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Cougar kittens find new home at Wildcat Sanctuary Cougars get new names — Storm and Snow, in Minnesota BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE - Two of the cougars kittens captured in the Oroville area have landed on their feet, so to speak, at The Wildcat Sanctuary in Sandstone, Minnesota. In addition to their new home, where they will live with seven other wild-born cougars, the kittens have new names – Snow, the female and Storm, the male, according to Julie Hanan of The Wildcat Sanctuary. The names were picked out in a worldwide contest. “We’re happy we’ve been able to provide a home for the two orphaned cougar kittens found in your area,” said Hanan. “(Your readers) can read more about

their arrival and the naming contest we just held, covered worldwide as far away as Nigeria, welcoming them home for the holidays to Minnesota, at www.wildcatsanctuary.cougar-kittens.” “As a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries internationally accredited wildcat sanctuary, we’ve raised quite a few other orphaned cougars in the past. We’re happy to have been able to help Washington with these kittens and are available in the future, should an unfortunate case like this happen again,” she said. People can find out more about the sanctuary at www.wildcatsanctuary.org and more information on other cougars they have rescued by clicking on Residents, Small Cats, Cougars. The sanctuary also has its own Facebook page with over 2.7 million followers and thousands of photos. “It would be nice to let Officer Trautman and the couple that warmed blankets in their dryer for Snow know that they’re safe now and will receive

excellent care as they grow up “wild at heart” here at our rural wooded location in northern Minnesota,” said Hanan. Three cougar kittens were darted and captured over a three day period at the end of November and start of December by Sgt. Daniel Christensen of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). Unfortunately one of the male kittens, the first one darted, had already sustained too many injuries and was euthanized. The other two kittens were first sent to a cougar and bear rescue before being shipped to The Wildcat Sanctuary in Minnesota. The capture was filmed by Rugged Justice, a show that appears on the Animal Planet channel. The crew was just wrapping up a 10-day film schedule in the Oroville area. The episode is scheduled to air in season three of Rugged Justice which starts in a few months, according to Christensen. For more on the capture see the Dec. 10, 2015 issue of the GazetteTribune, available in the Green Editions at www.gazette-tribune.com.

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Snow, the female cougar kitten is on the left, and Storm, the male, on right. They were in The Wildcat Sanctuary’s quarantine area until their vaccinations, exam, spay and neuter were completed.

Wool mill wants to locate at Oroville’s Industrial Park McElheran takes oath, Naillon wished well BY GARY A. DE VON EDITOR@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

OROVILLE – One new and two veteran city council members took their oath of office at the Tuesday, Dec. 15 city council meeting and everyone wished outgoing member Ed Naillon well and thanked him for his service. The primary discussion for the evening was a request from the Eco Fiber Mill Inc. to locate their new proposed mill building and offices at the city’s Skyview Industrial Park, north of Dorothy Scott Airport. Vicky Eberhart, the president of the National Wool Co-op said she was heading up the Eco Fiber team and discussed the group’s request. “We were honored to be chosen by the Make it In Washington Alliance for 2016, one of only three projects chosen in Okanogan County and the first chosen in north county. That means we will get a business consultant to help us with our project,” said Eberhart, adding that one

Students from Oroville’s Senior and Junior High School performed in their Winter Concert last Thursday evening. Above, the band plays several numbers including Let it Snow, The Hanukkah Song, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Immigrant Song. Right, the choir sang some traditional standards, including We Three Kings, Hark! The Herald Sings, Santa Baby, Candles of Hanukkah and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. Below, right, Nicholas Clase’ on the Tuba during All Star. Below, left, Liz Grunst acts as piano accompanist for the choir.

of the group’s backers will be financing the construction of the new building. She said the Eco Fiber Mill will be producing two products when production gets underway. The first is a worsted wool type of product, creating a “luxury” worsted yard from sheep, alpaca, buffalo and other animals that are chosen for their three inch thick wool coats. Worsted wool is used to make many products and one of the more famous manufacturers is the Pendelton Company, according to Eberhart. “We plan on looking at working with alternative fibers in the future, like hemp,” she said. The other product will focus on the use of waste fibers, like that which is produced by marijuana growers in the state. “We’d like to develop a product with the marijuana growers to save them a lot of waste which costs them money,” said Eberhart. “We are looking for something

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Wandler begins new term on NVH board Purchases nitrous oxide for birthing room BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

TONASKET - North Valley Hospital Commissioner Herb Wandler was sworn in for his fourth six-year term of service by attorney Mick Howe at the December 10 Board of Commissioner’s regular board meeting. Wandler serves in commissioner position #3. Attendees at the meeting were treated to a sample plate of foods prepared by the hospital’s executive chef Tayloe Vance and crew, including sous-chef Jason Leigh. “People have a choice of where to shop for healthcare services. We knew we had to do some improving to outshine others in the area. Hospital food had a reputation of being just better than prison food. It’s been proven eating better food equals getting better faster,” Chief Information Officer Kelly Cariker said as he intro-

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duced Vance as their chef with a culinary background rather than a healthcare background. Plates of delectable salmon with Vance’s own teriyaki sauce, pork with a tangy sauce and spinach fettucini were handed out for all in attendance to enjoy. Another “treat” in store at the meeting was the board of commissioners approving the purchase of a nitrous oxide machine for use in the birthing room. RN and OB Coordinator Eroca Crofoot and OB Committee Chair Dr. Mica Godzich presented information on the benefits of nitrous oxide over other forms of pain relief, including no known effects on the baby. A mixture of 50 percent nitrous gas and 50 percent oxygen, it is self-administered by the woman in labor through a mouthpiece. Nitrous is the only pain relief method used for

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LOCAL NEWS MILL | FROM A1 to combine with that waste.” She also said that the mill will work as a loop system that will extract the lanolin from the wool as the lanolin can be sold to those who use it in a number of other products. “We’d like to roll it out in Oroville... that’s been our objective from the start. And, we’d dearly love to have this mill at the Oroville airport,” she said. “We’d like to show something new and innovative can be done in our community.” Chris Branch, the director of Community Development for Oroville, said the idea was for the city to enter into negotiations with the group to form a contract for use of some land at the industrial park. “We would like to allow a building to be built on site and for them not to have to pay a lease

for the time it takes the building equipment,” she said. to be built and for the time it is in When asked what the mill’s use. If the building is no longer employment needs were going used it would become the city’s,” to be, Eberhart said that three said Branch. to 10 jobs in Branch said the first phase, conditions of with expansion the contract, “I’ve truly enjoyed work- to 20 jobs and if approved by a miniing for the fine people then the city’s attormum by 2018 ney and then of Oroville... It has truly of 40 jobs. She the council, said the mill been an enriching would include would uticreating phases lize the state’s experience.” with benchWo r k s o u r c e Ed Naillon, marks to show Department Oroville City Councilman progress on for Human construction, Resources as well as a conceptual drawing using Washington State guidefor the city to approve. lines for innovation. “Our proposal is good until “It sounds like a win/win to March. We have an investor put- me,” said Councilman Tony ting up the money for the build- Koepke. ing and three venture capital“Me too, even starting at 10 ists that are going to pay for the jobs,” added Mayor Chuck Spieth.

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David McElheran took the oath of office for the Oroville City Council. His new four-year term begins the first meeting in January, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 5. He takes the seat being vacated by Ed Naillon.

Under New Business, David “Mac” MacElheran was the first to be sworn in, followed by Walt Hart III and Neysa Roley. The council also praised Ed Naillon for his service. “I’ve enjoyed working with you and I feel you’ve done a fine job,” said Hart to the outgoing councilman. His sentiments were echoed by the mayor and Naillon’s fellow councilmembers. “I’ve truly enjoyed working for the fine people of Oroville and with you fine people on the council. It has truly been an enriching experience,” said Naillon. Arnie Marchand, with the Borderland’s Historical Society approached the council with a plan that he wants it to consider. “I’m here to recommend to our great leaders that we have a Neighbor Day with Tonasket and Osoyoos. It is a way to invite their city leaders to show them what’s here. I think your historical society and the VIC (Visitor Information Center) will take the lead,” he said. Marchand said an example of what Neighbor Day would look like is inviting the Osoyoos leadership to May Festival and then give them a tour of the town. He said then Tonasket’s could be invited the second week in September. “It would be a way to increase our communication with the local towns that we work with all the time. It would do us a lot of good. It’s a good idea and I would like to meet with the mayor to discuss it,” he said. Marchand said the way he envisions Neighbor Day would be Oroville would host it the first year, with Tonasket or Osoyoos hosting the next year and then the town that hasn’t hosted do so the third year. “Every three years we’d do this Oroville would be host,” said Marchand. “The museum is going to make a formal presentation to the city. At that time I’d like to have met with every one of you.” Clyde Andrews, Oroville Chamber of Commerce Presi-

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Oroville City Councilman Ed Naillon was honored with a Certificate of Appreciation by Oroville Mayor Chuck Spieth for Naillon’s years of service on the city council. Last Tuesday was his last day on the council. dent, said the Northwest Ice Fishing Festival was planned for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. Before going into executive session to discuss the property proposal at the Industrial Park, Chris Branch said the recent tour of Oroville Reman Reload by representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Alliance and the North Central Washington Economic Development District, brought up discussion of the road next to the wood products manufacturer. “They are going to propose the annexation of the recently purchased Gruner Property. At that time they will probably ask about

the city vacating part of the road that goes through their properties. They’d like to change the road because it gets heavy truck use by their company, as well as Gold Digger Apples Inc. The company would like to change the road so that people who live down Jennings Loop could still get to their homes, but make the route safer for the company and other users of the road. “The Economic Development District realizes that such a proposal would be expensive and they have said to the company we will right a grant to the EDA if you provide a ten percent match,” said Branch.

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onsite to evaluate the process of admitting patients and pointed out areas where the process could work more efficiently. Tina Smith, Director of Nursing Services; Noreen Olma, Ancillary Services Director and Linda Holden, Director of Extended Care all reported improved communication among staff through daily huddles around Communication Boards called SAFE (Share, Analyze, Fix and Empower) per LEAN recommendations. Zwicker said an NVH Strategic Planning Session to be held January 22 with an outside facilitator and involvement from community members will provide the opportunity for planning one, three and five year visions for NVH’s future direction. Olma reported a new Physical Therapist working at the outpatient clinic in Oroville. PT Fran Manti has 30 years experience and replaces Stephen Tilstra who moved out of the area. Olma also reported enrollment at the VA Clinic reaching over 800. The vacant RN position has been filled, and interim medical director Dr. Todd Garman sees patients two days per month. When not on site, Dr. Garman is available on call to the clinic. Jan Gonzales, Human Resources Director reported achieving 51 percent participation by employees in the Live Well program, which will lower insurance premium rates and allow for all participants to receive a deductible credit. Cariker reported that for the Thanksgiving dinner at the Long Term Care facility, tables spilled out into the hallway in two areas as well as filled an extra room. “It was really heartwarming to see all of the visitors come in to share time with the residents for the holiday,” Cariker said.

