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Julia Hart

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Sunnyside man marks 100th birthday

After a life time of serving his community, church and family, Gordon Olsen has reached a milestone few people reach.

There are good reasons to walk the Relay for Life

I’m sorry, but Buddy will not be attending this year’s Lower Valley Relay for Life. The fundraising event is scheduled for next Saturday and Sunday, May 16-17.

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Earthquake relief efforts underway in Sunnyside

What began as an adventure trip to Nepal this past April turned out to be more than local winemaker Kerry Shiels bargained for.

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Local doctor specializes in urinary tract treatments

Here is a bit of unsettling news - everyone is guaranteed to experience the embarrassment of urinary incontinence sometime in their life.

Bickleton’s boys, girls garner runner-up honors at Agar invite

Bickleton and Mabton athletes competed at last Friday’s Jeff Agar Memorial Invitational in Glenwood. Bickleton athletes had a great day while the Vikings had some difficulty.

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Summer camp not an easy sale to some of Sunnyside’s youngsters

The first time Anna Green attempted to recruit Sunnyside children to attend a mountain summer camp, she was met with a lot of resistance.

Cleanliness, friendliness important to New Walmart manager

While shopping at the Sunnyside Walmart Store and hearing a call for a clean-up in the deli, don’t be surprised if the person who responds is Store Manager Amy Smart.

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Newly elected county auditor pays a visit to city of Sunnyside

Yakima County Auditor Chuck Ross isn’t sure how his office can make voting any easier than it already is for Yakima County’s more than 107,000 registered voters.

Change...ooooh, I hate that dirty word

Change – nobody likes it. No one is immune to it.

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Students’ love of writing highlighted for school board

GRANDVIEW – Her initial reaction when asked to speak to the Grandview School Board last night, Monday, left fourth grader Kendra Candanoza speechless.

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Volunteering an addiction for some

GRANDVIEW – Longtime Grandview School District volunteer Lonnie Hendrickson says he is attempting to cut back on the number of hours he donates to the Grandview School District.

Fields of Cambodia, Vietnam an eye opener for S’side visitor

A two-week trip to Southeast Asia was an eye opener for Sunnyside’s Brian Campbell, who recently traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia.

Citywide clean-up offers me a freebie

Every year I vow I’ll do a better job of fall clean-up in my postage stamp-sized yard to make my spring cleaning easier.

Teacher appreciates Rotarians’ classroom efforts

Learning takes on a different feel when a person can see up close the layers that have gone into transforming a single grain of sand into a rock the size of a child’s head.

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Knitters just kiddin’ around

GRANDVIEW - Grandview Knitting Club members aren’t ‘kidding around’ when it comes to getting ready for the 2015 Yakima Valley Fair and Rodeo.

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Steep learning curve for freshman congressman

Just three months into his new role as a U.S. Congressman, Republican Dan Newhouse admits that his learning curve in the halls of the U.S. House of Representatives is still pretty steep.

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School board unyielding to parents’ request

Stadium upgrade won’t be delayed to accommodate graduation ceremony

Concerns about the relocation of the 2015 Grandview High School graduation ceremony dominated discussions at last night’s Grandview School Board meeting.

A young boy’s brush with history is basis for new children’s novel

A young boy’s mission to carry messages between dissatisfied English barons fighting to end the unjust treatment by the 12th century’s King John of England is the basis for a new historical children’s book, Rupert’s Parchment, A Story of Magna Carta.

Pastor Katie Haney announces retirement

After 12 years as Sunnyside Presbyterian Church’s spiritual leader, Pastor Katie Haney has announced her last sermon will be given on Sunday, June 14, to the more than 150 members of the 16th Street congregation.

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Former teen mom knows that ‘all things are possible’

Graduating from Sunnyside High School in 1995, with a two-year-old son in tow, the world must have looked pretty daunting to 18-year-old Carmen Cruz.

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Sunnyside’s favorite Santa passes away

Dinnie Henderson, who was Santa Claus to several generations of Sunnysiders, died this past Sunday, March 29.

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Wanapum Dam spillway repaired at a cost of $69 million

Just 10 months after a two-inch thick crack was found at the Wanapum Dam, repairs have been completed on the 52-year-old structure.

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A fresh look offered at Grace Boutique

A new Sunnyside dress shop, Grace Boutique, has opened at 422 S. Seventh St. under the management of Nuri Bahana.

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Mabton’s first ever police clerk aspires to be a patrolman

MABTON – Even though Nadia George has only been on the job as Mabton Police Department’s first ever office clerk for less than a month, she says the job is one she had been training for as long as she can remember.

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New library digs during remodeling

The 500 block of Sunnyside’s South Sixth Street is getting another new business in April. Well, at least temporarily, according to officials with Yakima Valley Libraries.

