January 2010

Found 29 blog entries for January 2010.

Apple is at it again with a new gadget that is soon to be a hit when it reaches the stores. The all newiPad is similar to the iPhone, it has many of the same features as the iPhone such as, emailing, looking at pictures, and plenty of other activities. Apple has developed many exciting features such as the iBook storespecifically for the iPad, the bookstore would be similar to the technology of the Kindle. Apple has also come up with an A4 chip that allows iPad users to connect to the internet quickly. The iPad has a 9.7 inch screen, weighs about 1.5 pounds, and is about 0.5 inchis thick. Apple hasn't released when they are planning on releasing the iPad but they have set up an email notification for those who would like to be emailed when the release date…
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obama, wins, president, capital building Some people are very pleased with Presidents Obama's State of the Union address while others are upset by his informal tone, and still some are not pleased with the way he bashed the previous administration. There is one thing everyone can agree on though, that is the lack of attention President paid to the housing industry, a large part of the failing economy. The few lines given in his one hour and nine minute speech is barely enough to warrant Obama addressing the housing issue at all. Basically President Obama wants to raise home values, congratulate us on saving a few bucks, and lets do it some more! So what is he saying about the ousing industry, are we going to create more tax incentives, maybe FHA will change their standards, or maybe revamp…
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The Richland School District is in the process of hiring a new superintendent due to the fact that the current superintendent Jean Lane is retiring this summer. There are four candidates being considered: Charlie Beck, the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer of the Bend/LaPine School District; Jim Busey the superintendent of the Lake Chelan School District; Steve Chestnut the superintendent of the Selah School District; and Pat Evenson-Brady the superintendent of the Hood River School District. These four candidates will be interviewed Ferbruary 8 from 6:00 to 8:45 and February 9 from 4:30-7:15 at the District Office. A committee of will be in attendence to provide feedback to the board; these interviews will be open to the public. Then the…
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yakima-columbia-river-kennewick CREHST Museum in Richland will be welcoming Melvin the Elk to one of their galleries this afternoon. Melvin the Elk lived on the Fitzner/Eberhart Arid Lands Ecology Reserve along the face of the Rattlesnake Mountain. Melvin was born on the reserve in 1978 and lived there until he died of natural causes in 1996. Biologists fitted Melvin with a radio transmitter collar in 1984, they were able to learn alot about the Elk herd on the reserve; like their habitat use, foraging, daily patterns, mating cycles, water use, and other activities. Melvin was the largest bull elk, he had antlers growing as long as 53 inches at one time. Admission for the CREHST Musuem is $3 for students (age 7-17), $4 for adults, and free for those over 62 years of age and those under…
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According to the Benton County crime statistics, the amount of crimes in 2009 are very close to the number of crimes reported in 2008; these are the part 1 crimes. The Part 1 crimes are homicide, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson. Part 1 crimes do not include domestic violence reports, identity theft issues, or traffic violations. Part 1 crimes are only a fraction of what Law enforcement agencies deal with, last year West Richland responded to 5,042 call with only 189 being part 1 crimes. For the first time in 25 years the law enforcement agencies of Benton County did not investigate any homicides, not including vehicular homicides. In Richland the Police Officers are focusion on traffic violators in order to reduce the

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Washington state is the second largest wine producing state in the United States, second only to California. Washington's grape production did well last year and is predicted to do just as well this year, last year they did extremely well in wine production as well as in juice production. According to the Washington Association of Wine Grape Growers the most popular type of wine has been Chardonnay. The demand for Chardonnay is diminishing while the demand for Reisling is increasing. John Bookwalter, owner of J Bookwalter Winery, isn't going to strike out the grapes. According to Bookwalter, "America's love affair with Chardonnay isn't over yet." He also believes that the this years grape crop is increasing but they will most likely level out in the

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The 2010 Regional Economic Outlook Forum met yesterday at the TRAC in Pasco to discuss the future of the Tri Cities in terms of its economic outlook. The keynote speaker, Brian Wesbury is very optimistic saying that the American economy will have a recovery this year. Wesbury, along with the other speakers, is very positive about the Tri Cities growth, he believes it will continue to expand as it is becoming less dependant on the Hanford economy. One service that is expanding is health care; Kadlec Medical Center, Kennewick General Hospital, and Lourdes Medical Center are all int eh process or completing new buildings which makes for more jobs in the medical field. The health care growth is due in part to the growing population of the Tri Cities as

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There is a proposal being considered by the Port of Pasco to adjust the port commission district boundaries. The reason for the change would be to distribute the population amoung the three districts for equal representation. District one is comprised of highway 395 and west to the Pasco-Kahlotus highway, this district has nearly 19,000 residents. The second district is the biggest population wise with 34,000 people, it goes from west Pasco to the Sagermore Dr. in the north to the Columbia River by the Blue Bridge. The last district, District has 12,500, and includes the areas of Mesa, Eltopia, and Connell. the Port of Pasco is looking to redistribute the second district to even out the number of residents. There will be a hearing to discuss this plan to

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School Bus

The Kennewick School District has organized a community bus tour for Thursday, February 4. As part of the tour those in attendance will be able to visit Tri-Tech Skills Center and Vista Elementary. The tour begins at 8:00 a.m. at the district administration building located at 524 S. Auburn St. with coffee, muffins, and presentations by Superintendent, Dave Bond, and school principals. From there a Kennewick School Bus will take everyone to Tri-Tech Skills Center and Vista Elementary. While there those in attendance will have a unique opportunity to actually go into classrooms; talk to teachers, students, and administrators; and see what education today really looks like. Then the bus will go back to the district at 11:30 a.m. for lunch

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The Chiawana High School boys Basketball game was quite the experience for those in attendance. A Chiawana senior was "blown away by how big the crowd was." Tuesday night the Chiawana Riverhawks took on the Pasco Bulldogs in basketball at the Chiawana gym. The game was neck in neck until the end when the Riverhawks narrowly escaped with a 68-67 win. With 30 seconds left in the game Pasco gained possetion of the ball; it went from Jeremy Streicher, who had the game high of 23 points, then the ball was passed to Jeremy Le Mieux. Then in the final 3 seconds Le Mieux passed the ball to Ponce who scored a 2-point shot, but it was no good; the shot was made after the buzzer went off. The Riverhawks were elated and rushed onto the court, met by a crowd of

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