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Hughes Dept. Store looking to ‘right the ship’ Summer fires, low Canadian dollar, even the bird flu, combine to hurt sales BY GARY A. DEVON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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In the above scene from the Tonasket Community Theater’s performance of ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,’ the Herdman family children wreak havoc during a church’s casting call. Imogene Herdman, played by Emma Shearin, taunts Alice Wendleken (played by Noni Alley) by holding her Child’s Book of Prayers out of reach. Left, Shearin’s Imogene Herdman, who got the role of Mary by threatening Alice Wendleken not to try out for it this year, appears transformed by taking part in the Christmas story for the first time. For story and more photos, see page A3

OROVILLE – It’s been a long summer of rumors and conjecture, is Hughes’ Department Store selling or closing – as of last Monday it seemed like it was closing, but Tuesday that had changed. According to Jack Hughes, who owns the business with his wife Mary, this past year has been a rough one, with sales down due to a perfect storm of issues. “It actually started last spring, with the bird flu and spring sales were down,” said Hughes, “then we had the Canadian dollar drop so low and the fires.... even though they were not here, we got so much smoke people weren’t coming down across the border.” Hughes said his business – selling clothing, shoes, hardware and a variety of other items at his store, relies heavily on the three months of summer and Canadian shoppers to get them through the rest of the year. Add that to the fact that his other business, Discount Fireworks, was also down due to all the fireworks bans this year. “The fireworks, we didn’t have that pot to draw from again,” said Hughes. He says the internet is cutting into everyone’s business as well making it hard to compete with customers who’d rather stay home and order items online from the comfort of their armchair. All this combined sent Hughes looking for someone to buy the department store. “This summer we had someone interested in buying, but that fell through due

to health reasons on their part... just a week and a half before we had the deal finalized. A couple more looked at it but they said it was too far from their bases of operations. They really liked the store, they thought it was great, but just too far from home,” he said. Hughes, who leases space for his business in the north half of the Prince’s Center, said he had been working very closely with the Prince family to try and make things work. The store, which was Prince’s Department Store, has been in business for the better part of eight decades and a destination for generations of cross border shoppers. “Jim (Prince) and I have had our heads together everyday for the past three weeks. We’ve been trying to work something out for four months now,” said Hughes. That brought him to the point where he and his wife were going to close the store after the beginning of next year. He told his employees that and even advertised it on the big Prince’s Center reader board. But on Tuesday morning Jack Hughes said no, the store wasn’t closing, but the big 30 percent inventory reduction sale was going to continue. He isn’t optimistic about the situation turning around soon, especially the Canadian dollar which has been down by 30 percent or more. “Traditionally once it’s down it takes about two years to come back,” he said. “And a store this size in a town of about 1700 just can’t be supported by our local people alone.” Hughes, who employs between 40 and 45 people year around, said he has some of the best employees. Editor’s Note: Hughes was emphatic about the store not closing at the end of January. He said he was going to try to do what it takes “to right the ship” and keep the doors open.

Tonasket Elementary named ‘School of Distinction’ One of just 90 schools honored across Washington State

Elementary School, and the entire school district,” said Superintendent Steve McCullough. “I commend the efforts of our elementary school staff, the entire adminstrative team and our school board to help earn this award. This is a long-term look at our improvements, BY KATIE TEACHOUT which is a lot harder to accomplish than KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM just a snapshot of a year or two.” The Center for Educational TONASKET - Tonasket Elementary Effectiveness (CEE), partnered with Schools is one of 90 schools across the Association of Educational Service Washington State to be honored with the Districts (AESD), the Association 2015 School of Distinction (SOD) award. of Washington School Principals, The award is Washington Association given to schools of School Administrators who demonand the Washington strate sustained “Our students are Association of Supervision improvement over Curriculum making great growth and a five year period Development recognize in reading/English each year and are a schools in the top five perlanguage arts and true joy to work with,” cent of improvement for math. their levels. Elementary “The 2015 Jeremy Clark, Principal and middle schools are Tonasket Elementary School School of recognized for improveDistinction award ment in reading/ELA and is a reflection of math achievement, and the incredible amount of time and effort high schools are recognized for sustained our staff puts into making a difference for improvement in graduation rate over the every child,” said Tonasket Elementary last five years. School Principal Jeremy Clark. “Our stuThis year, 51 elementary, 20 middle/ dents are making great growth each year junior high and 21 high schools includand are a true joy to work with. Thank ing five alternative schools were given you also to our parents and community the SOD award. for your support of our students and our The 90 schools come from all regions work. Sustained improvement requires of the state and include schools from the efforts of us all. What an amazing large urban as well as small rural comcommunity Tonasket is to work, grow munities. and learn in! Congratulations Tonasket “These schools demonstrate that sigSchool District!” nificant improvement is occurring across “This is a great honor for our Tonasket all our diverse public schools,” said Greg


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Tonasket Elementary School Staff celebrate being one of 90 schools in Washington State to be given the 2015 School of Distinction Award. Lobdell, CEE CEO. Bridgeport High School won the award in 2013 and 2014 as well as this year, the ninth consecutive year the award has been given. TES is one of fifty-five schools this year to receive the award for the first time. “In a year of unprecedented change across our state with the new Common Core Standards and the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, it is cause for celebration to see so many schools ris-

ing to these challenges and causing great improvement for our students,” said Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and president of the AESD. “This award process highlights our need to continue to support improvement efforts of our schools and the dedicated and talented leaders and staffs that make this kind of increased student achievement happen. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders and communities across our state for their exceptional efforts in



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Olson and Rice finish terms on Tonasket City Council Moreno sworn in as new member; 2016 budget adopted BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

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Tonasket Elementary School staff members sign the 2015 School of Distinction award banner on Friday, Dec. 11. of a different measurement tool. CEE dealt with this challenge by translating percent meeting standard to percentile ranks for each year and each content area. The percentiles are calculated for each year by combining ELA and math percentiles, and the five-year trend of improvement for each year used to measure improvement over the five-year period. CEE determined that SBA

“This is a great honor for our Tonasket Elementary School and the entire school district.” Steve McCullough, Superintendent Tonasket School District

could not be used at the high school level due to irregularities in the testing, with nearly 50 percent refusals state wide for HS testing. CEE consulted with ESD

leadership, district leadership and building principals around the state and decided to use sustained improvement in graduation rates for awarding high schools.

Sixty day review of Zoning Code begins Final adoption will be culmination of four years of work BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - City Planner Kurt Danison submitted amendments to the Comprehensive Plan Land Use Designation Map and a thoroughly revised Zoning Code and Zoning Map to the Tonasket City Council Tuesday, Dec. 8. for a 60-day period of public review. The Tonasket City Council will then hold a Public Hearing prior to taking action to adopt the amendments. According to Danison, the transmittal of the amendments from the Planning Commission completes nearly four years of effort. Council member Scott Olson asked if chickens were allowed, and Danison said yes. The proposed amendments included the following provisions: 17.21.180 Keeping of chickens A. The intent of this section is to provide for and establish standards for the noncommercial keeping of chickens in a manner which will not endanger the health, peace and safety of the citizens of the city and which will assure that chickens are kept in a clean and sanitary condition and not subject to suffering, cruelty or abuse. B. Chickens are permitted to be kept and maintained as accessory uses subject to the following requirements: 1. No more than four (4) chickens are allowed at each singlefamily dwelling; 2. Male chickens over four (4) months of age are not allowed; 3. Chickens shall be kept in a well ventilated, enclosed coop constructed to protect the animals against varying weather conditions and predators. The coop shall have an attached, enclosed run. The coop and run combined shall provide a minimum of ten (10) square feet of ground space per chicken; 4. All coops and runs shall be located within a side or rear yard only. Coops shall be at least twenty-five (25) feet from any neighboring dwelling and five (5) feet from any property line. No portion of any coop or run shall be within five (5) feet of any property line unless the property line abuts an alley; 5. All coops and runs shall be kept in a neat, sanitary, dustfree condition and must be cleaned on a regular basis so as to prevent offensive odors; 6. At no time shall the chickens be allowed to run at large. Danison said the zoning code did not include anything regarding cannabis, as stores are a retail outlet like any other, processing is an industrial activity and growing falls under agriculture; all activi-

ties are presently regulated by City zoning. “If someone applies for a license from the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, it will come before the city council for review,” said Danison. “The city can reduce the 1,000 foot buffer zone at it’s discretion.” “That sounds like a great idea,” said Mayor Patrick Plumb. “I am pumped.” Danison said under the first quarter of operation, the marijuana outlet store Sage Shop in Omak paid taxes of $4,000 to the city of Omak. Plumb asked when Mill Drive and Bretz Road would be assimilated as full city streets. “Seventh Street should be 7th Street all the way to the end instead of changing to Mill Drive now that both portions are in the city, rather than part of it in the county,” said Plumb. Council members raised concerns about people needing to change their address if the change was made. “We would need to write a letter and work with the e-911 people, who are in charge of the addresses. They are going to want to know why the change is being made now, after 100 years,” said Danison, adding that he would work with City Clerk and Treasurer Alice Attwood to find out how that was to be done. Dansion said representatives from the Utility and Transportation Council and Genesse & Wyoming Railroad would be coming to Tonasket February 3 for a 10 a.m. meeting to review the location of the planned crossing and determine the scope of the improvements required for approval for the railroad crossing at the south end of Chief Tonasket Park. Danison said he submitted two applications for county infrastructure funds collected resulting from a .09 percent rebate of retail sales tax to Okanogan County. This fund was established in the early 1990’s as a means to assist economic development in economically “distressed” counties. The legislation required the dollars be spent on public facilities that provide for economic development in consultation with the Cities and Towns. “While the Okanogan County Economic Alliance facilitates an annual process to prioritize economic development projects on a county-wide basis at the request of the County Commissioners, it has been at least four or five years since any City or Town projects have been funded, with the exception of a small grant to Tonasket for the Third Avenue project in 2013,” said Danison “With approximately $400,000 a year going into the fund, it is hoped that the Commissioners will release some funding for economic development projects.” Tonasket submitted applications were for electric car charg-

ing station in the parking lot adjoining the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center (TVBRC), and improvements at the Tonasket City Airport including the installation of three helipads and new septic system. Danison said the only communities that made applications were Tonasket, Pateros, Brewster and Twisp. The Okanogan County Economic Alliance Board approved the list of priorities: 1.


