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Laura Gjovaag

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Rally planned tomorrow for slain protestor

A rally is planned tomorrow at Millennium Plaza for a man killed Jan. 26 by Oregon State Police during an arrest of protesters near Burns, Ore.

Miss Prosser pageant slated for Valentine’s Day

Five candidates vying for the Miss Prosser title are preparing for the pageant, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in Prosser High School’s multi-purpose room.

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New system slows city building permits

A patchwork of paperwork is a temporary fix as city workers switch to a new computer system.

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Science camp takes kids to a galaxy far, far away

More than 50 children turned out for a Star Wars-themed science camp at Sunnyside High School on Saturday, learning about the galaxy through the lens of a “… galaxy far, far away.”

Marijuana ruling expected by Friday

The Superior Court has promised to issue a ruling this week on whether a Sunnyside marijuana store owner’s lawsuit against the city will proceed to trial.

School levy spending an inexact science

Local school districts have maintenance and operation levies on the ballot next Tuesday and school officials say the money meets critical needs.

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Local students learn at Prosser restaurant

After weeks of practice, five Compass High School students took over Prosser’s Jeremy’s 1896 Public House Sunday afternoon, serving 15 tables special meals designed by a sixth student.

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Port scales back Carnation plant demolition plans

Historian plans farewell for Carnation

The Port of Sunnyside is scaling back its plans to demolish the former Carnation plant at South First Street and Lincoln Avenue.

Sunnyside native leading Prosser group

A Sunnyside Christian High School graduate is the new director of the Historic Downtown Prosser Association.

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Student reading challenge sends principals to the rooftop

School joins in national reading drive

The first rainy day in a week last Friday happened to be the day principals at Harriet Thompson Elementary School sat on the roof to read all day.

Clean water funding in sight

A state agency wants to loan the city money for to come up with a new sewer system plan.

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Commission hears pot proposals

Sunnyside man offers to bring his business to Granger

A Sunnyside businessman offered to construct a 6,000 square-foot building and bring his marijuana retail store to town if the city will lift its moratorium on such businesses.

Newhouse maps out second year

Congressman talks about his rookie year

Legislation on immigration, water issues and an alternative to Obamacare are all on the front burner for a local Congressman.

Commission hears pot proposals

Sunnyside man offers to bring his business to Granger

A Sunnyside businessman offered to construct a 6,000 square-foot building and bring his marijuana retail store to town if the city will lift its moratorium on such businesses.

Newhouse maps out second year

Congressman talks about his rookie year

Legislation on immigration, water issues and an alternative to Obamacare are all on the front burner for a local Congressman.

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Community Center expanding options

Casino shuttle in the works

Word is getting around about open gym at the Community Center, 1521 S. First St., and dozens of people show up daily to play basketball or use the center’s game room.

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Prosser teachers compete step by step

Keene-Riverview Elementary School staff are as busy as their bee mascot while attempting to get the most steps into their daily routine.

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Miss Grandview candidates announced

Candidates for the 2016-17 Miss Grandview court were formally announced last night.

Bill would give farmers ‘cushion’ on weight limits

A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would allow trucks carrying agriculture produce some leeway in load weight.

Local man back at clinic

It’s homecoming time for the newest physician assistant at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Medical-Dental Center.

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Darigold expansion nearly complete

Will keep locally produced milk closer to home

In only a few months the Darigold plant will finish its latest update and start producing milk powder for infant formula.

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Citizens honored at chamber banquet

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center hosted the 60th annual Chamber Community Awards Banquet last night, honoring citizens and businesses making a difference in the community.

Ruling prompts strong reactions

Last month’s restroom ruling by the state Human Rights Commission is provoking strong reactions, both here and in Olympia.

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Bickleton students perform poetry

Poetry is echoing through the hallways of Bickleton School as students practice for the Poetry Out Loud competition today.

More than 40 dogs rescued

Dogs healthy but not yet ready for adoption

A local man unable to care for more than 40 dogs has turned them over to a shelter for adoption.

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Relay for Life kicks off

The Lower Valley Relay for Life kicked off officially last night at an open meeting at Sierra Vista Middle School.

Lower Valley Credit Union to celebrate honor

Lower Valley Credit Union is throwing a party at 9 a.m. Tuesday to celebrate its recent designation as a credit union with a commitment to serving the Hispanic community.

