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Pag~ 12 Aug 2. 2001 Quad City. Herald Douglas County Fire District No. 7 commissioners decide what they are commissioners will hold a public going todo. meeting Monday, August 6 to gather Inotherbusiness,councilmembers reaction to a to extend the voted to start legal action against the emergency medical services utility owner of a local business, requiriJ: ; district operated by the city of him to obtain a building permit and Bridgeport into the fire district, business license before remodeling. The utility district was started by In addition, council members agreed city earlier this year, but it was limited to join the Department of Ecology to the city limits. That left residents of and DepartmentofHealthandrequire Fire District No. 7, which traditionally the business owner to stop drilling a has been served by the city ambulance, well. without any EMS response, at least Robert Vandenberg received theoretically. The district received a permission from DOE to start the granttopayforambulanceserviceand permit process for drilling a well, approved a temporary contract with saidBridgeportmayorSteveJenkins, the city of Bridgeport. although not to start drilling a well. District commissioners have the But DOE officials have since option to start an EMS district, submit concluded permission was granted the utility district proposal to a vote, or in error, he said. City, DOE and approve it without a vote. Under the DOH officials will ask that utility district proposal, customers Vandenberg be required to stop would pay a minimum of $3 pereleclric drilling the well. The building permit meter. The fee would be collected by and business license are separate the Douglas County Public Utility issues, and city officials will pursue District. them separately. Bridgeport City Council members Council members voted to explore voted to extend the utility district a program, offered by the Douglas boundariesattheirmeetingWednesday, County PUD, that would use solar July 25. The contract is temporary, panels to heat the city's swimming month to month, until the fire district pool. Ike Vallance photo Okanogan County residents can now get digital driver licenses The Washington state Department of Licensing (IX)L) is now issuing its new digitized driver license to residents of Okanogan County. The new licenses are created using a new digital imaging process. The front of every card features a view of Mr. Rainier, largerand bolder printing, and a digital portrait of the individual. Printed on the back are the individual's endorsements and restrictions along with barcodes containing machine- readable information matching the printed information on the card's face. "Identity theft is a growing problem throughout America," explained DOL Director Fred Stephens. "The new digital driver license includes security features to help protect against fraud and tampering." Driversbeing issued the new license will first receive a temporary black and white document which is printed on paper and is valid for 30 days from the date issued. The permanent license will be produced and mailed from a central location in Washington within seven days of the office visit. Law enforcement, financial institutions and retailers should honor the temporary black and white license as an acceptable from of identification when it is combined with a valid old-style license. Old-style licenses wilfremain valid until their expiration date. However. anyone wanting to replace their old license with a new digital license can do so for five dollars. New equipment to crate this digital licenses is being installed at driver licensing offices across the state, and will be completed by early August. The digital license is now being issued at the following Okanogan County locations: Orovilte Driver Licep.si0$ Office 821 Apple Way Omak Driver Licensing Office 646 Okomo Drive It is tourist season in Pateros. This tourney moose was fast spotted at the intersection of SR 97 and SR 153 south of the Pateros Bridge. But rather than use the bridge "Bull" Moose took to the Methow River and swam across to the boat launch area. Activity, people and noise sent him back to the river where he or she crossed hack to the brushy area on the south side and about 200 yards up from Over the guardrail and up the hill to safety highway 97 where be rested and grazed This apparently sent the moose hack highway where bejumped the guardrail, upon the surroundings, into the water where he proceeded to crossed the highway and proceeded Traffic was held up from both swimupstreamandthentheresidences up the hill, maybe toured the golf directionson highway 153 in hopes the on the north bank in Pateros. course. moose would cross the road and return Jerry Moore, in the boat, came At last report on Tuesday, Mr. or to the hills without incident, back up river from the launch area Mrs. Moose was still vacationing in the After about a half-hour wait and a just about in time to scare him of area. boat in the water attempting to flush from making land in someone's Residentsshouldnotattempttoharm him upandoverwithout success, traffic yard. Moore proceeded to herd the or catch the animal, but if it creates a wasallowedtoslowlyproceedthrough moose with the boat back across problem call a wildlife agent or local the area. the river to a short bank up to the police. The Okanogan County Democrats Sunday, August 26, at noon at will hold their Annual Potluck Picnic Conconully State Park. A $10.00 donationisrequestedofthoseatteuding, annual fundraising auction. All Please bring items to donate to the Democrats are encouraged to attend. se BrewsterCityCouncil members will try to reach agreement with shareholders of the Mutual Irrigation District on a new franchise agreement. Some of the district's irrigation lines run under city property; the previous franchise agreement between the two parties has expired. An agreement is necessary, from the city's point of view, because the city's insurance carrier might not cover any damage if the line ruptured, said public works superintendent Mike Shenyer. Irrigation district officers were asked to provide proof that they are insured, but they haven't, Shenyer said. The city has several options, according to a letter from Ogden, Murphy and Wallace, the city's attorney. Council member George Webster suggested sending a letter to all district patrons, requesting they appoint a negotiating committee. Webster and Ernesto Santos will represent the city. In other business at the regular council meeting Wednesday, July 25, council members selected JUB Engineering to oversee a project to expand thecity'swastewater treatment facility. The project is projected to cost about $1.3 million. The city has obtained a Community Development Block Grant that willlmyabout halfthecost,Shenyer said. He was notified recently that the city is being considered for a loan or grant from the Centennial Clean Water Fund, he said. The expansion would allow the city to add 300 to 400 homes. Council members discussed an ordinance to ban skate, scooters and other "'toy wheel" vehicles from some---and maybe an---city sidewalks. The city does have an ordinance banning bicycles from sidewalks, but it does not include skateboards or scooters, said Brewster Police Chief Mike Thurber. Riders can pose a threat to people coming out of buildings, he said. Webster said he supported banning toy wheels in areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic, but he didn't like the idea of children riding in the street. He suggested council members think about allowing kids to ride in areas with little pedestrian traffic. It is up to the city to make rules, said, council member Bob Dewey, and they are needed to protect the city as well as the kids. Dewey reported that he andWebster had toured the airport. It is bigger than he expected, he said, and it could be a big asset to the city. But city officials need to figure out what they want to do, and how to market it, he said. Webster said it is a valuable property, with a lot of potential that the city can and should exploit. But there are some improvements that need to be made first, he said. Webster and Dewey will examine the airport lease and a development plan for the property written about two years ago, and make some recommendations to the council. Spuut 525 W. Main Brewster 689-2507