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Jennie McGhan

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Mabton School Board adopts $11.2 million general fund budget

The Mabton School Board Monday evening adopted a $12,129,105 budget for 2014-15.

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S’side native a counselor for high school girls in Kuwait

After serving a year as a high school guidance counselor at the American Creativity Academy in Hawally, Kuwait, Andrea Phillips of Sunnyside is looking forward to returning overseas.

Police commander in Sunnyside accepts top cop job in Othello

Sunnyside Police Commander Phil Schenck will be leaving the city to take a position as the police chief of Othello.

Port’s wastewater discharge permit process nearly complete

Port of Sunnyside commissioners on Monday of this week learned a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit will likely take effect in August.

Former city of Sunnyside prosecuting attorney charged with violating state’s code of judicial conduct

The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced last Friday that former Sunnyside prosecutor and Granger Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Hitchcock has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Shuttle drivers needed

GRANDVIEW - Those 55 and older, or who have a disability, can enjoy the free shuttle service being provided at this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.

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Faith can help meet life’s challenges, says Christian ladies club speaker

Nancy Stolz of Tacoma has experienced a number of challenges throughout her life.

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How hot does your thermometer say it’s been getting?

Official temperatures in Sunnyside recorded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association approved system

Official temperature readings are a sensitive matter and how they are obtained can vary.

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Sunnyside’s newest wells fully operational

The installation of two new highly anticipated water wells to serve the citizens of Sunnyside are fully operational.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyson Carrillo

Wishing to inspire others to reach for their dreams and show them how that anything is possible, Alyson Carrillo is seeking to serve the community via the Miss Sunnyside program.

Take action...advises Rotary’s membership leader

Those slated for the position of Rotary Club president each year attend a president-elect training seminar. A video recording of the seminar, held this past winter, features Kristi Govertsen of Rotary International District 5100.

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WWII veteran lauded for service on gunboat

Although he doesn’t feel he did anything extraordinary serving his country during WWII, O’Dell Christensen exemplifies one of this nation’s greatest generations.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Diana Calderon

Diana Calderon says she “…would love to be Miss Sunnyside because it’s a unique experience to show others why I love my community.”

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New insight, understanding of government part of the Girls State experience

The Evergreen Girls State delegates have returned from a week at Central Washington University with a greater appreciation and understanding of how the government and judicial system works.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Ingrid Brambila

One of 14 hopefuls vying for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside crown is Ingrid Brambila.

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Community policing focus of town hall meeting discussions

“We’re trying to move forward, not backward,” Sunnyside Police Officer Jim Ortiz told those attending last night’s town hall meeting, the second one the city has hosted this year.

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Wastewater treatment plant manager will miss constant challenges of the job

Since 1979 Joe Ortega has been making sure Sunnyside’s wastewater is properly treated and meets regulations set by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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G’view museum construction estimates higher than anticipated

GRANDVIEW – “This looks like it will cost twice what we thought,” Grandview Councilman Mike Bren said during a study session last night.

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Home is where the history is

Sunnyside’s past focus of local woman’s research

For Bernie Barker, it’s all about preserving history.

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Mabton Jr./Senior High School taking steps toward improvement

MABTON - Each year the Mabton School Board asks the principals of its schools to provide an improvement plan that includes goals for student and staff success.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Cindy Barboza

Among the 14 candidates vying for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title is Cindy Barboza.

Local Rainier crop sustains some damage

Some cherry growers in the area were hit hard by rains over the weekend that resulted in bruised fruit and damaged trees.

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U.S. flags given their proper due

In a manner befitting her, Old Glory was given a proper retirement this past Saturday at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Giddy up…

Sunnyside teen isn’t horsing around when it comes to raising money for college

College can be expensive.

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Candidates share willingness to serve Yakima County residents

This morning (Friday), four candidates who will be on the Aug. 5 Primary Election ballot spoke to those attending the Sunnyside Republican Club meeting, sharing their experience and qualifications. Jose Trevino and Janelle Riddle are both vying for the position of county clerk.

