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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley I I I I .i Weather H L P August 19 88 50 0 August 20 93 51 0 August 21 90 64 ,04 August 22 92 52 0 August 23 82 56 0 August 24 85 50 0 August 25 90 51 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section. Chief Jmeph Dam Voh,ne 97 No. 9 Brewsler, Washinglon USI'S 241-92(1 50 August 27, 1998 - photo courtesy Santila Klaney Allen eyes the next target as she drives her horse through the triangle barrell ra. Junior rodeo riders- 'You",e just got to be tough' , Local iths among the elite or junior rodeo by Chel Schweizer, staff writer Rodeo has a very macho image--guys in big hats battling mean-tempered bulls and cranky horses. The more rough-and tumble events are not considered suitable for women; at coed rodeos they are restricted to the relatively genteel barrel racing. But they have long ignored that restriction by participating in all, woman rodeos. While rodeo is promoted as a family sport, the role of children at toed rodeos is to watch, not compete. They too have worked around the restrictions with a rodeo circuit of their own. This does not mean junior rodeo contestants have rejected the rodeo code. Loni McKee, Brewster, placed first in the senior division cow riding at the Eastern Washington Junior Rodeo Finals, held August 14, 15 and 16. She said there wasn't really a secret to success at it; "you've just got to be tough." Loni and her brother 'Lake are among a number of local youths who compete on tbejunior rodeo circuit. Competitors range from eight to 18 years of age, said Nicole Knapp, Brewster.Nikki is the organization s corresponding secretary for the 1998 season. Luke McKee won the Senior division of saddle bronc riding. Jesse Gurney, a senior at Brewster High School, was third in senior division calf roping and tied for second in chute dogging. Klancy Allen of Brewster was fifth in senior division barrel racing. Nikki qualified for the finals in senior division barrel racing, and her brother Levi competed in junior division chute dogging during the season. Luke McKee, a senior at Omak High School, won the saddle bronc season championship in his second year of competition; he placed second last year. While some events are modified for young people, there are no concessions in the saddle bmnc competition. The teenagers fide big horses, under the same rules as the big boys. Stripped to essentials, bronc riding is simple enough. The rider must keep his hold and his seat on the hack of a twisting, turning, bucking, jumping horse for eight seconds, while at the same time spurring the horse in the shoulders and flanks. There are no stirrups and no rams. If there is a key to success at bronc riding, it appears to be practice. '1 work on the basics a lot," McKee said; he practices on a stationary machine as well as live horses,"as many as I can in the course of a year." For the last two years he has attended a course at a bronc riding school in Oklahoma. A good riderhas to be able to anticipate the immediate future in those eight seconds. "Bad "The most important part of riding a bucking horse is to see what he's going to do," Luke /'ides are said. A rider also needs to be able to react quickly if they are wrong. On a good ride the torture,,' rider moves with the horse,in s,cnchronization - Luke McKee with his movements; those rides are fun, McKee said. Bad rides are torture. The finals rodeo includes two days of competition for all qualifiers; five participants qualify for a separate ride on Sunday, called the short go-round. McKee won the short go-round at the finals, but it was not his best ride. That came at an earlier rodeo, on a horse that had displayed his skills on the Northwestern professional circuit. Most of the observers were skeptical of his chces. McKee said. "Everybody thought this kid was going to get turfed. But the kid took on and bested the horse, hitting a groove so good he could hear the crowd, he said. "Things got pretty western. "It felt pretty cool." McKee said the real reason for his success was not practice but his morn and dad. Sam and Racie McKee. Their support is critical, and without it he couldn't compete, he said. His sister Loni, a sophomore at Omak. (Racie McKee is a teacher in the Omak School District) also attributed much of her success to her parents. She was the season champion in cow riding, "the girls version of bull riding." she said. Like bronc riding, cow riding is a matter of staying on the back of a c0n't on page 6 Quad City schools fi prepare for Tuesday opening Bridgeport School already in session A later scheduled opening date gave children in Brewster, Mansfield and Pateros an extra week of vacation, but summer ends next Tuesday, September I when school starts in those districts.. Teachers report for work one day earlier. Mansfield The school day for junior high and high school students will begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:05 p.m. Elementary school students attend class from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Most of the bus routes will remain unchanged from the end of the ! 