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2008-07-07 00:00:20

By Leah Beth Ward, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 6--Rachel Wright gave her mother nearly an extra three years of life and together they played a pioneering role in the battle against a rare form of cancer called mantle-cell lymphoma. In the fall of 2005, Rachel, an Eisenhower graduate living in Seattle, allowed researchers to harvest her stem cells for transplantation into her mother, longtime Yakima resident Mary Roche Wright. Mary received a new immune system from her daughter...

2008-07-05 12:00:20

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 5--MABTON -- Students in Mabton are learning more than their ABCs this summer. They're also getting lessons in good manners and treating others with respect through a district program that teaches tolerance along with reading, writing and math. Officials aren't calling the daily sessions summer school because they're not exclusively for students who lagged behind during the regular school year and need to catch up. Summer...

2008-07-03 12:00:55

By Leah Beth Ward, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 3--The fiery campaign over the aid-in-dying initiative began in earnest Wednesday as supporters said they turned in about 310,000 signatures -- likely enough to get the measure on the November ballot. While the Washington Secretary of State is still counting and verifying signatures submitted by proponents of Initiative 1000, the campaign has about 85,000 signatures over the required minimum of 225,000. "That's a healthy cushion of...

2008-07-02 12:01:11

By Jobetta Hedelman Summer events scheduled for aspiring Girl Scouts Girls ages 5 to 17 interested in learning more about Girl Scouts should plan to attend one of the four scheduled "get to know us" events scheduled this summer in Yakima. Each of these events will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 16th and Chestnut avenues. On July 9, girls will play outdoor water games and learn to make water rockets. On July 23, they will make Gak, have a water balloon parachute...

2008-07-02 12:01:01

By Jobetta Hedelman Two local schools receive funding for reading program YAKIMA -- Two Yakima elementary schools are among 15 in the state to receive first time federal funding to run the Reading First program. In all, the 15 Washington schools will receive $3.3 million to run the program, which is a federal initiative authorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, the state Office of the Superintendent of Instruction announced Monday. Reading First uses comprehensive,...

2008-07-01 12:00:18

By Jean Guerrero SELAH -- Short of a time machine, your best chance to see a Columbian mammoth is on a hillside overlooking the Wenas Valley where anthropology students are excavating one that died an estimated 16,000 years ago. Since the bones were discovered about three years ago, Central Washington University students and professors have uncovered ribs, a shoulder blade, vertebrae and several arm and leg bones of the creature that probably stood about 12 feet tall at the shoulder....

2008-07-01 09:00:35

By David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 1--The state Department of Ecology announced Monday that it will begin a fast-track review of alternatives to the proposed Black Rock reservoir, another indication the huge project is in political trouble and could further polarize basin interests. Black Rock, a proposed 1.6 million acre-foot reservoir that would draw Columbia River water, has been promoted by several local agricultural and political leaders as the optimum solution to...

2008-06-30 21:02:40

By James Joyce III, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 30--YAKIMA -- In a brief meeting with Yakima school district officials today, Rep. Doc Hastings of Pasco heard first-hand the impact that high fuel prices are having on schools. For the 2008-09 school year, Yakima school officials are planning to spend $450,000 for fuel, which is $200,000 more than they budgeted last year. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $4.34, according to a AAA auto club report...

2008-06-30 09:03:28

By Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 30--BICKLETON -- Rick Gray grew up here, helping his parents raise cattle and dryland wheat. That's what he's doing on his own 6,000 acres now. But Gray is cultivating something his folks never did -- natural resources. He has leased land to two natural gas exploration companies, as well as a wind turbine firm that plans to begin construction in 2010. Delta Petroleum of Denver is drilling an exploratory natural gas well in the...

2008-06-28 12:02:36

By Pat Muir, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jun. 28--Barry James is 39 and has no illusions about the rare form of cancer that returned to his liver in February; he knows it's likely to kill him. But that's not going to keep him from running and biking and lifting weights. It won't keep him from teaching second grade. It won't keep him from spending time with his wife and playing with his son. "Realistically this stuff may catch up to me at some point," James said. "But I've always...