Court ruling, challenging legislature put a family dairy in jeopardy
Donna DeRuyter Easterday, like all moms with three kids, is trying to juggle getting her two eldest daughters to different schools each day when they both have an 8 a.m. start time.
“We’ve been driving a lot,” Easterday said.
The 29-year-old, along with her husband Jared Easterday, 31, help run her family dairy Five D Farms, just outside Pasco. Right now, in addition to juggling their busy family, a blended herd of Holstein and Jersey dairy cattle, and their farming operation, they are also trying to come to grips with the November court ruling forcing dairies to pay time-and-a-half. And the legislative session, which could provide relief, seems stacked against them.Read the entire blog
‘Unions don’t speak for me’
Miguel Navarrete, a pensive man, sits at a long boardroom table pondering the fate of the dairy where he oversees IT, his fingers steepled in front of his face.
“During testimony, where was that man from? What union?” Navarrete muses. “I don’t agree with the statements from the union. Some of us don’t feel that way.”Read the entire blog
Republicans announce a re-opening plan for Washington: Move schools and Employers to the next phase now
Republicans in Olympia announced Thursday morning a plan for re-opening Washington, called ‘Open Safe, Open Now: A Republican plan for Phase 3 and Beyond’ shows trust in the people’.Read the entire blog