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Soil Clean-Up Moves Annual Event in Naches

NACHES, Wash. - Clean-up projects are getting underway at several local schools, to reduce the amount of lead and arsenic in the soil.  The Department of Ecology has been doing some testing, and found levels that could pose a health risk at Robertson and Gilbert elementaries in Yakima, and Naches Intermediate School.

Many schools in the area sit on old orchard land.  Pesticides applied on those orchards 50 to 100 years ago had lead and arsenic that still remains in the soil today. 

Work at Naches Intermediate School will start in a few weeks, after the work in Yakima is done. Some rumors have started in Naches, that Sportsmans' Days would be canceled this year.

Ted Cowan, a board member with the local Lions Club, was among the many worried about the fate of this year's Sportsmans' Days.  But they recently got word from the school board that the event is on.

"We've looked at several places and the board agreed to have it (at Naches Valley Middle School), and I think it'll be very good." says Cowan.

Cowan says they'll take a look at how it goes this year, and considering making a permanent location change.  "We keep growing, and we're short of ground." he says.