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Jennie McGhan

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Claudia Pena

Students and community members in Sunnyside, says 2015-16 Miss Sunnyside hopeful Claudia Pena, need a good role model and someone to serve as “…a positive voice.”

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Sexual harassment should never be tolerated

Sexual harassment is an issue that sometimes is overlooked, but should never be allowed in the workplace.

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SHS’s top scientist named region’s top teacher

Sunnyside educator is third in as many years to receive award

It’s a three-peat for the Sunnyside School District, which again staffs the top educator in the region.

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Back to school message for Sunnyside educators is to develop ‘growth mindset’

Sunnyside School District staff were inspired and challenged to develop a “growth mindset” during yesterday’s welcome back celebration.

Bonnieview Road closure in Grandview scheduled for Sept. 1

Not everyone happy roadway being shuttered

Bonnieview Road in Grandview will be closed for 45 days beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1. A few citizens are not happy about that.

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Life Options continuing efforts to serve Lower Valley

Life Options is on the grow – as in big time.

Mabton School Board members pledge more time on campus

Mabton Jr./Sr. High School students believe school board members should spend more time on campus. That’s according to student representative Jose Amezcua, who last night spoke to the board about the issue of the board’s presence in the schools.

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Five vying for same Grandview Council seat

During last week’s special filing period five citizens threw their names in the hat for the Grandview City Council position 4 seat, currently held by Mike Everett.

Sunnyside native named new Superior Court judge

Born and raised in Sunnyside, David Estudillo aspired to obtain an education at the urging of his parents.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Lucero Mejia

Wanting to inspire young girls and others who have dreams is not a new concept for Lucero “Lucy” Mejia.

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Sunnyside United plans community education forum

Well-versed speakers representing the health, law enforcement and education segments of the community have been lined up for a community forum being planned by Sunnyside United.

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There are ways to pinch pennies

“I’ve never seen a receipt that long.” That was what a clerk at an office supply store this past Saturday told me after he finished ringing up all my back-to-school purchases.

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Big sticks work

...when it comes to stopping armed intruders in our schools

Having the mindset to stop an active shooter from taking lives is only half the battle when confronted with a school shooting scenario.

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Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce loses non-profit status with IRS

Local business group in arrears to tune of $44,000

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Jessica Linde

Stepping out of her comfort zone as an athlete and advocate among her peers is Jessica Linde.

Grandview firearms regulations on the table

Last month the Grandview City Council was on the cusp of changing the town’s firearms regulations, to allow individuals to carry guns in city parks and at the cemetery.

Grandview modifies plans for Fourth Street upgrade

To move forward with improvements planned for East Fourth Street in Grandview city officials had to amend the scope of work, change the type of light poles to be used and toss in additional money.

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Mixed feelings with Yakima author’s debut novel

Reading the debut novel New Beginnings by J. Gawlik of Yakima is both enjoyable and frustrating at times.

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JV coach now at helm of Lady ‘Hounds basketball program

Former Grandview High School girls junior varsity basketball coach Chad Bunker has taken charge of the varsity girls team.

New police commander on the job come Monday

After a lengthy wait, the Sunnyside Police Department has a new commander, who will report for duty next Monday.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Carolina Limon

Vying for the 2015-16 Miss Sunnyside crown is Sunnyside High School golf team and orchestra member Carolina Limon.

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Sunnyside family pumped about getting back into the gasoline business

Just more than a year ago an unknown motorist wiped out the fuel pumps at Estudillo’s Food Store on the corner of SR-241 and Sheller Road.

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Sunnyside court wrapping up its 2014-15 reign

As ambassadors of the community, the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside court has remained busy since being crowned last October.

End of season event finishes on sour note

I am left scratching my head after this past weekend’s Mid-Valley Swim League championship event in Prosser.

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Maintaining the trust of his customers top priority of salesman

Approximately five years ago Edgar Garcia became a sales representative at Mid Valley Chrysler Dodge Jeep/Marine in Grandview.

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Local teens cleaning up state highways

Each summer a select number of teens in the Yakima Valley, ages 14 and older, are accepted into the Ecology Youth Corps.