997- 98 school year: one bus will pick up students in Withrow. The bus that picks up Bridgeport children attending school in Mansfield will stop in the Bridgeport Quik-E-Mart parking lot only. It will not take children door to door. Breakfast is served in the school lunchroom beginning at 7:00 a.m. Students wilrpay $1 for breakfast and $1.30 for lunch, prices unchanged from last year. Applications for free or redaced-price mealscan be oined at the district office. High school and junior high students are eligible to buy Associated Student Body cards, which are available at the district office. They cost $20. Brewster Elementary school class and supply lists are posted on the front doors and will remain there through the first week of school. High school and junior high students can pick up class schedules at the high school office. School bus routes remain unchanged from the end of school in June; parents will be notified if any changes are made. Classes begin at 8 a.m. for sixth graders, junior high and high school students. Kindergarteners through fifth graders start school at 8:10 a.m. Breakfast is served in the high school commons beginning at 7:45 a.m. That is also when supervision begins, and students are asked not to arrive at school before that time. The elementary school building opens at 8:10 a.m. unless there is bad weather. Breakfast and lunch cost $1.35 for elementary students and $1.75 for high school students. Applications for free or reduced-price lunches can be obtained at the high school, elementary or district offices. They must be completed and returned within 10 days. The high school and junior high have a closed campus. Associated Student Body cards cost $25 and are available to all students. They can be purchased at the high school or elementary offices. Paterus Kindergarten students will not attend their f'ast day of class until Friday, September 4. The kindergarten kids and their parents will meet with the teacher Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; parents will be notified of a meeting time. The school day begins at 8 a.m, for all students and all classes are dismissed at 2:55 p.m. Bus routes and arrival times remain unchanged from the end of school in June. Parents will be notified of any changes. Breakfast is served from 7:35 to 7:55 a.m. Children are asked not arrive at school before breakfast starts. Breakfast costs $1 for all students. All students will pay $1.50 for lunch. Applications for and reduced price meals can be obtained from the district office. Associated Student Body cards can be purchased in the downstairs office, newly remodeled into a combined elementary and high school office. They are $18 for high school students and $15 for junior high and elementary students. :Kanogan Expelled Bridgeport student readmitted with conditions; ;ountv joins AstudentthatwasexpelledfromBridgeport school counselor Norm Dalwiche and speeial schedules, butjobevaluationswillbedoneby cheerleader. As a result there will be no ' ntern the l =.- ImP' Okanogan County is now on the Interact. The County's new website is: www.okanogancounty.org. Each County department has its own page on the website in various stages of development from the basicsofnameaddress and phone number to a full range of services offered by the department. For example: the County Commissioners webpage contains the most recent commissioner's minutes, a weekly agenda, as well as information about the con't on page 6 Middle School in January has been re, admitted to school, but with conditions attached. The student was expelled for bringing a weapon (a pair of brass knuckles) to school. His expulsion was upheld by the Bridgeport School Board, but they agreed to review the case in August. After listening to an appeal from the child and his mother, board members agreed to allow him back in school. In other business at the regular board meeting Tuesday, August .18, district superintendent Patrick Duffy said Bridgeport High School principal Jerry Pug h will take over as principal of Bridgeport Middle School. Duffy said that Pugh will be responsible for teacher evaluations and discipline cases. High services coordinator Diane Hull will spend part of their day at the middle school. Duffy, whose office is in the middle school, will be involved in some administrative duties there as well. Board members approved the reassignment of transportation and maintenance supervisor Jim Davis. Davis will become one of the regular bus drivers. District officials are soliciting applications for Davis's replacement; the person hired will be in charge of the transportation department only. The job will include being responsible for school bus maintenance and supervising the bus drivers. Custodian Randy Hurley will be in charge of maintenance department the principals. Duffy said that a new teacher has been hired at Bridgeport High School: Spanish teacher AndreaThompsett was given a one-year contract. District officials are looking for a high school math teacher, hired as a"long term substitute," with employment guaranteed through the first semester only. If district enrollment remains above 600 students, the math teacher will be hired for the rest of the year. District officials are looking for teachers or comunity members to filltwocoaching positions; assistants are needed for middle school football and middle school basketball. No one applied for the job of cheerleading advisor, but only one student expressed interest in being a cheerleaders for fall spons, Duffy said. Shan Miller and a group of parents attended the meeting to ask that district officials avoid scheduling school activities after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. She said the parents wanted one night free of games, concerts or meetings to concentrate on family activities, Board members said they supported the idea. and would give it any support possible. Duffy told board members that the district will be hooked up to a statewide cOmputer network that will allow school personnel to talk to people at public colleges and many public schools over the television. Work on the system is expected to begin in November. /