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VOLUME CXXVII, NO. 49
Prosser, the Impact of I-976
Prosser Memorial Health Holding Go Red for Women Luncheon at Desert Wind in Prosser
By Chuck Walker
Washington Voters approved Initiative 976 (I-976), the “Limits on Motor Vehicle Taxes and Fees Measure”, on the ballot in Washington for election in November of 2019. The measure was set to take effect on December 5, 2019 but is on hold pending the resolution of legal challenges. A “yes” vote supported the initiative to limit annual license fees for vehicles weighing under 10,000 pounds at $30 except voter-approved charges; base vehicle taxes on the Kelley Blue Book value rather than 85 percent of the manufacturer’s base suggested retail price; and repeal authorization for certain regional transit authorities, such as Sound Transit, to impose motor vehicle excise taxes. A “no” vote opposed the initiative to limit annual license fees for vehicles and make changes to transportation taxes. The fiscal impact statement for I-976, prepared by the Washington Office of Financial Management, estimated that I-976 would result in a revenue loss to the state of $1.9 billion and a loss to local governments of $2.3 billion over the next 6 years following the measure’s implementation. For the City of Prosser, the impacts of I-976 limits the fees collected from vehicle tabs and would impact TBD (Transportation Benefit District) fees which is the largest portion of its street improvement funding. There is also other funds Prosser gets in street funds that will be reduced by I-976, according to Toni Yost, City Finance Director. “Those combined is about $150,000”, for the 2020 budget year. “For Prosser, losing the authority to charge a car-tab fee would mean it couldn’t do six maintenance and repaving projects totaling $687,000 through 2025, said Yost. “The fee generated $97,000 last year. Without those funds, we’d be at a loss. The TBD funds were a great way for us to actually address some of these projects that we weren’t able to do. So, we worked really hard to be transparent with our community on what projects we’re doing and why,” Yost said. The I-976 measure was set to take effect but put on hold pending the resolution of a court issued injunction filed in King County Superior Court. In November of 2019, nine plaintiffs, including the governments of Seattle and King County, filed a legal complaint to block I-976. The complaint named the State of Washington as the defendant and Attorney General Bob Ferguson was tasked with
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Melissa Jeng age 51 will speak about her heartfelt journey of procedures, adventures, family and faith.
Prosser - February is Heart Health month and on Friday, Feb. 7th at 11:30 a.m. at Desert Wind Winery in Prosser, Prosser Memorial Health will be sponsoring a Go Red for Women Luncheon in partnership with Prosser Memorial
Health Foundation and Prosser Heart Center. Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute! The American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women
movement advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. Speakers at the February luncheon will be Prosser Heart Center Cardiologist Dr. Karan Bhatti, Emily Haines speaking on her personal experience losing her sister to heart disease at 41, and Melissa Jeng, who at birth was given a life expectancy of just two years. Now at age 51, she will talk about her heartfelt journey of procedures, adventures, family and faith. “It is important to shine the spotlight on women’s heart disease and raise awareness with all of us on what the signs and symptoms to watch out for as they are different than with men. I will also talk about the role family history, diet and exercise play in the prevention and management of heart disease.”Prosser Heart Center Cardiologist Dr. Bhatti The event emcee will be
entrepreneur and speaker Shae Frichette. Shae is a long-time advocate for the Go Red for Women movement and hosts Wine & Arts Saves Hearts at their family winery Frichette, located on Red Mountain. Tickets for the Go Red for Women Luncheon are $75 each or a table of 8 may be purchased for $500. Event proceeds benefit the Women’s Health Fund at Prosser Memorial Health Foundation. Attendance includes a gourmet lunch, wine, fashion show, and gift bag. Tickets are available for purchase online at prosserhealth.org, via Eventbrite at pmh_goredforwomenluncheon. eventbrite.com, or by calling Prosser Memorial Health Community Relations at 509.786.6601. About Prosser Heart Center Cardiologist Dr. Karan Bhatti: Prosser Heart Center Cardiologist Dr. Bhatti is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Echocardiography,
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and Cardiovascular Disease. He completed his Medical Residency at Southern Illinois University and Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at the University of Houston in Texas. Prosser Heart Center provides a full spectrum of Cardiology care and is now accepting new patients.
Dr. Karan Bhatti
Prosser Homicide Donate Blood January 23 in Prosser
Prosser - On January 23, the community will roll up their sleeves and help save lives. You can be a part of this by donating blood at the Benton REA Prosser Office from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. This is the third blood drive hosted by the cooperative. In 2019,
the American Red Cross received 54 units from donors at Benton REA blood drives. The goal for the upcoming Prosser drive is 33 donations. Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. A typical donation
takes less than one hour. “The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition,” says Benton REA General Manager Michael J. Bradshaw. “We urge the community to join us in the selfless act of giving blood.” Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. Type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone and is often used to treat trauma patients. For more information or to sign up to donate, call 509-781-6753 or sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code BREA.
Benton County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a murder that happened in Prosser on Thursday, Jan. 09, at about 11:51 pm. Prosser Police officers were dispatched to Prosser Memorial Hospital (PMH) for a report of a male who had been stabbed in the hospital parking lot. When they arrived, Prosser Police officers learned that the
stabbing incident had occurred at 835 Higdon Road, Space #29, Prosser and the injured male had been transported to the hospital by other persons. Deputies from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched
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Astria Regional Medical Center Father & Daughter Yakima Closes Suddenly Dance - “A Night
By Deb Brumley
Visitors to the Yakima Astria Medical Center campus last weekend found the main medical center entrance door locked with a sign directing individuals to the Emergency Room around to the side. Over at the Emergency Room parking lot, the word, “Emergency” is completely covered over in red tape on the official medical center sign. The parking lot contained seven cars and a truck. The word, it appears is out to all: the medical
center is closed. Nearly 500 Astria Regional Medical Center employees received the unexpected news last week when the parent company filed a motion with the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Washington to close the company’s primary medical center in Yakima along with periphery clinics. The motion was first sealed then opened to the public. Citing in large part, the inability to sell a portion of its assets in able
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to overcome hefty deficits, the motion was granted on Wednesday, Jan. 8, by Judge Whitman Holt. It appears the eight-month-old case to cure the Yakima Valley healthcare consortium’s severe financial shortfalls, will have a complex, impactful ending. According to a prepared statement sent out to media sources by Astria Health last week, the Yakima Medical Center along with the company’s associated business holdings “. . . have lost $40 million,” since purchasing the company in August of 2017. When the then named Sunnyside Community Hospital and parent company Astria Health purchased the small Toppenish Hospital and Yakima Regional Medical Center and numerous specialty clinics, it rebranded all facilities as Astria Health. Yakima Regional and Toppenish had experienced documented financial struggles for
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Under the Stars”
By Victoria Walker
This is the second year of the Father & Daughter Dance. On Sunday, Jan. 19 from 5:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. at the Prosser High School, 1203 Prosser Ave. Prosser Parks Department will produce “A Night Under the Stars”. This is a special opportunity for fathers and daughters to spend a quality time together and a wonderful night to create lifelong memories. The City of Prosser Recreation Manager, Kathya Martinez, initially came up with the idea of the Father & Daughter Dance. “I heard that
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back in the days the school district and the recreation department used to partner up and have a join event. The school will have their Winter Ball on a Saturday and the Recreation Department will have their event the next day. So, I thought it would be a great idea to bring this back again in the community. Older sisters get ready for their magical night on a Saturday with their date, then little sister get ready the next date and
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Around Prosser Natural Maximum Alpacas Agri-Tour the secret garden in a world of alpacas. View the fishpond, waterfall, organic gardens, and flowers galore. Custom made alpaca fashions. Seasonal tours by appointment. Call 509-786-3419. Sage Bluff Alpacas Farm tours daily by appointment. Shop beautiful alpaca fashions, accessories, yarn, rugs and toys. Gift certificates available for tours and shopping both! Call 509-786-4507 PacaPoo Alpacas Farm tours by appointment. Enjoy the antics of the babies, fall in love with adorable faces and learn about our favorite camelid, the Alpaca! Savor our alpaca products: yarn, blankets, and fashions. Call 509-643-1428. 60th Annual Big Horn Outdoor Adventure Show Sponsored by the Inland Northwest Wildlife Council, comes with cuttingedge gear, extensive fishing and boating, shooting sports, hunting, backpacking and much more. With over 300 exhibitors you will enjoy seminars, demonstrations, and the most current information for outdoor enthusiasts of every kind! March 19 - 22, 2020 Admission: $10.00 Military, Active and Vets / Seniors 62+ / Students: $8.00, Kids, 6 & under with parents are FREE! http://www.bighornshow.com/ Covenant Presbyterian Church-Annual Chili & Cinnamon Roll Feed The community is invited to our Annual Chili & Cinnamon Roll Feed on Friday, January 31 from 5-7p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $7 per person or $30 per family. All proceeds go to camp scholarships for kids and youth. Please join us for a night of fellowship and great food at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 912 Yakima Ave-Prosser. Questions? Call the church at 786-1594. Benton County Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet The Benton County Cattlemen’s Annual Banquet will be Saturday February 1, at the Walter Clore Wine Center, Prosser. The evening begins with the 5:30 pm social hour, dinner following at 6:30 pm. There will be entertainment, live, silent and dessert auctions. Tickets are $35.00 each and may be purchased from any Benton County Cattlemen’s member, or by calling 509-830-4944 for credit card purchase. For further information call 509-788-1005. Please RSVP by January 28, 2020.
Richland Players Present Moliere’s “The Miser” Richland - “The Miser” is directed by McKenzie Kennedy, who is making her directorial debut for the Richland Players. She has extensive experience with acting and production for Richland Players and Columbia Basin College and was most recently seen in “Vanities” in 2018. Tamara Pomponio is the production manager. The story takes place in 17th century France. The Miser, Harpagon, is so cheap he’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes. He rules his roost with a tight, iron fist. His son, Cléante, has fallen in love with the beautiful Mariane. His daughter, Elise, has fallen in love with a young charmer of unknown parentage who has flattered his way into being Harpagon’s chief steward. When Harpagon reveals his plan to wed Mariane himself and give Elise to the wealthy but aged Seigneur Anselme, the children, suitors, disgruntled servants, and the quick witted Frosine conspire to foil him. The Miser’s treasure is stolen from its hiding place, and Harpagon threatens torture and imprisonment to all of the suspects. Only the last-minute arrival of Seigneur Anselme, who bears secrets of his own, can unite the proper couples and restore Harpagon to his one true love—ten thousand crowns. The cast for “The Miser” includes Deven Austin playing the role of Harpagon. Richland Players veterans Zack Taylor, Alyssa Nogales, Maycee McQuin, Nick Higgins, Esme Contreras, Sherry Teachout, Anjuli Rose Herr, Joe Francik, J. Spyder Isaacson, Michael Aardal, and newcomers Larry Long, Britney Nietschmann, and
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Jetta Peterson round out the cast. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors, students, and military. Performances are January 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 31, February 1, 2. Tickets are on sale now online at www.richlandplayers.
org, and starting Monday, Jan. 13 at noon at the box office (509) 943-1991, 608 The Parkway in Richland. Presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.
City Increases Rates January 19 is National Prosser - There will be some changes on the city utility bills this year. Water rates will increase by 1.5%. The average resident is It is estimated the average residential user (1,000 cubic feet consumption) will see an increase of $0.81/month. Sewer rates will increase by 1.5%. It is estimated the average residential user (winter average of
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1,000 cubic feet) will see an increase of $0.74/ month. Irrigation rates will increase by 5%. It is estimated the average residential user (with a lot size of 7,188 square feet) will see an increase of $0.69/month. Finally, Garbage Rates will increase by just about 5%. It is estimated the average single residential can-user will see an increase of $0.75/month. An increase to garbage service offsets the increases to service made by Basin Disposal Inc., the City’s contracted solid waste (garbage) service provider. Water 1.5 % Sewer 1.5% Irrigation 5% Garbage 5% Total Residential increase $2.99, Office increase $2.72, Restaurant $24.25, Winery $29.45 and Industry $897.13
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Monday January 20 at 2 p.m. Prosser United Methodist Church 824 6th Street ° Prosser Admission is by donation. Proceeds benefit the Prosser United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall Renovation. Call 509-786-1097 for information.
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Covenant New Beginnings Church Church of the Nazarene Presbyterian 912 Yakima Avenue Pastor Dot Starkey 1009 Dale Ave Ste. B Benton City, WA 509-973-2824 Sunday Services: 5:30 p.m. Thursday: 6 p.m. Bible Studies (all ages) Grief Share: Call 786-1406 for times
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
1835 Highland Drive Prosser, WA • 509-786-3860 Rattlesnake Mt. Ward Sunday Services: Sacrament Meeting 9 a.m. Sunday School 1st & 3rd Sundays 10:05 a.m. Priesthood/Relief Society 2nd & 4th Sundays 10:05 a.m. Prosser Ward Sunday Services: Sacrament Meeting 1 p.m.; Sunday School 1st & 3rd Sundays 12:05 p.m. Priesthood/Relief Society 2nd & 4th Sundays 12:05 p.m.
