molson. Thirty-three trophies were given out in a variety of categories at the car show, including Best Work in Progress, won by Randy Foss of Chesaw. Left, this quilt made by all members of the Highland Stitchers, was raffled off to earn money for the Molson and Chesaw local volunteer fire departments. For stories and more photos, see page B1.

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Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fire Information bulletin boards like the one above at Founder’s Day Park have appeared in several locations around the county. They are updated daily. are within a 15-mile radius from the town of Omak and immediately east of Twisp. The Complex, which was originally caused by lightening on Friday, Aug. 15, includes the Lime Belt, Blue Lake and Beaver Lake Fires. The Nine

On Saturday morning the concern was about winds that were predicted, according to Mark Savage, an information officer with the California Interagency

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Starting long process of long term recovery Hope to combine recovery efforts with Carlton Complex Group BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - A long term recovery organization has been initiated for the Okanogan Complex and North Star fires, with the hopes the group will be able to fall under the umbrella of the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG). “Last Thursday we met with the CCLTRG chair and executive director, and they have to go back to their own board and get it approved to expand into or accept the Okanogan Complex and North Star Fire communities,” said Economic Alliance Executive Director Roni Holder-Diefenbach. “In the meantime, they said these are the things you need to do within the school districts. Patrick (Plumb) jumped on it and got

a head start, which is good because the fires aren’t out yet but we are already looking at long-term recovery.” “Winter is coming fast and there are a lot of people without homes,” Plumb said to members of the community filling all available chairs in the Tonasket City Hall Chambers Monday, Aug. 31 for the first meeting to begin the process of long term recovery. Several sub-committees were formed, with a chair appointed to each. Community members who have an interest in any of the following are encouraged to contact Plumb, who can refer people to the sub-committee chair: Housing, Economic Growth, Unmet Need, Distribution, Infrastructure, Agriculture (large), Agriculture (small), Safety/Health, Fire Districts, Survivor Liaison, Mental Health, Retention of Current Businesses, Off Grid/Homesteaders, Oroville School District, Tonasket School District, Public Relations/Communications and Migrant Community. Sub-committee members will commu-

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nicate with members of the community, and then report back to the chair with the information they gathered. “Basically we want each of these committees to go out and talk to people and the business community; to do outreach to the groups they are working with,” Diefenbach said. “We want the committees to be self-sufficient and have an impact in their own community.” Besides getting input from community members impacted by the natural disaster, committees will be responsible for finding out what resources are available, so they can relay that information to the groups they are working with. Diefenbach said the goal of having the CCLTRG be the umbrella organization made sense because of their experience, and the fact they are already established. “They went through a lot of struggles over the last year, including getting their 501 (c) 3 status and going to the legislature for funding. They found it was easier to get funding working together as a group.” “I am so proud of what we are getting going here, and I think we need

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Roni Holder-Diefenbach of the Economic Alliance answered several questions for community members at Tonasket City Hall Monday, Aug. 31. Next to Diefenbach (center, back row) is Melissa Carpenter, Eastern Washington Representative from the Governor’s office. to applaud everyone that showed up tonight,” said Plumb after the Monday evening’s meeting, expressing gratitude to the Governor’s office for sending out Melissa Carpenter, the Governor’s Eastern Washington Representative; and to Diefenbach for coming and answering a lot of people’s questions. “It was a great meeting. Everybody was jumping up and ready to help, and

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really asked a lot of great questions,” Diefenbach said. “The group is wanting to get better prepared to prevent trials like this during the next natural disaster. They are already looking towards next year’s fire season, so we aren’t scrambling; but responding in a well-prepared way. I am excited about the North County community and their passion for working through this.”

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Tonasket evacuees home safe Grateful to Home Depot for allowing them to shelter there BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Laura Griffiths and her father Martin Silverhawk, a Korean War Marine veteran, are safely back in their Tonasket home after living for several days in Omak’s Home Depot. They came home Wednesday evening, Aug. 26. Griffiths said they were very happy to come home and see “their” bald eagle resting in the big pine, sounds of doves, hummingbirds wanting to be fed; and blue skies on Sunday, Aug. 30. “Thank you Home Depot, all our Fire crews, the Veterans Administration and all the businesses and individuals that brought the care facility and community the help we needed,” said Griffiths. “We truly are humbled.” Griffiths and Silverhawk are now themselves housing two evacuees; one of them a 90-year old and the other a young man with a strong back and eagerness to help in every way he can. “It was breathable today, so we all took a walk with the dogs along the river,” said Griffiths, adding that they were able to “sleep like bears hibernating” after their stay away from home. The trial through fire gave Griffiths a chance to reflect. “I live with my 80-year-old father, and every now and then there are times when we disagree. But surviving firing embers on my father’s arm and being surrounded by unknown destiny through smoke, driving through fire and flames has made me feel like any unkind words or feelings of any kind regresses me,” said Griffiths. “Love can spread like fire, too!” Griffiths and Silverhawk said they left the sprinkler running on their cedar shake roof

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Korean War Veteran Martin Silverhawk and his daughter, Laura Griffiths, pack up to head home to Tonasket Wednesday, Aug. 26, after spending several days as evacuees in the Omak Home Depot. Silverhawk had his service dog, Dan, with them. and headed for the evacuation shelter set up by North Valley Hospital at Tonasket High School Wednesday, Aug. 19. “We left the house two days before the actual evacuation,” Griffiths said. “I had been patrolling my property, which is full of dead fall, and I became pretty nervous watching embers falling on the house. I couldn’t sleep and my dad couldn’t sleep, so I went on my instinct and said, ‘We need to get out of here.’” Griffiths had previous experience with the DOE and the Department of Forestry working in city and county parks; planting trees and cutting them out after fires would go through. But a back injury kept her from being physically able to protect her property in ways she knew it needed. Plus, she couldn’t leave her father in the home alone while she patrolled the property. So Griffiths packed up her father and his service dog, a Red

Heeler/Boxer named Dan. At the shelter, Griffiths helped out with sheltering other animals, wetting down sheets to put over their cages. She wet down a blanket to throw over her tent, and advised others do the same. Right before the level three evacuation orders went out for Tonasket August 20, Griffiths said she had been scouting around the grounds at THS and noticed “The winds were going on in every direction possible. I was trying to evaluate the situation the best I could with what little I know. I got very nervous and told my Dad, ‘This shelter is in the middle of a windstorm.’ About ten minutes later a whole bunch of fire engines pulled up.” She packed up her father, their tent and belongings as best she could. “Then my car wouldn’t start. I was petrified. I got someone to help me, and we got it started by jiggling the cables. Right after

that, they said, ‘Everybody out. Go to Brewster now.’ I thought, ‘Where? Brewster is an hour away and my car isn’t running right.’” She said she rolled up the rest of the bedding and threw it in the car, tossing out two chairs that wouldn’t fit. “We had our emergency packs with food, flashlights and water in the car and everything else that would fit in thirty seconds. We accidentally left stuff there, including a two-way radio, but we weren’t going back for more,” Griffiths said. She said she went to the Junction to top off her gas tank and heard people talking about going to Oroville. “I thought, ‘Maybe they know something I don’t,’ and we headed north.” When she saw heavy smoke billowing from a back burn in Canada, she got second thoughts. “I had no idea where that fire was coming from. Nothing was explained when the evacuation

orders went out. That’s the biggest fear—not knowing anything.” Griffiths said she turned the car around and headed towards Omak. “I was trying not to look at all the burning going on alongside the road, because I didn’t want to panic. I began to think maybe I had made the wrong decision to go through it. But I thought since more burning had already happened here, maybe there would be less fuel here than Oroville.” Still, Griffiths worried that she was driving into her own death after making the wrong decision. She pulled off the road just long enough to confer with her father. “I had to get him to agree. I told him, ‘I can’t make this decision on my own because we might be dying together.’” Griffiths said when they reached Omak, both she and her father decided they weren’t going any further. “I had heard people were being offered to stay here at Home Depot, so we pulled in.” They were welcomed with open arms, finding support and encouragement among Home Depot staff. “This group were of the utmost personal kindness to me, my father and our service dog,” Griffiths said. “We thank them more than words or barks can express.” She said they had to abandon her father’s mobility cart when they evacuated THS, but Army soldiers Nate Hadlock and Davis retrieved the cart for them. “Thank you to everyone who offered us a place to stay, who went out of their way to offer support and comfort, and to those that did their best to stay in-the-know throughout all the chaos,” said Griffiths from her home Sunday, Aug. 30. “I believe we all have a hero in our hearts, and when we support and love one another—by showing it or receiving it – that little hero gets stronger and stronger. Thank you for living your lives practicing courage and compassion.”

FIRE | FROM A1 Incident Management Team 5. “The fire at Crawfish Lake is ugly and they are predicting a wind event which has all of us concerned... we may have to pull our firefighter resources,” he said. “The winds could go up to 50 miles per hour in one direction and then switch and go the other direction.” Despite getting wind, there was also rain that came this weekend, soaking down much of the fire and helping to eliminate smoke which had been hindering the fire fighting effort. On the Chelan Complex, the rain received Saturday night and Sunday morning gave firefighters the opportunity to work on containment lines in close proximity to the fire. An additional hot shot crew has joined the firefighters working in this area, expanding the capacity of the crew to develop containment lines. Structure protection continues in the Gold Creek and McFarland areas. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up the fire in the south, west, and east sections today. The spike camp at Alta Lake will remain in place in order to support operations in this area, The North Star Fire 12 miles north of Nespelem on the Colville Reservation has grown to 205,331 acres and is at 40 percent containment.

Correction The caption in the photograph for the Car Seat Event had several errors. The event that took place on Wednesday, Aug. 12, was sponsored by the Royal Neighbors of America, as well as Jackie Daniels, who is an EMT and Child Passenger Seat Safety Technician. The two seats that were replaced were funded through a grant from the state Traffic Safety Commission’s Passenger Safety Program. Daniels would like to remind people that didn’t get an opportunity to have their child car seat checked that they may make an appointment with her at any time by calling 509-560-3589.

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Volunteers, heroes by all accounts BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

A team of seven volunteers with West Coast Emergency Response is headed home to Seattle after spending a week serving the needs of people in Okanogan and Ferry Counties impacted by wildfires. They arrived in the Okanogan Monday, Aug. 24., after gathering donations of supplies to bring over. “In just a few days, we collected many donations to support our team and our mission,” said Troy Amundson, volunteer EMT. “Donations include food, camping supplies, medical supplies, gloves, clothes, personal hygiene items, toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, formula and more. The most touching for me was seeing so much stuff donated for children; including books, coloring books, games and twelve or fifteen bags of stuffed animals.”

