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John Fannin

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SVID planning for off-season projects

Meeting continued to Aug. 21

The calendar may say August, but officials with the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District are already thinking October.

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Volunteer group DIGs downtown

Their work may be more encouragement than edict, but Sunnyside’s Downtown Improvement Group (DIG) is making a difference.

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Half million-plus OK’d for Water Works project

Former Hogue winemaker eyes old Sunnyside building

It’s nearly time to turn on the Water Works.

There is hope for city hall

You may remember a few weeks ago I shared a little incident on our street out in front of our home, in which city work crews without warning started hacking at our tree.

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Youngsters cross the line...Sunnyside’s CSI line

“She told me she wanted to be a cop…and I thought this would be perfect,” Amelia Jensen says of daughter Lily’s participation this week in a two-day CSI camp in Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside hoop enthusiasts insane about game of basketball

Danny Zavala and Lupe Maldonado are both Mabton natives and work for the Sunnyside School District.

Local lawmakers weigh in on aborted fetuses dispute

Seven state legislators have inserted themselves into the ongoing debate about allegations involving Planned Parenthood’s reported efforts to sell the body parts of aborted fetuses.

July 4 fireworks still a go in Mabton

In the end, it was more about clarifying than canceling fireworks.

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Sunnyside schools experience principal shift

Superintendent questions role of school board

With Sun Valley Elementary School Principal Janie Hernandez taking a medical leave of absence this coming school year, the kindergarten building will see two interim administrative changes.

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Elementary school rebuild could be underway next week

Ground breaking could start soon on construction of a new replacement building for Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School.

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Sunnyside ordinance for ‘Complete Streets’ puts city in running for millions in funding

“It’s really about the process, not setting standards.”

Too much of a good thing?

I’m putting them on my salad, my burgers, popping them like happy pills.

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Court verdict leaves unknowns for local growers

It was a slam dunk decision…but with all kinds of unknowns for farmers.

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Barber makes the cut at Seahawk QB’s camp

For 12’s everywhere 2015 is the summer of Russell.

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Change at hand for county website

Yakima County voters not only see ballots in the mail…they see a big ballot with every click on the county elections website.

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Closed door opens banking opportunity for Sunnyside woman

Five years ago Dani Martinez was a supervisor at Arby’s when it closed in Sunnyside.

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City planning commission back in the saddle

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was a junior in college and Instagram was an unknown start-up in 2010.

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School budget planners behind the curve

The state legislature’s longest session in history may have wrapped up nearly two weeks ago...but the impacts are still being felt.

Mapping the Sunnaisance?

I do a lot of walking, both for my job and as a way to help keep the weight off.

Lawmakers mark highs and lows of marathon session

State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.

Grizzlies go out on a winning note

In its final weekend of play for the summer exhibition baseball season, the Sunnyside Grizzlies doubled their season’s win total at the East Valley Red Hawk Classic.

Planting a SIED of thanks

Street improvements in Sunnyside, Granger and Grandview supporting new businesses – and jobs – ranging from a truck stop to a blueberry packing plant to an electrical store.

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Sunnyside falls in nine to Selah-based squad

An early 4-0 lead wasn’t enough as the Sunnyside Grizzly summer baseball team fell 13-7 at home to the Selah-based Pepsi Pak select team.

Good call...Mabton

On Independence Day we were captives in our own home.

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Mariners’ latest addition has strong ties to Sunnyside

A record-setting southpaw for the WSU Cougar baseball team, Joe Pistorese was recently selected in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners during Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

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Cantwell convinced basin plan a can-do

Nearly 50 years ago Ron Van Gundy started working with the Roza Irrigation District.

Former Granger coach plans summer hoop camp

Posting a record of 120-55 in seven seasons as Granger’s varsity boys basketball coach, Miguel Bazaldua will share his expertise next week during a summer hoop camp.

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Mabton pulls plug on July 4 fireworks

Taking a cue from fire-ravaged Wenatchee to the north, Mabton has banned fireworks for this July 4 celebration.

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Housing project going up quickly

First units could be available by end of year

Three months in and work is already a little ahead of schedule on Rainier Court, the Sunnyside Housing Authority’s newest development.

Knights wrap up season with losses

STANFIELD, ORE. – After a competitive 7-3 loss to Riverside/Irrigon, the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team fell 13-2 to host Stanfield, Ore.

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Beat the heat before it beats you during record-setting high temps

The mercury is expected to top triple digits today, Friday, and well into next week.

Auditing the auditor

We were at the coast last week and I returned to work a couple of days ago to find an e-mail from acting state auditor Jan Jutte.

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SHS student stays in the swim of things

A desire to keep others safe has resulted in a summer job for Tyler Hunsaker, now in his first season as a lifeguard at Sunnyside’s city pool.

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Field turf under scrutiny

CenturyLink Field, WSU’s Martin Stadium and Zaepfel Stadium are just three of the many venues in this state utilizing field turf.

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Rangers take two from S’side Christian

Visiting Naches broke out the bats Tuesday night in earning a doubleheader sweep at Sunnyside Christian.

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Port commission digesting digester options

The more Port of Sunnyside officials fine-tune operations of the port district’s anaerobic digester, the more options bubble to the surface.

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Badgers sweep Sunnyside Christian

The friendly confines of home weren’t enough for Sunnyside Christian’s summer baseball team in a pair of losses Monday to Tri-Cities Prep.

True colors?

“Orange Bell,” the label declared in large letters.

State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

Knights drop pair of games to Oregon team

Fresh off a State quarterfinals appearance, the host Stanfield, Ore. prep baseball team proved too much for Sunnyside Christian Thursday night.

Grandview schools receive clean audit from state officials

A three-year accountability audit of the Grandview School District showed it is in compliance with state laws and policies.

Roza reloads for dry spell

Flush with nearly 10,000 acre-feet of water from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, Roza irrigators have a bit more reason for hope during this summer’s drought.

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Sunnyside’s own screen saver

Summer weather is here. Time to throw open the windows in the mornings and evenings to enjoy cool breezes while they’re available.

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Taking school to the parents

You get paid by the piece on your farm job.

City of Mabton tabs Grandview native for top administrator post

MABTON – Grandview native Walt Bratton starts work June 29 as Mabton’s city clerk/treasurer/administrator.

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$8 million anaerobic digester formally dedicated

A year after celebrating its 50th anniversary, Port of Sunnyside officials last Friday commemorated another milestone with a dedication ceremony for its new, $8 million anaerobic digester.

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Grandview grads go full circle

Grandview High School’s 155 graduates weren’t the only ones last Saturday ending one chapter and beginning another.

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Knights earn sweep on Grandview diamond

GRANDVIEW – For the second time in less than a week, Sunnyside Christian’s pitching depth proved too much for Grandview in a sweep of the Greyhounds on Monday.

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Mabton High grads walk with gratitude

MABTON – The 49-member strong class of 2015 at Mabton High School could point to plenty of accomplishments and memories.