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Julia Hart

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When the bus comes to a stop - so must you

It’s dark outside when kids are getting on the school bus in the morning and soon it will be dark when area students are getting off school buses at the end of their day.

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‘Linus’ blankets come with a hug

Since organizing in 2002, the Tri-Cities chapter of Project Linus has distributed more than 20,000 blankets to area children in need of a warm hug.

Trunk or Treat

Halloween is only 10 days away. Have you got your candy ready for the neighborhood trick or treaters?

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Blue Moon owner optimistic good times ahead

Downtown revitalization expected to bring back local customers

Like a lot of downtown Sunnyside businesses, the Blue Moon Bar & Grill has seen local customer traffic slowed to a near standstill at times because of the ongoing street construction in downtown Sunnyside.

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Local hair stylist on a campaign to raise breast cancer awareness

Ashley Diaz is a little young to be worried about breast cancer, but with two aunts and her mother all having been hit by the deadly disease, the young woman has a healthy respect for the damage it can cause.

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Groundwater advisory approves $2 million budget

With very little fanfare, the Lower Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee gave its approval for a two-year budget of $2,032,000 during Thursday night’s meeting held in Granger.

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Mabton council meeting wraps up with no action

After recent city council meetings, last night’s regular meeting of the Mabton city leaders was a bit anti-climactic.

Taylor seeks third term in state House of Representatives

Transfer of federal forest lands to the state and continued statewide economic development are issues 15th District Legislative Representative David V. Taylor believes will be challenges in the upcoming Washington State Legislative session.

Buddy and baby, perfect foils for weather aches and pains

He may be too young to be complaining about drastic weather changes, but because he is an emphatic little soul, Buddy is the perfect companion to make me feel better about my daily weather-related aches and pains.

Zillah farmer challenging Elliott in commissioner race

The Yakima County Commissioner’s race has shaped up to be a two-man race with incumbent Rand Elliott of Yakima facing write-in candidate Curtis E. Vangstad, a farmer from Zillah.

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Passing of a Lower Valley soldier marked

For the people who knew Walter George of Sunnyside his passing at age 90 was a sad one.

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Legislators weigh in on ballot measures

Of the three initiatives being presented to Washington State voters on the General Election ballot on Nov 4, Yakima Valley state legislators are urging voters to turn down two. And, to carefully consider the third initiative before voting yes on it.

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Roettger to trade school buses for tractors

After 31 years of overseeing the upkeep of the Mabton School District buildings, Bill Roettger is ready to start the next chapter of his life.

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Head cook likes preparing food for finicky eaters

What does one fix for her own dinner after cooking for 500 kindergarteners?

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These women celebrate summer all year round

MABTON – In a day and age when going to the store to buy salsa is the norm, Linda Cussins of Mabton and Connie Peacock of Grandview are busy making their spicy condiment, thanks to the fresh bounty of their back yard gardens.

Sharing a slice of history with Buddy

In my ongoing journey to educate my canine pal Buddy, I have discovered he may like being read to.

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School’s first ever assistant principal ready to make her mark in Grandview

GRANDVIEW – Sandra Ortiz of Sunnyside has always known she wanted to help children.

Telephone scammers beware ... Buddy will bark your ear off

After having the same telephone number for more than 30 years, it has come as a great pain in the neck to try and remember I now have a new home phone number.

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Changes afoot at hospital

If you’ve been to Sunnyside Community Hospital recently, it would be difficult not to notice a lot of construction going on, a number of new faces and an expansion of available health care services.

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Exchange student pleased to land on dry side of the state

When Frida Berg learned she had been accepted to be a foreign exchange student to the United States she cried with happiness.

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New face added to Grandview’s WSP detachment

When Jarryd T. Bivins left military service he thought he might try law enforcement as his next career.

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Rotary speaker says now is the time create downtown image

Can you visualize a downtown Sunnyside, where clothing stores are clustered together on one block, with accessory shops and a variety of dining opportunities intermingled across the street?

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Healthy snacks in Grandview schools

For a lot of people an afternoon snack might mean grabbing a quick chocolate bar or a bag of chips.

Change of leadership with Sunnyside United

Recent changes in time and employment commitments of key Sunnyside United leaders led the youth coalition to hold elections yesterday morning (Thursday) at the group’s monthly meeting.

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70 years... and counting... at local Legion post

Soon after Sunnyside’s Les Amundson returned home from serving his country as an airman in World War II, the Sunnyside American Legion leadership tagged him to become a member of Post #73.

