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John Fannin

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Overtime win keeps Sunnyside unbeaten

Trailing twice last night against co-CBBN leader Moses Lake, the host Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team battled into overtime before knocking off the Chiefs 3-2.

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Port of Sunnyside adopts change item

Despite some hesitation, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved an additional cost of $129,926 for engineering services related to the anaerobic digester.

Grizzlies rally past Davis

Host Moses Lake Tuesday for first place in league

Finding itself trailing for one of the few times this season, the Sunnyside boys soccer team rebounded for a 3-1 CBBN victory over visiting Davis last Saturday.


Goodbye, old friend. Despite new and supposedly improved siblings, you XP have served us well this past decade

Grizzlies pound Ike

Sunnyside collects pair of hat tricks

“We talk about being efficient and coming out as aggressive as we can,” Grizzly soccer coach David Guevara says of his team’s approach.

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Get your greenthumb on!

Spring time is prep time for your lawn and garden

Chilly nights and occasional brisk winds aside, spring has officially sprung in the Sunnyside area with longer days and the mercury already hovering in the 70s.

Leopards pounce on Grandview nine

ZILLAH – The home half of the first inning proved pivotal, as 1A Zillah plated 11 runs in the opening frame on the way to a 24-1 victory over 2A Grandview yesterday.

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Sunnyside Grizzlies open league play with a victory

A Noe Meza goal in just the second minute of play against Wenatchee proved to be the winner in the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team’s 2-0 victory at home last night.

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Fish on!

2013 record-setting year for Fall Chinook Salmon

“This is a record return, I don’t know if we or our children will see this many again,” fish biologist David Child said of nearly 7,000 Fall Chinook Salmon counted at the Prosser Dam in 2013.

Utilities focus of Mabton Council action

During its business meeting last night, Tuesday, the Mabton City Council took action on several items related to the city’s water and sewer utilities.

Port fetes Martin on silver anniversary

The Port of Sunnyside marks its 50th anniversary this year, and for half of that time Arnold Martin has been one of its commissioners.

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Sunnyside finds its new chief

Sunnyside didn’t have to look far to find its next police chief, as retired state trooper Al Escalera was offered the post yesterday afternoon.

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Ready to roll

Port accepts bid for digester project

A Port of Sunnyside commissioners’ luncheon meeting yesterday was short and sweet, but had a big impact.

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And then there were five...

Police chief choice possible by tonight

Two years after its last one retired, the city of Sunnyside will hire a new police chief within days – perhaps even hours.

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Sunnyside native retires at 90 years young

“I figured when I hit 90 it was time to go,” former SVID manager Elmer McDaniels says of his decision to retire last Friday after nearly 70 years in irrigation operations.

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Halma feels the heat

Senior taking ‘green asphalt’ project to Houston, Texas

Running barefoot on his family’s driveway last summer paid off with an award-winning idea for Sunnyside Christian High School senior Zack Halma.

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Grizzly Dance Team ‘nails it’ at State tourney

Living up to its theme of power, the Grizzly Dance Team was indeed “on” with an impressive performance that garnered second-place honors at the Dance/Drill State Tourney at the SunDome last Saturday.

Health risk warnings issued at start of Lower Yakima Valley dust season

March came in like a lion here in the Lower Valley and seems set on doing the same to end the month.

Vikings sweep Grandview ‘nine’

SELAH – The host Selah Vikings had too much firepower as the Grandview Greyhound baseball team fell 21-0 and 13-0 in a CWAC twin bill last Saturday.

Get your groove on with AutoRap

Cher’s 1998 dance house hit “Believe” did more than revive her career.

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Congressional candidate ready to get his hands dirty

“You can’t talk a hop plant up a string. You have to break a sweat and get your hands dirty.” - Dan Newhouse

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STEM learning on display at Harrison Middle School

How does the angle of a kick relate to the chance of scoring a goal?

HOME Consortium home loans available to Lower Valley residents

Landowners in Sunnyside, Grandview, Mabton, Wapato, Union Gap and unincorporated areas of Yakima County soon will have an opportunity to apply for a federal loan to repair their homes.

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Mabton raising water rates April 1

Mabton residents will see their water rates increase by $3 per month on April 1, and will see an additional $3 increase this fall.

Patriots sweep S’side Christian

The rebuilding continues for Sunnyside Christian’s fastpitch program as yesterday the Lady Knights were swept 11-0 and 17-0 in a doubleheader at Liberty Christian.

