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Tonasket Schools will seek two-year M&O Levy BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Above, Members of the Okanagan International Choir braved the rain last Saturday evening while they led people in singing Christmas carols at the annual Oroville Commmunity Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Left, Elisabeth Faith Cline, age seven, from Oroville, sits on Santa’s lap while she tells him and Mrs. Claus what her Christmas wish list is for this year. The Christmas Tree Lighting was sponsored by the Oroville Chamber of Commerce and there were free hot dogs and cups of hot cocoa for those that wanted to ring in the holidays at Centennial Park.

TONASKET - Joyce Fancher was sworn in as a new Tonasket School Board member Monday, Nov. 30; along with Catherine Stangland and Jerry Asmussen, who will each begin their 16th year of service as board members. Asmussen will continue as Board Chairman, and Stangland as Vice Chairman; and Lloyd Caton will continue as Legislative Representative. Caton, who was hospitalized last month after a deer was projected through his truck windshield when it was struck by a car traveling in the opposite direction, was back in attendance at the Nov. 30 meeting. He received a certificate of appreciation from WSSDA in recognition of his ten years of service to children of Washington state. Former School Board member Ty Olson was thanked for his years of service and invaluable perspective on the school board. The board voted unanimously to run a replacement two-year $1.6 million maintenance and operation levy collected at $3.49 per $1,000 of assessed property

value. The election will be Feb. 9, 2016. This amount is consistent with the previous levy. Board members deliberated over extending the levy to three years at $3.49, or three years at $3.55. Superintendent Steve McCullough said he felt “new money” needed to address unmet needs “will have to come from changing priorities.” “My concern is, if we raise the levy we will need to lower the bond,” said Caton. “The community won’t tolerate anything over $5 (per $1,000 of assessed property value). People have a number in their minds, and our piece of the pie is getting too big.” Caton also expressed concern that even with the levy, Tonasket schools desperately need more classroom space. “I think our community has been through enough, and to make a change right now would be too hard,” said Stangland. “If we make this change now and come back and want more money with the bond, there is something in me saying the community has had enough. If this can meet our needs, let’s go with it.” “I think there is a general consensus in part of the community to hunker down and tread water, so let’s stay where we’re at,” agreed Asmussen.

Oroville sets sights on Well #1 rehab

Hopes to receive energy credits for any work done BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – Oroville is looking at rejuvenating Well #1, the oldest well in their public water system and hopes to get an energy grant so they can help pay for the improvements, as well as save energy. “We have been working on rejuvenating Well #1 for some time now. We got a quote from Irrigation Technologies and Control,” said Rod Noel, Superintendent of Public Works, adding that the company was recommended by another firm the city has been working with regarding the wells.

“It’s hard for cities to do this kind of work and they came recommended. We are also working with the energy office and trying to get some energy credits. Energy money goes from the BPA on down to the PUD to be credited to energy saving projects. “Of course you want to make sure your project qualifies for credits before you spend the money,” Noel said he has been in conference with Irrigation Technologies and Control and working with them on designing the improvements. “The way this system works we shift


Three cougar kittens in Oroville area Story to be featured on Animal Planet’s Rugged Justice BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – Three cougar kittens were captured by the Washington State Fish and Wildlife Department in the Oroville area last week, according to Sgt. Dan Christensen. The kittens, all weighing between 15 and 20 pounds, were captured between Nov. 29 and Dec. 1, one each day on Sunday, Sgt. Dan Christensen Monday and Tuesday. Apparently they had been eating the remains of deer parts that had been illegally disposed of in a box on the side of the road. They were all found between Hart and Gayes Point roads off County Highway 7, said Christensen, an agent with the WDFW. “Animal Planet’s Rugged Justice had been in town filming when the cou-

gars were being captured. The first cat, Trautman’s house and warmed in his darted on Sunday, was suffering from garage overnight.” injuries and had to be euthanized,” said Monday evening Officer Troy Christensen. McCormick and the houndsmen “We arrived on our last day of shoot- responded to a report of a cougar sighted ing a 10 day shoot with the Rugged in town near Fifth and Ironwood streets. Justice crew. One of the cougars I darted They were unable to tree the cougar and ran into Officer Justin Trautman who darkness hampered efforts. manually captured her. This cougar kitAfter filming the transfer of the cougar ten had to be euthanized because of the kitten from a bear trap to a transport open wound and shattered bones that box Rugged Justice was going to follow were visible in the Officer Christensen open wound. We to Brewster on “I’ve darted two cougars never did locate the Tuesday to conduct before, but never three.” an in the truck second cat I darted, nor the dart unforinterview about Dan Christensen, Seargent tunately. Brian number Washington State Fish & Wildlife Department cougar Smith was the two, a male. houndsman along “However before with his son Hunter we left Omak couSmith on Sunday,” said Christensen. gar number three was reported by Ed Rugged Justice left for Moses Lake on Lillquist to have been treed by a house Monday and that day Oroville School dog. Prior to getting to it, the cougar left District Superintendent Steve Quick the tree. David Sharpe again came in and reported that he observed two cou- treed the cougar. It was high and difficult gar kittens playing with each other on to dart but eventually we got a dart into County Highway 7. the cougar,” said Christensen. “It jumped “Dave Sharpe responded with his out of the tree and ran south.” hounds and quickly treed a cougar. This The dogs were not able to locate it was behind the first houses on the left on initially and the group searched on foot Highway 7 along the river,” Christensen SEE COUGAR | PG A3 said. “This cougar was taken to Officer


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Officer Troy McCormick with Washington State Fish and Wildlife wraps cougar number 3 in warm towels and blankets after being found in the river after it was darted.


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where we draw from around depending on the season. With three wells in the same area they are classified as a well field,” said Noel. “There is only so much you an pump out of the ground. If all pumps are going at once they begin to rob from the other wells.” Noel said the city should consider going to a new control system to see if that works out so the city could realize some savings. He said he would like to get the project designed professionally in an attempt to bring down the bid for doing the work. “I’m asking the council’s permission to pursue this,” he said. “It needs to be done,” said Mayor Chuck Spieth.

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Oroville not only lit up it’s Community Christmas Tree at Centennial Park last week, it also hung the newly recolored poinsettia Christmas ornaments along Main Street. The ornaments which once had only white lightbulbs, now have red or white bulbs in the flower petals and green stems. The work was done by Streetscape with the help of volunteers. Streetscape paid for the red and green bulbs and is accepting donations to purchase more.

In other business, there was a report from Officer Frank Kouteliers about progress on a case regarding check fraud. He said an arrest was made and that the city has a good case on two suspects. He also thanked the city for allowing the police depart-

ment to get computers for their patrol cars. “It will make our lives a lot safer and I have been able to do my reports in the car without having to head back into the office,” he said. “It was a usable tool and the price was right,” said Mayor Spieth. The council discussed an email that Councilman Walt Hart received requesting the RV dump station be kept open year around. Currently the dump station is closed during the winter and Prince’s RV Park has also closed the dump station there, which is usually kept open, this winter. “There is no way we can keep the one at Veterans Memorial Park from freezing without installing a new line. The current line (installed by the state) is not very deep in the ground,” said Noel. Mayor Spieth asked if there was an estimate on the cost of putting in a new line. “We’d have to go 200 to 300 feet from up the hill. The state

upsized the pipe to four inches, but they didn’t put it very deep,” said Noel, referring to work done while Veterans Memorial was still a state park. “We were looking for an alternative as Prince’s RV Park is closing for the winter,” said Hart, asking if there was anywhere else a dump station could be installed. Noel said anywhere with access to the sewer line and water for a hose, as well as good access for RVs would be suitable. The council and Noel discussed the recent fire at Oroville Building Supply. Noel, who also serves as fire chief, said the fire got so hot that the concrete floor was literally blowing up in places. “You could see craters in the concrete,” he said. Since there was no nearby hydrant to the fire, which took place south of the city limits. Water tankers from Oroville and Tonasket brought water to the fire from a hydrant on Fifth Street and the Oroville Fire Department filled their 3000 gallon “bathtub” and pumped from it.

Tonasket School Board hears staff reports Enrollment up in the elementary BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - At their Monday, Nov. 30 board meeting, the Tonasket School Directors heard a variety of reports from school administrators and other staff. Elementary School Principal Jeremy Clark presented the Highly Capable Annual Report, which the board needs to approve annually to illustrate the district as providing instructional programs to meet the needs of highly capable students. Clark said changes in the law this year include the identification process, which gives kindergarten students the opportunity for early identification beginning September 1 and running through October 15. Students in grades 1-12 can be identified as highly capable from January 1 through February 28. “Parents, staff or even students can nominate another student for highly capable screening,” said Clark. Once nominated, the Hcap team conducts a student analysis with a student data review March 29 through April 11, followed by a cognitive test proctored later. There are two separate tests, with one assessing creativity and the

other assessing academic performance. “Again, this is one of those programs the state says we should do, but doesn’t put any money behind it,” said Jerry Asmussen. “There should be a plan in place for after students are identified as highly capable,” said Catherine Stangland. “There has to be a plan to meet those needs.” Steve McCullough suggested having meetings similar to an IEP (Individual Education Plan used with special needs students) where staff and parents could address individual needs of highly capable students. One board member suggested the $9,000 allotted to the program “could be eaten up just in testing.” For administer reports, each building was given ten minutes to present a report followed by five minutes for questions. Clark, reporting on the elementary school, said enrollment numbers were up with a total of 561 full-time equivalent students. Numbers scored on the Achievement Index are also up, with scores improving from 3.59 to 5.00. “We would like to see it jump up to six or seven, but we are trending on the right track,” said Clark. In addition, he reported seeing close to 100 percent attendance with student conferences, and a

SMART goal to increase parent engagement in the PTO from two members to ten. “We had a much better turnout at our last meeting,” Clark said. Clark also reported TES being one of 90 schools in the state to receive the 2015 School of Distinction Award from the Center for Educational Effectiveness. Reporting on the middle school, Principal Jay Tyus said 31 of 91 Hispanic students are bilingual. He said Achievement Index scores for 2014 were 7.34, or ‘very good,’ but he was not expecting the numbers for 2015 to be that high. The school scored 7.13 ‘very good’ in 2013, 5.72 ‘fair’ in 2012 and 7.34 ‘very good’ in 2011. Tyus also said the testing environment for computerized testing needed to be streamlined. “We need to do a better job of connecting the contents,” said Tyus. “How do we read and write with fluency and take that knowledge away to make it real and applicable to real situations.” Tyus said the boys basketball team will have a home game December 15, and the winter concert will be held December 16. A “very robust” Robotics program will hold a Lego contest December 10 and a Vex IQ contest December 11. The MS Math Team has taken on the challenge of Algebra for All, taught by Rennie McCormick





and funded through a College Ready Math Initiative Grant. The Leader in Me process held their first gathering of area Leader in Me schools November 5 in Tonasket, with Oroville, Tonasket MS and ES and Waterville in attendance. The next one will be in January with Omak East and Mansfield attending. Sitting in to report for high school principal Jeff Hardesty was athletic director Kevin Terris, who said the building had three goals in place. The first one involved the Pyramid of Interventions, designed to assess and address students’ academic, social, behavioral and future needs. Terris said Hardesty reported every staff member showing improvement with student self-tracking, and that students were self-selecting classes in areas they are deficient in. Three advanced placement classes have been added to the schedule, and the building is taking strides to reduce the amount of time kids are out of class for disciplinary issues. The second goal revolves around Advisory and Career Readiness. The school is developing consistency between classes, and utilizing outside resources more effectively. One example given was having students attend a CDL class to see if that was

something they would be interested in pursuing. “We are trying to create a balance between kids looking for a trade school, and kids wanting a four-year degree,” Terris said. “We have teachers inviting community members into class to discuss different career choices and how academics play a part of that; and we will possibly replace senior projects with actual internships.” Goal three centered around developing a keener understanding of students of poverty, and the obstacles they face which hinder their learning. “We want to encourage students to be more involved, and have ownership of the things they are lacking,” said Terris. He said the high school has received the Achievement Award the last four years, but did not expect to get it this year, based on Achievement Index scores yet to be released for 2015. Clark and Terris both reported reading scores being below state standards, but progressively improving. During the question session, Stangland asked Terris if there was a way to eliminate out of school suspensions, as “we can’t teach them if they aren’t here.” Terris replied that it boiled

down to two words: creativity and resources. “We don’t want to go back to the in-school detention room; that didn’t work too good,” said Terris, who went on to cite a creative example of one student coming in to work during the Veterans Day event rather than serve an out of school suspension. “The student actually ended up working with the teacher who suspended them, and forming a bond with that teacher. And that worked really well, but how do you come up with creative events like that in an ongoing manner?” Terris also reported WIAA looking to put together a book on how to create environments that demonstrate sportsmanship, and Tonasket was invited to share information on the process. “That’s part of our reputation, so that’s why we were chosen,” said McCullough, citing the example of how well the football team visiting from Ketchikan, Alaska, was received. “When people come here, they feel welcome. The parents are always helpful at events, and our kids are always friendly,” said Terris. In the superintendent’s report,




