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One month to find the perfect pumpkin

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019

Ed SleaterPhoto by Miles King/Post-Register Ed Sleater of the Quincy Valley Lions Club picks a pumpkin for his neighbor on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 28, the opening weekend for the patch at Becerra Gardens, 11235 Road 9 NW, east of Quincy. The pumpkin patch, now in its tenth year, is a tradition in the area. Pumpkins are $3 each, and snacks are available for purchase. The event, which runs through the end of October, is one of the biggest fundraisers for the club, said Sleater. The third weekend is usually the busiest, especially after church on Sunday, he...

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Grant PUD commissioners invite customers to budget hearings

Posted by on Oct 7, 2019

Grant PUD commissioners will hold three budget hearings before adopting the utility’s 2020 budget later this year. The hearings provide customers with the opportunity to learn how Grant PUD proposes allocating and spending its money next year. The three hearings are held in locations around the county to allow customers to attend more easily, ask questions and voice their opinions on issues that are most important to them regarding Grant PUD’s plans for 2020, according to a press release. A meeting in Quincy is scheduled for Oct. 10. Each meeting will include a presentation about planned expenses, revenues and major projects outlined in the proposed budget. Attendees can also provide public comment to the commissioners. The budget presentation and more are available at Comments to the commissioners can also be directed via email to Light, local refreshments will be served during each public budget hearing. They are scheduled for the following times and locations: October 8, 2 p.m. Ephrata headquarters commission room 30 C St. SW, Ephrata October 8, 6 p.m. Grant PUD’s Moses Lake office auditorium 312 W Third Ave, Moses Lake October 10, 6 p.m. Port of Quincy Board Room 101 F St. SW, Quincy Customers with general questions about the budget or the budget hearings are welcome to contact Grant PUD’s Public Affairs via email at or by phone at 509-754-5035. Post-Register...

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Local business owner backs breast cancer awareness

Posted by on Oct 5, 2019

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month; the month-long campaign to bring awareness to the awful disease was started by multiple breast cancer research charities. The aim is to open people’s eyes to the dangers of neglecting their health care. One in eight women, or about 12 percent, will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, according to Even though it is less likely, one in 883 men will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime. In American women, breast cancer is second only to skin cancer in being the most diagnosed cancer. Left to right are barista Piper Horning, Sage Coffee House & Bistro owner Charlene Sherman, and barista Kristen Gans at the business located at the intersection of State Routes 281 and 283, Quincy.Photo by Reese Olivia/For the Post-Register Charlene Sherman, owner and operator of Sage Coffee House & Bistro, is a strong supporter of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the past four years, Sherman has done fundraising for the cause. She brings in money for Confluence Health’s Compassion Care program in a variety of ways, including selling T-shirts that sport breast cancer-related slogans; a $5 or more donation with the purchase of a pink ribbon; and Sage also sells jewelry that is adorned with pink ribbons. Sherman also waives the commission on soaps that are sold at the bistro and replaces that commission with a dollar of profit for each bar of soap to go towards her breast cancer awareness fundraising. In addition, all profit from the Friday lunch specials goes towards their fundraising. If you don’t want to buy anything but would still like to be part of the cause, you can simply make a donation of any amount at Sage Coffee House & Bistro. More on the Confluence Health Compassion Care program: The program helps people who cannot afford to be treated for their disease or injuries by allowing patients to sign up for financial aid. Last year, Sherman raised approximately $2,100 for the program to help patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Sherman urges everyone to get mammograms, men and women; if you think you’re too young then think again. If you are nervous to go by yourself, then take a friend and get your mammograms together. Sherman has been affected by breast cancer, with the loss of loved ones, and with her mother, who is fortunately a survivor. She feels that it is extremely important to not neglect your health care. To support the cause, find Sage Coffee House & Bistro at 1099 Highway 283 North, south of Quincy and northeast of George. The bistro specializes in coffee and bagel sandwiches; in addition to the popular food items, the bistro also sells handmade crafts. Hours of business are 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays. By Reese Olivia, For the...

