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The following arfloine are not noerlly the views o! the Quad City Herald or its employm4. Fish and Wildlife director ousted by Adele Fergusoa So they got Bern Shanks. No surprise. The commercial fishing interests in this state have been in the saddle too long to be shoved aside by a state Fish and Wildlife director who felt it was more important to save the wild salmon and treat sports fishers as equal partners than to cater to a powerful lobby that seems determined to net a dwindling resource to extinction. When Shanks came here two years ago. Fisheries was about as screwed up as it could get, thanks to mismanagement over many years by "innovative" directors who did to the fish resource in playing with untested theories what innovative educators have done to the public schools. Wiping out the silver and king spawning streams in Hood Canal by planting the inferior chum salmon as a commercial crop was a disaster. And who asked them to develop a salmon that would stay in the inside waters for year-round fishing but only grow to six pounds? Who the hell ASKED them to do that? Fisheries has always done what it wanted to do, unchecked by a Legislature content so long as commercial fishing interests were content, interests that ladled out the campaign dough and threw the fancy parties in Olympia. Merging of Fisheries with Game for a Fish and Wildlife department in 1994 and letting a citizen commission instead of the governor pick the director was supposed to be the panacea. But Shanks sealed his doom when he emphasized wild stock replenishing and told audiences of mostly sports fishers that "the dirty little secret" of the vanishing salmon was over-harvesting instead of the usual "loss of habitat" excuse of the commercials, tribal and non-tribal. It also didn't help that Shanks paid more attention to fish than to the budget to run his department. News last February that a too optimistic forecast in July, 1996, of increased revenue from fishing and hunting licenses, pointed toward a $17 million budget shortfall stunned the governor, the Legislature and the commission. Why anyone would forecast, let alone believe a forecast that license revenue would increase when seasons were being drastically reduced is beyond me. The commissioners apparently didn't pay any more attention to the money end of it than Shanks did. As I understand it, vice chair Roger Center was their budget expert, only he moved from the east side to the west side and was not reappointed. Chair Lisa Pelly left the vice chair position open for awhile so nobody was birddogging the budget until she finally asked last February how things were going and got the load dropped on her. "Nobody did their homework," said Commissioner John McGlenn of Bellevue. Sen. Bob Oke, R-Port Orchard, who became Natural Resources chair in 1997, doesn't remember the forecast or shortfall coming before the committee so somebody at Fisheries is good at keeping problems in-house. But it's done. Shanks leaves in September, his job until then to come up with a plan for funding the department now that license sales won't do it. McGlenn is looking at dedicated funding of outdoor recreation, as some other states do it, rather than relying on user fees. He's talking about 1/gth of I percent of the sales tax, which would yield about $162 million a biennium, he says. Using existing tax, however, means somebody will be short that much which means a fight. Raising taxes is not likely with Republicans, even if it weren't an election year. Personally, Ithink it's high time the Legislature took a look at the commercials, a great many of whom fish in Alaska but are licensed in Washington to take advantage of the tax breaks they enjoy here, such as not having to pay sales tax on purchases for their vessels. They have not been paying their share of maintaining the resource for far too long. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at p.o. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.) ,I Test scores are yardsticks by Don C. BruneH, President Association of Washingtua Business Over the last year, I have served on the Accountability Task Force oftheCommission on Student Learning which will complete its work this fall. Our job is to design a system of rewards, assistance and intervention for sc heels under the 1992 education reforms. Part of those reforms require that students be regularly tested to better determine what they know and don't know, to help them master basic skills, and to ensure they can use their knowledge outside the classroom. The idea is that, by the time students complete the 10th grade theywill haveeamedacertificate indicating they have mastered math and science, as well as the skills of reading, writing, communicating and listening. The goal is to put meaning back into the high school diploma and make sure students leaving our K- 12 system will not need remedial training in the work place, in a community college or university. Most school districts have already volanladly administered the first battery of tests - a 4th grade reading test. It is a harbinger of additional tests to come for4th, 7th and 10th graders in reading, math, communications, writing and science. Theinifi" test scores for many schools were low. Unfortunately, some people immediately  u'.. as evidence onr public schools are failing and woof we should scrap the education reforms. The initial test scores for many schools were low. Unfortunately, some people