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Paaa 4 , Jnnuan/P9 lg98 t&apos;3uad City. Harald ,, ,, . Scott Woraham and Devin Bust Dcvi00 Be,st and Scott ,rs[ an set wedding date Sherry Wamsley, Denver, Colorado, and Gary Best, Bridgeport, have announced the engagement of their daughter Devin Michelle Best to Scott Edgar Worsham of Pateros. He is the son of Joseph E. and Jeanne Worsham of Pateros. An April 4, 1998 wedding is planned at Rocky Butte Church of the Nazarene on the Bridgeport Bar. Devin is a billing specialist with the Community Medical Center in Brewster. She is a graduate of Napa High School in Nap,a, California. Scott is a high school math teacher for the Pateros School District. He graduated from Pateros High School and Whitworth College with a degree in education and mathematics. Brewster Grange t as arity auction BrewstexGrange# 1018 met January 22 with 15 members and four guests present. The evening started with a potluck followed by an Auction for Charities. Ralph Morgan,auctioneer, was assisted by Dorothy Kline as craft items, books, a guitar, knick-knacks, frozen beef, and baked goods were put on the auction block. The Grange raised 137 dollars, half of which will be donated to the March of Dimes which State Grange suggests Grange donate to. The other half is also given to charity, usually locally, which the membership votes for each year. Grangers are reminded to get crofts, needlework and sewing projects ready. Judging for all contest except photos will be April 11 at Pomona Grange which is being held at Molson Grange this year. The next Grange meetingis February 12 in the hall. Wearred for Valentines. Jamboree committee sets Feb 2 meeting Patems Apple Pie Jamboree committee will meet Monday, February 2, 7 p.m. at the Super Stop. Volunteers are still needed to chair some of the committees such as fun run, kids games, and the pie baking. For further information contact Louise Bighouse in Pateros. Forme" Brewster ,:duple ot:,erates lodge i,7100icturesque Yakut(00:t, Alaska by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer Yakutat, Alaska, has a picturesque name, a reputation as an excellent place to fish, and an unusual transportation setup; it is close to glaciers and is said to be a very good place to go surfing. It washome forSueJohnson, formerly of Omak and former director of The Children's House in Brewster."l missed it," she said. Johnson had left Yakutat to live in the Okanogan Valley, near her husband Keith's hometown, Brewster. While Yakutat is a very small town-- about 800 year-muM residents, Johnson said---there was a need for apartments. Johnson's parents supplied it with a large green building, set among the abundant evergreens. "My folks built it as an apartment complex and my bmtherconverteditintonightlyrentals." Her brother operated it as a tourist lodge until his untimely dealh. So Sue and Keith Johnson decided to return to Yakutat, to keep the business in the family. TlleJohnsons did not, she said, have any experience in the tourist industry. But Sue operated The Children's House and Keith was an Omak High School teacher, which were "people, service- oriented jobs." The best customers of The Mooting Lodge are sport fishermen, drawn by Yakutat's renowned fishing. "The fishermen, they know about Yakutat," Johnson said. The six-room lodge is always filled during the spring and late summer seasons; in fact, the lodge's brochure recommends reservations a year in advance. Each room is actually a two bedroom suite that can accommodate up to six people. Johnson said they want to add some smaller rooms. While Yakutat is busiest during the fishing season, it has other attractions. (The Johnsons recently attended a Seattle trade show to promote their community's non-fishing attributes.) Near Yakutat, the mountains come down to the edge of the sea; glaciers tower over the rocks and waves. There are"miles and miles" of ocean beaches."We've got a little following of dedicated surfers." Yakutat has an impressive reputation for the size and duration of its waves; despite the fact the town is on the Gulf of Alaska, the summerclimateand water temperature are similar to San Francisco, Johnson said. There are "remains of World War II all over the place," including tanks and guns and old buildings. Alaska was considered a possible target of invasion and thousands of troops were scattered over the then-territory; "just waiting, and nothing ever happened." Professional and daring skiers affiliated with adventure fill producers take a helicopter to the top of nearby Mt. St. Elias, challenging and beautiful but largely inaccessible, and ski to the bottom. It is aU captured on film for less adventurous types. Yakutat is a lesser-known destination because it is off the normal tourist track. The cruise ships and ferries that travel the waters of the Inland Passage sail on by; there is no road connection between the town and the rest of Alaska. "We're kind of surrounded by a horseshoe of mountains." But its residents are not isolated. Alaska Airlines has two flights in and out of town each day. "You can be in Anchorage in two hours and Seattle in two and half," Johnson said. The residents are in the unusual position of possessing a major airline connection--but no other means of transportation. The small town's residents have major metropolitan connections. 