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v jj y-f f If1 T' T T V i' "i1 " Tl I' wwwarf'w11'' 1 tffl 1 tf" i Page B2 Friday, October 4, 2002 The Spokesman-Review REGION 1 Valley food Health district offering required class, test at community center By Sara Learning Staff writer Like a lot of teenagers with a new fast-food job, Lisa Blashill needed a health card. But it was hard for the East Valley High School junior to get downtown to the Spokane Regional Health District office to take the class and test required for a food and beverage service worker permit. I got lost yesterday trying to find the one downtown, Blashill said sheepishly Thursday. She had a much easier time after school Thursday finding the Spokane Valley Community Center, where this week the regional health district began offering the classes for food and beverage service permits. service workers catch a break WHATS NEXT Classes offered The Spokane Regional Health District will offer food and beverage worker classes at the Spokane Valley Community Center, 10814 E. Broadway, at 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. The one-hour classes are followed by an exam, No preregistration is necessary. Students are encouraged to arrive at least 30 minutes early to fill out required forms. Bring $8 for permit fees. For more information, call the health distnct at 324-1400. The classes will be offered at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday in the auditorium at the center, 10814 E. Broadway. A food and beverage servers permit is required of everyone who handles or serves unwrapped food or drinks to the public, said Melanie Rose, health district spokeswoman. In Spokane County, about 13,000 people a year obtain food service permits through the health district. Many are young and need a ride to the required class, Rose said, and often they are coming straight from school. Most likely they arent going to make it to the class, said Patricia Rhoades, a food and beverage service clerk for the health district. Because the turnover rate is so high in the food service industry, the health district offers four classes a week, Rose said. The health district used to offer a class at Millwood Town Hall, but lost use of that space last year and moved the class back downtown. People were really upset that there was nothing in the Valley, Rhoades said. So when the health district opened a clinic at the Spokane Valley Community Center, it seemed only logical to offer the classes there. Its nice that we could be in the same location, Rhoades said. Many times people would come in for the test and wanted to get their shot the same day. Many restaurants participate in the hepatitis A program, and require employees to be vaccinated when they get their card. Class participants are taught the basics of food handling and preparation, including the importance of hand-washing. After the class, the students take a 32-question multiple-choice exam. They can only miss six questions to pass. If they pass, they get a permit on site. Green Bluff residents Tracy and Leta Walters were taking the test Thursday so they could run the Hillyard Rotary barbecue at Walters Fruit Ranch. This is much closer for us and downtown tends to be crowded, Leta Walters said. ! West, Dolan i spar at debate Colin MulvanyThe Spokesman Review Sixth Legislative District rivals Sen. Jim West and Laurie Dolan greet each other after Thursdays Rotary Club debate. Comments on college aid chafe senator By Jim Camden Staff writer Sen. Jim West and Laurie Dolan clashed ; over longevity, partisanship and a college aid program Thursday in a state Senate campaign ' debate. West, a Republican, told some 300 people . gathered for a Downtown Rotary Club luncheon that they had invested time and energy in him during the 20 years hes served in the Legislature. Hes poised to become . 5 majority leader next year if the GOP takes ; control of the Senate. ; Youve invested a good bit of time and energy in me, getting me to a position in the Legislature where I could actually help i Spokane, he said. Dolan characterized West as a career -1 politician who has worked hard but hasnt done enough to help Spokane during the time ; he has been in Olympia. 5 For the past 20 years, Spokane has been losing ground, she said. Poverty and unemployment continue to rise. Countered West: Actually, things havent . gotten worse in Spokane, they just havent gotten as good as the rest of the state. Weve had 18 years of a Democratic governor whos paid little attention to Spokane. State labor statistics show that the unemployment figures for Spokane and the state have fluctuated widely since West went to the Legislature in January 1983. At the time, Spokanes unemployment was 12.8 percent, compared with the statewide average of 12 percent. Since that time, it has dipped as low as 3.8 percent in Spokane and 3 percent statewide, and the local rate has generally been within a few tenths of a percent higher or lower than the state ' average. Dolan said West was too partisan, and that she would sit down with local legislators of both parties to set an agenda that was oriented neither to Democrats nor Republicans, but to Spokane. West said a nonpartisan Legislature would be nice in a perfect world, but that isnt what the state has. The Spokane City Council, on which he served for two years, is nonpartisan, he added. I would encourage Laurie, whos a very talented person, to