Maria Moreno was sworn in as the new Tonasket City Council member Tuesday, Dec. 8. Moreno replaces Lois Rice, who was appointed to fill the vacant council seat when Jean Ramsey resigned in June, 2014. Rice chose not to run for an additional term. Along with her regular City Council responsibilities, Rice was appointed by Mayor Patrick Plumb to serve on the 2015 street/Water/Sewer/Cemetery/ Airport committee with fellow council member Claire Jeffko; and the Personnel committee with Dennis Brown. Moreno, who ran unopposed for the council seat, takes over the appointed seat immediately. Jensen Sackman, who ran unopposed for Scott Olson’s council seat, will take over his position at the end of the year. Olson, who has been on the city council for six years, also chose not to run for another term. This was his last meeting serving on the council. “The people of the city are really doing a good job and I appreciate them,” said Olson as he passed out gifts of flowers, coffee and hot chocolate coupons to city staff and fellow council members. “It has been an honor to serve with each of you.” Giving Plumb a gift certificate to the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op, he told the mayor, “I am impressed with how you have changed and grown in this position, and the city is lucky to have you.” Olson was appointed by Plumb to serve on the 2015 Finance/ Capital Improvements com-

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New council member Maria Moreno sits between Scott Olson and Jill Vugteveen after being sworn in December 8. Moreno replaces Lois Rice. This was also Scott Olson’s last meeting serving as a council member. mittee with Jill Vugteveen, and the Park/Pool/Housing/Youth Center/Recreation committee with Jeffko. The Council voted to approve the City of Tonasket 2016 Budget, with total Law Enforcement expenditures of $456,639 and total Fire Control expenditures of $36,000. Total Park Expenditures were approved at $29,600 and Total Building Inspector/ Administrator at $18,600. Total Airport expenditures were budgeted at $10,940 and total Library expenditures at $8,600. Total Youth Center Expenditures are expected to be at $5,600 and total Health expenditures (mosquito control, professional service and dog pound improvements) at $2,000. All city staff employees received a flat increase of $32.23 per month when an increase of 1 percent to each of the current employee hourly rates times 2080 hours was divided equally between eleven employees. City Hall requests for the budget included a new phone system for city hall and new front doors for city hall. Public Works requests included two chlorine

and two poly metering pumps at $1500, cleaning of water reservoirs at $4500, wastewater and treatment plant UV lights at $3500, a new mower for the park and cemetery at $14,000. The police department requested a new car at $10,000, with $5,000 allotted in the budget. The council also approved an ordinance transferring $60,000 from the Water Reserve Fund to the Water Fund. This increases the Water Fund Revenues and Expenditures from $431,190 to $491,190; and decreases Water Reserve Revenues and Expenditures from $67,650 to $7,650. Total revenues and expenditures are both at $2,941,516.25 for the 2016 budget. All charges for city fees remained the same, except for sewer rates increasing by two percent and water rates increasing by 10 percent. Disbursement of hotel/motel funds was $650 for the Tonasket Airport Improvement fund, $1,900 for the Tonasket Rodeo Club, $600 for the CCC and


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Audience members were happy to join in with the voices of the Angel Choir singing Christmas carols during the Tonasket Community Theater’s performance of ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’

The Bradley family, played by Phoenix Willging, Kara Wilson, Danika Smith and Matt Smith, cheer when the ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ does indeed turn out to be the best production, despite chaos at the start.

Best Christmas Pageant Ever brings holiday cheer Pageant had 25 member production crew drawn from local talent BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

The Tonasket Community Theater performed ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever’ to full houses at the Community Cultural Center (CCC) December 10-13, delighting giggling audiences with great acting and clever lines. Directed by Sarah Kaiser and Nakiah Reiter, the 25-member production crew included actors

and actresses ranging in age from six years to adults. Auditions took place in August, and the group has been practicing weekly to perfect their presentation of the play based on a book by Barbara Robinson. “We held auditions at the end of August, in the smoke,” said Kaiser. “Two or three kids had fathers out fighting the fires. We held the auditions outside, because people (displaced from the Okanogan Complex wildfires) were living inside the CCC.” Kaiser said when she wrote a letter to Samuel French Publishers, they and the descendants of the author waived all royalty fees upon hearing the circumstances the theater group

was performing under, and how the community united together in response to the fires. “That never happens,” said Kaiser. “Royalty fees don’t usually get waived.” Another challenge Kaiser faced was finding creative ways to use a small stage without a curtain. She referred to a hospital scene played by M. Clare Paris with her leg in traction and Rob Thomas acting as her nurse, set off on the side of the stage. “We did that scene to distract the audience while we did a set change on the main stage,” said Kaiser. “We had twenty-five people in production, and everyone was busy the entire time. We also had actors sit out scenes

they weren’t involved in right out in the audience. I thought they would be quieter there than if they were hanging out backstage or off to the side.” Kaiser said a favorite memory was when young actress Sarah Alexander said at the end of October, “Wait. The play isn’t until December. What are we going to do until then? I already know all my lines.” They definitely all knew their lines at performance time, but that didn’t guarantee against any glitches. “The third time we did this play, I jumped back and ran into a box. It was a little hard to get back on track after that,” laughed Noni Alley, who played a young

character that thought highly of herself. “It was a stretch to get Noni to play the nasty kid, because as everyone who knows her agrees, Noni is so sweet,” Kaiser said. Emma Shearin, who played a girl named Imogene Herdman who landed the part of Mary in the local church’s Christmas Pageant, said her favorite part of the play was “throwing the doll around.” Six and a half year old Lexie Lindsey laughed at the antics of another character. “When they said ‘My God, they don’t have room for baby Jesus!’ I thought that was really funny,” said Lindsey, who played Maya Eppel. Stella Crutcher, who played the

dual role of Gladys Herdman and an Angel of the Lord who kept proclaiming ‘Shazam!’ said her favorite part of the play was making new friends. Kaiser was aided in the production by numerous friends and community businesses, including a sound and light crew made up of Melanie Thornton, Stephen Sacchi, Rick Braman and Quill Hyde; Samantha Rabenold, Alex Eppel and Scott Olson helping with backstage costuming and kid wrangling; and music provided by Rob Thompson on guitar. All proceeds from the play were given to the CCC to support them in their many roles of providing for the community.

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SUPERIOR COURT Criminal Gabriel J. Saenz, 42, Riverside, pleaded guilty Dec. 8 to POCS (methamphetamine) and third-degree theft. Saenz was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 319 suspended, and fined $3,260.50 for the Nov. 5 crimes. The court found probable cause to charge David George Vanvekoven, 44, Oroville, with POCS (methamphetamine), first-degree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 30. The court found probable cause to charge Rico Nicholas Planque, 44, Omak, with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, POCS (methamphetamine) and two counts of harassment (threats to kill). The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 1. The court found probable cause to charge Bradley James Verstegen, 28, Omak, with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm. The crimes allegedly occurred Aug. 11 and Oct. 24. The court found probable cause to charge David James Clines, 25, Oroville, with unlawful issuance of a bank check and second-degree theft. The crimes allegedly occurred July 31 and Aug. 5. The court found probable cause to charge Christopher Lee Jauregui, 38, Tonasket, with two counts of firstdegree assault (with a deadly weapon). The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 4. The court found probable cause to charge Patrick Thomas McGuire, 55, Oroville, with POCS (methamphetamine) and third-degree DWLS. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 4. The court found probable cause to charge John Christopher Meslar, 41, Tonasket, with distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), POCS (with intent) (methamphetamine), POCS (marijuana) and use of drug paraphernalia. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 4. The court found probable cause to charge Michael Sean Sackman, 31, Tonasket,

with second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded shotgun in a vehicle and obstruction. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 6. The court found probable cause to charge Michael Shane Snell, 36, Mansfield, with POCS (methamphetamine) and use of drug paraphernalia. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 5 near Omak. The court found probable cause to charge Michael John Stensgar Jr., 29, Omak, with first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of a loaded shotgun in a vehicle and obstruction. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 6.

and fined a total of $1,681. Josiah Adrian Moses, 20, Omak, had a charge dismissed: delivery of drug paraphernalia. Sherilynn Nielsen, no middle name listed, 48, Oroville, guilty of violation of a nocontact order, fourth-degree assault, attempted making a false or misleading statement and first-degree criminal trespassing. Nielson was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 354 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,616.


Threats on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Malicious mischief on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Windows reported broken. Assault on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Trespassing on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. Assault on S. Main St. in Omak. Threats on Locust St. in Omak. Weapons offense on Ironwood St. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Engh Rd. in Omak. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on Locust St. in Omak. Found property on Park Ave. in Oroville. Plastic gun recovered. Theft on Juniper St. in Oroville. Weapons offense on S. Antwine Ave. in Tonasket. Darla Lucille Larkin, 28, court commitments for DUI and first-degree DWLS. Jennifer Lee Cooper, 38, booked for second-degree possession of stolen property. Devon Tyler Stolz, 23, booked on an FTA warrant for POCS.

The state Department of Labor and Industries assessed the following businesses for unpaid workers’ compensation taxes, penalties and interest: Okanogan County Potgrowers Association LLC, Riverside, $125.54; Arrow Floor Care, Omak, a total of $1,015.38 between two assessments. DISTRICT COURT Julia Maria Johns, 37, Oroville, guilty of reckless driving and two counts of reckless endangerment. The court dismissed an obstruction charge. Johns was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 334 days suspended, and fined a total of $608. Sukhpal Kaur, no middle name listed, 42, Omak, had a charge dismissed: supplying liquor to minors. Kaur was fined $500. Justin John Leslie, 31, Tonasket, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Joe Ballesteros Lopez, 21, Omak, guilty on two counts of second-degree DWLS. Lopez was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 359 days suspended, and fined a total of $1,116. Kellie Marie McClure Kirkey, 54, Tonasket, guilty of thirddegree theft. McClure Kirkey received a 364-day suspended sentence and fined $518. Charles Reuben McNeil, 30, Conconully, guilty of DUI and first-degree DWLS. McNeil was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 184 days suspended,

911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

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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. get. At a budget workshop held Oct. 14, (G&W), the CSCD’s parent company, 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 vote for the Tonasket county commisstrips 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 to infrequency of trains on the track computer hardware, new front doors for 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 (TPEP). the online planner. “TPEP is time conare already remote. I’m “It’s great for adminsuming, 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

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.

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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 profession-

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

IT on the doorstep at North Valley Hospital District BY KATIE TEACHOUT ics to get the specifics. It is taking a lot of man hours.” KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM 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 reportCEO Mike ing diagnoses. trained to take care of NVH Zwicker, adding that “The ninth revision patients first, and they the hospital might has been out since see the effects of the 1970s, so there will have to transition to decreased Days Cash are lots of changes taking care of the elec- on Hand over the and lots more codes,” next few weeks due said Fries. “The govtronic records. We have 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.”

