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John Fannin

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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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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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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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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.

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.

True colors?

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

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.

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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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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$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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Taking school to the parents

You get paid by the piece on your farm job.

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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.

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Nothing but good news from Mabton’s cop shop

Code enforcement officer Alex Campbell has hit the ground running for the city of Mabton.

Mabton nets insurance funds for water break

It’s better than nothing.

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Sunnyside honors its fallen

Calling on the 150 or so in attendance to honor the fallen and remember all who serve, Sunnyside City Manager Don Day provided the keynote speech during a Memorial Day service yesterday.

Estate sale

Maybe you heard?

How’s your iSight?

Shalom check, interactive gratitude and iSight are just some of the new terms readers will encounter in the pages of Joyful Journey, Listening to Immanuel.

‘Fallen Heroes 5K’ to debut in Sunnyside July 4

Meandering its way up and down the streets of Sunnyside, the inaugural Fallen Heroes 5K will be held Saturday, July 4.

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YVCC winery programs meeting industry demand

“Every winery has a story…ours is all about education,” Trent Ball says of the wine and viticulture programs at YVCC’s Grandview campus.

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Port fine-tuning digester operations

Humans aren’t alone in taking their vitamins.

Sunnyside girls wrap up 1-19 spring campaign

“We wanted to go out with a bang…swing the bat and have fun,” Chad Pickel, SHS interim fastpitch coach, said of Friday’s season-ending twin bill at Eastmont.

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Patience a virtue with Pacific Power app

There’s nothing wrong with doing one thing well…

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Sunnyside High senior earns Eagle Scout honors

A project five months in the making has earned Sunnyside High School senior Cody Parke prestigious Eagle Scout honors.

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SVID eases water transfer rules

The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID) Board of Directors on Thursday amended its water transfer policy to promote more water leasing opportunities and ultimately the opportunity for more water to be transferred to the Roza Irrigation District.

LTAC off track

Hey kiddos! Better pony up $500 for your summer swim pass at the Sunnyside pool.