Grandview schools will likely refinance 1999 bonds

With lower interest rates and a call date for the voter-approved bonds from 1999 looming, the Grandview School Board was last night asked to consider refinancing the remaining $5.1 million owed on those bonds.

Co-founder of wrestling club joins parks and recreation board

Wanting to create more fun and enriching opportunities, specifically for children in kindergarten through sixth grades, Monica Guillen has signed on as the newest member of the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board.

Local mayors tapped to represent interests of cities

The members of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) last month voted Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci as its new vice president and Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez as the fourth district representative.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Samantha Herrera

Motivated by the opportunity to participate in a worthy community service project, as well as scholarship opportunities, Samantha Herrera is vying for the 2015-16 Miss Sunnyside title. She said, “It looks good on a job application, too.”

Witnessing random act of kindness inspiring to one Sunnyside woman

Reading and listening to the news can sometimes make a person cynical and wary when something out of the ordinary occurs, admits Sandi Johnston, a Sunnyside woman.

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FruitSmart seeks support to have Bonnieview Road vacated

A stretch of Bonnieview Road in Grandview that is heavily utilized by FruitSmart, as well as other motorists, has become heavily congested with the quick growth of the food processor.

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Stadium upgrade progressing well

The $1.6 million construction of Grandview High School’s athletic facilities is well on its way.

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Sunnyside hospital’s vision established by needs of community

For 10 years Trevor Smith, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s newly hired director of business development, worked for Kennewick General Hospital in the Tri-Cities.

STEM learning opportunities flourishing in Washington state

For the past several years experts and education leaders in Washington state have been working toward the goal of improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education statewide.

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Mabton OKs $12.1 million schools budget

Schools in the community of Mabton will operate on a $12.1 million budget this coming school year.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Jaquelinne Herrera

Miss Sunnyside candidate Jaquelinne Herrera is one of nine young ladies vying for the 2015-16 title this year.

Grandview attorney seated on council before fall election

Mike Everett has twice before served on the Grandview City Council, and believes he can again make a difference in the community.

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Airport runway, taxiway upgrade planned next summer

The Sunnyside City Council will soon decide whether or not to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Association to help with paying for the renovation of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport’s runway and taxiway.

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Miss Sunnyside princess details ambassadorship activities for Rotarians

Because her fellow 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside court members are away at cheerleading camp, first princess Madison Marro stood alone as Monday’s Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club guest speaker.

Sedro Woolley man joins Port of Sunnyside staff

Just a couple weeks before graduating from Central Washington University this past June, Nathan Regal applied for and secured a job in his chosen field.

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Unburdening one’s self is a simple choice…says presenter

This past Tuesday’s speaker at the Christian Women’s Connection meeting in Prosser delivered her message via a unique monologue.

Organizers planning National Night Out in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Police Department is working on its plans for the annual community-wide National Night Out event and parties to take place throughout town.

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‘Safe staffing’ legislation good for skilled nursing centers

New legislation passed will improve care and staffing levels at skilled nursing centers like Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center-Sunnyside and Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Center.

Are we really this trashy?

Traveling our roadways, visiting our local parks and attending numerous events on a regular basis I can’t help but notice all the garbage floating here and there.

Sunnyside looks to the future with energy efficient lighting, new greenhouse policy

New energy efficient lighting and a greenhouse gas policy that encourages residents to use more efficient showerheads and toilets...the Sunnyside City Council is on board with both.

Inspire Development Centers acquires funding, Head Start centers

Federal funding awarded to Inspire Development Centers will allow the agency to take over four additional Head Start programs in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Police support contract ratified

Police support staff now have a new contract with the city of Sunnyside.

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New owner offering full-service for patrons of S’side nail salon

Clients at Nail Design, located at 2685 E. Lincoln Ave., in Sunnyside can now be assured they will receive full-service.

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Managing staffing issues, operating a modern police force among lessons of FBI Academy

Networking with law enforcement from around the globe, learning new ways to operate a police department in today’s world and finding ways to leverage the personnel available.