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2008-07-17 09:00:31

By Chris Bristol Bill Lover's attempt to amend the new downtown Yakima taxing district ran into a wall Tuesday night, and not the one supposedly separating church and state. The wall, in this case, was made up of Lover's colleagues on the City Council. Lover wanted to exempt downtown churches from having to participate in the taxing district, but the majority wasn't in the mood for a last-minute change and voted 5-2 against it. "It just goes against my grain to tax a place of worship,"...

2008-07-16 09:01:19

By Jeff Garretson WAPATO -- In an effort to promote diabetes awareness and healthy living, the Yakama Nation Indian Health Services is inviting the public to a community track meet Wednesday at Wapato High School. The free event kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Wapato High School track and will feature various track competitions, including 50- and 100-yard dashes and one-mile races. There also will be a walking competition. Medals will be given to first-, second- and third- place finishers,...

2008-07-16 09:00:55

By Mai Hoang and Jean Guerrero, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 16--It's not the first time Yakima has seen air service cut back, but this time finding a replacement might take longer. To the surprise of almost no one, Delta Air Lines announced Tuesday it will cut all flights in Yakima. Delta began flying out of Yakima in June 2007. Finding a new carrier is unlikely in the short term, said Mike Boggs, director of aviation services for Mead & Hunt in Eugene, Ore., which served...

2008-07-16 09:00:45

By Erin Snelgrove By ERIN SNELGROVE YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Because negotiations failed, a jury will now decide the value of five century-old trees in Selah. Opening statements were given Monday in Yakima County Superior Court in a case involving Selah resident Maxine Schreiner and Yakima County. The two parties have long debated the value of a 35-by-165- foot strip of land in front of Schreiner's home at 1100 Selah Loop Road. The county acquired the land through eminent domain to...

2008-07-16 09:00:44

By Philip Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 16--Crews battling the Cold Springs Fire near Mount Adams will continue carving fire lines today in hopes of keeping the blaze from entering roadless areas of the Yakama reservation. So far, the wildfire has feasted mostly on bug-killed timber in recreation areas just southeast of Mount Adams and away from the tribe's commercial timber, said Yakama Nation Forest Manager Edwin Lewis. Of the more than 7,000 acres blackened by the...

2008-07-15 09:01:16

By James Joyce III, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 15--When Shelby Vanderpol-Grove turned 5 years old she had already defied the life expectancy doctors gave her. Now, 17, Vanderpol-Grove is set to graduate from Eisenhower High School next June, which is quite an accomplishment for the girl who was born with a benign tumor in the thalamus part of her brain. But she isn't stopping at her high school graduation. She wants to go on to college in pursuit of a career helping youth...

2008-07-15 09:00:59

By Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 15--Calls to airline representatives Monday confirmed the scheduled cancellations. Buck Taylor, Yakima airport manager, said a news release from Delta is expected this morning, but said he could not comment further. Anthony Black, a Delta spokesman out of Atlanta, also declined to comment. Several local customers contacted the Herald-Republic on Monday about flights they had to reschedule. Janet Tjarnberg was scheduled to fly out...

2008-07-15 09:00:24

By James Joyce III, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 15--The 35,000-square-foot building complex, which has yet to be officially named -- it's being called the Teaching and Research complex for now -- will open in late August and includes health and environmental science laboratories, a state-of-the-art nursing skills center and 10 new classrooms. University officials estimate the extra space could allow the student body to expand to as many as 2,000 -- a more than 30 percent increase...

2008-07-15 00:00:19

By Mark Morey STAFF AND NEWS SERVICE REPORTS A wildfire burning northeast of Trout Lake grew to more than 500 acres Sunday and blocked access to a popular climbing route on Mount Adams. The plume from the Cold Springs fire was visible from Portland to Yakima on Sunday. The head of the fire was working its way toward the edge of the Yakama Nation reservation on the east side of Mount Adams, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said. More firefighters had been ordered, and an incident...

2008-07-14 12:00:34

By Chris Mulick, Tri-City Herald, Kennewick, Wash. Jul. 14--The state Department of Ecology is planning a study that will broaden a federal effort to consider new reservoir sites in the thirsty Yakima Basin. Most notably, it means the agency wants to consider projects in addition to the proposed Black Rock reservoir. "The hope is to just bring more options to the table," agency spokeswoman Joye Redfield-Wilder said last week. The federal study that considered Black Rock was set up...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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