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Laura Gjovaag

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GHS students off to Ecuador this summer

GRANDVIEW – Grandview High School sophomore Alondra Perez says she looking forward to trying new experiences this coming August when she and seven other GHS students head to Ecuador on a nine-day service trip.

Let’s ditch the traffic lights

I really like the downtown improvements...maybe it’s time to spread some of it a little further?

Council unable to reach accord on marijuana

The Sunnyside City Council is split on whether or not to even discuss the possibility of asking citizens to vote on a potential ban on recreational marijuana sales in the city.

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Road closure saga continues with council

The ongoing, and seemingly never ending, discussion of whether or not to reopen South Hill Road in Sunnyside to through traffic continued at last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting, with a decision planned for the council’s first meeting in April.

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City’s financial mess still being cleaned up...years later

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day told the council’s subcommittee on finance and administration that the city has a tough decision to make regarding its financial records from 2011 and 2012.

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Teacher happy to be working with students again

After seven years as a math coach, Rob McCracken said returning to the classroom was a “...shock to the system.”

Entrust wants to help Sunnyside merchants save time, money

Entrust Community Services is looking to help a few businesses save some money.

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Sunnyside students to compete in state welding competition

Two Sunnyside welders will be demonstrating their skills in a state welding competition after earning first- and second-place honors in the district and regional competitions.

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Dry times ahead?

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area, with webbing between my fingers and toes, and moss growing on my north side.

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Sunnyside Christian FFA receives $2,500 grant

The Sunnyside Christian High School FFA Chapter is the recipient of a $2,500 check from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

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Spirit of Sunnyside Award winners named

The Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet last Saturday night honored people who have worked to make Sunnyside a better place to live and work.

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.

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‘NO GO’ this April on school district levy

The Sunnyside School Board has decided to forego asking local patrons to once again approve an athletic facilities upgrade levy.

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Grizzly fans explore option of restarting booster club in Sunnyside

Supporters of Sunnyside student-athletes and other school activities want to form a booster club.

Time for a time we can all stick with

Every year, particularly in the spring, I come to really hate Daylight Saving Time.

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FCC ruling causes controversy, internet worries

A recent vote has put the internet under stricter federal rules. Some say it will save the internet as we know it. Others say the action risks heavy government regulation of online companies.

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Student robotics engineers compete in Sunnyside for national tournament berths

A total of 29 teams from nine Eastern Washington schools converged on Sunnyside High School this past Saturday to test technological skills against each other in the Eastern Washington VEX Robotics Championship.

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Flag football league inspiring strong efforts in the classroom

MABTON – Trouble on the playground has led to an organized fourth grade football league in Mabton.

Farm lease foiled by drainage problems

GRANDVIEW – After learning of drainage issues on a portion of 24.4 acres at Byam Business Park, Port of Grandview commissioners decided they may delay leasing the property for a year.

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Need help fending off an attack?

... just yell ‘FIRE’

“We don’t want you to be sheep, unaware of your surroundings,” Sunnyside Police Detective Johnny Gusby told a group of Sunnyside High School girls and staff members at a self-defense class last week.

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Job of Sunnyside rec coordinator evolving

It has taken some time for Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey to completely get a handle on her job.

No feedback frustrates Sunnyside’s elected officials

“When I discussed chickens, there were 8,000 people assaulting the place that didn’t want them,” Sunnyside City Councilman Spencer Martin said while discussing a building code change at this past Monday’s meeting of local elected officials.

It’s soup and pie time again

It’s that time again!

New events committee works to iron out wrinkles with city

The Sunnyside Events Committee, the group behind the first ever Kids Lighted Christmas Parade held last December in conjunction with the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, formally introduced themselves to the Sunnyside City Council at last night’s meeting.

Mabton falls to top ranked 2B team

EAST WENATCHEE – Although the Lady Vikings suffered their third loss of the season against No. 1 ranked Okanogan in the District title game, Coach Chris McCallum said his team gave it everything they had.

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Sunnyside RadioShack to remain open...for now

The good news is that the Sunnyside RadioShack is not among the 25 Washington state stores slated for possible closure.

