Latest Tri-City Herald Stories

2008-12-26 16:20:50

Workers at a courthouse in Franklin County, Wash., said they sealed items including a county budget and a Twinkie inside a time capsule. The workers said they used an old vault at the Franklin County Courthouse as a time capsule to send items that also included computer equipment, a cell phone, a phone book and a Cousins Restaurant menu to county workers expected to open the capsule in 2058, the Tri-City Herald (Columbia, Wash.) reported Friday. Also sealed in the capsule are a copy of the...

2008-08-07 00:00:16

By Franny White, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 6--PENDLETON -- Ten parents and guardians who owed a total of more than $226,000 in child support were indicted by a Umatilla County grand jury Tuesday. The 10 were indicted for criminal nonsupport, a class C felony under Oregon law. They owe a combined total of $226,347.53, according to a Umatilla County District Attorney's Office news release. The defendants are: Maria Guadalupe Barajas, Riverside, Calif.; Stephen Mark Winter,...

2008-08-04 12:00:46

By Michelle Dupler, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 4--David Arnold wonders what the world would be like if small, local food producers were lost. The Columbia Basin College history instructor believes independent farmers and fishermen interact directly with nature in a way corporate farms and fisheries don't, and that the loss of small producers means society as a whole is becoming disconnected from the food people consume. "I ascribe to the belief that local communities can...

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...

2008-08-03 00:00:12

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Aug. 2--Burning restrictions are in place in much of Eastern Washington because of increased fire danger, officials say. The Forest Service has banned all campfires in the Naches Ranger District outside of wilderness areas, citing increased fire hazard. The ban, which took effect Friday, means building, maintaining or using a fire, campfire or briquette fire are prohibited. Pressurized liquid gas stoves are allowed. Campfires are permitted in the...

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...

2008-08-01 00:06:25

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 31--Sunnyside Guerra Farms' annual Chile Pepper Festival, originally scheduled for Aug. 7-8, has been postponed due to a family emergency. A new date has yet to be determined. ----- To see more of the Tri-City Herald, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.tri-cityherald.com. Copyright (c) 2008, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. For reprints, email...

2008-07-31 12:00:27

By Annette Cary, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 31--The Department of Energy will pay a $25,000 fine and pay for a natural resource expert for Hanford after missing two deadlines for preparing radioactive waste to be shipped to New Mexico for disposal. The resolution was reached in an agreement between DOE and the Washington State Department of Ecology, which regulates Hanford. DOE and its contractor Fluor Hanford have prepared 3,766 cubic yards of transuranic waste --...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

By Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 29--A controlled field burn in Franklin County this morning sent a plume of dark gray smoke into the air for several hours. Franklin County Fire Dist. 3 checked on the agricultural burn about 11:30 a.m., officials said. The agricultural burn occurred at Powerline and Lentz Roads, officials said. ----- To see more of the Tri-City Herald, or to subscribe to the newspaper, go to http://www.tri-cityherald.com. Copyright (c) 2008, Tri-City...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'