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THE QUINCY VALLEY OST GIS QUINCY GEORGE CRESCENT BAR WINCHESTER SUNLAND ESTATES Thursday, December 11, 2003 Quincy, Washington 8 pages 75 cents Volume 55, Number 28 USPS No 453-080 odard resigns from PUD J=a KADYK Edito r The surprise resignation of Grant PUD Manager Don Godard at least temporarily stopped plans critics of the PUD's fiber optic ram to seek the recall of three of the PUD commission. Godard's resignation was accepted a unanimous vote of the commis- alar meeting. The nation is effective March 1,2004. The week before, former commis- Bill Judge of Quincy had said good possibility that critics the district's fiber optic program dd seek the removal of commis- president Vera Claussen along ;ommissioners Mike Conley and Flint if further disciplinary ac- tions were not forthcoming. Following Monday' s acceptance of Godard's resignation, Judge indicated Board places Williams and Hutchison on ad- ministrative leave that he was surprised, but pleased. "It's a first step in getting back our PUD. It belongs to the people of Grant County and we are getting it back." Judge said he and other PUD critics were not bluffing about the possible recall. "We were prepared to walk out of the meeting and file a recall peti- tion," he said. Judge said he hoped the commission would conduct a far-reaching search to find a new director. "We shouldn't limit the search to persons in public power," he urged. In addition to accepting Godard's resignation, the commission also unani- mously adopted two other motions. One put Ed Williams and Coe Hutchison on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of disciplinary hearings. Previously, Williams and Hutchison had been reassigned to other departments. In addition, the board approved a response to the preliminary State Audit and directed the district's auditor to distribute the same. Claussen said, "We have taken the issues, questions and concerns about our fiber program very seriously and have chosen to address these issues in a thoughtful, decisive manner." Godard, who has served nearly 12 years as the PUD manager, said, "Much has been written and said about Grant PUD in recent months in the course of investigations into the Zipp fiber optic network. Because I care deeply about the future success of the PUD and the people who work there, l am leaving Grant PUD in hopes that it may have a fresh start." He added, "I regret that this contro- + versy tarnishes the good work of all district employees, including those that have stayed focused on the most im- portant issues facing our county - relicensing of the Priest Rapids Project. This good work should not be over- shadowed by continued controversy over the fiber system." Earlier this year, PUD commission- ers responded to allegations made about the fiber program by hiring Seattle- based attorney James Austin to con- duct an independent investigation. Austin's report was sent to the Wash- ington State Auditor's office as part of the utility's annual audit. Both the Austin report and the draft state audit are available for public review. Santa's trip to Quincy Kurtis ]. Wood/Post-Register Left- Santa Claus made his annual visit to the Quincy Valley to see all the good little girls and boys, including Nicholas Gonzalez. Above - The Snow Flake Express cruised down Central Avenue as part of the annual Tree Lighting ceremony parade. One more photo on page 3 Christmas project brings joy, builds community BY ROSEMARY CASSAL Post-Register Writer More than 150 l~al children will have a brighter, merrier Christmas this Year due to the efforts of the Quincy Valley Kiwanis Club's annual Toys for Christmas program. But according to Steve McLain, the club's project's coor- dinator, the program is more than just giving presents to local needy children. McLain believes his club's toy project captures that wonderful Christmas spirit of giving andthat the Christmas spirit always spreads throughout the en- tire community. "We need to continue to emphasize that this is a community effort," McLain said, "In the five years that I have been Project chairman, this community has never failed us. They are always behind tls and are always so willing to share the spirit of Christmas with others." The local Kiwanis club has spear- headed a local toys for children program for more than 20 years. One key reason is the local club and Kiwanis lti " ' " " ternatmnal s Chddren: Priority One" theme. "Nearly all our projects and activities are centered around the needs of local Children," McLain said. "At Christmastime, what can be more fun than making a child's eyes light up on Christmas morning? Quincy Valley g, iwanis invites this community to add the joy of Christmas to their shopping Carts and make this yet another beautiful in Quincy." McLain emphasizes how local resi- dents and businesses are such an integral part of the Kiwanis program. Several Quincy Valley businesses have volun- teered to sponsor a "Community Giving Tree" in their store or office (see side bar). Community members are then able to select an envelope from any of these "giving trees." Each envelope contains a local child's first name, age and gender along with a suggested gift idea. "Every child was referred to us by other agencies," McLain said, adding that those who purchase gifts can be assured the children who receive the gifts "all have a high need." Once the initial names were referred to the Kiwanis club, Quincy First Baptist Church associate pastor Juan Carlos Magallanes and his wife, Angelica, made a l~ersonal visit to each child's home to explain the program and verify the family's need. McLain then compiled a master list using a computer program he has perfected over the last five years. All Christmas presents should be wrapped and tagged with specially coded stickers which are provided