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Jennie McGhan

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Sunnyside’s struggles continue at SunDome Festival

The Sunnyside High School volleyball team was unable to secure a win this past Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome Festival.

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Health promoter inspired by empowering community members

Helping members of the community, interacting with a variety of individuals and working towards the goal of seeing people enjoy healthy lifestyles makes Nathan Marchello’s job enjoyable.

Mabton’s win over Granger first for Vikes since 1997

GRANGER – It took two overtimes to decide the final outcome of the non-league match-up between 2B Mabton and host 1A Granger this past Friday.

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Tigers scratch out 2-1 victory over young GHS team

GRANDVIEW – With just one senior on its roster this season, the Grandview High School girls soccer team is undeniably young.

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Prosser rallies from behind to subdue SHS Lady Grizzlies

The Sunnyside volleyball team dropped its first regulation length match of the season to Prosser last night. It was a back-and-forth affair through five sets of action, but the Lady Grizzlies fell short.

PLCs focus of meeting in Mabton

Two of the discussions at the Mabton School Board study session last night (Thursday) centered around professional development and working toward the goals set out in the district’s strategic plan.

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Communication miscues costly for Mabton girls

The Mabton High School girls soccer team last night struggled with communication, missing connections between its midfielders and forwards.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Madison Marro

Madison Marro is no stranger to the Miss Sunnyside program, having had two sisters compete for titles. Older sister Josie was a member of the 2012-13 court.

Rental housing ordinance approved in G’view

GRANDVIEW – Although there were many concerns voiced by citizens regarding a new rental housing registration ordinance, the Grandview City Council on Tuesday of this week decided to move forward with it.

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Road construction work in Grandview starts next week

GRANDVIEW – Motorists traveling on Wallace Way in Grandview can expect traffic delays as early as next Monday, Sept. 15.

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Declaring park as surplus property paves way for school district to buy it

Citing difficulty keeping up with maintenance, the need to resurface the tennis courts and the need to replace the restroom facilities, the city of Grandview is looking at selling Euclid Park to the local school district.

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Sniffing out contraband

Grandview School District bringing in dogs to help ensure local students’ safety

In an effort to maintain a safe learning environment in its schools, the Grandview School District recently inked a contract with Ron Grogan of Interquest Detection Canines in Polson, Mont.

Sunnyside’s flaws exposed at jamboree in the Tri-Cities

It was a learning experience for the Sunnyside Lady Grizzly volleyball team.

Mabton runaway winner against 1A Scots

Last Friday’s season-opening game at 1A Highland gave 2B Mabton a great start to the 2014 season.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Annie Lara

Motivated by the opportunity to express her appreciation to the Sunnyside community via philanthropic opportunities, Annie Lara is seeking the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.

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Menudo fest draws large crowd

The sun was shining and the people were smiling at the 11th annual Washington State Menudo Festival in Granger this past Sunday.

On the one hand...but on the other, well?

Fewer traffic infractions means less court revenue

Fewer traffic infractions can be a good thing, but it can also have a negative impact on the city’s municipal court budget.

New branch manager at Sunnyside bank

Ben Eisenga is stepping into his role as the new branch manager of Columbia Bank in Sunnyside.

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Port district secures final loans for anaerobic digester construction

During a special meeting held yesterday (Wednesday), Port of Sunnyside Commissioners Jim Grubenhoff and Arnold Martin authorized Director Jay Hester to sign loan documents associated with Benton REA’s rural development loan grant program.

Rental property ordinance considered in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – The city of Grandview has for five years been looking at how it can better enforce city codes and deal with rental properties that are non-compliant.

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School improvement plans detailed for Mabton School Board

MABTON – The Mabton School Board last night deemed the school improvement plan presented by Mabton Jr./Senior High School Principal Caleb Oten as “ambitious,” but he is confident the school can meet its goals.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Carissa Juarez

Miss Sunnyside candidate Carissa Juarez believes it is important to help her community.

Former Sunnyside coach at the helm of Mabton High’s volleyball program

MABTON – After a year away from his favorite sport, former Sunnyside High School volleyball coach Sandy Jaquish has taken on the role as head coach for Mabton.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Krisana Fernandez

Being a role model to younger children and her peers, representing her community in a positive manner and being an example of what her community is about…these are the reasons that compelled Krisana Fernandez to compete for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside title.

