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2008-06-22 12:00:24

By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 22--Michelle and Larry Smith took a step last week they thought they'd never have to take again when they walked into the Kennewick Food Bank looking for a few staples to stretch their limited family budget. It had been 480 days since they had been to the food bank, but with skyrocketing fuel and food prices, they had little choice. "If we get a little extra money, it goes in our gas tank," Michelle Smith said while pushing a...

2008-06-20 12:00:19

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 20--The Department of Energy has determined that its Rattlesnake Mountain land is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places because of its tribal history. But after facing a riled-up crowd at a Prosser meeting this week, it has decided to produce a third version of a registration form to resubmit to the Washington State Preservation Office. About 35 people attended the meeting, mostly ranchers on or near...

2008-06-17 15:00:50

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 17--More than 88 percent of 11th-graders in Washington have passed a high-stakes test in reading and more than 90 percent have passed in writing, an important step toward earning a high school diploma. Those figures for the Class of 2009 include results from the spring Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Three quarters of 10th-graders and one in five ninth-graders also have passed the exam in both subjects now thanks to...

2007-12-15 12:00:25

By Kristin M. Kraemer, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Dec. 15--A Kennewick woman who ran an unlicensed day care has been charged with leaving four young children home alone while she ran errands for at least an hour. Kristeen M. Kappenman, 43, has been sent a summons to appear Jan. 2 in Benton County Superior Court on two counts of second-degree abandonment of a dependent person. The felony charges involve a 16-month-old girl and 5-year-old boy, though police also found a...

2007-10-30 09:02:51

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - Researchers are studying a colony of bats that live in an underground concrete structure at the Hanford nuclear reservation in hopes of determining how to provide a new home for them once the structure is demolished. The large clearwell near the Columbia River was once used to hold filtered water for Hanford's F Reactor when it produced plutonium for the nation's nuclear weapons program. Sometime after it stopped operating about 30 years ago, one of its six hatches was...

2007-06-09 00:00:20

By Kaylani Evans, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jun. 8--Schools closing and temperatures rising signal the unofficial start of summer. And so does the opening of the area's outdoor swimming pools. Richland, Pasco, Kennewick and Sunnyside open their pools Saturday. Prosser, Grandview and Connell's pools open today. "We always look forward to getting the pools open and getting people active and swimming," said Doug Hagedorn, recreation coordinator in Richland. And the weekend's...

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2005-07-07 07:15:45

SEATTLE -- Scientists Wednesday began studying the 9,300-year-old remains of Kennewick Man, one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in North America - and focus of a long legal battle between researchers and Northwest Indian tribes. The remains have been under lock and key since 1998 at the University of Washington's Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. A group of 11 researchers from around the country has gathered for the first comprehensive study of the...


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barghest
  • A goblin in English folklore, often appearing in the shape of a large dog and believed to portend imminent death or misfortune.
  • A ghost, wraith, hobgoblin, elf, or spirit.
The origin of 'barghest' is not known, but it may be from perhaps burh-ghest, town-ghost, or German Berg-geist (mountain spirit) or Bär-geist (bear-spirit).
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