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000000000000POST-REGISTER VALLEY NEW S B3 : June 9, 2011 Taking to J the air at winery Tour flights offered Saturdays at Beaumont Cellars BY TAMMARA GREEN writer@ qvpr.com The first test-flights of Beaumont Cellars' new touring helicopter flights took off last Saturday afternoon, whisking away tourists to Martin Scott wineries, Malaga Springs Winery and Cave B Winery. The helicopter takes off and touches down at Beaumont Cellars, just past road 9 NW on Road U. "This is the first time we've tried this. We are getting a sense of where the landing areas shauld be, and if we need to change anything," said Pete Tammara GreenPost-Register Pilot Maria Langer prepares to take off with Michele Wurl and her children in a helicopter at Beaumont Cellars. Beaumont, who, along with his wife, Katie, own the winery. The hope is that the new tours will boost business for the local wineries. "We need to find out what the customers like or don't like about the experience and perfect it," said Beaumont. The helicopter shuttle will take clients up for local tours, lasting from 15-20 minutes. The local tours cost $50. The helicopter shuttle to the wineries costs $150 per person. Helicopter rides will be offered through the end of August. Publisher of the Wenatchee World, Rufus Woods, was one of the first to go up in the helicopter. "It is a great way to see the countryside," said Woods. Woods, and local real-estate agent A1 Schuster, were taxied around by Mafia Langer, chief pilot for Flying M Airlines out of Phoenix. "You get a nice perspective going down the fiver," said Schuster. Port now a foreign trade zone Designation can help companies save on import and export fees BY CHUCK ALLEN labeling, repairing, combining with foreign or editor@qvpr.com domestic content or processing. "We are excited about the international The Port of Quincy and the greater Quincy trade and economic development benefits area has been declared a foreign trade zone. that are now available to businesses locating According to a release from the Port of within the Port of Quincy as a result of being Quincy, the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board included in the (FTZ)," said Curt Morris, recently issued an order to approve Quincy for port of Quincy chairman. "The Frz will be the zone, which provides several advantages able to immediately serve sites or businesses for companies locating in the area. located in the Quincy Port District through an The advantages include being outside of expedited process." U.S. Customs Territory for the purpose of He explained that companies in Quincy and customs duty payment. Goods entering foreign- those looking to locate here can now apply for trade zones (FTZs) are not subject to customs and receive FTZ status in as little as 30 days tariffs until they leave the zone. Products rather than in the months it would take without shipped from FrZs to foreign countries are the recent designation for the Quincy area. exempt fromduty payments. He added that the status is especially helpful "This provision is especially useful to for companies that use some foreign compo- firms that import components in order to nents in the manufacture of their products. manufacture finished products for export," For example, a food-processing company the release stated, that uses a foreign food product in a blend Also there is no time limit on goods stored would not have to pay a duty on the product inside an FTZ and some merchandise held in when it is imported, Morris said. Then once PTZs may be exempted from state and local the blend is created, it could export that inventory taxes, product without the added duty costs. If the Some of the activities that can be conducted product was shipped domestically, then there in an FTZ include assembling, packaging, is a formula that the manufacturer would use destroying, storing, cleaning, exhibiting, re- to pay the duty on the final product with the packing, distributing, sorting, grading, testing, foreign ingredient. Council agrees to more basketball courts By CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com After some debate, the Quincy City Council agreed during its meeting on Tuesday, June 7 to spend $287,947 for a project to add six new basketball courts to Quincy City Parks, as well as other upgrades. Councilmember Scott Lybbert made a motion to spend less money on the project, stating that he had an issue with spending that much money on one activity, when the city could spread the money out to other things, such as a proper skateboard park. But during a discussion on his motion, he withdrew it after the other members of the council agreed to the total package. The upgrades will include three new full-size basketball courts at Lauzier Park and a practice tennis court and lighting. There will also be two new additional courts installed at North Park and a resur- facing of the existing court. The project will also include a new full-length basketball court at East Park. Granite Construction Project is the contractor awarded the bid for the project. In other business, the council heard a report from Jay Favor, of American Water, which contracts to run the city's industrial water treatment facility. Favor said the plan to convert the city's main industrial wastewater lagoon into a bio methane-gas producer is on track. The excavation, lining and piping have all been completed. The lagoon will be filled with wastewater beginning June 20, then after July 4, the cover for the lagoon will be installed. Favor said there should be a pretty strong odor coming off the lagoon until the cover is installed and then there won't be an odor after that. The council also voted to spend money on a new septic system for the animal shelter, new fence for the compost facil- ity and and electronic key system for the police station. City plans youth art camp The City of Quincy Rec- reation Department will put on an art camp for children in grades one through six at Monument Elementary in the afternoon starting June 20 through July 1. The camp will run daily after summer school lets out. The recreation depart- ment is looking for extra household items that the kids can use in their art work. Be- low is a list of items requested as well as contact info. To sign up for the camp, call the recreation department at 787- 3523,ext 251. Items for camp include: newspapers, card- board, magazines, 2-liter pop bottles, empty toilet paper rolls, potato chip bags, old puzzles, buttons, T-shirts, egg cartons, tin pie plates and old thread spools. Attendance at the camp is limited to the first 60 sign ups, and there is a nominal fee for participation. To sponsor needy children for the camp, call 787-3523, ext. 251. Before I.,at.,d Io Open ttou00e] ]vexgreen Implement, Inc. Invites uou to the Grand 0penJn9 o[ Our New!u t00emodeled Coulee City S[ore 4th & Main, Coulee City, WA 99115 509-632-5547 June 11, 2011,11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ]]O - Cakes & Catering 1, Carmen Disk ]ockeu - Audio In Motion Video on he tZnhlre o[ Ag Drawings tvery ttal[ flour Grand Drawing - John Deere D100 Lawn Mower Aor