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Our Neighbor Raul Garcia Jr Page A2 THE OUl VALLEY **-**=*~"*=**==A~O~=ALL FOR ADC ~ 217 W CDTA ST SHEL'ION, ~. 9BS~B4.-~ O PROUDLY SERVING QUINCY, GEORGE, CRESCENT BAR, SUNLAND, TRINIDAD AND WINCHESTER Thursday August 11 2011 Quincy Washington Volume 63 Number 9 USPS No 453 080 12 pages www qvpr com 75 cents Protection.1 rolls out Local private ambulance service now operating in Quincy BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com Protection-1 made its first ambulance mn in Quincy on Friday, Aug. 5. It was something that didn't seem likely just a few months earlier when the state Health Department awarded the trau- ma certification to American Medical Response to provide ambulance service in Quincy. Projection-I, an upstart com- pany created by,Quincy Valley Ambulance paramedic Brian Williamson, was passed over by the state in favor of the larger corporation with a longer track record. However, last month, AMR abruptly announced that it was not interested in providing the service in Quincy, leaving Protection- 1 as the next option for the state. After a few weeks of scrambling and negotiations, Protection-1 was awarded the state certification last week. Protection- 1 is operating out of QVMC's former ambulance station at the hospital. The company owns a pair of 2002 ambulances that have been fully outfitted. Williamson has five other full-time employees and a dozen part-time employees to provide backup service. He plans to operate in a similar fashion as the previous ambulance service. For six days a week, there will be two full- time employees on continuous duty as a front-line advanced life-support service. Those employees will be backed up Please see Ambulance page A6 Chuck Allen~Post-Register Protection.1 worker Julie Hedge and owner Brian Williamson at work on Tuesday. Getting Granny Chuck Allen~Post-Register Granny Smyth (Nancy Connelly) tries to fight off being abducted by Inna D. Skies (Rachel Johnson) and her henchmen Sticky Fingers (lan Huxtable) and Bruce S. Frute (Tim Weber) during the Quincy Valley Allied Arts' performance of "Granny Smyth Goes to Washington" on Friday, Aug. 5 at the George Community Park. City to consider ban on fireworks Public Safety Committee asks for ban BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.com The Quincy City Council will explore the idea of ban- ning fireworks in the Quincy city limits. During the council meet- ing on Wednesday, Aug. 3, the council discussed a recom- mendation by the city's Public Safety Committee for a com- plete ban of fireworks. In a report to the council, the committee highlighted the reasoning behind the recom- mendation. "During the recent July 4th holiday, it was clear that there was little or no care or concern among some residents about using clearly illegal fireworks," the report stated. "The high in- tensity and explosive output of the illegal fireworks that were ignited were very dangerous to people and property. It is nearly impossible for police or fire agencies to control illegal fireworks, even when there is an ordinance only allowing safe and sane fireworks." The committee stated that other communities in Eastern Washington have installed citywide bans on fireworks in recent years. If a ban was passed this year, it would have to be in place a full year before it could be enforced, accord- ing to "state law. So, fireworks would still be legal in Quincy for the 2012 Independence Day celebrations. Councilmember Scott Lyb- bert said he was concerned that by banning fireworks in the city, it would just drive the use of fireworks out into the county where there could be more fire hazards. He also said he was concerned that such an ordinance would punish law-abiding people who want to safely enjoy fireworks with their families. "Could we do a law that would ban anything that is propelled or launched from a device that is not sitting on the Please see Fireworks page A6 Police ask for money to investigate a former employee Former Quincy Police Department clerk is being accused of criminal acts in how she handled public records requests BY CHUCK ALLEN editor@ qvpr.corn Former Quincy Police Department clerk Lisa Rowland is being investigated for allegedly committing criminal violations of Washington law. According to a report to the Quincy City Council,Rowland's suspected crimes involved a misdemeanor, a gross misdemeanor and a felony involving her handling of state Public Records Act requests and responses. In the report, police chief Richard Ackerman requested that the city hire an outside investigator to help the department in its investigation of the alleged criminal violations of the Public Records Act (PRA). The investigator would cost more more than $3,500. "This type of investigation is outside of the resources of the Quincy Police Department," stated the report to the council. "The department does not have an officer with any expertise in the PRA. It would be improper to undertake a criminal investigation without any experience or knowledge of the law. In addition, other law enforcement agencies are not an option as they too lack investigative expertise." The council approved the request for fund- ing. In other police department news, Ackerman announced that the police department can re- ceive a modular building to temporarily house the police department when the police station is remodeled next year. The city is planning to move its offices to the old library building once it is vacated and the police department will then take over all the space left behind in the old city hall. The modular building, which is 43 feet by Please see Police page A6 " i