August 14, 2013
Word Nerd by Laura Gjovaag
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We’re halfway through election filing week in the state of Washington.
I visited the Sunnyside Library this past weekend in its new location downtown... and I was impressed.
There was another school shooting this week, here in Washington state.
It’s going to take a paradigm shift for solar power to reach its potential in this country.
Spokane School District has booted 143 kids from classes after their parents failed to provide documentation that the children were vaccinated or are exempt from being vaccinated.
I hate being sick.
I spent last weekend in Wonderland.
I really like the downtown improvements...maybe it’s time to spread some of it a little further?
I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area, with webbing between my fingers and toes, and moss growing on my north side.
Every year, particularly in the spring, I come to really hate Daylight Saving Time.
I had the surreal experience of looking at a photo online last week and seeing it go from being a white dress with ugly gold trim to a blue dress with ugly brownish-black trim.
It’s that time again!
As if it weren’t already a pain to file taxes every spring, there’s a new and obnoxious twist that means people need to file their taxes as soon as possible.
I remember chicken pox. I remember how painfully itchy it was and how I sobbed and begged my mom to make it go away.
Now that the renovations to downtown streets are pretty much finished, I think we need some new businesses to open.
Three years ago I got an unexpected birthday present when Inkwell the kitten came into my life.
I don’t blame you if you’ve never heard of Kirby Delauter.
Recently I ran across something I had written online in 1994.
It can be fun living in the future.
The solstice was this past Sunday, marking the beginning of winter, but also the shortest day of the year.
Downtown Sunnyside was amazing Saturday night.
The Washington State Attorney General just issued an opinion on the legality of police officers wearing body cameras on their uniforms.
Thanksgiving is a remarkable holiday, for all the right reasons.
I usually don’t spend a lot of time in Mabton, but I had a chance last week to not only get down there for a city council meeting, but also to drop in at the Stop ‘n’ Go for dinner before the meeting started.
I am not a fan of daylight saving time.
I went to a Clint Didier rally early this month, covering the event as a reporter.
Are you scared of Ebola?
The “four-way stop of doom” at Yakima Valley Highway and 16th Street will be fixed soon, with new signal lights scheduled to be put up soon after the first of November.
The promotional materials for the Yakima Valley often say this area gets 300 days of sunshine a year.
This past Monday morning I woke up suddenly at 5:22 a.m. hearing what sounded to me like gunshots.
On a recent visit to the Goldendale Observatory, I was able to view the Milky Way Galaxy.
School started last week with hardly a ripple in Sunnyside, except for the traffic.
Mabton has been having “doggie round-ups,” collecting dogs running loose on the streets, on week nights and weekends.
I’ve had the distinct pleasure of covering many of the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee meetings this past year.
I’ve seen some amazingly stupid driving the past few weeks.
The same day Yakima County mailed out ballots for the Primary Election, Wednesday, July 16, a total of 47 of those ballots were returned by voters.
My niece got married last Friday.
As a nerd, I like statistics. I enjoy reading factual tidbits, including various reports released by the Washington State Patrol.
The recent closure of the Mabton Bridge to traffic over three tons should have locals waking up to a major problem.
It will be nice when the construction is done.
Are we to the point now that normal people can fund projects that will change the future?
I was one of those kids who did really well on standardized tests in school.
The Lower Valley Relay for Life starts tomorrow, and I don’t envy our team captains.
When you dial a phone number, you expect to get the person or business that you dialed promptly and generally without any major interference on the phone line.
I’m not in the lead anymore.
Marijuana is still illegal.
The Washington Traffic Safety Commission recently released its list of statistics from 2012.
I received an email Monday morning that told me I have about $12 in a special online account.
It’s March 14, better known to nerds like me as 3.14, which is the start of the value of the mathematical term π, also known as pi and pronounced the same as “pie.”
I’ve become a victim of fraud.
My husband is a huge Olympics fan, so I’ve spent the last two weeks sitting backseat to his watching all the events he can on TV.
February is the shortest month, so it’s only natural I always feel like it rushes by faster than any other month of the year.
I’ve been a cat owner for two years.
An effort to eradicate polio in India has been wildly successful, and the World Health Organization is almost ready to declare the country free of the disease.
It can be tempting on a cold day to start up your car, then run into the house to stay comfortable while the car warms up.
I don’t usually make serious New Year’s resolutions because I’m seldom able to keep them. But this year I’ve got a goal in mind that I think, based on a month’s worth of experience already, that I might be able to keep.
The commercialization of Christmas isn’t new.
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.
When it comes to sports, I’m a hopeless case.
The true holiday season doesn’t start until Thanksgiving, in my book.
Wouldn’t it be nice to see downtown Sunnyside lit up and decorated for the Lighted Farm Implement Parade?
Many students don’t like going to school. “It’s boring,” they claim. “It’s too hard,” say others. “What’s the point?” some ask.
Sunnyside's new city manager is a person regular citizens have access to.
The Daily Sun News office recently had a bit of exciting news that made many of us dance for joy.
I’m not a big fan of initiative 522.
Today, City Manager Don Day is interviewing candidates to be the new Sunnyside police chief.
How many bridges must fall, how many dams must fail and how many people must die before we wake up and realize that a major investment in the infrastructure of our country is vital?
I’ve been summoned to jury duty three times now.
This one is for the children of Sunnyside.
On the west side of the Cascades, very few homes have air conditioning because the expense isn't justified by the three or four days a year the units might be necessary.
Ah, vacation! For me this year it was a moderately long road trip down to California to attend an annual convention.
The community center is filthy.
In the past week I attended two very different events and was struck by the contrast between the crowds at both.
Stories worth hearing are told at Relay for Life
Poverty has more impact on IQ scores than genetics
Athletes need to learn how to fail gracefully
Why does feedlot acreage go unused?
The state of Washington just finished a six-year effort to remove gender specific language from all state laws and statutes.
Concert promises to be an entertaining night of fun
April teeters on the edge of spring
Kudos to the chief
The lives of today's youth are documented on the internet
A Lenten tradition I've come to appreciate
Civil discourse sadly absent online
Skills center expands options for youth
I met my husband online.
Well, here we are, in the new year.
So, will milk prices really double next month thanks to our do-nothing Congress failing to pass a farm bill?
If you are reading this there's a very good chance the predicted apocalypse didn't happen...