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John Fannin

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Sunnyside ordinance for ‘Complete Streets’ puts city in running for millions in funding

“It’s really about the process, not setting standards.”

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Barber makes the cut at Seahawk QB’s camp

For 12’s everywhere 2015 is the summer of Russell.

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Court verdict leaves unknowns for local growers

It was a slam dunk decision…but with all kinds of unknowns for farmers.

Too much of a good thing?

I’m putting them on my salad, my burgers, popping them like happy pills.

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Change at hand for county website

Yakima County voters not only see ballots in the mail…they see a big ballot with every click on the county elections website.

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Closed door opens banking opportunity for Sunnyside woman

Five years ago Dani Martinez was a supervisor at Arby’s when it closed in Sunnyside.

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City planning commission back in the saddle

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was a junior in college and Instagram was an unknown start-up in 2010.

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School budget planners behind the curve

The state legislature’s longest session in history may have wrapped up nearly two weeks ago...but the impacts are still being felt.

Mapping the Sunnaisance?

I do a lot of walking, both for my job and as a way to help keep the weight off.

Lawmakers mark highs and lows of marathon session

State legislators made history - both good and bad - during the session that wrapped up last Friday.

Grizzlies go out on a winning note

In its final weekend of play for the summer exhibition baseball season, the Sunnyside Grizzlies doubled their season’s win total at the East Valley Red Hawk Classic.

Planting a SIED of thanks

Street improvements in Sunnyside, Granger and Grandview supporting new businesses – and jobs – ranging from a truck stop to a blueberry packing plant to an electrical store.

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Sunnyside falls in nine to Selah-based squad

An early 4-0 lead wasn’t enough as the Sunnyside Grizzly summer baseball team fell 13-7 at home to the Selah-based Pepsi Pak select team.

Good call...Mabton

On Independence Day we were captives in our own home.

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Mariners’ latest addition has strong ties to Sunnyside

A record-setting southpaw for the WSU Cougar baseball team, Joe Pistorese was recently selected in the 17th round by the Seattle Mariners during Major League Baseball’s amateur draft.

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Cantwell convinced basin plan a can-do

Nearly 50 years ago Ron Van Gundy started working with the Roza Irrigation District.

Former Granger coach plans summer hoop camp

Posting a record of 120-55 in seven seasons as Granger’s varsity boys basketball coach, Miguel Bazaldua will share his expertise next week during a summer hoop camp.

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Mabton pulls plug on July 4 fireworks

Taking a cue from fire-ravaged Wenatchee to the north, Mabton has banned fireworks for this July 4 celebration.

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Housing project going up quickly

First units could be available by end of year

Three months in and work is already a little ahead of schedule on Rainier Court, the Sunnyside Housing Authority’s newest development.

Knights wrap up season with losses

STANFIELD, ORE. – After a competitive 7-3 loss to Riverside/Irrigon, the Sunnyside Christian High School summer baseball team fell 13-2 to host Stanfield, Ore.

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Beat the heat before it beats you during record-setting high temps

The mercury is expected to top triple digits today, Friday, and well into next week.

Auditing the auditor

We were at the coast last week and I returned to work a couple of days ago to find an e-mail from acting state auditor Jan Jutte.

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Field turf under scrutiny

CenturyLink Field, WSU’s Martin Stadium and Zaepfel Stadium are just three of the many venues in this state utilizing field turf.

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SHS student stays in the swim of things

A desire to keep others safe has resulted in a summer job for Tyler Hunsaker, now in his first season as a lifeguard at Sunnyside’s city pool.

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Rangers take two from S’side Christian

Visiting Naches broke out the bats Tuesday night in earning a doubleheader sweep at Sunnyside Christian.

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Port commission digesting digester options

The more Port of Sunnyside officials fine-tune operations of the port district’s anaerobic digester, the more options bubble to the surface.

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Badgers sweep Sunnyside Christian

The friendly confines of home weren’t enough for Sunnyside Christian’s summer baseball team in a pair of losses Monday to Tri-Cities Prep.

True colors?

“Orange Bell,” the label declared in large letters.

State lawmakers under the gun to get budget crafted

Early release of some prison inmates and a complete shutdown of state parks are among possible impacts if lawmakers don’t approve a budget by June 30.

Knights drop pair of games to Oregon team

Fresh off a State quarterfinals appearance, the host Stanfield, Ore. prep baseball team proved too much for Sunnyside Christian Thursday night.

Grandview schools receive clean audit from state officials

A three-year accountability audit of the Grandview School District showed it is in compliance with state laws and policies.

Roza reloads for dry spell

Flush with nearly 10,000 acre-feet of water from the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District, Roza irrigators have a bit more reason for hope during this summer’s drought.

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Sunnyside’s own screen saver

Summer weather is here. Time to throw open the windows in the mornings and evenings to enjoy cool breezes while they’re available.

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Taking school to the parents

You get paid by the piece on your farm job.

City of Mabton tabs Grandview native for top administrator post

MABTON – Grandview native Walt Bratton starts work June 29 as Mabton’s city clerk/treasurer/administrator.

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$8 million anaerobic digester formally dedicated

A year after celebrating its 50th anniversary, Port of Sunnyside officials last Friday commemorated another milestone with a dedication ceremony for its new, $8 million anaerobic digester.

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Grandview grads go full circle

Grandview High School’s 155 graduates weren’t the only ones last Saturday ending one chapter and beginning another.

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Knights earn sweep on Grandview diamond

GRANDVIEW – For the second time in less than a week, Sunnyside Christian’s pitching depth proved too much for Grandview in a sweep of the Greyhounds on Monday.

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Mabton High grads walk with gratitude

MABTON – The 49-member strong class of 2015 at Mabton High School could point to plenty of accomplishments and memories.

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No, no tats here.

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University names field for former softball great

Athletic prowess and a generous heart have earned Lower Valley resident Dwayne Kamphuis a legacy an entire continent away.

Weighty matters

Sunnyside doctor shares insights into obesity

Asthma, acid reflux, heart disease, stroke, joint damage and hernias share in common the fact they can all stem from obesity.

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Barrel of fun

Horse group finds home in Sunnyside

For 20 years the Yakima County Barrel Racing Association held its competitions in Naches.

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Fabers mow down Grandview ’Hounds

“The story of both games was two great pitching performances from the Faber brothers,” Sunnyside Christian Coach Tyler Alseth said of his team’s sweep over Grandview Wednesday night.

DOE considers on-farm ponds funding

The state’s first drought in a decade has officials with the Department of Ecology considering helping growers pay to install on-farm ponds.

Early returns good for old water building

They don’t build them like they used to…with hazardous materials like lead and asbestos.

Welcome to Mayberry

A few miles west of Sunnyside, off of I-82’s exit 58, you’ll find the quiet, bucolic town of Mayberry.

Parrish finishes 40th at State golf tourney

On Wednesday she rounded out the list of qualifiers for day two action.

Parrish advances at State golf tourney

SPOKANE – Overcoming a rough start, Lady Greyhound Teagan Parrish carded a 96 Wednesday to finish among the final golfers to make the second-day cut at the State 2A girls golf tourney.