Stories for November 2013

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Wednesday, November 27

   

Man remains hospitalized after Grand Coulee fire

A worker remains hospitalized after being critically injured in a fire that damaged the John W. Keys III Pump Generating Plant at Grand Coulee Dam. Grand Coulee resident Daniel McCulloch, 53, was listed in serious condition Monday in the intensive care unit at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, the hospital said.

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Stores brace for holidays

Major retailers throughout the area brace themselves for the busiest shopping day of the year this week. Some stores feature extended hours and many have special deals and giveaways for Black Friday.

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Tea Party hosts speaker

A dozen people turned out last Thursday to hear Kris Anne Hall present The Genealogy of the Constitution at the invitation of the Okanogan County Tea Party and Republican Liberty Caucus.

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Okanogan plans budget

City taxpayers will see a 1 percent property tax in 2014 and likely will see increases in utility rates.

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Poor air quality prompts burn ban

The state has imposed a burn ban for Okanogan County. The ban went on Monday and is expected to continue until at least 4 p.m. today, Wednesday. Stage 1 burn bans also are in effect for Chelan and Douglas counties, among others in Eastern Washington.

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Pateros considers ATV use

The City Council will consider an ordinance during its meeting next month that could open city streets, alleys and parking areas to all-terrain vehicle use.

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Give thanks this holiday

It’s human nature to take things for granted. When you’ve always had something, when it’s been around your entire life, it’s only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be there.

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I’m counting my blessings

This is the time of year where Americans count their blessings and acknowledge all the people, places and things they’re thankful for. It would seem a daunting task to most, but every year there’s some guy who tries to list all the things he’s truly thankful for.

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Rules threaten Washington growers

Thanksgiving is a day that we as a nation take time out from our busy lives to gather with family and friends to give thanks for our many blessings. America’s first Thanksgiving celebration is traced to 1621 in Plymouth, Mass.

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‘Catching Fire’ reflects our excesses

More than a year ago, I stood in a long line to see “The Hunger Games” on opening night. This past weekend, I was surprised to be one of very few people arriving early to see “Catching Fire,” the next installment of the series written by Suzanne Collins.

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Accused biter faces two felony assault charges

An Omak man faces two felony charges for allegedly biting a 2-year-old child. George Joshua Gilmer, 34, Omak, was charged Nov. 18 with second-degree assault of a child and endangerment with a controlled substance.

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Coaches of the Year hail from Republic

Republic High School coaches Sarah Knapton in volleyball and Chris Burch in football were voted Coaches of the Year in the northern division of the Northeast 1B League.

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Cast named for ‘The Wizard of Oz’

Alexis Olmstead will portray Dorothy and Stephen Kunkel will be the Wizard when Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus stages “The Wizard of Oz” next spring. Auditions were Nov. 16 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St. The show is planned for May 2-4 and May 9-11.

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Let’s talk turkey

It was the combination of a husband-and-wife engineering team and an “obsessive young mother” factor that made Crown S Ranch evolve from a small family farm to a small farm with big ideas on sustainable, organic living.

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Father, son charged with murder

A father and son have been charged with first-degree murder in the Labor Day shooting death of a Western Washington grouse hunter. John Wayne Jennings and his son, Adam Shaun Jennings, both of 33 Cow Camp Road east of Oroville, made preliminary appearances in Okanogan County Superior Court on Nov. 20. They were charged with first-degree (premeditated) murder Nov. 18.

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Hospital delays budget decision

When presented with six options to drastically cut costs in 2014, Three Rivers Hospital commissioners leaned toward the only one that would keep obstetrics. The Top 3 options discussed all involve layoffs, reducing surgery department hours to regular business hours Monday through Friday, and keeping the emergency room but reducing the trauma level from level 4 to 5 so an on-call surgeon wouldn’t be required.

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Local man remembered fondly by friends, family

While the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and death of a local man are somewhat mysterious, one thing is clear: Gordon Benjamin Beadell was loved. “There’s been lots of phone calls” from friends and family, said Donna Beadell of Bridgeport, who is married to Gordon Beadell’s cousin, LeRoy Beadell.

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What’s the next big scientific proposal?

