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John Fannin

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Groundwater group approves nitrogen assessment project

To what extent are current land use practices contributing to elevated nitrogen levels in Lower Valley drinking water?

Final change order OK’d for $7 million anaerobic digester

With work wrapping up on the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, commissioners approved what will likely be the project’s final change order with contractor Apollo Construction.

Sunnyside stays perfect with OT win

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies jumped into CBBN basketball play this past Friday and Saturday, and pulled out a couple of road wins.

Shorthanded Sunnyside finishes third at Ike invite

Missing key athletes, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team still had a fruitful day last Saturday at the first-ever Eisenhower Mat Classic, finishing third in a field of 16 teams.

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Consent order work in progress for local dairies

More than 18 months ago the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inked a consent order with five Lower Valley dairies to address sources of nitrate contamination in the groundwater.

A Sunnyside scoop for Santa

With Christmas just six days away, here’s what I’d like to see Santa bring Sunnyside this yule season:

Sunnyside girls clobber Cadets

It’s one thing to execute in practice, it’s quite another to duplicate that effort in an actual game.

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Grandview schools will try again with athletic levy

Barely a month after it failed at the polls, the Grandview School District will again submit an athletic levy to voters.

Lady Grizzlies secure weekend sweep

It was a Heinz 57 weekend for the Lady Grizzly hoop team last weekend, as in tallying 57 points in victories on Friday and Saturday.

Grizzlies earn another invite title

FIFE – For the second time in as many weeks, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team won a tourney championship.

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Bickleton native wastewater plant operator for port

With the Port of Sunnyside’s new anaerobic digester coming on line soon, Cory Wilson of Bickleton is on board as the plant operator.

Sunnyside Port District urged to expand searches when hiring architects, engineers

The Port of Sunnyside’s spotless record of never receiving a finding from the state auditor’s office is intact.

Something to crow about

“What are with all the crows in Sunnyside?”

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Battle of CBBN heavyweights goes the way of Moses Lake Chiefs

Consecutive wins at the start and finish weren’t enough as the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team lost at home to Moses Lake Thursday night in a contest that likely decided the regular season CBBN title.

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Caregiver for Sunnyside woman faces felony charge in $20,000 theft

A series of 57 ATM withdrawals over a period of six months resulted in the theft of nearly $20,000 from an elderly Sunnyside woman.

Former two-time State wrestling champion now coaching Sunnyside High School girls

Casi Sambrano saw his wrestling dreams come true at Sunnyside High School…now he wants to help Lady Grizzly wrestlers reach theirs.

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Carnation clean-up now deemed complete

Sunnyside’s landmark Carnation property at Lincoln Avenue and South First Street has cleared a big hurdle for future development.

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From Portland to the Port of Sunnyside

The Port of Sunnyside looked to another port of sorts for its new administrative assistant, Angela Smith of Portland, Ore.

Grizzlies make history at White River Classic

Sunnyside hosts Moses Lake this Thursday in highly anticipated Big Nine wrestling match

BUCKLEY – Each December the White River Classic is an opportunity for the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team to get first match jitters out of the way and not much else.

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Deli clerk prepping

Working Stiff

Don’t turn out the lights

Unless you’ve been living in a cave you are no doubt aware of tomorrow night’s Lighted Farm Implement Parade here in Sunnyside.

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Grandview port looking to 2015

During their last meeting of 2014, Port of Grandview commissioners looked ahead to 2015.

Bull Trout recovery won’t impact irrigators

A proposal by the U.S. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife for restoring Bull Trout populations should have little or no impact on Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District operations.

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Mr. Newhouse goes to Washington

WASHINGTON D.C. – With his election as the Fourth Congressional District’s representative assured, Dan Newhouse of Sunnyside has spent the last week or so getting familiar with his future work place in Washington D.C.

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Marijuana edibles a major concern of Sunnyside United

During its last meeting of 2014, Sunnyside United’s board learned there are concerns aplenty about marijuana edibles and renewed a push for community input.

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Gobble up Macy’s app

It’s Thanksgiving morning.

