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Laura Gjovaag

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Utility companies need to welcome solar power generation

It’s going to take a paradigm shift for solar power to reach its potential in this country.

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Sizzle put back into branding iron

The bronze statue of pioneer cattleman Ren Farrell is once again whole, thanks to the original artisan returning to Sunnyside to make repairs.

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Local students MESA winners

More than 160 Sunnyside middle school students traveled to WSU’s Tri-Cities campus in Richland last Saturday for the regional MESA Day competition.

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New museum board president has big plans for city’s ‘hidden secret’

After 35 years of leading the Sunnyside Museum Board of Directors, John Saras is happy to be stepping down.

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Groundwater contamination brings downtown stormwater project to a screeching halt

Workers digging out a space for a stormwater vault at the corner of Sixth Street and Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside hit oil a week ago, but not in a good way.

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Sunnyside community turns out to ‘meet a farmer’

A steady stream of people showed up at the second annual Meet Your Farmer event held this past Sunday, at Heavenly Hills Harvest near Sunnyside.

Tracking timeline crucial to groundwater group’s work

GRANGER – A conflict about who can make decisions in working groups led to a short debate at last night’s Lower Yakima Valley Groundwater Advisory Committee meeting.

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Lack of programs for youths frustrating parks and rec officials

As if on cue, while the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Board of Directors sat in the lobby of the Sunnyside Community Center discussing the lack of organized programs for the city’s youth, a young girl entered the building to ask what programs might be open to her.

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Imperial Printing adds x-ray technician to staff

Rachel Fernandez just started working at downtown Sunnyside’s Imperial Screen Printing and Embroidery, but she’s already enjoying the work.

Vaccination crackdown a move in the right direction

Spokane School District has booted 143 kids from classes after their parents failed to provide documentation that the children were vaccinated or are exempt from being vaccinated.

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Seniors’ mobility issues at the center of Grandview seminar

GRANDVIEW – Staff at Orchard House Assisted Living in Grandview had plenty of questions for representatives of Howard’s Medical Supply about items that can help provide mobility to seniors.

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Ale festival gets warm reception from lodging tax advisory group

Sunnyside’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members were very impressed with a pitch for funds from organizers of a first ever ale festival.

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Get framed at new Sunnyside shop

Sunnyside-area folks with posters or artwork that need to be framed now have a local place to get the work done.

Officially, some local schools still struggling ...but gains are clearly evident

Although the Sunnyside School District has experienced unprecedented improvements in the last few years, three of the district’s schools are on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s annual list of struggling schools released last week.

My escape from reality

I spent last weekend in Wonderland.

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Local financial experts note there can be hope for overcoming debt

Fewer than half of the U.S. population has a three-month rainy day fund and nearly 60 percent are spending more than they earn.

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Men at work on Decatur Avenue

People trying to travel along Decatur Avenue in Sunnyside have noticed some major construction work over the last couple of weeks.

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Port director gets job description, raise

GRANDVIEW – The executive director of the Port of Grandview, Jessica Hansen, received an official job description and a 6 percent raise at last night’s regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

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GHS students off to Ecuador this summer

GRANDVIEW – Grandview High School sophomore Alondra Perez says she looking forward to trying new experiences this coming August when she and seven other GHS students head to Ecuador on a nine-day service trip.

Let’s ditch the traffic lights

I really like the downtown improvements...maybe it’s time to spread some of it a little further?

Council unable to reach accord on marijuana

The Sunnyside City Council is split on whether or not to even discuss the possibility of asking citizens to vote on a potential ban on recreational marijuana sales in the city.

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Road closure saga continues with council

The ongoing, and seemingly never ending, discussion of whether or not to reopen South Hill Road in Sunnyside to through traffic continued at last night’s Sunnyside City Council meeting, with a decision planned for the council’s first meeting in April.

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City’s financial mess still being cleaned up...years later

Sunnyside City Manager Don Day told the council’s subcommittee on finance and administration that the city has a tough decision to make regarding its financial records from 2011 and 2012.

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Teacher happy to be working with students again

After seven years as a math coach, Rob McCracken said returning to the classroom was a “...shock to the system.”

Entrust wants to help Sunnyside merchants save time, money

Entrust Community Services is looking to help a few businesses save some money.

