Port of Grandview officials batted two-for-two last week in gaining a nod to fund projects through Yakima County’s Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) program.
Local team runner-up at slo-pitch tournament
For one day, a Lower Valley team of AARP qualifiers turned back the clock and qualified for the championship game Sunday at the Old School Senior Softball Tournament at Sunnyview Park.
The state of Washington’s unsuccessful federal appeal means most Lower Valley schools will send letters to parents in the next few days announcing that the schools are failing to meet adequate yearly progress.
Nearly every day I proof-read and edit at least one obituary for the Daily Sun News.
Efforts are underway in the Lower Valley to revive a summer fastpitch softball program on hiatus for the past few years.
Turning lemons into lemonade. That’s the essence of a program in the Outlook area pegged to turn cow manure into renewable natural gas.
Kristin Chester’s students are constant cut-ups.
My name is John Fannin and I approve this column. With that said, here’s my take on the Yakima County sheriff’s primary race.
MABTON – You can learn a lot from pasta, marshmallows and pipe cleaners.
From rubbing shoulders with community leaders to entertaining a class of pre-schoolers, the 2013-14 Miss Sunnyside Court has done it all.
Inez Mejia’s customers are driven.
Within two weeks barricades and orange signs will announce the permanent closure of Rohman Street in Sunnyside.
Lavender, dill, peppermint and chili peppers were part of a winning recipe for Sunnyside High senior Juan Casas.
In its next-to-last game of the summer, the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U baseball team held on for a 7-5 victory over host East Valley last Saturday.
The Fourth District Congressional race has more guns than a Vegas body-building show.
“We’re the only city in the state of Washington that doesn’t have a public works director or city administrator,” Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez told the city council last night.
Altitude draws a large crowd on opening day of recreational pot sales
PROSSER – For a day, anyway, Altitude has cornered the market on retail marijuana sales in the Yakima Valley.
A daily convoy of 110 to 130 truckloads of rocks and dirt to build the lagoon for the Port of Sunnyside’s new anaerobic digester is coming to a close.
Padelford, wetlands properties no longer needed
The Port of Sunnyside is in the real estate market, as last Friday commissioners agreed to put up for sale nearly 500 acres it owns in the Sunnyside area.
Martin Gonzalez twirled a three-hitter to lead the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U summer baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Great Falls, Mont. during the 33rd annual Spokane Wood Bat Classic.
Two charges Ephrata police requested against Fourth District Congressional candidate Gavin Seim will not be pursued.
Rather than let a high school teacher go as originally planned, the Grandview School District will allow the teacher to stay on board for one more year as a substitute.
Retail marijuana sales slated to get underway July 8
PROSSER – Indica, Sativa, bud tender, cannabis coach.
A ratio of nearly one administrator to every three deputies in the Yakima County Sheriff’s office has members of the Sunnyside Republican Club concerned.
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.
Damon Hurst drove in six runs yesterday to help the Sunnyside Grizzly 17U baseball team to a doubleheader split against Gonzaga Prep.
MABTON – Starting next Tuesday, July 1, Mabton youth will enjoy some STEAM in their summer with a new program set to kick off.
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.
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.
...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.
High school, college, taking on new responsibilities; those are times when you expect or at least hope to find a mentor.
A park and recreation program dormant in Sunnyside for several years may be getting a new start.
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.
Samantha Lopez graduated from Sunnyside High School just a few days ago, but she is still learning this summer.
The city of Sunnyside is expanding its research on groundwater contamination at the airport.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
BICKLETON – One theme consistently came through last Saturday during commencement exercises for Bickleton High School’s three graduates.
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.
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.
“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 is safer than Ellensburg, Port Angeles and Edmonds and nearly 50 other Washington cities with a population of more than 10,000.
This is my 14th year, while working for newspapers, to provide coverage of high school graduations.
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’s sale of irrigation water rights to property owners has operated under essentially the same policy for nearly 100 years.