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COUGARS | FROM A1 and eventually Sharpe brought in another dog and they found the cougar in the river. The cougar was wet and part of the drug Fish and Wildlife uses lowers the animals ability to regulate body temperature. Officer McCormick used towels and blankets to dry and warm the cougar in his lap while using the blankets to direct air from his truck heater onto the

cougar, who at this point was still sedated. He also heated a bottle of drinking water and used that to place on the cougar’s stomach to help warm her. The nearby homeowner brought out heated towels that he warmed in his dryer to help. The cougar was taken along with its sibling back to Officer Trautmans and on Wednesday

Officer McCormick transported them to bear and cougar specialist Beausoleil. “As of now it looks like that cougar may be placed in a zoo in Minnesota. They are not suitable to release back into the wild as their mom was unable to teach them how to hunt, among our public’s toleration in the Okanogan,” said Christensen. Christensen says he and his fellow WDFW officers are no longer wildlife control agents and do not trap nuisance wildlife. “Our mission is truly law enforcement with a focus on natural resource protection. We still maintain Dangerous Wildlife

response for bear and cougar. Wildlife conflict has been moved back to wildlife management, not enforcement,” he explains. “The TV show has done a good job of showing a day in the life, obviously with the exciting stuff making the show. They are currently filming season three.” Rugged Justice was filming shots of the area on where the cougars were caught on Friday, as well as footage of the Similkameen for opening shots and ads for the show. They used a drone to film Christensen driving across the Similkameen River bridge as well as shots of the town.

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Above, cougar number 2, one of two female and one male kittens captured by the WDFW in the Oroville area. Above, left, cougar number three is warmed with blankets and towels, as well as a heated water bottle. Left and right, a crew from Rugged Justice uses a drone to film shots of the Similkameen River, the town of Oroville, locations where the three cougar kittens were found and Sgt. Dan Christensen with WDFW.

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Saving a historic building – big plans for Oroville’s Public Library While Donald Trump seems to have finally jumped the shark with his plan to lockout all Muslims from the United States, back at home there are big plans to renovate the Oroville Public Library, which welcomes people of all backgrounds to its shelves of reading material. After hearing that part of this year’s city budget for Oroville included money to upgrade the current library we were curious about what was happening now a new library building was off the table. In reality, the original plan was to renovate, not rebuild, the library which comprises the Civic League building (on the south end) built in 1913 and the library side which was built in the 1950s. However, at the time so much needed to be done that rebuilding seemed like the more sensible, even if much more expensive way to go. Unfortunately, neither the Gates Foundation or any other mega-dollar charitable organization rode to the rescue with a grant and the old Out of library, with it’s leaky roof, poor lighting, aging and inadequate shelving, would have My Mind plumbing to do until a new plan came about. That plan was Gary A. DeVon the old plan, remodeling – and while some of the biggest problems, like the roof and the exterior paint were taken care of by the city, which owns the building, the rest has waited – but no longer. With a new budget that includes a generous donation of over $43,000 from the Friends of the Library (FOL), the city and Oroville Library Board have come up with a plan that includes much of what the board has been dreaming about. We listened in on the last Library Board meeting and liked what the board, FOL representatives and Librarian Barbara Pollard had to say. Many of the changes have been sketched out by Oroville’s Permit Administrator Christian Johnson. First of all the main entrance way will be moved south of its current location A ramp with a slope that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) will lead into the building. A smaller ramp will be made at the back door which will remain in its current location, exiting into Madeline Wells Park. The two restrooms will be brought up to ADA standards – no more narrow doorways - now there will be room for persons who have wheelchairs or other special needs to use the facilities. The overall plumbing will also be updated. A hallway will go between the two restrooms with doorways on each end between the two parts of the building. The building will be opened up with much of the wall between the library and Civic League sides removed allowing for more bookshelves to be installed. The current kitchen will be split in half with the east half going for additional storage and the west half becoming more of a break room facility with sink, microwave and refrigerator. Better, energy efficient lighting will be installed and placed to best shed light on the books on new black metal bookshelves which will be set at angles. The shelves will be deeper so the problem of books hanging out over the ends of the shelves will be greatly reduced – especially in the kids section. A pre-school corner is planned for the northeast corner of the library. Much of the old shelving will also be reused. The hardwood maple flooring, which came from the old Oroville High School, as well as some from one of Tonasket’s old gyms will be refinished. It’s hoped the bead board on the walls on the library side will be matched and used to do the walls on the Civic League side. Speaking of the Civic League side, the windows will be changed for double pane energy efficient, transom-type ones with most raised above the new bookshelves, like those on the current library side. Overall it sounds like a great plan and we thank the board, FOL and the city for their efforts. We especially thank Salley Bull, library board president, for taking the time to walk us through the new updates. Bull said library usage has been consistent over the years with the greatest increases being in by-mail and online. She adds that the Oroville library serves a big area -- from Chesaw to Nighthawk,

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Wannacut to Mt. Hull, with overlap of users from Tonasket’s area. It also has many summer visitors using the North Central Regional Library -provided Wi-Fi, checking out books, movies. While a brand new library would have been great, it just wouldn’t

have been the same as the building many of us grew up knowing as the place to find a great read. Redoing the old craftsman-style library should give us the best of both worlds while saving a historic building in downtown Oroville.


Dear Editor, Here are two startling facts I came across recently for Okanogan County. The percentage of persons living below poverty level (2009-2013) is 20.7 percent, and in 2014, the percentage of persons 65 and over is 19.8 percent. A fifth of our population is elderly, and a fifth is poor. No doubt there is crossover - many are elderly and poor. But, to have a vibrant community, we need both healthy citizens of all ages, and a healthy environment. It’s that simple. There are some excellent local services in the Methow Valley, both established and emerging, to support elderly and impoverished citizens. However, it is our elected commissioners we have entrusted with the power to ensure our community flourishes. Our commissioners – who appointed new Board of Health members with a seeming lack of public health expertise. Our commissioners – who developed a comprehensive plan that ignored citizen input, existing water rights, and recent wildfire information, and are now facing a lawsuit over this very plan. Our commissioners- who did not support a much needed public transit system. Our commissioners – who have repeatedly cut the public health budget, forcing the Public Health District to dip into reserve funds. This coming year is crucial for Okanogan

County. We need leaders who will give voice to our concerns, and work with all of us to create a future for our county that we can support and be proud of. We have a chance to elect representatives that will ensure our elderly and impoverished have the services they need to maintain their health and their community access. If you would like to become more informed, I recommend you visit the “rocon2016.org” website. It is a website that was formed by a group of non-partisan citizens to identify, encourage and elect qualified individuals to run as candidates for Okanogan County Commissioner. Karen Mulcahy Winthrop

Wildfire response

Dear Editor, After the last two years of devastating fires in Okanogan County and the prediction of continued drought conditions for next year, it is time to address the wildfire problem with proactive leadership and action. Our principal leaders for this issue are: 1. The county commissioners and sheriff, 2. The governor and the state Department of Natural Resources, and 3. The U.S. Forest Service, BLM and the inter-agency fire teams at the federal level. And, the county commissioners are our

supposedly closest allies. It has been three plus months since the fires were put out, and these agencies and individuals are still holding meetings and commissions to fact-find what happened. While that is commendable and necessary, Okanogan’s citizens need to know some of “the things we won’t do next time,” action plans that will alleviate, reduce or prevent some of the mistakes and losses of last year. The recent Methow Valley News article “County commissioners seek to create nimble response to wildfires” had lots of ideas but few conclusions or action steps. It is time to stop pointing fingers and step up to leading and serving the people. We must expect a lot from our commissioners at this time, so that next summer will be better. Our county commissioners have not incorporated their co-authored 2013 Wildfire Protection Place into the draft County Comprehensive Plan, nor have they developed new burn ordinances and future development plans that reflect current conditions and shortage of water county-wide. It is time for the commissioners to tell their constituency why they are not responding with appropriate guardianship. Do we get improved leadership from our officials or do we vote in 2016 for better representation? Sharon Sumpter Winthrop

The unhijacking of academia Everyone claims to be acting or calling for action in the name of the ‘proper’ interpretation of our constitution. Who’s right? In the end the answer here is not as comforting as it should be. The only opinion as to who really is ‘properly’ constitutional is the courts’ – for it is exclusively their opinion that swings the hammer. Leftists essentially control the courts because to get to judgeships you must have passed through a virulently leftism-bigoted American academia. For years, biased leftist influence is pounded into pre and post-grad law students and it is clear to them that not to at least tacitly subscribe to this programming will result in fatal flaws suddenly being found in Bill Slusher their grades. Ultimately, an aura of leftism becomes necessary to advance through the greater law community to judgeships. Sure, there are aberrant exceptions but they remain in the minuscule minority. Except for a precious and preciously rare few free thinking intellects strong enough to resist pervasive academic leftist programming and still advance despite this institutionalized political bigotry, the mundane majority who wind up in black robes are helplessly programmed leftist political bigots. Witness the supreme court appointees of late. Judges will claim the apolitical purity they are supposed to maintain, but when examining most of their backgrounds and the explanations of their rulings, this claim becomes farcical. Some apolitical lower court judges survive the left leaning system and ascend, but few are they. Ergo, leftism predominantly prevails in our court system. Effectively, the political left gets to decide what is ‘properly’ constitutional most of the time in appeals courts and the supreme court.

This constitutionally corrpromised, unofficial system is going to remain in place, prostituting the rule of law to political interests, until we insist on some intellectual ‘affirmative action’ in academia. Since the sixties, when universities became havens for those seeking refuge from the draft, American academia has become an ever worsening cesspool of leftist political incest with the predictable stunting effect on both research and students. Witness how academia recently has spawned leftist political theater that does not gainfully educate anyone like the Black Lives Matter! anti-police bigotry ‘movement’ that causes enormous harm to American blacks by destroying respect for them on a national scale. Witness the Occupy Wall Street socialist ‘movement’ caustic to young Americans being taught that working to achieve and advance in society is somehow a plot of successful people against the poor. So, you’re lost for good, Republicans, unless you can break leftist academia’s poisonous chokehold on our judicial system. This will be neither easy nor fast, but failure to restore political balance in our courts will continue the ongoing corrosion of American freedom, justice and economic well being, and push us further toward leftist championed, eternally failed socialism. Think Greece. There are measures to implement. We could and should begin to achieve a rescue of our highjacked academic and court systems by relieving academia of professors who put any (rightist or leftist) political bigotry ahead of the apolitical education of our youth ... except that the obsolete, medieval practice of tenure in academia makes firing such political bigots all but impossible however egregiously incompetent or politically bigoted they may be. Modern academic tenure is merely a self-invented union of academicians seeking to be protected from accountability and paid for their acidic political and racial bigotry.

Lobby legislators to do away with the ludicrous tenure system that protects the majority Bill Ayerses, the Cornell Wests and the Elizabeth Warrens (ad infinitum, ad nauseum) of academia, educational frauds all, toxic leftist political bigots who are currently the exalted royalty of American academia. Be vocal with your school administrators; insist that teachers teach apolitically, as opposed to the one who told my then fifthgrade daughter’s class that their Vietnam veteran fathers were “war criminals.” Be vocal with college administrators. Tell them you will not send your children to leftist propaganda mills posing as universities. Lobby to get their attention through withheld funding. Then, most importantly, elect candidates who will act on the politicization of academia and our courts by requiring teachers to teach rather than propagandize, and by appointing apolitical jurists instead of activists. Another hint, Republicans, you’d better get real, soonest, about electing a Republican in 2016. All you’ve done so far is bicker internally so as to guarantee Hillary will nominate all the Supremes for the next eight years. Last hint: you’d better get Fiorina on the ticket, at least as VPOTUS, or Hillary already rules election 2016. Without a qualified woman on the Republican ticket, the “first woman president!” political correctness gimmick will sweep Hillary into office, just as the “first ‘black’ president!” political correctness gimmick put an unaccomplished, unqualified Obama there over vastly better qualified Democrat and Republican candidates. The freedom of true education calls. Do we respond? William Slusher’s latest novel is a political comedy available from Amazon, called CASCADE CHAOS or How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse. Mr.Slusher may be insulted and complained to at williamslusher@live.com.