In 1995 David Alt and Donald Hyndman published a book called “Northwest Exposures.” A fat (442 pages) book, it was a physical and historical geologic history of the Northwest states, including scraps of Montana and California and, once, I think, a piece of Utah along with Washington, Idaho and part of British Columbia.

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Fillies’ Rios leads defense

Bridgeport’s stingy goalkeeper Sarah Rios was named the Most Valuable Player in the Central Washington 2B Soccer League. Rios, a junior, helped the Fillies to a 15-2 record by limiting opponents to 14 goals, or less than one per game.

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Prelim numbers out for 2014-15

Schools received the preliminary enrollment numbers last week from Washington Interscholastic Activities Association. WIAA uses the numbers to classify schools for competitions for two-year periods. The count is going to be used for competitions started the fall of 2014.

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Boesel voted CTL’s Top Coach

Brewster High School volleyball coach Marcy Boesel was named Coach of the Year in the Caribou Trail League. Senior Abby Phelps of Chelan is the Player of the Year.

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Slow start, miscues doom Okanogan

Too many turnovers, too much Mason Elliott and not enough offense proved a deadly combination for the Okanogan High School football team in the state 1A playoffs Saturday.

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Lions take third in state soccer

The Liberty Bell High School soccer team overcame adversity, much as it has all season, and finished with a school best-ever third place state 1B/2B trophy Saturday.

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Lion writes for The Times

I was roaming the web when I noticed that Sam Thomsen, a sophomore at Liberty Bell High School, wrote a guest column for The Seattle Times. Thomsen’s column was titled “Crazy? Why the Mariners should sign Robinson Cano now.”

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Basket Program gears up for Dec. 21 giveaway

Donations are being accepted for the annual Omak-Okanogan Community Christmas Basket Program, which provides holiday food for people in need. “As we celebrate the holidays with friends and family, counting our blessings during this time of year, it’s important to remember those less fortunate than us in our own community,” the basket committee said.

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Tuesday, November 26

 

Monday, November 25



Sunday, November 24



Student plans European trip for summer

Jade Stidman is trying to earn several thousand dollars so she can participate in the People to People student ambassador program. The 12-year-old Omak Middle School student plans to travel to France, Italy and Greece next July for a 20-day educational experience with a delegation of other students from Washington.

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Grid stars earn MVPs

Luke Kindred of Oroville was named Most Valuable Player on offense and Cesar Dominguez of Liberty Bell the MVP on defense in the Central Washington 2B League.

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Book remembers movers and shakers

Anyone who’s been around rodeo or listened to Tonasket car commercials on the radio the last few decades knows the homey and distinct voice of Rich Fewkes.

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Fire damages Elks Lodge in Omak

A fire Wednesday morning at the Elks Lodge destroyed an electrical room and has forced the non-profit organization to shut down operations until repairs can be made. “This could not be happening at a worse time of the year,” Exalted Ruler Sandy Smith said. The Elks Lodge, 110 S. Ash St., is typically one of the more popular holiday banquet and party locations in the area. Several events will be forced to relocate this year.

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Summit deemed a success

Wednesday’s Success Summit drew together about 160 people for a day-long discussion of what makes a rural area successful and how those bright points can be expanded.

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Dowers named top player

Jessi Dowers, an outside hitter for Pateros, recently was named the Most Valuable Player in the North-Central Washington 1B League.

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Thursday, November 21

  

Wednesday, November 20

      

Business cleans damage

A new business, Emergency Remediation Services, has opened to clean up water and fire damage, and mold.

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Teachers get classroom grants

Several teachers in Okanogan County have received classroom grants from the North Central Educational Service District Foundation.

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Smith to be a Husker

Chandler Smith of Brewster signed a letter of intent Monday to play for the University of Nebraska women’s basketball team.

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Residents weigh in on JFK legacy

Local residents who were children and young adults when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated remember having many questions and fears in the shooting’s aftermath. And, from the perspective of 50 years, they also reflect on Kennedy’s legacy to them personally and to the country.

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Credit card fraud reports keep rolling in

Reports of unauthorized use of credit and debit cards continue to roll in to local police agencies, but no pattern of use has emerged. A number of people have been hit in recent weeks with credit and debit card charges they didn’t make.

