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Julia Hart

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Cook Book cooking up meals for Grandview diners

GRANDVIEW – Bill and Ranae Evans have converted a 1938 landmark gas station into Grandview’s newest American fare restaurant.

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Yakima Valley firefighters lending aid on Okanagan fire lines

OMAK – Even as fire relief donations were coming into local fire stations destined for north central Washington wildfire victims, a team of eight Yakima County Fire District #5 volunteers are among the frontline firefighters manning the wildfire containment lines.

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One last ‘sleigh’ ride

The late Mary Henderson will take one last sleigh ride...uh, make that motorcycle ride with her beloved husband, the late Dinnie Henderson, this coming Saturday thanks to some special arrangements being made by their children.

Engineering a weekend getaway

Buddy is eager to take a vacation. Frankly, so am I.

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DSN carrier team takes pride with speed and reliability

Rene, Sylvia and Lydia Alvarez arrive early to pick up their daily packets of newspapers. They double check their bundles to make sure they have adequate copies for their combined paper routes before the siblings hit the streets to deliver the current edition of Sunnyside’s Daily Sun News.

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Sunny proposition suggested by Sunnyside Arts Commission

The sunflower is being recommended as the official flower for the city of Sunnyside.

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Cactus Juice kitchen closing

For the past 24 years, Sunnyside’s Cactus Juice Café has been a place where friends have met for lunch. Along with the home-style food the clientele has also enjoyed friendly conversations with owner Gladys Graham and her daughter, Lori Alvarado.

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American fare to be served up at new restaurant

Sunnyside will have a new restaurant in a familiar location, perhaps as early as the end of August.

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Auto parts salesman enjoys helping local mechanics

Michael Angel Grajeda still remembers working on cars with his uncle as a small child.

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Sunnyside Ace Hardware on the move

Sunnyside Ace Hardware owner Dennis Allen announced this week that the store will be moving closer to downtown Sunnyside by year’s end.

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Quaint country windmill brought back to life

Most times, mending various pieces of yard art only requires a little paint and a few nails.

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Sears sales associate prefers selling appliances to home construction trade

After having worked both at Washington Beef in Toppenish and Sunnyside’s Valley Manufactured Housing, David Espinoza finds he much prefers working at the Sunnyside Sears store as a sales floor associate.

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American Belgians top team pull horses

GRANDVIEW – Simon and Tommy, a matched set of American Belgian draft horses, made pulling a sled loaded with 8,500 pounds of concrete blocks look easy.

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Summer rec programs wrapping up later this month

There were more children playing in the Sunnyside parks and in the city pool this summer than last year, according to Megan Razey, Sunnyside Parks and Recreation coordinator.

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Amundson to be honored in state World War II exhibit

Sunnyside’s Les Amundson will be among 12 World War II veterans honored when the “Washington Remembers World War II” exhibition opens Thursday, Aug. 20, in Olympia.

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New Pet Clinic veterinarian has local ties

A lifelong love of animals led Granger native Brandon DeVries to seek a career in veterinary medicine.

Bickleton author releases 17th book

BICKLETON – Author Tami Whitmore has just completed her newest book, and thanks to modern technology the publication of her book was done within two weeks.

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‘Goat Tale’ contestant a former fair exhibitor

Long gone are the days when Peggy Crook prepared her animals for the 4-H showing and fitting contests held each summer at the Yakima Valley Junior Fair, now known as the Yakima Valley Fair & Rodeo.

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Grandview Council begins 2016 city budget discussions

The outlook is good, but it would be prudent to continue to be fiscally conservative moving into the next budget year. That was the message presented to the Grandview City Council at its annual retreat this past Tuesday afternoon.

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Barista loves her busy life

Coffee lovers lined up at the Homestretch Espresso and Beverage stand window are greeted by the smiling face of Nicole Garcia each morning.

New face at city hall

Lisa Lopez of Sunnyside is the new face greeting utility customers at Sunnyside City Hall.

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New lounge dedicated to video gamers

Taking the video game player out of the family’s living room is Hazely’s Realm, a new lounge in Grandview created especially with the so-called electronic game geek in mind.

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Port commissioners conduct business in record time

The Sunnyside Port Commission needed just 45 minutes to conduct its business Monday night, which included the adoption of a short consent agenda.

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Mabton council tables new fireworks policy

The proposed Mabton city ordinance to detail the use fireworks in the Mabton community was tabled by the city council following a brief discussion at last night’s council meeting.

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Granger School District breaks ground for 14 new classrooms

Thanks to overwhelming voter approval of a $10.7 million bond, the Granger School District will be seeing a lot of new construction during the coming months.

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Granger couple ready to move on from their ‘field of dreams’

GRANGER – Randy DuFord sometimes calls his Granger business his field of dreams.

