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Jennie McGhan

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Former food processing employee finds new challenges at Sun Terrace

Working at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living in Sunnyside provides Lupe Garcia, the facility’s life enrichment director, with new challenges.

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Chamber of commerce website construction nearly complete

A top priority for Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Deborah Estrada has been a revamp of the chamber’s website.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Dalilah Cuellar

Miss Sunnyside is considered a role model to teens and young children, according to Dalilah Cuellar.

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SVID water forecast remains stable...for now

The Bureau of Reclamation’s latest water figures provided to the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District remain steady.

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Longtime Grandview leader steps away from public service

After serving his community as a school board member, city councilman, port commissioner and mayor for more than 30 years, Mike Bren has decided to step away from public office.

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National heroes lauded at annual ceremony in G’view

“It’s important to see our country come alive with our traditions,” U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse said at the annual flag raising ceremony in Grandview, held in honor of the Fourth of July.

Longtime teacher turns classroom over to next generation

After more than four decades of shaping the minds of elementary school-aged students, Kim Arrestouihl decided it was time to turn in the chalk and dry-erase markers.

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Unifying holiday of Independence Day is the time to celebrate your freedom with friends and neighbors

Families will be gathered for barbecues, parades and fireworks tomorrow, our nation’s birthday.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyssa Ceja

Alyssa Ceja enjoys serving her community as a member of the Sunnyside Police Explorers, and said she feels she can do more.

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New Nuestra Casa location ...but same friendly services

Moving into a new home can be an exciting adventure.

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Former car lot may be home to coffee stand, construction firm

A parcel of land adjacent to the Ameristar gas station, former home to both the Budget and Legacy Motors car dealerships, may get new life.

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Agencies work to assist employers, job seekers

The Sunnyside WorkSource building is home to two entities working together to assist both employers and those looking for work.

Granger’s top cop gets his firearms returned

Judge Alfred Schweppe of the Yakima County District Court in Grandview last week lifted the order keeping Granger Police Chief Robert Perales from carrying a firearm.

Higher standards expected

The role of any public figure, whether politician, government employee or the face of the local media, is important because all of these roles require the trust of the public.

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Principal exchange at Grandview Middle School

GRANDVIEW – For the past four years Paul Voorhees has served as principal at Grandview Middle School.

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Scouts find fun and friends at summer camp

GRANDVIEW – Each year Cub Scouts from throughout the Yakima Valley venture to Grandview’s Country Park for three days of fun and making new friends.

Multi-million dollar school bond vote likely

MABTON – Due to increases in enrollment at Artz-Fox Elementary School and a number of improvements needed at the junior/senior high school, the voting public will play an important role in the decision-making process.

Mabton FFA advisor returning to her hometown of Goldendale

Six years ago Randi Krieg took on the responsibilities of teaching agri-science to Mabton students, as well as serving as the FFA advisor.

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Community’s ‘key leaders’ focus on roles, efforts to help youth

At a “Key Leader” event hosted by Sunnyside United-Unidos yesterday, representatives from several organizations, government entities and agencies gathered to learn about the effort being made to stem substance use and gang activity among Sunnyside’s youth.

Northwest Harvest fighting hunger all across Washington

In 1967 four nuns in Seattle founded Northwest Harvest, the non-profit organization that distributes food across Washington state.

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Principal encouraged after first year at the helm

Although the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year at Compass High School in Grandview began without a full staff, first-year Principal Kim Casey said much was accomplished.

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Providing outlet for others motivates massage therapist, folkloric dance team director

Enedelia Flores has always been motivated to help others in whatever way she can.

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Creative process always changing at Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Brewery

“Beer is just chemistry,” Brewmaster Chris Baum told Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians last week.

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Sunnyside pressman’s 28-year career comes to a close this week

“I came, I saw, I left,” smiles Central Washington Press supervisor Buz Crabtree.

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Sunnyside Christian boys eliminated during first round of State golf tournament

RICHLAND – Just 19 golfers made it past Wednesday’s first round of the 1B/2B State golf tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.

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Sunnyside’s creative side emerges at arts commission meeting

The Sunnyside Arts Commission wants to better highlight the community’s art and artists.

Rec activities on summer agenda at Sunnyside parks

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey said she has been busily planning a number of activities for the summer months.

Domestic incident investigation involves top cop in city of Granger

Granger Police Chief Robert Perales, a former candidate for Sunnyside City Council and once the Mabton police chief, is under investigation by the Sunnyside Police Department for a May 1 domestic incident.