SUPERIOR COURT Criminal Randy Benjamin Lepire, 25, Okanogan, pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to two counts of second-degree possession of stolen property. Lepire was sentenced to 5.5 months in jail and fined $600 for the Nov. 11 crimes. Rosalino Sanchez Sanchez, 42, Oroville, pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to second-degree assault (with a deadly weapon) (lesser included of first-degree assault). Sanchez Sanchez was sentenced to nine months in jail and fined $1,110.50 for the March 15 crime. Brian Junior Sangster, 36, Omak, was found guilty (jury trial) Dec. 2 of third-degree assault (DV) (lesser included of second-degree assault). Sangster was sentenced Dec. 4 to seven months in jail and fined $700 for the June 15 crime. The court found probable cause to charge Brandon Matthew Herz, 29, Omak, with seconddegree theft and third-degree theft. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 19. In a second case, the court found probable cause to charge Herz with theft of a motor vehicle. That crime allegedly occurred Sept. 15. In a third case, the court found probable cause to charge Herz with residential burglary, third-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespassing. The crimes allegedly occurred July 24. In a fourth case, the court found probable cause to charge Herz with seconddegree burglary and thirddegree theft. Those crimes allegedly occurred July 24. In a fifth case, the court found probable cause to charge Herz with violation of a nocontact order (third or subsequent violation). The crime allegedly occurred July 8. In a sixth case, the court found probable cause to charge Herz with violation of a nocontact order (third or subsequent violation). That crime allegedly occurred Nov. 20. The court found probable cause to charge Lacey Ann Picard, 25, Omak, with POCS (methamphetamine), POCS (heroin), making a false or misleading statement and third-degree DWLS. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 29. Juvenile A 15-year-old Omak girl pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to third-degree theft. That crime occurred Aug. 7. In a second case, the same girl pleaded guilty Nov. 24 to attempted residential burglary and third-degree theft. Those crimes occurred June 1. The girl was sentenced to a total of nine days in detention with credit for five days served. A 15-year-old Omak boy pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to hit-andrun (attended vehicle) and no valid operator’s license. The crimes occurred Sept. 16. In a second case, the same boy pleaded guilty Nov. 25 to MIP/C. That crime occurred Aug. 15. The boy was sentenced to a total of 12 days in detention with four days suspended. Civil The state Department of Revenue assessed Cardenas Bros. Auto & Truck Repair LLC, Omak, $88,934.59 in unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. The state Employment Security Department assessed the following individuals for overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits, penalties and interest: Edward Seyler, Omak, $101.32; Adam Kohanes, Omak, $191.59; Jesse Sanchez, Omak, $259.56; Patrick Young, Tonasket, $179.25; Trina Boyd, Omak, $503.58; Shirley Ragsdale, Oroville, $1,147.66; Charles Hunlock, Oroville, $856.96; and Chase Nicholson, Omak, $6,394.50. DISTRICT COURT Robert Ellis Allen, 32, Oroville, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Holly Ann Bogart, 35, Okanogan, guilty of third-degree theft. Bogart received a 364day suspended sentence and fined $768. Kaila L. Byrd Smith, 26, Okanogan, guilty of third-degree theft. Byrd Smith was sentenced to 364 days in jail with

363 days suspended, and fined $768. Brandon William Cate, 29, Okanogan, guilty of first-degree criminal trespassing. Cate was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 361 days suspended, and fined $508. Heather L. Day, 52, Omak, guilty of third-degree malicious mischief. Day was sentenced to 180 days in jail with 177 days suspended, and fined $808. Sarah Lynn Hall, 23, Omak, guilty (other deferred revoked) of third-degree theft. Hall received a 364-day suspended sentence, and fined $768. Robert Lewis Hankins, 42, Wauconda, innocent on two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of interfering with reporting (DV). Brandon Matthew Herz, 29, Omak, had two charges dismissed: violation of a no-contact order and fourth-degree assault. John Paul Holmquist Jr., 50, Tonasket, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed.

911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Nov. 30, 2015 Trespassing on Gooseberry Way near Tonasket. Lost property on Palmer Mtn. near Loomis. Firearm reported missing. Illegal burning on Stage Coach Loop near Oroville. Drugs on Stage Coach Loop near Oroville. Harassment on N. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Harassment on Burton Ave. in Okanogan. Trespassing on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Trespassing on Engh Rd. in Omak. Trespassing on Koala Dr. in Omak. Trespassing on S. Main St. in Omak. Fraud on Omache Dr. in Omak. Theft on S. Main St. in Omak. Fuel reported siphoned. Trespassing on Golden St. in Oroville. Trespassing on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015 Theft on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Quilts reported missing. Burglary on Bolster Rd. near Oroville. Camera reported missing. Burglary on Broser Way near Tonasket. Woodstove reported missing. One-vehicle crash on O’Neil Rd. near Oroville. No injuries reported. Burglary on Foggy River Loop Rd. near Riverside. Television, jewelry and air pump reported missing. Warrant arrest on N. Main St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on N. Ash St. in Omak. Vehicle prowl on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Assault on S. Fir St. in Omak. Two reports of trespassing on Apple Way Ave. in Oroville. Check fraud on 23rd Ave. in Oroville. Check fraud on Main St.in Oroville. Structure fire on Juniper St. in Oroville. Jessica Lynn Orozco, 30, booked on an OCSO warrant for DUI. Rico Nicholas Planque, 44, booked for POCS, fourthdegree assault, residential burglary and two counts of felony harassment. Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015 One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 7 near Oroville. No injuries reported. Theft on Box Spring Dr. near Tonasket. Failure to register as a sex offender on Edmonds St. in Omak. Found property on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Purse recovered. Theft on Barnhill Rd. near Tonasket. Two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 97 in Omak. Injuries reported. Assault on Tamarack Rd. near Tonasket. Two-vehicle crash on W. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. No injuries reported. Trespassing on E. Bartlett Ave. in Omak. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Threats on Koala Dr. in Omak. Public intoxication on E. Seventh Ave. in Omak. Nichole Alice Boyce, 21, court

commitment for DUI. David James Clines, 26, booked for felony unlawful issuance of checks and second-degree theft. Timothy J. Vallee, 30, court commitments for second-degree DWLS and reckless driving. Michael Brand Broussard, 29, booked on OCSO warrants for third-degree rape of a child, third-degree child molestation, fourth-degree assault and furnishing liquor to a minor. Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015 One-vehicle crash on Pharr Rd. near Riverside. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Kendall St. in Riverside. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Omak River Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on N. Ash St. in Omak. No injuries reported. Found property on N. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Debit card recovered. One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 97 near Omak. No injuries reported. Threats on Koala Dr. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Tamarack Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on Aeneas Valley Rd. near Tonasket. No injuries reported. Threats on Rock Canyon Rd. near Riverside. Domestic dispute on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Theft on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Mail reported missing. One-vehicle crash on Hendrick Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Patrol St. in Okanogan. No injuries reported. Domestic dispute on N. State Frontage Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle roll-over crash on Pine Creek Rd. near Tonasket. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Ross Canyon Rd. in Omak. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Riverside Dr. in Omak. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on E. Cherry Ave. in Omak. No injuries reported. Trespassing on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Dayton St. in Omak. No injuries reported. Two-vehicle crash on E. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. No injuries reported. Theft on Omak Ave. in Omak. Purse reported missing. One-vehicle crash on 8th Ave. in Oroville. No injuries reported. Vehicle-vs.-pedestrian hit-andrun crash on Central Ave. in Oroville. Harassment on Dogwood St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on E. Fourth St. in Tonasket. Kailey Marie Huner, 20, booked on a WDFW FTA warrant for MIP/C. Jelvis Elton Sherman, 50, DOC detainer. Conneasha Danial Nanamkin, 25, DOC detainer. Delitha Gail Hahn, 39, DOC detainer. Roy Shane Skelton, 46, booked on two counts of violation of a no-contact order. Patrick Joseph Wapato, 31, DOC detainer. Sheila Lee Desautel, 43, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for thirddegree theft. Ronni Lynn Sandoval, 47, booked on an FTA bench warrant for attempted firstdegree burglary. Friday, Dec. 4, 2015 Public intoxication on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. DWLS on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket.

Automobile theft on Hwy. 97 near Omak. Threats on S. First Ave. in Okanogan. Fraud on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. Trespassing on Bentham Rd. near Omak. Assault on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Warrant arrest on E. Third St. in Tonasket. Assault on Jerry Way near Tonasket. Theft on Koala Dr. in Omak. Burglary on Engh Rd. near Omak. Warrant arrest on Engh Rd. near Omak. Public intoxication on N. Juniper St. in Omak. Trespassing on 14th Ave. in Oroville. Harassment on Main St. in Oroville. Trespassing on S. Railroad Ave. in Tonasket. Weapons offense on N. State Frontage Rd. near Tonasket. Patrick Thomas McGuire, 55, booked for POCS (methamphetamine) and third-degree DWLS. Rory Allen Westmoreland, 53, court commitment for DUI. Aaron Lee Dick, 27, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant for POCS. Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 Burglary on Huey Rd. near Okanogan. Violation of a no-contact order on Tamarack Rd. near Tonasket. Domestic dispute on Glenwood Ave. in Riverside. Two-vehicle crash on Chesaw Rd. near Chesaw. One-vehicle roll-over crash on Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. Drugs on Hwy. 97 near Oroville. Vehicle prowl on Juniper St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Assault on Main St. in Oroville. Two-vehicle crash on S. Antwine Ave. in Tonasket. No injuries reported. Weapons offense on E. Second St. in Tonasket. John Christopher Meslar, 41, booked for two counts of POCS (with intent to deliver) and one count each of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. Russell Ellis Gardner, 23, court commitment for three counts of third-degree DWLS. Christopher Lee Jauregui, 38, booked for first-degree assault. Joseph Theodore Jones, 24, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV). Michael Stanley Rodom, 60, booked for making a false statement, third-degree DWLS and a DOC secretary’s warrant as failure to register as a sex offender. Robert Charlie Atkins, 24, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant. Michael Shane Snell, 36, booked for POCS and possession of drug paraphernalia. Billy Joe Rosenkilde, 36, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant for POCS. Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015 Warrant arrest on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Warrant arrest on W. Fourth St. in Tonasket. Violation of a no-contact order on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Drugs on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Alcohol offense on S. Fir St. in Omak. Custodial interference on S. Cedar St. in Omak. Malicious mischief on S. Ash St. in Omak. Assault on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Threats on 16th Ave. in Oroville. Miguel Angel Amezcua Mora,

23, booked on OCSO warrants for disorderly conduct and third-degree malicious mischief. Kurt Nicholas Clees, 47, booked for felony DUI and firstdegree DWLS. Shannon Lee Schweitzer, 34, booked on an FTA warrant for failure to pay child support. David Martin Roland, 39, booked for fourth-degree assault (DV) and interfering with reporting (DV). Michael Stensgar Jr., 29, booked on a DOC detainer, a State Patrol FTA warrant for thirddegree DWLS, and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and obstruction. Angelica G. Lopez Torrence, 24, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree theft. Michael Sean Sackman, 31, booked for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle and obstruc-

tion. 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

REPORTS | FROM A2 an intense behavior management regimen that included one to one support and occasionally two staff members with the student. “Significant progress was made last year, and this year the student is primarily served in the regular classroom with minimal pullout services,” said Stucker. “The parent’s comments to the classroom teacher were, ‘This school and the special education program saved my child.’” In other business, school board members approved a Memorandum of Understanding to compensate teachers called to teach or substitute teach during their prep times at an anticipated cost of under $3,000 per school year. Emily Rhimestad resigned as head softball coach, and Breanne Hanson was hired to coach the high school C-squad girls basketball team. The FFA received a gift of $1,000 from the FFA Alumni, and another $1,000 from Northeast Investors Trust. School board members declined an offer by Jostens to print electronic signatures on all high school diplomas. Reasons voiced included the pleasure involved in taking the time to sign by hand the diplomas of students familiar to board members since early elementary school days, and the reminder it provided the signor to purchase graduation gifts. The new school calendar was approved, with School Board Meetings moved to Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. beginning in December.