Janet Culp and Troy Amundson They came over with cots, tables, chairs, oxygen, AEDs, jump kits and a host of other potentially needed supplies in the hopes of setting up a first aid station on the fire lines. The team of first aiders, first responders, EMTs and Paramedics all have special events experience, and some have extensive disaster relief experience. They came into the Okanogan

Fire Camp Tuesday, Aug. 25 and worked together as special mediawaited orders from the state and cal events volunteers for several EOC. years; Tyler and Angell receiving When they didn’t get clear- a Spirit of Service Award for their ance to be on the front lines, dedicated service and support of they headed up to Tonasket and the Red Cross First Aid Station then Republic; checking in on Team (FAST) in 2014. residents, and giving out food, “Darby, Ryan and I started Gatorade and other items as WCER because we wanted to needed. help people. We all have differ“We were really surprised not ent backgrounds and passions, to get clearance; but when that but we became friends through didn’t pan out volunteering,” we thought, said Angell ‘Well, we’re not said. “We are going to give “Everyone on our team all EMTs and up. We’re going are passionwas absolutely thrilled to see how else ate about the to be over here and we can help,” medical field. Amundson Above anyglad to organize the said, adding, thing else, we “Ever ybody strive to make support” on our team a difference in Troy Amundson, Volunteer EMT was absolutely others’ lives. West Coast Emergency Response thrilled to be Whether it’s over here, and through helpglad to organize the support. We ing people at special events, have such a minor role compared teaching CPR/First Aid, or volunto what the firefighters are doing, teering in some way, we just want but we wanted to do something to be those people that the people to help.” we help remember for our kind“At first we were the strange ness, compassion and knowledge. outsiders nobody spoke to, but People helping People!” after just a few days locals began WCER donated four of their referring to us as the ‘Seattle own company medical kits to the Crew.’ People opened up their Republic Fire Department after homes to us and wanted us to hearing the rural fire department join in on community func- couldn’t afford to buy any. tions. All in all, it’s the citizens we “I pulled some strings and got cared about and whom we came Ryan Johnston to bring them over to help,” said team leader and so we could personally hand them West Coast Emergency Response to Republic Fire Department staff co-owner Darby Tyler. Tyler as a gesture of saying, ‘thank you’ and Amundson were accompa- for letting us stay in their fire stanied in the Okanogan by fel- tions so we didn’t have to sleep on low volunteers Michael Lotto, the ground outside,” Tyler said. Sean Finnegan, Meriah Powers, When I caught up with Ameeta Chainani and Colin Amundson Thursday, Aug. 27, Nash. he was delivering boxes of res“I love this group,” said Elisa pirators around town. He said Breland of Tonasket. “We got the Republic Fire Department got to spend time with them while cases of them donated, and they we were at a shelter in Pateros, wanted to pass them along where and then saw some of them in they may be needed. Amundson Tonasket when we moved to a said he needed to come down shelter there. They are such a anyway and pick up some surcaring group, and it really shows veyor’s tape to take back up to how much they care. I am hon- Republic. “We’re trying to do ored to have met them. what we can to back them up,” Tyler started up West Coast said Amundson of his role assistEmergency Response with part- ing firefighters and community ners Ariela Angell and Ryan members, adding, “What began Johnston just this past April. as a mission to provide medical The three of them are EMTs and support, has now become a small-

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The West Coast Emergency Response Team, (L-R) Troy Amundson, Darby Tyler, Meriah Powers, Sean Finnigan and Mike Lotto pose for Mayor Patrick Plumb in front of the ‘Welcome to Tonasket’ sign before heading out of town Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. scale relief effort. If we make a “It has been a crazy week, and difference to one person, this will I’m ready to get more than two to be a successful venture.” five hours of sleep on an army cot,” He reported Friday, Aug. 28 said Tyler. “Despite being sore, that he was still in Republic back- tired, and sleep-deprived; helping up the local fire department. ing the local citizens was why we “The fire came within two miles came here. We did our jobs and of town yesterday, but these fire- did them well! I’m proud of my fighters beat crew and honit back to five ored to have miles! Smoke is been the team heavy in the air leader on this “We were so grateand ash is driftmission. All the ful to have support ing in the air ‘thank you’s’ like very light and ‘thanks from communities snow.” for being here’ throughout the state made the trip “These guys drove all the worth it.” backing us.” way here from When asked Darby Tyler, Co-owner the I-5 corridor how so many West Coast Emergency Response and provided could manage medical servicto take time off es, and delivto come over ered and coordinated supplies for and dedicate so many days of fire survivors here in our general hard work and volunteer hours in area,” said Tonasket Mayor Patrick the Okanogan, Angell, who stayed Plumb. “They wanted Okanogan behind as communications and County residents to know how organizational support, said the well they were received by every- EMS/fire schedules of 24-hour one, and they really enjoyed the shifts made it “favorable for takexperience in our communities. ing a few days off.” These people are just another rea“We were very thankful to son why my faith in humanity has have our local communities of been strengthened.” Kirkland, Woodinville and

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Criminal Eleanor Jean Beach, 67, Omak, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to four counts each of residential burglary and third-degree theft. Beach was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 274 days suspended, 30 days community service and fined $860.50. The crimes occurred in June and July. Dmitry Leonov, 21, Lake Country, B.C., pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to POCS (cocaine). Leonov was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $2,960.50. The crime occurred July 23 at the Oroville Port of Entry. Loren Michell Joe Harry, 23, Omak, pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to POCS (methamphetamine). The court dismissed a POCS (heroin) charge. The crime occurred April 1. In a second case, Harry pleaded guilty Aug. 25 to first-degree trafficking in stolen property and third-degree theft. Those crimes occurred March 22, 2014. Harry was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 184 days suspended, and fined a total of $3,221. The court found probable cause to charge Jeffry Lynn Vaughn, 45, Tonasket, with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, DUI and fourth-degree assault (DV). The crimes allegedly occurred Aug. 21. The court found probable cause to charge Eli Paul Van Brunt, 30, Omak, with seconddegree burglary and thirddegree theft. In a second case, the court found probable cause to charge Van Brunt with second-degree escape. That crime allegedly occurred Aug. 20. Civil The state Employment Security Division assessed the following individuals for overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits, penalties and interest: Lucretia I. James, Omak, $2,308.37; Matthew E. Matt, Omak, $5,197.92; Lance A. Wiinikka, Omak, $5,628.79; Dawn A. Kelley, Oroville, $507.40; Laurence Voss, Oroville, $156.88; Angela Holcomb, Oroville, $145.77; Shavonna Gorr, Omak, $236.08; Elizabeth A. Zierlein, Oroville, $1,075.08; and Andres Orosco, Tonasket, $1,478.05. DISTRICT COURT Samuel Benjamin Bates, 23, Tonasket, guilty of thirddegree theft. Bates was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 362 days suspended, and fined $808. Jacob Allen Brown, 21, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. William Eugene Bunting, 24, Omak, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. Andrea Beth Calico, 36, Oroville, guilty (all deferred prosecution revoked) of DUI and to counts of reckless endangerment. Calico received a 364day suspended sentence and fined a total of $4,436. Cara Ann Cambell, 28, Omak, had a third-degree theft charge dismissed. Alfonso Cardenas Jr., 58, Omak, guilty of fourth-degree assault. Cardenas was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 340 days suspended, and fined $1,033. Delia Ann Marie Cheer, 28, Omak, guilty on two counts each of first-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree theft. Cheer was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined a total of $2,116. Dylan Thomas James Counts, 21, Omak, guilty of fourthdegree assault and thirddegree theft. Counts was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,656. Nathaniel James Edenso, 34, Tonasket, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Isidoro Flores Maya, 31, Oroville, had a charge dismissed: no valid operator’s license without ID. Christopher Augustin George, 28, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Michelle Marie Goulet, 44, Omak, guilty of third-degree theft. Goulet was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 361 days suspended, and fined $543. 911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Sex offense on Sunrise Heights Rd. near Okanogan. Drugs on Johnson Creek Rd. near Riverside. Trespassing on Tonasket Shop Rd. near Tonasket. Assault on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Trespassing on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Domestic dispute on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Harassment on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Found property Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Bicycle recovered. Assault on S. Main St. in Omak. Illegal burning on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Theft on Main St. in Oroville. Malicious mischief on Chesaw Rd. near Oroville. DUI on Main St. in Oroville. Theft on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Andrew Joseph Dahlquist, 28, DOC fire crew detainer. Kerry William Louie, 52, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: firstdegree criminal trespassing and second-degree criminal trespassing.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015 Lost property on Pine Creek Rd. near Tonasket. Firearm reported missing. Domestic dispute on Omache Dr. in Omak. Trespassing on Fritz Rd. near Riverside. Disorderly conduct on Cow Camp Rd. near Oroville. One-vehicle crash on E. Dry Coulee Rd. near Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Tonasket Shop Rd. near Tonasket. Drugs on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Weapons offense on Kermal Rd. near Omak. Weapons offense on Tunk Creek Rd. near Riverside. Threats on E. Seventh St. in Tonasket. Domestic dispute on Hendrick Rd. near Omak. Domestic dispute on Dayton St. in Omak. Theft on Koala Ave. in Omak. Checks reported missing. Theft on Elderberry Ave. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Trespassing on Main St. in Oroville. Public intoxication on S. Tonasket Ave. in Tonasket. Sarah Lynn Hall, 23, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree theft. Jacob Marvin Hoffman, 26, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Adrian Dewayne Harry, 18, booked for second-degree DWLS. Alfonso Cardenas Jr., no middle name listed, 58, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for DUI. Cory Stephen Lee Counts, 21, booked on a Chelan County FTA warrant for seconddegree DWLS and resisting arrest. Clomiat Annemaude McCraigie, 40, booked on a State Patrol FTC warrant for first-degree DWLS. Ruth Emiley Nicholson, 42, booked on two Omak Police Department FTA warrants: DUI and second-degree DWLS; and Grant County FTA warrants for DUI and firstdegree DWLS. Edward John Mitchell, 25, booked on a State Patrol FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Jill Marie Nanamkin, 31, booked on an FTA bench warrant for POCS. Scott Thomas Hilke, 21, booked for second-degree burglary. Desiree Marie Andrews, 28, on eight FTA bench warrants: six for second-degree identity theft and two for seconddegree theft. Krista Kay Herman, 55, booked for third-degree malicious mischief (DV) and fourthdegree assault (DV). Jamie L. Gendron, 26, booked on two State Patrol FTA warrants: making a false statement and third-degree DWLS; and OCSO FTA warrants for DUI and third-degree DWLS. Wednesday Aug. 26, 2015 Warrant arrest on E. Fourth St. in Tonasket. Theft on Robinson Canyon Rd. near Omak. Theft on S. Fir St. in Omak. Sex offender registry on Turner Lake Rd. near Tonasket. Public intoxication on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. Fraud on Dwinnell Cutoff Rd. near Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. Injuries reported. Assault on Pine St. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Ferry St. in

