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John Fannin

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SVID assessments on the rise in 2016

Growers and residents within the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District will see their annual assessments increase slightly in 2016.

Gracious Wildcats pound Sunnyside

Not even a generous overture by host Eastmont was enough to help the Grizzly soccer team get its first W of the season, as last night the Sunnyside girls squad fell 9-1 playing a 9-on-9 game.

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Sunnyside firemen to train at Carnation plant

Other than a couple of winery forays, the doors to Sunnyside’s landmark Carnation plant have essentially been shuttered for decades.

Port plans for office transition

The next finance officer responsible for maintaining the Port of Sunnyside’s run of perfect audits will be Nikki Jech.

Miscues undo Grizzlies in Big Nine League opener

Fumbles on its first three possessions of the game, resulting in a 13-0 deficit, proved too big of a hole for Sunnyside High School to overcome. The end result was a 22-7 loss at Wenatchee to open Big 9 league football play last Friday.

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State-ranked Touchet scoots past Sunnyside Christian Knights, 49-14

A losing margin of five touchdowns doesn’t tell the whole story of Sunnyside Christian’s 49-14 defeat at home last Friday to state-ranked Touchet.

State auditors issue finding based on mix-up in Mabton

MABTON – Incorrectly reporting the amount of grant monies actually spent in 2014 got the city of Mabton in hot water with state auditors.

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Facelift ahead for Burger King

Upgrades to the lobby and exterior are in store for Sunnyside’s Burger King, located at 3201 Picard Place.

Sunnyside looks to expand drug ‘take back’ program

Sunnyside Police Chief Al Escalera hopes to make drug “take back day” a year-round program.

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County website gives prospective companies snapshot

How much does the typical Sunnyside family spend on shoes in a year?

Sunnyside resolves teacher shortage

A home-grown movement is afoot to remedy a lack of teachers in the Sunnyside School District.

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Brits hop the pond for the Valley’s hops

MABTON – The latest in a series of out-of-town guests at Hop Direct near Mabton breezed through here last Friday.

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Daily Sun News publisher bids farewell

Benton City native named his replacement

After four decades in the newspaper business – all of them right here in Sunnyside – Daily Sun News publisher Tim Graff is retiring.

Don’t text & teach

Sunnyside schools ask staff to avoid work-related texts

The message to Sunnyside school employees is clear: “Don’t send work-related texts on your cell phone.”

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Central Washington State Fair launches today

YAKIMA – Brooding dinosaurs, racing pigs and other attractions are in store for visitors starting today, Friday, at the Central Washington State Fair in Yakima.

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Bulging at the seams

Sunnyside schools address growth spurt

It’s one thing for a youngster to experience a growth spurt…but what to do when it happens to an entire school district?

Mustangs overpower shorthanded Sunnyside

With 11 of its 15 players nicked up or injured, the 4A Lady Grizzly varsity soccer team couldn’t keep up with host 2A Prosser in a 6-1 defeat last night to the Mustangs.

Candidate field for New Vision CEO search whittled down to just a couple

Following a two-month search, the Yakima County Development Association, also known as New Vision, has apparently whittled its field of CEO candidates to two.

Union workers plan to picket Pacific Power

Pacific Power says it will be business as usual for its customers despite an employee picket scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday.

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City finding a home for Circle L neon sign

An end of an era was dismantled last Friday in Sunnyside with the removal of the landmark Circle L gas station sign at 809 Yakima Valley Hwy.

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Cultural agility in Sunnyside

Sunnyside is a more diverse community than you may think…residents here hail from around the world, including East India and Africa.

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Grizzlies roll past North Central

Improve to 3-0

“Relax, Sunnyside, relax.”

Sunnyside Christian douses Comets, 68-50

In a battle of unbeaten 8-man football teams, it was Sunnyside Christian prevailing 68-50 over Naselle.

Vikes rally past Tri-Cities Prep

Zavala tallies four TDs

“It took us a bit to get things figured out,” Mabton Coach Trevor Curtis says of his team’s 27-10 victory at Tri-Cities Prep last Friday.

