Cantwell bill would make
an historical site
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell's proposal to
protect Hanford's historic B Reactor cleared the U.S. Senate Energy &
Natural Resources Committee last week.
Cantwell's bill directs the Secretary of the Interior to
conduct a study on the potential for developing the B Reactor and other key
facilities as historical sites.
"The contributions to science and country made by
former Hanford workers should not be forgotten," said Cantwell (D-Wa.).
"We need to preserve the B Reactor so that future generations will better
understand the work of our nuclear veterans, their dedication to our country
and the difficult issues our country faced during the nuclear arms race
Fourth District Congressman Doc Hastings (R-Pasco) has
introduced similar legislation in the U.S. House.
Medicare’s new prescription drug cards available
As of this past Monday, senior citizens were able to start
signing up for Medicare's new prescription drug discount cards. The new cards
are expected to offer seniors discounts on their prescription drugs of up to 25
Participation in the prescription drug discount card program
is voluntary. Annual fees for the cards range from free to $30. The U.S.
government will pay the enrollment fees for qualifying low-income senior
citizens. Seniors who choose to enroll will be able to begin using the discount
cards starting June 1.
George withdraws from county commissioner race
Gary George, who just a short time ago announced his
candidacy for Yakima County Commissioner Jim Lewis' seat, said yesterday he was
withdrawing from the race.
A Yakima area businessman and community volunteer, George
said the decision was in the best interest of his family and their future
Puget Sound strawberries
ready for harvest this weekend
It's been a sunny spring and that means Puget Sound fresh
strawberries will be ripe and ready for market a little early this year.
Puget Sound farmers are reporting early crops, with
harvesting beginning as early as this coming Saturday.
Those interested in traveling to the Puget Sound area to
purchase the fresh berries can find sites that have the strawberries available
Chinook Pass opened today
At noon today (May 6), state highway crews opened Chinook
Pass to motorists.
This is the earliest Chinook Pass has been opened for the
summer season since 1981.
A combination of more efficient methods of snow removal,
unseasonably warmer temperatures and below normal snowpack were what the road
crews needed to complete the plowing, snow blowing and avalanche control work.
Chinook Pass is designated as a National Scenic Byway, and
provides an entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.
McClure school dedication ceremony planned
GRANDVIEW - McClure Elementary School in Grandview will hold
a building dedication and 25th anniversary celebration Tuesday, May 25.
Numerous activities are planned for the ceremony, which will boast a theme of
"Our Children, Our School...Our Future."
McClure students and their parents are invited to a barbecue
that day at 6 p.m., on the playground side of the school. At 7 p.m., there will
be a dedication program in the gym for all families and community members,
featuring a Power Point presentation, a review of McClure's history and
speeches by Mayor Mike Bren and Washington Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Terry Bergeson. Those responsible for the upgraded building, the architects
and contractors, will also be sharing with the audience.
In addition, McClure's "Ring of Honor" (retired
staff members) will be present, and there will be a special memorial for
McClure faculty members who have died.
Who is Bob?
Employees at more than 30 county establishments that serve
adult beverages will soon be asking, "Who is Bob?"
In this case, Bob is the designated driver.
Under the direction of the Yakima County Traffic Safety Task
Force, the "Who is Bob?" campaign kicks off this coming Friday.
Patrons at the participating establishments who identify themselves as Bob, and
are with two or more customers who purchase adult beverages, will be served
soda free of charge.
The participating establishments will have "Who is
Bob?" posters in their windows. Of the 34 businesses that have signed up
to participate in the designated driver program, several are in the Lower
Yakima Valley, including the Blue Moon Bar & Grill, Snipes Mountain
Brewery, the Fairway Restaurant, the Silver Dollar, Chompi's Sports Bar, the
Golden Pheasant Lounge and Mt. Adams Country Club.