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John Fannin

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Firefighters get stuck on wet summer fun

City staff needed to rescue fire truck

The Fire Department is used to rescuing residents.

Yakima County certifies primary election results

Recount starts today for 15th District race

The race for a spot on the general election ballot for the 15th District legislative seat is a little tighter.

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Farmworkers clinic, Anytime Fitness coming to Granger

Construction set to wrap up in November

The city’s downtown is changing, with construction of a 7,500-square-foot clinic and fitness center now under way.

Public relations, tour on tap for retreat

School Board plans two-day session

Discussions on possibly hiring a public relations firm and a tour of the new Washington Elementary School building are on the agenda for a two-day School Board retreat.

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Attendance, livestock prices strong at fair

Home economic entries down

The 87th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo wrapped up Saturday night and the early reviews are positive.

Squirrel causes blackout

Thousands without power for 4 hours

One curious squirrel knocked out power to 6,389 local customers for more than four hours today.

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Crews demolishing Zillah bridge

Demolition of the 1947 North Meyers Road Bridge is about two-thirds complete, Yakima County bridge engineer Mark Cleaver said.

Churches to march through Sunnyside

As many as 150 possible for Saturday walk

Sixteenth Street will be closed for a few hours tomorrow for a street march.

I’m still a local believer

With a few exceptions, we try to buy local when we can.

Grandview cracks down on code issues

City plans to charge as much as $500 weekly

The city is cracking down on code violations, threatening repeat offenders with weekly fines of as much as $500.

Roza board approves emergency repairs for slide

Potential canal block concerns irrigators

A local irrigation district board has ratified emergency measures to prevent a potential canal blockage.

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Pipe issue halts SVID water service

District facing second outage this week

A pipe break for the second time this week has some Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District customers doing without water.

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Fair and rodeo ready for opening day

Grandview-hosted event to offer fireworks

The pigs are washed, peaches canned and cattle stalls mucked in preparation for today’s start of the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Commission seeks review of Wapato police

Group says shooting is part of racial trend

A local police department could be subject to federal review after the officer-involved shooting death of Mario Torres during a domestic violence call.

Can you friend a city?

Grandview looking to Facebook

With a little trepidation, the City Council took a step last night towards establishing a city Facebook page.

City Council approves hospital rezone

Street changes possible for new campus

The City Council agreed unanimously last night to rezone a 50-acre parcel to make way for a new five-story hospital and medical complex on Alexander Road.

Recount set for 15th District race

Eleven votes separate challengers

Eleven votes separate two challengers from Selah vying for a 15th District legislative seat.

Prosser to review signs after court ruling

Public hearing scheduled Aug. 23

The council will also review possible changes to the city sign code.

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Rallying around Outlook School

They came from Kelso and Spokane Valley and places in between to remember Outlook School.

Roza eyes emergency

Potential canal block concerns irrigation board

A crumbling hillside has irrigation officials worried about a potential canal blockage.

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Sunnyside plans web ‘facelift’

A more mobile-friendly website is in the works for city residents.

Newhouse, Didier rematch likely for Nov. 8 general election

A local resident appears to be headed for a rematch for the 4th District Congressional seat.

City seeks to manage parade

Sunnyside council to review proposal

City government hopes to operate the Lighted Farm Implement Parade this December.

Former Sunnyside resident facing re-trial for rape, assault

Prosecuting attorney continues case against Aguirre

A former Sunnyside resident will stand trial a second time on charges of third degree rape and fourth degree assault.

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Sunnyside plans City Hall remodel

Work to start last week of August

Local residents will soon notice a difference at city hall.

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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.

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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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Riding off into the sunset

City employee retiring after 38 years on job

He’s battled bad guys, crows and overgrown weeds during the past 38 years.

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Art runs in the family

A Sunnyside native is sharing her artistic abilities with her son.

Port delays Water Works building rehab

Bids were $240,000 over budget

Port of Sunnyside commissioners Monday night rejected bids to convert the former Water Works building into a winery.

Sunnyside to consider live video at council meetings

Council may take action Monday night

It could be lights, camera, action for the City Council, which Monday will consider live-streaming video for its meetings.

Local teen found dead

Counseling offered to high school students

Family and friends are mourning a local teen’s unexpected death.

Mistrial declared in rape, assault case

Re-trial decision set for Aug. 2 status hearing

A Sunnyside native’s trial ended in a mistrial Friday when a jury informed the court it was deadlocked.

Q&A with 4th Congressional District candidates

Five candidates are vying for the 4th Congressional District seat on primary ballots in the mail today.

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Wildfire destroys 9,000-plus acres

Homes evacuated last night

Fire crews battled through the night to get the upper hand on a wildfire in the Horse Heaven Hills.

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Crash causes outage, road closure

Hundreds without power for six hours

The power is back on today for 113 Pacific Power customers after a crash knocked out a power pole.

Prosser hospital finds its CEO

Selection is pending contract deal

A new leader for a local hospital could be on the job next month.

Q&A with 15th District candidates

Three candidates are running for a 15th Legislative District seat.

Rape trial begins for local native

A trial is under way for a former Sunnyside resident accused of raping a family member.

Stabbing suspect held on $1 million bail

Outlook teenager in court today

A local teenager is being held on $1 million bail in connection with a July 2 stabbing.

Officials thankful, but cautious in wake of Dallas shooting

Yakima Valley law enforcement agencies aren’t planning changes in the wake of a mass shooting last week that killed five officers in Dallas.

Here’s your open-door, business community

You know what they say about one door closing… another one opens.

Sunnyside plans downtown parking change

Post office plan could begin in August

Soon, the city will require parallel parking in front of the post office.

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Wrecking crew hits Carnation plant

Plans call for preserving water tower

Demolition crews are tearing into the former Carnation plant this week.

Sunnyside to review hospital zoning request

Planning Commission to seek comment

The city’s Planning Commission wants to hear from residents about the hospital’s expansion plans.

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Regional clinic closing in Yakima

Hospital will shutter service in September

Hundreds of Lower Yakima Valley patients will have to find another medical specialist.

Schools to consider property purchase

Changes to administration also on tap

The School District may buy more property to help with construction of the new Washington Elementary School building.

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Law closes Sunnyside pot garden

Delays possible for medical marijuana users

A local medical marijuana garden collective closes today because of a new state law.

Granger may consider fireworks ban

City Council asks fire chief to research issue

A discussion about pyrotechnic displays on private property turned into a conversation about banning them altogether.

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Sunnyside begins traffic calming efforts

Motorists on South Hill Road have an eye in the sky watching them, or at least their speeds.

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