Randy Dorn won’t seek re-election as schools chief

OLYMPIA – Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will end his time in office in 2016.

Kids in the voting booth

While Washington voters have until Nov. 3 to fill out and return their General Election ballots, thousands of students in grades K-12 will have their own chance next week to experience voting by taking part in the annual Washington State Mock Election.


Dairies line up to support Newhouse re-election bid

Perhaps not surprisingly – given his pro-farm stance – many of the biggest individual supporters of Congressman Dan Newhouse’s 2016 re-election bid are dairy farmers.

Workforce ballooning in Mabton

People in Mabton will soon be seeing new faces serving them at city hall and the police station.

Newhouse joins call for EPA to withdraw water guidelines

Yesterday, Congressman Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside led a letter-writing effort to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy urging the agency to withdraw its proposal to impose federal water quality standards.

Inslee asks for federal funds to assist summer wildfire victims

Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday asked President Obama to approve his requests for two major disaster declarations to provide federal assistance to help families, business owners, local jurisdictions and tribes attempting to recover from this summer’s massive wildfires, as well as a late August windstorm.

State auditors issue finding based on mix-up in Mabton

MABTON – Incorrectly reporting the amount of grant monies actually spent in 2014 got the city of Mabton in hot water with state auditors.

Sunnyside School Board Agenda

Thursday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Denny Blaine Building

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Secretary of State encourages Latinos to get politically involved

An all-day leadership forum in Granger for Latinos interested in public service included everything from advice on how to properly introduce yourself, to a luncheon keynote address by Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman.

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Five vying for same Grandview Council seat

During last week’s special filing period five citizens threw their names in the hat for the Grandview City Council position 4 seat, currently held by Mike Everett.

Legislators take wait-and-see approach on high court penalty

The state Supreme Court’s decision last week to fine the state $100,000 a day because it feels there is lack of progress on funding basic education isn’t finding many friends in the Lower Valley.

Special filing period draws candidates for Lower Valley races

A special filing period for the Nov. 3 general election was held this week to fill vacant political offices.

Governor creates sub-cabinet to boost state’s business diversity

Gov. Jay Inslee this past Tuesday convened a new sub-cabinet that is designed to give select businesses – namely those that are small and minority owned, as well as firms owned by women and military veterans – more contracting opportunities with Washington state governmental agencies.

Primary ballots are in the mail

Yakima County voters soon will be receiving their ballots for the 2015 Primary, the eighth year in which the voter-approved Top 2 Primary system is being used to winnow down the number of candidates in races.

Lawmakers mark highs and lows of marathon session

State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.