help this community by running for the council next year, and Ill go back to the Legislature, he said. West cited several places where he has helped by passing bills or securing funding, often mentioning people in the audience by name as people who had sought help on health care reform or a construction project. He said he also championed a new type of tuition waiver at state universities. The so-called West Waivers allow each university to decide what type of students deserve free or reduced tuition at that school. Dolan countered that West Waivers dont always help local students. At Eastern Washington University, they go primarily to out-of-state graduate students, she said. They might have had good intent, but how theyre playing out is giving money from the state of Washington to out-of-state students and taking away space from our kids, she said. Visibly angry at the attack on one of his programs, West ignored the next question about roads being torn up by studded snow tires to defend the waivers. He said EWU President Steve Jordan had told him West Waivers would be used to offer free tuition to any Washington state high school student with a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher. I think that is a marvelous use of that money, West said. But a check with EWU officials shows that Dolan is much closer to being right. Almost all West Waivers go to out-of-state students although most go to undergraduates. That reduces their tuition from more than triple the in-state rate to about 50 percent higher than in-state tuition, said Bruce De-Frates, interim assistant vice president for enrollment services. Fugitives flight ends at South Hill home Woman had been wanted by federal authorities since escaping prison By John Craig Staff writer A high-profile federal fugitive was captured Thursday in what was described as an affluent area on Spokanes South Hill. The fugitive, Astarte Davis-Rice, is a 69-year-old woman with an extensive history of embezzlement, forgery and fraud. She has been featured on Americas Most Wanted and other anti-crime television shows, in part because she is suspected of killing a common-law husband. The location of her arrest was not immediately available, but U.S. Marshal Mike Kline said Davis-Rice apparently was living well. Fie suspects she was supporting herself with criminal activity. Kline said a task force of federal, county and state officers got a tip two or three months ago from federal officers in Northern California that Davis-Rice might be in Spokane. Task force officers were looking for her when she was spotted Wednesday afternoon. Officers werent sure they had the right person when they followed her home, Kline said. Davis-Rice had plastic surgery and used numerous aliases to avoid detection, according to Kline and sheriffs Inspector David Wiyrick. So officers staked out the house and developed more information while waiting for her to emerge the next morning. Besides uncertainty about the suspects identity, officers were concerned about a warning that Davis-Rice should be consid ered armed and dangerous, Kline said. We take it pretty seriously when people are classified armed and dangerous, Kline said. But Davis-Rice was unarmed and offered no resistance when officers closed in on her as she started to drive away from her home at about 8:30 a.m., Kline said. Davis-Rice was serving a forgery sentence in August 1998 when she walked away from a minimum-security federal prison in Dublin, Calif. Aliases she has used include variations of her Davis and Rice surnames Estaball White, Estaball McCaughtry, Peggy Morris and Peggy Stallcup. Federal officers say she has a pattern of using the identities of friends and associates as well as creating false identities. Authorities dont know how long Davis-Rice has been in Spokane, and appealed to the public for information about her activities here. Kline said the photograph published with this story apparently was taken before Davis-Rice had plastic surgery. She will turn 70 on Oct. 17, is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has green eyes and gray hair. Anyone with information about Davis-Rice is asked to call one of these numbers: the FBI at 747-5195, the U.S. Marshals Office at 353-2781, or Crime .Check at 456-2233. State fines 3 Valley candidates Trio who lost bids for council , failed to file campaign reports Three former candidates for the Spokane Valley City Council have discovered that their unsuccessful ' races cost them more than a bruised ego. , The states campaign-finance watchdog on Wednesday voted to fine all three for failing to file ' financial reports. Sam Conte was fined $300 for failing to file a candidate registration report, as well as a required statement of his personal financial affairs. James Olinger was assessed a $150 fine, but $100 of that will be suspended if he files his candidate registration report within two weeks. Ryan Turner was fined $50 for failing to file his statement of personal financial affairs. State law requires the documents to be filed within two weeks of becoming a candidate. The disclosures are intended to show voters where a candidates campaign money comes from, where its spent, and what her or his personal financial interests are. State officials said theyd already sent the men two reminders. Compliance with the law is not optional, said PDC Chairman Mike Connelly. VALLEY CALENDAR Today Krazy 8s Square Dancing - The club is sponsoring an all singing calls dance." Western Dance Center, 1901 N. Sullivan Rd , 7 30 p m For more information, call489-0817. Second Harvest Food Drive and Fund Raiser - Volunteers from the Spokane Association of Realtors accept donations of food and money at Spokane County Albertson's stores, 1 1 a m -7 p m. Fairfield Benefit Garage Sale - Community members have donated baked goods, antiques, household items, sporting goods and more Proceeds benefit the Fairfield Skate Park fund. Held at the old Soil Conservation Building, located at the corner of Hamilton and Highway 27, 6-10 p m. Spokane Valley Senior Center Ceramics -11423E Mission, 9 a.m -11 a m Formore information, call 926-1937. Rocking with Rachmaninoff - Sixteen talented Spokane pianists play Rachmaninoff s solo works The performance culminates with a duo played on two grand pianos Admission is $5 and desserts are available for purchase Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene, 1 551 5 E 20th, 7.30 p m. For more information, call 926-1545 Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce Local Governance -Chamberoffice,8817E Mission, noon For more information, call 924-4994 Skyview Elementary School's 20th Anniversary - Elementary school alumni are welcome to tour the school and share memories and photos. Please forward memories to the school. Skyview Elementary School, 16924 E. WeHesley, 3 30-8 p m. Formore information, call 927-3210 Girls Soccer - Cheney at West Valley, 8301 E Buckeye, 4 p m For more information, call 922-5488 Central Valley at East Valley High School, 15711 E Wellesley, 4 p m Formore information, call 927-3200. Mt Spokane at University High School, 12420 E 32nd, 4 p m For more information, call 228-5240. GSL Football - West Val ley at University H igh School ,12420 E. 32nd, 7 pm. Formore information, call 228-5240 Cheney at Central Valley High School, 821 S Sullivan, 7 pm. For more information, call 228-5100. Oct. 5 WSU-Spokane County Master Gardener at Valley Barnes & Noble - Steve Nokes lectures on planting bulbs and fall gardening Bames& Noble, 15310 E Indiana, lpm. For more information, call 922-4104. Barnes & Noble Jr. - Stories about heads include "Bedhead" and "Baghead. Barnes & Noble, 15310 E. Indiana, 11am For more information, call 922-1684. Fairfield Benefit Garage Sale - Community members donate baked goods, household items, antiques, sporting goods and more Proceeds benefit the Fairfield Skate Park fund Held at the old Soil Conservation Building, located on the corner of Hamilton and Highway 27 in Fairfield, 8 a m -3 p m. Eagles Lodge Octoberfest Celebration - Live accordion music, 3 5pm, German buffet, 5-7 p m ($7 50) and a dance featuring live top 40s music, 8pm Eagles Lodge, 16801 E Sprague Formore information, call 922-3433. Holman Gardens Retirement Center Octoberfest - Pancake breakfast is served 8-1 1 a m for $3 50 Open house features a silent auction, bake and craft sales and a treasure room. Holman Gardens, 12912 E. 12th, 8 a m -1 1 a m For more information, call 927-2300 West Valley High School Golf Scramble - The scramble raises funds for the senior overnight party. The $60 fee includes golf, cart rental, continental breakfast and barbecue. Check-in is from 7-7 45 a m , with shotgun start beginning at 8 a m Prairie Falls Golf Course, 3200 N Spokane St , Post Falls, Id. f 8 a.m. For more information, call 924-2895. Oct. 6 Early Ford V-8 Club - The club meets in the parking lot Liberty Lake Sewer & Water Building, 22510 E Mission, 6 p m. For more information, call 922-7231. Spokane Valley Senior Center Potluck - Potluck at the center. Spokane Valley Senior Center, 1 1423 E. Mission, 2 pm. Formore information, call 926-1937. Knights of Columbus - Spaghetti dinner to benefit students in the religious studies program offered by the church and school Donations are requested St. Mary's Church parish hall, 304 S Adams, 2-5 p m. For more information, call 928-3210. America's Walk For Diabetes - Walk or run to support the American Diabetes Association Participants are asked to raise $1 50 or more through sponsorships Check-in is at 9 a m., with the walk starting at 10 a m at Sullivan Park For more information, call 1-888-342-2383. Oct. 7 Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce - Public policy meeting Percys Americana Cafe, 10502 E Sprague, 12 p m Formore information, call 924-4994 Spokane Valley City Council Candidate Forum Position 3 - Sponsored by The Spokesman Review and the Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce West Valley High School, 8301 E Buckeye, 7 pm. For more information, call 924-4994. Freeman Book Fair - Scholastic book fair Freeman Elementary School, 14917 S. Jackson Rd , Rockford Proceeds benefit the library and school reading programs For more information, call 291-4791. I A Major Appliance Dealer has closed their doors. All of their Inventory is now at PPGDS APPOJAPIGG ,r-and must be sold this weekend! JLLLL Friday, Saturday and Sunday T , October 4th, 5th, and 6th Sale Starts 9AM Sharp! 4- Example of Savings Many At or Below Cost X n Smooth Top, Self Clean ART6522CC Huge 26 ft.lce and Water, with Water Filter FRS26R2AW rr-'vrr X $377 $597 1 . SMUT , 8 Cycle, 2 . j1 .Speed, Super Capacity Washer RAS8445KQ $197 (washer) Dryers from $187 Also included in this sale Built ins Wall Ovens Dings and Dents Close-outs Floor Models Cooktops .

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