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Quincy FFA competes in Othello

Posted by on Oct 1, 2019

Fifty-three members of the Quincy FFA traveled to Othello on Friday, Sept. 13, to compete in Career Development Events at the Othello Community Fair. It was a great wrap-up to the fair season for Quincy members. In the Tractor Driving CDE, Gavin Sahli tied for 1st and 2nd individually and with Nate Gonzales and Chase Schuler earned a 2nd place team banner. Competitors have to complete a 50-question written test and then negotiate a course with a tractor and trailer through a series of cones both forward and backing up, all under 2 minutes and 30 seconds. The Horse Judging CDE team of Brody Wallace, Cooper Rapp, Juan Morrett, Rosey Combs, and Taran Brown earned a 3rd place banner. They evaluated four halter classes of Quarter Horse Mares, Appaloosa Geldings, Paint Geldings, and Paint Mares. They also judged a class of Western Equitation and Western Pleasure performance classes. The Livestock Judging Team of Gavin Sahli, Madi Lee, Brody Wallace, Paden Wallace, and Cooper Rapp earned the 4th place banner. Freshman Damon Sahli was the 7th place individual. They judged two classes of market steers, one market hog, one replacement gilt, one market lamb, and one ewe lamb class. The Livestock Team also competed at the Palouse Empire Fair on Sept. 7, earning a 2nd place banner, with Brody Wallace placing 2nd and Paden Wallace 4th individually. Now members turn their energy to preparing for four upcoming Career Development Events. Potato Grading and Judging kicks off with the District IX contest on Oct. 4 in Connell. Apple Evaluation starts with the District IX contest in Quincy on Oct. 24. State Potatoes and Tractor is Nov. 14 at CB Tech. Members are also preparing to compete at the Western National Rangeland CDE in Elko, Nevada, Nov. 11-12. By Quincy...

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FCAD 2019 Tractor Pull events

Posted by on Sep 30, 2019

Twenty competitors gathered in Quincy on Sept. 14, Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day, for the tractor pull competition. Listed below are the winners for each of the 18 events, provided by Diane Valentine. 2,500 6 mph 1st Jane Gerth AC/CA Super 248.69 2nd Luke TeVelde AC/D10 228.57 3,000 3 mph 1st Don Weil Farmall Super C 242.61 3,000 4 mph 1st Don Weil Farmall Super C 251.68 2nd Randy Valentine Oliver 66 244.77 3rd Lindsey Waters Farmall 230 235.08 4th Dan Gerth AC Super CA 221.42 5th Don Weil Farmall Super C 219.22 6th Roger Gregory Ford 800 217.16 3,000 6 mph 1st Luke TeVelde AC D10 288.66 2nd Roger Gregory Ford 800 285.53 3rd Randy Valentine Oliver 66 262.16 4th Dan Gerth AC Super CA 246.32 5th Dan Waters Farmall 230 245.76 3,000 8 mph 1st Roger Gregory Ford 800 295.92 2nd Randy Valentine Oliver 66 277.96 3rd Dan Waters Farmall 230 242 3,000 KOH 3 mph 1st Don Weil Farmall Super C 250.79 2nd Luke TeVelde AC D10 250.53 3rd Randy Valentine Oliver 66 246.41 4th Dan/Lindsey Waters Farmall 230 246.13 5th Roger Gregory Ford 800 243.64 6th Dan Gerth AC Super CA 211.27 3,500 3 mph 1st Dean Gerke Massey Ferguson 65 258 3,500 4 mph 1st Randy Valentine Oliver 66 295.82 2nd Dean Gerke Massey Ferguson 65 250.96 3rd Dan Waters Farmall 230 DQ speed 3,500 6 mph 1st Scott Hodges Ford 800 301.22 2nd Roger Gregory Ford 800 289.46 3rd Dan Gerth AC/WD 272.72 4th Grant TeVelde AC WD-45 290.24 DQ dropped wt. 3,500 8 mph 1st Scott Hodges Ford 800 338.69 2nd Roger Gregory Ford 800 284.13 3rd Randy Valentine Oliver 66 274.78 3,750 KOH 3 mph 1st Don Weil Farmall 300 295.4 2nd Dennis/Jane Buys AC WD 283.44 3rd Grant TeVelde AC WD-45 282.74 4th Dan Gerth AC WD 275 5th Dean Gerke Massey Ferguson 65 266.02 6th Roger Gregory Ford 800 261.2 3,750 8 mph 1st Scott Hodges Ford 800 316.08 4,000 3 mph 1st Kyle Poldervart AC WD 285.34 2nd Dean Gerke Massey Ferguson 65 230.56 3rd Dale Buys John Deere 435 206.32 4,000 4 mph 1st Dan Gerth AC WD 315.1 2nd Grant TeVelde AC WD 45 279.65 3rd Sally Weil Farmall 300 277.27 4th Dale Buys John Deere 435 277.13 4,000 6 mph 1st Dan Gerth AC WD 305.74 coin flip 2nd Scott Hodges Ford 800 329.46 coin flip 3rd Grant TeVelde AC WD45 292.08 4,500 3 mph 1st Dean Gerke Massey Ferguson 65 260.8 2nd Dennis/Jane Buys AC WD 255.5 3rd Don Buys John Deere 435 255.37 4,500 4 mph 1st Dan Gerth AC WD 302.73 2nd Don Buys John Deere 435 277.13 5,000 4 mph 1st Don Weil Farmall Super C 316.13 Exhibition Kyle Poldervart John Deere 7020 Full Pull Exhibition DJ Calloway Ford F250, 5.9 Cummins, 3.0 smooth bore turbo Full...

