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Department of Ecology OKs plan for new data center in Quincy

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019

In an announcement Oct. 23, the Washington Department of Ecology gave its green light to a Dallas, Texas-based company with a plan to build a data center in Quincy. CyrusOne Data Center would be the eighth data center campus in Quincy. It is planned to be built at 1025 D St. NW, which is on the western side of the NTTData Western Technology Center data center. In January this year, Cy­rusOne Inc. applied for an air quality permit. Ecology approved Cy­rusOne for construction and operation with conditions listed detailing administration, equipment restrictions, operating limitations, maintenance and testing requirements, and emission limits. In the technical support document issued with the approval order, together totaling 37 pages, is this summary: The 40 engine-generator sets proposed in the application are MTU Model 16V4000G84S, each with a rated capacity of 2.25 megawatt electrical (MWe) units, and the other two (2) are MTU Model 12V2000G85-TB, each with a rated capacity of 0.750 MWe. If the facility is fully built-out as planned, it will have a combined capacity of up to approximately 91.5 MWe. CyrusOne will use direct evaporative cooling units to cool the data server areas. According to the application, the cooling units are not a source of air emissions. In addition, the facility claims it will not install any other diesel engines for use as fire pumps or for life-safety purposes. Ecology states its conclusion on page 32: Based on the above analysis, Ecology concludes that operation of the 42 generators will not have an adverse impact on air quality. Five pages of the technical support document cover the public comments about the proposed project and the responses from Ecology. All of the comments were from longtime Quincy resident Danna Dal Porto. She was the only one to comment at the public hearing in Quincy also. Dal Porto’s comments and questions center on her concerns over air pollution, its effects on the health of Quincy residents, and some more technical aspects of Ecology’s analysis and practices. Ecology opened a period for public comment on the data center proposal on May 9, 2019, and it ran through June 17. An open house and hearing on the CyrusOne project was held June 13 at the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center. At the June 13 hearing Dal Porto said, “I am here because as a Quincy resident for 39 years … I want to learn about any development that emits hazardous materials into the air we breathe.” If the new data center is built as planned, it would fall in the middle of the range of data centers in Quincy as far as the number of generators permitted at each one. A CyrusOne spokesman said June 13 that the company works with some of the largest companies in the world, and the Quincy data center would be CyrusOne’s 46th data center. By Dave Burgess,...

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Scout helps make shelter dogs more comfortable

Posted by on Nov 11, 2019

With colder weather looming in the coming months, Quincy High School senior Gavin Porter decided to help animals in the Quincy Animal Shelter by donating 30 new dog beds for the number of dogs housed there. He donated the beds in early September, said Porter, who decided to take on the project to fulfill requirements to become an Eagle Scout, which he expects to receive in March. The Eagle Scout project is a leadership exercise focused on community service projects, he said. Porter is part of Troop 41 based in Ephrata. Porter also comes from a house full of animals: three dogs, three cats and a lizard, he said, adding that it’s kind of like a zoo. Beyond earning his Eagle Scout, Porter just wanted to help the dogs in the shelter be more comfortable in the winter months. “I wanted to help the animals before winter hit, so they didn’t have to sleep on cold, concrete ground,” said Porter. The beds are made of a PVC pipe frame with fabric stretched over it and screwed in. With help from his Scout troop and his brother Korbin, a freshman, all 30 beds were completed in two days, said Gavin. The group made three different sizes and 10 of each. The fabric screwed into the frames is very taught, elevating the animal off the floor, said Shelter Manager Issela Navarro. Some dogs are not allowed the beds because they will chew them up, but the dogs that do sleep on them do so in different ways. Some prefer to nap on just the fabric alone while others like a blanket on top of the fabric, said Navarro. “Having a bed will at least help so they don’t actually have to sleep on the cold [floor],” said Navarro said. “They’re durable, so it’s kind of hard for the dogs to rip up that easy.” By Miles King,...

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Pastor feeling at home in Quincy

