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John Fannin

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Benton REA taps Bradshaw for top post

A local utility provider will have a permanent general manager effective Dec. 1.

Sunnyside may pull business permit from vape shop

The City Council on Monday may decide the fate of a local vape store.

F as in Fortunate

Yes, this column is usually F as in Frank, but for today’s entry it’s F as in Fortunate and thankful this Thanksgiving holiday.

Granger turns a deficit into surplus

City uses budget cuts to turn tide on 2016 concerns

The city will start 2017 with a surplus thanks to a big dose of budget trimming.

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‘Shark tank’ gives students experience

A bridal consulting company won top honors Thursday during the annual Mustang Business Start-Up competition.

Locals remember fallen shop owner

Colleagues and the community are mourning the loss of a local shop owner.

Gun shot to the head killed local

Deputies still have no suspects

A Sunnyside man killed Saturday died from a gun shot wound to the head.

Grandview City Council plans three hearings tomorrow

Budget, street on the agenda

The City Council is seeking public input on three items tomorrow night.

Local man shot to death

Former soccer standout killed Saturday

A Sunnyside man was shot to death early Saturday morning near the intersection of Wendell Phillips and Green Valley roads.

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Fire destroys business

Officials investigating blaze’s cause

Officials today are still trying to determine what started a fire that destroyed two downtown businesses Saturday night.

Crash injures cheerleaders returning from game

Teenagers were not wearing their seatbelts

Eight people are recovering from injuries today after a van carrying Zillah High School cheerleaders crashed Saturday.

State sees more revenue than anticipated

Lawmakers divided on education

State coffers look set to receive $352 million more than anticipated over the next three years.

Former inmate sues Klickitat County

Man seeking $4 million for rape, assault

Klickitat County, its jail and Sheriff’s Office all face a personal injury lawsuit filed by a former inmate.

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Locals keeping eye on state Supreme Court case

Florist’s trial a precedent for area businesses

In a case being watched locally, a Richland florist had her day before the state Supreme Court.

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Winter weather on the way in Eastern Washington

Chinook Pass reporting compact snow

Freezing temperatures and travel restrictions for mountain passes are sure signs of winter on the way.

City, port on to court

Judge to hear dispute Friday

A dispute between the city and port district will be reviewed by a Yakima County Superior Court judge on Friday.

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Sunnyside crash injures local woman

Truck trailer failed to stop at intersection

A Grandview woman is recovering from injuries today after her car was clipped by a manure spreader.

Sunnyside schools to seek more comments

Open house next month

The School District will have another open house next month as part of its plan to receive public input.

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2016 concord market looking lean

Production down compared to 10-year average

More Concord grape vineyards are being plowed into hop fields and juice demand is down.

Sunnyside man wins state award from Gov. Inslee

Tejano musician will be honored

A local man is one of five to receive state honors tonight.

Prosser board plans for new school leader

Tolcacher retiring in June 2018

The School Board will meet Thursday in Spokane with potential superintendent search groups.

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Sunnyside vape shop raided by officers

Owner faces four charges

A local vape shop owner will be arraigned Nov. 28 in Yakima County Superior Court on multiple charges after he allegedly sold cannabis oil to undercover officers.

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Legion announces 2016 honors

Grandview post recognizes local contributions

Three residents were honored for saving a life during an event that recognized the contributions of many in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Granger, Perales sued for $400,000

Man claims civil rights issue cost him his family

The city, its police chief and entire Police Department are named in a $400,000 lawsuit.

County may have budget deficit in 2017

Commissioners to set budget hearings

Yakima County commissioners will likely approve a $62.7 million preliminary general fund budget tomorrow.

Sunnyside may hire firm to help promote tourism

Yakima group’s offer on the table tonight

The city’s answer to promoting tourism may come from a group based in Yakima.

Name game

I got a tickle earlier this week when the state Department of Corrections announced it is phasing out the word “offender.”

Minimum wage, maximum impact?

Voter-approved law raises pay, benefits Jan. 1

The state’s lowest wage earners will receive a $1.53-per-hour raise Jan. 1.

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Options open for Lower Snake River dams

Two hearings planned next week

A wide range of options – including breaching - for dams of the Lower Snake River are the focus of hearings now under way.

Mabton to go it alone for administrator search

Council declines to contract with firm

The City Council will continue searching for a city administrator on its own.

City to partner with Grandview schools

Council will not compete with school proposal

The City Council will support the school district’s plans for a new high school.

Yakima County coroner faces sexual harassment accusation

Hawkins asked to resign following investigation

The Yakima County coroner is being asked to resign in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.

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Mabton school levy passing

Voters ready to spend $2.5 million to remodel school

Voters are approving a $2.5 million levy to remodel the elementary school.

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Trevino appointed Granger mayor

City Council seat now vacant

The city has its third mayor in two weeks.

Taylor, Jenkin take double-digit wins

Republicans hold onto seats in the state Legislature

The School Board chairman is headed to Olympia.

Leita, Anderson take leads in commissioner races

An incumbent seeking a final term and a candidate seeking his first were both successful in County Commissioner contests last night.

Port of Sunnyside seeks funding option

Port of Sunnyside commissioners will look at options in funding renovations for a future microbrewery.

Party faithful preparing for election night

Republicans, Democrats plan parties

Candidates and party faithfuls will have all eyes on tonight’s general election results.

Woman shot by Prosser man

Local in custody for Sunday night shooting

A local man is in custody this morning after allegedly shooting and wounding a 24-year-old woman.

Grape Society plans annual trade show

The state Grape Society’s annual meeting and trade show begins Thursday.

Local man faces marijuana charge

25 pounds of pot found in school zone

A local man is accused of having 25 pounds of marijuana in a school zone.

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Woman dies in Sunnyside crash

Charges pending in fatal crash

A Yakima woman died yesterday in a single-vehicle crash.

Explosion injures three in Grandview

Mother, two children taken to Harborview

A mother and her two children are recovering from burns after an explosion Saturday.

Search on for man who fired at officers

Granger, Zillah police among those on scene

A local man is being sought after allegedly shooting at police.

Granger mayor to take oath

City Council to make appointment

The City Council will appoint a new mayor tomorrow.

Search expands for lost hiker

Teams heading out from White Pass today

The search for a hiker missing since Oct. 12 expands today.

Mabton council plans property tax hearing Tuesday

Council will review property tax rates

The City Council will review the amount of property taxes to levy in 2017.

Local group seeks input for youth survey

Students have until Nov. 30 to participate

A local non-profit coalition wants to know students’ thoughts on drugs and alcohol.

Halloween scrooge: Move trunk-or-treat

I know, this is going to come off sounding like a Halloween scrooge, but it’s time for trunk-or-treat events to take place on Halloween.

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Local man shares toast to Walter Clore

Pioneer’s statue to be unveiled Nov. 12

A local man’s family has a connection to Prosser’s Walter Clore, commonly known as the “Father of Washington Wine.”