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SUPERIOR COURT CRIMINAL Clint Thomas Black, 35, Omak, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to fourth-degree assault (lesser included of third-degree assault). Black was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 363 days suspended and credit for one day served, and fined $500 for the Nov. 16, 2014 crime. Joshua Michael Fink, 31, Omak, pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The court dismissed an additional charge of distribution of a controlled substance (methamphetamine). The crime occurred May 8, 2014. In a second case, Fink pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to second-degree assault. That crime occurred Jan. 14. Fink was sentenced to a total of 40 months in prison and fined $1,200. The court issued an arrest warrant Dec. 15 for Aaron Justin Conrad Pfaltzgraff-Miller, 22, Omak, for second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and first-degree criminal trespassing. The crimes allegedly occurred Dec. 4. The court issued an arrest warrant Dec. 15 for Jillian Marie Lewis, 28, Omak, for seconddegree theft and third-degree theft. The crimes allegedly occurred Nov. 21. DISTRICT COURT Dennis John Olive, 61, Tonasket, guilty of DUI. Olive was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 359 days suspended, and fined $1,936. Jose D. Perez Garcia, 32, Oroville, guilty of second-degree criminal trespassing. Perez Garcia was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 83 days suspended, and fined $608. Jesse R. Reep, 41, Okanogan, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Henry Floyd Robinson, 43, Omak, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. Maximo C. Sanchez, 35, Oroville, guilty of DUI. Sanchez was sentenced to 364 days in jail with 361 days suspended, and fined $1,936. Betty M. Sanders, 54, Tonasket, had a charge dismissed: supplying liquor to minors. Sanders was fined $500. Jess Martin Shadle, 31, Omak, had a third-degree DWLS charge dismissed. Michael Allyn Sheldon, 37, Oroville, had a fourth-degree assault charge dismissed. Sheldon was fined $200. 911 CALLS AND JAIL BOOKINGS MONDAY, DEC. 14, 2015 Warrant arrest at the Oroville Port of Entry. Check fraud on Main St. in Riverside. Theft on Jennings Loop Rd. near Oroville. Boat reported missing.

One-vehicle crash on Happy Hill Rd. near Okanogan. No injuries reported. Two-vehicle crash on S. Main St. in Omak. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on E. Grape Ave. in Omak. Custodial interference on Fir St. in Oroville. Harassment on Cherry St. in Oroville. Trespassing on Main St. in Oroville. Daggon Chaska, 23, booked for felony possession of a firearm, hit-and-run (attended), third-degree DWLS, reckless driving and obstruction. William Joseph Upham, 28, booked on a DOC detainer and third-degree DWLS. Mauricio Aguilar Casarez, 35, court commitments for DUI and resisting arrest. Aaron Randy Dyke, 40, DOC hold. Darcy Kim Edwards, 43, DOC hold. Breanna Carpenter, no middle name listed, 19, booked on an OCSO FTA warrant for POCS. TUESDAY, DEC. 15, 2015 Lost property on Elmway in Okanogan. Wallet reported missing. Burglary on Jennings Loop Rd. near Oroville. One-vehicle crash on Toroda Creek Rd. near Wauconda. No injuries reported. Fraud on Lime Ave. in Omak. Burglary on S. Main St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Public intoxication on Benton St. in Omak. Two-vehicle hit-and-run crash on S. Main St. in Omak. No injuries reported. Warrant arrest on N. Main St. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Theft on 22nd Ave. in Oroville. Aaron Justin Conrad PfaltzgraffMiller, 22, booked on three probable cause warrants: second-degree burglary, thirddegree theft and first-degree criminal trespassing. Donny James St. Peter, 23, booked for third-degree malicious mischief. Kyle Campbell, no middle name listed, 27, booked on a Tonasket Police Department FTA warrant for second-degree theft. Audrey Lynn Vieira, 33, booked for first-degree criminal impersonation. Lamberto Valdovinos, 26, booked on a DOC secretary’s warrant, three counts of POCS (heroin), and one count each of unlawful possession of a firearm, POCS (with intent) (heroin) and POCS (suboxone). Ashley Jean Pearl, 29, booked on four counts of POCS (marijuana) (over 40 grams). Samantha Harding, no middle name listed, 44, booked for third-degree assault (DV), violation of a no-contact order (with assault), a DOC detainer, and three OCSO warrants: third-degree DWLS and two

for violation of a no-contact order. Monty Ford, no middle name listed, court commitment for DUI. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2015 Sex offender registry on Elmway in Okanogan. Theft on Copple Rd. near Omak. Wood reported missing. Criminal mischief on N. Second Ave. in Okanogan. Threats on Thiess Rd. near Okanogan. DWLS on Hwy. 7 near Tonasket. One-vehicle crash on Hwy. 97 near Okanogan. No injuries reported. Rape on N. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest on E. Cherry Ave. in Omak. Three reports of public intoxication on S. Main St. in Omak. Assault E. Dewberry Ave. in Omak. Violation of a no-contact order on Apple Lane in Omak. Obstruction on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Tyler James Martin, 23, booked for indecent exposure. David Lee Swanberg, 21, booked on three counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Codi Chelan Richardson, 20, booked for POCS. Zeke Smith, no middle name listed, 35, booked for violation of a no-contact order. Dennis John Oliver, 61, court commitment for DUI. THURSDAY, DEC. 17, 2015 Fraud on Hwy. 20 near Okanogan. Fraud on Pine St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on Cherry St. in Oroville. Two-vehicle crash on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. No injuries reported. One-vehicle crash on Conconully Rd. near Okanogan. No injuries reported. Domestic dispute on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Two-vehicle crash on Omak River Rd. near Omak. No injuries reported. Two-vehicle hit-and-run crash on S. Granite St. in Omak. No injuries reported. Domestic dispute on Elderberry Ave. in Omak. Harassment on Ironwood St. in Oroville. Two-vehicle crash on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. No injuries reported. Nicholas Anthony Wright, 51, booked for second-degree malicious mischief. Lazaro Sanchez Ruiz, 61, booked for use or delivery of drug paraphernalia. Shane Michael Heisey, 29, booked for POCS (methamphetamine) and a Grant County FTA warrant for no valid operator’s license without ID. Conner Robert Trevino, 21, booked on two OCSO FTA warrants: second-degree criminal trespassing and thirddegree malicious mischief. FRIDAY, DEC. 18, 2015 Sex offender registry on Deerpath Dr. near Oroville.

Found property on Box Spring Dr. near Tonasket. Computer recovered. Harassment on Elmway in Okanogan. Threats on Koala Dr. in Omak. Domestic dispute on Montvue St. in Riverside. Burglary on Omak Airport Rd. near Omak. One-vehicle crash on Rodeo Trail Rd. in Okanogan. No injuries reported. Theft on Engh Rd. in Omak. Beer reported missing. Domestic dispute on S. Fourth Ave. in Okanogan. Malicious mischief on Pine St. in Oroville. Found property on Engh Rd. in Omak. Checks recovered. One-vehicle crash on Koala Dr. in Omak. No injuries reported. Two-vehicle hit-and-run crash on Hwy. 97 in Omak. Malicious mischief on Jasmine St. in Omak. Warrant arrest on 12th Ave. in Oroville. Stephom Troy Robinson, 19, booked on an Oroville Police Department FTA warrant for fourth-degree assault (DV). Sidrac Mendoza Orozco, 30, court commitment for DUI. Jesus De Aquino Oregon, 28, court commitment for telephone harassment. William Martin Shawl, 31, booked on a DOC warrant.

booked for second-degree DWLS. Victor Allen Antoine, 33, booked on two State Patrol warrants: first-degree DWLS and operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock violation. Dominic Lyle Yusi, 40, booked for second-degree malicious mischief, second-degree criminal trespassing and fourthdegree assault. Maisa Ann Seavey, 30, booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for thirddegree theft. Francisco Lucas Jr., no middle name listed, 30, booked on an OCSO warrant fourth-degree assault. Derek Michael McCraigie, 19, court commitment for seconddegree DWLS. Joshua Michael Chapa, 24, DOC detainer.

booked on an Omak Police Department FTA warrant for fourth-degree assault. Robert Wendell George, 45, booked for POCS and a DOC warrant. Bryan James St. Peter, 19, booked for POCS (methamphetamine), use of drug paraphernalia, possession of a loaded firearm in a vehicle, and OCSO warrants for second-degree burglary, thirddegree theft, third-degree malicious mischief, and five for second-degree unlawful hunting of big game. Matthew R. Carden, 29, booked on a DOC detainer, residential burglary, second-degree burglary, second-degree theft and third-degree malicious mischief. Robert Joseph Parisien, 21, booked on an Omak Police Department warrant for resisting arrest. Victor Manuel Rodriquez, 49, booked for first-degree possession of stolen property.

SUNDAY, DEC. 20, 2015 Weapons offense on OmakRiverside Eastside Rd. near Omak. Harassment on Burton Ave. in Omak. Theft on Hennepin St. in Omak. Malicious mischief on S. Third Ave. in Okanogan. Warrant arrest Okoma Dr. in Omak. DUI on Kermal Rd. near Omak. Domestic dispute on W. River Rd. near Omak. Warrant arrest on E. Seventh Ave. in Omak. One-vehicle crash on Riverside Dr. in Omak. Threats on S. Fir St. in Omak. Malicious mischief on Okoma Dr. in Omak. Windows reported shot out. Harassment on Shumway Rd. near Omak. Vehicle-vs.-tree crash on Kernan Rd. near Oroville. No injuries reported. Assault on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Theft on S. Western Ave. in Tonasket. Public intoxication on W. Fourth St. in Tonasket. DWLS on S. Whitcomb Ave. in Tonasket. Joseph Kenneth Shawl, 45,

SATURDAY, DEC. 19, 2015 Assault on S. Main St. in Omak. One-vehicle crash on Johnson Creek Rd. near Omak. Warrant arrest on N. Main St. in Omak.. Vehicle-vs.-deer crash on O’Neil Rd. near Oroville. Two-vehicle hit-and-run crash on Chesaw Rd. near Oroville. Domestic dispute on O’Neil Rd. near Oroville. Assault on S. Main St. in Omak. Found property on Koala Dr. in Omak. Handgun recovered. Harassment on Hanford St. in Omak. Drugs on Railroad St. in Omak. Alyssa Ann Williams, 22, booked on a State Patrol FTC warrant for DUI. Joe Ballesteros Lopez, 21,

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THE TOWN CRIER Remembering the reason for the season Peace on Earth – it’s not as simple as it sounds. But each year around this time millions of Christians ask just that as they celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. While Christmas has become very commercialized, that sentiment, Peace on Earth, can and should be shared with all people, no matter what time of year it is. We know it gets hard to remember the reason for the season when we’re out looking for the perfect gift or even just a gift, before time runs out. It’s even harder when it seems there’s so much hate in the world – hate for countries, religions, immigrants – the list seems to get longer every day. Our wish this year is that we can put aside our disagreements, come together in what we can agree on and try to make the world a better place. It would truly take a Christmas miracle, but it’s something worth striving for. We’ve said it before – if only we could look at Christmas through a child’s eyes and enjoy the wonder of it all, from the Nativity Story to unwrapping gifts. To be able to recapture just a moment of that would be a gift most of us would appreciate this time of year. We’re glad there is snow on the ground for our Out of White Christmas and hope those who will be My Mind traveling for the holidays have a safe trip as they Gary A. DeVon visit family and friends. This year the staff at the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune enjoyed a Christmas Party with our counterparts at Black Press in Penticton. It was a great time and we appreciate them making us feel welcome each year. While not everyone is religious, or even celebrates Christmas, I hope no one gets offended when we wish them Merry Christmas. Personally I’ve been known to mix it up with Happy Holidays this time of year. I have Jewish friends and had a few Muslim friends in college, so wishing everyone the best at this time of year just makes sense – especially for a country where Freedom of Religions remains one of the pillars it was founded on. So, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Ramadan or something else, we at the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune wish you and yours peace this holiday season.

