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Sunnyside appoints new city council member to fill seat

Stremler named to District No. 3 position

The City Council is back to seven after nearly two months of being shorthanded.

Man rams police vehicle

Officer was seeking suspect in luring case

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday on multiple charges stemming from an alleged confrontation with police.

Sunnyside launches tourism site, logo

‘Come to the Sun’ is city’s new theme

The city recently unveiled a new website designed to attract tourism

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‘Town hall’ event attracts 300 protestors against Newhouse

Group holds second rally in two days

Organizers are estimating as many as 300 people turned out Saturday for a rally protesting Congressman Dan Newhouse’s lack of town hall meetings.

Council to review vacancy

Two candidates vying for Sunnyside post

The City Council will review a vacant seat during its meeting Monday night.

No ‘town halls’ for Newhouse

Congressman has group meetings set

Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, is meeting with constituents, even as his critics claim he is avoiding them.

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Irrigation districts battle through winter weather woes

Crews scurry as water deadline approaches

Even as Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District crews deal with a sink hole at 204 Zillah Ave., they are also hustling to complete other projects before the water is turned on next month.

State hears from Prosser parents

School Board meets behind closed doors

A state agency has heard from local parents after two school employees were placed on leave following social media posts.

Sunnyside voices levy concerns

Superintendent meets with Gov. Jay Inslee

Schools Superintendent Kevin McKay got to bend Gov. Jay Inslee’s ear Tuesday about impacts of the so-called “levy cliff.”

Prepare for what?

I get it, disasters can happen at any time.

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Miss Prosser crowned

Four local girls recognized; Munoz selected

Four girls entered the Miss Prosser pageant and all four took home crowns during festivities Sunday night.

Librarian gets heat on social media post

2nd Prosser school worker comments on immigrants

A second School District employee is under fire this week for comments on illegal aliens and the protest supporting them last Thursday.

Woman’s death ruled a homicide

Authorities still trying to identify victim

The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office is calling its investigation into a recovered body a homicide case.

Prosser teacher on leave after post

Report illegal aliens to ICE, Rhode said

A first-grade teacher will learn her fate tomorrow after being placed on leave for a social media post about illegal immigrants.

Autopsy shows woman died from gun shot

Officials seek identify of body found yesterday

An autopsy is providing answers about a woman’s body found yesterday, but not enough to identify her.

School expels student over Airsoft scare

Police will not seek charges against boy

An investigation continues at Housel Middle School today after a student was expelled for bringing an Airsoft pistol to school.

Gun-toting suspect faces down officer

Sunnyside cop wrestles revolver from man

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court today after he allegedly pointed a revolver at an officer.

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Woman’s body found under U.S. 97 bridge

Transportation crew stumbles on remains

Officials today are trying to identify a woman’s body found yesterday during a routine bridge inspection.

Mabton finds the final link in burglary chain

Crime Stoppers aids in arrest of fourth suspect

A fourth suspect in a burglary ring that hit up to 30 homes is in custody.

Officials still investigating Mabton house fire

Fundraiser set for victims of recent blazes

Officials are still trying to determine the cause of a Monday night fire that destroyed the home at 430 Fifth Ave.

Voters give new schools thumbs up

Grandview, Prosser receive bond support

Voters are approving a $42.2 million bond for a new, two-story high school.

Drive-by shooting suspects sought

Prosser attack the second to occur in a week

Police are seeking suspects in connection with a drive-by shooting Monday night.

Inslee taps Bickleton native for court

Superior Court appointee starts today

A Bickleton native starts his new job today as a Yakima County Superior Court judge.

Second arrest in burglary spree

One Mabton suspect still at large

A local man will be arraigned Feb. 24 on allegations he was involved in a burglary ring that hit as many as 30 homes.

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Granger marks red ribbon day at new clinic

Farm Workers clinic opening draws a crowd

A crowd of more than 200 people celebrated a new immediate care clinic during grand opening festivities on Saturday.

