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QUAD ('ITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley H L P April 15 66 34 0 April 16 64 43 0 April 17 68 34 0 April 18 65 37 0 April 19 68 45 0 April 20 73 35 0 April 21 78 41 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Volume 96 No. 43 Brewsler, Washinglon JSPS 241-921) 51) A )ril 23, 1998 Mansfield seeks grant for wastewater study The city of Mansfield has applied for a grant to study the state of ofthe city's wastewater treatment system. The study is mandated by the Department of Ecology. It will look at the amount of water flowing into the sewer plant, how much of it is flowing thrr ugh the pipes and how much may be leaking into the system. The city's sewer system was upgraded a few years ago, said city clerk Nancy Hansen; however, it may be necessary to expand the size of the sewer lagoon. The study is projected to cost about $25,000. City officials have applied for a Community Development BlockGrant (CDBG) to pay for it; if the city does nct receive it, they will use a loan from the Public Works Trust Fund. In other business at the regular council meeting Tuesday, April 14, council members received copies of a Department of Health order to clean his property or face legal action. Paul Kollen was given 30 days to remove garbage from the yard and grounds around his house. Kollen lives in a travel trailer next to the house. He is prohibited from living in the house until it is cleaned; the house may be contaminated with hazardous materials. Kollen does not have city garbage service and has not disposed of garbage on the property, Hansen said. If the property is not cleaned he will face civil penalties. Linda Bayless, new president of the North Central Washington Resource Conservation and Development council (RC&D),reportedthat theRC&Dis considering a proposal to convert the old bank building on Mansfield's main street into a museum. The proposal is still under study. Columbia River Royalty court selected at Sunday pageant Nikki Meese, Delia Hemandez, Melissa Nieuwenhuis and Heather Allen will reign as Columbia River Royalty for 1998. The girls were chosen to represent their communities during the Annual Columbia River Royalty Pageant Sunday, April 19. Meese was chosen as Miss Brewster;, Brandy Kennell was the runner-up. Hernandez was named Miss Bridgeport, with Teresa Medina as runner up. Nieuwenhuis, Miss Pateros, and Allen, Miss Mansfield, were the only representatives of their towns. Hernandez,Allen, Nieuwenhuis and Meese each receiveda $500 scholarship. Meeseearned the highest number of points and received an additional $500 scholarship; she was named Miss Columbia River Royalty. Hemandez was chosen as Miss Congeniality, an award selected by the pageant participants. Medina received an award for selling the most tickets. Each girl was required to prepare a scrapbook as part of the pageant activities; Nieuwenhuis received an award for her scrapbook. Each girl gave her mother, or a close female relative, a special award. Hernandez said she was not scared until she was named Miss Bridgeport. "Then I got nervous," she said. Meese, on the other hand, was nervous all the way through; ,I was like this," she said, holding up a shaking hand. Nieuwenhuis said she enjoyed the whole pageant experience. "We all had fun together," she said. She is looking forward to the parades, she said. Allen said they had a lot of fun going places together (even when Nikki's mother Charlotte got lost in Wenatchee) and she was looking forward to more of those trips. The 1997 Columbia River court, Miss Brewster Jamie Gibb, Miss Pateros Robin Butler and Miss Bridgeport Sarah Cooper, attended the pageant to crown their successors. Allen was given her crown by Mansfield Chamber president Renee Bayless. Gibb, Cooper and Butler gave a slide show featuring 1997's activities. Each girl also made a short speech; all three thanked their families and communities for the support they received. ': . Cheryl photo The 1998 Clumbia Rive Royalty will include, from left, Miss Pnteros Melissa Niouwonhuis; Miss Bridgeport Delia Hernandez; Mi Manefllilathor Allen and MI Brewoter Nikki MoeN. They also performed a dance routine to the classic Great Balls of Fire. In keeping with the 1950s themeMemories of the Past, Dreams of the Future, each contestant was required to write a report on an aspect of life in the Fifties and how it affects today. In addition, each was given an unrehearsed question to answer; the girls also performed a dance to the rock'n roll anthem RockAround the Clock. Rebecca Meadows of Pateros and KOZI Judges interviewed each contestant prior to Radioin Chelan wasthemistressofceremonies. the pageant; they also examined the girls' The poise of Meadows and the contestants school transcripts and their scrapbooks, was put to an unexpected test when there It was such a1950s night that Elvis himseif was a delay in counting the ballots. (They orat least a reasonable imitator, BiliRedfield met the challenge very successfully.) The of Mansfield--putinanappearance.Jennifer judges were Janice Moore of Ephrata, Carlton, Omak, performed a dance routine Dinah Corrigan of Chelan and Dr. Richard to music from the film Grease. Johnson of Okanogan. Pateros seats Mayor Mooney; loan retired No help for volunteer fire department Pateros City Council members have approved a lump-sum payment of a $31,000 loan taken out in 1994 topay for repairs to thecity's water system. The city had been paying on the loan since taking it out; city officials had enough money to pay the balance and decided to do that rather than continue paying the interest. In other business at the regular council meeting Monday, April 20, Carol Mooney was sworn in as mayor. She replaces Harold Jahr, who resigned April 1. Council member Gail Howe was appointed as mayor pro tern; she will take over council meetings in the mayor's absence. Mooney said the council needs a new member to take her now-vucant council seat. Applicants must be registered voters and live within the Pateros city limits. People who want to apply can submit a letter of interest at Pateros City Hall. Fire chief Jerry Moore reported he had had no response to his appeals for more volunteers. Moore said that at present the department has four active members, all with many