YAKIMA, Wash.--Yakima County Commissioners have set
aside $100,000 for upgrades to the Yakima Valley Museum.
The money comes from a sales tax on hotel and motel
stays in Yakima County.
The museum's director said the money will go toward
increasing storage capacity and adding more lights and signs to their Neon Garden.
Organizers are looking forward to the upgrades, but
are even more excited to be recognized as a strong tourist attraction in the
"We're also excited not just for the funds but also
the recognition by the County Commissioners and the community that the museum
does contribute to the tourism traffic," said John Baule, the Yakima Valley
Museum Director. "In fact, roughly 60 percent of our visitors come from outside
Baule said the last time they made any improvements
was more than ten years ago. They hope to start the upgrades in the