August 27, 2014
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Community Garden

Photo by Humberto Rodriguez
The Community Garden had a ribbon cutting on Saturday, Aug.23.  The garden is located next to the Mercantile on Wambau Rd.  in Prosser.

Bleyhl appoints new agronomy division manager

Bleyhl Farm Services has announced the appointment of a 27-year ag veteran as the company's new agronomy division manager.  
He is Terry McEntire, who was formerly the Northwest Territory manager for crop-protection products with Winfield Solutions for 24 years before coming to Bleyhl.
The Yakima native has a total 27 years in the agronomy business, as well as past farm-management experience.
 McEntire was hired this spring and worked closely with former Agronomy manager Gary Herndon, who retired June 30.
Grizzly bear restoration review process to get underway this fall
Washington As an initial step in the decision-making process to determine whether grizzly bears should be restored to the North Cascades ecosystem in Washington state, the National Park Service announced today that it will begin developing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) this fall, a three-year process that evaluates a variety of options for the future of the grizzly bear in the area.
"This is the first stage of a multi-step process to help inform decisions about grizzly bear restoration in the North Cascades ecosystem," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "The National Park Service and our partners in this effort haven't made any decisions about the bear's restoration at this time as federal law requires us to look at a range of options, including not restoring grizzlies to the area."
DNR encourages fire safety this Labor Day weekend

Olympia With the three-day Labor Day holiday approaching, fire experts with the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are urging campers, hikers, woodcutters, and other forest visitors to be especially careful with fire this weekend. Despite some recent rain and cooler weather, fire danger remains high.
"Even though our large fires have been contained, we are still seeing new fires," said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. "We're asking people to be extremely cautious over the Labor Day weekend."
Fall chinook harvest to be allowed in the Snake River

On Aug. 30 through Oct. 3, the Snake River will open for harvest of hatchery fall chinook on the waters of the Columbia River from the railroad bridge between Burbank and Kennewick upstream approximately 2.1 miles to the first power line crossing upstream of the navigation light on the point of Sacajawea State Park (Snake River Confluence Protection Area) and on the Snake River from the Columbia River confluence to the Oregon State line (located approximately seven miles upstream of the mouth of the Grande Ronde River).
The 2014 Columbia River forecasted return of upriver bright adults is 919,000 adults, with a significant proportion of these fish expected to return to the Snake River.
Apply now for Fair jobs
Each year the Central Washington State Fair employs hundreds of Yakima Valley residents during the 10-day event. And this year is no exception. While many of the fair jobs in admissions, concessions, security and in fairgrounds maintenance have already been filled, anyone interested in applying for any open Fair jobs should contact WorkSource at 306 Division Street in Yakima.
WorkSource is taking Fair job applications now and will conduct interviews on Wednesday, September 3. Appointments for the interviews will be made by WorkSource in advance.
Individual vendors, concessionaires and the carnival may also be hiring for Fair time jobs. Anyone wishing to apply for one of those openings should also contact WorkSource from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year's Central Washington State Fair runs from September 19-28 in Yakima.