Jack Nisbet, file photo by Sue Misao

Jack Nisbet, file photo by Sue Misao

Learn about David Douglas

Naturalist, teacher and author Jack Nisbet will offer a historical presentation, “David Douglas in the Okanogan Country,” on Nov. 1 at the Community Cultural Center of Tonasket. There will be a dinner at 5 p.m. costing $7 for cultural center members or $8 for non-members; and the free presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Between 1826 and 1833, Scottish naturalist David Douglas visited the Okanagan six different times, including an epic 1833 trip that took him north to the Thompson and Fraser Rivers. Nisbet’s presentation, sponsored by Highland Wonders, will compare the landscape and people that Douglas described with what lives in the Okanogan today.

For more information email julie@okanoganhighlands.org, call (509) 433-7893 or visit okanoganhighlands.org/education/hw.


Winning lottery ticket bought here

Washington’s Lottery announced this week that a Kennewick woman – who was not identified in the lottery press release – won $100,000 with a Hit 5 ticket she purchased at Pardners Mini Market on Highway 20 in Winthrop.

The woman realized she won a couple weeks ago when she checked her ticket at a Washington’s Lottery retail location near her home in Kennewick, according to the press release.

The winner is a retired registered nurse who is now a pet-sitter in Winthrop for about six months out of the year, the lottery press release said. “I’ve been a pet sitter for seven years and for 25 families,” the winner was quoted as saying. “I do it for free except for gas each way. This is like payback for me!”

Pardners will receive a $1,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.


Apply for Soroptimist awards

Soroptimist International of Okanogan Valley is accepting applications for the local Violet Richardson Award from Okanogan County girls aged 14-17 who volunteer in their school or community. The winner will receive $200 and be considered for additional awards, including a possible cash award of $1,000. Applications are available by email by contacting the club at siokanoganvalley@soroptimist.net. For more information, call (509) 557-9411.

Also, a cash award of $500 is available to an Okanogan County woman for the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Award, which is given to a woman who is head of her household and must obtain education or skills training to enter or re-enter the work force in order to support herself and her family. Application forms are available at Wenatchee Valley College in Omak or  by calling (509) 322-1520.


Federal fees waived for vets

The U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are waiving fees at most day-use recreation sites over Veterans Day weekend, Nov. 9-11, in honor of U.S. veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces. Concessionaires operating day-use facilities have the option of waiving fees. Fees are not waived at campgrounds or for recreation rentals.


Bowl to fight breast cancer

The second annual Bowling for Boobies event to raise funds for local women battling breast cancer will be held Saturday (Nov. 2) at Valley Lanes in Omak. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner and drink specials with bowling and activities to begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information, call (509) 322-0261.