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Jennie McGhan

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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.”

Postseason opportunities slipping away for GHS

With only one CWAC match remaining in the 2015 campaign, only one member of the Grandview girls golf team has yet to qualify for the District tourney, which will be staged on Wednesday, May 20, at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

Lady Knights split twin bill at Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA – The Sunnyside Christian fastpitch softball team rallied after losing the opening game against DeSales 9-2 to come back and win the nightcap, 18-12.

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Mabton robotics programs growing

MABTON – There is a growing interest in the Mabton School District’s robotics programs, which is proof students are gaining valuable skills for the future.

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SHS cook balances work with family life

For 13 years Claudia Salmeron has been one of the friendly faces students in Sunnyside see at the lunch counter.

Marked improvement for Sunnyside golfers

The gusting winds challenged the boys golf teams playing yesterday at Moses Lake Country Club.

Sunnyside clinches No. 2 seed into playoffs

The Sunnyside boys soccer team will next Tuesday travel to Wenatchee for the first round of District action.

Grandview’s lone league loss comes in final CWAC contest

For the first and only time this season, Grandview was outplayed in CWAC action last night.

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Senior transfer student at SHS signs to play hoops at CBC

A senior transfer student rarely makes the kind of impact that Liddy Valle has.

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Port of Sunnyside to sell excess water to irrigation districts

Noting the Yakima Valley is experiencing a drought this year, the Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night authorized Port Director Jay Hester to sell the port’s excess water to the local irrigation districts.

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Grizzlies blank Ike

The Sunnyside boys soccer team just has tomorrow’s game to win to secure an automatic berth to the Regional tourney.

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Human resources supervisor is at home at JCPenney store

Earlier this month, Harriet Wertenberger celebrated her 37th work anniversary, having been employed at the Sunnyside JCPenney store since high school.

’Hounds hand Jackrabbits first defeat in CWAC play

Unbeaten in league play going into this past Saturday’s match, it was anyone’s game in Grandview.

One family still awaits repairs to flooded home

It was nearly three months ago when several families on South 15th Street awoke to find their homes flooded as a result of a break in one of the city of Sunnyside’s water lines.

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Top hillclimbers look forward to Northwest Nitro weekend

There are many venues across the nation in the North American Hillclimbers Association circuit, but none compare to Dry Creek Recreation area north of Sunnyside.

Surging Sunnyside pounds West Valley

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside High School soccer squad, in spite of a rough second half, defeated West Valley 4-2 yesterday.

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Energy savings program pitched to G’view Council

GRANDVIEW – The first step in a program that will help the city of Grandview determine projects to save energy and money was taken last night during a special study session of the Grandview City Council.

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On-stage production in Grandview makes for an enjoyable night out

On-Stage Review

A great little tale of a young orphan girl, rescued and protected by the gods until a peasant couple falls in love with her and decides to raise her as their own.

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New Safeway manager integrating with community

The Sunnyside Safeway store has a new manager, and Octavio Zarate is looking forward to helping the store become more involved in the community.

’Hounds at top of CWAC standings

The Grandview boys soccer team maintained its league lead in the CWAC with a couple of wins last Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian absorbs pair of losses

It’s the first time this season the Sunnyside Christian fastpitch team (8-5) has lost two games in a row, but visiting Liberty Christian this past Saturday challenged the Lady Knights like no other team has.

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Congressman gets up-close look at new reservoir

The $26 million Roza re-regulation reservoir is nearing the second phase of construction, giving U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse a good idea of what its completion will mean to the irrigation district’s customers.

Selah blanks G’view netters

It was a rough day on the tennis courts for Grandview yesterday (Thursday). Both the boys and girls were blanked by Selah (5-0).

Denchel low scorer for Sunnyside

The Sunnyside boys golf team took to the links for the fourth Big Nine League match of the season on Tuesday of this week at Yakima Elks Golf and Country Club.

Not the best day for Grandview girls

Although the Grandview girls golf team didn’t have their best day on the links, Coach Glenn Braman said he was pleased with the performance of the team’s three freshmen this past Tuesday.

Temper tantrum among prisoners

At the beginning of the month I attended a Yakima County Commission meeting and learned several Yakima County Jail inmates had filed claims against the county, amounting to millions of dollars.

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City, school officials share emergency response ideas

Sunnyside school personnel have been working on safety and security protocols, teaching staff and students how to react to different emergency scenarios.

Ephrata, Quincy best Grandview

SOAP LAKE – Aaron Whalen of Ephrata was the medalist at yesterday’s CWAC match at Lakeview Golf & Country Club in Soap Lake.

Scores coming down for Sunnyside girls

MOSES LAKE – Sunnyside golfer Carolina Limon shaved another seven strokes off her game yesterday at Moses Lake Golf Club, carding a 126.

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Restoration business provides peace of mind

Anyone who has experienced the devastation of having water, fire or wind damage their home knows what it is like to wonder, “What now?”

Sunnyside improves record to 5-3 in league play

YAKIMA – Last Friday the Sunnyside soccer team fought a closely contested match against Davis and prevailed 2-1 over the Pirates.

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Port’s executive director person of year in G’view

GRANDVIEW – There are several members of the community of Grandview who step up regularly, dedicating themselves to making the lives of others better.

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Lady Knights take twin bill from Cougars

Sunnyside Christian improved its record to 7-2 with a couple of victories against Lyle last Friday.

More time for people than for paperwork

Visiting schools on a regular basis, I was surprised earlier this week when I was made aware Sunnyside has a principal who has taken a different approach from others I have met.

Sunnyside, Grandview high schools earn state accolades

Both Sunnyside and Grandview high schools were earlier this week named among the top 10 percent of schools in Washington state for achievement and improvement in reading and math for three years in a row.

Difficult, end-of-life conversations are necessary part of life

Some conversations are not easy to have.

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Sign ordinance under review by city officials

City of Sunnyside staff have been in the process of reviewing the current sign ordinance and are looking at how the language in the ordinance affects development in the community.