Omak. Harassment on W. Apple Ave. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Fig Ave. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Senna St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Garfield St. in Omak. Theft on Juniper St. in Oroville. Wildland fire on Apple Way in Oroville. Malicious mischief on W. Fourth St. in Tonasket. Trespassing on S. Tonasket Ave. in Tonasket. Threats on S. Tonasket Ave. in Tonasket. Mark Anthony Combs, 53, booked for violation of an anti-harassment order. Eleanor Jean Beach, 67, booked on four counts each of residential burglary and thirddegree theft. Russell Christopher Arndt, 48, booked for intimidating a public servant, disorderly conduct, harassment and carrying a loaded shotgun in a motor vehicle. Christopher A. George, 28, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Joshua Dean Allen, 34, DOC hold. Joseph Nathanael Bowers, 23, booked for harassment (threats to kill) and violation of an anti-harassment disorder. Frank Daniel Marchand Jr., 53, booked for DUI and thirddegree DWLS. Matthew James Blackledge, 50, booked for felony harassment and violation of a protection order. Ernest Defoer, no middle name listed, 35, court commitment for third-degree DWLS.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 Harassment on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Sandflat Rd. near Omak. Sex offender registry on Jackson St. in Omak. Threats on Pine Creek Cemetery Rd. near Tonasket. Structure fire on S. Main St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Malicious mischief on Wildwood Dr. near Omak. Burglary on S. Ferry St. in Omak. Theft on Omache Dr. in Omak. Alcohol offense on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Disorderly conduct on Main St. in Oroville. Trespassing on Kay St. in Oroville. Threats on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Domestic dispute on E. Seventh St. in Tonasket. Fraud on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Brandon Scott Cardenas, 30, booked for obstruction. Jennifer Lynn Valdez, 21, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants, both for thirddegree theft. Myron Robert John, 24, booked on a DOC warrant. Jory Lewis Vallee, 26, booked on two OCSO warrants: thirddegree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Vincente Garcia Cruz, 41, booked for felony harassment (DV) and fourth-degree assault (DV). Richard Wayne Verbeck, 54, court commitments for POCS and fourth-degree assault (DV). Paul Jason Myrick, 22, court commitment for DUI. James William Vangeystel, 45, court commitment for DUI. Iris Gail Marroquin, 21, booked on a Tribal FTA warrant for reckless driving. Martin Aguilar, no middle name listed, 26, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: third-degree DWLS and thirddegree malicious mischief. Miguel Amezcua Mora, 22, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for disorderly conduct and a DOC secretary’s warrant for second-degree assault. Brandon Matthew Hertz, 28, booked for violation of a no-contact order (DV) and a Tribal FTA warrant for seconddegree criminal trespassing. Edward William Seyler, 29, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree malicious mischief and an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree malicious mischief. Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 Domestic dispute on Ferry St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on Conconully Rd. near Omak. Camera reported missing. Drugs on E. Fourth St. in Tonas-

ket. DWLS on S. Main St. in Omak. Assault on Chesaw Rd. near Oroville. Domestic dispute on S. Granite St. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Ferry St. in Omak. Daryl Jade Menard, 28, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Jeremy James Monnin, 35, DOC violation. Jelvis Elton Sherman, 48, DOC violation. Allen Jacob Strausser, 32, booked for theft of rental or leased property. David Ray Sanchez, 27, DOC violation. Bill Cephas Bedard Jr., 25, booked for second-degree assault (DV). Patrick Glen Ogilvie, 62, booked for DUI and reckless driving. William George Myles, 64, booked on two FTA warrants, both for DUI.

Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 DUI on Elgin St. in Okanogan. Wildland fire on Cameron Lake Loop Rd. near Okanogan. Harassment on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. Trespassing on S. Orchard Loop near Tonasket. Warrant arrest on S. Main St. in Omak. Assault on W. First Ave. in Omak. Drugs on Pine St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on S. Ivy St. in Omak. Theft on W. Apple Ave. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Jackson St. in Omak. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. DWLS on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Warrant arrest on S. Main St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Trespassing on S. Main St. in Oroville. Theft on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Wallet reported missing. Robin Renee Stover, 28, booked for DUI. Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 DUI on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. DUI on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Domestic dispute on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Drugs on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. DUI on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. Malicious mischief on Queen St. in Okanogan. Illegal burning on Palmer Mountain Rd. near Oroville. Trespassing on E. Sourdough Rd. near Tonasket. Wildland fire on Hwy. 20 near Tonasket. Public intoxication on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Harassment on Murray St. in Okanogan. Harassment on Main St. in Loomis. Trespassing on N. Main St. in Omak. Drugs on Rodeo Rd. near Tonasket. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Burglary on Pan Vista Dr. in Omak. DUI on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. Public intoxication on W. Central Ave. in Omak. Threats on W. Apple Ave. in Omak. Illegal burning on S. Ash St. in Omak. DUI on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Saloman Dimas Gonzalez, 28, booked for DUI. Tracie Lynn Condon, 43, booked for DUI. Humberto Salas Calderon, 41, booked for DUI. Juan Jose Coronel Campos, 35, booked for DUI. KEY:

DUI – Driving Under the Influence DWLS/R – Driving While License Suspended/Revoked POSC – Possession of a Controlled Substance MIP/C – Minor in Possession/ Consumption TMVWOP – Taking a Motor Vehicle without Owner’s Permission DV– Domestic Violence FTA/C – Failure to Appear/ Comply (on a warrant) FTPF – Failure to Pay Fine 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

changes role

Tonasket shelter will take in people whose homes have burned or under evac orders BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - The evacuation shelter set up at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) will be closed as of Tuesday, Sept. 1, except on a case by case basis for people whose houses burned or still have Level 3 evacuation status. “We’re becoming a fire relief center, transitioning into coordinating long term fire relief resources; goods and services, similar to the Carlton Complex Long Term Recovery Group (CCLTRG). We are patterning it after what they set up,” said shelter coordinator Laurel Sylvan. The CCLTRG, formed in response to what at the time was the largest wildfire in Washington history, collaborates and provides coordination and recovery services to individuals, families, businesses and communities adversely impacted by the 2014 wildfires and mudslides across Okanogan County. The CCLTRG also works to plan efficiently for strategic investments and actions to ensure Okanogan County and its communities are better prepared for future disasters. The Community Foundation of North Central Washington serves as the CCLTRG’s fiscal sponsor. Sylvan said they are looking for office space for at least a year that can accommodate the staff for long-term recovery efforts. “We’re hoping to find a space with a bathroom, shower and kitchen, although those aren’t absolutely necessary since we won’t be providing overnight shelter,” Sylvan said. “We’ll stay at CCC until we find something

more permanent.” The CCC will continue to serve three meals a day to volunteers in the community and people who are still evacuated or lost their homes; and sending food out to firefighter camps. On Sunday, Aug. 30, the CCC served over 100 meals and delivered five food boxes to the Aeneas Valley fire camp, as well as housed 17 guests overnight. Sylvan is requesting anyone who has any kind of housing to offer people who lost their homes to wildfire to call her at 509-3226254. “Whether it is a trailer, or just a room, we need to hear about it,” Sylvan said. “There is especially a need for places where they can have pets, as most people do. Another ideal situation would be if someone had a trailer a person who lost their home could move onto their property to live in.” People seeking services at CCC are evaluated on a case by case basis, with Red Cross screening them initially, and Sylvan working with them to make sure they are taken care of when they leave the shelter. “I asked Red Cross to come in and do the screening, in part because that gives people a Red Cross case number, which will help them with eligibility should other funds come available,” Sylvan said. “The preliminary screening done by Red Cross on people who have had fire losses is much more stringent than ours, so it’s not the final word. There are situations where people don’t qualify for Red Cross, but we can still help them; people who are affected by the fire more broadly.

Red Cross still offering services BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

The Red Cross is currently operating five shelters and supporting two shelters, all of which are providing meals, water, and emergency relief supplies as well as health and emotional support. Anyone needing direct assistance is encouraged to go to the nearest Red Cross shelter listed below. Overnight stays are not required to get Red Cross support at at shelter. As of Monday, Aug. 31, shelters were available at the following locations: Grace Evangelical Free Church, 851 S. Miner St., Colville; and Clayton Grange Community Event Center, 4478 Railroad Ave., Clayton. Red Cross supported shelters are located at Cornerstone Community Christian Fellowship, 328 North Riverside Drive, Omak; and Tonasket Community Cultural Center, 411 Western Ave., Tonasket. Red Cross Service Centers are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Columbia 49ers, 4984 Highway 25, Hunters; Pateros United Methodist Church, 124 Dawson, Pateros; and Chelan Valley Hope, 417 S. Bradley Street, Chelan. Jacqueline Kochman, Regional Communications Program Manager, said the Red Cross’s role at the CCC is to assess people there for assistance. “People can come in and register with the Red Cross and we can help them or direct them to other resources,” said Kochman. “Each day we have disaster mental health specialists for emotional support, and we also have

nurses to ensure people have access to the health services they need, such as getting prescriptions refilled or glasses replaced if they lost them when they had to evacuate quickly. We’re also keeping a close eye on how people are coping with the smoke and respiratory issues.” Kochman said they were still providing food for area volunteers, including Nourishing Hand Animal Rescue, who are stationed at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds. “We are making sure everyone there has a hot meal for lunch and dinner,” Kochman said. Mobile feeding routes in Okanogan County include Tunk Valley, Tonasket, Okanogan Fair Grounds and the Emergency Operations Center. “We have a staging site at North 40 in Omak for delivery to feeding sites; so if anyone knows where food needs to be delivered, get ahold of us,” said Kochman, who can be reached at (206) 7993194. For general assistance, people in Okanogan County are encouraged to call Red Cross at (509) 670-5331. The Red Cross encourages people to follow three steps to preparedness: Make a 72-hour kit, make a plan and stay informed about wildfire conditions and evacuation notices. “We are also encouraging people to download the Red Cross mobile app, Emergency, which offers important information that will help before, during and after a disaster,” said Kochman. Download the app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps. For more preparedness information, go to www.redcross.org/prepare.

ATTENTION Wells Reservoir Users

Douglas PUD will lower the Wells Reservoir about 8 feet to 773 feet above sea level for the month of September. This is necessary to repair the Methow River sedimentation control groins near Pateros. The river level is being coordinated with work at Chief Joseph Dam and area recreation sites.

Use CAUTION on the Reservoir!


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THE TOWN CRIER

Some new beginnings and some untimely ends

First off let me say that “no” I didn’t feel the earthquake Tuesday. Although it was pretty close, I usually miss them. Charlene felt it and came to work asking if we had. Our question was, what earthquake? The last real earthquake I felt was in the 1960s in Seattle. Most of the ones around here go unnoticed by me. I do appreciate the calls from friends on the “Coast” who asked me how I was doing afterwards. By the time you read this kids will be back in school and while the cooler weather and the rain has helped to aide the firefighting efforts throughout the state – I’m not sure I’m ready for summer to end. While I’ve been through it all before, I got to watch as the step kids got ready to start school – a daughter in high school, no longer a freshman, and a son, who is out of the elementary building and transitioning into junior high. The high schoolers at last Monday’s open house seemed to have it pretty well together, while the biggest challenge for the new junior high kids seemed to be figuring out how to operate the combination on their lockers. While I enjoyed high school I don’t think Out of you could pay me to go back, even if it meant My Mind not making the same mistakes this time around. probably just make new ones. Don’t get me Gary A. DeVon I’d wrong, some of the best friends a guy could ever have were made right here in Oroville – in high school and grade school, but once was enough. I’m definitely not one of those that longs for the so-called glory days. Maybe mine just weren’t as glorious as others. We lost a couple of great teachers this week – Wally Moore in Tonasket and Garry Sorensen in Oroville. Being from Oroville I never had Mr. Moore for a teacher and he retired the year I graduated, but I’ve seen and heard first hand what a great influence he had on his band and choir students. I’ve covered what you would call alumni concerts under his direction that were very impressive. I couldn’t believe so many adults were still playing their instruments years later after having him as a teacher. Most of the people I had with me in band no longer even try to play. What can I say about Garry Sorensen, or Garry as he insisted I call him. You know how it is – how it seems so strange addressing your former teachers by their first names. He was a lot of Oroville kids’ biology teacher. He was somewhat strict, but a great teacher – able to fill the minds of “a bunch of bloody cabbage heads,” as he once referred to us. Being from Canada originally, we would razz him when the occasional “eh” slipped out. When he quit smoking he always had a matchstick or a toothpick hanging out of his mouth. I felt lots of kids were going to miss out when he retired from teaching and started farming instead. As an adult I enjoyed getting to know him better and sharing the occasional beer at Alpine. I also lost my neighbor Dennis Barnett this weekend. He was a great neighbor, always willing to lend a hand or dog sit for me when I was out of town. He had a good sense of humor and at only 58, was too young to die. It can be a hard thing seeing all the obituaries come in to the newspaper each week. As this week’s obituary page attests, it seems we lost a lot of friends and acquaintances at the end of last month. Our sympathies and prayers go out to their families.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR People stepping up to help fire survivors