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‘Little Women’ continues

More than 260 people attended opening weekend of Omak High School Pioneer Players’ production of the musical “Little Women.” The show continues at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

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Sexton wins horse title

Dontyoujustloveit captured the first-place intermediate title in performance halter mares Monday at the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association Open World Championship Show.

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Reardan ends Oroville’s season

Oroville ran into a bigger, faster and more determined Reardan in the opening round of the state 2B football playoffs Friday. The Indians advanced to the quarterfinals with a 41-20 victory.

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Trapshooters nab trophies

The Omak High School Future Farmers of America trapshooting teams brought home eight trophies from a meet Saturday hosted by Tonasket FFA.

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Liberty Bell soccer returns to state

Liberty Bell held off a late charge by Bridgeport for a hard-fought 3-2 district soccer playoff victory. The Mountain Lions (11-7) advance for a second straight trip to the Final Four of the 1B/2B girls soccer tournament.

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’Dogs snare Connell

The winds of good fortune flew in Okanogan’s favor, 13-10, over Connell in the opening round of state Friday night.

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Pateros takes fifth

The Pateros Nannies rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors late Saturday afternoon in the SunDome to bring home the state 1B volleyball tournament’s fifth-place trophy.

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A queen gets her crown

The Omak Stampede celebrated the end of one reign and the beginning of another Saturday at its annual coronation and banquet. A whirlwind year as Stampede queen ended for Tonasket High School graduate Breanna Howell, who passed on the crown to Tiffany Mannikko after a ceremony recognizing the accomplishments of the rodeo and its volunteers through 2013.

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Keller man dies in vehicle crash

A local man died Thursday when his vehicle hit a guardrail and went off state Highway 21 and overturned into a creek north of town. Anthony Joseph “Beau” Tonasket, 34, died at the scene, Colville Tribal Police Cdr. Tom Holsworth said.

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Community stories headline Success Summit event

Stories about community success will be highlighted during the Initiative for Rural Innovation and Stewardship Community Success Summit on Wednesday. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Okanogan Middle School, 244 S. Fifth Ave.

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Sheriff seeks missing man

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding an 81-year-old resident who left his home more than a week ago and hasn’t returned since. Gordon Benjamin Beadell was last seen Nov. 11 driving a red 1998 Buick Skylark with a Washington state license plate reading 91344DP.

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Challenger takes lead in race

Mayoral candidate Libby Harrison is edging Mayor Gail Howe by one vote in the general election, according to the most recent results released Friday. After reviewing and counting ballots that had been flagged for questionable signatures, Harrison’s tally was bumped to 72 votes to Howe’s 71.

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Photos tell more than you know

Are you one of those people who takes selfies and posts them to your Web page or Facebook? Do you use your cellphone to photograph your children and upload images for friends, family and others to see?

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Salmon recovery plays a vital role

Although some people may not be aware of it, a significant amount of Northwest residents’ power bills has nothing to do with the generation or delivery of electricity.

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Wages vote creates buzz

I’m sure many people in Okanogan and Ferry counties are keeping an eye on statewide election results as the remaining close races are determined.

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Sewer project moves forward

The city is about two-thirds of the way toward completion of the current phase of its long-term sewer renovation project.

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Tuesday, November 19

  

Sunday, November 17

  

Area residents reflect on Kennedy’s death

Fifty years ago next Friday, a shot rang out during a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, and hit President John F. Kennedy. For people alive at the time and old enough to remember, they’ll always remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the president had been shot and later died.

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Fillies knocked from state ranks

Three strikes and your out, even in volleyball. The Bridgeport volleyball team learned the count at the state 2B tournament Friday at the SunDome, dropping two matches by identical 3-0 scores.

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Winter fishing festival returns

There will be no more excuses for not landing a fish at the 10th annual Northwest Ice Fishing Festival, coming Feb. 15 on Sidley and Molson lakes. “We are going full steam ahead,” spokeswoman Robin Stice said of the meeting that drew a dozen people. “There are fish there.”

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Pateros shines in opener

The Pateros Nannies shrugged off a slow start at state to sweep the Quilcene Rangers, 3-0, in the first round of the state 1B volleyball tournament Friday in the SunDome. “It took the girls a while to get into gear,” said Pateros coach Gene Dowers, whose team won 26-24, 25-11 and 25-13. “Then, our seniors took over.”

