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John Fannin

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Grandview girls earn CWAC wins

TOPPENISH – The Lady Greyhound golf team overcame chilly 40 m.p.h. winds and an unfamiliar golf course to sweep its two opponents in CWAC action this past Tuesday.

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Spike in city code violations

Code enforcement issues are on the rise in Sunnyside and several factors could be at play.

Knights battle in losses to Connell JV squad

A competitive spirit wasn’t enough to help the Sunnyside Christian varsity baseball team yesterday in a pair of losses to the visiting Connell JV squad.

Mabton tames Wolves, 6-0

For the second time in three games, Mabton’s Oscar Aguilar recorded a hat trick in a span of about 20 minutes.

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Vote of the people sought by council on marijuana issue

The second time may be a charm…but it might also take a third.

City will re-open South Hill

Closed for nearly three years, South Hill Road in Sunnyside will re-open to traffic…but with changes to help protect residents in the area.

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Undefeated Chiefs sweep twin bill from Sunnyside

Moses Lake showed why it is the toast of Big Nine League softball with a convincing sweep of host Sunnyside last Friday afternoon.

Knights score five times to subdue Mabton Vikings

ROYAL CITY – Allowing the Knights too much space to operate in the first half, and too little time to catch up in the second, sent the Mabton Viking soccer team to a 5-1 defeat at Royal last night, Thursday.

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Tokes for tots

Light up, Washington!

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$6.2 million in new building valuation gains city of Sunnyside approval last month

Sunnyside’s building boom bounced back nicely in March, with 69 permits issued for projects with a combined valuation of $6.2 million.

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New bleachers at rodeo arena

“It’s like putting a tinker toy set together.”

Unbeaten Chiefs roll over Sunnyside

MOSES LAKE – Undefeated and first in the CBBN standings, Moses Lake brought the heat in a 12-0 victory over the Lady Grizzly softball team Tuesday.

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Many happy returns

Fish counts in Yakima River at record numbers

“Humongous” is how fish biologist David Child describes off-the-chart record returns of Coho salmon in the Yakima River.

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Irrigators prep for dry summer

Roza, SVID reps meeting today with Department of Ecology officials

With the irrigation season well underway, boards of the Sunnyside Valley and Roza irrigation districts yesterday, Tuesday, received updates on the latest water forecasts during their respective monthly meetings.

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Mabton Vikes blitz Warden, 5-0

Gonzales notches hat trick in victory

MABTON – It’s one thing to score three goals, a hat trick, in an 80-minute soccer game.

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Sunnyside Port officials join opposition to lawmakers’ push to rob clean-up fund

The Port of Sunnyside’s Carnation property clean-up was made possible with funds from the state’s Remedial Action Grants, which targets contaminated properties.

Miscues undo Grandview boys

“It was too big of a hill to climb,” Greyhound baseball Coach Joe Mora said of trying to overcome late game rallies that sent his team to a pair of losses at Othello last Friday.

Welcome to Washissippibama

Even as Democrats in Washington state try to exorcise Indiana’s alleged demons of discrimination...others in the same party are touting how we’re more like Mississippi and Alabama.

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Local financial experts note there can be hope for overcoming debt

Fewer than half of the U.S. population has a three-month rainy day fund and nearly 60 percent are spending more than they earn.

Clean Air asked to tweak fiscal procedures

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has been asked to fine-tune policies related to credit card use and merit pay increases.

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Rehab of vacant city building may result in a new brewery or winery

A virtually abandoned, 85-year-old brick building in Sunnyside may have new life in the form of a winemaking or craft brewery operation.

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Despite pair of losses, Lady Grizz pack a punch

The bottom line in the wins and losses column is that the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team suffered a pair of defeats last Friday to visiting Davis.

Buildings review to be conducted by S’side schools

Everything from sidewalks to buildings to even utilities will be evaluated by the Sunnyside School District.

Sunnyside schools donate to McCleary case war chest

One of the parties that sued Washington state in the McCleary case is a group called the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, or NEWS.

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‘Come clean, or quit!’

“Integrity. Respect. Independence.” Those three words scream out at the top of audit reports issued by Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Granger to mark its portion of historic Yellowstone Trail

Dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. this Saturday

GRANGER – Interest last year in the city of Sunnyside’s portion of the Yellowstone Trail sparked the same for Granger.