inside the envelopes. All gifts need to be delivered back to the large community Christmas tree at Washington Trust bank by Friday, Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. McLain noted the gift ideas,listed inside each envelope are only a sugges- tion. "We want this to be a wonderful, joyful experience for everyone," he said. "People don't have to select the most expensive or the least expensive gift. But we want people to buy what they want, from their heart." Gifts will be personally delivered on Saturday, Dec. 20by local Kiwanis mem- bers, Quincy High School Key Club members, plus several Kiwanis family members and friends. McLain said his greatest gift each year isseeing how the community con- Giving Local businesses who have School District teachers andSt. "Kiwanis Giving Trees" are: Pius X Catholic Studio 90, Rob' s Video In- Quincy nity Giving Tree atWashin tinues to rally together to share the spirit of Christmas with one another. His spe- cial Christmas wish for 2003 is that local residents share the good quality of giv- ing back by patronizing and supporting local businesses. Community members who are unable to shop can also support the program by puleMsing Toys fbr (~hdstmas raffle tick- ets. Tickets are $ l each and are available at Washington Trust Bank, Windermere Real Estate, LeMaster and Daniels, Key Bank or from any Quincy Valley Kiwanis member. The raffle's grand prize is a large gift-wrapped dinner basket for eight including tableware, stemware, linens, candles, a gift certificate for food items and other holiday decorations; second prize is a $100 shopping spree at Quincy Market or Akins; and third prize is a gift- wrapped family night video basket with videos, candy, popcorn, sodas and other goodies. The drawing will be Dec. 20 after the Christmas gifts are delivered. town Death labeled 'suspicious' Quincy Emergency Medical Services and Quincy police responded to the home of Jose ~. Medrano, 50, Monday evening. Attempts to resuscitate Medrano, a Iongtime Quincy resident, failed and he was later pronounced dead at the Quincy Valley Hospital. Police issued a press release that said the death is considered suspicious and an investigation is continuing. Trio arrested for cocaine Three Quincy men were arrested Saturday evening after a traffic stop at the intersection of Central Avenue and F Street. Police had stopped a vehicle for a suspected DUI and during the stop discovered suspected cocaine and cash. Police said they" recovered more than 27 grams of suspected cocaine and seized $206 in cash and a 1995 BMW sedan. Arrested were Jose D. Palomino, 47, Enrique Jimenez Zepeda, 34, and Jorge Solorzano Luquin, 40. All three were charged with Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substance Act and suspected possession of cocaine. Palomino was also charged with DUI. Two women injured in accidents Two women were injured in separate one-car accidents over the weekend, according to the Grant Coufity Sheriff's Office. Both drivers were treated for injuries at local hospitals. The first accident occurred Friday evening in the 8400 block of Road O NW. A vehicle driven by Susan J. Ring, 46, Of Moses Lake, went off the west side of the road, slid into a ditch and appeared to have flipped before coming to rest on its wheels. Ring was extracted from the vehicle and taken to Quincy Valley Hospital before being transferred to Deaconess Hospital in Spokane. Deputies said she had consumed alcohol and was being mailed a citation for first-degree negligent driving On Saturday morning an SUV driven by Diane M. Osborne, 57, of East Wenatcbee, slid on "black ice" near the intersection of White Trail Road and Highway 281. The vehicle rolled and came to rest on the driver's side. Osborne was treated at an unnamed hospital. Her vehicle was a total loss. Four arrests made during rash Of graffiti Four juveniles were arrested on Dec. 4 and more arrests are expected as the Quincy police attempt to quell a rash of graffiti in the city. Several residents have been victims in the past few weeks, with many incidents reported on Dec. 3 in the southeast section of the city. Police say the graffiti appears to be tied in with a criminal street gang. Officers are still trying to assess the dollar amount of the damage. Residents are reminded that the Quincy Municipal Code makes the owners of the property responsible for removal of graffiti. More information is available at city hall or the police department. Police remind residents to report suspicious activity as soon as possible. Woman dies in crash with school bus A 57-year-old Ephrata woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision of the 1999 Jeep Cherokee she was driving with an Ephrata school bus. The accident occurred on Road J NW near Baird Spring Road. The driver of the school bus, Roberta Davis, 53, of Ephrata, was not injured and neither were the seven students riding on the bus. Sheriff's deputies said the vehicles collided Monday afternoon in the center portion of the roadway in a sideswipe collision. Compact snow and ice and heavy fog were listed as contributing factors to the accident. Winter concert scheduled Songs of the season are on the menu at Quincy High School Dec. 18. The concert choir, Spectrum choir, wind ensemble and jazz band will perform favorite songs of the holiday season at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. The two choirs under the direction of JeffCorlett and the two bands under the direction of Mike Silk will add up to more than 100 music students performing throughout the evening. Inside... RECORDS ................. 2 NEWS BRIEFS ............... 3 FORUM.: ................. 4 COMMUNITY ........... 5 SPORTS .............. 6-8 CLASSIFIEDS ............. 7 II QUINCY VALLEY HOME OF Jim Patterson Boys open season with wins over 'Dogs, 'Devils, 'Dawgs see page 6