Administrative secretary to superintendent of Mabton School District settling into new role

MABTON – Recently hired to serve as the new administrative secretary to Mabton Superintendent of Schools Minerva Morales is Jessica Prieto.

End of an era?

Last week I read a story detailing the impending closure of Yakima’s only record store, Off the Record.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Brianna Dunn

The community of Sunnyside has supported Brianna Dunn most of her life.

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Prosser teen raising funds for prostate cancer research

GRANDVIEW – Wyatt Wentz of Prosser is organizing “Makin’ 8 for Prostrate,” a fundraising event for prostate cancer awareness and research.

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HVAC technician finds hands-on work has its rewards

Although he doesn’t always get to work in the most desirable of environments, TJ’s Refrigeration technician Bryan Redick enjoys what he does.

Cul-de-sac project moves ahead in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Port of Grandview commissioners this past Tuesday authorized its engineering firm to advertise for bids for its cul-de-sac project.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Sophia Dominguez

Continuing to serve her community, expanding upon the opportunity to give back to a citizenry that has supported her through most of her life, Sophia Dominguez is seeking to serve as the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside.

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Department heads outline needs at city council retreat

GRANDVIEW – Gearing up for the 2015 fiscal year, the Grandview City Council attended a half-day retreat this past Tuesday.

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Mabton School Board adopts $11.2 million general fund budget

The Mabton School Board Monday evening adopted a $12,129,105 budget for 2014-15.

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Downtown Sunnyside getting a new breakfast and lunch cafe

Sunnyside’s breakfast and lunch crowds will have a new place to enjoy themselves beginning this coming Friday, Aug. 1.

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S’side native a counselor for high school girls in Kuwait

After serving a year as a high school guidance counselor at the American Creativity Academy in Hawally, Kuwait, Andrea Phillips of Sunnyside is looking forward to returning overseas.

Police commander in Sunnyside accepts top cop job in Othello

Sunnyside Police Commander Phil Schenck will be leaving the city to take a position as the police chief of Othello.

Port’s wastewater discharge permit process nearly complete

Port of Sunnyside commissioners on Monday of this week learned a new National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit will likely take effect in August.

Former city of Sunnyside prosecuting attorney charged with violating state’s code of judicial conduct

The Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct announced last Friday that former Sunnyside prosecutor and Granger Municipal Court Judge Kathleen Hitchcock has been charged with violating the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct.

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Shuttle drivers needed

GRANDVIEW - Those 55 and older, or who have a disability, can enjoy the free shuttle service being provided at this year’s Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo in Grandview.

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Faith can help meet life’s challenges, says Christian ladies club speaker

Nancy Stolz of Tacoma has experienced a number of challenges throughout her life.

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How hot does your thermometer say it’s been getting?

Official temperatures in Sunnyside recorded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association approved system

Official temperature readings are a sensitive matter and how they are obtained can vary.

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Sunnyside’s newest wells fully operational

The installation of two new highly anticipated water wells to serve the citizens of Sunnyside are fully operational.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Alyson Carrillo

Wishing to inspire others to reach for their dreams and show them how that anything is possible, Alyson Carrillo is seeking to serve the community via the Miss Sunnyside program.

Take action...advises Rotary’s membership leader

Those slated for the position of Rotary Club president each year attend a president-elect training seminar. A video recording of the seminar, held this past winter, features Kristi Govertsen of Rotary International District 5100.

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WWII veteran lauded for service on gunboat

Although he doesn’t feel he did anything extraordinary serving his country during WWII, O’Dell Christensen exemplifies one of this nation’s greatest generations.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Diana Calderon

Diana Calderon says she “…would love to be Miss Sunnyside because it’s a unique experience to show others why I love my community.”

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New insight, understanding of government part of the Girls State experience

The Evergreen Girls State delegates have returned from a week at Central Washington University with a greater appreciation and understanding of how the government and judicial system works.

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Miss Sunnyside candidate Ingrid Brambila

One of 14 hopefuls vying for the 2014-15 Miss Sunnyside crown is Ingrid Brambila.

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Community policing focus of town hall meeting discussions

“We’re trying to move forward, not backward,” Sunnyside Police Officer Jim Ortiz told those attending last night’s town hall meeting, the second one the city has hosted this year.

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Wastewater treatment plant manager will miss constant challenges of the job

Since 1979 Joe Ortega has been making sure Sunnyside’s wastewater is properly treated and meets regulations set by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

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