Stories for December 2004

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Friday, December 31

      

Greyhounds have another outstanding effort

WAPATO - The Grandview High School wrestling team backed up its aggressive performance at Tuesday's Hanford Winter Cup with another solid outing at the eight-team Wapato Invitational Thursday afternoon.

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Donate wisely to tsunami disaster

TheLocalBBB warns our service area that some people will attempt to take advantage of Americans' eagerness to assist victims of the recent Tsunami tragedy in Southern Asia.

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Greyhounds drop first game of the season

YAKIMA - Going into Thursday night's game against Selah, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned about the match-up problems the Greyhounds would have without all-star Chris Mejia in the line-up. Parrish's concerns were well justified.

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Put a sparkle in New Years with dessert cocktails

Looking for the perfect beverage to ring in the New Year? Try adding a sweet touch to champagne with frozen strawberries and Torani's strawberry flavored syrup. Or, try your hand at mocktails, non-alcoholic cocktails creating Candied lemon drop, Berry bubbly, Holiday swing punch or Torani-politan. Either way guests will be sure to have a smile on their face when greeting the new year.

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Thursday, December 30

 

DSHS bails out non-Medicaid eligible health patients

People ineligible for Medicaid services for their mental illnesses can continue to receive treatment from Washington's mental health providers through at least June 30, 2005, the Department of Social and Health Services announced this week.

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Sanctity of Life display going up

GRANDVIEW - Every year 1,370,000 abortions are reported in the United States. To create a visual representation of that number, the Lower Valley Pregnancy Center will launch a month-long Sanctity of Human Life display on the lawns of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Grandview.

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Lady 'Hounds beat Zillah at the SunDome

YAKIMA - The Lady Greyhounds were on fire when they took the court last night against Zillah in the SunDome Shootout tournament. Grandview managed to hold Zillah to one point in the first quarter, which resulted in a 38-30 victory for the Lady 'Hounds.

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Area lawmakers cast wary eye on 2005 legislative session

Even though as of today (Thursday) there is still no clear cut winner in the historic state gubernatorial race, Sunnyside area lawmakers are preparing to head back to the state capital for a new round of action when the state legislature convenes on Jan. 10.

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Wednesday, December 29

 

Library switch-over expected to go smoothly

For 40 years, Elaine Becker has straightened book shelves and lined up newspapers for Sunnyside public library patrons. It's a job the long-time librarian assistant expects to continue into the future, even though the library will be under new ownership as of Jan. 3.

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First snowfall blankets Lower Valley

Two inches of snow and everything seems to be fine. This morning Lower Valley residents awoke to a blanket of snow and according to local law enforcement agencies everything is so-far-so-good at this point.

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Tuesday, December 28

     

Monday, December 27

 

Christmas day fire damages barn

Yakima County Fire District #5 firemen were called out early Christmas morning to save a storage barn in the 3100 block of Waneta Road, south of Sunnyside.

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High school teacher selected for makeover

When three unexpected visitors walked into Sunnyside High School science teacher Robin Bryson's room two weeks ago, she could hardly believe she had been the next one selected for the Sunnyside Bodacious Makeover and Dinner sponsored by local salons, restaurants and massage therapists.

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Christmas Day fire razes house

MABTON - A fire ripped through a home at 315 Second Ave. in Mabton Christmas night. According to Yakima County Fire District 5 officials, the fire was reported at 11:06 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 25.

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Thursday, December 23

 

Sewing seminar set for January

YAKIMA - Area seamstresses are invited to experiment, embellish, explore and expand their creative horizons at the 2005 Yakima County Clothing and Textile Advisors sewing seminar to be held in late January.

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Sunnyside Christian JV undefeated

The Sunnyside Christian High School junior varsity boys basketball team is enjoying a pretty good start to its season, having gone undefeated through eight games so far.

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In spite of Christmas-Christmas lives on

For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon His shoulders. And His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. -- Isaiah 9:21

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Wednesday, December 22

       

Lady Vikes' winning streak continues

MABTON - Up by 11 before Stevenson even netted a basket, the Lady Vikings took their lead and built on it, continuing their winning streak with a 69-30 victory over the 2A Lady Bulldogs.