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Sunnyside students to compete in state welding competition

Two Sunnyside welders will be demonstrating their skills in a state welding competition after earning first- and second-place honors in the district and regional competitions.

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Dry times ahead?

I was born and raised in the greater Seattle area, with webbing between my fingers and toes, and moss growing on my north side.

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Sunnyside Christian FFA receives $2,500 grant

The Sunnyside Christian High School FFA Chapter is the recipient of a $2,500 check from the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

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Spirit of Sunnyside Award winners named

The Spirit of Sunnyside Awards Banquet last Saturday night honored people who have worked to make Sunnyside a better place to live and work.

Sunnyside, Bickleton girls notch wins at jamboree

YAKIMA – Both Bickleton and Sunnyside had first-place finishes at Saturday’s Eisenhower Jamboree, the first meet of the season for both teams.

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‘NO GO’ this April on school district levy

The Sunnyside School Board has decided to forego asking local patrons to once again approve an athletic facilities upgrade levy.

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Grizzly fans explore option of restarting booster club in Sunnyside

Supporters of Sunnyside student-athletes and other school activities want to form a booster club.

Time for a time we can all stick with

Every year, particularly in the spring, I come to really hate Daylight Saving Time.

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FCC ruling causes controversy, internet worries

A recent vote has put the internet under stricter federal rules. Some say it will save the internet as we know it. Others say the action risks heavy government regulation of online companies.

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Student robotics engineers compete in Sunnyside for national tournament berths

A total of 29 teams from nine Eastern Washington schools converged on Sunnyside High School this past Saturday to test technological skills against each other in the Eastern Washington VEX Robotics Championship.

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Flag football league inspiring strong efforts in the classroom

MABTON – Trouble on the playground has led to an organized fourth grade football league in Mabton.

Farm lease foiled by drainage problems

GRANDVIEW – After learning of drainage issues on a portion of 24.4 acres at Byam Business Park, Port of Grandview commissioners decided they may delay leasing the property for a year.

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Need help fending off an attack?

... just yell ‘FIRE’

“We don’t want you to be sheep, unaware of your surroundings,” Sunnyside Police Detective Johnny Gusby told a group of Sunnyside High School girls and staff members at a self-defense class last week.

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Job of Sunnyside rec coordinator evolving

It has taken some time for Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Coordinator Megan Razey to completely get a handle on her job.

No feedback frustrates Sunnyside’s elected officials

“When I discussed chickens, there were 8,000 people assaulting the place that didn’t want them,” Sunnyside City Councilman Spencer Martin said while discussing a building code change at this past Monday’s meeting of local elected officials.

It’s soup and pie time again

It’s that time again!

New events committee works to iron out wrinkles with city

The Sunnyside Events Committee, the group behind the first ever Kids Lighted Christmas Parade held last December in conjunction with the Lighted Farm Implement Parade, formally introduced themselves to the Sunnyside City Council at last night’s meeting.

Mabton falls to top ranked 2B team

EAST WENATCHEE – Although the Lady Vikings suffered their third loss of the season against No. 1 ranked Okanogan in the District title game, Coach Chris McCallum said his team gave it everything they had.

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Sunnyside RadioShack to remain open...for now

The good news is that the Sunnyside RadioShack is not among the 25 Washington state stores slated for possible closure.

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Grandview girls claim wrestling team title at State

One by one, the opponents of Grandview’s Viannei Perez, Marizza Birrueta and Desiree Zavala fell.

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Sunnyside Bi-Mart store right fit for single mom

Romana Gonzalez has only been working at the Sunnyside Bi-Mart since last August, but she said it’s already one of the best jobs she’s had.

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‘Tech Petting Zoo’ in Sunnyside next Tuesday

A variety of smartphones, tablets and computers are a part of the Tech Petting Zoo visiting the Sunnyside Library on Tuesday, Feb. 24.

Beware... scammers attempting to steal our IRS tax returns

As if it weren’t already a pain to file taxes every spring, there’s a new and obnoxious twist that means people need to file their taxes as soon as possible.

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Airport advisory board looks to the past and the future

The Sunnyside Municipal Airport Advisory Board met last night to discuss its past year of work and plan for the coming year.

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