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Walmart celebrates re-opening

Store plans ribbon cutting, weekend events

A ribbon cutting and family activities will mark the grand re-opening of a local store.

Clerk claims to be making progress

County officer faces possible contempt issue

The county clerk is making progress in fixing issues ranging from personnel to reconciling bank statements.

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Yakima Valley women head to national convention

Democrats select delegates for July event

Two Yakima County residents are among the state’s delegates bound next month for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Penn.

Wildfire claims more than 1,000 acres

Firefighters wrapping up this morning

Fire crews today are mopping up from a wildfire that has burned 1,300 acres.

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Partners buy Olsen Estates

Tasting room opens July 2

Two wineries will share one roof after buying Olsen Estates’ tasting room in April.

City looking for answers in wake of chamber closure

Future of Sunnyside events in limbo

As the county’s second largest city closes its Chamber of Commerce, the search is on for someone to fill the void.

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Rain doesn’t dampen civic spirit

Yakima Valley celebrates under cloudy skies

Three Lower Yakima Valley cities didn’t let rain dampen community spirit during festivals on Saturday.

Outlook woman backing Sanders at state convention

Democrats convene in Tacoma

At least one local Democrat still feels the Bern.

Sunnyside chamber winding down

Local group facing another federal tax issue

The Chamber of Commerce is closing, its members learned during a meeting yesterday.

Sunnyside chamber to close

Groups needed to run future city festivals

Closing the local Chamber of Commerce is the focus of a meeting this afternoon.

Council tables annexation

Residents air concerns about proposal

After a two-hour public hearing, the City Council opted to wait two weeks before deciding on a controversial annexation request.

District to review ‘wonderings’

Board to look at health center, partnerships

Partnerships and a “leadership vacuum” are among the items the school board plans to review with new Superintendent Kevin McKay.

Church plans local service for Orlando

Sunnyside pastor responds to call for prayer

A local church is offering a prayer service tonight in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

Superintendent to share transition plans

Board will hear McKay’s district observations

Transforming the district’s central office and the future of athletic facilities are among observations the district’s new superintendent will share tonight.

Prosser man indicted on federal charges

Former teacher faces Aug. 15 trial for child pornography

A former Granger elementary school teacher has been formally indicted on five federal charges.

Local school seeking new top educator

Dykstra stepping down after 17 years

A local district is searching for a new superintendent for the first time this century.

Senior-itis on a state level

Flowers blooming, birds singing and senior-itis are all sure signs of spring.

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Granger selling site for development

Buyer eyes clinic, fitness center for building site

Downtown appears set for a makeover, as plans are in place for a business development across from City Hall.

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Truck crash causes salt spill

Sunnyside company vehicle flips on state highway

A state highway was seasoned with salt yesterday after a local truck trailer tipped over.

Summer outreach launched

Ribbon-cutting will open new drug drop-off box

Two projects are coming into focus for a local non-profit looking to steer youths away from drugs and alcohol.

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Graduates go out with a smile

Sunnyside celebrates biggest class

The high school’s biggest graduating class joined others around the Lower Yakima Valley in saying goodbye Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside to revisit retail marijuana

Yakima’s change prompts local review

The City Council in July will revisit its ban on the production, processing and sale of marijuana.

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Granger builds a dinosaur

City to complete 32nd statue on Saturday

Creating the city’s annual dinosaur doesn’t happen on one sun-splashed Saturday.

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Port of Sunnyside to celebrate winery progress

Water works site to host district’s annual event

The conversion of an abandoned city building into a winery is the focus of the Port of Sunnyside’s annual luncheon tomorrow.

Panel's report chides clerk

Findings indicate Riddle could be held in contempt

Unfair labor practices, incomplete court dockets, delayed payments and isolation are among an independent panel’s findings about the Yakima County Clerk’s Office.

Man dies in tractor crash

Mishap claims second farm fatality this month

An autopsy is planned today for a local man who died after a tractor ran over him sometime Saturday.

Mabton may annex farmland

Public hearing set for June 14

A request to annex farmland is getting mixed reviews from city council members.

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Keeping close memories

Courtyard serves as place of final rest

Pioneers ranging from farmers to shop keepers to car dealers all share a final resting place in a local church’s courtyard.

Burge hired to fill Zillah schools post

Assistant superintendent also selected

The School District has a new superintendent little more than a month after its search began.

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Mabton looks to buy 1911 school building

The city is seeking grant money to buy the historic high school building.

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County commission sides with rural residents

Decision could halt Sunnyside expansion plans

The Yakima County Planning Commission agreed with rural land owners, and recommended removing 180 acres of farmland from the city of Sunnyside’s future growth plans.

Commissioner race heats up

After the first day of candidate filing there’s already a four-way race among Republicans for a seat on the county commission.

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Love’s truck stop may open this year

Company plans hotel for spring 2017 debut

After breaking ground late last month, a truck stop may open for business sooner than expected.

Local hospital to buy Yakima clinic

Sunnyside Community Hospital will purchase NOVA Health of Yakima.

Granger teacher remains in custody

Tonight is the deadline to charge Prosser man

It’s 72 hours in custody and counting for a local man in the Benton County Jail for alleged child molestation.

Family protests proposed farm land change

Couple will bring petition to county hearing tomorrow

A local family is taking on the city and Yakima County over an urban growth area proposal.

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Guerrero signs with YVCC

The Yaks women’s hoops team will lean on a Viking this winter.

Pair of aces at golf tournament

Two holes-in-one made history during last weekend’s Bill Christie Memorial Golf Tournament.

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Sunnyside seeks fix for Edison Avenue

Roundabout among ideas for traffic issue

A nearly mile-long gauntlet of traffic along Edison Avenue has motorists complaining, and city officials getting creative with ideas.

County identifies body in canal

Coroner: Man drowned near Granger

A Yakima man’s body was found Saturday about a mile from where his car went into a canal.

County ballot returns outpacing state rate

Ballot returns in the Yakima Valley for tomorrow’s Presidential Primary are exceeding the state’s rate.

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Senior Follies, song and dance

There was plenty of laughter and pratfalls Saturday during the High School’s 38th annual Senior Follies.

Board plans superintendent choice

Announcement planned for next Thursday

An executive session last night has the School Board ready to make a decision on the next superintendent.

‘Angry Birds,’ the local reality show

The “Angry Birds” app-turned-movie opens soon as a feature-length film.

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Hitching a (hay) ride

First grade students from Grandview and Richland enjoy a field trip to Bill’s Berry Farm yesterday.

FFA students making an impact at state convention

Prosser students winning awards

More than 40 Prosser High School students are in Pullman for the state’s annual FFA convention.

Teacher held for child molestation

District places Prosser man on paid leave

A Granger school teacher is in custody after after he was allegedly found possession of child pornography.

Zillah focusing on in-house candidates

Board meets May 19 for review

The School District’s next superintendent will likely be a current district administrator.

Selah man challenging Taylor for legislative seat

Selah man focusing on jobs

A three-term legislator has a challenger from within his own party.

Six vie for lands commissioner

With the incumbent stepping down, six candidates are in the mix for the state’s Commissioner of Public Lands post.