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McCor ick to challenge propriety of recall election By Bob Snyder, staffwriter Okanogan County Prosecutor Jeremiah McCormick said Monday he plans to file suit in Superior Court in Spokane to challenge the propriety of subjecting a prosecuting attor- ney to a recall election. He further revealed that one of the things he&apos;ll ask the Superior Court judge to rule on is whether another special prosecutor should be appointed to investigate improper con- duct on the part of anyone involved in the gathering of signatures or funds for the recall effort. When asked if this indicated he believed such improper conduct had indeed taken place, McCormick answered, "Based on reports given to me, I think there may be violations." In anal her new development, it< was learned that McCormick had-equested copies of the recall petitions filed against him last week with the County Auditor, Harriet Johnson. McCormick was allowed to look over the petitions, since they are part of the public record, but according to Mrs. Johnson, "I'm not going to let him have any copies withoul a court order." McCormick stated that he asked for copies of the recall petitions because he wanted to look over the language of the petition and because he wanted In ascertain Ihe individuals who had signed so thai when his office was involved in selecting juries, that information would be available to them. McCormick contends that the signers of the recall petition would most likely be biased against him in any case he was trying. He believes it would be embarrassing to inject such a fact into the trial and could prevent justice from occurring. In his words, "I would look on these people as gullible, ignoranl, and prejudiced." The recall pet it ions were filed lasl week by a recall commiltee headed by Wally Lauterbach. Auditor Harriet. Johnson's slaff is currently in lhe process of canvassing the pelilions Io determine if the pelitions contain 1,967 valid signal ures of registered voters. That figure represents 350/0 of lhe number of w)ters who voted for McCormick in his last eleclion. If the auditor finds at leasl lhal many signatures, and lhe recall commiltee is confi- dent lhey have more than enough, lhen il will be up In the board of counly commissioners Io set a special recall election. In that eleclion, a simple majority vote will delermine whelher McCormick fills oul lhe remaining two years of his four-year lerm or is imme- dialely removed from office. Three specific charges have been broughl against McCor- mick by the recall committee. 1. Thai on Aug. 26, 1976, Prosecutor McCormick, whose dulies also require thai he acl its county coroner, failed to have a body committed to his custody held in a morgue for proper idenl ifical ion. 2. That Prosecutor McCor- mick charged Brewsler Police Chief I,arry Cline with the crime of burglary and unlawful search wilhoul a warranl in May and June of 1976, knowing thai lhe lhen assistant police chief was innocent. 3. Thai on July 25, 1976, Prosecutor McCormick broughl criminal libel charges againsl Districl Courl Clerk Marilyn Hinger, knowing that the charges were groundless and only I, forward a personal feud with lhe Dislricl Courl. According to McCormick, the recall c.mmillee has "fabri- caled oach and every one of lhese charges. He said these charges were brought against mo because "I.refuse In sleep in the court house bed and that's r).li,ical uicide in this county al 1his p:irticular time." McC,)rmick coolers his de- fense )n Ihe resulls of a p.lytcraph test of himself c.nducted by former Chelan Counl y Sheriff Dick Nickell. He bolievos Ihal the results of Ihal It,sl ch,arly show him Io be trulhful in his defense of the r,.'ca II charzos. McC.rmick says he took this parlicular line of defense becauso liltle olher recourse is -pen t,) him. due In the unique na,ure-f Ihe recall process. It is f-r Ihis same reason Ihal he has decided lo challenge in Superi-r C,ut'l the applicability ff recall Io the office of pr.socul ing altorney. "I w(mldn' have challenged this had ,he law portal(led me In go ',+ (,,mrl wilh files, witnesses, e, c. and demonsl rale I he falsit y of ' heir charges." Whon asked whal would happen if lhe recall efforts againsl him were successful, McCormick indicaled he would probably be l he first prosecu- ling a!l-rney in the stale of Washingl on Io ever be recalled. "This would seriously ,je.pardize my reputalion as an atl,wnoy. Wilh the people now sorving its judges I would be unablo Io represenl anyone in a ('(m! esled mailer." Nerring tit,, towns oj' Ih'etrstt, r. Iridgel)Ot't. .tlnn./el,I. I)nteros. nnd tit,, Iotrer /llt, thotr t'nlh, v Volume 76 No. 29 Brewster, Washington Thursday, January ]3, ]977 June Green is Bridgeport's Honorary Citizen of the Year By Elaine Clark, staff writer When she was recently as Bridgeport's "'ll,,n,,r;try Citizen .f the Year", June Green was called % rambling woman" in reference n-t only to her love of travel bul ills() for her active parlici- palion in community affairs. Mrs. Green was awarded the h.nor at lhe Bridgeporl Cham- ber meeting earlier Ihis month for her work with the Senior Cil izen Cenl er in Brews( er. She hits been a member of the Cenlor for five years and has ('.m ribut ed not only money and useful items bul mosl import- anl of all - time. In 1975 she relired after working for eleven years as a nursos aid al the Brewsler h.spilal. Since her retirement she has been more active at the Cem or, helping wil h nulrilional needs as well as cooking. Originally from Nebraska she lived in Monlana and Idaho before coming In Bridgeport. In 1946 she and her husband, I,esl er Hayden came to Bridge- porl lo pul a roof on a house, slayed to build a motel and decided I o set t le in Bridgeport. She later married her late husband, Norwood C. Green from Grand Coulee. As a tit izen of Bri(lgcport she has been active in the United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday School for fifleen years and was also a member of I he choir, She is a Past Noble Grand of I he Bridgeporl Rebekah Lodgo and will hold the office of Vice Grand for the present year. Recently Mrs. Green was elecl ed to t he office of vice-president for the Cmn- munity Senior Citizen Center. F.r seven years she has held lhe office of president for the American Legion Auxiliary, One year she acled as score- keoper for baskelball and baseball for Lit lie I,eague. Mrs. Green is also t he mot her of ten children. She lost her oldest and youngest sons in war, Sydney Bebee in World War II and Robert Hayden in Vietnam. She says she is the ,,nly "Tw. Gold St ar Mol her" in Bridgeporl, having been awarded the stars by lhe American Legion due to lhe I,,ss )f her s,ns. Since her relirement she has been enjoying traveling. This year she is planning a trip to Hawaii. She also has more lime now for -thor favorite hobbies whi('h include crossword puz- zles, crocheting anti (hmcing, She sai(t l ltal site especially h)vps to wallz. June Green This nmnlh June (;reen is nmving from t:h'idgel),,rl to lh'ewsl ('r, where she purchased a m<d)ile Immt,. She is moving so lhal she can bo closer to the (?omnlunily Senior Cenler ,where she spends much of her time, Brewster SchoO District studies curriculmn objectives Facing the camera Brewster School District Board of Directors, staff and community people are working toward meeting the require- ments of Senate Bill 3026 - a new law setting up guidelines for the development of Student Learning Objectives in Read- ing, Mathematics, and Language Arts for Grades K to 8. An action plan for imple- mentation' of Student Learning Objectives Law was approved by the Board of Directors at their December 14, 1976 meeting. Committees were set as follows: Reading Committee - Bonnie Colpitts, Miehelle Barger, Meredith Spencer, Marilyn Morgan, and Pat Dodge; Mathematics Com- mittee - David Gibb, Susan Crane, Ruth Thayer, Shari Johnson, and Freda Snider; Language Arts Committee - Kathy DeFazio, Cecile Ballard, Jayne Duling, Hazel Dezellem The Weather January 6 26 5 January 7 27 4 January 8 24 3 January 9 21 5 Tr. Janaury 10 20 14 January 11 21 16 Tr. Janaury 12 20 17 .10 | Weekly weather report through courtesy of Security qertinn, Chief Joseph Dam. are Hazel Dezellem, Walt Boys and Larry Hauge. and Julie Rawson. Central Planning Committee Rod Webster, Ruth Ann Paslay, Dave Gibb, Kathy DeFazio, Bonnie Colpitts and Carol Pennington. Committees met with I.,arry Hauge, Curriculum director of I.S.D. 167, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon January 5 and 6 to develop preliminary drafts of K to 12 course goals in reading, mathematics, and Language Arts. These pre- + .......... Bus,to, be ..... Okanogan Hort eeting t Bridgeport liminary drafts will be examined by the Board of Directors and staff members and be considered for adoption. Cilizens wishing to examine these course goals are on- cnuraged an pick up a copy at (ha Grade School office and offer opinions and/or additions. The next big job to be engaged by the committees is the evelopment of Student I,earning Objectives in the three courses for grades K - 8. available for Senior offers diversity of interest Citizens A twelve-passenger bus is m-mentarily expected in the Brewm or-Pat eros-Met how area t'w chauffering senior citizens