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John Fannin

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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Spike in city code violations

Code enforcement issues are on the rise in Sunnyside and several factors could be at play.

Grandview girls earn CWAC wins

TOPPENISH – The Lady Greyhound golf team overcame chilly 40 m.p.h. winds and an unfamiliar golf course to sweep its two opponents in CWAC action this past Tuesday.

Knights battle in losses to Connell JV squad

A competitive spirit wasn’t enough to help the Sunnyside Christian varsity baseball team yesterday in a pair of losses to the visiting Connell JV squad.

Mabton tames Wolves, 6-0

For the second time in three games, Mabton’s Oscar Aguilar recorded a hat trick in a span of about 20 minutes.

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Vote of the people sought by council on marijuana issue

The second time may be a charm…but it might also take a third.

City will re-open South Hill

Closed for nearly three years, South Hill Road in Sunnyside will re-open to traffic…but with changes to help protect residents in the area.

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Undefeated Chiefs sweep twin bill from Sunnyside

Moses Lake showed why it is the toast of Big Nine League softball with a convincing sweep of host Sunnyside last Friday afternoon.

Knights score five times to subdue Mabton Vikings

ROYAL CITY – Allowing the Knights too much space to operate in the first half, and too little time to catch up in the second, sent the Mabton Viking soccer team to a 5-1 defeat at Royal last night, Thursday.

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Tokes for tots

Light up, Washington!

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$6.2 million in new building valuation gains city of Sunnyside approval last month

Sunnyside’s building boom bounced back nicely in March, with 69 permits issued for projects with a combined valuation of $6.2 million.

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New bleachers at rodeo arena

“It’s like putting a tinker toy set together.”

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Mabton Vikes blitz Warden, 5-0

Gonzales notches hat trick in victory

MABTON – It’s one thing to score three goals, a hat trick, in an 80-minute soccer game.

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Irrigators prep for dry summer

Roza, SVID reps meeting today with Department of Ecology officials

With the irrigation season well underway, boards of the Sunnyside Valley and Roza irrigation districts yesterday, Tuesday, received updates on the latest water forecasts during their respective monthly meetings.

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Many happy returns

Fish counts in Yakima River at record numbers

“Humongous” is how fish biologist David Child describes off-the-chart record returns of Coho salmon in the Yakima River.

Unbeaten Chiefs roll over Sunnyside

MOSES LAKE – Undefeated and first in the CBBN standings, Moses Lake brought the heat in a 12-0 victory over the Lady Grizzly softball team Tuesday.

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Sunnyside Port officials join opposition to lawmakers’ push to rob clean-up fund

The Port of Sunnyside’s Carnation property clean-up was made possible with funds from the state’s Remedial Action Grants, which targets contaminated properties.

Miscues undo Grandview boys

“It was too big of a hill to climb,” Greyhound baseball Coach Joe Mora said of trying to overcome late game rallies that sent his team to a pair of losses at Othello last Friday.

Welcome to Washissippibama

Even as Democrats in Washington state try to exorcise Indiana’s alleged demons of discrimination...others in the same party are touting how we’re more like Mississippi and Alabama.

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Local financial experts note there can be hope for overcoming debt

Fewer than half of the U.S. population has a three-month rainy day fund and nearly 60 percent are spending more than they earn.

Clean Air asked to tweak fiscal procedures

The Yakima Regional Clean Air Agency has been asked to fine-tune policies related to credit card use and merit pay increases.

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Rehab of vacant city building may result in a new brewery or winery

A virtually abandoned, 85-year-old brick building in Sunnyside may have new life in the form of a winemaking or craft brewery operation.

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Despite pair of losses, Lady Grizz pack a punch

The bottom line in the wins and losses column is that the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team suffered a pair of defeats last Friday to visiting Davis.

Buildings review to be conducted by S’side schools

Everything from sidewalks to buildings to even utilities will be evaluated by the Sunnyside School District.

Sunnyside schools donate to McCleary case war chest

One of the parties that sued Washington state in the McCleary case is a group called the Network for Excellence in Washington Schools, or NEWS.