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Police Department FTC warrant for fourth-degree assault. Nathaniel James Edenso, 35, booked on three warrants for failure to pay child support and a Tonasket Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 Burglary on Osprey Dr. near Okanogan. Jewelry reported missing. Fraud on Orchard St. in Okanogan. Fraud on Black Rd. near Omak. Theft on Aeneas Valley Rd. near Tonasket. Mailbox reported missing. Vehicle prowl on S. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Antlers and gloves reported missing. Domestic dispute on Pine Creek Rd. near Tonasket. Fraud on Old Riverside Hwy. near Omak. Threats on Frosty Creek Rd. near Tonasket. Assault on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Harassment on Duck Lake Rd. near Omak. Drugs on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Trespassing on Duck Lake Rd. near Omak. Harassment on N. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Fraud on W. Bartlett Ave. in Omak. Burglary on Ninth Ave. in Oroville. Trespassing on Juniper St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Alice Louise Jones, 60, court commitment for thirddegree DWLS. Matthew Llewellyn, no middle name listed, 32, booked for DUI (work release) and driveby (work release). Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 Fraud on Danker Cutoff Rd. near Okanogan. Domestic dispute on Third St. in Riverside. Drugs on S. Fifth Ave. in Okanogan. Burglary on Pine Creek Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle roll-over crash on Danker Cutoff Rd. near Okanogan. No injuries reported. Drugs on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Glenwood Ave. in Riverside. No injuries reported. Domestic dispute on Main St. in Oroville. Warrant arrest on Main St. in Oroville. Vehicle prowl on Juniper St. in

Oroville. Stereo equipment reported missing. Domestic dispute on E. Seventh St. in Tonasket. DWLS on S. Tonasket Ave. in Tonasket. Dustin David Blackburn, 38, booked on an OCSO warrant for sex offender registry. Shannon Bailey-Mieris, 44, booked on an Oroville Police Department FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Elizabeth Zierlein, no middle name listed, 35, booked on four Oroville Police Department warrants: one for hitand-run (unattended) and three for third-degree DWLS. Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 Assault on Apple Way Rd. near Okanogan. Burglary on Hwy. 97 near Oroville. Sex offense on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on Jennings Loop Rd. near Oroville. Automobile theft on Elmway in Okanogan. Assault on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Harassment on Hwy. 97 near Tonasket. Weapons offense on Omache Dr. in Omak. Drugs on Omak Ave. in Omak. Trespassing on Engh Rd. in Omak. Trespassing on Longanecker Rd. near Tonasket. Shila Saleen Bearcloud Moore, 24, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: DUI and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock device. Christina Jean St. Claire, 29, booked for a drug court violation. Alan Forbes Price, 42, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for third-degree DWLS. Matthew Velasquez, no middle name listed, 38, DOC detainer. Dustin Matthews, no middle name listed, 34, court commitment for POCS. Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015 DUI on S. Van Duyn Ave. in Okanogan. Utility problem on Engh Rd. near Omak. Power outage reported. Warrant arrest on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Warrant arrest on Jennings Loop Rd. near Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Cameron Lake Rd. near Okanogan. No injuries reported. Weapons offense on Sandflat Rd. near Omak. Burglary on Omak Ave. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak.

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Domestic dispute on N. Main St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Dayton St. in Omak. One-vehicle crash on W. Fourth St. in Tonasket. No injuries reported. Drugs on Hwy. 97 in Tonasket. Anthony Bigwolf, no middle name listed, 21, booked on four FTC warrants for MIP/C. Iris Gail Mannoquin, 21, booked on an OCSO warrant for third-degree DWLS. Andres Rafael Guzman Sanchez, 19, booked for MIP/C. Omar Medina Hermenegildo, 22, booked for DUI. Hannah Lyn Galloway, 28, booked on an OCSO warrant for third-degree DWLS. Donny James St. Peter, 23, booked for second-degree burglary. David Lee Fitzgerald, 58, booked on three OCSO warrants: resisting arrest, violation of a no-contact order and fourth-degree assault. Arthur Leroy Sims Jr., 47, DOC detainer. Kyle Campbell, no middle name listed, 27, DOC detainer. Audrey Lynn Vieira, 33, booked for second-degree theft. Jesse Ray Manring, 19, booked for POCS. Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015 One-vehicle crash on Havillah Rd. near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on Rodeo Trail Rd. near Okanogan. DWLS on Engh Rd. in Omak. Hit-and-run vehicle crash on Westlake Rd. near Oroville. Fence reported damaged. Assault on Engh Rd. in Omak. One-vehicle crash on Nine Mile Rd. near Oroville. Injuries reported. DWLS on Omak Ave. in Omak. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Burglary on E. Bartlett Ave. in Omak. Harassment on Shumway Rd. near Omak. DWLS on W. Third Ave. in Omak. DWLS on Elm St. in Omak. William Luquin Xhurape, 25, booked for felony possession of a firearm and obstruction. Stephanie Nacole James, 23, booked for obstruction and reckless endangerment. 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




Times are getting tough all over It looks like hard times in the valley, at least for a couple businesses – Hughes Department Store (see front page) and Omak Wood Products (see story online). While we are used to seeing the OWP mill come and go, in a variety of guises, Hughes’ Department Store, if it can’t hang on, will definitely be a blow to the Oroville area. Right now the business that evolved from the store Ben Prince started eight decades ago, is struggling and there doesn’t seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel. Jack Hughes said they’ve tried a variety of things from selling the business to someone else to restructuring with their distributors. He said the Prince family has worked hard to come up with a solution for the store, but the prospect is still bleak. To that end, Jack and Mary decided they were going to close up shop sometime at, or soon after January. The sign was on the reader board Monday, but by Tuesday Jack was saying at least for now, the store is not closing. However, the drastic inventory reduction sale will continue. While OWP employs some 180 people in the Omak area, Hughes has from 40 to 45, according to Jack. Those jobs will be hard to replace and Out of that’s what we should be most concerned about My Mind in the short run. In the long run, an Oroville Gary A. DeVon without half of its biggest anchor store would be tough on the whole town. Sure, the Canadians will still come down for groceries on the Akins Harvest Foods side, but perhaps not as often if they can’t shop for clothing or hardware on the Hughes side of Prince’s Center. And while many things conspired to make this year a tough one for Oroville – a low Canadian dollar, internet shopping and the smoke from the fires keeping tourists away, perhaps the biggest lesson the business community, well everyone that lives in the Oroville area, needs to take from what’s happening to our biggest store, is we can no longer rely on the Canadian shoppers and tourists to keep us afloat. We need to find something besides our neighbors to the north to carry us through the slow months. Sure, we’re not the first to say it but it’s a lesson we seem to have to learn over and over again. The businesses, city government and everyone who considers Oroville home, needs to come together and find a plan for the future – then when the Canadian dollar comes back that will be a bonus. The city needs to get involved in a big way so that everyone will keep spending their dollars here so Oroville will have the revenue from sales taxes to keep running the town. OWP has been boom and bust for a long time – we’ve heard it described as the Boeings of Okanogan County back in the days when it was Biles-Coleman. Mid-county, with its larger population will probably more easily absorb the lost jobs – but no area in our county can lose good paying steady paychecks and not feel the hurt. What’s in store for OWP, we’re not sure, it will probably come back in some form. And, we can’t imagine not having something in the dry good side of Prince’s Center either if the business eventually shuts its doors. If that’s going to happen is anyone’s guess, but it’s time we come up with a plan to make sure we have good jobs and a pro local business environment in the Oroville area, so our businesses and their employees can rely as much or more on local paychecks to keep them going.

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR We need a wild Similkameen

Dear Editor, The Okanogan PUD has a talon grip on the Similkameen River and refuses to let go Last Monday, Dec. 7th, the commissioners approved a $57 million budget that includes another $1.5 million spent toward the electrification of Enloe Dam. Enloe Dam was scheduled to receive $3.5 million in 2016 – $2 million dollars for engineering and design of the proposed powerhouse and intakes was withdrawn to balance this year’s budget. Spending more money we do not have on Enloe makes no sense. Last January, local citizens organized a “No on Enloe“ Campaign which clearly showed, using the PUD estimates, that a powerhouse at Enloe would generate $1.1 - $1.7 million in losses annually. Electrification would require a minimum of $40 million dollars in bond sales and demand $3.5 million in additional

payments for principle and interest annually. The projected losses at Enloe will trigger more borrowing just to keep the PUD operating. Our rates will be forced continually upward. Never mentioned by the PUD is the right-of-way agreement signed with the BLM in 2013. It requires our Utility to remove the powerhouse and all structures we plan to build on the site when the license ends in 50 years. This is a $40 million hidden cost, to be carried by the ratepayers. This is a disgrace. As early as 1941, fish biologists in the Columbia Basin recognized the vital importance of the western tributaries to the Columbia River for naturally spawning salmon and steelhead. Fish biologists at NOAA, the National Marine Fisheries Service, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Colville Confederated Tribes believe that removal of Enloe Dam would make 166 miles of stream habitat available for 100,000 adult upper Columbia River Steel head. This would be a huge win for people and the natural world.

The removal of Enloe Dam and the creation of a wild and scenic Similkameen River flowing through our lands would draw many visitors to our area. Fishermen, paddlers in kayaks and canoes, bicyclists, photographers, and hikers on the Pacific Northwest Trail will all be turned on by big fish in our river and the abundant life they foster. NOAA and National Marine Fisheries representatives have made trips from Seattle and Ellensburg to Okanogan County PUD to discuss the potential of the Similkameen River. The money and the expertise necessary for removal of Enloe Dam and the restoration of the fishery could be available at no cost to the ratepayers. The only thing missing at the table is our PUD Commissioners saying “No On Enloe.” Write, call or E-mail you commissioners today. Outdoor Recreation is what we have to offer visitors to North County. Don’t let the PUD destroy the best calling card we could ask for, a wild Similkameen River. Joseph Enzensperger Oroville

How to fight ISIS? With cartoons


Pundits like to complain that there are few voices from the Islamic world that condemn terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists. I run a small business that distributes editorial cartoons from around the world. With every major attack, including the recent attacks in Paris, I see a chorus of cartoons from Arab countries condemning the terror. The pundits must not be looking at the cartoons. Editorial cartoonists are typically the most influential voices in newspapers throughout the Middle East, reflecting the views of their readers. Newspapers remain important in everyday life in the Middle East. Editorial cartoons grace the front pages throughout the Middle East. Arabic language cartoonists are typically anti-American and anti-Semitic, but on issues of terrorism they are largely voices of reason. I often hear politicians complain about how the war with Islamic extremists is a battle for hearts and minds and we need to step up our role in an information war that we are losing. Editorial cartoons could be a weapon on the front lines of that battle. By now Americans should see how powerful cartoons can be; clearly the terrorists see this, as cartoonists are among their primary targets. It is difficult for Americans to comprehend that editorial cartoons are important and effective in the Middle East because we view cartoons as trivial jokes, leading us to miss many opportunities. Until recently, the US State Department had programs that brought American cartoonists on speaking tours to the Middle East to meet their colleagues, and had reciprocal programs to bring Arabic language editorial cartoonists to America. The programs

sought to spread common values to countries where persecuted and influential cartoonists typically are barred from drawing their own presidents. These effective State Department speaking programs for editorial cartoonists were dropped at the time of the “sequester” budget cuts. USAID supported journalism education initiatives in the Middle East ignore and exclude cartoonists. As international respect for America has plummeted, respect for many of our institutions still runs high. American cartoonists are respected around the world, like American jazz musicians and basketball players. Middle Eastern cartoonists are eager to have their work appreciated by American readers and by the star American cartoonists who they respect and emulate. The Arab cartoonists push back against the press restrictions imposed by their regimes and envy America’s press freedoms. Every act of terror brings new recruits to the Islamic extremists in ISIS; they seek glory, selling an image of bravery, striking back against the arrogant infidels in the West. Brandishing a gun demands a kind of respect. Fighting for religious values, no matter how twisted, demands a kind of respect. ISIS craves respect; what they can’t bear is ridicule. Islamic extremists who are widely seen as the butts of jokes won’t find many eager converts.

