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SUNNYSIDE — The Ninth annual Sort 4 the Cause drew 612 two-man ranch sorting teams over the course of the three-day event and raised a total of $72,000 to benefit three Lower Yakima Valley charities on June 14-16 at Specks Arena.

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Driving through White Pass, sun was up, snow was out, and the roads were clear last Thursday.

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The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 1 burn ban due to weather conditions that will be contributing to a build-up of air pollutants for 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, in all of Yakima County, until further notice.

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A mushroom extract fed to honey bees greatly reduces virus levels, according to a new paper from Washington State University scientists,

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Seventh-graders from Granger Middle School finished off a year of hands-on study of salmon and their life cycle by releasing fingerlings they hatched and raised into the Yakima River yesterday, May 9.

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Granger Junior High School seventh graders will converge on a lower Yakima River farm Wednesday, May 9, to learn about the importance of salmon in the Yakima River system.

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Yakama Nation Fisheries, in collaboration with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and University of Idaho, released 32 Pacific lamprey into the Yakima River on Saturday, April 21. Gathered on the bank of the river adjacent to Wine Country Road, a group of about 30 people learned about the life cycle, adult passage and tribal culture surrounding Pacific lamprey.

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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife sharpshooters killed two wolves near Halfway, Ore., on Wednesday, April 18, shooting both from a helicopter.

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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.

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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.

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Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest officials are planning to burn more than 10,000 acres this spring to help alleviate wildfire danger. The burns will take place along the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains from Naches north to the Canadian border.

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Citing the importance of transparency with voters, the Association of Washington Business filed a ballot title challenge to Initiative 1631 on Tuesday, March 27.

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For those who rely upon lake-stored mountain water to supply them with much-needed water from April until the end of harvest, the outlook is good.

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Hirst "fix" leaves out Skagit and residents are left without water rights.

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Progress is being made in the fight against invasive zebra and quagga mussels, which can impair the delivery of water and power, diminish boating and fishing, and devastate ecosystem health. A report on the progress was released by the U.S. Department of Interior.

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The state Department of Ecology announced Tuesday that Cooke Aquaculture will be penalized for violating the terms of its water quality permits in relation to the company’s net pen failure last August.

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State officials are seeking residents' input on how to spend the $112.7 million Washington could receive from a federal settlement with Volkswagen to reduce diesel air pollution. A webinar on using the money is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 28 and a Facebook streaming town hall is set for 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

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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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Though Gov. Inslee and the state’s Department of Ecology are allowing a drought declaration to expire this Thursday, the drought is not over according to local irrigators.

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Heavy rainfall over the last few days has swollen rivers throughout the northwest, but Lower Yakima Valley residents have been spared most of the effects.

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A slight chance of rain and temperatures hovering just above freezing mean tomorrow’s commute should be a bit less icy than today’s.

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Snow-covered, icy roads led to crashes and interrupted some school schedules this morning.

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Three residents of Okanogan County have filed a lawsuit against the Washington State Department of Natural Resources claiming it failed to use reasonable care to contain a small fire on DNR property.

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On orders of Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has enacted an emergency rule to restore cougar harvest rates to 12-16 percent throughout the state for the remainder of the 2015-16 hunting season.

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BURBANK – Tomorrow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin a waterfowl habitat improvement project for Curlew Pond on the Peninsula Unit of McNary National Wildlife Refuge.

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How do you make sure the new starts you’re planting in your vineyard are free of disease?

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Undaunted by cost, and a prospective partner’s late withdrawal, the Roza Irrigation District board on Thursday approved constructing a floating emergency drought relief pumping plant in the Kachess Reservoir.

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A report that claims manure and fertilizer spreading in some areas is likely contaminating the Lower Valley’s groundwater is getting mixed reviews from the Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee.

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Though local lawmakers and irrigators are pleased with last week’s judicial rejection of EPA’s efforts to expand clean water regulations, the upshot is that not much has changed.

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