Remembering an old flame

The recent spate of house fires we’ve had in the Lower Valley stirs memories of an experience Joni and I had one winter while living in South Cle Elum.

Mostly passing grades on dairies’ report cards

The grades are in and, by and large, they are positive for Yakima Valley’s dairies.

Completion of Sunnyside Port District’s $8 million anaerobic digester week behind schedule

With a week’s grace period added on, work to construct the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester should wrap up by this coming Friday.

County’s newly elected prosecutor to focus on communication, training

Practicing law in the public and private sectors will serve him well, says Joe Brusic, Yakima County’s newly elected prosecutor.

Life’s hardships taught Christian club speaker that God always is in control

It took what some would describe as an unspeakable horror for Niki Davis of Clatskanie, Ore. to realize she needed God in her life.

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For now, chamber has city’s support

The Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce received a tepid thumbs up this past Monday night from a divided Sunnyside City Council.

Law firm expands to Sunnyside area

Anyone from time to time – whether they are cowboys or home care workers – can need legal help in obtaining benefits when injured on the job or in dealing with disabilities.

Sunnyside City Council approves first reading of 2015 budget

The Sunnyside City Council is one step away from approving a $23 million budget for 2015.

Hard-luck Grizzlies fall in season finale

Sunnyside’s losing streak at 22 games

EAST WENATCHEE – For nearly 24 minutes it appeared the Sunnyside Grizzly football team was at least within striking distance of having a shot for its first win of the season in last Friday’s finale at Eastmont.

Report a ‘road map’ to resolve police issues

Purging up to 400 lbs. of material from the evidence room and getting a handle on an eight-month records backlog are among the priorities for Sunnyside Police Chief Al Escalera.

Mabton crunches budget numbers

MABTON – Clerical help for the police department and security measures for city hall are some of the ideas under consideration for the city of Mabton’s 2015 budget.

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Port preps for new era in 2015

There will be more than a new year for the Port of Sunnyside when the calendar turns from December to January.

Playoffs short, not sweet for Lady Grizzly soccer team

The Lady Grizzly soccer team wasn’t able to duplicate last week’s victory over Wenatchee, as it lost to the host Panthers 2-0 last Saturday in a loser-out playoff match.

Ike the victor in battle of two winless teams

Leon scores six TDs for Cadets

The Grizzly football team found some offense last Friday, but it wasn’t enough in a 40-14 loss at Eisenhower.

Newhouse wrapping up bid for Congressional seat

For better or worse, a nine-month journey ends for Dan Newhouse next Tuesday when voters decide whether it will be the Sunnyside native or Clint Didier who represents them in Washington D.C.

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Sunnyside Council submits wish list to state lawmakers

Christmas is nearly two months away, but the Sunnyside City Council got an early start on the season this morning over breakfast with state legislators.

Lady Grizzlies absorb 1-0 defeat

SHS faces loser-out road match tomorrow

For more than an hour the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team fought to a scoreless standstill with host Eastmont before the Wildcats finally broke through for a goal and a 1-0 victory Thursday night.

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Take the time to look at the 2015 city budget

The Sunnyside City Council to its credit is seeking your input on the budget it is drawing up for 2015.

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‘Something new’ a good fit for banker

After working seven years as a grocery store clerk, Carla Ornelas said she “…wanted to try something new.”

Winless Lady Vikes see season come to end

The Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team ended the season Tuesday night with a 3-0 loss at Warden.

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Mabton seeks consistency in code enforcement efforts

Among the growing pains for the city of Mabton and its improvements in infrastructure is enforcing city codes.

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Temporary assignment became permanent for Bleyhl bookkeeper

You could call April Dominguez of Bleyhl something of an accidental bookkeeper.

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Financial analyst new school board director

“I’ve always liked to be involved in activities that benefit children,” says Elizabeth Alba, a longtime Grandview area resident.

Sunnyside Christian boys declaw Tigercats, 68-8

GRANGER – A winless and very much rebuilding Lacrosse-Washtucna football team proved to be the perfect homecoming foe for Sunnyside Christian.