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SUNNYSIDE — People who may be looking at moving to town should be made fully aware that the community continues to voice support for the prohibition of retail sales of marijuana, and following last Thursday’s City Council Special Meeting, extinguished any idea for officials to lift the quality of life ban.

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OLYMPIA — Washington state Sen. Jim Honeyford (R-Sunnyside) acknowledged how significant regional water-related investments of $40 million for the Yakima River Basin and Columbia River water supply contained in the new state spending plan will help to mitigate climate change.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last Friday, Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) and Jim Costa (D-CA) led a bipartisan letter to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to urge inclusion of much-needed water infrastructure provisions in any forthcoming infrastructure package.

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YAKIMA — The filing deadline for those seeking office in this year’s election passed on Friday, and the list of candidates has grown.

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YAKIMA — It’s time for people interested in elected office to file, and several in the Lower Yakima Valley started the week, submitting their paperwork with the Yakima County Auditor this past Monday.

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Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA) announced on Thursday, May 2, that Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) will serve as the new co-chair for the Congressional Wine Caucus.

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Two bills sponsored by Rep. Jeremie Dufault (R-Selah) are headed to the state Senate after passing in the House last Thursday.

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A long awaited plan to ensure plentiful Yakima River Basin irrigation water during drought years, which also coincides with habitat restoration, is now law.

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“I’m excited to hear about economic development in Grandview,” Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-WA) told Grandview Chamber of Commerce members at Monday’s luncheon, which was part of a day-long visit to the community.

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Gonzalo Palafox, a 10th grader at Sunnyside High School, spent a week working as a page for the Washington State Senate at the Capitol in Olympia.

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City Councilman Dean Broersma was elected president of the Sunnyside Industrial Development Corporation, replacing Port Commissioner Tyler Schilperoort.

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Senator Jim Honeyford, (R-Sunnyside) was recently presented the 2018 Outstanding Services to Veterans Legislator of the Year Award.

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There were only a few surprises in the Yakima County elections this past Tuesday, but by Thursday, the race between Coroner Jack B. Hawkins, and his challenger James “Jim” Curtice was beginning to widen with Curtice moving solidly ahead.

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The leader in the race for Legislative District 15 Representative, Pos. 2, Jeremie Dufault, is surrounded by supporters at the Yakima County Auditor’s Office. As of 8 p.m. last night, the Republican candidate had a 3,803 lead over Democrat A.J. Cooper.

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The vote counts for all candidates for elective office in the 15th Legislative District and Yakima County that affect the Lower Valley went up in late vote counting last week, but positions did not change. In most cases, the leaders of each race added to their margins

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Besides incumbent David Taylor, there is another familiar face running for the 15th Legislative District No. 2 seat, A.J. Cooper, who challenged Taylor last year.

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Granger Mayor Jose Trevino hopes to be the next Yakima County Commissioner from District No. 3, saying he wants to apply “common sense, conservative principles” to problem solving.

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County Commissioner District No. 3 candidates to speak at the forum hosted by the Lower Valley Republicans at Bon Vino’s in Sunnyside last Friday morning had varying qualities to tout about themselves.

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As 9-year incumbent state senator David Taylor prepares for his fifth race for the Washington House of Representative, he declares he remains committed to smaller government, fewer taxes and more freedom.

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In a ruling issued Tuesday, July 3, the Supreme Court of the State of Washington outlined the responsibility of Secretary of State Kim Wyman to accept and evaluate initiative and referendum petitions.

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Gov. Jay Inslee will be stumping on the Yakama Nation reservation Wednesday in promotion of his Results Washington initiative.

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The City Council will meet in chambers at 7 tonight to hear a finance report and consider procedures to negotiate a new city manager contract.

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Here are the candidate filings for voters in the Lower Yakima Valley for the first three days of the filing period.

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Effective Monday, May 7, state Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, changed her last name to her maiden name, Mosbrucker.

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A local lawmaker has been named the Association of Washington Business’ 2018 Legislator of the Year. State Rep. David Taylor, a Republican, was selected for the honor by the group’s Government Affairs County.

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