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Parrish qualifies for 2A State tourney

Grandview’s Teagan Parrish at yesterday’s CWAC District golf tournament earned a 2A State berth.

Not an early riser

“Not a morning person doesn’t even begin to cover it.”

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Grandview schools’ top employees named

GRANDVIEW – At last night’s Grandview School Board meeting several staff members received special recognition for service to the schools.

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SHS’s all-time leading girls scorer headed to play for Lane Titans

She is the all-time leading scorer for the Sunnyside High School Lady Grizzlies basketball program, having hit the mark of 1,279 points this past winter.

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Pirates plunder Sunnyside’s State tourney hopes

Last Friday’s loser-out District tourney match between Sunnyside and Davis was a bit physical, to say the least.

Sunnyside teachers’ sign of solidarity won’t include a walkout next Thursday

Plans of Grandview educators up in the air

Many teachers across Washington state will be participating in a walkout next Thursday, May 21, to send a message to lawmakers they must comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling in the McCleary case, as well as the recently voter-approved Initiative 1351.

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’Hounds one win away from State

The Grandview boys soccer team kept its chances at earning a 2A State tourney berth alive last night, winning a loser-out District playoff game against visiting Toppenish, 3-1. The win advances the Greyhounds to a Regional loser-out game at Pullman tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m.

Bring on the rain

We received a little more than an inch of precipitation this past Wednesday and Thursday, which kept me thinking about our local farmers.

LEAD Task Force case load detailed for Grandview Council

The city of Grandview has one detective who works with the LEAD (Law Enforcement Against Drugs) Task Force, which was organized in the early 1990s as a multi-agency effort to disrupt and disband high level drug operations in the Yakima Valley.

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SHS tech students need $22K to attend national competition in Dallas

Sunnyside High School’s Technical Student Association is seeking the support of the community as it seeks to send seven students to Dallas, Texas next month for a national competition.

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Children’s books author imparts important message

The author of several children’s books, Derek Munson of Bellingham, has been helping students in Grandview’s elementary schools this week learn the value of kindness and creative thinking.

Golf season comes to a close for Sunnyside boys

YAKIMA – Sunnyside golfer Ryan Van Boven this past Monday tied his season low score, carding a 103 at Apple Tree Golf Resort in Yakima.

Wenatchee edges Sunnyside for title

Grizzlies to host Davis in loser-out District showdown

WENATCHEE – The Grizzly soccer team has one more opportunity to earn a State tournament berth this coming Friday at home against Davis.

Lady Knights varsity defeats Zillah JV

Sunnyside Christian’s varsity team, after handing the Zillah JV fastpitch softball team a 17-1 loss last night, turned the nightcap over to its “B” squad and suffered a 21-8 loss.

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YVCC Bachelor’s program gives working individuals new dreams

When Ignacio Ramos graduated from Sunnyside High School more than 15 years ago, he wasn’t certain which direction to take in life.

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Greyhounds on short end of District tourney thriller

Grandview to host loser-out match against Toppenish tomorrow

GRANDVIEW – Last night’s District tourney 2-1 loss to the Huskies wasn’t the outcome CWAC champion Grandview had hoped for.

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Three hopefuls vying for Dairy Ambassador title

Three friends and classmates from Sunnyside Christian High School will be competing for the 2015-16 Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador title on Thursday, May 21, at the 58th annual Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador Banquet.

Gang-related shooting leaves one man dead, one hospitalized

A 21-year-old Roosevelt man, Oscar Raul Gutierrez-Mendoza, is dead and his brother is in a hospital on the west side of the state following a shooting incident in the 1400 block of South Sixth Street in Sunnyside this past Saturday.

Lodging tax funding appropriations eyeballed

The Sunnyside Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) at last Thursday’s meeting reviewed the list of entities awarded lodging tax funds, discussing whether or not those funds are being properly utilized.

Tourism promoter idea still being pitched by LTAC

Should they move forward or not? That’s the question the members of Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) want to pose to the city council tonight (Monday).

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It’s a family tradition

TOPPENISH – For the past four years, 13-year-old Grace Van Belle of Sunnyside Lower Valley Livestock 4-H Club has been raising pigs for her 4-H project.

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Saying goodbye to her ‘Nightmare’

TOPPENISH – For the past several months Grandview High School FFA chapter president Lecie Owens has been learning how to handle her crossbreed Angus steer, “Nightmare.”