Friday, November 26, 2004
L&I adopts 3.7% workers comp rate increase for 2005
The Department of Labor & Industries this past Tuesday
finalized an average 3.7 percent rate increase for workers compensation
insurance in 2005.
The increase takes effect Jan. 1 and will raise an
additional $52 million to cover cost-of-living increases and rising health care
G’view teen’s car shears power pole
Thanksgiving Day 2004 will be memorable for one Grandview
Yesterday, 18-year-old Abigail Alvarez of Grandview
sustained cuts to her face after her 2004 Plymouth Neon struck a power pole in
the 400 block of Maple Grove Road, near Sunnyside.
According to Yakima County Sheriff's deputies, Alvarez was
southbound on Maple Grove Road at about 10:20 p.m. She told deputies she swerved
to avoid hitting a cat. Alvarez's car veered off the roadway and struck a power
pole. Deputies said the force of the impact broke the power pole off
approximately 10 feet from the ground. No power lines fell to the ground,
Alvarez walked to a nearby house for assistance and was
transported by private party to Sunnyside Community Hospital. Deputies said
Alvarez was wearing a safety restraint, and deputies said that alcohol was not
a factor in the accident.
New inn to host after-hours event
The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce's next business
after-hours event will be held at the new Best Western GrapeVine Inn, 1849
Quail Lane. Tom Denlea, manager of the inn, is inviting all Chamber members to
attend the Monday, Dec. 6, event.
An open house ceremony is scheduled that afternoon at 4:30
p.m., with the after-hours social to begin half an hour later. Denlea and his
staff will conduct guided tours of the facility, and he will explain about his
plans to serve tourists.
Honeyford named Farm Bureau prez
The Yakima County Farm Bureau, at its annual meeting
recently, elected Jerri Honeyford of Sunnyside as its new president.
Others named as Yakima County Farm Bureau officers include
Betty Jo Murray as vice president, Gail Thornton as vice president, Gene
Jenkins as vice president, and board members Mark Barrett, Heinz Humann, Carol
Newhouse, Sue Olson and David Taylor.
Seniors, parents urged to attend Dec. 1 meeting
MABTON - A senior/parents night will be held at Mabton
Jr./Sr. High School Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6 p.m.
Mabton seniors and their parents will be provided
information on senior portfolio requirements, graduation participation and
college applications and financial aid. Resource people and translators will be
Hastings lands financial aid for asparagus growers
WASHINGTON D.C. - A quarter of a million dollars sought by
Congressman Doc Hastings to help Washington state asparagus growers has been
included in a final spending bill that has been approved by Congress.
Hastings (R-Pasco) said he has been working to secure the
funds because "...our asparagus growers are working very hard to meet the
challenges presented by increased duty-free imports and they deserve
support." He explained that American asparagus growers compete at a disadvantage
in the domestic market because of increased asparagus imports from Peru.
He said the $250,000 will be used to reduce manual
harvesting costs through the development of mechanical harvesting technology.
The 2005 final spending bill has already been approved by both
the House and Senate. It needs only be signed by President George W. Bush.