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Srvin Uu, tou'n. qf Itreu',ter. Itrid,.,,,l,Jrt. lhm,.fi,hl. I',l,r,. ,ml 11,, hm',r Ih,lh,m. I ,Ih, v Volume 80 N 9. 43 Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920 20 = April 23, 1981 Pateros auction to benefit Taylor family A benefit auction will be held in citizens atlarge. A pickupfordonations i;! Pateros Saturday, April 25, 2:00 p.m. in will be provided by Bill Wagoner and = the area of the parking lot in front of the Doug Harris on Friday, April 24, and ::::i! bank and the Family Shoppe, with all either man may be contacted to make i proceeds to benefit the Frank Taylor arrangements for this service. !:i family, left homeless when fire Auctioneers will be Dee Poirier, Bill destroyed their home and contents Wagoner andHomerMcKown. :! April 13 of this year. The community of :, Pateros is sponsoring the event. Refreshments will be provided by the :: According to Homer McKown, coor- FHA girls during the auction and iii dinator of the event, items for auction Homer McKown promises "an after- iilii will be solicited from businesses in the noon of fun for all those turning out to ! Pateros/Brewster area as well as belptheirneighbor." i!ii Mansfield Council tables water tank Mansfield City Council met April 14 tendent Don Kemp to look into for their regular meeting and decided estimates in getting an existing well for to shelve the idea of building a larger the city enlarged, and the cost of water storage tank. replacing some smaller mains in town Councilmen generally agreed that the to larger ones. The council felt these cost of a new tank "is just not feasible two moves would supply a larger at this time." volume of water, as well as more The council instructed City Supterin- pressure. County reviews employee wages Norman D. Willis and Associates of Seattle has been hired by the Okanogan County Commissioners to consult with other counties and in- dustries regarding salaries and benefits, then compare them to those in Okanogan County. The consulting ser- vice has been acquired in order to "bring local salaries and benefits up to a more equitable standard,,', said Ariie standby time. Pateros City Clerk: $1170.00 per mon- th for 160 hours plus council meetings. Bridgeport City Clerk: $1104.90 per month for 160 hours plus council meetings. Brewster Clerk Trainee: t00.00 per month for 80 hours plus council. The Okanogan County Deputy AUditor earns $1380:00 per month for Clinkenbeard, County Commissioner. full time and the Appraiser earns  " n " " " We e to be_.,t..,t. ,,,0:1. .._,f!,i,,  market ano prenmmary tmamgs snow mmmoners earn $1500,00 per month for us to be lagging behind beth other coun- full time. ties and industry in the area," Clinken- beard said. A comparison of local salaries with the salaries of county and other area employees shows the following: Brewster City Clerk, $1151.36 per month for 80 hours per month plns council meetings. Okanogan County Clerk: $1753.00 per month for 180 hours per month plns According to County Commissioner Archie Eiffert, the County workers that are union affiliated have all received a 10 percent increase retroactive to January of 1981. Among those are Public Works, Sheriffs Dept., Assessors, Auditors, and Clerks. The figures mentioned reflect this increase. The target date for completion of the sm'vey is July I of this year. Bridgeport Chamber sets banquet date Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce is meeting at Benson's this month and will have their evening dinner and meeting there May 28 at 7:00 p.m. At their meeting on April 14, the group voted to buy a file cabinet for the secretary to use for storing chamber records. The state park has lost their CETA employee so a suggestion was made that volunteers help to clean up the area. Volunteer help will also be ap- preciated in cleaning up the Bridgeport swimming pool and with the city clean- up. Persons interested in doing clean-up for residents unable to do it themselves should contact Clifford Brown. Anyone wanting this work done should also con- tact Mr. Brown to learn who is avail- able to do the work and also the rates that will be charged. A member reported that the Brewster High School Music Boosters Club has taken over the building of the annual flOat on a permanent basis but that it will not be possible to have one completed for any parades this year. The group hopes that by financial par- ticlpatlon and construction help from the other towns that the name Quad City will be retained. Margaret Scott, in charge of the Bridgeport Daze Market Square has promised that she will have a letter in the mail the end of this week to those persons who have participated previously and to those who have ex- pressed an interest in exhibiting in the square this year. Anyone interested in having a fun day selling their wares in Bridgepert's Firemeus Park who does not receive a letter should contact Mrs. Don Scott. Margaret Lupkes and Pat Freeman have accepted the help of Ruth Harmon in helping plan the annual Bridgeport Daze parade. Margaret will be unable to be present on June 6 so Mrs. Harmon will serve in her place. Parade chairpersons report that Daisy Maids will be chosen from classes K through 6 this year and that notes were sent out to parents on April 21. These should be returned to the school on or before April 30 so that elec- tions can take place in the rooms the following day on May 1. R is hoped that there will be one child from each class, K through 6. Alex (Bill) Alexander will be in charge of the "Road Run" this year and will announce the route and rules next week. Pesticide applicator test is scheduled State and Federal laws require ap- training session to help ,private ap- plicator certification (license) for anyone buying or using "restricted use pesticides". A common pesticide