NESPELEM- Ricky Gabriel recently started phase one of his plan to fix up the Nespelem Rodeo grounds.

Usually various wood and other materials are patched annually, but this year Gabriel decided to round up donated materials and work toward a more substantial fix.

“I have a background in that trade, so I asked the rodeo association if I could get some donations, and go out there to fix some things up a little better,” said Gabriel.

Gabriel replaced rotting plywood and lumber making up the chutes and the decking platform behind them. He also spent some time replacing fasteners with newer, heavier duty pieces.

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