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TONASKET - Norm Weddle and Karen Stangland of the Tonasket Swimming Pool Association appeared before the Tonasket City Council Tuesday, Nov. 24 to announce plans to begin building the pool this coming spring. Also attending were new Tonasket Parks and Recreation Board Members Jordan Weddle and Billie Attwood. Norm Weddle had several questions for the mayor and council members regarding moving forward with plans for the pool. Weddle said so far, the only money raised to build the pool has been private funds, so the association is hoping to be able to hire their own contractor rather than go through the bid process as required with public funds. Mayor Patrick Plumb advised not mixing private money with public money, as government involvement means meeting extra requirements. It is still unknown if the city will take ownership of the city pool once it is rebuilt, or if it will remain Tonasket Parks and Recreation District Property. Council member Scott Olsen suggested a three-person committee be established including Building Inspector Christian Johnson and Maintenance Supervisor Hugh Jensen to meet weekly with the pool association. Olsen also stressed the importance of getting everything in writing. “Make sure you have it documented who is going to pay for what before a shovel full of dirt is turned over,” advised Olsen. “And I would encourage you not to feel offended when the city says ‘we don’t want to touch this;’ it’s about all the red tape as soon as we get involved.” Plumb suggested the council would not be of as much help to the pool association as the city staff would be, and sug-

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Fire broke out the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 24 destroying the lumber storage building at Oroville Building Supply south of Oroville. Oroville firefighters were quickly on the scene, according to Fire Chief Rod Noel who has reviewed surveillance recordings from inside the building. “The fire broke out at 5:19 p.m. and we got the call at 5:23 p.m.,” said Noel, “With the high winds within just a few minutes flames were shooting out both ends of the building.” Speculation that the fire might have originated in a truck parked inside the building were not borne out by the recordings, he said. “We could see the spark, but it wasn’t where the truck was parked. It was in the southeast corner. We still don’t have a cause and we are waiting for the insurance adjuster to do his investigation,” Noel said “The manager of the business said that the damage was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars -- when you take into consideration the loss of the building, the inventory, the truck and the supports”

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OKANOGAN – A man and his son were found guilty in the premeditated murder of Michael R. Carrigan, Hoquium, Wash., who was hunting near their Pontiac Ridge home in September of 2013. On Nov. 23, 2015 a jury in Okanogan County Superior Court found John Wayne Jennings, 59, Chesaw, guilty of first-degree murder and delivery of a firearm to an ineligible person. His son Adam Shaun Jennings, 29, Chesaw, was also found guilty of first-degree murder, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm. Each was sentenced Nov. 24, 2015 to 393 months (32.75 years) in prison and fined $7,299.50 for the Sept. 3, 2013 crimes. The trial began Nov. 16 Carrigan, who was 52 at the time he was killed, was grouse hunting with George R. Stover, 65, also of Hoquiam. According to Stover, the two of the them were driving around looking for grouse on Pontiac Ridge. Stover told police they drove onto Cow Camp Road and saw a grouse in a tree off the side of the road. He said they stopped and Carrigan got out of the vehicle and walked into a field and shot at the grouse. “Carrigan missed and shot again and according to Stover at this time he heard another shot come from somewhere else,” Sheriff Frank Rogers said at the time of the shooting. “Stover, who was still sitting in the vehicle, said he saw Carrigan turn around and could see blood on him. Stover said that Carrigan then fell down and at that time Stover said he heard another shot, so he drove out of the area to get help from law enforcement.” Stover said the shot came from 33 Cow Camp Road and felt it was a .22 caliber

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Oroville Schools seek $1.5 million levy District asking same amount as previous three levies BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – The Oroville School Board decided it will ask the voters to replace the outgoing two-year maintenance and operations levy without an increase over what they have asked the taxpayers the previous three times they went to the voters. The current two-year M&O Levy money is being collected through the calendar year 2016, the new levy, if approved in February of 2016 would be collected in 2017 and 2018. The school directors set the levy amount at $1,497,371 at their Monday, Nov. 23 meeting. The collection rate would be $2.40 per $1000 in property valuation. Shay Shaw, the district’s Business Manager explained that the property valuation within the school district is $556,189,328, down from $624,812,492 when the levy was approved in 2014. At that time the collection rate was $2.40, but if approved the collection rate for the

new levy will be $2.69. $16,000 for the first time since the dis“Currently we have levy authority to trict lost Levy Equalization due to the ask $1,874,142 and with a total dis- increase in overall property valuation trict valuation of $556,189,328, if we because of the mine and new construcasked the maximum then the rate per tion. Now that the mine is winding down thousand would be $3.47,” said Shaw, operations the district may be eligible for who explained that the district’s property some Levy Equalization, which the state valuation had dropped due to the lower awards to districts with low property valuation of the Buckhorn mine which is valuation compared to larger urban areas in the process of winding down opera- with much more valuation. The money is tions. only given to districts that approve their “Okanogan levy. County Assessor Shaw compared “I’m worried we will get a Scott Furman Oroville with other little Levy Equalization and school districts in said that they are going to keep then in 2018 it will go away.” the county and Buckhorn going how much Levy Shay Shaw, Business Manager, through 2016,” said Equalization they Oroville School District Superintendent receive. Tonasket Steve Quick. “If received $884,855 they stop in 2016 in 2015, Okanogan there are still a lot of question marks received $1,173,113, Omak received because it seems to be a moving target. $5,524,625 and Brewster received The bottom line is new construction will $871,499. help, but how much.” “I’m worried that we’ll get a little Levy “Lake values have dropped 30 per- Equalization and then in 2018 it will go cent... if it continues to drop it will affect away,” Shaw said, “because the authorizaus quite a bit,” said School Director tion is supposed to sunset, but supposRocky DeVon. “We levy four times hard- edly the state is going to fully fund.” er and we raise about half as much versus Shaw said that setting the levy amount Bellevue.” is a “bit of a challenge” especially at the Shaw discussed Levy Equalization and high school because we still have to offer said the district may be eligible for about all those required classes.

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“Realistically when you take a look at this they’re (the state) not fully funding education. You can fire classifieds, you could get rid of extracurriculars, but a lot of things are contractual obligations like certified personnel and other fixed expenses like utilities,” said Shaw. “If we continue with the $2.40 we only generate $1,334,854 or $539,288 less than our max,” said Shaw, adding the staff recommends the district stick with raising the same amount as they have asked in the previous three two-year levies and that would take the $2.69 per thousand rate. She added that the district made the final payment for the three-year Capital Levy that paid for the new roof on the elementary. That means a savings of about $.72 per thousand to the taxpayer that will be coming off. At the beginning of the school board meeting Supt. Quick and the other board members thanked Rocky DeVon and Amy Wise for their service on the school board. Wise is stepping down after several terms on the board and DeVon, the current board chairman, was not reelected in the General Election in November. A cake was served in their honor. The school board also heard reports from fall sports coaches, Ed Booker and Dawn Miller on the Avid Program,

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Principals Joan Hoehn and Kristin Sarmiento, Student Representative Dakota Haney and Supt. Quick. Under new business, employees that were teaching out of their endorsement areas and are fully certified by the state got the approval of the board. The board approved the resignation of Mike Bourn as head girls basketball coach and the hiring of Chad Matthews in that position. Bill Contrell was approved as the assistant coach for the team. Justin Scott and John Hilderbrand were approved as volunteers for the team as well. Jay Thacker will return as the head boys basketball coach. Overnight trips were approved for Upward Bound to Leavenworth on Dec. 18-19; Gear Up to Central Washington University on Dec. 4 and 5 for high school students and Gear Up to CWU on Dec. 11 and 12 for the State Robotics Competition for junior high students. Bergh Funeral Services donated $200 for yearbook expenses; the Oroville Booster Club donated $1230 for high school basketball uniforms and $642 for rib pads and the online Huddle Program. Lastly, the board approved a motion to allow eighth grade participation in high school athletics, following all WIAA guidelines.

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NEWS MURDER | FROM A1 weapon. Members of the sheriff ’s office, state Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Border Patrol arrived on scene that night and discovered that Carrigan was dead from an apparent gunshot wound, according to Rogers. Members from the sheriff ’s office, Fish and Wildlife and the State Patrol Crime Lab processed the crime scene, including the Jennings’ residence located approximately 100 yards from the

scene. The Jennings were interviewed and several items were collected from their residence, including 18 firearms and ammunition. While the firearms were registered in John Jennings name some were found in the son’s bedroom. Scrape marks on an aluminum window casing in a direct line of sight to where Carrigan was shot, were alleged to have been found during the investigation. With the assistance of the

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Okanogan County Sheriff ’s Deputies arrested the two men on Nov. 19, 2013 in connection with the death of a Hoquiam man, who left behind a wife and two sons. An autopsy on Carrigan’s body conducted Sept. 4, 2013 by Dr. Gina Fino at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee listed the cause of death as a .22 caliber gunshot wound to the back.

COUNCIL | FROM A1 gested the pool committee seek legal counsel as well as reach out to other communities who have experience running five-year lev-

“I didn’t expect to be in this spot, negotiating this after the first time the levy ran.”

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Burnt out areas like this one on the Tonasket Ranger District of the Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest will be left to recover before grazing will permitted. The news was given to grazing permit holders at a meeting with representatives from the U.S. Forest Service.

Pastures to be rested following fires SUBMITTED BY SHANNON O’BRIEN USFS PUBLIC INFORMATION

OKANOGAN - Grazing permit holders met recently with Forest Service officials in Tonasket to discuss anticipated impacts from this year’s fires to grazing opportunities on National Forest Lands. “It was tough news,” said Matt Reidy, District Ranger at Tonasket. “We have more than 40 grazing allotments on the Tonasket District and this year’s fires directly impacted portions of eleven of them. There were indirect impacts as well, with permittees needing to keep cattle longer in areas that hadn’t been burned. The result is that some of the pastures will need to be rested for a year or two to recover.” Nearly 86,000 acres of National Forest Land that serves as grazing allotments burned on Tonasket Ranger District during 2015 and more than 31,000 acres of Methow Valley Ranger District’s allotments. Impacts to each of the allotments vary depending on percent of acreage burned and the severity of the burns. Over 30,000 of the acres burned in grazing allotments on the two Districts were at moderate to high severity based on satellite imagery. The Methow Valley Ranger District was already resting all, or portions of, six allotments impacted by last year’s Carlton Complex and will add more acres to the pastures being rested as a result of this year’s fires. Having two consecutive years of large scale fires in Okanogan County will complicate finding alternative grazing opportunities for those permittees whose livestock graze on National Forest System Lands. After a wildfire it may appear as if the flames have destroyed all vegetation but depending on burn intensity, extensive root systems can re-sprout if the surface is not compacted. Loss of vegetation not only affects its use for livestock feed and wildlife cover, but is one of the most important factors influencing soil erosion by wind and water. Vegetation helps control erosion by shielding the soil from the impact of raindrops and slowing the amount and velocity of runoff and impacts from wind. “National Forest land that burned at a moderate or high intensity will take the longest to recover though,” said Reidy. “Allowing grazing before the land has had a chance to recover will increase erosion and could lead to longer term damage.” Other factors that affect recovery time after wildfire include

types of plants and their adaptation to fire, precipitation (before and after the fire), soil type, soil erosion from heavy runoff, previous history of grazing and fire, presence of weeds (competition), season of fire and current management. To facilitate vegetation recovery, portions of each of the eleven grazing allotments will be ‘rested’, or kept from livestock grazing during the 2016 season and possibly the 2017 season depending on conditions. The rest period will also allow riparian areas to recover and regain some stability. Vegetation in riparian areas is important for stabilizing streambanks as well as providing stream shade and other benefits. Burned riparian areas are easily accessed and often the quickest place to have forage following a fire; they are vulnerable to livestock impacts during the first few years after wildfire until sufficient vegetation can re-establish itself in the uplands away from riparian areas. Range specialists will closely monitor vegetation in both the rested and grazed pastures. They will adjust management as needed. Permittees, or those holding grazing permits, pay each year to have their livestock graze on National Forest Land. In 1897, the newly formed Forest Service was authorized by Congress to regulate grazing and permit it as long as it did not injure forest growth and protected watersheds. Current Forest Service objectives for the range management program are: • To manage range vegetation to protect basic soil and water resources, provide for ecological diversity, improve or maintain environmental quality, and meet public needs for interrelated resource uses. • To integrate management of range vegetation with other resource programs to achieve multiple use objectives contained in the Forest Land and Resource Management Plan. • To provide for livestock forage, wildlife food and habitat, outdoor recreation, and other resource values dependent on range vegetation. • To contribute to the economic and social well-being of people by providing opportunities for economic diversity and by promoting stability for communities that depends on range resources for their livelihood. • To provide expertise on range ecology, botany, and management of grazing animals. For more information about the grazing program on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National