Dear Gary, The 2015 fires of Okanogan County will probably go down as the most devastating fires ever for the State of Washington. Just like the Carlton Complex fire, lives were lost, families disrupted, businesses destroyed and landscape destroyed. Some, trying to make a positive statement, might say, “Well, look on the bright side, it could have been worse.” True, it COULD have been and still MIGHT be; or, it could have been less. No matter what, it was and is what it will be. But, in looking at what was and is let’s take a positive reflection upon what did take place. Firefighters did respond and some lost their lives. Volunteer firefighters responded and gave hours of treacherously dangerous work and time, neighbors responded and became neighbors, not for pay as many sometimes do, but simply to help others out in a times of need, i.e. neighbors being neighbors often meeting people they had never met before. The tentacles of reaching and helping actually were far and wide by example, the Red Cross set up in various Churches and Schools to provide housing and food was donated by other concerned and caring people. But, I want to share with you about some people from Ephrata that were made aware of and responded to the challenge. The couple, one of whom is a former resident of Tonasket. As a result of the generosity of many, many people in Ephrata, the couple loaded the bed of their pickup with cases of water and clothes and packed the inside of the cab vvith cans or cases of food as well as collecting nearly $2000 to be distributed to those in need. All of this from a community reaching out to fulfill the message from Jesus to feed the hungry, clothe those without and visit the sick and lonely. Randy Middleton Tonasket

My turn to weigh in

Dear Gary, As the spouse of a “former” Oroville EMT I can remain silent no longer. This letter is against my wife’s wishes. When the pager goes off, everyone in the house is effected. Whether it’s in the middle of fixing dinner or in the middle of the night, how you “volunteers” spring into action is amazing! Gail, Rita and Brian I thank you for your letters of support, it brought a smile to her face. If you say nothing, you’ve said something. Not too many “volunteers” do it for the money. They do it for a more selfish reason, it makes them feel good. In Lisa’s case, she was born in Dr. Holmes office, on Central Ave. downtown Oroville. She was literally “born and raised” here. She does it for you, family, friends and neighbors. And yea, she get’s paid for her time. It depends on who you ask if the pay is adequate. The hours that are required to maintain a state level, EMT first responder card and the hours that they accumulate on runs, divided by the check they receive from the city, will be below state minimum wage,

and for sure be below what you would pay someone to serve you coffee in Seattle. But that really has never been the issue! The crew that was left at the “end” had never brought it up as a problem. When it became obvious they needed help, it was difficult to find “volunteers’’ under the current framework. Hence, start making a plan because they were getting nowhere with the Mayor, and other appointed officials. Lisa had met with these guy’s more than a few times in the past 18 months and was getting no solutions, she was getting nowhere. What they didn’t know, was that the Mayor was working on a plan. A plan that has been tried in other local EMS districts, and failed. Now let’s discuss some facts, and please if I am incorrect, please correct me. The Oroville EMS District is owned by two-thirds Okanogan County and one-third city of Oroville? The city collects 100 percent of the revenue? What is the amount of this “dispatch” fee? Does the police and fire dept. pay this same fee? Why has not the city tried for the same “program” other districts have in place with the county, which is no fee! Do you have money to burn? Speaking of money to burn, why do you always have to buy brand new ambulances? Anyone that has ever bought a brand new car knows that as soon as you drive 10 feet, you just lost thousands of dollars. Why not buy one that is one or two years old and save that money for what you need in the back of that vehicle? Can someone compare Oroville’s last three ambulance’s, status what year purchased, new or used, price paid, mileage to date, to Tonasket’s last three units? I believe Tonasket’s may be older, but what they have in the back is better from a caregiver’s point of view, right down to their stethoscopes. Anyone that has basic first-aid training knows that in the beginning , seconds matter, current state standards for CPR, require two people, how then can the current ambulance crew respond and make a call with one? Not to mention that if they respond to call with multiple casualties. Oroville can only send one unit now. Does this mean the city is sending inadequate medical teams to the scene, and will they have to ask witnesses at the scene if they can assist them to the hospital because they need the additional personnel to perform life-saving technics? As for the Mayor’s behavior at a city council meeting, your referencing the wrong meeting. It should be in the minutes of one earlier this spring, Lisa asked a question to the Mayor, his response was unbecoming of his position shall we say, enough so, that at the next meeting he publicly apologized for his behavior previously towards her. Having said all this, we are still faced with the same problem, can the people of this district afford to gamble their life on this inferior plan? Or as typical politicians do, just change it later and force the costs that they know are coming, onto the people. What choice do you have? Well that’s what’s happening now, you, the people of this district have a choice on your

level of care “you” might receive in an emergency. Don’t think for a minute the decision for the E.M.T.s to offer their resignations to the mayor was an easy one. But when they did, there were at least three options before the mayor. Don’t forget this had been going on for over a year. Your crew was down to four EMTs, three first responder’s and a couple of drivers. To cover this end of the county, 24\7, 365, even if it’s Christmas day! Two of these EMTs are in the back on every run, this provides higher quality patient care especially when doing CPR, which when performed at new high performance level requires two people. In the past, when local “volunteers” wanted to stay in the hall, so they could respond to calls, the city would not allow. To clarify, when you are on call, you must be within five minutes of the hall, so if you live outside of that you can not be “on call”. The current crew is living there. What has changed? Does zoning allow this? You wouldn’t do this for your own people, which would have helped. To address Kathy’s question, yes, the coordinator position along with multiple runs, can be a “full time” position for someone, do you want it? Has been in the past, and that’s a fact. And technically they were fired. And by the way after 23 years, with this mayor, Lisa is notified by the police, 11:30 p.m., at work, that until 8:00 in the a.m., she is still required to answer calls, and then she’s fired. Not even a thank you for the past 23 years. I think the mayor’s dislike for Mr. Alan is clouding his better judgement as to what is best for “all the people” represented by who they have collected revenue from. Why are we not holding pubic meeting’s for such an important thing that effects so many people. Typical government way, you know you have a problem, talk about it forever, do nothing, when the people involved do something, disagree with them and force your way on them. One thing is for sure, anyone can be a politician, it takes a special person to be an EMT. We can’t go back, so where do YOU go? Mark Bordwell Oroville

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Dear Editor, The current nuclear agreement (touted as the best the US State Dept. could wring out of the Iranian government) is reminiscent of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain coming home to Britain from Germany in Sept. 1938 and stating he had negotiated “peace for our time” with Hitler. Less than a year later, Britian was at war with Germany because of the German gov ernment’s continued aggression and their invasion of Poland. My English mother lived through that period. She told me how desperate the English were for peace, and how betrayed they felt afterwards. When the Iranian government blatantly announces to the world over and over again that its goal is death to Israel and the US (the Little Satan and the Big Satan) while at the same time sitting at a negotiation table, you do not hand them a loaded gun. If we remove sanctions from Iran giving them access to billions of dollars, we in effect have even provided the bullets for the gun. Iran will not need to develop a nuclear weapon with access to that kind of money--they can just buy one! What do we get from this agreement? We still have Americans being held hostage in Iran, a verification schedule that makes us look like idiots, and a state dept. willing to give the Iranian government huge sums of money for doing virtually nothing. And Kerry and Obama are claiming this is the best they can do. I would therefore suggest Congress does this--veto the whole deal until they give us our American hostages and are willing to agree to verifiable constraints and no secret side deals. If Obama vetoes a congressional “no” vote, then Congress you need to stand up and override that presidential veto. The safety of your citizens and your country is at stake. Chrystal Perrow Winthrop


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OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Month ended in a flurry of weather August ended in a flurry of weather. Previous days earlier in the month it was extremely hot then last Saturday and Sunday came high winds, thunder, lightning, heavy downpours of rain and even hail. Growing up in the Midwest a lot of those things, were just the norm. I didn’t like them then and I still don’t today and I forgot to mention the high humidity we endured. Hopefully the hail didn’t do too much damage to the near ripened apples. Surely the rains eliminated the remaining fires, that have been so devastating to many. Homes and belongings being destroyed and animals. A big vote of thanks go to the friends that come to the

Can’t recall a summer like the one we’re having SUBMITTED BY JAMES GUTSCHMIDT PRESIDENT, OROVILLE SENIOR CITIZENS

Old Timers, you know, Senior Citizens, tell me they’ve never seen a summer like this one in the Okanogan. Muskrat Lake is dry as a bone. Grasses and trees are tinder dry. Wheat growers are harvesting, and apple growers are picking a month early. Fires are out of control, and most likely won’t be contained until December. So, what else? Last night, when the smoke cleared momentarily, I noticed that the full moon was larger than life. In fact, We will repeat the Parking Lot Sale one more time Saturday, Sept. 12. Donations of quality goods for the sale are most appreciated. (No clothes, please.) See Betty Steg, Raleigh Chinn, or myself. We will be having another Pancake Breakfast, the same day, Sept. 12. Mark your calendar. During these unforgettable

aid of folks in distress. Finally our valley is cleared of smoke and once again we can see Mt. Hull. Kudo’s to the quilt ladies of the Molson area for donating the many quilts they have throughout the years to folks who have lost their homes due to fire or other disasters. There are so many troubled folks in our midst as shown by the many shootings, happening all over the United States, it is comforting to have the good folks that share with those in need. Viola “Tiny” Bourn is happy to have son Steve back closer to “home.” He and his family have made Hawaii their residence, for some time, and I’m told

OROVILLE SENIOR NEWS times, don’t forget. Be sure to remember your friends, fun and good food. I’m talking, here, about the Oroville Senior Center. Join us for lunch Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Thank you for the donations towards new dining room ceiling acoustic tiles. We still have a ways to go, so, please support your Senior Center. Thank you Roy Bryant for fixing our lights! Commendable. Thank you to the group who cleaned the carpet. You know who you are. Lunches next week are as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 8, Salisbury Steak; Thursday, Sept. 10, Roast Beef; Friday, Sept. 11, Split Pea and Ham Soup. For Seniors age 60 and over, the suggested donation is $3.50, or as one can afford. The price for those under 60 is $8. For those code breakers out there who deserve a free lunch: “wiq553hn8hh3n8nyu34535kn34n75qeneiq553hnr94nqoo3l” I will honor the first

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Great news! The senior bus schedule has been expanded. Kathy will be available for rides on Fridays now. Trips to Omak will be on the second and fourth Tuesdays each month. The Wenatchee trip will be once monthly on the first Tuesday. You do not have to be a Senior Citizen to take advantage of this service. Anyone may call for a ride. The number for the bus is 509-322-6978 or the Senior Center is 509-486-2483. The bus is also available for charter. Mr. Darrel Dickeson visited us

on Wednesday, Aug. 19. He gave us many good tips on Emergency Preparedness. This information is very timely because of the extreme fires we are experiencing. Property losses are huge in this county and we grieve the loss of the gallant firefighters that lost their lives. The S.A.I.L. (Stay Active and Independent for Life) Exercise program will resume on Wedneday, Sept. 2 after a small recess with a welcome back brunch. There will be a ‘Sail Social’ at the Tonasket Free