Cartoonists are masters of disrespect and are a continuing threat to the Islamic extremists. It is no surprise that editorial cartoonists are prime targets for terror. Along with other web sites around the world, my own editorial cartoon Web site, Cagle.com, is suffering hacker attacks that appear to originate with terrorists and despotic regimes who fear cartoons. Terrorists and despots have a weakness in common; they can’t take a joke. America needs to wake up, deploy and support the world’s best soldiers in the modern information war, American cartoonists. President Obama recently claimed that he is already doing most of the things that his political opponents demand in the war with ISIS; he called on his critics to contribute new and constructive ideas on what should be done. My recommendation is inexpensive and powerful: bring back and greatly expand the State Department’s shuttered editorial cartoon programs around the world. Daryl Cagle is the editorial cartoonist who runs the CagleCartoons.com newspaper syndicate, distributing editorial cartoons to more than 850 newspapers around the world, including the paper you are reading now. Comments to Daryl may be sent to editor@ cagle.com. Read Daryl’s blog at www.darylcagle.comw



OKANOGAN VALLEY LIFE What did we ever do before air conditioning? GT COR This & That-51 Just one week until Christmas Are you aware and can you believe that one week from this date is Christmas? What happened to the first half of December? It is a busy time of the year, with many functions going on and of course, it is literally impossible to attend all of them. On Saturday was the annual Senior Citizens bazaar with a luncheon, ending at two o’clock. At seven o’clock was the annual “Museum” Christmas party, where tables are set with beautiful settings, and guests are invited to

join friends, partake in assorted desserts, while having fun bidding in the silent auction and Kay and Mike Sibley usually have some great entertainment planned. And the International choir was singing at the Free Methodist Church. There were basketball games at the high school and pinochle at the Senior Citizens activity room. Which do we chose from? I didn’t have a choice as it made sense to stay home when we had visited the ER room just a few hours before, being told that friend husband had multiple issues of A F (elevated and irregular heart beat) beginning pneumonia, not to mention the severe vomiting that preceded the rest. So that was that. Things are better

now but adjustments have to be made ness places. Even as I hear many being with medications, it would seem. devastated with the PUD bill increases. There is never a good time to be ill We pay ours year round, by it being but holiday time is among averaged out, and it works the worst. better, for us, than having a Once again Joe Shaw bigger bill during the winter has been busy making peamonths. nut brittle and almond-roca, How about those giant which he shares with us. And snowflakes that fell last in summer it’s homemade ice week, for a short period of cream. Good neighbors (and time? We’d all be covered relatives) up, with snow if that had I’ve got a lot of cookies to continued very long. make in a weeks time, too. The folks that were doing If you get the Hallmark their annual Christmas Food THIS & THAT drive, spearheaded by Reta channels on your TV, there are a lot of good Christmas Joyce Emry Emry, on the parking lot of stories from now until the Akins Harvest Foods, had first of the year. So when most unpleasant weather you get tired of seeing the faces of the with the rain pouring down, a lot of the terrorist couple, try switching to one of time, last Saturday. the Hallmark numbers. When you reserve a motel, be sure and It is good to see the many Christmas ask if you can cancel the reservation, in lights at the various homes and busi- case you can’t use it. It’s a complicated



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The Kiwanis Club of Tonasket gave out certificates naming the Terrific Kids for the month of November 2015. The Kiwanis chooses a new bunch of kids each month to receive the honor.


We have some sad news this week with the passing of three of our hilltoppers. First we have Oscar Betcher, husband to Nadra and father to Robin and Tim. Before it was Eden Valley Guest Ranch the land was known as the Betcher place. Robin and Nadra were pleased with all of the cards and phone calls they received, and how many folks from Chesaw and Molson attended the services in Waterville on Saturday December 12, 2015. Oscar was a hard working man. He will be missed by many. Hattie Byle passed over the weekend. She was described to me as a Classy Lady and Pure of Heart. She was my phone friend. I had never met her in person. Every time I dialed a certain phone number from my cell phone from Tonasket it con-

Holiday Potluck on Thursday, Dec. 17 SUBMITTED BY JOSEPH ENZENSPERGER

HILLTOP COMMENTS nected to Hatties house. We had some great conversations. We did not have the same subject each time, we just talked. She was from Holland and lived through war times. Lots of stories, such a good lady. Our third hilltopper to leave us was Cleta Adams. She was a Cancer Surviver. She loved to cook and bake and would supply treats for Church every Sunday she was able. Clelta belonged to the Highland Stitchers Sewing group and designed many a quilt. She entered many a quilt in the local quilt show and donated quilts to those in need. Cleta will be missed also. A long time ago in the land at the top of the grade lies a land that some may never see. However, a meeting was called by the mothers and grandmothers of the children living in this land, called the Highlands. It was the season of Holiday time and these



The regular monthly meeting of the Oroville Grange has changed to the third Thursday. Our meeting will be this Thursday, Dec. 17 at the Grange 622 Fir St., Oroville. We are sharing a Holiday Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m., followed by our regular

Santa at Kids’ Christmas Party SUBMITTED BY GAI WISDOM OROVILLE EAGLES #3865

It’s Christmas at the Oroville Eagles! The decorations are up, the plans are a-foot, and hearts are full of good cheer. The Kids’ Christmas party will be on Sunday, Dec. 20th, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. with good things to eat, fun and, of course, Santa and his Elf. Yep, Santa will be here and we hope he can stick around for our joint party at 5 p.m. the same day. The bar will close and Eagles will party on. The Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Party will be Tuesday at 7:pm. Finger food, Secret Sisters reveal, a gift exchange and good company will prevail. Kevin and Maggie renew their wedding vows on Saturday, Dec. 19. Come in and wish them well.

monthly meeting at 7 pm. We are planning events and activities for the New Year. Interested members of the Oroville community are welcome to attend, and share their ideas, and get involved. “North Country-opoly” is here from the publisher. If you would like to purchase a game from

EAGLEDOM AT WORK There will be no Bingo on Thursday, Dec. 24th or Dec. 31st for obvious reasons, but Don will be back on Jan. 6 to kick off a new year of Bingo. Our ladies are serving Burgers and More every Wednesday night at 6:pm except the 30th. Come in and enjoy while you play pool or watch your favorite team. Our Aerie meetings are the first and third Tuesday of the month and the Auxiliary meets on the second and fourth Tuesday. Queen of Hearts will be drawn at 6:30 every Tuesday. Happy hour is 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. every day. Thursdays we play Bingo and eat Burgers and More. Fridays are Steak Night, Joker Poker, and Meat Draw. We open early on Sundays when the ‘Hawks play at 10:am. We have free pool every

ladies felt compelled to make a special day for the children and give Santa a hand. Each one had a task to preform. A day was chosen, donations collected, decorations hung. The children gathered for treats and gifts around the Christmas Tree and a visit from Santa. Yesterday was that day for the Highland Children of Chesaw and Molson. Thanks goes to all that helped and enjoyed the smiles and Thank you’s from the kids. This year we counted nine babies in attendance and it was a sight to see the proud dad’s with the babies in their arms. Hey, Tony. You will enjoy not having the Pinochle Winners this week. The informers were out to lunch or some place. Ha! The Molson Grange Christmas Potluck will be held at the Grange Hall on Saturday, Dec. 19. at 6:30 p.m.. Bring the family and enjoy. (if you bring children, please bring a gift with their name on it) We hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season. the Grange please contact Joseph Enzensperger with your order request 509-476-4072 The Grange is hosting a “Charlie Brown Christmas Flea Market” Saturday, Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Everything priced for affordable holiday sharing. You can expect to find kids clothes, some toys and many, unique, special items you won’t find anywhere else. You will find great deals on clothes and linen. $5 Table Space is still available. Contact Joseph 509-476-4072. Sunday. The Oroville Eagles #3865 will be closed on Christmas Day. We would like to wish everyone a safe and merry season with your friends and family. We are People Helping People.

