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Two injured in Toppenish crash

Two Yakima residents were injured in a crash shortly after noon Sunday, April 22. Rosanna E. Ervin, 61, an John L. Schei, 73, were taken to Yakima hospitals, the Washington State Patrol said. Another person involved in the crash was not injured.

April 23, 2018 1:44 p.m. read more..

Town Hall meeting set on future of Columbia River Treaty

While dams are spilling water for migrating fish, officials are planning to host a town hall meeting on the future of the Columbia River Treaty on April 25 in Spokane. The treaty with Canada generally governs flood control and hydro-electric power allocations.

April 17, 2018 11 p.m. read more..

Two arrested in drive-by shooting

Lindsey Dominique Albright, 20, and Louis Francisco Aguilar, 26, were arrested Wednesday and booked into the Yakima County Jail in connection with a Terrace Heights drive-by shooting. Albright is allegedly the shooter and Aguilar the get-away driver, authorities said. Coverage brought to you by Sunnyside Ace Hardware.

April 11, 2018 5:29 p.m. read more..

Kiona-Benton begins search for new schools superintedent

Another Lower Yakima Valley school district is looking for a superintendent to lead education beginning with the next school year. The Kiona-Benton School District announced Tuesday, April 10, that it is beginning the search process to replace Superintendent Wade Haun.

April 10, 2018 1:25 p.m. read more..

Sunnyside to flush hydrants next week

The city of Sunnyside will be flushing the water system three days next week. Flushing is set for 3 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17; and 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, April 18 and 19.

April 9, 2018 12:08 p.m. read more..

Zinke should back off grizzlies introduction

If the Cascades provide an ideal ecosystem for grizzlies to flourish, then the number that migrate here naturally from British Columbia will increase naturally. If the ecosystem can’t sustain the population, then the count will remain stagnant or decline. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke needs to allow nature to run its course.

April 3, 2018 6 p.m. read more..

Grapplers bring home gold

More than a third of the Sunnyside Little Grapplers youth wrestling team brought home gold medals Saturday from the Selah Storm tournament.

April 3, 2018 midnight read more..

Newhouse to speak about dams

A court order to increase the water spill over eight dams on the Lower Snake and Columbia River beginning April 3 has Congressman Dan Newhouse concerned. Today at 4:30 p.m., he will lead a related discussion in the Benton Public Utility District office, 2721 West 10th Ave.

April 1, 2018 7 p.m. read more..

Grandview man arrested on pot charge

A local man appeared before Yakima County Superior Court Judge Kevin S. Naught on Thursday for a marijuana-related charge. Justin Levi Curtiss, 32, was booked into the Yakima County Jail for possession of a controlled substance-marijuana, jail records show.

March 30, 2018 11:03 a.m. read more..

Perales loses appeal

Earlier this week, a Criminal Justice Training Commission appellate panel rejected 55-year-old Robert Perales’ arguments intended to help him keep his law enforcement certification.

March 30, 2018 midnight read more..

Stargazing moves to Stonehenge

Solar and dark-sky programs will be shifted to Stonehenge for more than a year as Goldendale Observatory upgrades take place. The observatory and Goldendale Observatory State Park Heritage Site will remain closed until fall of 2019 for the reconstruction project.

March 28, 2018 1:41 p.m. read more..

Prosser man eludes police, but captured later same day

Police apprehended a local man Sunday night who had eluded them earlier in the day. Ruben A. Meza-Rodriguez, 20, was arrested without incident the second time and was booked into the Benton County Jail for attempting to elude, obstructing a law enforcement officer and third-degree driving while license suspended or revoked.

March 27, 2018 2:20 p.m. read more..

Aragon arrested in Selah drive-by shooting

A Selah man has been arrested with a drive-by shooting early Monday morning near Selah. Raganaldo Richard Aragon, 22, is being held in the Yakima County Jail without bail in connection with the shooting.

March 26, 2018 10:49 a.m. read more..

Selah man arrested in drive-by shooting

A Selah man has been arrested with a drive-by shooting early Monday morning near Selah. Raganaldo Richard Aragon, 22, is being held in the Yakima County Jail without bail in connection with the shooting.

March 26, 2018 6 a.m. read more..

Spirit of Sunnyside awards feted

More than 300 people turned out Saturday night, March 25, for the annual Spirit of Sunnyside gala at the Community Center. At the gala, the community recognized the work ethic, volunteer effort and general spirit in the city.

March 25, 2018 midnight read more..

Teams hit Mabton court for memorial

A dozen teams comprising players from Oregon, Washington and Idaho kept the memorial of Carmen Johnson alive Saturday and Sunday with a basketball tournament in his honor.

March 21, 2018 8:56 a.m. read more..

State patrol investigating truck crash

A tractor-trailer overturned this morning on the Interstate 82 offramp at Grandview's Stover Road exit. The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident that closed both the eastbound onramp.

March 20, 2018 10:06 a.m. read more..

Toddler found in Yakima River dies at hospital

One toddler is home and another dead after they wandered off from their Yakima River home near DeMoss Road. The children wandered off after their father fell asleep at about 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 19.

March 19, 2018 7:10 p.m. read more..

Second student protest looms

Two more political action committees are encouraging students to protest guns, while raising money under the guise of safe schools

March 19, 2018 11:25 a.m. read more..


Mabton Junior/Senior High School students rallied for gun control for 17 minutes as they marched from the school to the center of town Wednesday, March 14.

March 16, 2018 9:36 a.m. read more..

Man arrested in connection with bowling alley shooting

The Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force arrested a known gang member Thursday in connection with a shooting that took place March 4 outside Minda Lanes Bowling Alley in Yakima. Clemente Morales III, 34, was arrested in Redmond for aggravated assault with a gun.

March 15, 2018 8:26 p.m. read more..

Mabton man busted for dealing drugs

A Mabton man is in jail today after a three-month drug investigation. Michael Paul Alanis, 37, is being held without bail on two counts of violating the offender accountability act, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, maintaining a dwelling/vehicle for drugs and second-degree criminal mischief, Yakima County Jail records show.

March 15, 2018 1:21 p.m. read more..

Turnout mixed for walkout

A large percentage of students walked out of class today in Grandview and Mabton. Much smaller turnouts were found in Granger and Sunnyside.

March 14, 2018 12:11 p.m. read more..

Grapplers bring home 35 medals from Yakima

The Sunnyside Little Grapplers brought 35 medals home last Saturday from the Eisenhower wrestling tournament in Yakima. “As expected, it was a good tourney for us,” coach Daniel Guillen said of his team of wrestlers ages 5-14. “We did very well and brought home a lot of hardware.”

March 14, 2018 midnight read more..

D.C. politicos leading planned walkout

Naked Washington, D.C.-based political activism is likely to infest many of our schools this week. Under the guise of eliminating school violence, the political action committee Women’s March has called for students nationwide to walk out of class at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, March 14, to promote more stringent anti-gun laws.

March 13, 2018 10:37 p.m. read more..

Prosser School District plans safe schools program

The School District is organizing a community program on school safety for 6 p.m. Monday, March 19. The program will include information on "how our schools prepare for emergencies and what parents should do if a school emergency occurs," a release by district officials said.

March 13, 2018 1:34 p.m. read more..

Schools ready for walkouts

Area students who decide to walk out of class Wednesday will likely face different reactions from school officials, depending on whether they protest guns or focus on remembering students killed in the so-called “Valentine’s Day Massacre.”

March 12, 2018 11:38 a.m. read more..