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John Fannin

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Didier campaign 2016 fundraising taking a hit

Challenger’s war chest a tenth of 2014’s

If campaign fundraising is any indication, Clint Didier of Eltopia could be the longest of long shots to unseat Congressional incumbent Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside.

Lower valley cities consider tax increases

Grandview, Granger plan hearings

Two Lower Yakima Valley cities will have public hearings in a week regarding possible property tax increases for 2017.

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Grandview eyes $65 million high school

Public can comment on concept tonight

Residents can weigh in tonight on a proposed $65 million, two-story high school with two gymnasiums and an auditorium.

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Local honors his Dad, one gourd at a time

Jack O’Lanterns to raise funds for Partida scholarships

A local man is carving pumpkins to remember his father and raise funds for a scholarship in his honor.

Chief goes from fired to hired

Wapato hires Zillah’s ousted top cop

A fired police chief went to work for a neighboring city three days after pocketing 10 weeks severance pay.

Police make luring arrest

Suspect still sought in kidnapping attempt

A local man was in Yakima County Superior Court on Friday after he was accused of trying to lure a 13-year-old girl into his car.

Didier critical of federal lands management

Candidate calls for private ownership

A congressional candidate is calling on the federal government to turn some of its lands over to private ownership.

Sunnyside police make arrest in fraud case

Prosser woman charged in alleged scheme

A Prosser woman is accused of participating in a check-cashing scheme.

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Accusations fly in Mabton meeting

Mayor promises expose after rejection

The mayor is threatening to uncover wrongdoing by the City Council after it failed to appoint him city administrator last night.

Committee makes choice to head Cinco de Mayo

Longtime Miss Cinco de Mayo organizer recommended

A former pageant organizer is being recommended to head the city’s biggest festival.

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City digs out from Sunday storm

Roadside partially gives way

City residents and officials are recovering from heavy rains late Sunday and early Monday.

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Remodel offers elbow room

Firm adds conference space

A local firm is remodeled its retail space, creating more space and light without expanding its footprint.

Schools officials to discuss pot sales

Board to review marijuana moratorium

The School Board will discuss a possible citywide moratorium on recreational marijuana retailers when it meets tonight.

Prosser considering utility rate increases

City Council to also review settlement

Utility costs may increase for city residents next year.

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Port, city clash over land use

Five parties named in petition

A battle is brewing over a building permit issued last month.

City of Mabton dealing with audit issues

City officials plan changes in the wake of audit finding

Sunnyside staff may increase tourism promotion

New cashier, fire command car on wish lists

City officials may get more involved with tourism promotion in 2017.

Democrat running away in lieutenant governor race funding

Habib spending big on television advertising

The race for lieutenant governor would appear to be over, based on campaign funding.

City eyes park plans

Projects to save playgrounds

Long-neglected parks will see improvements next year.

Mariner co-owner antes up for state superintendent race

Campaign funding tight in open race

A candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction has friends in high places.

Sunnyside doctor charged in patient’s death

Physician accused of unprofessional conduct

A local doctor faces a charge of unprofessional conduct following a patient’s death.

Sunnyside police seek $600,000 more in 2017 budget request

Chief wants more staff, more overtime

The Police Department wants to increase overtime hours and staffing in 2017.

City association to meet in Sunnyside

Workshop convenes tomorrow

An organization representing cities statewide will have a regional meeting tomorrow at the Community Center, 1521 S. 1st St.

Darigold drive-in leads building starts

One of the city’s largest employers is adding a drive-in.

Local faces fraud, money laundering charges

Man accused of aiding meth dealer

A local man is accused of money laundering and fraud through his position with a car dealer.

Sunnyside crunching the numbers for next year

2017 budget talks continue tonight

A water rate increase is being proposed for the city’s 2017 budget.

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Federal glitch costly for Sunnyside family

Job, home on the line Wednesday

A local family could lose its employment and dream home Wednesday due to a technical glitch thousands of miles away.

Fires spark funding in lands commissioner race

Okanogan County tops donor support

Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is not seeking re-election.

Prosser to consider pay raises in 2017

Council plans budget review tomorrow

City officials are proposing a 2017 budget that calls for pay raises for city employees.

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Crash injures four near Granger

Investigation under way by sheriff’s office

Four Lower Yakima Valley residents are recovering today from a two-vehicle crash near Granger last night.

Lawyer raises nitrate issue

Granger forum calls for locals to speak up

An Oregon attorney who sued local dairies is calling for rural residents to monitor their water and the dairy industry.

Wide funding gap between county incumbent, challenger

Leita holds nearly 6-to-1 advantage

A Yakima County Commissioner incumbent is enjoying a big advantage in campaign fundraising.

Mabton post in limbo, councilman contends

Contract for Martinez still pending

A councilman claims the city’s mayor is not yet its city administrator.

Sunnyside City Council diving into 2017 budget

Workshops set for Monday and Tuesday

Everything from sewers to tourism will be on the table Monday when the City Council begins budget discussions.

Political action committees boosting high court hopeful

$230,000 raised for radio, digital advertising

More than $200,000 in political action committee funds is helping fuel an Ellensburg man’s effort to unseat the state’s chief justice.

Zillah to host workshop

Hester to speak at state meeting

A Port of Sunnyside official is one of the guest speakers Wednesday for a state workshop.

Irrigation district re-opens Dayton Drive to traffic

Valve issue caused water pipe to burst

A local street is again open to traffic after crews cleared out a broken irrigation pipe.

Wyman finding support in the Yakima Valley

More than $1 million raised in Secretary of State race

Secretary of State Kim Wyman’s biggest one-time support in her re-election bid is in the Columbia Basin.

High school receives state honors, again

Zillah Middle School also receives award

Sunnyside high school is receiving state honors for the second consecutive year.

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Prosser to review options for 2017 balloon festival

City to consider closing bridge during flights

Officials are exploring ideas to make the city’s balloon rally even better in 2017.

Board to review extra school costs

School Board members tonight will consider a slightly higher price tag for the new Washington Elementary School building.

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Progress slow on Dayton Drive repairs

Road closed through at least tomorrow

Dayton Drive residents will have to wait a few more days for their street to open.

Mabton schools seek $2.5 million levy

Measure would include classrooms

The School District is seeking a $2.5 million levy on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

Prosser task force calls for school building upgrades

Board may seek bond on February ballot

The community will have two opportunities to weigh in on a task force’s finding regarding school building issues.

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Irrigation line break cracks, closes Sunnyside street

SVID crews beginning repairs today

A local street is closed after an irrigation pipe burst, causing the roadway to break and buckle.

Grandview port approves site plan partnership

Council will consider grant tomorrow

The City Council tomorrow will decide whether to cooperate with the Port to pursue a site planning grant for a business park.

Granger dealing with budget crunch

City Council eyes spending, hiring freeze

The City Council will discuss ideas to address a budget crunch during a workshop tomorrow.

Port okays winery project

Low bid nearly $200,000 over budget

Work could start as soon as mid-October to renovate a long vacant city water utility building into a new downtown winery.

Prosser man shoots at wife during chase

Speeds reached up to 80 mph on Stover Road

A Prosser man is accused of pursuing his wife in a high speed car chase Wednesday and shooting at her.

Here’s the other side of the coin

I hear city leaders constantly complain about the onus of dealing with public record requests. The whine to the legislature, to state agencies.