Patrick Plumb, Tonasket Mayor

ies that don’t always pass. “I didn’t expect to be in this spot, negotiating this after first time the levy ran,” said Plumb, adding that he was impressed when he saw the numbers. “It’s hard to sell a new tax, but it was

(voted in) at 60 percent.”

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Weddle said he didn’t expect to be ready to build so soon, either.

Council member Jill Vugteveen reminded pool association members present the Tonasket Parks and Recreation District had been established not just for the pool,

but for any recreation needs the community wants to see addressed. In council member and city staff reports, Olsen encouraged people to attend the Best Christmas Pageant Ever, to be held at the Tonasket Community Cultural Center December 10, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and December 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. “There are a number of small kids involved and it is delightful. It is also a huge fundraiser for the CCC,” said Olsen. Olsen also expressed his concern the council not handle the city pool project the same way as the Splash Park, saying it was ‘quite a learning curve.’ Council member Vugteveen agreed with Olsen and said the Splash Park turned into a much bigger project than what was originally presented, suggesting the city get things in writing rather than having a ‘fluid agreement.’ “At least along the lines of unforeseen issues, have some sort of clause in there as to how we move forward with unexpected

issues,” advised Vugteveen. Plumb said he would be meeting with the Utilities and Transportation Committee February 3 to discuss Chief Tonasket Park having only one way in and one way out without approval of the railroad crossing. In new business, Plumb notified the council he would be meeting with the city lawyer to adjust some of the language regarding Title 9 of the Tonasket Municipal Code, Public Peace, Morals and Welfare. “I would like to see us move forward on cleaning this up before it gets challenged in court,” said Plumb. The council renewed the Interlocal Agreement Relating to Benefits, Training and Travel Costs Associated with Building Inspection/Permit Administration Services; an agreement between Oroville, Tonasket and Okanogan sharing the costs and services of Building Inspector Johnson. The agreement is effective January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018.

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The nearest fire hydrant was on Fifth Street so tankers and pumpers were used to keep the firefighters supplied with a steady stream of water. Oroville firefighters were assisted by personnel from Tonasket Fire Department including an engine and a tanker. The trucks would go to the Fifth Street hydrant and refill their trucks, return and dump the water into a pool from which to draw water to fight the fire. The fire was watched throughout the night and by morning only twisted metal and ashes remained of the storage building.

A firefighter operates a fork lift to lift down stacks of lumber and plywood so that they could be moved from the main fire and doused with water. The fire crews fought hard to keep the high winds Tuesday from spreading the fire to the main Oroville Building Supply store, just south of the storage building. Their efforts paid off as the business was still in operation after the holiday break, filling orders with supplies from it’s sister building in Tonasket, Midway Building Supply.

NV Hospital receives national recognition cators relevant to hospital performance and patient care. National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has partnered with iVantage to recognize 37 Washington hospitals as having reached top quartile performance status in Quality, Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Financial Strength compared to all acute care hospitals in the nation. The rankings have been designated by the Hospital Strength INDEX, the assessment of hospital performance in the country to include all rural providers. North Valley Hospital (NVH),

SUBMITTED BY SARAH GROOMS NVH COMMUNITY OUTREACH LIAISON

TONASKET – On Nov. 19, leaders from the rural health community from across the country celebrate National Rural Health Day in recognition of the tremendous accomplishments that have been achieved in rural healthcare this year. In support of this recognition, iVantage Health Analytics has developed a data-driven program designed to identify excellence across a broad spectrum of indi-

along with only seven other Washington hospitals, ranked as a top quartile performer in the Quality-Based pillar (or category) as part of that assessment. This pillar includes patient care indicators for Heart Attack (AMI), Heart Failure, Pneumonia, and other processes of care. The other six hospitals to receive this state recognition were Peacehealth Medical Center, Mason General, Kittitas Valley Community, Toppenish and Morton General Hospital. Ten Washington hospitals, including NVH, were recognized for excellence in the Patient

Construction of pool slated for Spring 2016 The Tonasket Swimming Pool Association is also involved in a fundraising campaign called Give NCW that started November 26 and will run through December 31. Stangland said they hope to receive another $40,000 from that, which will be used to purchase pool equipment. “The project is coming together. We are approaching the final laps, and are so excited that the vision of a pool in Tonasket is so close to becoming a reality,” said Stangland. Donations are still needed before construction can begin. “If people have been on the fence thinking this might not happen, it is going to happen so now is the time to ‘Dive In’ with donations to help build the pool!” Stangland said. “If you need a year end tax deduction, we are an IRS approved 501C3.” Those needing deductions for

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The Tonasket Swimming Pool Association is hoping to begin building the pool this spring. “First off, thanks to all our supporters, the Tonasket Parks and Recreation District was created and funded, so there is a way to operate and maintain the pool,” said pool committee member Karen Stangland. “Second, we have donations totaling $868,000 towards our goal of $1,250,000. Thank you, donors! Third, we have been approved for a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of North Central Washington to pay for the engineering design and approvals required by the state and county. Fourth, we have volunteers coming forth to help build the bathhouse, which will keep costs down.”

2016 can fill out a pledge form and make their donations in January. Contact www.tonasketpool.com, P.O. Box 1217, Tonasket 98855 or (509) 486-2517. “The pool is for the community and has been made possible by the community, so pat yourself on the back if you have been a part of this,” said Stangland. “All of our residents will be able to learn to swim and be safe around the water. Swim meets for the whole family to participate in; lap swimming, water aerobics, physical therapy and just fun on a hot summer day are soon to be in Tonasket again.” Stangland said a pool is an asset to a community just like the library, schools hospital and parks; inviting to potential new businesses and residents, as well as tourists who will spend money in area businesses, further stimulating the local economy.

Satisfaction pillar also. NVH follows Medicare’s mandate to participate in the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Provider and System (HCAHPS). Fifty percent of their hospitalized patients receive a call from a national patient satisfaction surveyor within 42 days of being discharged. “Would you recommend NVH to your friends and family?” was the survey question used as the marker for this recognition. From September 1, 2014 to September 1, 2015, 97 percent of the patients surveyed gave a “thumbs up” answer about recommending NVH to their friends and family. NVH CEO Mike Zwicker and the entire staff would like to thank its patients and family members for taking the time to answer the

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While we certainly have had better years in the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, at least we didn’t get skunked this year. The G-T brought home two awards from the WNPA’s annual convention, a second place for Brent Baker’s photo page – The Heavens from the Highlands and a first for my photo of fire practice -- Practice Makes Perfect. I truly believe Brent, our former Tonasket area and sports reporter/photographer should have won the top award in the feature photo division, but the WNPA offers some stiff competition and each year seems to get even better. Out of In the past we’ve swept whole categories, but My Mind we don’t do this job for the awards. We do it our readers, but it is nice to be recognized Gary A. DeVon for for one’s accomplishments, especially since the entries are judged by our peers in the business. We’ll keep plugging away and see what next year’s WNPA BNC will bring.

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Investing in our future BY STEVE QUICK, SUPERINTENDENT OROVILLE SCHOOL DISTRICT #410

The Oroville School Board of directors, as well as other schools in the state, is once again requesting voters to cast their ballots for a Maintenance and Operations Levy this coming February. The board, along with input from the school administration, is asking for a 2 year replacement levy for the same dollar amount as has been requested for Supt. Steve Quick the past three levies, as we would like to avoid any tax increases. The board would like patrons to understand that the district is not asking for more money, but rather asking the same amount that has been approved for the last six years. The assessor’s office has estimated that the rate will be $2.69 per thousand for two years of collection in 2017 and 2018, but the amount the district collects remains exactly the same. The rate does change depending on the overall valuation of property in our district. Sometimes people have the misconception that if the rate goes up, the school collects more money, but this is not the case. Districts go to voters with

a set amount and advertise an estimated rate. Ultimately, the people in our school district collectively contribute to the levy and the county develops a rate to collect the amount in a fair manner. In most years, the actual rate and the estimated rate are seldom the same because property values in our district go up and down. In the coming years the district’s overall valuation will most likely come down due to the Buckhorn mine slowing production and ultimately shutting down. This will drive up the per thousand rate unless other properties and new construction make up the difference. The assessor has told us that although we do have an increase each year in new construction each year, most likely it will not make up for the loss of the mine’s value on the tax rolls. We are also pleased to report that the Capital Levy that was passed in order to pay for a new roof and other improvements at the elementary school in November 2012 had its final year of collection this year. This Capital levy currently had a rate of approximately 72 cents per thousand and will ultimately help patrons see a drop in taxes. Oroville School District voters have a strong history of supporting the M&O levy over the years and our students have benefited greatly because of your support. The M&O levy provides additional money to our district for

programs and operations that the state either does not fund or does not fund completely. In our district the levy represents approximately 23% of our budget and helps to support and supplement a multitude of items such as technology, books, furniture, field trips, transportation, athletics, clubs, food service, personnel, maintenance items, school nurse, and many other things that could not otherwise be funded with the state allocation alone. In order to continue to offer high quality programs and maintain our facilities, we do rely heavily on our local levy. The Oroville School District continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to excellence. Our graduates continue to be successful long beyond high school whether they have entered the workforce directly, gone to college, joined the military or other trainings. I am proud to say that the Oroville School District continues to be the “Pride of the Valley” because of the continued support our community gives our students. I encourage you to look on our district’s website (www.oroville.wednet.edu) where you can find many of the answers you might have about the levy or about our schools. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to call my office and talk to me directly, as I enjoy the opportunity to speak with you.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Our Public Health District needs help