Our Christmas Bazaar went well. The turnout was light, but everyone seemed happy. There were some whose sales were better than others. Especially appreciated was the Beef Stew dinner and homemade desserts. (Norma’s apple pie especially.) Many thanks to those who helped, those who came, and to those indefatigable vendors. The Lunch Menu for next week is: Tuesday, prime rib. Seating capacity is limited, so prior signup is required. Thursday and Friday we are closed for the holidays. For seniors 60 and over the suggested donation is $3.50, or as one can afford. The price

OROVILLE SENIOR NEWS for those under 60 is $8.00. And have a very Merry Christmas. It’s time to think about paying dues for 2016. Our Senior Citizens have a website with postings of coming events: http://orovillewaseniorcntr.blogspot.com/ Example of postings:“December 22nd - Music by Wade & Autumn Martin; December 29th - Wayne Walker, General Manager, Lifeline Ambulance. Local Senior Bus Service Days: Tue., Thurs, & Fri. ours: 9 am. to noon and 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Seniors: $2.00 donation. General Public: $2.00 per boarding in town. $4.00 per boarding outside the city limits. Call (509)

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Looks like Christmas is fast approaching. Time to get that last minute shopping done and to make plans to be with the family. Put up those lights around and in the house and spread the joy of the holidays. Tuesday will be our weekly taco Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m.

procedure when that becomes necessary. They will try to convince you it can’t be done, but if you get angry enough, they will find a way to do it. Or so it worked for us. A health-care expert was addressing a large audience in Tampa: “The material we put in our stomachs is enough to have killed most of us sitting here, years ago. Red meat is awful. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High-fat diets can be disastrous, and none of us realize the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But there is one thing that is most dangerous of all. Can anyone here tell me which food causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?” After several seconds of quiet, a 75-year-old man in the front row raised his hand and softly said, “Wedding cake.” ‘Til next week

TONASKET EAGLES So get on down here and enjoy some crisp or soft tacos. Bingo is back this Friday at 7 p.m. Check your bag and make sure you have those daubers ready. The kitchen will be open also from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for some of those wonderful hamburgers and fries and other assorted foods. Saturday, is our annual Christmas party at 6 p.m. so come by and share the

560-0479 for more information.” We can thank Raleigh Chinn for putting together the website. But then, for you Okanogan rednecks, you might prefer:”Redneck Spring Break,” h t t p s : / / w w w. y o u t u b e . c o m / watch?v=7_ID-MfVeTw I heard the other day that lipstick is laced with lead, and most wines have traces of arsenic. Something for you ladies to consider. Of course, real men prefer beer. Isn’t it a wonder that women outlive men, by 7 years? And, how did underpaid, lead and arsenic poisoned women acquire 65% of the country’s wealth? Reminds me of that old movie “Arsenic and Old Lace.” Great Movie, starring Cary Grant. Pinochle Report: High Man, Dal Wilder; High Woman, Betty Hall; Pinochle, Bev Holden; Door Prize, Danny Wietrick. GO HAWKS! Our new president is installed Jan. 5 – 21 days to go for me. Lets hear a cheer. Woopee! holiday spirit with friends. Linda will be here at 8 p.m. for karaoke and playing some tunes to get your feet in a dancing mood. Breakfast on Sunday will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and pinochle at 1p.m. Pinochle scores for last weekend are as follows. Zoe Manring took home first place and second place went to Dave Russell while Leonard Paulsen grabbed the last pinochle of the day. Leonard also had low score of the day. We wish all those that may be ill a speedy recovery to good health. God Bless all. The Biggest Little Eagles in the state.

Tonasket Food Bank buys building SUBMITTED BY PRISCILLA DEGRAFF The board members of the Tonasket Food Bank want to inform the community that, thanks to their generosity, we have been able to pay off the full amount owed toward purchase of the building located at 101 Highway 97 North in Tonasket. Because of initial support locally from Smith and Nelson and others, we were able to obtain funding from the Washington State Department of Commerce Building Communities grant. A requirement of the grant was to show we had the ability to raise money within the community. We also want to acknowledge the wide spread support we have received toward food purchasing, and covering expenses like heat and water. Everyone, from students collecting change and canned goods, to local churches passing the collection plate and staffing the distribution line, from monthly business donations

from the Tonasket Natural Foods Co-op to holiday donations from Midway Building Supply, Kinross/Echo Bay, Confluence Health, Beyer’s Market and Grant’s Family Foods, you all make a big difference in the lives of the families we serve. We have also received support from grants by Wells Fargo Bank, Okanogan Family Faire and Walmart. Individuals too numerous to mention have given to help keep the pantry stocked. The Tonasket Food Bank was started in 1984 by a group of caring people who planned well for the future. Their energy continues today and will into the future, to help assure that no one goes hungry in our community. If you would like to be part of this, contact Debbie Roberts at (509) 486-2192. To donate, you can mail in monetary contributions to the Food Bank at 101 Highway 97 North, Tonasket, Washington, 98855; or to donate non-perishable food

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR school age children. The next story time will be Wednesday, Dec. 22. 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.

p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767). On the day of your donation, complete a RapidPass to save time. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation 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.

Tonasket School Winter Concerts TONASKET - The Tonasket High School Band and Choir, as well as Middle School Band and Choir will present a variety of Christmas songs and songs of the Winter season on Wednesday, Dec. 16 between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Tonasket High School Commons. A $4 donation is suggested per adult.

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OROVILLE - The Oroville Elementary 4th through 6th grade music students will present a winter concert on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. in the Oroville elementary school gymnasium. The Oroville Jr./Sr. High music students will present a winter concert on Thursday evening, December 17, in the High School Commons beginning at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited and admission is free.

OMAK - The Apple Hill Art Camp Winter Workshop will be Monday, Dec. 21 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Oroville High School Art Room. This is a fun art workshop for kids and adults ages 10 and up. $5 per person. Kids 10+ $5 (adult same price) Come to the Apple Hill Art Camp winter workshop and have your choice of projects! Projects include felted penguins, painted winter scene ornaments, and t-shirt printing. Something fun for everyone! Reserve your spot today! Contact Emily Hale at 509-322-5119 or grasspants@ yahoo.com Reservations necessary. Please RSVP by Saturday, Dec 19.

Community Blood Drive will be held at the Community Cultural Center in Tonasket on Thursday, Jan. 7 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. On the day of your donation, complete a RapidPass to save time. RapidPass lets donors complete the pre-donation 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. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Christmas Sing-aLong at Winery OROVILLE - The Okanogan Ukulele Group, along with any other instrumental contributions, will lead those who want to sing Christmas carols and music on Thursday, Dec. 17 at Esther Bricques Winery. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments are available. Esther Bricques Winery is located at 42 Swanson Mill Road, Oroville. For more information regarding this or future events, please call the winery at 509-476-2861 or check the Events Page at www. estherbricques.com.

Okanogan County Transportation Tonasket Food Board OMAK - TranGO will hold Bank 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.

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TONASKET - The Tonasket Food Bank will be open Tuesday instead of Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., both Christmas week and New Year’s week at 101 Hwy. 97 N. For more information, contact Debbie Roberts at 509-486-2192.

Okanagan International Chorus

OROVILLE - Free pictures with Santa at Akins Harvest Foods in Oroville on Friday, Dec. 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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 509-4762386.

OROVILLE - The Okanagan International Chorus will hold a free concert in Oroville on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Oroville Free Methodist Church. Under the direction of Lloyd Fairweather the Okanagan International Chorus will present a Christmas Concert. This is a free concert and all are welcomed. Singers from Oroville, Osoyoos, Oliver and Midway comprise the chorus which perform both in Canada and the US making this a truly international holiday experience. Please join the chorus in this musical holiday celebration.

Author Signing New Book Marian Adams (McClanahan) will be selling and signing two books for the price of one, $15.00, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2:00 to 5 p.m., at RockWall Cellars, 110 Nichols Road, north of Omak. Last day for BOGO is Dec. 24. A book of poetry was recently approved for publication by the Omak author, writing under the pen name, Marian Adams. Fusing Musing With Rhythm and Rhyme is available on Amazon.com and through other retail outlets. Events of this past summer inspired her to write about numerous subjects including drought, early spring heat and wildfires, all of which are mentioned in this, her second book of poems.Contact Marian at fusingmusing@gmail.com or 509-429-7429.

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

Children’s Christmas Party OROVILLE - The Oroville Eagles Children’s Christmas Party will be Sunday, Dec. 20 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Bring your children to meet Santa Clause and let him know what they would like for Christmas. There will be snacks, Christmas candy and a Christmas gift.

Oroville Community Blood Oroville Library Drive Story Time OROVILLE - The Oroville Community Blood Drive will be at Oroville High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 12

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1422 Main St.,recent City passes required audit P.O. Box federally 250, without any problem Oroville, WA. 98844 509-476-3602 or 888-838-3000 BY GARY A. DE VON


OROVILLE – The Oroville City Council was informed that Okanogan County Health may no longer do water sample testing and may even close. “We do a lot of testing in Wenatchee, things they can’t do, but there is talk that the whole department may close. That would be inconvenient,” said Rod Noel, Oroville’s superintendent of public works, at the council’s Tuesday, Oct. 6 meeting. “Not only that it would be inconvenient for the general public,” said Councilman Tony Koepke. Koepke was referring to the fact that Oroville often acts as a drop off for people, especially those living outside the city limits. County Health regularly stops by city hall to pick up both the city’s samples and those dropped off by others. “There can be ten to 12 other samples



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Tonasket Free Methodist Church celebrates pastoral transition Pastor Ron Wise retires after 20 years in pulpit; Pastor Ryan Wilson will shepard flock SUBMITTED BY BRENT BAKER TONASKET FREE METHODIST CHURCH ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR

TONASKET - Nearly 20 years after first stepping into the pulpit at Tonasket Free Methodist Pastor Ryan Wilson Church, Pastor Ron Wise is retir- Pastor Ron Wise ing as of the end of December. Pastor Ryan Willson, a former started out developing pastors in TFMC youth pastor who returned years ago. “They really hadn’t been leadership training, then moved two years ago from serving as involved in on to where he became principal a missionary m i s s i o n s of a Bible school. in Malawi for “We took on a lot of other much,” he said. seven years, has accepted “I think the church is in a “We’re doing projects as well,” he said, includthe call to suchealthy place. The chal- more locally ing helping provide water access, than we once farming, orphan care, even raisceed Wise as lenge is the same as it’s did; we’re sup- ing doves. “It was a good expethe church’s lead pastor. porting a num- rience working with people of always been though: “It came ber of mission- other cultures and other languagfor people to see the down to the aries; and we es. Lord releasing church as a necessary have groups “Here, my calling is to be a me from my make a trip shepherd. My prayer for TFMC part of life.” call,” said Wise nearly every is to be a people who live by faith, Ron Wise, Outgoing Pastor of the timing of year. And now are known for their love and are Tonasket Free Methodist Church his retirement. one of those a voice of hope for Tonasket and “The overm i s s i o n a r i e s the world.” The Willsons - including Ryan, arching thing will be our new Jen (a Tonasket Elementary was that I have seen guys who pastor. school teacher) have stayed too long, and I didn’t “I think the and school-age want to be that guy. church is in a children Kara, “I wasn’t sure if we’d be able healthy place. “Here my calling is to be Curtis, Caleb to keep Ryan here, but I’m thank- The challenge Chisomo a shepard. My prayer and ful that’s what has happened. is the same - returned to He’s more than ready to be a lead as it’s always for TFMC is to be a peo- Tonasket at the pastor.” been, though: of ple who live by faith, beginning Wise moved to Tonasket in for people to 2014, and Ryan 1996 after serving eight years see the church are known for their has served at at Omak’s Cornerstone Christian as a necessary as the love and are a voice of TFMC Fellowship (also a Free Methodist part of life.” church’s family congregation). His wife Theresa The Willsons hope for Tonasket and life pastor. served as the church secretary spent “During the seven the world” past year, Jen during most of that time. During years as misRyan Wilson, Incoming Pastor and I continhis tenure the decision was made sionaries in Tonasket Free Methodist Church ued to pray to move TFMC from its down- Malawi, after about staying town building to its new location Ryan spent long term,” he just off Havillah Road, east of three years in said. “We went town beyond the Tonasket High Tonasket as the church’s youth through a process, both personSchool ball fields. pastor. ally and through the church. It “We’d remodeled the old “At the time we first visitchurch, and I would have liked ed Tonasket (in 2004) we were was great that the church asked to have found a way to expand trying to make up our minds me to accept the position, but we wanted confirmation from God’s and stay at that location,” Wise between two west side churches,” Holy Spirit, the assurance that said. “But after having engineers Willson said. “I’d never heard of this is where God wanted me to take a look at things, that wasn’t Tonasket but decided we’d walk be, and He did that.” going to happen. At the new loca- through the interview process. “Ryan can take this church to tion we had the first seven acres “We were driving up past places that I couldn’t, without donated. A lot of pastors don’t Wenatchee and the farther we doing so at the expense of doctrimake it through a building cam- got, the more I was thinking there nal integrity,” Wise said. “When paign, so I guess I’m a survivor was no way I could do this. But the church is in good hands it in that way.” that Sunday at church we were makes it very easy to let go of While that has been the most just blown away, and after the things. If the congregation gives obvious change during Wise’s interview Jen had such a peace Ryan the same support as it has for me, I see no reason that it time at TFMC, he said the church about it she was ready to go.” is more active than it was 20 While in Malawi, the Willsons can’t really grow.”

