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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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SUNNYSIDE — Four vacant positions at the Sunnyside Police Department and another potential four becoming available in the near future are just a part of the personnel woes Chief Al Escalera is facing.

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SUNNYSIDE — The City Council and members of the various commissions and boards were provided refreshing reminders about their roles and responsibilities, as well as the law as it pertains to those roles.

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SPLASH DOWN — Chief Kamiakin Elementary School first and third grade students enjoy time at the Sunnyside Municipal Swimming Pool during their end-of-the-year pool party this past Tuesday.

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SUNNYSIDE — A large group of cyclists decked out in all the safety gear, including fluorescent yellow and bright blue were seen in town taking a rest late last Friday morning.

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PROSSER — For the first year ever, Prosser Memorial Health Foundation organized the annual Bottles, Brews & BBQs event.

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SUNNYSIDE — A $3,000 grant from Legends Casino Yakama Cares program will aid the Sunnyside Fire Department with the purchase of new cardiac monitors.

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YAKIMA — A powerful message from people seeking justice and closure for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) was shared during a panel discussion about Savanna’s Act, hosted by Rep. Dan Newhouse on Thursday, May 30, at the Yakima Chamber of Commerce.

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SUNNYSIDE — It was like a well-planned military field exercise, which began before the sun would fully light up the peaceful grounds for members of the VFW, American Legion and AMVETS, along with the public this past Saturday.

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SUNNYSIDE — Astria Health was granted the motion to obtain Chapter 11 relief in the form $28 million in debtor in possession financing on May 9.

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GRANDVIEW — When Sean Levesque stood before the Rotary Club last Wednesday, he issued a stark warning: “This topic makes people uncomfortable.”

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YAKIMA COUNTY — The Sheriff’s office is reminding residents of Yakima County of persistent telephone scammers demanding money for several reasons.

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GRANDVIEW — The Carnation water tower in Sunnyside isn’t the only surviving evidence of its presence and influence on the Lower Yakima Valley.

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SUNNYSIDE — The city officially reopened Stackhouse Bridge, located at the intersection of Stackhouse Street and NW Crescent Avenue, to Memorial Day weekend travelers, following a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony commemorating the completion of the nearly $1.07 million project on Friday morning, May 24.

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SUNNYSIDE — The city’s annual Spring Cleanup event attracted residents, along with their pickup trucks and trailers loaded with household trash and landscape waste, to the free disposal day at South Fifth Street, next to Central Park, on Saturday.

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MABTON — Motorists will need to travel a detour route to and from Mabton on several dates next month.

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SUNNYSIDE — Finding ways to get residents and visitors to visit and invest in the downtown core is the major objective of a new citizen’s group.

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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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SUNNYSIDE — At the May 16 Sunnyside United-Unidos meeting, coalition members learned about what’s drawing youth to gangs and steps that might prevent them from joining.

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SUNNYSIDE — Last week’s announcement regarding Astria Health filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy not only placed what officials are calling a “pause” on creditors, it also pauses forward movement on a new Astria Sunnyside Hospital campus.

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SUNNYSIDE — Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care appointed Shelby Moore as its new executive director following Ronald K. Jetter’s retirement on Friday, April 26.

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SUNNYSIDE — Rep. Jeremie Dufault of the 15th Legislative District made a visit to Daren Fickel’s social studies classroom and taught an interactive 90-minute period of Washington state government at Harrison Middle School on Monday, May 6.

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SUNNYSIDE — Sunnyside’s City Council is rescheduling consideration of the proposed ordinance to modify the current zoning prohibiting the retail sale of marijuana.

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GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Chamber of Commerce honored community members and businesses during the annual Chamber awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 30 at the School District’s training center.

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GRANDVIEW — Ryan Wattenbarger, formerly a student at Sunnyside High School and a YVC alumni, will have brews from his new Moonshot Brewery served during the social hour at the12th annual Grape to Glass Gala – A Winemaker’s Dinner.

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ZILLAH — The annual Zillah Community Days commences this Friday with the opening of the vendors’ booths and carnival at Stewart Park.

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The pageantry of the Charros and Caballeros were among the big attractions in the 31th annual Sunnyside Cinco De Mayo Parade this past Sunday.

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South Fifth Street is closed starting May 1. It is closed between Grant and Decatur Avenues for the carnival and Cinco de Mayo event.

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The carnival is setting up, the streets are ready for more than 100 street vendors, all in preparation for the 31st annual Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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The 2019 Northwest Nitro Nationals Pro Hillclimb opens with the amateur and semi-pro races starting at 9 a.m. This is the second round of the Pro Hillclimb series events in the North American Hillclimbers Association circuit.

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Amber Burnett’s enthusiastic passion for teaching agriculture to kids of all ages continues to inspire those she touched for bringing to life her meaningful farming lessons, which radiated into United Methodist’s preschool classroom last Friday.

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A project planned about six years ago has been on standby for several years, awaiting the availability of federal funding.

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Although he’s been a commissioned officer since the age of 21, newly appointed Granger Police Chief Steve Araguz has been involved in law enforcement since the age of 14.

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Activity on the city-owned “Monson feedlot property” may be on the horizon. One Energy Renewables is looking at building a solar farm there and has received a $500,000 grant from the Washington State Department of Commerce for a feasibility and development study.

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TUNNEL OF PROMISE — The cherry blossoms in this orchard at Independence and Washout roads this past Monday, Earth Day, are a vision of promise for a fruitful harvest. Carefully tended, they will bring about the first tree crops in the Yakima Valley.

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