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Julia Hart

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Wineries host BBQ event

Competition could replace Wine and Food Fair

The city’s first barbecue competition hosted by wineries might just be a new tradition.

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Allison Davis | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

After years of participating on the Sunnyside Rotary Swim Team, this Miss Sunnyside candidate feels strongly about promoting water safety.

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Author releases children’s book

It’s here. Author Tami J. Whitmore has just announced the release of her fifth book, Squirrel Eggs and Popcorn Trees, published on Create Space, and available on

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Prosser graduates march Saturday

The High School’s class of 2016 will accept diplomas Saturday to mark the completion of 13 years of school.

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Alder Creek honors Mains

Bickleton-area picnic, rodeo celebrating pioneer history

The high plains timberline setting is considered by many to be the prettiest place in the region for a community picnic.

‘Go fishing’ is biologist’s mantra

Free fishing weekend starts Saturday

With a free-fishing weekend on the horizon, the Noon Rotary Club hosted a fish biologist at its Monday meeting.

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Sunnyside man recalls meeting Muhammad Ali

Sports collector, Ali both at 1980 Democratic Convention

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali’s death last week sparked a memory for one local man.

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Ceremony marks homecoming for Sunnyside native

Housing official grew up in former barracks

Friday’s ribbon-cutting ceremony for Rainier Park was a homecoming for one participant.

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Graduates go out with a smile

Sunnyside celebrates biggest class

The high school’s biggest graduating class joined others around the Lower Yakima Valley in saying goodbye Friday and Saturday.

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Local steel company comes full circle

Curfman returns to custom manufacturing

A company that has undergone a number of changes is back doing what it does best — steel fabrication.

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Sunnyside on its way to ‘City of Flags’

Community businessmen aid downtown display project

Thanks to a donation from Valley Hills Funeral Home owner David Humpherys, the community is one step close to becoming a “City of Flags.”

Graduation season gets started tomorrow

Five ceremonies planned for Friday night

The Lower Yakima Valley will have all sorts of choices for “pomp and circumstance” this Friday with five graduation ceremonies that night.

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Next in a family of Dr. Swoffords graduates

The seventh in a line of “Dr. Swoffords” graduated earlier this month.

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Local hero honors region’s war veterans

Dunbar keynote speaker for Memorial Day ceremonies

Speaking at yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremonies was bittersweet for Dr. Bonnie Dunbar.

Reading specialist closes a chapter

Teacher ends 30 year career to spend more time with grandchildren

After 30 years of teaching, there isn’t much that surprises Sunnyside Christian School’s Sandra Elenbaas.

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Lauren Beeman | Miss Sunnyside Candidate

A desire to become more involved in her community has led high school sophomore Lauren Beeman to seek the Miss Sunnyside crown.

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Warriors taking part in National Memorial services

Yakama veterans chosen for special services

After months of raising money to finance a trip to the nation’s capitol, the 13-member Yakama Warriors Association group boarded planes Tuesday for a once in a lifetime trip.

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Chambers earns top apple

“And the Golden Apple goes to..” was the refrain heard repeatedly last night as Sunnyside School District employees were recognized by their peers.

Volunteers prepare for Memorial Day

Ceremonies, flags and decorated gravesites will mark Memorial Day weekend.

Gov. Inslee appoints Sunnyside native to university board

A Sunnyside native will serve as student trustee for Western Washington University.

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Winery celebrates Horse Heaven Hills mystique

14 Hands releases blend for Kentucky Derby

It seems appropriate that a winery featuring horses on its label bottled a special wine in honor of the 2016 running of the Kentucky Derby.

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Making memories matter

New cemetery manager vows improvements

It’s the busy season at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.

Relay luminaria rescheduled

Families invited to honor loved ones Wednesday

The Relay for Life of Lower Valley Committee has rescheduled last weekend’s rained out luminaria ceremony.

Mabton couple seeks Loki’s return

A local family is desperate to have its 3-year-old dog returned.

Seniors show off talent for a cause

In time-honored tradition, high school seniors are trading in their books for the stage.

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Local man earns top honors

A local man claimed the top two prizes at Sunday’s charro competition.

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Miss Mary takes her brood to school

Older students share time with preschoolers

Things seemed a little unbalanced in Room 131 yesterday when 15 preschoolers invaded a high school chemistry classroom.

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Asparagus locally processed

Those green spindly spears seen in local fields find their way to the sorting lines at Johnson Foods, 334 Blaine Ave., each morning.

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Candidates vie for Miss Mabton crown

Mabton Community Days set for June 18

Two girls have stepped up to vie for the Little Miss Mabton crown.

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Saving trash for treasures

Simple recycling projects

How to make something from nothing can be an art in itself.

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Desert Wind winery capitalizes on its setting

At first glance, the sand-colored stucco tasting room seems out of place in the middle of the lush Yakima Valley.

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Yakima sports venue opening in June

Construction on indoor facilities to begin in 2017

Taking its name from the Greek word meaning “to keep safe and sound,” the SOZO Sports of Central Washington complex is designed to be a safe environment for all athletes, according to the man behind its development.

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Tuesday concerts at the square are back

Bandstand entertainment

The Chamber of Commerce is again hosting music at the Centennial Square bandstand each Tuesday night.

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Walkers getting ready to relay this weekend

More than 200 volunteers in fundraiser

More than 200 walkers will hit the Sierra Vista Middle School track at noon tomorrow to draw awareness to cancer.

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Teams gearing up for the track this Saturday

Sierra Vista Middle School hosting Relay for Life

What do cupcakes, paper bags and bras have in common?

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Celebrating Mother’s Day in their own way

Sunday marks Mother’s Day, a day celebrating what some call a “Hallmark card holiday.”

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Downtown dressed up for Cinco de Mayo

Three-day festival begins

Vendor Maria Martinez is excited for this weekend, but she is a little concerned about the weather.

Gutierrez to lead Cinco de Mayo parade

Local woman excited to be grand marshal

A local child-care provider says she is suprised and excited to be this year’s Cinco de Mayo Parade grand marshal.

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Parade, music, fun and games planned in Granger

More than 1,000 visitors expected for festival

This weekend’s 68th annual Granger Cherry Festival is lining up to be “awesome.”

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Girls who would be queen

Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant returns

The 2016 Miss Cinco de Mayo Pageant candidates are preparing for the May 6-8 community celebration downtown.

‘When in Rome’ is theme

Friday morning, a large white tent will rise over the high school’s Clem Senn Field.

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Drive-up voting now in Sunnyside

A grand opening for the giant ballot box in place on East Edison Avenue is planned for May 3.

Lower valley advocates sought

Mentors protect child’s care

Being a child’s advocate in court settings isn’t easy, admits a court-appointed special advocate program director.

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State wine industry featured in exhibit

Former Valley residents honored

A former Prosser resident and a former wine writer are being honored in a new state program.

Commissioners okay purchase

Another downtown building is about to become Port of Sunnyside property.

Mabton water ok to drink

Water boil advisory was lifted Saturday

After nearly a week of boiling city tap water, residents can rest assured there is no E.coli in their water.

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New Dairy Ambassador is ready

The Yakima Valley Dairy industry has a new representative and a few new scholarship recipients.

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Miss Granger crowned

A new Miss Granger was crowned Saturday night at Roosevelt Elementary School.

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Students remind motorist not to text and drive

Local club focuses on safety

The Sierra Vista Middle School Prevention Club took lunch time to promote traffic safety Wednesday.

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Pastor Souza at home at new church

After searching for a church for several years, a pastor found his new home at the local Presbyterian Church.