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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:

www.wa-hay.org

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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.

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