'I had to fly to Seattle to get my braces adjusted," Johnson said. The town doctors are in Seattle and Anchorage; to have a baby, a resident has to fly out of town, "to go to jail, you have to fly out of town." A barge does pay visits to the town; the Johnsons' family possessions arrived from Omak that way. But the barge only sails once per month during the winter, and the family just missed the December trip. Johnson said she had to ask the moving company worker to mount a rescue operation of her houseplants and send them to her--via plane. Local ambulance service growing Brewster, Pateros area ambulance offers better service, upgrading equipment In November 1996 voters in Brewster, Pateros and Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 approved an emergency servj, ces leyy., .. The ambulance service l:acd a dwindling volunteer roster and related problems with burnout of the active members, aging ambulances and little money to repair or upgrade them. 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I Okanogan __.L_"x, i Bingo Casino ("l 1-800-559-4643 i Coulee Dam Casino I 1-800-556-7492 I I ColvllleTribalProperty : "= QCH 'lxpiration Date 1-31-98 i In am  CLIP.AND SAVE i am commissioners are buying equipment and working on plans to solicit more volunteers. Commissioner Phil Brownlee said the district has issued a bid package for a new ambulance; the vehicle and equipment is projected to cost about $60,000 to $80,000. The new ambulance will include transportation for two patienls, said dislricl ambulance chief Jeff Pfeifer, and will have the same equipment as the two existing ambulances. Commissioners plan to keep the two ambulances, Brownlee said, and station one of them in Pateros. The long-range plan is to work with the city of Pateros to enlarge the fire hall to accommodate the extra equipment, Brownlee said. The district owns a piece of unimproved property in Brewster; "several options are being considered there," Brownlee said. The commissioners want to builda separate building for the ambulances rather than continue to house them in the existing Brewster fire hall, he said. They may decide to erect a temporary probably would be built on another site, Brownlee said. District commissioners hired two full-time emergency medical technicians (EMTs)after the levy passed. Their presence has "vastly improved" the ability to perform transports, Brownlee said. Two full- time employees have taken some of the load off the volunteers and made for 10 years or longer, Pfeifer said. "That's a lot of dedication." The service would be most effective with apool of about 30 volunteers, he said. In an effort to achieve that goal, district and the ambulance crew are soliciting volunteers and an EM'rclass will be offered if there is enough interest. A minimum of 10 to 12 participants are needed. Emergency it easier to provide 24-hour response, medical technicians must be at least Bmwnl ia ]'hat']fi'S ini' ""'ihg.Pffer sd disct officials the money generated through the levy want to start the classes by August. has allowed the district to offer better service to its patrons. "The public benefit is definitely there." Pfeifer said he and Matt James, one of the ambulance service volunleers, recently took classes tO upgrade their training; they are now ILS (intermediate life support) technicians, "in between EMTs and paramedics, basically." The ILS technicians can perform some  techniques and administer some" medications that are'not allowed to EMTs. Even with Pfeifer and Ray Sandy as full-time employees, the service The EMT course is demanding; participants must complete 110 hours of classroom instruction, 10 hours working in an emergency room and pass the state test. Slate law requires that people who want to take the course must be members of an ambulance department, fire department or police department. The rewards, Pfeifer said, are intangible but realthe knowledge EMTs are performing a vital service and helping the community. Serving as a vol u nteer on the ambulance crew does require some sacrifice, he aid, building; ,e.y alsoha, ve e option to still depends heavily on volunteers, but when he thinks about the demands bm danamu,,u,ucnauwimanattached Many of the men and women serving he imagines how he wouldfeel if a residence.Anambulancehall/residence as volunteers have been on the crew member of his family needed help. He would want them to get the best what it takes in a small community, is volunteers to do thaL" People who want more information I for the Brewster School Levy I about the EMT com are asked to ! Betty Smith ... 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