April 16, 2014
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First, First Friday in Prosser

Photo courtesy of Dan Smith
Nancy Bender enjoying the ambiance created by Candace Andrews in front of her store Pizzazz!  On Friday, April 4 Historic Downtown Prosser Association held their first, First Friday The idea is to come to town, stroll the streets, have some fun, and soak up the fabulous deals at participating stores. Prosser merchants said they saw increased traffic on the First Friday.

Wildfire season officially begins April 15

Olympia Wildfire season officially begins April 15, as specified by state law, and already the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has had 20 forest fires reported this year on lands protected by DNR.
DNR wants to remind people that the risk of wildfires can change rapidly during the spring when warmer, dryer weather occurs with increasing frequency.
Wildfires can damage natural resources, destroy homes, and threaten the safety of the public and the firefighters who protect forests and communities.
Comprehensive beef industry program May 20-22 at WSU

Pullman An intensive beef industry workshop for everyone from livestock producers, educators and veterinarians to beef marketers, retailers and chefs will be May 20-22 at Washington State University Pullman.
Registration is limited to 32 participants - first paid, first served. Registration covers meals, materials and parking.
Heartbleed software flaw could put users' info at risk

By Richard Burger
A flaw in encryption software used by a large percentage of web servers could put the user name and passwords of users of those servers at risk.
Jeff Bastow, Information Technology Manager at Benton REA PowerNET in Prosser said last week that the flaw could potentially allow unauthorized individuals to obtain the decryption key and give them access to information that facilitates identity theft.
Snoqualmie Winery Introduces new sustainable packaging

Paterson Snoqualmie Winery, Washington's largest certified organic vineyard in the state, introduces new packaging and an updated website ( for its entire line of wines. The first wines to feature the new packaging began shipping nationally in February 2013.
In addition to a contemporary new look, Snoqualmie's redesigned packaging embodies the winery's commitment to fostering a sustainable environment. This includes investments in sustainable packaging materials such as lightweight ECO glass bottles (397g), which result in a 13 percent reduction in carbon emissions.