QUINCY — A Quincy man is in stable but critical condition at Central Washington Hospital this morning after crashing his vehicle on Highway 28 Saturday night. Javier Guzman, 25, was flown to the Wenatchee hospital after the 8:35 p.m. crash about seven miles east of Quincy, a Washington State Patrol report said.
NCW — The mayors of Quincy, Oroville and Brewster all have challengers, along with quite a few other positions up for election in North Central Washington this year. Candidates for open positions had to file for election this week.
EPHRATA — A crack in the concrete panels that line a main canal serving the Columbia Basin Project prompted officials to temporarily shut down some irrigation Tuesday. Located just below Pinto Dam, north of Highway 28 in eastern Grant County, the crack poses no threat to safety. But an as-yet undetermined number of irrigators will not be getting water until the ditch can be repaired early next week, an official for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said.
QUINCY — Four Quincy students, a school bus driver and the driver of another vehicle were all treated and released at the Quincy Valley Medical Center Tuesday after the bus collided with a vehicle at about 3:45 p.m. Two others were checked out out at a local clinic, officials said.
QUINCY — A Quincy bus carrying about 30 students was involved in a minor injury collision this afternoon, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office reports. A few children on the bus suffered minor injuries, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kyle Foreman.
NCW — Alcoa Wenatchee Works in Malaga and Imerys Minerals California, Inc. in Quincy were both fined for exceeding pollution limits, the state Department of Ecology said today. Alcoa discharged excessive amounts of aluminum and fluoride to the Columbia River on May 3, 2012, violating daily limits allowed by its pollution discharge permit, an Ecology news release said.
QUINCY — Bob Woodworth had, by his own admission, strict rules for his players when he coached the Quincy boys basketball team from 1955 to 1972. Woodworth demanded accountability, preparedness and self-control from his athletes, among other things, and developed his own unique style of coaching that helped him achieve a long-lasting, unprecedented run of success. Over the years, he cultivated that coaching style into something more, something that almost took on a life of its own in the small Columbia Basin town.
SOAP LAKE — A Soap Lake physician assistant and owner of Soap Lake Family Medicine gave up his right to see patients after the state Medical Commission accused him of sexual misconduct with patients and employees. John T. Bearup, 65, has been a licensed physician assistant for 24 years, according to records with the state Department of Health.
QUINCY — On Oct. 8, Quincy area firefighters were demonstrating chemical reactions and energy properties in their parking lot. At one point, they heated up a small water bottle, which popped the cap off the bottle. “It was nothing big,” said fire Lt. David Durfee.
SELAH — The Ephrata Tigers are making a case for themselves in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. The running game was hitting on all cylinders in the Tigers’ 23-6 victory over Selah on Friday night, moving them to 3-2 in CWAC play and 4-2 overall.
QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
QUINCY — A former Quincy police officer with multiple lawsuits against the city has agreed to drop them all in a $250,000 settlement that included an apology from Mayor Jim Hemberry. The agreement with Aaron Doyle, dated June 4, resolves two federal lawsuits claiming retaliation and wrongful termination, two Grant County lawsuits over failure to release public records, an action before the Public Employment Relations Commission and a lawsuit in California over release of sealed documents from Doyle’s previous employment.
Phil Blackburn isn’t Hispanic. He wasn’t born in Mexico, and he doesn’t speak much Spanish. But two weeks ago the 58-year-old veteran grocer opened one of North Central Washington’s largest grocery stores aimed at the region’s growing Hispanic community.