Pasco company faces L&I fines
PASCO - The Washington Department of Labor & Industries
issued citations last week to Pasco's Paragon Construction Co. for six alleged
work place safety violations at an underground utility installation project in
the Tri-Cities. The citations carry a combined penalty of $245,700.
Five "willful" violations and one
"serious" violation were issued on charges of exposing workers to
serious injury or death from cave-in hazards while working in trenches as deep
as 30 feet in "type C" soil. L&I officials maintain the company
repeatedly failed to use proper shoring, sloping or shielding protections
during work last October, November and December.
"This is the most dangerous trench work I've ever
seen," said Reuel Paradis, L&I regional administrator for Central
Washington. "We're very fortunate nobody was killed or seriously
Paragon Construction Co. has 15 business days to appeal the
Enticing investors topic of workshop
RICHLAND - Technology firms can learn how to present to
investors at the Washington Technology Center's Tri-Cities Eye of the Investor
The Wednesday, June 9, workshop will be held at Richland's
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Attendees will
learn from Alliance of Angels professionals about how to present to investors,
with two local case studies included.
Those interested in attending the $35 workshop, lunch
included, should contact the Small Business Development Center (509-735-6222).
‘Friends of Scouting’ breakfast this Thursday
Rob McKenna, a Metropolitan King County Council member, will
be the guest speaker at the 2004 "Friends of Scouting" breakfast to
be held in Sunnyside this Thursday, May 13. The 6:45 to 8 p.m. breakfast will
be held at the newly constructed Sunnyside Community Center.
The annual event is designed to heighten the awareness of
Scouting within the community, and provide an opportunity for community members
to contribute to the fund-raising campaign. Those community members interested
in attending Thursday's fund-raiser can reserve a seat by calling 839-8066.
McKenna, who has earned Eagle Scout status, has served on
the King County Council since January 1996. He is also a sitting member of the
Regional Transportation Investment District Executive Board, and was the
co-founder of the King County Transportation Coalition.
The special honoree at this year's Sunnyside breakfast will
be Dr. Rick Cole, superintendent of Sunnyside's public schools.
Open government topic of meeting set for Wednesday
YAKIMA - If open government in Washington state is important
to you, Yakima is the place to be this Wednesday.
Government, media and legal experts will meet from 1 to 4:30
p.m. Wednesday, May 12, to discuss and clarify Washington's open public
meetings and open records laws. The meeting will be held at the Perry Technical
"Through legislation like the Open Public Meetings Act
and our public records laws, Washington lawmakers have made it clear that the
public's business needs to be conducted in an open manner," said Mike
Balmelli, news director for KAPP-TV, one of the sponsors of the event.
"Unfortunately, these laws have sometimes set up
confrontations between agencies and the public they serve.
"We hope this meeting will help all parties better
understand their rights and responsibilities in this important arena,"
Yakima Herald-Republic Publisher Michael Shepard said he
hopes this meeting will help demystify the state's very good, but sometimes
tricky access laws. Shepard said the public is not only invited, but is being
encouraged to attend Wednesday's meeting.
The May 12 meeting is being co-sponsored by several Yakima
Valley news media agencies, including the Daily Sun News in Sunnyside.