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Outlook woman dies in single car accident

ZILLAH - A late night car accident near milepost 55 on I-82 took the life of Claudia Salinas, 23, of Outlook about midnight Monday, Dec. 20, according to a Washington State Patrol report.

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Jackrabbits hop past Sunnyside boys, 69-54

QUINCY - Matt Medina and Dustin Kniep poured in a combined 44 points to lead the Quincy Jackrabbits to a 69-54 non-league victory over the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night.

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Lady Knights earn Smeenk 400th coaching victory

Sunnyside Christian Coach Al Smeenk, at the helm of the Lady Knights basketball program since its inception, reached a milestone yesterday afternoon. His girls team gave him his 400th coaching victory.

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Tuesday, December 21



Grandview mayor steps down

GRANDVIEW - When Grandview Mayor Mike Bren was first appointed to serve as mayor in 1998, he didn't anticipate keeping that title for long.

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Knights get back to winning form

After stumbling in the league opener this past Saturday against Riverside Christian, Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball coach Dean Wagenaar was wondering if his team learned anything from the experience.

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Monday, December 20

  

Family gets new home for Christmas

GRANGER - Newest Granger resident Alicia Vasquez received the greatest Christmas gift she's ever had Sunday afternoon as she accepted the keys to her new home.

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Mabton girls dominate league openers

MABTON - In the first two league games of the season the Mabton High School girls basketball team dominated the court, defeating Yakama Tribal 74-14 and Klickitat 54-25. The two wins push Mabton's league record to 2-0, 6-1 overall.

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Sunnyside boys clip Eagles, 45-36

CONNELL - Limiting the Connell Eagles to just 14 points in the opening half, the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team handily rolled to a 45-36 non-league victory this past Saturday night.

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Friday, December 17



Grandview church sets the stage for Christmas wonderment

GRANDVIEW - When Christian music artist Sonny Salsbury of Yakima asked if there were any churches in the area that would be interested in staging his newest musical production, the group at Grandview's Bethany Presbyterian Church knew it was an opportunity they couldn't let pass them by.

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Greyhounds lose heartbreaker

OTHELLO - The Grandview High School wrestling team couldn't put the finishing touches on one of the best 2A teams in the state Thursday night, losing in heartbreaking fashion to Othello.

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Grandview debates size of pool

GRANDVIEW - Without a quorum, the Grandview Park and Recreation Service Area Board last night informally discussed plans for a new multi-million dollar aquatic center they want to bring before voters in May 2005.

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Vikes win double dual

FINLEY - Thursday night was a good night for the Mabton High School wrestling team, but Coach John Kilian still wasn't totally satisfied with his wrestlers' efforts.

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Thursday, December 16

       

Wednesday, December 15

  

Knights pass test to remain undefeated

Going into Tuesday night's game against 1A Granger, Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball Coach Dean Wagenaar knew it was going to be a test for his Knights. Was he ever right!

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Chamber director leaving to publish e-books

After two years of organizing and promoting Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce community events, Kathy Corliss is planning to take some time to stay at home. But the retiring Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce director of tourism and promotions has no plans to be idle.

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Dismal effort pins the Greyhounds

GRANDVIEW - Grandview High School wrestling coach Jeff Sevigny is not a happy camper. Sevigny said he was disappointed with the way his team performed last night in a non-league loss to 3A Prosser, dropping the meet 45-27.

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Tuesday, December 14

     

City budgets $38,000 for Chamber activities

Following an inspirational presentation by Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce President Tom Gaulke, the Sunnyside City Council last night approved his request for $38,000 in funding for 2005.

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Lady 'Hounds fall to Mustangs

GRANDVIEW - Monday was a tough night for the Grandview Lady Greyhounds, who started out tough against Prosser, only to allow a 51-point run in the second half that ended in a 77-47 win for the Mustangs.

