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PAa== 4 July 23 1998 (HAd City. Herald Win. E. Vallance photo Entry dona! qO0.O0 to the Brewater Swim Team to over the teams entry fee in the Okenogan County Summer Swim League. Bmwater competes with teams from Tonesket, Omsk, Okanogan, Mathow Valley and Bridgeport. The Brew=tar Swim Team consist of swimmers from Brewatar, Psteros and Chelan. In the pioture above Brewster Volunteer flrefighter Kathy Brooks (middle) presents oach Deans Knowlton with check. Brewater swim team members (left to right) Mathew Fisher, Heid i Straggle, Karl Knowlton, Kryata Knowlton, Karl Milton, Lisa Milton, Will Glarer, Jennifer Rsher, Macle Webster and Ashleigh Shaw. County Prosecutor seeks re-election Okanogan County Prosecuting AttomeyRickWeberannouncedtoday that he will seek re-election in November. Weber was elected to the office of Prosecuting Attorney in November of 1994 by a 3-1 margin. "I have learned a great deal in my fast terra serving as Okanogan County Prosecutor," said Weber. Weber added "I look forward to leading the office into the 21st century." Weber pointed out that in the past four years he has been able to assemble atop notch groupofdepoty prosecuting attorneys. "Chief Civil Deputy Don Anderson and Chief Criminal Deputy Ralph Perkins contribute the wisdom and stability of nearly 35 years of legal experience between them. Deputy Persecutors Dale Lehrman,Greg Weber and Aaron Walls are bright young attorneys who contribute enthusiasm and aggressiveness. The support staff has also evolved into a competent, professional groupofindividuals.This is a great group of people," said Weber. "I believe they compare favorably to any rural prosecutor's office in the state." Weber stressed that during his watch the prosecutor's office has overcome huge backlogs that had accumulated overthe two years priorto his election. Hepointedout that Okanogan County's conviction rate in DUI cases ranks among the highest in the state. One of the struggles during his term has been keeping up with the ever increasing juvenile delinquency caseload. Weber pointed out that the Prosecutor's office is curmndy up to date in charging juveniles and the system seems to be working efficiently. "We look forward to working with the juvenile department, the sheriff's office and the various law enforcement agencies in attempting to retard the growth of juvenile delinquency in Okanogan County." Weber pointed out that the recent toughening of juvenile sentencing, which he helped to pass through the legislature, may convince some juveniles not to commit crimes. Weber lives in North Omak with his wife, Rachel, who is a registered nurse with Home Health and his children, Amanda 13, Adam 10, and Daniel 6. He participates on numerous boards related to the Okanogan County Criminal Justice system, is a Little League coach and a member of the Church board forComerstoneChristian Fellowship in Omak. Positions open on Mental Health Board Six spots will be filled to create new board The Okanogan County Commissioners are seeking qualified individuals to fill six positions on a newly created Mental Health Advisory board. Positions to be filled are as follows: 1. Representative from the medical community. 2. School District representative. 3. Representative from the senior citizen community. 4.Consumerreixesentative or Mental Health professional. 5. Colville Tribal representative. 6. Citizen at large. The initial function of the board will be to analyze all pertinent data relevant to the administration of the Okanogan County Mental Health Center. Once the initial tasks are completed the Board will continue to meet on a monthly basis to provide advice and direction to the Mental Health Executive Director and Board of County Commissioners. Persons interested should send a letter of interest along with a resume, by July 31, 1998, to the Okanogan County Commissioners Office. Bridgepo=t pair participate in FBLA 00Jational in Orlando Every year thousands of teenagers from all over the United States converge on the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) national convention, to compete in business skills events, to run for office, to tour the exhibit halls--and to have fun at local attractions. Among the delegates attending the 1998 convention were Bethany Lynn and Andrea Henlon of Bridgeport. They were accompanied by chapter advisor Nancy Fischer and Andrea's mother Millie. The national convention is non- stop activity, a whirl of delegate meetings, competitions, speeches, workshops, dances, social occasions. In addition, the conference was held in Orlando, Florida, a destination for tourists from around the world. For the second consecutive year Bethany qualified for national competition in businessskills events; she placed in the top three at the