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Pane 6 Aunust 27 lgfl8 Quad City. Herald Junior rodeo con't fiom page 1 twisting, turning, cranky animal. The girls arc allowed to hold on with two hands, if they choose; Loni chooses to use one hand. Loni said she is an avid horseback rider, and that helps her in maintaining balance. But in her opinion the real requirement to staying on a cow's back is the aforementioned toughness. The calf roping competition in junior rodeos is not different than that in adult rodeos. The calf is released a few seconds before the horse and rider; "you rope the call', go down and tie up any thre legs you can," Gumey explained. "It's fun. It keeps me busy." It came naturally to Jesse Gumey. "I grew up on a ranch, so I was around roping all the time." Unlike bronc, bull and calf riders, a calf roper needs a partner. A good horse is a necessity-- "he hs to be calm in the box and be able to work the rope," Gurney said. (Working the rope means the horse backs up to keep the rope taut while the cowboy is approaching the calf.) Jesse's horse Utah was a stock horse, working the cattle on the family ranch, before Jesse trained him for calf roping. Utah still is a ranch horse. Gumey said he thinks that makes him a better roping horse. Chute dogging is a modified version of an adult rodeo event, bulldogging. "It's kind of llke bulldogging except you don't get off a horse," Gumey said. The purpose of both events is tic same--to stop a running steer and lay him on the ground. But a chute dogger uses his own two feet. Barrel racing on the junior circuit is not any different from adult rodeos. Three barrels arc set out in the arena and the rider must circle them, without knocking them over, in the fastest possible time. Good barrel racers can do this in 14 to 15 seconds. Kinney Allen, a senior at Pateros High School, finished the season in fifth place, which was something of an achievement since she didn't compete until the last three rodeos. She was still training her horse. A good horse is essential in barrel racing. "Your horse is really important. They have to have a good mind on them." Each course, each time out the gate, is a little different. Horse and rider have to be able to adjust. "You really have to be able to read your horse and how he moves," Kinney said, and move with him. "You really have to stay in the center of that horse. "You really have to be a team." Allen said she was attracted to barrel racing because it's fast. "We've had horses my while life, and I've always enjoyed the speed part of it." She was very happy with her fifth place finish. "I was as thrilled as could be." Luke McKee likes the junior rodeo circuit for its camaraderie. The kids he has met during rodeo season have "become, like, my best friends. Like an extended family." The finals includeda Saturday night dance and a potluck for the competitors and their families, Allen said. Competing and practice were"a lot of work and everything, but I had so much fun it's not a big deal, really." County on internet con't from page 1 Board of Equalization, and Pest Control Board, The Planning Department webpage contains information about zoning, platting, site planning, and current projects. The Sheriff's office webpage includes information about crime prevention, local statistics, arrest warrants, sex offenders, missing children and other information. Other development webpages include the Okanogan County Counseling Center and the Health District. F, ach department has a designated "Webmaster" who is responsible for updating and improving their department's webpage. An e-mail address is also assigned to each department's webpage as well as the county's website. Persons who have suggestions for improving the county's website are invited to send in suggestions to the Commissioner's office at P.O. Box 791, Okanogan or e-mail at: ric Driessen becomes Brewster Elementary School principal ,0, New principal back where he grew up When Eric Driessen graduated from Brewster High School, he said he intended to pursue a career in wildlife biology---or as a teacher, maybe. But he didn't think he would come back home, back to Brewster. "Quite the opposite," he said. The poor possibilities for advancement in wildlife management contributed to his decision to become a teacher, he said. But teaching science and coaching was as far as he intended to go. He never planned to become a school administrator, and certainly not in Brewster. But time changes, andcircumstances change. Earlier this summer Eric Driessen became principal at Brewster Elementary School. Driessen said his move into the principal's office is not a sign of dissatisfaction with the classroom."I'm still not--never was--tired of teaching;" he loved his jobs as a high school teacher and coach in Ritzville, Pateros and Brewster. In fact, many people have asked him, he said, why he would give his classroom for the sometimes controversial job of principal. The job is attractive because the principal can make an impact way beyond the walls of one classroom. "A principal impact the school. By impacting teachers." In fact, the principal has a direct impact on teachers, finding ways to help them become better teachers. By helping teachers improve, "that comes right down to the kids," Driessen said. In addition, "1 really see myself as trying to block some of the things that prevent teachers from teaching," he said. For example, Cheryl Schweizer photo New Brewster Elementary School principal Eric Driessen gets instruction in procedure from secretary Ester Rulz. he said, if the principal can find ways to keep interruptions during class to a minimum, that helps children. The principal is a leader as well. "The atmosphere of the building is highly affected by the principal." Teaching children is a lot like coaching them, Driessen said; rather than coaching them how to hit or field a baseball, "you're coaching them how to read. And how to study," and write effectively, and all the other lessons children must learn. The only way to do that efficiently is as a unit, Driessen said. "It's a real team." To be effective that team must include more than teachers, administrators and aides. "Home is a big player. And the community." He said the biggest difference he has noticed between grade school and high school kids is that teachers have a better chance to make an impact on grade school children. Elementary teachers do more counseling: grade school kids are still forming their characters and are receptive to good--and bad-- impressions. Driessen said he wants children to understand choices, and the affects of thechoicestheymake on their lives. That is easier with elementary-age children, he said. "they're listening." Driessen was a student at that elementary