ZONING | FROM A2 Pateros Water System Improvements, 2. Brewster Water Reservoirs, 3. Twisp Civic Center Design and Public Works Shop Design and Construction, 4. Tonasket Airport Improvements and 5. Tonasket Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Danison said part of the reason that Infrastructure Fund dollars have not been released for a number of years was due to the fact that the County reserves two years worth of bond payments, required to retire the debt on bonds issued when the tax rebate was originally granted, two years worth of Public Works Trust Fund loan payments for money borrowed to connect Veranda Beach to the City of Oroville’s sewer system, annual support for the Economic Alliance and assisting Omak with debt service on the Stampede Arena. When Olson said he thought the monies were supposed to be used for economic development, Danison responded, “A sound and functioning water system is

the cornerstone of any community being able to develop.” He said the county uses $100,000 of the .09 monies to fund the Economic Alliance. Danison, who was appointed head of a steering committee charged with directing fire recovery efforts for the North Central Washington Economic Development District, then went on to report on activities related to a fire recovery grant. He reported the District received five proposals for a community engagement piece, and six proposals to to conduct a data collection effort. “We have some good proposals from some top notch firms from all over the country,” Danison said. “We will be interviewing the top three or four. The idea is to get these consultants on board as soon as possible, and decide what attributes we want included in the data survey.” Danison said Twisp Mayor Sue Ing Moody, representing the Okanogan Council of

Governments (OCOG), would be meeting with WSDOT staff to see if Okanogan County would continue to be eligible for the annual $28,000 allotment for regional transportation planning. Council member Claire Jeffko asked if improvements to the airport road would be included in the transportation plan. Danison suggested the plan could include roads accessing airports as “regionally significant, which could make funding for upgrading the road a higher priority. “The more data we can gather over time about this, the better,” said Danison. Olson, serving at his last city council meeting after deciding not to run for an additional term, told Danison he wanted to express his appreciation for the City Planner’s hard work. “I respect your wisdom,” said Olson. “I respect you as a council member,” replied Danison. “Every city should be so lucky to have a council member like you.”

Other City Council business included approving the sole bid for janitorial services submitted by Kelly Emory. The contract is for cleaning the Tonasket City Hall/Tonasket Library complex, the TVBR and the Youth Center at $25 per hour, or $686 per month. Mayor Plumb announced that

Tonasket Chamber of Commerce President Julie Alley is ready to step down from her position. “If anyone is interested in being involved in the chamber, now is the time to step up,” said Plumb. The annual Chamber Banquet is being planned for Thursday, January 21, 2016.

BUDGET | FROM A1 Garlic Festival, $600 for the North Country Car Club, $600 for the Tonasket Chamber of Commerce, $5,600 for the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center (TVBRC), $650 for promotion of Tonasket at the Northwest Aviation conference and $100 for Okanogan County Tourism.

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DRIVER Okanogan County Transportation seeks relief driver immediately in the Tonasket and Oroville areas, CDL with passenger endorsement preferred but not required. Must be 25 years of age; pass background check, pre-employment and random drug testing and DOT physical. Apply in person at CENTROS DE SALUD FAMILIAR 431 5th Avenue W., Your Family, Your Health, Your Omak, Wa Choice or find the OCTN application and background check online We are looking for YOU to at www.octn.org join our team! under employment options. We are dedicated to our EOE employees’ job satisfaction and take pride in providing a Food Service Clerk place to work that encourages growth, teamwork, com- The Tonasket School District is now accepting applications munication and positive employee/supervisor relation- for a Food Service Clerk, two ships. FHC is a not for profit hour per day position, MonCommunity Health Center day through Friday. Position dedicated to providing quality will remain open until filled. health care regardless of To apply, applicants must ability to pay. EVERYONE is complete an on-line application and submit materials welcome. through the online system. We have the following We will not accept paper copopportunities available: ies of applications. Go to the district’s website at: OKANOGAN ADMIN www.tonasket.wednet.edu CFO Instructions for completing Full time the on-line application are found on the Employment Certified Medical Coding link. Job descriptions are Specialist available on the online sysFull time tem also. Please call the disHR Generalist trict office at 509-486-2126 Full time for help if needed. OKANOGAN DENTAL: An Equal Opportunity Dental Assistant Employer 2 Full time and 3 Part time, on an as needed basis JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Okanogan Family Faire OMAK MEDICAL is accepting resumes Medical Scheduler for the position of Full time FAIRE MANAGER. MA-C Deadline for application is Full time December 31st 2015. Qualifications: The desired OROVILLE DENTAL: applicant will have the followDental Assistant ing qualities and skills: At 1 Full time and 1 Part time, least 3 years of Management on an as needed basis. experience, Prior experience Bilingual preferred working with Non-profit groups. Have served as VolBREWSTER DENTAL: unteer or Coordinator For the Dental Assistant Okanogan Family Faire or one of their affiliated OrPart time, on an as needed ganizations. For more inforbasis. Bilingual preferred. mation please visit our webBREWSTER, INDIAN AVE: site: okanoganfamilyfaire.net Certified Application Counselor Full time BREWSTER JAY AVE: Patient Accounts Rep. Full time Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Part time, 10 hrs/week. MA-C or LPN Full time Clinic Custodian Full time, shift is split between Jay Ave medical & Brewster Dental clinics BRIDGEPORT MED/DENTAL: Dentist Full time Dental Assistant Part time, on an as needed basis. Bilingual preferred.

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

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WSU Student Services Professional – 2 positions (Academic Coordinator) Be creative, make a difference, develop skills that forward your career and earn a decent salary with excellent benefits working for a prestigious University—while living in rural Okanogan County. WSU Upward Bound in Okanogan County is hiring two full-time positions to assist in the development and implementation of the Upward Bound college-access program in Tonasket and Oroville high schools. The Academic Coordinators mentor students on their path to higher education, and work with a supportive Upward Bound team and with community partners to create, coordinate and provide dynamic learning opportunities, educational workshops, community service events and cultural enrichment activities. Position closes December 30, 2015. Salary / DOE. For full description of position requirements and to apply, visit www.wsujobs.com. WSU is an EO / AA Educator and Employer.

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PASTURE NEEDED for 3 horses ASAP. Must be dry, fenced, have water, electricity, windbreak. Can pay $350/month you feed, $100/month I feed. 509-486-1188/msg.

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

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

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 Summary of Ordinance #760 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, repealing Ordinance No. 759 adopted 10/13/2015 and fixing the amount to be raised by AdValorem Taxes upon all taxable property, both real and personal, within the City of Tonasket for the year 2016 for the Current Expense and City Street Funds. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall. 509-486-2132, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 17, 2015. #OVG673811 Summary of Ordinance #761 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, amending the 2015 Budget Ordinance #752. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall, 509-486-2132, P.O. Box 487, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 17, 2015. #OVG673808 Summary of Ordinance #762 An ordinance of the City of Tonasket, Washington, adopting the budget of the ensuing fiscal and calendar year of 2016. For a complete copy of this ordinance contact city hall, 509-4862132, Tonasket, WA. 98855. Alice J. Attwood Clerk-Treasurer Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 17, 2015. #OVG673810

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF OKANOGAN DALE EDWARD McGOWAN, a single individual; Plaintiff, vs . LORNA GAIL McGOWAN, her heirs and assigns; any and all other persons appearing on title and JOHN DOE and JANE DOES I - X, Defendants. NO. 15-2-00440-1 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION The State of Washington to the said Lorna Gail McGowan, presumed to be a single individual, her heirs and assigns, any and all other persons appearing on title or claiming any right, title or interest herein, in the property of the Plaintiffs. You, and each of you, are hereby summoned to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty (60) days after November 12, 2015, and defend the above entitled action in the above entitled court and answer the complaint of the plaintiffs and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorney for the plaintiff, at his office below stated; and, in case of your failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demands of the complaint in this action


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NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 61.24, et seq. TS No.: WA-15-673887-SW APN No.: 7300030401 Title Order No.: 150154038-WA-MSO Deed of Trust Grantor(s): STEFANIE S FOGG, GEOFFREY M FOGG Deed of Trust Grantee(s): MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR AXIA FINANCIAL, LLC, A WASHINGTON LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Deed of Trust Instrument/Reference No.: 3138198 I. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, the undersigned Trustee, will on 1/15/2016 , at 10:00 AM at the main entrance to the Okanogan County Courthouse, 149 3rd N, Okanogan, WA sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable in the form of credit bid or cash bid in the form of cashier’s check or certified checks from federally or State chartered banks, at the time of sale the following described real property, situated in the County of OKANOGAN, State of Washington, to-wit: LOTS 4 AND 5, BLOCK 3, SEE-VIEW HEIGHTS, A RECORDED PLAT ACCORDING TO THE FILES AND RECORDS OF THE AUDITOR OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON. ALSO, THAT PORTION OF THE UNNUMBERED AREA OF BLOCK 3, PLAT OF THE SEE-VIEW HEIGHTS, A RECORDED PLAT ON FILE AND OF RECORD IN THE OFFICE OF THE AUDITOR OF OKANOGAN COUNTY, WASHINGTON, COMMENCING AT THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID AREA, BEING ALSO THE SOUTHEAST CORNER OF SAID PLAT; THENCE RUN NORTH 79 DEGREES 51 MINUTES WEST A DISTANCE OF 229.9 FEET; THENCE NORTH 0 DEGREES 2 MINUTES EAST A DISTANCE OF 20.3 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF LOT 4, IN BLOCK 3 IN SAID PLAT; THENCE SOUTH 79 DEGREES 51 MINUTES EAST A DISTANCE OF 229.9 FEET TO THE EASTERLY BOUNDARY OF SAID PLAT; THENCE SOUTH 0 DEGREES 2 MINUTES WEST TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. More commonly known as: 61 BOUNDARY POINT ROAD, OROVILLE, WA 98844 which is subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 10/9/2008, recorded 10/16/2008, under 3138198

