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John Fannin

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Hospital construction faces delay

City officials still waiting for building plans

Sunnyside Community Hospital’s goal of breaking ground on a new 50-acre site this year will not be met.

Registry a needless ploy

It was one of those ideas that, at first blush, sounded like a good plan.

Homicide has detectives stumped

Authorities do not have any suspects, yet

Detectives with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office still don’t have any suspects nearly two weeks after a Sunnyside man was shot and killed.

Driver tries to run over woman

Sunnyside man hits vehicle

A local man is accused of attempting to run over a woman with his Toyota pick-up.

Prosser chamber has tax-exempt status restored

Update is retroactive for donations

The local chamber of commerce is wrapping up 2016 with a clean slate in the eyes of the IRS.

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Zillah schools to seek bond

District asks for $14.9 million for high school

Residents within the School District’s boundaries will be asked to consider a $14.9 million bond for high school improvements.

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Cold snap to hold off until after downtown festivities

Snow possible in Sunnyside

A weather system will drop temperatures down into the teens and bring a chance of snow.

Most retailers to see green next month

Many shops anticipate growth next month

Lower Yakima Valley retailers will see green this holiday season as shoppers buy gifts for loved ones.

Granger to wait on filling council vacancy

The five-member City Council will be short a member until after the 2017 budget is approved.

City, port unsuccessful in grant bid

City and port district officials were unsuccessful in their bid for a state grant to prepare a site for future industry.

Local woman charged in robbery

Sunnysider accused in plot to take casino winnings

A Sunnyside woman is accused of aiding in a plan to steal casino winnings from a Yakima man.

Vape store is no more

A local vape store no longer has a business permit.

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Family gets home, jobs in time for Thanksgiving

Things looked far more dire six weeks ago

A local family got its happy ending just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Three lower valley fires in three days

Unrelated blazes hit

Three unrelated fires damaged three homes in Sunnyside and Grandview during the long holiday weekend.

Sunnyside may pull business permit from vape shop

The City Council on Monday may decide the fate of a local vape store.

Benton REA taps Bradshaw for top post

A local utility provider will have a permanent general manager effective Dec. 1.

F as in Fortunate

Yes, this column is usually F as in Frank, but for today’s entry it’s F as in Fortunate and thankful this Thanksgiving holiday.

Granger turns a deficit into surplus

City uses budget cuts to turn tide on 2016 concerns

The city will start 2017 with a surplus thanks to a big dose of budget trimming.

Gun shot to the head killed local

Deputies still have no suspects

A Sunnyside man killed Saturday died from a gun shot wound to the head.

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‘Shark tank’ gives students experience

A bridal consulting company won top honors Thursday during the annual Mustang Business Start-Up competition.

Locals remember fallen shop owner

Colleagues and the community are mourning the loss of a local shop owner.

Grandview City Council plans three hearings tomorrow

Budget, street on the agenda

The City Council is seeking public input on three items tomorrow night.

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Fire destroys business

Officials investigating blaze’s cause

Officials today are still trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed two downtown businesses Saturday night.

Local man shot to death

Former soccer standout killed Saturday

A Sunnyside man was shot to death early Saturday morning near the intersection of Wendell Phillips and Green Valley roads.

Crash injures cheerleaders returning from game

Teenagers were not wearing their seatbelts

Eight people are recovering from injuries today after a van carrying Zillah High School cheerleaders crashed Saturday.

State sees more revenue than anticipated

Lawmakers divided on education

State coffers look set to receive $352 million more than anticipated over the next three years.

Former inmate sues Klickitat County

Man seeking $4 million for rape, assault

Klickitat County, its jail and Sheriff’s Office all face a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former inmate.

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Locals keeping eye on state Supreme Court case

Florist’s trial a precedent for area businesses

In a case being watched locally, a Richland florist had her day before the state Supreme Court.

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Winter weather on the way in Eastern Washington

Chinook Pass reporting compact snow

Freezing temperatures and travel restrictions for mountain passes are sure signs of winter on the way.

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Sunnyside crash injures local woman

Truck trailer failed to stop at intersection

A Grandview woman is recovering from injuries today after her car was clipped by a manure spreader.

City, port on to court

Judge to hear dispute Friday

A dispute between the city and port district will be reviewed by a Yakima County Superior Court judge on Friday.

Sunnyside schools to seek more comments

Open house next month

The School District will have another open house next month as part of its plan to receive public input.

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2016 concord market looking lean

Production down compared to 10-year average

More Concord grape vineyards are being plowed into hop fields and juice demand is down.

Prosser board plans for new school leader

Tolcacher retiring in June 2018

The School Board will meet Thursday in Spokane with potential superintendent search groups.

Sunnyside man wins state award from Gov. Inslee

Tejano musician will be honored

A local man is one of five to receive state honors tonight.

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Legion announces 2016 honors

Grandview post recognizes local contributions

Three residents were honored for saving a life during an event that recognized the contributions of many in the Lower Yakima Valley.

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Sunnyside vape shop raided by officers

Owner faces four charges

A local vape shop owner will be arraigned Nov. 28 in Yakima County Superior Court on multiple charges after he allegedly sold cannabis oil to undercover officers.

Granger, Perales sued for $400,000

Man claims civil rights issue cost him his family

The city, its police chief and entire Police Department are named in a $400,000 lawsuit.

County may have budget deficit in 2017

Commissioners to set budget hearings

Yakima County commissioners will likely approve a $62.7 million preliminary general fund budget tomorrow.

Sunnyside may hire firm to help promote tourism

Yakima group’s offer on the table tonight

The city’s answer to promoting tourism may come from a group based in Yakima.

Name game

I got a tickle earlier this week when the state Department of Corrections announced it is phasing out the word “offender.”

Minimum wage, maximum impact?

Voter-approved law raises pay, benefits Jan. 1

The state’s lowest wage earners will receive a $1.53-per-hour raise Jan. 1.

Yakima County coroner faces sexual harassment accusation

Hawkins asked to resign following investigation

The Yakima County coroner is being asked to resign in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

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Options open for Lower Snake River dams

Two hearings planned next week

A wide range of options – including breaching - for dams of the Lower Snake River are the focus of hearings now under way.

Mabton to go it alone for administrator search

Council declines to contract with firm

The City Council will continue searching for a city administrator on its own.

City to partner with Grandview schools

Council will not compete with school proposal

The City Council will support the school district’s plans for a new high school.

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Mabton school levy passing

Voters ready to spend $2.5 million to remodel school

Voters are approving a $2.5 million levy to remodel the elementary school.

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Trevino appointed Granger mayor

City Council seat now vacant

The city has its third mayor in two weeks.

Taylor, Jenkin take double-digit wins

Republicans hold onto seats in the state Legislature

The School Board chairman is headed to Olympia.

Leita, Anderson take leads in commissioner races

An incumbent seeking a final term and a candidate seeking his first were both successful in County Commissioner contests last night.