school; even though it has been remodeled, he said the rooms and halls bring back memories of teachers, friends, escapades. "That's kind of fun," he said. His parents were Brewster graduates, and his father Gary was ateacher at Brewster High School for 18 years. Driessen's parents have since moved to Leavenworth. but his wife Liz's morn and dad still live on Bridge Street. The young Eric Driessen did not think he would ever move back home, but he liked Brewster. "I was very happy with where I was raised and how I was raised." he said. Liz and Eric both were teachers in the Ritzville School District: Eric taught at Ritzville High School for 10 years. They liked Ritzville, Driessen said, but the time came . when they wanted their threechiidren to be around their grandparents, mints and uncles and cousins. They wanted their kids to grow up doing the same things they had done, and some of those things were impossible in the high, dry country around Ritzville. The Driessens began looking for employment in north central Washington. Both gotjobsin Pateros, where Liz Driessen still is employed. Part of Eric's job in Pateros included some administrativeduties. He found he liked them, he said. Prior to the 1997-98 school year he was offered a job in Brewster as a part time teacher and part time administrator. "One thing led to another, I guess." "I'm still not-- never was--- tired of teaching," - Eric Driessen He said he did not know, even when he took the administrative assistant's job, if it was something he wanted to pursue full time. He worked with and for former elementary principal Edith Sattler;"just invaluable experience. Edith just did a great job." She allowed him to get as much administrative experience as possible, he said, and he discovered he liked it. He said he is "'very excited" about the move to the principal's office, and about working with the teachers and staff. "The kids are good" and their parents are supportive. "Grea! staff--good teachers. Good people. That will make my job easier." Local dentist receives AGD Fellowship Award Denny W. Homer, D,M,D, receiv the Academy of General Dentistry s (AGD) prestigious Fellowship award during convocation ceremonies at the Academy's 46thAnnual Meeting,July 13, at the Hynes Convention Center, in Boston. The Academy of General Dentislry isan internationalorganization of 35,000 general dentists. Members are committed to continuing dental education, to give patients the best possible care. Earning the Fellowship award means completing more than 500 hours of continuing education courses within 10 years, and also passing a rigorous Fellowship examination. Dr. Homer was graduated from the Oregon Health Sciences University Denny W. Homer, D.M.D. School of Dentistry, Portland, in 1975. He practiced in Bridgeport until opening his practice in Okanogan in 1978. In addition to the Aeadem, of General Dentistry, Dr. Homer is a member of the American Dental Assoctation, Washington State Dental Association and North Central District Dental Society. Dr. Homer lives in Okanogan with his wife, CeCe. They have a daughter, Salina, and son, Paul. aailinalniaualiilliiuinnailluinmlamll! II i I II ." DOUGLAS S COUNTY am s m n m i m i m n i u h rift m m m m i m i "A working sheriff who does his all and takes his calls." [] GOP Paid f0 by Bruce Na foe Sheriff Commits, 523 Valley Mall Parkway, Box 324. Ist Wenalchee, WA 98802 m mmmmmmmmmmmma mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmammmmmmmmmmm Holiday closure for license office The Department of Licensing reminds motorists that the Chelan Driver Licensing office will be closed: Friday, September 4; Monday, September 7; Tuesday. September 8; and Monday September 14. Normal office hours will resume on Wednesday, September 9,1998, The Chelan office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Thursday. closed on Saturdays and holidays. Guild endorses LaRoche for County Sheriff TheDouglasCountyDeputySheriff's Enforcement. Sheriff LaRoche has Washington X3tate. Chairman of the Guild held a debate between incumbent SheriffDaniel LaRoche and candidate Bruce Nash. Each candidate was given 20 minutes to address the Guild and then both candidates fielded questions from the Guild members. Following the debate the members voted to endorse Daniel LaRoche. The Sheriff's Guild is made up of Deputy Sheriff's, 911 Dispatchers, and records personnel who work in the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. The Guild recognized Sheriff LaRoche for his experience and qualifications. Sheriff LaRoche has 24 years of experience in Law Fire correction Ralph Rigg was not trying to out run the fire as stated in last week's article on the Dyer Hill fire. Rigg's combine caught fire in the back end as he was turning around. Near a pond, Rigg attempted to put out the flames by driving it into the water. When his crew saw all the smoke they went to investigate in the pick-up truck. The truck caught fire due to a build-up of straw around the exhaust. The truck caught fire nearly a quarter of a mile from the combine. iii i It's Time For Schoon, i Pick up all your supplies Loose Leaf Paper, and Subject Notebooks i for the qF pnce of Spanish/English Dictionary's & more supplies available/ QUAD CITY HERALD (509). 689-2507 Fax (509) 689-2508 525 Main Avenue, Bmwster OPEN Monday thru Friday, 8a.m.- 5 p.m. negotiated four Guild labor contracts over the past eight years as Sheriff. He is a graduate of the NOrthwest Law Enforcement FBI Command College, and the Washington State Sheriff's Institute. SheriffLaRoche is an Executive Board member of the Washington Association of Sheriff's and Police Chiefs and the Columbia River Drug Task Force. Aboard member of the Washington State Enhanced 911 advisory board. A board member of the Washington State Forensic Investigations Council which oversees the budget of the Washington State Patrol Crime Lab, and the Washington S tale Toxicology Lab, and assures the quality of Death Investigations in Douglas County Law & Justice Advisory Council. Chairman of the Chelan-DouglasCoumies911 advisory group, which has been charged with studying the consolidation of emergency communications forChelan and Douglas Counties. The Guild says Sheriff LaRocbe has been a representative for Douglas County assuring adequate funding for criminaljusticeneeds SheriffLaRoche has obtained grants of over I million dollars for an Enhanced 911 communications center crime prevention programs courtroom security an expanded Marine Patrol program and additional Deputies and Dispatchers. Slot Tournament Congratulations Verna Winders Omak, Washington on your 1 st Place $500 Win! Slot tournament every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. 0kan0gan Bingo Casino 1-800-559-4643 Okanogan, WA b