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Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley L Quad City Herald predicting the-- Hi Low Thurs June 28 75 54 FrL, dune 2Y 81 53 Sat June 30 85 56 Sun July 1 87 56 Men July 2 90 58 Tues July 3 92 58 Wed, July 4 94 56 v, ww.wealher corn w E A T H E R Volume 99 No. 42 Brewster, Washington USPS MI-920 50 June 28, 2001 e e George Brady has a picture of himsel f, aged four months, playing with an equally young deer that had been abandoned by its mother and was being raised by his parents. "'Some say it was the high point of my life," Brady said of that picture. "I was still good-looking back then." He is still undecided, he said, whether or not he has lost his good looks. But the picture was an indication of things to come. For his entire life George Brady has been interested in animals. "'1 knew from the time I could walk I wanted to be with wildlife," he said. Brady grew up hunting, fishing and running traplines on his family's property near Yakima. He was one of a small group of students whose interest in biology was so great that his high school added an advanced class. And be decidedto st udy wildlife when he went to college. "'All my relatives tried to dissuade me, and said it was a pretty dumb idea," they urged him to be- come a lawyer, or a farmer orsomething."l resisted their advice." That turned out to be the in 1969. with a degree in wildlife. But there were a lot of people with wildlife degrees, and not many jobs. Brady went home and worked on the farm for a couple of years. In 1971, the state game department announced it would hire 30 people. Brady was among the 1,000 appli- cants, and one of the 30 people hired. "Some will say it was the chosen few. others will say it was blind luck. I have no comment." New game agents spent two months training, travel- ing around the state, then they were assigned a permanent job. "My first station was Pateros." It was also his only station: Brady has spent his entire career in the hills and woods and fields of southern Okanogan County. Now, Pateros is the kind of place that is usually the first step on the career ladder, but "I knew from the time I couM walk I wanted to be with wildlife," George Brady Brady didn't want to go anywhere else, he said. "'After a few years, I looked around the state and said to myself, 'where else would I re- ally want to live?'" He said he thinks his farm " kgrtmnd wasthe main reason he was sent to Pateros. He had first- hand knowledge of the collisions that can occur animals using the same fight decision. He was hired as a game agent by what is now the Washington Department of Wildlife between people and in 1971, and he has been a game agent ever space. That experience turned out to be an since. That will change at the end of this important asset, in his opinion--in fact, expe- week, however. After 30 years, George Brady rience is a critical factor in making a game is retiring, agent. "'You don't learn animals or you don't to create an equilibrium between people Brady is hosting a retirement party this learn people from a computer screen or a and wildlife, so they can coexist." Saturday, June 30, at his home, 228 Beach book," he said. He got a broad background in The two major complaints received in this Street in Pateros. "All of my friends and his college classes, but that didn't teach him area, Brady said, involve deer in orchards, formervio!atorsareweicometocomeby,"he what he really needed to know, he said. Most of and beaver--in orchards "and irrigation ,~,aid. The potluck party begins at 3 p.m.; thejobinvolvespeople---arisweringquestions, ditches and everywhere else." Now he is people are asked to bring their George Brady helping people solve problems with wildlife, getting more complaints about bears and cou- storiesalongwithadessert,saladorsidedish, catching people whoare violating game laws. gars;"cougarseatanyllamawithin 100miles, (People are asked to RSVP, and can do that And while catching violators is ira- apparently," he said, and people have four by calling Brady's home or leaving an e-mail portant, it is not the most important part bears getting into their beehives. message at of the job, in Brady's opinion. "To my But the game agent doesn't only answer "Nothing at college, not girls or beer drink' way of thinking, there is much more to complaints or write tickets. Last week Brady ing, distracted me from my goal," he said. He the job than finding violators or citing helped a hawking enthusiast locate goshawk graduated from Washington State University violators. The major part of your job is nests, ln fact, Brady still likes most ofthe things i~ ii i!ii After 30 years on the job, George Brady is retiring from the Department of Wildlife. about his job. "The day to day stuffis still about the best job you can have," he said. "'It's still fun." Most of the people he meets are good people, he said; "even if I'm arresting them, they're still good people." There are some intention' d vk)lators, but there also are lots of people who don't mean to break the law, he said. "'Agents in this area, I think, including me, have been reasonable in enforcement." They have made an