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Julia Hart

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It’s never routine for our readers

Here it is again - Christmas Eve - and like so many of the Christmas Eves I’ve celebrated, I’m not ready for Christmas Day.

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Longtime family dentist ready for retirement

A career dedicated to caring for the dental health of nearly three generations of Sunnyside families, Dr. Gary Martin is stepping away from his examining chair to see what retired life will bring.

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Restaurante La Mira now open downtown

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade was the perfect time for Sunnyside’s newest restaurateurs Teodoro Reyna and Trini Madrigal to open their business in the 600 block of East Edison Avenue.

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Coffey ready to spoil the grandkids and hubby in retirement

The first thing Vernita “Dolly” Coffey plans to do in her retirement is to spoil her husband, Calvin, and her five beautiful grandchildren.

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A lesson in writing leads to student-driven novels

Many people dream of writing a novel and few do, but 60 students at Harrison Middle School can now claim to be novelists.

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Counselor opens practice to help local youngsters

A desire to help youth suffering from depression and grief has led to a major career change for social worker Dana Smith of Sunnyside.

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Pool committee will seek scaled back bond measure

Maybe the third time will be the charm for a new Grandview city pool measure.

What happens in Vegas...

I hated having to leave my Buddy home recently. I was leaving town for a weekend in Las Vegas, my first ever and I knew I just couldn’t take him along.

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Students find help in going the ‘Extra Mile’

A Grandview storefront located across the street from Grandview city hall is busy nearly every night empowering Grandview High School students.

City planners address issue of attached garages

It appears no one really objects to having the word “attached” removed from the Sunnyside city building code.

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District Rotary official promotes group’s charitable programs

Every dollar given to the Rotary International Foundation has global impact.

Quality patient care top priority for Sunnyside Community Hospital CEO

Sunnyside Community Hospital is expanding to offer more specialty medical services for the convenience of Lower Valley residents because it is the patients who are the medical facility’s number one priority.

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Lepers colony in India focus of local teen’s fundraising project

What started out as a senior class project nearly two years ago has developed into a full-fledged effort that just keeps expanding for Sunnyside’s Cheree’ LaPierre.

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Sunnyside women thankful they can share their blessings through humor, music

A friendship forged in pain has led two Sunnyside women to share their story with humor and music.

Mabton Council approves $6.2 million budget for 2015

MABTON – While the Mabton City Council wrestled over approving a 7 percent raise for the town’s city clerk position, it quickly approved a nearly 10 percent increase in pay for the acting police chief position.

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From being hungry to feeding the hungry

Caring for the community’s hungry was the theme of the Sunnyside Ministerial Association’s annual Thanksgiving service held Sunday evening at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Sunnyside’s newest funeral director a perfect fit at Smith Funeral Homes

Even though Captain Smith didn’t set out to become a funeral director and embalmer, he admits it has been the right choice of careers for the newest employee at Sunnyside’s Smith Funeral Homes and Crematory.

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Yakima County program allows women to add life to their home

GRANDVIEW – Safe, warm and thankful…that’s how Mary Williams and her daughter, Barbara Williams, feel about their newly renovated three-bedroom home.

Rededication of Sunnyside’s veterans plaza could be on hold

A rededication of Jerry Taylor Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Sunnyside planned for Dec. 7, now hinges on the arrival of two giant black granite walls.

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Desert Storm ignited a renewed patriotism

When Sunnyside’s Oliver Hernandez enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1987, he had no way of knowing that his time in the military would be marked by a resurgence of patriotism that hadn’t been exhibited by Americans since World War II.

Sunnyside farmer appears headed to D.C.

Newhouse sitting on more than 52 percent of the votes

While not all the votes have been counted in the Fourth District Congressional race, Sunnyside-area farmer Dan Newhouse has claimed an early, if narrow lead over his challenger, Clint Didier of Eltopia.

Incumbent fends off write-in challenge for Yakima County commissioner seat

Rand Elliott woke up this morning ready to tackle the same issues facing the Yakima County commissioners that he faced Tuesday as an incumbent candidate seeking re-election.

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Greyson’s Grub Zone officially open for business

GRANDVIEW – A new menu and a new name are just a few of the improvements customers to the Grandview High School DECA store are now enjoying.

Street improvement funding OK’d by Grandview officials

The Grandview Transportation Benefit District board this past Tuesday approved a recommendation from city staff to budget $337,485 for future street projects. The board meeting was held prior to the regular Grandview City Council meeting.

