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John Fannin

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Minding the gap

Sunnyside schools ranked No. 1 in state for their work with bilingual students

In the last week or so Sunnyside High School earned top honors in the state.

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Another search for a city clerk/treasurer

For the second time in less than 18 months the city of Mabton is looking for a new city clerk/ treasurer.

From D.C. to the ‘DC’

U.S. Congressman tours Walmart Distribution Center

For nearly a week, Congressman Dan Newhouse left the snow of Washington D.C. for a week or so in his sunny home district.

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Lower Valley Girl Scouts put on their ‘thinking’ cap

South Africa, Israel, Germany. Different countries, different languages, different cultures. But last Saturday they all had one thing in common – girls focused on improving their communities.

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Lady Grizz claim fifth-place honors

Taking its largest contingent ever to the Mat Classic, the 10-wrestler strong Lady Grizzly team garnered fifth-place honors at State last Saturday.

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SUNNYSIDE GRAPPLERS just miss trophy three-peat

Castaneda claims State crown

Led by Diego Castaneda’s State title at 145 lbs., the Sunnyside Grizzlies claimed fifth-place honors at the State 4A wrestling tourney last Friday and Saturday.

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Return trip to State not in cards for SHS


It was anyone’s game for three quarters, before host Wenatchee finally found some breathing room in a 69-55 win over Sunnyside in District tourney play.

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Groundwater group’s work could be extended through 2017

The Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee has been meeting for more than two-and-a-half years to develop a plan to address nitrate contamination in the groundwater.

Vikes drop heartbreaker


Three desperation heaves ended the Mabton boys hoop season Thursday night in a 52-51 loss to Warden in District tourney play.

A recount is justified

Whether or not Grandview School District patrons - or more accurately homeowners in that community - will fork over $300 or so may be decided by one vote.

Dairies approve actions toward remedying lawsuit

The clock starts ticking next Monday for three local dairy owners who last week agreed to a series of stipulations related to a lawsuit filed against them two years ago.

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Sunnyside girls ease past Eastmont

Lady Grizzlies can clinch Regional berth this Thursday

The Lady Grizzlies pounded the “all in” sign before they took the basketball court.

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End in sight for port’s digester, Carnation projects

The end is near, in a good way, for two landmark Port of Sunnyside projects.

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Plaza vision taking shape

Fundraising planned for ‘eternal’ silhouette

If you’ve been around Sunnyside for a few years you’ve no doubt heard about the ultimate vision for Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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SHS girls earn share of Big Nine crown

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team avenged its first loss of the season with a 69-52 thumping of visiting Wenatchee last Friday.

Lady Grizzlies dominate Regional tourney

S’side sending 11 to State

OTHELLO - Sunnyside High School took 11 girls to the Regional wrestling tourney last weekend, and all 11 advanced to this coming Friday and Saturday’s Mat Classic in Tacoma.

Minor hiccups for Grizzlies at 4A Regionals

WENATCHEE – Minus three expected medalists due to injury and upset losses, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team still earned fourth-place honors at the 4A Region 4 tourney last Saturday.

Financial support for plaza increased

A month after approving a request for $10,000 to purchase a black granite POW wall for Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza, Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee (LTAC) yesterday approved an additional $6,000 for the project.

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Oregon woman shares key to overcoming fears and trials

Earthquakes and fire were some of Janell Desmond’s fears growing up in California.

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One for the record books

Jordan Rodriguez sets career scoring mark for girls basketball

The record was within her grasp, but Jordan Rodriguez wanted to make sure her team first recorded a victory.

Roza board reviews Honeyford proposal

A proposal by Sen. Jim Honeyford of Sunnyside that would add a property assessment to fund water projects received support this past Tuesday from the Roza Irrigation District board of directors.

Former Mabton mayor on state health board

A list of Gov. Jay Inslee’s board appointments last month includes one familiar name.

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Advocates for the abused rely on volunteers

“We’re not here to judge them, we’re not here to tell them what to do...we’re here to listen and be an advocate,” Lower Valley Crisis & Support Services Director Leticia Garcia said in describing her non-profit group’s efforts.

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Roza board rejects rate hike

Citing uncertainty over the coming water year, the Roza Irrigation District board of directors declined to increase Tier II water rates.

Mabton Council mulls sale of civic center

The contract still needs to be drawn up, but it appears the city of Mabton will agree to sell its civic center to Sunrise Outreach.