Phone: 509.786.1594 Email:prossercpc prosserpres.org Web: www.prosserpres.org Look for us on facebook! Pastor Paul Fredericks Sunday Services: Nursery Available 10 a.m. Worship Service Promiseland Sunday School during church service for children . Pre-School - 5th grade. Youth Sunday School 6th - 12th Offered During Church Service Wednesday “Market St. Kids” K-5th grade, 3:30 - 7 p.m. (program runs October-March) Grief Share - Tuesdays Wednesday night Youth Group for 6th-12th grade 6-8 p.m. ESL - Thursdays
Prosser United Methodist Church
Pastor Bo Bryan 824 Sixth St. Prosser, WA • 509-786-1097 Sunday Services: 10:00 a.m. Nursery care provided during worship. office@prosserumc. org and www.umc.org
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Benton Franklin Fair Scholarship Applications Due Pasco – Applications for scholarships to be awarded by the Benton Franklin Fair & Horse Heaven Round-Up rodeo are due March 15. Two $1,000 scholarships are available for high school seniors who have been involved in the fair and one $1,000 scholarship is offered for high school rodeo participants. To qualify for the Fair scholarships, applicants must be graduating seniors who participated in the 2019 Benton Franklin Fair as a 4-H or FA exhibitor. The Horse Heaven Round-Up scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior who is a current participant in the Washington State High School Rodeo Association.
The applicant must reside in Benton or Franklin county, or be
enrolled in Burbank School District. Applications are available at
www.bentonfranklinfair.com.For more information, call 222-3749.
Miss Prosser Corner As a young girl, I always admired the Miss Prosser Court. In my eyes, they brought a sense of magic to my hometown. I dreamt of being like them. On February 17th, 2019, a dream of mine came true; I was crowned a Miss Prosser Princess. At the beginning of my reign, I made it a goal to act as a role model for young children. Through interactions with other courts, I gained many social skills that I will be able to utilize in the future. Throughout my Miss Prosser journey, I never lost the feeling of magic. Participating in the many parades, dinners, ribbon cuttings, was something I never felt like I would do. Living as a modernday princess was so magical and breathtaking, I will always remember it. Miss Prosser court has left me with memories filled with magic straight out of a fairytale. I’ll cherish these memories for the rest of my life. I’m thrilled with being able to be a part of this magical journey with lifelong friends. I’m heavy-hearted, knowing I will soon have to put down my crown, but the magic I was a part of will never fade in my heart. - Miss Prosser Princess, Juliet Williams It is worth the time and energy to be a part of the Miss Prosser Court. It gives one the opportunity to be a part of something greater than oneself. Throughout this year, I have learned a lot about, not only my community, but about myself as well. This program has helped me grow as a person. I have formed bonds with individuals that will last a lifetime. Charlee, Juliet, Jenna and I, have become sisters. We will forever be sisters of the sash. Together, we have traveled to parades as close as Sunnyside, to parades as far as Butte, Montana. Allowing us to create memories in which we will cherish forever. Witnessing the smiles and excitement on people’s faces, during parades, is what made it all worth it for me. I am beyond thankful and blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of
something as amazing as the Miss Prosser program. - Miss Prosser Princess, Alyssa Galindo After being crowned a Miss Prosser Princess I knew my life would be changed for the better. I was hoping that along this journey I would learn more about myself and the things that I’m capable of and having the opportunity to meet new people. Now that almost a year has gone by, I can confidently say that my goals were thoroughly met. Having the opportunity to represent Prosser has been such a blessed opportunity with so many amazing memories. Some of my favorite memories would have to be parades. From traveling all over the state of Washington to driving 8 hours to Montana I have been able to meet so many representatives of other towns and been introduced to their communities and the history behind them. It’s hard to say which was my favorite as they all have their own unique qualities about them. Although I can’t pick a favorite, I would have to say that there is something truly special about having a parade in your own town. I love traveling to other towns for parades, but when it is in our own community there is this unbelievable feeling that it brings. Especially when our moms get to ride the float the second time around, it’s such a humbling experience to witness and I can’t express how grateful I am for how much she has done for me to get me to where I am today. When creating the float, you find your own unique talents that contribute the to outcome of the float. Of course, building the float and eventually preparing the float for winter parades is a lengthy process but seeing the finished product is very exciting to witness. I’m so thankful because along this process I became so close with my family, Dan and Bonnie Anaya, Kathy Aubrey and Rob Siemens, and Claude and Shelly Zehnder. One great thing about this
Enjoy the Big Game on the Big Screen at the Princess Theatre! The Princess Theatre will be hosting a party with the biggest screen in town on February 2. With food, football and friends you can enjoy the Super Bowl while also supporting the Theatre. If just football is not enough you can make it a full day of fun by starting your day with a wine tour of Goose Ridge, Frichette, and WIT Cellars. Wine tour participants will be picked up at the Princess Theatre in Prosser at 8 a.m. or at the Richland Winco at 9:15 a.m. Participants and will be delivered to the Princess in time to watch the game in the theatre on the projection screen. Those who just want to watch the game can purchase tickets for the game only. Doors to the theatre open at 2:30 p.m. and your tickets include a potato, chili and tamale bar. A no host bar and concessions are available in the Green Room during the game, and those who wishing to bring their own wine and beer can do so for a small corkage fee. Games of chance will also be available. Tickets for the Wine Tour are $40. Tickets for the Game are $30. Combo tickets (Tour and Game) are $60 if purchased before January 20th. Tickets can be purchased by calling Rick James at (509) 521-3925.
program is that we don’t only meet people in our town, we meet other courts all over the State of Washington. Before I was crowned, I never knew how close I would become with these girls but now that I have, I’m so glad because we have created this amazing sisterhood that we get to share forever. Although we do a lot of traveling to parades and pageants, we had the great opportunity to do many other events in our community. Being a part of the Miss Prosser Court, we get to welcome new businesses around town with ribbon cuttings, which is a great opportunity that allows us to watch how much our town is growing. As we do love welcoming these businesses to our town there are many other activities we do. One of those things is fundraising. We did this in a few different ways. We have our Princess Party in the summer, breakfast at the market, and our main fundraiser, the Prime Rib Dinner and Auction. The Princess Party is such a joy to be a part of as I got to meet so may little girls that look up to us. Seeing the joy that we get the privilege of bringing to these little girls is immeasurable. As for our prime rib dinner and breakfast at the market, we went door to door several times asking people who would be interested in our events. The money goes towards our float and travel expenses and then our prime rib dinner goes to next year’s court. I am so thankful for our communities’ support during our fund raisers and how they contributed to helping our
youth. One of my favorite things about being a part of this organization is going to community events and parades, and seeing young girls faces light up when we pass by on the float or stop and talk to them. When I was their age, I always looked up to the Miss Prosser Court and how outgoing, kind and passionate they were about the job that they were given. As almost a whole year has gone by, I have noticed a change in myself and I have learned so much. I have noticed that I have become more outgoing and confident in myself, and that I am more capable of things that I didn’t think I was capable of. One of the most important jobs we had was to serve others before ourselves, and because of this I have become more grateful and have more gratitude about the opportunity I have been given. It’s amazing how all the little things we do can affect so many people more then we know. As we are taught to be graceful young women, we have learned proper etiquette, thanks to Kipp and Bill Campbell. I also wanted to thank Kathy Aubrey and Rob Siemens, Melanie and JohnPaul Estey, Claude and Shelly Zehnder, Dan and Bonnie Anaya, Frank Valenica, Joe and Tom Williams, and most importantly my loving family for a fun year, amazing memories, and all of their help along the way! -Miss Prosser Princess, Jenna Schnellbach
Peek at the Past By Chuck Walker
Peek at the Past looks back into the Prosser RecordBulletin newspaper archives and captures glimpses of news items of Prosser’s past. Editorial comments, Prosser 1920, one-hundred years ago… Today marks the dawn of a new year. The knell of 1919 has been tolled and 1920 with its hopes and aspirations is before us. On the whole the old year was not unkind to Prosser and Prosser people. Crops were bountiful, wages and prices generally were high, and everyone has prospered. Today is the beginning of the second year since hostilities ceased in the great world war. Man cannot tear the veil of the future aside and no one can foretell what 1920 holds in store. During its short twelve months will the world again come down to normal and assume the old, placid, pre-war state? It may, and it may not. Leastwise, it cannot bring the millennium and it devolves upon thinking men and thinking women to do their full part in social and industrial pursuits throughout the year; to live sanely and practice charity in the fullest extent of the word to the end that the world may be better for their having lived in 1920. January 1935, Old King Winter scurried away post-haste before the amazing sudden onset of a Chinook wind arising Jan. 21 at noon and bringing with it an astounding rise in temperature, up 46 degrees in just a few hours. January 1961, Prosser’s Methodist Church has received final approval of plans for the new educational unit. The new building will be adjacent to the present church building. It will be 100 feet long, 40 feet wide and two stories high. The architect is Cormac Thompson Sr. January 1976, City Attorney Dwight Halstead swore in elected and reelected city officials before the first city council meeting of the year. They were Murl Smith, mayor and Councilmen Bill Bolander, Phil Blakney, Bob White and Pete Beck. January 1991, in response to requests from major Prosser industries, the city council rolled back increase in the city’s business and occupation tax for utilities. At its December meeting the council approved an increase from four percent to six percent. Additionally, noted was that funds received from local residents will be used to purchase the first six of eighteen lights for the Depot Plaza. The lights will be placed throughout the plaza, between Sixth and Seventh Streets at the old railroad depot. The renovated building now houses the office of the Prosser Chamber of Commerce, Prosser Economics Association and Prosser Wine and Food Fair. Also duly noted… In preparation for war in the Middle East, the United States has deployed 450,000 troops to Saudi Arabia and the Persian Gulf. Among those troops there are at least 20 from Prosser. The Prosser Record-Bulletin, the official newspaper for the City of Prosser. The Republican Bulletin established 1892; The Prosser Record established 1893; The Benton Independent established 1909; The Independent Record consolidated 1918 and The Prosser Record-Bulletin consolidated 1920.
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Student Loan Assistance Attractive Employer Benefit Employers are looking at additional benefits to help workers who are stressed out over paying rent, transportation and food, and student loans. Even though job numbers and wages have increased, too often there just isn’t enough money to make ends meet, particularly in high cost-ofliving cities such as New York, San Francisco and Seattle. The anxiety is particularly high among millennials, people born between 1980 and 1994. They struggle from paycheck to paycheck. For example, young tech-savvy people may earn higher wages in Seattle, but find the cost of housing in Austin is half that of Seattle. Outlays for food, transportation and taxes also are lower in Texas. Seattle and Austin go head to head competing for cutting edge software and computer companies and attracting talented workers is a prerequisite. However, one expense is constant and that is the cost of student loans. When human resource managers survey workers, they consistently find that nearly 9 of 10 workers
are distracted from their work by financial worries. Consequently, offsetting education costs is weaving its way into employer benefit programs. All told, there’s a whopping $1.5 trillion in outstanding student loans and, according to the Federal Reserve, the number keeps growing. In 2018, Bloomberg reported federal student loans are the only consumer debt segment with continuous cumulative growth since the Great Recession. “As the costs of tuition and borrowing continue to rise, the result is a widening default crisis that even Fed Chairman Jerome Powell labeled as a cause for concern.” Bloomberg concluded: “The cost of borrowing has also risen over the last two years. Undergraduates saw interest on direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans jump to 5 percent this year—the highest rate since 2009—while students seeking graduate and professional degrees now face a 6.6 percent interest rate, according to the U.S. Department of Education.”
The Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) is concerned about the financial stress millennials deal with on a daily basis. In its employee surveys, SHRM found that employers who add tuition and student loan assistance to their benefit packages retain workers and increase productivity. Student loan specialists Laurel Road reports 86 percent of employees would stay with an organization for 5 years if a student loan benefit were offered. Some employers already offer student loan benefits. For example, in Vancouver the Children’s Center, a non-profit which serves children, youth and families through comprehensive community-based mental health services, offers student loan reimbursement assistance. Other employers offer loan refinancing help. The U.S. Dept. of Education finds student loan interest rates average 7 percent. Employers often can leverage discount rates dropping them to under 5 percent saving $13,000 on a $100,000 loan. The savings even greater for medical doctors. The Association
of American Medical Colleges reports that the average medical school debt balance for graduating students in 2018 was $196,520. Add that burden to their estimated undergraduate balance of around $25,000 and the total average student loan balance for a doctor is $221,500. Lowering interest rates by 4 points makes a huge difference. Finally, student loan debt worries retired parents as well. Wall Street Journal writer AnnaMaria Andriotis reported Americans over 60 years old are coming out of retirement and going back to work just to pay for their children’s education. On average student borrowers in their 60s owed $33,800 in 2017 up 44 percent from 2010. It was the largest increase of any group. Why the shift to parents? In 2008, lenders started requiring moms and dads to co-sign for college loans. The bottom line is adding student loan benefits not only helps millennials gets started in their work life, but saves retiring parents from going back to work and taking on added debt.
