December 17, 2014
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Together we can - 2014 PMH Food Drive

PMH Medical Center held its 2nd annual food drive benefiting Jubilee Ministries Food Bank in Prosser. The food drive began on Nov. 18 and ended on Dec. 11. All Employees, Medical Staff, Volunteers, PMH/Foundation Board members were selected to participate. A friendly competition was initiated and teams competed to see who could bring in the most donations (13 teams consisting of 25 members per team). Each team is assigned a team leader and is responsible for encouraging their teammates. This year's winning team was team #1, led by Jim Schab. The 2014 numbers surpassed the 2013 numbers by 162%; in just a little over 3 weeks, PMH teams collected 2,320 items and cash donations totaling $4,407. Thank you to everyone at PMH and to their family and friends. You generosity, joy and enthusiasm is a blessing to this community. Together we CAN!

Scenic BBQ Flats to open for recreation next summer

Olympia BBQ Flats, a pine forest south of Ellensburg, will soon be reliably open to public access. The land, managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR), had historically been available to the public. However, the access road to BBQ Flats crossed private property, leaving the public with intermittent access based on owner preference.
This week, DNR solidified agreements to gain ownership of the BBQ Flats access road for on-going public access.
Scorpion-derived 'tumor paint' helps dogs at WSU

Pullman - Not only can scorpion venom make us sick, but one forward whip of the creature's tail delivers a sting that strikes like flame.
How ironic, then, that venom from a scorpion species known as the deathstalker is credited with prolonging the lives of a group of dogs, including three named Whiskey, Hot Rod and Browning.
At Washington State University, clinical trials of "tumor paint," a product that lights up cancer cells, are proving beneficial in treating canines.
One month left to apply for SBA Disaster Loans

TanyaN.Garfield, Director of the U. S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Disaster Field Operations Center-West, today reminded small, nonfarm businesses in nine Washington counties and neighboring counties in Oregon of the January 14, 2015, deadline to apply for an SBA federal disaster loan for economic injury. These low-interest loans are to offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by the drought in the following primary counties that began on March 15, 2014.
Primary Washington counties: Benton and Franklin; Neighboring Washington counties: Adams, Columbia, Grant, Klickitat, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima; Neighboring Oregon counties: Morrow and Umatilla
14-079 State Parks offers 12 'free days' to visitors in 2015

Olympia The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces Thursday, Jan. 1 is the first of 12 "free days" in 2015 when visitors are not required to display the Discover Pass to visit a state park.
The "free days" are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass—a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 "free days" when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required to access WDFW and DNR lands.