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Port of Sunnyside to sell excess water to irrigation districts

Noting the Yakima Valley is experiencing a drought this year, the Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night authorized Port Director Jay Hester to sell the port’s excess water to the local irrigation districts.

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Sunnyside residents won’t feel water pinch that local farmers will

It’s business as usual at Sunnyside City Hall, with water service continuing right along during what promises to be a dry summer.

Roza seeks water purchases from SVID

The Yakima Basin’s worst drought in at least a decade has Roza Irrigation District officials looking to buy water.

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Sunnyside community turns out to ‘meet a farmer’

A steady stream of people showed up at the second annual Meet Your Farmer event held this past Sunday, at Heavenly Hills Harvest near Sunnyside.

Lamb shearing available this Saturday

TOPPENISH – FFA and 4-H youngsters raising lambs for the Central Washington Junior Livestock Show in Toppenish are invited to a lamb shearing this Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the livestock show fairgrounds, 509 S. Division St. in Toppenish.

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Hutchinson says goodbye

New owners take over local produce stand

For 35 years Sunnyside residents have come to depend on Dolores Hutchinson and her produce stand to supply fruits and vegetables for their dinner tables.

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Irrigators prep for dry summer

Roza, SVID reps meeting today with Department of Ecology officials

With the irrigation season well underway, boards of the Sunnyside Valley and Roza irrigation districts yesterday, Tuesday, received updates on the latest water forecasts during their respective monthly meetings.

Dept. of Ecology hosting water workshops

With a drought on the horizon, the Washington Department of Ecology is looking to lease water from irrigators to keep streams from going dry in the upper Yakima River Basin.

Washington State Department of Agriculture director resigns

OLYMPIA - Director Bud Hover announced yesterday he is leaving the Washington State Department of Agriculture to return to his farm in Okanogan County and spend more time with his family.

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Alive with color

Warmer daytime temperatures and spring rains have brought out the colors in the vineyards and orchards surrounding Sunnyside. Warm weather is expected throughout the weekend.

Meet a farmer event planned

The second annual “Meet Your Farmer” event will be held Sunday, April 19, at Heavenly Hills Harvest, 762 S. Emerald Rd., Sunnyside, according to Merritt Mitchell Wajeeh, event organizer and local farmer.

Drought emergency declaration a ‘positive step’ for local growers

Snowpack conditions across Washington state mountains are at near record low levels, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency for the Yakima Valley.

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Don’t chuck safety precautions when dealing with chicks

The season for seeing chicks and ducklings tweet and quack their tiny ways into people’s hearts is officially underway.

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Unseasonable weather cause for much trepidation

The calendar still says winter, but grain and fruit crops in Washington may already think it’s spring.

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