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Ted Escobar

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Planned Parenthood sex education here

Spokane board shot down for considering curriculum

The School District has planned a parent night from 5:15-6:45 p.m on Wednesday Jan. 24 to see a presentation of the sex education curriculum for the middle school designed by Planned Parenthood.

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Rattlesnake Slide workers prepared for the worst

In worst case I-82 traffic to Wapato, Granger

The landslide predicted for Rattlesnake Ridge probably won’t land on Interstate 82, according to Joint Information Center spokesperson Lisa VanClise.

Mabton, Sunnyside not targets

There were threats on social media Wednesday that appeared to be targeting schools in Mabton and Sunnyside.

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32-unit apartment complex going up

Construction is under way on the apartments Paul and Julie Almanza planned last year for the southwest slope of Cherry Hill.

Group says new council member has conflicts

Asking about residency, ties to David Rand

A coalition of former Sunnyside City Council members, City Commissioners and residents asked the current City Council Monday evening to seek a legal opinion on a potential conflict of interest regarding newly elected member John Henry.

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Ostrom Mushrooms project moving along

Ostrom Mushroom Farms, normally associated with western Washington, will soon be known as a Yakima Valley Company.

Zillah man killed by car

Car hits two pedestrians, killing one man and injuring his adult son

A man was killed, and his son was injured early last evening when a car struck both of them as they walked along Roza Drive in the 1400 block.

Former city leaders move to invalidate Henry’s election

The first City Council meeting of the year started with a challenge of the validity of newcomer John Henry.

Council starts new year with bang

Hart selected as the first woman to be mayor of Sunnyside

It was one shock after another as the City Council opened its new year with the selection of leadership.

Hernandez: It’s a good time to consider investing

“And today the Dow Jones closed at a new record high of 25,295.87,” the news anchor said as he closed his show Friday.

Mayor James Restucci: Exciting year ahead

New hospital will be 2018’s crown jewel

Thinking ahead to 2018, Mayor Jim Restucci says “It’s going to be an exciting year.”

Ready for imposed $1 spike for gasoline?

Republicans will fight the governor’s carbon tax

Are you ready for the state to add another dollar to the price of gasoline? A local legislator says that just may be the case.

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Council adds to 6-year plan

It was a light night of business for the first City Council meeting of the year Monday.

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Christmas season: Three kings arrive

Arrival of kings calls for a feast for Mexicans everywhere

For many people, Christmas has come and gone, but for Catholics it continues through Saturday, the day three kings arrive to see the baby Jesus.

Sunnyside man face charges after burglary

An alert neighbor called police in time for them to catch a suspect shortly after a burglary at 1516 Rock Ave.

Football odds and ends

Well, lookie here. Li’l ole Alabama is playing for the collegiate football national championship again.

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No one hurt in Forsell Road fire

Electrical short causes small rural blaze

A house fire late yesterday on Forsell road, just off Sunnyside Mabton Highway was put out quickly by firefighters, and no one was hurt.

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Granger KDNA going in right direction

Office spaces filled with tenants

Gilberto Alaniz, who signed on as director in 2013, says things are going smoothly for the Granger Community Center, commonly known as the Radio KDNA building.

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Supreme Court nixes murder sentence review

Wanted long sentence shortened by federal court

Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic reported last week that a man hoping for a reduction in sentence for multiple murders in which he participated in 1993 was turned away by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Turtle Lounge plans long night

No alcohol, only fun, owners says

If your minor children are insisting on partying New Year’s Eve, you may want to suggest the Turtle Lounge at 429 S. Sixth St.

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‘Life is great’ for fast food manager

Jonaton Mejia was 18 and had a high school diploma but not much else as he was crossing the border from Mexico into the United States.

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Port optimistic about 2018

Construction under way for four new businesses

Working on construction projects brought about by the addition of four new businesses in 2017, the Port of Grandview is looking forward to 2018 with hope for more.

House fire $60,000 loss

Cold weather hampered firefighting

A fire that started in a chase went unnoticed long enough that it was able to spread and cause $60,000 damage to a residence at 522 Bond St. Saturday.

Christmas magic was in the air

Most Hallmark movies of the season use the phrase “Christmas magic,” or some variation.

Drive-by suspects arrested

Caught the second time through alley

Beefed up observation led to drive-by arrests Sunday morning.