Posted by on Nov 8, 2019

Starting as the pastor of the Quincy First Assembly Church on March 1, 2019, Kathy Jingling feels she has the opportunity to work where she calls home: the Basin. Jingling currently lives in Moses Lake with her sister and three-pound Chihuahua, Ellie. She was born and raised in Moses Lake, and the Jingling family has been in the area for a long time, she added. After graduating from Moses Lake High School in 1974, Jingling attended Big Bend Community College and later Eastern Washington University, where she earned an education degree. Kathy Jingling currently lives in Moses Lake but has come to love the small-town feel of Quincy, she said.Photo by Miles King/Post-Register After teaching in Ephrata public schools for 10 years, Jingling started mission work with Generations Church in Moses Lake, training teachers in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean, from 1988 to 2010. She also developed curriculum for the teachers, which is translated in 35 languages and is still being used today. With her years of mission work in Spanish-speaking countries, she picked up the ability to communicate in Spanish. After her work in other countries, she returned to Moses Lake and worked on staff at Generations Church for the last eight years. Jingling attended the very same church throughout her childhood and also served as a youth leader and Sunday school leader in her teens, although at that time the church was known as Moses Lake Assembly of God. Quincy First Assembly did not have a full-time pastor for about a year and a half. According to Jingling, Quincy First Assembly approached her about its pastor position, and she was invited to lead a service in February. After the service, she met with the church’s leadership team and moved forward from there. “I was excited to get an opportunity to lead,” said Jingling. “I found a really great group of people.” Jingling has also come to appreciate what she called the “really great group of pastors” in town and their drive to work together. Pastors from each church meet regularly and plan community events, she said, adding, “Quincy is a very unique community.” Jingling has come to love the small-town feel in Quincy and especially Farmer-Consumer Awareness Day. Quincy First Assembly members participated in the FCAD Grand Parade this year and even earned a prize for their parade float. Outside of her job, Jingling also enjoys fishing with Ellie and even has a favorite secret spot where she receives no cellular service. “It’s a great getaway for me,” she added. By Miles King,...

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Ybarra, county criminal justice proposition draw strong support from voters

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

Voters showed widespread support for Alex Ybarra, seen in the first tally of ballots on Tuesday night. November 5 was the General Election, and there were notable measures and public offices – a few of them contested – for voters to ponder. The first count of ballots showed Alex Ybarra well out in front with 79 percent of the votes over Steve Verhey’s 21 percent in the race for Legislative District 13 representative in Olympia. A number of elections for local offices drew only one candidate, the incumbent, including for the Quincy School District board, city council in George, city council in Quincy, hospital district board, cemetery district commission, port district commission, and fire district commission. In the race for mayor of George, challenger Don Entzel held a small lead over incumbent Gerene Nelson, 53 to 47 percent. The election hinges on just a few votes, as the total counted as of Nov. 5 was only 36. George’s local Proposition 1, a sales and use tax for transportation improvements, for 0.2 of one percent on retail sales within the city, garnered support. Those in favor outweighed those against, 64 to 36 percent. In the election for the director 4 position on the Quincy School District board, Jack Foglesong held a substantial lead on Henry Hernandez, 65 percent to 35 percent respectively, as of Nov. 5. Grant County Public Hospital District 2’s Proposition 1, for an operations and maintenance levy of $875,000 to be collected in 2020 showed 56 percent in favor and 44 percent against. The law and justice Proposition 1, a Grant County sales and use tax for criminal justice funding, put forward by the Grant County Commission, garnered strong support. The first tally showed 62 percent in favor and 38 percent against. By Dave Burgess,...

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Lace maker impresses at Senior Center

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019

About a dozen ladies met in the Quincy Senior Center on the afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 23, to witness the fine craftsmanship of bobbin lace maker Lone Black Eagle. Lone Black Eagle comes from Ephrata but was raised in Vancouver, Washington, where he learned the skill. He has been making lace for nearly 40 years, he said. “You work the bobbin, don’t let the bobbin work you,” Lone Black Eagle recalled his mentor saying. Lone Black Eagle makes the lace on a small pillowed platform with a pin cushion in the center. He worked Egyptian cotton thread through about a dozen pins in the cushion, weaving through them with the threads attached to about 15 bobbins. According to Lone Black Eagle, there are only two true laces in the world; bobbin and needle made lace. He takes about three to four hours to make a foot of lace using the bobbins, he said. He sells the lace for about $25 per foot. “A lot of people don’t want to pay the money for it,” he said, adding that the product doesn’t lose its value. By Miles King,...

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Transportation concerns raised at school board meeting