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Local drama students lauded at annual 5th Avenue Awards

SEATTLE – High school students from across Washington state packed Benaroya Hall this past Monday night for the 12th annual 5th Avenue Awards, honoring high school musical theater.

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Seneca expansion on track for completion this August

The warehouse is more than halfway finished and in approximately two months will be ready for operations.

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County bans pot businesses in rural areas

Yakima County commissioners yesterday deliberated whether or not to impose a ban on retail businesses, producers and processors of recreational marijuana in unincorporated areas of the county.

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GED standards on the rise with Common Core standards

With the adoption of Common Core Standards in Washington state, students must meet higher expectations.

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$26 million Roza Irrigation reservoir project underway

Roza Irrigation District is in the process of constructing a $26 million re-regulation reservoir for the purpose of storing water that will provide irrigation to its users when demand is higher than normal.

Public input necessary to complete state transportation plan

Every four years People for People, on behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, conducts a forum to provide the public input on the state’s transportation plan.

SHS scholarships ceremony tomorrow

In an effort to minimize the length of commencement exercises on graduation night, Sunnyside High School last year began announcing the names of scholarship recipients in a special ceremony the night beforehand.

Don’t miss out on next year’s fun

It’s an event that is planned a year in advance, bringing thrill-seeking visitors to the Sunnyside area from near and far.

Mabton Bridge now closed to big rigs

A few days after it was re-opened following bridge deck repairs, the SR 241 bridge near Mabton is again closed – this time to vehicles weighing more than three tons.

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Sunnyside’s top educators lauded

The Sunnyside School District takes pride in the quality of education delivered by its many teachers and staff.

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Grandview seeking funds for Fourth Street project

The city of Grandview has for a couple of years been interested in making improvements to East Fourth Street between Elm and Ash streets.

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Steve Sherman longtime fixture at Bleyhl Country Store in S’side

When walking into Sunnyside’s Bleyhl Country Store one expects knowledgeable, friendly staff members to provide assistance with products that benefit animals and property.

Youth soccer program sign-ups tonight

Sunnyside’s youth soccer program did not have a season last year because of a lack of volunteers, according to Lower Yakima Valley Youth Soccer Association President Tyler Everett.

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Fate of Yellowstone Trail rests with city of S’side

It was nearly 15 years ago that Lower Valley residents were alerted to the history behind the Yellowstone Trail when Yakima County decided to repave Grandview Pavement Road.

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Lower Valley Pathway part of county’s trails plan

ZILLAH – Community leaders and the public last night voiced their ideas and thoughts about Yakima County’s trail plan, which is also included in the county’s comprehensive plan.

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Youths, adults have meeting of the minds

Sunnyside United, an adult coalition formed with the objective of identifying drug and alcohol problems, and Lead and Seed students, the youth coalition formed for the same purpose, held a joint meeting yesterday.

Chickens in city limits?

Planning commission evaluating city’s livestock and poultry code

The current Sunnyside Municipal Code prohibits residents within the city limits from raising poultry on their property.

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Marking memories of the tender years

Elementary school is a time for many changes and development. It is a time when students mature from kindergarteners with a limited knowledge of the world around them to fifth graders preparing to enter middle school.

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NW Nitro Nationals return to Sunnyside

For Team Peterson it’s a family affair

Kerry Peterson of Team Peterson isn’t just the father and team manager overseeing the logistics that make it possible for Bret and Chelsea Peterson to compete in hill climb events across the nation.

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Othello brings end to Grandview’s season

It was a disappointing end to a whirlwind of a season for the Grandview soccer team.

Grandview season ends at 0-20

GRANDVIEW – The Lady Greyhounds gave last night’s twin bill against visiting Prosser everything they had, according to Grandview Coach Doug Hansen.

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Toppenish upends ’Hounds in District title match

One more chance for Grandview to qualify for State

GRANDVIEW – The Greyhound soccer team is very familiar with Toppenish and the odds were in Grandview’s favor during last night’s CWAC District championship game.

New police chief upbeat about impending changes

With changes in management there are bound to be changes to any organization.

Auditor’s office deems Mabton schools in compliance

The Mabton School District passed its two most recent state audits with flying colors.