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Local athletes compete in Bridgeport Invite. WHeatherI g II April 2584 45 0 II !1 April 2684 47 0 1~ April 2779 46 0 [! April 28 67 50 .06 [ April 29 65 42 0 [! April 30 64 42 trace [I Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Wm. E. Vallance photos Okanogan Douglas Hospital Director of Nursing Rains Beeson is very much a aregiver as are her nurses. I d Rains Beeson is the director of nursing at "' :.~ :-:.~ : Okanogan Douglas Hospital, and she dresses like an administrator should--suits and dresses, and :: : high-heeled shoes. But she keeps a couple of pairs of comfortable shoes in one comer of her office. ::": Beeson may be an administrator, but she is a nurse, .:'.".:" too-:-and actually, a nurse f'wsL Okanogan Douglas Hospital is a rural hospital; everybody, from administrators to aides, works wherever they are needed. Beeson said there have been lots of times when she was called from her office to take care of patients. "I change my shoes quick, put on a uni- form and out I go." Taking care of people is the reason Rains Beeson became a nurse in the In'st place---in fact, she said she thinks it is the thing that attracts people to the profes- sion. "We're caretakers. We're very much caretakers. We have that desire to help "We have that desire to help people," -Raine Beeson ople." Beeson started working at a elan nursing home as an aide when she was 13 or 14, she said; "it was very attrac- tive to me to be able to take care of People." That experience helped her make an im- portant decision. "I knew young that I was going to be a nurse." There was a time, of course, when some women became nurses because it seemed to be the only profession available to them. Beeson said she did consider other medi- cal careers, but she had neither the time nor the money for eight (or more) years of school. Besides, she likes being a nurse, and doesn't regret her decision--"not one bit." The nursing profession provides a lotof opportunities; wherever there are medical facilities, hospitals or clinics or long-term care, there is a need for nurses. "You can work just about anywhere." There are even more opportunities now, with a nationwide nursing short- age. A person who wants to be a nurse must "really have a genuine desire to care for people" and meet their needs, "to be able to come to work not just for the paycheck, but because you want to help people." Working for more than a paycheck is important in nursing, because it is a very stressful job. Illness and emergencies don't occur on a regular sched- ule, and nurses don't always work regular hours. Hospital nurses face an extra challenge, since hospitals never close. "Sometimes your family may have to have Christmas without you." But in her opinion, the good outweighs the bad, "by a long way." Beeson graduated from nursing school in 1986 and went to work at Okanogan Douglas Hospital. (A Pateros native, the hospital has played a big role in her life. "I was born in this hospital, and Howard Gamble signed my birth certificate.") But after a while she wanted to try some- thing new, so she moved, to the Puget Sound area. "I worked just emergency medicine," in emergency rooms in Everett and Snoqualmie. But 18 months of city life was all Beeson wanted. She came home, and has worked at Okanogan Dou- glas Hospital ever since. Working in arural hospital is different than working in urban areas, she said. Nurses in urban hospitaLs may spend their whole careers in one specialty--ob- stetrics or surgery or the emer- gency room or wherever. Raine Beeson may be director of nursing, but it is helping people that brings her to work everyday. Cont' d on page 7 "Good-neighbor" policy approved by the Bridgeport City Council Bridgeport ambulance personnel will continue to answer ambu- lance calls on Bridgeport Bar under a "good-neighbor" policy ap- proved by the Bridgeport City Council. Douglas County Fire District No. 7 commissioners are considering whether ornot to offer an EMS levy in the November general election. The money would he used to contract with someone (probably either the city of Bridgeport or Okanogan County Fire Distrie.t No. 5) for ambulance services. (Under state law, the taxes collected currently can only be spent for f'Lre protection services.) But until the November election, the district is without an ambulance service of its own or any way to pay for one. Under a longstanding informal agreement, city ambulance personnel have answered calls on Bridgeport Bar and Pearl Hill, and have billed the patients but not contracted with the fwe districts. In other business at the regular meeting Wednesday, April 25, council members Neil Jacobson and Calvin Stark were appointed to work on possible solutions to a lifeguard shortage that may affect the 2001 swimming pool season. Some of last year's lifeguards have found other summer jobs, which leaves the lifeguard pool pretty shallow. The 2000 pool manager will not be back for 2001, either. All that may mean shorter hours or different management. The two council members were asked to work with Shah Miller, who gives swimming lessons. The council approved a shoreline usd permit requested by Douglas County Public Utility District No. 1 to do some work on the shoreline at Marina Park. The project is designed to reduce shoreline erosion and is required by law, said Gordon Brett of the PUD: Bridgeport School