on the restricted use lists is 2,4-D. There is no charge for a private applicator's li- came, but anyone applying for one must pass a test before receiving it. The test is not difficult but some knowledge of pesticide usage is necessary. We have scheduled a pesticide plicators prepare for the test on Mon- day, April 27. The session will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Okanogan PUD Auditorium on Elmway. A represen- tative from Washington State Depart- ment of Agriculture will administer tests at 2:00 p.m., on April 28. Attendance at the training session is not required in order to take the test, but it may help. .... man Elgin Yaeger and his wife, Babe l!iil son check out their fishing tackle in anticipation of opening day this Sunday. The  ' Pater,os seeks solutions after school levy failure Left to right- Randy Nlckell, Harold James, Floyd Jackson, Gerald Bryant, Melvin Hofmann, John Clees, Phil Brownlee, and Carolyn Reed, secretary. an executive meeting." Randy Nickell, board member, defended his letter's contents saying, "My objective was to point out that all is not perfect here, our student body already knew all about this and came to me about it." He then directed a question to Clees, asking, "Were not obscene and questionable comments made to your own daughter by a teacher?" Clees retorted angrily, "That matter is in the past and the board has handled it, it should be leR in the past, where it belongs." Nickell replied, "When the same thing hap- pened again this year, I heard about it from parents and students, therefore I don't believe I violated any trust." He then added, "I'm not proud of it, but I believe the public has the right to know the truth." Parent Becky Humphrey asked Niekell, "How can a parent come to you, this board, with a personal matter, if what goes on in private can be printed at the discretion of any board mem- ber?" Bill Wood, another parent, asked, "Is this teacher on probation or is this Something that has been handled quietly?" Harold James, board mem- ber, answered with, "How many of you have had to speak to an employee about something in private, such as the need to improve his/her work?' I'm cer- tain you don't do things llke this in front of others, you do it privately,, said James. Mel Hofmann, member of the beard said, "I agree, this type of information has no place in public information, we should dwell on people's good points, rather than pick on their had points.,' It was then parent Ray Anders, spoke up saying, "We must think of our com- munity, our kids, and their education and stop rehashing everything, what's done is done, let's go on from hereI" He asked the board to "make an extra ef- fort to see it all through." "As far as our budget is concerned", "What happens now" since the levy for $50,000 failed was the big question posed by an estimated fifty persons at the Pateros School Board meeting Thursday, April 16 in the high school library. Chairman of the Board Gerald Bryant, discussing the pre-election "Letter To The Editor" written by board member Handy Nickell, said "I wrote my own letter stating my position regarding the negative remarks that appeared regarding our teaching staff, I would put our staff against any of them." In addition he said, "There are no records of any obscene gestures being made by any member of the teaching staff, these are nothing but rumors." Board membe/" John Clees displayed frustration saying "Revealing such in- formation destroyed the trust built with the people in our community and staff over the years; this information was confidential since it was discussed at said Floyd Jackson, Superintendent of Pateros Schools, "we don't know what is going to happen yet." He said also, "I hesitate to say what will happen in light of increased energy costs, wages, etc. for next year. We will definitely have to make cuts, deciding what part of our program is most expendable," he mused. Jackson said there will be public meetings for input into the mat- ter of budget cuts by the public, "then we will have to decide from there," he added. He then reminded the crowd that, "We seem to be overlooking the 53 percent that did vote yes and concen- trating on the 47 percent that said no. We should stop kicking ourselves," be insisted. Harold James, board member, also reminded the crowd, that "unless there is a problem and the people are upset, no one comes to our board meetings ex- cept five or six people." Mayor Tom Hook told the board he felt, "If 47 percent of the people turned down the levy, there must be a problem somewhere." He felt that the blame could not be placed solely on Nickeli's letter, saying, "I've heard everything in the community that was in the letter a long time ago." Clees agreed in part saying,. "We are not reaclZng 47 percent of the voters for some reason." Nlckell then added, "There isa reason why 47 percent turned the levy down, and I don't believe it is just my letter." Sharon Jackson, Pateros resident, asked Nlckeil, "How can we improve education with less funds?" Nickel] replied, "If I go to the doctor and he prescribes a shot, I may not like it, but sometimes it hurts to get well." Clees said it will take the board "years to catch up with the levy failure," adding, "We have a 20 year program for building a new school and can't raise enough money to run it." Comments after the meeting varied. Rm Nen, who seconded the to sunit the 1150,000 levy in the first place said, "People of this community trust this board and feel we are doing our Job adequately; bad news is seldom welcomed but someone has to stand up. Saying that our kids are doing okay in the tests means little, since it is com- rnm knowledge that all over the country the test scores are lower and we have reduced our standards," be added. Larry Trtmm, parent, said, "Kids get C, mt. on Pnge  / / /