Dear Editor, Attention all health care professionals! Ranked 37th out of 39 Washington State counties in public health according to a respected study, Okanogan County remains in critical need of a secure public health system. Yet, our county commissioners have repeatedly cut the public health budget in recent years. A new Board of Health will begin its term on December 8. The new Board of Health members, who were appointed by the Board of County Commissioners, are Steve Varrelman, a licensed installer of septic systems from Pateros; Larry Zimmerland of Winthrop, who designs onsite septic systems and community water systems; and Mariann Williams, a family nurse practitioner in Oroville. The four existing board members are the three county commissioners and Oroville City Council member Neysa Roley. Clearly, the apparent lack of public health expertise among most of the board members is a concern. I am calling on all health care providers and administrators in Okanogan County to take an active interest in the struggle to keep our Public Health District viable. We, as healthcare professionals, need to advocate for promoting health and preventing disease in Okanogan County. Therefore, please attend the Board of Health meeting on December 8, 1:00 p.m. at the County Health Department. This is an opportunity to meet all the board members and ask each one the question, “How do you propose to maintain, strengthen and fund our Public Health District?” Charlene Burns Family Nurse Practitioner Twisp

Daredevil pedestrians on the streets of Oroville

Dear Editor, On the streets of Oroville I have noticed with increasing regularity a situation that will result in serious injury or death. Pedestrians

at crosswalks just stepping out in front of moving vehicles without any thought that the drivers may not have enough room to stop. I have even seen this in front of loaded trailer trucks, which may weigh 80,000 pounds or more! How in your wildest imagination do you think it will defy physics just because some special snowflake just walked in front of it? Then imagine what the poor driver will have to live with the rest of their life after they scrape you up like roadkill? I actually think it is a psychosis I will call Walmartitis. This all started when Wal-Mart put the crosswalks in their parking lots. These same sufferers also think all toilets flush themselves, as evident if you ever enter the bathrooms at Veteran’s Park on Lake Osoyoos. Seriously, didn’t your mother ever teach you look both ways before you cross the street? Linda Heagy Oroville

Similkameen, river of life

Dear Editor, The town of Oroville has seen better days. Our businesses are struggling up and down Main Street. The industries of timber, mining and cattle are in decline. We need a new source of economic activity. Just like the Methow, we have natural beauty, wildlife and wonderful outdoor resources for fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, camping, birdwatching, photography and more. Of all our resources, a wild Similkameen River, released from 100 years of captivity behind Enloe Dam, has the greatest potential for increasing our annual

tourist dollars. According to N.O.A.A.’s National Marine Fisheries, the Similkameen River is the “crown jewel “of steelhead recovery in the Upper Columbia Basin. The 166 miles of new spawning habitat above Enloe in the US and Canada would support 100,000 adult steelhead annually. This will help insure the survival of this threatened species and benefit communities from Okanogan to Oroville as fishermen pursue this highly prized game fish. Those extra visitors arriving November through March will be a welcome sight on our Main Streets. Enloe Dam was decommissioned in 1958 because the electricity produced could not justify the expense of maintaining the powerhouse. Today, with modern turbines, a new powerhouse would lose between $1.7 million and $2.5 million annually, require $50 million of additional borrowing to build, and would trigger on going continuous rate increases no one can afford. No other utility in the region has shown any interest in this project even with a license granted because it is such an economic loser. Our PUD must recognize there is no future for Enloe Dam as a source of affordable electricity. Our Public Utility must work sincerely with N.O.A.A. and the interested agencies to remove Enloe Dam and let the “Big Rainbows,” Upper Columbia Steelhead, spawn upriver. Call, write or E-mail your Okanogan County PUD Commissioners. It is time to work with N.O.A.A. and remove Enloe Dam. Future generations will thank us if we do. Joseph Enzensperger Oroville


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COPS, COURTS & 911 CALLS COMPILED BY ZACHARY VAN BRUNT COURTHOUSE CORRESPONDENT

SUPERIOR COURT Criminal John Wayne Jennings, 59, Chesaw, was found guilty (jury trial) Nov. 23 of first-degree murder (premeditated) and delivery of a firearm to an ineligible person. Jennings was sentenced Nov. 24 to 393 months (32.75 years) in prison and fined $7,299.50 for the Sept. 3, 2013 crimes. Adam Shaun Jennings, 29, Chesaw, was found guilty (jury trial) Nov. 23 of first-degree murder (premeditated) and unlawful possession of a firearm. Jennings was sentence Nov. 24 to 393 months (32.75 years) in prison and fined $7,299.50 for the Sept. 3, 2013 crimes. Chad David Buckmiller, 34, Oroville, pleaded guilty Nov. 17 to POCS (methamphetamine) and use of drug paraphernalia. The court dismissed a harassment (threats to kill) charge. Buckmiller was sentenced to four months in jail and fined $2,260.50 for the Sept. 20 crimes. The court found probable cause to charge Jesse Martin Shadle, 31, Omak, with POCS (methamphetamine), use of drug paraphernalia and third-degree DWLS. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 14. The court found probable cause to charge Lisa Lynn Oliver, 43, Omak, with two counts of second-degree theft and one count of POCS (methamphetamine). The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 14. The court found probable cause to charge Jacob S. Sutton, 18, Omak, with four counts of second-degree theft, and one count each of second-degree possession of stolen property, possession of another person’s ID and third-degree theft. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 14. The court found probable cause to charge Donald Bryce Sylvester, 29, Oroville, with POCS (methadone), harassment (threats to kill) and fourth-degree assault (DV). The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 15. Juvenile

A 16-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Nov. 18 to no valid operator’s license without an ID. The girl was sentenced to two days in detention with credit for two days served for the Sept. 27 crime. A 17-year-old Okanogan girl pleaded guilty Nov. 19 to fourth-degree assault. The girl was sentenced to four days in detention with credit for four days served, and seven hours of community service converted to one day in detention with credit for one day served. The crime occurred May 15. A 12-year-old Okanogan girl pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to residential burglary and third-degree malicious mischief. The girl was sentenced to 20 days in detention with credit for 20 days served for the Sept. 25 crimes. A 14-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Nov. 20 to fourthdegree assault (DV). The girl was sentenced to 11 days in detention with credit for 11 days served, and seven hours of community service converted to one day in detention with credit for one day served. The crime occurred Oct. 29. Civil The state Department of Labor and Industries assessed Okanogan Valley Transportation, Oroville, $11,089 in unpaid workers compensation taxes. DISTRICT COURT Randy Duane Bradshaw, 32, Tonasket, had two charges dismissed: DUI and seconddegree DWLS. Bradshaw was fined $1,425. Chad David Buckmiller, 34, Oroville, guilty of fourth-degree assault. Buckmiller received a 364-day suspended sentence and fined $933. Joshua Curtis Carpenter, 24, Oroville, guilty of fourthdegree assault and two counts of violation of a nocontact order. The court dismissed an additional fourthdegree assault charge. Carpenter was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined a total of $2,181. Armando Chavarria Hernandez, 39, Oroville, guilty of thirddegree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Chavarria

Hernandez received a 364day suspended sentence and fined a total of $1,393. Heather Rae Clements, 38, Omak, had a harassment (gross misdemeanor) charge dismissed. Clements was fined $200. Mark Anthony Combs, 52, Okanogan, guilty of violation of a civil anti-harassment order. Combs was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 360 days suspended, and fined $808. Angelo R. Coy, 30, Oroville, guilty of violation of a nocontact order and obstruction; and guilty (other deferral revoked) of two counts of violation of a no-contact order. The court dismissed a resisting arrest charge. Coy was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 349 days suspended, and fined a total of $2,306. Ursula Lynn Dorgan, 60, Tonasket, had a reckless driving charge dismissed. Russell Ellis Gardner, 22, Tonasket, guilty of thirddegree DWLS. Gardner was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended, and fined $708. Christopher Augustin George, 28, Omak, had a charge dismissed: violation of nocontact order. 911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 Domestic dispute on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. One-vehicle roll-over crash on Chewiliken Valley Rd. near Riverside. No injuries reported. Weapons offense on S. Janis Rd. near Tonasket. Burglary on Hendrick Rd. near Omak. Found property on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Bicycle recovered. Theft on Bolster Rd. near Oroville. Batteries and alcohol reported missing. Weapons offense on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Piggy bank reported missing. Weapons offense on Elderberry Ave. in Omak. Automobile theft on Engh Rd. near Omak. Burglary on Grainger Ave. in Omak. Drugs on W. Elberta Ave. in Omak. Public intoxication on N. Main St. in Omak.

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OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE | NOVEMBER 26, 2015

OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Three dinners for Thanksgiving Well, we got one holiday over and done with and many happy families were together, with lots of good food and companionship, while others happiness was marred by sadness. The Hilderbrand family lost yet another member to death. Bill had been in the Extended Care facility for several years with multiple health issues and finally his body just had too many strikes against it and he passed away, quietly in his room. Condolence go out to the family and friends, left behind. I had known Bill for many years as we came from the same area in Missouri and some of his

family worked for my uncle, and then we both ended up in Oroville. Another sad happening was the death of the son of Ruth LaFrance, who resided in Idaho. And Elsa Lewis had the misfortune on Thursday of falling while carrying the turkey and breaking her shoulder. She also had lacerations on her head. She was hospitalized but is now at home. Snow on the hilltop kept us from going to Molson for cards last week, so we had a couple of friends come to our home. It was a fair substitute, but for sure we didn’t have the variety of snacks

we always enjoy at Molson. We just had her husband David, in Issaquah, Wash. We had two turkeys there, one was a light snowfall here in the valley. We had three Thanksgiving dinners smoked and the other traditional and both were the best. And the and they were all excellent. accompanying dishes were Lucky us! First was at the excellent, as well. Senior Center where the staff On Friday we had compleoutdid themselves and we mentary tickets, from grandhad a near capacity crowd of son, Justin and Becky Haney 78. Next was at the Extended to see “The Sound of Music” Care facility, where we were at the Fifth Ave. Theater in guests of Bob and Margaret Seattle. We did all this with Hirst. There were 117 guest our car safely home in the plus residents and staff. The garage in Oroville, and were tables were so beautifully set with autumn colors and I’ve THIS & THAT chauffeured around by family. We have an amazing family, never seen so many deviled Joyce Emry don’t you think? All this and eggs in one place as there the center of attention was our were. The activity director, Diane Moser, who has been there 27 two youngest great-granddaughters, Mia years said “this is my favorite day of and Robin. “Of all gifts big and small a family’s the year.” Some staff from the hospilove is best of all! tal and others, helped with the serving. Delores Thornton Hogue brought her And a final dinner, at the home of our granddaughter Janae Haney Chryst and sister Margaret up from Wenatchee for

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the holidays. She is a feisty 96-yearold and they attended the dinner at the Extended Care where they have a cousin as a resident, as well as other family. To have fire attack your business, whether large or small is devastating. Great damage was done at Chris Wood’s Oroville Building Supply lumber yard when fire broke out just at closing time Wednesday evening, before Thanksgiving. I’m sure there are details in another article. I don’t have any particulars except that Chris was in Arizona, where he resides, periodically, but came home to assess the damage. From now until the coming New Year there will be many functions going on to entertain us from small happenings to large. Go and enjoy what you can and try and remember to share some of your bounty with the elderly, ill and those who are less fortunate, for what ever reason. ‘Til next week.

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Nate and his Renegade Productions will be with us both Friday and Saturday this week only! The show will begin Friday right after Steak Nite and Saturday at 8 p.m. This is the last time we will see Nate for a long while so get in and enjoy the music and the fun while you can. The ladies’ great Coffee Raffle Basket is gone. Congrats Culleen.

