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John Fannin

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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.

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‘Come clean, or quit!’

“Integrity. Respect. Independence.” Those three words scream out at the top of audit reports issued by Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley.

Granger to mark its portion of historic Yellowstone Trail

Dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. this Saturday

GRANGER – Interest last year in the city of Sunnyside’s portion of the Yellowstone Trail sparked the same for Granger.

To grow or not to grow

Mabton officials revisiting town’s urban growth area

MABTON – Asked a few years ago by Yakima County to reduce its urban growth area (UGA), the city of Mabton complied by removing areas northwest and southeast of town.

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City of Mabton to pay for emergency repairs

MABTON – While agreeing to pay $323,507 in unexpected costs for construction of its new wastewater plant, the city of Mabton is holding out hope for insurance coverage.

Lady Grizzlies lose first league contest to Davis

Base-running errors in the first inning proved costly for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly softball team in an 11-0 loss at Davis yesterday.

Highland tops Mabton, 5-0

For nearly an hour the Mabton Viking soccer team battled toe-to-toe with 1A soccer powerhouse Highland.

G’view opens league play with wins

TOPPENISH – The Grandview Greyhound baseball team scored 23 runs in a span of two innings enroute to easily dispatching host Toppenish 15-3, 17-7 in a doubleheader last Saturday.

Vikings fall in league opener to Granger Spartans

MABTON – For the third match in a row the Mabton Viking soccer team went into the half with the scoreboard reading 2-0.

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Sunnyside’s secret WWII operations detailed for local Nouvella members

Sagebrush cleared and a pair of mile-long airplane runways constructed in a two-week span?

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Pasco pounces on Sunnyside miscues

Eleven errors leading to 11 unearned runs were too much for the Sunnyside softball team to overcome in a 17-4 home loss last Saturday to Pasco.

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Spring potpourri

So much to get to this first day of spring…

Naches pounces on SCHS

NACHES – Two big innings proved costly for 1B Sunnyside Christian in a pair of season opening losses Thursday against the 1A Naches JV/C squad.

Mabton keeps Ephrata off the scoreboard

EPHRATA – Oscar Aguilar punched in two goals and assisted on another to lead Mabton to a 4-0 non-league victory at Ephrata on Thursday.

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Grizzlies surge past Grandview in season opener

The 4A Lady Grizzly fastpitch team plated 10 runs in a span of two innings to pull away for a 15-9 victory over 2A Grandview on Thursday.

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New SHS softball coach accentuates the positive

The scoreboard lights up, showing the Lady Grizzly softball team ahead by 10 runs…but it’s a practice.

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Powerhouse Vols just the latest obstacle for Grandview native

BOISE, IDAHO – For all its hard work in winning the Mountain West Conference, the Boise State women’s basketball team faces the unenviable task of playing second-seed Tennessee at Knoxville, Tenn.

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2014 a ‘good year’ for Sunnyside Port

Grant monies and a land sale in 2014 generated profits for the Port of Sunnyside that were five times greater than what the entity netted in 2013.

High court enjoys Q&A in rare visit to Valley

TOPPENISH – Lower Valley residents had a rare opportunity yesterday (Tuesday) to watch the Washington State Supreme Court in action at Toppenish’s Heritage University.

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State Supreme Court hears farm case at Heritage University

TOPPENISH – Nine Supreme Court justices hearing three cases in one packed house.

Mabton High boys settle for a draw in season opener

A dominant 2-0 lead at the half and outshooting its opponent by a 3-to-1 margin wasn’t enough to ensure victory for the Viking soccer team in its season opener Tuesday night.

Toppenish jamboree learning experience for local high school teams

TOPPENISH – A clean slate, a fresh start.

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Kidney center site of visit by congressman

“You know you need it, but it feels like you’ve been walking a marathon all day,” is how Sunnysider Henry Torres describes his three-day-a-week dialysis treatments.

Drought emergency declaration a ‘positive step’ for local growers

Snowpack conditions across Washington state mountains are at near record low levels, prompting Gov. Jay Inslee to declare a drought emergency for the Yakima Valley.

