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Roger Harnack

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Worry about citizens’ tuition first

Two bills introduced in the state Senate could limit opportunities for bonafide American students from Eastern Washington to attend state universities and colleges.

Bunkerville winners seek investigation

Judge made it clear the government misbehaved

Rep. Matt Shea said lawmakers from the Pacific Northwest are in the process of drafting a letter seeking an investigation of the Bureau of Land Management, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and now Deputy U.S. Attorney Stephen Myhre.

Prosser wrestlers win Bavarian Tournament

Six Mustangs make it into title bouts

The Prosser Mustangs brought home a team title Saturday from the Bavarian Wrestling Tournament.

BLM loses ‘Battle of Bunkerville’ case

Spokane Valley Rep. Shea aided in blowing case wide open

A federal judge yesterday dismissed the charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, two of his sons and a Montana supporter in the so-called “Battle of Bunkerville” case.

Grizzlies boys pin foes at Hanford tourney

Sunnyside wrestlers bring home Winter Cup team title

Sunnyside grapplers out-maneuvered others at Hanford High School’s annual Boys Winter Cup on Saturday to win the team title. The Grizzlies amassed 216.5 points to win the championship, edging out second-place Pasco with 198.5.

Sequim Democrat poses common sense idea for rural economies

A Sequim Democrat has a tax credit idea that could boost rural economies in Eastern Washington, as well as his hometown on the North Olympic Peninsula.

Eastern Washington lawmaker welcomes mistrial

Shea hopes for federal land management change in West

An Eastern Washington lawmaker instrumental in uncovering whistleblower documents in the “Battle of Bunkerville” standoff in Nevada is hopeful the effort will bring improved land management practices to the Pacific Northwest, and the entire West.

Franz: Abandon park fee hike

The state commissioner of public lands is calling on the federal government to reject a plan to raise fees to access national parks.

A small wish list for Santa Claus

Family is home. The fridge is full. The Christmas decorations are up. Life is good.

Zillah policeman shoots armed suspect

Police were looking for a man wanted for several crimes at the time of the shooting

Zillah police shot an armed man late Friday night. The names of officer and the man he shot were not immediately released. Police said the man came out of a house in the 200 block of First Avenue armed with a handgun. When he refused to drop it, the officer shot him, police said.

Two threats prompt lockdown of Wapato schools Friday

Threats focused on Wapato High School and PACE alternative high school, officials say

For the second time this week, an area school district locked down campuses in response to social media threats. The Wapato School District went into lockdown mode at 8:15 Friday morning following unrelated threats targeting Wapato High School and PACE alternative high school. On Monday, Grandview schools were locked down following a threat on SnapChat. That threat targeted Grandview Middle School. A 13-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with that threat.

Urbanites want to control our water

We should have seen it coming last summer when westside lawmakers refused to consider bills to address well-drilling issues created by the state Supreme Court’s Hirst decision.

Grandview schools locked down following threat

Social media post alarms school officials, law enforcement

Grandview School District schools are locked down today following a threat on social media. District officials and law enforcement became aware of the threat this morning, officials said, announcing classrooms are in a "secure and teach" mode until further notice.

Matters of gender do matter

Isn’t it ironic that Washingtonians take pride in residing in one of the most educated places in the nation, yet we allow our bureaucrats to reject basic science for personal political agendas and feelings?

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ACH tops Sunnyside Christian for state 1B title

The Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors won the state 1B football title in a record-setting game Friday night in the Tacoma Dome. The Warriors outlasted the Sunnyside Christian Knights, 84-60. The Warriors' score was the highest ever posted by a single team in a state title football game, and the combined score was more than any other championship game, according to WIAA records dating back to 1973. The Knights are the first-ever football team from Sunnyside to make it into a state title game. This is the Warriors fourth championship victory in five games since 1980. In other Friday night football, O'Dea upended Rainier Beach, 38-11, to win the state 3A title in the dome.

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Media shows its East Coast bias

While the national media is fixated on the sexual antics of their East Coast anchors, and wealthy lawmakers, real news is taking place in Las Vegas, Nev., news that has a very real possibility of changing how public land is managed here and across the rest of The West.

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Sunnyside man among finalists for top Okanogan post

A local man, named as a finalist for the Okanogan School District superintendent post, is excited about the opportunity to head north. Joseph “Joey” Castilleja, 37, is one of three finalists to replace the retiring Richard Johnson in Okanogan.

Prosser girls win at Mabton Jamboree

Vikings, Knights both go 1-1 in first outing

The Prosser girls basketball team looked strong Saturday, winning games against Sunnyside Christian and Mabton.

Prosser boys top Yakama Tribal, White Swan

Vikings fall to White Swan, Yakama Tribal

The Prosser boys basketball team rolled over the competition Saturday during the annual Mabton Jamboree as the host Vikings dropped two games.

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Cox: Mustangs must play as a team to win

Jamboree on tap in Mabton

The only returning starter on the Mustangs boys basketball team says the key to success this season is playing as a team.

Driver who led police on chase in court

Turned off lights, drove wrong way

A local man appeared in Yakima County Superior Court yesterday to face a charge from a high-speed chase that occurred last month in Sunnyside.

Troopers plan traffic emphasis through Nov. 26

Cougar football fans encouraged to drive safely and be prepared for winter weather

The Washington State Patrol has extra units on Eastern Washington highways through Nov. 26. Troopers will be targeting motorists who are speeding, driving too fast for conditions and using cellphones behind the wheel. Up-to-date road information will be posted to Twitter using the hashtags BeSafeCougs and #AppleCup.