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they purchased the house that was called for the kind words about “This and That” home by Dr. Stuart and Edith Holmes for and we’ll see what can be done about sending the copy on to you. Kathleen many years. lives on the East Coast but Lois Jean (Morris) likes to keep up with her Flemming is a guest of “roots” and she and her sisMyrtle Wood, as she visits ter Joan come back for May family and friends in the area. Day and class reunions as The Okanogan County frequently as possible. Fair is coming up, Sept. 10th Here is another good through 13th. If my memory sounding “meat and tater” is correct they had very low recipe from a recent cookattendance last year and all book that was loaned to me. was not harmony with the One large potato, sliced. I lb. internal working. Let’s hope Ground beef, one large onion, the troubles are behind and THIS & THAT thinly sliced, 4 cups stewed exhibitors will come forth tomatoes, 1/2cup long grain and make the fair bigger than Joyce Emry rice, 3 tablespoon sugar, 1 ever. cup carrots, thinly sliced. In a Sometimes we just need to remember what the rules of life really greased casserole, place a layer of potato, are. You need only two tools: W-D40 and beef, onion, carrots and rice and cover Duct tape. If it doesn’t move and should, with tomatoes. Sprinkle with sugar and use W-D40. If it shouldn’t move and salt and pepper to taste. Add water, if needed, to bring juice almost to top of the does, use the duct tape. Thanks, Kathleen (Anderson) Mayer, vegetables. Bake in preheated 325 degree

correct decipher. I discovered, it is near its closest, and is called a “Super Moon” because it appears 12 percent larger and 30 percent brighter. The Supermoon that occurs on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015 is a special one – it will be totally eclipsed for over three hours, and appear blood red in color. The closeness and alignment of the sun moon and earth during this time will effect ocean and continental land tides, and, undoubtedly, human emotions. This is in addition to the unprecedented legal, financial, and human gyrations we are already experiencing. I’m talking here about strange court rulings, cop shootings, Christian beheadings, massacres, you name it lunacy. Points to something, odd. You figure? But, as one Old Timer, to another, I tell you, its time to consider heading for the hills. (By golly, that’s where I am.) My cousin, Ole, to Sven, “Sven, I hav ta biggest feet in tird grade. Is tat cause I’m Norvegian?” “No Ole,” says Sven, “it’s cause yer 19, by golly.” Pinochle Report: Door Prize, Dolly E.; Pinochle, Len Firpo; High Man, Jim Fry; High Woman, Kate.

Methodist Church on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Beginning at 9:45 a.m., there will be classes, speeches and potluck. The public is invited to use this non-strenuous exercise program each Monday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings at the Tonasket Senior Center. “Both optimists and pessimists contribute to society. The optimist invents the aeroplane and the pessimist the parachute.” George Bernard Shaw

SUBMITTED BY MARIANNE KNIGHT HIGHLANDS CORRESPONDENT

The Molson’s 4th Annual Quilt Show went quite well under the circumstances, according to Willie Penner, one of the members of the Highland Stitchers. They sold $500 of Silent Auction Tickets and they sold two of their quilts. There was also $150 tickets sold for the Molson/Chesaw Firefighters along with 40 plus quilts that will go to local fire victims. Thank you ladies for your support. A good meal of Pulled Pork barbecue or plain) sandwiches or Taco Salads were on the Lunch Menu with cookies for dessert. Donations from the community merchants was very generous for the Silent Auctions and Door Prizes. Again, “thanks to all.” Roller Skating is over for the season. There were many happy

TONASKET GARDEN CLUB Members met at Sue Cramer’s SUBMITTED BY AUDREY HOLMES TONASKET GARDEN CLUB

The Tonasket Garden Club members met at the home of

HILLTOP COMMENTS skaters on Friday nights at the Grange Hall. Come to the Grange Hall in Molson on Friday Night, Sept. 4 for the next BINGO Session. The cost per person is $10 for 10 games. Of course you can purchase additional tickets. See you at 7 p.m. The School House Museum in Molson will be open through Labor Day. The Chesaw Hot August Nights 6th Annual Car Show was also held on the Aug. 29. The planning started last spring with Donations being accepted from individuals and merchants for Door Prizes and Raffle Ticket winners. Posters were placed all over town and further including: Issaquah, Puyallup, Canada, and into California and other Car shows and Clubs. There was a $15 registration fee to enter the show and each entry received a souvenir T shirt. member Sue Kramer on Monday, Aug. 10. Barbara Johnson brought her visiting guests, Don and Arleta Shaw, who are from Arizona. Vice President Rebecca Adkins brought her three daughters, Tayton, Kylie and Zoie. Wendy, President, will set up meetings in September. After the meeting there was a Potluck Party for Audrey Holmes who will be moving to Yakima to be near her family whenever her house sale is completed. We welcome guests and new members to attend our meetings. The number to call for the time and place is (509) 223-3427. The next meeting will be at Barbara Johnson’s.

If you brought a friend they also received a shirt. As you all know we have been surrounded by the wildfires for weeks now. There was no doubt in the minds of the organizers whether or not we would still have the show, all you had to do was listen to the radio all last week you heard “the Chesaw Hot August Nights Car Show will be on as scheduled.” The attendance was down, but those that came had a day to remember. We had to batten down the hatches about noon and hang on to what you were doing as the wind blew and the rain pounded every one and every thing. Some headed home while others went to the Chesaw Tavern for lunch and waited for the awards to be presented. For complete information on the winners and pictures, check out Katie Teachouts’ article. See you all next year at the Chesaw Hot August Nights. Our Heart felt Prayers and Thoughts go out to Denise and Britney Jewett with the loss of Bob. Until next week.

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Kolton James Bliss was born to Amanda Del Duca of Renton, Wash. and Justin Bliss of Auburn, Wash. at 5:23 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. The baby weighed seven pounds, five and a half ounces at birth and was 21 inches long. He joins sibling Kylee Bliss, age three. The grandparents are Laurie Craig, Randy Baker, Teressa Foster and Forrest Bliss. Marcy Rae Timmerman was born to Heather and Sean Timmerman of Tonasket, Wash. at 12:40 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. The baby weighed seven pounds, one ounce at birth and was 19 inches long. The grandparents are Chris and Jill Almont of Tonasket and Mark and Tina Timmerman of Tonasket. Martin Castro Jr. was born to Maribel Alvarez and Martin Castro of Tonasket, Wash. at 4:32 a.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. The baby weighed seven pounds, nine ounces at birth and was 21 inches long. He joins siblings Isabel and Camila Castro. The grandparents are Marylou Andaya of Tonasket and Martin and Isabel Castro of Tonasket.

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oven, for 2 hours or until veggies are tender. (I’ll bet this would work in a crock pot). Perhaps I’ll tell my cook, because, yes, I am still on crutches. Once again the local Catholic Church will be having their fund raiser by having apple pies available. All you have to do is let the folks know how many you desire and wa---la, fresh apple pie, without doing the work. Call Betty Steg 509-4763878 or Jo Mathews 509-476-3819 (or most any lady from the church) and there are sign up sheets at the Senior Center. The delivery date is Tuesday, Sept. 28 but you must put your orders in prior to that date, so do it NOW and don’t miss out. Two older gentleman, with a bit of a hearing problem, were trying to set up a time for a golf game. “Well, this week we can only play one day.” “No Mondays no good. Besides it’s supposed to be windy.” “Wednesday?” No that’s not great for me, How about Thursday?” “I’m thirsty too. Let’s have a drink.” ‘Til next week.

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Conception Catholic Church is hosting their eighth annual Apple Pie Fundraiser. Oders for the pies, which are $7 each, mut be put in by Sept. 20 for delivery on Sept. 28 after they are freshly baked. Part of the proceeds will be donated back to the community. The pie bakers recommend folks order as many as they like as they will freeze well for baking when you’re ready. For more information call Jane Lynch at 509-476-2177 or Jo Mathews at 509-476-3819. 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.

Okanogan County Habitat for Humanity will be presenting a free concert for World Habitat Day. This Celebration in Music will include the Owens family, “Touch of Grace” handbell choir, and other musicians. The concert will be held at the Oroville Free Methodist Church, 1516 Fir Street in Oroville on Saturday, Sept. 12. Refreshments will be served.

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

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OROVILLE - The Oroville Branch of Umpqua Bank is accepting the donation of school supplies to be given to children who need them for school which starts Wednesday, Sept. 2. For more information contact Umpqua at 509-476-3603.

OROVILLE There will be an Oroville Rural EMS meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Oroville Firehall (please note, this is a change of location). For more information contact 509476-2817.

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Brass Works at Esther Bricques

OROVILLE – The Brass Works from the Okanogan area will perform at Esther Bricques Winery on Thursday, Sept. 3. Made up of a dozen different performers, this group performs a wide range of brass/horn medleys. Music begins at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Road, Oroville. For more information regarding this or future events, please call the winery at 509-476-2861 or check the Events Page at www.estherbricques.com.

Our county busting with heroes SUBMITTED BY DARALYN HOLLENBECK PRESIDENT NCW BLUE STAR MOTHERS

What makes an ordinary person into a hero? Our county is currently BURSTING with them: fire fighters, civil servants of all kinds, social media coordinators, and – yes, military. Heroic action is engaged in voluntarily, involves risk to physical comfort, social stature, or quality of life, and is initiated without the expectation of material gain. You can’t pay most of us enough to do what these heroes have stepped

Oroville Farmers’ Flea Market

OROVILLE: The next Oroville Farmers’ Market will be Saturday, Sept. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Oroville Public Library Board is presenting this market on Saturday mornings through October 31. The Labor Day Weekend market will feature a Flea Market and Yard Sale as well. New vendors are welcome and your booth fee helps support the Oroville Public Library. For more information call 509-429-3310. Apple Pie Fundraiser

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BLUE STAR MOTHERS up to do! Arthur Ashe says “True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost.” Heroes have managed to transform compassion (a personal virtue) into heroic action (a civic virtue). They are an individual or a network of people taking action on behalf of others in need or in need of defense. Our ‘Hero Walk’ display (worn

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soldier boots with photos of our local active duty service men and women’s photos tied on by the laces) will be featured in the Ag Building at this year’s Okanogan County Fair. As we gather photos for this display and our ‘2016 Hometown Soldier Calendar’ we are mindful of ALL the heroes that serve us. We want YOUR son or daughter to be a part of both the ‘Hero Walk’ display and the annual calendar! This invitation extends to ALL active duty military who call North Central Washington their home. The last day we can receive photos will be on Constitution Day, Sept. 17, 2015. More info ncw.bluestars@ yahoo.com or 509-485-2906.