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Omak focuses on fire, police

The need to replace old and outdated equipment is taking a higher precedence than replacing the two Omak police officers who were laid off last year as the city hashes out its 2014 budget.

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Friday, November 15

   

Bridgeport falls in state opener

The Bridgeport Fillies were no match for a powerful Toutle Lake volleyball squad, falling 3-0 in the opening round of the state tournament in the SunDome.

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Thursday, November 14

   

Wednesday, November 13

    

Fraud impacts local residents

Several area residents have been hit in recent weeks with credit and debit charges they didn’t make, and one victim says she’s now on a crusade to make people aware of card fraud.

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Ratepayers want Enloe removed

The Okanogan County Public Utility District officials say it could cost more than $1 billion to remove Enloe Dam. The utility hosted a public hearing last Tuesday on the proposal to earmark $5.4 million for the dam in the proposed 2014 budget. But ratepayers in attendance were more interested in the future costs of the project and removing the dam.

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Pneumonia vaccines can save lives

The other day, while I was at my clinic (for something else), I was offered flu and pneumonia shots and accepted. In my family, pneumonia is a word that commands attention. My grandmother died of it when in her 30s, leaving, in addition to her husband, three children, the oldest of whom was 9.

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Bomb threat shuts down Noisy Waters

Police are looking for a man who told a clerk at the Tribal Trails Noisy Waters gas station and convenience store Friday that a bomb was in the building and set to go off.

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Reduced benefits stretch food banks thin

Tens of thousands of households in North-Central Washington are getting less in food stamps, while other local resources are already stretched thin, A temporary increase for food stamps, renamed the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, expired on Oct. 31. It was originally approved in the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In 2014, the federal government estimates the reduction will be $5 billion.

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Court will hear utility case

The state’s highest court will review a case against the Okanogan County Public Utility District, which has been attempting to condemn state land to build a transmission line.

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Shelve idea of gas tax increase

Using Boeing as cover, Gov. Jay Inslee called the Legislature back to Olympia this week for a special session. But with Boeing unions yet to agree to build the new 777x aircraft here, the aircraft manufacturer is hardly the reason for lawmakers to be back in Olympia. Rather, Gov. Inslee is calling on them to approve a new transportation package, and with it a 10-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike.

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Deceased’s story isn’t easy to tell

Covering death in small communities such as ours isn’t an easy thing for any journalist to do. As reporters, editors and photographers, our job is to lay out the facts of tragic events for you, the reader, to get the big picture. At the same time, we need to be sensitive to the family and friends of those who die.

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Job seekers need better writing skills

I saw something recently about the economy and how employers are complaining about a lack of qualified candidates — namely in written and verbal communication skills.

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Veterans bring assets to employers

The good news is that America is bringing its troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, that presents a challenge because a large number of those troops will leave the military upon their return.

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Mayoral races remain too close to call

PATEROS – Three mayoral races in Okanogan County are still too close to call with about 300 votes left to count. In Pateros, write-in candidate Libby Harrison has garnered enough support to tie incumbent Gail Howe. They have each received 71 votes as of the latest count Nov. 8.

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Rawson, Wilson complete fair board

After overcoming a mid-summer controversy that resulted in the resignation of one board member and the removal of another, the Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board is once again complete.

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O Tannenbaum

A light snow began Thursday as residents and visitors filled the school campus parking lot to celebrate Christmas early. But they weren’t there to greet Santa Claus.

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Repairs delay grocery store

Hangups in refurbishing refrigeration equipment have delayed reopening of the Food Depot grocery store, 310 S. Second Ave.

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Television company goes all-digital

Charter Communications is expanding its high-definition channels to Okanogan County customers as part of an all-digital upgrade planned for the beginning of December.

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Tribes plan community center changes

The Colville Confederated Tribes is seeking sealed bids from contractors interested in transforming part of the Keller Community Center into a technology center. The project should be finished by Feb. 28.

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Bank branches change owners

Bank of America branches in Omak, Republic, Chelan and several other Eastern Washington cities will become Washington Federal branches in early December. Seattle-based Washington Federal recently acquired 51 Bank of America branches in Washington, Idaho, New Mexico and Oregon. In Washington, 19 branches will make the changeover.

