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Aide: School district hired investigator

Polygraph examiner meets with Brown

A School District employee on paid leave said officials have hired a private investigator.

Anti-Trump march set for Sunnyside

Farm workers to protest in Central Park

The center of town will be the center of a protest against President Donald J. Trump.

Officials: Legal issues muddy the water for flood victims

No emergency funds planned for Outlook

Refusing assistance and legal maneuvering make it unlikely government aid will be offered to local flood victims.

ACLU seeks change in Prosser schools

Organization pushing for ‘safe zone’

A national not-for-profit is urging the local school district to take action.

County not seeking funds for flood victims

Commissioners, Honeyford differ on Outlook

County and state officials apparently aren’t seeing eye-to-eye on the community’s recent flood.

Prosser extends pot moratorium

Improper legal notice delays council action

The City Council will wait another four months before making a decision on possible changes on allowing retail marijuana stores.

Council OKs hospital’s bid for state funds

Approval comes despite concern

Expediency overruled a councilman’s concern as the City Council approved a $2 million application for state funds on behalf of Sunnyside Community Hospital.

Grandview man faces vehicular assault charge

Arraignment is March 27 for injury crash

A local man will be arraigned March 27 for charges stemming from a crash Saturday night.

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RadioShack closing store in Sunnyside

Bankruptcy filing seals local store’s fate

A Texas company’s bankruptcy filing last week is closing a local store.

Honeyford seeks flood funding

Senator asks Inslee for help for Outlook

Even as residents sign up to sue for flood damages, a state senator is seeking help from the governor’s office.

Candidate seeks sheriff’s appointment

Benton County Sheriff retires April 1

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office undersheriff will announce his candidacy for the department’s top job today.

Second suspect sought in razor attack

One other suspect held on $500,000 bail

Police continue to seek a suspect they call “armed and dangerous” after a man was attacked with a razor last Thursday.

Granger may ban personal fireworks

City Council to discuss issue tonight

Backyard fireworks may be a thing of the past next year for city residents.

District receives waiver approval

Sunnyside gets OK to forgo four snow days

Students won’t have to make up four snow days.

Flood victims eyeing lawsuit

Meeting is 5-7 p.m. today

Residents impacted by a recent flood will meet today to seek legal guidance.

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Granger chamber presents awards

Kudos honor those building the future

The Chamber of Commerce on Saturday lauded community members for helping build the future through their dedication to students, academics, safety and enterprise.

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Prosser school bus driver target of concern

Billboards oppose gays, religions

School bus Dale Brown carries two billboards in his pick-up bed.

Sunnyside hospital seeks $2 million in state funding

Officials asking city to serve as go-between

The local hospital will seek $2 million in state funds to connect water and sewer to its planned expansion on Alexander Road.

Britt to in Sunnyside

His camp will be in Granger, but Pro Bowler Justin Britt will make two Sunnyside appearances.

President Donald J. Trump the new ‘Sun King’

Intentionally or not, Donald J. Trump is the new “Sun King,” not because of orange skin tone, but because of his ability to distract.

‘Beast Mode’ coming to Granger

Camp proceeds will benefit local youth

The city of dinosaurs will receive a visit from “Beast Mode” himself, former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.

Stores’ owner faces charges

Prescription drugs allegedly sold illegally at Su Mercadito

The owner of four Lower Yakima Valley stores appeared in Yakima County Superior Court after he was accused of selling medications without a prescription.

Outlook advisory

Don’t drink the water, yet

State officials are telling some residents not to use their tap water through the weekend.

Ecology to begin Outlook water sampling today

Bottled water order still in place

Officials with the state Department of Ecology are going door-to-door today collecting water samples from residents impacted by a berm breach on farmland at 431 Nichols Road last week.

Prosser plans action on marijuana

Retail ban one of three options on Tuesday

The City Council will consider three options for addressing the future of retail marijuana sales.

School worker claims district banned her

Employee on paid leave after Facebook posts

An assistant school librarian contends the district has not only placed her on leave, but physically banned her from all school property.

Clean results for Outlook water tests

State launches investigation on water issue

The second time proved a charm Tuesday, as all tests show no contaminants in potable water supplies.

City Council opens door for expansion of district seats

Sunnyside to continue talks Monday

Council members have left the door open for a possible fifth district seat.

County investigating Horse Heaven Hills incident

Inconsistencies plague case

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that required a local man to be airlifted Sunday from the Horse Heaven Hills.

Arraignment set for 24-year-old case

Zillah homicide suspect found in Texas

A man accused of killing a local man in 1992 will be arraigned March 15.

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Ross to open in Sunnyside

Construction under way at Mid-Valley Mall

A remodel is under way at the local mall for a new Ross Dress for Less.

Hearing seeks public comment on marijuana

Changes in state law prompt hearing

The City Council will have a public hearing tonight on possible changes to marijuana zoning regulations.

State continues with Outlook water ban order, testing

Surface water results could be in today

Residents are nearing one week of water restrictions after last Tuesday’s flood of dairy debris.

Demand more of teachers

As lawmakers in Olympia figure out how to fund McCleary while avoiding the so-callled levy cliff, it’s time to hold educators to a higher standard.

Victim shot by vandals

Man said he was shot by gang members

A local man was shot Sunday while trying to stop vandals from tagging.

Mabton signs police chief to six-year contract

City also plans to hire new police officer

The City Council opted for continuity Tuesday night in approving a new six-year contract with Police Chief Phin Haglin.

State issues water alert for Outlook

Residents told to only use bottled water

Residents are returning home today, but can’t drink the water following Tuesday’s dairy wastewater flood.

School Board starts search for new member

Officials hope for March 28 appointment

The School District is beginning its search for a new School Board member.

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Berm fails, Outlook floods

Evacuations, water sampling under way

Some local residents are expected to return home today after dairy waste-laced flood waters forced evacuations Tuesday night.

Pot back on the ballot

County wants voters to have another say

Yakima County voters will have a second opportunity to decide whether marijuana should be legal in the county.

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Upgrade set for crossroads

Love’s begins work on Prosser traffic signal

Work is beginning this week on a new traffic signal to address an anticipated increase in visitors for the new Love’s Truck Stop.

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‘Educational cancer’: Prosser rallies against immigration Facebook posts

Community calls for School Board action

School district staff, parents and community leaders unified in their opposition to anti-illegal immigration Facebook posts by a teacher and assistant librarian.

Man rams police vehicle

Officer was seeking suspect in luring case

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday on multiple charges stemming from an alleged confrontation with police.

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Gunfire erupts on Sunnyside street

Shooting reported over three city blocks

A local man is recovering from injuries after shots rang out on 15th Street Sunday night.

Sunnyside launches tourism site, logo

‘Come to the Sun’ is city’s new theme

The city recently unveiled a new website designed to attract tourism

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Sunnyside appoints new city council member to fill seat

Stremler named to District No. 3 position

The City Council is back to seven after nearly two months of being shorthanded.

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‘Town hall’ event attracts 300 protestors against Newhouse

Group holds second rally in two days

Organizers are estimating as many as 300 people turned out Saturday for a rally protesting Congressman Dan Newhouse’s lack of town hall meetings.

Council to review vacancy

Two candidates vying for Sunnyside post

The City Council will review a vacant seat during its meeting Monday night.

No ‘town halls’ for Newhouse

Congressman has group meetings set

Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, is meeting with constituents, even as his critics claim he is avoiding them.

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Irrigation districts battle through winter weather woes

Crews scurry as water deadline approaches

Even as Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District crews deal with a sink hole at 204 Zillah Ave., they are also hustling to complete other projects before the water is turned on next month.