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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...

2008-07-14 09:00:28

By Mai Hoang, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 14--When Lisa Todnem shops for a new pair of Steve Madden shoes, don't expect to reach her via telephone. Her phone line will be busy. Todnem is a dial-up Internet subscriber, and she sees no need to change. She can use it to conduct business as an agent for Farmers Insurance, check e-mail, check her family's Web page, do research and shop for shoes. Her friends know not to send her photos or anything that takes a long time to...

2008-07-13 09:00:19

By Adriana Janovich, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 13--While some firefighters headed to higher priority blazes near Spokane and Tonasket, most of the crew that was battling the Car-penter Gulch blaze near Tampico remained on site Saturday, mopping up hot spots. Mop-up of the scene, where more than 70 acres was scorched west of Tampico, is slated to continue today and Monday. Doreen Smith, fire information officer for the State Department of Natural Resources, said she expects...

2008-07-10 12:00:00

By Sarah Jenkins The news for airline travelers has been almost relentlessly bad: The airlines have announced 20 fare increases in 2008 alone, trying, they say, to keep up with the astronomically expensive price of jet fuel. Airlines are cutting the number of flights available, particularly out of smaller airports such as Yakima and Tri-Cities, again blaming jet fuel prices. Many airlines have now added "luggage fees" for bags that are checked, as another way to get more money from...

2008-07-10 12:00:38

By Karen Troianello From sea to shining sea, iconic American images include those purple Rocky Mountains and the spacious sky over the amber waves of grain. Swamps and marshes don't get top billing in patriotic songs, but they are incredible natural resources. With that in mind, we welcome the recent announcement that U.S. Sugar Corporation is selling its 187,000 acres to the state of Florida when it bows out of the industry in six years. The Everglades have suffered from human...

2008-07-10 09:01:29

By Mark Morey and Ross Courtney, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 10--Drug agents in Yakima County topped their own record for this year when they pulled 30,000 marijuana plants from a vineyard south of Sunnyside. A crew of about a dozen officers finished gathering the crop Wednesday afternoon following the arrests the night before of two men spotted tending the field. The value of the seized marijuana was estimated at $20 million. It is the largest seizure of an outdoor marijuana...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 10--Borton Enterprises of Yakima is being required to contribute to street improvements on Nob Hill Boulevard in a city environmental review of the company's plans to build a 342-unit apartment complex near 51st Avenue and Nob Hill. A city environmental decision on what would be the city's largest apartment complex -- called Castle Creek -- requires the firm to pay more than $138,000 toward street improvements unless alternate access to the property...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Mark Morey, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 10--Wildland firefighters are expected to continue arriving today to reinforce crews fighting a 70-acre forest fire in rugged country west of Tampico. The fire apparently started Wednesday afternoon along the edge of the North Fork Road in the Carpenter Gulch area, about eight miles from the Tampico General Store, firefighters said. The cause remained under investigation. The blaze, the first major timber burn of the year in the area,...

2008-07-10 09:00:41

By Scott Sandsberry, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 10--YAKIMA -- The proposed cattle grazing on state wildlife areas in eastern Kittitas County will be getting a more complete public airing beginning Tuesday. A public scoping meeting, set for 6 to 9 p.m. at Ellensburg's Kittitas Valley Event Center, will be the first step in the state wildlife department's development of an environmental impact statement to address the possible ramifications of managed grazing on those wildlife...

2008-07-08 21:00:15

By Phil Ferolito, Yakima Herald-Republic, Wash. Jul. 8--TOPPENISH -- Responding to public outcry, Yakama tribal leaders have barred new dairies, feedlots or the expansion of either within the reservation. The move comes after complaints from a group of residents on the reservation -- tribal members and nonmembers -- about a Sunnyside family's interest in erecting a dairy just uphill from Toppenish Creek and the Toppenish National Wildlife Refuge. The Tribal Council approved the...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'