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PApA 2 Auaut 6= lggg Ouad Ci Hnrald Former Mansfield teacher taking school district to court A former Mansfield School District teacher has filed a civil lawsuit against the district, claiming she was harassed by district officials and fired unfairly. She is seeking unspecified damages. Hazelynne Floyd claims the harassment started after shecomplained to some government agencies; in cluding the state Office of .the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the federal Office of Civil Rights,about alleged deficiencies in the district's special education program. Floyd was one of a group of parents who lodged complaints about the program with various agencies. Floydcharged that she was"thereafter repeatedly harassed, including many 'evaluations' done by (the distric0 through its agents, resulting in Floyd being placed on probation," according to papers filed in Douglas County Superior Court. The district's "'retaliatory conduct resulted in intolerable working conditions" that led to Floyd's dismissal, according to the lawsuit. She "We don't think there is any basis to her complaint" - Jerry Moberg, Moses Lake attorney claimed that the firing was unfair and unjustified, as well as violating her teaching contract. She also claimed her dismissal broke state rules concerning whistleblowers, employees who turn in public agencies for possible wrongdoing. Royd is asking that the district pay an unspecified amount of past and future lost wages as well as punitive damages. "We don't think there is any basis to her complaint," said Jerry Moberg, Moses Lake, an attorney representing the district. He said he was "frankly, quite surprised" that she filed suit; "I thought those issues all got resolved." He said in his opinion Floyd had the opportunity to resolve all questions arising from hercomplaint and the subsequent investigation. While she may have been unhappy with the results, the opportunities for resolution were there and were used, he said. Floyd was one of a group ofparenls, each filing separate complaints, who claimed that their children were not receiving adequate services through the special education program. The district was ordered by the Office of Civil Rights to make changes in its program for one child. Moberg said the case was expected to come to trial sometime within the next year. Wheat harvesters love the hot weather Quad City area wheat has good quality, above average yield Combines and wheat trucks at work are signs that the 1998 wheat harvest is underway. Most of the wheat coming into the grai n elevator in Mansfield is of high quality, said LeRoy Harshaw of Central Washington Grain Growers. "The wheat is basically running No. 1 (grade)." The fields are yielding 46 to 53 bushels an acre, which is slightly above average, Harshaw said. The harvest in the Mansfield area is about one-third complete; the Quad City has avoided the rainstorms that have plagued wheat farmers to the south, Harshaw said. Not only long sunny days but hot weather-- "the hotter, the beuer"--are appreciated at harvest time, Harshaw said. (Hot weather makes threshing easier, he said.) High quality wheat also is arriving at the Brewster elevator; "nice plump kernels," said Mike McLean, one of the workers. Much of it is qualifying for No. 1 grade. The Brewster facility is expected to receive 600,000 to 700,000 bushels, approximately the same size crop as the past two years, McLean said. But that wheat is entering a very competitive world market. Wheat prices are the "lowest they have been in yem-s, and there's one reasom-4oo much of it," said John Anderson, general manager of Central Washington Grain Growers. A large amount of the 1997 wheat harvest remains on the world market, and a good crop is expected worldwide in 1998, Anderson said. "All that adds up to a low price." Farmers in the Pacific Northwest usually raise soft white wheat, which is used for making pasta and crackers rather than bread. The region's primary competitors are producers of soft white wheat from Australia and Canada and soft red wheat growers from the eastern United States. The Australian wheatcrop is harvested in December; projections indicate asubstantialharvest there,Andeeson said. American farmers also are expected to produce a good crop, For those reasons low prices are expected to continue, Anderson said. In years when there is a lot of wheat but not a lot of corn, livestock producers buy the lower-priced wheat as livestock feed, Anderson said. But a big corn crop is projected for 1998. The one factor that could change this picture, Anderson said, is "some surprise weather development on "All that adds up to a low