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Former school librarian new assistant principal at Chief Kamiakin

Yvette Jaramillo is not a new face in the Sunnyside School District. She started her career as a fourth grade teacher at Outlook Elementary School more than 20 years ago.

Grandview Council approves water, sewer rate increases

The anticipated increase in city water and sewer rates was quietly approved during Tuesday night’s regular meeting of the Grandview City Council.

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Making the turkey carving simple

Tackling the prospect of removing the bones from a turkey may quickly humble most cooks, but it shouldn’t according to Sunnyside’s Bill Flower.

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When the bus comes to a stop - so must you

It’s dark outside when kids are getting on the school bus in the morning and soon it will be dark when area students are getting off school buses at the end of their day.

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‘Linus’ blankets come with a hug

Since organizing in 2002, the Tri-Cities chapter of Project Linus has distributed more than 20,000 blankets to area children in need of a warm hug.

Trunk or Treat

Halloween is only 10 days away. Have you got your candy ready for the neighborhood trick or treaters?

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Blue Moon owner optimistic good times ahead

Downtown revitalization expected to bring back local customers

Like a lot of downtown Sunnyside businesses, the Blue Moon Bar & Grill has seen local customer traffic slowed to a near standstill at times because of the ongoing street construction in downtown Sunnyside.

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Local hair stylist on a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness

Ashley Diaz is a little young to be worried about breast cancer, but with two aunts and her mother all having been hit by the deadly disease, the young woman has a healthy respect for the damage it can cause.

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Groundwater advisory approves $2 million budget

With very little fanfare, the Lower Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee gave its approval for a two-year budget of $2,032,000 during Thursday night’s meeting held in Granger.

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Mabton council meeting wraps up with no action

After recent city council meetings, last night’s regular meeting of the Mabton city leaders was a bit anti-climactic.

Taylor seeks third term in state House of Representatives

Transfer of federal forest lands to the state and continued statewide economic development are issues 15th District Legislative Representative David V. Taylor believes will be challenges in the upcoming Washington State Legislative session.

Buddy and baby, perfect foils for weather aches and pains

He may be too young to be complaining about drastic weather changes, but because he is an emphatic little soul, Buddy is the perfect companion to make me feel better about my daily weather-related aches and pains.

Zillah farmer challenging Elliott in commissioner race

The Yakima County Commissioner’s race has shaped up to be a two-man race with incumbent Rand Elliott of Yakima facing write-in candidate Curtis E. Vangstad, a farmer from Zillah.

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Passing of a Lower Valley soldier marked

For the people who knew Walter George of Sunnyside his passing at age 90 was a sad one.

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Legislators weigh in on ballot measures

Of the three initiatives being presented to Washington State voters on the General Election ballot on Nov 4, Yakima Valley state legislators are urging voters to turn down two. And, to carefully consider the third initiative before voting yes on it.

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Roettger to trade school buses for tractors

After 31 years of overseeing the upkeep of the Mabton School District buildings, Bill Roettger is ready to start the next chapter of his life.

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Head cook likes preparing food for finicky eaters

What does one fix for her own dinner after cooking for 500 kindergarteners?

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These women celebrate summer all year round

MABTON – In a day and age when going to the store to buy salsa is the norm, Linda Cussins of Mabton and Connie Peacock of Grandview are busy making their spicy condiment, thanks to the fresh bounty of their back yard gardens.

Sharing a slice of history with Buddy

In my ongoing journey to educate my canine pal Buddy, I have discovered he may like being read to.

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School’s first ever assistant principal ready to make her mark in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Sandra Ortiz of Sunnyside has always known she wanted to help children.

Telephone scammers beware ... Buddy will bark your ear off

After having the same telephone number for more than 30 years, it has come as a great pain in the neck to try and remember I now have a new home phone number.

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Changes afoot at hospital

If you’ve been to Sunnyside Community Hospital recently, it would be difficult not to notice a lot of construction going on, a number of new faces and an expansion of available health care services.

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Exchange student pleased to land on dry side of the state

When Frida Berg learned she had been accepted to be a foreign exchange student to the United States she cried with happiness.

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New face added to Grandview’s WSP detachment

When Jarryd T. Bivins left military service he thought he might try law enforcement as his next career.

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Rotary speaker says now is the time create downtown image

Can you visualize a downtown Sunnyside, where clothing stores are clustered together on one block, with accessory shops and a variety of dining opportunities intermingled across the street?

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Healthy snacks in Grandview schools

For a lot of people an afternoon snack might mean grabbing a quick chocolate bar or a bag of chips.

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