Hastings asks USDA to purchase more asparagus
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) is leading a
bipartisan coalition of Washington and Michigan lawmakers in asking the U.S.
Dept. of Agriculture to make a bonus purchase of asparagus for the nation's
federal nutrition programs.
Hastings said American asparagus growers compete at a
disadvantage in the domestic market because of increased asparagus imports from
Peru. He explained Peruvian growers benefit immensely from the duty-free access
to U.S. markets they were granted in 1991 by the Andean Trade Preferences Act.
"A purchase this spring would help our asparagus
growers, who are working hard to meet the challenge presented by increased
duty-free imports," Hastings said.
State charges two Yakima County nursing assistants
OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Health's
Nursing Assistant Program has leveled formal charges against two Yakima County
The state has charged Viola Jones, an applicant to
reactivate her nursing assistant certification, with unprofessional conduct.
Jones allegedly pled guilty to obtaining or attempting to obtain a controlled
substance by fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
Also charged from Yakima County is Gabriela Madrigal. State
officials say while applying for reactivation of her nursing assistant
certification, Madrigal failed to disclose she pled guilty to burglary.
Both women had 20 days from when the charges were leveled to
respond to the Department of Health in writing. Cases then enter a settlement
process, but if no disciplinary agreement can be reached, a hearing is
Impact of when
a local story goes national topic
of public forum
MABTON - A journalism advocacy group will hold a public
forum on Wednesday, March 10, at the Silver Dollar Cafe in Mabton to discuss
the impacts to a community when a local story becomes national and
The William O. Douglas chapter of the Society of
Professional Journalists is coordinating the event. It will include a panel
discussion on how the news media directed its mad cow coverage and how that
coverage continues to affect the community.
The public is invited to the 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. free event,
and questions from the audience will be encouraged.