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It is the story of the Herdman children, known through town as the worst kids imaginable. They lie, they steal, they smoke... and they end up taking over the annual church Christmas pageant although they have never heard the Christmas story before. This is very challenging for the sweet young mother who is directing the pageant for the first

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time. The result is a comedy that is somehow both irreverent and sincere, becoming a holiday staple for theaters across the country. The cast (17 kids and eight adults) has been working on this since last August when they auditioned even as wildfire smoke still filled the air. Directed by Sarah Kaiser and Nakiah Reiter, the play will be

performed at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket December 10, 11 and 12 at 7 p.m. and December 12 and 13 at 3 p.m. Tickets ($8 adults, $5 students) are available at Roy’s Pharmacy, Oroville Pharmacy, Tonasket Natural Foods Cooperative, Main Street Market in Omak, and at the door. The theater area will be open for seating 30 minutes prior to each performance. The play is one hour long, with refreshments available both before and after the performance. All proceeds go directly to the CCC, so the facility can continue to serve the needs of the North Okanogan area.

OROVILLE - The Oroville Woman’s Club will again be accepting donations for the annual Gifts for Kids Program. Unwrapped gifts or monetary donations can be dropped off at the Oroville branch of Umpqua Bank, 822 Central Ave. Volunteers for gift wrapping are also needed and appreciated. For more information contact Kally at 509-476-3416.

Saturday, Dec. 12 we will be hosting our Christmas Bazaar. Doors will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Beef stew and dessert will be served between11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $8 per person. If one wants just desserts, that’s $2.50 each. Coffee is free. (Speaking of just desserts. I think all the inside tables are taken, so, if you want to sell your goods, you might have to set up outside. Outside tables should be cheaper, you think?) The lunch Menu for next week is: Tuesday, Yankee pot roast; Thursday, deluxe cheeseburger; Friday, baked ham. For seniors 60 and over the suggested donation is $3.50, or as one can afford. The price for those under 60 is $8. It’s time to think about paying

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Holiday Concert has become a well loved tradition in our community. We invite you to share in this holiday tradition and come enjoy popular and traditional holiday music and celebrate with us. Tickets are just $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $8 for kids 13 and older, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at Rawson’s in Okanogan, The Corner Shelf in Omak, Brewster Drug, Brewster, Roy’s Pharmacy, Tonasket; Oroville Pharmacy, Oroville and at the door. Season tickets can also still be purchased at the door or by emailing ovocinfo@gmail.com or calling Chanelle Carlin, OVOC Coordinator, at 425-299-0339.

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dues for 2016. See Marge Finley, or a board member. Our election is coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Consider who you might want for officer positions. Thanksgiving was fun. The main course (prepared by yours truly) was just the way I liked it. I think others enjoyed it also. Various and as sundry dishes were brought. It was a great feast with our many old and new friends. Thanksgiving was originally a community affair, so it was heartwarming to celebrate in that manner. And, of course, as is our custom, the dishes were first, on the table. Thanks was given. The ladies were first in line to fill their plates with heavenly food. Everyone ate heartily. Many

thanks to all who helped. Today, Saturday, Nov. 28, I now understand why Mary Lou and I live where we do. From up here at 4000 feet, we see the distant clouds that lay like a lake 2000 feet above the Oroville valley below. The white capped Cascades, in a neat row, float above westward to northward, to where the arctic winds blow. The foreground valley is blanketed in a quilt of various shades of brown and white snow. The sun sets in the west, sooo slow. The sky hangs, a clear sky blue, with a yellowish golden horizonal hew. All is still… the air is sooo cool. We may not be rich, but my God, what a view! Whew! “Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.” – Mark Twain. I’ll vouch for that. Pinochle Report: Door Prize, Dolly Engelbretson; High Man, Dave Russell; High Woman, Evelyn Dull and Pinochle, Ken Ripley. There were 16 in attendance

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS IN TONASKET AND OROVILLE NORTH COUNTY - Oroville and Tonasket plan to ring in the holidays by lighting their community Christmas trees this weekend. Tonasket will have their light up on Friday, Dec. 4 with Santa arriving at 6 p.m. and lighting up the tree as part of the town’s Winterfest Celebration. Oroville will be holding their lighting at Centennial Park on Saturday, Dec. 5 starting at 5 p.m. Santa promises to be there to pose for photos with the kids.

Oroville Chamber Meeting

Democrats to Meet

OROVILLE - The next Oroville Chamber Board and General Membership Meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6pm in the Poolside Seminar Room at the Camaray Motel (123). In addition to monthly matters (reports), the group will discuss future leadership options of the chamber. This will be potluck in nature, but avoid something in a pot. Simple stuff will work.

OMAK - Okanogan County Democrats will be meeting at the Breadline Café in Omak at noon on Dec. 5. There will be a no host brunch or you can order off the menu.

Tonasket Library Book Sale

TONASKET - The Tonasket Library Board is holding their semi annual book sale during the Tonasket Winterfest celebration. The sale dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. There will be a large variety of books, all reasonably priced. On Saturday, Dec. 5 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. all regular paperback books will be $1 a bag. All proceeds will go to benefit the Tonasket Library. Art in the Attic at Oroville Depot Museum

OROVILLE - Art in the Attic event featuring the Blackler Collection will be held at the Depot Museum Friday, Dec. 4 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Saturday, Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be available. Noxious Weed Recertification

OKANOGAN - There will be a noxious weed recertification class 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 3 at the at the 12 Tribes Resort Casino, 28968 US-97, Omak Washington. Class size is limited to around 100 people, so please pre-register. Topics included: The Noxious Weed Invasion Process, “Why, When, Where, and How Weeds Become an Issue;” The Fire Took Care of All My Weed Problems, Right?; Surfactants and Water Conditioners; Aquatic Weed ID and Control; Aquatic Weed and Algae Control in Ponds; Aquatic Weed Control Activities in Washington State; Weed Control on the Columbia, Aquatic Weed Control and Where We’re Going. There will be no charge for the class and eight pesticide license credits will be available. For more information please call the Okanogan County Noxious Weed Office at 422-7165 or stop by the office. Continuing Ed Scholarships

OROVILLE - The Oroville Scholarship Foundation would like to remind former OHS graduates that Friday, Dec. 4 is the deadline to apply for their Continuing Education Scholarships. This local financial aid program offers aid to those OHS grads that have completed at least one year of vo-tec school or college. Aid will be awarded for the winter term. Access to applications and information is online at orovillescholarshipfoundation.org. Indoor Flea Market

OROVILLE - The next Indoor Flea Market and Craft Bizarre will be held at at Appleway, 1300 Main Street, on Friday Dec. 4 and Saturday Dec. 5. For more information or to sign up come to Appleway or call 509-476-3900.

Breakfast Benefit for Fire Recovery Network

TONASKET - A Pancake Breakfast Benefit for Fire Recovery Network will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Tonasket Communinity Cultural Center, 411 Western Ave. from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pancakes with your choice of toppings, eggs any way you like them, bacon or sausage, juice, coffee or tea. Served by volunteers. All proceeds dedicated to the Fire Relief & Recovery Network. For more information contact Laurel Sylvan at 509-3226254. Youth Soccer Quarter Final Game this Sunday

OROVILLE - The Oroville Youth Soccer Club will present the Oroville Racers in the Quarter Final game of the Washington State Recreational Soccer Tournament. The Racers take on the NYSC Wolfpack on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2pm. The Oroville Racers are the Distric 6 Champs and the Wolfpack are the District 2 Champs. This is sure to be an exciting game! Come to the Oroville soccer fields and cheer on the home team! Up the Crick at Esther Bricques Winery

OROVILLE – Up the Crick, a duo comprised of Rick Braman on guitar and Chris Stodola on keyboard, will perform at Esther Bricques Winery on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Their performance is part of the Holiday Open House festivities at Esther Bricques Winery on Dec. 6 and 13. Dec. 13 will feature the group Nuance. Light refreshments are available. The winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Rd., 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. North Country-opoly Coming

OROVILLE - The “North Country-opoly”Board games are coming to Oroville Dec. 8 or 9 .Some games are still available for direct purchase through the Grange. To place your order contact: Cindy Nelson 208-597-5175 or Joseph Enzensperger 509-4764072. Oroville Library Story Time

OROVILLE - There is a story time at the Oroville Library every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for preschool age children. The next story time will be Wednesday, Dec. 9. There will be no story time on Dec 23, or Dec 30. Story time will resume in January at a new time: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stories, crafts, fun and warm indoor fun playtime for your little ones. The library invites all parents and children to come to story time followed by crafts and fun activities. Free. Call the Oroville public library 509-4762662 for more information or contact julesbob1@gmail.com. Community Action Board

OKANOGAN - The Okanogan County Community Action Council Board of Directors will

hold their Regular Board Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 5:15 pm at Community Action, 424 S. 2nd Avenue, Okanogan, WA. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. OCCAC is a community building organization. We work with community members of all groups to raise the poor out of poverty, to feed the hungry, to provide affordable housing for all, to empower community members through education, and in the process to return prosperity and hope for the future to our county. If you have questions or need additional information please contact Lael Duncan at OCCAC, 509-422-4041.

“The Season of Hope”

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One of a Kind Unique Gifts! Homemade & Baked Goods! A quiet time to enjoy our 100 year celebration collection Proceeds to Christmas Mission Project ***Enjoy the Spirit of the Season***

Tonasket Food Bank

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

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

Our Community Calendar generally allows listing events for up two weeks prior to the day it occurs. If space allows it may be included prior to the two week limit. Our online calendar at www. gazette-tribune.com allows the event to be listed for longer periods. Calendar items must include day, date, time and location, as well as a for further information phone number. Place an event online by going to our website and clicking on the “Add an Event” button on the homepage. Please, list your event only for the day or days of its occurrence. Once your request is submitted, it can take up to 48 hours for it to appear. Online submissions don’t always go into the hardcopy edition, so it helps if they are also submitted to us at gdevon@gazette-tribune.com or at Gazette-Tribune, P.O. Box 250, Oroville, WA. 98844.

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509-486-8888 Followed by a reception of soup, bread, and Christmas goodies!

Sitzmark Ski Club Auction Fundraiser

TONASKET - The annual Sitzmark Ski Club Auction is coming to The Kuhler on N. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket on Saturday, Dec. 12. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m. with a dessert auction at 6:30 p.m. and the live auction starting at 7 p.m. Dinner will be available starting at 5 p.m. with a choice of prime rib or chicken — $25.00 per person. You do not need to purchase dinner to attend. So come out for a night of friends and fun while supporting your local ski hill! Sitzmark is collecting donations for the auction at this time. Call Sandy Sutton at 509-485-2223 if you have something you’d like to donate or volunteer to help with the auction. Sitzmark needs your support.

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Pacific Northwest Trail Club

OROVILLE - The Oroville Chapter of the PNTA will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Oroville Grange Hall, 622 Fir St., Oroville. They will share a potluck meal at 6pm followed by a business meeting at 7 p,m. Agenda includes: 1) election of New Officers 2) Trail Days 2016 3) Winter Fund Raiser 4) Hikes and Picnics for 2016 5) School Programs. The Pacific Northwest Trail is an exciting new development in our area. If you are interested in hiking, helping get others out to experience our great outdoors and help, please plan to attend. For more information contact: Joseph Enzensperger 509-476-4072

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CHURCH GUIDE Come join us! OROVILLE

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.

