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Jennie McGhan

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More time for people than for paperwork

Visiting schools on a regular basis, I was surprised earlier this week when I was made aware Sunnyside has a principal who has taken a different approach from others I have met.

Difficult, end-of-life conversations are necessary part of life

Some conversations are not easy to have.

Sunnyside, Grandview high schools earn state accolades

Both Sunnyside and Grandview high schools were earlier this week named among the top 10 percent of schools in Washington state for achievement and improvement in reading and math for three years in a row.

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Sign ordinance under review by city officials

City of Sunnyside staff have been in the process of reviewing the current sign ordinance and are looking at how the language in the ordinance affects development in the community.

Lady Knights drop game against Kittitas

The Sunnyside Christian fastpitch softball team yesterday suffered a 23-6 loss to Kittitas. It is only the second game the Lady Knights have lost this season.

Budget amendment OK’d for pool house improvements

The Grandview City Council last night approved an amendment to the 2015 capital improvement fund, adjusting its budget, for improvements to the pool house at the Grandview municipal swimming pool.

Wildcats deal Grandview pair of league losses

TOPPENISH – This past Saturday’s twin bill losses to Toppenish have the Grandview fastpitch softball team still in search of its first win.

Sunnyside lawmaker convinced Yucca Mountain ‘workable site’ to store the nation’s nuclear waste

But many hurdles remain

MERCURY, NEV. – Yucca Mountain in remote Las Vegas County, Nev. has the potential to store an estimated 70,000 to 77,000 tons of nuclear waste materials for upwards of a million years.

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Sunnyside clinic reaches out to local community

Staff from Lincoln Family Medicine and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Center for Community Health Promotion were on-hand this past Saturday to help Sunnyside residents learn more about the services available in the community.

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Lady Knights win both ends of doubleheader

Keeping their eye on the ball and knowing how to wait for the correct pitch yesterday, Sunnyside Christian’s fastpitch softball team won both its games against White Swan.

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Othello Huskies remain unbeaten on year

GRANDVIEW – The Grandview High School boys soccer team had hopes of spoiling Othello’s perfect record yesterday, but those hopes were dashed as the Huskies handed the ‘Hounds a 3-1 defeat.

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Three-peat for SHS science fair students

After winning the Excellence in Scientific and Engineering Achievement Award for the third year in a row, it only got better for Sunnyside High School’s science students.

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Hutchinson says goodbye

New owners take over local produce stand

For 35 years Sunnyside residents have come to depend on Dolores Hutchinson and her produce stand to supply fruits and vegetables for their dinner tables.

Ike claims shootout win against Grizzlies

YAKIMA – What proved to be a nail biter of a match took place yesterday when Sunnyside and Eisenhower met up at Zaepfel Stadium in Yakima.

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Spidle, Limon low scorers for Sunnyside in league play

WENATCHEE – Sunnyside’s Alyson Spidle and Carolina Limon made their season debuts this past Monday at the par-72 Wenatchee Golf and Country Club.

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Police department reorganization required while chief undergoes training at academy

While Sunnyside Police Chief Al Escalera is away at the FBI academy to undergo training, the Sunnyside Police Department will have a temporary reorganization.

Van Boven low Sunnyside scorer

The Sunnyside boys golf team yesterday at Apple Tree Golf Resort shaved 22 strokes off its team score from the squad’s previous league outing.

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Grizzlies blank West Valley

Sunnyside dominated last Friday’s boys prep soccer game, blanking the visiting West Valley Rams.

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SHS has a new clock

What had been somewhat of an icon at Sunnyside High School was removed when the school was modernized a few years ago.

Greyhounds up record to 4-2

It took 64 minutes, but Grandview eventually emerged victorious against the Quincy Jackrabbits this past Saturday, 1-0.

Oil spill clean-up costs at nearly $1 million (and counting)

Clean-up of the March 1 oil spill that originated just outside Sunnyside on land owned by the Deaton family is estimated to have cost nearly $1 million, so far.

Bidding farewell to my lifestyle

I have finally made the decision to throw the old notebook away so I can retire to a place where I won’t have to put up with people anymore.

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Grizzlies blank Prosser

A return to the home pitch was made that much sweeter for the Sunnyside Grizzly soccer squad last night as it blanked class 2A Prosser by a score of 3-0.

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40-home development underway

Move-in date for $8.8 million Sunnyside Housing Authority project planned

Just about a year from now, new housing is expected to be ready for families to move into at the Sunnyside Housing Authority’s newest development, Rainier Court.

