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Fruit commission to meet Dec. 13

YAKIMA - The Board of Directors of the Washington State Fruit Commission will meet Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the W.L. Hansen Building meeting room at 105 South 18th Street in Yakima.

President B.J. Thurlby will report on board positions up for nomination for the coming year and proposed board meeting dates for 2006. He will also briefly discuss the preliminary 2006 budget.

Financial reports will be presented by JoAnne Daniels, treasurer, and Good Fruit Grower projects will be reviewed.

Committee reports will include those from Pacific Northwest Canned Pear Service, National Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation, Tree Fruit Research Commission and Northwest Horticultural Council.

In the afternoon, a promotion planning discussion will be held with industry members present.

The commission can accommodate the disabled who have special needs, if they call 509-453-4837 48 hours in advance.

Burn ban

still in effect

The first stage burn ban called for all of Yakima County this past Tuesday is being continued because the National Weather Service has predicted atmospheric conditions for today through the weekend will reduce smoke dispersion and increase fine particulate matter levels in the air.

The burn ban applies to all fireplaces and non-certified wood heaters, and all outdoor and agricultural burning.

The ban does not apply to certified wood heaters, or pellet stoves or home where wood is the only source of heat.

Everyone using certified heaters is encouraged to use only dry, well-seasoned wood.

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