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Jennie McGhan

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Samantha Herrera

Motivated by the opportunity to participate in a worthy community service project, as well as scholarship opportunities, Samantha Herrera is vying for the 2015-16 Miss Sunnyside title. She said, “It looks good on a job application, too.”

Local mayors tapped to represent interests of cities

The members of the Association of Washington Cities (AWC) last month voted Sunnyside Mayor Jim Restucci as its new vice president and Mabton Mayor Mario Martinez as the fourth district representative.

Witnessing random act of kindness inspiring to one Sunnyside woman

Reading and listening to the news can sometimes make a person cynical and wary when something out of the ordinary occurs, admits Sandi Johnston, a Sunnyside woman.

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FruitSmart seeks support to have Bonnieview Road vacated

A stretch of Bonnieview Road in Grandview that is heavily utilized by FruitSmart, as well as other motorists, has become heavily congested with the quick growth of the food processor.

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Stadium upgrade progressing well

The $1.6 million construction of Grandview High School’s athletic facilities is well on its way.

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Sunnyside hospital’s vision established by needs of community

For 10 years Trevor Smith, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s newly hired director of business development, worked for Kennewick General Hospital in the Tri-Cities.

STEM learning opportunities flourishing in Washington state

For the past several years experts and education leaders in Washington state have been working toward the goal of improving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education statewide.

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Mabton OKs $12.1 million schools budget

Schools in the community of Mabton will operate on a $12.1 million budget this coming school year.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Jaquelinne Herrera

Miss Sunnyside candidate Jaquelinne Herrera is one of nine young ladies vying for the 2015-16 title this year.

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Airport runway, taxiway upgrade planned next summer

The Sunnyside City Council will soon decide whether or not to submit a grant application to the Federal Aviation Association to help with paying for the renovation of the Sunnyside Municipal Airport’s runway and taxiway.

Grandview attorney seated on council before fall election

Mike Everett has twice before served on the Grandview City Council, and believes he can again make a difference in the community.

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Miss Sunnyside princess details ambassadorship activities for Rotarians

Because her fellow 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside court members are away at cheerleading camp, first princess Madison Marro stood alone as Monday’s Sunnyside Noon Rotary Club guest speaker.

Sedro Woolley man joins Port of Sunnyside staff

Just a couple weeks before graduating from Central Washington University this past June, Nathan Regal applied for and secured a job in his chosen field.

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Unburdening one’s self is a simple choice…says presenter

This past Tuesday’s speaker at the Christian Women’s Connection meeting in Prosser delivered her message via a unique monologue.

Organizers planning National Night Out in Sunnyside

The Sunnyside Police Department is working on its plans for the annual community-wide National Night Out event and parties to take place throughout town.

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‘Safe staffing’ legislation good for skilled nursing centers

New legislation passed will improve care and staffing levels at skilled nursing centers like Prestige Care and Rehabilitation Center-Sunnyside and Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living Center.

Are we really this trashy?

Traveling our roadways, visiting our local parks and attending numerous events on a regular basis I can’t help but notice all the garbage floating here and there.

Sunnyside looks to the future with energy efficient lighting, new greenhouse policy

New energy efficient lighting and a greenhouse gas policy that encourages residents to use more efficient showerheads and toilets...the Sunnyside City Council is on board with both.

Inspire Development Centers acquires funding, Head Start centers

Federal funding awarded to Inspire Development Centers will allow the agency to take over four additional Head Start programs in the Lower Yakima Valley.

Police support contract ratified

Police support staff now have a new contract with the city of Sunnyside.

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New owner offering full-service for patrons of S’side nail salon

Clients at Nail Design, located at 2685 E. Lincoln Ave., in Sunnyside can now be assured they will receive full-service.

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Managing staffing issues, operating a modern police force among lessons of FBI Academy

Networking with law enforcement from around the globe, learning new ways to operate a police department in today’s world and finding ways to leverage the personnel available.

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Former food processing employee finds new challenges at Sun Terrace

Working at Sun Terrace Retirement and Assisted Living in Sunnyside provides Lupe Garcia, the facility’s life enrichment director, with new challenges.

