Interior opens up offshore drilling, Inslee plans fight

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the next step for responsibly developing the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for 2019-2024.

Mayor James Restucci: Exciting year ahead

New hospital will be 2018’s crown jewel

Thinking ahead to 2018, Mayor Jim Restucci says “It’s going to be an exciting year.”

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Lower valley students to hatch salmon

Salmon project begins at local schools

The care of 100 salmon eggs is now the responsibility of high school science teacher Jennifer Santjer.

Forming a peaceful community is aim

Crisis response team training offered to plan

Helping people to plan for crisis response instead of reacting to crisis is the purpose of a program being organized by Sunnyside woman Vanessa Alviso.

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Prosser’s first New Year’s baby arrives

Baby girl makes a Tuesday appearance

While the rest of the world celebrated New Year’s Day, Tanahiri and Samuel Torres waited on the arrival of their third child.

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Three arrests yesterday

Police here had a relatively calm day, arresting three persons non-violent infractions.

$1 million to reduce smog

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing two Portland-area organizations with more than $1 million to reduce diesel emissions from trucks and construction equipment in the Portland metro region.

Gas to go up in 2018

For the second straight year, the yearly national average gas prices will rise 19 cents over last year to $2.57 per gallon per gallon.

Utility to pass on savings

Changes to the tax code, passed into law on Dec. 22, will lower federal taxes on corporations.

Bus route change after mishap

A minor mishap yesterday morning for a Prosser school bus has led to a temporary routed change. The bus slipped off the road because of surface conditions. Prosser Superintendent Deanna Flores said the bus made it up a steep hill at the intersection of Ward Gap and Byron Roads.

Health District needs feasibility study

Wants to use fair buildings for emergency shelters

The Yakima Health District is requesting proposals for an independent feasibility study of adding generators to the Sundome Building, the Deccio Building, Pioneer Hall, and the Modern Living Building on the State Fair Park property.

Researcher studies weird fish

As weird animals go, the mangrove killifish is in a class of its own.

$650,00 to upgrade Puget Sound vessels

Plan to change engines on eight rigs with diesel power

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency with $650,000 to reduce harmful diesel emissions from engines on up to eight vessels operating in the Puget Sound region.

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Council adds to 6-year plan

It was a light night of business for the first City Council meeting of the year Monday.