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Julia Hart

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Trophies are in a class of their own

Pistons, rockers, carburetors and assorted other automotive parts have been transformed into shining works of art by the welding students at YV-Tech.

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Rotary hears from Attorney General on Trump travel ban

Sunnyside hosts morning Q&A session

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson made national news last month when he filed an injunction to quell President Donald Trump’s travel ban executive order on immigration and refugees.

‘Math is Cool’ conference is a go

More than 40 teams expected to compete

The parking lot at Sunnyside High School will be filled with buses Saturday as budding math geniuses converge on the school to compete in the first local “Math is Cool” Conference.

Kai’Lei Rae Elizondo

Miss Grandview

High School cheerleader Kai’Lei Rae Elizondo hopes one day to be a journalist for national magazines.

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Simplify ‘Fish Fridays’ with sheet pan dinners

The Lenten season observed 40 days before Easter often creates dinner dilemmas for families who are faced with no-meat Friday.

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‘March for Meals’

92,000 meals in county served in 2016

Local couple Mary and Jessie Leija look forward to dining four times a week thanks to the Meals-on-Wheels program.

Sunnyside ale festival set for June 24

Annual event celebrates the hop industry

The idea of calling Sunnyside “Hop Town USA” is being floated about as the popularity of an ale festival gains traction.

Orozco fundraiser tops $3,000 mark

Funeral service for toddler set for Wednesday

The community is reaching out in support of baby Isabella Orozco’s family.

Two seek Dairy Ambassador title

Coronation banquet set for late April

Two Sunnyside Christian High School students are seeking the opportunity to vying for the Yakima Valley Dairy Ambassador title.

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Caleb Mortensen crowned Mr. SHS

Pageant raises $8,470 for foundation

He may have sung “Mr. Cellophane,” a song about an invisible guy, but Caleb Mortensen was anything but during the 2017 Mr. SHS pageant and fundraiser Saturday in the high school auditorium.

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Snakes alive!

Winery ‘banishes’ rattlesnakes

“Be gone all ye snakes,” demands “Father Gail” as he waves his grapevine decorated snake stick about.

Nominees sought for banquet

Award nominations due Tuesday

Planning for the 2017 Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet, a celebration of all thing great about the community, is well under way, organizers said.

Krystal Bravo

Miss Grandview Candidate

This candidate hopes to become a surgical assistant following high school graduation.

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Granger chamber to celebrate community’s growth

Awards banquet is tomorrow

For a small community, the town has experienced a lot of growth over the past year.

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The ‘true’ Robin Hood revealed

This show is not exactly Men in Tights.

Retired brigadier general talks training

Toppenish native holds military honors

It isn’t often a local Rotary group invites a retired brigadier General to talk at 6:45 a.m.

Marketing student brings home the gold

DECA store manager reaches goal

The High School’s DECA Store — Greyson’s Grub Zone — can now claim gold standards.

Marlene Castilleja

Miss Grandview Candidate

Marlene Castilleja is already working on gaining skills for her future career choice.

Workers head back to work after long winter

Months of snow saw long lines of unemployed workers seeking help at the local WorkSource office.

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Girls rule at local science fair

Sunnyside sending team to regionals

The girls ruled at the 2017 High School Science Fair.

Maritza Alvarez

Miss Grandview Candidate

Maritza Alvarez has dreams of becoming an ROTC cadet following high school.

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Local man is rescue volunteer of the year

Sunnysider earns mountain rescue honors

A local man is the volunteer of the year for Central Washington Mountain Rescue.

Artist uses his talent to promote car show

Show and Shine is March 25

A vintage pick-up and old-school Ford 442 Challenger were the vehicles chosen by a high school senior for the 13th annual “Show and Shine All-Vehicle Car Show” poster.

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‘Math is Cool’ event coming to town

Support sought for regional competition

Talitha Ormberg’s high school math classroom of ninth and 10th graders won first-place honors at a regional “Math is Cool” event in Spokane.

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‘The Little Mermaid’ deserves two looks

Director double cast show for maximum participation

What a pool of talent High School drama department Director Corey Murphy has available when he goes to cast his high school musicals.

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Legends Casino on the grow

Addition includes 200-room hotel, convention center

Legends Casino’s new six-story, 200-room hotel opens tomorrow. Hotel staff are now taking reservations for March 1.