I-and from nutritional meals, medical sorvices at Brews(or or Wo, nal thee, agencies in 0kan.gan, shopping, and recreali,,n. Schedules flw servicing the three cmmunities are being w.rkod out now by Okanogan Counly Senior Citizen outreach co,wdin:tl or, Agnes Shunn. "We would like to operate with a full bus each trip," she said. Any citizen 60 years old or .Ider. -r with a spouse who is 60 -r <dder. is eligible for the i ransp,rtat i+,n program. Seni-rs wh. p,ight be inter- esled ill ttsing tile bus for any. -r all ,,fl ha services, are asked t,, c,mta('t lqrewsler Sonior Cen'er, .r F't,ggy Plow in t);t',', ",,s a' 923-2288. The B,,ai'd ,,I' l-)irectors for 'he Ok;tn+,ffan Senior Citizen .x, ss,,cia,i,,n will meel Friday m,,ruint.C at Rivoi'side Grange Hall ,,, discuss the enlarging II'allsptH"a!in service for seni,,r cil izens and draw up final plans f<,r the tw, new ht]+,,s, bringing the total of buses in Okanogan C)tlnly In five. There will be a potluck at n,.,n f, dl,wed by an open n+ec, ing f-r all seniors of the (q Ill n  y. Attorney hired to probe funding problems Bridgeport City Council and Bridgeport School Board mem- bers held two meetings last week and agreed to share equally expenses to hire Chelan Attorney Jack Doty to probe legal questions regarding com- munity growth problems and funding due to the impact of the Chief Joseph Dam construction project. consultant Len Berryman not- ed. School Superintendent Harry Rhodes said that the school board will maintain the mora- torium regarding new students from the dam while Doty works on the ease. In other business before the Council bids for gas and oil were accepted from Standard Chevron. They also held the bid for the last year. The amount quoted for regular was .514; for supreme .554; diesel .397 and Doty's fee for the first investigation into the matter will be about $1,000, tow% for healing oil .417 to the galhm. A chlorine contract for the water system was accepted from Pennwalt Corp. City clerk Louise Reeve noled that dog licenses will double on February 1. Regular license fees until that time are five dollars for males and spayed females and ten dollars unspayed females. She also noted that business licenses for 1977 are also due and payable at this time. The 43rd annual meeting of relati,mship I)elweon Washing- the Horticultural and Traffic Ion State ilniversity and the Association of Okanogan tree fruit industry. County will be held Thursday, The l)e,'ennial points of February 3 in the Omak discussi.n, El)A, pesticides, Thca re. an({ insurance rates will also be The meeting will present disctsse(t. All area fruit such topics as high density growers are encouraged to orchards, Dead Bud disease, a come t<, the mooting which terminal market report, the starts at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, apple market for the next. 90 February 3, in tile Omak days, frosl protection, and the Thealrc. MEETING SCHEDULE 9:00 - Chairman, Rogers Hamilton Jr., President Okanogan Horticultural and Traffic Association Welcome - Clarence Nash, Mayor of Omak 9:10 - Starling Control Report John Paul Larrabee - Federal Fish and Wild Life 9:20- Tree Disorders- Progress Report on Dead Bud Disease; Mel Crowder, member Tree Fruit Research Commission 9:35 - High Density Orchards - A Mixed Blessing; George Pheasant, Soap Lake 10:05 - Coffee and Doughnuts - Bramer Hardware, Host 10:20 - Door Prizes - Must be present to win 10:25 - Your Apple Market for the Next 90 Days; Joe Brnwnlow 10:55 - W.S.U., - llorticuiture - Tree Fruit Industry; Dr. O.E. Smith, Chairman of I)epartment of Horticulture, Washington State University 11:10- EPA and Your Pesticides, Harold Copple, Secretary, Washington State Hort Assn. 11:40- Terminal Market Report; Greg Hendrick, Chelan, Washington NOON - No ilost Lunch - Lumberman's Hall - prepared by Omak Grange 1,adies 1:30 - Door Prize Drawing - Must be present to win 1:35 - Frost Protection With Wind, Water and Wits; Jim Ballard, Yakima County Extensiun Agent 2:05 - Current and Future Uses of Plant Growth Regulators; Dr. Max Williams, USI)A 2:35 - Why the New Rate Increase for Industrial Insurance? Stephen Way, Supervisor Industrial Insurance Division, Department of Labor and Industries. 2:55 - Dour Prize Drawing - Must be present to win 3:00 Factors affecting Production and Apple Growers Pocketbook; I)r. Earl Seeley, Tree Fruit Research Center, Wenatchee First baby of year at IBrewster :i Hospital The first baby of the year in the Brewster hospital was born Friday, January 7 at 8:10 a.m. to Kathy and Chuck Smith of Brewster, A boy, David Jameson weighed 8 Ibs. 1% oz. on arrival. l)avid is the Smith's first child.