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Christian women’s club to meet Monday, Aug. 15

MABTON - The Lower Valley Christian Women's Club will hold a luncheon meeting Monday, Aug. 15, at Countryside Catering (6121 Mabton-Sunnyside Hwy.).

Reservations can be made by calling 882-2365 or 894-4610.

Christine Masters, a former flight attendant and fitness instructor, will be the guest speaker.

A special feature of the meeting will be a presentation by Master Food Preserver Linda Morgan, who will provide tips for safe picnicking and barbecuing. Joy Mount will provide the musical entertainment.

The cost to attend the 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. luncheon meeting is $8.50.

Port amends Earth Tech contract

The Sunnyside Port Commission has expanded its professional services agreement with Earth Tech, the engineering firm working on the Port's sequencing batch reactor now under construction at the Port's industrial wastewater treatment facility on Midvale Road.

The amendment calls for the Port to pay Earth Tech an additional $50,000 to complete the project, said Amber

Hansen, Port manager. The engineering contract was originally set at $350,000 on the $7 million project, she added.

She said the reactor, which is expected to be up and running in time for this year's food processing season, is nearly 95 percent completed.

Hansen said due to unexpected changes in the project the engineers requested the additional funds.

The commissioners approved the contract amendment at their July 8 meeting.

When complete the sequencing batch reactor is expected to more than double the Port's wastewater treatment capacity.

Yakima County

to hire new detention officers

Tuesday morning, Yakima County commissioners voted to approve a change to the positions budgeted for through the recently approved criminal justice sales tax.

The change makes it possible for the county to allot a portion of those funds for the hiring of five detention officers and a detention supervisor.

The change was approved to take effect July 1, 2005, which is when the county received its first allotment of funds from the new sales tax increase.

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