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QUAD CITY Serving the towns of Brewster, Bridgeport, Mansfield, Pateros and lower Methow Valley Weather i i Ill I H L P August 5 105 69 0 August 6 91 61 0 August 7 93 ,% 0 August 8 95 72 0 August 9 100 55 0 August 10 1130 61 0 August l 1 99 62 0 Weekly weather report through courtesy Security Section, Chief Joseph Dam Mansfield School Board selects new superintendent Mark Mansell said he became a teacher, and eventually an administrator, because he wanted to be a good influence for children. "The thing I've always wanted to do is make a difference in the lives of students," he said. Mansell is the new superintendent of the Mansfield School District. He replaces Bill Thornton, who resigned to take a teaching position at Idaho State University. Mansell said his ambition toinfluencechildren always extended beyond the walls of his science classroom; he wanted to make a difference for every kid in Omak Middle School. He volunteered to serve on some committees and discovered the decisions made there influenced everychild in the district."lt was very rewarding to me." He said he decided administration was the best and most effective place to make the kind of difference he desired. He left his science classroom for the 1997-98 school year to take a job as technology director and grant writer for the Omak School District. At the same time he worked as coordinator of a grant program involving eight school districts, experimenting with better ways to teach reading, writing and math and reach the officials education goals set by the slate. (Then there were the classified advertising and real estate guides he published, "my pan- time job," he said. He started that in an effort to learn more about business in the real world, he said. "It all started with just me in my basement as a hobby. The next thing I know 1 had eight employees and a building.") He said his long term goal was to become a superintendent;"actually, I envisioned it taking a few more years." His jobs in Omak brought him into contact with Thornton, who encouraged him to apply for the superintendent's job in Mansfield, he said. Mansell said he thinks administrators, teachers "The thing I've always wanted to do is make a difference in the lives of students," - Mark Mansell, new Mansfield superintendent and parents all have the same goal in mind-- that the children will receive the best education possible. Schools, however, are limited in both money and time, and they must accommodate many different children with many different needs. It is the superintendent's job, Mansell said, to balance those competing demands and limitations---and explain that balance to district patrons. The nature of the job makes administrators con't on page 12 Brewster man dies in shooting incident A disagreement between friends Sunday evening, August 9, left one man dead and police searching for the other. Aording to Okanogan County Sheriff Jim Weed, Maximino Vasquez, 30, of Brewster. along with the victim were earlier in the day at a party not far from their residence in Gebbers Camp #2, five miles north of Brewster. The two men left the party together and returned to the building in Camp #2 where they were living. A disagreemenl broke out between the two men at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday evening according to reports. The vielim, whoenameis being withhelduntil authorities can notifiy his relatives, took out a knife and Vasquez alledgediy pulled a pistol shooting the victim twice, once in the face and once in the right shoulder. Vasquez helped load the wounded man into their foreman's van to transport to the hospital. He then collected all his belongings and left the scene. The victim was pronounced dead at the Okanogan Douglas District Hospital in Brewster. An autopsy has been ordered by Chief Criminal Investigator Ralph Perkins. The incident is still under investigation according to Sheriff Weed. Vasquez is still at large and wanted for questioning concerning the incident. Regional wheat exports hit hard by Asian crisis The devastating impact of the Asian fmancial crisis on regional wheat exports is all too apparent, based on final export figures for the 1997/98 marketing year. As currencies fell in Asia, so followed U.S. soft white wheat exports. When all was said and done, soft white wheat exports to Asia dropped a whopping 14.6 percent during the last marketing year. This represents a decrease in demand of 418.5 thousand metric tons (TMT) or 15.3 milling bushels, based on USDA export sales figures. ThePacific Northwest accounts for over 87 percent of the nation's total soft white wheat production, withWashington farmers producing nearly 50 percent of that. The lost value to growers and local economies from decreased Asian exports is estimated at over $58 million. Themostdramaticdrop wastoSriLanka' with exports offby a staggering 65 percent con't on page 2 VV apln00 . '!. Win. E. Vallance photo Okanogan Douglas District Hospital employee Ken Peters hangs a speaker, Just one of the final touches being done this week before the grand opening. i New Brewster health o:.;nter plans grand opening this weekend Former Detroit Lion and WSU All-American Mike Utley to make appearance Three rows of brightly colored exercise machines are lined up in the new Heartbeat Health and Fitness Center. They form a sparkling display, bright red and green, white and yellow, interesting but enigmatic--and maybe a little intimidating. After all, in that ads that promote these products, everybody is already incredibly fit:There seems to be no place for the average person, who may not have exercised since high school PE classes. But Blair McHaney thinks everybody has a place in the gym--everybody, from teen athletes to elderlY great- grandmas. McHaney, Wenatchee, has served as a consultant to administrators at Okanogan Douglas Hospital, who will operate the fitness center. The new facility will be opened to the public at a two-day grand opening this Saturday and Sunday, August 15 and 16. Mike Utley, former Detroit Lions football player and Wash!ngton State University All.American, will also be at the grand opening, Utley is a paraplegic after suffering a career ending injury while playing for the Detroit Lions. ' Everybod. . .y .,,with a pulse should, be. doing some kind of, weight trmnmg, McHaney sa|d. He ts the owner of Gold s Gym in Wenatchee. Exercise is beneficial to everyone, no matter their age or condition when they enter the gym, he said. ''The bottom line on this--this is my quote--the object is to have deathand disability occurring at the same instant." In all too many cases, disability set in 10 or 20 years before death, he said; exercise can change that. The equipment at the new fitness center is "absolutely top of the line, the best in the industry," McHaney said. There are treadmills and bicycles to work the heart and lungs, weight machines to work the front or back of legs or chest. Each machine is designed to exercise one or more muscle groups. Their function, however, can be obscure to the untrained eye. In addition, while their function is relatively easy to figure out, the ultimate benefit may be less easy to see. For.that reason itis important to have a plan. McHaney said there would be a trainer on site at least part of the time to show people how to use the equipment to its greatest benefit. The operators want to "be able to have someone Come in and say, 'this is what I want to accomplish'" and have a person help design a program for them, McHaney said. The training program would be tailored to each person, whether the goal was losing weight, rehabilitating an injury, or gaining strength for sports. People will know how often to exercise, how long each session should be, when to increase weight. "We do that every day," McHaney said. The different colors of upholstery designate different manufacturers as well as different exercise regimens. The yellow upholstery designates Nautilus equipment, all of which is designed to be used together. The machines are laid out in sequence; they exercise leg muscles, arm and chest muscles, the midriff. The machines with green upholstery are made by Iciarian, one of the most popular manufacturers in the industry. They were purchased to be used in conjunction with the weights. The red-upholstered machines are made by Hammersmith and are designed for strength training, "just awesome for athletes," McHaney said. There is also a line of cardiovascular machines, which are used in conjunction with weight training. Memberships will be offered by the month, three months, six months and one year, said Martin Nolan, operations manager for the hospital. People also will be able to use it by the day, he said. People can sign up beginning on August 15. ':i I ,, t