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Chamber of commerce website construction nearly complete

A top priority for Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce Interim Director Deborah Estrada has been a revamp of the chamber’s website.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Dalilah Cuellar

Miss Sunnyside is considered a role model to teens and young children, according to Dalilah Cuellar.

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SVID water forecast remains stable...for now

The Bureau of Reclamation’s latest water figures provided to the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District remain steady.

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Longtime Grandview leader steps away from public service

After serving his community as a school board member, city councilman, port commissioner and mayor for more than 30 years, Mike Bren has decided to step away from public office.

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National heroes lauded at annual ceremony in G’view

“It’s important to see our country come alive with our traditions,” U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse said at the annual flag raising ceremony in Grandview, held in honor of the Fourth of July.

Longtime teacher turns classroom over to next generation

After more than four decades of shaping the minds of elementary school-aged students, Kim Arrestouihl decided it was time to turn in the chalk and dry-erase markers.

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Unifying holiday of Independence Day is the time to celebrate your freedom with friends and neighbors

Families will be gathered for barbecues, parades and fireworks tomorrow, our nation’s birthday.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyssa Ceja

Alyssa Ceja enjoys serving her community as a member of the Sunnyside Police Explorers, and said she feels she can do more.

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New Nuestra Casa location ...but same friendly services

Moving into a new home can be an exciting adventure.

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Agencies work to assist employers, job seekers

The Sunnyside WorkSource building is home to two entities working together to assist both employers and those looking for work.

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Former car lot may be home to coffee stand, construction firm

A parcel of land adjacent to the Ameristar gas station, former home to both the Budget and Legacy Motors car dealerships, may get new life.

Granger’s top cop gets his firearms returned

Judge Alfred Schweppe of the Yakima County District Court in Grandview last week lifted the order keeping Granger Police Chief Robert Perales from carrying a firearm.

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Principal exchange at Grandview Middle School

GRANDVIEW – For the past four years Paul Voorhees has served as principal at Grandview Middle School.

Higher standards expected

The role of any public figure, whether politician, government employee or the face of the local media, is important because all of these roles require the trust of the public.

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Scouts find fun and friends at summer camp

GRANDVIEW – Each year Cub Scouts from throughout the Yakima Valley venture to Grandview’s Country Park for three days of fun and making new friends.

Multi-million dollar school bond vote likely

MABTON – Due to increases in enrollment at Artz-Fox Elementary School and a number of improvements needed at the junior/senior high school, the voting public will play an important role in the decision-making process.

Mabton FFA advisor returning to her hometown of Goldendale

Six years ago Randi Krieg took on the responsibilities of teaching agri-science to Mabton students, as well as serving as the FFA advisor.

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Community’s ‘key leaders’ focus on roles, efforts to help youth

At a “Key Leader” event hosted by Sunnyside United-Unidos yesterday, representatives from several organizations, government entities and agencies gathered to learn about the effort being made to stem substance use and gang activity among Sunnyside’s youth.

Northwest Harvest fighting hunger all across Washington

In 1967 four nuns in Seattle founded Northwest Harvest, the non-profit organization that distributes food across Washington state.

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Principal encouraged after first year at the helm

Although the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year at Compass High School in Grandview began without a full staff, first-year Principal Kim Casey said much was accomplished.

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Providing outlet for others motivates massage therapist, folkloric dance team director

Enedelia Flores has always been motivated to help others in whatever way she can.

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Creative process always changing at Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Brewery

“Beer is just chemistry,” Brewmaster Chris Baum told Sunnyside Daybreak Rotarians last week.

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Sunnyside pressman’s 28-year career comes to a close this week

“I came, I saw, I left,” smiles Central Washington Press supervisor Buz Crabtree.

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Sunnyside Christian boys eliminated during first round of State golf tournament

RICHLAND – Just 19 golfers made it past Wednesday’s first round of the 1B/2B State golf tournament at Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland.

Rec activities on summer agenda at Sunnyside parks

Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey said she has been busily planning a number of activities for the summer months.

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Sunnyside’s creative side emerges at arts commission meeting

The Sunnyside Arts Commission wants to better highlight the community’s art and artists.

Domestic incident investigation involves top cop in city of Granger

Granger Police Chief Robert Perales, a former candidate for Sunnyside City Council and once the Mabton police chief, is under investigation by the Sunnyside Police Department for a May 1 domestic incident.