Employment picture rosier in Washington

Washington state’s unemployment rate dipped below the national average for the first time since May of last year, falling from 5.5 percent in April 2015 to 5.4 percent in May 2015.

Sunnyside City Council Agenda

Monday, June 22, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the Sunnyside Law & Justice Center

Silver Alert bill inked by governor

Taking a cue from the well-known Amber Alert system, legislation signed into law recently by Gov. Jay Inslee makes Washington the 42nd state to recognize the utility of “crowd-sourcing” to help rescue lost and vulnerable adults.

Washington state auditor now faces federal and state investigations

OLYMPIA – In response to Gov. Jay Inslee’s request for action, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson last week initiated a second investigation into the actions of Troy Kelley.

Mabton High’s AP statistics students recommend regulating salaries of superintendents in all state schools

MABTON – Students in a Mabton High School AP statistics class used data analysis to determine that school superintendent salaries in the state should be regulated like teacher salaries to help fix the state’s budget crisis.

State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Washington state Senate supports drought relief

OLYMPIA – Last Thursday the state Senate unanimously voted to allocate $18 million to the State Drought Preparedness Account

Only three contested races in Lower Valley this fall

Four public office seats draw no candidates

Only three Lower Valley races in this fall’s election will be contested, although the fate of four seats is still up in the air due to a lack of candidates.

Seven more file for public office in Lower Valley

Seven more candidates, including four incumbents, joined the race for seats on Lower Valley councils and boards yesterday.

Newhouse supports abortion bill

Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released a statement on voting yesterday to support passage of HR-36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which bans abortions after 20 weeks post fertilization, with exceptions to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest.

Plenty of public office seats still to be filled

With only two days to go to file for this fall’s elections, 15 of the 25 positions that are up for grabs in the Lower Valley have yet to draw a candidate.

Incumbents first to file for this fall’s General Election

YAKIMA – Six Lower Yakima Valley candidates threw their hats into the ring Monday during the first day of filing for office for the November General Election.

Grandview City Council Agenda

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 7 p.m. at Grandview City Hall