McCullough said enrollment was at 1,108.55. A seven-member interview team interviewed four of several applicants applying for the position of District Office Receptionist and Public Relations and Communications coordinator. Anita Atchison was chosen for the position. McCullough said the school was still in the process of hiring a mental health worker, with interviews being conducted at Okanogan County Behavioral Health. McCullough said he was in the process of developing a community panel that he hoped to involve Ty Olson in. He also reported a new repeater installed on the high school roof for district radios to be able to work throughout the district. “After several rounds of testing, radio reception is excellent,” reported McCullough. The garden committee has received a donation of 8-foot deer fencing and the donation of post and installation from Overland Fence, which will be used in the new school garden location. Director of Special Services Liz Stucker reported preschool sessions being “full and feeling the limited classroom space.” “With several new students with challenging behaviors entering the setting, we are reviewing our program through the safety lens to determine if any additional adjustments need to be made,” reported Stucker. She also reported a teacher sharing feedback from the parent of a student who transferred into the district last year who required


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OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE Kudos for the Art Show and Sale Well into December. Golly, Gee, when we were kids time did not go by so swiftly, especially in December, Remember? CORRECTION: I try and not make mistakes, but sometimes when I rely on someone, the message turns out like it did when we played that old game of yesteryear, when we’d whisper something into the ear of the first person in line and when it got down past 15 or so people, the message was nothing like what was whispered to the first person. Anyway this concerns Elsa Lewis and how she fell, injuring her shoulder and head. She was not carrying the Thanksgiving turkey and fell over the dog as I wrote last week. She was carrying the dog (and no, she did not fall over the turkey, but that would have been a better story). This was learned as my husband delivered soup to

Young and old alike had fun making ginger bread houses SUBMITTED BY MARIANNE KNIGHT HIGHLANDS CORRESPONDENT

Here we are at the first part of December with Christmas just around the corner. I must apologize for not having news for you last week. I was having Tech problems and could not resolve them in time. Here we go on a catch up. After eating our way through a week of Thanksgiving turkey dinners we also had a wonderful salmon dinner for my birthday provided by my dear neighbor. We joined the folks at the Chesaw

them and they told him so many friends were bringing food they were gonna need help eating all of it. Well, it’s “payback” Grant and Elsa. How many times have you been on the giving end? Friends are like four leaf clovers. Hard to find but lucky to have! We are sorry to learn that Jack Lorz is in the hospital due to a stroke. As of last Sunday, he was still in the hospital but regaining slowly, some of the things that were affected by the stroke. When you make potato soup and like to thicken it a bit, try using instant mashed potatoes, it works better than flour or corn starch, I think. And a can of cream style corn is a good addition. Also, if you are in a hurry (or lazy, as I sometimes am) try using frozen hash browns.

HILLTOP COMMENTS Community Bible Church for a free Thanksgiving meal. There were 80 folks in attendance. We also had turkey at the Oroville Senior Center where the house was packed. To top off the turkey dinners we had a potluck of leftovers on Sunday. Wow, what a week of food. The Chesaw Community Church had a special afternoon for all that wanted to attend. There were 22 in attendance for a fun time making Ginger Bread Houses. There were adults as well as kids. Everyone had a good time and they were able to take their house home.


The Oroville Gazette

75 years Ago Friday, December 6 - 13, 1940: The First National Bank building in Oroville was sold Saturday to George Engstrom, owner of George’s 5, 10 and 1.00 store now operating the ground floor of the building. Mr. Engstrom has been leasing the building from the Spokane Savings & Loan Association, who has owned it for several years. When the First National Bank closed its doors several years ago, the building stood empty for several years and for a time it housed the Bank of Oroville which folded up at the beginning of the depression. The upper floor of the building is divided into apartments which are occupied by Mr. & Mrs. Engstrom and others. Joe Parker’s Barber Shop, which formerly occupied part of the front of the bank building, was removed this week since Mr. Parker purchased the Bill Oakes Barber Shop between Hilda’s Confectionery and Louise Gilmore’s Dress Shop. Special Christmas rail fares between most points in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia were announced this week by the Great Northern Railway in Seattle. Sale of tickets with reduced rates start Dec. 13 and continues to Jan. 1. In order to facilitate the collection and dispatch of mail matter on rural routes, particularly during the impending holiday season, all first and third class matter deposited in rural boxes for collection by the rural carrier, should have stamps affixed at the proper rate of postage. A musical treat from the Old South is coming to Oroville, on Friday night following Christmas, at the First Methodist Church, according to word received from Rev. Warren W. Peters. All the way from the state of Mississippi, on a national tour, are coming a quartette of Negro girls from the Piney Woods School, which was incorporated for the training of girls and boys in Christianity, character and service. The streets of Oroville are again ablaze for the Holiday Season, with colored lights and decorated with Christmas trees and boughs through the cooperation of various organizations and the city. During the past week, the Oroville Volunteer Fire Department and the American Legion completed the work and the lights were turned on Saturday night for the first time to make as pretty a night scene as one could wish to see. Grocery Prices: Canned Carnation milk, 3 cans, $.22 or case $3.37; Baby Ruth nuggets, 1 pound, $.19; Fresh California Dates, 2 lbs. $.35; 46 oz. can Tomato Juice, $.19; Walnut Meats, ½ lb, $.19; Rolled Oats, 9 lb. bag, $.36.

The Oroville Gazette

50 Years Ago: December 2 - 9, 1965: The Forest Service is doing a good job of building roads into areas containing virgin timber that is ripe for harvesting, Harold Wilson told the Chamber of Commerce Tuesday. Reporting for the Timber Committee, Wilson said that he and Stafford Lewis, committee chairman, were happy with their meeting with Forest officials last week. Okanogan County ASC Community Committee elections are now competed according to Carl Duchow, Chairman of the

Last Tuesday night we had snow, fol- play at the Oroville Museum last weeklowed by rain, making the road messy. end. It was so good I’m sure there will be And again Saturday night it poured rain a repeat next year, so be thinking of what a lot of the day and especially you might have at your house for the tree lighting ceremony. to display. The Blackler collecIt was cold and an umbrella tion was so interesting. Dating wasn’t enough for me to stay back to the 1800’s. out very long. The only thing The rains continued but good about rain versus snow, finally had a little remission you don’t have to shovel the around noon Sunday. rain. Things are going great for Some fool passed us, in the my 90-year-old grandmother, center of Main Street where said her granddaughter. She’s the snow hadn’t yet been dating a 93-year-old man. removed, missing our car by They never argue. They can’t mere inches, as we were going THIS & THAT hear each other. to the tree lighting ceremony. Joyce Emry We try and visit Bob Hirst They removed a lot of the at Extended Care in Tonasket, snow as they sped away. each Friday, have lunch, then The gals are still serving good ham- play pinochle. Of course, he’d prefer to burgers at the American Legion, on be in his own home, but he has the staff Wednesday nights. on his side, and is well taken care of. Oh what a troubled world we are liv- (Spoiled is really the appropriate word). ing in. But our president still says “Not The staff is so friendly and the place is to worry! Climate change is the thing to clean. The gal that does the seasonal worry about.” decorations does a great job and has fun Kudos to the folks that worked at put- doing it. ting together the Art Show and Sell disThe chair at the entrance, that was

Now for the Pinochle Winners, for Monday, Nov. 23: Lows were Becky Cross and Dal Wilder. The Highs went to Darrell Bunch and Judy Bunch. The Traveling winner was Ken Ripley, with 18 players. The winners for Nov. 30 with 28 players were: Clayton Emry and Bert Nelson were the Highs; Doug Knight and Myrtle Wood took the Lows and Judy Bunch took the traveling. As a Special note Ray Visser and Dolly Engelbretson got 1000 ACES. Congrats! We are all putting up with our recent snow fall that fell over the weekend. Take care when driving. The kids will be out of school soon so watch out for them. ‘til next week.

Okanogan County ASC Committee. Representing Molson: Gordon Mooney, Paul Loe, C. L. Morris, Richard Dart and J. E. Rowton: Oroville; J. C. Kernan Jr., E. J. Ringwood, Howard Chamberlin, Perry Blackler and Clifford Trevithick; Tonasket: Ralph Hart Jr., Tom Davis, Jick Fancher, Mary Nichelson and C. E. Elston. The Oroville Hornets basketball team will do battle with the Pateros Billygoats here this Friday then travel to Medical Lake on Saturday. The Hornets will be looking for their first win of the season after dropping the first game of he season to Quincy 53 – 33. The Board of Directors of the Oroville Golf Club met to discuss the proposed underground sprinkler system and to hear the committee’s recommendations to be presented to the annual meeting the second week in January. Before the snow fell, Bill Walton and Russ Frazier had succeeded in getting all but three greens piped for automatic sprinkling. The FFA Boys were busy last Saturday afternoon placing Christmas trees in the little gr.een pots along Oroville’s business streets. The boys each year furnish the trees while the merchants make cash donations to the club and now it is up to the merchants to decorate their tree. Grocery Prices: Cube Steaks, $.59 per lb. 1 lb pkg of marshmallows, 4 for $1.00; 5 lb. bag of Grapefruit, $.39; Fresh eggs, $.39 per doz.; Pumpkin pies, $.39 each; Cauliflower, $.23 each head; 25 ft. roll aluminum foil, $29. Weather Wise by Marge Frazier, official observer: Jan. 1, 38 degrees maximum and 22 degrees minimum; Jan. 2, 43 and 29; Jan. 3, 46 and 34; Jan. 4, 50 and 36; Jan. 5, 42 and 35; Jan. 6, 45 and 40 and Jan. 7, 44 and 34. Total precipitation for the week, .31 inches.

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25 Years Ago: December 6 - 13, 1990: Over 357 tons of milfoil were removed from the Canadian side of Lake Osoyoos during the harvesting operations conducted between July and August of this year. Due to the longer cutting season last year when 425 ton were harvested. Cutting or harvesting below the surface will not stop the growth but is used to clear densely affected areas of the lake. Frank Teas, the man who for over 31 years could be seen driving from the right hand side of his car, has delivered his last letter for the U. S. Postal Service. Neither sleet nor snow or dark of night would keep Teas from his appointed rounds. He received his certificate from Oroville Postmaster, Steve Kenfield. The Federal Government has filed legal documents in the seizure of a $100,000 house allegedly used to grow marijuana. Because of the size of the grow crossing the line of 100 plants, the federal government has taken action to seize the Crumbacher Estates house. It has been a long time coming but the Hillside Senior Housing project threw open its doors last Saturday and welcomed all to an open house. Overseeing the day to day management of the apartments will be a familiar sight to most of the residents, Geneva Reeder. First Bank Washington recently presented the Oroville Public Library Board with a gift of $500 to help enlarge their supply of adult and children reading and resource material for the Hispanic population of our community. “Our current supply of material is deplorably small”, said Eileen Smith, president of the board. Earlier this year, First Bank Washington also made a $2,000 donation to the Oroville Public School for their bilingual program. Battle Mountain Gold Company will not make a final decision as to whether it will continue to exercise its option on the Buckhorn Gold Project near Chesaw until at least Jan. 31, according to officials at this Houston-based company. After several years of lying idle, in anything but a usable space, the old two-story Covert Building has been rehabilitated and its first business has opened for business. “I like the building now” said Jackie and Jacques Hubert the new owners.

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usually occupied by Bill Hilderbrand, is now empty. No services are being held at this time, at his request. Remember before giving a pet to anyone, check and see if they really want one. Last Saturday I watched the Gonzaga basketball team and they needed their 7 ft. 1 in. Karnowski, who is out with a back injury, and they lost to Arizona. Pastor Leon Alden and his wife Bea, have the honor of their granddaughter having the lead in the Nutcracker Ballet, in New York. What an honor! Locally, we have Kaylee Clough who is gaining notoriety as a ballet student. And she’s doing real well as a piano student, so her teacher tells me. Slowly, I am getting some Christmas decorations in place. Like most everything else, it seems, they get heavier and more cumbersome each year to bring in from the storage shed and all the while I’m thinking, “in just a short time I’ll have to take this all back.” But, it’s worth it. I think! And then the Christmas letter needs to be written. Busy! Busy! ‘Til next week.



This Saturday, Dec. 12 the Senior Center, at 1521 Golden Street, will be hosting its annual Christmas Bazaar. Doors will be open to the public from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Beef Stew lunch including dessert will be served between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $8 per. Desserts are $2.50 each. Coffee is free. With some reshuffling we have discovered more space for vendors. So, if you have items to sell, and haven’t reserved a space yet, don’t be dismayed. We can fit you in. We will begin setting up in the afternoon, Friday, Dec. 11.