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Newhouse honored for agriculture advocacy

Posted by on Sep 24, 2019

On Sept. 10, Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., was honored with the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) Ambassador’s Circle Award at NASDA’s annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, according to a press release. “I have dedicated my life and my career to representing agriculture,” said Newhouse in a press release. “I have held many titles: farmer, representative in the Washington state house, and director of Washington state’s Department of Agriculture. More recently: congressman for Central Washington and even a Knight of the International Order of the Hop. Now, I am honored to be named a NASDA Ambassador. I am very humbled and honored to receive the Ambassador’s Circle Award from my friends and colleagues.” “Congratulations to our 2019 Honor Awards recipients! Our state departments of agriculture are homes to incredibly talented people who often go unrecognized in the world of public service. NASDA’s Honor Awards Program provides our members the opportunity to recognize their staff for their work on a national stage,” said NASDA president and New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte in a press release. The Ambassador’s Circle Award recognizes an external stakeholder to NASDA who has provided exemplary dedication to advancing NASDA’s mission. Newhouse was nominated by current director of Washington state’s Department of Agriculture, Derek Sandison, and Idaho Director of Agriculture Cecelia Gould. A third-generation farmer, Newhouse served as director of the state Department of Agriculture from 2009 to 2013. Since his election to Congress, Newhouse has supported the mission of NASDA through his advocacy for ratification of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and other agriculture trade priorities, support of comprehensive immigration reform that supports the agriculture industry, and his dedication to programs that support the needs of America’s farmers and ranchers. Post-Register...

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Port offers refund after mishap

