Originally published September 4, 2013 at 09:48a.m., updated October 3, 2013 at 09:48a.m.
Sept. 4, 2013
Crown to lead enforcement program
OLYMPIA –Steve Crown, a lieutenant in the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Program, was promoted Aug. 30 to serve as the program’s chief.
Crown is replacing Bruce Bjork, who is retiring after 43 years of state service, including 15 as the leader of the state Department of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Program.
“Steve brings a well-rounded law enforcement background to his new position, as well as a passion for the state’s natural resources,” state Director Phil Anderson said. “The Enforcement Program plays a key role in helping the department achieve our mission and meet our legal responsibilities. I am confident Steve will maintain and enhance the consistent and professional approach that has been a hallmark of Chief Bjork’s tenure.”
Crown graduated from the University of Idaho and spent 11 years with the Wenatchee Police Department before joining state Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2002. He was selected after a national recruitment and interview process and transitioned into his new role by working alongside Bjork for the past month.
Under Bjork’s leadership, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife made significant investments in cutting-edge law enforcement technology that increased officers’ efficiency and improved their ability to apprehend violators. He also helped establish the department as a general authority police agency and was instrumental in the passage of legislation that increased penalties for egregious violations.
Trio produces best-ever rifle scores
RIVERSIDE – John Caldwell, Tom Gschiel and Cameron Nelson produced personal-best scores during a service rifle match Aug. 31 at the at the Riverside Sportsmen’s Association.
“Special recognition to Bob Ramin for breaking 700 for the first time, and Chad Cleveland for a personal best following his wreck last year,” organizer Ralph Malone said.
Erin Caldwell was a new shooter.
“The first match is the toughest,” Malone said.
The match was the last of the summer for service rifles in Okanogan and Riverside, Malone said.
Malone had a special “thank you” for Marnee and Miranda for cooking burgers for lunch.
“It was a great day for a match, not too hot and hardly any wind,” Malone said.
Service rifle match (800 possible points): 1, Ralph Malone, 752. 2, Scott Miller, 725. 3, Bob Ramin, 707. 4, Mac McLean 703. 5, Chad Cleveland 691. 6, Tom Gschiel 682. 7, Spencer Cleveland 649. 8, John Caldwell 570. 9, Cameron Nelson 539. 10, Mylan Andrews 490. 11, Erin Caldwell 167.
CR-40 fun shoot: 1, Ralph Malone 358. 2, Chad Cleveland 357. 3, Spencer Cleveland 350. 4, Mac McLean 348. 5, Mylan Andrews 261.
Gun and knife show returns Sept. 20-21
OKANOGAN – A gun and knife show is planned for Sept. 21-22 at the county fairgrounds, 175 Rodeo Trail Road.
The show by Northwest Gun Shows, LLC, will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday in the Arts and Crafts Building.
“This is the first fall time show we’ve done,” co-manager Joe Platz said. “Our spring shows have been so successful, we’re looking forward to having a show as hunting season is coming in full swing.”
The show is expected to draw 40 to 50 exhibitors.
“We still have space for people if they want to sell their stuff,” Platz said.
Republic hosts Honky Tonk Petanque
REPUBLIC – The seventh annual Marius Ciais Memorial Honky Tonk Petanque Tournament will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21-22, at the Northern Inn, 852 S. Clark Ave.
Petanque is played by two teams of three players each. One player throws the “jack,” which is the target at which the rest of the players try to throw their boules for the rest of the game.
An entry fee will be charged. Prizes will be given.
Winthrop Chamber plans golf tourney
WINTHROP – The 11th annual Winthrop Chamber Scramble is coming Sept. 21 to Bear Creek Golf Course, 19 Bear Creek Road.
The one-day, 18-hole event is for four-member teams.
There will be lots of prizes worth hundreds of dollars in value plus several fun contests, the chamber said.
— The Chronicle
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