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2008-08-25 15:00:44

By Philip Ferolito Safeway in Toppenish is currently getting a facelift that includes a Starbucks, a sandwich bar, Artesian desserts and something else that not everyone is happy about -- a beer and wine section. Nearly eight years ago, the Safeway store at 711 W. First Ave. voluntarily pulled alcohol from its shelves after the Yakama Nation moved to ban alcohol from its 1.2 million-acre reservation, where Toppenish is located. The Yakama Treaty of 1855 bars alcohol from the...

2008-08-21 21:00:21

By ALLEN THOMAS Ending a decade of negotiations, U.S. District Court Judge Garr King in Portland has approved a 10-year agreement governing the catch of salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River between the four tribes with treaty rights and non-Indians. The 143-page document will determine salmon catch numbers, hatchery production and the sharing of restrictions when runs are poor. The last Columbia River Fish Management Plan expired in 1998. The agreement is part of the U.S. v. Or...

2008-07-23 09:00:40

By Karen Troianello Ban isn't tough enough To the editor -- The good thing about Yakama tribal government is that every once in a while they act to protect their people without regard to political consideration. Unlike county government, mega- dairy and feedlot political contributions aren't a factor in doing the right thing. It is well past time for Yakima County to dream the dream of electing fair and impartial politicians who would act for the greater good of all our county residents...

2008-07-17 15:00:36

By Erik Robinson, The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash. Jul. 17--More than 600 firefighters cut a brush-free line around all but three miles of a forest fire near Mount Adams on Wednesday. Crews made steady progress, although it was still only 18 percent contained Wednesday night. "They have been able to hold most lines, and it hasn't really grown in any significant way," said Alexis West, a spokeswoman for the federal incident command team in Trout Lake. A massive infusion of equipment...

2008-07-17 09:00:36

By Philip Ferolito Crews fight to keep Cold Springs fire from Yakamas' commercial timber By PHIL FEROLITO YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Crews battling the Cold Springs Fire near Mount Adams will continue carving fire lines today in hopes of keeping the blaze from entering roadless areas of the Yakama reservation. So far, the wildfire has feasted mostly on bug-killed timber in recreation areas just southeast of Mount Adams and away from the tribe's commercial timber, said Yakama Nation...

2008-07-16 09:01:19

By Jeff Garretson WAPATO -- In an effort to promote diabetes awareness and healthy living, the Yakama Nation Indian Health Services is inviting the public to a community track meet Wednesday at Wapato High School. The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Wapato High School track and will feature various track competitions, including 50- and 100-yard dashes and one-mile races. There also will be a walking competition. Medals will be given to first-, second- and third- place finishers,...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Philip Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 16--Crews battling the Cold Springs Fire near Mount Adams will continue carving fire lines today in hopes of keeping the blaze from entering roadless areas of the Yakama reservation. So far, the wildfire has feasted mostly on bug-killed timber in recreation areas just southeast of Mount Adams and away from the tribe's commercial timber, said Yakama Nation Forest Manager Edwin Lewis. Of the more than 7,000 acres blackened by the...

2008-07-08 21:00:15

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 8--TOPPENISH -- Responding to public outcry, Yakama tribal leaders have barred new dairies, feedlots or the expansion of either within the reservation. The move comes after complaints from a group of residents on the reservation -- tribal members and nonmembers -- about a Sunnyside family's interest in erecting a dairy just uphill from Toppenish Creek and the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. The Tribal Council approved the...

2008-07-07 21:00:14

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 7--TOPPENISH -- Responding to public outcry, Yakama tribal leaders have barred new dairies, feedlots or the expansion of either within the reservation. The move comes after complaints from a group of residents on the reservation -- tribal members and nonmembers -- about a Sunnyside family's interest in erecting a dairy just uphill from Toppenish Creek and the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. The Tribal Council approved the...

2008-06-27 12:03:00

By James Joyce III, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 27--Students from four lower Yakima Valley high schools are learning what it takes to be a teacher. Twenty-four high school students who aspire to be teachers gained valuable experience this week, allowing them a chance to follow that dream. The Recruiting Washington Teachers program launched with a three-day academy at Heritage University in Toppenish. Thursday was the final day of the academy, the first part in the year-long...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.