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Cinco de Mayo royalty sign-ups set for this week

Young ladies interested in competing for the title of Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo will have an opportunity to throw their names into the hat later this week.

Cinco de Mayo Pageant coordinator Carlos Maya III said the current royalty will have sign-up information available this Thursday and Friday at Sunnyside High School.

“They’ll be set up in front of the counselor’s office in the cafeteria during the first and second lunch periods both days,” Maya said.

Similar sign-up sessions will be held next week, as well, on Feb. 2-3 at the same location.

2006-07 candidates must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 to compete for the Miss Cinco de Mayo crown, “…and a desire to attend college,” said Maya.

Additional information about this year’s pageant program is available by contacting Maya (830-3331).

Emergency farm loans available

to ag producers

Late last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture designated Yakima County as a primary agricultural disaster area, due to damage and losses caused by the 2005 drought.

Lisa Ruff, farm loan manager for the Farm Service Agency office in Yakima County, said local farmers may be eligible for a low interest, emergency agricultural loan as a result.

“Because the federal government does not intend to compete with private business, applicants must be unable to obtain credit elsewhere to finance their needs at reasonable rates and terms,” said Ruff.

Interested farmers may contact the local Farm Service Agency office in Yakima.

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