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‘Fallen Heroes 5K’ to debut in Sunnyside July 4

Meandering its way up and down the streets of Sunnyside, the inaugural Fallen Heroes 5K will be held Saturday, July 4.

How’s your iSight?

Shalom check, interactive gratitude and iSight are just some of the new terms readers will encounter in the pages of Joyful Journey, Listening to Immanuel.

Estate sale

Maybe you heard?

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YVCC winery programs meeting industry demand

“Every winery has a story…ours is all about education,” Trent Ball says of the wine and viticulture programs at YVCC’s Grandview campus.

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Port fine-tuning digester operations

Humans aren’t alone in taking their vitamins.

Sunnyside girls wrap up 1-19 spring campaign

“We wanted to go out with a bang…swing the bat and have fun,” Chad Pickel, SHS interim fastpitch coach, said of Friday’s season-ending twin bill at Eastmont.

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Patience a virtue with Pacific Power app

There’s nothing wrong with doing one thing well…

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SVID eases water transfer rules

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) Board of Directors on Thursday amended its water transfer policy to promote more water leasing opportunities and ultimately the opportunity for more water to be transferred to the Roza Irrigation District.

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Sunnyside High senior earns Eagle Scout honors

A project five months in the making has earned Sunnyside High School senior Cody Parke prestigious Eagle Scout honors.

LTAC off track

Hey kiddos! Better pony up $500 for your summer swim pass at the Sunnyside pool.

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Commemorating a ‘labor of love’

Providing injections and injecting catheters, while expressing compassion, are part and parcel of the work nurses perform daily.

First-year coach out before season ends

Sunnyside High School fastpitch softball coach Ronaldo Aguirre has resigned with a week left in the regular season.

Incumbents first to file for this fall’s General Election

YAKIMA – Six Lower Yakima Valley candidates threw their hats into the ring Monday during the first day of filing for office for the November General Election.

Settlement reached in lawsuit with local dairies

Local dairy owners and the environmental groups that sued them avoided going to trial Monday by settling the case.

Overtime loss brings Mabton’s season to an end

Playing its third consecutive must-win contest, Mabton gave host Wahluke all it could handle before falling 2-1 in SCAC District tourney action last Saturday.

Rally falls short for Knights

Sunnyside Christian overcame a double digit deficit and held a seventh-inning lead before falling last Friday to Pateros by a score of 17-16.

Vikings stay alive!

Mabton moves on to District tourney play

COWICHE – For the second consecutive match, the Mabton boys soccer team came through with a clutch victory with its season on the line.

Where’s our Cactus Caucus?

There is this new website by Microsoft - - that guesses a person’s age based on photographs.

Local OB-GYN faces state charges

Dr. Lewis J. Meline, who up until recently practiced at Grandview Medical Center, has been charged with issuing more than 60 prescriptions to two prostitutes with whom he allegedly had a sexual relationship.

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Packed house weighs in on water shutdown

Roza canal going dry for two weeks

With farmers blanching at the thought of three weeks without water, Roza Irrigation District board members settled for a two-week shut-off starting next Monday, May 11.

Vikes nip LaSalle in shootout

Mabton makes playoffs

With a postseason berth on the line, it all came down to a shootout for Mabton and host LaSalle last night in SCAC soccer action.

Sunnyside Valley Irrigation Dist. tweaks process for water transfers

As it did in the drought of 2005, SVID this summer will make water available to farmers in the Roza Irrigation District.

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Changes afoot for FSI’s next 50 years

True Value, Just Ask Rental to close end of May

This year not only marks the 50th anniversary of FSI Fabrication in Sunnyside under one family’s ownership, but 2015 also sets up as a time of major transition for the company.

Mabton rally falls short against Rangers

Two goals – nearly three – in the final six minutes weren’t enough for the Mabton soccer team to avoid a 3-2 defeat at Naches last night.

