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Port delays Water Works building rehab

Bids were $240,000 over budget

Port of Sunnyside commissioners Monday night rejected bids to convert the former Water Works building into a winery.

Sunnyside to consider live video at council meetings

Council may take action Monday night

It could be lights, camera, action for the City Council, which Monday will consider live-streaming video for its meetings.

Mistrial declared in rape, assault case

Re-trial decision set for Aug. 2 status hearing

A Sunnyside native’s trial ended in a mistrial Friday when a jury informed the court it was deadlocked.

Local teen found dead

Counseling offered to high school students

Family and friends are mourning a local teen’s unexpected death.

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Wildfire destroys 9,000-plus acres

Homes evacuated last night

Fire crews battled through the night to get the upper hand on a wildfire in the Horse Heaven Hills.

Q&A with 4th Congressional District candidates

Five candidates are vying for the 4th Congressional District seat on primary ballots in the mail today.

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Crash causes outage, road closure

Hundreds without power for six hours

The power is back on today for 113 Pacific Power customers after a crash knocked out a power pole.

Q&A with 15th District candidates

Three candidates are running for a 15th Legislative District seat.

Prosser hospital finds its CEO

Selection is pending contract deal

A new leader for a local hospital could be on the job next month.

Rape trial begins for local native

A trial is under way for a former Sunnyside resident accused of raping a family member.

Officials thankful, but cautious in wake of Dallas shooting

Yakima Valley law enforcement agencies aren’t planning changes in the wake of a mass shooting last week that killed five officers in Dallas.

Stabbing suspect held on $1 million bail

Outlook teenager in court today

A local teenager is being held on $1 million bail in connection with a July 2 stabbing.

Sunnyside plans downtown parking change

Post office plan could begin in August

Soon, the city will require parallel parking in front of the post office.

Here’s your open-door, business community

You know what they say about one door closing… another one opens.

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Wrecking crew hits Carnation plant

Plans call for preserving water tower

Demolition crews are tearing into the former Carnation plant this week.

Sunnyside to review hospital zoning request

Planning Commission to seek comment

The city’s Planning Commission wants to hear from residents about the hospital’s expansion plans.

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Regional clinic closing in Yakima

Hospital will shutter service in September

Hundreds of Lower Yakima Valley patients will have to find another medical specialist.

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Law closes Sunnyside pot garden

Delays possible for medical marijuana users

A local medical marijuana garden collective closes today because of a new state law.

Schools to consider property purchase

Changes to administration also on tap

The School District may buy more property to help with construction of the new Washington Elementary School building.

Granger may consider fireworks ban

City Council asks fire chief to research issue

A discussion about pyrotechnic displays on private property turned into a conversation about banning them altogether.

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Sunnyside begins traffic calming efforts

Motorists on South Hill Road have an eye in the sky watching them, or at least their speeds.

Annexation draws ire from planning commissioners

City Council will review request at 7 tonight

A disputed annexation request is back on the table tonight.

Sunnyside firm receives FDA warning

Agency notes claims of high arsenic rates

A local fruit processing company is pledging to remedy issues named in a warning letter issued by the Food and Drug Administration.

Bully for you, Brits

Britain voted yesterday to remove itself from the European Union. Many are calling it “Brexit” and June 23 Britain’s “Independence Day.”

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Carnation demolition under way

Crews removing asbestos from Sunnyside plant

Workers are taking the first step this week towards demolishing a city landmark.

Clerk claims to be making progress

County officer faces possible contempt issue

The county clerk is making progress in fixing issues ranging from personnel to reconciling bank statements.

Walmart celebrates re-opening

Store plans ribbon cutting, weekend events

A ribbon cutting and family activities will mark the grand re-opening of a local store.

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Yakima Valley women head to national convention

Democrats select delegates for July event

Two Yakima County residents are among the state’s delegates bound next month for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Penn.

Wildfire claims more than 1,000 acres

Firefighters wrapping up this morning

Fire crews today are mopping up from a wildfire that has burned 1,300 acres.

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Partners buy Olsen Estates

Tasting room opens July 2

Two wineries will share one roof after buying Olsen Estates’ tasting room in April.

City looking for answers in wake of chamber closure

Future of Sunnyside events in limbo

As the county’s second largest city closes its Chamber of Commerce, the search is on for someone to fill the void.

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Rain doesn’t dampen civic spirit

Yakima Valley celebrates under cloudy skies

Three Lower Yakima Valley cities didn’t let rain dampen community spirit during festivals on Saturday.

Outlook woman backing Sanders at state convention

Democrats convene in Tacoma

At least one local Democrat still feels the Bern.

Sunnyside chamber winding down

Local group facing another federal tax issue

The Chamber of Commerce is closing, its members learned during a meeting yesterday.

Sunnyside chamber to close

Groups needed to run future city festivals

Closing the local Chamber of Commerce is the focus of a meeting this afternoon.

Council tables annexation

Residents air concerns about proposal

After a two-hour public hearing, the City Council opted to wait two weeks before deciding on a controversial annexation request.

District to review ‘wonderings’

Board to look at health center, partnerships

Partnerships and a “leadership vacuum” are among the items the school board plans to review with new Superintendent Kevin McKay.

Church plans local service for Orlando

Sunnyside pastor responds to call for prayer

A local church is offering a prayer service tonight in response to Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.

Superintendent to share transition plans

Board will hear McKay’s district observations

Transforming the district’s central office and the future of athletic facilities are among observations the district’s new superintendent will share tonight.

Local school seeking new top educator

Dykstra stepping down after 17 years

A local district is searching for a new superintendent for the first time this century.

Prosser man indicted on federal charges

Former teacher faces Aug. 15 trial for child pornography

A former Granger elementary school teacher has been formally indicted on five federal charges.

Senior-itis on a state level

Flowers blooming, birds singing and senior-itis are all sure signs of spring.

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Granger selling site for development

Buyer eyes clinic, fitness center for building site

Downtown appears set for a makeover, as plans are in place for a business development across from City Hall.

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Truck crash causes salt spill

Sunnyside company vehicle flips on state highway

A state highway was seasoned with salt yesterday after a local truck trailer tipped over.

Summer outreach launched

Ribbon-cutting will open new drug drop-off box

Two projects are coming into focus for a local non-profit looking to steer youths away from drugs and alcohol.

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Graduates go out with a smile

Sunnyside celebrates biggest class

The high school’s biggest graduating class joined others around the Lower Yakima Valley in saying goodbye Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside to revisit retail marijuana

Yakima’s change prompts local review

The City Council in July will revisit its ban on the production, processing and sale of marijuana.

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Granger builds a dinosaur

City to complete 32nd statue on Saturday

Creating the city’s annual dinosaur doesn’t happen on one sun-splashed Saturday.

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Port of Sunnyside to celebrate winery progress

Water works site to host district’s annual event

The conversion of an abandoned city building into a winery is the focus of the Port of Sunnyside’s annual luncheon tomorrow.

Panel's report chides clerk

Findings indicate Riddle could be held in contempt

Unfair labor practices, incomplete court dockets, delayed payments and isolation are among an independent panel’s findings about the Yakima County Clerk’s Office.