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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.

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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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.

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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

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Membership has its benefits

Membership has its benefits.

Grizzlies CBBN league champs

For a half it looked like Sunnyside might lose its third consecutive soccer match by a single goal.

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Research prompts farmers market move

The Sunnyside Farmers Market is pulling up stakes and moving to a new home this summer.

Pond posts second consecutive sub-100 round for Lady ’Hounds

With the regular season rapidly closing, the Grandview Lady Greyhound golf team competed at an 8-team invite yesterday in Umatilla, Ore.

Sunnyside wraps up regular season schedule

In their last regular season tune-up before Districts, the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams braved stormy weather at a CBBN meet at Eastmont.

SVID adopts by-law changes

In a meeting on Tuesday, the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) board of directors and the Sunnyside Division Board of Control adopted similar changes in by-laws to formalize procedures for purchases and sale of surplus property.

Pond medalist at Othello course

OTHELLO – Competing against Ellensburg and host Othello this past Monday, Grandview Lady Greyhound golfer Hannah Pond was the medalist with the low score of the day.

Davis hands Grizzly soccer second consecutive defeat

Sunnyside plays Moses Lake this coming Friday for league title

YAKIMA – The Sunnyside Grizzly boys soccer team lost in heartbreaking fashion last night, 3-2 on penalty kicks at Davis.

Seventh-inning stretch sparks split for Sunnyside Christian

PROSSER – The Sunnyside Christian baseball team has re-invented the seventh-inning stretch.

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Port recoups digester change order costs

Two weeks after unhappily approving a controversial $129,926 change order submitted by HDR Engineering, Port of Sunnyside commissioners last night OK’d a contract with the Pasco firm that nearly made up the difference.

American West Bank names Tudor new branch manager

American West Bank didn’t have to look far for a manager to head its Sunnyside branch, as Ryan Tudor was named to the post two months ago.

Greyhound nine wraps up season with losses to Mustangs

The Grandview Greyhound baseball team concluded its 2014 campaign last Saturday with a pair of identical 17-0 losses at Prosser.

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Grizzlies’ perfect record suffers a blemish

Hosting last-place Eisenhower in their regular season home finale, the Sunnyside Grizzlies absorbed a 3-2 soccer loss last Friday.

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Explorer eyes future in law enforcement

Though a volunteer, Josue Bustamante is plenty busy serving the Sunnyside Police Department as a police explorer.

Librarian nets $8,000 in settlement with S’side

Six months after Thomas Warren was wrongly detained by Sunnyside police for recording SWAT officers in action, the city has settled with the librarian aide.

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Sterling, Silver and a hope

The Clippers are for sale thanks to Donald Sterling’s big mouth, and I know one community that would welcome the LA team with open arms – Seattle.

Los Angeles, 1968 a quick read with an enduring message

Write what you know is lesson one for creative writing. Yakima educator and author T. Lloyd Winetsky does it in spades with his new book, Los Angeles, 1968: Happy Ranch to Watts.

Fundraiser planned to offset Meals on Wheels budget cut

Five percent might not sound like much, but that cut in the Meals on Wheels program for Yakima County amounts to $26,000.

Gov. Inslee’s ‘clean energy’ order may face hurdles

SEATTLE - Gov. Jay Inslee yesterday, Tuesday, signed an executive order outlining a series of steps to cut carbon pollution in Washington and advance development and use of clean energy technologies.

Schools prepping for fewer federal dollars

$1 million loss for Sunnyside, Grandview schools

The announcement last week that Washington is the first state to lose its flexibility waiver with the No Child Left Behind Act has local school districts mulling their options.

Grizzlies stay unbeaten

WENATCHEE – The Sunnyside Grizzly soccer team overcame three injuries and a pesky Wenatchee team to earn a 3-2 CBBN victory last Friday.

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Grandview honors community’s best

“This is a community award,” Grandview City Administrator Cus Arteaga said last Friday upon receiving the community’s Person of the Year award. “This is a great place to work and I really appreciate all your support.”

Grizzly tracksters perform well at Ike

Madrigal, Pena each win twice for Sunnyside

YAKIMA – A victory and a rare tie were among the results for the Sunnyside boys and girls track teams during a CBBN double-dual meet yesterday at Eisenhower.

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Dairy ambassador thankful for opportunities

Grateful for opportunities afforded her during a year-long reign as Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador, Katie Hutchins thanked her family and supporters during a banquet last night.

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Upgrade in the works for Sunnyside Library

$400,000 remodel being planned

Sunnyside Library patrons will be able to check out more than books this summer. They’ll also be able to check out progress on a major re-model for their library.

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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.

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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.