state meeting. (She also attended the 1997 convention in Anaheim, California. It was not as much fun because she was battling what turned out to be pneumonia, she said. ) At the 1998 convention she competed in machine transcription. "I don't know how I did," because results are not released unless the competitor is in the national top 10, she said. But the competitions are only one small part of a three day extravaganza that drew about 5,000 teenagers from 47 states as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense schools overseas. National officers are elected, the organization's national policy is established. The 1998 national president is from Vancouver, Washington; Lynn and Henton met her at the state delegates meeting. "We campaigned for her a little bit," Lynn said. "The workshops werecool" Henton said. The girls attended workshops on effective communications, how to present a point of view and how to motivate people. The keynote speaker was 1968 Olympic 800-meter gold medalist Madeline Manning Mires, a victim of disease and poverty who was neversupposed to walk, let alone run. "She was areally good speaker," Lynn said; sheemphasized that anyone can overcome obstacles, "and never compromise your character," Lynn said. But the real value of the national convention is the opportunity tamest so many teens from so many places. "It's neat to see that many talented DON CROCKER i POTTY WAGON Subdivisions Road Construction Septic Systems Tree Removals Homesite Preparation 689-2482 or 689-2455 eve. Carter Excavation, Inc, SAME HL LOW HitWI flBO HYOIIO-RMcflmB Hl-pmum pump HI-presoure pump C,gN UT,!ON 6 '" 2611e661 Douglas & Okanogan Counlies. P.O. Box 254, Bridgeport Bus. Lic.# DONCRC066JE A I toda ! Existin Loan Refinances Are Available! Stop by your local InterWest office, call 1-800-871-LOAN or visit our web site at www.interwestbank.com to apply. DRY OR LOW YIELD WELL... 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You learn a lot from them," Lynn said. Orlando attracts tourists because of its theme parks--Walt Disney World, Epeot Center, MGM Studios. The group's tour package also included tickets to the various parks. Epcot Center is "kind of the Pacific Science Center, but a lot bigger," Bethany said. "It takes a full day to do it," said Andrea. Epcot is a theme parkofscienceand technology exhibits, with national pavilions for dozens of countries. "Canada and China had 360 degree movies," Lynn said. The girls were in the park on the Fourth of July, so there was a big party at the U.S. pavilion. Fireworks were banned due to extreme weather conditions "so they held a laser show over the lake," Lynn said. Florida in July is hot. Very hal The park had "fountains--like kids play in," Bethany said. "We went in those a lot." Latera rainstorm erupted, "huge, big, fat raindrops" that drenched everything; the girls ran out in the rain. "People thought we were crazy," Lynn said. Bethany said her favorite exhibit actually was at the MGM Studio. "Probably thecoolest thing was' Honey, I Shrunk the Audience,'" an extravaganza of three-dimensional effects. The girls spent their last full day in town at Walt Disney World. "It's amazing what Disney can do with all the money they have," Lynn said. Disney World closely resembled Disneyland in California, Bethany said. "It was pretty much all the same rides, but longer lines." Lynn said she was disappointed in the Splash Mountain ride. mostly because of the long line. "I was expecting something to make it worth our wait." (Andrea admitted that they were tired, too; "we didn't get much rest at all. It was hard to take on that big park.") In addition, the girls had some bad luck. "There were a couple of Brazilian tour groups we kept getting stuck behind," not only at Disney World but at the Wet and Wild water park, which was their favorite park of all. "That was probably the funnest thing we went to," Bethany said. The park has enclosed tunnels called the Black Hole. "They're in the dark," Lynn said. "That was fun," Andrea said. There was also the Bomb Bay, a straight shot to the bottom so steep that the rider hardly touches the water. "It would be a fun job working there, I think," Bethany said. One of their favorite places was not a theme park at all but downtown Orlando, full of shops and movie theaters. Among its attractions was the Lego store, the plastic building blocks familiar to two generations of children."laousands and millions of Legos," Andrea said, sculpted into fantastic creatures. "It was crazy." Slot Tournament WINNER!!I! Congratulations Joseph Williams from Tonasket on your 1st Place $500 Win! Congratulations! Cindi Williams from Omak Winner of a Color TV! Slot tournament every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Okanogan Bingo Casino 1-800-559-4643 Okanogan, WA I I