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Julia Hart

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A fresh look offered at Grace Boutique

A new Sunnyside dress shop, Grace Boutique, has opened at 422 S. Seventh St. under the management of Nuri Bahana.

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Mabton’s first ever police clerk aspires to be a patrolman

MABTON – Even though Nadia George has only been on the job as Mabton Police Department’s first ever office clerk for less than a month, she says the job is one she had been training for as long as she can remember.

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New library digs during remodeling

The 500 block of Sunnyside’s South Sixth Street is getting another new business in April. Well, at least temporarily, according to officials with Yakima Valley Libraries.

Take this week to make memories

Reading the posts on my Facebook each morning isn’t easy when Buddy wants to be first in line for a good morning belly rub.

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Local teen learning to master the yoyo

Most people remember trying to learn yoyo tricks as a child, only to put the toy in a drawer the first time the string ended up in knots.

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Storyteller shares first American tales

Stories about spider web-like dreamcatchers and the courting methods of young Native American couples were among the tales shared with Sunnyside Pioneer Elementary School third graders last Tuesday.

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Master winemaker touts Sunnyside’s latest tasting room

Côte Bonneville winemaker Kerry Shiels believes Yakima Valley wines are among the best in the world.

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Payton Sample earns trip to Pittsburgh as regional science fair winner

KENNEWICK – Earning grand prize honors at the 2015 Mid-Columbia Regional Science and Engineering Fair is “a big thing,” admits Sunnyside High School senior Payton Sample.

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UW professor taking on project to restore cabins once occupied by farm workers

The weathered wooden siding of three old tenant cabins, missing shingles and scarred by torn window screens, are a reminder of the history of farm workers’ housing that once dotted Lower Valley farms.

Sunnyside, Bickleton girls notch wins at jamboree

YAKIMA – Both Bickleton and Sunnyside had first-place finishes at Saturday’s Eisenhower Jamboree, the first meet of the season for both teams.

Hanford Reach story contained in modern Richland museum

During the peak of the Hanford Nuclear Project, before the end of World War II, more than 51,000 people lived and worked on what is now known as the Hanford Reservation.

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Sunnyside City Hall accounting assistant learning to recognize local residents one account at a time

For the past year Debra Espinoza has been learning a lot about water consumption in the city of Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside health care facility growing by leaps and bounds

Once known as an agency dedicated to providing health and nutritional services to pregnant and nursing mothers, Yakima Neighborhood Health Services is today so much more.

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Americans need their shuteye

It is no coincidence that National Sleep Awareness Week ended this past Sunday - on the first day of Daylight Saving Time. That’s according to Dr. Brian Santiago, Sunnyside Community Hospital’s Sleep Center director and sleep disorder specialist.

Rebranding of Sunnyside athletic programs underway

This past winter sports season 226 Sunnyside High School students engaged in athletic endeavors.

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Career change gives receptionist more time with his family

Sunnyside’s Ramon Campos has gone from rotating tires at Les Schwab Tires to scheduling patients as a receptionist for Dr. Tatiana Antoci at Sunnyside’s Lincoln Avenue Family Medical Center.

Fire district spread out over 750 square-mile area

Within an area, roughly the size of Rhode Island, Yakima County Fire District #5 relies on 19 paid employees and 180 on-call volunteer firefighters to contain blazes and handle medical emergencies.

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Sunnyside Arts Commission primed for its first-ever art show

Calling all Sunnyside artists.

Shabby ... not chic

What is attractive and what is expedient? What appeals to me may not appeal to most others.

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Nuclear age will be on display at newly created national park

The history of the men and women who created a town in the middle of Central Washington sage land, as well as the first nuclear reactor plant on the Hanford Reservation is now a part of a national park system honoring the nuclear age, according to Tri-City history buff Gary Petersen.

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Citing lack of volunteers, parks and rec coordinator details city’s slim offerings

The Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department’s summer season is shaping up to include the return of summer afternoon arts in the parks activities at Central Park.

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Public hearing on building code changes fails to attract citizens

A public hearing to take public comment regarding a proposed inclusion of the 2012 International Existing Building Code (IEBC) to Sunnyside’s existing municipal building code failed to attract any interested citizens at the Tuesday night hearing.

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Future mechanics tested on automotive knowledge

The men and women who will be making the diagnostic decisions for your automotive repairs in the future pitched themselves against each other in a regional automotive skills contest held this past Saturday in the Sunnyside High School auto shop.

Sunnyside Christian Thrift Store entering its 19th year of operation

What started nearly 20 years ago as an idea to generate an ongoing revenue stream for Sunnyside Christian Schools has raised in excess of $628,000 for Christian education, thanks to the stewards of the Sunnyside Christian Thrift Store.