Legislature doesn’t look like it’s going to fix school funding in 2016 either BY JERRY CORNFIELD EVERETT HERALD COLUMNIST

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Eight lawmakers entrusted with drafting a school funding plan in line with the tenets of the state constitution and dictates of the Supreme Court won’t complete their task this year. The contingent of Democratic and Republican lawmakers met for a final time in 2015 on Monday, adjourning without agreement on the contours or content of a proposal to put forth in the 2016 session. They plan to gather again Jan. 4 — one week before the session begins — with hope but uncertainty of reaching an accord. “We’re still negotiating. We’re taking our task very seriously,” said Rep. Norma Smith, R-Clinton, who is one of the lawmakers involved in the work group. “What we’re trying to do is craft something that can be wellreceived in the Legislature.” What this means is the Legislature will begin 2016 just as it did in 2015: in contempt of a Supreme Court order demanding a blueprint for amply funding public schools by the 2018 deadline set in the McCleary case. In addition, a $100,000-a-day fine levied by justices in August continues to pile up. Thursday will mark the 127th day of sanc-

tions which amounts to $12.7 million. Any notion those sanctions will push lawmakers toward a more rapid conciliation hasn’t occurred as some lawmakers, including a couple members of the McCleary 8, think the Supreme Court exceeded its authority. There is resistance to any action perceived as placating justices. “Our focus has been on doing the right thing for the education system not on responding to the Supreme Court,” said Rep. Chad Magendanz, R-Issaquah. “The fines are not really a fine. No one will drop a bill to pay the fine.” Though the group is not “fixated on the fine issue, there are members, and I am one of them, that would like us to be out of contempt,” said Sen. Christine Rolfes, D-Bainbridge Island. To recap, the McCleary decision dealt with the entire tab for the basic education of a million students. Lawmakers and Gov. Jay Inslee figured out how to spend billions of additional dollars on things like supplies, all-day kindergarten, smaller class sizes and buses in the last two state budgets. But they are still wrestling with how to end the reliance on local property tax dollars to pay teachers, principals and staff. It will

require a new method of compensating school employees with state funds. That will cost money and could see some residents paying new or higher taxes. The Democrat-controlled House and Republican-run Senate couldn’t find a solution in this year’s record-setting 176 days of session. And their leaders don’t plan on finding one in 2016 — an election year session — either. Since September, the work group, with help from two of Inslee’s top aides, is deciding what information must be gathered next year so lawmakers are able to take some tough votes in 2017. They are not negotiating levy rates and salaries but a timeline for collecting data, explained House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, who is in the group. “If we could agree on a plan we could act early in session,” he predicted. “It shouldn’t be that hard.” But it has been so far. Political reporter Jerry Cornfield’s blog, The Petri Dish, is at www.heraldnet.com. Contact him at 360-352-8623; jcornfield@ heraldnet.com and on Twitter at @dospueblos

Merry New Year! This year’s calendar allows me a column published on Christmas eve, but the next after new year’s day, so let’s talk about both. I’m agnostic for what it matters, I don’t see that anyone can prove there is a deity, nor can anyone prove there isn’t. For me, the jury is still out. Regardless, Christmas is my favorite time of year and I’m not offended by Christianity nor it’s public displays of same. Actually I find them infinitely more lovely than the public displays of Islam we’ve beheld in New York, Boston, Ft. Hood and San Bernadino, to mention - alas - but a few. I don’t yet believe the Bill Slusher miracle-based Christian religious stories: the virgin birth, the contrivance of food to feed, the healing by touch, the direct connection to a god, nor the rise from the dead, etc. I can’t prove they didn’t happen either, but absent any objective evidence, I doubt them. Still, I’ve always loved the classic story of the birth of Jesus, and I have seen a lifetime of objective evidence of the good done at Christmas by Christians and it has always puzzled me that some practitioners of other religions (and atheists, who themselves take on ‘faith’ that there is no god, ergo are a religion of their own), are offended. I’m offended by attempts to shut out displays of Christmas. I can see it for public buildings as government is supposed to be uninfluenced by religions, but what harm is done by nativity scenes in parks, freely participating stores, or on private property? Anyone concerned about some propagandizing of their young need only explain as I did to my five kids that the scenes merely represent the

beliefs of many Christians all over the world. My kids enjoyed the Christmas legends while remaining aware that they were legends. They are now some of my kids’ favorite memories, though none of the kids are religious. In the name of equality, we could offer equal space for Muslims to display their faith at appropriate times. They could set up execution scenes in parks, participating stores and private property replete with simulated beheadings, burnings, drownings, stonings, whippings, bombings, and the shoot-ups of American military cafes and office Christmas parties. Instead of an infant in a bucolic manger scene there might be bloody, chopped-up manikins. You know, to display the spiritual teachings of their god for their children to thrill to. We could call it Allahmas. Anyone concerned about the message could just tell their kids the scenes merely represent the beliefs of many Muslims all over the world. Think of the rich learning experience. Well, OK. The latter scenes of course are displays of provable, recent, hate-crime mass murder, rather than benevolent ancient legends about magic babies, but what the hey. Tolerance, right? So it’s Christmas eve! I wish you all, of any persuasion, a merry Christmas, a good time hopefully in the company of your loved ones, hopefully thinking how to make our world safer and more productive... not... how to blow or shoot it up, here or anywhere else. And may we never let Christmas eve pass without thinking of all our American citizens in uniform (including police uniforms) standing in harm’s way by the wire tonight, not enjoying Christmas with their families but ensuring that we can. Wow. Does 2016 promise to be an interesting year or what?

A world in turmoil. Refugees. Immigration. Muslim violence threats. A POTUS election with possibly the most colorful assortment of candidates ever on both sides. And that’s before we even start talking about serious issues like the Super Bowl or which Kardashian will divorce whom or what. 2016 promises to be challenging in the extreme. But, lo, this will be our 241st new American year. In those centuries we have faced new years with far more domestic and foreign turmoil and threat, and - albeit often at great cost - we have prevailed. The best thing our enemies could do for us is unite Americans against a common threat. Despite all the kneejerk criticism, earned and unearned, that befalls any superpower expected to cure all the world’s ills and finance all its treatments, we are still the nation that feeds more, frees more and kills more than any other on earth. If American foes think we are pain-in-the-ass ‘infidels’ now, wait until they do something to us on a scale that forces us to drop our selfish racial, sexual, regional, political-correctness and consumerism obsessions and pull together to fight. Katie bar the door. In our personal and national families, let us resolve to always fight the problems ... not each other. Let us face both the promise and the threat of 2016, together inasmuch as we can manage that, and we need fear not. Happy new year, one and all! William Slusher’s latest novel is a political comedy available from Amazon, called CASCADE CHAOS or How Not To Put Your Grizzly In The Statehouse. Mr. Slusher may be insulted and complained to at williamslusher@live.com.


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Hope you have a Merry Christmas Just like I knew it would, this past week just flew by. Had a little bit of snow, some rain and even some sunshine thrown in for good measure. Making two trips to Omak, for appointments, we were fortunate that the roads were in good condition. Did see an accident just across the bridge, going south, which had the ambulance on sight, but didn’t look to be too serious. I hear some say “they wouldn’t know what was going on in town if it wasn’t for my article.” That’s good to hear, but this week we had a shorter deadline and I really don’t know of much that was going on. But, maybe we’ll get back on track, next year. I am so sorry for the news of the closure of the Hughes Department Store and Ace Hardware Store closing up

shop. Jack and Mary have worked very hard to offer good lines of merchandise for the community and are so generous in so many ways, and it is sad to see their efforts go down the tube. So many strikes against them, it seems, with the devaluation of the Canadian dollar being a major factor. The whole world is in sad shape and “it ain’t bein’ caused by global warming.” I guess we all know there are highs and lows and usually when we think things just couldn’t possibly get any worse, there does come a change but right now there doesn’t seem to be an answer. We’ll look forward to a better year in 2016. Here are some sounds we don’t hear anymore: Coffee percolating.

Ice being chipped with an ice pick. Railroad cars coupling and uncoupling in freight yards. Newsboys yelling, “Extra! Extra! Read all about it!” A telephone operator saying “Number Pleeaz.” Remember? Isn’t it fun to get a Christmas card from someone you really like and they’ve taken the time to write a few words in it? And then there’s the ones with not a word and even the name was printed in the print shop. It seems this year has been more difficult to get the cards in the mail. Could I be getting lazy? Well, slow anyway. Our neighbor and friend, Steve Retasket, is once again in Wenatchee hospital. He has had to be put on dialysis and it takes some adjusting to get things to work properly. Hazel Dezellem is in the hospital, Tonasket, Room #107-2, for rehab and healing. Stop and say Hi. Bob Hirst was not at his best last Thursday, due to a severe cold. Margaret is still in the process of getting the house she purchased in Tonasket ready for occupancy, as she will be moving there

to be nearer the Extended Care facility to worry if you can make it up the hills and not have to make so many trips to and into the driveway. visit Bob. Bennie (Beanblossom) Miller, had the Jack Lorz is home, but it’s a slow pro- misfortune of breaking her ankle-leg and cess recovering from a stroke. We hope has been enduring some severe pain. She he is doing well. is usually on the other end tellCome Sunday and we ing folks “you’ll be all right” as couldn’t get out of our she is a nurse that soothes and driveway, due to a car being comforts. stranded on the hill, caused The rambuncby fast falling snow and the tious crowd from the United sander hadn’t been by. It Methodist Church was on snowed like it would never hand for breakfast at America’s stop but it did, of course, Sunday. Also a second group and we were just a little late to church. Doreen (Ripley) from the Free Methodist Cleman and her extended Church, holding down the fort family did a great job pre- THIS & THAT in the back room while the senting a Christmas profootball game was in session gram. Even had Brock Hires Joyce Emry and some of the ones in the lending a hand. front were wishing they were A surprise meeting with in the back to see what the score was. Mark Patterson, (remember him, when he was a Physician’s Assistant) and he I think maybe they weren’t that elated has come back to Oroville to sorta retire when they learned the score, but it ain’t and play golf and slow down, and works over ‘til it’s over. Gotta’ get this in and besides part time at the county jail, in Okanogan. Joan Cool is home for holiday time that, I still got more cookies to bake. Please have Merry Christmas and we’ll with her children, leaving Arizona and the comforts there, where ya’ don’t have be back next week.

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Gordon and Judy Gronewold were married Dec 26, 1965 in California where they met and have resided in Tonasket since 1980. They have two children Kevin Gronewold, wife Jennifer, of Spokane and Tamara Daharsh, husband Michael, of Tonasket and many grandchildren and great grand children. They will be celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary this month. Gordon is an electrician/farmer and Judy is a homemaker who sells crafts.

We held our annual election Tuesday last, and the officers going forward are Raleigh Chinn, President; Ruth LaFrance, Vice President; Roberta Cole, Secretary; Verna Bjorkman, Treasurer; Betty Steg, Marilyn Perry and Betty Bair, Directors. What a great lineup. Installation of the new officers is Jan. 5, 2106. (13 days to go, ya!) We are all sad to hear that the Hughes’ Department Store might be closing its doors. No matter what happens, we at the Senior Center do express our heartfelt thanks for the wonderful con-

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Not much we can do about Christmas at this late date. If I don’t have it done, it won’t get done. Hope your holidays are happy and safe and this snow is good for the new year. Speaking of the New Year; North Half will be at the Oroville Eagles on New Years Eve. The party will be fun, the friends will be warm, and good cheer will abound. Come join us for the best

time in town! There will be no Bingo the 24th or the 31st for obvious reasons, but Don will be back on Jan. 6th to kick off a new year of Bingo. Our ladies are serving Burgers and More every Wednesday night at 6 p.m. 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

dancing mood. There will be no Breakfast on Sunday and will be back on Sunday, Jan. 10th. There will be pinochle Sunday at 1 p.m. Pinochle scores for last weekend are as follows. Leonard Paulsen took home first place and second place went to Gladys Fifer while Leonard Paulsen and Jo Anne Michels grabbed the last pinochle of the day. Ken Cook had low score of the day. We wish all those that may be ill a speedy recovery to good health. God Bless and Merry Christmas all. The Biggest Little Eagles in the state. month and the Auxiliary meets on the second and fourth Tuesday. Queen of Hearts will be drawn at 6:30 p.m. 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 a.m. We have free pool every Sunday. The Oroville Eagles #3865 will be closing at 6 p.m. on Christmas Eve and will be closed all of Christmas Day. We would like to wish everyone a safe and merry season with your friends and family. We are People Helping People.

