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Grizzlies earn second win of summer hardball season

Damon Hurst drove in six runs yesterday to help the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U baseball team to a doubleheader split against Gonzaga Prep.

Another Stoner

Got a call this week from Jerry Dixon of Prosser in response to my column last Friday about a journalism mentor of mine, Jack Stoner, who passed away recently.

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Mabton full STEAM ahead for youth programs

MABTON – Starting next Tuesday, July 1, Mabton youth will enjoy some STEAM in their summer with a new program set to kick off.

Sunnyside High nine gives Blues competitive game

Making his first start for the Grizzlies’ 17U summer baseball team, freshman Alexis Amaro pitched three perfect innings in a close 5-4 loss in the doubleheader opener at Yakima yesterday.

Local group tries again for charter school

Backers of the proposed Sunnyside Charter Academy are hoping the second time is the charm, as the group earlier this month filed a notice of intent to apply with the Washington State Charter School Commission.

Grizzlies compete at Selah tourney

...with spring in their steps

SELAH – Fielding a youth movement of primarily freshmen, sophomores and even a seventh grader, the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U summer baseball team is playing with spring in mind.

Proud to be a Stoner

High school, college, taking on new responsibilities; those are times when you expect or at least hope to find a mentor.

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Sunnyside mulls organizing a local co-ed softball league

A park and recreation program dormant in Sunnyside for several years may be getting a new start.

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Nitrate testing, drinking water help available

Dairy settlement reached

A settlement reached with a Sunnyside area dairy in February of this year will pay for testing of groundwater for nitrate contamination and assist property owners with installing reverse osmosis systems for drinking water.

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SHS grad helping run family business

Samantha Lopez graduated from Sunnyside High School just a few days ago, but she is still learning this summer.

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Port OK’s city groundwater tests

The city of Sunnyside is expanding its research on groundwater contamination at the airport.

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Bonding, standards key to reducing childhood risks...says workshop speaker

“This is not rocket science, it’s a whole lot harder!” With that, Spokane educator Marcia Via launched a presentation in Sunnyside yesterday focused on risk factors facing youth.

Speaker shares peace found in God

Life lessons from a love of animals and God’s love for her were at the heart of Roberta Morin’s message this past Tuesday to the Lower Valley Christian Women’s Connection.

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Church opens doors on new book house

“A library has to grow and change with the times…it’s not just books on a shelf,” retired librarian Nan Ide says of the inspiration for a new book house, or outdoor library, erected by Holy Trinity Episcopal Church of Sunnyside.

Chicken scratch

I want to grow marijuana in my back yard. It’s legal in this state, and since I want to grow it everyone should be able to do it.

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Futbol the Pele way

Soccer, futbol as it’s known to the rest of the world, takes center stage for the next few weeks with the latest installment of the quadrennial World Cup.

Mabton launching summer programs for youngsters

In response to concerns by parents in the community there is a lack of things for their children to do, the Mabton City Council last night agreed to fund a park and recreation program this summer.

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‘Heart to heart’ talk sends SCHS grads out into the world

GRANDVIEW – Turning the podium so it faced the Sunnyside Christian High School class of 2014 instead of the audience, Dana Clark had what she called “…one last heart to heart between my kids and me.”

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Attitude of gratitude for Bickleton High grads

BICKLETON – One theme consistently came through last Saturday during commencement exercises for Bickleton High School’s three graduates.

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Grizzlies earn first win of summer

Tim Martinez and Erick Heisey combined to hold the Yakima Jr. Beetles scoreless for five innings to lead the Grizzly 17U baseball team to its first victory of the summer.

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Too much of a good thing

Mild spring, early crop push down asparagus prices

“It’s been a tough year…the toughest we’ve had in a good long while,” is how Sharon Heer describes the 2014 asparagus season.

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Grads urged to keep the faith

“I just love having church at school!” Sunnyside High School teacher Nick Paulakis exulted during his charge to the class of 2014 during a baccalaureate service last night.

Sunnyside makes Top-25 ‘safe list’

Sunnyside is safer than Ellensburg, Port Angeles and Edmonds and nearly 50 other Washington cities with a population of more than 10,000.

Learning to fly

This is my 14th year, while working for newspapers, to provide coverage of high school graduations.

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Mabton residents weather road woes

MABTON – Not only have state officials closed the SR 241 bridge just outside of town to rigs weighing more than three tons, the road (also known as the Sunnyside-Mabton Highway) is also undergoing resurfacing, as is the roadway near town at SR 22.

