Granger library

to host tea and poetry gatherings

GRANGER - The Granger public library will host tea and poetry gatherings the first Monday of every month, at 1:30 p.m.

Nan Ide, the new Granger librarian, is inviting all Lower Valley residents to attend the monthly get-togethers. Those who attend will be afforded the opportunity to either read their own works or some of their favorite poetry. Ide said those who just enjoy listening to poetry are also urged to attend.

Tea will be provided to those attend, and library visitors are encouraged to bring snacks to share with others.

New HIV rules adopted by state

Washington health care officials report that new rules adopted by the state will make it easier for physicians to tailor HIV testing to their patients.

The new rules also clarify that local health agencies will have the primary responsibility of notifying sexual partners of a person found to be infected with HIV.

To encourage more people to undergo voluntary testing, the recently adopted rule changes streamline HIV counseling, testing and partner notification. One significant rule change allows physicians to tailor the amount of information they need to give a person who is being tested. Previously, physicians were required to give extensive information on HIV prior to the test, even if the patient received the information during previous tests. Now, physicians can use the patient's history to judge how much information is needed.

In Washington, it is estimated that 3,000 to 5,000 people may be infected with HIV and not know it. There have been 15,141 cases of HIV and AIDS reported in the state since the beginning of the epidemic in 1982.

"These changes will make it considerably easier to be tested for HIV and to ensure that people receive the critical information they need," said Dr. Maxine Hayes, Washington State Health Officer.

CWU announces spring honor roll

ELLENSBURG - A total of 11 Sunnyside area students were named to the spring quarter honor roll at Central Washington University. To achieve that honor, the students had to earn at least a 3.50 grade point average while carrying at least 12 graded credit hours of study.

The academic achievers include Sunnyside's Tiffanie Bodine, Lance Den Boer, Jackie Morrow, Tabitha Sanders, Judith Simerl and Jacob Van Pelt; Outlook's Auliilani De La Cruz and Nicolaus Newhouse; Mabton's Shannon Pierce and James Rivard III; and Granger's Andrea Cardenas-Gibb.

EWU releases Dean’s List names

CHENEY - Numerous Lower Yakima Valley students attending Eastern Washington University have been named to the spring quarter Dean's Honor List. To be listed, a student had to earn a minimum grade point average of 3.50 while carrying at least 12 graded credits.

The scholastic achievers include Sunnyside's Kristi Bottineau, Miranda Hernandez, Jaclyn Jaquish, Kayla Monroe, Lindsey Phillips and Michelle Tobin; Mabton's Monica Sanchez; Granger's Jose Alviso and Laura Leach; Bickleton's Dana Hodge; Grandview's Curtis Campbell, Tanner Johnston, Megan Metteer, Melissa Raymond and Ashlee Trevino; and Prosser's Sara Adams, Torben Dalstra and Cody Jansen.


Bob Story,can be contacted at

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