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THE QUINCY VALLEY, OST flag! QUINCY GEORGE I * CRESCENT BAR - WINCHESTER SUNLAND ESTATES Thursday, October 30, 2003 Quincy, Washington 10 pages 75 cents Volume 55, Number 22 USPS No 453-080 Downtown treatin ' More than two dozen Quincy merchants will welcome young- sters with Halloween treats on Fri- day night. Quincy Valley Chamber of Commerce executive director Lisa Karstetter says the merchants will be handing out treats from 4 to 6 p.m., while supplies last. Among the participating mer- chants are Bank of America, Brian's Barber Shop, The Daily Brew, Elizabeth Teagarden, Farmway Implement, Grandma's Memories, Heartland Pharmacy & Gifts, Idle Hour Caf6 & Steakhouse, Key Bank, LeMaster & Daniels, Mar- tin-Morris Insurance Agency, McDonald' s, Millie B's, Panaderia el Girasol, Dr. C. G. Petersen, the Quincy Valley Post-Register, Rob's Video, Royer's Home Fur- nishings, Royer's True Value Hard- ware, Studio 90, Tangles, Tijuana Restaurant, Vordahl's, Washing- ton Trust Bank, Wavelengths, Wheatland Bank, Windermere Real Estate and Zack's. Weather forecasters predict a brisk evening on Friday with an overnight low well below freezing. At the Christian Reformed Church, 420 H St SE, church members will be conducting Operation Warmup. Starting at 4:30 p.m., they will of- fer hot chocolate and hot cider to warm up the insides of trick-or- treaters. Counselors console students Grief counselors were on hand at Quincy High School Monday morn- ing to console students coping with the loss of a fellow student who ended his life Friday evening with a self- inflicted gunshot wound. Principal George Pratt said 14 coun- selors from other school districts and Grant Mental Health were present at the school along with all of the Quincy School District counselors. He said eight counselors came from the Wenatchee School District, two from the C~scade School District, two from the Ephrata School District and two from Grant Mental Health. Darin James Ferguson, 18, took his own life Friday evening. Grant County they received a call around 7:30 p.m. Ferguson was transported to Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee where he was pronounced dead. A spokesperson for the Chelan County Coroner's Office said he died of a gunshot wound and the cause was suicide. Darin was the son and only child of Randy and Debbie Ferguson. Funeral services were held Thurs- day at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Inside... RECORDS ................. 2 NEWS BRIEFS ............... 3 FORUM ................... 4 ELECTIONS ................... 5 SPORTS .............. 6,7 FOOTBALL CONTEST ........ 8 CLASSIFIEDS ............. 9 COMMUNITY .............. 1 0 Election Tuesday promises more on the ballot BY J,m KADYK Post- Register Editor Area voters who didn't have many things to vote on in the primary elec- tion will have many more choices to make in Tuesday's General Election. Bonds to build a new fire station will again be on the ballot in Grant County Fire District No. 3. The $3.5 million measure failed in the primary election by a four-vote margin. This time, fire district voters will also vote for a commissioner with incumbent Court Rylaarsdam opposed by Rob Miller. In the City of Quincy, Councilman Keith Anstine will be opposed by Scott Lybbert. Tony Gonzalez and Manuel Guerrero are unopposed for two other seats on the council. Guerrero is running for re-election and Gonzalez was the only one to file for the position currently held by George Nutter. Another contested race will take place for commissioner in Hospital District No. 2. Incumbent Evan Landin is being challenged by State Trooper The bold new look of Mtn. View Students, faculty and parents at Mtn.View Elementary have a new mural, landscaping and more. Above- A new mural was painted down the hallways. Right - A new look to the front greets students, teachers and visitors alike. For full story, please see page 10. City Council, Hospital Commissioner candidates answer seven questions See Elections page 5 Anthony Gonzalez. Darrell Van Dyke was the only person to file for the open seat that is being vacated by Tom Parish, current commission chairman. The Mayor's position and three council spots will be on the ballot in the City of George. Incumbents are unopposed in all four cases. Elliot Kooy will be back as mayor and Wallace Bushman, Mary Lynn Huntwork and Clayton Richmond will retain their council seats. Three openings on the Quincy School Board also feature uncontested races. Incumbents Steven Etue and Mike Scharbach and newcomer Todd Buys all filed without opposition. Buys will take over the seat held by Board Chairman Brad Bierlink. Incumbent Brian Kuest is unop- posed in his bid for another six-year term on the Port of Quincy commis- sion. Holdover Randy Holloway was the only person to file for his spot as commissioner in Cemetery District No. 1. All area voters will also get to make their choices on two statewide measures. Initiative 841 seeks the re- peal and limitation