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Special salute

Sunnyside High School’s leadership class students hosted a special Veterans Day assembly last week.

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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.

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Veterans Day tribute

Sharing his father’s story with those attending this morning’s Sunnyside American Legion Post 73 Veterans Day program at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens is Walt Ranta.

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Signs of progress

Building permit activity on the decline in Sunnyside

With only five new building permits processed with a total combined valuation of $20,000, the month of October was slow for new construction in the city of Sunnyside.

State penalizes Sunnyside firm

Park N Pak of Sunnyside was one of the companies issued fines by the state’s Department of Ecology during the third quarter of 2014.

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1964: Sunnyside voters OK formation of port district

H. Lloyd Miller of Sunnyside shared photographs of a potato grown by local rancher Harold Olsen that clearly showed the spud to be larger than Miller’s 2-year-old son. Every Washington state county but King and Pierce voted in favor of the prohibition of alcohol. There were 20,000 returns in favor of being dry, as opposed to 15,000 rejecting the law.

Report a ‘road map’ to resolve police issues

Purging up to 400 lbs. of material from the evidence room and getting a handle on an eight-month records backlog are among the priorities for Sunnyside Police Chief Al Escalera.

Effort underway to lessen chamber’s tourism role

Tom Denlea wants the city of Sunnyside to hire a full time tourism promoter with lodging tax money, instead of giving that funding to the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce for its tourism promotions.

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Didier makes up ground on Newhouse

Trimming his election night deficit by a third, Clint Didier has narrowed the gap against Dan Newhouse in the Fourth District congressional race.

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SVID approves emergency plans

Emergency management plans for the Snipes Lateral and the Sunnyside Canal were given the go ahead this past Tuesday, by the Sunnyside Division Board of Control during its monthly meeting. The plans are at the request of the Bureau of Reclamation following a recent review.

Rail plan OK’d

In action during their regular business meeting this past Monday, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a $21,750 contract with Tangent Services to provide a conceptual rail plan.

Change order receives nod

A change order totaling $38,342 for the Port of Sunnyside’s anaerobic digester project was approved by port commissioners last Monday.

Property tax increase OK’d

Port of Sunnyside commissioners yesterday morning, Tuesday, held a special meeting that included raising the property tax levy amount by 1 percent for 2015.

Commissioners approve rental

During a meeting held Thursday, Oct. 23, at the small ports seminar in Leavenworth, Port of Sunnyside commissioners approved a rental agreement for property the port owns at 210 S. McLean Rd.

Smaller class size measure still narrowly losing

The measure to reduce class sizes and increase staffing support in schools, Initiative 1351, is still too close to call this morning across the state, although it is currently failing by a narrow margin.