immediately interpreted that as evidence our public schools are failing and proof we should scrap the education reforms. I disagree. Itisimlxr, ant to rememher that the first round of tests was just the beginning of along-term process. Think of the tests as a yardstick. The initial tests measure where we are now, and as students are re-tested in the years to come, the tests will measure whether the system of rewards, assistance and intervention improves learning. If the system doesn't work, then the critics may have a case for scrapping the reforms. But until that time, we should use test scores as a yardstick to measure improvements- and as a way to taFus on the backside when we need it. Ambulance hall Babies to be constructed ,in Brewster BTO Construction of Pateros has beea awarded a contract to construct an ambulance storage facility and off'tee complex in Brewster. The facility is expected to cost apwoximately $122,000. The building will be owned and operated by Okanogan County Fire District No. 5, which operates the ambulance service that services Brewster, Pateros and the unincorporated areas of the fire district. ]t will be built on district-owned land at the intersection of Indian and 4th streets. The building will have space to store four ambulances and equipment, equipment for whitewater rescue as well as an office and a meeting room. There are no current plans to build living quarters, but the property and design have room for expansion, said district commissioner Phil Brownlee. District officials own and operate three ambulances. For the time being all three will be stored in the new hall. If enough volunteers can be found, one of the ambulances might be moved to Pateros in the future, Brownlee said. Construction is expected to begin immediately; Brownlee said he hoped it would be completed by November. Douglas County Sherlls Office June 12: Deputies investigated reportsofamotorcycleaccident on Dyer Hill on county road B NE; a wivate citizen reported finding a motorcycle in a field. Upon investigation, deputies identified the driver as Richard Ivey, 41, Mansfield. He had been traveling east on the road when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve and drove off the road. He sustained cuts on his elbow and leg, was taken to Lake Chelan Hospital, treated and released. Ivey was cited for driving a motorcycle with no motorcycle endorsement and for driving with a Vehicle license that had been expired more than two months. June 14: Robert Denadel, 37, Mansfield, was cited for fourth degree assaulL James Sittman, 35, Mansfield, was cited for fourth degree assault in the same incident. Alfonso Gutierrez,'30, Bridgeport, was cited for third degree driving with a suspended license. June 21: Alberto Luna, 26, Bridgeport, was cited for third degree driving with a suspended license. May 30- a boy, Anthony, to Katrina Bercier, Bridgeport, June 1 - a girl, Celina, to Deirdre and Fernando Carrasco, Bridgeport. June 8 - a boy, Rocky, to Joy and Ronald Lewis, Brewster. June 13 - a boy, Nathan, to Elaine Cardenas, Omak. June 14-aboy, Ricardo, toFrancisca and Salvador Ramirez, Brewster. June 15 - a boy, James, to Anna McAlvey and Richard Harris, Brewstur. I Ouad City Herald ..stablbhed 1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Doris Vallance Office Manager Wm. E. Vallance Associate Editor Cheryl Schweizer Staff Writer John Cleveland II Sports Barb Gibb Subscriptions Teri Chase , Ad Design Fred Hanke Ads/Painter Published every week on Thursday at Brewster. Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office. Box 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County. Washington 98812. Telephone (509)689-2507. Periodicals postage paid at Brewster. Washington USPS 241-920. Postmaster, please send change of address to QuadCity Herald. Box 37. Brewster. Wasington 98812. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogan $18.00 Washington State $22.00 Out of State $27.00 Out of Country 32.00 Single Copy' .50 Sutniptions must be paid in advance ,,, , m , Notice of Church entertainments where an admission fee is charged, cards of thanks, ruolutions ofctmdo- leuce or notices Intended to promote private busIness of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. Cheryl Sehweizer photo This two-car accident in Bridgeport left one person with minor Injuries. Woman injured in Bridgeport accident A Brewster woman received minor injuries as the result of a vehicle accident at the intersection of 16th Street and DouglasAvenuein BridgeportThursday afternoon, June 18. Lucienne Webb, 39, was driving her 1987 Ford Taurus east on Douglas Avenue when the car was hit by a 1984 Oldsmobile driven by Salvador Martinez, 23, Bridgeport, according to information from the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Douglas County Sheriff's sergeant Rick I-Ialterman said Martinez was traveling south on 16th Street and apparently failed to see the Webb vehicle. The cars collided in the middle of Douglas Avenue. Webb and her passenger, her 11 year old granddaughter, were transported to Okanogan Douglas Hospital in Brewster by Bridgeport Ambulance. Webb sustained a cut on the forehead and complained of a sore neck; the granddaughter was uninjured. Martinez declined transport. Martinez was cited foi" failure to yield the right of way and for having no car insurance. Quad City Herald YESTERYEARS Saturday, June 18, 1918 FJ. Clifford is having his garage painted and it will no longer be known as Clifford's