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Monday, December 13



Lady Pirates Snowball tourney champs

ARLINGTON, ORE. - For the third year in a row, the Bickleton High School girls basketball team has claimed the Arlington High School-hosted Snowball Tournament championship title.

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SCHS girls let one slip away

You can't say the Sunnyside Christian High School girls basketball team didn't have its chances down the stretch to knock off the visiting Kiona-Benton Bears this past Saturday.

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Knights slay the Bears

It was an all-around outstanding performance this past Saturday for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team.

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Greyhounds take down the Grizzlies

Going into Friday night's game, Grandview High School boys basketball coach Scott Parrish was concerned with how his players were going to combat the height of the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team.

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Rams hold off Sunnyside boys

West Valley's vaunted flex offense caused Sunnyside problems this past Saturday night, allowing the Rams to escape the Grizzly den with a Mid-Valley League opening 64-56 victory.

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Evans' estate to receive full financial account

In a brief special meeting held last week, the Board of Trustees for the Volunteer Firefighters' and Reserve Police Officers' Relief and Compensation Fund approved paying out the full amount in the pension account of volunteer firefighter Steve Evans, who died recently while on a hunting trip.

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Grandview Port commissioner ends 10-year tenure

GRANDVIEW - Since 1995 a lot of development has come to the sleepy city of Grandview. Port property has been developed, the city has started participating in the Northwest Food Processors Convention and the Wal-Mart distribution center has come to town. Last Friday afternoon, one of the men behind all of these developments decided it was time to throw in his hat. Grandview Port Commissioner Jim White asked to resign from his post after nearly 10 years with the organization.

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Grandview loses two over the weekend

GRANDVIEW - Saturday night the Lady Greyhounds started off strong against Hanford, but it wasn't enough to leave the 'Hounds with a win over the Falcons. Instead, Grandview fell to the visiting team, losing by a score of 54-44.

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Motorist who killed Shifflett gets prison time

YAKIMA - Nearly five months after the automobile-bicycle crash that killed local school volunteer Ronnie Shifflett, the driver of the vehicle, Gerardo R. Maciel, 43, of Toppenish, pled guilty in Yakima County Superior Court.

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Romero, Sanchez, Garza Vancouver invite titlists

VANCOUVER - With four grapplers advancing to the finals, and three of them coming away with top honors, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team earned a third place finish at the Skyview Invitational this past Saturday.

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Mabton defeats Wahluke 48-21

MABTON - Mabton's Michelle Tellez led the Lady Vikings to victory Saturday night as they defeated the Wahluke Warriors 48-21.

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Charter offers high-definition TV

High-definition television has arrived in Sunnyside. Charter Communications just recently launched its Charter HDTV service, which gives local customers the opportunity to take advantage of such high-definition cable channels as HD Discovery Theater and ESPN HD.

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Friday, December 10

      

Benton City woman details foray into wine industry

Breaking into the wine industry is something that can end up being the result of cracking open a book, or at least it was for Kelly Hightower, winemaker and owner of Hightower Cellars on Red Mountain in Benton City.

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Thursday, December 9

 

JV Lady Knights claim two wins

The Sunnyside Christian High School JV girls basketball team may have only six players on its roster, but they apparently know how to win.

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Police investigate possible rape

Sunnyside Police Department detectives are investigating a reported rape that a 40-year-old Sunnyside woman called in Tuesday morning, Dec. 7.

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Wednesday, December 8

 

Five area educators nationally certified

Months of self-reflection and peer reviews to determine if what they are doing in their classrooms is improving student learning is paying off for a handful of Lower Valley educators.

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Oregon team too much for Grizzly hoop squad

HERMISTON, ORE. - Coach Larry Usher's Hermiston Bulldogs were a force to be reckoned with last season. Based on how they dismantled the Sunnyside High School boys basketball team last night, the Bulldogs appear to be poised for a return trip to State.

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Lady Grizzlies lose to 4A Hermiston

The Sunnyside Grizzlies got off to a good start last night (Tuesday), finishing the first half of the game with a one-point lead over the 4A Hermiston team.

