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John Fannin

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Grandview leaders ‘put on big boy pants’

GRANDVIEW - More retail, higher paying jobs and an improved image for the Yakima Valley were just some of the hopes expressed in Grandview Tuesday night.

Milk jug may be empty for Carnation

With certification in hand that hazardous materials at the former Carnation site have been cleaned up, Port of Sunnyside officials traveled to Olympia this week hoping for help in demolishing the plant.

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Color me a Seahawks fan

“Seahawks!” a motorist yelled at me last week as he slowed his car.

Sunnyside girls lose to Warden and Othello

Shorthanded due to injury and illness, the Lady Grizzly wrestling team battled before losing a pair of double-dual matches Thursday night.

Grizzlies push past West Valley Rams

For all of two matches West Valley was in contention Thursday night before the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team rolled up its sleeves and dispatched the host Rams 60-15.

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From the gridiron to the golf greens

New SHS coach eager to build links program

Amongst the pastels and paints in SHS art teacher Saul Martinez’s classroom there is a reminder of his plans for this spring.

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United States Postal Service hits hard times

After 200 years of daily deliveries, the United States Postal Service has fallen on tough times.

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As success rate climbs so do class offerings at SHS

Art, zoology, science fiction writing and the ukulele are just some of the expanded electives now offered at Sunnyside High School.

Taxing issues in last night’s telephone town hall confab

OLYMPIA – From Yakima, Union Gap, Sunnyside and Selah, residents in the 15th District expressed concerns to state representatives Bruce Chandler and David Taylor during an hour-long telephone town hall.

Biosolid spill not likely an issue for Yakima Valley

A spill of several tons of biosolids – a wastewater treatment by-product – likely won’t impact the Yakima Valley.

Electrical upgrades for port’s new digester could easily top $100,000

With a punchlist of minor to-do items nearly complete, Port of Sunnyside officials hope to soon have final acceptance of its $8 million anaerobic digester.

Grizzlies roll to another team title

ELLENSBURG – It was all Sunnyside, all day, as the Grizzlies dominated at last Saturday’s Ray Westberg Invitational in Ellensburg.

First defeat for Sunnyside

“It’s very difficult for a high school sports team to go undefeated,” said Lady Grizzly hoop coach Rick Puente.

Bucks, Ducks and City Council’s quandary

“Don’t tell me you’re a Quacker!” cousin Terry from Ohio texted just before the national championship football game.

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Sunnyside United’s mission to be more proactive in 2015

A new year brings a new mission statement and new budget for Sunnyside United.

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Cadets no match for S’side Grizzlies

In their final home match of the regular season, Sunnyside wrestlers won 11-of-l4 matches Thursday night to thump visiting Eisenhower 56-10.

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Bad weather pushes up cost of new wastewater plant upgrade

Mabton Council OKs $6 a month hike in water bills

MABTON – A combination of bad weather and bad luck could cost the city of Mabton an extra $200,000 for its new wastewater treatment plant.

Sunnyside rallies for clutch win in Oregon

HERMISTON, ORE. - Liddy Valle made the most of her homecoming Tuesday night in helping the Lady Grizzly hoop team to a 55-49 victory at Hermiston, Ore.

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New year brings rate increase for Roza customers

An accelerated effort to enclose its laterals has prompted Roza Irrigation District officials to raise assessments by $13 an acre for 2015.

Auditor to credit Port of Grandview for financial statement

Officials with the state auditor’s office plan to correct an on-line publication issued last week indicating the Port of Grandview had not filed financial statements for fiscal year 2013.

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Full harvest for Aho

Developer builds on final existing home lot

Ten years after receiving a greenlight from the Sunnyside City Council, Aho’s Harvest Village is now building on the last of 160 home lots in its current 40-acre subdivision.

State auditors ding local entities for late reporting

Three Lower Valley governments are among 17 in Yakima County that state auditors claim have not filed annual financial reports in a timely fashion.

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SHS Lady Grizzlies take control of CBBN

Sunnyside stays perfect

In a battle of undefeated, top-10 ranked 4A teams, the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies rallied for a 57-54 home win over Moses Lake last Saturday.

