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John Fannin

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GHS thumps Davis in three straight

The 2A Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball team had something to prove Thursday evening against the host 4A Davis Pirates.

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SVID prepping for winter projects

Sometime next month, SVID users will see irrigation water again dry up for the fall and winter season.

Paulsen for county cleriff

I’m at my wit’s end trying to figure out the messy county races we have to decide this November.

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Chromatik could be music to your ears

To paraphrase Abba, yes, you can sing, you can jive, and now you can perform live to some of the most popular music ever produced.

High court puts lawmakers back on the clock

State legislature found in contempt for not providing education funding plan

Ordering the sale of public property, invalidating portions of the state’s budget, cutting funding for state highways and parks.

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Mabton mayor accused of abusing public office

If it’s possible to suck the air out of a room, Mabton city attorney Jamie Carmody accomplished just that in diffusing potentially explosive allegations made Tuesday night against Mayor Mario Martinez.

County clerk candidate will challenge job termination

If elected Yakima County clerk on Nov. 4, Sarah Matheny could days later face the city of Yakima in court.

Contempt of court charges hang over state’s lawmakers

While lawyers joust before the state Supreme Court over whether to find the state legislature in contempt, there will be a very real price to pay for residents of the Evergreen State.

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Greyhounds hold off Grizz in fall opener for both clubs

Two plays in a span of 153 seconds vaulted the Grandview Greyhound football team to a 20-0 lead over Sunnyside.

Sunnyside Christian corrals Mustangs in rout

As promised, the Sunnyside Christian Knight football team went with a balanced attack in a 42-12 thumping of Rainier Christian last Friday.

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Sunnyside shoots past GHS in season opener

Quality counted for more than quantity as the shorthanded 4A Sunnyside Lady Grizzly soccer team battled to a 3-1 victory over visiting Grandview last Saturday.

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F as in fantasy

The NFL season and Seattle’s defense of its Super Bowl title kicked off last night.

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LaFever back at helm of volleyball program

A year after he retired, John LaFever is back as head coach of the Grandview Lady Greyhound volleyball program.

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Christian Knights hope to take flight under new head coach

Jeremy Thomas may be the new head coach of the Sunnyside Christian Knight football team, but he’s no newcomer to the program.

State test results show progress, as well as challenges for local schools

It’s once again report card season for school districts in Washington state.

Mabton officials dig into budget season with a review

The city of Mabton’s books had a check-up Tuesday night and generally came through in fine health.

Schools not pleased with report card grades

The Washington State Board of Education’s annual task of creating an achievement index for public schools has been turned on its head by a conservative think-tank.

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Department manager a cut-up on the job

Where’s the beef?

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Local family stars of reality TV show

Redwood Kings episode to air on Sept. 12

June 18 brought two new arrivals to the Brent and Erin Martin household on Sunnyside’s Scoon Road.

A return to order is needed

There’s Gangnam Style, then there’s Mabton style when it comes to running a city council meeting.

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Mabton clears the air

MABTON – One episode of the hit TV comedy Seinfeld focused on the fictional December holiday of Festivus.

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Governor delivers climate change message

Gov. Jay Inslee’s plane touched down at Sunnyside Municipal Airport Tuesday afternoon as part of a statewide tour to tout the effects of climate change.

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New budget, changing of guard for Grandview schools

Just in time for school to start this coming Thursday, the Grandview School Board Monday night approved the budget for the 2014-15 school year.

Grandview Port puts the development in community development

The Port of Grandview is living up to the Community Development Award it received from the Grandview Chamber of Commerce earlier this year.

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Not quite my type

How’s this sound?

Time for cops to cut ties with Raines

During the 2011 race for Sunnyside City Council the Sunnyside Police Guild for the first time decided to formally and publicly endorse a political candidate. They threw their support to Jason Raines, who was successful in his bid for city council.

Two Lower Valley firms dinged for missed reports

Fourteen businesses were fined last week for failing to submit stormwater monitoring reports for three or more consecutive quarters, says the state’s Department of Ecology.

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Screening for drugs at home

Sunnyside United mulls idea of providing parents with drug tests for their children

Members of the Sunnyside United coalition are considering an idea that would give a whole new meaning to the phrase “take home test.”

Sunnyside calling all high school freshmen

Cheerleaders, ice cream socials and building trust are all on the agenda for Sunnyside High School freshmen during the fifth annual Grizzly Academy planned for Monday, Aug. 18, through Thursday, Aug. 21.

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Not much support shown for suggested pay raise

MABTON – The people of Mabton have spoken, and they are not wild about the idea of giving their mayor a four-fold salary increase.

City’s public works department seeks to increase staffing by three positions

The Sunnyside Public Works Department wants to add three new employees to its payroll in 2015.

Summer projects on pace for SVID

From Sunnyside to Mabton and points in between, SVID crews are making progress on a host of upgrades in the district.

Common Core experience a big plus for new Sunnyside schools’ administrator

Swapping the school office for the business office, Idaho native Paulette Johnson is on board as the Sunnyside School District’s new director of teaching, learning and assessment.

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Pot sales still a no-go in Sunnyside

It’s about money. It’s about kids. It’s about personal rights.

Dairy purchases port property for $5 million

Barely on the market for a month, the Port of Sunnyside sold nearly 500 acres of its property holdings to Sunnyside Dairy LLC for $5 million.

Day takes heat on payroll issue

“The buck stops with you...the public won’t stand for it and I don’t believe your council will either.”

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Pot store plans on hold

There’s faith in a higher power, then there’s faith in the government.

Public trust at issue in closed labor negotiations

Two Lower Valley lawmakers sit on a committee that will be consulted in the next few weeks by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Uniformly uncertain

Occasionally in my 14 years of covering political races I’ve stumbled on an issue that I didn’t realize was an issue.

And then there were two

Didier, Newhouse move on to General Election

Voters in the Fourth Congressional District were plenty decisive last night in advancing Republicans Clint Didier and Dan Newhouse to the Nov. 4 General Election.

Winter, Keightley will square off for county sheriff’s job

Six candidates for Yakima County sheriff are now down to two, as last night Yakima County voters advanced Brian Winter and Jim Keightley to the November General Election.

Yakima County clerk’s race a toss-up between three candidates

Too close to call is an understatement when it comes to the Primary Election contest for Yakima County clerk.

Ross, Cawley advance in race for Yakima County auditor’s seat

Two upper valley mayors, one current and one former, will battle for Yakima County’s auditor seat on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

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Port close to selling property

Following an executive session with realtors Monday night, Port of Sunnyside commissioners appear close to selling off nearly 500 acres of the port district’s land holdings.

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Sunnyside...take counsel from other councils

I applaud the Sunnyside City Council for its concern and caution about causing a lawsuit for the city regarding its marijuana policy.

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‘Altitude’ on the grow

Recreational marijuana shop expands hours, product availability

A booming start three weeks ago continues for Altitude, the Lower Valley’s only recreational marijuana store.

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Grandview Port garners aid for business growth

Port of Grandview officials batted two-for-two last week in gaining a nod to fund projects through Yakima County’s Supporting Investments in Economic Development (SIED) program.

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Goin’ old school

Local team runner-up at slo-pitch tournament

For one day, a Lower Valley team of AARP qualifiers turned back the clock and qualified for the championship game Sunday at the Old School Senior Softball Tournament at Sunnyview Park.

Failing schools letters will be sent to local parents

The state of Washington’s unsuccessful federal appeal means most Lower Valley schools will send letters to parents in the next few days announcing that the schools are failing to meet adequate yearly progress.

F as in farewell

Nearly every day I proof-read and edit at least one obituary for the Daily Sun News.

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