Trinity Episcopal

LOOMIS Loomis Community Church

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

CHESAW Chesaw Community Bible Church

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

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

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

RIVERSIDE Riverside Lighthouse - Assembly of God

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

TONASKET Tonasket Bible Church

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

Church of Christ

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist

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

NEW Hope Bible Fellowship

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

To place information in the Church Guide call Charlene 509- 476-3602 ext 3050

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

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 11:00 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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‘Big Al’ recalls his time during WWII

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Al Robinson (left) during a visit to Pearl Harbor for some R&R during his 28 straight months serving with the Marines in the Pacific War Theatre.

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Al Robinson stands in front of a wall of Veteran’s names at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Park in Tonasket on Veterans Day, 2015. BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Al Robinson cut his senior year at Oroville High School short to join the Marines in 1943, and spent the next 28 months as a machine gunner in the Pacific Theater of World War II. When Robinson returned home in 1945, he brought with him three nicknames earned in service to his country, bestowed upon him by his young comrades: Big Al, Lucky and Rangoon. “I turned 17 in September, and went into the Marines in January 1943. They gave you your diploma if you joined up. The agreement with my parents was I was signing up for the Navy with a good friend from school. Well, my friend and I saw a Marine movie and we signed up for the U.S. Marines. The next day we were sworn in, and they put us on a train to Marine Boot Camp in San Diego.” Robinson said at the end of boot camp, the young men were given the choice of what branch to serve in. Robinson, an athlete on the football, basketball and baseball teams back in Oroville, chose the Marine Raiders. After training with them for a month, Robinson received a knee injury. “When the Captain was going over my records, he saw that I was only 17 and he said I needed to have my parents permission to be in the Raiders. I told him I couldn’t get permission, as I was supposed to be in the Navy. The next day I was sent to Scout and Sniper School and put on the train to San Diego.” After two months of training as a sniper, Robinson was put on a boat to go overseas. He earned the first of three nicknames when getting ready to board ship. A Marine “bigger and tougher and three years older” told Robinson to put his pack on. “I told him to put his own pack on, I had my own gear to carry,” said Robinson. “There were seven boys in my family and four of them were older than me, so I wasn’t much of a chicken.” And thus began Robinson being known as ‘Big Al.’ After a short stop on Maui, they went on to Johnston Atoll in the North Pacific, where Robinson furthered his training as a machine gunner. “At that time they wanted machine gunners for the landing on Tarawa,” Robinson explained. “By then I was big and strong, so I could handle it.” The Japanese-held Tarawa, a coral atoll located approximately 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii in the Gilbert Islands, was the United States’ first stop in the Central Pacific Campaign. The Marines sent 18,000 men, including Robinson.

While loading guns and ammunition onto the landing boat, Robinson was struck in the back of the head with a pallet of ammunition. “I was knocked unconscious, so they flew me back to the hospital on Johnston Island. This was to be my lucky blow, as my platoon I was going ashore with had 60 percent casualties; wounded and killed,” said Robinson. “I was lucky.” And thus began the legend of Robinson as ‘Lucky.’ The 76-hour battle Robinson was slated to fight in raged from November 20-23, 1943. The Marines suffered almost as many killed-inaction casualties as U.S. Troops suffered in the sixmonth campaign at Guadalcanal Island. Robinson said after recovering on Johnston Atoll, he was sent on to Majuro in the Marshall Islands southeast of Japan. “We were sent there to clean up the remaining Japanese and protect the ships that were anchoring there getting ready to go on to the Marianas,” said Robinson. Robinson recalled that while manning his 50 caliber machine gun protecting Majuro, his Captain saw a man swimming in the water, approaching the ship. “The Captain told me to shoot, but I said, ‘No, I could wait until he was 20 feet away and shoot him then.’ I could have been courtmartialed for disobeying an order, but I could see he was unarmed,” Robinson said. “He turned out to be an American pilot from a plane that was shot down. The man escaped the sharks, the Japs and now me. Even still when I go to sleep at night sometimes, I can see his big eyes looking into my big machine gun. Thank God I didn’t pull the trigger. I did have some sense back then; I wasn’t just over there to kill.” Robinson was sent from Majuro back to Pearl Harbor for some R&R. “After one visit to the Pearl, Al was loaded on a transport to the Marshall Islands,” said Robinson’s grandson Chris Peterson, a 10-year Navy Submarine Veteren. “He was told the island they were going to take had the best lagoon on which to anchor the fleet that would in a short time lead to the assault on the Marianas which consisted of Saipan, Tinian and Guam. They were told the Japs would defend it to the last man. While the island was being shelled for the last time, Al and his guys were waiting on landing craft. Once they got there they found out that the Japs had fled to an island 15 miles away. Al then dug in on Majuro for about a week getting daily briefings on how they were going to conduct the assault on island with 20,000 plus enemies on Arno. After a week, the Generals and Admirals decided that it was best to conduct

bombing and blockades rather than loose thousands of Marines.” “My superior officers agreed with me. I sure am glad, because it would have been a suicide mission,” said Robinson. “They called my mother when I was in the Marshall Islands and told her I’d been killed,” Robinson recalled. “They called her back later and said it was a different Al Robinson. As a machine gunner, I was protecting the islands from suicide bombers. I got credited for shooting one down. I don’t know if I was the one that shot it down; I never took the credit for it. I don’t know if it was my gun or not, but I knew I was on the trigger and it blew up in midair before it hit the ship.” After that, Robinson was sent back to Pearl Harbor for R&R. He said after spending a couple months, he was put on the Dutch transport called the Soterdijk. “We were 45 days from Pearl Harbor to Ulithi, an island not far from the Peleliu, and not far from Philippine Island,” Robinson said, adding the Soterdijk crew was paid by the head to transport military personnel. “They gave us little to eat, just two meals a day,” said Robinson. “The conditions were filth, and they used the deck as their latrine. I went up to the forward deck and slept there, using my life jacket as a pillow.” “It wasn’t told to them until they got half way there what they were going to be doing. Going to Peleliu....” said Peterson. The battle at Peleliu, code named Operations Stalemate II by U.S. Forces, was fought from September to November 1944, with the U.S. Marines fighting to capture the airstrip. Japan’s Imperial Army abandoned their previous strategy of attempting to stop Allied Forces at the beach, and began a new campaign of burrowing themselves into a system of heavily fortified bunkers, caves and underground positions including old mine shafts. “While on Peleliu in 1944, Al thought it would be a good idea to volunteer to be a gunner on a B-24 bomber,” said Peterson. “He was in the top turret with a 50 cal. Al went on three runs with the Air Corps to perform bombings on Leyte. The first two runs Al doesn’t recall too much flak, but on the third run they received a good amount. Al retired his Airwings after seeing a bomber crash because of having the landing gear shot out. He thought he’d take his chance on land.” The National Museum of the Marine Corps called the battle at Peleliu the “bitterest battle of the war for the Marines,” with the casualty rate exceeding that of all other amphibious operations during the Pacific War. Robinson said when he was a Platoon Sargent, his troops would ask him where they were going next. “I had a staff sargent that would tease us and say we might be going to Rangoon (in Burma) next. So when they would ask me where we were going, I would say, ‘Rangoon,’ and the name stuck. Sometimes you would know where you were going, but sometimes you didn’t,” said Robinson. “I recall I went on a transport that was transporting planes and bombs that were being issued to retake the islands. While we were on this ship, we were hit by a terrible storm that nearly sunk our ship. We had to throw some supplies overboard to keep from sinking the ship.”

The hurricane, named Typhoon Cobra, damaged battle ships, cruisers, destroyers, aircraft carriers and planes; and demolished 100 feet of the bow of the cruiser USS Pittsburgh. Robinson said while at a restaurant in Wenatchee years later, he was approached by a man who noticed his WWII Veteran cap and asked him where he served. “When I told him, he said, ‘I was in that same storm!’ Small world,” said Robinson. “It was awesome to find another sailor that was there,” said Peterson. Bill Huffman was in the U.S. Navy on Sub Chaser SC733. We got the opportunity to hear these two exchange stories.” “I was sent on the Battleship Texas after it came from the landing in Europe,” Robinson continued. “I was put on a 20 mm gun, and positioned next to the 16-inch guns that were shelling the island we were going to retake.” Robinson said as a machine gunner, he started out on an “old World War II Lewis gun,” before being moved up to a Browning 30 caliber. “After that it was a 50 caliber, and then I got to do a tour on the 20 mm. So I made the rounds,” said Robinson. “Al did a four-month tour on the USS Battleship Texas BB-35. He was on a 50 cal. and 20 mm gun protecting the ship and it’s crew,” said Peterson. “I remember Christmas Dinner 1944 on the Texas. It was the best meal I had in the Pacific,” Robinson recalled. “They fed us pretty good on the Texas.” Peterson tells the story of his

grandfather’s return to the U.S. “After being in the Pacific for over 28 months, Gene Gerrard from San Antonio and Al went to their superiors and made it known that although they had been there for 28 months, they wanted to volunteer again for a mission they heard was going to occur off the Chinese or Japanese coast. The CO thought they were crazy and they were sent home, back to the States.” “We had survived this far, and wanted to be part of the crew that hit Japan, as they were next,” said Robinson. “We figured we got into this war, we might as well finish it. We were both single, and didn’t have kids. When we went to the Captain and volunteered to ship over, he thought we had cracked up, and put us on the next ship home. Robinson said his ship had just sailed past Guam when the first A-bomb was dropped. “When we were just out from Pearl Harbor, they dropped the second bomb. By the time we got to San Diego the Japanese had surrendered,” Robinson said. “My buddy and I told each other when we got out that we would get together after the war.” After finishing up his service in Spokane, Robinson returned to his hometown of Oroville and began to work construction. He spotted a pretty girl named Mary Alice Holcomb and told a buddy, “I’d like to take her out.” His friend told him the girl’s mother would never allow that. When Robinson inquired why, the friend said it was because of a bad reputation earned as an Airman Marine who had spent 28 months overseas and had

Al and Mary Alice (Holcomb) Robinson on their wedding day.

a few too many with friends after arriving home. Robinson said he approached the situation as “a true Marine” after inquiring of Mary Alice if she would go out with him and she said yes, if he could get her mother to allow it. “I knocked on their door, and asked her mother, ‘With your permission, I would like to take your daughter out to the show tomorrow night.’ She looked at me, and I guess because she didn’t see any machine guns sticking out of my pockets, she allowed us to go. So we did, and six months later we were married.” Lucky, indeed. Robinson said at a recent doctor’s visit, the MD asked him about the three broken vertebrae in his neck. When he told him about being struck by a pallet of ammunition, the doctor asked if he had filed for disability. Robinson told him, “No. I felt lucky just to come out of it.” Fifteen years after the war, Al and Mary Alice Robinson were delivering apples in Grand Coulee when they heard someone call out, “Rangoon! Rangoon!” “I thought, ‘I haven’t heard that name since I was in the Pacific. We walked up to him and I asked him, ‘How did you know it was me?’ and he said, ‘I could tell by your walk.’ We had slept together in fox holes, so he knew everything about me.” To learn more of Robinson’s service to his country, go to a public site dedicated to him by his grandson Chris Alan Peterson on Facebook called Big Al, Rangoon, Lucky.