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Zillah appoints permanent chief

Quantrell had been interim since October

The City Council made it official this week when it named Tim Quantrell as the city’s permanent police chief.

Districts eye ballot returns

Three Lower Yakima Valley school districts await the outcome of a Tuesday bond measure for school construction or expansion.

Benton County Sheriff to retire

Keane cites health issues

Benton County’s Sheriff is retiring due to poor health.

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Burglar hits burned-out business

Snow helps officer catch Sunnyside suspect at home

A local man is accused of repeatedly burglarizing a burned-out downtown business.

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Lower Yakima Valley digs out from snow storm

Forecast shows a warm up and rain on the way

Schools, colleges, cities and even an entire county shut down yesterday due to a storm expected to bring up to five inches of snow in some areas.

Mayor’s social media post sparks cop’s lawsuit

Officer seeks $1.5 million from Wapato

The city faces a lawsuit as a result of the mayor’s social media post following an officer-involved shooting fatality.

Two detained in Mabton burglary spree

Police seeking fourth suspect

Two local men are accused of participating in a string of up to 30 burglaries.

Crash lands load of apples in the river

State Patrol: Outlook man injured and faces charges

An Outlook man faces charges after a crash spilled a load of apples into the Columbia River yesterday.

Prosser mayor backs public record bills

Taylor said clerk spent 250 hours on requests last year

The City Council will tonight consider the mayor’s letter of support for proposed changes to state public record laws.

Mabton board extends school year, graduation

Snow delays commencement by one week

The High School’s seniors will have to wait one week longer to receive their diplomas.

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Valley Hills buys Wapato site

Renovation, service expansion planned

A Lower Yakima Valley-based firm has expanded into Wapato.

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Annual hospice auction nearly hits $100K goal

Sunnyside event draws more than 300

Event committee members hoped to raise $100,000 at this year’s annual Groundhog Day Ball.

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Snow nets set for state Highway 241

Summer install planned for fireproof barrier

Snow drifts and closures on state Highway 241 may be a thing of the past.

Prosser eyes regional park task force

Council to hear field complex proposal

The City Council will hear a proposal for acres of ball fields and open spaces for community events during its workshop tomorrow night.

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Fire and ice

Officials blame Range 12 fire for snowdrifts, road closures

State Highway 241 reopened at 6:50 p.m. yesterday after being closed for more than a day due to drifting snow.

Crashes kill two, close highways

State highway 241 shut down overnight

Two men are dead and a third is in the hospital after a fatal crash in the Lower Columbia Basin yesterday.

Mabton may extend police chief’s contract

Council likes job performance, unsure on pay

The City Council is trying to work out a deal to keep the community’s police chief on the job for another three years.

Winter havoc on the horizon

Storm could bring up to six inches of snow

Freezing rain, sleet and up to six inches of snow are predicted in a winter storm watch for the Lower Yakima Valley.

Mabton board to consider extended school year

Graduation date also under review tonight

The School Board meets tonight to consider a plan for making up snow days.

Local’s council candidacy a conundrum

Sunnyside woman lacks one-year residency

A local woman’s application for an empty city council seat has officials scratching their heads.

Schools may seek waivers next month

State advising February, March appeals

Two Lower Yakima Valley School Boards met last week to discuss potential waiver applications from the state’s 180-day school year requirement.

Trial set for accused Prosser bandit

Local man faces drug, burglary charges

A trial date is set for a local man suspected in a string of burglaries. Nathan Hildebrant, 35, is charged with possessing cocaine and two counts of second-degree burglary, court records show.

Retired contractor seeks post

Stremler applies for Sunnyside seat

A former police explorer and business owner is seeking an open city council seat.

Winter weather warning issued for Columbia Basin

Up to three inches of snow predicted

Up to three inches of snow is anticipated through today.

Toppenish man dies from crash injuries

Three traffic fatalities in nine days

A local man died Saturday from injuries he sustained in a crash.