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Laura Gjovaag

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Nurse focused on helping people

The newest nurse practitioner at Sunnyside Immediate Care can lay claim to having visited a lot of places.

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Sunnyside asked to meet Rachel’s Challenge

Parents in Sunnyside were impressed after a presentation last night at the high school, coming away with tears in their eyes and a desire to help others.

Sunnyside wins marijuana case

Judge rules for city, tosses Rand’s lawsuit

A Superior Court Judge has decided Sunnyside has a right to ban marijuana retail stores within the city limits.

Levies passing

Every tax levy put to voters in Yakima County on Tuesday are still passing, although one result is still too close to call.

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Robot battle set for this Saturday

Those looking for a non-traditional sporting event this weekend can visit the local high school to watch robots battle.

Granger plans hearing on retail marijuana

The public will have its chance next week to say whether the city should approve or ban recreational marijuana sales.

Irrigation district appoints interim manager

Brady first woman to lead local district

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District Board of Directors appointed an interim district manager yesterday.

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Locals welcome warm weather as irrigators worry

Soaring temperatures, both in the Lower Valley and around the state, are pleasant for most every day activities.

Ballots due today

Today is the last day for Lower Valley residents to cast their ballots on local school levies.

Banner Bank ready to move

Bank opens Tuesday at new site

The Banner Bank branch building at Ninth Street and Edison Avenue closes Friday.

Irrigation district names interim manager

Board fills post formerly held by Jim Trull

Miss Prosser pageant slated for Valentine’s Day

Five candidates vying for the Miss Prosser title are preparing for the pageant, which will be held at 3 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in Prosser High School’s multi-purpose room.

Rally planned tomorrow for slain protestor

A rally is planned tomorrow at Millennium Plaza for a man killed Jan. 26 by Oregon State Police during an arrest of protesters near Burns, Ore.

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Science camp takes kids to a galaxy far, far away

More than 50 children turned out for a Star Wars-themed science camp at Sunnyside High School on Saturday, learning about the galaxy through the lens of a “… galaxy far, far away.”

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New system slows city building permits

A patchwork of paperwork is a temporary fix as city workers switch to a new computer system.

School levy spending an inexact science

Local school districts have maintenance and operation levies on the ballot next Tuesday and school officials say the money meets critical needs.

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Local students learn at Prosser restaurant

After weeks of practice, five Compass High School students took over Prosser’s Jeremy’s 1896 Public House Sunday afternoon, serving 15 tables special meals designed by a sixth student.

Marijuana ruling expected by Friday

The Superior Court has promised to issue a ruling this week on whether a Sunnyside marijuana store owner’s lawsuit against the city will proceed to trial.

Sunnyside native leading Prosser group

A Sunnyside Christian High School graduate is the new director of the Historic Downtown Prosser Association.

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Port scales back Carnation plant demolition plans

Historian plans farewell for Carnation

The Port of Sunnyside is scaling back its plans to demolish the former Carnation plant at South First Street and Lincoln Avenue.

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Student reading challenge sends principals to the rooftop

School joins in national reading drive

The first rainy day in a week last Friday happened to be the day principals at Harriet Thompson Elementary School sat on the roof to read all day.

Clean water funding in sight

A state agency wants to loan the city money for to come up with a new sewer system plan.

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Commission hears pot proposals

Sunnyside man offers to bring his business to Granger

A Sunnyside businessman offered to construct a 6,000 square-foot building and bring his marijuana retail store to town if the city will lift its moratorium on such businesses.

Newhouse maps out second year

Congressman talks about his rookie year

Legislation on immigration, water issues and an alternative to Obamacare are all on the front burner for a local Congressman.

Commission hears pot proposals

Sunnyside man offers to bring his business to Granger

A Sunnyside businessman offered to construct a 6,000 square-foot building and bring his marijuana retail store to town if the city will lift its moratorium on such businesses.

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Community Center expanding options

Casino shuttle in the works

Word is getting around about open gym at the Community Center, 1521 S. First St., and dozens of people show up daily to play basketball or use the center’s game room.

Newhouse maps out second year

Congressman talks about his rookie year

Legislation on immigration, water issues and an alternative to Obamacare are all on the front burner for a local Congressman.

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Prosser teachers compete step by step

Keene-Riverview Elementary School staff are as busy as their bee mascot while attempting to get the most steps into their daily routine.

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Miss Grandview candidates announced

Candidates for the 2016-17 Miss Grandview court were formally announced last night.

Bill would give farmers ‘cushion’ on weight limits

A bill co-sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would allow trucks carrying agriculture produce some leeway in load weight.

Local man back at clinic

It’s homecoming time for the newest physician assistant at the Yakima Valley Farm Workers Medical-Dental Center.

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Citizens honored at chamber banquet

The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center hosted the 60th annual Chamber Community Awards Banquet last night, honoring citizens and businesses making a difference in the community.

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Darigold expansion nearly complete

Will keep locally produced milk closer to home

In only a few months the Darigold plant will finish its latest update and start producing milk powder for infant formula.

Ruling prompts strong reactions

Last month’s restroom ruling by the state Human Rights Commission is provoking strong reactions, both here and in Olympia.

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Bickleton students perform poetry

Poetry is echoing through the hallways of Bickleton School as students practice for the Poetry Out Loud competition today.

More than 40 dogs rescued

Dogs healthy but not yet ready for adoption

A local man unable to care for more than 40 dogs has turned them over to a shelter for adoption.

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Relay for Life kicks off

The Lower Valley Relay for Life kicked off officially last night at an open meeting at Sierra Vista Middle School.

Lower Valley Credit Union to celebrate honor

Lower Valley Credit Union is throwing a party at 9 a.m. Tuesday to celebrate its recent designation as a credit union with a commitment to serving the Hispanic community.

Chamber director steps down to take city clerk position

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Interim Executive Director has stepped down to take a position as city clerk.

Mabton residents face water, sewer rate hikes

City residents will see their water and sewer rates increase Feb. 1.

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Sunnyside Christian High School seniors learn about marriage

Seniors at Sunnyside Christian High School got married in a group ceremony that marked the culmination of their “Toward Christian Adult Living” class.

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Pair from Sunnyside perform in honor band

Two local high school band members experienced an intense two-day course in sight-reading and musical technique at the 2016 Northwest High School Honor Band this past weekend.

Mabton voters asked to approve levy

Voters will be asked Feb. 9 to renew a levy to keep school buses running, student athletes playing, school buildings in good repair and special education classes running.

Mexico slaps apple growers with tariffs

Mexico’s decision to tax apples imported from the United States is not popular with apple producers in the Yakima Valley, but the effect it will have is hard to gauge.

Columbia River plan unlikely to pass, say locals

A proposal to sell Columbia River water to irrigators to help fund future water projects isn’t likely to get much legislative support.

Research changes view of fish survival

More water doesn’t always mean more fish

Increasing the flow of water over Roza Dam results in higher survival rates for young fish, but only to a certain extent.

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Relay for Life kicks off next Thursday

The 2016 Lower Valley Relay for Life kicks off Thursday night at Sierra Vista Middle School, starting the annual event that has become a tradition in the area.

College honors Sunnyside native

A former Sunnyside woman is Yakima Valley Community College’s nominee for the annual Transforming Lives Award given out by the Washington State Association of College Trustees.

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City getting tough on illegally parked cars

The city is cracking down on residents who park vehicles on their front lawns, with a hefty fine of up to $500 for anyone convicted of violating the city ordinance that bans the practice.

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Freezing rain causes problems

Warm-up on the way

Don’t expect further freezing rain this week, although stagnant air and patchy freezing fog may cause issues.