Posted by on Nov 4, 2019

During the Quincy School District board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 22, school district Transportation Director Rob Henne reported some issues transportation has noticed in the first two months of school. The meeting, held in the transportation building, was well attended. About two dozen district employees and community members filled the room, including Athletic Director Brett Fancher, Quincy High School Principal Marcus Pimpleton, Quincy Middle School Principal Scott Ramsey and Ancient Lakes Elementary Principal Colleen Frerks. Board members Alex Ybarra and Henry Hernandez were absent as well as senior student representative Taylor Thomsen. Board President Susan Lybbert started the discussion about transportation concerns, reporting that she has personally seen some students being dropped off at nearly 5 p.m., nearly two hours after high school students – the last to be released – are released at 3:10 p.m. Henne acknowledged the slow route times and said they needed to be observed to discover issues. The longest bus routes are from 90 to 115 minutes, he added. Fortunately for schools, the route times have not affected students arriving to school on time. Another issue Henne identified was parents not being present at bus stops to receive their kids. Per district policy, students in second grade or younger must be picked up by a guardian at the bus stop, he said. According to Henne, about 300 fewer students are riding buses daily compared to last year. Superintendent John Boyd said that he has seen bike racks full almost every day, agreeing that more students are biking and walking to school. Students walking and biking to school are sometimes late, said Frerks. Some students who live the closest to school grounds are arriving late. “Some students I can see walking across the street,” she added. In other matters, junior board member Eduardo Diaz shared with the board that students at the high school were offered SAT tests. If students did not want to take the test, the pre-SAT was also offered. He also shared concerns of the level of violence in the school, and has noticed an increase since his freshman year. Diaz is currently a junior. Boyd was the last to speak and noted the board’s work calendar is somewhat finalized. “We’re trying really hard to stay on track with that,” he added. Boyd closed the meeting sharing construction progress across the district and said workers are chipping away at final items. The board adjourned the meeting and entered a work session regarding the student health center at the high school. The next board meeting will be held on Nov. 12 at 5:30 p.m. in the transportation building. By Miles King,...

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Making a difference in Quincy Valley

Posted by on Nov 2, 2019

L&R Café was buzzing with customers last Saturday as it was the chosen location for the Quincy Senior Center Make A Difference Day fundraiser. Customers were served up hot cups of coffee, fluffy pancakes and sausages at $5 (for seniors and children) and $10 a plate. It was a good value for a worthwhile cause, bringing in about $1,100. “We came to support the Senior Center,” said Quincy resident Carol Golay. “We support our community. That’s what our family does.” Senior Center director Stacia Soukup mentioned that the bulk of the money from fundraising will go toward fixing the Senior Center van that is used for field trips. “The van is in need of about $8,000 worth of body work,” Soukup said. There are other things that the Senior Center needs as well, including the installation of handicapped doors in the bathrooms and main entry. “It’s really embarrassing to those with needs to always have to ask someone to open the door,” Soukup continued. Currently, cookie sales at the Senior Center are up. The cookies have been very popular and well received by the community. Membership and lunch sales are also up, but the funds are falling short to meet all of the needs of the Quincy Senior Center. Soukup encourages anyone who can to call 787-3231 to make a donation. Susie Hendrickson, the owner of L&R, is also challenging local businesses to make $100 donations to the Quincy Senior Center. Other projects for Make A Difference Day, Oct. 26, included collecting supplies for the Quincy Animal Shelter. Organized by Dottie Van Baugh, the project collected many toys, blankets and some large bags of dog food. At the hospital, a group of ladies was busy sewing washable feminine hygiene kits for third-world countries. This project was part of Days For Girls, an international charity that ships these supplies all around the world. Last year, the Quincy group sent 100 kits to Haiti and may again do so this year. Everything in the kits is donated, including underwear, which was purchased with funds from the Quincy Presbyterian church. The washable sanitary pads are made with a soft cotton flannel and a waterproof barrier that slides in between two pieces of material. There is a reason the pads are made of cloth, and not of disposable plastic. “They have no sanitation for disposables,” said Mandy Ottley, project coordinator. Having such supplies available to people in first-world countries is something that is often taken for granted, according to Audrey Seaberg. Ottley explained that when the pad needs to be changed out, it can be placed in a plastic zippered bag, and then washed out using a bar of soap. All of these items are included in the kit. The kits are worked on once a month during the fall and winter. “So many of these countries don’t have any supplies at all,” Ottley added. In many countries, girls have no feminine hygiene supplies and can’t go to school for up to a week at a time. The girls end up missing up to nine weeks of classes each year and fall farther and farther behind. Another Make A Difference Day project was the Hat Project. Just over 200 hats were distributed to Mattawa Elementary. According to Bonnie Kniveton, 894 hats were distributed...