District officials have as ked about buying a piece of city-owned property next to the baseball diamond behind Bridge- port High School, said Mayor Steve Jenkins. Council members ap- pointed Jacobson and Terri Zahn to start discussions concerning the possible purchase. The news has been pretty bad in apple country the last couple of years----commodity prices have been low, orchards have been re- moved, families have lost their land, workers have lost their jobs. But the Bridgeport School Board heard some words of cautious optimism at the regular meeting Monday, April 23. Board members invited local orchard owners to the meeting to talk about the state of things in the Bridgeport area. Water, of course, is a critical component on any farm, especially in this drought year. The orchardists that attended the meeting said they thought there would be enough water for their planned operations this year. Orchardists are diversifying their crops as well. What this means to the school district, said superintendent Gene Schmidt, is that school enrollment probably will be stable or show a slight increase. This is in contrast to neighbor- ing school districts, including Brewster and Pateros, which are project- ing enrollment decreases in the 2001-02 school year. Administrators are looking for a junior high and high school music teacher as well as an additional first grade teacher. District officials will be looking for a new second grade teacher, too; board members accepted the resignation of elementary teacher Becky Buckingham. In other business, board members approved a priority list for spending money allocated to the district through Initiative 728. Voters approved the initiative last fall, and it spells out how the money can be spent. The approved expenditures include reducing Cont' d on page 4 Bridgeport Chamber Bridgeport Chamber of Commerce members and volunteers from the U.S Army Corps of Engineers will sponsor a fishing derby for children June 9 and 10. They are looking for fishermen willing to share their expertise that Saturday and Sunday, and for people willing to donate usable ftshing eqmp- merit. Approximately 500 eight to 10-inch trout and 50 three to five-pound trout will be dumped into the water at Bridgeport Marina Park. The kids will be allowed to f'Lsh from 10a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. No admission will be charged. When the kids are done on Sunday, anglers of all ages are invited to try their luck. Federal fish management officials don' t want a lot of the hatch- cry-raised trout to escape into the Columbia River, said Ken Krugel, one of the organizers. "It' s the duty of everyone with a fishing pole to get down (to the cove) and help us out," Krugel said. June 9 and 10 is free fishing weekend, when no fishing licenses are required. Registration will be required be- fore the kids can go fishing. Chamber members are looking for volunteers Cont' d on page 7 door, Dewey said. Advertising post- hopestoinstallabig(atleastfourfeet rodeoofficialsareplanningaparade, nFewsteF ers have arrived, but the ftrst batch high) sign on the fence, and that vol- but the Chamber is not.) The car- had the wrong show times, he said. unteer help will be solicited to help nival operators will sponsor a center Performances will be at 2 and 4:30 paintit. The Department of Trans- food drive on Thursday night, he p.m not in the evening as listed on portation has agreed to install two said. Kids who bring a can of the poster. New posters and tickets signs along SR 97 before Memorial food to the carnival will get one to open withcorrecttimesshouldarrivesoon, Day. free ride. The food will be do- he said. Dewey said he thinks staffing nated to the local food banks in In other business at the general willprovide the biggest challenge. Brewster and Bridgeport. Memorial Day meeting Tuesday, May l, Dewey said He has talked to teachers at Brewster Dewey said Chamber officials still the Chamber's new Visitor's Infor- School, he said, and some of the want to have some events on the mation Center will open Memorial kids involved in the JTPA pro- Fourth of July, although the rodeo Ticketsfortwocircusperformances Day weekend. The space, donatedby gram may work there for part of has been moved. Last year's Fourth in Brewsteron Memorial Day will go Mark Miller of the Land Company the summer, included a classic car show; Dewey on sale within the next week. real estate firm, is being remodeled. The Chamber will sponsor a said Brewster Marketplace and Les The appearance by the Culpepper A new carpet has been installed, and carnivaJl during Bulls 'n Blood Schwab Tire Store owners are think- and Merfiwether Circus is sponsored there are enough desks and chairs. Rodeo weekend; the rodeo will ing about sponsoring one this year. by the Brewster Chamber of Com- However, Dewey said donations of a be Friday and Saturday nights, He said he is trying to get some music merce;ticketswillbe$5 for children couple of small tables and some fold- and the carnival will be Thurs- in the park prior to fLreworks show and $7 for adults, if purchased in ing chairs are being solicited, aswell day through Sunday. (In answer sponsored by the Sons of the Ameri- advance, saidChamberpresidentBob as a counter about six feet long and toaquestionfromMelindaCarrieri, Dev ey. They will cost $1extra at the two to three feet wide. He said he he said he did not know if the Cont'donpage2