years experience; they are becoming more and more burned out. Moore said the department needs nine to 12 people to be able to be as effective as its members prefer. If the department were to disband, it would be reflected in much higher fire insurance rates for residents, Mo&e said. In addition, rue equipment belonging toOkanogan County Fire District No. 5 now stored in the Pateros fire hall would be moved. Moore said he had talked to some people he thought might be interested in joining the con't on page 5 i Sd00,lect/on begins for Quad 00C;ty Motherof the Year the beg inning. Eventually their horizons expand 4, Letters of nomination now t00eirlg accepted by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer There are some tough jobs out there. They require a lot of energy and dedication; they take a lot of time. But the toughest job of all belongs to Morn. Actually being Mom is many jobs--she has to be a provider and a teacher, a counselor and a nurse, a cheerleader ahd a drill sergeant. She has to prepare her children for the world, then she has to let them go. But her job never really ends; her children are always her children, and they always need her gu!dance and love, even when they think they don t----perhaps especially when they think they don't. Mothers and fathers are all a child knows, in and include others, brothers and sisters, friends, eventually spouses and children. But mothers never really lose their special place; it is always one of the most important relationships in life, no matter how stormy it can become. In a way, children know how important Morn is and how much she matters. But sometimes it is not until they grow up-- maybe not until they become parents---that they really understand what it takes to be a Morn. For the third year the Quad City Herald staff is recognizing all those mothers and the job they do through the Mother of theYearcontest. Sons and daughters of all ages are encouraged to write and explain tho qualities that make their Morn special.Nominated mothers should live in the Quad City area. Daughters and sons who want to enter the contest are asked to submit a letter to the Quad City Herald, Box 37, Brewster, WA 98812. Repeat entries will be accepted; people who entered the contest in 1996 and 1997 axe encouraged to write again. All letters must be received by Monday, May 4. The Mother of theYear will be chosen by apanelofcommunity judges. All entries should include Mom's name, address and telephone number as well s the name address and telephone number of the writer. All the nominating letters will be sent to the mothers in time for Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10. The mother who is selected will receive gifts from a number of local businesses. Changes may be necessary for success in apple marketing The operators on the Psychic Hotline notwithstanding, it is impossible to predict the future. It is, however, possible to build on existing information to make a guess about what the future is likely to contain. Commodity production--be it apples or almonds or ca[fce---often is subjected to that kind of analysis. In fact many commodity producers have developed whole organizations to market and promote their products; part of the job of those organizations is to look at the present and future market, examine what has happened and project what might be coming. Many yearsago state appleproducersestablished the Washington Apple Commission for that purpose. And theApple Commission's guesses about the future of the apple market? Well-- The next half-dozen years "look kind of scary," said SteveLutz, oftbeAppleCommission. Lutz came to Brewster Monday, April 20 to talk with orchardists and review the Apple Commission's efforts and direction. That review is necessary because the world apple market "Is fundamentally different than it was five years ago," Lutz said. Improvements in fruit production worldwide mean that Washington apples are competing with fresh fruit year round, Lutz said. And the competition is not just with Southern Hemisphere apples-- all year round people can find a wide array of high quality fresh fruit, from guava to cherries, on their grocery store shelves. A second fundamental change is only beginning to make its impact. The People's Republic of China produced about 1.2 billion boxes of apples in 1997; they have some difficulties with production and distribution, Lutz said, but someday those problems will be solved. When they are, China will become an important competitor in the worldwide market. It will have special advantages in Asia, which has been an important market for Washington fruit in the 1990s. Those market challenges come at a time when Washington is expected to produce a record or near-recocd crop. With worldwide competition and large-scale statewide production, Lutzsaid in his opinion Washington growers have three choices. They can let malket forces take their course and wait for the fittest to survive; "the last man standing wins," Lutz said. Or they can rely on the fruit processing warehouses and large producers to fight that battle.The thirdaltemafive, he said, is to increase the ,customer base. The fLrSt tWO methods have the virtue of reducing supply, but at a heavy social cost, he said. He said he prefers the third alternative. For many years George Chapman has been manager of the Magi fruit processing cooperative as well as a member of the board of Tree Top, a leading producer of apple juice. He said in his opinion market forces already are applying pressure, on a worldwide scale. He said he has talked with fruit producers from Chile, who complain about Washington prices; "we are low-cost producerJ" Lutz said he did not think Washington growers could overcome the challenges facing them by concentrating on supply, demand and prices alone. "We aren't going to price our way to success," he said. Chapman said in his opinion a struggle over market share would reduce production among U.S. producers, but that everyone,-- including Washington growers---would feel the effects. Lutz said he thinks the current emphasis on health-conscious foods are good for the apple industry; Irends in consumer eating habits"all play to our favor. It's not like we're sitting here with cigarettes," he said. Chapman said he thinks it might be time to con't on page 2