price" -John Anderson, general manager of Central Washington Grain Growers the negative side," such as drought or heavy rains at the wrong time. With the U.S. harvest under way, weather would be a factor only in Australia. Cheryl Schweizer photo Roger Strobel, new adminletrator at Community Medical Center. Community Medical Center names new administrator Roger Strobel has been hired as the new administrator at the Community Medical Center in Brewster. StrObel has 25 years experience as an administrator at medical facilities---big hospitals, small hospitals, clinics, nursing homes. But about two years ago he left the profession altogether and started his own general contracting business. He was working in his new business when a couple of old friends, Jim Lamberton and Ed Van Tassel, contacted him and asked him to consider working for them at the clinic where they practiced medicine."l wasn't looking for anything--it was just out of the blue. So I thought, "why not2. '" Strobel said. He decided to accept their offer. The reason he came back was the same reason that brought him into the field in the fast place; "it's a matter of service, I think," he said. If a person thinks they can help meet a need, "that's the most important "I wasn't looking thi,,g. Can I be of ,, service. for anymmg---00t The clinic's medical was just out of the blue..." - Roger Strobel, administrator staffwasoneofthethings that influenced his decision to take the job, he said. The practice of medicine and their patients, not money, seemed to be the motivating factorsin their careers, he said. The clinic administrator is in charge of staffing and employees, billing and collections, negotiating with insurance companies--all of the details that are part of running a small business involved in medicine. "In essence, it's everything but the practice of medicine. And that's what they (the doctors) hire you for." Doctors want to practice medicine, not be distracted by the business, he said. The different facilities make different demands on an administrator. A clinic is less complex and easier to manage than a hospital, Strobel said. In addition, the relationship with the doctors is much different. Strobel works for the doctors at the clinic; in a hospital, they work with, but not for, the facility (and its manager). At this time he likes the idea of working in a small clinic, he said. Strobel said he thinks it is a fun job. All jobs have their ups and downs, he said, but through the years "I have always enjoyed it. It has its challenges, but it has a lot of rewards." Strobel and his wife Dorita have fourchildren and three grandchildren. Douglas County Sheriff's Office July 31: A 14 year old Bridgeport boy was arrested for being a minor in possession of alcohol, giving false and misleading information and third degree escape. A 14 year old juvenile male was arrested borbeinga minorin possession of alcohol, second degree criminal trespassing and ObslruCting a police officer. August 3: Joyce Wood, 21, Electric City, was cited for third degree driving with a suspended license. / The foflowlng urllolee are net ndly tl vlewe of the Oumd City 14ermld or lie employeee. A view of the party platforms by Adele Ferguson Ok, now that we know who's running for what, here's my comparison of the state Democratic and Republican party platforms to give you some fodder for asking them questions at public forums: ABORTION--Republicans: Ban partial.birth abortion and use of public funds to educate or provide abortions. Parental consent required for non- emergency medical procedures for minors. Democrats: It's up to the woman how many kids she wants. CRIMF.,--Repubficans: Government should protect citizens and property. Limit frivolous appeals by convicted criminals who should serve full sentences. Death penalty for capitalcrimes. Prosecute violent juvenile criminals as adults. No legalization or decriminalization of illicit drugs. Democrats: Government should help alleviate the social conditions that cause crimes. Public funding of substance abuse programs as an alternative to prosecution. DEFENSE AND FOREIGN POLICY: Republicans: Restore military strength but deploy troops for peacekeeping purposes only with aplm)valofCongress.Nodomesticpolicing, and no determination of policies by the UN or NATO, Democrats: Support the UN forum for dealing with conflicts abroad. Pay up what we owe. Encourage American companies to pay overseas employees living wages. Incrementally sanction countriesthat allow human rights violations. DISCRIMINATION--Republicans: End mandated preferences for jobs, promotions, enrollment or contracts by public institutions or government based on race, creed, age, sex or disability. Endorse