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The Oroville Gun Club will again raffle off a Henry Rifle or cash equivalent for first prize. Second will be “the Family Gourmet Banquet from Omaha Steaks. Get your raffle tickets from a club member or stop by Paul’s Service. Also, stop by and brush up on your shooting skills! Experienced shooters can help you if you are new to shooting sports. Food will be available at the Sunday shooting. The gun club is located at 1990 County Hwy. 7.

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This is going to be short. Christmas is upon us and I am not ready by any means. It has been a long year since this time last year. It seemed forever for spring to arrive, and then we waited some more for summer to get here. Then we had the fires a good part of that time. Speaking of fires, have you told our firefighters, Thank You? If you haven’t, it is not too late and they are very grateful for all of the donations that the Molson

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Public Notices 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

Notice of Final SEPA Determination CUP 2015-8 “Morgan Septic Lagoon” An application has been submitted by A.C. & Laurie Morgan for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to construct three septage waste lagoons successively over a 5-year period. The lagoons will be adjacent to one another. Each lagoon will be 80’ x 300’ x 10’ built into the ground and covered with protective polyurethane liners. Sewage will be brought to the lagoon by licensed pumpers from Okanogan and other counties and transferred to the lagoon(s). Septage from the lagoons will be land applied on the property at agronomic rates to grow agricultural feed crops approved by the Department of Ecology. The project site is located at 222 Hubbard Rd, Riverside off of Highway 97 on parcel numbers 3526020009 and 3526020011. According to Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) regulations, the office of Okanogan County Planning and Development issued a final environmental determination of non-significance (DNS) for this proposal. This decision may be appealed in accordance with OCC 14.04.220. Appeals must be made in writing to the Okanogan County Hearing Examiner, 123 5th Ave N Ste. 130, Okanogan, WA 98840. Appeals must be submitted or postmarked by 5:00 p.m. on January 7, 2016. Appeals shall state with specificity the elements of the environmental checklist and resulting determination the appellant finds objectionable and shall state the reason therefore. Appeals must include the $300.00 appeal fee. The public hearing for this project has not been scheduled yet. Project comments can be submitted up to the hearing date and testimony may be given at the hearing. Failure to comment by the to be determined hearing date denies a party standing to appeal the final decision. Direct questions and comments to: Okanogan County Office of Planning & Development, Anna Randall, 123 5th Ave. N, Suite 130, Okanogan, WA 98840, (509) 422-7117. Published in the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune on December 24, 2015. #OVG674888

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SPORTS Okanogan takes first at Oroville’s NOHI BY KATIE TEACHOUT

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OROVILLE – The Okanogan Bulldogs took top team honors at the North Okanogan Holiday Invitational (NOHI) Saturday, Dec. 19, with 184 points. The all-day invitational featured 13 teams. Coming in second place with 177.5 points was Kittitas. Tonasket placed third with 127, despite half a dozen of their finest competing at the Tri-State

Wrestling Tournament in Couer d’Alene that weekend. Tonasket had two first place finishers; Dawson Bretz at 106 and Tim Freese at 132. Oroville’s Scotty Hartvig took second at 195 and Louis Vasquez placed third at 106. Placing third for the Tigers was Devin Walton at 113, Garrett Thomas at 220 and Ian Vanatta at 285. Jeff Rounds placed fourth for the Hornets at 132. Tonasket had five fourth place finishers: Chris Freese at 126,

Austin Wood at 138, Austin Rimestad at 145, Branden Baugher at 170 and Dylan Kalma at 182. As a team, Brewster came in fourth at 79, followed by Kettle Falls with 70, Wilbur-Creston -Keller with 70, Selkirk with 58, Oroville with 55, Liberty Bell with 38, Republic with 36, Eastmont II with 35, Pateros with 29 and Almira-Coulee-Hartline with 29. Jose Garcia of Brewster, who took first at 120, was voted Outstanding Wrestler by attending coaches.

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Oroville’s Brigido Ocampo folds Austin Wood in half before the 132-pound Tonasket grappler throws the Hornet off his back during last Wednesday’s (Dec. 16) mixer that also featured teams from Liberty Bell and Lake Roosevelt.

Oroville hosts mixer BY KATIE TEACHOUT

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OROVILLE – Oroville hosted Tonasket, Liberty Bell and Lake Roosevelt for their Hornet Wrestling Power mixer Wednesday, Dec. 16. Picking up wins by pins for Oroville were Jeff Rounds at 132, and Drake Fox at 132. “Other Hornets picking up vic-

tories were Zane Scott with a hard fought decision over Kalma of Tonasket in what might be one of the best bouts of the evening,” said Oroville Head Coach Chuck Ricevuto. Dylan Kalma, a junior, and Scott, a sophomore, are in the 182-pound weight class. “Senior Captain Scotty Hartvig pinned a very good Chris Verales of Brewster while fellow senior

Charles Arrigoni decisioned his Liberty Bell opponent,” said Ricevuto. Oroville will host Omak for a mixer at 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 and host a Tri-Meet that same day at 6 p.m. Tonasket travels to a Royal Inviational Tuesday, Dec. 29 and to the Schmunk Invite at Warden Saturday, Jan. 2.

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Oroville’s Scotty Hartvig tries to get out from under ChrisVarales of Brewster during the championship round of the 195-pound class at Saturday’s North Okanogan Holiday Invitational, hosted by the Hornets. Varales finished the evening in first place at 195 and Hartvig took second.

Tonasket sends six to Tri-State Invitational

All six win by a pin BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

COEUR D’ALENE – Half a dozen Tonasket High School wrestlers competed at the 44th Annual Tri-State Wrestling Tournament this past weekend (December 18-19), with senior Trevor Peterson placing sixth at 132 pounds.

The longest continually running invitational tournament in the Northwest, the Tri-State features the top varsity wrestlers from Idaho, Washington, Montana and Oregon. It is held at North Idaho College, and is by invitation only. According to Pat Whitcomb of North Idaho College, 525 wrestlers from 55 schools competed this year. The top 28 teams get a full team invited back.

“Tri-State was as tough as ever; no wonder it is ranked as one of the 10 toughest tournaments in the nation,” said Tonasket Head Coach Dave Mitchell. “All of our guys won at least one match by a pin.” Other Tigers competing were Vance Frazier, a junior at 126; Rade Pilkinton, a senior at 138, Jorge Juarez, a senior at 145, Zach Lofthus, a senior at 170 and Isaac Gomez, a freshman at 182.

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Tim Freese tips a Mountain Lion upside down at Oroville’s December 16 mixer. Referee Joe Finsen, also pictured, wrestled for Oroville under Coach Chuck Ricevuto, class of 1980.

Oroville takes Liberty Bell into OT BY KATIE TEACHOUT

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The Oroville girls’ and boys’ basketball teams hosted Liberty Bell for a double-header Tuesday, Dec. 15. The teams were evenly matched in both games, which led to some very intense play as athletes pushed themselves to their limits.

The Lady Hornets came away with a 43-37 win (see Sports page A9) and the boys took the Mountain Lions into overtime. Oroville ended the first quarter just five points behind Liberty Bell’s 19, and in the second quarter the Hornets scored 19 while holding the Mountain Lions to 17 to end the first half 36-33 in the visiting team’s favor. Both teams toughened their

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Oroville’s Bryce Glover and Liberty Bell’s top scorer Micah Klemmeck were fierce rivals the entire game. defense in the third quarter for an additional seven points each. Oroville scored another 18 points and held Liberty Bell to just 15 more, to end the fourth quarter with a 58-58 tie. Overtime minutes saw the Mountain Lions put twice as many more points on the board as the Hornets (eight and four), winning the game 66-62.

Scoring for Oroville were Andrew Mieirs with 22, Bryce Glover with 13, Spencer Martin with 11, Nathan Hugus with 10, and Juan Lopez with eight. Liberty Bell’s Micah Klemmeck put in 36, Connor Cooley 23, Leif Portman-Brown four, Chase Vanderyacht two and Ben Klemmeck one. “It was a very hotly contested

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Bryce Glover rebounds a shot he took that didn’t go in, and despite Mountain Lion Micah Klemmeck’s attempts to make sure he didn’t get a second chance, Glover sunk the ball to put the Hornets ahead 6-4 during the first quarter.

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Andrew Mieirs, the Hornets’ high scorer of the evening, sinks two points while second-highest scorers Connor Cooley of Liberty Bell and Bryce Glover of Oroville prepare to rebound.

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Head Coach Jay Thacker and Assistant Coach Brian Martin give the team some quick pointers as they head into overtime, 58-58.

game. There’s going to be a lot of great games like this in this league this year,” said Oroville Head Coach Jay Thacker. Apparently he wasn’t talking about their yet-to-be-played game against Bridgeport; the Hornets came away with a 42-29 slam dunk of a win Friday, Dec. 18. Oroville was scheduled to travel

to Moses Lake for the Moses Lake Christian Academy’s Christmas Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 22, and to the Chelan Holiday Tournament Monday, Dec. 28. The Hornets host Republic Saturday, Jan. 2, travel to Manson Tuesday, Jan. 5 and to Tonasket Friday, Jan. 8. The girls hit the courts at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.


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Faith Martin puts in two after dribbling the ball back down to the Hornets’ net during their December 16 win over Liberty Bell. Martin led the scoring for Oroville with 19 points.

Lady Hornets win at home and on the road BY KATIE TEACHOUT KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

Oroville’s Lady Hornets beat Liberty Bell in a hard fought game during the December 15 double-header in Oroville. Neither team shot well in the first half, with the Hornets leading 5-4 at the end of the first quarter and behind 12-14 at halftime. “Faith Martin broke the game open for the Lady Hornets in the third quarter, scoring 11 of their 19 points including three consecutive three-point shots,” said Oroville assistant coach Bill Cottrell. Liberty Bell got a brief lead of 24-22 with a minute and a half remaining in the third, but otherwise the Hornets held their lead to the final buzzer, with a 43-37 win. Scoring for Oroville were Martin with 19, Mikayla Scott and Hannah Hilderbrand with six each, Jordyn Smith with five, Katherine Egerton four, Sydney Egerton two and Pie Todd with one. Hilderbrand also added 13 rebounds. In the JV game, Oroville girls beat Liberty Bell 34-25. Sheridan Blasey led all scorers with 20 points, followed by Liv Mathews seven, Katie Rawley five and Christina Herrick four. “Jadyn Mieirs played an outstanding game on defense,”

It is December. many celebrations happen in November, such as Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving, Student, parent, teacher conferences, and The Oroville Elementary School Principal’s Challenge. The Principal’s Challenge mission has been successfully accomplished! The Oroville Elementary Leader In Me school students read and passed quizzes on a total of 4,416 books in one month! Each year a theme is selected for the Principal’s Challenge. This year’s theme was Secret Agents around the world. There were several goals for the agents to meet. The first goal was to read 604 books resulting in the agents receiving a passport bookmark as compensation for their success. The agents accomplished their second goal of 2400 books and were reward with popcorn and a movie. The third mission that was easily met was to read 3600 books. The final mission was to read 4,395 books and Mrs. Hoehn would have goo poured over her head by the students, wear a mustache (disguise) all day, and learn a few foreign phases. The Principal’s Challenge this year challenged each agent to read 15 books. For students reading chapter books, every six thousand words equaled a book. The students read books and successfully passed a reading comprehension assessment over a book in their reading level before it could count towards the Principal’s Challenge. Why

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Cottrell said. When Oroville traveled to Bridgeport Friday, Dec. 18, the Lady Hornets jumped out to a 30-14 halftime lead and cruised in with a 40-30 league road win over the Fillies. “Bridgeport toughened up in the second half, but the Lady Hornets only had six players available for the game, so they may have gotten a little tired out towards the end,” said Head Coach Chad Matthews. He credited sophomore Hilderbrand with a “great game,” scoring 29 points on 61 percent shooting, with 15 rebounds. Other scorers for Oroville were Scott with six points, 10 assists

and five rebounds; Egerton with two points and nine rebounds, Jordyn Smith with two and Martin with one. “Sydney Egerton played very well on defense and on the boards, but did not get in the scoring column in this one,” Cottrell said. Bridgeport scorers were S. Martinez 19, V. Santana four, C. Gameros three, A. Trejo two and L. Ellis two. The Lady Hornets were scheduled to play Warden at the Moses Lake Christian Academy’s Christmas Tournament and to travel to the Chelan Holiday Tournament December 28. They will host Republic Saturday, Jan. 2.