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TONASKET - The Tonasket High School auditorium was packed with community members for the Okanogan Complex Community Information meeting Thursday evening (August 27). Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall shared the floor with representatives from a variety of agencies who briefly addressed community members gathered. A video of the meeting is available through YouTube on Patrick Plumb’s Facebook page: Tonasket: Things You Should Know About News Network. Goodall, who took on the job of Okanogan County Emergency Manager last April after retiring from the Washington State Patrol, said the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) began August 15, and now has a staff of 30. Set up in the Okanogan County Commissioners hearing room at Virginia Granger Elementary, they hold an 8 a.m. briefing every morning, and a call at 3:30 p.m. daily for Okanogan County’s 13 mayors to discuss “things that need to happen.” The EOC checks in daily with statewide emergency management and all the counties in the region in order to share information. The EOC is currently staffed 24/7 and can be reached at (509) 422-7348. Spanish-speaking people can call (509) 422-2422. Once fire activities calm down enough for the EOC to be closed in the evenings, calls will be routed to the Sheriff ’s department. The National Guard has a mobile communications center set up outside the EOC that can be used in the event EOC loses communications. “Our communications went down for about twenty minutes one day during the fires, but we had four old hard-wired phones; so we put those phone numbers up on our Facebook page and they were ringing off the hook,” Goodall said after the meeting. He said it was just himself and Emergency Management Specialist Glenda Beauregard for the first few days of the fire, before calling the state and requesting a team be sent in. “Marty Grisham from Tukwilla came in to assist me to get things rolling,” Goodall said. “At 5 p.m. today (Thursday, Aug. 27) an Emergency Management Team came in from Snohomish; we are the first to be calling this team in after they formed following the Oso mudslides.” Goodall said although they were from out of the area, plenty of people from the community were involved, and this team has a lot of experience to share after going through the natural disaster of the

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39 Clarkson Mill Rd., Tonasket

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mudslide. “I talked to the Governor today at the EOC and said, “thank you for getting these people here,” said Goodall. He urged people to keep detailed reports of all expenses and time associated with helping those suffering the impact of the fires of the fire in order to capture any funds that might be available. “The more detailed the better,” Goodall said. He then said his goal was to get our cities to be self-sufficient. “I may have to ask the state to help me, but I’d rather not. We need to be able to rely on ourselves,” Goodall said. “The same goes for the general public. We need to be prepared to take care of ourselves for at least 72 hours. The government has created a monster by telling people when to take their next step and their next breath.”

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Okanogan County Emergency Manager Maurice Goodall meets with the public at the Tonasket High School. “Every town in this county has been affected, if not by the fires then by the influx of people and the smoke,” Goodall told those gathered last Thursday.

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Thank you first responders and volunteers. Your courage inspires us all.

All of us at Omak Wood Products would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the fire first responders and volunteers who continue to selflessly serve the community. We are also grateful for our employees and other individuals who worked around the clock to protect the mill and community from the fire. Though the coming days will continue to test all of us, we are humbled and strengthened by the resolve and determination shown by everyone involved. We are confident the courage and spirit of the community will bring healing and recovery to all affected communities. The charitable service offered by so many is a reminder that Okanogan and surrounding counties are filled with caring community members ready and willing to help one another.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Quilters deliver beauty and comfort BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

The Highland Stitchers donated forty quilts, created over this past winter, to be sold to raise money for survivors of the Okanogan Complex wildfires at their Fourth Annual Quilt Show Saturday, Aug. 29. They also raffled off two quilts group members all worked on together, with ticket sales split as a cash donation made directly to the Molson and Chesaw local

last Saturday in August. Chaplin said the group is hoping to be able to accept debit/credit cards next year with an application

the families that lost everything. In September, they donated 37 quilts to the Pateros Quilt Guild to be donated to the families in need. But their long-armed goodwill did not stop there. In March, they donated 67 quilts to the Vanessa Behan Children’s Crisis Nursery in Spokane. The center takes in children who have been abused. “Each child gets their own comfort quilt that the younger ones can take with them when they are placed in foster homes,”

and gets very expensive. We will have to figure that out between now and then,” said Chaplin. For now, people are encour-

Katie Teachout/staff photo

This quilt, displayed at the show, was labeled with the following: The Highland Quilters made this lap quilt for their fellow quilt sister to help cheer her while dealing with a serious health issue.

Katie Teachout/staff photo

These quilts, made over the past winter by the Highland Stitchers, will be given to survivors of the Okanogan Complex wildfires. The community was generous in their donation of items for the silent auction, also pictured. volunteer fire departments. The group of just a half dozen stitchers meets every Wednesday form 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Molson Grange, where they each bring a lunch and a sewing machine and set to work on creative projects of their own or quilts for charity. Last year the Highland Stitchers held their quilt show right after the Carlton Complex Wildfire, so at the show they asked for donations to help them make quilts for

said Lisa Chaplin of Havillah, chairperson of this year’s quilt show. The nursery also received a bag of stuffed animals from the Molson Grange and hand-knit hats and blankets from the Wool Co-op. “The center was amazed that such a small group from a community so far from Spokane could accomplish so much,” said Highland Stitcher Vicky Didenhover. “That’s why we hold the quilt

shows; we rely on the money made to purchase fabric, batting and binding for the quilts that go to charity,” said Chaplin. “With fabric at $10-$12 per yard, when you make a good-sized quilt, you’ve got several hundred dollars invested into it.” George Penner sported a shirt that read, “My wife quilts, therefore I am broke” attesting to that fact. Chaplin said they also rely on donations of cotton or cottonblends fabric to make quilts. Over 200 people came through the show this year; many enjoying a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches or taco salad prepared by Willie Penner, and Nancy and Steve Hastings. Part of the groceries were donated by local grocers. “Businesses were very generous, especially considering all they’ve been called upon to donate with the fires going on,” said Chaplin. Door prizes were given every half hour with generous dona-

tions from community businesses, and donated items for a silent auction filled an entire table in front of the stage full of donated quilts. “This community is a very giving community,” Chaplin said. “All of us on some level try to help. And once businesses know it goes back into their own community, they are supportive of us.” One of the door prizes, coupons for the Oroville Subway, was won by Alisha Berg of Oroville, who said she was hoping to join the Highland Stitchers if she can get a ride up every Wenesday. “We had some more people sign up who are interested in joining us, so that was exciting. We are always looking for new members; some had to drop out this past winter, including one lady in her 90s,” said Chaplin, adding, “We like to encourage people to sew. It’s a dying art, but it’s fun and you get a finished product.” The quilt show is always the

every time I roll past. I call it ‘Miss Stella.’” She may be pretty, but she’s no princess. Miss Stella the Auto Car works every day, hauling hay for the Nelson and Dunn Ranches. “She’s hauled about 350 tons of hay this year,” said Stanley, who also hauls construction equipment with the truck equipped with a 220 Cummins and a four and a three twin stick transmission. John Leslie of Oroville won first place for his 1972 Ford Ford F-250. “You know those cars you say ‘We should’ve kept that forever?’ Well, he kept it forever,” said Ken Turner of the truck Leslie bought brand new. Leroy Hirst of Chesaw won the ‘Best Rat Rod’ award for his 1950 Chevrolet four-door sedan. “I ended up with some real

unfriendly friends after calling it the Rat Rod,” said Turner. “All the judging is done by the people—everybody votes. That’s the fairest way to do it,” said Bacon, adding, “The way the weather was, I didn’t expect anyone to show up. I thought it would be a flop, but we had to put it on. I had people calling me from Moses Lake and Canada asking about it. Some couldn’t come because they were still on Level 3 Evacuation.” “Thirty cars showed up, with a lot from Canada, including Penticon,” said co-event organizer Bonnie. “The Canadians are a big input; last year’s show was half Canadians. So this year I went up and got some Canadian flags to set out with the American flags. Then the wind came up and I think those flags ended up back in Canada.”

Katie Teachout/staff photo

George Penner stands next to the quilt given to him for Christmas before his fourth birthday, made by his grandmother Dora Kephart in 1950.

used on smart phones. “People wanting to make larger purchases weren’t able to. But not all smart phones work up there; it goes to Canadian data roaming

aged to bring cash or a local check to purchase reasonably priced products sure to become family heirlooms.

2015 Hot August Nights shines, despite weather and evacuations BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

This year’s Hot August Nights car show participants braved wind and rain while waiting for winners to be announced Saturday, Aug. 29 on Main Street in Chesaw.

“Everyone arrived in heavy smoke, and then the wind began to blow and it took away the registration tables,” said event organizer Bacon of Chesaw. “People came up and said, ‘Can we do this early?’ so I sent them to the Chesaw Tavern for lunch and told them to be back at 1 p.m. No one left.” The awards ceremony was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., with thirty-three trophies given out.

Several of the award-winners were locals, including Walt Hart of Oroville. Hart took first place in the 1956-1963 category for his

1957 Ford T-Bird. He recounted a funny story about a May Day car show one year. “My best friend Bruce Cool had a 1957 Chevy. I like Fords, so I always teased him by asking him, ‘Are you gonna need a pull start, or a jump?’ Well, I went to start up my Ford after the show, and all I had was ‘click, click, click---after I had been bragging to him that I would have to tow him home. He about had a coronary, laughing so hard because he got to jump the T-Bird,” laughed Hart. Taking second place in the 1956-1963 category was Matt Stanley of Oroville, with his 1961 A120-T Auto Car. “It was known as Ed Winsor’s Tonka Truck,” said Stanley. “Ed was from Toroda Creek. I bought the truck ten years ago from his widow, Stella. She gets teary-eyed

Katie Teachout/staff photo

Walt Hart, who took first place in the 1956-1963 class with his 1957 T-Bird, laughs as he tells a car show story on himself and his late best friend, Bruce Cool.

2015 Hot August Nights winners

Katie Teachout/staff photo

‘Miss Stella,’ owned by Matt Stanley and Katie Nelson of the Katie Bar Ranch in Chesaw took second place in the 1956-1963 category. The flag on the truck is flying half-mast in honor of Bob Jewett of Chesaw.

Class 1: 1928-1932 1. Graham and Ginny Bennett, Keremeos, B.C. 1926 Ford Model T 2. Lee Deshaw, Tonasket, 1929 Plymouth Coupe Class 2: 1933-1942 1. Tom and Bet Carlton, Moses Lake, 1934 Ford Cabriolet Class 3: 1946-1955 1. Joe Gulser, Chesaw, 1948 GMC truck 2. Ron and Sue Wisener, Oroville, 1951 Dodge Coronet 3. Dick Sweetman, Tonasket, 1955 Chevy Bel-Aire Class 4: 1956-1963 1. Walt Hart, Oroville, 1957 Ford T-Bird 2. Matt Stanley, Oroville, 1961 A120-T AutoCar Class 5: 1964-1974 1. John Leslie, Oroville, 1972 Ford F-250 2. Bob Kelly, Summerland,

B.C., 1967 Chevy Nova 3. Jack Heggie, Omak, 1965 Chevy Nova Wagon Class 6: 1975 and newer 1. Kris Sementilli, Tonasket, 1978 Chevy Camaro 2. 2. Rob Nau, Tonasket, 2007 Ford Shelby Mustang 3. Wayne Johnson, Penticton, B.C., 2004 Nissan 350Z Best Truck: Bacon, Chesaw, Best Hot Rod: Lee DeShaw, Tonasket Best Rat Rod: Leroy Hirst, Chesaw Best Foreign: Chris and Barb Beaton, Summerland, B.C. Best Motorcycle, Foreign: Jim Herring, Oroville Best Interior: Dick Sweetman, Tonasket Best Paint: Jack Heggie, Omak Best Work in Progress: Randy Foss, Chesaw Best in Show: Tim Carlton, Moses Lake 1934 Ford Cabriolet

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SCHOOL Enjoy the 2015 - 2016 School Year!

Back-to-School Safety IT’S AS EASY AS ABC! Review these safety tips with your kids before they head back to school.

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Opt for a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and keep it light. You may want to consider a rolling backpack for heavy books. At the bus stop, wait for the bus to reach a complete stop before approaching it. Stay seated on the school bus until it arrives at your stop, and remember to wear your seatbelt. Always keep your head and arms inside the bus. Use the handrail when exiting the bus, and cross in front of the bus so the driver can see you. Remember to check both ways for traffic before crossing the street. If you walk to school, go with a buddy, and avoid crossing through any empty lots or fields along the way. If you ride a bike or scooter to school, remember to always wear your helmet. Don’t talk to strangers, and never accept gifts or rides from strangers. Cross the street only at designated crosswalks, and obey school crossing guards. If you’re bullied or see somebody being bullied, tell a teacher or trusted adult. Memorize your home address and phone number. In case of an emergency, call 911.

