County’s planning board looking for members

The Grant County Board of Commissioners announced April 1 that they are looking for two interested citizens, who reside within Grant County to serve on the Grant County Planning Commission. The Planning Commission makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for changes and updates in the comprehensive plan and the zoning code, as well as rezoning actions. This is a volunteer commission, however, mileage will be reimbursed at the applicable County rate. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Hearing Room, Suite 101, at the Courthouse in Ephrata, the first Wednesday of every month beginning at 7 p.m. However, it is not uncommon to have multiple meetings per month. An application must be completed and can be found at the Current Vacancies on Boards, Commissions, & Districts webpage. For further information please contact Development Services Interim Director Tyler Lawrence at 509-754-2011 ext. 2536.

Applications will be accepted until the position filled.

County treasurer says tax statements are in the mail

County Treasurer Darryl Pheasant announced in a press release that the tax statements for the 2022 tax year of real, personal and manufactured properties including those with delinquent taxes and assessments have been mailed.

The treasurer’s office is also working on updated statements for those parcels that had changes that were processed after the original statements were created.

Residents may get current and back-year tax information also at the treasurer’s website www.grantcountywa.com. Just press Parcel Information at the bottom middle of the page.

The Treasurer’s office continues to mail tax information notices to homeowners with mortgages and exemption notices to senior citizens who have received a full exemption of all their taxes.

Please send the bottom left coupon of your statement if you are paying by mail for proper crediting. If you have more than one coupon, you may make one check for the total taxes and please remember to sign your check.

Please check your envelope to verify that all parcels that you want to pay on are on your statement(s).

For 2022, the first half or full payment of taxes are due by May 2 since April 30 is on a weekend. If you have not received all your tax statement(s) by March 10, please call the treasurer’s office at the number below.

The Treasurer’s drop box is located in the courthouse parking lot.

If you have any additional questions regarding your taxes, please call 754-2011, ext. 4299.

Senior Center serving meals

The Quincy Senior Center is open for lunch and dinner, takeout and delivery meals. Dinner will be served on both Tuesday and Thursday, and lunch on Monday and Wednesday.

On the menu this week:

April 6: Bean with bacon soup, roll, fruit and cookie.

April 7: French dip with Swiss cheese. Macaroni salad, green salad, and dessert.

April 11: Cheddar ham chowder, biscuit and cookie. Deli turkey sandwich, fruit, cookie. 10 a.m. coffee social and line dancing at 1 p.m.

April 12: Beef enchiladas, refried beans, southwestern coleslaw, dessert.

Other Senior Center activities:

Chat and Stitch, April 6 and 13, 1 p.m.

S.A.I.L. Class, April 7 and 14, 1 p.m.

Movie and pizza, April 27.

Free COVID-19 tests available at library

The Quincy Public Library has partnered with the Grant County Health Department and is handing out Covid-19 test kits to anyone who wants them. This is an ongoing project, so people can come by during the library’s open hours Monday-Thursday 9a.m.-6p.m., Friday/Saturday 9a.m.-1p.m, and Sundays 1-5p.m. to pick them up.

Alumni scholarships now available

Quincy High School Alumni Scholarships are now available. Scholarships can be found at the high school’s website, http://qhs.qsd.wednet.edu, and then by clicking on Menu, on Academics, and then on Counseling Center. Then, click on College and Career, then again on College and Career near the top right of the screen, and then on Alumni Scholarships. 

Events coming to George Community Hall in April

A busy start to the first full month of spring awaits George’s community hall, with a string of events. On April 9, the bluegrass band Roosevelt Road will perform, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and the performance starting at 7 p.m. Then on April 16, there’s the annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Georgettes and scheduled for 9 a.m.

Children ages 0-12 are welcome. It is recommended that people dress warmly and bring a basket.

Libraries and Confluence Health team up

NCW Libraries is proud to partner with Confluence Health to offer a virtual Health Living Series this spring featuring an introduction to healthy living, weight loss, sleep, and cancer prevention and screening.

This weekly series will run from April 13-May 25, each Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.. A provider from Confluence will lead the presentation followed by a question and answer session.

The series will include:

April 13: An Intro to Health Living with Katie Mathews, PAC.