Two More Sentenced to Federal Prison for Staged Accidents Newport and Spokane Valley, Washington Residents Sentenced in Federal Court Spokane – William D. Hyslop, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington, announced that Brittany Jo Harris, age 34, of Newport, Washington, and Michele Lee Smith, age 49, of Spokane Valley, Washington were sentenced for their respective participation in an insurance fraud scheme involving staged automobile, boating and stair fall accidents. Chief United States District Judge Thomas O. Rice sentenced Harris to a 13-month term of imprisonment and Smith to a 10-month term of imprisonment, to be followed by a 3-year term of court supervision after each
is released from federal prison. Chief Judge Rice also ordered Harris to pay restitution in the amount of $135,000 and forfeiture of $135,000, and Smith to pay restitution in the amount of $76,000 and forfeiture of $76,000. Harris pled guilty in April 2019, to one count of healthcare fraud conspiracy, one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy and two counts of mail fraud. Smith pled guilty in May 2019, to guilty to one count of mail and wire fraud conspiracy and four counts of mail fraud. According to information disclosed during court proceedings, Harris was involved in five staged accidents (two automobiles, one boating, and two stair fall) that defrauded insurance companies out of $997,202. Harris received
approximately $135,000 of the fraud proceeds. Smith was involved in two staged stair fall accidents and one staged automobile accident in a parking lot that defrauded insurance companies out of $472,650. Smith received approximately $76,000 of the fraud proceeds. Harris and Smith played “injured victims” in several phony accidents and received medical treatment for fictitious or intentionally inflicted injuries. United States Attorney Hyslop said, “Insurance and health care fraud are serious crimes that affect society in the form of higher premiums. Harris and Smith’s fraudulent conduct also needlessly caused health care providers, emergency personnel and police officers to expend precious resources that otherwise could have been used to assist true victims. The sentence
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imposed reflects the roles Harris and Smith played in the scheme. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington is dedicated to prosecuting aggressively those individuals who may engage in such conduct. I commend the FBI, IRS Criminal Investigation and U.S. Marshals Service for their outstanding work investigating this case.” This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation, U.S. Marshals Service and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Washington Criminal Healthcare Fraud Investigator, with assistance from the National Insurance Crime Bureau. This case was prosecuted by George J.C. Jacobs, III, and Brian Donovan, Assistant United States Attorneys for the Eastern District of Washington.
Mayor Randy Taylor opened the first City Council meeting for 2020 with an invitation from Scott Souza, Benton County, to tour the jail facility and also announced closing of the application period for the vacant City Administrator position. The City has received over 30 applications from a broad range of candidates. “We’ve got a huge, good selection and felt a bit overwhelmed”, so “Toni (City Finance Director, Yost) is going to be assisting me in trying to divide those up,” Taylor says. Council Member Steve Becken was elected to serve as Mayor ProTem for a two-year term set to expire January 1, 2022. The mayor pro-tem assumes mayoral duties in the event of a mayor’s absence. City Council approved the recommendations of the Lodging and Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) for 2020 funding. Earlier this year, the City opened the application process for 2020 LTAC funding. On November 7th the LTAC met with applicants and made recommendations to Council for 2020 funding. Council reviewed these recommendations at their November 12th meeting and decided to return the recommendations to the LTAC with the following instructions: Amend and/or clarity the funding stipulation regarding the LTAC visitor’s center plan. Work with the applicants to determine a visitor center funding plan and proposal that that does not significantly increase cost and duplicate services. On December 5th the LTAC meet again to review the instructions and meet with applicants to determine what recommendation should be provided to Council. The applicants approved are the Great Prosser Balloon Rally, the Prosser Chamber of Commerce and the Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center. Uncollectable debt in amounts over $500 must be written off under City resolution. Council considered and approved a Resolution deeming certain unpaid balances due the City as uncollectable and to write off these balances in an amount of nearly $3,000. Prosser Municipal Code (PMC) allows staff to administratively pursue collection efforts for accounts that are past due. When an account goes unpaid, the account is turned over to Evergreen Financial who are a contracted collection agency. After their collection’s efforts are exhausted, it may become necessary to write off the uncollectable debt. Council approved a Use Agreement between the City of Prosser and the Paeschke Enterprises LLC which outlines the terms for use of the Caffe Villa, Mustang Grill Skating for the Senior Walk Program. Paeschke Enterprises LLC has allowed the City to use the Skating portion of the premises for the Program every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 7th until March 31st for two hours each time.
PSD Elementary & Middle School SCHOOL MENU LUNCH Mon., Jan. 20th NO SCHOOL - MLK DAY Tues., Jan. 21st - Cheese Burger, Oven Baked Fries, Carroteenies, Cherry Tomatoes, Applesauce Wed., Jan. 22nd - Turkey Sub Sandwich, Sun Chips, Leaf Lettuce, Sweet Peppers, Celery, Pears Thurs., Jan. 23rd Popcorn Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, Broccoli, Chick Peas, Peaches Fri., Jan. 24th - Pizza, Romaine Salad, Carroteenies, Beets, Low Fat Ranch Dressing, Pineapple Daily choice of milk that is included with your meal is 1% white milk or nonfat chocolate milk. This institution is an equal opportunity employer.
The following was prepared by Shyanne Palmus, Communications Coordinator for the Benton County Commissioners’ Office. Presented by Paul Schut, Risk Manager, the County’s unarmed security guard services contractor (Parker Corporate Services, Inc. – doing business as Pacific Security) has requested an adjustment to their service rates to account for increases to the prevailing wage for their employees. The contractor initially requested that the service rate to be increased to $19.10 per hour. However, the
County has a similar, more recent contract, for security services at the Juvenile Justice Center with a prevailing wage of $18.76 per hour, which the Risk Manager offered to match. The contractor accepted this amount, and a contract amendment was prepared to address the increase. The contract term for these services is in effect through December 31, 2020. With the rate increase, it is estimated that the contract will end with approximately $9,500 remaining, allowing for some flexibility for possible overtime and
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which does not require additional funds to cover the rate increase. The Board approved the First Contract Amendment to the Personal Services Contract between Benton County and Parker Corporate Services, Inc. for unarmed security guard services. The Board approved a Change Order for Banlin Construction for the Public Services Building presented by Robert Blain, Public Works Manager. The Order consists of adding additional wiring from the electrical room to the new gate controller, along with a new breaker for the 120-volt service. The total cost of the Order is $1,024.09 plus tax. Eric Hsu, Public Defense Manager and Linda Ivey, Finance Manager presented, and the Board approved, a request to increase one of its Executive Assistant positions from half-time to a fulltime position. This position was originally funded at a part-time level with the understanding to readdress the position at the end of 2019. The Office of Public Defense is experiencing an increase in its caseload and workload and will need this increase in staffing to meet mission-critical functions. Furthermore, this increased staffing will also allow for another Executive Assistant, who is bilingual, to provide more interpreting support to Staff Trial Attorney and therefore decrease reliance on much more expensive private interpreters.
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Representative Dan Newhouse
Letter to the Editor
Congressman 4th District - Republican
School Board Modernizing the ESA Promotes Species Recovery Recognition Month Dear Editor: The Prosser School District is honored to recognize our current Board members: Scott Hunt, Jesalyn Cole, Peggy Douglas, Andy Howe, and Scott Coleman, as part of School Board Recognition Month. These five individuals serve on the Prosser School Board and are to be commended for their commitment to this community’s children. They work untold hours attending Board meetings, school activities, answering community questions, refining their governance skills and so much more. The statewide proclamation issued by Governor Jay Inslee recognizing January as School Board Recognition Month is just one of the reasons why members of the Prosser community should seek out these individuals and thank them for their selfless contributions and volunteerism. The work that they take on is not done for a salary, but rather it is completed because of a heartfelt desire to improve our children’s education and prepare them for their future endeavors. The success of our children’s experience is due, in no small part, to their commitment to Prosser schools. Nelson Mandela once said, “History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children.” As the Superintendent of Prosser School District, I witness daily how their work and commitment to Prosser schools has a positive impact. Please join me this month in thanking them and applauding their efforts. Sincerely, Matthew Ellis Superintendent of Schools
Phone Scam Alert
Benton County Superior Court l\report various jury summons phone scams are going around again. Community members receive a phone call where they are told they missed jury duty and they have a warrant for their arrest. They say if the victim wishes to avoid being arrested on the warrant, they can pay a fine. The victim is told to pay the fine in a number of ways to include credit/debit card, iTunes Cards, Green Dot Cards, Best Buy gift cards, etc. The victim is then told to provide the caller with the number on the card and the associated pin. If the victim provides the information, often times the caller will attempt to get even more money from the victim. The caller will threaten the victim with arrest at their home or work. Sometimes the caller will know the name of the Sheriff or sheriff’s office staff to help make their story more real. They may even have basic information about the victim to help their story. Please know that this or any version similar to this story is a scam. Members of law enforcement will not call and request anyone to pay their warrant over phone. If you believe the phone call is a scam do not give out any of your personal information and hang up. If you have given out your personal information, please call your local law enforcement to make a report.
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As we know all-too-well in Central Washington, Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing and delisting decisions have huge, lasting impacts on local communities and environments. The ESA was signed into law to protect and revitalize species of endangered or threatened animals and wildlife, but as time passes, this law, which has not been updated since 1973, has had increased negative effects on local communities – where the true impacts of species recovery unfold. Unfortunately, the law has been used as a political spearhead for frivolous litigation that can negatively affect private property rights, public land use decisions, and American jobs. And like many other regulations coming out of the nation’s capital, relying on topdown decisions from bureaucrats only limits economic prosperity, local conservation efforts, and the celebration of recovered species. Under current law, only conservation efforts taking place within the critical habitats of endangered or threatened species are considered during environmental reviews or impact studies of federal actions. But we know that habitats and ecosystems expand beyond arbitrary government-drawn lines. That is why I introduced the Weigh Habitats Offsetting Locational Effects Act, or the WHOLE Act. The WHOLE Act would ensure that all conservation measures are considered when federal decisions that impact ESA-listed species are being made. By establishing a process that considers the totality of conservation efforts, we incentivize private investment in species recovery, streamline federal decision-making, and promote the comprehensive efforts of states, local communities, and tribes. Efforts to strengthen the ESA are – and have been – ongoing. This legislation is part of a larger
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Menú de Comida Hispana Port of Grandview Commissioner Frank A. Lyall being congratulated by Port President Jim Sewell after taking the oath of office, following his election as Commissioner for District #3 for a six-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2020. Lyall was appointed to the Commission on March 1, 2019, to fill the position formerly held by Dr. Ron Grow.
from HOMICIDE page 1 and responded to the Higdon Road address and to PMH. When deputies arrived at the hospital, they were advised that 25-yearold Oscar Martinez, of Grandview, had died of his injuries, which appear to have been multiple stab wounds to his body. Benton County deputies, Prosser and Grandview PD officers contacted an adult female and small child living at the Higdon Road address and found the incident had occurred at that location and the female and child were safe and uninjured. Detectives with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office responded to both locations and took over the investigation. At this time, 21-year-old Alejandro Martinez, of Prosser, is in-custody and has been booked into the Benton County Jail for Murder 2nd Degree for the death of his older brother Oscar. The incident is still under investigation and further information will be provided by Sheriff Jerry Hatcher on Monday, January 13, 2020. Please contact Sheriff Hatcher’s at #509-440-2771
Mon., Jan. 20th - CERRADO dia de Martin Luther King Jr. Tues., Jan. 21st - Espagueti con Carne Ejotes, Ensalada con Aderezo Pan, Ensalada Citrica Wed., Jan. 22nd - Pollo Dijon, Camote, Chicharos y Cebolla, Pan y Mantequilla, Postre de Cereza Thurs., Jan. 23rd - Puerco Rostiizado, Pure de Papa, Zanahorias Glaseadas, Pan con Mantequilla, Pastel Fri., Jan. 24th - Hamburguesas, Lechugas, Tomate y Cebolla, Frijoles al Horno, Ensalada de Col y Manzana, Galleta con Chispas de Chocolate All meals served with margarine and 1% milk. Call (509) 786-1148 the day before by 12 p.m. to register for lunch.
legislative package of 18 bills introduced by Members of the Congressional Western Caucus, a group of 75 representatives who focus on addressing issues impacting local communities in the rural West and beyond, including strengthening and modernizing the ESA. As a Western Caucus Member, I am proud to work with my colleagues to advance priorities like this for Central Washington. Another piece of legislation introduced by Rep. Greg Gianforte (R-MT) is the LIST Act, which creates a straightforward process for the Secretary of the Interior to delist a species when it is deemed fully recovered. In Washington state, the gray wolf has demonstrated very clearly how
the continued federal listing of a recovered species can negatively affect local communities. This bill would promote the original congressional intent of the ESA: protect and recover a species, then remove it from the list. The package also includes efforts I have supported in the past, such as ensuring the best available science is used to make ESA listing decisions and providing more transparency by making this data publicly available. By bringing the ESA into the 21st Century, the Western Caucus aims to create a more comprehensive, streamlined approach to species recovery, while ensuring our communities are not burdened by overregulation and misleading data.
We should not tie our hands when it comes to species recovery. Using the best available science, considering all ongoing conservation measures, streamlining the process for listing decisions, and empowering state and local efforts will create a comprehensive approach to advance species recovery and fulfill the true intent of the ESA. The ESA was created to protect and recover endangered and threatened species. We must remain committed to this shared goal by strengthening and modernizing the Endangered Species Act for future generations. The WHOLE Act and these legislative efforts put forward by the Western Caucus are a strong step forward.
