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John Fannin

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Full house on hand for Newhouse

Planned Parenthood, the Middle East and presidential politics were all on the table during U.S. Congressman Dan Newhouse’s appearance at the Grandview Rotary’s luncheon meeting Wednesday.

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Giving cancer the cold shoulder

Radiation, chemotherapy and invasive surgery are all common options for dealing with cancerous tumors.

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Sunrise Outreach seeks new home for food bank

The demand is steady, supplies on the increase and space is in short supply.

Local schools sift through Smarter Balanced state test results

A new state mandated test is giving school districts in the Lower Valley new perspectives on issues facing teachers and students in their classrooms.

Digging deep

Groundwater group plans third round of soil sampling

What’s known is that many private wells in the Lower Valley are laced with harmful nitrates.

Balancing everything, chamber found wanting

At the store the other day I had a few bucks in change on me…just enough to pick up a few grapes and apples on sale.

Let Jesus be the pilot, life coach tells lunch group

Molested as a child and married to a man who lived a double life, Barbara Vernoski has somehow not only survived, but thrived.

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Birds of a feather flock to Noon Rotary meeting

Dispelling the stereotype of the lone bird watcher ensconced behind binoculars, Kerry Turley this past Monday told the Sunnyside Noon Rotary members there are 47 million bird watchers in the U.S.

Legislators take wait-and-see approach on high court penalty

The state Supreme Court’s decision last week to fine the state $100,000 a day because it feels there is lack of progress on funding basic education isn’t finding many friends in the Lower Valley.

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Pilot project connecting local migrant parents with S’side educators preps for new school year

A pilot project involving a partnership between Sunnyside schools, Sunnyside Transformation Yakima Valley and Haak Farms will likely continue for the 2015-16 school year.

Daughter holding co-ed softball benefit at father’s namesake park

Ralph Scott Memorial Ball Fields in Grandview are named for a city police sergeant who died 10 years ago, after serving the city for more than 25 years.

Drafting the Lower Valley’s fantasy team

Tomorrow is the draft for my family’s fantasy football league.

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Volunteers, partnerships discussed as keys to city offering rec opportunities

A winter wrestling camp and other year-round activities for children were the focus of discussions at Sunnyside’s Parks and Recreation Board meeting last night.

Roza stays the course on water deliveries

Board of directors will eye changes in September

Maintain current water flow and shorten the irrigation season, or dial back the spigot a bit and stretch the season.

Grandview native hits the ground running

Seventy-hour work weeks and wearing, oh, at least four or five hats aren’t fazing Grandview native Walt Bratton.

F as in file…please?

“There is nothing sure in this world,” Billy Idol pouts in his 1982 song “White Wedding.”

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Former Grandview Neptune competes as Junior Olympian

Little more than a year ago Aliya Garcia was competing as a Neptune, a member of Grandview’s summer swim team.

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SVID planning for off-season projects

Meeting continued to Aug. 21

The calendar may say August, but officials with the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District are already thinking October.

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Volunteer group DIGs downtown

Their work may be more encouragement than edict, but Sunnyside’s Downtown Improvement Group (DIG) is making a difference.

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Half million-plus OK’d for Water Works project

Former Hogue winemaker eyes old Sunnyside building

It’s nearly time to turn on the Water Works.

There is hope for city hall

You may remember a few weeks ago I shared a little incident on our street out in front of our home, in which city work crews without warning started hacking at our tree.

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Youngsters cross the line...Sunnyside’s CSI line

“She told me she wanted to be a cop…and I thought this would be perfect,” Amelia Jensen says of daughter Lily’s participation this week in a two-day CSI camp in Sunnyside.

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Sunnyside hoop enthusiasts insane about game of basketball

Danny Zavala and Lupe Maldonado are both Mabton natives and work for the Sunnyside School District.

Local lawmakers weigh in on aborted fetuses dispute

Seven state legislators have inserted themselves into the ongoing debate about allegations involving Planned Parenthood’s reported efforts to sell the body parts of aborted fetuses.

July 4 fireworks still a go in Mabton

In the end, it was more about clarifying than canceling fireworks.

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Elementary school rebuild could be underway next week

Ground breaking could start soon on construction of a new replacement building for Sunnyside’s Washington Elementary School.

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Sunnyside schools experience principal shift

Superintendent questions role of school board

With Sun Valley Elementary School Principal Janie Hernandez taking a medical leave of absence this coming school year, the kindergarten building will see two interim administrative changes.

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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.”

Too much of a good thing?

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

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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.

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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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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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