Grateful for help with benefit

I would like to thank all of the wonderful folks that helped with the Ken (Doc) Taylor benefit dinner and auction that went off without a hitch. Without the generosity of the Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce and the Eagles Club of Oroville and Tonasket, this event would not have gotten off the ground. To all the folks who gave either cash donations or items for auction, I would like to extend a heart felt thank you to each and every one of you, thank you.

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CRACK UP - Consulo Padilla is normally a fast apple packer for Gold Digger Apples, but teasing by her fellow workers as she posed for a picture led to a temporary break in the action as she got a case of the giggles. Padilla was packing for Gold Digger at

Market prices looking good

NORTH COUNTY – Managers at the two remaining packing houses in north Okanogan County agree that this year’s apple crop looks especially good and current apple prices should mean decent returns for growers.

“We’re almost done with Fujis, we still have a few coming in from the Brewster and Omak area,” said Greg Moser last week. “All the rest of our varieties like red and golden delicious are already off the trees.”

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Dr. Jody Graves

WSMTA presents Dr. Jody Graves

The Okanogan County Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) is thrilled to bring Dr. Jody Graves of EWU to our area on Friday, Nov. 2.

Dr. Graves holds a Doctorate Degree in Piano Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she was the recipient of the distinguished “Teacher of the Year” award for her excellence in teaching. Dr. Graves is especially interested in promoting concert art music, creating unique ways to foster a collaborative experience between artist and listener and she is dedicated to maintaining the life of music in our schools and culture. She is recognized for her creative ability to engage the audience during her concerts with anecdotes, historical perspectives and humor.

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Community Bulletin Board 5

Local food banks

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 information, call Jeff Austin at 476-3978 or Jessica Lakey at 476-3817.

TONASKET – The Tonasket food bank operates every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 300 S. Whitcomb Ave. Drop-offs can be made at Tonasket Tavern. For more information, call Jack Gavin at 486-2480 or Debby Curren at 486-2459.

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School menus

Oroville School Menu

Friday, Oct. 26: Breakfast: Cereal & Fruit and Milk. Lunch: Italian Dunkers, Cheesy Herb Bread, Tossed Salad, Broccoli, Pears, Bananas and Milk Varieties.

Monday, Oct. 29: Breakfast: Peanut Butter Toast, Fruit and Milk. Lunch: Corn Dog, Chili, Fresh Veggies, Dixie Cup and Milk Varieties.

Tuesday, Oct. 30: Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs & Toast, Fruit and Milk. Lunch: Sliced Turkey, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, Tossed Salad, Brownies and Milk Varieties.

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AND THEY’RE OFF - The start of the boys CTL Cross Country Championships held in Chelan last weekend. Lake Roosevelt took home championship honors for the boys and Chelan was the top finisher for the girls.

Chelan takes first place in Caribou Trail League

CHELAN – Chelan’s Lady Goats cross country team took home the first place trophy in the Caribou Trail League championships held in Chelan last Thursday.

CHS runners dominated the top 10 finishers in competition with runners from throughout the league. Chelan’s Gaby Guillen of Chelan finished second with a time of 18:32; Mari Schramm took fourth with a time of 19:26; Lindsy Fox finished sixth with a time of 19:58; and Sara Waszkewitz took ninth at 20:24 to lead the CHS girls varsity cross country team to a first place team finish with 28 points.

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Illegal entry of Canadian bruins

Dear Editor,

Why did the Border Patrol get involved too late with Dennis smuggling in the grizzlies from Canada?

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Frustrated by some hunters’ behavior

Dear Editor,

I really enjoy hunting season!

I really enjoy hunting season, first of all the county always tries to get our roads graded here in Chewiliken Valley before the hunters are driving over them. This year the “wash boards” were about six inches deep so it’s a challenge to drive our vehicles over them. This year they only got them partly graded so the hunters get to see what we put up with most all of the year.

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Overlooking the snakes on the plane

Dear Editor,

I have yet to meet anyone wailing about Bush and the Patriot Act “taking our rights!” who can name a single thing they could do pre-Bush that any Bush policy prevents them from doing now.

These same partisan alarmists decry anti-terrorism measures for “invading our privacy!” like library lists. Yet they are either woefully ignorant of, or choose to endorse, far more legitimate threats to what little remains of our privacy.

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Canadian beef ban should not be lifted, cattlemen say.

OMAK – Merely announcing a lift of the ban on imports of Canadian cattle led to a 50 percent drop in market prices local ranchers told U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell last Thursday.

Members of the Okanogan Cattlemen’s Association met with Sen. Cantwell in Omak at the Koala Grill to discuss what affect allowing Canadian beef back across the border into the United States would have on their industry.

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Crime Report 1

Calls/Jail Bookings

Monday, October 15

A report from Fourth Ave. in Okanogan of a found wallet.

A report from Second Ave. in Okanogan of an assault.

A report from Thompson Rd. near Riverside of a theft. A lock was cut off of the reporting party’s outhouse at his cabin and a fishing boat was taken.

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