SVID approves increase in water rights contracts

SVID’s sale of irrigation water rights to property owners has operated under essentially the same policy for nearly 100 years.

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Kiwanis awards three scholarships

During their weekly meeting this morning, Wednesday, at Bon Vino’s, Sunnyside Kiwanis Club members heard presentations from three applicants for the group’s scholarship funds.

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Fourth District hopeful may face charges from courthouse conflict

Charges may be sought against Fourth District Congressional candidate Gavin Seim following an encounter last month at the Grant County Courthouse.

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First-ever State trophy for Sunnyside soccer program

“There are always speed bumps in the road, it’s how you recover, how you stand up, how resilient you are,” Grizzly Co-Coach Sergio Licona told a disappointed soccer team after last Friday’s 2-0 State semi-final loss to Mercer Island.

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Pena runner-up in 3A triple jump

SHS senior snags three medals at State

It wasn’t the most auspicious of starts last Friday, but Sunnyside’s Elijah Pena made the most of his final trip to the State 3A track meet last week with three medals.

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Loving Mabton Project pitched

Giving a moniker to a long-unnamed park and planting more trees are part of the vision for the Loving Mabton Project proposed by eighth graders Diego Garza and Nicholas Mejia.

Rohman circus

Kudos to local citizens for calling on the city of Sunnyside to make sure our city’s portion of the old Yellowstone Highway is preserved.

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Grizzlies on to hardware round

Sunnyside High earns first ever final-four berth

A sixth-minute goal proved just enough to send the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team to its first-ever State semi-finals appearance.

New jobs created in Grandview

Twelve new full-time jobs and another 25 to 35 seasonal jobs are headed to Grandview.

Pena leads Grizzlies

PASCO - A triple jump newbie six weeks ago, Sunnyside High School’s Elijah Pena won the Regional title in that event last Saturday in Pasco.

‘Keeping Your Balance’ keeps you on your toes

In 1944, the Allies were building towards D-Day, Anne Frank was keeping her diary and IBM dedicated its first program-controlled calculator.

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Honor the living this Memorial Day

...and call for the same from our distinguished dozen

Here in the Lower Valley we will honor our fallen next Monday on Memorial Day, as is right and proper.

Irrigation water off limits to state’s pot growers

Washington state law may allow for growing and marketing marijuana, but the federal government doesn’t want a drop of its water used for the crop…for now.

Internet contract in offing for AWOS data

Though making its data available on the internet will still take some doing, the Sunnyside Airport’s automated weather observation system (AWOS) can provide residents the latest weather with a simple phone call.

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Grizzlies reach State quarter-finals

Semi-final berth on the line in match-up with Kennewick

Nick Hytrek slammed the door shut on Sunnyside for 60 minutes last night, before the Grizzly soccer team finally found an answer against the Auburn-Mountainview keeper.

Port housing AWOS server

Now that the city of Sunnyside Airport’s AWOS system is up and running, there needs to be a place to securely store its server.

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Grizz outlast Kennewick Lions

Sunnyside hosts loser-out State tourney match tomorrow

In a costly victory, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team earned a 3-2 shootout triumph over visiting Kennewick last Saturday to win the Regional championship.

Pena sparks Sunnyside with three District titles

Elijah Pena accounted for two-thirds of the Sunnyside boys track team’s score during the District track meet held last Friday.

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Grizzlies clinch 3A State berth

Don’t let the final score fool you, the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team had its hands full last night with visiting Kamiakin before pulling out a 3-0 victory in a first-round Regional playoff match.

Pomp and planning

Graduation ceremonies set for Lower Valley seniors

It’s mid-May, which means high schools in the Lower Valley are prepping for commencement exercises for graduates of the class of 2014.

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Sunnyside native takes golf game to a higher level

A three-time State golf tourney qualifier for Sunnyside High School, Renae Visser is taking her game to a new level at Dordt College.

Mabton continues water-rationing efforts

Though the city of Mabton is moving forward with plans to improve its municipal water system, officials here still need residents to monitor how much water they use.

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Grizzlies advance with rout

After three close matches to close out the regular season, the CBBN champion Sunnyside Grizzlies made quick work of visiting University last night in a loser-out soccer playoff tilt.

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Dangerous intersection being eliminated

Sunnyside is about to have one less intersection, as this week the city is moving forward with plans to close the crossroads at Rohman Street and Scoon Road.

Inslee advisor resigns

OLYMPIA – Just weeks after the release of his profanity-laced e-mails targeting Republicans, Ted Sturdevant announced he is stepping down as an advisor to Gov. Jay Inslee