Posted by on Sep 19, 2019

The Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center is booked with parties and events on most weekends, as the Port of Quincy has developed the facility and made it available for rent. One of those parties was cut short on Aug. 31 by an unexpected plumbing problem, and the Port has offered a refund to the renters. The unfortunate event was discussed at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Port’s board of commissioners, with Commissioner Curt Morris absent. The couple who had rented the main hall for the Aug. 31 party attended the meeting and spoke during the regular recognition of guests on the agenda. Amador Madera read a letter to commissioners about the early ending of their event – a wedding reception for him and his wife, Nancy Oropeza, and a baptism celebration for son Amador A. Madera. The festivities ended after a foul odor and liquid in the kitchen was brought to the attention of Dan Couture, who was on-site that night providing security. Couture ended up deciding to clear the facility at 11:30 p.m. Madera and Oropeza said they had subsequently spoken with Darci Kleyn, comptroller for the Port, about a refund but were expecting to hear more. Commissioner Brian Kuest said, “We recognize that there was a huge inconvenience there,” and he asked Kleyn to confirm what the refund would consist of. She said the couple would get $2,000 back, which was the entire hall rent and damage deposit, but not the charge for security service. Kleyn later in the meeting said the plumbing problem is being fixed and a protocol would be developed to handle emergencies. Commissioner Patric Connelly also apologized to Madera and Oropeza for the disruption of their reception. After the meeting, Kleyn explained that the plumbing problem was not a sewage backup, but was from a bar sink drain that drained into a grease tank. The family lost some leftover food and cake left behind at the hall, she added. Moving to other agenda items, the commissioners listened to a presentation by ABCS, short for A Business Consulting Service, a company in Ephrata, about how it could help market Colockum Ridge Golf Course. Port commissioners seek to increase play at the course. On the Raceways building project, commissioners discussed with Larry Julius, of Gray & Osborne engineering firm, a bond in lieu of retainage requested by the contractor. The two commissioners present, Connelly and Kuest, voted to accept the bond. Regarding the Port taking on industrial wastewater, Kuest said the Port had received letters of support from Amway and Lamb Weston for the first $35,000 of the cost of work by Landau Associates. Kuest added that he expected to meet soon with Quincy Foods on the subject also. With that, the commissioners voted to award the industrial wastewater engineering and design work to Landau, subject to a favorable review by the Port’s attorney. Reporting on Colockum Ridge, Chris Dowd said the golf course is slowing down now as summer cools off. In discussing marketing of the course, Dowd urged the commissioners to have Catalina Blancas – recently hired for part-time marketing work for the Port – run with it. By Dave Burgess,...

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The Flower Basket blooming in Quincy Public Market

Posted by on Sep 13, 2019

When longtime owner of The Flower Basket Sue Stetner decided it was time to retire a little over three years ago, her daughter Ashley Ko contacted her sister Kristin Mead urging her to take over the business and go in as partners. Growing up in the floral business, the sisters couldn’t pass up the opportunity to keep the business in the family. Both sisters missed the business and flowers when they were away from it. While living in Massachusettes for three years, Ko would grab a bundle of flowers once a week to put in her home. A big part of the decision for Mead was the family aspect. Working alongside her sister, mother and father was important for her, said Mead, adding, “there are difficulties that come from working with your family, but it’s also a blessing.” Sisters Kristin Mead, left, and Ashley Ko, owners of The Flower Basket in Quincy, opened their new public market location in late May.Photo by Miles King/Post-Register Stetner bought the business when Mead was just a junior in high school, but had been working in the shop since she was in kindergarten. The original location, at 109 F St. SE, remains in addition to the new location inside the new Quincy Public Market, about one mile to the west. Even after retiring from the shop, Stetner still helps with day-to-day business and played a big role in the new public market location. The shop employs about 10 people, all of them working part time, said Mead. A lot of people like working with flowers, according to Mead, with Ko adding, “they’re beautiful on their own, so it makes it easy to work with them.” In the first year of ownership, Ko and Mead received help from their mother who helped with day-to-day business and provided advice for her daughters. Now in their third year of ownership, the sisters have a better understanding of what it takes to run the business. “It takes a lot of energy and hours to run a floral business,” said Mead. The new location in the public market, which opened in late May, was put together as a team effort from the sisters and their parents with long hours spent after hours designing and making the shop what it is today. While the original location focuses on flowers and arrangements for weddings, funerals, birthdays or any other event someone may want flowers for, the market location is focused more on home décor and gifts. However, the market shop sells some loose flowers and wraps, according to Ko and Mead. The sisters enjoyed designing and building their newest location in the market with the help of their parents, and Mead especially likes the open floor plan. The sisters included a small yellow table just outside the shop in the market, which is quite popular, said Mead. She tries to build a small centerpiece arrangement every week for customers and market goers to enjoy. “I’m really excited and I really enjoy our new space over there because it is pretty,” said Ko. “We were able to create it ourselves … that was fun to be able to come in with a blank slate.” By Miles King,...