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OROVILLE - The Oroville School District invited all of its staff members to a districtwide safety training meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 26 where Jon Ladines from Force Dynamics conducted a safety training commonly known as GAP training. The emphasis of the training was instructing staff on how to deal with an active shooter scenario in a school lockdown situation, according to Steve Quick, Oroville School District Superintendent. “GAP is not an acronym, but rather refers to the gap in time from the time a shot is fired to the time a law enforcement officer confronts the shooter direct-

ly,” said Quick. “Nationwide the trainer stated that this time is about 10-14 minutes, during which time a lot of damage could be done unless active and deliberate measures were taken to either neutralize the shooter or delay him somehow.” All staff, regardless of their positions in the district, learned about the mindset of a shooter in such a scenario and learned tactics that would aide them in countering an attack in a school where nobody is legally supposed to be carrying a firearm. Much of the afternoon was spent in participating in drills in classrooms and experiencing firsthand how to react in the case of an active shooter. Comments given after the session by staff members included: “GAP training was amazing! Every district in the U.S. should be trained!”, “One of the most valuable trainings I’ve ever

THE RIGHT COMBINATION

experienced”, “I do appreciate the training… hope we never have to use it, but it feels good to be trained”, “…this puts us in a much safer place for both staff and students. Practicing the scenarios for an intruder was definitely a bonus as far as preparation.” Staff came away from the training feeling more empowered to help themselves and students in the event an active shooter comes onto campus, according to Supt. Quick. “Instead of sitting back and feeling helpless, everyone felt that there were proactive ways of counteracting a shooter and finding ways of protecting themselves and students in that period of time before law enforcement officials arrive on scene,” said Quick, adding, “The district will continue to be very proactive in both policies and procedures to aide in the safety of both students and staff.”

SAYING THANKS

Gary DeVon/staff photos

Above, Steve Thompson, maintenance manager for the Oroville School District helps a new junior high student learn how to work the combination to the locker he was assigned during Open House last Monday. Below, high school and junior high students learn which rooms their classes are scheduled in. Gary DeVon/staff photos

Oroville’s cheerleaders made posters and blew up balloons as a way of thanking firefighters, PUD crews and volunteers for their work during this fire season. They, with the help of members of the Oroville Football team, went around Oroville hanging up the posters and balloons at various buinesses around town.


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SPORTS & RECREATION

Okanogan Valley

CHURCH GUIDE Come join us! Submitted photo

Black Belts pictured from left to right are: Jeremiah Lofthus, Randy Middleton, Sensei Kelly Cariker, Zach Lofthus, Sensei Terry Cariker and Caleb Lofthus.

Lofthus joins brothers in Brotherhood of Black Belts BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Zach Lofthus was welcomed into Cariker Academy’s “Brotherhood of Black Belts” on August 15th, 2015. The Black Belt test was a culmination of Zach’s ten years of studying under Sensei Terry Cariker and included: karate forms, defensive one-steps, a question & answer session, skills drilling, board & brick breaking, tournament sparring, and contact sparring.  “I started at age seven and just fell in love with it,” said Lofthus, age 17. “Terry was my main Sensei (instructor) and other guys were helping out. I started it and didn’t want to stop.” He said his older brothers Jeremiah and Caleb started Karate before him. “I was in the

“As a younger brother, I was always wanting to compete with them. They were the ones who really helped me out, giving me tips.”

in the room—two of them at a time---so he went up against his brothers, along with Sensei Terry Cariker’s son, Kelly Cariker; also a Sensei. “That was the most physical part of the test,” said Lofthus. “It was hard, but it was also kind of fun, because I know the guys and they are used to helping me train; so I am used to sparring with them.” A particularly grueling part of the training, Lofthus said, was testing for his brown belt. “That’s what the instructor really uses to see how you are

“Zach is one of those students you always hope to get--very respectful, kind and up for anything I ask him to do.”

dence—they learn how to speak and how to carry themselves. I see myself as an extension of the school,” said Cariker. “It’s hard for students to sit for more than five minutes without fidgeting, but you can take a hyperactive student and teach them to sit and meditate.” Cariker, who started practicing the martial arts at the age of 14 and is now 73, said he has had about 15 students earn their black belts over the years. He has about 26 students this year, ranging in age from seven on up to 82. “Our school is very noted for the discipline in my class,” Cariker said. “We go to tournaments, and students are recognized for the discipline we teach here in this school.” Lofthus said if there was just one thing he could tell people about Cariker’s class, it’s that it’s a great place to learn self-defense. “There’s no other way I would

Terry Cariker, Owner, Cariker Academy of Self Defense

Zach Lofthus, Blackbelt

seats, watching their class. As a younger brother, I was always wanting to compete with them. They were the ones who really helped me out, giving me tips.” He said Caleb got his black belt a year ago, and Jeremiah the year before that. “Zach does homeschooling, and his whole family are outstanding students. They have been studying with me for six or seven years. Zach is one of those students you always hope to get— very respectful, kind and up for anything I ask him to do,” Cariker said. “He is going to go far in life. I am very proud of him. All the Lofthus kids are like second children to me.” The black belt test included sparring with other black belts

progressing towards your black belt training,” said Lofthus. “It’s very physical but also very mental. The instructor will ask you about certain scenarios, like if a person came out to you and held out a knife; what would you do to defend yourself. Then you have to go through the different types of defenses.” “The mental discipline is the most challenging part,” said Cariker, “learning to have patience and understanding. Most take it for self-defense, but in reality they are learning self-discipline. I teach them to only use the martial arts if they have to. I tell them once they start learning karate, if they go to school and get bullied, the best thing to do is try to talk yourself out of a situation because fighting is a no-win situation.” Cariker said he teaches kids the skills to have self-confidence, good manners and dedication to reach goals—skills that will serve them all their lives. “It gives them a lot of confi-

“There’s no other way I would want to learn how to defend myself in an actual physical way if I had to. His class is really good for that. ” Zach Lofthus, Blackbelt

want to learn how to defend myself in an actual physical way if I had to. His class is really good for anyone who wants to learn to do that. And he teaches young girls how to do that, too,” said Lofthus. He said he expected his sister Faith, age 15, to be getting her black belt in another six months. Following Lofthus’s test, the black belts were joined by his family & friends for a celebration luncheon. Lofthus, a senior this year, will play tight end and defensive tackle for the Tonasket Tiger’s in the fall, and plans to wrestle in the winter in the 170-pound weight class.

FALL SPORTS

Our Fall Sports Section will be coming in September!

Don’t miss out...reserve your space now!

8th Annual Apple

Pie Fundraiser

at the

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Our apple pies will be freshly made the day of sale

Sept. 28, 2015 $

7.00 each

Place your order before Sept. 20th Order as many as you like, they will freeze very well and you bake them when you are ready. For more info. call Jane 476-2177 or Jo 476-3819

OROVILLE

Fill your home with freshly baked pie aroma! Part of the proceeds will be donated back to the community!

LOOMIS

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 11:00 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.

Loomis Community Church

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

CHESAW Chesaw Community Bible Church

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

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

Molson Grange, Molson Sunday 10 a.m., Worship 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 6:30pm, Bible Study “For by grace are ye saved through faith...” Eph. 2:8-9 “...lovest thou me...Feed my lambs...John 21:1-17

RIVERSIDE Riverside Lighthouse - Assembly of God

102 Tower Street Sunday Bible Study 10:00am Sunday Worship 11:00am & 6:30pm Wednesday- family Night 6:30pm Pastor Vern & Anita Weaver Ph. 509-826-4082

TONASKET Tonasket Bible Church

Trinity Episcopal

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

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist

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

NEW Hope Bible Fellowship

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

1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 9 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.

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, 509-486-3541 Open doors affirming deversity and welcoming to all

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LOOKING FOR A NEW ADVENTURE? JOIN US AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

North Valley Extended Care is now accepting applications for the next Nursing Assistant Training Class beginning October 5, 2015. This class will be completed in November. Applications may be picked up at the North Valley Hospital’s Human resources office or online at www.nvhospital.org. This is an excellent opportunity for motivated, caring individuals to prepare for a challenging career, leading to employment opportunities in the Extended Care. Course content includes basic personal care, restorative and technical skills needed to care for residents and individuals rehabilitating toward independence. Applications will no longer be accepted after September 18, 2015. For information call the Human Resources at 509-486-3185.

North Valley Hospital is looking for a Community Outreach Liaison This is a part time position. Bachelor’s Degree and 2 years experience in healthcare desirable. For more details please call (506)486-3185.

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LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Deed of Trust Instrument/Reference No.: 3157751 I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, the undersigned Trustee, will on 10/2/2015 , at 10:00 AM at the main entrance to the Okanogan County Courthouse, 149 3rd N, Okanogan, WA sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable in the form of credit bid or cash bid in the form of cashier’s check or certified checks from federally or State chartered banks, at the time of sale the following described real property, situated in the County of OKANOGAN, State of Washington, to-wit: LOT “E” OF THE SECOND ADDITION TO HELENSDALE FRUIT TRACTS, AS PER PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN BOOK “E” OF PLATS, PAGE 1, RECORDS OF THE AUDITOR OF OKANOGAN, WASHINGTON. More commonly known as: 1494 OLD HIGHWAY 97, MALOTT, WA 98829 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 8/30/2010, recorded 9/8/2010, under 3157751 records of OKANOGAN County, Washington , from BRUCE O. TURK, A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL , as Grantor(s), to BAINES TITLE COMPANY, INC. , as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR EAGLE HOME MORTGAGE, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY , as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which was assigned by MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR EAGLE HOME MORTGAGE, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (or by its successors-in-interest and/or assigns, if any), to Wells Fargo Bank, NA . II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust/Mortgage. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: $29,013.95 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $134,155.45 , together with interest as provided in the Note from the 3/1/2013 , and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The abovedescribed real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 10/2/2015 . The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 9/21/2015 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before 9/21/2015 (11 days before the sale) the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with cashiers or certified checks from a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminated any time after the 9/21/2015 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance by paying the principal and interest, plus costs, fees and advances, if any, made pursuant to the

terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address( es ): NAME BRUCE O. TURK, A SINGLE INDIVIDUAL ADDRESS 1494 OLD HIGHWAY 97, MALOTT, WA 98829 by both first class and certified mail, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. These requirements were completed as of 3/6/2015 . VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-described property. IX. Anyone having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS – The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20 th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20 th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date of this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to mediation if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Toll-free: 1-877-894-HOME (1-877-894-4663) or Web site: http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/hom e o w n e r s h i p / p o s t _ purchase_counselors_foreclosure. htm . The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Toll-free: 1-800-569-4287 or National Web Site: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD or for Local counseling agencies in Washington: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ hcc/fc/index.cfm?webListAction= search&searchstate=WA&filterSvc= dfc The statewide civil legal aid hot-

line for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: 1-800-606-4819 or Web site: http://nwjustice.org/whatclear . If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBTAND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. Dated: 5/29/2015 Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, as Trustee By: Tricia Moreno, Assistant Secretary Trustee’s Mailing Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington C/O Quality Loan Service Corp. 411 Ivy Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (866) 645-7711 Trustee’s Physical Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington 108 1 st Ave South, Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98104 (866) 925-0241 Sale Line: 916.939.0772 Or Login to: http://wa.qualityloan.com TS No.: WA-13-564673-TC IDSPub #0084212 9/3/2015 9/24/2015 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on September 3, 24, 2015 #OVG641181