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Local businessman revives oil and lube operation

It’s been several years, practically since Alex Musbeh graduated from Sunnyside High School, since an oil and lube shop at 824 West Yakima Valley has sat vacant.

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Newhouse family making room for the next generation

For the past few months, motorists traveling on I-82 just west of Sunnyside’s exit 67 have noticed the earth being moved on property owned by the Steve Newhouse family.

’Hounds win dog fight against Ellensburg Bulldogs

The Grandview boys soccer team notched its third win of the season this past Saturday.

Sunnyside loses hard fought match to Wenatchee Panthers

Sunnyside battled for all 80 minutes of last Friday’s soccer match against Wenatchee, but came up short 2-1.

Ephrata, Selah both best Greyhounds

The Grandview boys golf team last Thursday traveled to the Lakeview Golf and Country Club in Soap Lake for a non-league match against Ephrata. Also competing in the match was Selah.

Parrish low-scorer for GHS girls

Yesterday’s sunshine was greeted warmly by the 18 girls high school golf teams competing in the Lee Dolquist Memorial Girls Golf Tournament. It was “…a good day for golf,” according to Grandview Coach Glenn Braman.

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A league of their own…

Soccer matches being organized for special needs athletes

GRANDVIEW – They aren’t your stereotypical varsity athletes, but they are unique and are being recognized by four schools, being provided the opportunity to compete in soccer.

City pool upgrades on horizon

GRANDVIEW – Although the Grandview municipal pool itself will not receive an immediate upgrade, the Grandview Pool Committee last night presented to the city council a proposal that provides hope for the future of the facilities.

Grandview Museum will have a new home

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview has found a new home for its museum.

Lady Knights split season openers

The Sunnyside Christian fastpitch team yesterday opened its season with a non-league doubleheader against Tri-Cities Prep.

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Keeping up with technology

A recent computer purchase has me both perplexed and happy with the changes in technology.

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Caregivers pick up tips on caring for themselves

GRANDVIEW - Anyone caring for a loved one or an individual who has limited mobility, someone who is unable to do certain things for themselves, is a caregiver.

SRO making difference at schools in Mabton

In a presentation provided to the Mabton School Board last night, Mabton High School Principal Caleb Oten and Artz-Fox Elementary School Assistant Principal Sue Sartain highlighted the positive impact of the district’s school resource officer.

Technology funding to be reduced

The Mabton School District for several years has relied upon ERATE funding to pay 90 percent of its technology bills.

Denchel low scorer for SHS boys in first Big Nine League match of year

WENATCHEE – The Sunnyside High School boys golf team traveled to the Wenatchee Country Club for its first league match yesterday.

Chiefs outlast Sunnyside 2-1 in double OT

MOSES LAKE – Sunnyside may have dominated most of last Friday’s match at Moses Lake, but in the end it was for naught.

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Blind U.S. Army major credits his faith in God for overcoming trials and struggles

“We all go through struggles, we all go through trials.”

Law enforcement officials weigh in on substance use issues

Yakima County Sheriff’s deputies and Sunnyside police officers often encounter situations that are compounded because the individuals involved are under the influence of a controlled substance.

Walk for Life event provides hope for unplanned pregnancies

The idea of bringing new life into the world, for many, is a joyful experience. For others, it may be a time of uncertainty and fear.

Good and bad news about Smarter Balanced Assessments

GRANDVIEW – There are several good things to know about the new state standardized testing, known as Smarter Balanced Assessments, to be taken in the coming weeks.

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Former DJ finds herself helping CDL students realize their dreams

GRANDVIEW – To some Lower Valley residents, Dulce Curiel for many years was the voice pouring through the radio, sharing her life with them.

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Greyhounds score last second victory over SHS Grizzlies

GRANDVIEW – “It was a great little rivalry match,” Sunnyside Coach Dave Guevara said of last night’s non-league match-up between his Grizzlies and the host Grandview Greyhounds.

Grandview boys gain experience at Othello invitational

OTHELLO – The first full day out on the links was a learning experience for the Grandview boys golf team.

Grizzlies start season with a roar

The Sunnyside High School boys soccer team last Friday competed in the Richland Jamboree against Pasco and Richland, coming away with mixed results.

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Supporting staff, programs motivation for 25-year veteran of Inspire Development Centers

My, how time flies. Especially if you have a job you love.

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Oil spill clean-up efforts continue in Sunnyside area

Efforts to clean up the oil spill that occurred on March 1 continue as officials with the National Response Center, Department of Ecology, Environmental Protection Agency, Yakama Nation and FOCUS Wildlife have located an underground pathway that leads from an above-ground storage tank to an irrigation ditch near Sunnyside.