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Local students excel at fairs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2019

At last month’s Grant County Fair, Quincy FFA members showed their animals well and brought home awards, according to Quincy FFA co-adviser Mike Wallace. In the beef category, three Quincy FFA members won high honors. Sarahi Dominguez won Grand Champion FFA Market Steer and Grand Champion Novice Fit and Show. Brody Wallace took Reserve Champion Division 1 Fitting and Showing. And, Cooper Raap won Reserve Champion Division 2 Fitting and Showing. In the swine category, Madison Lee won Grand Champion Novice Fitting and Showing. In the goats category, three Quincy FFA members stood out. Alex Aguila had the Grand Champion Market Goat. Evan Avila won the Reserve Champion Market Goat award. And, Anne Safe brought home awards as Grand Champion Novice Fitting and Showing and Grand Champion Novice Round Robin Showman. Mike Wallace added that Quincy FFA members also won many return-round ribbons for the championships, including Aileen Perez for her market hog. Both of Brody Wallace’s steers were in the champion drive for steers. Later in August, two Quincy students also won accolades at the NCW Fair. According to WSU Douglas County Extension, Stacia Sarty won Reserve Champion in the Senior level of the 4-H Round Robin, and she won Grand Champion in Market Lamb, while Gavin Sahli took Reserve Champion at the Senior level in Sheep Fitting & Showing. Post-Register...

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Drones go to work in Washington forests: Column

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019

By Don C. Brunell While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers around the world watched Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up in flames. It has stood for over 850 years, through wars, natural disasters, and everything in between, including the fire. At first, it appeared the iconic building would be completely destroyed; however, French firefighters used thermal vision drones to direct their hoses and get an upper hand on the situation. Notre Dame is massive, and having a view from above provided critical information that was not available on the ground. In the days after the flames, drones were used extensively to collect key structural information and allow workers to safely enter the building and begin restoration. Then last June, fire bosses near Flagstaff, Arizona, found themselves battling an 8,000-acre blaze, part of which was used for World War II artillery training. Unexploded bombs, shells, bullets, grenades and mines posed a deadly hazard to firefighters on the ground, pilots in low-flying retardant spraying aircraft, and high-voltage transmission lines. Drones not only provided a view of where the ordinance may be, but allowed remote operators to drop small fire bombs to start low-intensity backfires. It worked because when the main fire arrived, most of its needed fuel was gone. While drones used in firefighting have drawn lots of attention, a new role is surfacing in helping to reforest burned wildlands. Replanting trees as quickly as possible after a wildfire is one of the most important ways of reducing CO2, stemming erosion and preventing floods. Every year worldwide, 15 billion trees are destroyed by fire or pollution, and despite $50 billion a year spent by governments around our planet on replanting, there remains an annual net loss of 6 billion trees. Over the last decade, western forestlands have been devastated by massive wildfires. As a result, thousands of acres are left barren, particularly on federal lands. Congressional reforestation appropriations are woefully lacking, and that is unlikely to change. That’s where new drone technology comes in. Start-up companies, such as Seattle’s DroneSeed and England’s BioCarbon Engineering (BCE), have developed sophisticated 3D ground mapping software and precision tree planting techniques using swarms of drones. It is particularly helpful when replanting on steep slopes. An experienced and energetic tree planter can place 800-1,000 seedlings over two acres each day. On the other hand, two operators controlling specially equipped drones are 150 times faster and 4-10 times cheaper. Seattle-based DroneSeed developed the technology and is deploying it in the Northwest. Hancock Forest Management, a large international forest landowner, contracted DroneSeed to replant a portion of its land burned by a massive 2018 southwest Oregon wildfire. Drones survey the burned area designated for planting and to find suitable sites. They identified “micro-sites” such as stumps that would shade the seedlings of trees native to the area and provide additional nutrients from decaying wood. Then they dispatched drones carrying hoppers full of seeds encapsulated within gel-packets the size of a hockey puck. According to DroneSeed, “This medium provides an ideal growing condition for the seed, and even deters deer and elk from eating it.” With the mapping data, the swarm of drones fly precisely to...

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