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During the Principal’s Challenge, each student got to pretend that they were a secret agent.

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Sophomore Sydney Egerton took possession of the ball under the Mountain Lions’ basket and drove it all the way down the court for a fourth-quarter layup, bringing the Hornets’ score to 40 against Liberty Bell’s 34.

Tigers lose to Brewster, Okanogan TONASKET – The Tiger boys and girls basketball teams both suffered losses at the hands of the Okanogan Bulldogs and the Brewster Bears. The Lady Tigers lost to Brewster December 15, 40-57. “I thought we played well but rebounded terribly. We gave them too many second chance opportunities and that ultimately was our downfall,” said Head Coach Stephanie Schertenleib. “The girls played very hard and

we are really having some of our young players step up. Hopefully this will continue and we can gain some momentum after Christmas break.” The Brewster girls team is currently third in the 1B North League, with three wins and zero losses in league games. The boys lost their game to Brewster 33-78. The Bears are in first place with three league wins and zero losses, and six wins overall with zero losses. The Tigers hosted Okanogan Friday, Dec. 18, with the girls dropping their game 24-61. The

Okanogan girls team is currently in first place with four league wins and zero losses. The boys also lost to Okanogan, who is in fifth place with one league win and two league losses. The scores for that game were not posted when this article went to press. Both teams will participate in the Lakeside Holiday Tournament December 28-29. They travel to Lake Roosevelt January 5 and host Oroville Friday, Jan. 8. The girls hit the court at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

total of 564 books. Every grade level read more than one hundred books this month and some total more than a thousand! Three agents, David Johnson, Bryan Cisneros-Medina, and Briseida Ortiz received Triple agent status, for reading well above the mission of 15 books this month. Awards were given for other agents reading books about other counties and books with a detective as a main character. During the principal’s challenge, parents and other volunteers were found reading with or listening to students read. This month we had over thirty parents or volunteers assisting the students to meet this mission. The principal’s challenge is completed in one month. It requires lots of support to complete the yearly challenge, therefore, we want to thank everyone and express our appreciation to all that came in to work with the students AND parents that helped students read at home. Volunteers are always welcome to read with our students not only during the principal’s challenge but every day. Our agents never gave up, the last day the students synergized to read a total of 510 books and successfully complete the challenge! Good work Oroville Elementary LIM Agents! Your next mission, should you choose to accept it will be to “Read and learn for the rest of our life.”

Partners for Rural Washington to address Community sustainability KATHERINE@GAZETTE-TRIBUNE.COM

BY KATIE TEACHOUT

would we do this you ask? We are encouraging students to read for the love of reading. We know that reading makes better readers. During the challenge, students were encouraged to read books for fun. The staff challenged students to read to or with someone at home as well, thus sharing quality time with family and friends. Five classrooms, Mrs. Bourn’s, Mrs. Shirley’s, Mrs. VanWoert’s, Mrs. Burgard’s, and Mrs. Tyus’ successfully earned the rank of “00” agents, meaning everyone in the class completed the mission of reading 15 books this month. Mrs. Clark’s third grade class contributed 542 books for the mission and placed first in the most independently read total. The class with the most read to or read independently total was Mrs. Shirley’s class with a grand

Hannah Hilderbrand keeps dribbling despite tough Mountain Lion defense.

Lael Duncan will serve as Vice President

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Students read a total of 4,416 books during the Principal’s Challenge, meeting their goals for the November event

OLYMPIA – Partners for Rural Washington, a non-profit organization that came together with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in late November, will assist Washington rural regions and their residents to develop prosperous and sustainable communities. The founding board is composed of representatives from all levels of government, community and regional nonprofit organizations, as well as the private sector, including: Mr. Kim Herman, Executive Director of the Washington State Housing Finance Commission was elected Board President. Lael Duncan, Executive Director of the Okanogan County Community Action Council (OCCAC) will serve as Board Vice President. Judith Olsen, President of Impact Capital, is Board Treasurer. Mario Villanueva, Board Secretary, is Washington State Director, Rural Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Tim Crosby, Coordinator of the Cascadia Foodshed Financing Project, is a Board Director. Jon Devaney, who heads the

newly formed Washington State Tree Fruit Association, is also a Board Director. Lisa Wellman is a Board Director and heads the Communication Committee. Ms. Wellman is an IT industry executive and serves as Managing Director for nsquared solutions. “There are numerous nonprofits in our state focused on serving rural communities. There are state agencies and many programs and resources also aimed at their needs. Partners for Rural Washington will work with rural partners around the state to coordinate services to rural communities and promote initiatives that support community and economic development,” said Wellman. “Aggregating, aligning and working with these groups will, we believe, achieve positive collective impact.” Wellman said while the nonprofit was still in the early stages of developing a strategic plan, they were acutely aware and concerned about business preparedness for critical issues such as forest fires and flooding. “Addressing these effectively is key to community resilience,” said Wellman. She said although the U.S. Department of Agriculture led the formation of the non-profit and provided grant funding for start-up, the organization would need to raise funds to continue its activities and initiatives. “Initial board members were chosen to reflect areas of exper-

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tise, representative geographies and commitment to the state’s rural communities,” said Wellman. “They serve as volunteers.” Duncan, who has served as OCCAC’s Executive Director since 2002, was appointed to the Governor’s State Advisory Council on Homelessness, and has served as President and Board member of the Washington State Coalition for the Homeless. “Lael has earned the National Development Council designation of Economic Development Finance Professional,” said Wellman. “She also keeps busy as a Hospital Commissioner and as a member of Rotary.” Prior to her engagement in non-profits, Duncan’s career included Property and Casualty Insurance sales, Real Estate Sales and Financing, Real Estate Development, Organic Farming, Publishing and volunteer advocacy for Share our Strength as the statewide coordinator of the Writers Harvest events. She was born and raised in Seattle, attended the University of Washington and has earned the National Development Council designation of Economic Development Finance Professional. “For 25 years Lael has lived in Okanogan County and dedicated herself to giving back to the Okanogan economy and its people,” said Wellman. Duncan was not available for comment prior to going to press.

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OBITUARIES

Arthur “Oscar” L. Betcher

ARTHUR ‘OSCAR’ L. BETCHER JR. Arthur “Oscar” L. Betcher Jr. was born in Aberdeen, Washington on October 15, 1935. Oscar moved to Withrow in 1943 with his parents Art

LEOTA MCMILLAN Leota McMillan, age 91, died on Monday, December 21, 2015

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and Judy Betcher and brother Corky, where he went to school. He attended Waterville High School and graduated in 1954. Oscar started attending WSU and was drafted into the Army where he served for two years and remained in the reserves for another six. After leaving the Army, Oscar moved to the Molson/Chesaw area onto a small farm. He met and married Nadra Olson in 1957. Oscar and Nadra raised two children, Robin and Tim. Oscar farmed and raised cattle and added more land to complete the farm. During the winter, after farm work was done, he drove truck for various businesses. After having a wet fall, and trouble getting wheat harvested he bought his own Peterbilt truck to take wheat to the basin for drying. He also bought a logging trailer and hauled logs for himself and others. He maintained his CDL the rest of his life. In 1980, after his parents passed away, he moved to the wheat farm

near Withrow where he continued to farm. Oscar bought a sawmill and cut lumber from the farm in Okanogan County in his spare time. His latest building was a chicken house, for which he sawed lumber and performed construction in 2015. After learning he had cancer and doing radiation and chemotherapy, he completed harvest by himself and did the fall seeding. After surgery and many days in the hospital, he moved home where he passed away Dec. 8, 2015. Oscar is survived by his wife Nadra, brother Corky, daughter Robin, son Tim, a niece, three nephews and their children. Funeral Service was held on Saturday, December 12, at 11 AM at the Waterville Federated Church. Visitation was held at the Waterville Funeral Home on Friday, December 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Waterville Funeral Home.

at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket. She was born August 2, 1924 in National, Washington to parents John and Cynthia Michels.

Services and a complete obituary will be at a later date. Bergh Funeral Service and Crematory in care of arrangements.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR Subway Holiday Food Drive OROVILLE - Subway is running a food drive from now until the end of the year, Thursday, Dec. 31. Participants will receive a coupon for a free six-inch sandwich for every two non-perishable food items donated. All food collected will be donated to the Oroville Food Bank. Subway is located at 2002 Main St.

City Hall Closure OROVILLE - Oroville City Hall will closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. Customers with a Friday garbage collection day will be picked up on Thursday.

Christmas Eve Service OROVILLE - There will be a Christmas Eve Service at the Oroville Trinity Episcopal Church, 604 Central Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 24 at 11 p.m. They ask that you join them in celebrating the birth of Christ. All are welcome.

Skate into the New Year TONASKET - The Tonasket Comancheros, along with Roger and Lori Sawyer, will be hosting a New Year’s Eve party at the Tonasket Rodeo Grounds Thursday, Dec. 31, starting at 7 p.m. This will be a potluck dinner, with bonfires and a sled hut for warming. “We are hoping for a little colder weather for the ice skating rink, and snow piles for sledding,” said Roger Sawyer. “We will also have fireworks. We will be putting those off at 9 p.m. and again at midnight; plus anything else we can think of.” This is a family friendly event. There is no cost to anyone, it’s free. Just bring your own refreshments. There will be some skates and sleds available to those who aren’t able to bring their own.

Oroville Blood Drive OROVILLE - The Oroville Community Blood Drive will be at Oroville High School on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. To schedule an appointment or for more information, contact 1-800-RED-CROSS

BIRTHS Aubree LaFatta was born to Patricia LaFata of Oroville, Wash. and Brandon LaFata of Sterling Heights Mich. at 12:36 a.m. on December 15, 2015 at North Valley

(1-800-733-2767). On the day of your donation, complete a RapidPass to save time. RapidPass lets donors complete the predonation reading and health history questionnaire online from the convenience of a computer at home or work. To get started, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions.

Tonasket Blood Drive TONASKET - The Tonasket 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).

Grouse and Spouse TONASKET - On Friday, Jan. 8 come and learn about the world of grouse breeding behavior, with an inside perspective on grouse mating systems from a couple who have worked in this field both together and independently. This talk will explore a variety of mating systems, ranging from monogamy to extreme polygamy, and some of the breeding behavior of grouse species in Washington. Leslie and Mike have conducted research on several species of grouse in North America. Dr. Schroeder (aka grouse) is a Certified Wildlife Biologist who has pursued research and management of grouse since 1981. Leslie Robb (aka spouse) received her Bachelor of Science degree from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and her Master of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Alberta. For more see www.okanoganhighlands. org/education/hw

Oroville Gun Club Trapshooting OROVILLE - The Inland Northwest Trapshooting at the Oroville Gun Club starts Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at 1 p.m. and runs weekly to Feb. 28. Practice shooting is every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Hospital in Tonasket, Wash. She weighed six pounds, 7.2 ounces at birth and was 19.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Ricky and Susan Mathis of Oroville and Joe and Carol LaFata of Sterling Heights.

