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John Fannin

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Turning off the hot air

I really wanted to enjoy the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I really did.

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CWAC wide open for Greyhounds

Finishing in the Top 4 of the Central Washington Athletic Conference standings is the goal for the Greyhounds boys basketball team this season.

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Mabton eyes league title repeat

Doing the little things right is the key to the Vikings’ big dream of getting back to the state 2B boys basketball tournament.

Suspended aide returning to classroom in January 2016

A teacher’s aide at Harriet Thompson Elementary School, suspended after using tape to “secure” two pre-school students will be assigned to another district classroom in January.

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Grizzlies earn first win

The 4A Grizzly bowling team broke into the win column yesterday with a 3-1 victory over visiting 2A Ellensburg.

Giving thanks

Ever since I was a kid Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It marked the first of three vacations from school and big gatherings with our extended family.

Leopards prep on Grandview's field

Tuning up for state 1A quarterfinal football game

Pirates roll past Grizzlies, 3-0

Separated by a two-game combined bowling total of 60 pins, host Davis prevailed for a 4-0 sweep of Sunnyside yesterday at Minda Lanes.

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Farmers at odds over Roza proposal

Though the decision was made a month ago, farmers in the Roza Irrigation District are still divided on a plan to construct a $58 million emergency temporary floating pump plant at Lake Kachess.

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Mustangs practice at Leenhouts

The Prosser Mustangs football team is tuning up this week at Rich Leenhouts Stadium instead of their home field.

Grizzlies present sports honors

Athletes from all six fall sports or activities were honored by the high school this past Monday during a special awards ceremony.

Grandview schools name suspended aide

A teacher’s aide at Harriet Thompson Elementary School, suspended after using tape to “secure” two pre-school students, has been identified by district officials.

Water building work a go

Everything, plus the kitchen sink, is at the heart of an agreement port commissioners inked last night with Meier, Inc.

Local irrigator receives state water grant funds

A Lower Valley farm will receive nearly $300,000 in state funding to help pay for a drought emergency well.

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Prosser pot shop appeals state sting

Hearing set for Nov. 25

Calling it an “…employee having a bad day,” a Lower Valley marijuana store owner is appealing a state finding that his shop sold pot to minors.

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Top-ranked Broncos survive Mabton

Mabton went toe to toe with “Goliath” Friday and nearly came up with an upset ­for the ages in a 21-7 State 2B football playoff loss at top-ranked Lind-Ritzville-Sprague.

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Mabton takes on Lind-Ritzville in state 2B football opener

Friday, Nov. 13, 6 p.m. • Lind-Ritzville High School • 209 E. Wellsandt Ave., Ritzville

“This is the biggest test we’ve come across in a long time,” Mabton football coach Trevor Curtis says of tackling state-ranked powerhouse Lind-Ritzville in tonight’s state 2B football playoff opener.

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School, home starts greenlighted last month

Construction of the new Washington Elementary School building at 1101 S. Ninth St. led the way for building permits the city issued in October.

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Irrigation projects slated for this winter

The canals may be bone dry, but local irrigation district crews have an ambitious to-do list.

Hospital expansion will require security hike

Expansion plans by Sunnyside Community Hospital will also require more commitment to a security force.

Hanford garners National Park status

It took 11 months to build the Hanford nuclear facility during World War II.

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Carl’s Jr. coming to Sunnyside in 2016

There’s a new name in fast food on its way.

Grandview school bonds earn A1 rating

The School Board’s decision to re-issue $5.1 million in bonds not only will save taxpayers money…

Recent rains a help, but irrigators need more

Heavy rains this past weekend in the Yakima Valley are a start to resolving Washington state’s drought woes, but irrigators are hoping there’s more precipitation to come.

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Granger teen dies in fatal car crash

The 17-year-old boy who perished in last Friday’s fatal car crash has been identified by the Granger School District as Angel Mendoza.

