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Yakima woman injured in single car accident

GRANDVIEW - Mary L. Gauthier, 49, from Yakima, was injured yesterday in a single car accident.

Gauthier, who was wearing her seat belt, was driving along I-82 in the westbound lane at a high rate of speed when she lost control of the 2006 Chevrolet Colbalt she was driving. The vehicle left the inside shoulder and rolled several times before coming to rest on its wheels.

The injured Gauthier was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital and then to Kadlec Hospital in Richland.

The 2006 Chevrolet was totaled and the Washington State Patrol has initially charged Gauthier with negligence driving in the second degree.

State denies Pacific Power's request for price increase

OLMYPIA - State regulators have denied a request by Pacific Power to raise electric rates by nearly 18 percent, saying the company had failed to show the extent to which the company's out-of-state facilities benefited Washington ratepayers.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) said the company did not show that its allocation of power-supply costs among the six states it serves was fair to Washington ratepayers who would be forced to pick up those costs.

"When a company files a request to increase rates or charges, it bears the burden of proof to show the increase is fair, just and reasonable," the three-member UTC said in a written decision.

Pacific Power filed its rate-increase request with the UTC on May 5, asking for an overall increase of nearly 18 percent, or $39.2 million a year. Under the company's proposal, a residential customer using 500 kilowatt-hours a month would have paid an additional $5 on his or her electric bill. For residents using 1,300 kilowatt-hours each month, electric bills would have risen by $15.86 monthly.

The company has 10 calendar days to seek reconsideration of the case by the commission or appeal the ruling to any superior court within its five-county service territory in Washington.

Alzheimer's Association to host seminar

PROSSER - Bankers Life and Casualty Company and Sun Terrace Assisted Living with the Alzheimer's Association, Inland Northwest Chapter, will host "The ABCs of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias" seminar on Tuesday, May 16, at the Sun Terrace Assisted Living dining room from 2 to 4 p.m., at 2131 Wine Country Rd. in Prosser.

Today there are more than 100,000 men and women living with Alzheimer's disease in Washington. Over 400,000 family members and caregivers struggle to cope with this heartbreaking disease every day.

Recent studies show that Washington State is expected to have an increase of 81 percent in the next 20 years of the number of people with Alzheimer's disease.

"The ABCs of Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias" seminar will provide an overview of the causes, diagnosis and possible treatments. Old age isn't a cause of dementia. Understanding cause and issue surrounding this disease also helps caregivers better cope with the many day-to-day challenges.

The seminar is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required but are appreciated. For more information call F. Joel Thomas of Bankers Life and Casualty Company at 800-574-1157 ext. 215.

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