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A collection of guns and am- munition stored in the struc- ture added to the hazard for firemen battling the blaze. A propane tank next to the building was continually cooled with water and created no problem, Amonia lines had been removed some time ago. The large storage facility housed several motorcycles, cars and snowmobiles. Firemen from Methow, Pateros, Brewster, Carlton, Malott, and Okanogan were on the scene for seve hours. No estimate of loss or insur- ance, if any, was available at this time. Cause of the fire is under investigation by the Okanogan County Sheriff's Department. e An Oregon man is being sought by the Douglas County SherifFs Office after running away from officers who had arrested him for theft in Bridgeport. Scott Newman, 27, The Dalles, ran away from deputies after he had been placed under arrest for a theft in Bridgeport, said Douglas County Undersheriff Dave Wallace. The deputy chased him, but tripped and fell during the chase and Newman got away, Wallace said. Newman is charged with theft; a burglary charge was added because Newman ran through a house while being chased. Newman is described as five feet, ten inches to six feet tall, with a slim build and a pierced bottom lip and tongue. Anyone who may have seen him is asked to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. A Bridgeport and two Brewster residents have been arrested and charged with burglarizing businesses in Mansfield and Bridgeport. Justin Miller. 18, Bridgeport; Jonathon Zumbuhl, 19, Brewster, and a 17 year old Brewster boy were arrested and charged with burglaries at Bayless Food City in Mansfield, Molkjer's Food City in Bridgeport and the Quad City Eagles in Bridgeport. Stolen property was discovered in a car driven by Miller when it was stopped in connection with a traffic violation, said Douglas County Undersheriff Dave Wallace. Miller charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of first-degree theft and one count of possession of a controlled substance. Zumbuhl was charged with two counts of second-degree bur- glary, one count of second-degree theft and one count of first-degree theft. The 17 year old boy was charged with two counts of burglary. system When it was formed, one of the goals of the Three Rivers Community Alliance was to improve communication, not only among medical profes- sionals but also the communities they serve. The group asked Mike Isenhart of Brewster to act as a liaison between patrons of the Okanogan Douglas Hospital District and the medical professionals that work here. lsenhart is still the In"st contact for people who have concerns or questions about medical care in the district. Community Alliance director Melody Dunmead said, "Isenhart has provided new perspectives; he is willing to ask questions of doctors and talk to the patients, and he is fair and impartial. He knows how the system works, and he has made some very good suggestions." But Dr. Mike is a veterinarian by trade, and there are dogs to spay and horses to vaccinate. Sometimes he's kind of busy. And sometimes people feel more comfortable talking to someone familiar, someone close to the scene at the doctor's office, whatever doctor's office it is. So the TRCA members appointed liaisons from each participating facility. Their job is not only to listen to patients, but also to act as a bridge between the clinics' staff and the organization. The liaisons include Benjamin Polvos, Eagle Rock Clinic; Kelly Hoiloway, Main Street Health Associates; Dave Cooper (day shift) and Molly Westlund (night shift), Okanogan Douglas Hospital; Nelly Arellano, Harmony House; Devin Worsham, Community Medical Center; Kim Robertson, Family Health Centers; Tonya Vallance, Okanogan County Fire District No. 5 Ambulance crew; Carla Boyd, Okanogan Home Health and Karole Stevens (Brewster) and Wendy Hensarling (Omak), Allied Medical. Their job, Dunmead said, is to be available for patients, answer their Cont' d on page 5 e From welfare to WorkSource to a full time job --- and self confidence By Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer welfare; she is no longer restricted to seasonal work. Her successful efforts for independence won heran Employee Christine Edwards said she found her circumstances Award from the north central Washington SkillSource more and more unsatisfactory, program. A single mother with three children and little help from Edwards enrolled in a job-training program at the their father, she could only find seasonal work. She had to Okanogan WorkSource office. There she met job counse- plug the gaps with welfare, lor Yvonne Snider, and that, she said, may have been the Her children would ask her for things, stuff they needed most important thing that happened in the program. S nider for school or toys they wanted, and she couldn't afford to provided the moral support that Edwards considered so buy them, she said. "That was really getting to me." She critical. "She understood what I was goingthrough. She decided things had to change, was pushy, but in a good way." But Edwards, Omak, had limited job skills. And she Snider said she was confident, after talking with lacked something she considered very critical--someone Edwards, that Christine could learn the necessary job to provide moral support, to encourage her when things skills. But there is more to keeping a job than that. People got tough. Those were big obstacles, but as it turned out they were not insurmountable. Edwards no longer needs Cont'd on page 8 Wm. E. Vallance Brewster Drug manager Georgia Nelson (right) stands behind Ski.Source's Employee of the Year Christine Edwards.