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John Fannin

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Stuck in the snow?

Cops offer tips on staying safe

Snow may not be falling from the sky, but there is still plenty of it on local roads.

Claim against county seeks $750,000

Former employee cites privacy issue

The county’s legal staff is reviewing a $750,000 claim filed by a former employee.

Services, utilities asking for public’s help, patience

Snowfall creating issues for providers

Natural gas utilities, the mailman and even the garbage service are all asking for help.

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Drifts make driving area roads nearly impassable

The cold, wind-driven snowdrifts north and east of the city are creating a moonscape on rural roads.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs deep

Municipal budgets and manpower are being stretched as Lower Yakima Valley cities deal with plowing and removing snow.

Mercer named to agriculture hall of fame

Prosser man will be inducted Jan. 19

A local winemaker will be inducted into the Mid-Columbia Agriculture Hall of Fame later this month.

Resolution pending in rape case

Two teenagers sentenced after guilty pleas

Two of three teenagers charged in a rape last summer have been sentenced.

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Deep freeze headed this way

Some classes, meetings canceled

The snow is expected to let up, just in time for a another round of pipe-freezing temperatures.

Detectives seek answers in Toppenish shooting

Local man killed in drive-by attack

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is looking for answers after a local man was shot and killed Sunday.

School board to interview three hopefuls

Prosser sets up public meetings for Thursday

The School Board will interview three candidates Thursday to fill a vacant seat.

Granger man headed to presidential inauguration

Chef to serve Trump, Pence festivities

A local chef is traveling to Washington D.C. this week to prepare for the inaugural ball for president-elect Donald J. Trump.

Grandview council to consider court extension

The City Council will consider extending a contract for municipal court services.

Two Prosser men die in crash

River claims firefighter, veteran

The community is mourning the loss of two men who died in a crash Saturday night.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs out, again

Snow shuts down road, schools

The Lower Yakima Valley is digging out today from a storm that brought seven inches of snow.

Jenkin excited about session

Prosser man takes seat in state House

A Prosser businessman is excited about his first session in the state legislature.

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Vehicle flips, injures local woman

Icy roads blamed for Sunnyside crash

A local woman is recovering from injuries she sustained yesterday when her vehicle flipped in the 600 block of Riverside Avenue.

Man and Woman of Year

Day gets men’s honor; Kelley tops women

Man robs Granger convenience store

Suspect arrested in Sunnyside

A Vancouver man is accused of robbing a local gas station/convenience store.

Cities to fill posts

Granger launches council search

The search is officially on for a new council member.

Lower valley recovering from New Year’s snow

Cities digging out, classes delayed

The Lower Yakima Valley is still digging out from New Year’s Day snowfall that clogged local roads and closed highways.

Sunnyside councilman steps down

Martin cites lack of change on issues

The City Council has a vacancy after one of its members resigned yesterday.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs out

Seven crashes reported in Sunnyside

The Lower Yakima Valley is digging out of a weather system that brought up to 5 inches of snow in places, according to weather official estimated.

Lawmakers prepare for 2017 session

State lawmakers have priorities in mind as they prepare for a new legislative session that starts next Monday.

Candidates set for Prosser board vacancy

Interviews planned for Jan. 5

School District residents will have a chance to meet and hear from four candidates for a School Board post during a meeting next Thursday.

Sun Valley price tag at $400,000

Work may not be complete until spring

The School District is tallying the cost from water damage at Sun Valley Elementary School.

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Granger immediate care center to open Jan. 4

Grand opening scheduled for February

Residents will have a new immediate care center available in the new year.

Store accuses employee of theft

Woman allegedly stole to buy gifts

A local woman allegedly admitted to stealing from her employer, using some of the money to buy Christmas presents.

Local boy breaks up gun threat

Man arrested after Christmas morning

A 12-year-old boy is being credited with disarming a man who threatened his mother.

City OK’s pot ban

Toppenish becomes latest city to weigh

This Lower Yakima Valley city is the latest to take a stand on retail marijuana.

School board plans process to fill vacancy

At least four people sought for Prosser post

The School Board has a plan in place to fill a vacancy in its ranks.

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A Christmas recovery

The Vidales family is counting its blessings this Christmas after surviving a house fire.

Wishing you an orange Christmas

They didn’t get electricity until the 1960s. They made do and were content. It’s all they knew.

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Police seek Zillah robbery suspect

Man in Seahawk gear robs business

Police are seeking a man who allegedly robbed a local gas station Tuesday night.

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Water cleanup continues at Sunnyside school

Frozen pipe creates a mess at Sun Valley

Crews are cleaning up water damage at a local school.

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County approves Stage 2 for bridge replacement

Work under way on new phase of span

The second of two phases to replace a Yakima River bridge is under way.

Man assaults officer

County inmate punches jailor

A Sunnyside man is accused of punching a county corrections officer in Yakima County Jail.

New home starts spark growth

Nearly $1 million in new building valuation was permitted last month and all but about $100,000 of that was from three new home starts.

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Blaze destroys Sunnyside home

City’s third house fire in 10 days

A local family is out of their home after fire destroyed the house Sunday night.

Port agrees to delay Darigold property closing

Darigold will have an extra month to close out its land purchase from the Port of Sunnyside.

Mabton hit by outage

A power outage left much of the town without electricity Saturday.

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Crews remedy Safeway gas leak

Meter issue caused Friday evacuation

A gas leak that shut down a grocery store at peak rush hour Friday was caused by an issue with the meter near its entrance.

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The Lower Yakima Valley pays its respects

Sunnyside delays wreath ceremony

Five hundred Lower Yakima Valley veterans had their graves honored Saturday during the annual Wreaths Across America event.

Funding sought for Sunnyside woman who lost all in a fire

Cancer patient victim of blaze

A local woman’s friends and family have established a Go Fund Me account to help her recover from a fire that destroyed her home and belongings Wednesday.

Grandview port decides to go it alone

Minus grants, commissioners move forward

Port commissioners will proceed with an alternate plan to get sites “shovel ready” for future industry.

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Gas leak prompts Safeway shutdown

Cascade Natural gas crews onscene

Fire crews evacuate Sunnyside store

City still tallying damage and cause of fires

Damages totaled $100,000

Officials still haven’t determined the causes of three fires in less than a month.

Polar express

Eastern Washington temperatures may drop below zero

Lower Yakima Valley temperatures will drop below zero tonight.

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Grandview School Board plans bond vote

Voters will be asked to OK $42 million for construction

The School District will ask voters next year to approve a $42 million bond measure to build a new high school.

Two officers injured during traffic stop

Two police officers are recovering from injuries they sustained during a traffic stop on Tuesday.

Granger to cut utility rates in 2017

The City Council approved a budget for 2017 during its meeting on Wednesday night.