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John Fannin

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Districts eye ballot returns

Three Lower Yakima Valley school districts await the outcome of a Tuesday bond measure for school construction or expansion.

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Zillah appoints permanent chief

Quantrell had been interim since October

The City Council made it official this week when it named Tim Quantrell as the city’s permanent police chief.

Benton County Sheriff to retire

Keane cites health issues

Benton County’s Sheriff is retiring due to poor health.

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Burglar hits burned-out business

Snow helps officer catch Sunnyside suspect at home

A local man is accused of repeatedly burglarizing a burned-out downtown business.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs out from snow storm

Forecast shows a warm up and rain on the way

Schools, colleges, cities and even an entire county shut down yesterday due to a storm expected to bring up to five inches of snow in some areas.

Two detained in Mabton burglary spree

Police seeking fourth suspect

Two local men are accused of participating in a string of up to 30 burglaries.

Mayor’s social media post sparks cop’s lawsuit

Officer seeks $1.5 million from Wapato

The city faces a lawsuit as a result of the mayor’s social media post following an officer-involved shooting fatality.

Crash lands load of apples in the river

State Patrol: Outlook man injured and faces charges

An Outlook man faces charges after a crash spilled a load of apples into the Columbia River yesterday.

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Valley Hills buys Wapato site

Renovation, service expansion planned

A Lower Yakima Valley-based firm has expanded into Wapato.

Prosser mayor backs public record bills

Taylor said clerk spent 250 hours on requests last year

The City Council will tonight consider the mayor’s letter of support for proposed changes to state public record laws.

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Annual hospice auction nearly hits $100K goal

Sunnyside event draws more than 300

Event committee members hoped to raise $100,000 at this year’s annual Groundhog Day Ball.

Mabton board extends school year, graduation

Snow delays commencement by one week

The High School’s seniors will have to wait one week longer to receive their diplomas.

Prosser eyes regional park task force

Council to hear field complex proposal

The City Council will hear a proposal for acres of ball fields and open spaces for community events during its workshop tomorrow night.

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Snow nets set for state Highway 241

Summer install planned for fireproof barrier

Snow drifts and closures on state Highway 241 may be a thing of the past.

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Fire and ice

Officials blame Range 12 fire for snowdrifts, road closures

State Highway 241 reopened at 6:50 p.m. yesterday after being closed for more than a day due to drifting snow.

Mabton may extend police chief’s contract

Council likes job performance, unsure on pay

The City Council is trying to work out a deal to keep the community’s police chief on the job for another three years.

Mabton board to consider extended school year

Graduation date also under review tonight

The School Board meets tonight to consider a plan for making up snow days.

Crashes kill two, close highways

State highway 241 shut down overnight

Two men are dead and a third is in the hospital after a fatal crash in the Lower Columbia Basin yesterday.

Winter havoc on the horizon

Storm could bring up to six inches of snow

Freezing rain, sleet and up to six inches of snow are predicted in a winter storm watch for the Lower Yakima Valley.

Schools may seek waivers next month

State advising February, March appeals

Two Lower Yakima Valley School Boards met last week to discuss potential waiver applications from the state’s 180-day school year requirement.

Local’s council candidacy a conundrum

Sunnyside woman lacks one-year residency

A local woman’s application for an empty city council seat has officials scratching their heads.

Retired contractor seeks post

Stremler applies for Sunnyside seat

A former police explorer and business owner is seeking an open city council seat.

Trial set for accused Prosser bandit

Local man faces drug, burglary charges

A trial date is set for a local man suspected in a string of burglaries. Nathan Hildebrant, 35, is charged with possessing cocaine and two counts of second-degree burglary, court records show.

Winter weather warning issued for Columbia Basin

Up to three inches of snow predicted

Up to three inches of snow is anticipated through today.

Granger man accused of assaulting officer

A local man was in Yakima County Superior Court Friday on allegations he struck a police officer.

Sunnyside to consider expanding council districts

Councilman backs move to five or six seats

The City Council may expand to five or even six district seats.

Toppenish man dies from crash injuries

Three traffic fatalities in nine days

A local man died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a crash.

Suspects sought in burglary spree

Up to 30 properties hit by crime wave

There are at least two more residents allegedly involved in a local burglary ring.

Loaded gun prompts lockdown

High school student taken into custody

A 15-year-old boy is in custody after he allegedly brought and displayed a loaded gun at school.

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Mabton City Hall springs a leak

Officials still assessing costs from damage

City Hall and the police station have been hit with water damage over the past month due to severe winter storms.

Police seek second shooting suspect

Officials: Wapato man has gang background

A local man is being sought for his alleged role in a Sunday night shooting that wounded two people.

Mabton police crack burglary ring

Officers have suspect in custody, seek two others

A local woman is in custody, one of three people believed to be involved in a string of burglaries.

Prosser schools dealing with snow/ice issues

Leaks, falls reported in the district

Leaks and a few tumbles in the local school district have resulted from the region’s ice and snow storms.

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Pump station leak prompts Sunnyside mudslide

Water problem closes Riverside Avenue

A city street was closed temporarily due to a mudslide.

Proclamation may nix make-up days

Inslee opens doors for school day waivers

Extending the school year due to snow days may not be needed after all for some schools.

Voters to weigh in on Feb. 14 school bond measures

Ballots in the mail this week to Grandview, Prosser

Ballots will be in the mail this week to voters in two Lower Yakima Valley school districts seeking new school construction.

Prosser City Council to review settlement proposal

Issue stems from building demolition

The City Council will consider a settlement agreement with a landowner during its meeting at 7 p.m. today in City Hall, 601 Seventh St.

Council extends vacant seat deadline

No applicants yet for District No. 3 position

Officials are extending the deadline to file for a vacant City Council seat.

State drawing heat for new groundwater plan

Regulations apply to 200 large farms

An updated plan requiring dairies and other large-scale livestock operations to better protect groundwater is being met with criticism.

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Domino’s unveils new look in Prosser

Restaurant includes dining

A “dough show” and inside dining are among the features of the new Domino’s Pizza, 364 Chardonnay Ave.

Local port gets $700K for startup

Funny Farm remodel to create 23 jobs

The local port district came away with nearly all the $850,000 a state agency awarded Thursday for economic development.

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Prosser stepping up patrol emphasis, teamwork

Thefts, assaults, vehicle thefts down in 2016

More patrols and a team effort are helping the city turn the tide against theft.

‘F,’ as in Facebook

I haven’t gotten into Facebook, didn’t think it was worth the time to maintain a social-media account.

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Blaze destroys Buena church

Firefighter treated for medical issue

A local church was destroyed by fire yesterday.

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Vandalism, forgery crimes decline in Sunnyside

City sees spike in motor vehicle, purse thefts

The vandalism rate in the city continued its trend downward last year.

Granger fills vacant City Council seat

Magalie Roman-Estrada was appointed to a vacant seat on the five-person City Council last night.

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Mabton dealing with organized burglary spree

Fraud up three-fold

Burglaries have gone from few and far between to nearly every week in this Lower Yakima Valley city.

Man dies after jump from Fred Redmon Bridge

Officials said death was a suicide

A 22-year-old man is dead after jumping from the Fred Redmon Bridge on Interstate 82.

Residents see hope, dread in Trump

Immigration, health care cloud optimism

President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration tomorrow has residents feeling both hope and fear about future changes.

State officials sue student loan firm

Company accused of unfair practices

State officials are suing a company responsible for providing student loans.