In an online story published yesterday, Kirk Johnson - a Seattle-based writer - brought the issue of the Rattlesnake Ridge fissure issue and the people of Union Gap to light to readers of the New York Times.

The article, titled "Watching a Ridge Slide in Slow Motion, a Town Braces for Disaster", probably doesn't tell residents of the Yakima Valley anything new or that they aren't already aware of but does talk of the power of nature historically in our area.

From the article: "Even the name of the town, Union Gap, is a testament to natural violence: It refers to the huge gash in the ridgeline carved thousands of years ago by a colossal flood from ancient Lake Missoula."

We've certainly hit the Big Time, but probably for something we'd rather not have to deal with.