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2008-07-23 09:00:39

By Chris Bristol By CHRIS BRISTOL YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Firefighters have contained roughly 50 percent of the Cold Springs Fire burning southeast of Mount Adams, officials reported. With the fire closer to full containment thanks to milder temperatures in recent days, crews on Saturday conducted a burnout to reduce what fire officials called an "island" of fuel inside the northern perimeter. Officials warned that smoke visible from the fire was more likely caused by the burnout...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--Crews are making more gains today on the Cold Springs Fire burning southeast of Mount Adams, and now have it 85 percent contained. Yesterday, crews had roughly 75 percent of the blaze contained and estimated going into full mopup operations by Thursday, when the blaze will be handed back over to U.S. Forest Service fire crews. Firefighters have made steady progress in getting fire lines around the lightning-caused blaze that was reported on...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--A state Department of Ecology request for public comment on a list of alternatives to large storage reservoirs to serve the Yakima River Basin got little response Monday afternoon. Just a smattering of people -- many of whom have well-known, strongly held positions -- bothered to show up for a two-hour open house at the Yakima Convention Center. A second session was scheduled for Monday night, again at the convention center, and...

2008-07-22 09:00:39

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--Having now made significant progress against the Cold Springs Fire southeast of Mount Adams, crews expect to start the long mop-up operation Thursday. Responsibility for the fire will be returned to crews under the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, which could spend weeks monitoring and suppressing the remaining flames and embers, said Northwest Coordination Center spokeswoman Carol Connolly. Meanwhile, firefighters continued...

2008-07-22 09:00:39

By David Lester, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 22--A state Department of Ecology request for public comment on a list of alternatives to large storage reservoirs to serve the Yakima River Basin got little response Monday afternoon. Just a smattering of people -- many of whom have well-known, strongly held positions -- bothered to show up for a two-hour open house at the Yakima Convention Center. A second session was scheduled for Monday night, again at the convention center, and...

2008-07-19 12:00:28

By Mary Hopkin, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 19--The Columbia River was the backdrop Friday as Gov. Chris Gregoire announced state funding for two new water supply projects in the Tri-Cities and a landmark agreement that could lead to new state water permits for the first time in 30 years. "Nowhere is water more essential to the environmental and economic welfare of a region than here," Gregoire told a group of Tri-City leaders gathered poolside at the Clover Island Inn for the...

2008-07-19 09:00:36

By Erin Snelgrove, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 19--When not working or attending school, John Mahaney cares for his 24-year-old son. He bathes Mark and feeds him, clothes him and diapers him. The responsibility can be daunting, but a new program offered by Provident Horizon Group would give Mahaney the break he craves. "When two people are together for quite a long time, you need separation," said Mahaney, whose son has cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder. "Mark is full care....

2008-07-18 09:00:41

By Philip Ferolito Crews battling the Cold Springs wildfire southeast of Mount Adams will face afternoon winds and more dry conditions today. The fire grew a few hundred acres Wednesday, from 7,160 to more than 7,604 acres, as crews contended with winds of up to 18 mph, 84- degree temperatures and extremely difficult terrain. Despite those conditions, firefighters felt they made some progress Wednesday, said Northwest Coordination Center spokesman Paul Ries. While not the biggest...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 17--Crews battling the Cold Springs wildfire southeast of Mount Adams will face afternoon winds and more dry conditions today. The fire grew a few hundred acres Wednesday, from 7,160 to more than 7,604 acres, as crews contended with winds of up to 18 mph, 84-degree temperatures and extremely difficult terrain. Despite those conditions, firefighters felt they made some progress Wednesday, said Northwest Coordination Center spokesman...

2008-07-17 12:00:39

By Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 17--YAKIMA -- Campers and anglers arriving at Dog Lake next Wednesday will see ominous "Dog Lake Closure Notice" signs warning them of an herbicide spray project that will close the lake for that day and the next to fishing, swimming and drinking. Here's a little secret: You can still camp at the popular recreation lake east of the White Pass summit and you can still fish. You probably shouldn't swim in the lake on Wednesday, but...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'