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John Fannin

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U2’s latest not its greatest

About once a decade U2 bangs us over the head to show it is still relevant and very much matters.

Sunnyside thumps Cadets big time

Building on a strong performance this past Tuesday against high-flying West Valley, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team dominated Eisenhower 4-1 in Big Nine action last night.

To Be Determined

For once, city of Sunnyside officials are taking a cue from how other cities function.

Mabton Lady Vikes falter late against Soap Lake

One of its strongest performances of the season wasn’t enough for the Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team in a 3-1 loss at Soap Lake Thursday night.

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SHS no pushover for West Valley Rams

After suffering a 4-0 loss a month ago at the hands of West Valley, a perennial State tourney contender, the Lady Grizzly soccer team showed progress in battling to a 1-0 loss to the Rams Tuesday night.

Cougars pounce on Mabton netters

In its home finale for the 2014 season, the Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team struggled in a 3-0 loss to White Swan Tuesday night.

Port to mull SIED loan offer

The Port of Sunnyside’s hopes for a $319,160 grant/loan to aid in demolishing and clearing the Carnation plant site were dashed last Thursday by Yakima County’s SIED Board.

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Pirates too much for Sunnyside

For three years the Davis High School football team has patiently built its program around a class that now numbers 17 seniors on the varsity squad.

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Sunnyside prepping for public works budget

Generally, the city of Sunnyside’s public works budget for 2015 is on track.

Lady Vikes fall in four at Waterville

WATERVILLE – The Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team tried to dig itself out of a couple of holes Thursday night but came up short in a 3-1 loss at Waterville.

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Grandview netters surge for third straight win

GRANDVIEW – What a difference a week makes!

Grizz fall short at Moses Lake

The good news is that the Sunnyside Grizzly football team shut out host Moses Lake for a half.

Knights thump Dayton

The Sunnyside Christian eight-man football team scored 36 unanswered points in the second half to earn a convincing 76-20 victory over visiting Dayton last Friday night.

A reality check for fields of dreams

Sally Field was so stunned by her Oscar she famously repeated over and over her excitement at people liking her, really liking her.

Lady Vikes falter late

The Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team came within a point of earning its first victory this season before falling 3-2 to visiting Warden Thursday night.

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Shorthanded Sunnyside falls to Davis Pirates

Playing most of the match with no reserves, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team managed to hang tough before losing in a penalty kick shootout to Davis Thursday night.

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Irrigation season drawing to a close

Levy rates to increase

Temperatures may be hovering near the 90s, but reminders of the fall season are all around – and that includes the approaching end of the irrigation season.

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Mabton battles in five-set loss

MABTON – It was their most competitive match of the season and the closest they’ve come to earning a victory.

Lady Grizz fall to Eastmont

It was literally a tale of two halves as the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team grabbed a 3-0 first half lead, only to drop a 4-3 decision to visiting Eastmont Tuesday night.

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Panthers nearly perfect in win over Sunnyside

Aside from an EJ Hurt extra point attempt clanking off the upright, the Wenatchee Panthers were picture perfect in a 58-0 win over Sunnyside last Friday.

Sunnyside Christian slips past Shockers

WATERVILLE – All night long Waterville had managed to throttle Sunnyside Christian’s passing attack led by soph sensation Justin Faber.

Ki-Be tops Lady Vikes

BENTON CITY – A strong finish wasn’t enough for the Mabton volleyball team last Saturday in a 3-0 non-league loss at Kiona-Benton.

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Martinez Foundation helps classroom teachers succeed

Nineteen years ago this month, Edgar Martinez helped spark the Seattle Mariners to their first post-season run in franchise history.

Wait for the film

Want to predict the future?

Weary of McCleary

The Beatles - aka Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band - advised us when we die to “…declare the pennies on your eyes.”

Lady Grizz fall to Panthers

WENATCHEE – The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team put up some impressive stats last night, but couldn’t capitalize in a 3-0 loss at Wenatchee Thursday night.

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‘No excuses’

Football player overcomes hurdles

Joey Silos likes rap music. He also likes playing football for Sunnyside’s Harrison Middle School.

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Sunnyside unites on teen drug/alcohol issue

“Did you drink alcohol when you were a kid?”

Shockers edge Mabton

MABTON – “The girls sure played their hearts out…just a couple of point swings and we win the match,” Coach Sandy Jaquish said of his Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team’s tough loss to Waterville Tuesday night.

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Ike no match for Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team took control of the match early and never let up in a convincing 4-0 rout of visiting Eisenhower Tuesday night.

Grandview native faces new sentencing on murder conviction

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling two years ago will apparently result in re-sentencing for Jose Munguia of Grandview.

Budget consultant confirms Mabton headed right direction

City police coverage 24 hours a day and building a bigger rainy day fund are among areas of consensus the Mabton City Council reached Monday night during a budget workshop.

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Second-quarter surge too much for Grizzlies

For a quarter the Sunnyside Grizzly football team gave visiting Cheney all it could handle before the Blackhawks pulled away for a 35-7 non-league win last Friday.

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Candidates stump for votes in Sunnyside

With the General Election less than six weeks away, the Sunnyside Republican Club is hosting a series of head-to-head appearances by the candidates.

Septembers with mom

Mom was here for her annual visit last week.

Coyotes sweep Mabton in three

The Mabton Lady Viking volleyball team fought hard in its 2B league opener before falling 3-0 to host Kittitas on Thursday night.

Rams blank Lady Grizz

Though the end result was a 4-0 loss at West Valley Thursday night, Sunnyside Lady Grizzly Coach Sylvia Villagrana noted the outcome showed improvement for her squad.

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Knights rally for first-ever win over Colton

Eight-man football is known for basketball-like scores and offenses running wild.

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Growing pains

City of Mabton will seek to make changes to its urban growth area

Change or lose a vital industry.

Port’s 2015 budget won’t mirror this year’s

A new year will apparently bring some changes, financially speaking, for the Port of Sunnyside.

Lady Vikes shine in tourney

The Mabton Lady Vikings proved competitive this past Friday during the SunDome volleyball tourney.

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Grizzlies come up short second straight week

For the second consecutive game the Sunnyside Grizzly football team reached the opponent’s 1-yard line in the final seconds of the first half…only to not score and end up on the losing side of the scoreboard.

Knights falter late against Touchet Indians

Sunnyside Christian home opener set for Friday, Sept. 19

TOUCHET – The Sunnyside Christian Knight football team gave 2013 State runner-up Touchet all it could handle before falling 72-38 last Friday night.

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SVID prepping for winter projects

Sometime next month, SVID users will see irrigation water again dry up for the fall and winter season.

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Chromatik could be music to your ears

To paraphrase Abba, yes, you can sing, you can jive, and now you can perform live to some of the most popular music ever produced.

GHS thumps Davis in three straight

The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had something to prove Thursday evening against the host 4A Davis Pirates.

High court puts lawmakers back on the clock

State legislature found in contempt for not providing education funding plan

Ordering the sale of public property, invalidating portions of the state’s budget, cutting funding for state highways and parks.

Paulsen for county cleriff

I’m at my wit’s end trying to figure out the messy county races we have to decide this November.

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Mabton mayor accused of abusing public office

If it’s possible to suck the air out of a room, Mabton city attorney Jamie Carmody accomplished just that in diffusing potentially explosive allegations made Tuesday night against Mayor Mario Martinez.

County clerk candidate will challenge job termination

If elected Yakima County clerk on Nov. 4, Sarah Matheny could days later face the city of Yakima in court.