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A March flyer

For four months of the college basketball season I’m pretty much out of the loop on what’s happening with that sport.

Prestige Care administrator mulls retirement

GRANDVIEW – After spending most of the past 10 years as administrator for Grandview Prestige Care & Rehabilitation, Harry Aubert is looking towards retirement.

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Prestige Care earns honors in G’view

GRANDVIEW – “Great hearts and great systems!” is how Harry Aubert describes the keys to improvements at Prestige Care & Rehabilitation in Grandview.

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Lower Valley welcomes four new State troopers

GRANDVIEW – After completing more than 1,000 hours of training earlier this month at the Washington State Patrol Academy, four new troopers have been assigned to the State Patrol’s Sunnyside detachment:

Grizzlies show promise at annual Ram Relays

Sparked by Brittney Broersma’s first-place finish in the 300m hurdles, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly track team earned sixth-place honors during last Saturday’s Ram Relays at West Valley.

Greyhounds earn split in season openers

“It took us awhile, we were nervous out there but we got in the comfort zone,” Grandview baseball coach Joe Mora said of his team’s ability to rally for a split against visiting Toppenish last Saturday.

SCHS back from hiatus

Lady Knight fastpitch takes the field after two-year absence

TV shows go on hiatus and pick right back up where they left off.

Grizzlies shoot past Rams

The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team broke out the long ball last night to earn a 2-0 victory at West Valley in non-league play.

Logo a go-go

Branding is key for all entities, whether public or private, for-profit or non-profit.

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Coalition seeks common ground on retail marijuana issue

While united on discouraging teen alcohol and drug use, members of the Sunnyside United coalition are less so when it comes to whether the city should ban retail marijuana sales.

Grizzlies put up strong marks at Hanford track meet

No team scores were kept and complete individual marks were not available, but the Sunnyside Grizzly track teams produced good efforts at Hanford during a meet that also included Prosser and Riverview, in addition to the host Falcons.

Odor concerns raised at port district meeting

With a bid opening for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester just days away, a concern was raised last night about odors from the port’s industrial wastewater treatment plant on Midvale Road.

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Grizzlies surge past Grandview

After a taut defensive struggle, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team exploded for four goals in the final 26 minutes to earn a 5-1 home win over Grandview last night.

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Grizzlies strong in season opener

Sunnyside will host Grandview later today

Forwards Christian Chavez and Alexander Marin combined for four goals and three assists to spark the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to a 5-0 thumping of East Valley last Saturday.

Energy grant will cover less than third of city’s $630,000 energy-savings projects

The good news is that the city of Sunnyside this week garnered a $170,301 state grant to reduce energy costs.

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And the Effie goes to…

Last Saturday the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce held its annual Spirit of Sunnyside awards banquet and a week prior to that we had the Academy Awards.

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Mabton urged to adopt crime-free rental measure

Mabton has one of the highest rates of renter-occupied housing in the Yakima Valley, and the city needs to clamp down on tenants.

Port of Sunnyside’s property manager leaving for Connell’s top post at city hall

CONNELL – In about a month Jed Crowther’s commute is going to get a whole lot easier.

Dome away from home

The city of Sunnyside annexed the Tacoma Dome last week. Or at least it sure seemed that way as hundreds of local residents flocked to the wooden wonder to cheer the Lady Grizzlies at last week’s 3A State girls basketball tourney.

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Sunnyside girls lose to Wolverines

WIAA Class 3A Girls State Basketball Tournament

A nothing-but-net trey by Bellevue’s Mandy Steward just 20 seconds into the game set the tone as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly basketball team lost a 3A State tourney quarter-final tilt to the Wolverines yesterday by a score of 66-58.

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Seneca Foods expanding operations here in Sunnyside

Construction on new plant now underway

Darigold’s expansion, the YV-Tech Center and a new fire station were 2013’s more notable building projects in Sunnyside.

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Water outlook on the mend

Snow pack doubled in a month

It’s amazing what a difference a month – and a winter storm or two – can make.

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Cousins take the court for Columbia Basin College

PASCO - Nearly 25 years ago the King sisters ruled the basketball court for Bickleton and excelled in sports at the community college level.

Bid process underway for anaerobic digester

In a sure sign of progress for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, documents were released last week for contractors looking to bid on the $7 million project.

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Knights take a bow

Sunnyside Christian boys end 15-year State tourney run

In what proved to be his last game for Sunnyside Christian hoops, senior Brant Bosma willed his team to stay in the game against Colton in last Friday’s State sectional contest.