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Rabid bats a risk in Washington during the summer months

Rabid bats have been found throughout Washington state and continue to pose a risk to people and pets, especially during the summer when bats are more active.

Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital earns 2014 Circle of Life Award

YAKIMA – Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital is one of only three hospitals in the country to have been named a 2014 Circle of Life Award winner for its comprehensive programs to improve the care of patients near the end of life or with life-limiting conditions.

Health officials say smoking increases risk of dementia

Smokers have a 45 percent higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, according to information published earlier this month by the World Health Organization in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Disease International.

Measles cases up drastically from last year

Washington state has had more measles cases so far this year than in the past five years combined.

More mental health screenings, treatment resources for people with diabetes proposed

In a viewpoint published online earlier this month, on July 10, in “Journal of the American Medical Association,” mental health and diabetes experts and advocates describe a critical need for more mental health screenings and treatment resources for people with diabetes.

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‘Altitude’ on the grow

Recreational marijuana shop expands hours, product availability

A booming start three weeks ago continues for Altitude, the Lower Valley’s only recreational marijuana store.

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Sunnyside drags its heels on pot sales decision

The Sunnyside City Council is likely to delay for another six months its decision on whether or not to allow a retail recreational marijuana business in town. A public hearing on Monday, Aug. 11, will precede the council’s decision to renew the existing moratorium on allowing such business ventures.

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Mabton School Board adopts $11.2 million general fund budget

The Mabton School Board Monday evening adopted a $12,129,105 budget for 2014-15.

Personnel changes gain approval

The Mabton School Board approved several personnel changes at this past Monday’s meeting.

Mabton schools to get new security system

Using grant funding provided by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Mabton School District will spend more than $55,700 on a new security communications system called SafePointe.

Substitute teacher pay increase OK’d

A pay increase for substitute teachers in Mabton was approved by the school board at Monday’s meeting.

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Stately sound system

The old church bell in the Bickleton Presbyterian Church steeple is rarely used on Sunday mornings to call the faithful to morning worship.

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Book signing for Grandview author on tap Aug. 8

Ruth A. Dirk has found a new passion to add to her love of books.

Cow disrupts Scoon Road traffic

Sunnyside police yesterday (Monday) were on the lookout for a cow that was reported loose at the intersection of Yakima Valley Highway and Scoon Road. A citizen at approximately 6:30 p.m.

Fuel, chemicals stolen yesterday

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported in the 1300 block of Independence Road yesterday afternoon (Monday).

Vehicle thief takes advantage of keys left in Grandview car

A red Chevrolet Aveo was stolen from in front of a business in the 100 block of East Wine Country Road yesterday afternoon (Monday) after the owner of the business left the keys inside the vehicle.

Firemen have a quiet day

Monday proved to be a quiet day for Sunnyside firemen, as they responded to just four aid calls during the past 24 hours.

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Community support for cancer victim

Community members like Roberta Zieske (right) last Friday enjoyed tacos prepared at a fundraising event for Logan Bodrero (left), who this past year battled cancer.

Burn ban extended by governor

Gov. Jay Inslee last Friday extended a burn ban for 20 counties east of the crest of the Cascades.

Donations wanted for wildfire victims

Members of the Grandview Church of the Nazarene are collecting items to be taken to the Chelan area to help victims and relief workers near the wildfires.