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May 20, 2015
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
509-786-1711
Photo by Rebecca Fink
Proposed tree removal project at Village Park.

By Rebecca Fink
Tuesday evening May 12, the Prosser City Council met in Council Chambers for their regular meeting.  After Sofia Martinez led the Council in the Pledge of Allegiance, and with no Citizen Participation or Reports from Council Member or the Mayor, the Council voted on the Consent Agenda. 
Approval of the following was unanimously given: payment payroll check numbers 600345 through 600356 in the amount of $25,957.94 and direct deposits in the amount of $101, 155.57 for the period ending May 12, 2015; payment of check number 12322 through 12387, in the amount of $180,991.03 and electronic payments in the amount of $51,028.86 for the period ending May 12, 2015;
City Council
No American should fear that their government has made a false choice between prioritizing either national security or civil rights. Our nation needs a continuing, robust debate on the proper balance the federal government should strike in defending American lives and freedoms. As that debate continues, Americans deserve more transparency and accountability—the federal government must address legitimate civil rights concerns and reform intelligence agencies' approach to surveillance in a manner that maintains security of the homeland.

Don Brunell
There's an old saying that people living in glass houses shouldn't throw rocks.  The moral is that before criticizing others, you should make sure your own house is in order.
Companies, such as REI, supporting Gov. Inslee's climate change legislation should heed that advice.
REI is an iconic Northwest retailer of high-end outdoor gear popular with nature enthusiasts and millennials. 
Newhouse, Neugebauer Introduce Endangered Species Act Reform Legislation

Washington D.C. Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), Vice Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, and other members of the House Endangered Species Act Working Group, introduced H.R. 2352, the State, Tribal, and Local Species Transparency and Recovery Act. This legislation would require the federal government to disclose to affected states all data used prior to any ESA listing decisions and require that the "best available scientific and commercial data" used by the federal government include data provided by affected states, tribes, and local governments.