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Parents of SHS seniors to meet next Monday

Parents of Sunnyside High School seniors will meet Monday, Feb. 7, at 6:30 p.m. to make plans for the 2005 graduation party.

The meeting in the high school commons will also include discussions on a car show fund-raiser and other fund-raisers being planned to pay for the party.

Meeting planned to discuss state election reform

PASCO - Lower Valley residents are invited to provide ideas on how to improve the state's election system at a meeting in Pasco on Wednesday, Feb. 16.

The Pasco meeting is one of four that has been arranged by the newly formed Election Reform Task Force.

"This is an opportunity for Washington citizens to tell us what they think should be changed and improved about our voting system," said Gov. Christine Gregoire.

The Feb. 16 meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Basin College Student Union Building.

Boundary review board applicants now being sought

Yakima County commissioners are currently seeking applications from interested individuals for the county's appointee to the Yakima County Boundary Review Board.

The selected candidate will serve out a two-year term on the five-member board.

Applicants must be a resident of the county but not an official or employee of the county or any municipality.

The boundary review board is a quasi-judicial administrative body empowered to make decisions on such issues as incorporations, annexations, mergers and disincorporations by cities, towns and special purpose districts.

Board members receive $50 per diem, plus mileage and expenses.

Applications will be accepted until Thursday, March 3, at the county commissioners' office in the Yakima County Courthouse.

Pesticide blood testing rule expanded to cover more farmworkers

More agricultural workers in Washington state will be covered by a blood testing program designed to detect the effects of farm chemicals that can cause illness.

Starting Feb. 1, workers who handle certain pesticides for 30 or more hours in any consecutive 30-day period must participate in a cholinesterase monitoring program, compared with last year's threshold of 50 or more hours. The 30-hour threshold was phased in over two years to make it easier for farmers to adjust to the new requirements.

Farmers will have an opportunity to learn about cholinesterase and other safety and health issues at a special workshop scheduled for Wednesday, March 9, at the Yakima Convention Center.

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