State agencies’ computer security found sorely lacking

The best computer security standards in the world will not work if the people in charge don’t put them into action.

USDA provides protection for specialty crop growers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that greater protection is now available from the Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program for crops that traditionally have been ineligible for federal crop insurance.

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Counselors endeavor to share Christmas spirit with families in Outlook

Not all families have the warmest, happiest of holidays each year.

Tax bill beneficial to Washington residents

President Barack Obama this past Friday signed into law a tax bill that enables Washingtonians to claim the state and local sales tax deduction on their 2014 federal income taxes.

Short chase in Grandview ends in arrest last Friday

Last Friday at about 9 p.m. a Grandview police officer working a DUI emphasis patrol attempted to stop a silver Toyota Scion that was traveling erratically eastbound on West Second Street.

Graffiti incidents reported in Sunnyside

Nearly two dozen malicious mischief incidents, most of which involved graffiti taggings, have been called in to the Sunnyside Police Department since last Friday.

Pressing issues with school district’s athletic facilities

Even though the Sunnyside School District’s athletic levy went down to defeat in last month’s General Election, the district still needs to deal with pressing issues with its facilities for student-athletes.

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Consent order work in progress for local dairies

More than 18 months ago the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inked a consent order with five Lower Valley dairies to address sources of nitrate contamination in the groundwater.

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Tis the season in Sunnyside’s schools

In a fundraiser for the Sunnyside High School leadership program’s Relay for Life team, Santa Claus (Fabian Torres) visited the school at lunch yesterday, Thursday.

Not everyone all that thrilled with governor’s budget proposal

Gov. Jay Inslee, yesterday declaring “…it is time to reinvest in Washington,” released the details on the nearly $40 billion, 2015-17 budget he is proposing for the state of Washington.

State health officials advise that flu shots will protect loved ones this holiday season

Fall and winter usher in holiday travel and gatherings that create an opportunity for flu and other viruses to spread. But, according to state officials, there’s still time to get vaccinated to help avoid getting the flu while spending time with loved ones and friends this holiday season.

Four teens arrested in connection with armed robberies

Three Sunnyside teenage males were arrested Thursday in Sunnyside in connection with a series of armed robberies that began in Yakima in late October.

Theft, burglary in Grandview

Police in Grandview started the day yesterday (Thursday) with a report of a theft in the 300 block of Wilson Highway and a burglary report from the 600 block of East Third Street.

Sheriff deputies handle alarms

Yakima County Sheriff deputies handled nine calls from the Lower Valley yesterday (Thursday), including three automatic alarms.