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Students go eye to eye with science

About 50 students slapped on rubber gloves and goggles last Thursday morning in Steve Urrutia’s classroom at Sunnyside’s Sierra Vista Middle School.

Grandview nine fends off Granger

GRANGER – Solid pitching and a stingy defense helped the 2A Grandview Greyhound baseball team open the season with an 8-5 win at Granger last Saturday.

The envelope, please…

Tomorrow (Saturday), the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Spirit of Sunnyside Awards banquet.

Local American Legion baseball team in the works

“When I first moved over here from the westside I wanted to get involved in baseball…it’s my first passion,” says John Millan, public works superintendent for the city of Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside’s LTAC presses on minus a quorum

With only two of its four members present for Thursday’s meeting, Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee was unable to take action.

Council mulls land purchase for more water storage

The current effort and expense to upgrade Mabton’s water municipal system is a solution for the next 20 or 30 years.

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Roza prepping for water-short year

Transparency and communication are watchwords for Roza Irrigation District officials these days as they prep users for the likelihood of a reduced water supply this summer.

Mabton High School seniors take a bow

SPOKANE - “We have a home on the court,” Cassidy McCallum says of kinship among the Lady Viking basketball players.

Officials’ calls leave some scratching their heads

SPOKANE - Lady Viking basketball coach Chris McCallum readily concedes lack of rebounding cost his team a chance to trophy at the State 2B hoop tourney.

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Heartbreaking loss to Fighting Ducks ends Mabton’s season

SPOKANE - “This one hurts worse because our expectations were higher,” Mabton girls hoop coach Chris McCallum said of last Friday’s 48-45 loss to Toutle Lake that ended the Lady Vikings’ season.

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FCC ruling causes controversy, internet worries

A recent vote has put the internet under stricter federal rules. Some say it will save the internet as we know it. Others say the action risks heavy government regulation of online companies.

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Freshmen offer Lady Knights a bright future

Not only returning to the State tourney, but advancing to the State 1B title game with two freshmen starting?

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Colton’s hot hand relegates SCHS to runner-up finish

WIAA Class 1B Girls Basketball State Play-offs

Plan B propelled Sunnyside Christian’s girls to a semi-final win over Republic last Friday and into the State 1B basketball finals.

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Sunnyside Christian one win away from playing for state title

The Sunnyside Christian Lady Knights punched their ticket Thursday to today’s State 1B semi-finals at the Spokane Arena with an overpowering performance...

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Mabton girls kicked by Mules

The Lady Vikes brought quickness, heart and hustle to the court Thursday night.

Bringing down the house

SPOKANE - The final minutes tick down at the State hoop tourney.

SCHS senior enjoying the journey

SPOKANE - As the lone senior on the Lady Knight basketball team, Annie Brouwer is relishing each moment of this week’s State 1B tourney at the Spokane Arena.

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A tough night at the office

SPOKANE - First there was an injury to her left foot, then her right and, later, a hard hit to the head.

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Sunnyside Club Volleyball wraps up season

Approximately 60 girls will wrap up a nearly six-month commitment of sorts this month with the conclusion of the Sunnyside Club Volleyball season.

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Mother nature, oil leak possible hurdles for start of irrigation season

“All dates are subject to change due to weather and unanticipated circumstances,” reads a disclaimer for SVID’s priming schedule this month.

New Sun Steel GM at home in Sunnyside

On the job for about a month as Sun Steel’s new general manager, Blake Hoskisson has a definite vision for the Sunnyside firm’s future.

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Sunnyside lawmaker leads effort in honoring Civil Air Patrol

An open door at his Olympia office led to Sen. Jim Honeyford joining the Civil Air Patrol nearly a decade ago.

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Grandview wrestling standouts top collegiate prospects

GRANDVIEW – It was another day at the office for Lady Greyhound wrestlers Marizza Birrueta and Desiree Zavala last Saturday when they captured State titles in their respective weight classes.