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Stand Down offers free goods and service for vets

Military veterans are invited to the Wenatchee Veterans Stand Down from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Wenatchee National Guard Armory, 1230 Fifth St., next to Wenatchee Valley College.

Former Quincy cop settles for $250,000

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.

Couple takes in dog after owner killed

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.
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Quincy senior’s DECA project takes third place

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.

Drive-by shooting suspect arrested

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.
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Pioneer finds a smooth way to whip up nutrition

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.
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Warrant issued in shooting death of Quincy man

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.
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She’s racing to keep up with her fast-lane family

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.

Crescent Bar Island spokesman found dead

An East Wenatchee man who has been a spokesman for Crescent Bar Island leaseholders in their suit against Grant County PUD was found dead in a crashed vehicle Monday morning.

Quincy Valley Allied Arts cues its version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’

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.
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Quincy grad gains honors from state

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.
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How a month’s stay stretched into 50 years

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.
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‘Filled with rare and beautiful treasures’

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 Council gives nod to gunshot spotting system

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.
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Reader scrapbook

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.
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Crowning achievement: Kylie Kooistra will soon begin Miss Rodeo Washington reign

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.

School cuts: On the block again

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.