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SUNNYSIDE — As news broke about Yakima County receiving approval to move to Phase 1.5 in the Safe Start Washington plan by the Department of Health on Friday, July 3, there was a beaming light of lower valley excitement which added to the holiday weekend celebration, minus the traditional fireworks display for diminishing large public gatherings in the wake of COVID-19.

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SUNNYSIDE — With her voice catching in her throat and tears trickling down her cheeks, owner of Family Beauty Salon Daisy Rivas, was feeling the financial pressures as she sought assistance to apply for a small business grant on June 19 – a weight that has lifted off her shoulders a bit since Yakima County has reached Phase 1.5 meaning her small business can open in a limited and gradual capacity.

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YAKIMA — Even as the number of Yakima County jail inmates testing positive for COVID-19 has increased in the past month to 83 as of July 6, Sunnyside Police Department hasn’t seen any new cases since early June, Sunnyside’s Commander Scott Bailey said recently.

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SUNNYSIDE — The Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza request for city lodging tax dollars received the city Lodging Tax Advisory Committee’s stamp of approval Thursday, July 2, after a review of the American Legion Post No. 73 proposal was reviewed by city staff.

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GRANDVIEW — The golden glow of the late evening sun drenched the five-acre alfalfa field out on Old Inland Empire Road as Jonathan Rivera maintains a steady course of custom cutting operations from the cab of the vintage New Holland swather with a reserved farming richness in cultivating their family business, one windrow at a time.

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SUNNYSIDE — As the general advisories led by School District Superintendent Kevin McKay and Communications Director Jessica Morgan continue, the biggest factor is community participation.

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A FORMER FIREFIGHTER’S FAREWELL — On Monday, July 6, Peter Aguirre’s Casket Bearers carry the veteran volunteer firefighter on the City of Sunnyside’s white Engine 12. Aguirre was then driven to his final resting place at Outlook Cemetery.

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TOPPENISH — Free face masks will be available at the Yakama Nation Cultural Center, 100 Spil-Yi Loop, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 10.

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YAKIMA — Bail has been set for a Sunnyside man arrested in connection with a May 30 shooting incident in Sunnyside near S. Ninth Street and Yakima Valley Highway.

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Daniel Fayard of Sunnyside enjoys a late afternoon rest of relaxation underneath the cool shade of a healthy tree following his biking commute on Thursday, June 25. Lower valley temperatures ranged in the 90’s last week as residents trekked outside and began to soak up the sunshine.

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SUNNYSIDE — La Vaquerita, a clothing store owned and operated by the Romero family, have tapped into a youthful and industrious approach handled by Martin, 16, and Uriel, 11, for helping their parents generate an income during the COVID-19 pandemic by selling face coverings outside the downtown store, which have now been made mandatory by the Washington State Department of Health on Friday, June 26.

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SUNNYSIDE — Even as the number of Yakima County positive COVID-19 cases continues to prove daunting, a countywide gubernatorial mandate issued June 23 is designed to require all residents to wear a face covering in public in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus now crippling the county’s economy.

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Yakima can only move through its re-opening phases if the county shows a significant drop in the coronavirus infection rate. To do this, we must work together and wear masks. Wearing a mask will reduce the spread of the virus. (Source: Yakima County Health District)

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