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Laura Gjovaag

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Teaching winery holds tour

Wine lovers from Yakima to the Tri-Cities showed up at Yakima Valley Vintners on Friday for the teaching winery’s seventh annual Teach, Tour and Taste event.

Car show set for March 19

The 12th annual Show and Shine Car Show, is moving to Chief Kamiakin Elementary School this year.

Claim against city for broken pipe

A new restaurant in town experienced a problem that might be related to a recent city construction project.

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Sunnyside has state’s high school principal of the year

Not only did the high school earn a prestigious award this morning, it now also has the state High School Principal of the Year.

Local girl statebound

The Lower Valley will be represented at the Washington State Geography Bee on April 1 at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

Granger council to mull marijuana ban

Meeting to take place Tuesday

The City Council will consider banning recreational marijuana businesses in the city at its regular 7 p.m. meeting Tuesday.

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Alondra Perez

One Miss Grandview candidate hopes to show off the city to the entire world.

Free well testing deadline extended

Due to a spike in interest, the deadline for free testing of private wells is extended to the end of this month.

Diploma assistance available

Nearly a third of all adults in the Lower Valley lack a high school diploma, but a learning center in town can change that.

Carl’s Jr. opening goes smoothly

The Carl’s Jr. in Prosser will be the chain’s second Lower Valley store in the span of a year.

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Developer buys land for building project

A new office building is in the works.

Irrigation water to flow March 20

Water will be flowing in Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District ditches at midnight on March 20, with the first deliveries starting April 1.

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Carl’s Jr. opens in Sunnyside

Customers are heading to the city’s newest restaurant today, both to enjoy the food and to get a chance at free burgers for a year.

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Partners enjoy winery with a view

Silver Lake at Roza Hills takes advantage of its location, surrounded by vineyards, but only a short drive from town.

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Destanie Morales | Miss Grandview Candidate

Candidate doesn’t let life struggles slow her down

A desire to show what makes her hometown special prompted a high school junior to become a candidate for the Miss Grandview pageant.

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Bridge awaits replacement

The demolition of a portion of the Meyers Bridge near town will be completed today, but the route will be closed until the entire bridge is replaced.

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Students ready for science fair

It’s almost time for the high school’s annual science fair and students are experimenting madly to put the final touches on their projects.

Leita gets challenger in commission race

A race is forming for the District 1 County Commissioner seat.

Roza Irrigation District creates new position

A new assistant watermaster is on the job at Roza Irrigation District this week.

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Granger out of money

Borrowing from other funds

The city’s general fund is empty less than two months into 2016.

Clinic director at home in Lower Valley

The new director of several Yakima Valley Farm Workers clinics in Grandview and Sunnyside says he feels at home in the Lower Valley.

Planning commission says ‘no’ to marijuana

Tonight the City Council will consider a recommendation to ban retail marijuana sales.

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Math night set for March 7

Learning math can be fun, and to prove it the school district is offering a math night featuring math-themed games and challenges.

Every levy passes in Yakima County

The February special election results are now final, and every levy in the county passed, although one was a close call.

Groundwater group honors Trull

It was a night of farewells for the Groundwater Advisory Committee, as the group paid tribute to a member who passed away and said good-bye to another who is retiring.

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Water on the way

Irrigation districts preparing for new season

Irrigation districts are finishing up winter projects in anticipation of turning on the water next month for growers and residents in the Lower Valley.

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Cristina Aguilar | Miss Grandview Candidate

A deep love for her city and a desire to share it with others were two of the reasons Cristina Aguilar is running for Miss Grandview.

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Grandview fifth-graders earning We Day trip

Fifth-graders at Harriett Thompson Elementary School are earning their way to a trip to We Day in Seattle one step at a time.

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Church continues Lenten lunch

A tradition lasting more than 40 years is renewed this week as volunteers prepare soup and pie for the community.

Student joins city commission

The Board of Parks and Recreation’s newest member attended her first meeting last night.

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Students earn congressional award

Middle schoolers develop farm workers application

Two Harrison Middle School students were honored today as winners of the 4th Congressional District app-design challenge.

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Liquor store closing; port to develop property

Funny Farm building sold for development

The city’s only contract liquor store is closing.

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Student teams pit robots against each other

Teams from around the state were at the high school Saturday to compete in a qualification tournament for student-built robots.

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New Miss Prosser crowned

The new Miss Prosser court will soon be making the rounds after a tough competition yesterday between five hopefuls vying for the crown.

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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.