Another first-place trophy for Grizzlies

You get one chance to make a first impression…and Sunnyside offered a pretty powerful one with a dominant effort in its first-ever appearance at the Dick Pruett Invite last Saturday.

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Tourism funds earmarked for plaza honoring local veterans

In hopes of creating a monument attracting visitors to Sunnyside for years and decades to come, a city committee recommends setting aside $10,000 to purchase a black granite wall for Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza.

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Eastern Washington University student learns while she earns

For many college students, winter break is a time to get away, relax or re-connect with family and friends.

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SHS grapplers tame visiting Wildcats

Sunnyside High School’s wrestling team used a 13-bout win streak to thump Eastmont 68-6 Thursday night.

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Strike a pose with Juxtaposer

Every so often we visit a Starbucks to chat over coffee or a snack.

Nightlights and downtown sights

Tis the season of storing away the holly and untrimming the tree.

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SVID replaces Snipes Lateral liner

There is no winter break for Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) crews in the midst of a host of projects to prep and improve the district’s irrigation system for a new watering season this spring.

Lawmakers prepping for 2015 session

Funding basic education and addressing water storage needs are among the issues facing 15th District lawmakers when the state legislature begins a new session on Monday, Jan. 12.

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Low voter turnout means two people out of every five make decisions for all

As the state and county start to feel the impacts from last November’s General Election, it may be a good idea to reflect that those changes were brought about by the lowest voter turnout in more than 20 years.

Voided citations by deputies draw state audit concerns

Noting it’s the third consecutive review with the same issue, the state auditor’s office sent a management letter to Yakima County last week.

Lady Grizzlies improve to 9-0

Sunnyside routs ’Stangs, 67-40

PROSSER – The 4A Lady Grizzly basketball team shook off the rust of a nearly two-week hiatus to thump 2A Prosser 67-40 last Friday night.

America’s newest media mogul

If you’re of a certain age you probably remember Siskel & Ebert. They were portly, unremarkable film critics from Chicago until they hit it big on TV with their movie review show.

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Membership has its benefits

When Rep. Doc Hastings wraps up 20 years of service later this week, the Pasco Republican will retire minus a congressional pension.

Lower Yakima Valley mayors look ahead to 2015

Everyone, it seems, wants to know what the new year will hold.

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Granddaughter of former Sunnyside woman gains valuable insight through diplomacy program

Isabelle Johannessen has picked olives in Palestine and attended a Nobel Peace Prize ceremony.

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Life comes full circle for Outlook music teacher

A highlight of the holiday season at many schools is the winter program provided by students and staff.

15th District lawmakers get a jump start on 2015

There are more than Christmas wish lists issued before Dec. 25 of each year.

Groundwater group approves nitrogen assessment project

To what extent are current land use practices contributing to elevated nitrogen levels in Lower Valley drinking water?

Final change order OK’d for $7 million anaerobic digester

With work wrapping up on the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester, commissioners approved what will likely be the project’s final change order with contractor Apollo Construction.

Sunnyside stays perfect with OT win

The Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies jumped into CBBN basketball play this past Friday and Saturday, and pulled out a couple of road wins.

Shorthanded Sunnyside finishes third at Ike invite

Missing key athletes, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team still had a fruitful day last Saturday at the first-ever Eisenhower Mat Classic, finishing third in a field of 16 teams.

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Consent order work in progress for local dairies

More than 18 months ago the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) inked a consent order with five Lower Valley dairies to address sources of nitrate contamination in the groundwater.

A Sunnyside scoop for Santa

With Christmas just six days away, here’s what I’d like to see Santa bring Sunnyside this yule season:

Sunnyside girls clobber Cadets

It’s one thing to execute in practice, it’s quite another to duplicate that effort in an actual game.

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Grandview schools will try again with athletic levy

Barely a month after it failed at the polls, the Grandview School District will again submit an athletic levy to voters.

Grizzlies earn another invite title

FIFE – For the second time in as many weeks, the Sunnyside Grizzly wrestling team won a tourney championship.

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Bickleton native wastewater plant operator for port

With the Port of Sunnyside’s new anaerobic digester coming on line soon, Cory Wilson of Bickleton is on board as the plant operator.