Tobacco and Vapor 21: What You Need to Know Washington State kicked off a big change for the better. As of January 1, 2020, Engrossed House Bill 1074 – or Tobacco and Vapor 21 – made it illegal to sell tobacco and vapor products to anyone under 21. Including Washington State, Tobacco and Vapor 21 is currently the law – or will be law soon – in 18 states, as well as Washington D.C. and Guam. The federal government is also considering enacting this change nationwide. This law is crucial to improving health outcomes for youth and young adults. The vast majority of people who smoke began before the age of 18, and most young people under 18 get tobacco and vapor products from people they know who are 18, 19, and 20 – siblings, fellow students, co-workers, and
other peers. By making it harder for kids to get tobacco and vapor products from these sources, we’ll help prevent the next generation from becoming addicted to nicotine. Youth prevention is critical – young Washingtonians are experiencing a vaping epidemic. In 2018, about one in five Washington 10th graders, and roughly one in three 12th graders, reported using vapor products. This is a dramatic increase from 2012 when only 1 in 25 Washington 10th graders vaped. Decades of progress have been erased by vapor products, which is further concerning because nicotine changes adolescents’ brain cell activity in parts of the brain responsible for attention, learning, and memory; not to mention the risk of vaping associated lung injuries.
The good news is that the Tobacco and Vapor 21 law will make a difference. A March 2015 report by the Institute of Medicine strongly concluded these laws substantially reduce the number of kids who start smoking, and future deaths related to smoking. When coupled with other evidence-based and emerging strategies to curb youth nicotine use, there’s reason to be hopeful about the health of young people in our state.
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Valley Publishing Supplements to the Prosser Record-Bulletin and Grandview Herald
The Grandview Herald and the Prosser Record-Bulletin publish weekly newspapers, which come out every Wednesday. Throughout the year we publish Special Editions and Special Pages within or that are inserted into our newspapers. These Special Editions and/or Special Pages include: MINDFUL; INDUSTRY; GRADUATION; GRANDVIEW OUR TOWN; PROSSER OUR TOWN; THE GREAT PROSSER BALLOON RALLY; VETERANS; and THE HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE. This year we will also feature NEW SECTIONS to our Editions with an OUTDOOR Section to our Newspapers in April; FAIR pages in August; WINTER HOME & CAR CARE pages in October and Greeting Ads in December. We would like to invite you to contribute to our Special Editions through story ideas, advertising, photo submissions, and/or phone calls. We want your contributions and we appreciate your support of our local papers! Victoria Walker - Managing Editor
Prosser Our Town In Retrospect
July 17th, 2019 • A Special Supplement to the Prosser Record-Bulletin
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Mustangs Outlast Grandview
Logan Candanoza of Prosser is on this list for the Associated Press 2019 All-State football team as honorable mention in Class 2A. The list was released the first of the year. Player of the year — Emeka Egbuka, jr., Steilacoom. FIRST TEAM Offense Quarterback — Levi Crum, sr., Hockinson. Running backs — Steven DiLorenzo, sr., Lynden; Dylan Paine, sr., Tumwater. Wide receivers — Emeka Egbuka, jr., Steilacoom; Manuel Felan, sr., Toppenish. Tight end — Brock Heppner, sr., Lynden. Offensive line — Zion Robinson, sr., Archbishop Murphy; Jacob Schuster, jr., Tumwater; Viliami Hafoka, sr., Tumwater; Takumi Veley, sr., Hockinson; Harley Vandenberg, sr., Lynden. All-purpose — Caden Jumper, jr., Eatonville. Kicker — Marko Samoukovic, sr., Lynden. Defense Defensive line — Jacob Schuster, jr., Tumwater; Josh McCarron, jr., Archbishop Murphy; Isaiah Perez, sr., Othello; LeAndre Gaines, sr., W.F. West. Linebackers — Riley Krueger, sr., Lakewood; Gaven Murphy, sr., Tumwater; Brevan Bea, sr. Washougal; Bodie Human, sr., Lynden. Defensive backs — Emeka Egbuka, jr., Steilacoom; Liam Mallory, soph., Hockinson; Brent VanderVeen, sr., Sedro-Woolley; Turner Allen, jr., Tumwater. Punter — Brent VanderVeen, sr., Sedro-Woolley. HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks — Chance McDonald, jr., Steilcoom; Jared Taylor, sr., Lakewood. Wide receiver — Peyton Brammer, sr., Hockinson. Tight ends — Austin Terry, soph., Tumwater; Jeremiah Faulstick, sr., Hockinson. Offensive line — Ki Haden, sr., Hockinson; Tyrese Thrower, sr., River Ridge. All-purpose — Brock Heppner, sr., Lynden. Kicker — Alan Sepulveda, sr., Lakewood. Defensive line — Logan Candanoza, sr., Prosser; Trey Knight, sr., Ridgefield; Judah Jackson, soph., Steilacoom; Austin Terry, soph., Tumwater; Cooper Wall, jr., Tumwater. Linebackers — John Ray, sr., Selah; Gavino Rodriguez, sr., Blaine; Zach Loveless, sr., Black Hills. Defensive backs — Joe Ennis, jr., Archbishop Murphy; Colton Bower, soph., North Kitsap; Cade Haller, jr., W.F. West. Punter — Noah Thompson, sr., Mountlake Terrace.
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Leila Taylor dribbles the ball up for the Lady Stangs.
Prosser’s Student section was up and loud during Friday’s game. By Cesar Solis
Prosser vs Grandview produced an amazing atmosphere at Mel Bowden Court as both sides of the gymnasium were filled. Spectators from both towns were ready for a Friday night showdown between two good CWAC teams. At Prosser, the Mustangs were quick to gain a lead over the hounds as they outscored their opponents by seven in the opening period. The second period brought more action as emotions were starting to be let out in the second period which resulted in a technical foul to Grandview.
Things started to slow down for both teams in the second half as both committed turnovers and struggled to find baskets. Prosser continued to hold the lead by a technical given to the Mustangs helped the Hounds carve back into the game and force a tight finish. At times in the second half it seemed as if the Hounds were going to be able to comeback but Prosser was able to stay out in front thanks to some key players including Gabby Olivarez who showcased her senior leadership by putting pressure on the Hounds ball handlers and knocking down a triple late in the game.
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Malia Cortes in position to take a shot as Prosser beats Grandview.
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Haden Hicks shoots a free throw against the Greyhounds on Friday night.
Halle Wright helped secure the victory as well as she netted some free throws to help put the Greyhounds away. After the Girls was the boys games as that one as well intrigued a big crowd of spectators. As both student sections were standings and cheering the atmosphere took an extra step as the gym was loud. Prosser and Grandview were exchanging shots as the two teams kept overtaking one another. At halftime Prosser found themselves trailing by three points at halftime as the team looked to calm down and get into rhythm. In the third, Prosser started to
find themselves as Prosser started to apply good pressure to the Hounds and forced some key turnovers that resulted in quick scores. In the fourth quarter, Prosser’s shots were on point as everything was clicking for the Mustangs especially for Saul Quinones. The senior guard secured the victory over Grandview by scoring 14 points in the quarter which included back to back three pointers as he raised his hand up to the crowd as the Senior caught fire. Prosser outscored Grandview 32-9 in the final period to get a huge win at the mid-point of the season.
PROSSER 42, GRV 36: PROSSER — Bestebreur 2, Groeneveld 3, Maljaars 5, Cortes 9, Wright 6, Taylor 3, Harris 2, Gabby Olivarez 12, Hull 0. Grandview 11 8 6 11 — 36 Prosser 18 7 6 11 — 42 PROSSER 71, GRV 45: PROSSER — L. Rivera 7, Quinones 16, Swift 2, Rivera 5, Inions 3, Santillan 2, Weinmann 1, Maljaars 15, Griffiths 3, Hicks 11, Moreno 6. Grandview=10=15=11=9=—=45 Prosser=12=7=20=32=—=71
PHS Boys Mustangs Split Varsity Against Tigers Swim Team By Cesar Solis
By Bev Beierle
Prosser Boys Swim Team hosted Cheney and Pullman at Lions Pool in Yakima for a double dual meet on Thursday, January 9. In scoring against Cheney, the 200 Medley Relay team of Ethan Felicetti, Thane Everett, Logan Schultz, and Paden Rude earned 2nd place with a time of 2:05.05. The team of Donnie Miller, Jacob McKee, Logan Rude, and Jesus Guerrero earned 4th with a time of 2:28.88. In the 200 Freestyle, Austin Beierle swam to a 1st place finish with a time of 2:01.60, Blaze Hoffman earned 3rd (2:16.80) and Felicetti placed 5th (2:25.61). Coleman Wright placed 1st in the 200 Individual Medley with a time of 2:08.87, Schultz placed 5th (2:48.17), and Logan Rude swam the event with a time of 3:05.51. In the 50 Freestyle, Christian Malave earned 2nd place with a time of 24.10, Paden Rude placed 3rd place (25.11) and Guerrero placed 4th (27.17). Finishing second in the 100 Butterfly was Beierle with a time of 1:02.74. In the 100 Freestyle, Malave took took 2nd (55.01), Everett placed 3rd (57.19), and Miller placed 5th (1:06.45). Schultz swam to a 2nd place finish in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 6:45.21, Logan Rude placed 5th (7:40.64) and McKee swam the event with a time of 7:52.16. Swimming to a 2nd place finish in the 200 Free Relay was the team of Malave, Beierle, Everett, and Wright (1:45.01). Also swimming the event was the team of McKee, Miller, Schultz, and Guerrero (2:01.23). Wright placed 1st in the 100 Backstroke with a time of 57.79, Everett placed 5th (1:15.59) and Miller swam the event with a time of 1:36.10). In the 100 Breaststroke, Paden Rude placed 4th (1:12.48), Felicetti placed 5th (1:29.15) and McKee swam the event with a time of 1:45.06. The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Malave, Beierle, Paden Rude, and Wright took 1st place with a time of 3:44.92. The final score was Prosser 69 and Cheney 96. In scoring against Pullman, Prosser scored 60 points and Pullman scored 109.
