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Jennie McGhan

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K-9 unit return eyed

Texas man wants to donate dogs

It’s been nearly a year since the Police Department’s K-9 officer was shot and killed, and the department is looking at reviving the program.

FruitSmart buys Prosser plant, plans expansion

Growth sought for Twin City Foods site

A 335,000-square foot, 19-acre facility in the middle of town is under new ownership.

Grandview to review social media

City Council to consider policy options

The city does not have a Facebook or other social media account, but the City Council may decide to fix that.

Local faces 24 firearm theft charges

Guns stolen from Ace Hardware

A Sunnyside man is in court today for a preliminary hearing, facing 24 counts of theft of a firearm, first-degree trafficking in stolen property, money laundering and four counts of possession of unlawful firearms.

Woman sentenced for stabbing ex

A Sunnyside woman entered into a plea agreement for stabbing her ex-boyfriend in the back and has been sentenced.

Longtime dean leaving for new job

A local community college dean is moving on.

Francik, Jenkin lead 16th district race

The local School Board chairman may be advancing to the Nov. 8 general election for the 16th Legislative District, Pos. No. 1 seat.

Crews gain control

Range 12 Fire 60 percent contained

A wildfire that started Saturday about 12 miles north of town is 60 percent contained.

Defendant enters guilty plea in homicide

Man to serve six months for role in shooting

One of three people believed responsible for the shooting death of a former Sunnyside man entered a plea Monday.

Mabton settles lawsuit

City pays $17,000 to former worker

The city has agreed to pay a former employee $17,000 in exchange for releasing it from any claims he has.

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Ward Gap fire contained

State fire crews are completing mop-ups and containment of the Ward Gap Fire.

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Wildfires continue to rage in the region

Range 12 Fire at 175,000 acres

Firefighters continue to battle the Range 12 Fire and several others in the region.

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Prosser evacuees return home

Residents are returning to their homes today after the South Ward Gap Fire prompted evacuations.

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Range 12 fire advances on Hanford

60,000 acres already burned

Crews are bracing for another hot day on the Range 12 fire line today.

Armed robbery suspect pleads guilty

Second suspect awaits additional hearing, trial

A 19-year-old from Grandview has entered a guilty plea fin connection with a local armed robbery that happened in March.

Two area men sentenced in shooting

Grandview man gets more than 18 years; Sunnyside resident gets 7

Two Lower Yakima Valley men accused of killing a man at a Pasco night club last August will serve time.

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Wildfire burns thousands of acres near Zillah

Fire weather watch issued for Saturday

A hill that reaches from state Highway 24 to the Cheyne landfill was ablaze last night.

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Proposed $90 million budget set for approval next month

The School Board will have an opportunity to approve the proposed $90 million fiscal 2016-17 budget during a its Aug. 25 meeting.

Lawyer charged with sex crime

Grandview native released after hearing

A former Yakima County deputy prosecuting attorney is being charged with indecent liberties with forcible compulsion.

Schools budget discussion slated

$90 million financial plan topic of meeting

The School Board will hear highlights of the proposed $90 million fiscal 2016-17 budget during a 7:30 p.m. meeting today.

Reading program reaches local schools

More than 919 Yakima County readers will be reading more this summer, thanks to a county wide summer program.

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New Mabton police chief sworn in

Former Spokane Tribe detective at the helm

The city’s third police chief this year was sworn into office last night.

Three street projects OK’d in Mabton

B Street construction under way

The city’s plans to improve streets are one step closer to being complete.

Mabton schools OK $12.27 million budget

Spending to increase $300K next year

The School District last night unanimously approved a $12.27 million budget for the upcoming school year, an increase of about $300,000 over the 2015-16 school year.

Grandview man faces drug charges

Flores accused of possessing, dealing narcotics

A local man will be arraigned Aug. 5 following his arrest last week on multiple drug charges.

Potential power deal to be topic of forum

Benton REA, Yakama Power hear from public

A forum giving the public a chance to ask questions and provide opinions on a potential change in power services is planned for Tuesday.

Accommodation process on agenda

The city’s ordinances may be changed to allow an accommodation process for people with disabilities.

Four more arrests in drug trafficking case

Charges connected to airport bust

A man and woman arrested at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport last Friday were part of a larger operation.

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Teens extinguish small barn fire

A small fire in a barn could have turned into a raging inferno had it not been for the quick actions of a couple of teens.

Prosser councilman steps down

First elected Hispanic cites family move

The City Council will have a vacancy following its July 26 meeting.

Drug trafficking suspects busted at airport

Officials say Canadian pair are flight risk

Two Canadians are in jail today, facing drug trafficking charges related to an alleged drug exchange at the Sunnyside Municipal Airport.

Grandview man faces drug possession charge

Additional charges may be coming

Man facing drug charges

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Teen faces murder charge

Arraignment set for July 28 in homicide case

An Outlook teen was charged with second-degree murder in adult court yesterday.

Stabbing suspect to appear in adult court

Outlook teen faces murder charge

An Outlook teen will be charged with second-degree murder in adult court at 1 p.m. today in Yakima.

Concerns raised at city hearing

Residents want details about new hospital

Residents attending a rezone hearing last night questioned issues related to Sunnyside Community Hospital’s proposed move.

Charge filed in knifing death

Defendant’s case may move from juvenile to adult court

The Yakima County prosecuting attorney is recommending an Outlook teenager be charged with second-degree murder in adult court.

Marijuana retailer keeps its license

Altitude to mark second anniversary

One of Washington’s first marijuana retailers is no longer in danger of losing its state license.

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Grandview to honor WWII vet

Prosser woman a pioneer in war time

A Prosser woman will be honored today during the city’s 39th annual flag raising ceremony.

Federal agency called after Outlook explosion

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is investigating an explosion reported Wednesday.

Mabton denies annexation bid

Residents’ concerns sway council vote

Land for a potential pharmaceutical farm will not be annexed.

Coordinator to receive state program honors

The School District’s migrant program coordinator will receive special honors in August.

Accused car thief in court nine months later

New charges filed six days after conviction

After more than nine months, an accused transgender car thief made a preliminary appearance in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday.

Former city employees sue Mabton

Officials had 60 days to respond to lawsuit

The mayor, city administrator and city are named in a lawsuit seeking $550,000 in damages.

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Darigold celebrates plant expansion

Development brings 35 jobs to Sunnyside

A local company celebrated completion of a $97 million expansion yesterday with about 480 guests on hand.

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Grandview planning new home for history collection

Museum may move into site next week

Renovations to an old garage are complete and the museum is ready to move in.

Local agrees to plea deal in drug case

Outlook man to serve 33 months

A local man accused of selling drugs from a bus will spend 33 months in prison.

Grandview man faces six charges

A local man accused of breaking into a home and assaulting two people faces six criminal charges.

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Darigold construction nearly complete

Company hosts ribbon cutting Wednesday

Crews are putting the finishing touches on a $97 million expansion project.

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Doctor keeps it in the family

Father and sons share medical practice

A father and his two sons have been ensuring Lower Valley residents can see clearly for three decades.

City OKs pay hikes

Grandview staff getting nearly $111K in raises

Top-level city workers are going to receive a total of nearly a half-million dollars in raises.