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2009-06-25 15:02:59

Officials in Prosser, Wash., said the city's marmot problem has become so severe that one of the cat-sized animals invaded a restaurant. City Administrator Charlie Bush said the marmot incident Monday involved one of the burrowing creatures bursting through the door of the restaurant and being chased until it was finally cornered by employees and patrons, the Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Wash.) reported Thursday. Bush said several people used advertising signs to make a tunnel for the marmot...

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2009-03-03 06:50:00

A bottle found at a dumpsite has the oldest example of plutonium prepared in a nuclear reactor, scientists announced yesterday. The sample is from 1944 and is an artifact from the early years of the US nuclear weapons program. Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory utilized nuclear forensic methods to precisely date and find the origins of the sample. The researchers have labeled this "nuclear archaeology." The bottle of plutonium was found in a trench at the Hanford...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

By Scott Mayes By Annette Cary Tri-City Herald The plan guiding management of the Hanford Reach National Monument for the next 15 years has been approved by the regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ren Lohoefener signed a record of decision Thursday on the much- discussed management plan. It calls for leaving the White Bluffs boat launch open to motorized boats and opening more acreage to the public, although the Rattlesnake Mountain area will remain off- limits....

2008-09-04 12:00:16

The U.S. Department of Energy says it has selected Mission Support Alliance LLC as support contractor at its Hanford site in Washington State. Department officials said the contract with the Lockheed Martin Corp. subsidiary is a cost-plus award-fee contract valued at approximately $3 billion over 10 years, with a five-year base period and options to extend it for up to another five years. The 586-square-mile Hanford site is a decommissioned nuclear production facility that was established...

2008-08-22 21:00:12

By Fred O. Williams A foe of a proposed apartment complex in the Village of Orchard Park has unearthed environmental concerns about the village-owned site, which is used for waste storage by the Public Works Department. Theodore Backus, whose home on Thorn Avenue abuts the site, said he suspects the village wants to unload the land in order to duck a possible cleanup bill, a charge village officials deny. "They're trying to make the headache someone else's," he said. "They don't know...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 3--Dozens of species of plants that covered the Mid-Columbia before the landscape gave way to crops and manicured lawns will be grown in a new greenhouse at Washington State University Tri-Cities. "I view this as a new branch of agriculture," said Steven Link, WSU extension ecologist and associate scientist in the school of biological sciences. There's growing demand for native plants for revegetating large burned areas, restoring...

2008-08-01 00:13:28

By Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 31--The sentencing for a chiropractor convicted of having inappropriate relations with a preteen girl has been delayed two weeks. Jeffery A. Sullivan, 46, faces a two-month jail term when he returns to Benton County Superior Court on Aug. 13. The West Richland man admitted in May to a reduced charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. The charge was amended from second-degree rape of a child because...

2008-07-24 15:01:02

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 24--The Department of Energy has agreed in principle with a proposal that could mean continued use of Rattlesnake Mountain for emergency and other radio communication and possible limited operation of the Rattlesnake Mountain Observatory. DOE responded this week to a proposal by Energy Northwest to consolidate public communication systems into a single new tower and then tear down the old towers scattered on the mountaintop. An...

2008-07-24 12:00:42

By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 24--Fire crews in the Tri-Cities have been busy -- and lucky. They've been able to quickly control wildfires in the region. Tuesday was no different for Benton County crews who battled small fires along Johns Road in north Richland, Canal Drive in Kennewick and a blaze that burned several hundred acres near Coffin Road, south of Kennewick. With strong winds in the area throughout the night, "it had all the potential" to turn into...

2008-07-24 00:00:36

By John Trumbo, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 23--Vista Field's 92 acres and its airport have become a $286 million question for the Kennewick City Council. Or is it $86 million? A spirited workshop Tuesday saw two different scenarios but no decision. The two-hour showdown featured a Kennewick businessman who desires to save the airport and numbers-crunching arguments disputing a consultant's report suggesting the air strip could be a rich field for developers. The...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.