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  • WSDA seeks assistance in halting Japanese Beetle spread

    Kennia Perez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Dec 28, 2023

    The Washington States Department of Agriculture (WSDA) is asking for help from Yakima County residents in stopping the spread of Japanese Beetles. Residents that live in Grandview, Sunnyside, Outlook, Mabton and Prosser can receive free treatment that will help stop the spread of the beetles. In 2023, more than 19,000 beetles were caught within the Yakima, Benton and Franklin County with an increasing number of beetles being caught in Sunnyside and Mabton. To read more from...

  • New rules protecting farmworkers now in effect

    Kennia Perez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Jul 27, 2023

    New rules protecting outdoor workers including farm and construction workers from hot weather hazards have taken effect as of Monday, July 17. The rules were put in place to better protect workers as hotter and drier temperatures begin to set in. Having first set heat protection rules for outdoor workers in 2008, Washington continues to be one of a few states with heat protection rules in place. The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries recently made changes in order to provide further protections and expand on...

  • First Japanese beetles of the year detected in Grandview

    Kennia Perez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Jun 29, 2023

    GRANDVIEW - The Washington State Department of Agricultures (WSDA) has detected their first Japanese Beetle for 2023. The beetle was detected in a trap near the Grandview High School on Tuesday, June 20. In 20222 the larvae for the beetle were first detected on June 13, the larvae were detected in the garden of one of the residents within the infestation area of Grandview. After confirming the specimen was the beetle the WSDA installed traps surrounding the property to...

  • Sheriff's office seeking information regarding recent dog killings

    Kennia Perez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Jun 1, 2023

    Pasado’s Safe Haven, an animal sanctuary and rescue organization in the Pacific Northwest, is partnering with People for Animal Care and Kindness and Team Okanogan Animal Rescue to increase the reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for a string of dog killings in the Yakima Valley. The total reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people involved in these killings is now $10,000; the reward was previously set at $1,000 in April. Since March 2023, local law enforcement p...

  • Attorney General files civil rights lawsuit against Ostrom Mushroom Farms

    Kennia Perez, Sunnyside Sun|Updated Aug 18, 2022

    Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ostrom Mushroom Farms in Sunnyside on Wednesday, August 17. Ferguson's lawsuit, filed at the Yakima County Superior Court, asserts that Ostrom discriminated against its workers on the basis of gender, citizenship and immigration status, in violation of the Washington Law Against Discrimination. "The evidence my team uncovered is clear," Ferguson said. "Ostrom discriminated against female farmworkers and...

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