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Regiment weathers capture in war

As I was working on stories last week about Veterans Day, I had occasion to research the background of a Civil War veteran who’s buried in the old Riverview Cemetery near Omak.

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Rotary wine event draws hundreds

An estimated 500 people sipped wine, nibbled on cheese and hors d’oeuvres and bid on a variety of donated items during the 15th annual Okanogan-Omak Rotary Club Wine and Cheese Tasting Event on Saturday.

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Weaser named top 4-H leader

Jack Weaser has been named Washington’s outstanding 4-H leader of the year. Weaser was honored during the recent Washington State 4-H Leader Forum, a gathering of 4-H volunteers, teens, faculty and staff.

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Omak named grant finalist

The Omak School District’s Xtreme Challenge program is one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant contest.

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Mannikko will be crowned

Tiffany Mannikko will be crowned Miss Omak Stampede during the organization’s annual banquet Saturday. A social hour is at 5 p.m. at the Omak Elks Lodge, 110 S. Ash St. Dinner will be at 6 p.m.

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Asmussen, 60th

Marilyn and Howard Asmussen will celebrate their 60th anniversary with an open house from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Pateros Central Building, 207 Pateros Mall.

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Oroville stung by road game

When was the last time you heard of a lower-seeded football team hosting a first-round state game over a higher seeded team? Out of 44 state playoff games this week, Oroville High School is the only higher-seeded team without a home game.

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Speiker paces field

Sierra Speiker of Oroville put an exclamation point on her running career with her third state 2B title in four years. The runner covered the 5K route at Sun Willows Golf Course unchallenged, finishing in 18 minutes, 20.41 seconds. That was 24 seconds faster than her best-ever at state when she won as a freshman.

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Pateros claims district trophy

Pateros knocked off Moses Lake Christian Academy, 3-0, to claim the District 6 championship Saturday at Ephrata High School. The Nannies (16-0), behind a stellar defensive effort, won 25-20, 25-23 and 25-17.

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Oroville heads into playoffs with victory

Oroville closed out its regular season Saturday with a 61-8 non-league thrashing of Chief Leschi. “Not too much to say about the game; the boys played well,” Oroville coach Tam Hutchinson said.

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Courts delay two local murder cases

One of Okanogan County’s murder defendants is undergoing a mental evaluation at Eastern State Hospital and another remains under medical care at the Airway Heights Corrections Center. Trials for both men have been postponed.

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Local soldier recalls service

Local veteran Doug Hull’s memory has faded somewhat through the years, but there are some moments and details about World War II that have stuck in his mind for nearly seven decades.

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Hospital considers staff cuts

Three Rivers Hospital is reworking its 2014 budget and might lay off 20 percent of its staff. Commissioners heard a grim report from Chief Executive Officer Bud Hufnagel last Tuesday.

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Liberty Bell falls in league title contest

Liberty Bell could not overcome White Swan’s size Friday, falling 37-27 in a game for the Central Washington 2B League championship. The loss dropped the Mountain Lions (4-2 overall, 4-2 league) into a tie with the Oroville Hornets (6-2, 4-2) in the final league standings.

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Okanogan falls out of playoffs in overtime

NEWPORT – Newport edged Okanogan, 3-2, in two overtimes Saturday and advanced to the first round of the state 1A tournament. “The girls played really hard,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “We played good all the way through. Cameron Moses made some great saves in the back throughout the game.

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‘Little Women’ set for Omak stage

The musical “Little Women” will be staged Friday and Saturday and Nov. 22-23 in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St. Curtain time is 7 p.m., with the lobby opening at 6:15 p.m. and the house at 6:30 p.m.

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Sunday, November 10



County sends many off to fight in wars

Okanogan County has contributed dozens of men and women to the nation’s military ranks over the years, and still more have chosen to move to Okanogan County and make it their final resting place.

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Honoring those who served

Nancy Bishop has been organizing Veterans Day assemblies in Omak for years. But this year was a little different for the North Omak Elementary School life skills teacher.

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Omak begins budget talks

The city has begun its process of hammering out a budget for 2014. City Council will host a series of budget workshops, starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 2 N. Ash St.

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My life in the service

Monday brings Veterans Day here and Remembrance Day in Canada, our close neighbor. The holiday also gives us a chance to remember military duty to our countries.

