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Julia Hart

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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.

Buddy hates the fog

Can somebody make all this wet, nasty fog just go away? I’d settle for a nice snow storm just to take all the gray away.

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Newly elected county prosecutor stresses accountability, transparency

Newly elected Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says he wants his office to be accountable and for all of its activities to be conducted with a transparency.

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Popularity of using organic materials has made composting a growth industry

Creating the exact recipe of organic waste ingredients that go into Sunnyside’s Natural Selections compost is a delicate balance.

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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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Former fry cook now serving healthy meals to school children

Arriving at work every morning at 6:30 a.m. has become routine for Guillermo Dimas, one of the cooks at Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School kitchen.

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Grandview students gaining proper typing skills

Harriet Thompson Elementary School second grader Antonio Ramos is very serious about learning to type.

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Home inspection specialist says most problems encountered arise from excessive moisture

Eastern Washington homes may not be prone to dry rot, but fungal rot is a different story, according to state-licensed home inspection specialist Dan Schneider of Grandview.

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46-unit housing project receives thumbs-up

The first order of business at Tuesday night’s Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting was to swear in the newest member of the commission. Retired school teacher Christine Smith replaces Bruce Epps.

A better Buddy... and me

January is all about making a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to shake off the dust of the past, reset healthy habits, update out of control password lists and, maybe this year, even teach Buddy not to bark indoors.

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Partners take over Sunnyside screen printing business

Ray Bermudez and Said Downs are the new owners of Sunnyside’s Imperial Screen Printing and Embroidery.

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Pot shop owner prepares for Feb. 12 opening

With security fences up, the installation of more than 23 security cameras and a state license to sell marijuana, Dave Rand of Sunnyside is ready to open “Dave’s Place,” his Maple Grove Road recreational retail marijuana shop.

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Humanitarian opportunity may open door to more mission trips overseas

A recent opportunity to provide free dental care to Latter-day Saint missionaries preparing for their two-year mission has led Sunnyside dentist Dr. Justin Heiden to consider making more such trips to third world countries.

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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.

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Mabton schools have new transportation supervisor

Mabton School District’s transportation department has a new department head.

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Mexican cuisine available at South 13th Street café

Since taking over the café at 303 S. 13th Street, Sunnyside’s Miriam Navarro has worked to put her stamp on the Tacos La Herradura menu.

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Family-owned business three generations strong

Mary Lee Robinson and her late husband, Jack, opened a state-contracted licensing agency in downtown Sunnyside back in 1977.

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.