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Toppenish screening: Yakima man stars in new film

Neither Wolf Nor dog open tomorrow in Toppenish

A new film, based on the acclaimed novel, Neither Wolf nor Dog, will premiere at 7 p.m. tomorrow in at the Yakama Heritage Theater, 100 Spiel Yi Loop, in a special screening.

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Scientists gear up for fair

Winners advance to Regionals

The high school science rooms are buzzing as young scientists wrap up experiments and journaling on their projects to be showcased at the annual High School Science and Engineering Fair Saturday.

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Sinkhole opens in Sunnyside

Potholes plaguing rural roads throughout county

What started out as a basketball-size hole in a backyard has grown to a massive sinkhole.

Learning life lessons from chocolates

Speaker explores the self’s hard and soft shells

With a theme involving chocolates, Jerri Wickert of Baker City, Ore., had the attention of her audience last Tuesday.

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A Day Without Immigrants

Protest shutters businesses, affects school attendance

Fiesta Foods customers making a quick trip to the store yesterday were disappointed to find the grocer closed.

It’s a weekend to enjoy wine and chocolate

There are many ways to enjoy this weekend’s annual Red Wine and Chocolate event at most Yakima Valley wineries.

DECA off to Anaheim

Greyson’s Grub Zone honored

Thanks to the hard work of High School DECA’s Alondra Perez, the Grandview Greyson’s Grub Zone will be heading to an international career conference in Anaheim, Calif.

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A Valentine’s Day first for Mabton native

Former S’side teacher now a newlywed

Today, Shannon Pierce, formerly of Mabton, and Mark Murphy of Spokane will celebrate their first Valentine’s Day as a married couple.

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A lovely valentine for theater-goers

Does the “Lone Star Love Potion” work or not?

Changes ahead for Whitstran Brewery

Renovation, new line of beer planned

Whitstran Brewery, 1427 East Wine Country Road, has been quietly serving the beer lovers of Prosser for more than 20 years at its location on east Wine Country Road.

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Self-sufficiency key during disasters

What if the Lower Yakima Valley is hit by a disaster that confines residents to their homes?

Make plans now for Valentine’s Day

Opportunities abound for sweethearts

The most romantic holiday of the year for many is Tuesday.

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Talent show brings out community’s creative side

Leadership students host fundraiser

The High School leadership class’ 17th annual Hospice Talent Show is 7 p.m. Saturday.

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Local VEX robotics teams headed for state

Teams host area schools Saturday

With several competitions under their belts the School District’s VEX Robotics teams will host a second regional contest Saturday at the high school gym, 1801 E. Edison Ave.

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Local students share program concerns with lawmakers

Two local High School career and technical education students participated in the state legislature’s annual Civic Day last week.

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Train Station tasting room yet another draw

When the Côte Bonneville Train Station tasting room closed the day after the 2016 Red Wine and Chocolate event for remodeling, it missed Spring barrel tasting.

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Annual hospice auction nearly hits $100K goal

Sunnyside event draws more than 300

Event committee members hoped to raise $100,000 at this year’s annual Groundhog Day Ball.

Four to vie for Miss Prosser title

Pageant is 3 p.m. on Feb. 19

A pageant to determine who will be the next Miss Prosser is 3 p.m., Feb. 19, in the High School multi-purpose room.

Groundhog is nobody’s friend today

Groundhogs poking their head out of burrows in vineyards in the Lower Yakima Valley yesterday saw their shadow, an omen wivestales suggest means six more weeks of winter.

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Scout finishes Grandview project for Legion Park

SHS senior’s effort a salute to veterans

A local teenager wanted to get his flagpole project done before his 18th birthday and earn his Eagle Scout award.

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Cribbage Man: Local passionate about pegs and points

Sunnyside tournament is Saturday at local VFW post

A local man doesn’t know for sure how many cribbage tournaments he has entered. But James Morrow’s stacks of trophy boards may be a good indicator.

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Prosser chamber honors city’s volunteers and leaders

Bell named volunteer of the year

The community celebrated its best and brightest Monday during the annual Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

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Therapy service expands to meet needs

Therapists now serving Grandview

A Sunnyside business saw a need to accommodate clients traveling long distances to receive therapy services.

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Crowns presented for shining stars

A pair of Tacoma friends claimed top honors at the third annual Shining Star Pageant at Bethel Church Saturday.