Panthers pounce on SHS

All but wrapping up the CBBN’s third seed into the playoffs, host Wenatchee dispatched visiting Sunnyside last Friday in a league doubleheader.

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Sunnyside residents won’t feel water pinch that local farmers will

It’s business as usual at Sunnyside City Hall, with water service continuing right along during what promises to be a dry summer.

Touchet sweeps Knights

After a heartbreaking 7-6 loss in the first game to host Touchet, the Sunnyside Christian baseball team fell flat in the nightcap against the Indians.

The Ridiculous Six

I filled in as the reporter covering the Sunnyside City Council meeting this past Monday when the marijuana ban was passed.

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Offering cold comfort at Valley’s crossroads

Everyone knows Sunnyside is something of a crossroads town…three hours by car from Spokane, Seattle and Portland, Ore.

Bangs sparks twin bill sweep

LYLE – There are good days, then there are great days.

Vikes thump Ki-Be, 15-0

BENTON CITY – In what more closely resembles a football score, the Mabton Viking soccer team had its way with host Kiona-Benton last night in a 15-0 victory.

Mabton finalizes civic center sale

MABTON – A proposal first discussed in February became official last night, Tuesday, when the Mabton City Council approved selling the town’s civic center to Sunrise Outreach.

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Dad’s dream now a reality

Sandra Perez’s late father dreamed of opening a bakery for her.

City puts more bite into dog ownership laws

The city of Sunnyside has formally adopted newly crafted and updated standards for licensing dogs in the city limits.

Roza seeks water purchases from SVID

The Yakima Basin’s worst drought in at least a decade has Roza Irrigation District officials looking to buy water.

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'Off the pot'

Sunnyside Council bans marijuana, takes issue off ballot

By unanimous vote Monday night, the Sunnyside City Council banned the production, processing and sale of marijuana within city limits.

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Christmas comes early for city of Mabton residents

MABTON - The only question left was how much more the city of Mabton would have to borrow to complete funding for much-needed water utility improvements.

Knights drop two to Patriots

Uncharacteristic fielding yips plagued the Sunnyside Christian baseball team last Saturday in the first of two home losses to Liberty Christian.

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Safer way? There must be

Ahhh…prom season.

Draft of city’s airport codes reviewed by fire chief

A year in the making, a draft of the Sunnyside city code pertaining to the airport was reviewed Tuesday by Aaron Markham, the city’s fire chief.

Knights swept by Zillah JV

ZILLAH – Sunnyside Christian’s varsity couldn’t make a 10-1 lead hold up in the first of two losses Tuesday to the Zillah JV baseball team.

Lady Grizzlies fall in five to Ike

YAKIMA - In a battle of two teams that were winless in CBBN play, Eisenhower ended up with the W Tuesday against visiting Sunnyside. The Cadets prevailed 15-2.

Port mulls sharing its water with Roza

Junior water right holders in the Yakima Basin are on track to receive only 54 percent of their water supply this summer.

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Gridiron fixes shared by state champion coaches

“Coach to your strengths”

Vikes fall late to visiting Connell

MABTON – “Physical” and “intense” are the words Viking soccer coach Junior Garcia uses to describe the battle on Mabton’s home pitch last Saturday.

SHS Grizzlies stumble twice against West Valley

YAKIMA – Though suffering two lopsided losses last Friday, both ending in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule, the Lady Grizzly softball team did find a hitting combo that works.

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Knights break into win column

Game tied at 12-12, one out in the bottom of the seventh and runners on second and third.


What a contrast!

Vikings thump LaSalle’s first-year soccer team

Starting a new sports program isn’t easy, but LaSalle’s first-year soccer team made things interesting for a half before falling at Mabton 8-0 Thursday night.

Alcohol problems persist among Sunnyside teenagers

Survey results encouraging, though

A survey four years ago of Sunnyside High School sophomores showed more than a third had used alcohol within the past 30 days, well above the state average.