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2009-07-11 13:35:35

Washington agriculture officials say the state's cherry crop is far from the pits -- in fact, it's a record haul thanks to a mild spring and hot summer. The cherry crop is twice the size of last year's harvest, and is so big it's overwhelming processing plants, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported Saturday. What we've seen in the last couple of days is that there is so much fruit in the orchards that our warehouses just aren't keeping up, Washington State Fruit Commission President B.J....

2008-10-06 15:00:17

By Erin Snelgrove Two months after a jury awarded a Selah woman more than $170,000 in a land dispute case, Yakima County is appealing the verdict. Attorney Jamie Carmody, who is representing Maxine Schreiner, received notice of the appeal on Tuesday. The case will be forwarded to a three-judge panel in the Washington State Court of Appeals, based in Spokane. The judges will likely render a decision either next year or in 2010, Carmody said. "They keep pounding on her," Carmody said,...

2008-10-01 09:00:41

By David Lester By DAVID LESTER YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Residential and small-farm customers of Pacific Power will soon get something back they lost more than a year ago: a credit on their monthly bills as a share of the benefits from the region's low-cost hydroelectric power system. But it probably won't lower their electric bills; it's just expected to offset a rate hike expected to hit just about the same time. Customers lost the credit in June 2007 after the Bonneville Power...

2008-09-22 09:00:37

By David Lester By DAVID LESTER YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC A long-simmering conflict that pits the future of Yakima air travel against development in parts of the West Valley is coming to a head. With some flights already limited by the Yakima Air Terminal's main runway and with an eye to the future, the airport wants to lengthen the runway. But the extension rests on settling an often-contentious five- year debate over how to best protect the safety and quality of life of those beneath...

2008-09-11 09:00:27

By Mai Hoang The manager of the Yakima Air Terminal has resigned. The airport board announced Tuesday evening that it has accepted Buck Taylor's resignation, effective immediately. The board voted 4- 0 to accept the resignation, with chairman Bill Wheeler absent. "It's a difference in management philosophies," said board member Jim Adams, who led the meeting in Wheeler's absence. The board would not elaborate further. There were no indicators of improper management. Taylor...

2008-09-04 09:00:38

By James Joyce III A language arts teacher from Cle Elum-Roslyn High School was named regional Teacher of the Year by the Educational Service District 105. Susan Johnson is in her fifth year teaching 10th- through 12th- grade language arts. In that time she has become known for creating opportunities for students to write from their own experiences and helping students make personal connections to larger issues. Johnson has 17 years experience as an educator. She learned of her honor...

2008-08-26 12:01:27

By Leah Ward Dr. Rosa Martinez is in trouble with state medical regulators again. The Medical Quality Assurance Commission alleged in charges made public earlier this month that Martinez, a Yakima physician, has failed to comply with the terms of a 2007 order that found she practiced "below the standard of care" with patients taking prescription narcotics. Martinez, a solo practitioner, was ordered to work in a group practice or alternatively hire a consulting physician to review her...

2008-08-20 12:00:50

By Jobetta Hedelman A second grade teacher at Adams Elementary School in Wapato was the first-prize winner in an annual program that recognizes teachers' commitment to child safety. Dora Alvarez-Roa received a $500 gift certificate for classroom supplies from the Honeywell and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children's Got 2B Safe! Awards Program. For the program, teachers are encouraged to submit lesson plans emphasizing how they have implemented the Got 2B Safe! rules...

2008-08-19 12:00:49

By Patrick D Muir By PAT MUIR YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC ELLENSBURG -- U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings wants to lift a moratorium on oil drilling offshore and in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but only as a way to buy time until other sources of energy are more practical. Nuclear, wind, solar and water power all have to be part of the long-term mix, he said Monday afternoon during a Kiwanis luncheon at the Quality Inn in Ellensburg. But until then, it would be "silly" not to use the crude...

2008-08-19 12:00:45

By James Joyce III By JAMES JOYCE III YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Eisenhower High School principal Stacey Locke is one of three finalists for the National Principal of the Year. Next week, she and two other finalists travel to Reston, Va., for the final round of judging for the national award, which comes with a $5,000 grant to improve learning at the recipient's school. Locke, 50, who was named Washington State Principal of the Year earlier this year, is up against Carolyn Custard of...


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sough
  • 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.'
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