State tallying losses from 2015 drought

Initial agricultural estimates in Washington top $300 million

Initial estimates show growers in the Yakima Valley and around the state suffered losses estimated at more than $300 million during last year’s drought.

Credit union plans celebration

Newhouse offering keynote address

Lower Valley Credit Union will throw a party at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to mark its national designation as a Juntos Avanzamos, “Together We Advance,” credit union.

Retirees need ‘longevity strategy’

The late, great Yogi Berra supposedly said it: “The future ain’t what it used to be.”

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Commerce sparks building surge

A project to convert an old grocery store at 615 Yakima Valley Hwy. into the new Ace Hardware location got approval from city officials last month.

Building boom nets city 10 major projects

SUNNYSIDE — The year 2015 saw a building boom. Valuation of new construction last year was up by nearly $15 million compared to 2014. Also in 2015, the city received nearly $110,000 more in permit fees than it did the previous year. Major building projects getting the go-ahead from city officials in 2015 included: ● The third phase of an expansion of the Darigold plant. ● A new 40-unit housing development at Rainier Park. ● Catholic Charities Housing development in the southwest corner of town. ● Phase three of Aho’s housing development on Allen Road. ● Sunnyside Library remodel. ● A new office for Central Machinery Sales. ● Washington Elementary School’s replacement building. ● An oncology clinic at Sunnyside Community Hospital. ● Valley Processing erected a new cooling tower for grape slurry. ● Burger King updated its lobby, exterior and drive-through.

Hop crop shows gains over 2014

Lower Valley hop growers fared better than expected as yields are 11 percent more in 2015 compared to last year, according to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Port property set to be farmed

Five-year lease bids on acreage

The Port of Grandview has another 24 acres of land to lease to farmers near Stover Road and Wallace Way, adding to the 18 acres it has previously leased out at the location.

Time for some new year’s financial resolutions

The countdown to 2016 has just about begun.

Former banker offering micro-business course

Thinking of starting a new business in the New Year?

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Local store becomes licensed U-Haul dealer

Those looking to rent a truck or trailer have another U-Haul dealer in town.

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Credit union helps upgrade library

A donation of $10,000 has gone a long way in helping local library patrons.

State counting down for insurance deadline

The deadline to register for health insurance effective Jan. 1 is tomorrow.

What to look for from a financial adviser

There’s a lot to know about investing, so it’s a good idea to get some professional help. But with so many financial advisers out there, how can you choose one that’s right for you?

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Last minute shopping ideas

Mark Zieske admires one of the gift ideas his daughter Alex finds during a recent visit to Mélange.

‘Get covered’ event scheduled

Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is hosting a “get covered” event to help families obtain health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.