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LOCAL NEWS URSDAY, September 18, 2014 THE .Local child hospitalized for severe respiratory virus Staff report A Grant County child being treated at Seattle Children's Hospital is suspected of suf- fering from a severe respira- tory illness that has sickened hundreds of children nation- wide. State and local public health officials are working with the hospital to investigate a group of about 15 patients who test- ed positive for enterovirus/ rhinovirus infection. The pa- tients range from 6 months to 14 years old, said Marqise Allen, a spokesman with the state Department of Health. Additional testing by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will confima whether it is enterovirus 68, an uncommon strain of a com- mon family of viruses that typically hit from summer through fall. So, at this time, there have been no cases of enterovirus 68 confirmed in the state. Test results from the CDC are ex- pected next week. The children were transport- ed to the-Seattle" hospital with several respiratory illnesses. They came from different parts of the state, including Grant County, Wenatchee, Yakima, Snohomish County and King County; one is from Montana, Allen said. From Aug. 21 to Sept. 10, 84 people in Colorado, Illi- nois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky and Missouri have been con- firmed to have respiratory illness caused by enterovirus D68, according to information from the local health district. Read the full version of this story at Staff report With about a dozen fire trucks standing guard over his home Saturday, Wes Kooy's property suffered little dam- age in a fast-moving fire that swept up the dry hills above Trinidad. Kooy was at work when the fire started at about 1:30 p.m. north of the vineyards at White Heron Cellars. Howev- er, after hearing about the fire, he went home to, check on his property. His son's family also owns a home near Kooy in the Stuhlmiller Road area, where Grant County meets Douglas County. From Highway 28, the fire could be seen quickly approaching Kooy's house, where he has lived since 1996. Wildfires have threatened the property before, but never has one come up to the house as it did this past weekend, said Kooy, who was never evacu- ated from the site. To combat his potential- ly precarious location, Kooy keeps bare ground patches around the property as well as green areas next to the build- ings. Don Fortier, chief of Grant County Fire District No. 3, credited defensive spaces around the Kooys' homes for saving the family from struc- tural losses. "That's what's needed," Fortier said. "All homes had good defensible space." The fire burned 211 acres of sagebrush and cheat grass, the Washington State Patrol reported. It was declared out at 6 p.m. Sunday. The fire was determined to be accidentally ignited. It is suspected to be caused by "human error," said Fortier, who declined to comment fur- ther. Washington State fire mo- bilization was authorized ear- ly Saturday evening, allowing resources to begin responding from around Eastern Wash- ington. Firefighters from Grant, Douglas and Chelan Submitted by Wes Kooy Three-year-old Lane Kooy looks on as a wildfire approaches his family's property on Saturday. counties initially battled the fire and were later joined by crews from Spokane, Kittitas and Yakima counties. About 74 firefighters were on the scene, WSP reported. Using a dozer, firefighters built containment lines around the fast-moving wildfire. Fire trucks and firefighters also were stationed at the property through Saturday night, Kooy said. "I think they really did an outstanding job," he said of the firefighters. "We thank them and are happy they were there." Ul li BY JILL FITZSIMMONS editor@qvpr com There's still no word on whether a new company will be taking over operations at the Port of Quincy's intermodal yard, which has been sitting idle for more than a month now. "Right now, we're in limbo," said Pat Connelly, port commissioner, on Tues- day. At the port's meeting last week, port officials said they have at least two op- erators interested in taking over its inter- modal yard; however, the port continues to negotiate with BNSF Railway, which owns those northern lines utilized by the intermodal yard that services Central Washington. While the railway will entertain pro- posals from the port, it is putting "dif- ferent mandates" on the port now, which may make it difficult to move forward in the future, explained Curt Morris, port commissioner. "At this point, I would say it's looking to be a real challenge," Morris said. "I mean a real challenge." On Tuesday, Gus Melonas, BNSF spokesman, said BNSF remains "com- mitted to -working with the Port of Quin- cy and any shipper wishing to provide service to and from Quincy." Port officials are expected to meet with BNSF officials in early October in Quin- cy, Connelly added. Cold Train Express, the former in- termodal operator, suspended its Quin- cy-to-Chicago service Aug. 7 after its ex- ecutives said increased congestion across BNSF Railway's northern routes slowed Cold Train delivery times and cut busi- ness up to 70 percent. Quincy's refrigerated rail service had been squeezed to one train a day by in- creased rail traffic caused by a surge in North Dakota's oil and coal trains, said Cold Train company officials. Delays and schedule changes doubled Cold Train's delivery times to six days and greatly increased fuel and equipment costs, they said. The company said customers canceled most shipments of fresh fruit and pro- duce, which accounts for 70 percent of Cold Train's business. Cold Train offi- cials accused BNSF of giving priority to high-income, oil-and-coal customers. Melonas said BNSF does not favor one commodity over another. "We have seen increased volumes across multiple sectors, particularly on our northern lines in the past year," Mel- onas said in a prepared statement. "For example, year to date in Washington alone, we have seen a more than 50 per- cent increase in the shipment of agricul- tural products. Our customers are experi- encing improvements in our railroad, and we are making the necessary investments to handle all of our customers' business." Read the full version of this story at Th nk you Simplot Growers Solution for your support and buying my 4-H rabbit Grant County r For your support & for buying my 4-H pig at the Grant County Fair. -Trenton Hawes Barnyard Buddies 4-H Club Show any home Listed with any agency Yes, even new construction! 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