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Designer drug hits Washington BY BOB KIRKPATRICK EDITOR Methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV), the newest designer drug sweeping across the nation, is now in Washington state. The over-the-counter narcotic, which is sold under the guise of “bath salts” and “plant food,” is known to produce similar sensa-
tions and side affects associated with methamphetamine use, such as intense cravings, hallucinations, delusions, extreme paranoia and suicidal thoughts. “While these substances are labeled as ‘bath salts,’ this is only a label,” Dr. William Hurley, medical director of the Washington Poison Center, said. “They are dangerous chemicals sold under this name to avoid regulation.”
MDPV is used as a synthetic cocaine or methamphetamine and is ingested into the body by way of snorting the chemical into the nose. The drug is legal in Washington, but Louisiana, North Dakota and Florida have issued emergency bans on the product. It has also been banned See Narcotic, Page A4
Jauregui honored by
Residents get ready to relay
BY BRIANA ALZOLA STAFF WRITER
BY BRIANA ALZOLA STAFF WRITER
Columbia Basin Health Association (CBHA) Employee of the Year Salvador Jauregui was more than a little surprised when he was honored at the all-staff meeting at the beginning of February. “After the shock, I was very excited, very happy and very proud,” Jauregui, who works for the facilities department at the 14th Avenue Clinic, said. To be selected as Employee of the Year is an extensive process. First, the Salvador Jauregui person must win an Employee of the Month award. To be nominated for this award, the person must have worked at CBHA for at least a year, not had any disciplinary problems for at least a year and judged based on how each employee went beyond the call of duty in his or her ﬁeld. Jauregui won in May. Then, all 12 winners of this award are given another challenge. They make a video answering a few questions about accomplishments, role models and what they could change about CBHA if they could. All the supervisors within the departments watch the videos and vote on who should win the award. Jauregui said he practiced before recording his portion. “I wrote a little speech,” he said. “I was very ner-
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Othello’s Matt Jordan celebrates after defeating Manny Ybarra (Quincy) 6-5 to win the state championship.
Pineapple-laden fruit kabobs, macadamia nut cookies and fake ﬂower leis helped transform the boardroom at Othello Community Hospital into a tropical getaway. The festivities on Feb. 17 kicked-off the Heart of the Basin Relay for Life and team leaders could sign up at a discounted price and everyone could start planning for the July 22 and 23 event. “You can know you are doing something that is helping your neighbors,” team development chair Shelly Ottem said. One thing the American Cancer Society does for people in the community is offer free hotel rooms for those who have to travel for treatment. A couple of weeks ago, they started this service is the TriCities area. The Othello relay has always been very successful, American Cancer Society staff partner Cheri Stoker said. For the 2010 relay, Othello was awarded second place in the division per capita contest. The division Othello belongs to includes 12 states and 250 different relays. “This is a really big deal,” Stoker said. At other relays, some teams are formed by companies and people participate only because they think they have to. That’s not the case in Othello, Ottem said. “The fact that we do such an awesome job shows you actually care,” she said. To get everyone inspired for this year’s relay, Dave Sperl, a cancer survivor, spoke at the meeting. “He is a living, breathing reminder of why we’re here,” Ottem said. Sperl moved to Othello in 1947, planning to stay six months. He’s been here ever since.
See Jauregui, Page A5
See Relay, Page A4
Othello Chamber selects annual winners Citizen of the Year: Dan Dever and Bill Bethmann. “I was amazed,” Dever said. “There are a lot of other people who deserve it just as much, if not more so, than I do.” Dever is a member of the Othello City Council and is involved with the Othello Choral Society and the Long-term Facilities Planning Committee for the school district. He and his wife Shirley run the summer farmer’s market and the horticulture booth at the fair. He was on the hospital board for 18 years and has been involved in the Othello Education Association. He also volunteers to read once a week at the Coventry House. He has been in the area since 1959, ofﬁcially moving to Othello in 1961. Originally a farmer, he moved into town and taught PHOTO BY BRIANA ALZOLA sixth grade at Scootney Springs The Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce named Dan Dever as co-Citizen of the Year. Elementary for many years.
the Greater Othello Chamber of Commerce prepares for its annual awards banquet Feb. 25. This year, two different indiThe best and the brightest of Othello have been selected as viduals were able to qualify as a
BY BRIANA ALZOLA STAFF WRITER
He and his wife did move to Pasco once, but they were back in Othello within six months. “This is our home,” Dever said. “Our friends, support system, church and the activities we do are here. We have a history here.” The Devers have three children and three grandchildren. Bethmann has been in Othello nearly as long as the Devers, he moved here in 1963. “It’s an easy place to live and get around in,” he said. Bethmann used to be a pharmacist and ran the Othello Rexall drug store. He retired 10 years ago. “I was just a kid,” he joked. Now, he is involved with the Lions Club and the food bank. He also helps with upkeep and maintenance at Tagarres Park. “I just help out,” he said. When is not doing that, he likes
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Comedienne Debbie Wooten talks about her life during a presentation at BBCC.
