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Auditors take Sunnyside to task in report

State calls for accountability in city books

City officials allocated nearly $500,000 last year without support for those costs, possibly leading to unnecessary utility increases.

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Sunnyside becomes state’s drone-central for a day

Conference attracts state, local leaders

There was a buzz at the Community Center yesterday, both in the air and on the ground.

Commission candidates back legalized marijuana

Two visit local GOP Club

Retail marijuana should be legal in Yakima County and Sunnyside.

Local charged in attempted break-in

Officers detain suspects at gunpoint

Two local men were arrested Sunday for allegedly breaking into a store at 301 S. 13th St.

Mabton to change building code

Proposal sparks city council consideration

A local resident’s variance request prompted the City Council to change restrictions on new construction.

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Homeless finding a difficult path in Sunnyside

Their numbers include a long-time resident

Roma Francis is downsizing.

VFW hosting event for state lawmakers

Nine legislators invited to join dinner meeting

Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 3482 will host state legislators next week.

Sunnyside City Council to consider all-district seats

Issue will be reviewed after budget sessions

A councilman wants to see all seven seats on the City Council apportioned by district.

Police seek leads in attempted kidnapping

Man tries to snatch girls walking home from carnival

Quick thinking by two local girls likely saved them from a kidnapping attempt Saturday.

Sunnyside seeking organizer for Cinco de Mayo Festival

City staff doesn’t plan to submit bid for funds

Even as the calendar turns to fall, city officials are already looking to next May and one of the city’s biggest festivals, Cinco de Mayo.

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Locals stay on track with accounting

New firm plans open house tomorrow

Two local women with a combined 70 years of accounting experience have joined forces at (SN)2 Certified Public Accountant LLC.

Sunnyside United to hear status of pot ban

Marijuana issue prompts concern

A local non-profit will receive an update on the city’s marijuana ban in the wake of a City Council vote last month to re-open the issue for discussion.

County may settle $350,000 suit

Plaintiff named Sunnyside, police in case

Yakima County commissioners will tomorrow consider a negotiated settlement in a lawsuit filed earlier this year.

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Service helps locals mark observance of 9/11 attacks

Events range from concert to clean up

In Grandview and Mabton, it was a “Day of Service.”

Bus service adds Sunnyside stop

Express route from Yakima starts Oct. 3

A third local stop and an express service from Yakima to Pasco are changes in store for the free Community Connector bus service.

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Sunnyside hosts statewide migrant conference

White House calls for summit

A request from the White House two weeks ago led to a local non-profit group organizing a statewide meeting last night.

Prosser may prohibit new pot stores

City seeks hearing to deny third license

Two marijuana stores are enough.

Maybe I’ll be sitting out Sunday

You probably remember where you were on Sept. 11, 2001.

College seeks ‘back flow’ cure

A move by legislators to reduce tuition a few years ago is hurting community colleges.

City may restart parks office

A move to save money on parks during the recession may be undone now that the city is better off financially.

Prosser chamber loses tax-exempt status

Group working with IRS to be reinstated

Another Lower Yakima Valley chamber of commerce is in trouble with the IRS.

Sunnyside hosting state’s first drone conference

Aerial display planned for Sept. 15 event

The city’s Community Center is hosting the state’s first unmanned aircraft systems conference.

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Hospital groundbreaking in doubt for 2016

Environmental review done, plans pending

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

Man, truck found in Grandview cornfield

Medical issue suspected in Monday death

An autopsy is planned today to determine if a medical issue caused a Yakima man‘s death when he crashed in a local corn field.

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Spartans knock off Vikings, 37-26

Granger opened the football season with a 37-26 win over the host Vikings on Friday.

Grandview campus gets $2.6 million

Federal grant will pay to expand college

The local Yakima Valley College campus is in for a major makeover.

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Community quizzes 15th District candidates

Audience gets election preview

Drinking water, marijuana, property taxes and engaging the Latino population were among questions asked during a 15th District legislative candidate forum last night.

New dean to seek permanent post

Grandview dean wants job long-term

Two weeks on the job, and the local community college’s interim dean already wants the job permanently.

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Brewers find new home in Sunnyside

Tap room included in 2017 project

Two microbrewers have selected the city’s downtown area for their new beer company.

Federal child porn investigation under way

Search centering on Zillah area

A federal investigation by way of Western Washington is now focusing on an address in a local community.

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Enjoying summer break while it lasts

Jeffrey Hornbarger, left, and Octavio Parra enjoy a bike ride through downtown Sunnyside yesterday as their summer break winds down for the start of classes Tuesday.

Prosser eyes drug tests for students

School District to develop committee

Students head back to school today and, at some point this year, the tests they take may include a voluntary drug test.

Juniors, seniors receive Chromebooks

Seen as tool to reach perfect graduation rate

Juniors and seniors at the local high school will each receive a Google Chromebook this fall in a first-of-its-kind program for the School District.

Sunnyside to measure childhood obesity

Schools, Fred Hutch to join forces

Students in two local elementary schools will have their height and weight measured over the next three years.

Car tabs on the table

City staff recommends $20 fee

City staff is recommending the City Council form a Transportation Benefit District.

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Darigold buys 23 acres from Port

Commissioners approve land sale Friday

Fresh off a three-year, $97 million expansion, a local company is planning for the future by purchasing 23 acres from the Port district.

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New clinic planned for Granger

Immediate care site opening by end of 2016

The community’s second new clinic in a 12-month span will open its doors by the end of the year.

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Classic rides cruise to Prosser

Burgers, bikes, brews, classic rock and classic cars were all featured Saturday at the Gary O’s Car and Bike Show at V.F.W. Post No. 3207, 1101 Wine Country Road.

Crews pluck couple from river after crash

Motorists, fire and police join in water rescue

Two Harrah residents are recovering today after plunging into the Yakima River yesterday morning when their vehicle crashed through a guard rail.

Stuck on the fourth ‘R’

Classes have or will soon start in Lower Yakima Valley schools.

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Prosser woman gives her 50th pint of blood

A Prosser woman marked a celebration of sorts yesterday when she donated her 50th pint of blood.

Hospital, schools plan first-in-state telehealth program

Proposal would bring doctor visits to schools

The School Board last night announced a proposal to bring doctors remotely to every school building.

Mabton city administrator resigns

Bratton quits abruptly after extended leave

The city administrator resigned yesterday with little notice and no apparent reason.

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New year, new tradition at Sunnyside Christian

Seniors partner with youngest students

Students wrapping up their high school careers are partnering with those just getting started.

State declares emergency in Yakima County

Wildfires prompt proclamation

Wildfires prompted Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday to declare a state of emergency in Yakima County and other areas of Eastern Washington.

Prosser appoints new council member

Appointee will be sworn into office Sept. 6

A local accounting and human resources specialist will be the next City Council member.

Crews contain blaze near Granger

Winds whipped Tule Road Fire to 7,000 acres

A fire on the Yakima Reservation is 100 percent contained today after quadrupling in size in a matter of hours.

City staff to manage parade

Sunnyside will seek corporate event sponsors

City staff will run this year’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade in December.

Safeway store suspends assault victim

Employee attempted to stop robbery

A local Safeway employee is out of work, at least temporarily, after he tried to stop two teenagers from robbing the store Wednesday night.