On Saturday, after defeating Grandview the prior day, Prosser traveled to Ellensburg as they begin the 2nd half of the season. Prosser received very similar results as the girls kept the Tigers in single digit scoring every quarter except the last. Prosser was not only getting it done defensively but they found baskets from multiple players as Harley Hull posted a career high with 16 points. Five total players scored in double digits as it was a team effort on Saturday afternoon. Hull, Leila Taylor, Alexis Harris, Malia Cortes and Halle Wright all netted double-digit scoring. At the beginning of the season Prosser was upset by the Tigers as the Mustangs were one of the favorites to win the CWAC, but the WIAA and the CWAC both know about Ephrata now as the Tigers continue to play at high level. Ephrata picked up the season sweep against the Mustangs as the Tigers did just enough to hold off Hicks and the Mustangs. Prosser was in reach of the Tigers, but Hick’s double digit fourth quarter was not enough to overcome the deficit. Sauk Quinones scored 17 points as he tied Haden Hicks for the game high in points. Prosser will continue the 2nd half of the season as they will
host Wapato on Tuesday and travel to Ellensburg on Thursday. PROSSER 69, EPHRATA PROSSER — Harley Hull Leila Taylor 14, Alexis Harris Malia Cortes 12, Halle Wright Maljaars 4, Olivarez 0 Prosser 12 19 19 19 — 69
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Ephrata 8 7 8 11 — 34 EPHRATA 60, PROSSER 56: PROSSER — L. Rivera 2, Saul Quinones 17, Swift 5, K. Rivera 3, Inions 2, Santillan 0, Weinmann 0, Calvin Maljaars 10, Haden Hicks 17, Moreno 0.. Prosser=12=15=11=18=—=56 Ephrata=15=13=16=16=—=60
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Prosser Police Activity Log Week of January 3rd to January 9th JANUARY 03 (16 calls for service) • Officers responded to the 1800 block of Wine Country Road for a report of a firework that was set off in the parking lot, which had caused minor damage to two vehicles. • Animal complaint received in the 400 block of Wine Country Road. Reporting Party (RP) stated that a few weeks prior he had been walking his dog when another dog charged at them. Incident was determined to be a civil matter. • Traffic stop in the area of North Gap Road and I82. Driver was cited and released for No Valid Operator License and Operating a Motor Vehicle without Insurance. JANUARY 04 (22 calls for service) • Suspicious vehicle reported on Luther Ln. Officers contacted the vehicle and found it to be occupied by a male and female who stated they were, “just hanging out”. No crime was observed and they were encouraged to move along. • Officers responded to a reported assault in progress in the 2000 block of Miller Ave. Officers contacted a male who had injuries and was extremely intoxicated. The male advised he had gotten into a fight with another subject who ran off. Male didn't want any criminal charges pressed on the other subject. • Fraud reported at Cottage Market. RP advised officers that two males had purchased $18 worth of items, but had paid with a half of a $20 bill that had been folded to appear normal. The RP didn’t realize the bill was not whole until after the males had already taken off. Males were described as white and in their early 20’s, driving a black Ford Fusion. • Suspicious person reported in the area of Yakima Ave. and 4th Street. Officer contacted a female who was walking home, but said she was having a bad day and was trying to talk with passing motorists. Officers tried to provide assistance, but she refused and said she would just continue to walk home. • Barking dog complaint received in the 100 block of Old Inland Empire Hwy. Officer located the barking dog that looked to be okay, but would not stop barking. No one was around the area as there was only sheds on the property. Information was passed onto the CSO for follow-up. • Officers assisted WSP and BCSO with a wrong way vehicle on I82. The vehicle was contacted and the driver was handed off to WSP. JANUARY 05 (20 calls for service) • Suspicious circumstances reported in the 200 block of Evans Ave. RP has their house up for sale and noticed that some large paving stones had been dug up in the back yard, but none were missing. Officer advised RP to put a lock on the gate. • Disturbance reported in the 400 block of Petra Ave. RP called and said that her dog was barking and she went to open her door to see who was in the hallway, when her neighbor said, “Do you have a problem?” RP stated that the neighbor is always calling her bad names and even gave her the finger. Officer advised the RP to talk with management and to apply for a no contact order. • Officers responded to a reported fraud at Taco Bell. It was reported that a male in the drive through had attempted to use a fake $100 bill. The male was contacted along with a female passenger. The male claimed to not know the bill was fake. Both subjects were interviewed in regards to any narcotics in the vehicle, and eventually the male admitted to a small amount of narcotics that he believed to be under the driver’s seat. The vehicle was seized for a search warrant. Officers later located a firearm, multiple items containing suspected methamphetamine and a receipt from Love’s indicating items had been purchased using $100 cash. Officers contacted Love’s and it was determined that the suspects had also used a counterfeit bill to purchase merchandise from their store before attempting to make their purchase at Taco Bell. Charges of Forgery/Counterfeiting and Possession of Meth forwarded to the Prosecutor for review. • Threats complaint received via phone. Subject requested phone contact reference indirect threats from a friend. Officers attempted contact, but the RP’s phone would not accept calls. JANUARY 06 (22 calls for service) • Officers assisted Grandview PD in attempting to locate a suspect involved in an armed robbery. Suspect had reportedly fled on foot. Officers were not able to locate the suspect. • Malicious mischief report received at Keene Riverview Elementary School. RP stated someone had damaged a window to the front entrance of the school. • Officers assisted with traffic control at the intersection of 6th Street and Wine Country Road. A power outage had caused the traffic light to stop working. City crews were notified and after about 20 minutes the power came back on and the lights began to function again. • Lobby assist reference a cold burglary off Witkopff loop sometime in the past week. RP was referred to BCSO to file the report as it occurred in the county. • Officer on patrol in the 700 block of Wine Country Road observed a male known to have warrants at Love’s. The male along with a female took off while the officer was waiting for a cover unit. The male was later located hiding in the women’s restroom at the Holiday Inn. The male was arrested for his warrants and possession of suspected fentanyl. JANUARY 07 (15 calls for service) • Officers responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the Holiday Inn parking lot. RP reported a female getting out of one vehicle and trying to open the door to another, but was unable to. Officers contacted the female and a male in the parking lot. The male was found to have an active warrant out of Union Gap. It was also determined that there was an active no contact order between the male and female. Charges of Order Violation and Possession of Meth and Fentanyl were forwarded to the Prosecutor for review. • Request for a welfare check received in the 200 block of Old Inland Empire Hwy. RP stated there was an elderly transient male sleeping on the bike path. Officer contacted the male who advised he was trying to get to Oregon. Officer gave the male information on transportation options. JANUARY 08 (20 calls for service) • Animal abuse complaint received in the area of Love’s. RP called and said that he heard a dog whining behind the tire shop and then saw a man pick up a small dog and slam it into the back of a pickup bed. RP stated he then saw the male punch the dog several times before driving away. Officer checked the area for the vehicle, but was unable to locate it. The case was turned over to the Community Service Officer for further investigation. • Disturbance report received at Prosser High School. Two juvenile females got into a fight at lunchtime. No charges are being filed at this time and the school is handling the discipline.
• Information received in the 900 block of Alexander Ct. RP called saying that her ex-boyfriend was harassing her and wouldn’t leave her alone. Officer gave the RP information on how to obtain a no contact order, but RP did not want to do that. All RP wanted at this time was to have her written statement on file in case it is needed at a later date. • Found property reported in the 1400 block of Patterson Road. RP had found a wallet in the construction site of the new High School and wanted to turn it in. RP also said that over the weekend someone had broken in and set off all of the fire extinguishers on the site. He didn’t know if the wallet was related or not. Wallet was determined to belong to a Prosser High student and was returned. The student said that his wallet had been stolen from him at school earlier and that he had not been in the construction site. • Suspicious person reported in the area of Main Street and Yakima Ave. RP stated a man wearing all black was walking in the street and appeared to be confused. Officers searched area, but were unable to find the described male. • Lobby contact regarding a hit and run that had occurred in the Food Depot parking lot. RP stated that as she was backing out of a parking stall when another vehicle backed into hers. She asked the other driver for their information and was given a phone number. Because the RP was blocking traffic, she told the other driver that she was going to move to the side and then they could exchange their information. When RP moved her vehicle, the other vehicle drove off and the phone number the other driver provided was determined to be invalid. • Non-injury accident reported in the area of Wine Country Road and Chardonnay Ave. JANUARY 09 (19 calls for service) • Officer contacted a group of teenagers who were at the skate park after closing. The juveniles were told to move along. • Male known to have warrant was contacted at Love’s. Male was taken into custody and booked into the Benton County Jail. • Malicious mischief reported in the 300 block of Nunn Road. RP stated there were several juveniles who were jumping on the stacks of fruit crates at Milne Fruit. The juveniles were located near the west side of the building and took off running when they saw officers. The juveniles eventually stopped running and were contacted by officers. The juveniles stated they were just skateboarding, boxing, and climbing on the crates. No damage was found and the juveniles were lectured on their behavior. • Request for a welfare check received in the area of SR22 and Market Street for a report of a male who had jumped from a vehicle and over the guardrail. Area was checked, but the male was not located. • Report of a suspicious vehicle received in the 200 block of Evans Ave. Officers arrived in the area and contacted two males. One male was found to have an active warrant. The male took off running and a foot pursuit ensued. The male attempted to hide between a hedge line and a curb on Anna Street. Officers located the male and took him into custody. During the arrest, the male threatened to assault the arresting officer. Male was transported to the Benton County Jail and was booked for his warrant, Obstruction, and Felony Harassment. • Officers assisted BCSO with a homicide that occurred in the area of Higdon Road. Contact BCSO for further information on this incident.
from Daddy Dance pg1 dance the night away with her date ‘Daddy’”, said Kathya Martinez. Three Prosser restaurants are partnering this year with the Parks and will be providing discounts to those attending the event and who has tickets. So, if you plan on having dinner before you go the following restaurants are offering discounts; Golden Yan Restaurant: One FREE plate for the daughter (max 1) El Buen Gusto Restaurant: Buy one get one 50% off for the second plate El Caporal Restaurant: 20% off For your pleasure there will be a dessert table with lots of fruits and drinks for everyone to enjoy at the event. “We are getting our desserts from Jade’s British Girl Treats,” said Martinez. Get dressed to impress and join the crowd for a memorable evening of music, dancing, desserts, and fun. Every girl receives a rose. Photographs will be available and taken by a professional photographer (optional - additional charge). Get ready to dance to come great music, with big sound and disco lights. “It will be a great evening,” said Martinez.
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Obituaries Maxine V. Brown
George E. Bailey
February 10, 1921-January 8, 2020
Maxine Brown died January 8, 2020 at Prosser Memorial Health one month before her 99th birthday. Born in Skedee, Pawnee County, Oklahoma to Sam and Trudy (Stecker) Vance. Maxine was the second of seven children: Amogene, Darlene, Bill, Marcy, Charlotte, and Charmie. Maxine would tell stories about hiding in the basement during tornados, and the notorious feud between her parent’s families: The Vances and The Steckers. She had wonderful memories of growing up with her grandparents, and Aunt Bessie, who help provide for the family during the Dustbowl years in Oklahoma. When Maxine was 14 years old, the family headed West. Her Dad worked as necessary during the exhaustive drive to earn gas money, and to pay bridge tolls. Arriving in Nampa, Idaho, the family could not believe the prosperity of Idaho, and abundance of produce. Maxine graduated from high school in Nampa at age 15, while working for her board and room at State Representative James Agenbroad’s home. Living and working with the Agenbroad family greatly impacted her life in many ways; she learned cooking, baking, canning, and sewing. Most notably, she met Truman Brown as she held the door open the day, he moved into the Agenbroad’s boarding house. Truman and Maxine married on Dec. 8, 1938 in Nampa. During their time in Nampa, Truman and Maxine owned a service station, and then a rowcrop farm. Their three oldest sons: Vernon, Dick, and Howard were born in Nampa. In 1950 Truman and Maxine moved to Prosser, Washington, after purchasing an Ok Tire franchise— now Brown’s Tire Company. Their daughter Bonnie and son Mack were born after moving to Washington. Maxine became an active member of the Prosser community, joining the United Methodist Church, Eastern Star—serving as Worth Matron, Rebekah’s, 4-H, boat club, and was a founding member of the Goofer Hoofer Square Dance Club. The family enjoyed heading to the mountains after work on Saturdays in their motorhome and boat. After daughter Bonnie returned from WSU, Maxine and Bonnie opened “Bonnie’s Stich N’ Shoppe” a fabric and notions store on what is now Wine County Road. Maxine used her business acumen, and skillful sewing knowledge; she made sewing in a zipper, matching patterns, and button –hole –making look like easy work, during the approximately 20 years the store was open. During their Golden Years, Maxine and Truman enjoyed motor homing, gambling, and tracking the activities of their grandchildren living in Prosser: Elisa, Darrel, Leslie, Sammy (Vance), and Andrew. In her 98 years of life, our Grandmother seemingly knew how to do everything, because she had done it: Milk cows, raise chickens, butcher chickens, cook the best friend chicken; make the best German Chocolate Cake, Peach Cobbler; sew anything, preserve/ can all foods, keep a perfect house, and carpentry. She believed her greatest success in life to be the accomplishments of her children. A favorite quote, “Do all the good you can, while you can. You come this way but once.” Maxine is survived by her children: Vernon Brown (Jane), Mack Brown (Gail), and Bonnie Brown Glasscock (Joe) all of Prosser; Richard Brown (Sherry) of Woodland, Washington, and Howard Brown (Jan) of Mount Vernon, Washington; and her sister Charmie Wieland of Tukwila, Washington. Maxine was preceded in death by her husband of 81 years, Truman Brown, infant daughter Linda Brown, grandson Glenn Brown, parents Sam Vance and Trudy Vance, brother Bill Vance, sisters Marcy Weymouth, Amogene Schmidt, Darlene Koch, and Charlotte Brown. By Maxine’s request, there will be no Memorial Service. In her memory, please consider making donations to these organizations that were integral to Maxine during
Robert Mann Thoms Jr. Maxine V. Brown the end of her life: Prosser United Methodist Church, Meals on Wheels—Prosser Kitchen, and the Prosser Memorial Foundation. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome.com.
John Andrew Samsel June 3, 1947 – December 16, 2019
John passed away on December 16, 2019 in Prosser, WA. He was born June 3, 1947 to James and Hazel Samsel in Yakima, WA where he spent his early years, graduating from Eisenhower High School. He attended Yakima Valley Community College following graduation for one year then enlisted in the United States Army for the next three years serving one tour in Viet Nam. Upon returning home John continued his education and graduating from Central Washington State College. He spent his work career in the grocery business starting in Yakima then moving to Portland, OR until his retirement. Moving to Canon Beach, OR he often walked the beaches with his two Old English Sheep dogs. John was an excellent chef and enjoyed preparing and sharing a good meal. He enjoyed music, especially classical, good books, movies, attending Broadway shows, gardening and world travel. To be closer to family he moved to Prosser. As his health declined, he moved into Sun Terrace Assisted Care where he quietly slipped away. John was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by sisters Esther (Suni) Ballard and family, and Susan Phillips and family. At John’s request there will be no formal services.
Death Notice Florence Ann Finn Florence Ann Finn, age 89, entered into rest on January 11, 2020 at Regency Canyon Lakes Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Kennewick. She was born in Orrin, North Dakota on June 20, 1930 and the family moved to Prosser in 1946. She worked as a clerk for Coast to Coast, Western Auto, Cross Pharmacy and at The Golden Rule until retiring. She is survived by her children, Gary Finn of Benton City, Rick Finn of Fircrest, WA, Lonny Finn of Auburn, WA, Georgia Adolf of Kent and Shawn Finn of Benton City; brother, Darl Axtman of Benton City; and son-in-law, Ken Conatser of Prosser; and numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Finn and daughter, Valerie Conatser. A full obituary with service information will run at a later date. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome. com
January 8, 1927 – January 11, 2020
Robert Mann Thoms Jr, age 93 of Prosser, entered into rest on January 11, 2020 in Richland. He was born on January 8, 1927 in Seattle, the only child of Robert Sr. and Alfreda (Christensen) Thoms. His father worked as a jailor and also raised and trained hunting dogs and his mom was a homemaker. Bob had an awesome childhood growing up in a country setting, helping his dad train hunting dogs, going hunting and riding horses. He lived in Kent until the family moved to Prosser in his late teens. After high school, Bob eventually worked for the Benton REA as a lineman, retiring after thirty years. He had no fear of heights. He also helped at the Sheriff’s office, reloading bullets for them. He met his wife, Dorothy, at the Prosser Skating Rink. They married in September of 1950 and recently celebrated their 69th anniversary. Bob competed in calf roping events in rodeos. He had his own roping arena and had Saturday night roping events. He enjoyed listening to western music, Frank Sinatra songs and watching Seattle Sonics basketball games or a rodeo on television. He liked going for walks, any sweet snacks, especially chocolate and a good cup of coffee. He also enjoyed dancing, bowling, roller skating, hunting and was also a gunsmith. He spent two weeks on a special hunting trip in Alaska. He was a longtime member of Friendship Baptist Church. Bob is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Harris) Thoms, his daughter, Carolyn (Thoms) Meyers; son, Robert Mann Thoms III; and grandchildren, Jarred Coffman, Heath Coffman, Kara Coffman Lucas, Donn Ryan Meyers, LaDonna Bailey, Justin Poteet; Robert Thoms IV, Dustin Thoms and Dawnel Thoms Bryant; and tons of great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. Viewing will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 at Prosser Funeral Home. A private family graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Prosser Cemetery. A Celebration of Life will follow at 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Baptist Church in Prosser. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome. com.