Chamber director steps down to take city clerk position

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director has stepped down to take a position as city clerk.

Mabton residents face water, sewer rate hikes

City residents will see their water and sewer rates increase Feb. 1.

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Sunnyside Christian High School seniors learn about marriage

Seniors at Sunnyside Christian High School got married in a group ceremony that marked the culmination of their “Toward Christian Adult Living” class.

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Pair from Sunnyside perform in honor band

Two local high school band members experienced an intense two-day course in sight-reading and musical technique at the 2016 Northwest High School Honor Band this past weekend.

Mabton voters asked to approve levy

Voters will be asked Feb. 9 to renew a levy to keep school buses running, student athletes playing, school buildings in good repair and special education classes running.

Mexico slaps apple growers with tariffs

Mexico’s decision to tax apples imported from the United States is not popular with apple producers in the Yakima Valley, but the effect it will have is hard to gauge.

Columbia River plan unlikely to pass, say locals

A proposal to sell Columbia River water to irrigators to help fund future water projects isn’t likely to get much legislative support.

Research changes view of fish survival

More water doesn’t always mean more fish

Increasing the flow of water over Roza Dam results in higher survival rates for young fish, but only to a certain extent.

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Relay for Life kicks off next Thursday

The 2016 Lower Valley Relay for Life kicks off Thursday night at Sierra Vista Middle School, starting the annual event that has become a tradition in the area.

College honors Sunnyside native

A former Sunnyside woman is Yakima Valley Community College’s nominee for the annual Transforming Lives Award given out by the Washington State Association of College Trustees.

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City getting tough on illegally parked cars

The city is cracking down on residents who park vehicles on their front lawns, with a hefty fine of up to $500 for anyone convicted of violating the city ordinance that bans the practice.

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Freezing rain causes problems

Warm-up on the way

Don’t expect further freezing rain this week, although stagnant air and patchy freezing fog may cause issues.

Chocolate milk still healthy

One Lower Valley teen thinks chocolate milk might be a way to fight both obesity and undernourishment among children in the United States.

Roza board favors Sheehan

The Roza Irrigation Board of Directors has made its pick between two candidates to fill a board vacancy.

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Commerce sparks building surge

A project to convert an old grocery store at 615 Yakima Valley Hwy. into the new Ace Hardware location got approval from city officials last month.

Building boom nets city 10 major projects

SUNNYSIDE — The year 2015 saw a building boom. Valuation of new construction last year was up by nearly $15 million compared to 2014. Also in 2015, the city received nearly $110,000 more in permit fees than it did the previous year. Major building projects getting the go-ahead from city officials in 2015 included: ● The third phase of an expansion of the Darigold plant. ● A new 40-unit housing development at Rainier Park. ● Catholic Charities Housing development in the southwest corner of town. ● Phase three of Aho’s housing development on Allen Road. ● Sunnyside Library remodel. ● A new office for Central Machinery Sales. ● Washington Elementary School’s replacement building. ● An oncology clinic at Sunnyside Community Hospital. ● Valley Processing erected a new cooling tower for grape slurry. ● Burger King updated its lobby, exterior and drive-through.

Superintendent pitches levy to port

Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Rick Cole told port commissioners last night that taxpayers will end up paying more if the School District’s maintenance and operations levy does not pass on Feb. 9.

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Rainier Park nearly ready for families

New Year, new home

Construction on new housing at Rainier Park at 13th Street and Yakima Valley Highway is finishing up. Families may move into the units as soon as the end of this month.

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Lower Valley shows slight crime decrease

Sunnyside reports first homicides since 2012

In 2015 city experienced its first homicides in three years, but overall crime rates are down slightly in Sunnyside and the Lower Valley.

Port continues plans to demolish plant

Contracts on the agenda for Monday's meeting

Two apply for Roza board

Dairyman, former board member seek vacant post

The Roza Irrigation District has received two applicants for the Division 3 director position.

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New office provides more access to services

Neighborhood Health has opened a service office on the other side of town from its main clinic.

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Water worries

Drought concerns continue in Lower Valley

Though Gov. Inslee and the state’s Department of Ecology are allowing a drought declaration to expire this Thursday, the drought is not over according to local irrigators.