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Wenatchee defeats Lady Grizzly bowlers

EAST WENATCHEE - Tiffany Stephens may well likely be the top prep girls bowler this side of the Cascade Mountains. She showcased her skills yesterday in leading the Wenatchee High School girls bowling team to a 4-0 sweep of the Sunnyside Lady Grizzlies.

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Greyhounds race past the Mustangs

PROSSER - Basketball is about establishing the tone of a game. That is what the Grandview High School boys basketball team did Tuesday night and did it early, as the Greyhounds ran past 3A Prosser, 68-52.

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Garden Club hosts holiday potluck

The Sunnyside Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Dec. 14, at the Sunnyside Food Pavilion at noon. A holiday potluck and a gift exchange will be followed by a meeting. Members are asked to bring their own table service.

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Tuesday, December 7

         

Monday, December 6



One injured in motor vehicle accident

PROSSER - Grandview resident Keri C. Leidig, 36, was taken to Sunnyside Community Hospital Friday night just after 8 p.m., following a motor vehicle accident on I-82 near milepost 79.

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Greyhounds win season opener

GRANDVIEW - It took the Grandview High School boys basketball team a while to get going in the Greyhounds season opener this past Saturday, but once they did it was sort of the same old story-a victory.

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Grizzly cage team declaws Tigers, 68-50

EPHRATA - The Sunnyside High School boys basketball team broke away from Ephrata in the second half last Friday night, outscoring the Tigers 44-27 in the final two quarters, to register a non-league win in its first regulation game of the season.

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Vikings win two to open season

The Mabton High School boys basketball team looked simply deadly this past weekend, as the Vikings opened their 2004-05 campaign with two victories.

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Friday, December 3



SHS wrestlers leave today for big invite

Coming off a successful debut at the Eisenhower Takedown Jamboree in Yakima this past Tuesday, the Sunnyside High School wrestling team is headed to Buckley to compete in the prestigious White River Invitational.

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Sunnyside parks & rec department has new home

Next year, the Sunnyside Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate 25 years of serving the community. And now, the parks and recreation department staff will have a new home to celebrate their silver anniversary.

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Pirates too much for Sunnyside girls

YAKIMA - Two days after knocking off West Valley for its first victory of the season, the Sunnyside High School girls bowling team got served a slice of humble pie.

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Thursday, December 2

 

Young Life faces raising challenge

For most people, December is a time when thoughts turn to snowy weather, wool sweaters and fluffy scarves. But for those involved in Lower Valley Young Life, December has turned into a time to think about water skiing, wake boarding and hiking.

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Board of Adjustment refuses to reconsider S'side billboard decision

Sunnyside Board of Adjustment members who voted last month in favor of a conditional use permit allowing a billboard at 1600 S. First Street in Sunnyside refused a request by city staff members last night to make a motion to reconsider their decision. The refusal to reconsider leaves the city one alley of recourse, which is to appeal the decision to the Sunnyside City Council.

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New businesses coming to town

The City of Sunnyside Building Department has been kept busy during the past month handling requests for building permits, which will result in more than 15 new businesses coming to town during the coming months.

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Burglary suspects nabbed

GRANDVIEW - The Grandview Police Department SIRT team assisted the Prosser Police Department and the Benton County Sheriff's Office with the service of two search warrants earlier this week. The search warrants led to the arrest of four suspects believed to be involved in a ring of burglaries that have taken place in Benton County, Prosser, Yakima County and Grandview.

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Wednesday, December 1



Greyhounds lose thriller at jamboree

All in all, Tuesday night's jamboree pairing between the Sunnyside and Grandview high school boys basketball teams didn't mean much, but it sure was fun to watch.

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Knights humbled at Sunnyside jamboree

The Sunnyside Christian Knight boys basketball team opened its 2004-05 season at a five-team jamboree at Sunnyside High School Tuesday night. Although the Knights were hammered in both jamboree games, head coach Dean Wagenaar felt it was a good experience his team had against two 3A schools.

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