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Homeless enjoy Christmas meal at Underground

An annual blessing at Oasis Church

Elizabeth Knowles prepared and served Christmas dinner to Sunnyside’s homeless citizens at noon Friday, and more than a dozen people dined.

Suspect car in drive-bys had firearms

Police believe they have suspect Caddy

Police here believe they may have found the car involved in recent drive-by shootings.

Head butt does not work with officers

Corrections officer suffers pain, redness

You see head butts in sports all the time that go unpunished. But don’t try that with corrections officers in the city jail, an inmate learned Saturday.

Man racks up charges in chase

Police chase suspect around Grandview

Police here stopped a Mabton man after a high-speed chase Wednesday night, but not before the man racked up a long list of charges.

Rekindle family ties this Christmas

I hope you enjoyed the story of Mabton’s Kathy Beeman and her family the last four days.

Broken taillight leads to big charges

Pistol found under seat of car during stop

A broken brake light got the attention of officer Ricardo Abarca at midnight Tuesday and led to an arrest on weapons charges.

County decides to charge for water

Scenario feared by legislators

Tuesday’s decision by Yakima County Commissioners to require meters on new wells and payment for consumption may be opening the door to complete government control of water.

Another Golson arrested on drug charges

Same residence as man who led to shooting

Deborah Golson, 53, of 503 N. Chestnut in Toppenish, was arrested on drugs and weapons charges last Friday night.

Most Memorable Christmases

Every year I hear the question, “When was you best Christmas?” asked on TV shows, movies and even among friends.

Police sought drug suspect before shooting

Golson led police on chase 24 hours earlier

The officer-involved shooting last Friday night might not have occurred if a man wanted by Toppenish police had not slipped through their fingers earlier that day.

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Zillah fetes Mayor Clark

The Daily Sun becomes city’s paper of record

The City Council conducted a little business last night, but the meeting was dedicated to outgoing Mayor Gary Clark.

Student released without being charged in threat

Target’s parent upset with threat handling

The father of one of the four boys targeted in the violence threat that forced schools here into a day-long lockdown Dec. 15 doesn’t like the way the School District and law have handled things.

Stolen cars recovered in Toppenish area

Suspect caught with ‘jiggle keys’ in pocket

City police and Yakima County Sheriff’s Office deputies recovered two stolen vehicles Friday and Monday.

Zillah officer on leave after shooting

Man would not drop handgun

A Zillah policeman is on paid administrative leave while Yakima investigators look into a late Friday night officer-involved shooting.

Wapato schools locked down

District deals with two social media threats

The Wapato School District had to deal with dual threats of violence at two schools Friday, but they weren’t necessarily aimed at the schools, according to Community relations specialist Mike Balmeli.

3 area drivers crash

Three area residents had single car crashes Saturday morning. In two of the crashes, the Washington State Patrol said the drivers were going too fast for conditions. In the third case, the State Patrol is still investigating.

Wapato public works director, police chief, fired

In one of his first acts as Mayor of Wapato, Juan Orozco fired the police chief and public works director.

Modern day ‘rustler’

Dairy cows stolen, sold at auction

A man who worked for J and K Dairy more than 20 years, has been arrested and charged with the alleged theft of 30 cows from the employer.

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Faithful line up for ‘The Last Jedi’

They started to line up at 3 p.m. in freezing temperatures

Star Wars fans started lining up four hours before the 7 p.m. opening of The Last Jedi at Grand Cinemas Yakima Valley last night.

Vehicle-prowl suspect jailed

Responding to a car prowl call, policeman J. Rosenow ran into a car that yielded enough evidence for multiple criminal charges.

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Facebook education leaders visit Toppenish

Relationship grows with Wildcat Nation

The governor and the superintendent of public instruction were no-shows yesterday at the Toppenish School District technology showcase.

Lockdown forced by ‘just a dumb idea?’

Question for prosecutor: the proper charges

The lockdown of Grandview Schools Tuesday happened because of threat of violence which caught the middle school in its cross hairs, possibly indirectly.

Fun times at Toppenish council

I attended the Toppenish City Council meeting Monday night for the first time in 11 years and was entertained, just like the old days.

New Eye Center site coming

The Port of Sunnyside’s sale of 1.2 acres of land at Golob Landing should mean improved access to medical and legal services. Port Executive Director Jay Hester announced that The Eye Center of Yakima has purchased the property for two new professional buildings.

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Bugle boy receives gift from Legion

American Legion Post 130 of Zillah knows how to do things right.