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Washington State Gets Bang for Its Tax Buck — Dave’s Diary

Got that tax refund yet? Had to pay? With tax day and tax “freedom” day behind us, perhaps a look at our state’s “bang for the tax buck” is in order.

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Facebook Faux Pas That Could Cost You A Job — Dave’s Diary

 At KIT we staffers each post to our website a couple times a day and to Facebook at least once each per day.  Posting is part of our corporate philosophy and part of our KIT mission to keep you informed and entertained. 

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Lumberjack: Worst of the Worst Jobs in the Country — Dave’s Diary

 Good jobs can be hard to come by around here. Yakima County's unemployment rate was up to 11.4 percent in February, according to the state Employment Security Department. That number is 4.1 percentage points higher than the state average. For those of us who are gainfully employed, well it’s human nature to think the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence -- that some other job may be better than the job you have.

Unless you are a lumberjack. If you are a lumberjack you are pretty much assured that the grass IS greener -- everywhere.

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Gridlock: Spend A Week of Vacation In Your Car — Dave’s Diary

One of the great things about the Yakima Valley is our lack of serious traffic problems. Still, there is a tradeoff for our freeway flexibility.  Ask our biggest neighbor to the west. Seattle is on the top 10 list for worst traffic.

One way to look at it is like this:

When is good news bad news? When the bad news is increased traffic jams resulting from the good news of economic recovery.  

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For a Longer Life, Don’t Worry — Be Grumpy — Dave’s Diary

To be grumpy or not to be grumpy, that is the question. The answer has to do with how long you want to live!  Here we go with another of those wacky studies.

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Colorado Pot — Legal and Available — Now in Vending Machines — Dave’s Diary

It’s not a pop machine, it’s a pot machine. And chances are one may be coming to Washington one of these days.

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Exercise Helps Balance Work & Home — Dave’s Diary

Seems the theme of the day for me today is exercise—motivation and excuse.  Here’s one for the motivational column.  Exercise can help with the work-life balancing act so many of us deal with today.  That's the word from researchers at Saint Leo University, Saint Louis University, University of Houston-Victoria and Illinois State University.

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Were You Born To Run — Or Not? — Dave’s Diary

I used to be an athlete.  When I was younger I played basketball all the time.  Heck, I even played in college. Glory days, right?  But 25-plus years and half that many injuries later I am a couch potato. Worse yet I am an informed couch potato. 

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Area Little Leagues and Northwest Harvest Team to Strike Out Hunger

 

Two Yakima area Little Leagues will be collecting non-perishable foods at their openers this weekend to benefit Northwest Harvest and area food banks.

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Get Off the Consumption Treadmill For Greater Happiness — Dave’s Diary

With the valley’s abundant sunshine setting the mood and motivation, spring cleaning is well under way in many homes across the Yakima Valley.  We at KIT are busy planning for our upcoming annual giant yard sale set for May 10th.   Here’s an idea--let’s put your extra stuff in our sale and we’ll help you be happier as a result.  How does that happen?  Well, it might be a bit of a leap but the truth is, having a lot of material possessions does not make us happier.

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