See you there. The lunch menu for next week is: Tuesday, roast beef sandwich; Thursday, macaroni and cheese with ham and peas; Friday, Swiss steak. 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 dues for 2016. Our election is coming up on Tuesday, Dec 15, at our 11 a.m. business meeting. Reported by NBC News: “Despite being a simple expression, dying of a broken heart

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Oroville CARES Coalition is a new addition to our rural community and we are beyond excited to move forward with great strides. CARES is an acronym for Community Advocates Responding with Effective Strategies. This is an open group of citizen members from 12 sectors in our town working together to help our youth with substance abuse prevention. Our goal is to apply for and receive a grant from Drug Free Communities to fund this work. We know prevention is more affordable and effective than treatment. Our amazing and beautiful community has a substance abuse problem as most other communities do. We can sit around and talk about it for another year and watch it grow, or we can do something. Our youth need our help to realize their path is cleared to move forward with healthy and productive choices. Our job is to support them on this path of greatness. As a community, we will educate them and give them healthy options for an addiction free life. We are in the beginning

stages of development and will appreciate additional community support. Our children deserve a healthy, loving start, and the knowledge that we want to help them reach their full, amazing potential. Keeping our youth in the forefront of our minds as we go about our daily lives will make a difference. Oroville CARES Coalition has met for three months and is currently hard at work, writing our first grant to help fund projects and needs. This is not a closed group; we invite community members that want to be involved to bring their ideas to the table! We need representatives from 12 sectors of the community to be eligible to apply for a Drug Free Communities grant. The required sectors include representatives from the following 12 entities: Youth, Youth Serving, School, Parent, Law Enforcement, Civic/ Volunteer, Local Government/ Tribal/State, Healthcare Professionals, Religious, Media, Business, and Substance Abuse Organizations. The goal is that these diverse representatives, working togeth-

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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.

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could actually be a medical condition, according to scientists. A nine-year study of elderly couples found that the grief suffered by the surviving member of a pair when one dies is so intense that it drastically increases the likelihood of them dying soon after.” Interestingly, according to the article, the effects are more severe on males than females. Looking around at my counterparts, other older males, I am stunned by the fact of our early demise. Could it be that we are too sensitive? Could it be that we are too easily broken hearted? I guess so. So, for all you heart breakers out there, Go easy. Pinochle Report: Door Prize, Beverly Holden; Pinochle, Beverly Holden; High Man, Dal Wilder; High Woman, Sally. 17 were in attendance. er, will be effective in substance abuse prevention strategies, and support for our kids. We have garnered excellent, positive cooperation from the school district, business owners, Family Health Centers, local government, the faith community, parents, law enforcement, Legion members, and our local paper. Look for more information on our up coming website. As a group, we have taken the first steps. At school conferences we gave out factual information on substance abuse prevention to parents. A Facebook page and website are in the works. Our youth representative is organizing a day of education for seventh and eighth graders. A Healthy Youth Survey replica has been administered to gather local data; and we are forming a grant committee to research and apply for grants to assist our endeavors. Our next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at the high school library from 6 to 7 p.m.. Please send questions or comments to orovillecares@outlook.com.

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COMMUNITY BULLETIN BOARD OROVILLE CARES COALITION SPONSORS ART CONTEST The Oroville CARES Coalition is sponsoring an Art Contest for students. All submissions need to be submitted to the Oroville Elementary School Office by Friday, Dec. 18. Students are being asked to draw an original picture, making it as colorful as possible using crayons, paint or colored markers with the theme Drugs Destroy Families. The contest is open to all Oroville students in elementary grades one through six, including students from private and public schools, as well as home-schooled students. Artwork will be judged on originality, clarity of theme message and artistic merit. Prizes for first place, $100; second place, $50 and third place, $25 will be awarded. Prizes to be announced on Jan. 6, 2016.

Oroville Chamber of Commerce OROVILLE - The next Oroville Chamber Board and General Membership Meeting will be on Thursday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m. 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

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Sitzmark 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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was born to Harry and Jermaine (Anderson) Brugh in Tonasket, Washington She died November 28, 2015 in Spokane, Washington surrounded by her family. Marvel graduated from Tonasket High School in 1965 and graduated from what is now Eastern Washington University with a BA degree in Recreational Therapy She worked at Lakeland Village helping people with special needs. She ran Red Baron Hide Out summer camp for children, then on to her many years of owning schools of gymnastics – first Tri Star Gymnastics in the Tri Cities and then Marvel’s Mini Gym here in Spokane. She was in sales with Party Light and Home and Garden Party businesses. She tried her hand at construction flagging for awhile. Being the creative person she was she finally settled into doing her solar yard art at craft events

all over the northwest. During this time she brought village children from Albania here to the Shriner’s Hospital for medical treatment they couldn’t get in their own country. And she and her husband housed Albanian foreign exchange students in their home for several years. Marvel is survived by her husband Jim Nichols, mother Jermaine Brugh, brother Marvin (Sandy), sister Ralene Brugh, daughter Dawn Zlateff, grandson Riley, son Chad Zlateff (Maja), granddaughter Zeeva, grandson Rhys, several nieces and nephews and many close friends. Celebration of life will be held at thee Salvation Army Community Center at 222 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane, Wash. 99207 on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 11 a.m. Potluck to follow at the same address.

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Nuance to perform at Esther Bricques OROVILLE – “Nuance,” composed of Sam Howell on bass clarinet and Walt Gilbert and Scott Tegarden, will perform at Esther Bricques Winery on Sunday, Dec. 13, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Their performance is part of the Holiday Open House festivities at Esther Bricques Winery on Dec. 13. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Road, Oroville. For more information regarding this or future events, please call the winery at 509-476-2861 or check the Events Page at www.estherbricques.com.

Oroville Community Blood Drive OROVILLE - The Oroville Community Blood Drive will be at Oroville High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). On the day of your donation, complete a RapidPass to save time. RapidPass lets donors complete the predonation reading and health history questionnaire online from the convenience of a computer at home or work. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions.

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Okanogan County Transportation Board OMAK - TranGO will hold a public Board Meeting on Monday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. The location will be at TranGO’s office, 307 S. Main St. #4, Omak, Wash. Please call 509-557-6177 or visit www.okanogantransit. com for any questions.

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. 16. 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.

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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.

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Public Notices Call for Fuel Bids The Tonasket School District is now accepting bids for the supply of unleaded gasoline and diesel vehicle fuel for 2016. Sealed bids are due on or before 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Specifications and bid forms are available from the District Office; 35 Hwy 20 E., Tonasket, WA 98855. Phone: 486-2126. Published: The Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 10, 17, 2015 #OVG672401 CLOSURE NOTICE Oroville City Hall will closed December 24th and 25th in observance of Christmas. Customers with a Friday garbage collection day will be picked up on Thursday. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 10, 17, 2015 #OVG672656 PUBLIC AUCTION NOTICE There will be a public auction at Budget Towing 32156 Hwy. 97, Tonasket, WA 509-560-1056 on December 22, 2015. Viewing will start at 11:00 a.m. with the auction at 12:00pm. Up for auction will be: 1)1999 Buick WA-874-WUW 2)2001 Dodge WA-AGU-0064 3)1991 Toyota WA-AAP-6252 4) 1990 Volkswagon WA-ASW-0821 5) 1980 Subaru WA-676-SED Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 10, 2015 #OVG672587 PUBLIC AUCTION THOMPSON BEES 1869 HWY 7 OROVILLE, WA 98844 (509) 476-3948 DATE OF AUCTION: 12/15/2015 Viewing Time: 10:00 AM Auction Time: 11:00 AM 2000 Mitsubishi Montero Lic # ATK0069 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 10, 2015. #OVG671561 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN In re the Estate of: PATRICK WAYNE MYERS, Deceased.

NO . 15-4-00118-2 NOTICE TO CREDITORS The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of che claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020 (1)(c);or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets . DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: December 1, 2015. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: December 10, 2015 . /s/Lillian E. Craig LILLIAN E. CRAIG Personal Representative Roger A. Castelda , WSBA #5571 Attorney for Myers P.O. Box 1307 Tonasket , WA 98855 (509) 486- 1175 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 10, 17, 24, 2015. #OVG671914 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

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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


the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner 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


John Daniel Gebbers, Deceased. No. 15-4-00121-2 NON-PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.42.030) The notice agent named below has elected to give notice to creditors of the above-named decedent. As of the date of the filing of a copy of this notice with the court, the notice agent has no knowledge of any other person acting as notice agent or of the appointment of a personal representative of the decedent’s estate in the state of Washington. According to the records of the court as are available on the date of the filing of this notice with the court, a cause number regarding the decedent has not been issued to any other notice agent and a personal representative of the decedent’s estate has not been appointed. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time



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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

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Okanogan, because this is where we see a lot of fiber artisans who have been doing it for generations, and have passed those skills on,” Eberhart said. “Within the co-op, we have fiber farmers, or fiber producers, from all over the state and a few from out of state as well.” Six new members joined last month, bringing the total to 80.

“We are bringing our area into focus as a serious Fiber Arts center for North America,” said Eberhart. The NAWC began with a chapter in Washington state, and has since expanded to chapters in Missouri and Georgia; with the first Canadian chapter recently opening in British Colombia. “We are staying true to the


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at the Molson Grange the first and third Friday of the month; and the Tonasket Textilers starting up at the Wide World of Wool January 8, meeting the second and fourth Friday of the month. The 2016 4-H focus animal will be the Alpaca, with everything from husbandry to fiber production. “The students will also learn spinning and weaving of the fiber they produce,” Eberhart said. “We will make U-Tube videos in the studio of the work we do to share with the greater community.” The wool co-op will use a system of grading and sorting wool fleeces called Certified Sorted Systems (CSS). A fourday CSS workshop was held in Oroville last year in conjunction with the Okanogan Valley Fiber Festival, and featured in an article called ‘Reviving Wool Profits’ in the September/October 2015 issue of sheep! The Voice of the Independent Flockmasters.


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belonging to both organizations, this merger creates a great team with expanded ideas and a larger pool of talent.” The 2016 fiber festival has been scheduled for May 7 to coincide with Fiber Week. This year’s theme is “World of Fiber in the Okanogan.” The fiber arts event will feature classes and workshops, demonstrations, vendors from near and far, a petting pen for animal lovers, and delicious food and fiber arts displays. The kickoff to Fiber Week will be May 6, with a Wine and Wool night in Oroville. The week will include wool grading classes and a regional sort. Workshops will be available in Oroville, Tonasket and Okanogan; with the week concluding May 11. “Also we will have a Stitch and Knit coach from the coast for our Fiber Festival lovers and enthusiasts,” said Eberthart. The group will continue to work with 4-H members, with the Molson Makers still meeting


They also now have shop space in Tonasket, with a Fiber Arts Studio to occupy the former Hook, Bell and Spindle location on Whitcomb Ave. Called Wide World of Wool, the space will be a place for grading and sorting wool as well as holding BY KATIE TEACHOUT workshops for fiber artists and KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE enthusiasts. It will also serve as the interim headquarters for the The North American Wool wool co-op. Co-op (NAWC) has announced A welcoming launch will be several pieces of news as they held at the Wide World of Wool move forward into an exciting in January. new year. The Okanogan Valley Fiber NAWC secured funding for a Association (OVFA) dissolved, building at the Airport Business as of Nov, 24. The board memPark site in Oroville, where their bers will form a committee under office is currently located. The the NAWC umbrella, combinproposed building for the Eco ing with NAWC members for Fiber Mill will be a steel framed expansion of the Okanogan straw bale construction, designed Valley Fiber Festival, held at the with a loop system for recycling Okanogan County Fairgrounds. the wool wash water, which will “This decision was made allow for salvaging the lanolin because as a collective we have from the wool. The lanolin is access to more volunteers,” said being sold to a major cosmetics NAWC President Vicki Eberhart. company. “With most of our members December 10, 2015 • OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE

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Talented craftspeople of all ages filled bazaars throughout town with colorful wares for sale. Thoroughly enjoying themselves on a Girls Afternoon Out at Baker’s Acres in Tonasket, these ladies kicked off Winterfest weekend with wine tasting courtesy of Esther Briques Winery; and browsing the Baker’s Acres gift shop, which included fast-selling handmade wreaths and garlands. Pictured, left to right, are Janet Brothers, Janet Wahl, Kirsten Williams, Shelly Freeman, Linda Colvin serving a variety of wines, Patty Baker and Shirley Will.

The high school choir was joined by community members singing Christmas carols. Braving solos were Alejandro Maldonado, age 12, rocking Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; and Noni Alley, who treated the crowd to movie themes played on her flute, including the theme song from the upcoming Star Wars movie.

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Visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Clause is Yaretzi Dominguez, age 8. The lines for rides on the fire trucks, face painting and visits with Santa were all long but worth the wait.

