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2008-07-21 03:00:39

By Hagadone, Zach The Stoller Corporation, a Colorado-based environmental, waste management, remediation, and ecological services company, has been awarded a two-year, $18.5 million contract extension for management of the disposal facility at the abandoned Hanford nuclear site in Washington. The project, though based in Richland, Wash., falls under the administrative jurisdiction of Stoller's northwest regional headquarters in Idaho Falls. "It's a big job," said company spokesman Jim...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

By Mary Hopkin, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 19--The Columbia River was the backdrop Friday as Gov. Chris Gregoire announced state funding for two new water supply projects in the Tri-Cities and a landmark agreement that could lead to new state water permits for the first time in 30 years. "Nowhere is water more essential to the environmental and economic welfare of a region than here," Gregoire told a group of Tri-City leaders gathered poolside at the Clover Island Inn for the...

2008-07-18 12:01:14

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 18--WASHINGTON -- Rural communities could see improved air ambulance service under a bill introduced Thursday in Congress by Washington Republican Reps. Doc Hastings and Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The bill would amend the tax code to allow tax-exempt bond financing for aircraft that exclusively provide emergency medical services, according to a joint statement from Hastings and McMorris Rodgers. The proposal would make it more affordable for...

2008-07-17 00:00:32

By Pratik Joshi, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 16--Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver hopes to build on the discussions he recently had in Chicago to promote nuclear energy and medical isotopes. Oliver led a Tri-City delegation to the annual convention of RainbowPUSH Coalition at the invitation of the Rev. Jesse Jackson to highlight the benefits of developing nuclear industry, particularly in the face of an impending energy crisis. The Tri-Cities has the necessary...

2008-07-14 12:00:34

By Chris Mulick, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 14--The state Department of Ecology is planning a study that will broaden a federal effort to consider new reservoir sites in the thirsty Yakima Basin. Most notably, it means the agency wants to consider projects in addition to the proposed Black Rock reservoir. "The hope is to just bring more options to the table," agency spokeswoman Joye Redfield-Wilder said last week. The federal study that considered Black Rock was set up...

2008-07-12 00:00:16

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 11--Tri-City fire crews are fighting two different blazes this afternoon. Benton County Fire District 1 firefighters are at the scene of a brush fire at Hover Park in the Finley area. And other crews, including Kennewick firefighters, are attacking a fire along Interstate 82 south of Kennewick near Coffin Road. Some smoke is blowing across the highway. For updates, check tricityherald.com. ----- To see more of the Tri-City Herald,...

2008-07-10 00:00:15

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 9--WASHINGTON, D.C. -- More than $2 billion for work at Hanford, including nearly $222 million more than was requested in the president's budget, has been included in the Senate's 2009 Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced Tuesday. The bill includes money for Hanford cleanup and for alternative energy production, Murray said in a prepared statement. The senior member of the subcommittee that...

2008-07-01 15:00:54

A judge has denied bail to a Washington state woman who allegedly stabbed a pregnant woman to death and then cut her baby from the womb. Phiengchai Sisouvanh Synhavong, 23, of Kennewick, faces charges in Benton County of murdering Araceli Camacho Gomez, 27, of Pasco, and then trying to pass off the infant as her own. The Kennewick (Wash.) Tri-City Herald said Tuesday that court documents showed Camacho had been tied up and then stabbed repeatedly before being dumped in a Kennewick park...

2008-06-26 12:02:42

By Ingrid Stegemoeller, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 26--Nancy and Charlie Young moved into their new apartment less than a week ago, but they're settling in quickly. "It just makes you feel like you're at home," Nancy Young said of their space at Edison Terrace West, a new low-income independent living facility for seniors. "We were really lucky." A dedication and grand- opening celebration Wednesday commemorated the completion of the 42,000-square-foot Kennewick building that...

2008-06-24 12:03:09

By John Trumbo, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 24--The fall of the gavel and cry of "sold" will mark the end of a family history at the Sal-Jo Ranch in Kennewick this week. The historic George Austin Jr. home overlooking the Tri-Cities is being offered to the highest bidder at an auction Thursday evening. Bidding for the 2,963-square-foot brick and timber ranch house where Sallie McMillin and Joan Bell grew up on 17.2 acres will begin at $100,000 but is expected to climb to...


Word of the Day
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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