Election consequences will hurt

A key election win for westside Democrats will likely have dramatic consequences for Eastern Washington — and most likely, not for the better.

Parking violation turns up pot, guns

Sawed-off shotgun, pistol located in trunk

A local man could be facing multiple charges after a search of his vehicle turned up marijuana and firearms Monday.

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Police seek help in robbery

Suspect wore a dust mask and flat-bill hat

Police are still looking for information on the masked man who robbed Yakima Federal Savings and Loan about 4 p.m. Tuesday. The suspect is described as a white or light-skinned Hispanic male, standing 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5, and weighing about 130 pounds.

State volleyball tournament opens

The state high school volleyball tournament opens Thursday morning in the Yakima Valley SunDome in Yakima. Only two Lower Yakima Valley teams made qualified. Sunnyside Christian girls looking for a trophy in the 1B division. Their first game is at 9:45 a.m. The Kiona Benton girls open play at 5:15 p.m. Friday in the 1A division. Daily Sun staff will be following the local girls on their road to trophies.

Maintain pot ban, voters tell county

Statewide, voters want taxes repealed

Rural Yakima County voters don’t want retail marijuana businesses in their areas. That’s the message a straw ballot was sending to county commissioners after the initial count of ballots in the Nov. 7 general election.

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Yakima Federal Savings robbed

Masked man makes off with undisclosed amount of cash

A masked bandit made off with an undisclosed amount of cash about 4 p.m. yesterday after robbing Yakima Federal Savings and Loan.

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Yakima Federal robbed

Police are investigating the holdup of the Sunnyside branch of Yakima Savings and Loan about 4 p.m. today. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of money. He is described as about 5-foot-3 and thin wearing a baseball hat. Police said he was described as either white or a light-skinned Hispanic.

Community leaders urged to become everyday heroes

Childhood experiences focus of presentation

About 140 people turned out yesterday for the annual Key Leaders luncheon to learn ways to make the community better.

Court files prompt questions

For the last several days, I’ve been trying to track down something intentionally being overlooked in the shootout between Washington State Patrol trooper Nate Dawson and three defendants.

Bill to reduce forest fires passes House

Rep. Newhouse co-sponsored measure

A bill co-sponsored by a Sunnyside congressman to help reduce massive forest fires and end “fire borrowing” passed the House of Representatives yesterday.

Mabton police taser man in domestic assault

Man arrested after attacking mom, sister

A local man wanted on a warrant for escaping corrections was apprehended by city police who tasered him following a domestic altercation Halloween night.

Trail leads to another man’s arrest

Patrol connects Jose Alvarez to shootout

Detectives following the escape route yesterday of three men involved in last week’s shootout with a Washington State Patrol trooper have made a fourth arrest.

Searches yield more than 2 tons of pot

Couple arrested for stashes in Grandview and Sunnyside

Two people appeared in Yakima County Superior Court in Yakima yesterday afternoon, facing charges in connection with a marijuana growing operation taking place in Sunnyside and Grandview.

Two women killed in crash

Four children hurt in Wapato incident

Two Pasco women were killed early Sunday morning in a crash a mile west of the city.

Third person charged in shootout

Police: Madrigal helped shooters to get away

Another local man has been charged in connection to an Oct. 23 shootout with a Washington State Patrol trooper.

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Prosser upends Ephrata

With a dominating first-half performance, the Prosser Mustangs cruised to an easy, 41-14, win Saturday over Ephrata.

Two men arrested in shooting

Two Lower Yakima Valley men were in jail overnight awaiting charges in connection with the attempted shooting of a Washington State Patrol trooper Monday night.

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Knights sweep Patriots

Grizzlies fall to Moses Lake in three sets

The Sunnyside Christian girls volleyball team swept Liberty Christian in three sets last night.

Sunnyside Grid Kids advance to semi-finals

9 year olds to play La Salle, 11 year olds face Ellensburg

Two Sunnyside youth football teams take to Sozo fields Saturday in Grid Kids semi-finals.

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Students, vets team up for Wounded Warriors

Players enjoy a few laughs during unconventional basketball game

It was an unconventional 56-50 overtime win for Sunnyside High School students.

Granger hopes to share volleyball title

Spartans face Rangers at 6:30 p.m. today

The Spartans girls volleyball team face Naches Valley at 6:30 p.m. today for a chance to share a league title.

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Prosser secures CWAC championship

Grandview brings win back from Quincy

The Mustang girls came home last night as league volleyball champs after edging the Tigers, 3-2.

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Manhunt continues

‘Dark-skinned’ men opened fire on trooper

The Washington State Patrol is searching for two “dark-skinned males” following a high-speed chase and exchange of gunfire last night.

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Standoff turns into manhunt

Two 'dark-skinned males' exchanged gunfire with state trooper

The Washington State Patrol this morning is searching for two “dark-skinned males” following a high-speed chase and exchange of gunfire last night.

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Standoff continues west of Grandview

Armed suspects believed to be barricaded in rural Forsell Road home

Standoff began when occupants of a vehicle and law enforcement exchanged gunfire during a pursuit

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Truck driver killed in crash

Authorities on-scene extricating driver from wreckage on SLI Road

SLI Road, north of Sunnyside, is closed following a tractor-trailer crash that killed a truck driver.

Friday, Oct. 20, headline news from the Lower Yakima Valley

Here are the Friday, Oct. 20th, headlines from the Lower Yakima Valley and The Daily Sun News.

‘Real Newspapers, Real News’

As a community newspaper publisher, nothing irks me more than people saying they get their news online or on television.