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20th Annual

Tonasket Winter Fest 2015 Friday, Dec. 4 & Saturday, Dec. 5 Girls Afternoon Out

Tonasket Community Church Christmas Bazaar

TONASKET - Baker’s Acres Girls Afternoon Out will be Fri., Dec. 4 from 2 to 6 p.m. Wine Tasting & More. Come visit our gift shop! Fresh handmade Wreaths & Garlands!

TONASKET - Tonasket Community Church will share in the Winter Fest activities in Tonasket on December 4 and 5. The Season of Hope! Join our community Bazaars and the tree lighting. A great time to visit the downtown business community and find that just right treasure for your Christmas giving or just that gift to you. Tonasket Community Church Bazaar will be held at 24 E. 4th Street, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday night. Come Saturday we will have fresh cinnamon rolls at 9 a.m. and a wonderful lunch from 11 to 2 p.m. for that nice break between shopping...will close at 3 p.m. The church celebrated 100 years on November 1, so an added extra treat of a quiet corner to look at the history of the church. People keep finding old church photos, so bring in your photos or whatever special memory that you have of the church. The proceeds from the Bazaar are used towards our special Christmas Mission project here in Tonasket and for other facility needs. Thank you for making a difference and sharing in “The Season of Hope”. For more information call Helen Casey at 509-486-2066

Holiday Bazaar and Gift Show TONASKET - The 20th Annual Holiday Bazaar and Gift Show will be held at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket on Friday, Dec. 4 and Saturday, Dec.5. Friday hours are 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday hours are: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. With over 25 vendors, everyone is sure to find something for each person on their gift list. Food will be served all day and there will be live entertainment. Come shop for some of the most unique gifts in the area and Shop Local! For more information check the CCC website at: www. communityculturalcenter. org or call 509-486-1328. The Community Cultural Center, a nonprofit organization, is located at 411 Western Ave in Tonasket.

Tonasket Classic Christmas Bazaar

TONASKET Classic Christmas Bazaar Friday, Dec 4, 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec 5, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located at 415-A S. Whitcomb, Tonaset between US Bank and II Sister’s Video. The bazaar coordinates with the Tonasket Chamber’s Tree Lighting Festival and the opening of the Christmas Holiday.

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

Marylou’s Hidden Treasures Annual Open House

TONASKET - Hidden Treasures Annual Open House Sat., Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wine tasting and hors d’Oeuvres! Stop in and say hello! Drawings for discounts on purchases...SAVE up to 30%! Check out our tanning bed. Open 7 days a week until after Christmas! Located 1/4 mile N. of Tonasket on Hwy 7.

Tonasket Civic League Bazaar TONASKET - Will be on Fri., Dec. 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Civic League Bazaar is located at the elementary school in Tonasket, tucked back in the corner. Roz Nau’s students will be at the Civic League Bazaar as well as the Tonasket Community Church. They are still accepting vendors. Call Nancy Inlow at 509-486-2207. Civic League Bazaar located at 35 E. Hwy 20, Tonasket.

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Thursday, December 3:  Scholastic Book Fair at the Elementary School 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Library book sale 9-6 Friday, December 4:  Tonasket Library Book sale 9 - 6:30  Tonasket Coop Open House...Serving Free Cookies!  Scholastic Book Fair at the Elementary School 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Day Park Activities:  Caroling and music in the Founders’ Day park beginning 5:30  Santa Arrives at Day Park by Fire Truck 6 p.m.

and LIGHTS TREE

 Fire Truck Rides  Many Vendors: Food and Gifts  Roasted chestnuts by the Lions Club, Free Hot chocolate from the Kiwanis Club  Quill Hyde’s A Cavallo  Facepainting, Coloring and reading for children in the building Saturday, December 5:  Scholastic Book Fair at the Elementary School 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. AREA BAZAARS:  Tonasket Community Church Fri., 4-8pm. Sat., 9-3pm, Lunch 12-2 p.m. Contact Helen Casey 486-2066  CCC Fri., 2-8pm, Sat., 10-4pm 486-1328 or contact River Jones 486-2479  Civic League Fri., 4-8pm & Sat 10-4pm at Elementary School contact Nancy Inlow 486-2207  Crossroads Four Square Church, Fri., 3 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m. 3 p.m.  Sat. Dec. 5: AREA BAZAARS see above & Ads on page

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Thirst quenched in Kenya BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Teresa Newton is thrilled to announce her Kenya water project is complete and paid for, and grateful to all of the local businesses and individuals near and far who helped make the dream a reality. “My son has been sending me pictures and saying hundreds of people are coming every day to get fresh water,” said Newton. While it may be hard for some of us here in America to imagine fresh drinking water being a luxury, in many parts of Kenya it’s not only a luxury, but often nonexistent.

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“When asked what he missed most about America, Lawrence replied, ‘Clean water. It’s hard to drink this murky, dirty water.’” Teresa Newton, Foreign Exchange Student Hostess

Newton became involved in providing water for the village of Gathaka, in the foothills of Mt. Kenya, after an exchange student who spent the 2012-13 school year with Newton and her husband Randall returned to his home in Kenya. When Newton asked Lawrence Wambugu what he missed most about America, his reply was, “Clean water. It’s hard to drink

this murky, dirty, water.” Wambugu’s family and neighbors were walking half a mile, crossing deep ravines, to gather as much water as they could carry home.

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Teresa Newton and Lawrence Wambugu Newton was immediately moved to somehow get fresh water to the boy she considered a son. In order to accomplish that, she had her own ravines to cross. She got ahold of 30 different companies, none of which were willing or able to do the work but plenty who were willing to take her money. Newton said one difficulty was finding a company willing to do the work at cost. “I know the companies need to make money, but I don’t care about those big companies; I care about our town,” said Newton. “I wanted to be able to tell people, ‘Everything you give me is going to that proj-

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The well in Gathaka at the foot of Mt. Kenya drew hundreds of people daily to carry water to their homes in Gathaka and neighboring villages. ect.’ It hurts to give sometimes.” Fortunately she was able to connect with CrossWay International out of Boerne, Texas; a nonprofit organization doing work in

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Lawrence Wambugu’s aunt and grandmother are pictured here collecting water. Wambugu’s trip to Tonasket as an exchange student is what set into motion the events that led to his village having access to fresh water.

Africa that includes water projects. Newton said the company went out of their way for her, getting the water in when the project was only half paid for, and donating their labor. “They financed me, and put the water in ten months ago. We just now got them paid off. They don’t usually do that because they have their own projects they have to work on,” said Newton. “When the water finally flowed, there were 300 people there getting water the first day.” The $7,000 water project, which involved putting in a Hydro Ram Pump to draw the water from a spring out and filter it before pumping it into an above-ground tank, provides water to both a high school and an elementary school, where CrossWay put in a concrete slab for the tank. The water next travels to Wambuga’s house a half mile away, where his parents and one other family donated property for the project. The project took Newton two years to complete from start to finish, and she was able to travel to Kenya in April 2014 to get the first part started. “I couldn’t have done it without our town,” said Newton. “I got lots of support from Tonasket. Beyers Market, the Junction, Wild Rose Floral Design and New to Me all donated. A big help was the CCC letting me come in to the Garlic Festival and have a booth for no charge. A lot of people came to my yard sale, and my church (Tonasket Assembly of God) helped fund my trip. I bought my plane ticket, but they helped with other expenses. They also let me hold my yard sale there. I would like to thank everyone for their contributions; large and small.” Newton said a benefit to working with CrossWay is the company policy of getting involved. Ken Gatihi, who is stationed near Nairobi with CrossWay, got village people organized to dig the trenches, and CrossWay put in a concrete slab for the tank at the schools. “I love our small community,” said Newton. “I couldn’t have done it without them. And with the gofundme account, I got friends of friends donating money; people who don’t even know me.” The Newtons are getting to know more people internationally; Randall is getting his Masters in Media and Communications from the University of Ilmaenau in Germany and Teresa will be joining him there in January. The couple have plans to eventually return to Tonasket.

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SCHOOLS Oroville Racers take District Championship

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Julio Obed Garcia sets up his shot, with support from Hadley Blasey and Sammer Sherrer.

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The Racers are the District 6 Champions of the Washington Youth Soccer Recreational Tournament. Their win on Saturday, Nov. 21, against the Pasco Gladiators, was a shutout with a final score 10-0. Five goals were scored by Julio Obed Garcia,

three goals by Kolo Moser, one goal by Cici Cervantes, and one goal by Hadley Blasey. When asked, ‘What do you attribute to your success?’ the Racers coach, Jim Elias, said, “The team has the right attitude. They strive for academic excellence. We have great support from our families and friends.” A

winning combination! The parents are very excited about the team’s success, and are great supporters of coach Jim. “Soccer isn’t just about the sport,” says one parent, “My son has become stronger academically and his self-confidence has increased from being a part of the team.”

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Wyatt Sherrer’s dribbling defies gravity as Noah Johnson provides defense and Hadley Blasey prepares to receive the pass. The Oroville Racers soccer team, of Oroville Youth Soccer Club (OYSC), advances to the Quarter Finals. The game is on

Sunday, December 6 at 2 p.m. in Oroville. The Racers will be hosting the NYSC (Newport Youth Soccer

Club) Wolfpack, District 2 Champs. The winning team will advance to the semifinals and finals in Tukwila.

Burnell presides over regional FBLA Leadership Conference

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OROVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FBLA ADVISOR

WENATCHE - Oroville Future Business Leaders of America North Central Region Fall Leadership Conference

the conference which included multiple speakers from all over Washington State. The fall leadership conference brings students together from all over North Central Washington. Students listen to business professionals who present on topics

Above, L-R Chris Worrell (8th) Charles Egerton (8th) Pie Todd, Christina Herrick (8th) Courtnee Kallstrom, Lena Fuchs, Elijah Burnell, Yessica Nemecio, Jeniffer Cisneros, Tori Kindred, Julie Alvarez, Ellamae Burnell, Dominic Kylvee (keynote), Mikaela McCoy, Dorian Carleton, Bailey Griffin, Barely seen :) Hunter DeVon. was recently held in Wenatchee, Washington at the Wenatchee Convention Center. Ellamae Burnell presided over the leadership conference as the current Washington State Future Business Leaders of America Vice President for the North Central Region including schools from Oroville to as far south as Thorp, Ellensburg and Moses Lake. Burnell, is a senior at Oroville High School who campaigned last spring at state competition as a junior for regional vice president. She worked extensively with Regional Adviser Tony Kindred and had help from previous vice president and now State President Tori Kindred in arranging the FBLA fall leadership conference. Over 300 students and their advisers attended

of motivation, goal setting, entrepreneurship and the importance of professionalism and education. Included in the conference this year were vendors from Central Washington University and entertainment by JMG Entertainment, owned and operated by Jed Grossman located in Wenatchee Washington. “Working hard to serve others is what leadership is, and I believe that FBLA has allowed me to grow to better serve as well as receive the benefits of friendships and new business relationships that will help me grow as an individual,” stated Burnell. The goal for this conference was to promote the theme ‘Pathway to Your Passion’ and offer leadership workshops to the region members, advisers and guests. The conference also offered

members the opportunity to meet and listen to those business professionals who care about the success of others. It is with sincere thanks to all who helped put the conference together including my family, Braden Draggoo, Wenatchee, who also has local roots (Omak) that I was able to make this conference a success. Future Business Leaders of America is a great association that provides leadership opportunities at the Junior High, High School and the collegiate levels (Phi Beta Lambda). It is very rewarding to be a part of an association that promotes leadership. This opportunity can help our youth, opening options to network with other student leaders as well as meet and build a resume with local, state and national business. Burnell will fill her office of vice president until after state competition held in Spokane, Washington in April of 2016.