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OKANOGAN HIGHLANDS FIRE RELIEF AND RECOVERY NETWORK

TONASKET - The Okanogan Highlands Fire Relief and Recovery Network (FRRN), first started at the Community Cultural Center as an emergency shelter and soup kitchen in late August, has moved to its own office in the Subway building at 6 West 5th St., Suite 6. The Fire Recovery Center is open 8 a.m. – 5pm to assist individuals and families impacted by the historic 2015 wildfire season. The Fire Recovery Center is staffed by volunteers who help distribute labor, funds and donated goods in cooperation with the Tonasket Distribution Center, local churches, church groups from as far away as Portland, Ore., civic groups, and other organizations; to families struggling to regain stability. With the help of many generous donations, the center provides help with restoring adequate shelter, clean water, electricity, and winter heat, in addition to giving information about other resources available to assist with long-term planning and recovery. A pancake breakfast was held on Sunday, Dec. 6 at the Community Cultural Center as a benefit for the Fire Relief and Recovery Network. Thank you to everyone who came and enjoyed a good breakfast, good company, and supported a good cause.

TONASKET - Normally the Tonasket Food Bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the old Sarge’s Burger Bunker, 101 Hwy. 97 N. This week and New Year’s Week it will be closed on Thursday and open on Tuesday instead. For more information, contact Debbie Roberts at 509-486-2192.

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

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Jessica Martin, Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group Disaster Case Manager; Gloria Aparicio, Catholic Charities Disaster Case Manager; Carlene Anders, Okanogan Long Term Recovery Group Executive Director at the Fire Recovery Center in Tonasket – after meeting to discuss how to work together effectively.

CHURCH GUIDE Come join us! Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m.

Ellisforde Church of the Brethren

32116 Hwy. 97, Tonasket. 10 am Sunday School. 11 am Worship Service “Continuing the work of Jesus...simply, peacefully, together”

OROVILLE

Faith Lutheran Church

11th & Ironwood, Oroville • 476-2426 Sunday Worship 9:00 a.m. “O taste and see that the Lord is good!” Pastor Dan Kunkel • Deacon Dave Wildermuth

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

1715 Main Street Oroville 11:00 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 1:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Sunday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

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

Oroville United Methodist

908 Fir, Oroville • 476-2681 Worship on Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Leon L. Alden, Pastor

Valley Christian Fellowship

Pastor Randy McAllister 142 East Oroville Rd. • 476-2028 • Sunday School (Adult & Teens) 10:00 a.m. Morning Worship 11 a.m.• Sun. Evening Worship 6 p.m. Sunday School & Children’s Church K-6 9:45 to 1:00 p.m. Open to Community! Located at Kid City 142 East Oroville • Wednesday Evening Worship 7 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal

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

Seventh-Day Adventist

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

Oroville Free Methodist

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

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LOOMIS Loomis Community Church

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

CHESAW Chesaw Community Bible Church

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

MOLSON Community Christian Fellowship

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

RIVERSIDE Riverside Lighthouse - Assembly of God

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

TONASKET Tonasket Bible Church

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

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coordinated system of assistance. For more information or to volunteer, contact Laurel at 509 322-6254. Donations are welcome and can be made via www.communityfrrn.org, or to FRRN, P.O. Box 1402, Tonasket, WA, 98855.

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The Oroville Gun Club will again raffle off a Henry Rifle or cash equivalent for first prize. Second will be “the Family Gourmet Banquet from Omaha Steaks. Get your raffle tickets from a club member or stop by Paul’s Service.

Tonasket Food Bank

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NEW Hope Bible Fellowship

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

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

Holy Rosary Catholic Church

1st & Whitcomb Ave., Tonasket 9 a.m. English Mass every Sunday 7:00 p.m. Spanish Mass every Saturday Father Jose Maldonado • 476-2110

Immanuel Lutheran Church

1608 Havillah Rd., Tonasket • 509-485-3342 Sun. Worship 9 a.m. • Bible Study & Sun. School 10:15

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.” -Eph. 2:8-9

“To every generation.” Celebrating 100 years 1905-2005

Crossroads Meeting Place Tonasket Foursquare Church

415-A S. Whitcomb Ave. • Pastor George Conkle Sunday: 10 a.m. (509) 486-2000 • cell: (509) 429-1663

Tonasket Community UCC

24 E. 4th, Tonasket • 486-2181 “A biblically based, thoughtful group of Christian People”

Sunday Worship at 11:00 a.m.

Ellisforde Church of the Brethren

32116 Hwy. 97, Tonasket. 10 am Sunday School. 11 am Worship Service

“Continuing the work of Jesus...simply, peacefully, together”

Pastor Debbie Roberts, 509-486-3541 Open doors affirming diversity and welcoming to all


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May your Christmas sparkle with moments of love, laughter and goodwill and may the year ahead be full of contentment and joy. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you will enjoy this special Christmas addition to our newspaper. You will find letters to Santa from children in the Okanogan Valley. Two lucky kids have each won a special donated gift item: an Old Fashioned Sled donated by Lee Frank Mercantile in Tonasket and Hughes Department Store in Oroville. We would like to extend a warm thank you to the advertisers who help support this wonderful section.

OKANOGAN VALLEY GAZETTE-TRIBUNE Sincerely, Gary DeVon, Katie Teachout & Charlene Helm

Letters to SANTA Oroville Elementary Hazel Fogg Oroville Elementary Mrs. Van Woert’s Class 1st Grade Class Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a Zoomer Puppy and a Zoomer Kitty? How are your reindeer? Do you have a top elf? Are you the real santa? If you are, please write back. Love, Hazel, 1st grade

Lexis Duarte Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Will it snow on Christmas? Can I please have a shopkins for Christmas? I want to be lucky and get a limited edition shopkin. Can I have play-doh too? Thank you Santa. I will give you cookies and milk. How is Tokie Yokie and the other elves? Love, Lexis, 2nd grade

Jacob Hughes Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are the reindeer? Can you please give me an xbox one please and a cat please. I will put cookies and milk out. Your friend, Jacob, 2nd grade

Hailey Beale Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Are you feeling better? Do you like cookies? Can you please get me a Barbie for Christmas? Can you please get me a cat? Can I please see your reindeer? Thank you. Your friend, Hailey, 2nd grade

Landon Howe Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are the elves and the reindeer? Can I please have Skylanders Trap Team and traps. My family are thinking about giving you eggnog and cookies this year. Do you like eggnog? Love, Landon, 2nd grade

Kadin Pitts Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Can you please get me a PC Computer? The of my family has one. Is Rudolf the Reindeer real? Can you please get me a dog? I would love my dog. Love, Kadin, 2nd grade

Charlee Bilbruck Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Can you please get me a lavalamp for Christmas? Can you please help my mom not to be alergic to cats and bunnies so I can get one? I hope you come to my house. I will set out cookies and milk, but my dad might eat them. I think I was a good girl this year. Love, Charlee, 2nd grade Trevor Lindsay Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Do you even exist? Can I please have Rudolf the Red nose Reindeer? Also, an Ipad because my friend Kolo has one. The reason I want one is to I can watch Youtube. Did you ever burn your bottom by the fire? Your Friend, Trevor, 2nd grade Mason Wall Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are you? Can you get me an Ipad and some Legos. I hope you can get me those things. Your Friend, Mason, 2nd grade

May the peace, love and joy of Christmas be with you now and throughout the New Year.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS and Thank You for your Patronage! from

Lisbeth Nemecio Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have for you cookies and milk. I am very nice to my sister and brother. Please get me a toy hores for Christmas. Love, Lisbeth, 2nd grade Isaac Rivera Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I will leave you some cookies and milk. I want to see you with presents. And I will leave coffee for you. If you eat the cookies could you give me some lego sets? Or army and some nike shoes for me and my brother? Thank you Santa! Your Friend, Isaac, 2nd grade Elias Deford Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class I will leave some fudge and some milk. Could you give me some legos sets? Maybe a lot of candy in my stocking? Ill be the best at Christmas. Love, Elis, 2nd grade Alicia Umana Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Can you give me a ipad? Can you give me a book? I have been good this year. I will give you milk and cookies. Can you give me a stufft puppy? Love, Alicia, 2nd grade Sandra Minigell Oroville Elementary Mrs. Harris’s Class 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I will give you cookies and milk. I want a easy bake ovin for chrismas. How do you go arownd the world in one night. I forgot all the reindeer names. How many elves do you have? How old are you? Love, Sandra, 2nd Grade

Paul, Linda, Tim, Monica, Karl & Sieg

Paul’s Service

Hwy. 97, S., Oroville 476-2241

Wishing you a magical and delightful Chrismtas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for shopping with us!

Lee Frank Mercantile & Scholz Sporting Goods

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Naomi Nelson Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I want some shopkins. How many reindeer for you have? Thank you so much! Love, Naomi, 2nd grade

Stella Chen Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are your reindeer doing? I would like millions of snowflakes so I can go sleding and sking. And can you make it cold so I can go skating on the lake! Please give me Julia Codinez a velvet bowed teddy bear for Oroville Elementary Christmas! Thank you for listenMrs. Smith’s ing to my letter. I will put out 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been good milk and cookies for you when this year. I will give you milk you come. Your Friend, Stella, and Cookies. Can I have a stuff 2nd grade puppy for Christsmas? Love, JuAnna Quezada lia, 2nd grade Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s Eberardo Corrales 2nd Grade Class Oroville Elementary Dear Santa, I want Rudolph Mrs. Smith’s and a Barbie for Christmas. I 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I will be nice to love you Santa. I will give you you. I promise. I will put some eggnog and cookies. I will be a cookies and milk out for you. good girl all year. I hope I get a I would like a soccer ball set. gift. Love, Anna, 2nd grade From, Eberardo, 2nd grade Crystal Nemecio Oroville Elementary Gwyndolyn Thompson Mrs. Smith’s Oroville Elementary 2nd Grade Class Mrs. Smith’s Dear Santa, Am I being good? 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa Claus, Are you go- Can you please bring me $999 ing to come to princes? I hope and can I have a bike? I want you are all their! I would like a my family to be happy and I gumball machine please. But want cookies. Santa, I want you what I really want is no dairy to be happy. Do you need help allergy! I would live to see your to give the other kids presents? reindeer. I’ve never seen seen Love, Crystal, 2nd grade your reindeer. Do you ever get stuck in the chimney? Do you Reese Noel ever get burnt by the fire? Why Oroville Elementary don’t you wake us up after you Mrs. Smith’s come in the house? Thanks a 2nd Grade Class lot. Your Friend, Gwyndolyn, Dear Santa, Do you make vido games? I want a drone with 2nd grade camera please. How are the reindeer? Your Friend, Reese, Ariona Nelson 2nd grade Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s Kaleb Doveclark 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Are Rufflph and Oroville Elementary all of this friends real? Do you Mrs. Smith’s get stuck in the chimney some- 2nd Grade Class times? I want a gumball ma- Dear Santa, I have been good all chine and Rudolph the Red day long. Ill leave cookies and Nose reindeer stuffed animal. milk. Please can I have markers. Are you real? Is it hard for all From your friend, Kaleb, 2nd the elves to make the toys? I grade like Christmas it is fun because I get to open presents. It is so Efren Mejia fun it is Christmas time. Your Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s Friend, Ariona, 2nd grade 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I will leave some Tucker Acord cookies and millk for you. What Oroville Elementary I would like for Christmas is a Mrs. Smith’s new controller for my game. I 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Can you get me will try to read a little more to Skylander Trap Team? And I get better at reading and writwant a MineCraft Sword. I have ing. Thank you Santa for all the been a good boy this year. Love presents. Your friend, Efren, 2nd grade Tucker, 2nd grade Jonathan Corrales Oroville Elementary Mrs. Smith’s 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I will bring some milk to eat and can you bring me an xBox for me and my sister. Love, Jonathan, 2nd grade

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Tonasket 2nd Grade Classes Gaven Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, my name is Gaven and im doing good in school. My school’s name is called Tonasket Elementary and we all do are chores at home and me and my family are doing good everyday. Thank you for the presents from last year. The presents they were amazing. I wish you a merry Christmas. May I have Skechers please. Love Gaven. Emma H. Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, my name is Emma H. Im in second grade. Im 8 years old. I have been cleaning the living room. You are the best person I know. Thank you for all the presents last year. I loved them! Can I please have a Broncos coat and a Xbox one and a pony? Ill leave some milk and cookies for you and some carrots for the reindeer. Love, Emma H. Bayley Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Khris Cringle, My name is Bayley and im 8. Ive been a little mean to my brother but I will work really hard to be nice to him. But please give presents to me this year. I want a Ipod, a new room, a reindeer, new shoes, a dodge, a piglet, and a showboard. Thank you for your time. Have a great time around the world and have a jolly Christmas. Love Bayley. Jennifer Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Thank you for last year. Santa thank you for my pretty doll. I want you to visit my hous. I want a book by Dr. Seuss – I can read with my eyes shut. Sincerely Jennifer. Braden Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Braden. I think you should come to my house because ive been good to my family. Santa I liked all my gifts last year and the stuff in my stocking and im 7 years old. Santa may I please have a toy guun for Christmas and a new snow shovel. Love, Braden.

