Visit Mount Rainier next week

Fee-free days offer chance to explore

The cost to enter national parks has gotten to be too expensive for many Lower Yakima Valley residents. Even nearby Mount Rainier National Park exacts a hefty financial toll for a one-day visit.

Prosser’s Pokemon hunt good for the city

Pokemon Go is popping up all over. There are critters to catch in cemeteries, on street corners and even government buildings.

Columbia River treaty is a priority

Federal officials seem to think the Columbia River treaty with Canada isn’t important enough for renegotiations to begin.

Celebrate our fair and rodeo

For four days, starting today and going through Saturday, the region’s focus will be right here in the lower valley for the annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo in Grandview.

Cautious kudos to Sunnyside

Some city workers apparently want to get into the tourism business as organizers of the annual Lighted Farm Implement Parade this winter.

Caution important if donating to fire relief

Beware of potential scams claiming to help wildfire victims

With wildfires touching the lives of many Eastern Washington residents, it’ll only be a matter of time before your telephone rings and someone asks for donations for relief efforts.

Who is in charge at City Hall?

During Monday night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting, city employees sprung two surprises on our elected officials.

Council meetings should be on video

The Sunnyside City Council is considering a plan to video and live stream its meetings.

We back the Daves

Three candidates are in the mix for the 15th Legislative District’s Position No. 2 and only two can move on from the Aug. 2 primary.

Steve and Steven get nod for land post

With state Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark of Okanogan bowing out of the election process this year, you’ll find a myriad of wannabe replacements.

Our Top 2 picks for Congress

Voters will have five choices for the Fourth Congressional District seat on primary ballots that go out this week.

Roadkill law helps ruralites

Most of us would turn our nose up at the thought of eating an animal found dead along the road.

Intentions should not justify meddling

Good intentions don’t justify federal meddling in local government.

Reflect, remember this July 4

Since 1941, U.S. residents have enjoyed the fourth day of July as a national holiday.

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Take care when you shoot off fireworks

Responsible use can help prevent injuries and wildfires

Igniting fireworks is an American tradition on Independence Day. But fireworks use comes with responsibility.