New Latino organization forming in Lower Valley

After a hiatus of several years, efforts are underway to again form a Yakima Valley Council of the League of United Latin American Citizens, also known as LULAC.

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Thorn sticks Sunnyside in grid season finale

Out the past two games due to injury, Eastmont’s Christian Thorn was indeed a thorn in the Grizzlies’ side last Friday, scoring four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats to a 36-13 victory in the season finale for both teams.

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Vikings state-bound

A scoreless stalemate turned into a rout as the Vikings dispatched Oroville 42-20 last Friday in a play-in contest for the 2B state tourney.

Fatal crash victim identified

Granger schools mourn loss

Gannon just misses Top-10 finish at State

Bickleton senior 11th out of 141 competitors

State bid on the line tonight for Vikings

Mabton football one game away from state tourney

Election night buzz

This past Tuesday was an election night like no other I’ve experienced at the Daily Sun News.

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Sunnyside Christian clips Eagles, 50-14

The Knight football team made it three non-losing seasons in a row with a convincing 50-14 romp over visiting St. John-Endicott last night.

Voters give a big ‘yes’ to three-tenths

By a nearly three-to-one margin, voters in Yakima County are renewing the three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax for law and justice services.

Voters supporting law and justice tax renewal

By a nearly three-to-one margin, voters in Yakima County are renewing the three-tenths of 1 percent sales tax for law and justice services.

Grizzlies falter late in season finale

For nearly an hour Sunnyside went toe-to-toe with third-place Eastmont before eventually falling 5-2 in a loser-out playoff contest Saturday.

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Grizzlies outlast Ike

Host season finale this Friday

A rejuvenated ground attack helped the Grizzly football team snap a five-game losing streak in a 28-13 win over visiting Eisenhower last Friday.

Vikes fall at Warden

Mabton hosts playoff game Friday

In a game to decide the league championship, it was host Warden that came out on top with a 50-14 win over Mabton last Friday.

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Sunnyside schools spend $600K for athletic fields

In a move that will literally alter the landscape of school sports here, the Sunnyside School District is buying about 24 acres from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Alarming development

While I was out of town at my sister’s wedding last month, Joni called me from home with an alarming development.

Taking the plunge

Grandview pool upgrades included in 2016 budget

Mayor Norm Childress is asking residents of this town to have “skin in the game” for improvements to the city pool.

Grape expectations

Prosser researcher garners funding for grapevine project

How do you make sure the new starts you’re planting in your vineyard are free of disease?

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Legion names Grandview teacher top educator in state

Fighting back tears, Grandview Middle School teacher Jackie Mendoza was honored yesterday as the American Legion’s Educator of the Year for the state of Washington.

Grizzlies fall short at West Valley

With Isaac Palomino, the CBBN’s 2014 rushing leader, on the pine because of a knee injury, the Grizzly football team had to rely on an air attack last Friday.

Grandview ‘Hounds falter late against Toppenish Wildcats last Friday

“The first three quarters were great, then we pulled a Seahawk in the fourth quarter and let them catch up with us,” Grandview football coach Rick Ramos said of his team’s 34-24 loss at Toppenish last Friday.

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Morning Milk memories

Sunnysider recalls father’s role in Carnation plant start-up

Betty Taylor was an eighth grader in the fall of 1941 when her father, Jacob Swynenburg, pushed the button to start the production line at this city’s Morning Milk plant.

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Question much baggage is ‘Mr. Boyce’ bringing with him?

This city’s parks and recreation department may be just weeks from having a new coordinator in place.


Dairies line up to support Newhouse re-election bid

Perhaps not surprisingly – given his pro-farm stance – many of the biggest individual supporters of Congressman Dan Newhouse’s 2016 re-election bid are dairy farmers.

Rams thump Sunnyside girls

The exclamation point may have been stamped on Sunnyside’s season last night.

Grandview Port officials mull marketing help for incubator

A helping hand may be available to get the word out about the Port of Grandview’s small business incubator on Wallace Way.