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Two Lower Valley firms dinged for missed reports

Fourteen businesses were fined last week for failing to submit stormwater monitoring reports for three or more consecutive quarters, says the state’s Department of Ecology.

Sunnyside store names manager

U.S. Cellular has named Leonel Verduzco Parra sales manager for its Sunnyside store.

Avoid expensive errors when paying for college

It’s just about Back-to-School time again.

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Support for FFA advisor battling cancer overwhelming

Teens’ lamb sells for $24,000 in Grandview livestock arena

One 140-lb. lamb was transformed into a beacon of hope when two Prosser High School FFA chapter members decided to sell the Suffolk cross at the Yakima Valley Fair livestock auction recently.

Public hearing on tap tomorrow for unified land development code

The public is invited to offer comments on the proposed Title 19 – the Unified Land Development – code at a hearing before the Board of Yakima County Commissioners tomorrow (Tuesday).

Court upholds changes in school retiree system

Employees of the Sunnyside School District nearing retirement have been in limbo for the past couple of years.

Sunnyside police have busy weekend

Sunnyside police are investigating a report of a stolen laptop taken from the 1600 block of Sheller Road. The victim reported the laptop missing last Friday afternoon.

Eight arrests in Grandview since last Thursday

Police in Grandview have arrested seven persons wanted by authorities since last Thursday morning, not including an arrest made at a traffic stop.

Theft reports called in to county deputies

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a burglary reported yesterday afternoon (Sunday) from the 1900 block of Braden Road near Grandview.

Motorist airlifted to Harborview following rollover

A Prosser man rolled his pick-up truck yesterday afternoon while driving in a remote area of the Horse Heaven Hills.

Firemen have busy weekend

Sunnyside firemen have responded to five requests for lift assists since last Thursday and have made one welfare check.

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At the hop

The music of the 50’s and 60’s has Phyllis Morris tapping her toes at the sock hop held last Friday night at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Community in Sunnyside.

Bickleton High students now offered Running Start classes

There may only be about a half dozen or so students in the Bickleton School District interested in earning college credits while attending high school.

Sierra Vista Middle School signing up athletes Tuesday evening

Student-athletes who intend on turning out for one of the fall sports teams at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School can get cleared to play at a special athletic sign-up session this coming Tuesday evening.

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A big new tax coming to your Internet bill?

Since 1998 it has been prohibited by federal law for states and localities to tax Internet access. This policy, known as the Internet Tax Freedom Act, has been extended three times with broad bipartisan support. But it is set to expire again on Nov. 1, and some Senate Democrats appear willing, this time, to allow it to actually expire if they can’t use it to leverage an unrelated tax issue. It’s a dangerous game that could cost taxpayers billions of dollars and worsen the digital divide by pricing some lower income Americans off of the Internet entirely.

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Screening for drugs at home

Sunnyside United mulls idea of providing parents with drug tests for their children

Members of the Sunnyside United coalition are considering an idea that would give a whole new meaning to the phrase “take home test.”

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Bound for Russia (again)

After spending one winter in Russia, Sunnyside’s Hannah Vlieger is on her way back to the country known for its sub-zero temperatures, and borscht.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Krisana Fernandez

Being a role model to younger children and her peers, representing her community in a positive manner and being an example of what her community is about…these are the reasons that compelled Krisana Fernandez to compete for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.