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Prepping for the busy season

The summer watering season is fading fast, the harvest nearly in.

Tempted to tap out

For a few days there I was feeling like one of those tag team wrestlers…ready to tap out, escape, hide in a cubby hole somewhere.

Lady Griz place two in top 10 at league opener

The Lady Grizzly cross country team provided a strong showing during the season’s first Big 9 league meet, hosted yesterday by Davis High School.

Moses Lake tops Lady Grizzlies

Host Moses Lake struck early and never let up in a 7-0 victory over the Lady Grizzly soccer team last night, Thursday.

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Prosser gets its second pot shop

Known for its array of wineries, Prosser can also boast not one – but now, two retail marijuana stores.

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Kachess could hold answer for irrigators

If you thought the irrigation season was bad this year, well, just wait.

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Boy Scouts gain new field director

Moving from one non-profit to another, John Warren started work this month as field director for the Boy Scouts Grand Columbia Council.

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Superintendent evaluation process being updated

Second thoughts about a first-ever exam and national interest in Sunnyside High School’s athletic director post were part of the Sunnyside School Board’s wide-ranging discussion at a work session Monday night.

Warm, dry winter predicted for Yakima Valley

Snowpack forecast gloomy for Snoqualmie

While parts of the country could well benefit from one of the largest El Niño events in history…the news is less positive for the Yakima Valley.

Sunnyside Port finances stay the course for 2016

Budget hearing set for Sept. 21

The Port of Sunnyside will on Monday, Sept. 21, hold a public hearing for comment on its proposed budget for 2016.

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Port lends support for water storage project

It won’t officially happen until their next meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, but Port of Sunnyside commissioners will support legislation on behalf of more water storage for the Yakima basin.

Hefty irrigation assessments looming for Roza District farmers

With a record dry summer in the books for 2015, officials with the Roza Irrigation District are prepping now for the 2016 budget.

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SHS snaps losing streak

The victory snapped a 22-game losing streak for the Sunnyside High School football team.

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Grandview church launches ‘Compassion Now’ ministry

A desire to reach beyond the walls of its building has led Grandview Nazarene to form a brand new outreach program for those in need.

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Sunnyside High grad a ‘Teach for America’ fellow in nation’s capital

A 2008 graduate of Sunnyside High School, Jonas Linde just this past week began working with Congressman Dan Newhouse’s office in Washington D.C.

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Slow start for Lady Griz soccer team

Slow starts proved costly as the Lady Grizzly soccer team dropped a pair of non-league matches last Friday and Saturday against Pasco and Grandview to open the season.

F as in free

Each year when Mom visits from Ohio we try to share experiences or sights with her that are unique to our area.

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Supreme Court ruling may impact city, school employees

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled last week that work-related text messages on private cell phones of public employees are public records.

Washington Elementary School work starts minus permits

By far the biggest construction project underway this year in Sunnyside – at least to date – is a rebuild of Washington Elementary School.

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Sunnyside Christian boys corral Mustangs in season opening grid game

Fresh off last year’s first winning season in school history, Sunnyside Christian’s eight-man football team looks set to re-load for the 2015-16 campaign.

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Dalrymple dynasty snags another ‘Wally’

Driving the same car his father piloted to victory nine years ago, Josh Dalrymple became the third member of his family to claim a Northwest Nationals drag racing title.

Full house on hand for Newhouse

Planned Parenthood, the Middle East and presidential politics were all on the table during U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse’s appearance at the Grandview Rotary’s luncheon meeting Wednesday.

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Giving cancer the cold shoulder

Radiation, chemotherapy and invasive surgery are all common options for dealing with cancerous tumors.

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Sunrise Outreach seeks new home for food bank

The demand is steady, supplies on the increase and space is in short supply.

Local schools sift through Smarter Balanced state test results

A new state mandated test is giving school districts in the Lower Valley new perspectives on issues facing teachers and students in their classrooms.

Digging deep

Groundwater group plans third round of soil sampling

What’s known is that many private wells in the Lower Valley are laced with harmful nitrates.