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Minimum wage jumps Jan. 1

Washington state's annual increase in its minimum wage goes to $7.63 an hour as of Jan. 1, 2006.

That is an increase of 28ยข over this year's hourly minimum wage rate.

The Department of Labor & Industries recalculates the state's minimum wage each year in September. State law requires that the minimum wage be adjusted each year according to the change in the federal Consumer Price Index. The Consumer Price Index measures the average change in prices on a fixed "market basket" of goods and services, such as food, shelter, medical care and transportation.

Washington's minimum wage applies to workers in both agricultural and non-agricultural jobs, although youngsters under the age of 16 may be paid 85 percent of the adult minimum wage.

Retired teachers

to meet Oct. 11

PROSSER - The Lower Yakima Valley unit of the Washington State School Retirees Association will meet Tuesday, Oct. 11, at Prosser's Golden Horse restaurant.

A business meeting will be held at 11 a.m., followed by lunch and a presentation by the cast of the Over the Hill Theatricals, which will present selections from the play "Annie."

Alfalfa Grange fall dinner planned for Sunday, Oct. 9

TOPPENISH - Lower Valley residents are being invited to attend the Alfalfa Grange's annual fall dinner, slated to be served Sunday, Oct. 9, from noon to 3 p.m.

The menu will consist of a roast beef dinner with pie as dessert. Dinner costs are set at $6 for adults and $3 for children six to 12 years of age. Children under the age of six can eat for free.

The Alfalfa Grange hall is located on old Highway 22, approximately six miles east of Toppenish.

Golden Horse buffet fund-raiser set for Saturday

PROSSER - This Saturday, Oct. 8, the Golden Horse restaurant in Prosser will host a buffet lunch fund-raiser. Meal costs are set at $3 per person.

Proceeds from the noon to 3 p.m. all-you-can-eat buffet will be given to the Prosser School District to aid in upgrading school libraries.

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