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Former senior class president wins prestigious prize

Posted by on Nov 1, 2019

Maria Blancas, a 2008 graduate of Quincy High School and senior class president, is the 2019 recipient of the Bullitt Environmental Prize. Currently a doctoral student at the University of Washington, Blancas was recently chosen by the Bullitt Foundation for its 13th annual environmental prize. The honor comes with $100,000 over two years. Reached by phone on Oct. 25, she told the Post-Register, “I am still in shock.” When the prize was announced, her family members happened to be together, meeting to send off her sister to study abroad. “I got the news with my family in the room,” Maria Blancas said, adding that news of the prize was fol-lowed by “a lot of tears, a lot of excitement, a lot of joy.” Maria Blancas, as seen in her senior photo in the Quincy High School yearbook of 2008. Her family also joined her in downtown Seattle for the award presentation on Oct. 9. At the event, she also got to meet previous prize recipients. They encouraged her to just enjoy the moment. “I couldn’t really enjoy the moment,” she said. “I was too nervous.” Graduate students often struggle financially while they pursue their advanced degrees. For Blancas, the Bullitt Prize means she will not have to work multiple jobs to pay her way as a student. “I can really dedicate my time to my research and working with community members,” she said. “It is going to be a big blessing.” The Bullitt Foundation describes Blancas’ research as focusing on cumulative social and environmental impacts to farmworkers in Skagit and Whatcom counties. According to the foundation’s website, the Bullitt Environmental Prize recognizes young people from varied backgrounds who have overcome adversity and demonstrated the ability to become powerful environmental leaders. The goal of the program is to help broaden and diversify the leadership of the global environmental movement. “Agricultural produce touches everyone through the food we eat, yet too often we forget the people working to bring it to our tables,” said Denis Hayes, CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, in the website posting. “Maria’s work gives voice to people who are frequently hidden from view, highlighting impacts to their health and bringing their needs out of the shadows.” Blancas was born in the Mexican state of Michoacán, moving to the United States with her parents as they worked in farms in California and Washington. At 9 years old, she gained legal residency, aided by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, according to the foundation. Past winners of the Bullitt Environmental Prize include a soil carbon researcher, Bahamian marine biologist, wildlife conservation leader trying to reduce conflict between wolves and ranchers, veterinarian with a doctorate in public health who studies zoonotic diseases, a researcher focused on climate change adaptation, and an advocate for organic food security, according to the foundation. The Bullitt Foundation was founded in 1952 by Dorothy Bullitt, who first brought broadcast television to Seattle. In 1992, the Foundation hired Denis Hayes as president and began focusing on safeguarding the natural environment by promoting responsible human activities and sustainable communities in the Pacific Northwest. For more information, visit www.bullitt.org. By Dave Burgess,...

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County treasurer helps taxpayers prepare

Posted by on Oct 29, 2019

Grant County Treasurer Darryl Pheasant in a recent news release reminded Grant County taxpayers that real, mobile home, and personal property second half taxes are due by Oct. 31. Pheasant advised that to send payment by mail, make sure the envelope is postmarked on or before Oct. 31 to avoid being considered delinquent. A taxpayer should verify that all parcels the taxpayer intends to pay for are included on the statements. Send the bottom-right-side coupon of the statements to pay by mail for proper crediting. A taxpayer with more than one coupon may make one check for the total taxes. A drop box is set up outside the county courthouse next to the election ballot drop box for those tax-payers who wish to drop off their tax payment and do not need a receipt. There is also a drop box in the treasurer’s office. The office will be open during noontime Oct. 21 through Oct. 31. To review information regarding a parcel, got to www.grantcountywa.gov. Click on Parcel Information to open TaxSifter. Taxes may also be paid online on the county website www.grantcountywa.gov under the Treasurer’s Tab, and also in Taxsifter in the tax section in the Treasurer tab. Payments by credit cards, debit cards or Echecks can only be done through the website. For more information on taxes, call 754 2011, ext. 4299. By Post-Register...

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Q-and-A with candidates for District 13 representative: Alex Ybarra

Posted by on Oct 28, 2019

Alex Ybarra is one of two candidates running for the office representative for Legislative District 13 in the Washington House of Representatives. Below, Ybarra responds to questions from the Post-Register. Current occupation Reliability and Compliance Auditor, Grant County PUD How have you been involved in the communities of Legislative District 13? I was born and raised in Quincy and graduated from Quincy High School. I attended college in Ellensburg and work for Grant County PUD who serves greater than 40,000 customers from Grand Coulee to Mattawa. In the Legislature I worked to secure funding for the George community center, a building in Ellensburg, and a community park in Royal City. I’m involved in other community causes like supporting the Columbia Basin K9s and Boys and Girls Club. I’ve also coached softball for 11 years. What would be your top priority as LD13 representative? My top priority is effectively representing my constituents so that their voices are part of the discussions in the state legislature. What other issues are important? I’m passionate about education, finding solutions for water access, standing against increased spending and taxes, promoting agriculture, and protecting our Second Amendment rights. What else should voters know about you? I like to be active and am somewhat competitive. I’m an avid runner and enjoy the occasional fun run to support a good cause. How can voters contact you to learn more? You can learn more about where I stand on the issues at www.ElectAlexYbarra.com or call...

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