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Brewster tops Omak in five sets

As closely matched as Brewster and Omak are in volleyball, it seemed fitting that their loser-out, bi-district qualifier match would go to five sets Nov. 5. Brewster pulled out the victory and advanced to the bi-district tournament with a No. 3 seed. Omak’s season ended.

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Bears top Pioneers in overtime

Omak and Brewster played to nearly a standstill Nov. 5 before the Bears won, 2-1, in overtime for the fifth and final berth to the bi-district soccer tournament.

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Chinook could be planted in 2015

Spring Chinook may be returning to the Okanogan River in 2015 if the Colville tribe and National Marine Fisheries officials have their way. During a meeting Tuesday night, more than two dozen officials gathered at Koala Street Grill to discuss efforts to reintroduce an “experimental” spring run to the river.

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Arrez goal lifts Brewster past Chelan

Veronica Arrez scored in the second overtime to lift Brewster to a 1-0 victory over Chelan on Nov. 2. “It was a very physical match with us having a few chances that we didn’t score,” Brewster coach Alex Sanchez said.

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Brewster, Omak tie

CHELAN – Brewster extended Chelan in a set but in the end the Goats prevailed, 3-0, in a league game on the final day of the regular season. Chelan, which finished second in the Caribou Trail League, won 25-20, 25-17 and 27-25.

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Goble leads Omak to state

PLANTERS FERRY – Sam Goble of Omak rebounded from two weeks of illness to finish 12th at the bi-district tournament and earn a berth to state. Goble, who is returning to state for the third time, covered the 5K (3.1 mile) course in 17 minutes, 40.25 seconds.

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’Dogs run past Omak

The Okanogan football team racked up more than 350 yards rushing to earn a 43-7 win at home against rival Omak on Friday night in the Backyard Brawl. Senior Justin Rivas and freshman Morgan Poulin paved the way for the Bulldogs with 2 touchdowns apiece, as Okanogan won its fourth consecutive Brawl.

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Rock, paper, scissors

Rock, paper, scissors. After a couple of quick rounds of the game, Ben Klemmeck of Liberty Bell High School grabbed the 1B/2B District 5-6 cross country title Saturday in Walla Walla Point Park.

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Norwill heads south

Makenzie Norwill, a senior at Okanogan High School, recently signed a letter of intent to play fastpitch softball at Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls, Ore.

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Tonasket FFA wins top national prizes

One FFA student took first place in parliamentary procedure during the group’s national convention Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The Tonasket team also finished as the reserve national champions in novice parliamentary procedure.

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Is Thanksgiving forgotten?

Is Thanksgiving on its way to being a forgotten holiday, at least in the eyes of advertisers? Halloween is big, but Christmas is the 800-pound gorilla in the holiday room. At 12:39 a.m. Nov. 1, even before all the Halloween pranksters’ eggs had dried on cars, a Black Friday promotion from a major online retailer dropped into my email inbox.

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Omak man pens book on ‘Revelation’ mysteries

Local resident Joe Fenison has written a new book, “Winds of War: Mysteries of the Book of Revelation.” In his paperback book, he “sheds light on end-time events, offering a glimpse of the coming war,” a preview of the book said.

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Garden shop buys old town hall

Inside Out Home and Garden is deepening its roots after owner Terri Price purchased the old town hall that houses her shop, 168 Riverside Ave.

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Havillah Road adds business center

Havillah Road Printing, 208 S. Main St., has opened a business center with space to rent in its 5,760-square-foot building. “We have two offices, two conference rooms and a large multi-purpose room that people can rent out on an as-needed basis,” owner Corina Radford said, noting that rates are also available to rent space for a longer term.

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Housing group changes leader

After overseeing the Housing Authority of Okanogan County since its inception 17 years ago, the executive director is retiring and training her replacement.

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Chamber doles out awards

The Okanogan Chamber of Commerce raised more than $400 through a dessert auction and honored award recipients at its annual banquet last week at the Old Flour Mill, 96 Pine St.

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Organizations host Veterans Day events

TONASKET — A Veterans Day parade is planned at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, on Whitcomb Avenue. The procession will go from the Tonasket Visitor and Business Resource Center, 215 S. Whitcomb Ave., to the U.S. Armed Forces Legacy Project, 1 Tonasket Shop Road.