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Ellamae Burnell, Washington State Future Business Leaders of America North Central Region Vice President, presides over the North Central Region fall Business Leadership Conference at the Wenatchee Convention Center.

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Health Alliance Medicare is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in Health Alliance Medicare depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, co-payments and restrictions may apply. Benefits and co-payments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year. The pharmacy and provider networks may change at any time. You will receive notice when necessary. Health Alliance Medicare’s pharmacy network offers limited access to pharmacies with preferred cost sharing in rural, urban and suburban Washington. The lower costs advertised in our plan materials for these pharmacies may not be available at the pharmacy you use. For up-to-date information about our network pharmacies, including pharmacies with preferred cost sharing, please call 1-877-561-1463 or consult the online pharmacy directory at HealthAllianceMedicare.org. Other providers are available in our network. This information is available for free in other languages. Please call our customer service number at 1-877-561-1463 (TTY: 711), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from October 1 to February 14 and weekdays the rest of the year. Esta información está disponible sin cargo en otros idiomas. Para obtener información adicional, llamar a nuestro número de servicio al cliente al 1-877-561-1463 (TTY: 711). Nuestro horario es de 8 a.m. a 8 p.m., los 7 días de la semana, 1 de octubre a 14 de febrero, y lunes a viernes el resto del año. *You must continue to pay your Medicare Part B premium. **Other pharmacies are available in our network. †A sales person will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-877-561-1463 (TTY: 711). H3471_16_38468 Accepted


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Oroville Jr/Sr High School Honor Roll SENIORS Superintendent 3.75 – 3.99 Benjamin Hickman, Faith Martin Principal 3.50 - 3.74 Emily Finsen Merit 3.49 – 3.00 Dakota Haney, Mikayla L. Scott, Emmanuel Castrejon, Wyatt S. Dawson, Scott C. Hartvig JUNIORS Superintendent 3.75 – 3.99 Cameron Marcille, Jordyn Smith Principal 3.50 – 3.74 Jon P. Vanderpool, Bonnie M. Roley, Jaxon J. Blackler, Nathan R. Hugus, Narya Naillon, Maria A. Ochoa

Merit 3.49 – 3.00 Aldo Perez, Brentt Kallstrom, Areli Ocampo, Jewel Vanderwaal, Rhema Hill, Shantel O. Darrow, Chadin Chaipornpisuth, Alfonso Maestro, Lillie Gronlund

Hunter A. DeVon, Spencer M. Martin, Lindsay M. Koepke

SOPHOMORES Principal 3.50 -3.74 Victoria L. Kindred, Sydney A. Egerton, Maxwell J. Turner, Klinton J. Flowers, David Iniguez Jr, Katherine E. Egerton

Merit 3.49 – 3.00 Sugeysi Layata, Jennifer Cisneros-Medina, Jessie O. Deaquino, Gilberto Hernandez-Delgado, Wendy Ortega, Alexis E. Allenby, Elijah S. Burnell, Jamen L. Griffin

Principal 3.50 -3.74 Matthew D. Galvan, Madison M. Whiteaker

Merit 3.49 – 3.00 8TH GRADE Alexia J. Garcia, Emili G. Divine, Esmeralda Superintendent 3.75 – 4.0 Rosales-Cortez, Ryan T. Scott, Mikeala McCoy, Sheridan A. Blasey, Darian V. Range, Edwin A. Baixi Long, Dean A. Davis, Paz P. Lopez, Garcia, Taralynn J Fox, Gwen A. Hankins Marissa Aubin Principal 3.50 – 3.74 Christina M. Herrick, Hanna Curdie FRESHMAN Merit 3.49 – 3.00 Superintendent 3.75 – 3.99

Charles W. Egerton, Chris M. Worrell, Julissa E. Alvarez-Viveros, Kristofer G. Flowers, Austin K. Bernard, Brayden G. Thompson, Jaden L. Hill 7TH GRADE Superintendent 3.75 – 4.0 Hailey S. Hughes, Emily Grunert, Samantha A. Turner, Esmeralda N. Valverde, Emma R. Bocook, Madelyn G. Martin, Melinda Clark, Miko B. Marcille Principal 3.50 – 3.74 Julian Lopez, Carson A. Allie, Victoria Castrejon, Billie J. Nelson, Mykensie F. Hugus Merit 3.49 – 3.00 Tristan P. Poff, Casey Hirst, Isabel GalvanGuzma, Seraphina L. Marie, Olivia G. Finsen, Nelsie L. Avelino, William A. Johnson, Emily Rawley, Ethan Godinez

911 CALLS | FROM A5 on seven probable cause warrants: three for third-degree theft; two for third-degree malicious mischief; and one each for second-degree burglary and second-degree TMVWOP. Gregorio Cosino Jr., 29, booked for obstruction. Anastasia Marie King, 22, booked on a Tonasket Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree theft. Friday, Nov. 27, 2015 Domestic dispute on S. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Violation of a no-contact order on Cartwright Dr. near Tonasket. Harassment on Burton Ave. in Okanogan. Trespassing on Westlake Rd. near Oroville. DWLS on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Theft on Mill St. in Omak. DWLS on Hwy. 97 near Oroville. Burglary on Blue Grouse Rd. near Oroville.

Assault on Caudill Rd. near Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Riverside Dr. in Omak. No injuries reported. DWLS on Main St. in Oroville. Sabrina Marie Oldham, 26, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for violation of a no-contact order. Marc Allan Jefferson, 24, booked on a WDFW FTA warrant for third-degree theft. Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 Warrant arrest on Robinson Canyon Rd. near Omak. DWLS on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Harassment on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Theft on Robinson St. in Okanogan. Theft on Browns Mill Rd. near Wauconda. Threats on Nichols Rd. near Omak. Assault on Toroda Creek Rd. near Wauconda. Trespassing on Hwy. 7 near

Tonasket. Domestic dispute on E. Cherry Ave. in Omak. Weapons offense on Marry Ann Creek Rd. near Oroville. Warrant arrest on W. Elberta Ave. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Omak Ave. in Omak. Harassment on Riverside Dr. in Omak. DWLS on 10th Ave. in Oroville. Jeremy James Monnin, 35, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Stephanie Nacole James, 23, booked on a Tonasket Police Department FTA warrant for making a false or misleading statement. Marc A. Morin, 38, booked for possession of child pornography and POCS. Darla Lucille Larkin, 28, booked on an Omak Police Department FTC warrant for firstdegree DWLS. Ryan Eugene Bass, 35, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Michael Edwin Clark, 59, court

commitment for two counts each of third-degree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Jessica Lynn Orozco, 30, booked for DUI. Kelly Paul Greene, 37, DOC detainer. Jessica Patrick Dunlap, 21, court commitment for DUI. Tracie Lynn Condon, 43, court commitment for DUI. Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015 Warrant arrest on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. Assault on Apple Way Rd. near Okanogan. Harassment on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on Pontiac Ridge Rd. near Oroville. Electronics and ammunition reported missing. Illegal burning on Stage Coach Loop Rd. near Oroville. Vehicle prowl on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Purse reported missing.

Drugs on Columbia St. in Omak. Fire on Ferry St. in Omak. Drugs on Koala Dr. in Omak. MIP/C on S. Birch St. in Omak. Threats on Main St. in Oroville. Burglary on Bob Neil Rd. near Oroville. Trespassing on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Mongo Jerry Lodi Renion, 32, booked on three Omak Police Department FTA warrants: two for second-degree criminal trespassing and one for fourth-degree assault. Lacey Ann Picard, 25, booked for POCS (methamphetamine/heroin), obstruction and third-degree DWLS. Kelly E. Warbus, 28, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants for third-degree DWLS and third-degree theft. Charles Lee Desautel, 28, booked on two OCSO warrants for DUI and thirddegree DWLS. 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 Protection. ICE– Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Season’s Greetings Wishing all our neighbors a safe and enjoyable time with friends and family

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A poll-site election for a board seat on the Okanogan Conservation District will be held on February 9, 2016 at 1251 2nd Ave. S., Okanogan, WA. Polls will open at 10:00 AM and close at 2:00 PM. Registered voters who reside within the Conservation District boundary are eligible to Found Set of Keys. Found on vote. Candidates must be Thanksgiving day. Check at registered voters residing in Oroville Post Office the conservation district, and may be required to own land or operate a farm. The candidate filing deadline is January 12, 2016 at 3:30 PM. Election procedures are available at the district office. Absentee ballots are available upon request for eligible voters, but must be requested on or before 3:00 PM on January 19, 2016. Please contact the District office at (509) 422-0855 or at the District office at 1251 2nd Ave. S., Okanogan, WA 98840 for absentee ballots or if you have any questions. A board seat on the Okanogan Conservation District is available for appointment by the Washington State Conservation Commission. Conservation district board supervisors are public officials who serve without compensation and set policy and direction for the conservation district. An applicant must be a registered voter in Washington State, and may be required to own land or operate a farm. Applicants for appointed positions do not have to live within the district to apply. For more information, or to obtain an application form, please contact the Okanogan Conservation District or visit the Conservation Commission website at http://www.scc.wa.gov/. Applications and supporting materials must be received by the Commission no later than March 31, 2016. Say it in the classifieds! *Special deal* *HAPPY BIRTHDAY *HAPPY ANNIVERSARY *CONGRATULATIONS!! *WILL YOU MARRY ME? MUST BE PREPAID $6.00 for the first 15 words additional words $1.00 each. Bold words, special font or borders extra. Add a picture for only $1.50 more. Call to place ad Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune 800-388-2527

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We are looking for YOU to join our team! We are dedicated to our employees’ job satisfaction and take pride in providing a place to work that encourages growth, teamwork, communication and positive employee/supervisor relationships. FHC is a not for profit Community Health Center dedicated to providing quality health care regardless of ability to pay. EVERYONE is welcome. We have the following opportunities available: OKANOGAN ADMIN: CFO- Full time CERTIFIED MEDICAL CODING SPECIALIST- Full time HR GENERALIST- Full time Okanogan Dental: DENTAL ASSISTANT- 2 Full time and 3 Part time, on an as needed basis Omak Medical: MEDICAL SCHEDULERFull time MA-C- Full time RN-NURSE CASE MANAGERFull time Oroville Dental: DENTAL ASSISTANT- 1 Full time and 1 Part time, on an as needed basis. Bilingual preferred. Brewster Dental: DENTAL ASSISTANTPart time, on an as needed basis. Bilingual preferred. Brewster, Indian Ave: CERTIFIED APPLICATION COUNSELORFull time Brewster, Jay Ave: PATIENT ACCOUNTS REP.Full time BREASTFEEDING PEER COUNSELOR- Part time, 10 hrs/week. MA-C or LPN – Full time position CLINIC CUSTODIAN – Full time, SHIFT IS SPLIT BETWEEN Jay Ave medical & Brewster Dental clinics Bridgeport Med/Dental: DENTAL ASSISTANTPart time, on an as needed basis. Bilingual preferred. See www.myfamilyhealth.org

for job descriptions. Submit cover letter and resume or application to FHC, c/o Human Resources, PO Box 1340, Okanogan, WA 98840 or email: HR@myfamilyhealth.org. Open until filled. FHC is an EOE Employer.