May 4, 1935 – December 28, 2019
George was born May 4, 1935 in Buffalo, New York to Charles Robert and Amy (Briscall) Bailey. He was the youngest child in a family of three boys. The family moved to Portland, Ore., and he graduated from Estacada High School in 1953. He was a volunteer firefighter as well as an accomplished logger throughout the Pacific Northwest. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve in 1953, honorably discharged in 1956, inducted into the US Army in 1956 and served in Germany as a Communications Technician. In July 1960 he married Ruth Ann Sinclair. Together they plowed through 12 years of college,
graduating from Portland State University. George received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics, with a minor in Mathematics. George worked at Portland General Electric in progressive positions including Assistant to Sr. Vice President, Manager of Employee Compensation and Personnel/Human Resource department. During this time frame, he and Ruth became the proud parents of two boys George Jr. and James. Ruth yearned for a simpler way of life and in 1980 they moved to a small farm in Prosser, Wash. They enjoyed riding their Tennessee Walker horses in the Byron Ponds Area. George became a Human Resource/Personnel Manager for Washington Public Power Supply System, which was later renamed Energy Northwest. George enjoyed camping and hiking in the Pacific Northwest, trips to the coast, especially Cannon Beach, with his family. He loved attending operas and plays as well as taking care of his farm on Byron Road. Ruth passed away in 1985, having fought a long arduous battle
Blanche Barbara Kidd May 11, 1941 – January 9, 2020
Blanche Barbara Kidd, 78, of Prosser, passed away on January 9, 2020 at Kadlec Regional Medical Center. She was born on May 11, 1941 in Tacoma, Washington to Leon and Arlene (Persinger) Happy. She was raised and educated in Puyallup and graduated from Puyallup High School. Through the years, she kept in touch with her grade school classmates. Blanche married Norman Everett Kidd in 1959. They made their home in Puyallup and Blanche worked as a waitress at “Johnny’s at the Mall”, an upscale restaurant at the Tacoma Mall. In 1976 they moved their family to a 20-acre farm in Sunnyside where they raised alfalfa, corn, cattle and pigs. They retired in 2007 and moved to Prosser. She was a longtime member of TOPS. Blanche always took pride in her home and yard and especially loved gardening. She also loved quilting,
traveling with friends and shopping. Most of all, she was a devoted wife and mother and loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. Blanche is survived by her four children, Lee Kidd of Kennewick, Shawn (Robin) Kidd of Prosser, Brenda (Brian) Clarke of Prosser and Kimberly (Pancho) Kidd of Federal Way; five grandchildren; Bradley (KayLeigh) Clarke, Calvin (Kelly) Clarke, Matthew (Megan) Clarke, Colette Kidd and Lexi Kidd; three great-grandchildren, Branden, Jace, Owen Clarke and two more on the way. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman on May 11, 2017; her brother, Dennis Happy; and her parents. Visitation will be held Friday, Jan.17 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Prosser Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Prosser Funeral Home. Concluding services and burial will follow in the Prosser Cemetery. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome. com.
with cancer. In 1987, George married Cora Irish and together blended their families, adding Cory and Marcy Irish. In 2006 George retired from Benton County. He was Manager of Benton County Personnel/Human Resource for many years. George was passionate about his faith and attended Covenant Presbyterian Church for many years. God had him by the hand, always. George is survived by his wife, Corky of Prosser; daughter, Cory (Maurice) Reilly of Prosser; son, George Jr. (Christina) Bailey of Pasco; daughter, Marcy Irish of Prosser; and son, James Bailey (Cheyenne Cook) of Richland; his brother, Jerry (Wanda) Dunn of Clarkston, Wash.; grandchildren: Tabitha, Samantha, and Daphne Reilly; Jacob Bennett, Cheyle Cook, Justin Larsen, and Morgan Bailey; great granddaughter, Emelia Reilly; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. You may leave a message for the family at www.Prosserfuneralhome. com.
Death Notice June Francis (Higdon) Bates
June Francis (Higdon) Bates, passed away peacefully on January 11, 2020 at Chaplaincy Hospice in Kennewick. She was surrounded by her children, Roger Bates, Claudia Kravitz, Keith Bates, Jon Bates and Tim Bates; several grandchildren and nieces and nephews; and the wonderful staff at Chaplaincy Hospice. A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper with the date and time for a celebration of her life.
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Superior Court of Washington, County of BENTON No.19-3-00992-03 Summons Served by Publication (SMPB) In re: Petitioner: HEATHER ZARAGOZA And Respondent: REFUGIO ZARAGOZA Summons Served by Publication To: REFUGIO ZARAGOZA - The other party has asked the court to: End your marriage or domestic partnership. Approve or change a Parenting Plan or Residential Schedule. Approve or chance a Child Support Order. You must respond in writing if you want the court to consider your side. Deadline! Your Response must be filed and served within 60 days of the date this summons is published. If you do not file and serve your Response or a Notice of Appearance by the deadline: • No one has to notify you about other hearings in this case, and • The court may approve the requests in the Petition without hearing your side (called a default judgement). Follow these steps: 1. Read the Petition and any other documents that were filed at court with this Summons. Those documents explain what the other party is asking for. 2. Fill out a Response on this form: FL Divorce 211, Response to Petition about a Marriage You can get the Response form and other forms you need at: • The Washington State Courts’ website: www.courts.wa.gov/ forms • The Administrative Office of the Courts-call: (360) 705-5328 • Washington LawHelp: www.washingtonlawhelp.org, or • The Superior Court Clerk’s office or county law library (for a fee). 3. Serve (give) a copy of your Response to the to the person who filed this Summons at the address below, and to any other parties. You may use certified mail with return receipt requested. For more information on how to serve, read Superior Court Civil Rule 5. 4. File your original Response with the court clerk at this address: Superior Court Clerk, BENTON County 7122 W. Okanogan Place Bldg A; Kennewick, WA, 99336 5. Lawyer not required: It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer, but you may file and serve your Response without one. Person filing this Summons or his/her lawyer fills out below: /s/ PATRICIA J. CHVATAL WSBA No. 7862; 12-4-19 I agree to accept legal papers for this case at: PO Bx 966; Richland, Washington 99352 This Summons is issued according to Rule 4.1 of the Superior Court Civil Rules of the State of Washington. Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: December 11, 18 and 25, 2019 and January 1, 8 and 15, 2020
Summons Keller IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR BENTON COUNTY NO. 19-2-03110-03 SUMMONS BY PUBLICATION BRUCE KELLER and LINDA KELLER, husband and wife; GARY C. HUGHES and JUTTA G. HUGHES, Trustees of The Hughes Family Trust dated May 17, 2018; JEANNE ROBBINS, as her separate estate; JAY STUART STONE, as his separate estate; and JEANNE ROBBINS, Trustee u/w of Lee C. Stone f/b/o Jay S. Stone, Plaintiffs v. CHARLES A. SCOTT, deceased, his heirs, successors, or assigns. Defendants. The State of Washington to the heirs, successors, or assigns of Charles A. Scott, and all other person or parties unknown claiming any right, title, estate, lien or interest in the real estate described in the complaint herein, Defendants: You are hereby summoned to appear within sixty (60) days after the date of first publication of this summons, to wit, within sixty (60) days after the 18th day of December, 2019, and defend the above-entitled action in the above-entitled court, and answer the complaint of the plaintiffs and serve a copy of your answer upon the undersigned attorneys for the plaintiffs, at their office below stated; and, in case of your failure so to do, judgment will be rendered against you according to the demands of the complaint in this action which has been filed with the clerk of said court. The object of this action is to quiet title in plaintiffs to real estate in Benton County, Washington, described as: The West 117 feet of East 287 feet of that portion of Lot 52, The Highlands, Plat B, according to Plat thereof recorded in Volume 2 of Plats, page 3, lying North of Kennewick Irrigation District right of way against the claim of the defendants and any one of them. DATED this 5th day of December, 2019. ERIC M. BUTTERWORTH, WSBA #14600 CORTNEY CORBET, WSBA #52612 GRAVIS LAW, PLLC Attorneys for Plaintiffs 503 Knight St. Suite A; Richland, WA 99352 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: December 18 and 25, 2019 and January 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2020
NTC Palomo SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF BENTON PROBATE NO. 19-4-00533-03 NOTICE TO CREDITORS In re the Estate of: MARIA R. PALOMO, Deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as personal representative (Ex-PR) of this estate. Persons having claims against the deceased must, prior to the time such claims would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, serve their claims on the personal representative or the attorney of record at the address stated below and file an executed copy of the claim with the Clerk of the Court within four (4) months after the date first publication of this notice or within four (4) months after the date of the filing of the copy of this Notice with the Clerk of the Court, whichever is later or, except under those provisions included in RCW 11.40.011 or 11.40.013, the claim will be forever barred. This bar is effective as to claim against both the probate assets and nonprobate assets of the decedent. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE OF CREDITORS with the Clerk of the Court: DECEMBER 19, 2019. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: 01/01, 2020. Personal Representative: /s/ RAQUEL MUNOZ, individually as ExPR Attorney for Petitioner: HALSTEAD & COMINS RICK, PS JOANNE G. COMINS RICK #11589 P.O. BOX 511; PROSSER, WA 99350 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 1, 8 and 15, 2020
NTC Bowen IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON IN PROBATE No. 19-4-00400-03 NOTICE TO CREDITORS IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF JESSIE EUGENE
BOWEN, Deceased. The Personal Representative named below has been appointed and has qualified as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, prior to the time such claims would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, serve their claims in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorneys of record at the address stated below and file the original of the claim with the Clerk of this Court. The claim must be presented within the later of:1) Thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(3); or 2) four months after the date of first publication of this notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim will be forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of first publication: January 1, 2020 /s/ Elizabeth Osiris Bowen, Personal Representative POWELL & GUNTER By: /s/ Don E. Powell, WSBA No. 7867 Attorney for Petitioner Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 1, 8 and 15, 2020
NTC Calobeer IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON Case No.: 19-4-00028-03 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS In Re the Estate of: MITCHELL D. CALOBEER, Deceased. PLEASE TAKE NOTICE The above court has appointed D. Ben Henzel as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the foregoing court. The claim must be presented by the later of: (1) 30 days after the date of mailing this Notice to the creditor as provided in RCW 11.40.020(1)(c), or (2) 4 months after the date of first publication of this Notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective for claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication of this Notice: January 1, 2020. ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE: Judson Taylor, WSBA No. 46127 108 1st Avenue South, Ste 301; Seattle, WA 98104 Telephone: (206) 596-4856 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE: D. Ben Henzel WSBA No. 33376 Henzel Law Offices 0224 SW Hamilton Street, Ste 301; Portland, OR 97239 Telephone: (503) 546-1588; Email: email@example.com Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 1, 8 and 15, 2020
Summons Drane Superior Court of Washington, County of BENTON No.19-3-00950-03 Summons Served by Publication (SMPB) In re: Petitioners: Gordon E. Drane And Respondents: Kelly Matthews; Maier Alvarez Summons Served by Publication To: Kelly Mathews: The other party has asked the court to: Give custody of the children to a non-parent. You must respond in writing if you want the court to consider your side. Deadline! Your Response must be filed and served within 60 days of the date this summons is published. If you do not file and serve your Response or a Notice of Appearance by the deadline: • No one has to notify you about other hearings in this case, and • The court may approve the requests in the Petition without hearing your side (called a default judgement). Follow these steps: 1. Read the Petition and any other documents that were filed at court with this Summons. Those documents explain what the other party is asking for. 2. Fill out a Response on this form: FL Non-Parent 415, Response to Non-Parent Custody Petition You can get the Response form and other forms you need at: • The Washington State Courts’ website: www.courts.wa.gov/ forms • The Administrative Office of the Courts-call: (360) 705-5328 • Washington LawHelp: www.washingtonlawhelp.org, or • The Superior Court Clerk’s office or county law library (for a fee). 3. Serve (give) a copy of your Response to the to the person who filed this Summons at the address below, and to any other parties. You may use certified mail with return receipt requested. For more information on how to serve, read Superior Court Civil Rule 5. 4. File your original Response with the court clerk at this address: Superior Court Clerk, BENTON County 7122 W. Okanogan Place Bldg A; Kennewick, WA, 99336 5. Lawyer not required: It is a good idea to talk to a lawyer, but you may file and serve your Response without one. Person filing this Summons, or his lawyer fills out below: /s/ Christopher M. Hoxie WSBA No. 46293 I agree to accept legal papers for this case at Lawyer’s address: 5205 W. Clearwater Ave.; Kennewick, WA 99336 This Summons is issued according to Rule 4.1 of the Superior Court Civil Rules of the State of Washington. Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: December 18 and 25, 2019 and January 1, 8, 15 and 22, 2020
NTC Ginn, Jr. IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF BENTON Cause No. 19-4-00538-03 NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 In the Matter of the Estate of: SEDGIE V. GINN, JR., Deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of first publication: January 8, 2020 s/ SEDGIE V. GINN, III, Personal Representative
