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Julia Hart

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Making memories matter

New cemetery manager vows improvements

It’s the busy season at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

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Winery celebrates Horse Heaven Hills mystique

14 Hands releases blend for Kentucky Derby

It seems appropriate that a winery featuring horses on its label bottled a special wine in honor of the 2016 running of the Kentucky Derby.

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Local man earns top honors

A local man claimed the top two prizes at Sunday’s charro competition.

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Asparagus locally processed

Those green spindly spears seen in local fields find their way to the sorting lines at Johnson Foods, 334 Blaine Ave., each morning.

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Candidates vie for Miss Mabton crown

Mabton Community Days set for June 18

Two girls have stepped up to vie for the Little Miss Mabton crown.

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Desert Wind winery capitalizes on its setting

At first glance, the sand-colored stucco tasting room seems out of place in the middle of the lush Yakima Valley.

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Yakima sports venue opening in June

Construction on indoor facilities to begin in 2017

Taking its name from the Greek word meaning “to keep safe and sound,” the SOZO Sports of Central Washington complex is designed to be a safe environment for all athletes, according to the man behind its development.

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Walkers getting ready to relay this weekend

More than 200 volunteers in fundraiser

More than 200 walkers will hit the Sierra Vista Middle School track at noon tomorrow to draw awareness to cancer.

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Tuesday concerts at the square are back

Bandstand entertainment

The Chamber of Commerce is again hosting music at the Centennial Square bandstand each Tuesday night.

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Teams gearing up for the track this Saturday

Sierra Vista Middle School hosting Relay for Life

What do cupcakes, paper bags and bras have in common?

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in their own way

Sunday marks Mother’s Day, a day celebrating what some call a “Hallmark card holiday.”

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Downtown dressed up for Cinco de Mayo

Three-day festival begins

Vendor Maria Martinez is excited for this weekend, but she is a little concerned about the weather.

Gutierrez to lead Cinco de Mayo parade

Local woman excited to be grand marshal

A local child-care provider says she is suprised and excited to be this year’s Cinco de Mayo Parade grand marshal.

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Parade, music, fun and games planned in Granger

More than 1,000 visitors expected for festival

This weekend’s 68th annual Granger Cherry Festival is lining up to be “awesome.”

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Girls who would be queen

Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant returns

The 2016 Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant candidates are preparing for the May 6-8 community celebration downtown.

‘When in Rome’ is theme

Friday morning, a large white tent will rise over the high school’s Clem Senn Field.

Lower valley advocates sought

Mentors protect child’s care

Being a child’s advocate in court settings isn’t easy, admits a court-appointed special advocate program director.

Commissioners okay purchase

Another downtown building is about to become Port of Sunnyside property.

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Drive-up voting now in Sunnyside

A grand opening for the giant ballot box in place on East Edison Avenue is planned for May 3.

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State wine industry featured in exhibit

Former Valley residents honored

A former Prosser resident and a former wine writer are being honored in a new state program.

Mabton water ok to drink

Water boil advisory was lifted Saturday

After nearly a week of boiling city tap water, residents can rest assured there is no E.coli in their water.

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Miss Granger crowned

A new Miss Granger was crowned Saturday night at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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New Dairy Ambassador is ready

The Yakima Valley Dairy industry has a new representative and a few new scholarship recipients.

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Drama club presents spring musical

Burgerville opens April 29

A love story about a fry cook and a dental hygienist student is featured in Grandview High School Drama Club’s spring musical, Burgerville.

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Students remind motorist not to text and drive

Local club focuses on safety

The Sierra Vista Middle School Prevention Club took lunch time to promote traffic safety Wednesday.

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Mabton’s E.coli boil-water order remains in effect

Residents may see return to tap water Tuesday

Residents may know as soon as Monday if the state will lift its boil order for city water.

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Pastor Souza at home at new church

After searching for a church for several years, a pastor found his new home at the local Presbyterian Church.

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Ahoy matey!

Party theme of creativity and lots of duct tape

It only takes a little imagination and some duct tape to create a 3-year-old party worthy of a pirate’s bounty.

Mabton hosts E.coli meeting tonight at 6

Health officials plan to answer questions

The city is planning a town hall meeting at 6 tonight to openly discuss the current water situation.

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City-wide E.coli investigation begins

Officials: Boil water before drinking

Officials confirmed this morning that all city water should be boiled due to E. coli.

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Melange changing course

Owner unsure where new path will lead

Change, as they say, is constant.

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Princess with No Name takes stage

A handful of rehearsals remain before the cast of The Princess with No Name takes the stage for the first of three performances.

Wine lovers taste ‘straight from the barrel’

To help wine enthusiasts get the most out of the region’s spring salute to the wine industry, two barrel tasting weekend events are planned this year.

City museum re-opens in style

Ready for open house, asparagus fest

The city’s remodeled museum is drawing a lot of “ooohs” and “ahhs” from visitors.

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Blooming despite adversity

The relationship between bees, flowers and thriving was the theme of yesterday’s Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection meeting.

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Quenching the world’s beer thirst

Local hop plant exports across the globe

Beer drinkers around the world can thank Yakima Valley hop growers for the flavoring in their beverage.

Ambassador ready for new adventure

From mission work in Guatemala to singing with her church worship team, the next Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador is ready to serve.

Mabton park benefit set

Mabton High School student serious about city clean-up

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Book highlights Firestorm 2014 stories

Taken from newspaper headlines, the heroes and villains of the 2014 Carlton Complex wildfire are immortalized in a new publication.

Grant brings more meals to county senior lunch sites

Funding means 300 more hot meals a day

Four days a week, they gather for a hot meal and a little social time.

Accordionist to entertain

It’s extremely hard to keep one’s toes from tapping when Gary Malner of Yakima fires up his accordion.

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Taking her cuisine to the city streets

Grande quesadillas with chili chipotle flavored grilled chicken is as mouth-watering as it sounds and it is a favorite of many shoppers at Pasco Flea Market.

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Glamour and fundraisers raise cancer awareness

While most area children were busy deciding what to do on their spring break, a group of young girls decided to raise cancer awareness.

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Family winery continues to expand

The Horse Heavens Hills has long been known for its lush wheat land attracting pioneers to the high dry plateau.

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Ladder truck nearly home

City’s newest rig on a side trip

The city’s new ladder truck could arrive in town as soon as next week.

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Spring work parties ready to paint

Six local homeowners will see their houses receive a fresh coat of paint April 16 during volunteer work parties.

Marine veteran honored

Sunnyside man lauded for helping others

A local man is being recognized for service to others above and beyond the call of duty.

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Put a little paint on that glass

Event attracts visitors to local tasting rooms

Slow evenings in year-round tasting rooms have led to a new creative outlet for area winery staff and customers alike.

Where are they now?

Author searching for European travel buddies

The story of a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Europe is the topic of a writer’s latest book.

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Bickleton carousel museum opens

Built in the shape of a wagon wheel, the Alder Creek Pioneer Carousel Museum opens its 2016 season tomorrow.