Diego Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Diego and I am 8 years old. I go to Tonasket Elementary School and I am in 2nd grade. I cleaned my grandma’s bed and I love my family because they love me to. I wish I could see you santa. Thank you for the gifts last year. I want a box of lego ninjago please. Santa I love you too. Love Diego. Emma Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Emma. I have been very good. I think you should come to my house because I have been good. Have a good trip around the world. Veronica Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Veronica. I’m in second grade and my school is Tonasket Elementary. I had been helping my family with the food. Santa, I want you to come to my house because I’d like some more books to read. Santa, have a great merry Christmas. Love, Veronica. Carly Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Carly and I am 7 years old. I love my family and my two dogs Satchmo and Ella. I love my classroom and my classmates. I have been a little mean to my brother but I will work harder to be kind. If I were to have 2 presents it would be family and a pet. I hope you have a great trip and be safe. Love Carly. Jacob Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Jacob. I wish you could come to my house because I have been a good boy and I please want a legos box and a black x box 360. Any toys would be great! Thank you.

Mia Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Mia. I am in 2nd grade. I am 7 years old. I help my family clean the house. I listen to my parents when they tell me to do something. You should visit my house because I’ve been really good. I just wanted to let you know that I love the gifts that you left last year. I am hoping to receive some new slippers, books, clothes, Ipod, tablet, a stuffed animal, blanket, pillow. I just want you to know I’ve been really good with my family. I want you to know that you can give me as many gifts as you want. I am so happy you are coming to my house. I also with you a merry Christmas. You are awesome santa. I just want you to know I love you. You are the best. Andres Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Hi Santa, My name is Andres and I am 8 years old. I have been good this year everyday I do my chores when my parents tel me. Thank you for the light up legos. Please get me a ex box 1, and please get me haleo 5, and please get me a fire phone. Oh yeah and a happy merry Christmas to you santa. Sincerely, Andres. Kyra Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I’m Kyra. I’ve been good this year. I’ve been good to my dogs and my cats mom and dad aunts and uncles and pony. And I’ve helped my mom feed the pets. Thank you for the roller skates and doll you gave me last Christmas. I think you should visit my house because I’ve been very very good. Im happy you can get me a teddy bear. I hop to write you again. Love Kyra. Sophia Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Sophia and I am 7 years old. I am good at soccer. I am good at basketball. I think santa should come to my house because my mom wants to see you.

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Grayson Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Grayson. I am good at sports. I love Christmas. May I have a BB gun, book, 6 pacs of bubblegum, and Imaginext. I love Rudolph and the other reindeer. Jessica Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I want you to know that my name is Jessica. I will do my best to help. I helped clean the dishes. I would like to have a puppy and three horses and pla-dough and one of your puppies. Tell mrs. Claus and the reindeers and the puppies hi for me. I hope I can talk to you. Love Jessica. Dear Santa, I like the gift that you gave me. I play with my toy. I liked the other Christmas when you came to our house. I help my sister at home. Morgan Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am very nice to others and my family. I would like a truck that is remote control truck. I would like a toy log truck. I would like a toy crane for Christmas. I love you Santa. Love, Morgan. Kara Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been really good in school. Can I have a doll that talks please Santa? May I have a dollhouse please Santa? I would like high heels because I love them Santa. May I please have a peadzzler for a present because it is cool? Christmas is my favorite holiday because it is cool. Love, Kara. Maggie Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I haven’t had to turn my card one time in my whole life! I would like a snow globe for chrsitmas. I would like a plazzer if you can because I a, good. I would like a Ipod shuffle. Thank you Santa for everything. Love, Maggie. Roxana Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I always follow directions because I look at the smart board. Please can you give me play-douh and lego friends and disny princess named sleeping beauty. Can I have a Amerecan Girl doll and a Ds also some games. And some shopkins toys. Can I please have a lego van also a shopkins basket. Thank you for making Christmas and I will have a present for you too. Love, Roxana.

Cadence Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am very very very nice to my friends and family. Can you please bring me 2 dolls please. I would like to have a hamster. May I have a math kit. I love you so much Santa. Love, Cadence.

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Tanner Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been a really good boy this year at school. Could I please have a bouncy ball. Could my brother please have a Ipod. Could I please have a sky viper. I love you Santa because you bring kids gifts. Love, Tanner.

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Kevin Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am a very good person at school and I am a very good reader. Can you please bring me a game? Can you please bring me a dog? I would like to have black ops 3. I love you santa. Love, Kevin. Jesse Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been so awesome this year. Could I please have a new toy jet. Also can I have a new pair of basketball shoes with ankle supports so I don’t roll my ankle. Last can you get my sister a new tablet because my sister crushed hers. Thank you. Love, Jesse. Eve Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have got a lot of reach tickets because I help a lot. May I have a new kindle. May I have a brown horse. Also may I have a bracelet making kit. Thank you for Hannakkah. Love, Eve. Austin Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have never stayed in at recess for anything in my whole life. Please can I have a sled because every day after Christmas my family goes sledding down a tall hill and I do not want to be left out. Can I please have a Wii? Can I please have the parts for a tree house because I’m moving and I want another one. Love, Austin. Joseph Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am so good. I have not gone to the cabden this year. This year I would like a computer so I can Artests. This year I would like a remote control car. This year I would like a soccer ball. You are the best. Love, Joseph. Jon Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am the best of the best boy in school. Can you please get me a bag of hot cheetoes? Can you please get me a remote control car? Can you please get me a quadrin helickopter? Love, Jon. Joselin Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I am a very proactive and help people. Can you please bring me 2 frozen dolls. Can you please bring me flaming hot ceetohs chips. I would like to have legos. I will leave you cookies and milk. Love, Joselin. Anthony Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I was good to my family and my brothers and kids from school. Could you please give me a scooter for Christmas please. I would also like for Christmas a toy car that is blue please. Can I please have also a lego of cops for Christmas. Love, Anthony.

Ricardo Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I’m very good. I haven’t been mean on the playground. I will like a sled. I will like a tablet because mine dropped on the floor. I will also like an Ipod touch. Also a new charger. You are the best. Love, Ricardo.

Maria Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, You are nice to everyone and to me too. I want a dress and please get my brother a toy and a pair of clothes too. I would like toys too. Could you bring me a monster high doll for Christmas? Also could you get my brother and me a pool with a slide and a swing set for our house so I’m not bored and me and my brother can be happy. Love, Maria. Ricky Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello my name is Ricky. I wish for a bike. I wish for a lego set. I wish for a phone. Thank you Santa. Sincerely, Ricky. Miah Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I would like to tell Mrs. Claus that I said have a good Christmas. I heard your reindeer last Christmas. Have a nice Christmas. I would like a snow globe, a sticker pack, modeling clay and normal clay. Sincerely, Miah. Marley Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello Santa, My name Is Marely. Did you have a good thanksgiving? I did have a good thanksgiving. I wish for a Apple Tablet. Have a great day. Sincerely, Marely. Tehgan Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Tehgan. I would like a Thread wrapper for Christmas. I would also like the game twister because I love that game. Sincerely, Tehgan. Nevaeh Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello. How are you? Thank you for bringing me a monster high doll last Christmas. I wish you would get me more monster high dolls. Sincerely, Nevaeh Dakota Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are the reindeer doing? Could you please bring me a lego batman 1 and 3 game? I wish for Disney Infinety inside out for Christmas please. Sincerely, Dakota. Katelyn Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Mr. Claus, How are you and the misses? I hope you are feeling good. I hope Jessica will come to my house for Christmas. I also wish for pokemon cards. I also would like shopkins. I would additionally like crayons, markers and blank paper. Sincerely, Katelyn. Noah Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, How are you doing? I wish for a drum, an electric guitar, a remote control car, a remote control helicopter, a lego set that lights up, and a xbox 360. Sincerely, Noah. Austin Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa How are you doing? I wish for a Ds and a x-box 360. Sincerely, Austin. Milana Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hi, my name is Milana. How are you doing? You know, you are a great person did you know that? I wish for Beados. Thank you for everything. Have a great Christmas. Sincerely, Milana.

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Edgar Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello my name is Edgar. How are you Santa? I wish for a xbox 360 santa. I love the toy that you gave me last year. I really enjoyed it thank you santa. Sincerely, Edgar. Sahana Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Thank you for the present last year. Would you please get me Shopkins for Christmas? I hope you are doing well have a nice Christmas. Sincerely, Sahana. Hayden Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello how are you doing? May I please have a real Ipod and Ipad please and a remote control car please? Thank you, sincerely, Hayden. Ivan Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Thank you for giving me a present from last year. I love you Santa. I wish that you would bring me a tablet for Christmas. Thank you for being kind to the children. Sincerely, Ivan. Ariana Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Hello, how are you doing? I wish for a doll. Would you please bring a car for my brother? Sincerely, Ariana. Jose Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, You are nice everyday and I was about to ask you if you would please bring me a toy. I was good to my family and to my baby sister too. The toy I would like is some legos please. Sincerely, Jose Cesar Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, My name is Cesar. I wish for a Ipod 5. Would you bring me a cat? I wish for a dog. I wish for a soccer ball. Love, Cesar. Brianna Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, Im a good girl because I am a good student. I always pay attention in class. I always try my best. I deserve a lot of presents. Love, Brianna. Angie Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I should get presents because I am a great gril and at school and at home. For example, I do my homework when I am told. I pay attention to my teacher! I try always try my best and I never give up. I help my mom clean the living room. Also I do my dads laundry. This is why I deserve a whole of presents from the man that says ho ho ho! Love, Angie. Ismael Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, HO HO HO! I have been a good boy and I beserve 99 presents. Also do my homework when my mom tells me too. In addition I make breakfast for my mom and dad. I am good because I clean my room. I think I was a good boy. That is why santa gots to fill the sled up. Love, Ismael. Cyrus Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I think I should get 14 prensins for being good. For example I help my brother find books. It makes him happy. For instance I help with the decorahoins on the tree so I can bee a good boy. Santa you have been nice and I have been a good boy. Love, Cyrus.

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Marlene Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I should get presents because I was a great girl. I was helpful. There was a new suntens her name is Brianna. I was reading to her. Also we were playing outside resses. Another reason I told her we should be bestfriends. In addition we sit together at lunch. This is why santa should give me presents. Love, Marlene.

Kristina Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I deserve a lot of presents because I been a good girl. For example I am helpful for my dad. Another reason I help my dad clean. I also help my sister clean our room. It makes me happy. I also help my big sister clean her dirty room and I help my dad do the dishes. This is why I should get lots of presents. Love, Kristina.

Calvin Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been such an amazing listener so I deserve 100 presents. For instance when my great dad tells me to go to bed, I go to bed. Another reason is when my loving mother tells me to get into the blue car I get into the blue car. In addition, when my nice mom tells me to get off the big ipad I get off the ipad. Love, Calvin.