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Above, Aaden McNaer, six, chugs down the street dressed as a locomotive and Ava Ozo, three, as Queen Elsa (from the Disney movie “Frozen”) for the Oroville Chamber of Commerce’s annual business Trick or Treat event, held last Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oroville businesses reported giving away hundreds of treats to the many kids who dressed up for Halloween and participated. Left, Gru (Supt. Steve Quick) and his Minions, Shay Shaw, Betty Cole and Erin McKinney, from the movie “Despicable Me,” were the winners of Best Costume in the Business Halloween Costume and Decorations contest. The group at the Oroville School District Office have earned the title several times over the years

concerns is that in the event of an emergency along Railroad Avenue or within the industrial area which contains several buildings with atmospheres controlled by ammonia and other toxic chemicals, people using the park would be unable to evacuate. BY KATIE TEACHOUT The city gained permission from the KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM Okanogan County Commissioners for Tonasket City Council met Thursday, the new access, then received permisOct. 29 and further discussed the bud- sion from Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), the CSCD’s parent company, get. At a budget workshop held Oct. 14, department heads submitted requests for for a new crossing. Mayor Patrick Plumb then asked the UTC in January 2015 needed items. for approval of a new Police Chief crossing. After meetDarren Curtis asked ing with the UTC in for Surface tab“More than ten people Tonasket along with let computers, new county maintenance chairs for the police told me they intend to personnel and one station, stop stick county commisvote for the Tonasket strips and $7,000 to sioner, the decision $10,000 for a new car. Parks and Recreation was made to upgrade Superintendent Hugh a temporary crossJensen needs a paint District. ” ing constructed by striper, a vehicle and Clair Jeffko, Council Member the federal Bureau of Candidates Forum a new mower. Mayor SEEN AT THE OKANOGANCity of Tonasket Reclamation in the Patrick Plumb said he early 1990s, finding would FAMILY like to increase Oroville FAIR this option to be the Chamber Hosts rates for water by five least damaging Forum Oct. 15 at percent and sewer by two percent in most cost effective and Candidates railroad 2016. CitySee ClerkA3 and Treasurer Alice to the wetland areas west of the Vicki’s Backdoor Club Attwood requested to have medical cov- tracks. G&W approved a basic crossing, ratherage continue, a new phone system for city hall, a maintenance agreement for er than a fully signalized crossing, due computer hardware, new front doors for to infrequency of trains on the track and expected limited, seasonal use of city hall and a cost of living increase. In the ongoing attempt to secure a new the crossing to be located at the southcrossing of the Cascade and Columbia ern boundary of the county’s shop land. River Railroad (CSCD), to provide sec- The UTC then informed the city that new crossings require fully signalized ondary access into Chief Tonasket Park, facilities. With further explanation of the the council discussed a traffic study of planned use of the crossing, UTC staff the area prepared by City Planner Kurt agreed to consider the option after being Danison at the request of the Washington provided the traffic study which details State Utilities and Transportation the Average Daily Trips expected to use Commission (UTC). the crossing. Chief Tonasket Park is located on In other city business, Councilwoman city-owned property adjoining the city’s Claire Jeffko asked who’s responsibilwastewater treatment plant, with the ity it was to fix a heaving sidewalk near Okanogan River as the opposing bound- the railroad tracks. Attwood said the ary. The park is accessed from Railroad abutting property owner is responsible. Avenue, so visitors to the park must Plumb said because the property was travel through a busy industrial area to located on the railroad it was probably access the baseball fields, soccer fields, the city’s responsibility, so Jensen said he skate park, Water Ranch, boat launch would look at it the next day. and other amenities. Jeffko also reported more than ten The city has been attempting to develop a second point of access into the park since the late 1980’s. One of the city’s SEE COUNCIL| PG A2






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and as an administrator, she said. At one pay the costs to renew certifications, but time she was the Oroville Elementary the salaries continue to decrease.” School principal. The information she Johnson said the school hours have presented came from UniServe and increased for students as well. the Washington Education Association “There are longer student days and (WEA), according to Johnson. teachers have lost up to 15 minutes of Johnson said there was a long list preparation time each day, added up over of requirements for a school year they’ve teachers in Washington lost over six days of State, including the time to prepare and “The bottom line is we get ready for school,” Washington State Te a c h e r / P r i n c i p a l have to attract teachers Johnson said. Evaluation Project. She then addressed to our district and we the online planner. (TPEP). “TPEP is time con“It’s great for adminare already remote. I’m suming, for princiistrators and teachers asking you to keep that like it, but it takes more pals and teachers and teachers are not proin mind when you are time than a planner on vided additional time a desk. The concern is negotiating” or pay for all of this an unreasonable workwork. There are 53 difload continues to grow Dr. Lynn Johnson, President ferent items that have without pay,” she said. Oroville Education Association to be observed or the Like many of the teacher has to pronew state requirevide evidence of,” said ments of teachers Johnson. Johnson said, “Again, it’s not that it is a Then there are changes to teacher bad thing, in just takes more time.” certification requirements, according to Johnson said altogether teachers were Johnson. averaging about 50 days of work that “They are super, super tough on new wasn’t compensated for. teachers. They’re putting in double duty,” “Students are suffering, there are less she said. “Seasoned teachers continue to breaks to revitalize, too much testing and

Charlene Helm 509-476-3602 ext. 3050 www.gazette-tribune.com OROVILLE – Dr. Lynn Johnson, president of the Oroville Education Association, says more is being asked of Oroville teachers, while time to accomplish tasks and compensation remain the same or less. Johnson made a presentation to the Oroville School Board at their Monday, Oct. 26 meeting. “I’m here as a representative of the OEA to let you know about legislative actions that have impacted the Oroville School District. I know you are aware that teachers all over the state have walked out or gone on strike,” said Johnson, assuring the board that wasn’t her group’s intention, but that they should be aware of how these new demands and their impact on the district. Johnson, a teacher at Oroville, is a member of the certified contract negotiating team for the teacher’s association. She has 29 years in education as a teacher


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teachers can’t/won’t do it all. Students are feeling the pressure,” Johnson said. She warned that there is a shortage of teachers in the state and fewer people are choosing to go into teaching as a career. She said if Oroville doesn’t compensate for the extra time being asked of teachers like other districts in the state are having to do, then the few teachers that are looking for jobs will look elsewhere. “College students are not choosing teaching, there are less and less that are interested. The bottom line is we have to attract teachers to our district and we are already remote. I’m asking you to keep that in mind when you are negotiating,” she said. For the teachers here I am not saying things are all bad, we just have to take care of our people.” To make the district more attractive to teachers she suggested providing an attractive contract that is comparable or better than other districts. She said there were disparities between the Oroville and Tonasket school districts. “One teacher was approached (by Tonasket) and said that they’ve got a better contract. We want to be professionals,” she said. Chuck Ricevuto, a veteran teacher at Oroville High School addressed the situation to School Director Rocky DeVon,

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the president of the school board. “Rocky you were one of my students and I think you know we took the time to personalize our instruction to students... that time to do that is gone,” said Ricevuto. “I want to compliment you for the time you took to personalize what you taught,” said DeVon. “It has been a big message that the school directors and myself have been taking to the state, no more programs without the money to pay for them.” DeVon said he was also worried about the closure of the Buckhorn Gold Mine, which is about 25 percent of the district’s property evaluation. He said he appreciated what teachers do, but he had to see a way to make it all balance out. “I appreciate the comparison you gave us between Oroville and Tonasket,” added School Director Todd Hill. “I’m not against Mr. Quick, but look at the number of administrators we have Gary DeVon/staff photos and only 550 students. He was hired as a part time superintendent and you moved him to full time. Do we really need a full time superintendent,” asked Johnson, reminding the board the district had the same number of administrators it had when the district had twice the students.

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IT on the doorstep at North Valley Hospital District ics to get the specifics. It is taking a lot of man hours.” Fries said it costs the hospital a lot TONASKET - Payge Fries, Health of money to re-bill after a claim has Information Manager, reported on been denied, and it’s unknown upfront implementation of the new ICD-10 at if something will be reimbursed when the Oct. 8 North Valley Hospital Board it’s re-billed. She said additional employees are of Commissioners meeting. The ICD-10 is the tenth revision of the needed who have experience and trainInternational Statistical Classification of ing in billing and coding. “It’s not something that’s easily taught,” Diseases and Related Health Problems. ICD codes have been required for reim- said Fries, adding, “It’s pretty difficult bursement of Medicare and Medicaid right now, but we will get through it.” “Payge Fries has championed this claims since 1979. The ICD-9 had 13,000 project to prepare codes but the ICDour organization for 10 has around 68,000; this time of change providing greater “Doctors have been reimbursement,” said specificity in reportNVH CEO Mike ing diagnoses. trained to take care of Zwicker, adding that “The ninth revision patients first, and they the hospital might has been out since the effects of the 1970s, so there will have to transition to see decreased Days Cash are lots of changes taking care of the elec- on Hand over the and lots more codes,” few weeks due said Fries. “The govtronic records. We have next to the conversion. ernment mandated Chief Information to change from being it be put in place Kelly Carriker by October, so we clinical to being techno- Officer and Lori Sawyer, started a group back logical, because that is a former NVH RN in March to get it in who works in Health place.” what we are being manInformation now, According to the presented inforMedicaide.gov webdated to do.” mation on Quality site, one of the bigLori Sawyer , Former NVH RN Reports required by gest concerns in tranHealth Information Specialist Medicade. sitioning from the Sawyer said reports ICD-9 to the ICD-10 is there is no simple mapping or transla- are run weekly with statistics on meeting tion from one to the next; codes from the core objectives based on computer usage. “For example, we have to send a previous ICD don’t usually have one-toone correspondence, but often require certain percentage of prescriptions by one-to-many, many-to-one, many-to- computer or fax to pharmacies,” said Sawyer. Another example she gave was many or no correspondence at all. Fries said one diagnosis in ICD 9 now the requirement of more than 5 perhas two and a half pages of diagnosis in cent of patients to access their medical records by computer from their home or the ICD-10. “We have been working with coders to the hospital. “This one is hard with our demomake sure they are prepared, to prevent graphics; a lot of people don’t have comdenials of billings,” said Fries. Electronic tables and crosswalks have puters or internet, but we are reaching BY KATIE TEACHOUT





Theadore Huber

THEODORE HUBER Theodore Huber, 87, left this earth after living a long, colorful and adventurous life, with his wife, daughter Terri, granddaughter Jaclyn, Monte and Pam at his side Nov. 11, 2015, Veterans Day. Mr. Huber was retired from the U.S. Air Force. Ted was born on June 11, 1928 in Medford, Ore., to Avery and Howard Shoults. His youth in Oregon was filled with many outdoor activities. His love of fishing and being outdoors would stay with him throughout his life. He loved Spaniels and would have a

loyal canine companion throughout his entire life, Brittanys, Cockers, and Springers. The Boy Scouts of America was his early foundation and true to his character, he was awarded the highest level of Eagle Scout. His son David and grandson would follow the tradition. Theodore was a life member of the NRA, of North American Hunting Club and American Legion. He was also a member and monthly contributor of the Wounded Warrior Project, Bass Club, Boone and Crocket, and one of the Founders of the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy in Tonasket. After attending college in Oregon where he was on the diving team, Ted enlisted in the United States Air Force where he traveled to air bases across the country and overseas, to be involved in setting up air traffic control systems. The next years were spent raising a family at many Air Force base locations in California, Spain, Montana, Korea, New Mexico, Alaska, Spokane and Tacoma. He found adventure and a high level of activity everywhere he went. He was an avid photographer and created an extensive photo library. Slide shows complete with popcorn were a common family entertainment. In California, he was a founding member of a ski club where they built a rope tow to enjoy on the weekends. Summers were spent at the beach and waterskiing off the coast in the Pacific

