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Granger to cut utility rates in 2017

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

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Blaze damages mobile home

Resident was in Seattle for cancer care

A local woman is homeless today after her mobile home was destroyed by fire.

Grandview considers new fire truck

A divided City Council has taken the first step toward applying for a loan for a new fire truck.

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Zillah evacuation ends without incident

One person injured in fruit plant mishap

A resident is recovering today from exposure to ammonia after a leak caused much of the city to be evacuated.

Traffic stop leads to possession, other charges

Mattawa man to be arraigned for contraband

A Mattawa man will be arraigned Monday for possession of cocaine and attempting to elude police.

Schuster named interim chief

The city has its third police chief in 10 months.

Mabton council approves 2017 fiscal plan

City budget set at $2.2 million for next year

The City Council unanimously approved a $2.2 million 2017 budget Tuesday night.

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Weather delays impacting Love’s

Truck stop opening now set for spring

Wintry weather is delaying work on a $10 million truck stop and hotel adjacent to Interstate 82.

Ammonia call prompts Zillah evacuation

Crews called this morning to Stadelman

A portion of the city was evacuated this morning after an ammonia leak.

Grandview City Council approves $14.7 million budget

Day-to-day spending to decrease

The City Council last night unanimously approved a $14.7 million budget for 2017.

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Prosser FFA judging team wins state title

The local FFA chapter brought home a state championship last week.

Hospital buys Toppenish, Yakima sites

$45 million purchase planned

The local hospital is expanding its reach to Toppenish and Yakima.

Ammonia leak prompts Zillah evacuation

Crews called this morning to Stadelman

A portion of the city was evacuated this morning after an ammonia leak.

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Snow wreaks havoc on streets

Winter storm watch issued for region

Residents are digging out and recovering from a series of snow-related crashes yesterday on Rossier Street.

Two tied up during store robbery

Local police searching for three suspects

Police are still seeking three men they believe were responsible for an armed robbery last Thursday night.

Council considers grant, contracts

Bids for official newspaper to be rejected

City Council members will consider federal funds for park improvements during their meeting tonight.

Fire displaces family

Saturday blaze under investigation

Officials are investigating a Saturday morning fire that partially destroyed a home at 1412 E. Edison Ave.

Drive-by shooting reported

Deputies seek suspects in Thursday crime

Benton County Sheriff Office deputies are still seeking suspects in last Thursday’s drive-by shooting.

Cities plan budget talks tomorrow

Three Lower Yakima Valley cities will address budget proposals for 2017.

Officials to continue forums on improving

The School Board will meet early next year to respond to comments from the public provided during an ongoing series of forums on the future of local schools.

Sunnyside businesses ready for fee increases

Licenses could more than double in 2017

Business license fees could more than double for some local companies in 2017.

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Snow-covered

Slick roadways cause crashes, prompt school districts to delay classes

Interstate 82 has opened after a crash yesterday during the Yakima Valley’s first snowfall of the season.

Prosser City Council OK’s 2017 budget

Utility rate increases set

The City Council approved a $28.2 million budget for 2017 Tuesday night.

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Sunnyside honors Pearl Harbor

Observance draws a crowd to veterans plaza

Young and old took a few moments yesterday to remember the Pearl Harbor attacks 75 years ago.

City makes growth case

City officials are hoping Yakima County commissioners will have a different view of growth on Washout Road.

Sunnyside to review traffic, street closures for 2017 parade

City to eye options for Eighth Street

Just days after a successful Lighted Farm Implement Parade, city officials are already planning how to make next year’s even better.

Board names new leader

Peggy Douglas to replace Bill Jenkin

The School Board has a new chairwoman.

Wapato woman faces 51 charges

Victims include Sunnyside, Zillah residents

A local woman will be arraigned Dec. 19 on allegations of multiple thefts throughout the Yakima Valley.

Board plans levy discussion tomorrow

Mabton takes next steps after voter approval

With voters approving a levy last month, the School Board is meeting with an architect tomorrow on a future capital project.

Prosser council plans budget hearing

City Council to review $28.2 million budget

The proposed 2017 budget is on a special City Council meeting agenda tonight.

Two die in weekend incidents

Granger mourns two crash fatalities

The community is mourning the loss of two residents who were traffic fatalities over the weekend.

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Kids parade brings families downtown

Staging change boosts feeling of community

From Moxee to Grandview, they came Friday for the third annual Kids Lighted Christmas Parade.

Homicide has detectives stumped

Authorities do not have any suspects, yet

Detectives with the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office still don’t have any suspects nearly two weeks after a Sunnyside man was shot and killed.

Hospital construction faces delay

City officials still waiting for building plans

Sunnyside Community Hospital’s goal of breaking ground on a new 50-acre site this year will not be met.

Registry a needless ploy

It was one of those ideas that, at first blush, sounded like a good plan.

Prosser chamber has tax-exempt status restored

Update is retroactive for donations

The local chamber of commerce is wrapping up 2016 with a clean slate in the eyes of the IRS.

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Cold snap to hold off until after downtown festivities

Snow possible in Sunnyside

A weather system will drop temperatures down into the teens and bring a chance of snow.

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Zillah schools to seek bond

District asks for $14.9 million for high school

Residents within the School District’s boundaries will be asked to consider a $14.9 million bond for high school improvements.

Driver tries to run over woman

Sunnyside man hits vehicle

A local man is accused of attempting to run over a woman with his Toyota pick-up.

Granger to wait on filling council vacancy

The five-member City Council will be short a member until after the 2017 budget is approved.

Most retailers to see green next month

Many shops anticipate growth next month

Lower Yakima Valley retailers will see green this holiday season as shoppers buy gifts for loved ones.

Local woman charged in robbery

Sunnysider accused in plot to take casino winnings

A Sunnyside woman is accused of aiding in a plan to steal casino winnings from a Yakima man.

City, port unsuccessful in grant bid

City and port district officials were unsuccessful in their bid for a state grant to prepare a site for future industry.

Vape store is no more

A local vape store no longer has a business permit.

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Family gets home, jobs in time for Thanksgiving

Things looked far more dire six weeks ago

A local family got its happy ending just in time for Thanksgiving.

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Three lower valley fires in three days

Unrelated blazes hit

Three unrelated fires damaged three homes in Sunnyside and Grandview during the long holiday weekend.

Benton REA taps Bradshaw for top post

A local utility provider will have a permanent general manager effective Dec. 1.

Sunnyside may pull business permit from vape shop

The City Council on Monday may decide the fate of a local vape store.

Granger turns a deficit into surplus

City uses budget cuts to turn tide on 2016 concerns

The city will start 2017 with a surplus thanks to a big dose of budget trimming.

F as in Fortunate

Yes, this column is usually F as in Frank, but for today’s entry it’s F as in Fortunate and thankful this Thanksgiving holiday.