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Lawyer files for recall of clerk

Grandview man submits paperwork

A local attorney is among those leading the charge to recall Yakima County Clerk Janelle Riddle.

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Two hold up US Bank in Granger

FBI, police seek public’s help in robbery case

A federal agency is helping the Police Department in the search for two suspects who robbed the local US Bank branch, 110 Main St.

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Man rescued from blaze

Police, fire crews praised for quick response

A local man is expected to recover from injuries sustained in an early morning house fire yesterday.

Shooting suspect sought

Police said gunfire likely gang-related

Local police today are seeking a suspect in what is believed to be a gang-related drive-by shooting.

Police arrest El Charrito suspect

Facebook response aids in capture

Local police said the power of social media helped them arrest a man suspected of armed burglary.

Deputy, suspect identified in Monday shooting

Man shot after pointing gun at officers

A seriously wounded man faces charges and a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputy is on paid administrative leave after an officer-involved shooting Monday afternoon.

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Police seek armed robbery suspect

Man orders a meal, then robs restaurant

Police are seeking a suspect in the armed robbery of a local restaurant.

Gov. Inslee calls lawmakers to second special session

State lawmakers were called back to work today for a second special session.

Candidate filing for public office begins Monday

Candidates start your engines.

Officials: Hanford emergency is over

Precautions continue for 200 East Area

Federal officials announced there is no longer an emergency at the Hanford site.

Sunnyside schools seek elbow room

Bond,, new construction being considered

A possible construction bond, new ball fields and high school expansion will be on the table Wednesday during a public forum.

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Cayuse Pass opens May 19, Memorial Day eyed for Chinook

Officials: Opening is the latest in six years

Crews have just about finished snow removal efforts at Cayuse Pass, prompting officials to announce a May 19 opening.

Prosser council approves purchase

FruitSmart deal to close by January 2018

It’s official: The city will purchase a wastewater processing plant from a local business.

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No answers yet for cave-in at Hanford

Clean-up will require 50 truck loads of dirt

A clean-up effort is under way, even as officials try to determine what caused a 400 square-foot section of a tunnel to collapse at the Hanford site on Tuesday.

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Police keep peace after Sunnyside win

The Sunnyside Grizzlies boys soccer team remains alive in the post-season after taking down Davis, 2-1, last night.

Sunnyside approves liquor, gambling changes

The city will allow house-banked card rooms and impose a tax following action by the City Council on Monday.

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Cave-in closes Hanford site

Nearly 5,000 employees told to take cover

Federal officials are still looking for answers in the wake of a cave-in yesterday at the Hanford site.

New policy draws praise

Prosser issues draft of social media changes

A proposed policy could lead to firing school workers for social media posts they make on their own time.

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Two Sunnyside girls advance to 4A golf district

Limon, Gomez first to qualify in six years

Breaking a 6-year drought, the Grizzlies girls team will have golfers representing the program at Monday’s district tournament in Yakima.

Council to seek expansion

City eyes FruitSmart plant purchase

The City Council will consider a deal with a local company tonight that could make a big difference in the city’s capacity to treat wastewater.

Prosser board to resume social media update

Facebook issue has district reviewing policy

The School Board will tackle a discussion on social media policies for the second time in three weeks when it meets tonight.

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Sunny skies give a boost to Cinco de Mayo Festival

The weather warmed up just in time for the more than 100 vendors on hand for the city’s 29th annual Cinco de Mayo Festival.

Granger deals with reports of Pertussis

Four cases reported in School District

The local School District is dealing with an apparent outbreak of Pertussis, or whooping cough.

Sunnyside School Board to continue facilities discussion

Board meets with architect tonight

The School Board will continue its discussion tonight on how to cope with growing high school enrollment.

Grandview firm settles with EPA

Christensen fined, agrees to monitor tanks

A local company has settled with the federal Environmental Protection Agency for allegedly failing to provide emergency planning information.