of ergonomics regulations. House Joint Resolution 4206 would permit newly-elected officers to take office early if the of- fice falls vacant after the general elec- tion and the newly-elected officer is of the same political party as the former officer. See comparisons of candidates in contested races for Quincy City Coun- cil and Hospital District No. 2 Com- mission on Page 5. A Grant County sample ballot is also enclosed as an insert in this week's newspaper. ,gdJa/ Quincy Council Position No. 1 Scott B. Lybbert Keith Paul Anstine Council Position No. 2 Tony A. Gonzalez Council Position No. 7 Manuel (Manny) Guerrero Hospital District No. 2 Commissioner Position No. 2 Evan Landin Anthony Gonzalez Commissioner Position No. 5 Darrell Van Dyke Quincy School District No. 144-101J Director District No. 1 Mike Scharbach Director District No. 2 Todd A. Buys Director District No. 3 Steven Eric Etue Cemetery District No. 1 Commi~'ouer Position No. 1 Randy Holloway Grant County Fire Protection District No. 3 Commissioner- Position No. 1 Court Rylamulam Rob Miller Fire and Life Safety Facilities Bond $3,5OO, OOO Port District No. 1 Brian Kuest ,rge Mayor Elliot Kooy Council Position No. 1 Wallace Bushman Council Position No. 3 Mary Lynn Huntwork Council Position No. 5 Clayton D. Richmond Hospital decides to retain ambulance service Rebecca Young~Post-Register QUINCY VALLEY HOME OF Blaine Jensen Jacks prepare for Halloween gn'diron bash in Ephrata see page 6 Schools ponder adding breakfast Coleman presents Power Point presentation to board members BY Jml KADYK Post- Register Editor Breakfast may soon be cooking at schools in the Quincy School District. At Tuesday night's school board meet- ing, Food Service Director Suzy Howard outlined a proposal to start a breakfast program on Jan. 12. An outline of the proposal indicated expected revenues of $95,279 and ex- penses of $94, 427. Over $89,000 of the income will come from state and federal reimbursements. The largest share of expenses will be an estimated $47,143 for labor. The board took the breakfast plan under advisement and will make a de- cision at a later date. Tuesday's meeting lasted only 45 minutes and the most interesting por- tion of the meeting was a Power Point presentation by teacher Steve Coleman of Monument Elementary School. He showed pictures and words explaining the Quincy Lakes program and the interaction of sixth-graders with high school students on the unique study project. The district has scheduled three meetings on Monday, Nov. 10, regard- ing the search for a new Superinten- dent of Schools. On that day the ad- ministration will meet at 1:30 p.m. at the district office, school district staff will meet at 3:30 p.m. at the Quincy High School library and a community meeting will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m., also at the high school library. The board also: Approved the hiring of Dora Medrano as a para-professional at Pio- neer Elementary School and an in- crease of one hour per day for Veronica Rodarte as parent liaison at Quincy Junior High. Decided to hold only one board meeting in December and selected Thursday, Dec. 18, for that meeting. BY J,m KADYK Post-Register Editor The acceptance of resignations from two board members and a deci- sion to continue operation of the am- bulance service highlighted Monday evening's meeting of the Grant County Hospital District No. 2 Board of Commissioners. Resignations were accepted from board members Pat Moore and Mike Flinn. Neither was present at the meet- ing. Moore indicated her resignation was due to health reasons and Flinn said he resigned for personal reasons. The board will name one or two replacements at a special board meet- ing set for 3:30 p.m. on Friday. Appli- cations for the openings were received from Terri Carpenter, Ellen Clifton, Joyce Davis and Robert Poindexter. The board indicated that it was in agreement with a recommendation from Administrator John Perushek regarding the ambulance service. Perushek recommended that the board make a permanent commitment to maintain the ambulance service. Perushek said that new figures from LeMaster & Daniels now indicated that the ambulance service was cut- ting into cash flow by between $70,000 and $100,000, not the $170,000 that was originally indi- cated. The board also: Was told that cash flow was posi- tive during September. Interim CFO Dee Pitts indicated ~:evenues were down for the month, but expenses were also reduced. Approved a pay adjustment for ward clerks. Approved a resolution in advance of collection of the recently-approved levy by means of a loan from Cash- mere Valley Bank. Gave permission for Perushek to proceed with plans to move the phar- macy. Was told that physician's assis- tant John Bearup will also assume duties as manager of the medical clinic. Was informed that Quincy Com- munity Health will take over the WIC program in Quincy. Was informed that a revisit by state investigators, scheduled for the last week of October, will actually be held at a later date.