Standing up to adversity
comedienne, Wooten has dealt with severe disease, a suicidal husband, prejudice and hate. She Some people say laughter is the dealt with it all through laughter. “You can ﬁnd jokes in all those best medecine. For Debbie Wooten, that’s more than just a saying, places that are supposed to be it’s a life motto. See Wooten, Page A5 See Chamber, Page A4 Now a professional stand-up
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The Othello Outlook – Thursday, February 24, 2011
CORE 24 to change graduation requirements BY ERIC LAFONTAINE PUBLISHER
Currently, OHS students are required to earn 22 credits to graduate high school. ALPS juniors and seniors must earn 19, and with the addition of a math credit two years ago, class of 2013 and beyond ALPS students will need 20 credits to graduate. A majority of these credits are spread over courses in English, math, science, social studies, health and ﬁtness and electives. For the class of 2016, currently seventh graders, CORE 24 will be the new graduation model. CORE 24 is the new graduation framework approved by the Washington State Board of Education in July 2008 and currently being adopted by the state legis-
lature. The intent of CORE 24, in addition to increasing the number of credit requirements to 24, is to provide students with a strong academic foundation and the ﬂexibility to prepare them for whatever career path they choose. It’s designed to prepare students for an ever-changing job market. ALPS Principal Leonard Lusk was tasked with providing the Othello School Board with an overview of the CORE 24 changes during last Monday’s school board meeting. In 2010, ALPS graduated 6 percent of Othello’s 300 graduating students. The minimum 22 credits (19 at ALPS) currently required to graduate are divided across English (3 credits), math (2 credits), science (2), social studies (2.5), health and ﬁtness (2), occupational education
(1), arts (1) and electives (5.5). The proposed CORE 24 requirements will increase English, math, science and arts by one full credit and social studies by a half credit. The new requirements will be as follows: English (4 credits), math (3 credits), science (3 credits), social studies (3 credits), health and ﬁtness (2 credits) and arts (2 credits). The remaining seven credits will come from career concentration courses (3 credits and based on each student’s High School and Beyond Plan), world languages (2 credits, dependent on the High School and Beyond Plan) and electives (2 to 4 credits, based on whether the student must take world languages). The High School and Beyond Plan is a formal process de-
signed to help individual students think about their future and select course work that will best prepare them for their post high school goals. Students create their High School and Beyond Plans in cooperation with their parentsguardians and school staff. Ideally, students write their plans in eighth or ninth grade and then continue revising them throughout high school to accommodate their changing interests or goals. The CORE 24 requirements will allow students pursuing a post-secondary technical skill or two-year or four-year degree the option of taking coursework that applies to their future goals rather than a one-glovefits-all approach. To accommodate for the CORE
Chamber: The higher education winner this year is Othello High School’s Carol Getz From Page A1 to visit his two sons. “I spend the rest of the time ﬁnding things to keep busy,” he said. Also at the award banquet this week, Detective Dale Wagner will
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Co-Citizen of the Year Bill Bethmann
be honored as the civil servant of the year. “I was honored and surprised,” he said. “I really appreciate the nomination. I am excited for the opportunity to thank the community for their support.” Wagner has been with the Adams County Sheriffs Ofﬁce for 13 years and a detective for eight. “I love that every day is different,” he said. “I like to help out in the community and I love the idea of assisting the public with complicated issues.” The Business of the Year Award will go this year to Rosie and Ken Dockins with TLC Custom Meats. “We were really surprised at ﬁrst and quite honored,” Ken said. TLC has been in business in
Othello for 23 years. “We like the small-town atmosphere,” Ken said. He said he thinks they were nominated because they are always around the community participating in different events. “A lot of people know us,” he said. There are two Teacher of the Year Awards given out each year, one to someone who teaches at the elementary school level and one to someone who teaches from sixth to 12th grade. This year’s elementary school winner is Mark Quigley, a physical education teacher at Hiawatha Elementary School. Quigley has been teaching in the district for 13 years. He started out
teaching special education at McFarland Middle School and now has been at Hiawatha for 9 years. When he’s not working, he spends time with his wife and three children. He also enjoys working on cars. The higher education winner this year is Othello High School’s Carol Getz. She teaches in the family and consumer science department at the school. Her classes include design, ﬁber arts and parenting. Neither teacher was available for comment. The chamber banquet will be Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Othello Church of the Nazarene Gathering Place. Tickets are $35 at the door.