Ocean. While stationed in Spain, where Terri was born, he fished in the Pyrenees and travelled throughout all of Europe. He ran with the bulls in Pamplona. In Montana, his time was spent fishing for Northern Pike and hunting. The flat terrain there had him being pulled behind the car on his skis in the winter! He spent a year on Duty in Alaska during the Earthquake in 1964 where he hunted and fished to his heart’s content. Many 40+ pound salmon, huge trout, and countless elk and caribou were his trophies. New Mexico had many different sights to see and photograph. Many weekends were spent at White Sands Missile Base, picnicking and sledding down the sand dunes. He also managed to find snow in the winter for the family to play in. During the last several years of his service, he trained Air Traffic Controllers at McChord AFB. After retiring from the Air Force, he began a career at the U.S. Postal Service where he worked until he retired for the second time. He settled in Tonasket after having had a hunting cabin in the area for many years. He started Tunk Mountain Taxidermy, which kept him busy until he was well into his 70s’. He was a man who could do anything he set his mind to and was the original Do-It-Yourself man. He brewed his own beer and root beer, built his own smoker, upholstered furniture,

built a camper from a kit, a fireplace by hand and was a competent mechanic. His biggest accomplishment in the D.I.Y. area was when he built his log house (not cabin) on Tunk Mountain. His family spent some very cold time during the winter while the house was being built. Sleeping in campers and tents the kids washing with cold water in the mornings before heading to school in Tonasket. He loved motorcycles of all kinds and all of his kids could ride at a young age, 2,3 and 4 wheelers. He had a road bike that he took on many trips. He was a member of the Tacoma Agate Club and we collected a lot of rocks and polished them in our tumbler. He also collected coins and stamps and neatly cataloged them. He holds records in Boon & Crockett and has many mounts in his house and on display in Sportsman’s Warehouse. He spent many weeks pack-in hunting in Montana and in the Methow wilderness. Life in Tonasket allowed him to enjoy all of his favorite activities and some new ones. His many friends included ranchers and orchardists, starting every day at Shannon’s for coffee. He helped during cattle roundups and spent a lot of time on horseback. He was involved with the Omak stampede for many years and was the Director of the rodeo grounds. He also manned the

horse rescue boat in the river at the bottom of the Suicide Race. He received a certificate of appreciation for his dedication to the Okanogan County Sheriffs’ Posse in 1993. His love of snow skiing was a big part of his life, and in his later years he was able to ski not only close to home, but on trips to Colorado and as far away as New Zealand with his skiing buddies, Burt Jellison and “Crazy Gene” Smith. Countless family, old and young, will remember him always as the person who taught them to fish, clean them, and who gave them the lifetime love of fishing, hunting and being outdoors. On his 60th birthday, he jumped out of a plane. At 68, he went on a horseback-pack trip in Alaska to shoot a goat and Dall sheep. His log home was built to display his successful hunts and fish. He loved being with people, talking, teaching, sharing, he touched many lives in many ways. He enjoyed singing karaoke at the Eagles with friends and granddaughter Maddy. His summers were spent with a full rotation of grandchildren on the mountain. Skin as brown as coffee from many shirtless days in the sun. An infectious smile and laugh that lit up his face. Stories that were so wild that you would question their truth if you didn’t know them to be true. While he was the true definition of a man’s man, Ted loved the ladies and was a hopeless flirt

right up until the end. He was loved by many as a son, father, brother, husband, uncle, nephew, grampa, papa, cousin and friend. Theodore was preceded in death by his father, Howard Shoults; mother Avery Shoults; brother Roger and one greatgrandson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Beaton; brothers, Fred Huber and Wally Shoults; sons, Patrick, Glenn (Joann) Huber, David (Dana) Huber; daughters Terri (Athol) Layton, Deanna (Lonnie) Fowler; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; four step-sons, Michael (Brenda) Beaton, Mitchell (Laura) Beaton, Monte (Pam) Beaton, Matthew (Lisa) Beaton; one step-daughter Melissa (Mike) Oldow; 17 Beaton grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and many hunting cousins. Papa and all of his stories, fishing skills and lessons will be missed beyond words. We are very grateful for the team of doctors and nurses that gave him constant tender care at North Central Hospital ICU. His family will be honored with your presence at a Full Military service, 2:30 p.m., Saturday Dec. 12, 2015, at the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy of which he was so proudly a part of, followed by gathering of his friends and family at the Tonasket Eagles. Mr. Huber was very loyal to his friends. You have all been so very kind and giving at a very unsettling time for us. Thank you.

Okanogan Valley

CHURCH GUIDE Come join us!


Okanogan International Chorus

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

under the direction of Lloyd Fairweather

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Present a Christmas Concert

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

Members are from Oroville, Osoyoos, Oliver & Midway

Sat., Dec. 12th

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

at 7:00 p.m.

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

at the Oroville Free Methodist Church

FREE Admission

Our gift to the community who support us!

Oroville United Methodist O come let us worship and bow down: Let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Psalms 95:6-7

Please join us

Dec. 20, 2015 for Special Invitation Sunday at

Valley Christian Fellowship

142 Eastside Oroville Rd. Oroville, WA. Service starts at 11 a.m.

Gift for all first time guests. Coffee, Cookies and Fellowship after service.

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

Church of Christ

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

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

Call Charlene 509- 476-3602 ext 3050

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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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



SPORTING OUR SCHOOL SPIRIT Good luck to all of our student athletic teams in the new school year! We salute our local players’ dedication to success in their sport and in the classroom!

2015 - 2016

Okanogan Valley

GAZETTE-TRIBUNE High School Winter Sports Special Section Catch all the action this season! TONASKET CHEERLEADERS


Photo by Katie Teachout

The Tonasket cheerleading team includes (front row, l-r) Brianna Gutierrez, Savannah Drew, Victoria Cherviniska Alycia Tibbs, (back row, l-r) Shiann McCallum, Kyra Whiting, Alyssa Montenegro, Anahi Octiz, Vanessa Pershing

Enjoy the season Hornet and Tiger Athletes!

Photo by Gary DeVon

The Oroville cheerleading team includes (front center) Mikaela McCoy, (middle row l - r) Narya Naillon, Lena Fuchs, Bonnie Roley, Jennifer Cisneros (top) Alexis Allenby, Zoe Whittaker.








TONASKET - Mike Larson, assisted by Dave Kirk, is back for his second year as Head Coach of the Tonasket Boys basketball team after coaching the Tiger girls varsity team for two years, and sixteen years coaching the Tiger boys JV team prior to that. Larson, who played all four years as a guard while attending THS himself, began coaching right out of high school. He said the joy in coaching for him was sharing the love of the game with the kids, and trying to ignite the same passion for the game in them that he has.

TONASKET BOYS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/1 12/4 12/5 12/8 12/11 12/12 12/15 12/18 12/28 12/29 1/5 1/9 1/12 1/15 1/19 1/22 1/23 1/26 1/29 2/2 2/5

at Okanogan Jam 5:00 p.m. Republic 7:30 p.m. Kettle Falls 4:00 p.m. Manson 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Bell 7:30 p.m. Omak 7:30 p.m. at Brewster 7:30 p.m. Okanogan 7:30 p.m. at West Valley TBD at West Valley TBD at Lk Roosevelt 7:30 p.m. Oroville 7:30 p.m. at Bridgeport 7:30 p.m. at Manson 7:30 p.m. Liberty Bell 7:30 p.m. Brewster 7:30 p.m. at Warden 7:30 p.m. at Okanogan 7:30 p.m. Lake Roosevelt 7:30 p.m. at Oroville 7:30 p.m. Bridgeport 7:30 p.m.

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The Tonasket boys basketball team includes (l-r) front row: Michael Davis, Eric Owsley, Caeleb Hardesty, Gavin Frazier, Benny Williams, Ethan Smith, Jack Montowski, Quincy Vassar, Jordan Thrasher, Andrew Clawson and Riley Haug. Second row: Ethan Calus, Alex Palomares, Jason Whiteaker, Chad Bretz, Joe Ogborn, Joseph Schell, Dustin Sphar, Riley Morris and Ryker Ayers. Back row: Dylan C. Douke, Camden Field, Conner Timm, Kyle Huber, Sam Nelson, Jesse Ramon, Lucus Scott, Seth Smith, Bryden Hires, Sesar Saldana, Cade Hockett and Adrian Mendoza. Despite only having eight guys on the team last year, the team made it to districts after beating Soap Lake in the ‘play-in’ game. “Just making it to the playoffs was a pretty big deal for Tonasket,” Larson said. “I think 2007 was the last time they went.” Six of the eight players graduated, but this year 34 kids turned out. Asked if the word had gotten out last year that he was a great coach and that’s what inspired so many more to play this year, the coach humbly responded, “It was an easy transition. I’ve known a lot of the kids and their parents a long time.” Of the four seniors on the team, Larson said none of them played varsity basketball before. “So we are an inexperienced and extremely young team this

year,” said Larson. He said returning player Jesse Ramon played a lot last year as a freshman. “We have a really good, strong freshman class this year,” said Larson. “I expect a lot of good to come out of them in the next four years.” Larson said it was unknown how the team’s season would go. “There will be a lot of trial and error, with me learning them and them learning me, being somewhat of a new coach this year. Our weakness will be our lack of experience and youth; but sometimes the youth can be a good thing.” He said the strength of the team would be their depth, with so many players turning out. “I’ve seen a lot of good competition every day in practice.”

A jamboree held in Okanogan December 1 gave the coaches the opportunity to see what this year’s teams had to offer. “They did a lot of good things playing against Liberty Bell,” said Larson. “You can’t judge anything about the season at a jamboree; no one tips their hand about what they are going to do. But it was good to see what this group of kids can do against others who don’t know your plays or have seen what you can do. So a lot of good things came out of it.” Brewster is expected to be this year’s biggest competition, but hopefully the Bears and other league favorites won’t prove unbeatable by this young and enthusiastic team of Tigers.

TONASKET BOYS BASKETBALL VARSITY ROSTER # Name 4 Bryden Hires 32 Dylan Douke’ 34 Caden Field 44 Cade Hockett 22 Seth Smith 23 Kyle Huber 14 Jesse Ramon 10 Jordan Thrasher 10 Ryker Ayers 10 Ethan Smith


Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Head coach: Mike Larson Assistant coaches: Dave Kirk, Steve Williams



3 Lucas Scott 12 Chad Bretz 14 Sesar Saldana 20 Alex Palomares 22 Ethan Calus 23 Riley Morris 24 Conner Timm 32 Jack Montowski 44 Sam Nelson

So. Jr. Jr. So. Fr. So. Jr. Fr. Jr.

C SQUAD ROSTER 3 Adrian Mendoza 20 Joe Ogborn 23 Joe Schell 32 Destin Sphar 1 Michael Davis 2 Eric Owsley 4 Gavin Frazier 11 Andrew Clawson 12 Jason Whiteaker 24 Riley Houg 34 Ben Williams 44 Caeleb Hardesty

Jr. So. So. So. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr. Fr.

Katie Teachout/staff photo

Coach Mike Larson said he hoped to ignite in his players the same passion for the game he has.

In the December 5 Tonasket/ Kettle Falls game (clockwise from upper left), Dylan Douke’ searches for a way past a blocking Bulldog; Jordan Thrasher gets his progress jammed by the Bulldog; Jesse Ramon shoots over the head of a Bulldog; Coach Larson applauds a play by his team; Cade Hockett takes the ball back to the Tigers’ end of the court and Kyle Huber provides some tough defense of his own, with backing from Ramon and Hockett. Katie Teachout/staff photos

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Hornets plan to give 100 percent on the court BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE - Jay Thacker, assisted by Brian Martin, is back for his third season of coaching the Oroville boys basketball team. He is greeted by the largest turnout (22) of players since his session in Oroville began. Thacker’s got two returning seniors (Juan Lopez and Dakota Haney), along with three returning starters. “Nathan Hugus, Bryce Glover and Andrew Mieirs are juniors who have been starting or playing significant minutes since their freshman year,” said Thacker. “Also, Juan Lopez has lots of experience as a senior, but was unable to play last year because he was recovering from knee surgery.” Glover and Mieirs were both awarded Honorable Mention All-Conference last year, and Lopez was named to Second Team All-Conference the year before. Thacker said one young player showing promise this year is freshman Spencer Martin, who currently stands 6’3”. “He will be playing major minutes for us this year,” said Thacker. The Oroville Hornets’ goal this season is to “be great teammates and give 100 percent, 100 percent of the time,” said Thacker, who described his coaching style

Gary DeVon/staff photo

The Oroville boys varsity basketball team includes (l-r) Andrew Mieirs, Juan Lopez, Dakota Haney, Ryan Marcolin, Nathan Hugus, Spencer Martin, Blake Rise, Bryce Glover, Sage Sarmiento and Hunter Martin. Not pictured Seth Miller, Caleb Mills, Baixi (Percy) Long and Chadin (Ping) Caipomp. as ‘passionate.’ Thacker said his team didn’t have any particular weaknesses they needed to overcome; they just need to stay healthy. The Hornets finished 6-12 last year, and Thacker said he believed this team has the capability to finish in the top half of the league this year. Asked if he was planning to



Game Start

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Ok Jamboree Curlew Lake Roosevelt Okanogan Liberty Bell at Bridgeport at Moses Lake at Moses Lake at Chelan at Chelan Republic at Manson at Tonasket Brewster at Okanogan at Lake Roosevelt at Liberty Bell Bridgeport Manson Tonasket at Brewster Tonasket at Brewster

5:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. TBD TBD TBD TBD 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

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make any big changes in strategy in order to improve over last year’s record and what those changes would be, Thacker replied, “Yes, but the rest of the league is going to have to figure that out for themselves.” OROVILLE BOYS BASKETBALL VARSITY ROSTER # Name 3 Joseph Sarmiento 11 Dustin Nigg 25 Jetta Youker 33 Lane Tietje 45 Cody Tibbs 43 Juan Lopez 13 Andrew Mieirs 15 Nathan Hugus 21 Jaxon Blackler 23 Bryce Glover

Pos. G/F G G G/F G/F F G F F G

Gr Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. So. So. So. So.

