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Welcome Center construction could be around the Expo corner

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Council approves resolution to get the ball rolling on the Enumclaw Welcome Center

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Weather The forecast for today, Wednesday, is partly sunny with a high of 67 and a 40 percent chance of rain. Overnight lows are predicted at 53. Thursday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 73. A chance of rain returns for the weekend, with highs dropping to 62 on Saturday and lows around 52.

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MIchael Butarac, 2, has a high angle view on his dad’s shoulders, Joey, at the Cruise into Fall Classic Car Show in Enumclaw Saturday. Dennis Box, Newspaper

Food Initiative draws sparks from each side By Theresa De Lay Staff Writer

Genetically Modified Organism is a term used to describe plants and animals that have been produced through genetic engineering. The resulting products are intended to be resilient, safe and provide

higher yield, according to advocates. Many people, however, disagree on the safety and efficacy of GMOs. Conflicting studies and passionate activists on each side have turned the topic into a vigorous debate. There are currently no laws requiring the identification

It looks like Enumclaw is about to welcome the Welcome Center. After 13 years of starts, stops, baby steps and more stops, the City Council approved a resolution Sept. 9 authorizing staff to enter into a local agency agreement and file the paperwork to get the legal ball rolling. The Welcome Center is a joint project between the city, the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service. The plan is for a two-story building located near the Expo Center property between the historic Pete’s Pool fieldhouse and the entry road to the Enumclaw Golf Course. The Forest Service will occupy the top floor. The price tag rings up at about $3.5

of foods containing geneti- and dangerous herbicides, cally modified organisms in according to the initiative. Washington state. Initiative “Mixing plant, animal, 522 aims to change that by bacterial, and viral genes requiring those products to in combinations that canbe labeled as such. not occur in nature Supporters of produces results that I-522 claim GMO are not always pregeneral crops negatively dictable or controlimpact farmers, lable, and can lead consumers and the to adverse health environment – earnor environmental ing the nickname “fran- consequences,” the initiakenfood.” The use of GMOs tive reads. “Preserving the has resulted in infesta- identity, quality, and relitions of herbicide-resistant ability of Washington’s weeds, which prompts the agricultural products is of use of increasingly toxic prime importance to our

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See CENTER Page 3 state’s fiscal health.” The initiative also states more than 49 countries and the European Union already mandate the disclosure of GMOs on food labels. Other countries have instituted bans and/ or restrictions on their use. More than 80 percent of the commercially processed foods available in the U.S. contain GMOs, according to the Non-GMO Project. Some foreign markets have chosen not to purchase

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Enumclaw Courier-Herald, September 18, 2013