in the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. Because MDPV is not classiﬁed as a controlled substance in Washington and the majority of states in the Union, there is no way to track the purchase or the usage of the drug. “I do not have statistics on a national level, but for Washington state, the cases we are aware of have been in Western Washington along the I-5 corridor,” Jim Williams, executive director, Washington Poison Center,
said. “The product is currently available over the counter at ‘head shops,’ gas stations and convenience stores.” MDPV is sold with a label that warns the chemical is, “Not for human consumption,” but that hasn’t been enough of a deterrent to discourage people who are using it to get high. The only way to prevent it from being sold over the counter, Williams said, is to have the product banned. “There are several ways to make this happen, but the state
lawmakers, i.e. the Legislature and the State Department of Health, are the most likely,” he said. “However, the poison center does not take a legal or political position on these types of issues. In this case, we are reporting to the public and other health care ofﬁcials on a speciﬁc product that is being marked as ‘not for human consumption’ yet for a group of individuals, they are indeed consuming the product.” Williams said the poison center will occasionally support pro-
Relay: Sperl was recently diagnosed with cancer From Page A1
“It’s a good town,” he said. Without community spirit, like that shown at the relay, Othello wouldn’t exist, he said. “Volunteerism is what keeps this little town going,” Sperl said. Sperl was recently diagnosed with cancer, after going to the doctor with what he thought was indigestion. Instead, they found an apple core-shaped tumor in his intestines. He had an operation the following week. The surgeon removed a foot of his large intestine and a foot of his small intestine, sewing the two back together.
After the surgery, he used a pump for chemotherapy. The machine pumps chemotherapy drugs into the system slowly, making them easier to handle and more effective. No one ever expects to get cancer, he said. “We always think this is going to happen to somebody else, but sometimes, your number comes up,” Sperl said. While you can prepare with good diet and exercise, enjoying life and being happy are also essential to good health, he said.
“Your attitude will get you through a lot of things,” Sperl said. He loves that every one bands together for the Relay for Life, because illness is spread among all kinds of people. “Cancer is absolutely colorblind,” he said.
PHOTO BY BRIANA ALZOLA Cancer survivor Dave Sperl shares his story at the Heart of the Basin Relay for Life kick-off Feb. 17.
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In other news Mike Currie, project manager, updated the board on the remodel progress at Scootney Springs and Hiawatha Elementary schools. “The outside and exterior of Phase 1 at Scootney Springs is looking complete ... along with the parking lot. The interior is also near completion and has been cleaned,” Currie said. “Basically, it’s ready to occupy.” Currie estimated Phase 2, which includes the ofﬁce and ﬁfth-grade classrooms, will begin shortly. “Things at Hiawatha are also starting to pick up steam now that we’ve gotten past the freezing weather,” Currie said. “It is starting to move again after a hibernation.”
☛ IRRIGATION NEWS The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District will begin ﬁlling the East Low Canal for the 2011 irrigation season on Wednesday, March 23. The East Low Canal serves the Moses Lake, Warden and Othello areas of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District and the Connell (Block 18) area of the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District. Deliveries to the East District’s Block 49, from the Potholes East Canal, will begin to be available March 22. Deliveries from the East Low Canal will begin to be available on March 30. Irrigation deliveries will be dependent on the demand in individual lateral systems. Pump plants will also be started when orders are sufﬁcient for start-up of the plants. Water users should contact their respective Watermaster Headquarters in Moses Lake or Othello or contact their ditchrider to receive current information and schedules.
The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District The Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District plans to start ﬁlling the West Canal on Wednesday, March 16, barring any unforeseen delays. Priming will continue on smaller canals and laterals through the ﬁrst week in April, depending on the weather and the demand for water deliveries. Telephone recorders will be available on March 21 in all watermaster ofﬁces for water ordering. This service will be available on Saturdays and up to 11:30 a.m. on Sundays for the folposed legislation that promotes lowing Mondays water order throughout the season. After March 16, public health and safety, but even waterusers are urged to contact their respective watermaster headin those cases, they demonstrate quarters to receive current information and schedule. support by providing data. People who are concerned about South Columbia Basin Irrigation District individuals they may know have The South Columbia Basin Irrigation District’s 2011 irrigation seataken MDPV or have questions son will begin March 17 to the Mattawa area and the Potholes area of regarding the substances are urged Franklin County. The Walla Walla County system will begin March to contact the Washington Poi- 10. Irrigation deliveries will be dependent on demand in the individson Center at (800) 222-1222. ual lateral systems. “Do not hesitate to call,” HurIn locations where pumping plants are required for irrigation deley said. “The effects of these liveries, startup dates will depend on adequate orders to start the chemicals have been purported pumping plants. Irrigation to the Block 18 East Low Canal system is to be extreme in some cases and scheduled to begin March 30. Landowners will need to contact their potentially long-lasting.” watermaster ofﬁce for speciﬁc delivery dates and water availability.
Narcotic: The not for consumption label isn’t enough to stop people from using MDPV to get high From Page A1
24 changes, assistant high school principal Carlos Gonzalez spoke of a possible need to move from a trimester to a semester grading system by next year. “Other building administrators are beginning to talk to their staff about semester systems versus a trimester system,” Superintendent George Juarez said. With a potential move to a semester grading system — and assuming the number of daily classes remained at six — earning more than the required 24 credits in four years may challenge some students. “And that’s the catch with CORE 24 ... there isn’t a lot of wiggle room,” Gonzalez said. “That’s something we’ll have to push with students when it comes around.