Feed Hay & Grain Blue Grass Straw for sale. $90 per ton plus delivery. 3’x4’ bales. Call Gary at 509531-0546 for more information.

Public Notices In the Superior Court of the State of Washington for the County of Okanogan Petitioner Mandie R. Miller Vs. Respondent Rahmier D. Harley No. 15-3-00137-5 The State of Washington to the said Rahmier D. Harley: You are hereby summoned to appear within ninety days after the date of the first publication of this summons, to wit, within ninety days after the 29th day of October, 2015, and defend the above entitled action in the above entitled court, and answer the complaint of the petitioner Mandie R. Miller, and serve a copy of your answer upon the Okanogan Superior County Court at the address below stated; and in case of your failure so to do, judgement will be rendered against you according to the demand of the complaint, which has been filed with the clerk of said court. Petitioner, Mandie R. Miller, requesting dissolution of marriage. Okanogan County Superior Court 149 3rd Avenue North - 3rd Floor PO Box 112 Okanogan, WA 98840 Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 26 and December 3, 2015. #OVG664507

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IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN DALE EDWARD McGOWAN, a single individual; Plaintiff, vs . LORNA GAIL McGOWAN, her heirs and assigns; any and all other persons appearing on title and JOHN DOE and JANE DOES I - X, Defendants. NO. 15-2-00440-1 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION The State of Washington to the said Lorna Gail McGowan, presumed to be a single individual, her heirs and assigns, any and all other persons appearing on title or claiming any right, title or interest herein, in the property of the Plaintiffs. You, and each of you, are hereby summoned to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty (60) days after November 12, 2015, and defend the above entitled action in the above entitled court and answer the complaint of the plaintiffs and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff, at his office below stated; and, in case of your failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demands of the complaint in this action which has been filed with the clerk of said court. The object of this action is to quiet title in Plaintiffs to real estate in Okanogan County, Washington, described as: Okanogan County Parcel Number: 6421058000 Tract 1058 Okanogan River Ranches Division NO. 5 as recorded in Volume H, Section 1 of Plats, pages 12 and 13 , Auditor’s File No. 574397, Records of Okanogan County, Washington. DATED this 27 day of October, 2015. /s/Roger A. Castelda Roger A. Castelda, WSBA #5571 Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket , WA 98855 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10, 17, 2015. #OVG667599

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 12, GRAPE ARBOR ADDITION TO OKANOGAN, WASHINGTON, AS PER PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN BOOK H OF PLATS, PAGE 13, SECTION 2, RECORDS OF THE AUDITOR OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON. TOGETHER WITH AN EASEMENT FOR ROAD PURPOSES, 15 FEET IN WIDTH, DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS. COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF LOT 14 OF SAID GRAPE ARBOR ADDITION TO OKANOGAN; THENCE SOUTH 88°54’ WEST ALONG THE SOUTH LINES OF LOTS 14 AND 13 OF SAID ADDITION, A DISTANCE OF 264 45 FEET TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 12; THENCE RUN SOUTH A DISTANCE OF 15.0 FEET, THENCE NORTH 88°54’ EAST TO THE POINT OF INTERSECTION WITH A LINE RUNNING SOUTH 35°16’ EAST, TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SITUATE IN THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN, STATE OF WASHINGTON. More commonly known as: 1325 NICKELL ST, OKANOGAN, WA 98840-9741 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 7/9/2004, recorded 7/23/2004, under 3077698 records of OKANOGAN County, Washington , from LEANN L DAUER, AS HER SEPARATE ESTATE , as Grantor(s), to TRANS NATION TITLE COMPANY , as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of GMAC MORTGAGE CORPORATION DBA DITECH COM , as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which was assigned by GMAC MORTGAGE CORPORATION DBA DITECH COM (or by its successors-in-interest and/or assigns, if any), to GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC . 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 follo wing amounts which are now in arrears: $28,039.52 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $72,153.23 , together with interest as provided in the Note from 8/1/2012 on, and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 12/11/2015 . The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 11/30/2015 (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 11/30/2015 (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 11/30/2015 (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 LEANN L DAUER, AS HER SEPARATE ESTATE ADDRESS 1325 NICKELL ST, OKANOGAN, WA 98840-9741 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 1/31/2015 . 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 enti-

PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 12/08/15 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 1990 Toyota Celica Lic# AWD8492 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 2015. #OVG670192 PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 12/8/15 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 1999 Nissan Pathfinder Lic# AVG9279 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 2015. #OVG667859 PUBLIC NOTICE DIRECTOR POSITION The Whitestone Reclamation District will have one Director position to be filled at the annual election to be held on December 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM. Candidates interested in being a Director on the District Board must file a Petition of Nomination declaring their candidacy with the Secretary of the District no later than December 4, 2015. Forms for the Declaration of Candidacy and Petition of Nomination for Director of the Whitestone Reclamation District are available from the District Secretary. Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 2015. #OVG671459 PUBLIC NOTICE The Board of Directors of the Whitestone Reclamation District will meet to equalize the 2016 Irrigation Assessment Roll on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the District Office of the Whitestone Reclamation District, 901 Loomis Highway, Loomis, WA. Sandi Velke, Board Secretary/Office Manager. Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 2015. #OVG671456 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 61.24, et seq. TS No.: WA-14-618904-TC APN No.: 1120001200 Title Order No.: 8426544 Deed of Trust Grantor(s): LEANN L DAUER Deed of Trust Grantee(s): GMAC MORTGAGE CORPORATION DBA DITECH COM Deed of Trust Instrument/Reference No.: 3077698 I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, the undersigned Trustee, will on 12/11/2015 , at 10:00 AM at the main entrance to the Okanogan County Courthouse,

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ner as provided in RCW 11.42.070 by serving on or mailing to the notice agent or the notice agent’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the notice agent’s declaration and oath were filed. The claim must be presented within the later of: ( 1) Thirty days after the notice agent served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.42.020(2) (c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.42.050 and 11.42.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets Date of First Publication: December 3, 2015 The notice agent declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of Washington on 18 day of November, 2015 at Brewster, Washington that the foregoing is true and correct. /s/Cass Gebbers John William Cascade “Cass” Gebbers Notice Agent: John William Cascade “Cass” Gebbers Attorney for Notice Agent: Jay A. Johnson, WSBA No. 7995 Mailing Address of Notice Agent: P.O. Box 735 Brewster WA 98812 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 10, 17, 2015. #OVG671554

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(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-14-618904-TC IDSPub#0088648 11/12/2015 12/3/2015 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on November 12, December 3, 2015. #OVG650719

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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 hotline 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: 8/4/2015 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

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tled 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/ homeownership/post_purchase_ counselors_foreclosure.htm . The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Toll-

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DECEMBER 3, 2015| OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE December 3, 2015 • OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE

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MARRIAGE LICENSES (Applied for at the Okanogan County Auditor’s Office) Nov. 16, 2015 Maria Rosario Aparicio, 41, Brewster, Wash. and Agustin Martinez Tinoco, 39, Bridgeport, Wash. Misty Lynne Biggs, 33 Edenton, North Carolina and Jason Alan

Friend, 31, Portsmouth, Virg. Nov. 17, 2015 Molly Harris La Chapelle, 46, Twisp, Wash. and Michael Kenneth Hoffner Jr, 58, Richland, Wash. Kim Marie Nagy, 59, Riverside, Wash. and Jerry Wayne Pickle, 56, Riverside, Wash. Bernarda Elizabeth Lopez Quintero, 22, Brewster, Wash. and Jorge Talavera Arevalo, 30, Brewster Wash.

Nov. 19, 2015 Ana Lucy Lucas Soto, 26, Brewster, Wash. and Ernesto Zamora Yanez, 35, Brewster, Wash.

BIRTHS Merida Mae Knapp was born to Julissa Clark and Jonathan Knapp of Oroville, Wash. at 3:11 a.m. on Nov. 17, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in

Tonasket, Wash. She weighed seven pounds, ten ounces at birth and was 20 1/2 inches long. She joins sister Claira K. Main, age 3. Her grandparents are Jennifer Melton of Loon Lake, Wash.; Darren Clark of Post Falls, Idaho; Brian Melton of Elk, Wash; Micahel Knapp of Spokane, Wash. and Terri Bradford Garcia of San Andreas, Calif. Hudson Clay Wall was born

to Gail and Brick Wall of Oroville, Wash. at 7:34 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket, Wash. He weighed seven pounds at birth and was 19 inches long. He joins siblings Mason Wall, seven and Katie Wall, five. His grandparents are Mike and Sharon Watkins of Oroville; Peggy Wall of Oroville; Luanna Wall of Wenatchee, Wash. and the late Allan Wall

of Wenatchee. Khieen Yardel Hernandez was born to Anallely Chavez and Sergio Hernandez of Tonasket, Wash. at 8:20 a.m. on Nov. 28, 2015 at North Valley Hospital in Tonasket. She weighed seven pounds at birth and was 20 1/2 inches long. She joins siblings Jessie Sanabria, 13; Kevin Sanabria, ______; Natalie Zavala, seven and Jayden Zavala, four.

OBITUARIES

Joshua Lawrence Day

JOSHUA LAWRENCE DAY Joshua Lawrence Day was born November 16th, 1978 to Ronald

and Gale Day in Tonasket, Washington. Joshua received his formal education through the Tonasket Public School District where he excelled in his studies; graduating in 1997. Throughout his formal education, Joshua enjoyed football, track and field; his favorite event being the shotput. Joshua was passionate about art and his cartoon tiger mascot designs appeared on many t-shirts and posters. Furthermore, Joshua was a passionate student of all historical topics. Joshua furthered his studies at Wenatchee Valley College Omak campus, and graduated with an Associate of Arts. Joshua worked for the Okanogan County Weed Board before continuing his education.  After college, Joshua served as a medical transcriptionist at the Tonasket North Valley Hospital and was further employed at the Walmart branch in Omak,

Washington to the present. Joshua will be remembered by his family and friends for his love, kindness, loyalty, generosity, strong work ethic, and character. He will be missed by all who knew him for his gentle manner, warm smile, and contagious laughter. Joshua Lawrence Day 37 was caught up in the arms of God November 26, 2015 in Tonasket Washington as a result of heart failure. He is survived by his parents Ronald and Gale Day, his two brothers Jason Day (Trisha) and Jordan Day, and his niece Bennett Day. He is preceded by his brother Jacob Day, his grandfathers Lloyd Meese and Donald Day, and his grandmother Lorraine Taber. Memorial services will be performed at Riverside Lighthouse Church on Saturday, December 5th at 1:30PM. Bergh Funeral Service & Crematory in care of arrangements.

Darlene M. Allen

DARLENE M. ALLEN Darlene M. Allen passed away on November 18, 2015, she was born on May 5, 1935 to parents

Ruby and Ralph Williams. She attended high school in Molson, Wash. Mom and dad were married on Aug. 26, 1959 in Oroville at the Lutheran Church. She got her nursing degree and worked as a nurse for many years. She was also a member of the Oroville Senior Center and the Red Hat Ladies. Mom is survived by her husband Henry R. Allen and her kids Dianna, Bob and Jeff. She had nine grandkids and numerous great grandkids. She is also survived by many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews from the Allen, Williams, Colbert and Sherling families. Services will be held at a later date.appreciates a solid recycled timber. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

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