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Pacific Power regional manager updates Rotarians

It might amaze some people to know that there are only 55,341 poles carrying electric power to the more than 83,185 customers in the local Pacific Power region.

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ALICE all the rage in protecting local students

Barricading children in the classroom during an active shooter incident is no longer the only option school employees have when it come to the protection of children.

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Retired teacher helps adults recognize skills and talents

After more than 10 years of teaching middle and high school students, Brenda Tatum-Carlson retired. But it wasn’t long before she decided she wanted to return to the classroom, this time to work with adults.

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Chief Kamiakin Elementary school student honored for his generosity

Collecting 100 items of food during a recent school-wide food drive has earned young David Montiel-Gutierrez special recognition from his fellow students and the staff at Sunnyside’s Chief Kamiakin Elementary School.

Buddy hates the fog

Can somebody make all this wet, nasty fog just go away? I’d settle for a nice snow storm just to take all the gray away.

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Newly elected county prosecutor stresses accountability, transparency

Newly elected Yakima County Prosecutor Joe Brusic says he wants his office to be accountable and for all of its activities to be conducted with a transparency.

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Popularity of using organic materials has made composting a growth industry

Creating the exact recipe of organic waste ingredients that go into Sunnyside’s Natural Selections compost is a delicate balance.

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United States Postal Service hits hard times

After 200 years of daily deliveries, the United States Postal Service has fallen on tough times.

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Former fry cook now serving healthy meals to school children

Arriving at work every morning at 6:30 a.m. has become routine for Guillermo Dimas, one of the cooks at Sunnyside’s Pioneer Elementary School kitchen.

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Grandview students gaining proper typing skills

Harriet Thompson Elementary School second grader Antonio Ramos is very serious about learning to type.

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Home inspection specialist says most problems encountered arise from excessive moisture

Eastern Washington homes may not be prone to dry rot, but fungal rot is a different story, according to state-licensed home inspection specialist Dan Schneider of Grandview.

A better Buddy... and me

January is all about making a fresh start. It’s an opportunity to shake off the dust of the past, reset healthy habits, update out of control password lists and, maybe this year, even teach Buddy not to bark indoors.

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46-unit housing project receives thumbs-up

The first order of business at Tuesday night’s Sunnyside Planning Commission meeting was to swear in the newest member of the commission. Retired school teacher Christine Smith replaces Bruce Epps.

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Partners take over Sunnyside screen printing business

Ray Bermudez and Said Downs are the new owners of Sunnyside’s Imperial Screen Printing and Embroidery.

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Pot shop owner prepares for Feb. 12 opening

With security fences up, the installation of more than 23 security cameras and a state license to sell marijuana, Dave Rand of Sunnyside is ready to open “Dave’s Place,” his Maple Grove Road recreational retail marijuana shop.

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Humanitarian opportunity may open door to more mission trips overseas

A recent opportunity to provide free dental care to Latter-day Saint missionaries preparing for their two-year mission has led Sunnyside dentist Dr. Justin Heiden to consider making more such trips to third world countries.

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Low voter turnout means two people out of every five make decisions for all

As the state and county start to feel the impacts from last November’s General Election, it may be a good idea to reflect that those changes were brought about by the lowest voter turnout in more than 20 years.

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Mabton schools have new transportation supervisor

Mabton School District’s transportation department has a new department head.

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Mexican cuisine available at South 13th Street café

Since taking over the café at 303 S. 13th Street, Sunnyside’s Miriam Navarro has worked to put her stamp on the Tacos La Herradura menu.

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Family-owned business three generations strong

Mary Lee Robinson and her late husband, Jack, opened a state-contracted licensing agency in downtown Sunnyside back in 1977.

It’s never routine for our readers

Here it is again - Christmas Eve - and like so many of the Christmas Eves I’ve celebrated, I’m not ready for Christmas Day.

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Restaurante La Mira now open downtown

The Sunnyside Lighted Farm Implement Parade was the perfect time for Sunnyside’s newest restaurateurs Teodoro Reyna and Trini Madrigal to open their business in the 600 block of East Edison Avenue.

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Longtime family dentist ready for retirement

A career dedicated to caring for the dental health of nearly three generations of Sunnyside families, Dr. Gary Martin is stepping away from his examining chair to see what retired life will bring.

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Coffey ready to spoil the grandkids and hubby in retirement

The first thing Vernita “Dolly” Coffey plans to do in her retirement is to spoil her husband, Calvin, and her five beautiful grandchildren.

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A lesson in writing leads to student-driven novels

Many people dream of writing a novel and few do, but 60 students at Harrison Middle School can now claim to be novelists.

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Counselor opens practice to help local youngsters

A desire to help youth suffering from depression and grief has led to a major career change for social worker Dana Smith of Sunnyside.