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aster THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014 i LOCAL NEWS II Tree frirnrnings BY JILL FITZSIMMONS editor@qvpr com A draft bill that would impose a $1 surcharge on admission tickets to concerts and festivals held at outdoor amphitheaters in rural communities has been pre-filed in the state Legislature by Rep. Matt Manweller. While the draft bill doesn't specifically name the Gorge Am- phitheatre, it was drafted with the Gorge in mind, Manweller said recently. The draft bill calls for 65 percent of the proceeds generated by the surcharge to be given to the local hospital district and the remainder distributed to a fire protection district. (It also allows for counties to enact an ordinance changing the distribu- tion percentages.) Live Nation, the owner of the Gorge, reported in a study com- pleted earlier this year that more than 1.4 million people attend- ed 60 concerts and festivals at the Gorge during the past five year's. Those numbers include 387,732 people in 2013 alone. By those numbers, the proposed surcharge would generate $252,000 for the hospital and about $135,000 for Grant County Fire District No. 3. The state representative drafted the bill after speaking with Grant County Commissioner Cindy Carter this year about the difficulties the Quincy Valley Medical Center was having with concert-goers who weren't paying their bills, Manweller said. Hospital officials have said Gorge Amphitheatre concert-go- ers who visited the hospital in 2013 cost the hospital about $400,000 in unpaid medical bills and increased expenses. It doesn't seem fair that concert-goers, many of whom are from Seattle, are leaving the hospital "holding the bag," Man- weller said. He hopes the surcharge, if passed, makes up for some of those added costs. "It will give them a little shot in the arm," he said of the mon- ey that will be generated. The draft bill defines a rural amphitheater as an outdoor am- phitheater with a capacity to accommodate more than 10,000 people at one time in a county with less than 150,000 people. Manweller knows of no other outdoor amphitheater in Wash- ington that qualifies for the bill. See MANWELLER, page 4 Bring in this ad and get a FREE beret with a $60 purchase through Dec.24, 2014. Jill FitzSimmons/Post-Register Elsa Moore of Quincy shops for ornaments last Friday at the grand opening of the Shopko Hometown store. At the grand-opening ceremony, Shopko representatives presented Quincy High School with a $2,500 donation and Serve Quincy Valley with a $1,000 donation. Principal David Talley said the donation likely will be used for new technology. Open about three weeks, the store has been busy and employees are receiving many positive comments, said Lynn Giraud, general manager. NEWS V Local man gets 10 years for 16 crimes Juan L. Blancas, 30, of Quincy will serve 10 years and six months in prison for a series of 16 crimes he com- mitted back in July. Last week in Grant County Superior Court, the serial of- fender pleaded guilty to a, va- riety of crimes that included second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm, fourth-degree as- number of gonorrhea cases. sault and obstruction of a law The 2013 Grant County enforcement officer, gonorrhea rate was 35.9 per This summer, Blancas 100,000 people, compared broke into two homes on I and to the statewide rate of 63.8. J streets southeast within min- This year, the county rate has utes of one another, accord- reached 77.5. ing to police reports. He was Healthcare providers are caught on video surveillance asked to increase screening at one of the homes, of sexually active patients for gonorrhea and other sexually Gonorrhea outbreak transmitted diseases. in Grant County The county health officer has declared a gonorrhea out- break in Grant County beca- The epicenter of the out- break is Moses Lake; the pop- ulations showing the highest rates are females 20-29 years sue of a sharp increase in the old. rrant Ceffars Open Saturdays 12-5 Available for private_.- events , - " ++ + + I/oliday Wine Sale+., - _ cases offered at s- discounted price Gift items & certifi tes available Questions or to set up a private event or tasting contact Megan 509-289-9660 ewantceffarsO , married December 14, 1944, in RockviHe, Maryland, while serving our country during World War II. Following the war and graduation from Gonzaga University, the Fairfield, WA. They Laxry, Greg and Doug there until 1963 when they moved to Quincy. They were both active in St Pins X Catholic Church. Lawrence and the Chamber of Commerce during the development of Crescent Bar. They have 3 living children, 8 grandchildren and 15