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.
When Justin Purdy and his girlfriend, Angela Moyser, heard that their neighbor Gordon (Tony) Hyde was killed in a car crash on April 28, their thoughts soon turned to his dog, Woody. Woody, a 3-year-old Brittany spaniel, was Hyde’s constant companion.
Quincy High School senior Robin Thaemert didn’t set out to take third place in an international DECA competition when she decided to take on a project for the Quincy High School chapter. But that’s just what she did, as she learned she had earned the bronze medal in the Chapter Awards Project competition during the International DECA Conference in Salt Lake City last month.
QUINCY — An 18-year-old Quincy man was arrested Sunday after a drive-by shooting and a one-mile chase. No one was injured in the shooting in the 200 block of B Street NE, but a vehicle was damaged, a news release this morning from the Quincy Police Department said.
QUINCY — According to Pioneer Elementary School’s kitchen aide, Audrey Benz, up to 50 percent more children are eating breakfast at school on Fridays, and for good reason. The kids at Pioneer love the new Fruit Smoothie Friday. As part of Pioneer Elementary’s participation in the NFL’s Fuel up to Play 60 program, they will receive $4,000 in grants to help students eat healthier.
QUINCY — A 19-year-old Quincy man is wanted for second-degree murder in the Sept. 23 shooting death of Ramiro “Junior” Munoz Jr. of Quincy. On Monday, Grant County Superior Court Judge Evan Sperline issued a warrant for the arrest of Gerardo Miguel Valenzuela Navarro, said Det. Sal Mancini with the Quincy Police Department.
Darlene Knutson, (formerly Martin) is a third-generation Quincyite. Her French grandfather, Ted Martin Sr., came to the valley via Battleground to start a dairy. Knutson grew up with a love for the country and for animals. She graduated from Quincy High School in 1976 and attended the Modern Business College in Kennewick the following year. She started working for AgAir as a flagger for the crop dusters.
Quincy Valley Allied Arts is rolling out its first non-children’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” with performances that conclude Saturday. The musical, adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum, is directed by Eric VanWoert of Moses Lake, with Sherri Kooy acting as assistant director. Music is under the direction of Marilyn Cobia, with choreography by Molly Streich.
Cristian Ramon didn’t think she could continue her education after graduating with honors from Quincy High School in 2009. Now she’s been honored as one of the best examples in the state of how community colleges transform lives through education and support.
Narciso Medrano was born to Librado and Trinidad Medrano in Elsa, Texas, in 1936. He followed generations of family members who worked the same 400 acres in the Rio Grande Valley. “We grew cotton and vegetables such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes,” said Medrano.
All in attendance at the new Habitat for Humanity open house Jan. 8 stood in silent reverence as Rev. Tom DeDoes blessed the new home of Antonio and Rosario Vazquez. DeDoes quoted from Proverbs 24: 3-4 which says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established. Through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”
QUINCY —The Quincy City Council has approved the purchase of a space-age technology to instantly record gunshots in the city. The council voted 4-2 Tuesday to buy the ShotSpotter system, which uses advanced audio and GPS technology to constantly listen for gunshots within a two-mile radius.
Willow, a 7-month-old pineapple green cheek conure, eagerly awaits a visit from Santa. Bonnie Schroeder of Quincy took this photo of her son, Dain Schroeder’s, bird at his home in Quincy. The family also includes his wife, Alicia Schroeder, a 1-year old betta fish, Bender, and an 18-year-old cat, Andromeda.
Quincy’s Kylie Kooistra is about to take on the biggest role of her life — that of Miss Rodeo Washington. It is her fourth stint as a rodeo queen, but this honor is by far the biggest for Marvin and Shannon Kooistra’s 23-year-old daughter. Her journey started way back when. Back before she was even born. Kylie’s mom had her day in the rodeo spotlight as a youth, as did both Kylie’s sisters, Kasey and Courtney.
This week, lawmakers will go back to the cutting board in a rare pre-Christmas special session to trim more than $2 billion out of the state’s $32 billion biennial operating budget. And again, public education is on the block.