Opinion

Thumbs up to residency program at Kadlec

Doctor is in

To Kadlec’s new residency program

The training required to become a doctor is extensive and culminates in a three-year residency. Kadlec is starting its family practice residency program this summer. It’s a great move for Kadlec and for the community.

The program starts with six interns and adds six more each year, bringing the total up to 18 when it reaches full capacity. About 530 people applied for the six slots and Kadlec interviewed about 90 of them.

Rural America suffers from a shortage of family practice physicians. The Mid-Columbia is not immune to the problem. And as our population continues to grow, so will the need for doctors.

Doctors tend to stay where they do their residency. So in addition to helping medical students get the training they need, this program may bring more docs to the Tri-Cities.

Congratulations to Kadlec on its new program and to the interns.

Backyard science

To the folks making Kennewick’s mammoth dig possible.

The mystery of the mammoth is gathering more clues every season, thanks in large part to MCBONES (Mid-Columbia Basin Old Natural Education Sciences) Research Center Foundation. The group was established in 2008 by volunteers to give local students and teachers the opportunity to actively participate in geology, paleontology and other natural sciences. Really, it is an education for all of us.

School children visit the site, but others are welcome as well. Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site is located south of Kennewick and is open to the public on the second and third weekends of the month between March and October. Visitors can make arrangements with Donna Van Beek at dvanbeek@msn.com or by calling 509-989-1449.

Another big contributor to the site’s success is Battelle, which operates Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The company has provided financial support and allowed interns to help study the site.

From this dig, we are learning about the animal’s age, size and possibly how it died. And information gathered from the dig complements information we have on the Ice Age Floods. When we think about this area’s history, we usually think about Hanford. But our story starts farther back — much farther back.

Poaching

To the killers of eight deer in Walla Walla county.

We can make no sense of what wildlife officials are calling a “killing spree” in Southeast Walla Walla County. It is senseless and wasteful.

According to Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife, the eight deer carcasses were left to rot sometime around April 10.

We encourage anyone with information on the poachers to call 877-933-9847 or email reportpoaching@dfw.wa.gov.

This kind of shooting is senseless.

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