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page 7 Quid City Herald predicting the--WI Hi Low Thurs Aug. 283 60 FrZ, Aug. 3 88 58 Sat Aug. 4 85 56 Sun Aug, 5 85 57 I~ Men Aug. 6 85 56 Tues Aug. 7 85 " 57 Wed Aug. 8 86 56 WWW .wOW, hOe .COtgt Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Volume 100 No. 3 Brewster, Wasl Flames engulf this pine tree shooting flames 100 feet in the sir. The proposed Sale of a state park on Bridgeport Bar--and where the money from the sale might be spent-- will be discussed today at a meeting of the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission in Wenatchee. The meeting is open to the public. Commissioners will be discussing the fate of the 298-acre Chief Joseph State Park, which is about four miles north of Bridgeport along the Colum- bia River. The land was bought and then donated to the parks commis- sion in 1967 by the Douglas County Public Utility District; the PUD was required to provide recreation oppor- tunities as part of the process of build: ing Wells Dam. Since 1983 the PUD has contributed money to a fund for developing the park, said Bill Fraser, 'Eastern Region park planner for the . . :~ . photos c, ourte~ Mi~.:~ownfioid, parkscommission.Thefundhasabout Bmwstorflreflghtor Rob Dezollem 18ellhouetted =gainstthe burning fuel=as he works to save this housa fl'om $322,500 in it currently, he said. In 1967 the plan was to build a the raging Union Valley fire nsar Cholan. park, with camping andday use sites, Local helpfirefighting efforts a boat launch and swimming beach crews and walking trails. The plan was re- vised in 1988, projecting a smaller park but one that still had campsites A level three evacuation has been ered safe. To date a total of 41 homes Brownfield residence near Howard and a boat launch. That plan, Fraser orderedforresidentsoftheWashing- have been affected by the evacua- Rats. At about 2:00 a.m. the f'tre said, is no longer feasible, in the ton Creek area, near Howard Flats on tion. charged down through the valley at opinion of the state parks and PUD the old Chelan highway. The f'we, which started Saturday the Brownfield residence. The staffs. Since 1967, most of the land The Union Valley fire is burning afternoon from an illegal burn, has Brewster and Pateros firefighters, around the park has been obtained by through dry bitter brush, annual grass consumed one residence, two trailer who had already prepped the home the Washington Department of Fish and some pine forest. Crews are cur- houses, a barn and 4600 acres of for the possiblities of the fire reach- and Wildlife, and "its habitat value rently mopping up the south and west brush and timber, ing them, got ready to fight, has increased quite a bit by itself," edgesoftheftre.Fireactivitycontin- About 800 firefighters, including The house and garage were coy- Fraser said. Bob Clubb, aPUDrecre- ues on the north and east side of the local firemen are on the fire. ered with foam and fh-e hoses were ation specialist, said the park site is fire in the Washington Creek area. Firefighters from Brewster and spread across the lawn. Ten not a good place for a boat launch. In A level three evacuation orders Pateros were called to fight the fire firefighters from the Brewster and home owners to leave their property last Saturday evening. 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", ~" t No filings for three Douglas 7fire board seats Okanogan County Sheriff Mike and Mansfield city councils each the hospital district board. Murray and Treasurer Delmer Shove failed to attract a candidate for one City council races will be down- will face challengers in November's seat. There is also a seat open on the right dull this year---only one candi- general election, while the Brewster Mansfield School Board. date filed for each seat. They include mayor's job attracted enough candi- But one seat on the Pateros School Linda Heaton and Brian Hicks in dates to force a primary. But other Board attracted three candidates, Pateros, Neva Thomas and Gerald offices didn't attract any candidates and will be contested in the pri- Poole in Mansfield, Calvin Stark and at all during the filing period last mary. Mike Stennes, Taza Keene Neil Jacobson in Bridgeport and week. and Patti Luchte will compete for Wayne Lehrman and Bob Dewey in Offices that didn't attract candi- the seat vacatedby DonnaStennes. Brewster. All are incumbents. Former dates will be reopened during a spe- Incumbent Tracy Miller will be council member Dave Freels filed for cial filing, which began yesterday in challenged by Samuel Lopez, Jr Brewster City Council seat vacated Okanogan County and ends Friday, for Position No. 3 on the Pateros by Ernesto Santos. August 3. Douglas County's will he School Board. Michael Bruno will Phil Brownlee, the incumbent, is August 3 and Monday and Tuesday, run unopposed for his Pateros board the only candidate for his seat on the August 6 and 7. (See separate story.) seat. Incumbents Don Becker and Okanogan CountyFire DistrictNo. 