Monday Briefs

Holiday hiring season starting

Economists with the state Employment Security Department expect about 13,500 additional retail hires from October through December. The projection is on par with last year’s holiday season.

The department’s labor economists say the bulk of the seasonal hiring will be in general merchandise stores, adding nearly 7,500 jobs, but down about 1,100 positions from the same period last year. Clothing and clothing-accessory stores expect to hire about 3,700 holiday workers, slightly up from the 2012 holiday season.

Job seekers interested in holiday-season jobs should contact a local WorkSource center. Businesses that have holiday jobs to fill are invited to post their openings at

Outdoor burns not allowed after Oct. 15

The end of the period for legal residential outdoor burning is Tuesday, Oct. 15. No outdoor residential burning will be allowed again until March 15, 2014 - with a new permit.

Residential outdoor burning is only allowed outside of urban growth areas in Yakima County when no burn ban is in place. A current outdoor residential burn permit, issued through the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency or one of its agents, is required.

Residential burn permits cost between $47 and $52 and are renewable annually. Permits are only valid between March and October.

These permits allow the burning of natural materials, such as yard waste: tree trimmings, prunings, twigs, leaves and the like, which grew on the property listed on the permit.

All other materials are prohibited; for example, no plastics, paper, cardboard, chemicals or metals can be burned. No processed wood - treated or untreated - such as building lumber, plywood or fiberboard is allowed. The use of burn barrels is prohibited at all times.

For more information regarding outdoor burning, call the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency at (509) 834-2050.

Children’s book fair Saturday

Trendy Tots Children’s Consignment Shop in Sunnyside is holding a children's book fair with a local Usborne book consultant on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Parents are welcome to bring children to look at books and discuss reading with other parents.

Trendy Tots is located in the Mid-Valley Mall next to Little Caesars. For more information call 509-837-6000.

Water flushing this Thursday

The city of Sunnyside will be conducting water system flushing on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 3 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The flushing will clear out iron and manganese deposits, which cause “rusty” looking water, and will allow city workers to conduct hydrant flow testing.

Members of the public may notice discolored water during periods of turbidity. Citizens are urged to minimize water usage during this period. To eliminate any deposits in household plumbing systems, run water for 10 minutes.

For more information contact the public works office at 509-837-5206.

Clean air forum slated Oct. 15

YAKIMA – The next Community Air Quality Information Forum of the Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency will be held Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the second floor conference room at Yakima City Hall, 129 North 2nd St. in Yakima.

The purpose of the quarterly meeting is to inform the public regarding the agency’s procedures and mandates and to provide a question-answer forum by which the public can comment, ask questions and receive information regarding air quality topics in a direct dialogue with Clean Air Agency representatives.

For more information, contact Dave Caprile, Public Outreach Officer at 509-834-2050, ext. 110, or email Information is also available on the agency’s website at


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