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Lady Grizz thump Ike

SHS senior sets new career scoring mark

“We wanted to make sure we came out and executed and the girls did that right out of the gate,” Lady Grizzly hoop coach Rick Puente said of Tuesday night’s strategy against visiting Eisenhower.

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Back on the block

El Mejor Taquito returns to downtown Sunnyside

A familiar name, with a bit of a facelift, returned to downtown Sunnyside last week with the re-opening of El Mejor Taquito.

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SVID engineer technician prepping for 2015 season

With the irrigation spigot set to turn on in a month or so, Rigoberto Diosdado Jr. and other staffers at SVID are busy gearing up for a new watering season.

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Lady Grizzlies top team at Sub-Regionals

CONNELL - The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly wrestling team bested a field of 38 schools to claim first-place honors at the District 5-6 Sub-Regional tournament last Friday and Saturday.

Rare stumble for Sunnyside girls

MOSES LAKE – In a battle of highly ranked hoop teams, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies wound up on the losing end of a 72-50 score at Moses Lake last Friday.

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The Beast surprises fans during S’side stop

The Seahawks may have missed out on running Beast Mode in the final seconds during their Super Bowl quest this season, but The Beast did roll through Sunnyside last Friday.

Do you feel lucky?

Do you feel lucky? Well, do you?

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Darigold project tops $14 million

For the third time in little more than a year, Sunnyside’s Darigold plant at 400 Alexander Rd. has received the green light for major expansion.

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House of Mercy aims to be a house of hope

When Cesar Lopez started his ministry in Sunnyside 10 years ago he believed God had a vision for something greater beyond the walls of a church building.

Sunnyside native named to city’s planning commission

“I grew up here, I remember what Sunnyside used to be like,” Brittan Moore recalls of downtown Sunnyside’s boom days. “I would like it to be that way again. I hope we can build it stronger together.”

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Crowd weighs in on future of Grizzly athletics

Better athletic facilities with more community access and energized coaches who treat all participants fairly.

SVID sets hearing for possible Mabton housing development

As many as 100 new homes may be built in Mabton, and on Tuesday SVID’s board of directors set a public hearing to discuss providing irrigation water to those sites.

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Knights down Bickleton

In a battle with playoff implications for both teams, the Sunnyside Christian Knights knocked off visiting Bickleton Tuesday night by a score of 50-31.

Greyhounds earn weekend split

Grandview got a win it needed to keep its playoffs hope alive with a 46-40 home victory over Quincy last Friday.

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Youth worker here to help at-risk teens

Fresh from completing training as a youth probation officer, Alexis Ryel jumped into her new job as youth coordinator for The Underground.

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Sunnyside Lady Grizz earn weekend sweep

Sunnyside expected a tough game from West Valley and that’s exactly what the Lady Grizzlies found before pulling away with a 59-51 win at home last Friday.

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Knights take down Trout Lake, 60-45

Sunnyside Christian sophomore Justin Faber scored 17 of his career-high 27 points in the second half to lead the Knights to a 60-45 win over visiting Trout Lake last Friday.

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All the SB XLIX you can handle

A typical NFL game lasts three hours or so.

Fine... just fine

You heard the phrase hundreds of times this week, Marshawn Lynch’s, “I’m here so I won’t get fined.”

Grizzly grapplers roll past Panthers

Sunnyside locks up runner-up honors in CBBN league play

As they have done for most of this season, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team used a run through the middle weight classes to earn a 40-24 victory at Wenatchee last night.

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Counting connections

Homeless survey held in Sunnyside

The annual count known as the Point in Time homeless survey returned to Sunnyside during an all-day event Wednesday at the St. Joseph’s gym.

New era underway for Grizzly football

Excitement is the word John Lobbestael uses to describe the brand of football he hopes to deliver this fall as the Grizzlies’ new head football coach.

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Grandview leaders ‘put on big boy pants’

GRANDVIEW - More retail, higher paying jobs and an improved image for the Yakima Valley were just some of the hopes expressed in Grandview Tuesday night.

Milk jug may be empty for Carnation

With certification in hand that hazardous materials at the former Carnation site have been cleaned up, Port of Sunnyside officials traveled to Olympia this week hoping for help in demolishing the plant.

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Color me a Seahawks fan

“Seahawks!” a motorist yelled at me last week as he slowed his car.