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00'ost-Keglster THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2014 I I_flgA[ NEWS NEWS-BRIEFS Is Shopko coming to Quincy or not?. A Shopko spokeswoman last week said she could "neither confirm nor deny" that the mega retailer was headed to Quincy. And no site plans have been filed by Shopko, said city offi- cials. However, Shopko is advertising for pharmacy positions in Quincy, which has set off a flurry of speculation around town. The spokeswoman said she was expecting some sort of an- nouncement from Shopko in mid-March. Founded in 1962 and headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., Shopko Stores Operating Co. LLC is a $3 billion retailer that operates more than 330 stores in 21 states throughout the Mid- west, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions, according to its website. Of those 330 stores, about 176 are Shopko Hometown loca- tions, a smaller concept store developed to meet the needs of smaller communities, according to the Shopko website. Quincy woman injured in roll-over accident on Monday A Quincy woman was injured Monday when she lost control of the car she was driving while attempting to pass a semi-truck on Highway 282. Silvia D. Villela-Ramirez, 22, was taken to Columbia Basin Hospital in Ephrata. The accident happened at about 6:48 p.m. Monday, about 3.8 miles east of Ephrata, according to the Washington State Pa- trol. Villela-Ramirez was eastbound in a Nissan Altima when she attempted to pass a semi-truck. Roads were slick Monday evening because of weather conditions. She lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway, rolling the vehicle and coming to rest on the driver's side, the WSP reported. Villela-Ramirez, who had been wearing a seat belt, was taken by ambulance to the hospital. She was cited for driving too fast for the conditions, according to the WSP. Account created at Key Bank to assist family of woman who died in accident A bank account has been set up at Key Bank to assist the family of a young Quincy woman who died this past weekend in a car accident. On Feb. 21, Nancy G. Zapeda Zarate, 21, of Quincy and an- other woman were killed when the car they were riding in slid on ice into the path of a semi-truck, the Washington State Patrol said. The accident happened at about 4:45 a.m. on Highway 195 south of Colfax, the WSP said. Also killed was Ashley M. Gon- zalez, 21, of Pasco. Neither woman was wearing a seat belt, the WSP reported. Gonzalez, Zarate and two other women, all of whom are be- lieved to be students at Eastern Washington University, were driving toward Spokane in a Volkswagen Jetta when the driv- er lost control and skidded sideways into oncoming traffic and was hit by the semi, the Tri-City Herald reported last week. Zepeda was the daughter of Francisco and Elba Zepeda of Quincy. People wishing to donate money to the family can mention Zepeda's name at Key Bank and bank officials there will assist them. The money will be used for funeral expenses and other related expenses, a spokeswoman with the bank said. The Tri-City Herald reported that the driver, Erica Polite Mosso, 21, of Tonasket, was flown to Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. A third passenger, Carmen J. Go- mez Villalpando, 22, of Walla Walla, was taken to Whitman Hospital in Colfax. The driver of the semi-truck was not in- jure& Just By Placing One WNPA Statewide 2x2 Im Ad. Mao: 680 000 circ. 1.5 rail. readers" Climbing for a cause BY JILL FITZSIMMONS editor@qvpr, corn To climb 61 flights of stairs - that's 1,311 steps - there better be something good at the top. But it isn't what's at the top, said Daniel Almaraz, former- ly of Quincy. It's the journey that takes you there. For the past three years, AI- maraz has joined thousands of other people as they make: their way in teams to thCtop : of the Columbia Buildiffg in Seattle. They are participating in the 28th Annual Big Climb,i, which draws some 6,00@ participants annually to raise money for the Leukemia and  Lymphoma Society. To climb those stairs, one by one, is inspiring, Almaraz said. Along the way, in the stairwells, are photos of the people teams are honoring with their climb. The photos are motivation enough, he said. "There's no better feeling than being at the top," he said. On March 23, Almaraz will be joined by 18 family mem- bers and friends who will climb the stairs together as Team MJG to honor the late Marie J. Guzman and Dane Lindemeier, two Quincy men who died from leukemia, as well as Christian Rodriguez, a young Quincy boy who died from cancer last year. Their team also honors Quincy's Roman Vasquez, 7, who is at Seattle Children's Hospital now, and Anthony Strang, Drew Stephens and Chris Homer of Wenatchee, all young Wenatchee boys also battling cancer. "We do this for everybody," said Almaraz, who was Ma- rie's cousin. "It isn't just for our family." Team MJG is a mostly Quincy team. And most of the members are cousins of Ma- rie, who the team is named after. Marie was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2007 when he was a senior at Quin- cy High School. He spent Sonia Padron/Submitted photo Daniel Padron, cousin to the late Marie Guzman, trains for the up- coming Big Climb in Seattle by running the school bleachers. eight months at Seattle Chil- dren's Hospital but later died from the disease in 2012 at the age of 22. Her son loved cars, both working on them and racing them, and wanted to be a me- chanic, said Linda Guzman of Quincy. When he became sick, the community rallied around Marie and the family, she said. "He was a good kid, very funny," she said. A certified nursing assis- tant working in the ICU at the Swedish Hospital in Se- attle, Almaraz said he thought he knew what cancer was all about when his cousin was di- agnosed. However, he learned he really was in the dark about many things, he said. He felt out of control, watching his cousin suffer, Almaraz said. So to join the Big Climb was his way of honoring his cousin's fight and to fight with him, he said. Almaraz climbed those stairs in 2012 alone, when Mario was undergoing treat- ment. In 2013, the team grew to six. And in a few weeks there will be 19 of them - the majority of them cousins liv- ing in Quincy. "(Mario) would tell them they were crazy," said Lin- da, who's making the trip to the Big Climb to be with the team. "But I think he would b e very ectatic they were try- ing to do something to make a difference." The team is currently train- ing for the event and raising money for their work. People can donate online to Team MJG by visiting www.big- climb.org and searching for Team MJG. Or contact Linda at 289-9523. All money do- nated goes to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. "I'm very grateful for what they are doing," she said. "Even though it's a little late for my son, it may help some- one else's son or daughter."