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  • Department of Labor assesses Ostrom Farms, finds $74K in penalties

    Ileana Martinez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Aug 17, 2023

    The United States Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division found Ostrom Mushroom Farms LLC failed to pay its workers the required wage rate, nor did they provide cooking facilities or three meals per day, which are all violations of the H-2A temporary agricultural program, according to a press release from the DOL on Thursday, August 10. The press release goes on to say that workers discovered the housing listed in the job order was not available, and that Ostrom Farms...

  • Granger teacher receives Fulbright Award

    Ileana Martinez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Oct 5, 2022

    GRANGER - Stephanie King, English teacher at Granger High School, has recently been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award presented by the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. According to King, 62 applicants were selected out of a pool of close to 400. "I knew it was prestigious but when I learned the numbers, it just made it that much more important to me," she said. Prior to this cohort, only nine educators from Washington have been...

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