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vances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower and Grantor at the following address(es): NAME STEFANIE S. FOGG AND GEOFFREY M. FOGG, WIFE AND HUSBAND ADDRESS 61 BOUNDARY POINT ROAD, OROVILLE, WA 98844 by both first class and certified mail, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. These requirements were completed as of 7/27/2015 . VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the above-described property. IX. Anyone having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS - The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20 th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20 th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date of this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to mediation if

you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Toll-free: 1-877-894-HOME (1-877-894-4663) or Web site: http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/homeownership/post_purchase_ counselors_foreclosure.htm . The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Tollfree: 1-800-569-4287 or National Web Site: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD or for Local counseling agencies in Washington: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/ hcc/fc/index.cfm?webListAction= search&searchstate=WA&filterSvc= dfc The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: 1-800-606-4819 or Web site: http://nwjustice.org/whatclear . If the sale is set aside for any reason, including if the Trustee is unable to convey title, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the monies paid to the Trustee. This shall be the Purchaser’s sole and exclusive remedy. The purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Trustor, the Trustee, the Beneficiary, the Beneficiary’s Agent, or the Beneficiary’s Attorney. If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the note holders right’s against the real property only. QUALITY MAY BE CONSIDERED A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT A DEBTAND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE As required by law, you are hereby notified that a negative credit report reflecting on your credit record may be submitted to a credit report agency if you fail to fulfill the terms of your credit obligations. Dated: 9/14/2015 Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, as Trustee By: Lauren Esquivel, Assistant Secretary Trustee’s Mailing Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington C/O Quality Loan Service Corp. 411 Ivy Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (866) 645-7711 Trustee’s Physical Address: Quality Loan Service Corp.

of Washington 108 1 st Ave South, Suite 202 Seattle, WA 98104 (866) 925-0241 Sale Line: 916.939.0772 Or Login to: http://wa.qualityloan.com TS No.: WA-15-673887-SW IDSPub #0091444 12/17/2015 1/7/2016 Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 17, 2015 and January 7, 2016. #OVG657912

The notice agent declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of Washington on 18 day of November, 2015 at Brewster, Washington that the foregoing is true and correct. /s/Cass Gebbers John William Cascade “Cass” Gebbers Notice Agent: John William Cascade “Cass” Gebbers Attorney for Notice Agent: Jay A. Johnson, WSBA No. 7995 Mailing Address of Notice Agent: P.O. Box 735 Brewster WA 98812

Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 3, 10, 17, 2015. #OVG671554



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SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON FOR OKANOGAN COUNTY Estate of: 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 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 Date of First Publication: December 3, 2015









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records of OKANOGAN County, Washington , from STEFANIE S. FOGG AND GEOFFREY M. FOGG, WIFE AND HUSBAND , as Grantor(s), to BAINES TITLE & ESCROW , as Trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR AXIA FINANCIAL, LLC, A WASHINGTON LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY , as Beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which was assigned by MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR AXIA FINANCIAL, LLC, A WASHINGTON LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (or by its successors-in-interest and/or assigns, if any), to BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. . II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust/Mortgage. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the follo wing amounts which are now in arrears: $61,025.60 IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $134,249.42 , together with interest as provided in the Note from 11/1/2011 on, and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The abovedescribed real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 1/15/2016 . The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 1/4/2016 (11 days before the sale date) to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before 1/4/2016 (11 days before the sale) the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with cashiers or certified checks from a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminated any time after the 1/4/2016 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance by paying the principal and interest, plus costs, fees and ad-


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Billie Joe Hilderbrand

BILLIE JOE HILDERBRAND Billie Joe Hilderbrand of Oroville passed away on November 23, 2015 at North Valley Extended Care. He was born October 13, 1932 in Rogersville, Missouri. In 1943 the family moved to Oroville, Washington where he

attended school until graduation in 1951. After graduation he proudly served his country in the United States Army. For most of his adult life Bill worked in the local fruit industry. It is there he developed a love of apple labels. He enjoyed buying, selling, and trading labels. He worked with a close friend to create the beautiful apple label wall which is still displayed at North Valley Extended Care. He loved pointing out his favorites and sharing stories about each label. When Bill was 15 his baby sister, Pat, was born. They shared a special bond that continued throughout their lives. They were even fortunate enough to spend time together on his last day of life. Bill had a passion for the mountains and for fishing that led him to the best catch of his life. One day he invited Myrtle Wood to go fishing with him and he was “hooked.” They shared 20 years of companionship. Bill was a proud, loving, and

fun dad, grandpa, and great grandpa. He loved spending time with his children and their families keeping up with all that was happening in their lives. He never ended a conversation without an “I love you.” He was also a devoted son and caring brother. He will be missed by many but the loss is felt the deepest by his survivors which include his children Joni (Michael) DiTommaso, Kevin (Sandy) Hilderbrand and Keith Hilderbrand. Grandchildren Brandon (Kelly) Root, Kristen (Cameron) Haubrich, Brandon, Dylan, and Haylee Hilderbrand. Great grandchildren Max and Piper Root and Ellyse Haubrich. Siblings Pat (Gary) Nelson, Bob (Sandy) Hilderbrand and many wonderful nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Arlie and Josephine Hilderbrand, brothers Zeke and Keni. Keeping with his request there will be no service. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory is in care of arrangements.

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education - second year or more in a college or vo-tech school -- will receive for their  winter semester $550 each; which totals $7150. Generous donations, money given for memorials and by alumni and former students, plus the proceeds from the Spring Variety Show and Auction and the two children’s holiday gift baskets raffle were added to OFS’s funds to make these awards possible.  Shirley Moser won a large children’s gift basket with presents for


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Tonasket takes down Kettle Falls BY KATIE TEACHOUT


Tonasket won 12 of 16 Varsity and JV matches, all of them by pin except for one by technical fall and two by forfeit when they hosted Kettle Falls in their first home wrestling duel of the season Wednesday, Dec. 9. Freshman Garrett Wilson of Tonasket pinned sophomore Dalton Dean in the 126 pound class. Wrestling at 145, senior Rade Pilkinton pinned junior Trevor James of Kettle Falls. Sophomores Reece Caddy of Tonakset and Carson Collier of Kettle Falls wrestled at 152, with Caddy winning by a pin.

Tiger senior Jorge Juarez pinned senior Taylor Flesher at 160. Zach Lofthus, a senior wrestling at 170 for Tonasket pinned Isaiah Black, also a senior. Tonasket freshman Isaac Gomez pinned sophomore Collin Thomas at 182. In the JV matches, freshman Chris Freese also pinned Kettle Falls’ Dean at 126. Tonasket’s Austin Rimestad, a junior, beat sophomore Cason Collier 15-0 in the 152 pound weight class. Dylan Kalma, a junior, also pinned Kettle Falls’s Black at 182. Less than one minute into the first round, Lofthus pinned Kettle Falls’s Thomas. Kettle Falls’ Justin Volking, wrestling in the 120 weight class,

won two matches. Volking, a senior who participated at State Championships last year in the 113 pound class, took down Devin Walton, a junior, in the varsity match; and junior Jeffrey Luna in the JV match. Kettle Falls’s Trevor James pinned Zion Butler in the 145 pound JV match. Both wrestlers are juniors. Taylor Flesher, a senior at Kettle Falls, pinned sophomore Branden Baugher in the 160 pound class. Tonasket’s Vance Frazier and Trever Peterson both won by forfeit; Frazier at 132 and Peterson at 138. This is Stein Edwards’ first season coaching the Kettle Falls team.

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Rade Pilkinton won this match by pinning Trevor James when Tonasket hosted Kettle Falls Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Tonasket wins tourney BY KATIE TEACHOUT


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Tonasket freshman Isaac Gomez puts the hurt on Kettle Falls sophomore Collin Thomas before winning this 182 pound class bout by pin.

Tiger varsity reaching for a basketball win BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

The Tonasket varsity boys have yet to win a basketball game this season as this paper goes to press. The Tigers traveled to Republic Friday, Dec. 4, where they lost before coming home and hosting Kettle Falls the next day. Jordan Thrasher, a 5’6” freshman was the first player to put points on the board in a game where both teams had five varsity players at six feet or taller. Tonasket kept pace with Kettle Falls for the first half of the game, with a 5-5 tie three minutes into the first quarter; which ended with Tonasket ahead 18-7. The Tigers were ahead by ten points (32-22) at the end of the first half. The Bulldogs came out a lot more aggressive for the second half of the game, closing the gap to 31-39 with four minutes left in the third quarter, which ended 44-38 with the Tigers still in the lead. The score was finally tied 44-44 with six and a half minutes left in the game before the Bulldogs got a two-point lead one minute later. Kettle Falls then held the Tigers

at 44 while they racked their own score up to 50 over the next 90 seconds. With just four minutes left in the game, both teams stepped it up to play tougher, faster and more aggressive. The referees got their own workouts calling fouls. The teams were just five points apart with three and a half minutes left on the clock when the Bulldogs pulled ahead; 57-51 with a minute and a half left, and 61-51 with one minute left. Kettle Falls won 66-55. The boys next hosted Manson Tuesday, Dec. 8, with the Trojans taking home a 60-44 victory. The Tigers traveled to Winthrop Friday, Dec. 11, where the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions defeated Tonasket 85-40. Tonasket hosted Omak the next day, falling to the Pioneers 82-51. The Tigers kept the game within reach for most of the first half, trailing 25-29 with three and a half minutes left before the Pioneers ended the second quarter with a 44-29 lead. Tonasket was behind 41-68 at the end of the third quarter before Omak went home with a

82-51 win. Playing for the Pioneers this year is Jason Truitt, the only sophomore on the varsity team. Truitt is April Bigelowe’s son; Bigelowe worked at Tonasket Elementary School as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 school years. The JV boys were the only Tigers to come out of the evening with a win, ending their game 57-56. “It was a tough one,” said JV Coach Dave Kirk. “We had more pressure against us tonight than we had in any of our earlier games. This is the first game that’s been this close, and the kids had to step up and handle a lot more defensive pressure against us. They stepped up and made their free throws; Lucas Scott made a free throw with just one and a half seconds left to end the game 57-56.” The JV boys are now 5-0. The Tigers were scheduled to travel to Brewster December 15, and host Okanogan Friday, Dec. 18, with the girls’ game beginning at 6 p.m. and the boys’ starting at 7:30 p.m.

