Thursday, December 21, 2006
Hay growers meeting Jan. 17-18
KENNEWICK – “Putting the Pieces Together” will be the theme
of the 2007 Washington State Hay Growers Association annual conference,
scheduled for Jan. 17-18, 2007 at Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
The annual educational conference and trade show is
co-sponsored by WSU Extension and the state hay growing association.
A morning session will include discussions on managing
L&I claims, strategies for the safe operation of ag equipment and building
a safety and health culture on the farm.
Afternoon sessions will center on several topics, including
an update on the cereal leaf beetle and ideas to help with managing the
irrigation of hay crops in short water years.
The trade show will feature more than 40 vendors.
Growers can pre-register for the conference on-line at:
Holiday story-time on tap this Friday at S’side library
Children are being invited to attend a holiday story-time
session at the Sunnyside library this Friday, Dec. 22, from 10 to 11 a.m.
Children up to the age of eight are encouraged to take part
in the gathering, which will include songs, snacks and craft activities.
Donations sought for fire victims
The family of John Michael and Esther Perales is asking for
help from the Sunnyside community.
According to John Michael’s mother, Gloria Atkinson, the
couple and their two small boys were forced from their apartment in Sunnyside
last Saturday by a fire that broke out. She said the four are temporarily
staying with her.
Atkinson said an account has been set up at the Lower Valley
Credit Union for those who would like to help the family financially get back
on its feet.
Stage 1 burn ban in effect locally
In light of the lowering of particulate matter standards
under the latest phase-in of the Clean Air Act, effective immediately and until
further notice a Stage 1 burn ban has been put into place in Yakima County.
The Yakima Regional Clean Air Authority issued the burn ban
yesterday (Wednesday), due to a slow rise in particulate matter, which began
this past Monday due mostly to a high pressure system inversion. Clean Air
Authority officials say this has resulted in elevated air pollution levels due
to the entrapment of emissions in the Yakima Valley.
A Stage 1 burn ban means that all outdoor burning is
strictly prohibited, as well as agricultural burning even for those with permits.
Also, the use of any fireplace, uncertified wood stove or uncertified insert is
prohibited unless it is the sole source of a home’s heating. The use of
certified wood stoves, certified fireplace inserts and pellet stoves is
permitted, although discouraged unless absolutely necessary.
Garbage services to be delayed
next two weeks
Garbage pick-ups will be delayed by a day in Sunnyside and
Mabton for two consecutive weeks, starting the week of Christmas.
Yakima Waste Systems, Inc. will make garbage pick-ups one
day late on all Lower Valley routes, from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 because of the
Christmas and New Year’s holidays. For example, Monday routes will be run on
Tuesdays, Tuesday routes on Wednesdays, etc.
The county’s landfills and the transfer station in Outlook
will be closed both on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.