PROSSER RECORD-BULLETIN • WWW.THENEWSATVALLEYPUBLISHING.COM • PUBLIC NOTICES • PAGE 11 • JANUARY 15TH, 2020 Attorneys for Personal Representative: WALKER HEYE MEEHAN & EISINGER, PLLC 1333 Columbia Park Trail, Suite 220; Richland, WA 99352 (509) 735-4444 Court Clerk where claims are to be filed: Josie Delvin, Superior Court Clerk Benton County Superior Court 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Bldg A; Kennewick, WA 99336 Cause Number: 19-4-00538-03 Published: January 8, 15 and 22, 2020 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin
NTC McQuilkin SUPERIOR COURT OF WASHINGTON COUNTY OF BENTON No. 19-4-00537-03 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS R.C.W. 11.40.030 In the Matter of the Estate of GLENN D. McQUILKIN, DECEASED. The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the deceased must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in R.C.W. § 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative, or to the Personal Representative’s attorney, Gierth - Eddy Law Offices, PLLC, at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (a) Thirty (30) days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under R.C.W. 1l.40.020(1)(c); or(b) four(4) months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time-frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in R.C.W. 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of first publication: January 8, 2020 Personal Representative: CAROLINE McQUILKIN. Attorney for Personal Representative: Loren J. Eddy, of Gierth - Eddy Law Offices, PLLC Address for Mailing or Service: 1030 N. Center Pkwy; Kennewick, WA 99336 Court of probate proceedings: SUPERIOR COURT BENTON COUNTY, WASHINGTON Cause number of probate proceedings: 19-4-00537-03 DATED this 27th day of December, 2019. /s/ CAROLINE McQUILKIN c/o Gierth – Eddy Law Offices, PLLC 1030 N. Center Pkwy; Kennewick, WA 99336 Presented By: /s/ Loren J. Eddy, W.S.B.A.#19759 Gierth – Eddy Law Offices, PLLC Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 8, 15 and 22, 2020
Crisp Sheriff’s Property Sale, February 15, 2020 IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON SHERIFF’S PUBLIC NOTICE OF SALE OF REAL PROPERTY Cause # 17-2-00541-7 / Sheriff #19002022 PLAINTIFF: UMPQUA BANK, Successor in Interest by Merger to Sterling Savings Bank, its successors in interest and/or assigns: vs: DEFENDANT(s): JIM SPURGETIS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL D. CRISP; DOE 1 and DOE 2 who are the unknown heirs of Michael D. Crisp; DANAROSE M. ELKHATIB; STATE OF WASHINGTON; and DOE 3 and DOE 4 who are the occupants of 3404 W. Wagon Wheel PR NW, Benton City, Washington; Judgment Rendered on: 10/25/2019 Date of Levy: 1/2/2020 TO: JIM SPURGETIS, PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF MICHAEL D. CRISP; DOE 1 and DOE 2 who are the unknown heirs of Michael D. Crisp; DANAROSE M. ELKHATIB; STATE OF WASHINGTON; and DOE 3 and DOE 4 who are the occupants of 3404 W. Wagon Wheel PR NW, Benton City, Washington; Judgment Debtor(s) The Superior Court of Benton County has directed the undersigned Sheriff of Benton County to sell the property described below to satisfy a judgment in the above-entitled action. The property to be sold is described at the end of this notice. The sale of the property described below is to take place: Date: 2/14/2020 Time: 10:00 AM Place: 620 Market Street, Prosser WA Benton County Courthouse – Market Street entrance The judgment debtor can avoid the sale by paying the judgment amount of $383,788.40, together with interest, costs, and fees, before the sale date. For the exact amount, contact the Sheriff at the address stated below. Dated at Kennewick, Washington, this Friday, January 3, 2020. JERRY HATCHER Sheriff of Benton County, Washington By: Shelly Olson, Civil Clerk Contact Information: Benton County Sheriff’s Office 7122 W. Okanogan Pl., Bldg. B; Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 737-3526 or (509) 735-6555 ext 3382 Description of Real Estate: LOT 4, Short Plat No. 633, according to the Survey thereof recorded under Auditor’s File No. 776889, records of Benton County, Washington. Tax Parcel #: 1-3606-101-0633-004 Commonly known as: 3404 W. Wagon Wheel PR NW, Benton City, WA 99320 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020
NTC Sampson IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF THURSTON Case No.: 20-4-00006-34 NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.020 IN RE THE ESTATE OF: ALICE ELIZABETH HOLM SAMPSON, Deceased. The Personal Representative named below has been duly appointed as Personal Representative of this Estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, must present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070, by serving on or mailing a copy of the claim to the Personal Representative or the Personal Representative’s attorney at the address stated below, as well as file the original claim with the Court. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) thirty (30) days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditors as provided under RCW 11.40.020; or (2) four (4) months after the date of the first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of First Publication: January 8, 2020 Personal Representative: Donald Gary Sampson Attorney for the Personal Representative: Cynthia S. Worth Address for Mailing or Service: 6963 Littlerock Road SW; Tumwater, WA 98512 Court of probate proceedings and cause number: Thurston County Superior Court 20-4-00006-34 DATED THIS 3rd DAY OF January 2020. /s/ Donald Gary Sampson, Personal Representative Estate of Alice Elizabeth Holm Sampson WORTH LAW GROUP, P.S. /s/ Cynthia S. Worth, WSBA No. 26600 Attorney for Personal Representative Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 8, 15 and 22, 2020
Dodson-Woodruff Property Sale, January 24, 2020 NOTICE OF TRUSTEE’S SALE Pursuant to the Revised Code of Washington 61.24, et seq.108 1st Ave South, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104 Trustee Sale No.: WA-19-863414-SW Title Order No.: 190969308-WA-MSI Reference Number of Deed of Trust: Instrument No. 2018-021782 Parcel Number(s):
102894020012002 Grantor(s) for Recording Purposes under RCW 65.04.015: CATRINA RAE DODSON, AND KENNETH LAWRENCE WOODRUFF, WIFE AND HUSBAND Current Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust and Grantee (for Recording Purposes under RCW 65.04.015): Mortgage Research Center, LLC d/b/a Veterans United Home Loans, a Missouri Limited Liability Company Current Trustee of the Deed of Trust: Quality Loan Service Corporation of Washington Current Loan Mortgage Servicer of the Deed of Trust: Cenlar FSB I.NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, the undersigned Trustee, will on 1/24/2020, at 10:00 AM At the main entrance of the Justice Center, located at 7122 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick, WA 99336 sell at public auction to the highest and best bidder, payable in the form of credit bid or cash bid in the form of cashier’s check or certified checks from federally or State chartered banks, at the time of sale the following described real property, situated in the County of BENTON, State of Washington, to-wit: The South 89 feet of the East 102.3 feet, Tract 12, The Highlands Plat M, according to the plat thereof recorded in Volume 3 of Plats, Page 1, records of Benton County, Washington. More commonly known as: 424 S OLYMPIA ST, KENNEWICK, WA 99336 Subject to that certain Deed of Trust dated 7/25/2018, recorded 7/25/2018, under Instrument No. 2018-021782 records of BENTON County, Washington, from CATRINA RAE DODSON, AND KENNETH LAWRENCE WOODRUFF, WIFE AND HUSBAND, as grantor(s), to COMMONWEALTH LAND TITLE INSURANCE COMPANY, as original trustee, to secure an obligation in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. SOLELY AS NOMINEE FOR MORTGAGE RESEARCH CENTER, LLC DBA VETERANS UNITED HOME LOANS, ITS SUCCESSORS AND ASSIGNS, as original beneficiary, the beneficial interest in which was subsequently assigned to Mortgage Research Center, LLC d/b/a Veterans United Home Loans, a Missouri Limited Liability Company, the Beneficiary, under an assignment recorded under Auditors File Number 2019-013205 II. No action commenced by the Beneficiary of the Deed of Trust as referenced in RCW 61.21.030(4) is now pending to seek satisfaction of the obligation in any Court by reason of the Borrower’s or Grantor’s default on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust/Mortgage. III. The default(s) for which this foreclosure is made is/are as follows: Failure to pay when due the following amounts which are now in arrears: $13,611.21. IV. The sum owing on the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust is: The principal sum of $209,266.77, together with interest as provided in the Note from 1/1/2019 on, and such other costs and fees as are provided by statute. V. The above-described real property will be sold to satisfy the expense of sale and the obligation secured by the Deed of Trust as provided by statute. Said sale will be made without warranty, expressed or implied, regarding title, possession or encumbrances on 1/24/2020. The defaults referred to in Paragraph III must be cured by 1/13/2020 (11 days before the sale date), or by other date as permitted in the Note or Deed of Trust, to cause a discontinuance of the sale. The sale will be discontinued and terminated if at any time before 1/13/2020 (11 days before the sale), or by other date as permitted in the Note or Deed of Trust, the default as set forth in Paragraph III is cured and the Trustee’s fees and costs are paid. Payment must be in cash or with cashiers or certified checks from a State or federally chartered bank. The sale may be terminated any time after the 1/13/2020 (11 days before the sale date) and before the sale, by the Borrower or Grantor or the holder of any recorded junior lien or encumbrance by paying the principal and interest, plus costs, fees and advances, if any, made pursuant to the terms of the obligation and/or Deed of Trust, and curing all other defaults. VI. A written Notice of Default was transmitted by the Beneficiary or Trustee to the Borrower(s) and Grantor(s) by both first class and certified mail, proof of which is in the possession of the Trustee; and the Borrower and Grantor were personally served, if applicable, with said written Notice of Default or the written Notice of Default was posted in a conspicuous place on the real property described in Paragraph I above, and the Trustee has possession of proof of such service or posting. The list of recipients of the Notice of Default is listed within the Notice of Foreclosure provided to the Borrower(s) and Grantor(s). These requirements were completed as of 8/13/2019. VII. The Trustee whose name and address are set forth below will provide in writing to anyone requesting it, a statement of all costs and fees due at any time prior to the sale. VIII. The effect of the sale will be to deprive the Grantor and all those who hold by, through or under the Grantor of all their interest in the abovedescribed property. IX. Anyone having any objections to this sale on any grounds whatsoever will be afforded an opportunity to be heard as to those objections if they bring a lawsuit to restrain the sale pursuant to RCW 61.24.130. Failure to bring such a lawsuit may result in a waiver of any proper grounds for invalidating the Trustee’s sale. X. NOTICE TO OCCUPANTS OR TENANTS – The purchaser at the Trustee’s Sale is entitled to possession of the property on the 20th day following the sale, as against the Grantor under the deed of trust (the owner) and anyone having an interest junior to the deed of trust, including occupants who are not tenants. After the 20th day following the sale the purchaser has the right to evict occupants who are not tenants by summary proceedings under Chapter 59.12 RCW. For tenant-occupied property, the purchaser shall provide a tenant with written notice in accordance with RCW 61.24.060. THIS NOTICE IS THE FINAL STEP BEFORE THE FORECLOSURE SALE OF YOUR HOME. You have only 20 DAYS from the recording date of this notice to pursue mediation. DO NOT DELAY. CONTACT A HOUSING COUNSELOR OR AN ATTORNEY LICENSED IN WASHINGTON NOW to assess your situation and refer you to mediation if you are eligible and it may help you save your home. See below for safe sources of help. SEEKING ASSISTANCE Housing counselors and legal assistance may be available at little or no cost to you. If you would like assistance in determining your rights and opportunities to keep your house, you may contact the following: The statewide foreclosure hotline for assistance and referral to housing counselors recommended by the Housing Finance Commission: Toll-free: 1-877-894-HOME (1877-894-4663) or Web site: http://www.dfi.wa.gov/consumers/ homeownership/post_purchase_counselors_foreclosure.htm The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development: Toll-free: 1-800-569-4287 or National Web Site: http://portal.hud. gov/hudportal/HUD or for Local counseling agencies in Washington: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/sfh/hcc/fc/index. cfm?webListAction=search&searchstate=WA&filterSvc=dfc The statewide civil legal aid hotline for assistance and referrals to other housing counselors and attorneys: Telephone: 1-800-6064819 or Web site: http://nwjustice.org/what-clear Additional information provided by the Trustee: If you have previously been discharged through bankruptcy, you may have been released of personal liability for this loan in which case this letter is intended to exercise the noteholders rights against the real property only. The Trustee’s Sale Number is WA-19-863414-SW. Dated: 9/13/2019 Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington, as Trustee By: Kristen Oswood, Assistant Secretary Trustee’s Address: Quality Loan Service Corp. of Washington 108 1 st Ave South, Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104 For questions call toll-free: (866) 925-0241 Trustee Sale Number: WA-19-863414-SW Sale Line: 916-939-0772 or Login to: http://wa.qualityloan.com IDSPub #0156743 12/25/2019 1/15/2020 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: December 25, 2019 and January 15, 2020
NTC Gimlin IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR BENTON COUNTY NO. 20-4-00004-03 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS In the Matter of the Estate of: DELBERT R. GIMLIN, Deceased. The Personal Representative named below has been appointed as Personal Representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW §11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the Personal Representative, or his attorney at the address stated below, a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) thirty days after the Personal Representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW § 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and non-probate assets. Date of Publication: January 15, 2020 Personal Representative: Brenda M. Davis Attorney for the Personal Representative: Stella Edens Pederson Address for Mailing or Service: Gravis Law, PLLC 503 Knight St. Ste A; Richland, WA 99352 Court of Probate Proceedings: Benton County Superior Court Case Number: 20-4-00004-03 DATED this 6th day of January, 2020. BRENDA M. DAVIS, Personal Representative Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 22 and 29, 2020