Kurt Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been good. I was good this year because I help my sister. Another reason, I feed my dogs. Also I help my mom make dinner. Love, Kurt.

Ceaser Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I was a good boy this year I would like some presents! I was so nice to my sister Sofia. For instance if sofia cannot reach something I help Sophia. Another reason I play with her when she wants me to and it is fun. This is why the chubby man that wheres a red hat should come to my house! Love, Ceaser. Kasz Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been such a amazing boy this year so I think I deserve lots of presents. I am so helpful. For instance, I have brought my nice sister gum. Another reason is I have helped my sister get cuddly band-aids when she gets hurt. I make her happy when she is sad. That is why I should get presants. Love, Kasz. Paityn Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I clean when my mom sed to so I should deserve 5000 presents. I am so helpful. When my sister has grbeg under he bed I help clean it up with her so I should get money because I helped her clean. I clean outside when all the toys are out and my sisters help to. I clean the living room when my friends come over because it is a mess. That’s is why I deserve presents. Love, Paityn. Karsyn Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been a asome reder. I have already reached 59.8 ar pants. I deserve a lot of present. For example, I was one of the first to reach 5 ar points. Another reason is I new I was going to do well. For instance I love the books more then the points and the help me learn. That is why santa needs to pack up his things and go. Love, Karsyn. Annie Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I have been a good girl this year I think. I think I deserve 15000 presents. I watch my cusin so he dusint get badlly hert. I gave my make people laf so they don’t feel realy bad. That’s why santa need to hop on that flying reindeer sled and come see me! Love, Annie. Skyler Tonasket 2nd Grade Class Dear Santa, I was a good boy, I deserve a present or more. I help my brother up when he falls down on the hard ground. And one day he triped over the small soccerball and I helped him up when his nose was bleeding. That is why santa needs to pack more presents. Love, Skyler.

Brianna Tonasket 2nd Grade Class I was a responsible kid this year. I put my mom and dads clothes in the hamper. I made the bed. I picked up the garbage. Love, Brianna. Oroville Co-Op Preschool Scarlett Raven, Age 5 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I could have been better. I would like an American Girl Doll named Sparky wearing a blue dress with dark hair. Alia Johannessen, Age 4 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I would like dolls and barbies. Gemma Sylvester, Age 5 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I could have been better. This year I would like an Ipod and computer. Paisley Hughes, Age 4 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I have been good this year. I would like some new horses and clothes. Aylen Johannessen, Age 5 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I have been good this year I would like an American Girl Doll and a new baby doll. Ava Johannessen, Age 4 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, I have been very good this year. I would like an ugly pet truck and shopkins. Olen Donner, Age 3 Oroville Co-Op Preschool Dear Santa, This year I could have been better, I would like a super silly big toy and a jack in the box.

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Cooking with kids...cont. Tonasket Co-Op Preschool Maylee, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *My favorite Christmas Dessert Cupcakes...wait brownies and cupcakes! *How to make Christmas Cookies - With powder and frosting and chocolate chips and cookies with diamond shapes in them. Cailee, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *My favorite Christmas Dessert Brownies, cupcakes with milk to drink! *How to make Christmas Pie - First put butter in it. It’s how I make pie. I roll it then put it into the pan. My mom puts it in the oven for about 15 min. Savannah, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make pie - You have to put dough and if you want a apple pie or tomato pie you have to put in there. If you want to make a crayon pie you put it in.

Ava, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make pie - You put sugar in it then put the top on it then you eat it. *Favorite treat to leave Santa - Cookies. Victor, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool I like pumpkin pie! Talia, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make pie - You put strawberries, salt & butter. *Favorite treat to leave Santa - Strawberries. Paisley, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make pie - We make pie like green and we put candy in. We put letters and tea and cake in...yummy pie then letters and stars. And we sit in our chairs. *How to make hot cocoa - We put tea in the cocoa and water, milk and coffee and coconut then shake and some fruit in there, pie that tastes good. water and put over the fruit as a glaze. Cool in frig before cutting into wedges.

Grace Hughes / Oroville *Red and Green Cookies 1 Red Velvet Cake Mix (dry) 1 egg 2 C. Thawed Cool Whip ½ C. Powdered Sugar Green Sprinkles In a bowl, combine the dry cake mix, egg and Cool Whip just till mixed. Drop by the teaspoon to the powdered sugar, roll till covered and place on a sprayed cookie sheet. Place a few sprinkles on top of each. Cook at 350 for only 10 min. Remove and cool. Grace Hughes / Oroville *Red and Green Cheese Ball 16 oz. Cream Cheese 16 oz. Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1 T. Soy Sauce ¼ C. Dried Onion 1 Jar Drained Pimentos Dash Salt and Pepper 1 C. Ground Ham Small Diced Green Pepper 1 t. Lemon Juice 1 C. Chopped Walnuts/Pecans Mix the Cream Cheese and Cheddar well. Add remaining ingredients except nuts. Chill 2 hours. Shape into balls, roll in nuts, wrap and store till needed. Warm to room temperature and serve with assorted crackers. Grace Hughes / Oroville *Delightful Pizza 8 oz. Cream Cheese softened ½ C. Sugar 1 Pk. Refrigerated Sugar Cookies ½ t. Almond Extract (milder flavor use vanilla) 2 T. Water ½ C. Strawberry (or any) Jam Assorted Well Drained Fruits (strawberry-blueberry-kiwiSpread the cookie dough onto a foil lined 14 inch pizza pan. Bake at 350 for 12-14 minutes. Cool, invert, remove foil and turn right side up. Mix cheese, sugar and flavoring before spreading over the crust. Form a pattern covering the pizza with the fruit. Blend jam and

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Grace Hughes / Oroville *Red and Green Dip 1 Can Campbell’s Fiesta Nacho Cheese Soup 8 Oz. Cream Cheese ½ C. Diced Roma Tomato ¼ C. Chopped Cilantro In a large bowl, soften the cream cheese in the micro. Stir in the soup till well blended and place in a serving bowl. Sprinkle with the tomato and cilantro before serving with tortilla chips. Grace Hughes / Oroville *Baked Mac and Cheese 3 T. Butter 3 T. Flour 6 Oz. Grated Sharp Cheddar 8 Oz. Cubed Velveeta 4 C. Milk 1 T. Soy Sauce Salt and Pepper 1 Lb. Elbow Macaroni Cooked El Dente 1 C. Crushed Corn Flakes 2 T. Melted Butter In a saucepan, heat the milk. In a separate pan, melt the butter with the flour. Add the milk, whisking quickly for 5 minutes on medium heat before adding the cheeses, salt, pepper and soy. Remove from stove and mix well. Stir in the macaroni. Pour the macaroni mixture into a casserole dish. Combine the butter and cereal. Sprinkle over the macaroni and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. Serve. Grace Hughes / Oroville *Zucchini Supreme Bread 3 Eggs 1 C. Oil 2 C. Sugar 2 C. Grated Zucchini 1/2 t. Soda 1 t. Baking Powder 1 T. Cinnamon ½ C. Molasses 1 C. Walnut Halves 3 C. Flour 1 t. Salt Mix the oil, eggs, sugar, molasses and zucchini well. Add the dry ingredients slowly, a bit at a time. Fold in the nuts. Spray 2 bread pans and bake at 350 for 60-70 minutes.

Isabell, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make Christmas Cookies I just eat them. *Favorite Christmas Meal - Dinner Brylee, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make Christmas Cookies You cook them and then put chocolate on them. *Favorite Christmas Meal - Bacon. Bobby, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make Christmas Cookies Chocolate chips and sugar Alexis, Age 4 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make Christmas Cookies Snowflakes, ice cubes, apples, cow milk and eggs. *Favorite treat to leave Santa Chocolate chip cookies, hot cocoa & carrots for his reindeer. Owen, Age 5 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make Christmas Cookies Maybe kinda the same as regular cookies. Boots Emry, Oroville *Quick Peach Dessert 1 lg. Can sliced peaches ½ cup brown sugar ½ cup butter (or margarine), melted 1 yellow or white mix ½ cup chopped nuts Mix brown sugar and nuts with melted butter. Set aside. Pour peaches and juice in 9x13 pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix on top, being sure to get cake mix into the juice. Sprinkle brown sugar mixture over the cake mix and bake 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Variation: may use 1 cup flaked coconut as part of topping. For ‘peachier’ dessert add another small can of peaches. Boots Emry, Oroville *Egg Nog Pie 1 envelope Know Gelatin soaked in 1 tablespoon cold water. Set aside. Scald milk, add ½ cup sugar and 2 tablespoons, cornstarch, which have been mixed together. Cook until thick, stirring often. Add 3 beaten egg yolks and cook a few minutes longer. Remove from heat and add Gelatin, 1tablespoon butter and a little salt. When cool, add 1 tsp. Vanilla and 1 cup whipped cream. Pour into baked shell (or crumb shell), sprinkle liberally with nutmeg. Refrigerate at least 3 hours before serving. (Updated cooking instructions) As mixture scorches easily, I use the microwave and an 8 oz tub of cool whip instead of real cream and don’t dump the egg yolks in all at once as you’ll have scrambled eggs. This is a holiday favorite of the Emrys, Roberts and Sawtells family coming from Nebraska! Judy Byrum / Oroville *Queen Judy’s Brownies 1 box any type brownie mix 1 pkg. Chocolate chips 1 T. powdered espresso 1 tsp. Cinnamon 1 pkg. Heath bits Plus ingredients called for in brownie mix. Add all ingredients and mix well. Bake as directed. Cool for 25 minutes before cutting. Variations: Butterscotch, peanut butter chips, walnuts and pecans.

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Lane, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make hot cocoa - Hot water and marshmallows. *Favorite treat to leave Santa - Chocolate Chips Stephen, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *How to make hot cocoa - With a coffee cup.

Bobby, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *Favorite treat to leave Santa Football Cookies.

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Mason, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *Favorite Christmas Meal - Cake! *Favorite treat to leave Santa - Candy. Judy Byrum / Oroville *Queen Judy’s Beer Bread 3 cups all purpose flour ¼ tsp. Salt 4 ½ tsp. Baking powdered 1 cube butter melted / set aside 1 can beer ¼ cup brown sugar packed Reserve butter. Combine all ingredients, place in greased loaf pan, pour butter over bread. Bake at 375 degrees for 45-55 minutes or until brown. Cool 15 minutes, then flip our of the pan. Note: this is a hearty, heavy bread.

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Lisa Carper, Oroville *Korn Dog Casserole 2 c. finely chopped green onions 2 T. Margarine 1 ½ c. finely chopped celery 1 lb. Chopped Kielbasa Sausage 2 eggs 1 ½ c. milk 2 jiffy Korn Bread Mixes 2 c. grated cheese In large skillet sauté celery and onions in margarine for 5 min. Place in bowl, set a side. Cut sausage in cubes and brown lightly add to veggies, add milk, eggs and cheese with cornbread mix, toss together, mix well. Place in lightly greased dish. Bake 400 for 30 min. Lisa Carper, Oroville *Sweet & Sour Balls 1 ½ lb. Hamburger 1 med. Onion 3 cloves garlic 1tsp. Salt 1 T. Worcestershire sauce 1 egg Oatmeal enough to hold shape. Brown and drain fat off. Pour sauce over and simmer. ½ c. brown sugar 1 T. corn starch 1/3 c. pineapple juice 1 T. soy sauce 1/3 c. Red Wine Vinegar ¼ tsp. Ginger ¼ tsp. Garlic powdered1 sm. can pineapple tidbits. ¼ c. green pepper diced Combine all ingredients until thick and bubbly.

Stephen, Age 3 Tonasket Co-Op Preschool *Favorite treat to leave Santa A cookie.

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Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 24, 2015  

December 24, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune

Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune, December 24, 2015  

December 24, 2015 edition of the Okanogan Valley Gazette-Tribune