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John Fannin

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Safeway store suspends assault victim

Employee attempted to stop robbery

A local Safeway employee is out of work, at least temporarily, after he tried to stop two teenagers from robbing the store Wednesday night.

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Crews battle brush fire on Yakama Reservation

Tule Road fire grows to about 3,000 acres

Crews are mopping up today after a brush fire burned 3,000 acres or more.

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Board gets Washington sneak peak

Sunnyside’s newest school opens Sept. 6

The new Washington Elementary School building hosted its first visitors Friday for a School Board tour.

Postcards with an edge

Cops say local sent meth to inmates

Officers are requesting 15 charges against a local man, who allegedly mailed methamphetamine-laced postcards to a state prison.

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‘Catch’em all’ tonight in downtown Prosser

City expects 400-700 for Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go enthusiasts will have plenty of encouragement to “catch’em all” tonight when the city hosts its first-ever event for the popular app.

Fourth candidate files for council seat

Volunteer firefighter seeks Prosser post

A fourth candidate for a City Council vacancy applied yesterday at City Hall.

Grandview School Board member takes office

1985 graduate began serving Monday

The School Board’s newest member is a lifelong resident.

Wapato mayor sees conflict in YPD review

Police chief questions call for DOJ input

The mayor said he wants a federal investigation of his city’s first officer-involved shooting.

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Firefighters get stuck on wet summer fun

City staff needed to rescue fire truck

The Fire Department is used to rescuing residents.

Yakima County certifies primary election results

Recount starts today for 15th District race

The race for a spot on the general election ballot for the 15th District legislative seat is a little tighter.

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Farmworkers clinic, Anytime Fitness coming to Granger

Construction set to wrap up in November

The city’s downtown is changing, with construction of a 7,500-square-foot clinic and fitness center now under way.

Public relations, tour on tap for retreat

School Board plans two-day session

Discussions on possibly hiring a public relations firm and a tour of the new Washington Elementary School building are on the agenda for a two-day School Board retreat.

Squirrel causes blackout

Thousands without power for 4 hours

One curious squirrel knocked out power to 6,389 local customers for more than four hours today.

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Crews demolishing Zillah bridge

Demolition of the 1947 North Meyers Road Bridge is about two-thirds complete, Yakima County bridge engineer Mark Cleaver said.

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Attendance, livestock prices strong at fair

Home economic entries down

The 87th annual Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo wrapped up Saturday night and the early reviews are positive.

Grandview cracks down on code issues

City plans to charge as much as $500 weekly

The city is cracking down on code violations, threatening repeat offenders with weekly fines of as much as $500.

Churches to march through Sunnyside

As many as 150 possible for Saturday walk

Sixteenth Street will be closed for a few hours tomorrow for a street march.

I’m still a local believer

With a few exceptions, we try to buy local when we can.

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Pipe issue halts SVID water service

District facing second outage this week

A pipe break for the second time this week has some Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District customers doing without water.

Roza board approves emergency repairs for slide

Potential canal block concerns irrigators

A local irrigation district board has ratified emergency measures to prevent a potential canal blockage.

Can you friend a city?

Grandview looking to Facebook

With a little trepidation, the City Council took a step last night towards establishing a city Facebook page.

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Fair and rodeo ready for opening day

Grandview-hosted event to offer fireworks

The pigs are washed, peaches canned and cattle stalls mucked in preparation for today’s start of the Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

Commission seeks review of Wapato police

Group says shooting is part of racial trend

A local police department could be subject to federal review after the officer-involved shooting death of Mario Torres during a domestic violence call.

City Council approves hospital rezone

Street changes possible for new campus

The City Council agreed unanimously last night to rezone a 50-acre parcel to make way for a new five-story hospital and medical complex on Alexander Road.

Prosser to review signs after court ruling

Public hearing scheduled Aug. 23

The council will also review possible changes to the city sign code.

Recount set for 15th District race

Eleven votes separate challengers

Eleven votes separate two challengers from Selah vying for a 15th District legislative seat.

Roza eyes emergency

Potential canal block concerns irrigation board

A crumbling hillside has irrigation officials worried about a potential canal blockage.

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Rallying around Outlook School

They came from Kelso and Spokane Valley and places in between to remember Outlook School.

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Sunnyside plans web ‘facelift’

A more mobile-friendly website is in the works for city residents.

City seeks to manage parade

Sunnyside council to review proposal

City government hopes to operate the Lighted Farm Implement Parade this December.

Newhouse, Didier rematch likely for Nov. 8 general election

A local resident appears to be headed for a rematch for the 4th District Congressional seat.

Former Sunnyside resident facing re-trial for rape, assault

Prosecuting attorney continues case against Aguirre

A former Sunnyside resident will stand trial a second time on charges of third degree rape and fourth degree assault.

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Sunnyside plans City Hall remodel

Work to start last week of August

Local residents will soon notice a difference at city hall.

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Range 12 fire advances on Hanford

60,000 acres already burned

Crews are bracing for another hot day on the Range 12 fire line today.

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Prosser evacuees return home

Residents are returning to their homes today after the South Ward Gap Fire prompted evacuations.

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Riding off into the sunset

City employee retiring after 38 years on job

He’s battled bad guys, crows and overgrown weeds during the past 38 years.

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Art runs in the family

A Sunnyside native is sharing her artistic abilities with her son.

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.

Local teen found dead

Counseling offered to high school students

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

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.

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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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.

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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.

Prosser hospital finds its CEO

Selection is pending contract deal

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

Q&A with 15th District candidates

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

Rape trial begins for local native

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

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.

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.

Here’s your open-door, business community

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