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Our . Neighbor Cai Yamamoto Page A2 THE QUINCY VALLEY Ihh,h,h,hhh,h,l,,h,hh,hhlh,,,Ih,,Ihl ****************T****** FOR ADC 980 SMALL TOWN PAPERS Q 217 W COTA ST I t..,. SHELTON, WA 98584-2263 ) PROUDLY SERVING QUINCY, GEORGE, CRESCENT BAR, SUNLAND, TRINIDAD AND WINCHESTER O Thursday, May 12, 2011 Quincy, Washington Volume 62, Number 48 USPS No 453-080 12 pages www.qvpr.com 75 cents Police to hold town hall meeting Chief asks for meeting to be positive and upbeat BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com Quincy Chief of Police Richard Ackerman invites everyone concerned about the quality of life in Quincy to attend the town hall meeting his department will conduct on Thursday, May 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Quincy Community Center. Ackerman stated that the topic of gangs will be discussed during the meeting, but that isn't the only issue that will be covered. "We want to keep this a friendly and upbeat meeting," Ackerman said. He explained that the meeting will follow a scheduled format that will include 10-minute presentations on several topics including com- munity poliCing, parks and recreation, the animal shelter, animal control, code enforcement, crime reduction projects and law enforcement. Fol- lowing the presentations, there will be a short question and answer session. Ackerman said those topics will be discussed because they affect the quality of life for people in the Quincy area. He said the department wants to use the meeting to open more lines of communication with the public and explain the things the police department is doing in the community. "We hope people will come with the idea of what they can do to help improve the com- munity," he said. The department has only so many officers and cars, so the public can help serve as the eyes and ears of the community and report what they see and hear to the department, he said. "We want the officers to be on a more personal level with the community," Ackerman stated. While issues such as code enforcement and animal control may not seem that important, Ackerman said they do make a difference when it comes to fixing larger problems. When a town is clean of graffiti, stray animals and other minor problems, it usually becomes more difficult for larger problems such as gangs to get a toehold in a community, he said. Refreshments and Spanish translation will be available during the meeting. Chuck AllenPost-Register Quincy Police Chief Richard Ackerman (left) swears in new officer, Kelly Gregory, who came to Quincy from Warden, during a recent city council meeting. Ackerman will conduct a town hall meeting on quality of life issues in Quincy at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at the Quincy Community Center. Getting a lift Chuck AllenPost-Register An iron worker uses a mechanical lift to reach the top level of the new data center expansion facility under coristruction at the Microsoft site just after dawn on Wednesday, May 11. Cornu-Labat's license suspended by state health State declares that former QVMC surgeon must go through with mental examination BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com The Washington Depart- ment of Health has suspended Dr. Gaston Cornu-Labat's license to practice medicine until he complies with a state- ordered mental examination. The ruling was made by the state's Medical Quality Assur- ance Commission following a hearing conducted on April 1. During that hearing,Cornu- Labat tried to present evidence backing up his claims that the requirement to undergo the examination was part of a conspiracy to discredit him because he brought to light problems at Quincy Valley Medical Centerl The board did not allow him to present those concerns at the hearing, because the hearing was only to determine whether or not he had complied with the state's requirement to go through with the evaluation, which was ordered by the state last year. Cornu-Labat also tried to present into evidence the results of four mental-health evaluations that he had com- missioned, but the state would not accept those evaluations be- cause they were not performed by a provider approved by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission. "The respondent did not attend an examination with a commission-approved pro- vider," stated the commission's order. "The respondent refused Please see License page A6 Several Quincy-area elected official positions to be open Several local government positions are open for election this year. Qualified candidates may file for the positions by mail beginning May 20 to June 10. Filings by mail must be received by 5 p.m., June 10. Postmarks do not count. Candidates also may file in person at the Grant'County Election Department located in the second floor of the Grant County Courthouse beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 6 to Friday, June 10 at 5 p.m. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. Candidates also may file on line from 9 a.m. on June 6 until 4 p.m. on June 10. The following positions are open in the Quincy Valley: Quincy City Council - Member No. 1 (Four-year term held by Scott Lybbert),Member No. 3 (Four-year, Tony Gonza- lez), Member No. 7 (Four-year, Manuel Guerrero). George City Council -- Mayor (Four-year, Elliot Kooy), Member No. 1 (Four-year, Da- vid Bishop Jr.), Member No. 3 (Two-year unexpired term, Terry Nelson), Member No. 5 (Four-year, Clay Richmond). Quincy School District -- Director No. 1 (Four-year, Mike Scharbach), Director No. 2 (Four-year, Myrna Blakely), Director No. 3 (Four-year, JoAnn Garces), Director No. 4 (Two-year unexpired term, Lisa Mickelson). Grant County Fire District No. 3 -- Fire Commissioner No. 2 (Six-year term, James Reimann). Quincy Cemetery District No. 1 -- Commissioner No. 1 (Two-year unexpired term, Randy Holloway), Commis- sioner No. 3 (Six-year term, George Nutter). Quincy Port District No. 1 -- Port Commissioner No. 2 (Six-year, Patric Connelly). Crescent Bar Sewer District No. 1 -- Commissioner No. 1 (Six-year, vacant), Commis- sioner No. 2 (Two-year unex- pired, vacant), Commissioner No. 3 (Six-year, vacant).