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SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF OKANOGAN Estate of PHILLIP D. ROTH, Deceased. NO. 15-4-00051-8 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The above Court has appointed Craig A. Roth 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: August 20, 2015. /s/Dale L. Crandall Attorney for Craig A. Roth, Personal Representative P.O. Box 173 Loomis, WA 98827 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on August 20, 27, September 3, 2015. #OVG652345

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Summary of Ordinance #758 An Ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, amending Section 12.04.080 connections required Violations - Penalty; Adding a new Chapter 12.06 to the Tonasket Municipal Code prohibiting the drilling and subsequent use of any domestic, irrigation, geothermal or other groundwater wells within the City Limits; providing exemptions from the provisions of such Chapter; and providing penalties for the violations thereof; and an effective date. A complete copy of this ordinance is available at City Hall, 209 S. Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on September 3, 2015. #OVG655029

PUBLIC NOTICE Contractors and Vendors Lists As authorized under RCW 35.23.352(2), and RCW 35.23.352(8), the City of Oroville is updating their Small Works Roster, consisting of contractors interested in performing work for the City of Oroville which is estimated to cost less than $100,000 and their Vendor’s List, consisting of vendors interested in providing supplies, materials, equipment or services between $7,500 and $15,000 through telephone and/or written quotations. In awarding contracts for such projects, the City of Oroville shall invite proposals from all appropriate contractors or vendors who have requested to be included on the Small Works Roster and/or Vendors List, and shall select the lowest responsible bid. All contractors and vendors, where required by law, must be properly licensed or registered in this state. The City of Oroville actively seeks participation by minority or women owned firms who otherwise qualify. Individual Assurity Bonds acceptable. Forms may be secured at the Oroville City Hall or by calling 509-4762926. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on August 27, September 3, 2015. #OVG653887

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PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 9/15/15 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 2013 Volkswagen TRG Lic# K498047 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on September 3, 2015. #OVG655028

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OBITUARIES

Garry Dale Sorensen

GARRY DALE SORENSEN With loved ones by his side, Garry Dale Sorensen passed peacefully at Providence Holy Family Hospital on August 30, 2015. Garry was born to Stella and Alfred Sorensen on November 22, 1940 in Edmonton, Alberta. He grew up in Holden, Alberta where he spent many days learn-

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ing to love nature. He attended the University of Montana and graduated in 1963 with a Bachelor of Science. While at the university, Garry met his wife, Esther Vallejo and they married shortly after graduating on June 12, 1963. That fall, Garry and Esther moved to Oroville to teach at Oroville High School. Garry taught Biological sciences for 17 years. He felt great appreciation for the many fine students he taught. Garry always enjoyed growing things, and realized a dream when he retired from teaching to grow fruit in the Oroville area. He loved learning about all the new fruits and varieties throughout his 28 years of farming and enjoyed growing a wide variety. Some of Garry’s favorite things were his fishing trips. He went on annual fishing trips to the coast with his family and friends, the Helms. More recently, he had many great fishing trips with his son, Scott, and brother David, which they enjoyed for 30 years. Over the years, he and his wife Esther also enjoyed trips traveling together to many different countries. He also took great pleasure in spending time with his

children and grandchildren on various trips to Mexico and other vacation places. Garry was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother, and son. He had immeasurable love and pride for his two children Lisa and Scott and their families. He was a loyal friend who enjoyed having his friends come to his beloved home on the lake for a glass of wine and some homemade sausage or smoked fish. Garry is survived by his wife, Esther Sorensen; his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa Vallejo Sorensen and Gregorio Amaro and grandchildren Simón and Sofia; his son and daughter-in-law, Scott, and Elizabeth Sorensen and grandchildren Chloë, Camille, Lily, Micaiah and Willow; and his brother David and Ann Sorensen, nieces Shelly and Gail. Garry was preceded in death by his mother and father, Alfred and Stella Sorensen. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, at Faith Lutheran Church followed by a luncheon. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

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where they raised their family. Our parents moved to the Seattle area in 1986 to be near their family. Mom was a much loved wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by our father John and survived by children Karen (Richard) Haskell, Louise (David) Haskell Erickson, Terry (Scott) Haskell Cartier, John (Vicki) Cheves Haskell Jr.; niece Frederika (Pete) Haskell; six grandchildren and two greatgrandchildren. At her request, no service is planned. Remembrances can be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church, PO Box 1270, Oroville, WA, 98844 or a charity of your choice.

Our mother, Marilyn, died peacefully at her home on August 10, 2015 after a long and happy life for which she was grateful. She was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma on October 26, 1925 and moved with her family to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she graduated from high school. Marilyn graduated from the University of New Mexico where she met her beloved husband, John, of 66 years. John and Marilyn were married in Albuquerque on Sept. 1, 1947, then moved to Oroville, Wash.

C. LEROY MCCOY

C. Leroy McCoy

C. LeRoy McCoy age 79 of Tonasket, died on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at his home in Tonasket, Washington. He was born April 21, 1936 in San Fernando, California to Charles A. and Esther C. McCoy. LeRoy grew up in Southern California, the youngest of seven brothers and one sister. He joined the US Navy in 1954. He met and married his wife of 50 years on May 20, 1966 and her children Sandra and Don. On August 22, 1967, they gave birth to their twins, Brenda and Lisa. LeRoy

retired from the US Navy in 1977 and settled with his family in Tonasket. He is survived by his wife: Faye J. McCoy; daughters: Brenda L. Jones and Lisa J. McCoy; step children: Sandra J. Mosher and Don W. Kothman; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers, Robert, Chuck, John, Calvin, Ronald and Forrest and two sisters, Marie and Mary. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Riverside Cemetery with John Newton, officiating and full military honors. Bergh Funeral Service of Oroville/Tonasket in care of arrangements.

Wallace “Wally” Moore

WALLACE ‘WALLY’ HUGH MOORE Wallace “Wally” Hugh Moore, 87, passed away on August 27, 2015 at the Tonasket North Valley Extended Care facility, surrounded by his family. Wallace Hugh Moore was born to Edna Bernice (Penrod) Moore and Leon Aubrey “Aub” Moore March 25, 1928, in Wenatchee, Washington. The family moved to Omak, WA, where he grew up and graduated from Omak High School. He graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, Wash., majoring in music education. Wally’s first teaching position was with the high school at Newport, Wash. The Army chose him in March of 1953, during the Korean War. He became a Sergeant in the Signal Corp and was stationed at the Pentagon and then at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey. As a cryptologist, he decoded messages from all over the world for the Pentagon concerning hydrogen bomb trials.

Francis “Bud” Johnson

FRANCIS ‘BUD’ JOHNSON Francis “Bud” Johnson, 79, of Burlington Wash., held the hands of daughter, Lori, and daughterin-law, Joy, and slipped peacefully from this life in the early morning of August 28, 2015. His greatest love was his family, and he leaves three sons, two

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Following his Army time he worked briefly at the General Motors plant in Long Beach, Calif. He married Harlene Diana Towsley of Santa Maria, Calif. in 1955. She is also a Whitworth graduate. (This September they would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.) The couple moved to Seattle, Wash., where Wally attended the University of Washington for his fifth year. From there they moved to Tonasket, Wash., where Wally taught music to grades 5-12, retiring in 1979. He was a well-liked teacher and had an outstanding music program. He directed choirs and several bands including concert, marching, jazz, pep, and pit band for school musicals. Wally enjoyed his students and has always remembered them and the instrument they played. Several of his students went on to become music teachers. To quote one student who pretty well sums up the comments of many who have written Wally over the years: “He had the greatest positive impact on my life of anyone before or since and I am so thankful. Truly I loved him.” Wally was Mr. Music Man of Tonasket. His main instruments were trumpet, sax, and lastly he played the french horn in the Okanogan Valley Orchestra. He also sang in the Okanogan Valley Chorus. Over the years he was in several dance bands and quartets. Music was his love, always conducting music as he heard it played. He was a member of the Tonasket Community Church and sang in or directed their choir. During his life, Wally belonged to and helped in a number of organizations including: Kiwanis, Washington Music Educators Association, Habitat for Humanity, Paralyzed Veterans of America, the American Legion, U.S. Armed forces Legacy, Washington State School Retirees’ Association and a fun favorite,

The Village Green Marching Society. He loved playing tennis and won first place in the doubles regional tournament while attending Whitworth College. He coached tennis at Tonasket High School and then continued to play as long as he was able. He enjoyed a poker game with a group of fellow teachers for many years, and in early years, hunting, fishing and bowling. He was honored as Citizen of the Year by the Town of Tonasket. After retiring from teaching he worked for fellow teacher Walt Kelley in his orchard. Wally and Harlene have three daughters: Karen Moore, Tonasket; Suzanne (Reg) Kelly, Omak; and Linda (Dave) Frank, Spokane. They have three grandchildren Tyler James Frank, Erin Nicole Frank, and Brent Michael Wallace Turner. Family also includes nephews Ted (Sylvia) Moore, and Dirk (Pam) Moore; close cousins Michael Squires, Marjory Pemberton and Bob Penrod, their families and many other cousins. Wally was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Richard “Dick” Moore and several aunts, uncles and his niece, Cindy. Bergh Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. A celebration of Wally’s life will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Tonasket High School Commons, 35 Hwy. 20 Tonasket, Wash., at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Wally to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758512 Topeka, Kansas 66675-8512; North Valley Extended Care of Tonasket, 22 W. First St. Tonasket, WA 98855; American Cancer Society 920 N. Washington #200 Spokane, WA 99201, or to a charity of your choice. Wally loved people and making friends. He will be missed by many. He was a dear husband, father, grandfather, teacher and friend.

daughters, and their spouses— Randy and Joy Johnson, Lori and Vince Manduchi, Dianna and Don Clark, Tom and Vanessa Johnson, and Matt Johnson and Stephanie Pierce. In addition are nine grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren, with a great grandchild and a great-great grandchild on the way. Bud was born in Seattle and spent his early life in a military family, moving to various posts around the states and the world. After graduation from Spokane High School, he enlisted in the Navy and was sent to Monterey, Calif. While there, he met Janice O’Boyle, of Seaside, Calif., and they were married in May,1958. During his Navy years, he served two tours in Vietnam as an aviation mechanic and helicopter crew chief. His passion for aviation led to piloting tours in his free time and an instructors license. Bud was involved early in the Alcoholics Anonymous program.

He served as a counselor in his later Navy career as well as in civilian life. He was deeply committed to the local chapters of AA, sharing his personal stories to encourage others and forging lifelong friendships. He met his second wife, Mary Minton, when they worked together as counselors for at risk youth, and they married in 1983. Bud’s heart and soul were pure cowboy. He loved rodeo, bull riding, horse training, working as a farrier, hunting, and camping in a teepee. He retired to a cabin in the mountains near Tonasket and shared his love for the country with his grandchildren’s visits. A night of poker was always a highlight. Bud spent his last years with family and friends in the Skagit Valley, cheering on the Seahawks. An evening to celebrate his life and share stories is planned for Friday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m., at Hillcrest Lodge in Mt. Vernon. Memorial gifts may be made to an addiction rehabilitation program of the giver’s choice and to the Washington fire relief and reforestation effort.

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