Tonasket took first place among 10 teams at the Okanogan Invitational Saturday, Dec. 12. Tonasket came away with 206 points, Omak came in second with 129 points and Chelan came in third with 122. Taking first place finishes for the Tigers were Dawson Bretz at 113 pounds, Vance Frazier at 132 and Jorge Juarez at 152. Oroville’s Scotty Hartvig took first place in the 195 pound class. Placing second for Tonasket was Devin Walton at 120, Tim Freese at 132, Trevor Peterson at 138, Rade Pilkinton at 145 and Zach Lofthus at 170. Third place finishes were had by Garrett Wilson at 126, Branden Baugher at 170, Isaac Gomez at 182 and Ian Vanatta at 220. Oroville’s Luis Vazquez at 106 pounds and Zane Scott at 182 pounds both finished in fourth place. Placing fourth for Tonasket

were Austin Rimestad at 138, Dylan Kalma at 195 and Garrett Thomas at 220. “It was a great team effort, I was pleased with how we wrestled,” said Tonasket Head Coach Dave Mitchell. Brewster came in fifth place with 77.5 points, Liberty Bell in sixth with 66, Oroville in seventh with 53, Wilbur Creston in eighth with 51.5, Pateros in ninth with 31 and Okanogan in tenth place with 29 points.

Hornets host mixer Oroville held a mixer Friday, Dec. 11, where Hornet Brigido Ocampo continued his undefeated streak with his fourth pin of the early season in the 132 pound class. “An improved Nick Clase, at 170, picked up two wins by decision and pin while fellow sophomore Zane Scott avenged an earlier loss to Brian Chevez of Pateros with a pin for the Hornets,” said Oroville Head Coach Chuck

Ricevuto. Ricevuto said the biggest win of the evening came from Scotty Hartvig, a senior wrestling at 195, when he pinned State veteran Chris Verallis of Brewster. “A back and forth, exciting bout between Kacey Dewitte and Gabe Medina of Brewster at 160 pounds ended up in a very close 11-15 loss,” Ricevuto said. According to Ricevuto, senior Charles Arrigoni had his Brewster opponent “nearly pinned” only to lose later on in the bout. Also wrestling for the Hornets were first-year grapplers Yohnny Castillo and Ryan Scott. Oroville was scheduled to wrestle in Tonasket Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 6 p.m., and to host the Nohi Tourney in Oroville at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19. Tonasket was scheduled to host Lake Roosevelt and Pateros along with Oroville December 16, and to send some wrestlers to the Tri-State event in Idaho Saturday, Dec. 19; and others to the O-Hi event in Oroville December 19.

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Tonasket’s 6’0” Dylan Douke jumpts up to shoot over the head of Omak’s 6’5” Pete Campbell during their December 12 double header. The shot went in, good for two more points in the Tigers’ 51-82 loss to the Pioneers.

Hornets playing competitively BY KATIE TEACHOUT


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Tonasket’s Kyle Huber attempts to regain possession for the Tigers as he blocks Omak’s Gabe Timentwa from moving toward the basket or passing to teammates.

The Oroville boys’ basketball team has won two of the three games they’ve played as this paper goes to press, missing the third win by just three points. They won their first game 50-34 against Curlew -Dec. 4. “Oroville got off to a great start for the season and in the game, against a tough Curlew,” said Head Coach Jay Thacker. Scoring for the Hornets was Andrew Mieirs with 17, Nathan Hugus with 14, Juan Lopez with nine, Spencer Martin and Bryce Glover with four points each and Sage Sarmiento with two. On December 8 Oroville hosted Lake Roosevelt, leading the Raiders 17-12 at the end of the first quarter and 32-22 at halftime. They held their lead to end the third quarter 47-36, but the Raiders scored 32 points in the fourth to the Hornets’ 18; taking away a 68-65 victory. “Oroville was able to maintain a strong lead into the fourth quarter before Lake Roosevelt got

hot, hitting five of their 11 threes for the game,” Thacker said. Hugus led the Hornets in scoring with 21 points, followed by Martin with 18, Miers with 15, Glover with seven and Lopez with four. Oroville traveled to Okanogan December 12, bringing home a 54-48 victory. “The Hornets were able to hold off a very athletic and talented group of Bulldogs,” said Thacker. Oroville racked up 19 points in the first quarter while holding the Bulldogs to seven. They scored eight more points in the second quarter, but Okanogan was able to put of 11. The Bulldogs again outscored the Hornets in the third quarter, earning 15 to Oroville’s 12. Both teams scored 15 points in the fourth, leaving the Hornets with a six point lead for the win. Mieirs scored 14, Hugus 13, Martin and Glover each scored 12 and Lopez added three points. The Hornets were scheduled to host Liberty Bell Tuesday, Dec. 15, and travel to Bridgeport December 18.



Tonasket girls topping the league

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Morgyne Hjaltason keeps the ball out of the reach of Pioneer Nashoni Boyd while Johnna Terris keeps Omak’s Kristan Romera from entering the fray during the December 12 double header in Tonasket. BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

The Lady Tigers have won three of five games on the basketball court as this paper goes to press. They are currently in first place in the Central Washington B League standings with two league wins and zero league losses, and three wins and two losses overall. They dropped their first game of the season in Republic Friday, Dec. 4, 36-55. “I thought we did some good things in the Republic game. That is a really impressive team—they run like crazy and play with high intensity the entire game,” said Tigers Head Coach Stephanie Schertenleib. “They are funda-

mentally sound and you can really tell they like playing the game. “Our team has a lot of different components than it did last season,” Schertenleib continued. “I think they are trying to find their identity as a team with a lot of young players, but they have been working really hard. They have a common goal in wanting to be successful and improve. It has been really nice.” The next day, December 5, Tonasket hosted Kettle Falls and the girls won the close game 49-45. “The Kettle Falls game was a big boost for us,” said Schertenleib. “It’s hard playing for your very first game of the season against

a team that could very well play for the 1B state championship in Republic, and judging how you are coming along as a team.” The Tigers were ahead 8-2 two minutes into the game against Kettle Falls, but the Bulldogs pulled ahead to end the first half 25-21 in their favor. “We played very poor defense in the first half and they built a little bit of a lead on us heading into halftime,” Schertenleib said. “The game was really pretty close the entire time, but we were able to come up with some big plays and hit a couple threes. We also shot 14-16 from the free throw line which really was the difference in the outcome of the game.

I am really proud of how they rallied together and kept fighting even when they were down.” Kayla Willis was the top scorer with 18 points, followed by her sister Ashlynn with 14. The girls went on to beat Manson 43-29 December 8. “It was a really great team effort,” said Schertenleib. “Our scoring was well distributed and I am so proud of how we have been playing lately. I would like our free throw percentage to be much higher than it was on this particular game but all in all I am very pleased with our performance.” The Lady Tigers went on to beat Liberty Bell 43-31 Friday, Dec. 11, before hosting Omak the

Madyson Clark stretches in an attempt to grab possession of the ball from the Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 12. next day for a non-league game and falling to the Pioneers 27-48. The Tigers were scheduled to

travel to Brewster Tuesday, Dec. 15 and host Okanogan for a 6 p.m. game Friday, Dec. 18.

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Kolo Moser preparing to score for the Racers, supported by Obed Garcia, Hadley Blasey and Kyra Koepke.

Undefeated Racers season ends in semi-final battle District Champs fight hard against Wolfpack SUBMITTED BY ERIN JOHNSON OROVILLE YOUTH SOCCER

The Oroville Hornet Football team wound up their year with the annual football banquet at the OHS Commons on Wednesday, Dec. 9. The banquet is a celebration for players, coaches and cheerleaders. In addition to good food, a video presentation of memories from the season is presented by Head Coach Tam Hutchinson, as well as the presentation of awards. Above, the team with Coaches and Cheerleaders hold up the 2B Sportsmanship Award, a huge honor for the kids who worked hard to earn it, said Coach Hutchinson. Mellisa Mills/submitted photos

OROVILLE - The Oroville Racers District 6 champions, played their quarter final game on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2pm e against the District 2 champions, Newport Wolfpack. It was a very intense game. The weather cooperated, warming up and the field was clear, but muddy. The game started off with The Wolfpack scoring the first goal. The Racers fought back, scoring their own first goal, tying the game one to one. As the Racers intensified their offense, the action was clearly at the Wolfpack’s end of the field, the Racers making many attempts at goal. The Racers score again and at halftime, the Racers are winning, two to one. The Wolfpack, however, get a lucky break, scoring another goal. With the score now two to two, players were slipping and sliding on the muddy field. Cold feet and hands made it difficult to control the ball. The Wolfpack made another goal, pulling ahead, the

score now three to two. The Racers intensified their offensive game, their experience evident in some truly excellent teamwork. Great passing, fancy footwork, and awesome ball control puts the Racers again in a position to score. The parents and fans are on the edge of the seats or standing up cheering the Racers. Only minutes left in the second half, then the whistle blows three times... can it be the end of the game? The reality sinks in, the Racers have lost. The quarter final game is over. The Oroville soccer team is in shock. This undefeated team is now defeated, and will not be playing in the semifinals. Players and coaches line up to shake hands or high five. A great game! Thank you Jim Elias, head coach of the Racers for an excellent season of intense soccer action. Thank you Racers, for always competing, never retreating, and never backing down. Thank you to the parents for their support and cheers. Thank you to the city of Oroville for providing the fields we play on and the people of our small town who came out to support our kids. Thank you to Rod Noel for clearing the snow off! And a big thank you to all the parents who helped place sand in the mud puddles.

Senior players Brandon Watkins, Charlie Arrigoni, Blake Rise and Logan Mills played all four years for the Oroville Hornets Football Team. The senior players Ben Hickman, Brandon Watkins, Blake Rise, Logan Mills, Charlie Arrigoni and Louie Reyes with senior chearleader Faith Martin, as well as Assistant Coaches Turner and Brad Scott and Head Coach Hutchinson.

Aidan Nelson, goalie for the Racers, saves the ball, preventing a score for the Wolfpack.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 17, 2015  

December 17, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 17, 2015  

December 17, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune