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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Weather H L P January 28 40 29 0 January 29 38 27 0 January 30 40 30 0 January 31 44 22 0 February 1 37 33 .04 February 2 39 32 .08 February 3 40 34 .31 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam M & 0 LEVIES I Wm, E. Vallance photo Students in Annie Budisellch's Loup Loup Ski S(:hool alass perform wedge turns. Thie.lasa has strong BrewJter ties Including Chase E[llr, gel!w, .8 sfl D!V)o, Gabriel end Christian Webster, Colon Freele end Tyler. Hell. Carlene Anders has Loup Loup Ski School alive and well by Bill Vallance, associate editor When the Winter Olympics begin this Saturday, February 7 in Nagano, Japan, America will be represented by athletes that are the best in their sport. Athletes Will compete in winter sports including Alpine skiing, featuring downhill, slalom and free style. Also this year snow boarding will be an event. As you watch these men and women compete, imagine how far they have come. They just didn't wake up one morning and begin skiing at that level. They all began, at some point in time with an instrucior, a ski instructor. It's possible that some day an athlete representing his or her country at the Winter Olympics could have got their start right here in Okanogan County at the Loup Loup Ski Bowl. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl is more than just a place to ski, it's a place to learn. "To me winter sports has its advantages to people just in perspective," ski instruct Carlene Anders said. "I think we need that in our kids.' The Loup Loup Ski School is in full swing this year with seventeen instructors teaching 152 students. The ski school is open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The ski school also offers snow boarding lessons. Anders, a Pateros resident, is one of the lead instructors and director for the school. Carlene has been on ski hills teaching people since high school. She started skiing herself in 1974 and before she knew it she was an instructor by 1978. She instructed at the Loup Loup till 1984 when she went away to college. Anders, never far from the slopes, instructed and directed the ski school at the North-South Ski Bowl in St, Marys, Idaho through 1987. Carlene returned to the Loup Loup in December of 1993. Teaching people to ski takes more than just showing up on lesson day. Instructors must first become students themselves before they can teach Others. Apprentice instructors begin the year before they can instruct their own class by shadowing other instructors. Once they become a Loup Loup ski instructor they still must maintain accreditation by attending a four day class before the ski season, a one day clinic once a year with a certified PSIA instructor. PSIA stands forProfessional Ski Instructors of America, which each instructor must become a member. Loup Loup instructors also attend a one hour continuing education class once a week. The Loup Loup Ski School offers eight week packages beginning as soon as the ski hill opens, which this year wasn't till the first of January. The eight week packages are up from six weeks last year as are the number of students in those classes, especially Saturday classes which are up by 20 students. The ski school offers classes for tots (4-5 year tide), juniors (6-12 year olds) and adults (13 or older). During those eight weeks students who have never skied before learn from carrying their skis to wedge turns coming down the hill. Teaching kids to ski isjust a part of what Carlene sees as life long and she would like to expose more people to the opportunity."I would like to make some presentations at the schools," Anders says. "I want to push and allow anyone interested an opportunity." Anders hopes she can get the Okanogan County "To me winter sports has its advantages to people just in perspective," - ski instructor Carlene Anders in the 60's. schools more involved as far as a physical education life long thing, she says. "I want to get some brochures out, I would like to expand, get the word out what we offer," Anders said. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl at its site now has been around since the early 1960's.Originally, in the 1940's the site was south across the Loup Loup highway with an old rope tow on a tractor engine guilding skiers up the hill. The ski school began at the same time the hill opened in its new site The instructor staff at Loup Loup comes from all over Okanogan County, most of whom have been at the Loup Loup for five years or better. Carlene said she hopes to start an apprentice instructor program soon. "Anyone (young kids) interested in teaching skiing and/or snow boarding, we'll train them and assign them a shadow class," Anders said. Anyone interested, adults included can contact Carlene. "I think outdoor sports, skiing, hiking, life long sports, are a life change. Mentally and physically it's a positive factor," Anders said. The Loup Loup Ski Bowl located off the Loup Loup Highway between Okanogan and Twisp offers great opportunities for beginners and advanced skiers and as the saying goes- "If you can ski Loup, you can ski ywhere[" School levies receive favorable vote Many ballots yet to be counted Preliminary results of maintenance and operations levy requests offered to voters by the Brewster. Bridgeport, Pateros and Mansfield school districts Tuesday, February 3, indicate all four requests are passing. However, a large numberofballots remain to be counted, which means final results will not be known until later "this week at the earliest. according to officials at the auditor's offices in Douglas and Okmogan counties. Brewster district officials offered a two year levy request, asking for $485,000 in the first year and $530,000 in the second year. It received 414 yes votes and 259 no votes,61.52 percent approval, in results announced Wednesday BREWSTER SCHOOLS 'Yes: 414, 61.52%, No: 259 BRIDGEPORT SCHOOLS /Yes: 172,71% No: 68 PATEROS SCHOOLS /Yes: 177, 64.36% No: 98 MANSFIELD SCHOOLS /Yes: 121,65.28% No: 62 morning. However, 550 ballots remain outstanding in the Brewster district; in most elections about half the outstanding ballots are returned, according to workers at the Okanogan County Auditor's Office. Revenue measures must receive at least 60 percent approval to pass. Wednesday morning results gave the two year, $95,000 per year request from the Bridgeport School District 172 yes votes and 68 no votes for an approval rate of about 71 percent. However, those totals are for absentee ballots only and do not include the votes cast at the polling places on Tuesday, according to workers at the Douglas County Auditor's Office. The Mansfield School District proposal, a two year request for $59,000 per year, received 121 yes votes and 62 no votes as of Wednesday morning, for 65.28 percent approval. The ballots cast at the polls on Tuesday are not included. Pateros School District patrons were reported Wednesday morning as casting 177 yes votes and 98 no votes for a one year, $160,000 levy request; apparently it is passing with 64.36 percent approval. Approximately 149 ballots remain outstanding in the Pateros district. Results of the election will be certified as official Friday, February 20, 10 days after the polls close. t Bridgeport planning a Krazy [)aze celebration for '98 SeUxgaCnltitnScfarennWacVvltnets attract a wider range of merchandise. The amzers Susan Bakken is the Bridgeport Daze lowerfeeswereapprovedatageneralChamber looking for new activities to expand events The annual Bridgeport Daze celebration will be Bridgeport Krazy Daze for 1998. While the Chamber of Commerce is still the overall sponsor, indi,;;iduals and community groups have assumed responsibility for the different events. Organizers are soliciting chairman. Bakken and Barbara Dezellem will be in charge of the vendor booths in Firemen's Park. Bob and Nancy Fischer will organize That Dam Run; Lynn Halterman and Jean Homer will be in charge of the Bridgeport Daze parade. Members of the Quad City Eagles Auxiliary will sell buttons and t-shirts. Eagles Auxiliary members suggested the theme; they have developed a design for the btttons and t-shirts. Bakken said she was preparing a letter to be sent to vendors who might be interested in Selling merchandise in Firemen's Park. She suggested the fees membership meeting. Vendors will be allowed to open their booths on Friday night; they will be required to open on Sunday and stay in the park until 4 p.m. One of the new events suggested is a Sunday afternoon schedtlle of old.fashioned games---egg and water balloon tossing, foot races, pie-eating contests. People who have suggestions for events or who .want to volunteer their assistance during Bridgeport Daze are asked to contact Bakken or theevent chairmen. Brewster Bonanza Days gives way to AII-Spc,'t Weekend Bonanza Days, Brewster's annual town celebration, is undergoing some major changes--- including a new name. Chamber president Brad Reid said the third weekend in June will now be All-Sport Weekend, featuring the sports events that have been part of Bonanza Days. Dianne Stanley (who will take over as Chamber president at the annual banquet in two weeks) said the schedule will include three-on-three basketball, co-ed softball, a horseshoe pitching contest and possibly a volleyball tournament and foot races. Stanley said more events would be welcomed, but that anyone proposing a new event will have to be willing to organize and operate it themselves. The parade that was part of Bonanza Days will be moved to July 4; the Chamber will cooperate with the Sons of the American Legion in presenting the Fourth of July celebration, Stanley said. con't on page 2 /