A fined Fourth

Tickets are in the mail to Mabton firework violators

It was supposed to be a quiet, fireworks-free Fourth of July in Mabton last Saturday. But apparently not everyone got the city-issued message that all pyrotechnic discharges were banned.

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World War II veteran enjoys staging weekly concerts

The sounds of Spanish music waft through the halls each Monday night at Sunnyside’s Prestige Care & Rehabilitation Center. Those melodic strains provide a sense of peace and comfort to the facility’s staff and residents, and it’s all thanks to longtime musician Fernando Farias.

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Kentucky native now calls Sunnyside home

It’s a long way from the bluegrass hills of Kentucky to the hot and dry Yakima Valley, but the move has brought Melissa Stephens closer to her family.

Kentucky transplant settling into new role at hospital

Originally from Kentucky, Cynthia Lewis is finding Sunnyside very much to her liking.

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Men’s health issues need to be front and center

Talking about men’s health, especially topics such as enlarged prostates and erectile dysfunction in mixed company, is bound to result in a few giggles from even the most stoic of individuals.

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Brother, sister training for ‘Fallen Heroes’ 5K run

Saying it is just one more adventure, Sunnyside’s Mike Hazzard and Caroline Smith will be among the dozens of Fallen Heroes 5K Run participants taking their place at the starting line this coming Saturday.

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Girls State delegates gain much better understanding of how government operates

Nearly everything about their week at the 2015 American Legion Evergreen Girls State Conference was a new experience for Sunnyside High School delegates Sheyanne Desmarais, Alexis Cardenas and Nayeli Martinez.

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Former caregiver loves role as bus driver, tour guide

Lia Pena has had a lot of different jobs in her life, but her latest job, that of chauffeuring, is her favorite.

Expect traffic delays in Grandview next week

GRANDVIEW – The stretch of Grandview’s Wine Country Road, between Fir Street and the bridge near the Grandview Bleyhl Farm Supply Store, will be reduced to one lane of traffic, beginning Monday, June 29.

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Sun Terrace has new marketing director

After spending the past eight years promoting the community of Sunnyside, Pam Turner is now looking forward to marketing Sunnyside’s largest retirement facility as its new director of community relations.

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Fun galore this summer at Snipes

In an effort to attract more customers and to create a family-friendly environment, Sunnyside’s Snipes Mountain Brewery and Restaurant is offering several new summer activities.

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Love of life could explain why Sunnyside woman is looking forward to her 100th birthday

On July 5, Pauline Padgham Shockley of Outlook will celebrate her 100th birthday, surrounded by her family and friends.

Silverdale woman shares her testimony of boldness with Lower Valley women

Once shy, admittedly of her own shadow, Evelyn Burt of Silverdale can’t be described that way today.

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Lost-and-found experience for local mountain climber

Serendipity and a lot of luck combined to reunite Sunnyside winemaker Kerry Shiels with a camera she lost on Mt. St. Helens last month.

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‘Let’s go write the rest of our story’

A warm spring evening set the tone for last Friday night’s Sunnyside High School graduation ceremonies held for the 351-member class of 2015, a class described by school officials as “exceptional.”

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Family of Norwegian exchange student treks to Sunnyside for daughter’s graduation ceremony

For the past week Sunnyside High School senior Frida Berg has been getting reacquainted with her parents, Jarle Marthinson and Vigdis Berg of Hammerfest, Norway.

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Family’s Sunnyside house home to Jean Nisely for 90 years

The landscape outside Sunnyside native Jean Nisely’s North 16th Street home has changed a lot in 90 years.

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Heroes honored

Two real life Sunnyside heroes were honored at the annual Sunnyside School District Golden Apple Awards ceremony held Wednesday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Sunnyside schools present 2015 Golden Apple awards

Heroes, mentors and role models from the Sunnyside School District were all honored at the annual Sunnyside School District Golden Apple Awards ceremony held Wednesday night at the Sunnyside High School auditorium.

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Donations to benefit Mabton football program

Thanks to the efforts of the Mabton High School football coaching staff, the Vikings football program is $5,000 richer.

Longtime Sunnyside lawyer plans to retire

When longtime Sunnyside native son and lawyer Paul Hart retires at the end of May, he expects do a little traveling, visit his grandchildren, spend some time at the family cabin and maybe do a little golfing.

Crazy, right?

Buddy, my faithful Yorkie, and I are about to embark on another adventure.

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They’re getting the scoop at Harrison Middle School

“Why don’t sixth graders have sports?” is the question young reporter Savannah Mirelez asks in the latest edition of The Golden Paw, the Harrison Middle School student newspaper.

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Time to review estate and yard sale rules

They may be unwritten, but there are definitely rules in place for attending estate and yard sales.