Jan. 22, 2014- News Briefs

U.S. representative welcomes rival

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers said she welcomes an election challenge from Inchelium resident Joe Pakootas.

Pakootas, 56, has announced plans to run against McMorris Rodgers, 44, this fall.

He is a Democrat and chief executive officer of the Colville Tribal Federal Corp. She is a Republican and chairwoman of the House Republican Caucus.

“Each election I’m honored to be able to go before the voters and explain how I’ve advocated for them in the nation’s capital,” she said. “I look forward to learning about Mr. Pakootas and hearing about the Democrats’ ideas.

“The greatness of America lies in its open democracy, freedom of speech and the willingness of people to step forward and run for office.”

Trail group offers refund of money

OROVILLE – The Pacific Northwest Trail Association is offering to refund donations to help the organization purchase about 63 acres of land in the Whistler Canyon area south of town.

Kinross Gold Corp. bought the land for $47,520 last month in an Okanogan County auction.

“Although we had a very successful fundraising campaign, we missed our total goal by around $3,000, and would not have had money enough to make this dream a reality had it not been for Kinross Gold,” association Director of Operations Jon Knechtel said.

If people choose not to take back their donations, the money will remain in a restricted account for land acquisitions.

Omak begins using de-icer on hills

OMAK — The city has started using liquid de-icer on hills and intersections to combat icy roads.

The product is being tested this year. It helps break the bond frost and ice can have on roads and keeps it from compacting, the city said.

Liquid anti-icer generally is applied before a “weather event,” the city said. Different chemicals are used depending on temperature and humidity.

Solid de-icers look like sand and are used to keep snow loose and more plowable.

The city recommends motorists wash their vehicles to prevent build-up on the undersides.

District seeks board member

PATEROS – The Pateros School District is seeking candidates to fill the District 1 seat on the board of directors following the resignation of former chairman Michael Bruno.

“We’re really going to miss Michael. He’s served with real class,” Superintendent Lois Davies said. Bruno and his wife are relocating.

Applications are due by noon Friday. The school board will conduct interviews at its next meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Jan. 30 in the school library, 344 W. Beach St.

City discusses ATVs

REPUBLIC – A meeting is planned Thursday to talk about all-terrain vehicle use in town.

The City Council adopted an ordinance last Monday allowing use of ATVs, off-road vehicles and snowmobiles on city streets with speed limits less than 35 mph. The ordinance takes effect Thursday, the same day as the meeting.

The meeting is planned for 6 p.m. at Republic High School, 30306 state Highway 20.

Tablet recovered

BREWSTER – Police were able to recover one of six iPads reported stolen last week by the Community Log Church Christian Schools, 209 S. Fourth St.

According to a report Jan. 14, someone had entered the basement classroom and six of the tablets were missing.

There were no arrests as of Jan. 15, police Chief Ron Oules said.

— The Chronicle

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