To grow or not to grow

Mabton officials revisiting town’s urban growth area

MABTON – Asked a few years ago by Yakima County to reduce its urban growth area (UGA), the city of Mabton complied by removing areas northwest and southeast of town.

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City of Mabton to pay for emergency repairs

MABTON – While agreeing to pay $323,507 in unexpected costs for construction of its new wastewater plant, the city of Mabton is holding out hope for insurance coverage.

Highland tops Mabton, 5-0

For nearly an hour the Mabton Viking soccer team battled toe-to-toe with 1A soccer powerhouse Highland.

Lady Grizzlies lose first league contest to Davis

Base-running errors in the first inning proved costly for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team in an 11-0 loss at Davis yesterday.

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Pasco pounces on Sunnyside miscues

Eleven errors leading to 11 unearned runs were too much for the Sunnyside softball team to overcome in a 17-4 home loss last Saturday to Pasco.

G’view opens league play with wins

TOPPENISH – The Grandview Greyhound baseball team scored 23 runs in a span of two innings enroute to easily dispatching host Toppenish 15-3, 17-7 in a doubleheader last Saturday.

Vikings fall in league opener to Granger Spartans

MABTON – For the third match in a row the Mabton Viking soccer team went into the half with the scoreboard reading 2-0.

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Sunnyside’s secret WWII operations detailed for local Nouvella members

Sagebrush cleared and a pair of mile-long airplane runways constructed in a two-week span?

Naches pounces on SCHS

NACHES – Two big innings proved costly for 1B Sunnyside Christian in a pair of season opening losses Thursday against the 1A Naches JV/C squad.

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Grizzlies surge past Grandview in season opener

The 4A Lady Grizzly fastpitch team plated 10 runs in a span of two innings to pull away for a 15-9 victory over 2A Grandview on Thursday.

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Spring potpourri

So much to get to this first day of spring…

Mabton keeps Ephrata off the scoreboard

EPHRATA – Oscar Aguilar punched in two goals and assisted on another to lead Mabton to a 4-0 non-league victory at Ephrata on Thursday.

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New SHS softball coach accentuates the positive

The scoreboard lights up, showing the Lady Grizzly softball team ahead by 10 runs…but it’s a practice.

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Powerhouse Vols just the latest obstacle for Grandview native

BOISE, IDAHO – For all its hard work in winning the Mountain West Conference, the Boise State women’s basketball team faces the unenviable task of playing second-seed Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn.

High court enjoys Q&A in rare visit to Valley

TOPPENISH – Lower Valley residents had a rare opportunity yesterday (Tuesday) to watch the Washington State Supreme Court in action at Toppenish’s Heritage University.

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2014 a ‘good year’ for Sunnyside Port

Grant monies and a land sale in 2014 generated profits for the Port of Sunnyside that were five times greater than what the entity netted in 2013.

Mabton High boys settle for a draw in season opener

A dominant 2-0 lead at the half and outshooting its opponent by a 3-to-1 margin wasn’t enough to ensure victory for the Viking soccer team in its season opener Tuesday night.

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State Supreme Court hears farm case at Heritage University

TOPPENISH – Nine Supreme Court justices hearing three cases in one packed house.

Toppenish jamboree learning experience for local high school teams

TOPPENISH – A clean slate, a fresh start.

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Kidney center site of visit by congressman

“You know you need it, but it feels like you’ve been walking a marathon all day,” is how Sunnysider Henry Torres describes his three-day-a-week dialysis treatments.

Drought emergency declaration a ‘positive step’ for local growers

Snowpack conditions across Washington state mountains are at near record low levels, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency for the Yakima Valley.

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Students go eye to eye with science

About 50 students slapped on rubber gloves and goggles last Thursday morning in Steve Urrutia’s classroom at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School.

Grandview nine fends off Granger

GRANGER – Solid pitching and a stingy defense helped the 2A Grandview Greyhound baseball team open the season with an 8-5 win at Granger last Saturday.

Local American Legion baseball team in the works

“When I first moved over here from the westside I wanted to get involved in baseball…it’s my first passion,” says John Millan, public works superintendent for the city of Sunnyside.