Waiting for a lower valley crime update

Concerned about crime in your neighborhood? Wondering what law enforcement is doing to protect you? Have suggestions or ideas you’d like to share with police?

County seeks re-trial of lower valley native

July 24 court date set for two charges

An attorney with local ties will head back to Yakima County Superior Court on July 24 for a re-trial.

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Area schools receive honors

Four lower valley districts earn accolades

Four Lower Yakima Valley schools are celebrating state recognition.

Mabton getting up to code

Two days after announcing a get-tough stance on long-standing code issues, city residents are seeing dramatic differences in some neighborhoods.

Prosser reinstates school staffer

Brown returns to work today

A local school librarian will return to work today, nearly three months after she was placed on leave due to safety concerns.

Council tackles vape issue

A vape store’s closure has the City Council thinking about restrictions on future shops.

Crisis hits home for ‘preppers’

Possible civil war worries South African group

Families were asked to shelter young children from a slide show that displayed what a South African man described as widespread bloodshed in his homeland.

City hall, police station talks resume

Prosser council to discuss future facilities

City Hall, the police station and even the public works building are outdated and at maximum capacity, officials said.

Still no clues in search for missing Zillah man

River search comes up empty-handed

Law enforcement officials came up empty-handed over the weekend in the search for a man who jumped in the Yakima River following a crash on Friday.

Woman charged in stabbing over pot

Local, boyfriend at first blamed gangs for attack

A fight over marijuana landed a local man in the hospital.

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Mabton officials plan crackdown on code enforcement

Volunteer to aid Police Department with problem sites

With a recent spate of burglary cases apparently resolved, the local Police Department is turning its attention to code enforcement issues.

Tip leads to Mabton burglary arrest

Suspect may be involved in other crimes

A resident’s tip helped police arrest a local man suspected of burglary and theft.

Water search under way for suspect

Man jumped in Yakima River following crash

The search continues as of press time for a man who jumped into the Yakima River following a crash on Friday.

Officers arrest armed suspect at Toppenish motel

Toppenish gets help from tribe and Zillah

A Yakima man will be arraigned May 12 in Yakima County Superior Court after he allegedly displayed a gun at a local motel.

Prosecuting attorney plans county-wide crime town hall

Brusic pledges lower valley session, too

A countywide town hall to address crime issues and concerns is set for this week.

Prosser schools reviewing social media

Board calls for ‘quick turnaround’

The School Board is calling for a review of the district’s social media policy.

Sunnyside schools eye construction

Enrollment to reach 2,000 at high school

They’re not sure how or when it will happen, but School District officials believe growing room is needed at Sunnyside High School.

New troopers have area ties

Grandview native joins the State Patrol

Two of the three new Washington State Patrol troopers assigned to the local detachment have Lower Yakima Valley connections.

Arrest nabs wanted man

A local report of car prowling is leading to an arrest and extradition of a suspect to Sacramento, Calif.

Crime issues spark call for county-wide town hall

May 9 is possible date for meeting

The drive-by shooting and killing of a 14-year-old boy in Yakima this week is sparking a call for a town hall to address rising crime rates during the first four months of 2017.

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Blaze ruins Granger birthday party

Electrical issue may have sparked house fire

Her 43rd birthday is one a local woman would rather forget.

Second Yakima County jail inmate escapee captured

Agency found man in Thurston County

The second of two inmates who escaped the Yakima County Jail on April 3 is now in custody.

Life saver: Sheriff’s deputy re-starts Toppenish man’s heart

Rescue a first for county program

A local man is getting another chance at life after a Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputy re-started his heart.

Prosser tightens retail pot rules

Stores banned on part of Wine Country Road

New retail stores can open for business in the city, just not on a section of Wine Country Road.

Council eyes gambling, liquor options

Formal action expected during May 8 meeting

The city took a step closer to allowing card rooms and allowing more events with liquor on city property.