August 20, 2014
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
Photo by Rebecca Fink
Ezekiel Akinbade's leads Council in Pledge of Allegiance - His family joins him during Tuesday, Aug. 12 at the Prosser City Council Meeting.

City Council

By Rebecca Fink
Tuesday, Aug. 12, City Council opened with Ezekiel Akinbade leading the Council in the Pledge of Allegiance. After which, Mayor Paul Warden awarded Akinbade with a Certificate of Participation.
Next the Council heard from Jenna Essary as she stood before the Council requesting permission to hang LED lights and ribbons on the 6th Street Bridge in awareness of Ovarian Cancer.  Essary's request was accepted unanimously by Council allowing Essary to begin this project Sept. 1 running to Sept. 30.
Wildfires in our national forests damage or destroy an average of nearly 4 million acres across the United States each year. Over the last month, eight fires spanning nine counties in Central Washington have and are continuing to ravage more than 355,000 acres of land, including private property. The Carlton Complex fire alone consumed over 260,000 acres in Okanogan County and is recorded as the largest wildfire in our state's history. This means more than half a million acres in Central Washington have been burned in just the past two years.

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate.  In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington State's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.
The state added an estimated 7,300 jobs in July, and June's report of 9,100 new jobs was revised upward to 13,600 jobs.  The Seattle-Bellevue-Everett area boasts our state's lowest jobless rate at 4.7 percent.
Even so, warning lights are flashing. 
Plan aims to improve quality of Yakima tributaries

Ellensburg The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking input on a draft water quality improvement plan to reduce temperatures in certain portions of upper Yakima River tributaries.
Water that is too warm can cause stress and harm to fish. In many of the streams that connect to the upper Yakima River, warm summer water temperatures cause these streams to fall short of Washington's water quality requirements. Several types of fish (such as salmon, steelhead and bull trout) use the upper Yakima River tributaries as important migration routes and as spawning and rearing areas.