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May 24, 2017
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1119 Meade Ave. 786-7787
613 7th Street
Prosser, WA 99350
509-786-1711
Benton - As Washingtonians prepare for upcoming summer travel, the Washington Traffic Safety Commission emphasizes the simplest step in keeping families safe: buckle up. The national "Click It or Ticket" seat belt enforcement campaign will take place May 22 through June 4, concurrent with Memorial Day, one of the busiest travel and holiday weekends of the year.
"It's more than just putting your own seat belt on in the car; it means making sure everyone else in your car is properly restrained, especially children," said Cesi Velez, Project Manager of Washington's Child Passenger Safety Program.


Forest Landowners Prove Cooperation Works
Recently, Washington state's largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recognized 43 large forest landowners for their "exemplary efforts" to upgrade forest roads and stream crossings which improved salmon habitat and water quality.
 After investing more than $300 million collectively, these landowners rebuilt 25,000 miles of forest roads, replaced over 6,000 in-stream barriers to migrating fish, and opened in excess of 3,500 miles of previously blocked spawning habitat.
The recognition is milestone in collaboration and a remarkable turnaround from nearly a half-century ago when regulators, fishermen and loggers were at each other's throats.
It took a couple of visionary leaders from vastly different backgrounds to set up the problem-solving framework which is in place today.


91 Candidates Filed for Local Office


Prosser -The Benton County Auditor's Office was busy this week as potential candidates declared their intention to run for one of the 55 local offices up for election in 2017. 8 of those offices received 3 or more filings and will require a Primary before the top 2 candidates will advance to the General Election this November.
The Auditor's Office received a total of 91 declarations during the 5-day filing period, many of which were submitted using the county's online filing option. For a complete list of candidates who have filed, visit: www.bentonelections.com.  The majority of the races for 2017 are nonpartisan.  For these races, if 1 or 2 candidates filed then there is no primary and those candidates will advance directly to the General Election ballot.

Click it or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement: Keeping Families Alive