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Grandview woman Miss Yakima County

When Jocelyn Baca sets about to accomplish a goal, she tackles it with a great intensity.

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Community buy-in is key to safeguarding local youngsters

“We need you” was the message Sunnyside youth advocate Cathy Kelley shared with the Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary Club Wednesday morning.

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Diehard fan of Seahawks loves being supervisor for Sunnyside Housing Authority

A tip from a friend landed Brad Denson with a job he has now held for 34 years.

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Sunnyside senior citizen finds solution to steep slope – simply add a wall

What started as a simple project to break up a 20 percent incline in his Upland Drive back yard has become an attractive 40-foot curved retaining wall complete with a 4-foot tall cedar privacy screen.

Blessed are our buddies

After reading accounts of a Great Dane from Portland, Ore. dining on nearly four dozen socks and a Blue Heeler from Leavenworth with family issues, I begin to understand why animals need to be blessed.

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Street projects ahead of schedule

With Sunnyside street construction projects proceeding a tad bit ahead of schedule, Sunnyside Public Works Director Shane Fisher said his biggest worry now is getting all of the paving and sidewalk work done before the weather turns.

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Sunnyside father-son team reopening the former ‘Skunk’

Leo and Sam Madrigal of Sunnyside are working to reopen a historic downtown nightspot under a new name and management.

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Local church honors ‘soldiers of the streets’

A full house at the Sunnyside Cornerstone Assembly of God Church celebrated the dedication and courage of the men and women who work in law enforcement during the annual “Honor Our Heroes” service this past Sunday.

Buddy enjoys the smells of autumn

September is my favorite month out of the entire year. And, not just because it is my birthday month, although that does make the month pretty special.

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.

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Love of writing leads to expanded audience

John Livingston Clark didn’t start writing until he was 55-years-old. In 2008 he published his first book.

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YMCA summer camper thanks Rotary for experience

For Isaac Cendejas, swimming in Clear Lake on White Pass, camping out under the stars and making new friends at YMCA’s Camp Dudley was the summer camp experience of a lifetime.

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Panda Bear instructor well on her way to earning college degree

Catalina Bazaldua is fulfilling an educational goal she once never thought possible.

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Heartlinks Hospice & Palliative Care services made available to many in community

Sunnyside Daybreak Rotary members were presented with a pop quiz Wednesday morning in celebration of the first day of school in the Sunnyside School District…and to test their knowledge about hospice care.

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Snipes’ head brewer loves working in heart of hop capital of the world

Chad Roberts now knows why he was born in Central Washington.

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Black Rock Creek golfers take the ALS ice bucket challenge

Thirteen brave Lower Valley golfers have joined the millions of individuals taking the ALS ice bucket challenge, collecting more than $300 late last Friday afternoon at Black Rock Creek Golf Course.

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Social media offers more educational opportunities

Can stress be a healthy thing?

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Parks and rec launching a city co-ed softball league

Now that the Sunnyside municipal swimming program is ready to be wrapped up for another season, the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department is preparing to launch a fall co-ed softball league, beginning Sept.15.

It’s a fowl-ish situation

Buddy and I have been wondering about the fuss being made about allowing chicken farming inside the city limits.

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Local business hinges on the wings of a dove

On rare occasions, if you’re in the right place at the right time, you might catch a glimpse of white doves flying across the Sunnyside horizon. The graceful, sometimes darting birds aren’t airborne for long, as they have a short flight home.

Local farmer questions recent port property sale

Concerns about how the recent sale of 478 acres of Port of Sunnyside property was handled were brought to the attention of Port of Sunnyside commissioners Monday night.

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Photos from ‘Down Under’ entertain Noon Rotary members

Laser light shows flashing across the sails of the Sydney Opera House to convention meetings in the former Summer Olympics Park in New South Wales were among the highlights of this year’s Rotary International convention held in Australia’s largest city – Sydney.

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Support for FFA advisor battling cancer overwhelming

Teens’ lamb sells for $24,000 in Grandview livestock arena

One 140-lb. lamb was transformed into a beacon of hope when two Prosser High School FFA chapter members decided to sell the Suffolk cross at the Yakima Valley Fair livestock auction recently.

Bickleton High students now offered Running Start classes

There may only be about a half dozen or so students in the Bickleton School District interested in earning college credits while attending high school.

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Bound for Russia (again)

After spending one winter in Russia, Sunnyside’s Hannah Vlieger is on her way back to the country known for its sub-zero temperatures, and borscht.

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