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2008-09-02 15:00:13

By David Lester Seldom do conservation groups applaud a road project. This is one of those times. A coalition of preservation groups calls the final plan for upgrading Interstate 90 from Hyak, near the summit of heavily traveled Snoqualmie Pass, to Easton a benefit to motorists and wildlife. An average of 27,000 vehicles cross the pass each day. On holidays, such as Labor Day, the number jumps to about 58,000. "From a wildlife standpoint, it will be better after than it is today,"...

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...

2008-08-25 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...

2008-08-20 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 12:00:45

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...

2008-08-19 12:00:26

By Mai Hoang By MAI HOANG YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Beating the high prices of last fall's apple crop will be tough. But the coming apple harvest is not looking too shabby either. Washington growers are expected to harvest 99.6 million 40-pound boxes of apples this fall, according to an estimate conducted by the Yakima Valley Growers-Shippers Association and the Wenatchee Valley Traffic Association. It's a touch higher than the 98.2 million figure given by directors of the...

2008-08-04 12:01:29

By Jane Gargas By JANE GARGAS YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC It's the right dose, and everyone's on board, they say. The health-care community is anticipating a close working relationship with students at Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, say local medical practitioners. Officials at the area hospitals, clinics and higher educational facilities say they see great potential for cross pollination of services. The osteopathic school is coming at a crucial time, explained Dr....

2008-08-01 09:01:04

By Vera Sanabria AUGUST "LET'S BEAT ALZHEIMER'S" CHARITY GOLF TOURNA-MENT -- Friday; tee time is 1:30 p.m. at the Apple Tree Golf Course. For cost and sign- up information, call Mandy Trujillo, 972-4141. SPORTS PHYSICALS -- Yaki-ma Valley Farm Workers Clinic will offer sports physicals through the Mobile Medical Unit. Cost is $10. Parent or guardian must be present and health history forms required without parent. Call 877-3243. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Toppenish Health Fair. Aug....

2008-08-01 09:00:41

By Kim Nowacki By KIM NOWACKI YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC This weekend, folks will be feelin' a little hop-blooded. That's because the annual Moxee Hop Festival it taking over Moxee City Park with its usual mix of family fun and late-night revelry. Organized by the East Valley Community Enhancement Association, the Hop Festival runs from 5 p.m. to midnight tonight and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday. Activities includes a rock climbing wall, a giant slide, karaoke, the Hop Queen...

2008-08-01 09:00:36

By Chris Bristol A local fruit company has been fined $81,193 by the federal Environmental Protection Agency for violating restrictions on the use of anhydrous ammonia. The EPA in a news release said Cascade View Fruit and Cold Storage was fined for ammonia violations involving the company's warehouse at 1100 East Pomona Road in the Selah area. The EPA said a records check last year revealed the warehouse had exceeded the ammonia threshold in November 2004 without having a risk...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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