City of Prosser, Washington Vendor List, Small Works and Consultant Rosters
In accordance with Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Title 35 and Title 35A, the City of Prosser is advertising the existence of its vendor list, small public works and consultant rosters for services throughout 2020. Vendor List: These vendor service categories include supplies, materials, and equipment not being purchased in connection with public works contracts and limited service contracts as referenced in RCW 39.04.190. Vendors wishing to be added to the City’s vendor list should submit a completed W-9 along with a cover letter detailing contact information and materials or services provided. The City’s Vendor List is open year round and vendors can be added at any time. Small Public Works Rosters: Service categories include construction, building, renovation, remodeling, alteration, repair, or improvement of real property as referenced in RCW 39.04.155. Subcategories can be viewed on the MRSC Rosters website. The roster will cover projects estimated to cost $300,000 or less. Applicants must register with Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC) at www.mrscrosters.org. Consultant Roster: Service categories include architectural, engineering, and surveying services as referenced in Chapter 39.80 RCW, as well as other personal and professional consulting services. Subcategories can be viewed on the MRSC Rosters website. Applicants must register with Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC) at www.mrscrosters.org. Questions regarding the Vendor List, Small Public Works and Consultant Rosters should be directed to Toni Yost, Finance Director, at (509)786-2332. Contractors who are selected from the Vendor, Small Public Works, or Consultant Rosters may be required to obtain a City of Prosser Business License before any work is performed. Prevailing wage, pursuant to RCW 39.12, must be paid by any contractor hired from the Small Works Roster, where applicable. Minority and small businesses are encouraged to apply. Dated January 6, 2020 Toni Yost, Finance Director Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 2020
Notice CITY OF PROSSER, WA NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS On-Call HVAC Repairs and Maintenance
Notice is hereby given by the undersigned that sealed proposals will be accepted in the office of the Prosser City Clerk, Prosser City Hall, 601 7th Street, Prosser, Washington, 99350 until the hour of 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2020, for: On-Call HVAC Repairs and Maintenance Proposal forms and Specifications are available in the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Prosser, Washington. 509-786-2332 or at the City’s webpage at www.cityofprosser.com This advertisement does not constitute any offer on the part of the City, rather it is placed only in order to solicit proposals. Women and Minority Vendors are encouraged to submit a proposal. The City of Prosser reserves the right to reject any and all proposals. Dated this 7th day of January, 2020. Toni Yost, Finance Director Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 2020
Notice City of Prosser, Washington *Legal Publication* Ordinance Summary
Ordinance No. 20-3106 AN ORDINANCE REPEALING SECTION ONE OF ORDINANCE NUMBER 05-2525 AND REPEALING PROSSER MUNICIPAL CODE 6.16.035 PROVIDING FOR AN ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY FOR DOG LICENSES. THE ORDINANCE ALSO DECLARES THAT THE PROVISIONS OF THE ORDINANCE ARE SEVERABLE FROM ONE ANOTHER AND SETS FORTH THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ORDINANCE AND PROVIDES FOR PUBLICATION BY SUMMARY. A copy of the full text of these Ordinances will be mailed upon request at no cost and is available at no cost during normal business hours at the Prosser City Hall, located at 601 7th Street, Prosser, Washington. Rachel Shaw, CMC City Clerk Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 2020
Notice City of Prosser, Washington Surplus Property Notice of Public Hearing
Notice is hereby given by the undersigned City Clerk of the City of Prosser, Washington that the Prosser City Council will conduct a public hearing at 7:00 pm, or as soon as possible, on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 for the purpose of receiving public comments regarding the disposal and surplus of certain property owned by the Sewer Funds as listed below: Broken Black Wooden Desk Sewer Broken Black Wooden Desk Sewer The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers, Prosser City Hall, 601 7th Street, Prosser, Washington. All interested persons are invited to attend. The Council will consider both oral and written comments. No qualified individuals with a disability shall be excluded or denied the benefit of participating in the public hearing. If you require assistance to comment at the public hearing, please contact Prosser City Hall at 786-2332 at least 7 days prior to the date of the public hearing to make the proper arrangements. Dated January 08, 2020 Rachel Shaw, CMC City Clerk Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15 and 22, 2020
NTC Kohler, Jr. IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON NO. 20-4-00002-03 NONPROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS (RCW 11.42.030) IN RE: THE ESTATE OF: ARTHUR D. KOHLER, JR., Deceased. The notice agent named below has elected to give notice to creditors of the above-named decedent. As of the date of filing of a copy of this notice with the court, the notice agent has no knowledge of any other person acting as notice agent or of the appointment of a personal representative of the decedent’s estate in the State of Washington. According to the records of the court as are available on the date of filing of this notice with the court, a cause number regarding the decedent has not been issued to any other notice agent and a personal representative of the decedent’s estate has not been appointed. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.42.070 by serving on or mailing to the notice agent or the notice agent’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the notice agent’s declaration and oath were filed. The claim must be presented within the later of (1) Thirty days after the notice agent served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.42.020(2)(c); or (2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.42.050 and RCW 11.42.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. Date of first publication: January 15, 2020 The notice agent declares under penalty of perjury under the laws of the state of Washington on December 30, 2019, at Kennewick, Washington that the foregoing is true and correct. /s/ ELLEN KOHLER BAER, Notice Agent Notice Agent: Ellen Kohler Baer Attorney for Notice Agent: Michael A. Froehlich MILLER, MERTENS & COMFORT, PLLC Address for Mailing or Service: 1020 N. Center Pkwy., Ste. B; Kennewick, WA 99336 Court of Notice Agent’s oath and declaration and cause number: Benton County Superior Court; 20-4-00002-03 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 22 and 29, 2020
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON No. 19-4-00529-03 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS RCW 11.40.030 In the Matter of the Estate of: KAREN P. CURRIE, Deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against either deceased must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided by RCW 11.40.070 by serving or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of: (1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to the creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or (2) Four months after the date of the first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against the deceased party’s probate and non-probate assets. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: January 15, 2020 /s/ DOUGLAS P. McFARLAND, Personal Representative Address for Mailing or Service: Jan R. Armstrong, WSBA 8375 Armstrong, Klym & Jameson, P.S. 660 Swift Boulevard, Suite A; Richland, WA 99352 Court of Probate Proceedings and case number: Benton County Superior Court 7122 West Okanogan Place, Building A; Kennewick, WA 99336 Case No: 19-4-00529-03 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 22 and 29, 2020
NTC Houchin N IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF BENTON No. 20-4-00011-03 PROBATE NOTICE TO CREDITORS 11.40.020, .030O. In Re the Estate of: EARLW. HOUCHIN, Deceased. The personal representative named below has been appointed as personal representative of this estate. Any person having a claim against the decedent must, before the time the claim would be barred by any otherwise applicable statute of limitations, present the claim in the manner as provided in RCW 11.40.070 by serving on or mailing to the personal representative or the personal representative’s attorney at the address stated below a copy of the claim and filing the original of the claim with the court in which the probate proceedings were commenced. The claim must be presented within the later of:1) Thirty days after the personal representative served or mailed the notice to creditor as provided under RCW 11.40.020(1)(c); or 2) four months after the date of first publication of the notice. If the claim is not presented within this time frame, the claim is forever barred, except as otherwise provided in RCW 11.40.051 and 11.40.060. This bar is effective as to claims against both the decedent’s probate and nonprobate assets. DATE OF FILING COPY OF NOTICE TO CREDITORS with Clerk of Court: January 9, 2020. DATE OF FIRST PUBLICATION: January 15, 2020. /s/ GREG A. HOUCHIN, Personal Representative 7020 W. 5th Avenue; Kennewick, WA 99336 Presented by: HAMES, ANDERSON, WHITLOW & O’LEARY, P.S. Attorneys for Estate By: /s/ TIMOTHY D. ANDERSON, WSBA #12571 601 West Kennewick Avenue; P.O. Box 5498 Kennewick, WA 99336 (509) 586-7797 Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 22 and 29, 2020
Motion Myers Superior Court of Washington, County of Benton No.19-3-00923-03 Order to Allow Service by Publication (ORPUB) In re: Jean Harrison, Petitioner And Gloria Myers, Respondent Order to Allow Service by Publication 1. The court has considered the: Petitioner’s Motion to Serve by Publication. The Motion shows a valid reason to serve by publication. 2. The Summons in this case may be served on: Unknown father by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in this county once a week for six weeks. Proof of publication must be filled with the court. The serving party may use the Summons Served by Publication form (FL All Family 110). Ordered. Date 1-7-2020 /s/ Joseph M. Burrowes, Judge Presented by: /s/ Jean Harrison, Petitioner Published: Prosser Record-Bulletin Published: January 15, 22 and 29, 2020 and February 5, 12 and 19, 2020
Notice REQUEST FOR BIDS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that it is the intention of the Board of Benton County Commissioners to purchase for the Benton County Public Works Department ONE (1) NEW 4000 GALLON WATER TANK, PUMP AND PLUMBING TO BE INSTALLED ON A COUNTY OWNED CHASSIS. Sealed bids to provide this equipment will be received by the Benton County Engineer, Benton County Public Services Building, 102206 E. Wiser Parkway, Kennewick, Washington 99338 until 10:30 a.m., Local Time, Thursday, January 23, 2020. NO BIDS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THAT DATE AND TIME. Instructions, Specifications and Bid Proposal form may be obtained by contacting the Benton County Engineer at the above address, or by telephone at (509)736-3084 (Tri-Cities) or (509)786-5611 (Prosser) or on the County website at www.co.benton. wa.us Bids will be opened at 10:30 a.m., Local Time, Thursday, January 23, 2020 in the Public Works Conference Room, Benton County Public Services Building, 102206 E. Wiser Parkway, Kennewick,
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Notice NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Public Hearing before the Board of Benton County Commissioners will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Meeting Room, Benton County Courthouse, 620 Market Street, Prosser, Washington to consider the request of Plymouth Water District, for a Franchise to have domestic water delivery system within the County Right of Way. DATED this 7th day of January 2020. Published: Prosser RecordBulletin Published: January 8 and 15, 2020
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from I-976 page 1 defending the state. Plaintiffs including the Washington State Transit Association, Garfield County Transportation Authority, King County, Association of Washington Cities, and the City of Seattle which filed the lawsuit alleging that I-976 violates various aspects of the state Constitution. The parties also sought an immediate injunction to prevent I-976 from taking effect. The legal effect of the injunction means that the law as it existed before the November 2019 general election remains the law while the lawsuit works its way through the courts. Vehicle license fees will continue to be imposed as the current law allows. The court order also directs the state to continue to collect and distribute all fees, taxes, and other charges impacted by I-976 to the appropriate entities. Attorney General Ferguson responded to the injunction, saying, “This is not a final judgment, and this case is far from over. We will continue working to defend the
will of the voters. This case will ultimately wind up before the State Supreme Court.” Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed an emergency motion on December 2, 2019, seeking to overturn the lower court’s ruling. In the motion, Deputy Solicitor General Alan Copsey wrote, “The only way to protect the voters’ will is for this court to stay the injunction so that I-976 can take effect as our constitution specifies. Failure to do so would frustrate the will of the voters without justification and force hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians to pay vehicle taxes and fees higher than they should now owe.” On December 4, 2019, the Supreme Court affirmed that the measure would remain on hold pending the resolution of the case. In the ruling, the court wrote, “We believe a stay is justified because the State has demonstrated that the issues presented are debatable and that the harms it will suffer absent a stay outweigh the financial injuries
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I-976’s challengers will face with a stay. The state has shown the injuries it would suffer without a stay outweigh those the initiative’s challengers would suffer with a stay. While the challengers point to significant losses in revenue and service that could result from a stay and the State highlights the cost of any necessary taxpayer refunds, these monetary injuries are not the only ones that matter.” According to the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) and its coalition partners, in filing the motion requesting the court prevent I-976 from taking effect, the motion has persuaded the court that immediate, substantial, and irreparable harm would occur if I-976 was implemented. AWC also argued that a temporary injunction is warranted because the court is likely to find I-976 unconstitutional. Ruling in their favor and, by ordering the injunction, the court has temporarily stopped I-976 from taking effect.
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