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Grandview girls claim wrestling team title at State

One by one, the opponents of Grandview’s Viannei Perez, Marizza Birrueta and Desiree Zavala fell.

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Sunnyside Bi-Mart store right fit for single mom

Romana Gonzalez has only been working at the Sunnyside Bi-Mart since last August, but she said it’s already one of the best jobs she’s had.

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‘Tech Petting Zoo’ in Sunnyside next Tuesday

A variety of smartphones, tablets and computers are a part of the Tech Petting Zoo visiting the Sunnyside Library on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

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Airport advisory board looks to the past and the future

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night to discuss its past year of work and plan for the coming year.

Beware... scammers attempting to steal our IRS tax returns

As if it weren’t already a pain to file taxes every spring, there’s a new and obnoxious twist that means people need to file their taxes as soon as possible.

Grandview’s levy passing by just four votes

A week after the special election, the results are looking more positive for Grandview’s capital improvements levy, while Bickleton’s three-year maintenance and operations levy faltered slightly, but is still passing with more than 76 percent of the vote.

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Water line breaks flood Sunnyside neighborhood

A water line break on South 14th Street in Sunnyside last Thursday night may have caused a chain reaction that led to two other breaks in the city on Friday, Feb. 13.

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Sports programs upgrade continues

About 40 area residents showed up at the Sunnyside High School library last night to further discuss the needs of the athletic programs of the school district.

Grandview voters say no to school levy

Bickleton School District patrons overwhelmingly approve $450,000 maintenance and operations levy

While Bickleton School District’s three-year maintenance and operations levy passed by a landslide in yesterday’s special election, Grandview’s capital improvements levy is currently failing.

Parents: please, vaccinate your kids

I remember chicken pox. I remember how painfully itchy it was and how I sobbed and begged my mom to make it go away.

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Sunnyside to debut new tasting room

Once a thriving railroad station, then a doctor’s office, the beautiful old building at 1412 E. Edison Ave. in Sunnyside is about to find new life as a wine tasting room for Côte Bonneville.

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Council renews moratorium on recreational marijuana

After more than two hours of comments from 42 members of the public, the Sunnyside City Council voted 5-2 to renew the city’s moratorium on the production, processing and retail sale of recreational marijuana within the city for another six months.

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Heart-stopping tragedy becomes political tour-de-force

As a 22-year-old vegetarian skiing and sailing instructor, Beverly Elmer isn’t the type of person you’d expect to have heart problems.

Time for businesses to get rolling downtown

Now that the renovations to downtown streets are pretty much finished, I think we need some new businesses to open.

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Top school official notes it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish that matters

Sunnyside Schools Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole gave his annual state of the schools address to the school board last night, saying the district is in good shape.

Temporary athletic facility repairs OK’d

Two temporary fixes for Sunnyside School District athletic facilities, which will cost the district about $60,000, were approved by the school board last night.

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Counting connections

Homeless survey held in Sunnyside

The annual count known as the Point in Time homeless survey returned to Sunnyside during an all-day event Wednesday at the St. Joseph’s gym.

School officials addressing changes in sports programs

During its annual retreat last weekend, the Sunnyside School Board discussed the future of athletics in the district.

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Another marijuana moratorium likely

The Sunnyside City Council last night voted 4-3 to hold a public hearing to renew the existing moratorium on recreational marijuana businesses in Sunnyside for another six months.

Garbage rate hikes will be automatic each year

The Sunnyside City Council last night approved an ordinance that will allow Yakima Waste to increase its rates in the city annually based on the consumer price index for Seattle, starting in 2016, along with a 2015 rate increase of 4.5 percent.

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New food services director brings wealth of experience to Sunnyside

Sunnyside School District’s new director of food services, Kelly Barth, plans to bring his own system to build on what he calls a “great program” already in place.

New head tennis coach looks to bolster the ranks

With spring sports starting on March 1, Mike Thorpe is hoping to reach out and get more students interested in playing tennis at Sunnyside High School.

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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.

Review of airport regulations completed

At its first meeting of the year last night, the Sunnyside Airport Advisory Board elected officers, voted on a regular date and time for future meetings and finished its year-long review of the proposed municipal code relating to airport activities.