Head Coach: Jay Thacker Assistant Coach: Brian Martin

JR VARSITY ROSTER # Name Pos. 51 Blake Rise F 23 Alfonso Maestro G 43 Chadin (Ping) Caipornp F 15 Baixi (Percy) Long G 45 Nils Fassbender F/C 11 Bobby Sattelberg F Ryan Marolin G/F Hunter Martin G/F 5 Max Turner G 3 Matthew Galvin G 13 Jerry Milholland F

Gr Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So. So. Fr.

Gary DeVon/staff photo

Oroville Oroville boys junior varsity basketball team includes (l-r) Robert Satelberg, Nils Fassbender, Jerry Milholland, Max Turner, Matthew Gavin and Alfonso Maestro.


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TONASKET - Stephanie Schertenleib is excited to have two assistant coaches this year, with the numbers high enough to furnish a C-Squad. Newly hired is Breanne Hanson as C-Squad Coach, with Jessica Hylton returning to coach JV. This is Schertenleib’s third con-

TONASKET GIRLS BASKETBALL VARSITY ROSTER # Name Pos. Gr 10 Morgyne Hjaltason 10 G 12 Ellie Alberts Fr. G/P 14 Ashlynn Willis Jr. G 20 Johnna Terris Jr. G 22 Lexie Wahl Jr. P 24 Camille Wilson So. G/P 30 Madyson Clark So. G 32 Madilyn Larson Fr. G 34 Kayla Willis Jr. G 42 Jenna Valentine Sr. P 50 Kasey Nelson Sr. P JV -Kaylee Bobadilla, Megan Bolich, Tylee Caddy, Emily McCullough, Keann Wilson, Cassidy Caddy, Chelsea Vasquez, Megan Powell, C-Squad -Julie Bello, 14 Deana Camm, 22 Isabel Semer, Lisa Kudlik, 30 Missy Martinez, Cordelia Muth, Nicole Juarez, Brooklynn Ward, Anna McCulloughKuusela, Megan Bolich, Alina Vlahovich, Kasey Nelson, Brooklynn Ward, Sandra Magdaleno, Kallysta Ray and Nicole Juarez.

secutive year as the Tonasket girls basketball coach, and her fifth year as a varsity coach. “Every year’s turnouts seem to be a little different; sometimes we have a small number of incoming freshmen and sometimes we don’t,” said Schertenleib. “This year 11 of our 28 total players are incoming freshmen. I only have two seniors this Schertenlieb year, Kasey Nelson and Jenna Valentine. They are great players to have; very competitive and coachable. I just love having them on my squad.” Schertenleib said her coaching style was ‘intense.’ “I am very passionate about the

SENIORS Valentine


TONASKET GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE 12/1 12/4 12/5 12/8 12/11 12/12 12/15 12/18 12/28 12/29 1/5 1/9 1/12 1/15 1/19 1/22 1/23 1/26 1/29 2/2 2/5

at Okanogan Jam 5 p.m. Republic 6:00 p.m. Kettle Falls 2:30 p.m. Manson 6:00 p.m. at Liberty Bell 6:00 p.m. Omak 6:00 p.m. at Brewster 6:00 p.m. Okanogan 6:00 p.m. at West Valley TBD at West Valley TBD at Lk Roosevelt 6:00 p.m. Oroville 6:00 p.m. at Bridgeport 6:00 p.m. at Manson 6:00 p.m. Liberty Bell 6:00 p.m. Brewster 6:00 p.m. at Warden 6:00 p.m. at Okanogan 6:00 p.m. Lake Roosevelt 6:00 p.m. at Oroville 6:00 p.m. Bridgeport 6:00 p.m.

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The Tonasket girls basketball team includes (l-r) front row: Anna McCullough, Missy Martinez, Julie Bello, Keann Wilson, Megan Powell, Madilynn Larson, Cassidy Caddy, Deana Camm, Ellie Alberts and Kay Lee Bobadillo. Middle row: Megan Bolich, Nicole Juarez, Camille Wilson, Madyson Clark, E. Morgyne Hjaltason, and Brooklynn Ward. Back row: Emily McCullough, Ashlynn Willis, Lisa Kudlik, Isabel Semer, Chelsea Vasquez, Cordelia Muth, Kasey Nelson, Jenna Valentine, Lexi Wahl, Johnna Terris and Kayla Willis. game, and it seems to come out through my teaching of everything from the x’s and o’s to the basic fundamentals.” Looking forward to the season, Schertenleib said, “If we work hard, play as a team and dedicate ourselves to improving, the results will be evident in our play.

I couldn’t tell you what our record was last season or who scored the most points for us on our team; I don’t care about that stuff. Basketball is a team sport, and no one single player can do it alone.” The Lady Tigers missed districts by one game last year. “Our goal is to not let that

be the case this season,” said Schertenleib. “Every year there are players that are new and ones that come back; ones that challenge you and ones that don’t. I love them all like they are my own children. They make you proud of them, they disappoint you; you laugh with them and you cry

when you have to see them go. This is my favorite part of coaching, it’s like having a huge family. I don’t know that anyone can truly understand this parallel without being a coach. I feel blessed every time I start a new season. My love for the players and the game will never change.”


OROVILLE – Chad Mathews begins his first season coaching the Lady Hornets, after coaching boys high school basketball. Mathews will be assisted by Bill Cottrell, in his third season as assistant coach with the Coach Mathews Lady Hornets. The turnout of 16 girls is larger than the team has seen in a couple of years. The team is made up of experienced

and inexperienced players, with just two seniors and two juniors. “We have a very promising sophomore class of dedicated basketball players,” Mathews said. “We lost a very good player to graduation, but we have four returning starters, two of whom have achieved All-League honors.” Returning senior Mikayla Scott received All-League honors in both her sophomore and junior seasons. Sophomore Hannah Hilderbrand is the other returning starter who made All-League last year, as a freshman. “Faith Martin was our best defensive player and does everything well,” said Cottrell. Jordyn Smith, a junior, is an experienced player the team will be depending on. “We also have Pie Todd, a junior, who is coming back to our





Game Start

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OROVILLE GIRLS VARSITY BASKETBALL ROSTER # Name Pos Gr No. Player Pos. Gr. 1 Faith Martin Pg, Sg Sr. 2 Katie Rawley Sg,Pg Fr. 3 Havannah Worrell Pg,Sg So. 4 Sydney Egerton Pg So. 5 Kendal Miller Sg Jr. 10 Hannah Hilderbrand Pf So. 12 Kiana Oliver F, Sf, P Jr. 14 Pie Todd Pf, C Jr. 20 Katherine Egerton Sf, Pf So. 34 Mikayla Scott Pg, Sg Sr. 42 Jordyn Smith Sf, Sg Jr.

JUNIOR VARSITY 2 Katie Rawley 10 Jadyn Mieirs 12 Olivia Matthews 14 Gwen Hankins 20 Mariya Mathis 32 Sheridan Blasseysg, 34 Christina Herrick

F, Sg Fr. Sf, F Fr. Pg, Sg 8th F 8th Sg,G 8th F 8th F 8th

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The Oroville girls varsity basketball team includes (front, l-r) Faith Martin, Mikayla Scott (back) Sydney Egerton, Jordyn Smith, Havannah Worrell, Pie Todd, Hannah Hilderbrand, Kendal Miller, Katherine Egerton and Katie Rawley. team after not being able to play for part of last season,” Cottrell said. “We have a very strong sophomore class coming up. Hannah Hilderbrand, Havannah Worrell, Sydney Egerton and Katherine Egerton will be impact players for us immediately,” said Mathews. “We also have two ninth graders and several eighth graders who we are hoping to develop.” Asked how they expected the team’s performance to be this season, the coaches responded, “If

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our senior leaders do their jobs, and our underclassmen perform up to their capabilities, we like our chances. We went 15-10 last year, and played basketball in a very tough neighborhood. We are

pleased that we were able to play 25 games.” The coaches said some changes in strategy would be made in the hopes of improving in all facets of the game.

The highlight of last season for the Lady Hornets was being successful in league play and in the District tournament, and getting into the State Regionals (Sweet 16) for the second year in a row.







The Oroville wrestling team includes (front row, l-r) John Castillo, Drake Fox, Louie Vasquez, Jeff Rounds, Kacey Dewitt, Rigido Ocampo, (back row) Casey Martin, Nick Clase, Hunter DeVon, Charles Arrigoni, Scotty Hartvig, Zane Scott, David Inequez.

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OROVILLE - The Oroville Hornets will be coached on the mats by Chuck Ricevuto, who has been coaching wrestling for the past 40 years. Ricevuto is assisted again this year by Ed Booker. The team has 14 wrestlers; just one less than last year. “We have a mixture of experience and inexperience, made up mostly of sophomores,” said Ricevuto. The three returning seniors are Co-Captain Scotty Hartvig, Charles Arrigoni and Kacey Dewitte. “We only have two freshmen with limited experience, and nine sophomores with varying degrees of experience,” Ricevuto continued. “Our strengths are few, with a lot of work to catch up on for

those who did not attend summer weights and preseason conditioning. As a result, we will continue to struggle against much stronger and more experienced opponents; especially those teams that were former ‘A’ powers like Tonasket and Warden.” The Hornets faced the challenge last year of the 1B/2B wrestling classification expansion to include a number of state powers that were formerly classified as 1A. Oroville competed at the Davenport Invitational Wrestling Tournament Saturday, Dec. 5, along with teams from Cle Elum, Lake Roosevelt, Pateros, Colfax, Liberty, Freeman, Kittitas, WCK, Northwest Christian, Reardan and Riverside Christian. The format was a 12-man bracket wrestling to fourth place. Ricevuto reported the following results for the Hornets: Louie Vazquez, competing in the 106-pound weight class, placed fourth; just out of the medals. Drake Fox wrestled at 132 and placed third, with his only loss


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coming to Senior State Veteran Jaspino from Pateros. In the 138 pound weight class, Brigido Ocampo pinned all three of his opponents on his way to a Gold medal championship in a

B-bracket made up of lesser experienced wrestlers. Also at 138, Johnny Castillo wrestled his first two matches, ever going two and out. At 145, Hunter DeVon “wres-



Weigh In

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tled tough” but had to leave the tournament with an injury. Kacey Dewitte “grappled hard” but went two and out in the 160 pound weight class. At 182, Nick Clase wrestled “with much improvement from last year” but went two and out. Also wrestling in the 182 pound weight class was Zane Scott, who fell one bout short of the consolation medal round. Scott is the other Co-Captain of

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the team. In the 195 pound weight class, Scotty Hartvig lost his opening bout to state placer Anderson from Reardon, and “came storming back,” pinning all his other opponents for a third place medal. At 220, Charles Arrigoni wrestled a “hard-fought” 3-6 loss in the finals for a Silver medal. The Hornets will host Brewster and Pateros Friday, Dec. 11, starting at 6 p.m.


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TONASKET - The Tonasket wrestling team took third in state last year, and while they lost ten to graduation, returning grapplers include state champions Trevor Peterson and Jorge Juarez, both seniors. Also returning this year is state meet participant Zach Lofthus and state meet alternate Rade Pilkinton, also seniors. But perhaps more importantly,

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continued Mitchell. “Andrew Grillo planced second in state and Trampas Stucker was a state meet participant.” Along with the returning state champs and championship contenders are sophomore Rycki Cruz as well as juniors Vance Frazier, Zion Butler, and Tim Freese who all had good seasons last year, according to Mitchell. The returning squad is augmented by eight talented freshmen. “We should be tough,” said Mitchell of the team he describes

TONASKET WRESTLING SCHEDULE Date 12/5 12/9 12/12 12/16 12/19 12/19 12/29 1/2/ 1/6 1/9 1/12 1/16 1/20 1/23 1/26 1/30 2/6 2/13 2/20

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as smart and hardworking. The only difficulty Mitchell foresees is filling all the weight classes; a problem shared by most B league teams. “I spend a lot of time with


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all of my wrestlers, and they are what have made coaching here so enjoyable, and it hasn’t changed,” said Mitchell. “We still spend a lot of time and hard work together. I love it.” Garrett Thomas Rycki Cruz Branden Baugher Reese Caddy Dawson Bretz Chris Freese Garrett Wilson Austin Wood Tanner Anderson Hector Guevara Isaac Gomez Ian Vanatta Yigit Karaermis

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