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Hospital wins award

Three Rivers Hospital has been recognized for “outstanding efforts to reduce patient harm and improve patient safety.”

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Partial shutdown delays delisting process

The federal government’s temporary partial shutdown last month affected furloughed employees, state parks – and the public process that could lead to the delisting of the gray wolf as an endangered species.

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Sin taxes spoil the fun

Washington state is nearing the one-year mark for its vote to legalize marijuana and the two-year anniversary of privatizing liquor sales. I wonder, looking back on those two votes, if things have turned out the way people expected.

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Area veterans deserve our support

Every year, Nov. 11 is set aside as a day for Americans to remember and honor veterans of all wars who fought to protect the freedoms we all too often take for granted.

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Health Plan Finder failing epically

Like many people around the country, I’ve been following the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. And since we live in an arguably economically depressed area of the country, I specifically am interested in finding out how many of my friends and neighbors were benefitting from a program that supposedly would give many health care for the first time.

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Scientists’ risks benefit us all

There have been times when geologists and other scientists have undergone certain hazards to obtain the information they sought. Take, for instance, John Wesley Powell and his hazard of boating down the Grand Canyon with his company. They were warned of its perils, but lured by the information to be gained by such a traverse of the great river in its mighty canyon and what could be learned from seeing it close up.

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Prayer at hospital sparks debate

When Three Rivers Hospital notified a local doctor’s wife that she could not organize a gathering on campus to pray, it opened the door to debate over state law and religious freedom.

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Liberty Bell places coach on paid leave

Liberty Bell High School Dean of Students and Activities Director Mike Wilson has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation by the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office.

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Death remains under investigation

Autopsy results have yet to be released in the case of a local woman found dead last week. Maria Victoria Sanchez, 29, was found dead near the bridge over the Nespelem River on School Loop Road shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday.

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Shop offers automotive repairs, paint

A new automotive repair and maintenance shop has opened at 473 Okoma Drive. Cardenas Bros. Auto Repair and Paint offers general mechanical repairs, body work and painting.

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Publishers point to suit as a milestone

In 2000, as The Chronicle was preparing to celebrate 90 years of publishing, three former owner-publishers got together to reflect on milestones and named the Goldmark trial as the defining story in The Chronicle’s publication history.

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Body found near bridge

A medical examination is planned for today, Sunday, to determine the cause of death of a local woman whose body was found on Halloween.

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Hearing focuses on dam

The next evening budget hearing hosted by the Okanogan County Public Utility District will address the estimated $5.18 million set aside for the Enloe Dam project near Oroville.

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Omak muzzles Okanogan

OKANOGAN – Omak turned back Okanogan in a tight first set then cruised to a 3-0 victory in a Caribou Trail League match Oct. 29. The Pioneers, in their final match of the regular season,l won 25-23, 25-11 and 25-11. “We started out strong and were able to build a nice lead in each set,” Omak coach Brittney Richter said. “We did lose a little focus in the first game and gave Okanogan too many points off of our serving errors.”

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Okanogan knocks off Omak soccer

OKANOGAN – Okanogan celebrated senior night with a 4-1 win over Omak on Oct. 29. “The girls played well and did a great job of moving the ball around,” Okanogan coach Dean Klepec said. “Our defense did a great job of keeping the ball on their half of the field most of the time.”

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Region braces for blast of winter chill

Okanogan County residents may get their first taste of winter this weekend. A winter storm watch for the Methow Valley and other parts of north Okanogan and Ferry counties was issued Friday by the National Weather Service, effective through today, Sunday.

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Texans bully teams

Bullying comes in many forms. Ask Miami Dolphin tackle Jonathan Martin and he’ll tell you your coworkers could be bullying you.

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Fair board suggests two to fill openings

The Okanogan County Parks and Recreation Board, better known as the fair board, has announced two recommendations to fill its vacancies – Monica Rawson and Justin Wilson. County commissioners plan to consider the recommendation next week before appointing the new members, board Clerk Lanie Johns said.

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Family seeks air miles

A local family is seeking donations of airline miles to help bring relatives to town for the funeral of a former Omak resident and Army veteran. Monty Smith, 63, died of cancer in Germany last Tuesday.

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