5 Murray will be opposed by Candy Howard Gamble will run unop- board of commissioners. Only one Gamache, Riverside. a member of posed for their seats on theBrewster candidate.incumbent LonnieFenton, theLibertarianParty.Shovealsofaces School Board. filed for the open seat in Douglas a Libertarian Party candidate,Diana Incumbents Debbie Jenson and County Fire District No. 6; incum- Kennedy Alonso. Tonasket. Chris Hansen will run unopposed for bent Tom Pinger will run unopposed Incumbent Bonnie House faces their seats on the Mansfield School for the commissioner's seat in Dou- two challengers in the race for Board. Gary Ivory and Tracy Zahn, glas County Fire District No. 5. Brewster mayor. House, Pedro De both incumbents, were the only can- Brad Hendricks, the incumbent, La Cerda and Dick Dildine will be didates for their seats on the Bridge- will run unopposed for one seat on the candidates in the September I8 port School Board; Dan Dahl was the the Downing Townsite Water Dis- primary (see separate story). Pateros only person who filed for the Bridge- trict board. The other open seat did will have a new mayor; Gail Howe portBoardseatbeingvacatedbyJerry not attract any candidates. Incum- was the only candidate to file. In, Henton. bents Roy D. Baker and Jean Fos- cumbentCarol Mooneyannounced Larry Higbee, Winthrop, and ter were the only candidates for two weeks ago that she would not RichardKitzel, Brewsterwillcompete seats on Okanogan County Cem- run because she was moving out of for the Okanogan-Douglas Hos-etery District No. 3; the board op- the area. pital District No. 1 seat being crates the Pateros School Board. There were no candidates for the vacated by Marjorie Ayers. Bill IncumbentWadeTroutman, Bridge- three seats on Douglas County Fire Bayless, Mansfield, and Shirley port, is the only candidate for the District No. 7, which includes most Cartwright, the incumbents, will open seat on the Foster Creek Con- of Bridgeport Bar. The Bridgeport run unopposed for their seats on servation District. races develop in City area The race for Brewster mayor and one seat on the Pateros School Board will be narrowed to two candidates in the primary election Tuesday, Sep- tember 18. Incumbent Bonnie House will face challengers Dick Dildine and Pedro De La Cerda in the primary. Mike Stennes, Taza Keene and Patti Luchte each have filed for Posi- tion No. 4 on the Pateros School Board. In both cases, ther person receiving the smallest numberofvotes is eliminated, and the remaining two candidates advance to the general election in November. People who want to vote at the polls must register a minimum of 30 days before the election. People can register in person at the auditor's office in Okanogan until August 31, but voters registering after August 18 can vote by absentee ballot only. 'ling where no one filed City council seats in Bridgeport, school board and city council seats in Mansfield, and the entire board of commissioners for Douglas County Fire District No. 7 did not attract any candidates during the regular filing period last week. A special three-day filing period in Douglas County will begin tomorrow, Friday, August 3 for those and other offices that did not attract candidates. It will continue Monday and Tuesday. August 6 and 7. (Okanogan County also will have an extended filing period, but none of the offices without candidates are in the Quid City area.) There were no candidates for Bridgeport Council Position No. 3 (currently held by Terri Zahn), Mansfield Council Position No. 3 (held by Pinkie Glessner), or Mansfield School Board Position No. I (Doug Tanneberg is the incumbent). People whowant to file for the Mansfield school board must live in the director district, and a description of the boundaries can he obtained from the school district office. All three seats on the Douglas County Fire District No. 7 board of commissioners failed to attract candidates. The incumbents are Stuart Dezellem, Dick Field and Bob Fischer. Position No. 3 on the Downing Townsite Water District =board (held by Don Briggs) didn't attract any candidates. Four seats on the Okanogan City Council, three seats on the Conconully City Council, one seat on the Omak School Board, one commissioner seat in Okanogan County Fire District No. 9, three seats on Okanogan County Cemetery District No. 2 and two on Cemetery District No. 4 did not attract candidates. The extended filing period in Okanogan County is underway now; candidates have until tomorrow at 5 p.m. to file. If no one files, the office will be deemed lapsed, said Mila Jury of the Okanogan County Auditor's Office. They will not appear on the ballot, and any write-in votes will not be counted. The person in office will slay in office until a replacement can he appointed, said Tina Dating of the Douglas County Auditor's Office. r