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John Fannin

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Weighty matters

Sunnyside doctor shares insights into obesity

Asthma, acid reflux, heart disease, stroke, joint damage and hernias share in common the fact they can all stem from obesity.

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Barrel of fun

Horse group finds home in Sunnyside

For 20 years the Yakima County Barrel Racing Association held its competitions in Naches.

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Fabers mow down Grandview ’Hounds

“The story of both games was two great pitching performances from the Faber brothers,” Sunnyside Christian Coach Tyler Alseth said of his team’s sweep over Grandview Wednesday night.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Early returns good for old water building

They don’t build them like they used to…with hazardous materials like lead and asbestos.

Welcome to Mayberry

A few miles west of Sunnyside, off of I-82’s exit 58, you’ll find the quiet, bucolic town of Mayberry.

Parrish finishes 40th at State golf tourney

On Wednesday she rounded out the list of qualifiers for day two action.

Parrish advances at State golf tourney

SPOKANE – Overcoming a rough start, Lady Greyhound Teagan Parrish carded a 96 Wednesday to finish among the final golfers to make the second-day cut at the State 2A girls golf tourney.

Mabton nets insurance funds for water break

It’s better than nothing.

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Nothing but good news from Mabton’s cop shop

Code enforcement officer Alex Campbell has hit the ground running for the city of Mabton.

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Sunnyside honors its fallen

Calling on the 150 or so in attendance to honor the fallen and remember all who serve, Sunnyside City Manager Don Day provided the keynote speech during a Memorial Day service yesterday.

‘Fallen Heroes 5K’ to debut in Sunnyside July 4

Meandering its way up and down the streets of Sunnyside, the inaugural Fallen Heroes 5K will be held Saturday, July 4.

Estate sale

Maybe you heard?

How’s your iSight?

Shalom check, interactive gratitude and iSight are just some of the new terms readers will encounter in the pages of Joyful Journey, Listening to Immanuel.

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YVCC winery programs meeting industry demand

“Every winery has a story…ours is all about education,” Trent Ball says of the wine and viticulture programs at YVCC’s Grandview campus.

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Port fine-tuning digester operations

Humans aren’t alone in taking their vitamins.

Sunnyside girls wrap up 1-19 spring campaign

“We wanted to go out with a bang…swing the bat and have fun,” Chad Pickel, SHS interim fastpitch coach, said of Friday’s season-ending twin bill at Eastmont.

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Patience a virtue with Pacific Power app

There’s nothing wrong with doing one thing well…

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Sunnyside High senior earns Eagle Scout honors

A project five months in the making has earned Sunnyside High School senior Cody Parke prestigious Eagle Scout honors.

LTAC off track

Hey kiddos! Better pony up $500 for your summer swim pass at the Sunnyside pool.

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SVID eases water transfer rules

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) Board of Directors on Thursday amended its water transfer policy to promote more water leasing opportunities and ultimately the opportunity for more water to be transferred to the Roza Irrigation District.

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Commemorating a ‘labor of love’

Providing injections and injecting catheters, while expressing compassion, are part and parcel of the work nurses perform daily.

First-year coach out before season ends

Sunnyside High School fastpitch softball coach Ronaldo Aguirre has resigned with a week left in the regular season.

Incumbents first to file for this fall’s General Election

YAKIMA – Six Lower Yakima Valley candidates threw their hats into the ring Monday during the first day of filing for office for the November General Election.

Settlement reached in lawsuit with local dairies

Local dairy owners and the environmental groups that sued them avoided going to trial Monday by settling the case.

Overtime loss brings Mabton’s season to an end

Playing its third consecutive must-win contest, Mabton gave host Wahluke all it could handle before falling 2-1 in SCAC District tourney action last Saturday.

Rally falls short for Knights

Sunnyside Christian overcame a double digit deficit and held a seventh-inning lead before falling last Friday to Pateros by a score of 17-16.

Local OB-GYN faces state charges

Dr. Lewis J. Meline, who up until recently practiced at Grandview Medical Center, has been charged with issuing more than 60 prescriptions to two prostitutes with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship.

Where’s our Cactus Caucus?

There is this new website by Microsoft - - that guesses a person’s age based on photographs.

Vikings stay alive!

Mabton moves on to District tourney play

COWICHE – For the second consecutive match, the Mabton boys soccer team came through with a clutch victory with its season on the line.

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Packed house weighs in on water shutdown

Roza canal going dry for two weeks

With farmers blanching at the thought of three weeks without water, Roza Irrigation District board members settled for a two-week shut-off starting next Monday, May 11.

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation Dist. tweaks process for water transfers

As it did in the drought of 2005, SVID this summer will make water available to farmers in the Roza Irrigation District.

Vikes nip LaSalle in shootout

Mabton makes playoffs

With a postseason berth on the line, it all came down to a shootout for Mabton and host LaSalle last night in SCAC soccer action.

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Changes afoot for FSI’s next 50 years

True Value, Just Ask Rental to close end of May

This year not only marks the 50th anniversary of FSI Fabrication in Sunnyside under one family’s ownership, but 2015 also sets up as a time of major transition for the company.

Mabton rally falls short against Rangers

Two goals – nearly three – in the final six minutes weren’t enough for the Mabton soccer team to avoid a 3-2 defeat at Naches last night.

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Sunnyside residents won’t feel water pinch that local farmers will

It’s business as usual at Sunnyside City Hall, with water service continuing right along during what promises to be a dry summer.

Panthers pounce on SHS

All but wrapping up the CBBN’s third seed into the playoffs, host Wenatchee dispatched visiting Sunnyside last Friday in a league doubleheader.

Touchet sweeps Knights

After a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in the first game to host Touchet, the Sunnyside Christian baseball team fell flat in the nightcap against the Indians.

The Ridiculous Six

I filled in as the reporter covering the Sunnyside City Council meeting this past Monday when the marijuana ban was passed.

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Offering cold comfort at Valley’s crossroads

Everyone knows Sunnyside is something of a crossroads town…three hours by car from Spokane, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Bangs sparks twin bill sweep

LYLE – There are good days, then there are great days.

Mabton finalizes civic center sale

MABTON – A proposal first discussed in February became official last night, Tuesday, when the Mabton City Council approved selling the town’s civic center to Sunrise Outreach.

Vikes thump Ki-Be, 15-0

BENTON CITY – In what more closely resembles a football score, the Mabton Viking soccer team had its way with host Kiona-Benton last night in a 15-0 victory.

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Dad’s dream now a reality

Sandra Perez’s late father dreamed of opening a bakery for her.

City puts more bite into dog ownership laws

The city of Sunnyside has formally adopted newly crafted and updated standards for licensing dogs in the city limits.

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'Off the pot'

Sunnyside Council bans marijuana, takes issue off ballot

By unanimous vote Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council banned the production, processing and sale of marijuana within city limits.

Roza seeks water purchases from SVID

The Yakima Basin’s worst drought in at least a decade has Roza Irrigation District officials looking to buy water.

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Christmas comes early for city of Mabton residents

MABTON - The only question left was how much more the city of Mabton would have to borrow to complete funding for much-needed water utility improvements.

Knights drop two to Patriots

Uncharacteristic fielding yips plagued the Sunnyside Christian baseball team last Saturday in the first of two home losses to Liberty Christian.

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Safer way? There must be

Ahhh…prom season.