Dog was a predator allowed to prowl

We are writing in response to “Why murder our puppy?” letter to the editor dated Sept. 27, 2007.

Why, indeed! Why should a dog be killed after almost two years of repeated requests to the owner to please keep her predatory dogs on her property?

An incident of May 31, 2006 of her dog finding its way through our 6 ft.

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Pearson should endorse public lands grazing

In response to Jim Pearson’s column about grazing on Public Lands dated Oct. 4, 2007, I would like to set the record straight on some of his false “blanket” statements.

His statement that “grazing on public lands always equals overgrazing” just isn’t true. The majority of cattlemen with Forest Service permits are responsible managers and follow the regulations set forth in their permit, such as: utilization standards, when to turn out, where to graze, when to remove and how many head are allowed.

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Our freedoms facing ‘death of a thousand cuts’

I always enjoy Bill Slusher’s letters, even when I disagree with him. In Bill’s most recent letter to the Gazette-Tribune; I agree with most of what he states; I particularly agree with his closing paragraph that there are snakes on the plane and we’re doing nothing but look out the window (Although we may disagree on who and what some of the “snakes” are).

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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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