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Hunter education classes to be held beginning of April

Youngsters planning on getting their hunting licenses this year should plan on attending a hunter education class in Sunnyside in early April.

Tony Hays will serve as instructor for the classes—geared to teach first-time hunters the basics of hunting safety. Washington state law mandates that juveniles successfully pass a hunter education class before applying for a hunting license.

The Sunnyside classes are scheduled for Monday, April 5, and Friday, April 9, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Another class will be held Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the classes will be held at the Cornerstone building, located at the intersection of Seventh Street and Franklin Avenue.

Those planning on attending the classes should pre-register by calling Hays at 837-3205. There is no charge to attend. Youths must be at least 9 years of age to take the class.

State health department takes disciplinary action

OLYMPIA - The Washington State Department of Health has taken disciplinary action against three Yakima County residents.

In February, nursing assistant Felipa M. Adame was charged with unprofessional conduct. State officials said Adame was allegedly convicted of theft for forging a check and withdrawing money from a patient's bank account.

Counselor Frederick K. Conner has also been charged with unprofessional conduct. He is accused of stealing a controlled substance from a patient and using the drugs.

Also, Ruben Reyes' application to practice as a nursing assistant was denied by the state. State officials said Reyes concealed a domestic violence conviction on his application, and may not reapply for five years.

Yakima Airport lands $1.7 million in federal money

YAKIMA - 4th District Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) announced last week that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $1.72 million grant to the Yakima Airport.

"This is good news for the Yakima Airport and the local community," said Hastings. "These dollars will help the airport make needed improvements."

Airport officials in Yakima plan to use the funds to purchase an aircraft rescue and firefighting vehicle, provide additional parking and improve runway safety.

With Hastings' support, the U.S. Congress provided $3.4

billion this year to fund Airport Improvement Program grants nationwide.

Studded tire deadline March 31

The last day to legally use studded tires this season is Wednesday, March 31.

State law requires motorists to remove studded tires from their vehicles by that date. Studded tires are only legal from Nov. 1 to March 31 because of the damage they cause to highways and other roadways.

Motorists cited for using studded tires after the March 31 deadline will receive an $86 fine.

‘Crazy dinner’

set for April 3

Outlook Grange #256 will hold its "crazy dinner" Saturday, April 3, at its hall on Van Belle Road.

Each person will be given a "scrambled" menu, from which they will choose eight entries to order their meal.

"It is always fun to see what you get to eat from your choices," said Outlook Grange spokesperson Pat Barr. "No one goes away hungry."

Barr said there is no charge to attend the April 3, 6 p.m. dinner, although donations will be accepted. Monies raised from the meal will be used to supply a dictionary to every third grader attending Sunnyside School District classes.

"This is a project our grange has undertaken for the next five years," Barr said.

Barr also notes that for all who have never experienced one of the grange's crazy dinners, now is the perfect time to attend.

Those interested in line dance exercising asked to get on list

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Parks and Recreation Department is considering offering a line dance exercise class, instructed by Sandi Buchmann.

The class would incorporate basic line dancing techniques with an aerobic workout.

Parks and rec officials said they are compiling an interest list at this time (882-9219). The class would tentatively take place one night per week for a two-hour session.

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