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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewstcr, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Patcros and lower Mcthow Valley II I I I IIII Weather H L P July 29 105 67 0 July 30 91 (-,8 T July 31 98 65 T August 1 95 64 0 August 2 99 63 0 August 3 105 64 0 August 4 1 I0 65 0 Weekly weather rel.x',rt through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Volume 97 No. 6 Bn'ewsler, Washin:,ton INI'S 241-92(1 51) August 6, 1998 IIII I Bicyclists line up for a safety check before taking to the course. Cheryl Schweizer photos A bioyole buckaroo Msere hie trusty steed around through the cone course. II Bicyclists learn safety at Brewster rodeo Buckaroos test their skills through cones and stops A bicycle rodeo is not like a horse-and- bull rodeo. The whole point of a four-legged rodeo (in fact, the only way to stay in one piece) is to stay on the animal for the designated time and then get offas quickly as possible. The whole point of a two-wheeled rodeo is to stay on the bike while traveling a curvy course of cones and stop signs. (Actually, the point is to teach bike riders about safety while on their bikes, while having fun at the same time.) Brewster bicycle buckaroos put their trusty steeds through their paces Tuesday afternoon, July 28. They traversed a curved course of cones, tried to keep their balance while riding along a straight line, rode forward while glancing back. The bicycles were given a thorough safety check before the riders went through the course. Thq event was sponsoredby the Brewster Police Department and the Brewster Public Library. The Brewster DARE detachment donated prizes; personnel from Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 donated bicycle helmets. Bonnie House and Zach Anderson conducted the riders through the course. Gloria McDonald donated cookies and juice, which were served by Alecia Foyle. Sports weekend scheduled in Brewster 4, Todd Moses Memorial Softball Torunament scheduled A late summer weekend of basketball and softball is scheduled for Brewster Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16. A three on three basitetball tournament will be held in the Brewster High School parking lot; it is sponsored by the Brewster Chamber of Commerce. The organizers are soliciting business or individuals that migii| want to sponsor an awards plaque. People who want to do that are asked to contact Roger Boesel. A cued softball tournament has been added to the schedule for the weekend. The Todd Moses Memorial tournament commemorates a Brewster man who was killed in a car accident earlier this summer. hamber president Dianne Stanley said the board of directors had agreed to add the tournament to the list of events covered by the Chamber's insurance policy, at a cost of $100. Money raised through the softball tournament will be donated to the girls league sponsored by Brewster's youth baseball association. In other business at the Chamber's general membership rneetihg Tuesday, August 4. three businesses were recog nized for their ' 'uhRelr6i'rsi; a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Linda Clayton. district executive director, gave plaques to CPA Kevin Skirko. the Community Medical Center and Okanogan Douglas Hospital, recognizing their donations of $500 or more for operating expenses. The Relay for Life was held in May. People from 25 teams walked around the Okanogan High School track for 24 hours and raised about $51,000, a "'phenomenal amount of money for a county this size," Clayton said. The donations from the corporate sponsors paid the expenses, allowing the money raised from the community to be donated for cancer research. Clayton said there is both good news and bad news about cancer. The bad news is that one of threeAmericans will develop cancer at some time in their lives. The good news is that cancer mortality rates are declining for the first time in 30 years. The American Cancer Society raises money for research, but its members also try to educate the public about the disease and ways to avoid it. The Society also sponsors a support program for patients, offering services such as counseling and nutrition information. i:;ontests form,for Okanogan and Douglas county offices 4, Primary election to be held Tuesday, September 15 Incumbent commissioners and sheriffs in Okanogan and Douglas counties will face opponents in their races forreelectim,as willlt Olmnogan Coentyauditormdg attorney, Last Week was the filing period for candidates forcounty olces contested in 1998. Incumbent Okanogan County emmissimer Spenee Higby'Omville' will face two opponents in the Republican primary in September. Run Weeks, Tonasket, was a commissioner from 1990 to 1994; Bob Hirst, Oroville, ran against Higby and lost in 1994. Two candidates, Dave Demyan of Tonasket andAnne Ringwood-DeVon of Oroville, have fded for the Democratic primary. The two winners will compete for the seat in the November general election. Douglas County Commissioner Steve Still, East Wenatchee, will face Mary.Hunt, Coulee City, in the Republican primary. The winner will face Duane Dahlke, Orondo, who filed for the seat as a Democrat. Still was appointed to fill the remainder of Jay Weber's unexpired term. Primary races for county commissioner seats are contested only in the commissioner district, not county- wide. Douglas County Sheriff Dan LaRocbe will be challenged by Bruce Nash, East Wenatchee, in the September primary; both filed as Republicans. Okanogan County Sheriff Jim Weed will face Joseph Rhymes, Tonasket, in the general election. Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney Rick Weber will be challenged by Tony Rugl, Okanogan, in the general election in November. Okanogan County Auditor Peggy Robbins also will face a challenger in November; Penny Neely, Omak, was one of the candidates for the office in 1994. Okanogan County Assessor Jim Hand did not file for reelection. The vacancy drew three candidates, two of whom, Barb Skeen and Scott Furman, will face each other in the Democratic primary in September. The winner will face Monty Archer, the lone Republican candidate. All three candidates are from Okanogan. Okanogan County Clerk Jackie Bradley, Okanogan, will be opposed in the general election by Bertha Wandier, Tonasket. Okanogan County Treasurer Walter Womak will run unopposed, as will a number of incumbents in Douglas County, including treasurer Mary Dodge, assessor Darlene Jones, clerk Juanita Koch, prosecuting attorney Steve Clem and auditor Thud Duvali, Incumbent Douglas County PUD commissioner T. James Davis will run unopposed, as will Okanogan County PUD commissioner Darrel Bunch. Two incumbent Okanogan County District Court judges, Chris Culp andDaveEdward willrun anopposed, as will Douglas County District Court judge Judith McCauley, the incumbent. 'Ie primaryeleetion will beTuesday, September 15. The general election will be Tuesday, November 3. Altemative education program a local possibility A program to provide educational alternatives for youth and adult dropouts or teens who are having trouble finishing school is being discussed by local school district officials and the Private Industry Council (PIC), Wenatchee. The program would focus on teenagers who have dropped out of school or who don't attend regularly, said Dave Peterson of the Private Industry Council. The program also targets adult dropouts; Peterson said plans are to reserve at least one- third of the seats for adults. PeOple will be able to enroll in GED classes, but the program is not a substitute for high school, or an alternative school. "We will not have everything inside necessary to get a high school diploma," Peterson said. 'It s more of a skills center with some alternative school comPonents." said Jim Frey, counselor at Brewster High School. But it would give students a chance to complete a high school equivalent program in an environment that stresses work skills, said Bridgeport superintendent Patrick Dully. In fact. skills training and attitude adjustment are important components, Paterson said. A person who has a GED but no job skills is not that much more employable than a person without a diploma or GED, Paterson said. For that reason, training in computers and other skills is stressed right along with reading and writing. In addition, the participants receive lessons in life---punctuality, courtesy and all the other skills that allow a person to keep a job once they are" hired. Fray said Brewster officials want to develop a program that will allow teenagers who are still in school but who have fallen behind to earn credits,a process called credit retrieval. Paterson said the PIC program does not include that now, but it might be added if it can be fit into the existing curriculum. Frey said the Brewster districtl like all school districtshas young people who have tried traditional school and discarded it; right now, there is no alternative for those kids in this area. He said in his opinion,district officials have a responsibility not only to those kids who fit in traditional school, but thosewhodon'tfiLBrewster, Bfidgepon and Pateros schools need to find ways to help those kids gain the skills !hey need; "PIC is going to come =n with more resources than we have as a school to do that," Fray said. For some teenagers who .have had trouble in traditional school. he said, "this is a good option." It will give young people, especially 16 to 21 years of age, "an option that they wouldn't otherwise have," Duffy said. The Quad City area is about the only place in the region that does not have an alternative program or skills center, Paterson said, which influenced PIC's decision to discuss offering a program here. Paterson said the program will require at least one certificated teacher; district and PIC officials are looking for a teacher as well as a suitable location. /