All outdoor burning banned due to wildfire danger

Strike a match around these parts and chances are you’ll be facing a stiff fine, or maybe even some jail time.

Port’s wastewater discharge permit process nearly complete

Port of Sunnyside commissioners on Monday of this week learned a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit will likely take effect in August.

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Golden day for Sunnyside Port District

“It’s great to turn 50,” quipped State Rep. Bruce Chandler. “I wouldn’t mind being 50 again, it looks better every year.”

New outbreak of wildfires prompts declaration of emergency

A state of emergency was declared late Tuesday for 20 Eastern Washington counties in response to multiple wildfires threatening homes, businesses, public infrastructure and natural resources in many parts of the state as fire crews face continued severe fire weather conditions. The proclamation of emergency covers Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Kittitas, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman and Yakima counties.

Soil sampling agreement approved

An interlocal agreement between Yakima County and the South Yakima Conservation District was Tuesday approved by the county commissioners.

Stringent water quality standards proposed by governor

Gov. Jay Inslee this week announced his proposed update to the state’s water quality standards, saying he worked until he found a solution that advanced the values of human, environmental and economic health.

Rules on reclaimed water to be examined by Ecology Dept.

Every year, millions of gallons of water go down the drain that could be re-used.

Local Rainier crop sustains some damage

Some cherry growers in the area were hit hard by rains over the weekend that resulted in bruised fruit and damaged trees.

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Farmland values remain steady despite pessimistic predictions

Despite a predicted downturn in farmland values in Washington state, strong farm incomes have kept land values stable.

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Too much of a good thing

Mild spring, early crop push down asparagus prices

“It’s been a tough year…the toughest we’ve had in a good long while,” is how Sharon Heer describes the 2014 asparagus season.

Local farmers, ranchers to receive disaster relief

A recent disaster designation due to drought in Benton and Franklin counties has prompted federal disaster relief for farmers and ranchers.

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Farmers market kick-off

Sunnyside’s Betty Brown (above) examines the apples and asparagus on sale at the opening of the Sunnyside farmers market this past Saturday.

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Farmers market to open May 17 downtown

After a year of hosting the Sunnyside Farmers Market, Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley, the local sponsor, and its farmers market board of directors decided to call in help to evaluate the past season’s successes and failures.

Yakima Basin water supply looking good

YAKIMA –The Bureau of Reclamation’s May 2014 “Total Water Supply Available” forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates there will be a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights this coming irrigation season.