effort to inform people about game laws and any changes, "'but that's not always possible." Sometimes, life being what it is, a person is just going to get a ticket, he said. He still likes what he is doing, "but 30 years at one job is probably enough," he said. Bureaucracy has led the agency in some di- rections he doesn't like; in his opinion, agents now are required to know less about wildlife than they need to know. He said he has some plans for retirement, including helping his wife Brenda with her gift shop business and reorganizing the Pateros Sports Club, "'so that we can assist Fish and Wildlife with managing game in our county." He wants to do some consulting as well. He said he is not being replaced, but a game agent still will be stationed in this area. ii~:: ;;:.: ::, ::;: ::.:::: ! ii::::~iiiiii~i~,;~#i~z'* Area children flock to the local swimming pools to have fun and cool off. The Bridgeport swimming pool had numerous youths playing basketball in the refreshing water, and plenty of them were having enough fun Just taking a dip. Brewster and Bridgeport pools have just started swim team practices and have already competed in meets beginning this past Tuesday. The Brewster swimming pool hosted the first three swim meets. Bridgeport did not have their paperwork turned in early enough and will not be hosting any swim meets this season. Cherry harvest underway acres into One of the signs of the times in north And to this point, cherry producers have not centralWashingtonistheappearanceofmore needed to do a lot of selling to persuade cherry trees. The state of the apple market customers to buy them. (there is lots of detail on that subject, but it But"growing them is not the hard part." A causes people to break into tears) has per- personthinkingaboutgrowingcherriesneeds suaded many orchardists to diversify. And a plan, and "'the plan shouldn't end at, 'I can cherries show potential for growth, and profit, grow it.'" Even lower quality cherries have But. cherries present their own challenges, been able to make money, but that will change The wrong cherry tree in the wrong place at as production increases, he said. The things the wrong time can cause as much trouble for that make a good (and profitable) cherry start a grower as the wrong apple tree. Plant the on the tree, and growers will have to pay wrong tree in the wrong place and "'you attention, would be exchanging your poor returns for "'Size does reflect quality," Smith said, and apples for poor returns for cherries," said Tim cherries get bigger on a properly pruned tree. Smith, tree fruit agent for WSU extension in They need the right care and the right han- Okanogan and Chelan counties, dling at harvest time. While they aren't hard Smithsaidcherryproductionisexpectedto to grow, they are more expensiye to prune increase from 20,000 to 29,000 acres, with and pick, he said. 9,000additionalacres stillreaching matufity. Growing a gt xf cherry, getting it off the They are not hard to grow, S mith said, and tree and to the processor in good condition is there is a market for good-quality cherries, only half the battle. "'We don't store cherries "'People, I'm sure, would eat more of them if ' and sell them over a year. We sell them they could get them," he said. "'People love over l0 days." Getting a good fresh cherry to cherries." He said he thinks they would be big Florida and in the hands of consumers is a sellers if the retail price was slightly lower, difficult proposition. cont'd on page 2 Brewster Fourth to include parade and fireworks display John Adams, writing to his wife Abigail cars, pickup trucks, motorcycles, low-riders after the 13 British colonies had declared and street rods are invited to display their themselves an independent nation, said in the vehicles. People who want to participate can future that day would be celebrated with contact Bob Dewey, the organizer, atBrewster picnics and parades, fireworks and patriotic Marketplace. speeches. The Fourth of July parade will begin at 7 Actually, Adams predicted Americans p.m.; lineup begins at 6 p.m. and judging is at would celebrate the nation's birthday on July 6:30 p.m, Parade participants will gather at 2. But he was fight about the parades and the corner of 3rd and Main streets, nexttothe speeches and fireworks, and the grand and American Legion building, and march down glorious celebrations. Main Street, turn at 7 Street and disband in Brewster residents will hold one of those the park. Floats, cars, bicycles, horses, dogs, grand celebrations on July 4--with the fire- marchers of any and all kinds are invited to works and parade, but not the speeches, enter. A parade entry form can be found in the Classic and antique car enthusiasts are in- June 21 issue of the Quad City Herald. En- vitedt0lheS=annualClassicCarShow,from tries must be turned into parade organizer noon to 5 p.m. at the Brewster City Park. Dianne Stanley by tomorrow afternoon, Fri- Brewster MarketPlace and the Les Schwab day, June 29. Tire Center in Brewster are the sponsors. Musicians are invited to come to the park Owners of classic and antique cars, muscle and play a few tunes between the end of the cont'd on page 5