Initiative 200. Democrats: Oppose all discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and education based on race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability. EDUCATION--Republicans: Tax credits or vouchers to aid parents in choosing theirown school, public, private or home. Oppose teacher certification for private and home schools. Eliminate performance-based education. Abolish the Dept. of Education. Democrats: Full state funding through 12th grade. ENVIRoNMENT--Republicans: Protect and enhance through private, not government, ownership. Enhance salmon without dam removal. Oppose use of public money to re-introduce wolves, caribou and grizzlies and using state lands for international parks. Democrats: Strong environmental protection laws. Fund development of clean, alternative energy solutions. Full disclosure of impacts of corporate pollution. High priority to restoration of wild salmon. GUN CONTROL--Republicans: Citizens have a right to keep and bear arms. Democrats: Restrict sales of assault weapons and semi-automatics. HEALTH CARE--Republicans: Portable insurance and right to choose provider. Limit court-awarded medical malpractice damages. Democrats: Basic health care forall without reservation from prenatal care to death. HUMAN RIGHTSmRepublicans: Families, not governments, are respousie for theirchildren's needs. No-fault divorce laws should be reconsidered. Marriage means one man and one woman. Democrats: Same gender couples should he allowed to marry and share the same rights as other couples. PRAYER IN SCHOOLS Republicans: Support the right of individuals' religious expression in our public schools that is neither mandated nor prohibited by government. Democrats: We support the separation of church and state and oppose mandatory public prayer in publicly funded schools. SOCIAL SECURITYRepubli- cans: Support private options. Democrats: Any changes should preserve long term solvency of the program. TAXES--Republicans: For a fiat tax or national sales tax with a total impact maxed at 25 percent. Democrats: Support a progressive tax system and tax reform. TRANSPORTATiON Republicans: Support Referendum 49 cutting Motor Vehicle Excise Tax and shifting more of it from the General Fund to Wauspomtion use. Democrats: We suPlX Wanspomtion pmgramsthat are an alternative to the automobile. " WELFARE---Republicans: Limit grants based on size of family at enrollment. Require able-bodied adults to work or volunteer. No support for illegal aliens. Democrats: We affirm that food, shelder, medical care, education and jobs axe basic hmnan rights. (Adele Ferguson can be reached at P.O. Box 69, Hansville, Wa., 98340.) Referendum 47 is working as intended by Don C. Brunell, President . Association of Washington Busmess Recent news articles have suggested that taxpayers aren't getting their money's worth from Referendum 47, the property tax measure that was approved by voters last November. Ref. 47, which originated in the legislature, has three major components: it makes permanent a temporary five percent reduction in the state property tax; it averages large spikes in assessed values over a period of time (this section was recently overturned by the State Supreme Court); and requires local officials to take a public vote if they want to increase property taxes by more than the rate of inflation. A study by the Washington Institute points out that, in the first year after Ref. 47 went into effect, only 17 of the state's 39 counties held their property tax increases at or below' the 1.9% inflation rate. In the wake of those increases, critics complain that Ref. 47 isn't working, I disagree. The purpose of Ref. 47 is not to prohibit local officials from raising property taxes. The purpose of Ref. ,*7 is to make those officials stand up and take a public vote when they want to raise your taxes. Prior to the passage of Ref. 47, state law allowed local governments to sit back and watch the money roll in as property tax revenues automatically increased six percent a year. The referendum stops those automatic increases and requires officials to publicly defend their decision to raise taxes. After that, it's up to the voters. Ref. 47 is not tbe sole answer to property tax reduction, but it is a valuable tool - a tool voters must- use to make their voices heard. If voters support property tax increases, then they should re-elect the officials who raised taxes. If not, they should vote them out of office. Babies July 22 - Boy to Jose M. and Rosa E. Gamez, Pateros. July 24 - Boy to Hugo Sergio and Susana Reyes of Brewster. July 28- Boy to Donnieand Jeunifer Wallis of Twisp. 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