Take this week to make memories

Reading the posts on my Facebook each morning isn’t easy when Buddy wants to be first in line for a good morning belly rub.

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Storyteller shares first American tales

Stories about spider web-like dreamcatchers and the courting methods of young Native American couples were among the tales shared with Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School third graders last Tuesday.

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Local teen learning to master the yoyo

Most people remember trying to learn yoyo tricks as a child, only to put the toy in a drawer the first time the string ended up in knots.

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Master winemaker touts Sunnyside’s latest tasting room

Côte Bonneville winemaker Kerry Shiels believes Yakima Valley wines are among the best in the world.

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Payton Sample earns trip to Pittsburgh as regional science fair winner

KENNEWICK – Earning grand prize honors at the 2015 Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair is “a big thing,” admits Sunnyside High School senior Payton Sample.

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UW professor taking on project to restore cabins once occupied by farm workers

The weathered wooden siding of three old tenant cabins, missing shingles and scarred by torn window screens, are a reminder of the history of farm workers’ housing that once dotted Lower Valley farms.

Sunnyside, Bickleton girls notch wins at jamboree

YAKIMA – Both Bickleton and Sunnyside had first-place finishes at Saturday’s Eisenhower Jamboree, the first meet of the season for both teams.

Hanford Reach story contained in modern Richland museum

During the peak of the Hanford Nuclear Project, before the end of World War II, more than 51,000 people lived and worked on what is now known as the Hanford Reservation.

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Americans need their shuteye

It is no coincidence that National Sleep Awareness Week ended this past Sunday - on the first day of Daylight Saving Time. That’s according to Dr. Brian Santiago, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s Sleep Center director and sleep disorder specialist.

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Sunnyside health care facility growing by leaps and bounds

Once known as an agency dedicated to providing health and nutritional services to pregnant and nursing mothers, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is today so much more.

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Sunnyside City Hall accounting assistant learning to recognize local residents one account at a time

For the past year Debra Espinoza has been learning a lot about water consumption in the city of Sunnyside.

Rebranding of Sunnyside athletic programs underway

This past winter sports season 226 Sunnyside High School students engaged in athletic endeavors.

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Career change gives receptionist more time with his family

Sunnyside’s Ramon Campos has gone from rotating tires at Les Schwab Tires to scheduling patients as a receptionist for Dr. Tatiana Antoci at Sunnyside’s Lincoln Avenue Family Medical Center.

Fire district spread out over 750 square-mile area

Within an area, roughly the size of Rhode Island, Yakima County Fire District #5 relies on 19 paid employees and 180 on-call volunteer firefighters to contain blazes and handle medical emergencies.

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Sunnyside Arts Commission primed for its first-ever art show

Calling all Sunnyside artists.

Shabby ... not chic

What is attractive and what is expedient? What appeals to me may not appeal to most others.

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Nuclear age will be on display at newly created national park

The history of the men and women who created a town in the middle of Central Washington sage land, as well as the first nuclear reactor plant on the Hanford Reservation is now a part of a national park system honoring the nuclear age, according to Tri-City history buff Gary Petersen.

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Citing lack of volunteers, parks and rec coordinator details city’s slim offerings

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department’s summer season is shaping up to include the return of summer afternoon arts in the parks activities at Central Park.

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Public hearing on building code changes fails to attract citizens

A public hearing to take public comment regarding a proposed inclusion of the 2012 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) to Sunnyside’s existing municipal building code failed to attract any interested citizens at the Tuesday night hearing.

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Future mechanics tested on automotive knowledge

The men and women who will be making the diagnostic decisions for your automotive repairs in the future pitched themselves against each other in a regional automotive skills contest held this past Saturday in the Sunnyside High School auto shop.

Sunnyside Christian Thrift Store entering its 19th year of operation

What started nearly 20 years ago as an idea to generate an ongoing revenue stream for Sunnyside Christian Schools has raised in excess of $628,000 for Christian education, thanks to the stewards of the Sunnyside Christian Thrift Store.

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Pacific Power regional manager updates Rotarians

It might amaze some people to know that there are only 55,341 poles carrying electric power to the more than 83,185 customers in the local Pacific Power region.

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ALICE all the rage in protecting local students

Barricading children in the classroom during an active shooter incident is no longer the only option school employees have when it come to the protection of children.

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Retired teacher helps adults recognize skills and talents

After more than 10 years of teaching middle and high school students, Brenda Tatum-Carlson retired. But it wasn’t long before she decided she wanted to return to the classroom, this time to work with adults.

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Chief Kamiakin Elementary school student honored for his generosity

Collecting 100 items of food during a recent school-wide food drive has earned young David Montiel-Gutierrez special recognition from his fellow students and the staff at Sunnyside’s Chief Kamiakin Elementary School.