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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...

2008-09-12 12:00:35

By Donean Brown Friday Toddler and Preschool Art Studio. 10 a.m. to noon. Drop-in studio for children age 5 and under. Cost: $5 per child. Red Art Gallery, 30 N. Third St., Yakima. 509-469-2766. Library Craft Day. 10:15-11 a.m. at Terrace Heights Library, 4011 Commonwealth Drive, Yakima, 509-457-5319. SunDome Volleyball Festival. This two-day invitation event brings teams from all over the state to play. Games played simultaneously on seven different courts at the SunDome, 1301 S....

2008-09-12 12:00:22

By Kim Nowacki Comedian/ventriloquist/etc. Fator at the Capitol on Saturday Reality show champ Terry Fator is coming to Yakima for a Saturday performance at the Capitol Theatre. The charming ventriloquist, comedian and singer gained national attention -- and plenty of talk show gigs -- after winning the second season of NBC's "America's Got Talent" in 2007. In February, he will begin a five-year stint at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, performing five nights a week. But...

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...

2008-09-10 09:00:30

By Mai Hoang Once in a while, Yakima Air Terminal officials receive calls from nearby residents complaining that the airport is too close to the city's residential areas. Such calls make longtime assistant airport manager Jerry Kilpatrick chuckle. "When the airport was built, we were three miles from town," he said. When the airport opened in 1928, the area was a large hunk of sagebrush. Over the past 80 years, the airport has grown along with the Valley it serves, going from 80...

2008-09-09 12:00:31

By Jane Gargas She would have loved it. The gentle slide, the gradually sloping steps, the crossbars just the right height. The Nedra Callard Joy in the Lives of Children Memorial Playground -- also called, "A Children's Garden" -- at McClure School would have pleased Callard immensely. "It's the perfect memorial for Nedra," said Helen Peterson, longtime friend. Callard, who died in 2005, was one of the first two elementary school counselors in the Yakima School District when she...

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...

2008-09-02 15:00:23

By James Joyce III When results from the spring WASL test were released by the state's schools chief Tuesday morning, the figures for the Yakima School District mostly mirrored the statewide trend: there were some ups and downs. Now, school officials locally and throughout the state are analyzing the data to determine what it says about how well they are educating children. Not an easy task. "It's so hard to say anything definitive about scores that go up and down from one year to the...

2008-09-02 15:00:23

By James Joyce III State education officials Thursday morning released the list of schools that failed to meet federal guidelines for adequate yearly progress. Thirty percent of the schools facing the most severe sanctions are in the Yakima Valley area. Out of the 64 schools statewide that have been placed on Step 5 of "needs improvement" status, 19 of them are in Yakima or Grant counties. Of that, eight of the schools are in the Yakima School District and 10 were also in Step 5 last...

2008-09-02 15:00:18

By Mai Hoang In 1959, singer Dinah Washington recorded her hit version of a song that declares "what a difference a day makes." In the airline industry, just an hour can make the difference between making or missing a connecting flight. Just ask the folks at Travel Leaders, a travel agency based at the Yakima Air Terminal. Now that Horizon has shifted the departure time for its early morning flight out of Yakima an hour later, those passengers will be unable to connect to many early...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.