Sunnyside lawmaker convinced Yucca Mountain ‘workable site’ to store the nation’s nuclear waste

But many hurdles remain

MERCURY, NEV. – Yucca Mountain in remote Las Vegas County, Nev. has the potential to store an estimated 70,000 to 77,000 tons of nuclear waste materials for upwards of a million years.

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Steep learning curve for freshman congressman

Just three months into his new role as a U.S. Congressman, Republican Dan Newhouse admits that his learning curve in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives is still pretty steep.

Honeyford drought chairman

In response to record low mountain snowpack and Gov. Jay Inslee’s drought declaration, the first meeting of a state legislative committee on drought convened this week.

15th District lawmaker says House budget unsustainable

The Washington State House of Representatives passed its 2015-17 biennium budget on a party-line vote yesterday, 51-47.

Senate GOP budget draws fire for not raising taxes, K-12 spending

The Republican-controlled Washington state Senate this week proposed increasing state spending by nearly $4.2 billion in the general fund for the 2015-17 biennium. That’s without raising taxes.

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.