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Problem gambling topic of today’s work session

OLYMPIA - Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside today (Monday) convened the State Senate Commerce and Trade Committee for an in-depth work session on problem gambling and potential long term funding sources for programs to treat the addiction.

"At session's end, we promised to take a good, hard look at this issue and make every effort to work through the complexities to find an equitable, long term solution," said the Republican legislator, who serves as the committee's chairman.

"This work session is an important first step in that process.

"We will develop a fair response to problem gambling addiction in our state," Honeyford vowed.

Today's work session was scheduled to begin at noon in Olympia.

Mabton receives $25,853 grant

MABTON - U.S. Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) has announced that the Mabton Fire Department will receive a $25,853 federal grant.

"Providing local firefighters with the resources they need to continue saving lives and protecting our communities is a priority," Hastings said.

The grant funds may be put toward a variety of uses, including training, equipment, and fire station and facilities modifications.

Mabton School Board meeting postponed

to this Wednesday

MABTON - The Mabton School District board of directors meeting, originally scheduled for tonight (Monday), has been postponed.

School district spokesman Yolanda Bickett said the meeting will instead be held this coming Wednesday, July 28.

Pressure canner dial gauge testing set for Tuesday

YAKIMA - The WSU/Yakima County Extension Office will be testing pressure canner dial gauges Tuesday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The USDA recommends that dial gauges be checked annually to be sure they are functioning properly.

Pressure canner lids may be left in room 233 at the Yakima County Courthouse prior to the testing period. The cost to have a gauge tested is $3.

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