Garage, it will be the red front garage. IMPORTANT NOTICE The Council of the town of Brewster wishes to have the people of the town acquaint themselves with the following ordinance: Ordinance No. 39; Section, 12: No person shall use any water for irrigation during the progress of any fire in town, and all irrigation and sprinkling shall immediately stop when the fire alarm is sounded in any part of town and shall not be turned on again until thefireisextinguished.Foranyviolation of this rule a penalty of $10.00 shall he imposed and taxed against the supplied and the water shall be turned off until such fine is paid. By order of the Council. Geo. Ormsby, Town Clerk. A. R. Dodd, of the Pateros Reporter informs us that there was a very delicate operation performed on his motherat PatenThmsdayafternoon when a large abscess was removed from her throat, two large incisions being made in her throat and cutting it out under the root of the tongue. He reports her doing nicely at this time.June 19, 1958 Attending Girl's State June 22 through July 2 at CWCE, Ellensburg, from Pateros Ann Neff and Lynn Borg, from Brewster, Sue Riggan and Dennis Folkes and Vedee Hunt and Ann Stinchfield from Bridgeport. Jake Bossert, park superintendent at Alta Lake, reports that he re gistered the 1000th car for this year's camping season last Saturday night. Gary Henderson celebrated his 7th birthday with friends Lonnie and Robbie Sheets, Jay Doty, Dennis Cruden and Darrell Cook. The swimming classes for Pateros youngsters sponsored bytheAmerican Legion will begin atAIta Lake on July 8. One hundred thirty one children have signed up for He instruction already. June 20, 1968 Beattie and Stanley Shaw have purchased the Caldweil Insurance Agency in Bridgeport from Terry and Carole Dowell. While Steve Lautensleger was at Gonzaga University in Spokane being elected to the state house of representatives in the mock government meeting, he found out he had won one of the three 1968 horticultural awards given by the Washington Growers Clearing House Association. Mayor Howard Gamble announced the Federal Aviation Association representative has said BrewsterAiqxm plan is a valid bid. All plans so far complied withFAArequirements.The FAA is prepared to pay 51.32 per cent of the airport costs. June 22,1978 Pateros School directors have announced the appointment of Floyd L. Jackson as the new superintendent of the Pateros school system. Jackson replaces William Laws who has accepted the superintendent position at Okanogan. Kristina Louise Manicke joined the family of Jack and Cindy Manicke of North Bend June 7. Ann and Chuck Manicke, Pateros, are the doting grandparents. ASB officers elected at Brewster High School for 1978-79 are Jody Smith, business manager:. Cam Webster, treasurer; Doreen Wildermuth, president; Sherri Baicom, vice president; Kim Olsen, secretary; and Kim Barlow, public relations. Bridgeport Lions Club recently elected officers for the coming year. President, Bob Sloan; vice president, Dewey Brown; Secretary- treasurer, Dan Dahl; Lion Tamer, John Troutman; Tail Twister, Dennis Hardie. June 16,1988 Pat McFadden, Bridgeport High School junior, earned a trip to the AAU/USA Junior Olympic Championship in Florida, after winning the Washington. State Decathlon Championship. Lance Johnson was named team captain of the baseball team while Crystal S henyer and John Smith were named the team captain of the girls and boys tennis team. The Mansfield School Board agreed Thursday to sell the district's old school building which has been empty for the past few years. Tire Desk Behind the Edit)r By Doris Vallance Wow, what a nice week I' ve had/ Got 'screwed going from one telephone company to another for supposed big savings on our 800 number. Joke, no savings that I could find, two bills instead of one, so I canceled. The 800 number is now property of second company so when I called the first company she said sorry/A new number will have to be issued. Learned my lesson on that savings pitch/ I ordered some toner for the copy machine. Received a telephone call from William saying our account was in terrible shape, had a $66.00 balance of past due charges from 1995. We have spent thousands of dollars with said company through the years and this is the first I' ve ever heard of being a terrible accountNumerous telephone calls and a computer print out of the account, which is a joke, four years of charges and payments and at the end it lists the past due charges. It doesn't show past due charges with any of the product charges, so naturally the payment doesn't reflect these payments. l pulled all of my statements, made copies, I I with very of few these figures matching their print out. HELP--where to go, I'm certainly nat talking to William anymore. Did I mention William has his head in the clouds over on the coast, probably doesn't have the faintest idea where anything is over here. I called and faxed everything to where this company's office used to be. These people have always been the best, always informative, cheerful, helpful to our cause. With their able assistance ! do believe I have a zero balance and no more hassle. All of these trials and tribulations to contend with and Charlie Bailard of Ace Hardware and we of the Quad City Herald had to make the big decision to sell our softball team. Nonperformance the biggestt reason. This team pays their own entry fee at Bridgeport---they win. Wepay their entry in Brewster--4hey lose---big time This team's for sale 1 4