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Washington Shining Star Pageant slated Feb. 8

Young girls who are “differently-abled” are encouraged to participate in the Washington Shining Star Pageant to be held in Prosser on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Bavarian Icefest set for mid-January

Picture a stunning backdrop of half a million twinkling lights, majestic mountains frosted with snow and an enchanting Bavarian village filled with fun.

Crab feed slated Feb. 7

An all-you-can-eat crab feed is being served up in Grandview by local military veterans.

SunDome party now open to one and all

Due to high demand, the New Year’s Eve party at the Yakima Valley SunDome - featuring Sir Mix-A-Lot – is now open to people of all ages.

Mt. Rainier National Park transitioning to winter hours

Acting Superintendent Tracy Swartout advises that Mt. Rainier National Park has transitioned to winter hours of operation and service.

Get ready for terrorism on soft targets

Get ready for our already ugly and violent 21st century to be the century of soft targets for terrorists.

2015 precap

The year gone by was marked by a tangle of stories involving midterm elections, grand juries and scandalous outfits worn by Sasha and Malia Obama. No need for a tedious yearend recap.

The gift that keeps on giving

Windy had sent off for a doo-dad for his small kitchen, and that’s why he checked the mailbox.

In the year 2015

It was the ancient Romans, I believe, who had a deity named Janus with two faces…one looking forward and the other back.

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Insurance representative finds her job rewarding

Just more than two years ago, Yesenia Godinez was working as a receptionist for Bryan Robison State Farm Insurance in Sunnyside.

County updates surplus policy

In action this past Tuesday, Yakima County commissioners approved a move to update the county’s policy for disposal of surplus property – other than real estate – valued at less than $5,000.

Port approves pay increases

Following a 20-minute executive session on Tuesday of this week, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved pay raises to take effect in 2015.

Parenting classes set

Sign-ups for “Strong Families” winter classes are now being taken.

Livestock assessment fee approved by WSDA

Washington State Department of Agriculture Director Bud Hover last week approved several rules designed to enhance the state’s ability to protect livestock, including adopting a fee to pay for an animal disease traceability system that will go into operation next year.

Sunnyside firemen have quiet day

Sunnyside firemen had a slow Christmas day, handling four medical emergency aid calls.

Cellphone theft, burglaries under investigation in Grandview

A 26-year-old Grandview man was arrested this past Tuesday morning on charges of first degree theft after he allegedly stole his girlfriend’s cellphone out of her back pocket and rode off on his bicycle with it. He was booked into Yakima County Jail.

Tools stolen from Outlook workshop spotted for sale on Craigslist

Yakima County Sheriff deputies are investigating a report made last Saturday of tools stolen from a workshop in the 200 block of Wellner Road near Outlook. The same tools were later found being sold on Craigslist.

Graffiti vandals strike in Sunnyside on Christmas Eve

Sunnyside police noticed a rash of graffiti around town on Christmas Eve, and the tags were not wishing everyone a Merry Christmas.