April 20: Depression, More Than Just the Blues, with Kasey Grass, Behavioral Health Integrated Clinical Director.

April 27: Cover Your Butt: Colon Cancer Prevention and Screening, with Dr. Jen Jorgensen, Director of Subspeciality Medicine and Manager of Gastroenterology.

May 4: A Healthy Approach to Weight Loss with Dr. Andrew Toth and Nutritionist Jess Tyrell.

May 11: Better Sleep with Dr. Ankur Patel.

May 18: Don’t Take My Breath Away: Prevention and Screening for Lung Cancer, with Dr. Saba Lodhi.

May 25: Save Your Rack: The Prevention and Treatment of Breast Cancer, with Dr. Julie Smith and Dr. Cate Straub.

To register for each program, go to www.ncwlibraries.org and find the calendar under the Events tab. After you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom link. Register for each program to wish to attend.

County health district seeks board members

Grant County Health District (GCHD) is accepting applications through April 29, to fill key community member board positions. Per Washington state statute, the Grant County Board of Health (BOH) is tasked with making community member appointment recommendations to the Grant County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).

Applications will be accepted by the health district until 5 p.m. on April 29, 2022. In May, the BOH will review and interview applicants and make recommendations to the commissioners for appointment. Expected appointments will be made prior to July 1, 2022.

A single county health district, such as GCHD, must have an equal number of elected and non-elected members on its board.

Non-elected members must include people in all of the following categories:

Public health, health care facilities, and providers.

Consumers of public health who have faced significant health inequities.

Community stakeholders

New board must be in place by July 1, 2022.

The application is now available on the GCHD website. Applications can also be picked up at the GCHD office, 1038 W. Ivy in Moses Lake. If you would like to request an application be sent to you please call GCHD at 509-766-7960 or by email at info@granthealth.org. If you have additional questions, please contact GCHD Administrator Theresa Adkinson at tadkinson@granthealth.org.

Blood drive coming to Ephrata

The Knights of Columbus and Young Ladies Institute of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church encourage everyone to save the date of Wednesday, April 20, to come down to the ERC (112 Basin St. SW) between noon and 6 p.m. to donate.

Blood donation is a safe process, and donors of all blood types are needed. The group encourages you to prepare now to ensure your ability to donate when the American Red Cross Blood

Drive personnel arrive on April 20. Getting adequate sleep and eating properly (meaning fruits, veggies, and other foods high in iron) will help ensure you’re healthy enough to donate

The Red Cross has stated that although the mask mandates are lifting, as of this time, the mask requirement for blood drives will NOT be changing. All donors, volunteers, and Red Cross staff will still be required to wear masks while attending the drive.

The Red Cross asks everyone to please donate and/or encourage others to do the same. To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-Red Cross (733-2767) or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter “EphrataCommunity”.

Six Quincy-area students make Dean’s List at UW

Students from the Quincy area have been named to the Dean’s List at the University of Washington for Spring

To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must have completed at least 12 graded credits and have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (out of 4).

Students are notified that they have achieved this distinction when they receive their grades for the quarter.

The students are: Daisy Buenrostro, Sandra Huezo-Menjivar, Nora Guadalupe Medina, Roberto Ramirez, Diego Torres and Michelle Vazquez.

County health district issues flu advisory

The Grant County Health District has issued the following advisory to the Grant County healthcare community and media: increased influenza activity in Grant County. Be aware of increasing influenza and influenza-like illness, (ILI) in Grant County and Washington state.

GCHD is currently monitoring an influenza outbreak among residents in an assisted-living facility. GCHD has provided outbreak mitigation recommendations to staff. GCHD communicable disease investigators are reporting an increased number of influenza cases among school-aged children, as well as children under the age of 5. The district asks healthcare providers to increase their vigilance to influenza by considering testing and maintaining a high level of clinical suspicion. Anti-viral therapy should be considered as appropriate for individual situations.

GCHD urges all residents 6 months and older to get their flu shot as soon as possible. People who have not been vaccinated against the flu still have time to get the vaccine before the season is over. The influenza vaccine is the best measure to prevent flu and complications, especially for children, older people, and people with chronic health conditions.

People with the flu are the most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins. Healthy adults can make others sick one day before symptoms appear and up to five days after symptoms begin.



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