New House budget has something for dislike

Response was sure and swift from all perspectives last Friday, after House Democrats released their proposed $38.8 billion budget for the state’s 2015-17 biennium.

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City of Mabton to pay for emergency repairs

MABTON – While agreeing to pay $323,507 in unexpected costs for construction of its new wastewater plant, the city of Mabton is holding out hope for insurance coverage.

Council unable to reach accord on marijuana

The Sunnyside City Council is split on whether or not to even discuss the possibility of asking citizens to vote on a potential ban on recreational marijuana sales in the city.

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Road closure saga continues with council

The ongoing, and seemingly never ending, discussion of whether or not to reopen South Hill Road in Sunnyside to through traffic continued at last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting, with a decision planned for the council’s first meeting in April.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, March 23, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Mabton School Board Agenda

Monday, March 23, 2015, at 6:30 p.m. at Mabton School Board meeting room

Political drama expected when legislators from both sides of aisle reveal education budgets next Monday

OLYMPIA - A political thriller earns its debut next Monday, March 23, at Olympia’s marble palladium.

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State Supreme Court hears farm case at Heritage University

TOPPENISH – Nine Supreme Court justices hearing three cases in one packed house.

Newhouse opens office in Richland

RICHLAND – Congressman Dan Newhouse now has two offices in Central Washington.

Fiscal transparency measure clears first hurdle

OLYMPIA - When Initiative 1351 to reduce class sizes in Washington’s K-12 public school system was approved by fewer than 51 percent of the voters in last November’s General Election, some believe those who cast ballots may not have fully understood how much it would cost to implement or where the money would come from.

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Granger lawmaker’s ag skills and safety program bill gains approval

OLYMPIA - The Washington State House of Representatives passed legislation last Friday that will help ensure farm workers have the necessary skills to keep the state’s agriculture industry thriving in the years to come.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, March 9, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Changes to state’s public records request laws currently being considered in Olympia

OLYMPIA - State and local agencies may charge a processing fee for public records sought for commercial purposes, under terms of a proposal considered by the 2015 legislature.

Senate ‘package’ deals with a different transportation issue... human trafficking

Three Washington State Senate bills aim to increase awareness of human trafficking and help agencies coordinate efforts to confront the problem.

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Sunnyside lawmaker leads effort in honoring Civil Air Patrol

An open door at his Olympia office led to Sen. Jim Honeyford joining the Civil Air Patrol nearly a decade ago.